When the lovely guys at First Protein sent me some samples of their products, I knew it was going to be instant love.
Made using only the very best, superior quality protein (nothing but grass-fed for these guys), they have a fantastic array of products which fitness fans will absolutely adore. The protein itself is a casein blend (ideal for taking at night time as it's a slow-releasing form of protein) sweetened with stevia and tastes utterly delicious.
Anyway, it's the protein capsules which have really caught my eye. Perfect for those who want a protein hit on the go, or for you to try before you buy, I've been taking these little beauties with me everywhere. Whatever flavour protein you love, they have it - there's vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry and blueberry cheesecake.
My eye was quickly caught by the strawberry flavour capsules, which I used to make this Raw Berry Protein Cheesecake, topped with a raw chocolate sauce. Raw and Paleo, this is utterly delicious and so nutritious that I have been known (OK, so quite often) to eat it for breakfast...
P.S Keep your eyes peeled for some more First Protein recipes, coming your way...
RAW BERRY PROTEIN CHEESECAKE
For the base:
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup dates, soaked in water for 15 minutes and drained
1/2 scoop First Protein unflavoured protein
1 tbsp almond butter
For the filling:
2 cups cashews, soaked overnight
2 cups frozen berries
1/2 cup dates
1 small pot of Co-yo coconut yoghurt
10 capsules strawberry First Protein
90ml coconut milk (cartoned)
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the raw chocolate sauce:
4 tbsp melted Lucy Bee coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp cacao powder
1) To make the base, whizz together the ingredients until well combined and sticking together. If the mixture is too sticky, then add more ground almonds or whey. Press the 'dough' into a 20cm springform cake tin and place in the freezer to firm.
2) In the meantime, make the filling by blending together the ingredients until completely smooth. Pour the filling over the set crust and place back in the freezer to set overnight.
3) When ready to serve (or 30 minutes before), remove the cheesecake from the freezer and start making your raw chocolate sauce. To do this, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then drizzle over the finished cheesecake. Cut into slices and serve!