Baking (especially cookies) is one of my favorite self-care activities whether it is on my own, with friends, family, or kids. Both baking and cooking can be soothing for our mental state as it requires being mindful. Mindfulness is simply the act of paying attention to the present moment. When we are baking, we have to put our phones down and get our hands dirty! One study even found that baking easy, simple recipes can enhance focus, creativity, and happiness.
Plus, with the ingredients in these cookies, baking can be beneficial for our physical health! I’ve created a cookie with plant-based protein, antioxidants, and superfoods that our hormones and blood sugar will love. I also left out several typical cookie ingredients that can wreak havoc on our hormonal and metabolic health, like refined sugar, oils, and dairy.
I used Nanopro vegan protein powder which is made from non-GMO yellow pea, brown rice, and chia seed. This combination provides all essential amino acids. It is particularly high in lysine which is important for calcium absorption and collagen production. The main sources of lysine in a vegan diet are beans, peas, and legumes.
Plant protein powders can often be difficult to digest. People often find they cause bloating or abdominal discomfort. Nanopro contains ProHydrolaseTM which assists the protein to break down, digest, and fully absorb.
Try out these cookies for yourself and tag me on Instagram @phruitfuldish!
- 2 scoops vegan protein powder (Biopharma Scientific in vanilla toffee)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup almond milk or water
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine and mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Add more water or protein powder depending if the batter is too dry or wet.
- Place spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
- Store in freezer for a cool treat.
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This post was sponsored by Biopharma Scientific.
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Disclaimer: As the sole author of Phruitful Dish, I have based my posts on my own experiences and personal knowledge regarding nutrition and PCOS; particularly that gained in obtaining my doctorate degree in obstetrics and gynaecology. The information in this blog is not intended as medical advice, and it is not endorsed by my employers or institutions I am affiliated with. Nutritional choices should be made in consultation with your health care provider. This blog is intended to inspire and encourage readers to educate themselves on how nutrition can be one important part of a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, please use the information at your own risk. Occasional links may be provided leading to third party websites. The existence of these links does not infer a responsibility or an endorsement of the linked site, its operator, or its contents.