Thursday, June 13, 2019

Vegan Chocolate Protein Biscotti


These vegan biscotti are packed with protein from Happy Planet Clean Protein chocolate smoothie and a scoop of Nuzest chocolate protein. A handful of chocolate chips stud the oil free, brownie like dough for extra decadence.

    It's been a while for a lot of things - posting in general for one (that crazy life getting in the way), but also making and sharing one of my signature cookie styles - biscotti! As the summer gets ever closer (according to the calendar at least, outside may have other plans), most of the wonderful people who appreciate my baking are trying to slim down or at least maintain their figures for when the 47 sweaters come off.

    Luckily, I have a compromise, because a summer without sweets is absolutely unthinkable! For my biscotti loving bestie, I managed to transform a standard double-chocolate biscotti recipe into protein-enriched nibbles that can be packed for road trips or enjoyed as a post-workout reward. I am a huge fan of Nuzest's protein line as it serves as a meal replacement for days I don't want to look at food (the RA medications I'm on can make me nauseous) and it's free of all the stuff I can't eat (I'm looking at you, coconut oil!) while remaining vegan and maintaining a pure, rich chocolate taste. At 20 grams of protein per serving it's a great treat too! To up the chocolate flavour I poured in a hearty dose of a vegan chocolate protein smoothie as well. I had received the Happy Planet beverage to test but due to the coconut I couldn't partake, so baking it was! Even more chocolate via cocoa and two types of chips later and there was no guessing what flavour came through.

    Even without eggs, the dough was a dream to handle and sliced well. The whole grain flour added a hint of nuttiness that I thought would work well with the cocoa and according to the taste testers I was right! This also makes a relatively small batch of biscotti, because if you are anything like me cookies do not stand a chance in the household! Dunked in coffee or eaten on their own, they're a tasty way to indulge without blowing the whole diet.

    *Note: this is not a sponsored post. I just love Nuzest!


    Vegan Chocolate Protein Biscotti
    Makes ~12
    1/2 cup chocolate non-dairy milk (I used Happy Planet Clean Protein Fairtrade Chocolate & Coconut Smoothie)
    2 tbsp cocoa powder
    2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Nuzest Clean Lean Protein)
    2 tsp instant espresso powder
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 tbsp vanilla
    1 cup spelt flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
    1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
      1. Heat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with silicone or parchment. 
      2. In a large bowl, whisk together the smoothie, cocoa, protein powder, espresso powder, sugar and vanilla until well combined
      3. Stir in the flour, baking powder and baking soda, then fold in the chocolate chips
      4. Shape the dough into a log on the baking sheet and flatten slightly.
      5. Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 315F.
      6. Cool for 15 minutes, then slice diagonally with a sharp serrated knife into 12 pieces
      7. Place slices upright on the parchment-lined baking sheet again and bake for 15 minutes longer.
      8. Turn off the oven and cool biscotti inside for 1 hour.
      9. Cool completely before storing!