high protein, gluten free, grain free, paleo-ish, no added sugar \
One of my mottos the last few years after studying nutrition, in addition to a lot of observation and reflection is that it’s important people find what works for them and not be afraid of others’ opinions. As the great Amy Poehler explains in her book ‘Yes Please’: “that is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.” Make decisions that are best for you and leave others to do the same for themselves.
And so it is with protein powders. Some people feel best on a high protein diet and find good quality protein powders helpful in keeping their protein levels up. This is the case for me and for many others. But, it’s important to always combine the protein powder with some wholefoods, since protein powders usually have no micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). So an example would be having your protein powder with oats and berries or blending the powder with banana and cherries for a delicious smoothie. I also emphasise the importance of not forming an over-reliance on protein powders – they’re a supplement, not a foundational food. Always get protein from a wholefood first and then use powders in addition to that if you want to.
Now, for some personal experience. I have had varying degrees of chronic fatigue syndrome for 20 years. After a lot of diet experimentation, listening to my Mum (Mum knows best!), expensive pathology testing and finding some interesting research, I realised that my body is heavily reliant on protein as an indirect energy source, more so than others. So, I make no apologies for using protein powders in my diet and suggesting them to others where I think they are appropriate.
For those interested, here is the research about CFS and protein metabolism.
So, now that this semi-serious intro is out of the way, let me introduce you to some biscuits (cookies for my American friends)!
These are made with minimal ingredients, are very easy to throw together and are V.E.R.Y T.A.S.T.Y.
They’ve been a hit with everyone who has tried them. As with all of my recipes they are gluten free and nutrient dense. There is a veritable ton of potassium in these, essential for muscle and cardiovascular health.
Banana, Date and Pecan Protein Biscuits (cookies)
- 8 medjool dates 120g
- 1 large banana 140g weighed after peeling
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2/3 C plain or vanilla whey protein powder
- 3 teaspoons coconut flour
- 1/3 C pecans
- Extra 10 pecan halves for the top of cookies
- Generous pinch of fine sea salt
- Soak the dates in freshly boiled water for 10 minutes
- Pre-heat the oven to 160C/320F fan forced and place a rack in the middle
- Chop the pecans in to small pieces
- Drain the dates, remove the seeds and then chop finely
- Mash the banana in a bowl and add the dates, then mix everything together with the vanilla essence
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then use 1 heaped tablespoon of mixture to form biscuits on the tray. Place a pecan piece on the top of each
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, turning at the halfway point. They're done when the edges are a light golden brown