Pumpkin Protein Powder that's rich in minerals and delicious
One of the biggest challenges I had becoming a mom was feeding myself. I was pulled to look after my son’s needs 24/7 and found my freezer stash of meal prep quickly disappeared.
I was always hangry so trying to ensure I was eating enough protein was important. I loved making variations of protein balls because they were easy to throw together while wearing a sleeping baby.
One bowl and no cooking required
And they can be eaten one handed while you’re busy feeding your baby
In this version of them, I used pumpkin protein.
Pumpkin protein is a great option for an easily digested plant-based protein. Pumpkin seeds are naturally rich in minerals including magnesium and zinc. Two very important minerals for your body, especially if you’re postpartum and breastfeeding.
Magnesium is needed by your body in times of stress (hello postpartum and parenthood) and supports balanced blood sugar levels (which is also needed for milk production) in addition to being required for hundreds of reactions in your body. Zinc is a mineral needed by your body for your natural defenses.
North Coast Naturals Pumpkin Protein is a low-allergenic protein made entirely of pumpkin seeds! This makes it suitable for most people.
This protein has a mild nutty flavour (enhanced by pumpkin spice flavour) and is a great option for anyone (not just vegans!). I found the overall flavour really nice but the stevia taste to be a little strong for my liking. It's been a while since I've consumed anything with stevia and I did find it made this protein powder sweet so I made sure to include less sweetener in my recipe.
- 1 cup gluten free quick oats
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup North Coast Naturals Pumpkin Protein Powder - pumpkin spice flavour
- 1/4 tsp pink salt
- 1 tbsp whole chia seeds
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- Mix everything in a bowl until it just starts to come together like a "dough" and scoop by the tablespoon to form 12-14 round balls. Keep refrigerated for best texture.