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WE LOVE the new all-natural protein powder made entirely from novel ingredients such as pumpkin seeds and hemp

With smoothies being the current breakfast trend du jour, protein powders are growing unpopularity – but so many contain nasty sweeteners and chemicals. That Protein is a new 100 per cent natural powder made with novel plant ingredients such as pumpkin seed and brown rice proteins.

I heart Pumpkin Seed Powder with Chia Seeds from That Protein in a delicious smoothie

That Protein is exactly the kind of protein powder we love. It’s made with completely natural plant ingredients, unlike many other protein powders, and is packed with nutritional value. It comes in three all-vegan mixes, I heart Pumpkin Seed Powder with Chia Seeds, Happy Happy Hemp Protein Powder with Baobab and Blissful Brown Rice Protein with Raw Cacao – all £14.99.

We need to be consuming the right amount of protein for optimal health, and according to dietitian Orla Walsh, we need 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight daily.For a 55 kilogram woman, that’s 44 grams of protein daily. A scoop of That Protein provides about 13 grams so if you’re vegetarian, vegan or just aren’t getting enough protein in your diet, this is one way to sneak more into your diet. But it doesn’t just have to be in shakes and smoothies – That Protein can be added to baking, or topped on cereals, porridge and yoghurt (our editor Anna Magee adds a scoop of the pumpkin seed protein mix to porridge for extra savoury thickness).

These powders also hold additional bursts of nutrition. The pumpkin seed powder with chia seeds has fibre and omega 3 to help cholesterol levels and regulate the digestive system. Vitamin C in the Happy Happy Hemp Protein Powder with Baobab mix is more than that found in oranges and helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

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That Protein’ founder Darlene McCormick
‘My aim now is to bring a two in one source of natural plant proteins and interesting super foods to people who want that bit extra from their plant proteins,’ says That Protein founder Darlene McCormick.
After selling her PR firm for a career change in her mid-forties, McCormick’s interest in plant based nutrition sparked her desire to find ‘new and novel’ plant nutrition sources. After discovering pumpkin seed protein powder, the rarest protein available, she developed her own version using the powder combined with super foods.
‘Its not just for vegans but for anyone interested in living and eating clean,’ says McCormick. ‘Everything we use is 100 per cent natural and the highest quality.’
To show you just how versatile protein powder can be in the kitchen, we’ve stolen three recipes from Darlene’s brilliant That Protein cookbook – without a smoothie in sight.


Hearty Breakfast Pancakes

Pancakes with berries and honey over white


4 heaped tablespoons oat bran
3 tablespoons That Protein’s I Heart Pumpkin Seed Protein with Chia Seeds mix
200ml coconut milk
2 medium bananas
2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons agave (optional)
Coconut oil or butter for cooking


Mash the banana and then transfer it to a mixing bowl or food blender. Add all other ingredients to the mix. Stir heartily or blend. Heat your pan to hot and add one teaspoon of coconut oil or butter to the pan. Once the pan is very hot, add 1/4 of the mix. Spread it thinly and cook until golden brown. Flip your pancake and wait for the other side to brown as well.

Repeat three more times for a total of four servings. Garnish with barries and agave, or as you like.

Health Benefits

Studies show eating a breakfast high in fibre and protein can help with weight management and you are unlikely to snack with this filling mix of natural nutrients.These nutrient dense high protein, high fibre pancakes are also high in omega 3 fatty acids due to the chia seeds in the mix which contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.


Pumpkin Seed Protein Pie

pumpkin pie and slice


1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup dates
15g I heart Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder with Chia Seeds
1/8 teaspoon salt

Pumpkin filling:
1 pumpkin, peeled, gutted and diced
1 cup dates
4-5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1-4 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger & cloves)


To make the crust: Process the nuts & protein powder in your food processor until they are like a rough flour. Add the dates, raisins and salt and pulse until it all sticks together in a lump. Press into the bottom of a pie dish and refrigerate.

To make the pie filling: Put the pumpkin in a food processor and whisk until smooth. Add in other ingredients. Transfer the filling to your blender and blend on the highest setting and whisk until very smooth. Spread the filling onto your pie crust and let it set in the fridge for a few hours.


Blissful Brown Rice and Raw Cacao Chocolate Bites

chocolate balls with coconut

1 cup oats
1 cup mixed nuts
2 tbsp That Protein’s Blissful Brown Rice Protein with raw Cacao
3 Tbsp agave
1/2 cup soaked dates
1/4 cup water (or more / less as needed)
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/8-1/4 cup coconut oil
Cacao and Coconut for rolling


Process all dry ingredients into a flour. Next, add all other ingredients into the bowl and process or mix by hand into a dough. Roll your dough into balls and coat with Raw cacao powder and coconut. Served chilled.

Health Notes

These chocolate bites have lots of lovely cacao with antioxidant powers, oats that are high in fibre for a healthy digestive system, and brown rice protein with all the essential amino acids your body needs every day but can’t make itself. Enjoy this treat without guilt.

I heart Pumpkin Seed Powder with Chia Seeds from That Protein.
I heart Pumpkin Seed Powder with Chia Seeds from That Protein.

Visit That Protein to pick up your own natural protein powder and to download more recipes

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