I typically use vegan protein powder every morning after I workout to allow my muscles to repair and refuel. I also like to add it to bakes like these delicious camu camu cookies and to all my smoothie bowls.
Whilst protein powder is a staple in my cupboard, I know it can be pricey. Especially, if like me, you have digestive issues such as IBS and have to pay particular attention to the purity of the ingredients.
My favourite protein powder is ‘Pureblend’ by Form Nutrition but after paying another £24 (+£5 p&p) I thought to myself…
‘I wonder if I can make my own vegan protein powder at home?’
After a lot of research about plant proteins, amino acids, formulations and a route around in my cupboard, I created a simple, wholesome plant based homemade vegan protein powder that is gentle on the digestive system, but still rich in nutrients and in particular, protein.
But before you become an alchemist in the kitchen, it’s a good idea to need to learn some nutritional science in the classroom (a.k.a office/living room/bedroom/where ever you are right now).
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Alright, now you’ve become more of a smarticle, it’s time to get started on the alchemy! Ok, so you won’t be making actual gold but you will be making some top quality plant-based protein powder in your very own kitchen.
WHY MAKE YOUR OWN PROTEIN?
Many protein powders are promoted as being ‘healthy’ but under all the marketing and fancy words like ‘clean’ ‘premium’ ‘natural’ hides a bunch of sweeteners, artificial flavours, bulking ingredients and stabilisers like starchy flours and gums.
Making your own protein powder means YOU CONTROL WHAT YOU PUT IN IT and ultimately your body. Experiment with protein rich grains like quinoa or brown rice, nuts, seeds. Get a little fancy with sea salt (for electrolytes), coconut, maca, cacao or a natural sweeteners such as stevia or coconut sugar; it’s entirely up to you!
SAVE THE PRETTY PENNIES
Most of the time, DIYing saves money and making your own protein powder at home is no exception. On average, a 500g bag of good quality protein powder can set you back upwards of £25.
The total cost of the ingredients in this protein powder is less than £6!!!
100g chia from Aldi = £2.49
100g flax from Aldi = £2.49
100g pumpkin seeds from Tesco = £0.90
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup flax seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds*
Optional 1 tbsp coconut sugar
*or sesame or hemp or any nuts of your liking
- Add everything to a blender.
- Blend until you create a fine powder.
Alternatively, you could use a pestle and mortar but you may be there all day, although you’d get a good arm workout.
Chias for reading! Comment below if you try making this homemade vegan protein powder, and tell me what your favourite protein powder is. x