We use a decent amount of protein powder in our house. I always love trying new brands and flavors and over the years have gradually made the switch from whey protein powders to [mostly] plant-based ones. I prefer plant-based protein powders simply because they are easier on my stomach. I have also had better success with plant-based protein powders when it comes to baking; they seem to handle heat better than animal-based ones.
My favorite ways to use protein powder are in smoothies and eaten with kefir and berries. When I bake with it, I often just make single serving mug cakes (like the one here) but I was in the mood for making my own protein bar, which is what led to this creation. These Cinnamon Bun Protein Granola Bars are soft and similar to a granola bar, but contain a decent amount of protein and fat. These protein granola bars do not contain any added sugars (sweetened from the protein powder and raisins) and are gluten free. And yes, they taste like Cinnamon Buns!
For this recipe I used MRM Veggie Elite Cinnamon Bun Protein Powder. I have seen this plant-based protein powder all over Instagram and since I’m always on the lookout for a great new protein option I wanted to give this brand a try. Right away I was impressed with the cost, as I thought it was lower than many high quality protein powders. The taste is extremely sweet, so a little goes a long way, but I enjoy using small scoops of it in my smoothies and baking. So overall, I liked it and I would purchase it again.
What ways do you like to use protein powder? Do you have a favorite brand?
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