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Versatile passion fruit protein cream {vegan + gluten-free}

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Greetings one and all! The hiatus is somewhat over at last! 😀 I’ve missed baking, blogging, and bugging all of you on Instagram and beyond, so I’ve decided the time is nigh to set aside procrastination and other foul things to bring you an easy but versatile recipe. Let me say this, naming is not easy. It was initially a spread, then a drizzle, then a mush… needless to say, not at all tempting. The thing is, depending on how much soy milk you add, it could be any one of those things. Ah well, tuff life choices when you can smear something with kick and creaminess on top of toast or swirl it into homemade nice-cream :p In this post I’m highlighting three ways in which I’ve used the protein cream to give you ideas, not that you aren’t ridiculously creative all by yourselves 🙂Versatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' MunchiesVersatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' MunchiesThis all started with me wanting a protein fix in my hectic last weeks of the previous job, in between illness and other nonsense. It’s those kind of situations which really drive my brain into simplicity mode, with a side of tasty. Enter this “cream”, for lack of a better word. I’ve made double batches for the past few weeks, and am planning on trying it with different variations like tofu and my trusty chickpeas. Yes, that’s right, I didn’t use my usual secret ingredient, muahaha! Versatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' MunchiesAnd before I go any further into food, I guess I should drop a line or two about my new job, since it’s finally started and I’m so excited for new things! I’m now officially the Head of Subject for History at a nation-wide distance education company, and I get to mostly work from home with Man-thing 😀 Man-thing and I met when we were tutors together at the local university and I fell for him as much for his good looks as I did his work ethic, so we’re going to have a great time I suspect. Fingers crossed I don’t make a twit of myself, but I absolutely adore the subject and admin, so combined it should be a fantastic challenge. Best of all, it’ll be something where I have more time to blog and be in the kitchen. Huzzah!Versatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' Munchies

Ingredients:

  • 60g protein powder
  • 2 TBSP nut or seed butter (tahini and macadamia work well)
  • 1/4  – 1/3 cup soy milk (depending on how thick you would like it)
  • 3/4 cup peach purée/applesauce/pumpkin purée (add sweetener to taste)
  • big pinch salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 4 passion fruits
  • 3 TBSP lemon juice
  • Extra passion fruit to stir in for aesthetics
  • Optional: pinch cayenne pepper

How-to:

  1. Remembering to start off with less liquid and work your way up (depending on what consistency you’re going for), blend all ingredients except your passion fruits (listed and optional extra). Use a food processor!
  2. Adjust thickness and sweetness or spices to taste. I recommend using NuNaturals NuStevia Liquid to replace the vanilla extract if you have it on hand, as it has its own sweetness.
  3. Add your passion fruit innards and blend four or so times until just combined.
  4. If you like, add your extra passion fruits and blitz once or twice.
  5. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container. Stir daily. Can last approximately a week with a few extra tsp of lemon juice each day.

The first thing I tried out was just adding it to a normal smoothie bowl, since I tend to have the standard cauliflower nice-cream treat each day (much to the woe of Instagram which makes me feel like an old woman with how creative everyone is). Nom! The passion fruit gives it a slightly sour edge which goes perfectly with the creamy delight of the rest of the ingredients. I’ve got the last of my passion fruit waiting in the fridge to make another batch just so that my daily breakfasts or lunches can be glammed up like this again.Versatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' MunchiesNext I tried some banana ice-cream pops, using 1/4 cup of the protein cream, 1 large banana and 1/2 cup soy milk blended together to make 4 tasty treats. I ate them all up pretty quickly, but one can easily jazz it up with granola, goji berries, chocolate, or nut butter swirls. Versatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' Munchies Versatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' MunchiesFrosting for a microwave muffin/cupcake – I used Feasting on Fruit’s amazing recipe for her Chocolate Cinnamon Mugcake, with peach pureé instead of date paste, and a dash of choc chips. Man-thing was over the moon to receive something “baked” and chocolate-y, since he’s been deprived during my hiatus as much as I, so it was win-win all round. I naturally ate all the frosting and a bite or two of the mugcake before handing it over, since he’s not a fan of fruity things, but it wasn’t exactly a hardship on my side :pVersatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' Munchies Versatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' MunchiesVersatile passion fruit protein cream #vegan + #glutenfree via Marfigs' Munchies

Some more ideas for ways to use the passion fruit protein cream:

And on a final note, a little ode to one of my soulmates, Atlas. My little panda bear, big puff, cutest patootie ever. We’re busy trying to integrate the cats after a big spat between the boys which left Gatsby in the hospital, so it means lots of maneuvering behind glass and other shenanigans. Slow but steady! In the meantime I am so thrilled to have him and the others (in shifts) at my side as I work from home. I always used to get pics from Man-thing during the day of the cats being cute and adorable, and now I get to see it first-hand ❤Atlas AtlasHappy Tuesday! We’re off to the in-laws to babysit their puppies, but with my allergy pills I’m shockingly ok with the fluffy chow and the darling Sharpei. I’m not much of a dog person (hence the kitties tag and a lack of dog), but these creatures are pretty adorable and I’m learning how to pet them without expecting purrs (the latter being a disappointing discovery which I had forgotten about). Cats FTW! 😛 ❤

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History HOS and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

10 thoughts on “Versatile passion fruit protein cream {vegan + gluten-free}

  1. Amazing versatile fabuliscious tasty recipes, my friend! Yum yum yum!!! Georgous photos too! xxx

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  2. Protein cream or “sludge” is always good 😉 I love dipping baked goodies in my mixtures! Lazy breakfast would be reheating a frozen slice of quick bread or muffin or doughnut and dipping it in some protein cream 😉

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  3. I quite like “mush” haha! Or creaminess. But cream is very enticing! My brain for some reason snuck the word “ice” in there before it the first time I read it…weird 😀 But wowza is this ever so super versatile! I would undoubtedly end up eating a large portion of it by the spoonful I’m sure. But frosting and popsicles and maybe even a dessert-y dip–all so yummy! Your mugcake looks amazing, I gotta try it with peach puree now! Congrats on the new job! I hope you fall into a home working routine and enjoy it immensely 🙂

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    • 😀 Haha I’m glad I can keep mush in mind for future treats 😉 I’m actually going to try and make a proper ice-cream out of it (with a ice-cream dishing spoon and everything, if that makes sense).

      Thank you so much! xx I am not yet so disciplined as Man-thing, so luckily his exasperated face is incentive to at least make myself productive.

      And seriously, your mugcake recipe is amazing! I’ve tried to come up with a few recipes myself but they always find a way of exploding over the rim, so you definitely have a fan!

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