Topped with homemade caramel sauce, this protein fluff recipe makes an indulgent but healthy bedtime snack! Made with vegan protein powder, it has a cloud-like consistency that leaves you feeling light but satiated.
Just like chocolate protein fluff, this recipe is both indulgent and quick to whip up. No blender, no xantham gum, and no freezing.
One of the biggest struggles for moms is not snacking after dinner. Or finding something healthy to snack on after dinner.
It’s normally been a long day, you’re exhausted, and you just want to crash on the couch with something indulgent and uplifting.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that consistently depriving yourself isn’t the solution. Instead, work to find a healthier swap that allows you both to enjoy and stick to your goals.
This salted caramel protein fluff is that solution. It’s a high-protein snack with a dose of healthy fats (which is ideal in a bedtime snack) and has a fluffy, decadent flavor to curb cravings.
Ingredients You Need
This protein fluff is made with vegan protein powder which is what creates the “fluffy” texture.
Most vegan protein powders use pea protein. It’s pea protein which absorbs liquid leaving a cloud-like texture.
While other proteins will work in the sense they’ll taste great, whey protein (and even some vegan protein powders) won’t create that “fluffy”, expanding texture.
The vegan protein powder is then mixed in with coconut cream and nut butter to give it its caramel flavor and then sweetened lightly with maple syrup.
Homemade Caramel Sauce
You can top the caramel fluff with anything you like. However, caramel drizzle is the most indulgent.
The benefit of this homemade caramel sauce is that it only contains four ingredients and doesn’t require any heating. Thus, it comes together in mere minutes and makes the fluff extra indulgent.
The drizzle is made from a blend of almond butter, maple syrup, coconut cream, and vanilla. Though you can make it without the coconut cream, you’d need to compensate with extra syrup.
Make sure to use “runny” almond butter as well otherwise the caramel sauce will be too hard to make a drizzle.
A Healthy Bedtime Snack
If you struggle with munching before bed, this recipe is the solution.
While eating before bed can be used (or ignored) in order to achieve your goals, what you eat is important.
Fats and proteins are ideal before bed because they’re satiating and they take longer to break down, thus keeping you full.
This recipe is loaded with both of those and comes in at a whopping GRAMS of protein per serving.
Plus, it’s an easy recipe to add a bit of magnesium powder to it.
Since our soil is depleted of nutrients, most of us tend to be low in magnesium. This mineral helps induce calm (stop fight or flight) in our body which makes it great before bed!
So, if you’re looking for a healthy bedtime snack that curbs cravings with indulgent flavor, is loaded with fueling ingredients to boost your immune system, and contains a calming powder- this is it!
You can grab magnesium powder from Perfect Supplements and toss it in a scoop! Use code MAMABEAR15
Tips To Make The Recipe More Weight Loss Friendly
I am a firm believer in quality over quantity and intuitive eating. Thus, I don't pay much attention to calories.
However, if you're calorie counting or trying to lose weight and are worried about the recipe, there are a few ways to scale it back a bit:
- Omit the coconut cream in the recipe and just add more plant-based milk
- Depending on your protein powder (if it's sweet or not) you may not need both tablespoons of maple syrup. Cut one out if you need to.
- The recipe actually makes more caramel sauce than you need. Only use a little drizzle instead of half the amount made (it does store in the fridge pretty well!)
- Learn more about how to lose weight and keep it off long term.
Step By Step Photos
How To Make Salted Caramel Protein Fluff From Scratch
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all the fluff ingredients
- Use a fork to mix it really well and make sure there are no clumps
- Let sit for 3-5 minutes so that the protein powder can absorb the liquid
- While it’s sitting, whisk together the ingredients for the homemade caramel sauce
- Place the drizzle in a plastic baggie so you can pipe it on
- Portion the fluff into two bowls and drizzle the caramel on top
Important Teaching Tips
The protein powder you choose can and will make a difference to both the flavor and the texture of the protein fluff.
Let the mixture sit for 2-3 minutes to ensure that the protein powder absorbs all the liquid. This is what gives it its “fluffy” consistency.
The fluff is best eaten right away. However, you can store it in the fridge. Know that it will be slightly denser (but still delicious) if you do. It tends to thicken up a bit.
If you use a protein powder that is not pea-protein based, the recipe will still taste good but not fluff up. It's pea-protein that absorbs the liquid.
Which Protein Powder To Use
This recipe tastes best when made with a fermented, pea-protein-based powder (learn How To Choose A Vegan Protein Powder for your goals).
Made with 20 grams of plant-based protein, this vegan protein powder is dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified organic. It’s also been voted one of the best tasting vegan protein powders.
But best of all is that this protein is fermented. This helps break down the “anti-nutrient” in grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes that often cause bloating.
This protein powder literally gives you the best of both worlds.
Shop the Genuine Health Store on Amazon or grab it from Well Dot Ca.
Frequently Asked Questions About Protein Fluff
While you can save protein fluff (so long as it's not the frozen kind), it tastes best eaten right after making it. Saving it will cause the fluff to become "denser" though still tasting delicious.
Some varieties of protein fluff can be frozen, or are made from freezing the ingredients. This vegan fluff does not require freezing and cannot be stored in the freezer.
Yes. Protein powder is an easy way to bump up daily intake. Just make sure to choose a protein powder that aligns with your goals and eating preferences.
Yes! Many protein fluff recipes use xantham gum when the fluff is made using whey protein powder. The gum helps give it its texture and hold it together. However, if making protein fluff with vegan protein powder, xantham gum isn't needed.
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Salted Caramel Protein Fluff (Vegan)
- Mixing bowl
- Piping bag
- In a small bowl, add the dry ingredients
- Pour in the wet ingredients one by one and mix until no clumps remain. Let sit.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the caramel sauce until smooth. Put into a piping bag (or plastic baggy with the tip cut).
- Portion the fluff into two small jars.
- Top each jar with the caramel drizzle and enjoy!
- The protein powder you choose can and will make a difference to both the flavor and the texture of the protein fluff (see notes in blog post)
- Let the mixture sit for 2-3 minutes to ensure that the protein powder absorbs all the liquid. This is that gives it it’s “fluffy” consistency.
- The fluff is best eaten right away. However, you can store it in the fridge. Know that it will be slightly denser (but still delicious) if you do. It tends to thicken up a bit.
- You use a protein powder that is not pea-protein based, the recipe will still taste good but not fluff up. It's pea-protein that absorbs the liquid.
- Make sure the almond butter is "runny" and not dried out. This will help everything mix better.
- Not all the caramel sauce is needed, drizzle lightly and save the rest for later if you're worried about calories!
- See the notes in the blog post about tweaking this recipe to be more calorie friendly
- Grab all the ingredients you need from my pantry staples
An easy, health bedtime snacks for nights you're looking to indulge! This recipe makes the perfect addition to your rotation solely because it curbs cravings while giving your daily protein intake a boost.