“Real Food” Protein Custard
My breakfast every day for the past few weeks has been pretty consistent. It’s chocolaty, creamy, and is probably my favorite breakfast or after workout snack.
I can’t even begin to describe fluffy this is! There’s no need for expensive protein powder, and if you don’t use Amazing grass, the shake is pretty economically. When you get burnt out of oats, the rich chocolate soft-serve ice cream consistency really gets you out of bed. (Seriously. It’s the only reason I’m motivated to wake up! haha)
I use xanthen gum to thicken this shake/ice cream hybrid. I see nothing wrong with xanthen gum, but many people don’t consider it a “real food” and it falls under criticism. (cough, Mikey Pollan, cough) If you choose to eliminate it, as I have many times, you will have a luscious and thick shake. It just won’t have an ice cream consistency.
Xanthen gum is a natural thickener (a polysaccharide) derived from decomposing corn? It has a funky smell, but don’t let that scare you off. It works wonders!
And remember: everything in moderation.
Frozen Chocolate Protein Custard
- 1/2- 1 banana, frozen in chunks
- 4 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup cooked buttercup or kabocha squash
- 1/2 cup pasteurized egg white
- 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast
- 2 cups baby spinach, if desired
- 1/2 tsp xanthen gum, if desired
In a blender, crush the ice cubes and banana with a high speed setting. Use one full banana for a sweeter result.
Why? This “crush first” step makes super thick, delicious smoothies possible in any blender.
Add the squash, egg white, Amazing grass, cocoa, nutritional yeast, spinach, and xanthen gum. Blend for about a minute, then spoon into a bowl.
- Squash= soluble fiber, vitamins, and bulk.
- Amazing Grass= vitamins, probiotics
- Nutrition Yeast= Energizing B Vitamins
- Spinach=Iron and more nutrition
- Xanthen gum= fluffy thickening power
Top with 2 tbsp granola and 1/2-1 tbsp nut butter or tahini. I also add some coffee beans to mine- so good!
*If you need to omit this, add an extra tsp of cocoa
Ready to fall in love all over again?
Left is without tahini and granola, right is with tahini and granola toppings. Look at that fiber, fat, protein and vitamins!
It packs a nutritional punch and is really delicious. Don’t be afraid of the egg whites, they’re pasteurized plus the whites of the egg have antiseptic qualities.
In fact, I’ve used raw whites from local eggs (yes, I trust them more) and I’m still alive! Those smoothies were super fluffy.
Why don’t I use the yolk? I love egg yolks with all my heart, especially runny over a salad. Unfortunately, you have a much greater chance of becoming sick from a raw yolk than a raw white. If I use whole eggs, my dog eats the yolks or I save them to bake dog treats.
So don’t be afraid to try this! No natural or artificial sweeteners, no isolated protein, just wholesome ingredients. (and some xanthen gum, but you guys can duke out that battle on your own. ;-))
So. I’m all better I think!
After work, I walked around downtown Saratoga in in beautiful weather for a few hours and then met a friend for coffee and to go exploring. Really, I was procrastinating coming home.
Side note: [iced coffee + honey = LOVE]
Finally, we parted ways and I made my way back to the house. When I got home, I logged onto Cornell’s admissions site and…. I got in!
My dad and I, on our visit to Cornell. Oh Ithaca autumn!
To tell you the truth, I have no idea where I’m headed.
Cornell is so prestigious and the education is fabulous. It’s close and really beautiful.
Clemson is in the south where it’s nice and warm. It would be a blast, and they have a Culinology program (the science of cooking), which I’m really looking forward to.
Cal Poly and Penn State are great too.
I have a lot of thinking to do over the next month.
I’m nervous but excited. I think next year is going to be great. I’m not letting any other disappointments or petty high school things bring me down anymore because I’m so fortunate! For God, for my amazing parents, for my best friends, for my favorite teachers, for the wonderful schools, and for the supportive blogging community… This is the end of bad moods.
The sun is shining, and I’m a happy girl!