With an influx of blogs and videos among many others, all claiming to have miracle diets and the best pre- and post-workout snack solutions, it has become increasingly difficult to know where to turn for the right fitness advice. Most of these propagate a high protein intake whether you are looking for fat loss, muscle gain, or simple toning; and hence idolise protein powders.
Most commonly, whey protein is a go-to supplement – easily available and guaranteed to do the trick. Or is it? For people apprehensive of processed protein powders, and especially for those who are vegan and vegetarian, whey protein does not always seem like the best option.
Luckily, a DIY all-natural solution lies in using dried fruits and seeds to give you your required protein boost. Read on for the recipe.
Time – 20 mins
Makes 1 large container, which can be stored for up to to months when refrigerated.
- 1 cup Happilo almonds
- 1 cup Happilo pistachios
- 1 cup Happilo cashews
- 1 cup Happilo walnuts
- 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp Happilo pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup milk powder
- Roughly chop all dried fruits and roast over medium heat. Once golden brown and aromatic, remove from the pan and keep aside.
- Repeat the step with all the seeds.
- Once roasted seeds and dried fruits have cooled down, add to a blender with the oats and pulse until a fine powder has formed.
- Remove from the blender, mix in the milk powder, and leave to cool some more.
- Once completely cool, store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
This multipurpose powder can be used in breakfast porridges, smoothies, kheers, and simply stirred into milk. It makes a great flavourful addition to any milk-based dish, and is also a great protein supplement!