Start the Day with Plant ProteinFeb 28, 2020 ● By Elysabeth Alfano
Photo credits Elysabeth Alfano
Fast, Yummy Power Breakfast Bowl
Yields: one serving
Protein: 19-20 grams
1/5 container plain tofu, cut into pieces (approx. 3.2 oz)
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
½ cup cut up fruit or favorite berries
1 Tbsp date syrup
½ cup raw oats
Mix ingredients in a bowl.
“Snacks and treats don’t have to be bad for you. They can be healthy… and yummy,” according to Alfano. “My muffin recipe has no butter, no processed sugar, no oil, no eggs and no flour. It is a whole-food, plant-based recipe that will keep you coming back for more. Even better, the muffins can double as wholesome power-bars to keep you going at gym!” This sweet treat is just what the doctor ordered.
Banana, Oatmeal, Pumpkin, Coconut, Carrot, Raisin Muffins
Yields: 9-10 muffins
Approximate calories: 150 each
½ cup (1 large to medium) very ripe banana, mushed
1½ cups rolled oats
½ cup pumpkin, unsweetened
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
¾ cup raisins
1 cup diced and shredded carrots
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp date syrup
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp soy milk
Heat oven to 350° F.
In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add remaining ingredients together and mix thoroughly with a large spoon. Either put batter in muffin tin with parchment cups and bake for 28-minutes or put in 5-by-7-inch small baking dish with parchment paper bake for 30-minutes to make bars.
It is also possible to spoon heaping teaspoons onto a baking sheet with parchment paper for 15 minutes for cookies.
Elysabeth Alfano is a personal coach, chef and host of The Elysabeth Alfano Show on Evanston-based station WCGO and The Smart Talk Radio Network. For more information, email [email protected] or visit ElysabethAlfano.com.