For those of you that struggle to get protein in the first half of the day because you’re either not hungry or you’re a vegetarian who is having trouble getting enough protein into your daily intake, this slice is for you.
I often see clients who are deficient in protein. This is not good. Proteins breakdown to amino acids, and we require a number of amino acids to perform the basic functions of all our living cells – consider them the building block that creates us. There are essential amino acids that can only be obtained through foods ( and now supplements) therefore it is important that we consume them regularly. Most of us have no trouble eating protein at our evening meal but breakfast can be a little more difficult for some. Cereals and breads don’t contain much and unless you are eating eggs, meat or you’re knowledgeable about combining foods to produce good amounts of proteins, generally you wont be getting enough. These are a good start!
Ingredients: Makes 12 slices
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoon spelt flour ( gluten free flour can be used here)
- 1/2 cup whole oats
- 1/2 cup soymilk, rice milk or almond milk
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup flaxseed, ground
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup whey protein powder
- 2 tablespoons raw cocao
- 7 tablespoons peanut butter ( I used organic, fresh ground from the health food shop)
- 2/3 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 tablespoon natural vanilla essence
- couple pinches of salt
- oil for greasing tray
Once softened add to mixture in tray in sections and roughly blend in. I got a little bored with stirring so put it on top before quite done here but it doesn’t matter. It will give the slice a kind of crumble texture when cooked.
Put in oven 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing.
I recently made these for a friend of mine who is exercising with me and she has one before an extensive workout. They are also great for after a workout where it is required to consume some carb and protein to support muscle repair.
Mine get better the more I make them so keep persevering if not perfect the first time. I find different flours and peanut butter can change the texture to some degree but always taste good. It’s not very sweet (even though it has 1/2 cup honey) so you could add some dried fruit to changed that.
Hope you enjoy them!