Sometimes, after a killer workout all I crave is dessert, tell me please that this doesn’t happen only to me? Sometimes, all I want is carbs, but we all know that a high calorie dessert as good as it taste is not the best post workout recovery meal, how sad…. So, this weekend I was on a mission to create a “hybrid”; as of now one of the desserts that I constantly crave is the carrot souffle. And by all means carrot souffle still sounds healthy to me, it has carrots, no? But to actually be able to enjoy it after a nice workout, guilt free and to get some benefits out of it, sounds even better for me! Thats why I have created this Protein Carrot Souffle, with a total of 16 grams of protein per serving, now how is that for a workout recovery dessert?
- 5 medium carrots, peeled
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 stick of margarine
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used Sun Warrior)
- 1 tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Boil the carrots until very tender, drain and transfer to a mixing bowl. While the carrots are still warm, using an electric mixer beat them with sugar, followed by the vanilla extract, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the eggs one at a time, the flour, protein powder and margarine. Transfer the mixture into four creme brulee ramekins. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the oven and let the souffle cool completely before serving. Serve with whipped cream.
Now, I am not saying that this is the most healthy dessert, it still has some sugar but if you look at the amount per serving its not that much, and there is less than one tablespoon of flour per serving! You can’t detect the protein in the souffle, it tastes amazing, very smooth and silky, and there are so many flavors that compliment each other so nice, the vanilla and the cinnamon, the natural sweetness of the carrots with the whipped cream, and all these packed with 16 grams of protein! Definitely a winner dessert that can be enjoyed as a snack, or served after a dinner party, your guest won’t even suspect that they are eating a healthier version that is very waist friendly! Try it for yourself, but be aware it is addictive, once you taste it you will find yourself buying carrots in bulk!!!