Hey, Pumpkin! Protein Powered - Peopletail Review

Hey, Pumpkin! Protein Powered

  • Product: North Coast Naturals Cold-Pressed Pumpkin Protein Powder
  • Reviewer: @HolisticJudith

I am an all year ‘round pumpkin consumer. None of this seasonal nonsense. Not only do I like the taste, I like the health benefits. That is why I had to try the pumpkin protein powder from North Coast Naturals.

This whole-food powder is a complete protein with a solid amount of zinc and magnesium. For menopausal woman (peri and post), these are big players: zinc helps regulate our hormones (sex, stress, pancreatic) and magnesium is a positive contributor to the health of our bones, heart, sleep and mental wellness. Each serving contains 62% of our daily value of magnesium and 34% of zinc. And, being a compete protein means it contains all 9 essential amino acids. Protein itself is needed to help build muscle, repair tissues and form antibodies; this powder contains 17g per serving. Being plant-based, there is no sodium or cholesterol to worry about either. 

 Other benefits of this product include:

  • Easily digestible
  • Gluten-free
  • Low allergenic
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • All natural
  • Zero sugar: Keto and diabetic-friendly

Though this powder is to be pumpkin spice flavoured, I didn't really taste it so I added more to the recipe. For smoothies, this does mix fairly well, though it seems to do better with warm drinks. If you are not a fan of pumpkin seeds, this probably isn't for you. If you do, this is a winner. I do like that the taste is very natural, and without the sometimes odd texture, flavour and aftertaste of other protein powders. This is one that I will purchase again. 

I do like a protein smoothie but … yawn. I tweaked a recipe to make vegan pumpkin protein bars. These are great for on-the-go mornings and afternoon snacking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • Optional: Chocolate chips (your preferred quantity)

 Instructions:

  • Stir the dry ingredients together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients.
  • Gently combine the dry mixture into the wet.
  • Add your preferred amount of chocolate chips and fold in.
  • Spread batter evenly into a greased pan.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean.
  • Let cool, the cut into squares.

Baking with protein powders can be fussy as different types have different absorbency so you may need to tweak to make the batter cake-like. I baked for 20 minutes then turned the oven off and let them cool down slowly from there. This is my first time making the recipe. I think I would maybe add vanilla next time? It needed just a tad more flavour but overall, it's a keeper.

North Coast Naturals Cold-Pressed Pumpkin Protein Powder is a winner ... all year 'round.

 

 

 

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