Chocolate & Courgette Protein Loaf with Caramel Frosting

VERDICT: Monkey Primal26 Whey Protein Isolate

I was kind enough to receive a delivery from the guys at Monkey Nutrition, with one of the products being Primal26 Whey Protein Isolate. Helping to support rapid muscle growth and absorption, this fat, sugar, gluten and cholesterol free powder is a fantastic source of BCAAs and essential amino acids. Sounding good already!

For those of you wanting to be lean, your protein needs to be clean – and this is where this pouch of goodness comes in – “the cleanest whey protein powder on the market”, with 26g of biologically active protein and with just 1g carbohydrate per serving. Monkey Primal26 requires little water to mix and is sweetened with stevia, a natural plant leaf extract which has no negative effects on blood glucose levels and contains virtually zero calories – winner!

Great for general wellbeing, fat loss or muscle growth and repair, this powder, available in Vanilla, Strawberry or Chocolate is ideal for a variety of lifestyles.

Here’s how you can use it:

  • Take 1-2 scoops daily to supplement your diet with additional protein.
  • Mix with 250 – 325ml water and take between meals or after training (Do NOT use as a meal replacement without the supervision of a health professional)
  • Use in a blender with milk (cow’s, almond, hazelnut, soya), ice cubes, fruit and/or yogurt for a protein packed smoothie
  • Add to protein baking to healthy recipes like this one…

RECIPE: Chocolate & Courgette Protein Loaf & Caramel Frosting


Adding fruits and/or vegetables to healthy baking not only adds extra nutrients and goodness but also flavour, texture and wonderful colours! This gluten-free loaf is packed with grated courgette (trust me, it works) plus Monkey Nutrition Primal26 whey protein isolate for an extra protein boost and tasty chocolate flavour. With a ‘creamy’ caramel topping made from dates and avocado, this really is a delicious but guilt-free treat ideal for any time of the day!


  • 1 ½ cup grated courgette
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3 scoops Monkey Nutrition Whey Isolate Velvet Chocolate protein powder
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup xylitol or stevia
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup Monkey Nutrition coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup almond, coconut or soya milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel frosting: 1 avocado, ½ cup dates, 1 tsp caramel extract, 2 tbsp cacao powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract. Cacao nibs, to decorate

Get baking!

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C and grease and line a silicone loaf mold (a tin one will do if you don’t have one!).
  2. Put the flour, protein powder, cacao powder, sweetener, cinnamon and baking powder in a large bowl and mix well. Add the grated courgette and stir to coat in the mixture.
  3. Whisk the eggs and add the melted coconut oil along with the vanilla – leave out the milk for now. Pour into the dry mixture and gently fold in, then add the milk a little at a time – you are looking for a nice thick, wet but firm batter-like mixture.
  4. Pour this into your prepared loaf tin and smooth out evenly at the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes until risen, golden and a skewer comes out clean. Check halfway through cooking in case you need to cover with foil to prevent burning. Remove from oven, leave for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the caramel frosting, soak the dates in enough hot water to cover them and leave for 20 minutes. Place the dates plus 2 tbsp of the soaking water in a blender with the avocado chunks, cacao powder, caramel and vanilla extract. Whizz up until you have a thick but smooth ‘icing’, then scrape out and keep in the fridge until needed.
  6. When you’re ready to serve, spoon the frosting over the loaf, sprinkle over some cacao nibs, slice up and enjoy, guilt-free!


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