Cinnamon Protein Loaf
GF | DF | Paleo
Is it just me, or does prepping snacks for the week seem WAY MORE fun than prepping meals for the week? There’s something about prepping meals that just seems so boring and responsible (ugh), but when it comes to prepping snacks…sign me up! I just love having the option of a few pre-made snacks ready to go at the start of the work week that I can just grab when I’m on the way out the door in the morning, when I’m working from home or when I need something small to tie me over until dinner.
Well, this Cinnamon Protein Loaf is just that. It’s simple, low in sugar, and is incredibly easy to make. It’s perfect served solo, or it’s even better smothered in coconut butter or almond butter. (Or any kind of nut butter really.) It’s not super sweet either - only sweetened with 2 tablespoons of honey - so it makes for a great side to a main meal as well.
To top it all off, and the main reason for the name really, is that this loaf is jam-packed full of protein, so just one slice of this will help curb hunger much longer than a regular ol’ slice of banana bread or lemon loaf. The base of this baby is made with almond flour (protein), coconut flour (protein) and eggs (lots of protein), as well as flax seed (fats), and a little apple cider vinegar (gut-supporting prebiotic). Because it’s made with almond flour and coconut flour, this is also a perfect recipe for your gluten-free friends or family members. (Or just tell them there is gluten in it to avoid them eating it all. No judgement from me!)
A little tip for you: anything made with nuts is usually very expensive, and as this recipe uses 2 cups of almond flour (which is essentially ground almonds), this would not be considered a “cheap” recipe. So, as a little tip, check out Costco for most of your baking ingredients, in particular their almond flour and other nuts. Kirkland offers a great almond flour for a great price, like this one here.
So, here we go. Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think. Remember, it’s not supposed to be a very sweet loaf, but if you’re craving something a little sweeter, feel free to double the amount of honey, or just drizzle it on top of each slice. Pure heaven.
A few notes about this recipe:
As the main purpose of this recipe is to provide a jam-packed protein loaf, I don’t suggest using an egg alternative, like chia or flax. I’m also not sure how the loaf would hold-up without the binding properties of the eggs.
Coconut flour is a very specific type of flour and is hard to substitute. Trust me, I’ve tried it and it was a disaster. It absorbs a large amount of liquid, which is why you require so little of it in any given recipe. (Hence, 2 tablespoons.) So, I don’t suggest substituting this for any other flour.
Feel free to play around with the spices - I really like the blend of cinnamon and nutmeg for this recipe, but if you’re feeling adventurous, a little cardamom might be a nice addition.
Feel free to use lemon juice in place of the ACV.
If you want to further increase the protein content, adding a scoop of flavourless protein powder would work well. My go-to flavourless one is this plant-based one from Arbonne, which contains 10g of plant-based protein per scoop.