By Kaila Proulx
Ever since I broke my ‘bean baking’ virginity with these Ginger Spiced Bean cookies, I have been scratching my head looking for an opportunity to do some more experimenting. The texture that beans give a baked good is like none other. Dense, slightly cakey, and so yummy. Ever since making those cookies, I’ve been dying to experience that texture heaven again!
Well luckily I was hit with a little recipe creation inspiration when I received some new protein powders to try out. Nuzest sent me a huge container of their Just Natural Pea Protein and some single serve packs of their flavored varieties. You all know I love using protein powder in baked good recipes and I have never tried baking with pea protein before, so this was the perfect opportunity to test it out!
The Just Natural flavor is pretty bland in itself but that’s to be expected with an unflavored variety. I tried it on its own mixed with almond milk and in a few power bowls for an added dose of protein. What I really like it for, however, is BAKING! And that’s exactly what I did with it.
I came up with a protein rich, soft-baked cookie recipe that is perfect for an afternoon pick me up or mid-morning snack. Now, I used the unflavored Nuzest for these, but if you like a sweeter cookie, DEFINITELY use the vanilla! I don’t have a strong sweet tooth and prefer being able to taste the pumpkin and spices as the main flavors.
- 1 cup (150g) white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
- 1 single serve bag of freeze dried fruit (I used bananas)
- 2 scoops (56g) vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a food processor, blend beans until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and well combined.
- Divide batter into 10 circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
I’m Kaila. 20-something fitness and nutrition lover. Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Coach. Whole-foodie. Runner. Wannabe chef. Join me on my pursuit of health and happiness.Healthy Helper – Twitter: @Healthy_Helper – Instagram: HealthyHelper Pinterest: Healthy_Helper – Bloglovin’: Healthy Helper – Google+: Healthy Helper – Tumblr: Healthy Helper Blog