Gardenia Protein Powder Review & Vegan Vanilla Pumpkin Pancakes

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I was recently contacted by Body Nutrition to try out their protein powders (did I mention, I love getting free samples?!)  I checked them out online and was instantly intrigued by their vegan line called Gardenia All-Natural Vegan Protein (they also carry whey and whey isolate protein powders).

  • Gardenia protein powder is made from non-gmo pea, quinoa and hemp protein.
  • Each scoop also contains 4000mg of an 11 ingredient antioxidant blend with acai, maca root, sea buckthorn, flaxseed, pomegranate, goji berries, camu camu…just to name a few!
  • It’s free of dairy, soy, gluten and peanuts
  • A good source of natural prebiotic inulin fibre and flaxseed
  • It currently comes in two flavours, Chocolate Cacao and Vanilla Bean

Nutritional breakdown per 38g scoop:

Chocolate Cacao: 120 Calories, 20g Protein, 3g Fat, 7g Carbs, 4g Fibre, 1g Sugar

Vanilla Bean: 120 Calories, 20g protein, 2g Fat, 8g Carbs, 3g Fibre, 4g SugarGardenia Protein Powder2As for the taste, I found the Chocolate Cacao had a real chocolate taste; rich and dark.  It is hard to explain but it doesn’t taste like plain ol’ chocolate, it’s better!  The vanilla is excellent as well, again, a real vanilla bean flavour to it.  No artificial, chalky taste here! They both blend well in smoothies, yogurt and make fabulous pancakes.

Now, onto the recipe! Sure, a smoothie would be easy but why not switch it up with some Vegan Vanilla Pumpkin Pancakes.  These tasty fellas are egg-free, low in sugar and the perfect pre-workout meal!Vegan Vanilla Pumpkin Pancakes ~ www.thehappyhealthfreak.com ~ #vegan #pancakes #glutenfree #dairyfree #eggfree
Print Recipe

 

Serves 1

1/2 scoop Vanilla Bean Gardenia Vegan Protein
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp water
1/4 cup 100% pumpkin puree (no sugar added)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Few drops of liquid stevia (optional)
Coconut oil for frying
Optional Toppings: pure maple syrup, nut butter

Preheat a griddle or frying pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: protein powder, flaxseed, oat flour, baking soda and cinnamon.

In a small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: almond milk, water, pumpkin puree, vanilla and stevia.  Add this to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.  Set aside to thicken for a minute or two.Vegan Vanilla Pumpkin PancakesAdd a bit of coconut oil to the griddle/frying pan, pour batter (it will be thick).  Recipe makes 4 large pancakes or 6-8 small ones.  Cook for a few minutes a side, flipping once.

Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!Vegan Vanilla Pumpkin Pancakes3Nutritional info per serving (without toppings)
366 Calories, 37g Carbs, 14g Fibre, 16g Fat, 21g Protein, 5g Sugar

Please Note:  Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients.  Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.

3 Comments

  • GiGi Eats April 14, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    OOOO a BRAND NEW protein powder I have never heard of! SEND ME SAMPLES yo! LOL! Vanilla for the win 😉 I am ALLLLLLL about the vegan protein powders – I do NOT do whey!

    Reply
    • Liz September 24, 2015 at 3:08 am

      They sell samples 1.99 ea but ship it for free:)

      Reply

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