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If you looked only at the amount of food eaten in a single day by my 6 year old you would likely think he is a grown man, and not a growing boy. His appetite is never ending and I probably hear “Mom, I’m hungry!” at least 15 times a day if not more. So I am always looking for healthy ways to help fill him up, and one of the ways I do that is by adding more protein to his diet.
Through trial and error I used a fall favorite recipe in our home and made it better! In the past I’ve tried adding protein powder to this recipe, and while I would still eat it, my son was always complaining that it was chalky or not as good as it was without the protein powder. Recently I was given the opportunity to review Orgain Vanilla Bean Protein Powder and I think I have finally found a protein powder that my whole family enjoys!
Orgain Protein Powder is made from organic plant-based protein including brown rice, hemp, chia, and pea proteins, and unlike other plant-based protein powders I’ve tried in the past, this one is smooth and creamy not chalky and tastes really great! Orgain was created by Dr. Andrew Abraham, whose own experience seeking high-quality nutrition during his cancer treatment years ago inspired him to develop delicious nutrition products with the highest quality organic ingredients. As someone who pays attention to the things I put in my body, and especially if it’s something I plan on letting my kids enjoy too – this is really important to me.
Since fall is finally here I decided to try it in my favorite pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe and it was a hit!
But I’m getting ahead of myself. When the Orgain first showed up at my door I made a super easy post-workout smoothie for me, and after tasting it, doubled the recipe for a after-school smoothie for my son. It was so good – he’s been begging for one every day. One of the things I liked best about it was that it didn’t leave me with an upset stomach like some protein smoothies do.
Just an FYI the Orgain Vanilla Bean has 150 cals, 4 g fat, 13g carbs, and 21g protein per serving. For me that makes it the perfect post workout protein.
Once it had pasted the taste test I knew it was time to try adding it to other recipes. I’ve been able to incorporate it into smoothies, pancakes, and of course our favorite breakfast around here – Overnight Oats!
Yes, back to the famous (at least in our home) pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe! I really couldn’t believe how good this recipe turned out the very first time we tried it because like I mentioned previously – it’s been a flop with other protein powders. This one was absolutely perfect and delicious in every pumpkin-y way possible!
A few notes: You can substitute the maple syrup for Agave to make this a vegan recipe. You can also eliminate the sweetener all together as I think the Orgain Vanilla Bean Protein Powder adds enough sweet. However, my family and I love the taste of maple so we opted to keep it in. You can also use any milk you’d like. We chose cashew milk because it’s what we had on hand, but coconut, almond would work fine and still be dairy free.
I have also found it’s easy to double or quadruple this recipe in a large bowl for a week’s worth of oats.
A tip for pumpkin puree. Unless you plan on using a lot of pumpkin during the week – freeze the puree into ice cube trays and pull out the amounts you need when you want to use it. This will keep the whole lot from going to waste.
- ½ cup oats (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats)
- ⅔ cup cashew milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 scoop Orgain Protein Powder
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Crushed Pecans (or nut of choice)
- Coconut Flakes
- Mix together oats, milk, protein powder, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and chia seeds.
- Let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
- Stir again and add more milk until desired thinness is reached.
- Top with crushed pecans and coconut flakes.
Milk and nuts may be substituted based on preference.
I’ve already added the Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge Protein Powder to my cart. I can’t wait to see if it is just as delicious as the Vanilla Bean is.
Do you use protein powder? What is your favorite way to use it?
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Next up on my list is some pumpkin protein pancakes to make and freeze ahead for grab and go breakfasts! I love fall and pumpkin season don’t you?
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