Clean Chocolate Coffee Walnut Protein Loaf

After announcing the exciting news that I’ll be working exclusively with PhD Nutrition and PhD Woman, here’s my first recipe challenge! I always love getting creative in the kitchen and re-creating healthy versions of family favourites for when I go and see my parents and grandparents – which is why this recipe is dedicated to: COFFEE CAKE!

My Mum and Grandma in particular have a sweet tooth, so armed with Vita Coco Mocha café latte (seriously – you’ve got to try it if you’re a coffee fan!) and my favourite PhD Nutrition whey protein, here’s how my challenge turned out!



  • 2 scoops PhD Nutrition whey protein powder (Both the diet and PhD Woman Exercise Support Vanilla Crème flavours work amazingly)
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup natural sweetener (I used stevia)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup walnut pieces, chopped
  • ½ can cooked unsweetened apple slices
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (I used Kaizen Living)
  • 2 tbsp Vita Coco Cafe Latte coconut water

(Here’s a little video I made to see me make it in action!)

Get baking!

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C and grease and line a loaf tin, silicone if possible.
  2. Put the rolled oats in a blender and whizz up until you have a flour-like texture. Tip this into a large bowl and add the protein powder, buckwheat flour, baking powder, sweetener, walnuts and cinnamon. Stir well.
  3. Place the apple slices, eggs, yogurt and vanilla extract in a blender and whizz up until smooth.
  4. Pour this into the dry ingredient mixture and gently fold in. Now spoon about half of the mixture into a separate bowl, and stir in the cacao powder and Vita Coco coffee coconut water into this half until smooth.
  5. Now take it in turns to add spoonfuls of each mixture alternately into the loaf tin until you have used both of the mixtures up, then swirl around a little with a knife.
  6. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until risen, golden and a skewer comes out clean – you might want to cover halfway through so it doesn’t burn!
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for about 20 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Ready to serve? Simply slice up and enjoy by itself (it’s certainly tasty enough!) or spread a little solid coconut oil over for a silky smooth, buttery touch!

Don’t forget the follow PhD Nutrition and PhD Woman (part of the brand) over on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube! Look out for more protein recipes coming up 🙂