Over the last few years, a number of new protein-enhanced nut butters and spreads have entered the market. Their offer? Healthier versions of some of our favourite pancake toppers: things like peanut butter, almond butter, and chocolate spread. These products’ claim to fame is that they take out the sugar, reduce or eliminate what many consider to be undesirable sources of fat (things like palm oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil), and take away what the cheesy call ‘the nasties’ (e.g. high-fructose corn syrup, corn solids, inverted sugars, additives and nutritionally-void fillers). After doing this – after taking out all the ingredients that are doing nothing for us in the context of a healthy diet, they take it all up a further notch by adding whey protein powder. The result? A more nutritionally-balanced nut butter or spread that is lower in carbs, lower in fats, and higher in protein.
It’s actually so easy to make your own version of these high-protein spreads and nut butters if you’ve got the time to spare and fancy something different! As you’ll see from the final note in this recipe article, making your own high-protein spreads and nut butters allow you to tweak the flavour, the macros, and the textures to perfection.
Here’s a recipe to get you started – a recipe that might just revolutionize your approach to chocolate spread… forever!
1/4 cup hazelnut butter (See Note 1)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup whey protein powder (See Note 2)
1/4 cup granulated stevia (See Note 3)
1. Blend the whole thing together.
2. Taste it to make sure it’s sweet enough for your liking (and if it isn’t, add some more sweetness).
3. Put in a jar (to keep it for a few days).
1. Crunchy = more texture, smooth = more smoothness!
2. There are two things we recommend you use to sweeten your spread: granulated stevia or coconut sugar. Please also note that you can always combine sweeteners – or add a bit of honey to sweeten your spread. Our advice would be to just taste it and adapt until you get to YOUR perfect recipe.
The result is seriously out of this world. And you know where the beauty of the whole thing is? Well, apart from its flavour, texture, and macros? Is the fact that you can play around with the flavouring (and macros!) too.
For example, you can add a tbsp of ground espresso to make an absolutely delicious coffee and chocolate spread. You can also add a tablespoon of chopped dried apples and some cinnamon to make an apple-pie-like hazelnut spread (ditching, of course, the cocoa powder in the above recipe). You can literally anything when you start playing around with your own protein spreads! So grab your apron, walk into your kitchen, and make your very own protein spread.