I have a devilish sweet tooth. And it rears it’s ugly head at the same time each day; right after dinner. In the past, I’ve made a beeline to the fridge for a bowl of greek yoghurt and piled it high with all my favourite ‘guilt-free’ toppings for a protein-rich dessert. However, if you read my previous blog post, you might remember I mentioned I’m trying to reduce the amount of dairy I have in my diet; namely, cow’s milk and products that are sourced from this. So, I’ve been experimenting with some recipes for high protein, after dinner treats. And for that, you can thank me later. In the endeavour to recreate one of my favourite desserts, I’ve come up with these EPIC sticky-toffee-esque puddings.
“The proof of the pudding is in the eating”
Raising a hand to dairy has also meant finding a replacement for the whey protein that I currently use. Those close to me will know that me and my current cinnamon danish protein powder have formed a profound love affair over the past few years. The thought of a break up and waving goodbye to warm, gooey, cinnamon-y zoats in the morning was not well received. So, the past few weeks I have set myself the challenge of finding something plant based and equally as delicious. And boy, have I found it…
I am steering clear of soya products in my search for dairy alternatives. Soy is high in phyto-oestrogens and there are studies to suggest that it can be detrimental to the hormone balance of women and in large quantities, may affect breast cell multiplication, therefore putting women at a greater risk of breast cancer. So, when I came across the Vivo Life Salted Maca Caramel raw protein, it literally ticked all the boxes. No soy, tastes NEXT LEVEL and it’s jam-packed full of nutrients:
Cold Pressed Hemp and Pea Protein
Plant Based BCAA (6g)
Maca Powder (tastes like the inside of a malteeser, awesome natural energy hit)
Raw Lacuma (rich in iron, zinc and B vits)
Pink Himalayan Salt (a natural electrolyte)
Turmeric root (anti-inflammatory and gut healer)
It is freaking GREAT. I can’t believe it wasn’t on my radar sooner. Any flavour of protein can be used to make these puddings (I am confident I will also be buying the Raw Cacao and Madagascan Vanilla from Vivo) however, if you’re a little salted caramel fiend like me, you need this stuff in your life.
Salted Caramel Protein Pudding
- 4 tbsp protein powder (I've used VivoLife Salted Maca Caramel Flavour)
- 2 tbsp rice flour (You can also use coconut or rye flour here)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 large egg whites
- 175 ml almond milk
- 1 handful rasins (Optional)
- A little coconut oil (For greasing)
Pre-heat the oven to 180°
Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Whisk the egg whites with the almond milk and add the mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until it forms a smooth cake-like batter.
Grease two oven-proof ramekins with a little coconut oil. Place the mixture into the ramekins and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until a cocktail stick comes out clean when pushed through the middle of the puddings.
Top the puddings with whatever toppings you’re into. Here, I’ve chopped up some goji berries, nectarines and strawberries and reduced them down on a low heat with some agave, bee pollen and cinnamon. I’ve also got a cheeky square of Ombar, some Coyo coconut yoghurt (which is hella delicious and a great alternative to Alpro Soya) and some of my beloved Pip & Nut Coconut Almond Butter – any excuse, right?
Please let me know if you try making them yourself!