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Berry Protein Bake {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, & Refined-Sugar-Free}

Berry Protein Bake {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, & Refined-Sugar-Free}

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Whether I'm just waking up or getting home from a tough workout, I'm the kind of person who is ON THE HUNT for food. I know there are some people out there who are like, "I'm not hungry in the morning" or "I can't eat after a workout or I feel sick," and, honestly, these are the people you cannot trust. I'm sorry but what do you mean you're not hungry in the morning or after working out. I go to bed excited for breakfast and spend my entire workout thinking about what I'm going to eat when I get home. Life revolves around food, ya know?

This protein bake is AMAZING for breakfast, post-workout, first lunch, second dinner.... you get the point. It's a tasty treat full of fiber, nutrients, carbs, and protein. Not gonna lie, I'm mildly obsessed with it.

Ok, now let's talk protein. Protein powders are EVERYWHERE. All over the internet, grocery store, probably under your bed... Alright, I'm exaggerating, but there are thousands of these protein powders on the market and it can be so confusing to decide which one is going to work best for your body.

It took me so long to realize that whey protein and I are just not friends. I've yet to find a whey protein powder that I digest in a way that doesn't induce a 9-month-pregnant-type-stomach. So, since I tend to not love pea protein (and wouldn't touch soy protein with a 10 foot pole), where does that leave me? PureWOD BUILD protein powder.

This stuff is made from pure grass-fed beef and, lemme tell you, is a BREEZE to digest when compared to whey protein. Since it's from grass-fed beef, it contains all of that good collagen and gelatin that our bodies need as we get older. Since beginning to use PureWOD, I've no longer needed to supplement my diet with extra collagen and gelatin; I just get it all straight from my PureWOD protein.

Oh, and before you ask, because I know you're thinking it, no, it doesn't taste like meat. That would be disgusting. The vanilla tastes like vanilla ice cream and the chocolate tastes like chocolate milk. Trust me. You'll be impressed with the flavor and the texture.

So, moving on, here's my suggestion... run to the nearest grocery store and get the ingredients you need, order your Vanilla PureWOD Build Grass-Fed Beef Protein, bake this up, and eat it alllll week. Your spouse, roommate, significant other or whoever else you plan to see in the coming days will thank you (that's assuming you choose to share, which you totally don't have to and I won't blame you if you keep it a secret and eat the whole pan).

So, bake it up and enjoy!

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and refined-sugar-free.

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Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 1 hour, 25 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

Oatmeal mixture:

2 tsp coconut oil, melted
1 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1-3 scoop(s) Vanilla PureWOD BUILD Grass-Fed Beef Protein
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 2/3 cups plain unsweetened almond milk
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Berries:

2 1/2 cups frozen berries, thawed

Topping:

1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup date sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 8x8-inch or 9x13-inch pan (depending on your preference of bar thickness) with coconut oil.
  3. In a small bowl, combine oats, salt, cinnamon, and protein powder.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together maple syrup, almond milk, egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  5. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until well-combined.
  6. Pour the oatmeal mixture into prepared baking pan.
  7. Pour berries and juices from thawing over oatmeal mixture.
  8. In separate medium bowl, stir together topping ingrients until well-combined.
  9. Sprinkle topping over berries.
  10. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until lightly browned and set.
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  12. Enjoy after a tough workout alongside a cup of hot coffee!
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