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Sunwarrior Protein Review + 3 minute Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

I’ve been meaning to blog about some of my favorite protein powders for a while since I recently found one I REALLY like, more than Plant Fusion. I recently bought a giant bag of Sunwarrior protein after hearing lots of great things for years (primarily from Gina) and have really been enjoying it, so I was more than happy to accept when the folks at Sunwarrior reached out and offered to send me some samples of lots of Sunwarrior products!

I like Sunwarrior because it has an awesome texture and taste even when simply blended with water (which is how I often take it right after workouts using a blender bottle), and it doesn’t contain whey or soy, which can be hard to find in a protein powder that still tastes good! It’s a vegan protein with pea, cranberry, and hemp seed protein. Their Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Vanilla Protein has 19 grams of protein for only 100 calories and 0 grams of sugar. I’m not vegan but I don’t tolerate whey very well so I typically look for vegan protein powders.

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Since I’ve had Sunwarrior, I’ve been on a kick with a super simple oatmeal protein breakfast cake. I’ve had it almost every single morning for three weeks. It has lots of protein from the Sunwarrior and an egg, and carbs from the rolled oats so it’s great recovery food after a hard workout.

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3 Minute Protein-Packed Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

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  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder (I bet it would be good with chocolate too!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk

1) Combine all the dry ingredients – oats, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a microwave safe bowl. I use my ceramic cereal bowls.

2) Create a little hole in the dry ingredients, and add the egg, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk those together in the hole until combined, then blend with the dry ingredients.

This doesn’t have to be exact – just trying to break up the egg before combining it with the dry mixture so you don’t get egg chunks when it cooks! (You could whisk the egg in a separate bowl but that requires a separate dish and I try to avoid dirtying extra dishes…although, I’m not really sure why considering I run my dishwasher almost every day Anyways.)

3) Microwave for 2-3 minutes until the top is firm (you shouldn’t see runny batter in the middle on top).

4) Run a spoon along the edges to loosen, then place a plate on top and flip it over. Your little cake should pop out nice and clean!

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I like mine topped with almond butter or peanut butter and strong black coffee on the side. Feel free to experiment with mix-ins like chocolate chips, cacao nibs, dried or fresh fruit. I’ve been making a variation of this breakfast cake for years and honestly, it’s pretty hard to mess up. SAM_1648

The only thing I measure out is the oatmeal and protein powder. Everything else I eyeball. Just make sure you add enough milk to the mixture to create a batter-like consistency. Sometimes I’ve accidentally dumped in way too much milk and it still turned out great. I’ve also done a full scoop of protein on days I had an extra hard workout and just added more milk.

I usually mix the dry ingredients the night before so it’s even quicker to put together in the mornings before work.

Approximate nutrition stats:
(using CashewMilk and including 1 tablespoon of almond butter on top):

  • 350 calories
  • 27 g carbs
  • 17 g fat
  • 23 g protein

Hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you try it out!

Thanks to for Sunwarrior for the free goodies! I didn’t receive any other compensation for this review, and I purchased the protein from Amazon before Sunwarrior reached out. Bottom line: I would (and DID) spend my own money on Sunwarrior protein. Good stuff! I found it for the best price on Amazon.

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  • Jenna
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    This is genius!!!! I’m so excited to buy all the ingredients and make this! I get so bored with the same breakfast foods every day and I’m always looking for ways to get more protein since I’m a vegetarian. Can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Katie
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    Thanks for sharing!!! I love breakfast “cakes” like these 🙂 Def. will try!

  • Annie
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    I love any sort of breakfast recipe that incorporates protein other than a shake! I can’t wait to give this a try:)

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
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    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about incorporating protein powder into my post workout routine. It was never something I thought I needed. I just thought protein was for bros trying to get bigger. But now I’m realizing that it could really help me recover and avoid being super sore. Still debating…

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I use protein powder a lot after workouts. I swear it’s one of the reasons I don’t get sore! And I think it’s really helped with definition (in my arms anyway! Legs still struggle with definition. 🙂 )

  • Jillie
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    That oatmeal looks delicious! Like you, I am trying to find a protein powder that doesn’t have whey (I’m sensitive to dairy) or soy. This looks like a great option! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      SunWarrior is awesome! I also like Arbonne protein powder for another soy-free/whey-free option!

  • Beth Carlin
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    I had bookmarked this recipe to try a while ago and I just made it this morning. Umm yum! Easy and fu of protein. Love it
    🙂 will be making this more! Maybe with some dark chocolate chips next time 😉

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I’m so happy you liked it! Thanks for letting me know. It’s awesome with dark chocolate chips. I’ve done that myself for an evening snack! 😀

  • Melissa
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    Does the protein powder contain stevia? I cannot tolerate any artificial sweeteners – even the plant based…thank you.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      It does contain stevia. Not sure if it’s the taste that bothers you or if it upsets your stomach. If it’s just the taste, try Vega Sport Vanilla – it has less Stevia than many other products and the taste isn’t as strong. http://amzn.to/1nPpSih

      Garden of Life makes a stevia-free option too! http://amzn.to/29R8RTH