These blackberry vanilla protein pops are the perfect post-workout snack or treat for a hot day. With a balance of carbs and protein, they’ll keep you more satisfied than a typical popsicle. This method can also be used to save leftover smoothies from being wasted! Did I mention these pops are vegan-friendly and include only plant-based ingredients?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post I developed for Silk. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Meet Your New Hot Weather Fave: Vegan Blackberry Vanilla Protein Pops
I turned one of my go-to post-workout smoothies into Vegan Blackberry Vanilla Protein Pops and they are oh so yummy. Popsicles are the perfect treat for hot days, so why not make them extra nutritious?
Post-Workout Nutrition Basics
The hour after I work out is probably my least favorite time to eat. Especially after a high-intensity workout, I usually feel slightly nauseous, I’m dripping in sweat, and the only thing I could imagine being able to stomach is a Slurpee. (Delicious, yes, but not the ideal fuel for tired muscles.)
The ideal post-workout meal should contain some easily absorbable (i.e. not super high in fiber) carbohydrate (bread, potatoes, and yes… some sweetened things ) and protein. Keep in mind that the ideal post-workout fuel might vary, depending on what type of activity you’re doing and when your next workout is. Going for a long run? Refuel with carbohydrates and a bit of protein. Doing strength training? Keep the carbs and add a bit more protein. A few simple options (other than these blackberry vanilla protein pops) that contain carbs and protein are:
- Sweet potato and ground turkey
- Chocolate milk
- Protein powder with sweetened almond milk
- Turkey wrap
- 1 slice toast + 2 scrambled eggs
- 1 cup yogurt + fruit + granola
- Quinoa egg cups
Wondering about when to eat your post-workout meal? Does it need to be within 30 minutes? 1 hour? Do you need to shove food in your face immediately after putting your dumbbells back to prevent muscle atrophy? The short answer? Not exactly.
In the 60-90 minutes after a workout, your body is in peak repair and replenishment mode, but this recovery will continue for the next 12-24 hours. With that in mind, it is definitely helpful to have a meal soon after your workout, but you can also aid your body in recovery by consuming balanced meals throughout your day.
I don’t know about you, but anything hot or savory would not be my first choice after a workout, especially on a hot day. Something I can always stomach? A popsicle. Maybe it’s a holdover from the days where my mom would feed me grape popsicles when I was sick. It just works for me.
If you have the ingredients to make a smoothie, you can make popsicles. This was a rare recipe that worked out perfectly for me on the first try. I just guessed on the proportions, blended everything together, poured it into the mold, and hoped for the best. The result was a perfectly icy popsicle with a touch of satisfying creaminess from the vanilla yogurt, almond milk, and protein powder.
The gang’s all here with this recipe! Plant-based protein from vegan protein powder, yogurt (and a bit from almond milk) + carbs from blackberries and the cane sugar in the almond milk and yogurt. (Yep, I’m telling you it’s cool to have some refined carbs during recovery!) Honestly, I’d probably have 2 of these after a tough workout. Individually, they’re a pretty light little snack you could have any time (not just after a workout!)
Does it Need to Be Made With Non-Dairy Products?
I felt like making this a completely plant-based recipe, so I used non-dairy milk, yogurt, and protein powder, but it would work with just about any milk, yogurt, and protein powder you choose. I just wanted to show that you can get a ton of protein from plants alone! There seems to be a misconception that vegans and vegetarians can’t get enough protein and man… that’s wrong. Just like an omnivorous diet, vegan and vegetarian diets can be super nutritious when planned well.
I bought these molds for about $5 at TJ Maxx. Nothing fancy. (If you haven’t been to their kitchen section, do it! So many cheap little kitchen gadgets…) I can’t wait to try making more smoothie concoctions into fun popsicles while the weather is warm! I know these vegan blackberry vanilla protein pops would be the bomb.com remixed into a healthy fudgesicle or maybe strawberry/banana swirl… Yum.
I’ll get back to dreaming about popsicle combos while you make these. I’d love to hear how they turn out!
Vegan Blackberry Vanilla Protein PopsPrint Recipe
- 1 cup Silk Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 cup Silk Vanilla Soy Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Vegan Protein Powder
- 1/2 cup Frozen Blackberries for blending + a few to drop into molds
Blend almond milk, soy yogurt, protein powder, and 1/2 cup frozen blackberries in blender or food processor until just blended.
Drop two blackberries into each popsicle mold.
Pour blended mixture into popsicle molds. Get rid of any bubbles or gaps by tapping the mold on the counter.
Place sticks in molds. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
To remove pops from molds, run molds under warm water for 30 seconds.
Nutrition Facts (per bar): 116 calories, 18g Carbs, 2g fat, 6g protein