Mar 28

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)?



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Mmm, that bread sounds pretty good! I doubt that I would actually make it because I don’t bake, so I’ll have to come over. (Yeah, I know it’s not vegan, but I don’t want to sound like a picky guest :-) ).

    1. Laura

      LOL! You’re welcome to come over any time. :)

  2. Jody - Fit at 56

    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!!!

    1. Laura

      This would be perfect for you!!! You have to get your hands on some!

  3. Kierston

    Looks awesome…as usual! Love the simplicity of your recipe too :)

    1. Laura

      Thanks! The simplicity is the strangest part. Haha!

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Looks so good! I haven’t had much luck with plantain bread but I might give it another whirl for this!

    1. Laura

      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.

  5. lindsay

    ahh have fun this weekend! and love the bread. genius!! totally stealing it and never sharing!

    1. Laura

      We wish you could have come!!!

  6. Krista @ Tiny n Fit

    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!

    1. Laura

      Heather had to give it up too! I think I’m good as long as I don’t have it after noon.

  7. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Still haven’t tried plantains. This sounds so good and easy too!

  8. RavieNomNoms

    YUM! What a great idea, gotta try that out

  9. Lee

    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.

    1. Laura

      It has sucralose. Does that bother you?

  10. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    Plantain bread is amazing on its own….but add some coffee to it’s cakey flavor?! MUST BE AMAZING! Can’t wait to try this!!!

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you do – it’s been my favorite version of plantain bread so far!

  11. Christa @ Edible Balance

    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 :)

    1. Laura

      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!

  12. Kim @ FITsique

    Looks delicious! You had me sold with coffee and bread :) This girl loves her caffeine and carbs!

  13. Hannah

    Your “canine fix”? ;) Gosh, I wish protein powder could relieve my puppy yearnings…

    1. Laura

      Shut it. I can’t afford a copywriter. :P

  14. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    mmmmm….. LOVE plantain breads!

  15. Axel (@ Iron Rogue)

    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…

    1. Laura

      LOL! This is why you should keep protein power is on the adult shelf. Next to the bourbon. ;)

  16. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Mmm…love homemade bread right now!!!

  17. Court Star @ StarSystemzFitness

    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

    1. Laura

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

  18. Purelytwins

    mmm you know we would love this ;)

    1. Laura

      I thought of you girls the whole time I was making it!

  19. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    You just made me crave a good old cup of coffee. I’m gonna go get on that now. If I’m wired for the rest of the night, I’ll hold you responsible.

    1. Laura

      Well… don’t call me. Call Heather. She’s up all night anyway. :P

  20. Kanoelani

    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 :-D

    1. Laura

      Haha – best hash tag ever.

  21. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I do really like me some fully ripe things!

  22. Cassie

    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!

    1. Laura

      I’m the same way about plain shakes! I mean… why? :)

  23. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    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? ;)

    1. Laura

      Meh. Why bother when you can do so many fun things??? #neversaidiamnormal

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