*Edited to add – nutritional stats at the bottom!
Alternative titles for this recipe/post: “Bowl of Awesome” …suggested by Shane and “Nutty Breakfast Bake” (but it’s so good it doubles as dessert!)
Something amazing happened in my kitchen this weekend…
It all started when I let out a whimper after seeing I was already almost out of almond butter. I won’t be able to get to a Trader Joe’s soon, so I decided to go ahead and make my own.
As I was grinding the almonds, there was a knock at my door.
Hooray! My protein powder is finally here! Side note: I’ve been ordering Sun Warrior from Gina’s store ever since my beloved Jay Robb Brown Rice Protein Powder got discontinued. I love it! It’s almost as good as JR – and it’s raw and vegan.
Anyway, I got a random idea in my head to add some protein powder to my impending almond butter. As I was processing away, I realized this may not turn out so good. Then I had an even better idea…
Add a few more ingredients, and turn it into a bake bowl.
The results? Well, the first time around they were pretty good. The next day I made some changes and now they are out. of. this. world.
Trust me, trust me, that you need to make this soon, folks. Bonus? it only takes FIVE minutes!!
Nutty Protein Cookie Bowl
1/2 c. almonds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 very ripe small banana or 1/2 large banana
1 tbsp canola oil
1/4 + 2 tbsp cup almond (or skim) milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp honey (optional – only if you like it sweet!)
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips*
Process the almonds in a food processor until there are only a few chunks left. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. In a medium sized bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until just combined. Fold in the mixins and pour into two ramekins. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds (YMMV – this left the middle of mine just a little less done than the outsides, and it cooked a little more when cooling.) Let cool…or be like me and burn your tongue because you justcan’twaitanylonger!
You can eat with a spoon straight from the bowl, however I’ve figured out that my favorite way to eat them is for breakfast. Reheat for about 30 more seconds, and then pour milk over it:
And the nutritional stats are pretty stellar:
Remember it’s nut-based, so it’s going to be a little heavy on the calories and fat, but the healthy kind, and these babies fill. you. up. And 16.5 grams of protein? Heck yeah!
*you can choose whichever mixins you desire! I like dark chocolate chips, but in one of them, I added a tbsp of chia seeds and then half way into microwaving, I added a tbsp of triple berry jam to the middle.
But really the possibilities are endless! Add in whatever mix-ins your heart desires!
Four flavors I made: chocolate coconut, banana chocolate chip, honey walnut, and pb&j
Really, whatever your heart desires!
And aren’t these little ramekins cute? They’re actually dip bowls from Target and come in a set of 4. Perfect! I thought
Sorry for the picture-heavy post, but their deliciousness just cannot be described in words!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some dessert breakfast to eat
Thanks for the words of encouragement about our little water disaster yesterday! It really lifted me up! Unfortunately, its still not installed (the new one we bought was too tall) so I took a cold water sink shower. Do not recommend… but of course I’ll post a how-to take a cold sink shower without freezing your butt off later
I’m off to train a client! Have a great Wednesday, friends!!