I’ve been toying with the idea of a blog post talking derby diets for a while. What do we eat? What should we actually eat? And all that jazz, but the truth is, we eat whatever we want to eat and that differs from derby girl to derby girl. One of the best things about roller derby is the social side of things, meeting up for pints and a burrito/burger/pizza/whatever else is tasty.
But! There is one thing almost all of us do have in common with our diets, and it’s the same for any diet that goes hand in hand with exercise, which is protein! And also, cake.
So I decided to combine these two great things. Getting a lot of protein can be quite dull, chicken and tuna certainly start to get boring in your diet, and protein shakes are great to bump it up, but bleeeeugh. Cake, however, I can eat all day - and cookies too!
My partner does weight training so his protein intake is, as you can imagine ,massive. So my decision to proteinate (not a word but it should be!) cakes was for his birthday last week. (Yaaaaay happy birthday to him!) And they turned out so surprisingly well I thought I’d share my recipes with you!
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Cupcakes
2 x scoops of whey protein powder (I used chocolate, but you can use whatever flavour you want!)
1 x ½ a teaspoon of baking powder
2 x large egg whites
2 x teaspoons of cocoa / low fat chocolate powder
2 x teaspoons of sweetener (Splenda or something similar)
1/8 cup of coffee (just normal coffee is fine!)
2 x tablespoons of water
3 x tablespoons of peanut butter (I used chunky for some added texture)
Preheat the oven to around 225 degrees.
Mix all the ingredients, apart from the peanut butter and then put it in the fridge to cool for a few minutes. Whilst it’s cooling, melt the peanut butter in the microwave until it’s lovely and runny. Then mix this into the cooled cake mix.
Now I used cupcake cases and because the mixture is very very thick it didn’t spread out very well or stay round, so I would recommend learning from my mistake and using a greased cupcake (Yorkshire pudding) tin. Or to be even safer, cupcake cases in the Yorkshire pudding tin. Spoon in the mixture and spread it all nice and evenly inside the sections.
Stick them in the oven for around 10 minutes, keeping an eye on them, when they look nice and cakey, stick a knife in the middle and if it comes out clear they’re cooked! Set them aside somewhere to cool down and you can start on the frosting!
For the frosting you will need:
1 x tablespoon of sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix (like angel delight or something along those lines)
½ a teaspoon of milk
¼ a teaspoon of cocoa powder / hot chocolate mix
½ teaspoon of sweetener.
This is super easy, just whisk it all together until nice and fluffy and frosting like and spread over your delicious cupcakes. Add a couple of peanuts or in my case cashew nuts to decorate and you have a tasty, protein cake treat.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Oatmeal Cookies
2 x tablespoons of Peanut Butter (For these I used smooth)
2 x 1/3 cup of Oatmeal (it’s just porridge, dry, uncooked porridge)
2 x 1/8 cups of cocoa (or hot chocolate)
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 x scoop of whey protein powder (I used chocolate)
3 x teaspoons of artificial sweetening powder (like splender)
3 x teaspoons of milk
Preheat the oven to around 225 degrees
These are a little messy! Mix all the powdery ingredients in the bowl together first and then 1 by 1 add in the tablespoons of peanut butter, mixing it together as you go. The easiest way is to do this with your hands and just enjoy the messiness!
Once it’s all almost mixed together start incorporating the milk as you mix, eventually you’ll end up with a ball of oaty, chocolately, peanut butter gloop.
It’s too sticky to roll out and as there’s no flour, just pull smallish balls out of the mixture and squash them with your hands until they’re flat and relatively biscuit shaped, place them on a baking tray covered in cooking foil.
Pop in the oven and leave for 10 minutes or until they’re hard enough to press in the middle and stay firm. Leave on the side to cool for ten minute and then put them on a place and enjoy with a nice cup of tea! (In my house, green tea mmmmm)
Keep on rolling and being excellent to each other!