TVP Apple Pie Porridge

20 Jun

TV what?!

If you don’t know what TVP is, don’t feel bad, I didn’t either until just recently coming across it at my health food store. It is a dried vegetable protein, (Textured Vegetable Protein), and is a defattened soy flour.

Basically, in a crunchy texture, and you are suppose to rehydrate it with vegetable stock to make it like meat for a vegetarian. So what was I doing flavoring it like apple pie?!

Haha, well, see after re-hydrating it the first time, I realized it was almost like overnight oats, except with that vegetable stock flavor. And since I’m not vegetarian, and do not plan on substituting this for actual meat, I decided to try something fun! Call me crazy.

Looking at the unsweetened apple sauce I had, and all my red delicious apples, I knew what I wanted to make. With being on my sugar detox, I have to pick fruity flavors so that I can sweeten it naturally :) And apple pie has always been a winner in my book!

Results? It was surprisingly good! Was it your normal “porridge” or oatmeal texture, no. But it was an awesome way to get in a TON of protein! 12 grams of protein per 80 calories! That means in the same amount of calories as a 1/2 cup oats, you are getting 24 grams of protein! And it tasted great as well.

I will be continuing my experiments with this as I have 16oz of it now, so stay tuned!

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TVP Apple Pie Porridge
-1/2 cup TVP
-1 cup almond milk
-1/2 big apple, chopped
-1/4 cup applesauce
-1 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract
-Optional: sweetener to taste (being on my sugar detox, I skipped out on any!)
Directions: Combine all ingredients in mason jar, and allow to sit in fridge for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Take out a fridge and place mixture into blender. Blend until smooth (don’t skip this, texture is weird). Pour into bowl and enjoy! Sprinkle with extra apple, cinnamon, or anything desired!

TVP Benefits
1)High in protein (24 grams per 1/2 cup dry)
2)Beneficial in prostate cancer prevention
3)No Cholesterol, unlike many meats
4)Low costs
5)High in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium


2 Responses to “TVP Apple Pie Porridge”

  1. Mimi July 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    The nutritional a on a package of tvp look great but if you research the manufacturing process you may just lose your appetite and never use them again.. Basically defatting the soy is quite a process and they end up coming out containing high levels of hexane (gasoline byproduct) ..

    • freshfitnhealthy July 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

      I was simply trying out a new product. Thank you for your opinions though.

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