Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Exploring Unusual Whey Protein Flavours

As a thank you for writing a number of articles for them recently, The Protein Works gave me some credit to redeem for their products. This has given me the perfect opportunity to try a number of different flavours and ways of using protein powders. I'm still very much a novice when it comes to using this stuff but it's been fun experimenting.

I ordered three flavours to try; Rhubarb & Custard, Cherry Bakewell and Butterscotch Ripple. Honestly, their range of flavours is incredible, particularly in the Whey Protein range… Jaffa Cake flavour anyone? Mint Choc Chip? Rum 'n' Raisin?! The unflavoured stuff is more versatile, for sure, and of course it's not difficult to add your own flavourings, but these sounded fun so what the heck?
Rhubarb & Custard and apple "crumble" smoothie
First off, inspired by a recipe in my new Abel & Cole cook book, I tried the Rhubarb & Custard flavour  whizzed up with a handful of frozen chopped apple, 200ml skimmed milk and 2 tbs porridge oats. These flavours worked really well together, a bit like a fruit crumble!
Butterscotch Ripple and banana oat breakfast shake
Next up I combined the Butterscotch Ripple with a chopped, frozen banana, 200ml semi-skimmed milk and 2 tbs porridge oats. This was absolutely delicious; another winner people! The Butterscotch Ripple combo also works exceedingly well with a peeled and de-seeded pear substituted for the banana. As a point of note, I would add the oats after you've finished blending and leave it to stand for a while, or even overnight, so that it thickens up a bit. Blended oats can be a little gritty.

I then stepped outside the comfort zone of smoothies and tried protein microwave cake using this recipe. I used the Cherry Bakewell flavour here as I thought that might be pretty tasty. Well, dear reader, I'm afraid this didn't turn out quite so well. The taste was lovely but I don't think I mixed it enough, it seemed to need a fair bit longer in the microwave than the recipe suggested and I ended up with little lumps of protein in the cake… but feel free to try the recipe yourself!

Disclaimer: I have not been asked to write this review let alone a positive one. I just fancied sharing my ideas with you good folks. The products were not gifted, I merely used credit that I earn by writing articles for the company. 


  1. Wow the flavour combo's intrigue me.

    1. The flavours that The Protein Works have are really great but it's fun coming up with different things to mix with them. If you can think of any others let us know!