A quick off-the-cuff experiment to test out a new protein powder I found in my local health store, which turned out to be better than I could have hoped. Tastes deliciously cheesy, yet with no cheese. How? Nutritional yeast. If you haven’t tried this out yet, I highly recommend it. I have a habit of eating it out of the tub with a spoon. Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who does this! Pair with a fried egg, spinach and some ketchup for a delicious low-carb breakfast or light lunch!
Grain and gluten free, the only ‘flour’ used is coconut flour, purely because it was left out on my countertop. But with that, these are vegetarian friendly, technically paleo friendly and can be made dairy free using the substitution below.
The protein powder you ask? Sunflower seed. It’s by Pulsin, one of the ‘cleanest’ whole food supplement companies around, so you know that it’s not going to be full of funny stuff. The only ingredient listed is Organic Sunflower Protein, making it suitable for almost any specific dietary requirements. It’s raw, vegan, gluten free, soya free, non GM and without added sugar or sweetener. Taste wise, it’s got a very neutral taste (maybe slightly acidic), similar to that of unflavoured whey protein, so I would imagine it would go easily undetected in any type of baking, in protein bars or whatever you like really! I’m yet to experiment with it further than these waffles (a slight cheesy waffle addiction might have happened..!), but I’m looking forward to doing so. The only downside is that it only comes in 250g bags, priced at £7.99 on Amazon, so is about £32/kg.
Consistency wise, it’s very similar to Sukrin almond flour, and with the macros (see below), I would imagine the production methods would be the same. By this, I mean that it’s essentially defatted ground sunflower seeds.
Macros per 100g: 333 calories, 45g protein, 8.1g carbs (4.5g sugars), 9.6g fat, 17g fibre.
Anyway! Enough about my new find – on with the recipe for these delicious Cheesy Protein Waffles.
- 20g (4 heaped tbsp) nutritional yeast
- 20g (4 tbsp) sunflower seed protein
- 20g (2 tbsp) coconut flour
- 120ml egg white
- 80g skyr yoghurt*
- 30-40ml almond milk
- 2/3 tsp baking powder
- optional: onion powder, garlic powder etc
*for a dairy free option, sub for soya yoghurt, and use half the almond milk.
- In a bowl, mix the flours together first, then add in the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
- Heat a waffle iron and spray with coconut oil. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into the middle, clamp the lid down and cook until done. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
Macros per waffle (1 out of 4): 82 calories, 6.1g carbs (1.3g sugars), 10.8g protein, 1.6g fat, 3.8g fibre