About Time VE Protein Powder Review - I Finally Won a Contest!

About 2 weeks ago, I came home to an awesome package from Agnes over at Aggie Runs with a very sweet note! I received 3 packages of About Time VE protein powder - 2 chocolate and 1 vanilla flavored. I always enter contests, but rarely win, so this was a great surprise! Thanks Aggie!

I've been wanting to try About Time protein powder for some time, but it's always hard to make the leap when you aren't sure you'll like it - protein powders are expensive. I've found plant based protein powders are a bit easier on the tummy, but some don't pack as much protein into every scoop as their whey counterparts. About Time Vegan protein powder has 20 - 22 grams of protein per scoop (depending on the flavor) and 120 calories give or take, which is pretty good considering whey varieties usually have about 25 and pack anywhere from 140 - 180 calories per scoop.

What recipes I made with it and the results:

Surprisingly, I didn't have an opportunity to try it until this past weekend. I usually mix protein powder in my oatmeal at work, but kept forgetting these at home (luckily I have a ready supply of protein powder in my desk at work). I split a package between smoothies for Ricky and I after my long run this past weekend. I mixed coconut water, strawberries, an apple, spinach, kale, chia seeds, flax seeds, ice and the About Time VE chocolate flavor. I looked at the reviews of the powder online prior to trying and read that there was a chalkyness to the powder. I waited to see what Ricky thought before offering an opinion, and he said the same thing. It leaves an almost thick coated aftertaste in your mouth that doesn't taste much like chocolate.

I didn't want to shun the powder though. I still had the vanilla to try! This past week, I made overnight oats in my almost empty jar of Wild Friends Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter. Vanilla or a light colored protein powder usually goes well in my oats, so I put in the About Time VE pack. It was delicious. I split this package in half, putting half in my post-gym smoothie that morning, and then the other half in my overnight oats that I eat about 2 hours later at work. The smoothie had that same chalkyness to it as the chocolate flavor, but the oats were great. This might be because there was a lot of peanut butter and zucchini to take away from the chalky taste. 

Rating and Recommendations:

I would recommend using this powder in your oatmeal, but it's a bit too chalky for smoothies or just mixing with liquid. I would rate it about a 3 out of 5. The perks of About Time VE is that it is non GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. I prefer Orgain as a plant based protein powder. The chocolate flavor is delicious. Unfortunately, Orgain is not gluten-free, soy-free, or non GMO. I've never tried Vega protein powders, but do know that is another popular brand of plant based protein powder.

A special thanks to Agnes for giving me the opportunity to try this protein powder out! If you haven't checked out her blog yet, please do so! 

What kind of protein powders do you use?