Hello! Hope you have had a great weekend and now a wonderful start to the week. I had blissfully lazy weekend with my better half. We relaxed, read books (me cook books), played scrabble and ate loads of yummy food which I also happily got to take some beautiful pics of! I wanted to start this week with lots of healthy greens, vegetables and delicious snacks like these super pretty No bake Strawberry Protein Donuts!
Before I explain more about these delicious strawberry protein donuts, I want to tell you a little about my research and understanding of the benefits of Cold pressed, grass fed Pure Whey Protein Powder. While I was studying for my nutrition course, I came across an antioxidant called Glutathione. Now its a very important anti-oxidant found in every cell of the body and made by the liver. It plays a major role in liver detoxification as well as an anti oxidant in DNA repair, preventing oxidative damage from free radicles, helping the metabolism and boosting the immune system. It helps working against inflammation which can be seen in early ageing, diseases like cancer and heart disease and injury.
I alway recommend eating a rainbow of vegetables and fruits to get anti-oxidants but in the case of Glutathione it is made in the body by the liver. Two things help ensure its produced in abundance – eating certain nutrient dense food and exercise. This is where the importance of cold pressed whey protein powder comes into the spot light. Amongst a variety of healthy foods like sulfur rich veggies like garlic, onion, broccoli and kale, meat products like grass fed, free range, beef, turkey, chicken and dairy, folate rich foods like greens, avocado and legumes, whey protein powder plays an important role. Now it is important for the whey protein to not only be organic, but cold pressed and grass fed to ensure the highest level of nutrients. The food sources to help ensure healthy levels of glutathione have to be raw and least processed.
I was so thrilled to read about this because usually whey protein is something I imagine body builders take and not people who just want to stay healthy. I immediately started looking up where I could find cold pressed, grass fed organic whey protein. To my absolute delight I found a Hong Kong based company who sells exactly that! Protelicious is a gourmet grass fed whey protein powder company based in HK. They source their whey from New Zealand and use delicious natural products like freeze dried strawberry or Valrhona chocolate to flavour it. What I loved about their products was that is was just clean whey protein isolate with no fillers or bulking agents or sweeteners. I immediately contacted them and received positive response from their lovely owner. She sent me samples of all their flavours and I absolutely loved the strawberry one. I decided to make these delicious raw Strawberry Protein donuts with it as a fun snack. As well as a way of ensuring no heating of the product to keep all its goodness intact. At that time they were called Island Supplements and were going through a rebranding process and I was more than happy to wait and receive their newly branded Protelicious Strawberry Whey Protein powder.
Now finally coming to the recipe for these delicious Strawberry Protein donuts. I wanted to make something raw/no bake to ensure the goodness of the whey protein powder remains intact. I have been experimenting with making raw donuts and found them to be a fun alternative to energy balls. They have the same process as energy balls but they are set in a mould and dipped into an icing glaze which is set in the freezer. Of course these healthy snacks are refined sugar free and packed with fresh and dried fruits. To enhance the strawberry flavour I have also added some frozen strawberries into both the donut base and glaze. The base is a combination of nuts, oats and whey protein powder held together by strawberries and dates. The icing is a simple sugar free recipe using the strawberry whey protein powder, more strawberries and a little cacao butter.
This recipe is very simple together and looks absolutely professional and stunning. They store happily for weeks in the freezer and are a great healthy snack. Packed with nutrition and protein to help strengthen your cells in your body and protect you from inflammation. If you do not have a donut mould then you can roll it into energy balls and dip it into the glaze. It will still taste the same and have the same health benefits. If you like the sound of these strawberry protein donuts and would like a vegan version then have a go at making my Chocolate Hemp Protein Balls recipe as well as my other healthy sweet snacks like my Rose and Pistachio bliss balls and my Mango Baobab energy balls.
I hope you enjoy this fun way to add whey protein into your diet as well as being convinced you need to add it to your healthy daily routine. I also had great success with Protelicious’s whey protein powder in my smoothies. Do let me know if you feel enthusiastic enough to try your hand out with these delicious and fun No Bake Strawberry Protein Donuts. Have you used Cold pressed whey protein powder before? Have you seen or felt any positive health benefits? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below!