Protein powders have become an essential part of bodybuilding, losing weight, and pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Their prevalence at the gym is testament at just how effective they can be at helping you achieve body goals.
In this article, we are going to look at the why, how, and of when to make your own DIY vegan protein powder. Read on to find out more.
Why Make Your Own Vegan Protein Powder?
There are many reasons you might want to make your own vegan protein powder; it’s cost effective, gives you complete control over ingredients, and is shockingly easy.
I always start the day with a protein shake: protein powder mixed with water, peanut butter, and yoghurt to thicken it up
Greg Rutherford, MBE, track and field athlete
Savings: Protein powder can get expensive, and even when the cost of producing vegan-friendly powders is typically less, the companies that make them still seem happy to charge more for the privilege . Making your own means, you can choose a price per scoop that suits you instead of having it dictated to you.
Simple Ingredients: Making your own protein powders means that you have complete control over what is and isn't going into it. If you are particular about the effects you want and the ingredients you would rather avoid, it can save a lot of time scanning packaging for only natural healthy ingredients.
It's Easy And Fun: When presented with the concept of making your own vegan protein powder at home, you might think that it is a lot more complicated than it actually is. In reality, you can create your own delicious and nutritious protein powders with relative ease as long as you have the equipment and time to do so.
So how do you make homemade protein powder? Read on, and we'll tell you.
3 Things You Need
So what do you need to make your own protein powders at home?
1. High Protein Source
At the heart of your powder, you need something that is going to pack a protein punch, which typically means ingredients that provide a decent portion of protein for a relatively small serving. They should also be ingredients that are fairly common and easy to obtain. Some of our favorite examples are as follows:
2. Additional Protein & Nutritional Bonuses
After you've picked a good base, you'll want to consider some optional ingredients that can help to supplement the protein content of your powder but also provide other nutritional benefits as well as filling in the BCAA profile of your powder.
If you can complement your chosen protein source with another that provides something it doesn't, the benefits will stack. Great examples of additional ingredients include:
For the best taste, we recommend you to add Navitas Naturals cacao powder.
Finally, it comes to the all-important taste test. It's perfectly feasible that with a clever combination of the above ingredients, you could make a perfectly tasty protein powder. But here are some extra suggested ingredients if you want to make your DIY powder as delicious as it is nutritious.
Unless you want to be working the pestle and mortar for hours on end, it might be a good idea to invest in a coffee or spice grinder. You can get pre-powdered ingredients or variations of most of the food above.
In which case, the only items you really need is an airtight container to store your DIY vegan protein powder in and a decent scoop to portion it out with.
Vegan Protein Powder Recipe
If you'd like a specific recipe to give yourself a good idea just how easy it is to make your own protein powder try this one we found over at Fork And Beans.
Grind up the chia seeds and hemp hearts into a fine powder, but be careful not to over grind them. A coffee or spice grinder is the recommended tool but do your best with what you have or use already powdered forms of protein.
Mix the resulting powder with the rest of the ingredients and then store it in an airtight container in a dry and dark place.
Use the protein powder in baking, for smoothies, or however, you would normally take it. It's important to note that if adding to breakfast smoothies, you should add the powder last to stop the chia from expanding in the water or dairy-free milk too much.
Tips and Possible Variations
Using the above recipe as a basic blueprint, you can replace the flavors and protein sources to your liking and experiment with different recipes. A really quick, easy, and protein-packed favorite of ours is hemp protein powder, cacao, cinnamon, and mesquite.
If you track the nutritional value of the ingredients you put into your powder, you can make yourself a perfect blend that suits your needs as well as your tongue.
Apps like Noom or sites like Cronometer are great for this.
The Bottom Line
So there you have it, making your own protein powder at home is a lot easier than you might think.
Using food that you have chosen for yourself means you can choose every aspect of your protein powder's nutritional worth and save yourself a fair few dollars vs. the per scoop cost of store-bought protein powders.
However, there are those amongst us who don't have the time and energy for even that, and working out the exact amounts and nutritional worth of the food you're putting in there can be taxing.
The convenience of ready-made and ready-to-use protein powder still has a lot of appeal, and if you wanted to check out a selection of the best there are, then read our article on the best vegan protein powders here.
And for budget-friendly choices, you can check out the list here.
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