Mocha Plantain Protein Bread with JAVAPRO

Some days I need a caffeine IV.


The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of JAVAPRO.

I’m actually not a huge coffee drinker.  It takes too long for me to drink!  By the time I’m half way through the cup, it’s cold.  That’s not to say I couldn’t use the caffeine.  I’m not a morning person, and the flourescent lights in my office don’t help matters.



What I do love are protein powder creations.  Since I can’t bring myself to drink enough regular coffee, I was thrilled with Nature’s Best offered me a bag of their new Mocha JAVAPRO whey protein powder.  It never even crossed my mind to drink it.  I was excited to bake with it!

Side note: I’ve never actually had a traditional protein drink just mixed with water.

Mocha Plantain Protein Bread


This is protein powder is unique because it includes real coffee!  Finally, a way to get my caffeine fix without struggling to finish a hot cup ‘o joe.  I immediately used the JAVAPRO protein powder in my traditional untraditional way.  It may seem strange… but it’s good!

Mocha plantain bread!  With peanut sauce… is there anything peanut butter isn’t good with?

Mocha Plantain Protein Bread


I’d made a Gingerbread Protein Bread in the past, and I used that recipe as the base for this mocha java version. The mocha flavor was perfect for this chocolate lover, and I really enjoyed the shot of energy the cake-like bread gave me.  Plus, who doesn’t want an excuse to eat cake for breakfast?

One serving of the protein powder packs 20 grams of protein and 80 mg of caffeine; perfect for pre-workout muscle fuel for endurance and energy!  For  more information, check out their Facebook Page.

Javapro Nutrition


Mocha Plantain Protein Bread

Mocha Plantain Protein Bread

  • 1 medium plantain, fully ripe*
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp no sodium baking powder
  • 1 serving mocha java protein powder (31 g)


Preheat oven to 350.

In a small blender (I used a Magic Bullet) blend all ingredients except the protein powder.

Add protein powder and blend again until just combined.

Pour into a prepared pan (I used 8-in round) and bake for 15 mins.

Makes 2 servings.

*A plantain is fully ripe when the skin has turned almost black; it will be aromatic and sweet.

Approximate nutritionals (for 1 serving): 161 calories, 1.2 g fat, 124.9 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrates, 1.9 g fiber, 9.4 g sugar, 17.4 g protein


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Are you a coffee person?

Have you ever made a plain protein shake (protein + water)?



  1. says

    HOLY CRAP!!! I need that bread & that protein powder!! Easy for me Laura!!! Can I use a banana – I have that in the house right now! :) Oh crap, I don’t have the protein powder though 😉 Great recipe!!!

    • Laura says

      Really? I made a ginger-protein version and it went well too. It was more dense than this version, but I think that’s more a function of the pan size.

  2. says

    I often just drink the protein shake after a workout with nothing else but water, but have a decent post workout meal sometime after. I used to be a coffee person, but my insomnia is so bad lately I gave it up. This protein bread looks yummy!

  3. says

    That sounds good and not so strange! Does the protein powder have Splenda in it? I just wondered because the sugar count is so low and Splenda tears up my stomach.

  4. says

    You know I love my plantains, I need this bread!! How did you know that I have a super ripe plantain at home with no idea what to make with it?! I don’t have the same protein powder, so plain hemp will have to do, with some cacao powder and ground coffee beans or Dandy Blend :)

    • Laura says

      It would be so cool with Dandy Blend! Please let me know if you try it. I have a (previously forgotten) bag in the back of my pantry!

  5. says

    I love the idea of this product, but I wouldn’t want to make recipes with it… the idea of my kids being caffeinated is simply to terrifying to entertain. Perfect for just me though…

  6. says

    Ow how I wish I could get my hands on a plantain! I live in tropical paradise but NOT a plantain in site, we have bananas, mangos and all sorts of fruits I have never heard of nor can I pronounce but plantains :((( I have been avoiding coffee lately and I had some the other day and WOWZE I was a lose canon but I am sure this powder does not give you the same jitters I bet its the perfect amount of ZING! Lots of Love C

    • Laura says

      Really??? That’s so crazy. Though a local mango may be worth the trade off… I love them fresh from a tree!

  7. Kanoelani says

    Ooh that looks amazeballs!! I wanna try that protein powder. I LOOVVEE coffee hehehe… alot lol!! Even though the caffeine doesn’t last long in my system HAHA for energy purposes just love it. And I love any kind of bread #carbproblems HAHA 😀

  8. says

    I don’t think I could do the plain protein shake… thin consistencies creep me out a little… but this plantain bread looks amaze – would have never thought to use a mocha protein powder with it!

  9. says

    Seriously? You’ve never had a plain protein shake?? That’s how I judge the flavor/quality when I first try them…you KNOW it’s a good one when it tastes good mixed in water. I hate the ones that are gritty/chalky/don’t mix well.

    I’ve really gotta get my a$$ in gear with this plantain business! I’ve already had TWO spoil on me before giving it a go…hmm, maybe third time’s a charm? 😉


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