Sweet Sweet Protein

Sometimes you want a little something sweet, but you are still trying to get your protein in. Vegan recipes to the rescue! Some of these are mine, but some are not. All are delicious. Some involve protein powder, some beans, and some peanut butter (ok, many involve peanut butter, but that can frequently be subbed with another nut butter if peanuts aren’t your thing – I just love peanut butter).

Sometimes, I throw a couple of frozen bananas in the vitamix with some chocolate chips and peanut butter and make some ice cream. Sometimes, I just give in and buy some ice cream (like the chocolate on the left) and skip the whole protein. But, if I want to go a little harder (though still very easy), these are some of my go-to ideas.

And now, I want a cookie!

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bliss Balls

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Pie

Cookies More Cookies

Dawes Cookies – Vegan Recipe

Vitamixing it Up with Breakfast Smoothies

No-Bake Vegan Protein Bars (4 Ingredients!)

Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Bars [Vegan]

Hidden-Ingredient Tiramisu Protein Blondies [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Chocolate Covered Black Bean Brownie Pops [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Black Bean Brownies – No Flour Required!

Vegan Chai Concentrate Recipe

IMG_1949aLast week, in an effort to iron out some stomach woes, I gave up coffee, even the decaf variety. This meant switching to tea, because no hot drinks was not an option in January. I like tea, but was in the mood for something robust and filling, so I decided chai fit the bill.

The chai at Starbucks and readily available in concentrate form is good, but not vegan. The chai in teabags is decent, but not amazing. To make chai from scratch each time is admirable, but not realistic! Thus, I decided to make my own chai concentrate. I’m still adjusting the recipe, but this is what I have right now.

Note: I like my chai like I like my… um… tea -spicy and sweet. Adjust as needed.

Vegan Chai Concentrate
(makes 1 quart jar + a bit)

Ingredients

30 cardamom pods
10 cinnamon sticks
30 black peppercorns
20 cloves
5 star anise
2 medium pieces of fresh ginger, sliced
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. fennel
½ cup brown or raw sugar
5 cups water
15 black tea bags (regular or decaf)*

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Process

Place all ingredients except tea bags and cinnamon sticks in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.

After 15-20 minutes, raise the heat again for a minute to bring the pot back to a boil. Add tea bags and cinnamon sticks and turn heat to low. Steep for 8-10 minutes.

Strain mixture into a canning jar or other glass container for storage (it will stain plastic). To drink, mix ½ and ½ with the milk of your choice and heat – or not if you want a cold drink.

I don’t know how long exactly it will last, because I drink it pretty fast, but at least 5 days.

* The type of black tea doesn’t matter, really, so just get something inexpensive.