Banana, Cookies ‘n’ Cream Shake + PlantFusion Review

Cookies N Cream Shake An Unrefined Vegan

Many, many weeks ago, NutraSpark Nutritionals generously sent me a whole bunch of PlantFusion plant protein powders – and during that time I sampled some of the varieties in beverages and also developed a couple of recipes that featured their flavored products. I thank them for the goodies and for their patience!

Full disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of protein powders.  I prefer to get my nutrients from whole foods – but every now and again I’ll add a scoop of protein powder to my smoothies.  Having said that…What’s great about PlantFusion is that – of course – they contain protein-packed plants like sprouted quinoa and amaranth, kale and broccoli – but they also have probiotics to aid in digestion with their “digestive enzyme blend.”  One of the things I really like about PlantFusion powders are that they contain stevia and erythritol, and not sugar.  Their powders have the full complement of Vitamins A to Zinc – with many exceeding the recommended daily intake.  If you’re shaky on getting your vitamins and minerals from whole foods but can commit to a quickly-prepared daily beverage, PlantFusion powders would be an excellent product for you.  And the flavors will definitely tempt you: chocolate, cookies and cream, chocolate raspberry, chocolate caramel, and vanilla.  The Cookie ‘n’ Cream Shake below is…addictive.

If PlantFusion powders sound appealing to you, I’m pleased to have sample products to share with one of my readers.  Up for grabs is one pound of protein powder in your flavor of choice – PLUS – a sampler packet that includes all of their flavors in both Phood and PlantFusion powders!  Enter the giveaway below and be sure to take a look at the recipes I’ve included here.  Giveaway ends at midnight U.S. CT time, May 9.  Sorry, folks, open to those in the U.S. only. 

Banana, Cookies 'n' Cream Shake
Serves 2
Cool, creamy, and fortified with plant-based protein!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
410 calories
34 g
0 g
32 g
5 g
27 g
324 g
26 g
14 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
324g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410
Calories from Fat 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g
49%
Saturated Fat 27g
135%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 26mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 14g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
20%
Calcium
6%
Iron
30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 packet PlantFusion Cookies 'n' Cream powder
  2. 2 bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
  3. 1 1/4 cups coconut milk (the kind in the aseptic carton, such as So Delicious)
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, optional (I think these look like pieces of cookie)
Instructions
  1. Combine everything but the chia seeds in a blender and process until smooth. You may need a bit more water to get the desired consistency.
  2. Add the chia seeds and process for a second or two. Divide between two glasses.
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fat
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protein
5g
carbs
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Raw Chocolate Caramel Apple Pancakes An Unrefined Vegan

Raw, Gluten-free Chocolate Caramel Apple Pancakes
Yields 10
Sweet and chocolatey protein pancakes that are raw and gluten-free.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
211 calories
25 g
0 g
12 g
4 g
1 g
100 g
24 g
11 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
100g
Yields
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211
Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
18%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 24mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
6%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond meal
  2. 1 cup flaxseed meal
  3. 2 apples, cored but not peeled, and chopped
  4. 1 package PlantFusion Phood Chocolate Caramel Shake
  5. 1 cup unsweetened apple juice or water
  6. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Add the flaxseed meal and almond meal to the bowl of a food processor and lightly pulse a few times just to break up the almond meal and combine the ingredients. Pour into a large bowl and add the Phood powder.
  2. Put the apples and lemon into the food processor and process until just about the consistency of applesauce. Add the apple juice or water, and vanilla extract and process until fairly smooth.
  3. Pour this mixture in with dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fill a 1/3 cup measure with some of the batter, turn over the cup and tap it on a Teflexx dehydrator sheet. Gently press down the mixture to form a circle that's about 1/2-inch thick. Repeat with remaining batter. I got 5 pancakes per tray.
  5. Put the trays in the dehydrator and turn it on to 145-degress F. Dehydrate for 30 minutes, then turn down to 115-degrees F and dehydrate for about 5 hours. Carefully flip the pancakes over and continue to dehydrate for another 1-2 hours or until the pancakes are firm, but not crispy.
  6. Serve with your favorite pancakes fixings.
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fat
12g
protein
4g
carbs
25g
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Raw Chocolate Caramel Apple Pancakes An Unrefined Vegan

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48 thoughts on “Banana, Cookies ‘n’ Cream Shake + PlantFusion Review

  1. tearoomdelights

    There are those frozen bananas again, I really must try that some time. I think living in a cold country makes me wary of freezing fruit unless I’m going to cook it and eat it hot later on. Those pancakes look terrific.

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Haha! Yep – frozen bananas make for the creamiest smoothies! Like ice cream.

      Reply
  2. Deb

    I go back and forth–sometimes I use protein powder, and I’ll use it daily in meals, and other times I’ll forgo it for months.

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  3. Ali Seiter

    I’ll use protein powder if I’m trying to gain weight, but otherwise I do without. My favorites are Ultimate Meal and Raw Warrior, but I’d love to try another! I follow on Twitter and Pinterest. šŸ™‚

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  4. Nezumi

    I’m kind of addicted to protein powder. I use them everywhere! Smoothies, chia pudding, homemade bars, etc. I love it. Those PlantFusion flavours sound delicious.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  5. sara

    I like the hemp and plant based protein powders. I haven’t tried this brand yet, but cookies n cream sounds awesome!

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  6. Janel M.

    I do use protein powder abour 3-4 times a week, usually after workouts. Right now I’m using SunWarrior.

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I haven’t tried theirs yet, Janel. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Reply
  7. michellini

    Im not big on protein powders either but every once in awhile… My husband makes him and my son a smoothie with it every week day… The only kind we really buy is Phood Chocolate Caramel Ive never had the cookies and cream tho …

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I was pleasantly surprised by the Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Thanks for commenting!

      Reply
  8. Katie M

    I’m also partial to getting my protein through food directly, such as quinoa, beans, etc., but I’ve seen some yummy muffin and smoothie recipes that use protein powder that I’d love to try šŸ˜€

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  9. veggiewhatnow

    Hey, I finally figured out how to comment on your new site! šŸ™‚ So yeah, Plant Fusion is the only brand of protein powder I’m aware of that I can actually eat/allergies. So, I like the protein powder and use it pretty frequently. Would love if they were more affordable, but it is what it is. Yes, of course, it’s tasty and fun to make things from scratch, but sometimes I need something quick and easy before moving on to other culinary projects.

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      They’re crazy expensive, aren’t they?! Hehe, so glad you figured out my new site :-)!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Haven’t tried that one yet, but I enjoy some of their other products. Thanks, Marina!

      Reply
  10. kao

    I use protein powder in recipes on days when I do not get enough protein through meals or if I have a heavy workout and need the extra protein. I use it in smoothies, oatmeal, and snack bars. Love how may flavors are on the market! Plant Fusion has some of the yummiest

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  11. wanderlustyilan

    I like protein powders because they give a creamy texture and often some calcium to shakes. I don’t like bananas very much, so PPs help to thicken things up! Can’t wait to try these.

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  12. The Vegan 8

    I love Epic Protein powder by Sprout Living and I use it daily, but this one looks pretty good too! I have never had raw pancakes…they are definitely different than traditional….kind of like a raw cookie I’m guessing in texture?? They sure sound tasty šŸ™‚

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  13. Richa

    i dont personally use protein powder but now i have to use some for hubbs. he is hiking every weekend and getting too skinny šŸ™‚ the protein bars on the hike arent enough fore sure. i have some plant fusion samples, so i keep trying something or the other. he has not gotten used to the taste yet though

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I find they have a bit of a powdery feel when mixed into smoothies. Not bad, just noticeable.

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I haven’t tried that flavor! I really liked their vanilla – but it got too expensive to – as you say – use daily.

      Reply
  14. Sophie33

    I have used many protein powders before but these sound excellent! Cool fab pics too!
    2 amazing tasty recipes but I prefer the shake, of course,..;.ooks fabuliscious too! x

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