Super Speedy Berry Flapjacks

This recipe is super quick and easy and will last for about 4-5 days [in this heat wave anyway...] in an airtight container.

YES these have protein powder in them [Form Nutrition, I love their plan based proteins] 
No it is not necessary to cook with protein... see below!

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Do You Need To Use Protein Powders In Your Cooking?

Absolutely not.
I have these kept in the fridge to eat on the go before or after a workout, useful if in a rush or on weeks where my activity levels are higher.   

Just because something has "added protein" does not make it healthier, there is no better choice, no right choice than if you were making a standard flapjack or any kind of bake. 

There is a fad for thinking high protein is better for us, remember food is more than macronutrients (proteins/carbs/fats). Nutrition can be complex and this is why you have people studying for 4+ years nutrition and dietetic degrees. 

But we don't have to overcomplicate nutrition to degree level extremes.
For the general population just eating a balanced and varied diet is key.
Not eliminating or demonising foods, but enjoying what you eat, and increasing variety.

 I don't always add protein to my baking, 98% of the time I bake without adding any supplements. 


Why Add Protein? 

For those who have high energy expenditure during the week, such as myself who weight trains anywhere up to 4-5 times a week, and does a lot of cycling, running and walking then your protein needs may be higher in order to optimise muscle repair and recovery.

If you are very active and have what is regarded as a  "plant based" diet, or are cutting down on meat products you may also need to look at supplementing your diet
BUT
Plant based diets can still be naturally very high in protein, and again we definitely do overestimate our needs for this one macronutrient at the expense of many other vital nutrients we get from in our food.

I am not a nutritionist though.
So if you are still left wondering whether you need to supplement your diet with protein powders then I advise you seek out a local nutritionist or dietician.


Above all your relationship with food is the most important thing. When you make peace with food you learn to take care of your body; you treat it, rest it, feed it, nourish it. No food is better, worse, good bad or "clean".
So adding protein to your bakes does not make it a "better" option, it just serving a different function. 

I will be putting up my super seedy flapjacks as an alternative in the near future so make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter and following me

Now you have a better idea about why and when cooking with protein powders may benefit you... 

Lets Get To The Recipe

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Ingredients

200g Oats
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
3 Cups fluid (1 cup milk, 2 cup water may need more or less depending on brand of protein powder ) 
1 dspn Agave (or honey) 
1 heaped tbsp Form Nutrition Protein Powder (any protein powder of choice)
1 heaped tbsp Peanut butter (I used Meridian, but using peanut butter powder like PB FIT also works well as it is easier to stir in, you may need to up the fluid quantities though with this) 
2 handfuls freeze dried raspberries (can add in any additional seeds, nuts, fruit of choice)
 

*tbspn = tablespoon
**tsp = teaspoon

Method

1) Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line and grease a baking tray

2) Place oats, protein powder, baking soda and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and mix together

3) Add in the nut butter and pour in the liquid a cup at a time, stirring as you do.
Keep an eye on how it is absorbed, some mixes may need a bit more/less liquid than others depending on the protein powder and type of oats you're using. It should not be runny, but more a thick mixture that with help from a spoon would pour and spread. 

5) Stir in the agave/honey and frozen raspberrie.
At this point you can add in and any additional fruit/nuts/seeds you like I have used omega mix and chia seeds I like to use, frozen blackberries or half a chopped banana goes really well too

6) Leave to set in the fridge for 30mins, then bake in the oven for 15-20 mins and left to cool completely to allow them to set. Cut into squares and dig in!

Will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week