Protein 'Bowl of Mud'
Someone asked me recently what a ‘bowl’ was.
Well, love...it’s a bowl…full of stuff you want to eat. I mean, that’s it. It could be a bowl filled with acai, or a smoothie, or quinoa with veggies, but at the end of the day, it’s a bowl.
I remember when my brother was working at this fancy restaurant (like...FANCY). It was the kind of place where you had to wear pantyhose and iron your undershirts, and highschooler me couldn’t afford a full meal there. I COULD afford dessert, and I did. There was this dessert on the menu called ‘Bowl of Mud’. It was a fishbowl sized goblet filled with from-scratch chocolate pudding, topped with whipped cream, chopped English toffee bars, chopped oreos, chocolate hot sauce, chopped nuts, and I’m pretty sure there was chocolate ice cream in there somewhere. It was the nightmare of pancreases all around the world, and it was definitely something you split with people (which was probably how I could afford it).
I am still the girl who prefers vanilla-flavored things, but everyone once in a while I need a bowl of chocolate mud. No, not the one that holds five days worth of calories and enough sugar to send people into shock. This is a version that is plant-based, sugar-free, and full of protein. I am careful about the fat content, so the whipped coconut milk is lite, and I keep the nut butter to a recommended serving size of 2 tbs.
Now, why Copaiba Vitality Oil? Copaiba has a nutty, sweet, mild flavor (kind of like honey) but supports every system in the body. It is high in something called beta-caryophyllene which you can read about in this U.S.-gov approved medical journal abstract. Base line - you want this in your body, and because Copaiba is such a mild flavor, it fits beautifully in this bowl (just do one drop though, or your tastebuds will blame me, and I warned ya).
For my fellow fitness nuggets and athletes, this serves as a post-workout protein replenishing meal, which is awesome, because…it’s a bowl of chocolate mud.
Protein ‘Bowl of Mud’
1 scoop of chocolate plant-based protein powder
2 tbs. almond butter
almond or coconut milk (the amount varies on your preferred consistency)
In a mixing bowl, combine the chocolate protein powder, almond butter, Copaiba Vitality, and 1-2 tbs of the nut milk. The mixture will be thick. Then slowly add more nut milk, stirring until you reach your preferred consistency. I think I usually end up adding 3/4 cup by the time all is said and done, but you may prefer more.
Scrape into a serving bowl and top with Cocowhip and stevia-sweetened chocolate chips.