“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing Terry Hope Romero’s “Salad Samurai” which was simply,  deliciously, outstanding!

No one’s ever done so much with salads, slaws and sides in one book to strike at my personal veggie cravings as Terry did.  So when they sent out a copy of her newest vegan book, “Protein Ninja”, I was confident I’d be more than happy with the her ‘protein packed’ recipes and tips.  I made my first recipe from the book the very first day the book arrived and I’ve been experimenting and delighting in the results from her book for weeks now.

Thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Publishing, you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Terry’s new book at the end of my review here.  

First a quick look at some of the many recipes I’ve whipped up from Terry’s new book already:


“Protein Ninja” starts out aptly, guiding readers to easy, economical sources of protein in a plant based diet.  What to keep in your panty.  Best techniques for storing protein packed foods.  On the go foods.  

After the Ninja basics, she gets into some hard core creative ways to boost your protein intake without simply drinking smoothie after smoothie each day.  She uses a variety of protein sources as well for great options including Pea Powder, Hemp, Brown Rice, Soy Legumes, Nuts and Seeds etc.  

Edamame & Pea Avocado Toast from "Protein Ninja" by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

Toasts, Waffles, Burgers, Gravy?, and of course, Desserts!  All beautifully written out in simply, easy to follow recipe ideas with lots of personalizing ideas as well.  

My first recipe to test was a wonderfully healthy, protein packed granola.  

"Protein Ninja" by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

Matcha Strawberry Granola.  Ironically I had a 5 lbs. can of dried strawberries on hand so this one whipped up in minutes.  

"Protein Ninja" by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies






I packaged portions up in easy to carry containers to give me a healthy, delicious choice on my way out the door for workdays.  Make this one your own by changing up the fruit flavors but keep the Matcha in.  


With Hemp, Oats, Chia and Brown Rice cereal, this is a delectable way to gear up your proteins each day.





Next up was a spicy, protein favorite of mine, Peanut Satay Sauce.

Peanut Satay Sauce from Protein Ninja by Terry Hope Romero

Asian foods are a staple in our house and this zinged up version of my favorite dipping sauce is always welcome. Terry’s version has all the traditional flavors of Satay and a good dose of spice which is fine with me.  Heat is always adjustable of course but, to me, let Thai be Thai….

Terry obviously loves hearty breads and spreads as much as I do.  Her chapter on “Super Toasts Savory and Sweet” is simply heavenly.  I could have tried each recipe variation for weeks….

Edamame & Pea Avocado Toast from "Protein Ninja" by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies


Highlighting here for you is her ‘Edamame & Pea Avocado Toast’  

So many ways to make this one the best thing on your plate since sliced bread.  

Thank you Terry.  

This chapter is sooooo yummy.  ‘White Bean & Cashew Ricotta Toast’ – ‘Superfood Chocolate Almond Toast’ – ‘Spinach Dill Ricotta’ to name a few.  

Edamame & Pea Avocado Toast from "Protein Ninja" by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

Perfectly memorable meals here!


"Protein Ninja" by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies




 “I wanted protein recipes other than mashing a vanilla-flavored powder with almond butter and flax seeds and calling it a day.

And yes, even good old-fashioned baking!

Adding pure, unflavored, but wholesome plant-based protein powders to recipe brings out my inner foodie alchemist.

 – Terry Hope Romero 

Terry is the author of several bestselling and award-winning cookbooks including

 Salad Samurai  Viva Vegan

Vegan Eats World  Vegan Cookies  Veganomicon 

and now Protein Ninja from Da Capo Lifelong Books.

In 2011 she was named Favorite Cookbook Author by VegNews. Terry lives, cooks, and eats in Queens, NYC. 

Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies
Deep cocoa flavor and rich chewy texture, loaded with good-for-you oats, banana, almonds, antioxidant-rich cocoa, and hemp protein powder in these lovely lumps. Not too sweet, the ideal breakfast treat without the sugary crash later, perfect with black coffee.
  1. 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  1. 1 large ripe banana
  2. 1/3 cup smooth almond butter
  3. 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  4. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 cup plain hemp protein powder
  6. 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  7. 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the over to 350 F degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the topping ingredients in a small, shallow bowl.
  3. Make the cookies: In a large bowl, mash together the banana, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract until smooth. Stir in the hemp protein powder and cocoa powder until smooth: the mixture will resemble thick chocolate frosting. Fold in the oats and salt. The dough will be sticky: that's okay!
  4. Using an ice-cream dipper for the easiest scooping of the sticky dough, or lightly oiling your fingers to shape the dough, drop generous rounded tablespoons into the topping mixture. Roll to coat, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 inch apart. Gently flatten each cookie to about 1 inch thick. Bake for 12 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Let cool completely before storing loosely covered.
  1. From Protein Ninja by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2015
  2. Makes 12 cookies.
  3. I substituted non-dairy chocolate chips in my version here for the cocao nibs.

"Protein Ninja" by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

To enter to win a copy of Terry Hope Romero’s “Protein Ninja” leave a comment below and let me know something helpful you’ve done this week for animal or human ♥

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Protein Ninja by Terry Hope Romero

Contest ends April 15th.  Two winners picked at random: one for U. S. residents and another for Canada.

My thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Books for sharing Terry’s book with me for review.

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53 thoughts on ““Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

  1. Janet T

    Yum, great recipe from the Protein Ninja, I am heading to my kitchen to make it right now. Perfect snack for my family. I made my family home cooked healthy meals this past week and will continue this week!

  2. Margaux

    Oh my goodness, this book sounds so amazing, and all the food looks so delicious 😀 The cookies are definitely getting made – all the tastiest ingredients in one spot *swoon*

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Those cookies are scrumptious warm or chilled and are great to take with during the day for a healthy chocolate fix 😜 I’m keeping them in the freezer so they don’t get gobbled up too quickly!
      Thanks Margaux 💟

  3. Terri Cole

    I wonder if pea protein would work in the chewies. Hmmm … I’m also wondering why I do not have a copy of “Salad Samurai”! As far as doing something helpful, does turning on the space heater for my old, arthritic kitty count? 😉

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Absolutely counts Terri 💖 My Miss Jules is curled up in front of our’s as we speak!
      I’m sure any powder would work well as most of the chocolate flavor comes from the cocoa. I used a chocolate flavored protein cause that’s what I had on hand but its not very “chocolatey” if you know what I mean. Let us know how they turn out with pea if you try it 😎

  4. Katie

    This week I made cookies for a friend because she needed to bring something for a bake sale, but didn’t have enough time to make anything. I’m in Canada! 🙂

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Lovely Sharanya! I think kids should always see adults beinging frugally kind and generous so good, good for you and hugs to your kids for sharing 👼 Thanks for letting us know and take good care this week !

  5. Valerie Mates

    That looks *so* good!!!

    Something helpful I’ve done this week is taking my kids out to dinner at a restaurant where I can’t eat the food, because it was my daughter’s birthday and she wanted to eat there. :-S

  6. Jody W

    I made some delicious soup to bring to nana in the rehab facility while she recovers from her hip break. (It was vegan.) Salad Samurai is a great book and I’m looking forward to protein ninja. I’m a follower on both twitter and instagram, @concisecactus. Thanks for the chance.

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Ha Ha!!! What a lucky Nana 😉 Samurai is a great pair with this one. I can imagine many of those salads along side of her protein boosters in Protein Ninja! Hope you get the pair…thanks Jody 😉

  7. Sarah

    I provide round the clock care to my two little humans here, not limited to bathing, cleaning, feeding, and entertaining them! And I took my mom to a hospital appointment too! Busy, busy! Love the sound of this cookbook! I follow you on all social media as well— @frieddandelions 🙂

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Yes! Very familiar with how much work your two cuties can be and thanks for providing them both with such a strong, healthy environment Sarah!
      Take good care of them and good luck with the giveaway ♥

  8. Jacky

    I’m always craving this exact flavor combo, dark chocolate and almonds, and I lift weights so I definitely have high protein requirements! I need this book for sure!

  9. Marie

    I gave my lovely tea set for children to my friend’s daughters. They enjoyed it and it made me very happy. Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Ah ha! That’s the secret isn’t it Marie? Do something for someone but you’re the biggest benefitiary ❤ Sounds like you’re a great friend to have as well! Take good care and thanks for your entries.

  10. Amber

    I’ve enjoyed the blogs with this book review. Look so good, and those cookies!! YUM!

    I helped some humans and the animals this week by not letting my parents eat them. 😉 They were visiting with my husband and I, and we cooked delicious vegan food for them that they loved. WIN! =)

    And, I follow you on all social media platforms.

  11. Becky Striepe

    Aah I need this book! This week, I helped animals by spreading the word about the work that some amazing no-kill shelters are doing here in the Atlanta area. And, of course, I already follow you in all of those places. <3

  12. Jessica Eagle

    Ohhh yeahhh…thanks fir that super nice giveaway.

    This week, heuuuu…I bought a nice flower bouquet for my mom. Just for no specific reason…just to show her how much I appreciate her.

    Have a nice day 😊

  13. Stephanie Nelson

    I’m pretty sure the contest is over but I would like to share. I wrote a message on Facebook to a friend of a friend who just lost her newborn son due to a heart defect. I felt that even though we never met or spoke she could use words of encouragement and support to help her get through these hard times.

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