15 Quick and Easy Vegan Protein Recipes

15 vegan protein recipes

Summer is (unfortunately) making its imminent 115º descent upon us desert-dwellers. Right about now, gyms are packed full of people desperately trying to prepare their bodies for swimsuit season.
You mix that with the draw of air conditioning, and we get an epidemic almost worse than the new-years-revolutioners!

As I touch on in my about page, my health journey started with simple and healthy eating habit changes. These small changes eventually lead to me working in the nutrition industry. There, I learned to look at nutrition and exercise as a whole, rather than separate entities. What you feed your body will nourish it through the healing and rejuvenation process! Why not use the absolute best foods as your fuel?

I am still shocked when I hear a “fit” individual base their success on “eating whatever I want and working it off at the gym”.
If it was that simple, why has heart disease been the number one killer of Americans since 1921?
You may look decent on the outside, but what is your body trying to tell you from the inside? Hypertension, high cholesterol, lethargy, or even erectile-dysfunction could be signs your body is screaming for help! Listen for once!

The Complete Protein Myth

One reason fitness-junkies cling to animal proteins is the complete protein myth. This dates back to 1971 when a book titled Diet for a Small Planet was published. In it, Author Frances Moore Lappé claimed that plant foods lack some or all of the essential amino acids needed for a healthy body. She promoted the idea that in order to be a healthy vegetarian, one must eat an entire set of “complimentary proteins” in one sitting.

The author certainly didn’t mean to cause harm to the vegetarian movement. She wasn’t a nutritionist or doctor, merely a sociologist working to end world hunger. She was actually promoting vegetarianism!

In more recent editions she has corrected her mistake, retracting her previous claims. Granted one consumes enough calories, humans are almost guaranteed to get sufficient protein from plant sources. Your remarkable body is able to store amino acids throughout the day, assembling the complete proteins later. No need to stress about getting it all in one sitting!

Unfortunately, this myth is still perpetuated throughout society. Fitness magazines, the media, and even medical professionals still spread this misconception around. If you’re talking to a meat-head that refuses to listen; Soy, Buckwheat, Quinoa, and Hemp are all complete proteins. No arguing with that!

Get on with it, already! Top 15 Vegan Protein Recipes

Whether you’re a gym-junkie, yoga enthusiast, outdoorsman, or even a stay-at-home mom looking for a quick, filling treat, I’ve got you covered!

I’ve scoured the net for the easiest, delicious vegan protein-rich recipes to satisfy anyone’s needs. Next time you need a quick pick-me-up, give one of these amazing recipes a try!

  1. Hemp Protein Powder Bites from Vie de la Vegan

    hemp protein powder bites

  2. Spicy Tofu Scramble from Lazy Cat Kitchen

    spicy tofu scramble

  3. Power Snack with DIY Maple-Coconut-Cinna Almond Butter from Healthy Happy Life

    Power Snack with DIY Maple-Coconut-Cinna Almond Butter

  4. Probiotic Cashew Yoghurt from Food or Mood

    Cashew_yoghurt

  5. Hazelnut Pesto Smothered Cauliflower Steaks from Craving Nature

    HAZELNUT PESTO SMOTHERED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS

  6. Fruity Protein Breakfast Bowl from Nourish and Nestle

    Raspberry-Oatmeal-Bowl

  7. Mocha Hazelnut Power Balls from A Virtual Vegan

    Mocha-Hazelnut-Power-Balls

  8. Pumpkin Pie Pudding from Win Win Food

    Pupmkin-Protein-Pudding

  9. Mint Chocolate Sunflower Bites from Strength and Sunshine

    Mint-Chocolate-Sunflower-Bites

  10. Peanut Butter Cinnamon Energy Bars from Two City Vegans

    PEANUT BUTTER CINNAMON ENERGY BARS

  11. Chocolate Nice Cream Breakfast Parfait from Veggie Inspired

    CHOCOLATE NICE CREAM BREAKFAST PARFAIT

  12. Chocolate Protein Bark from Taste Space

    Chocolate Protein Bark

  13. Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding from Veggies Save the Day

    Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

  14. Vegan Chocolate Zoats from Vegan Heaven

    Vegan-Chocolate-Zoats

  15. Chocolate Protein Power Bars from Unconventional Baker

    no-bake-chocolate-protein-bars

 

Get outside, explore the world, treat yo’ body, and treat yo’ self!

12 Comments

  1. Jenn S.

    April 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm Great post! Thank you for including my Chocolate Nice Cream Parfaits! I will be sharing this! Reply
    • Nick

      April 17, 2016 at 2:50 pm Thank you! Can't wait to try the recipe 😄 Reply
  2. Two City Vegans

    April 17, 2016 at 2:54 pm Hey Nick! Thanks for including our recipe! It's nice to see another LGBT male blogger! Also, I don't know if you like Drag Race, but your blog name reminds me of the lingo surrounding the show and drag. :) Gorgeous round up! :) Reply
    • Nick

      April 17, 2016 at 2:55 pm Of course, thank you! I'm a huge fan! Interestingly enough, you're the first person to notice it! ;D Reply
  3. Kyra

    April 18, 2016 at 4:05 am Thank you for including my hemp protein bars in your round-up, Nick! So many yummy protein choices here <3 Reply
    • Nick

      April 18, 2016 at 10:11 am Thank you! :) Reply
  4. janet @ the taste space

    April 18, 2016 at 7:43 am Thank you for including my recipe! Great round-up. Tweeted and pinned. :) Reply
    • Nick

      April 18, 2016 at 10:11 am Thank you! :) Reply
  5. audrey @ unconventional baker

    April 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm Thanks so much, Nick! Awesome recipes :) Reply
    • Nick

      April 19, 2016 at 3:38 pm Thank you! 😄 Reply
  6. craving nature

    August 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm Great list of quick, fun and approachable recipes! Thanks for including my cauliflower steaks! Reply

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