Smoothies and collagen powder have always been the iconic duo. However, it’s high time we shared a few recipes to shake things up in the kitchen. Plus, as an expecting mother, we want to offer a couple of easy recipes to satisfy your pregnancy cravings and boost your collagen intake during your baby-making journey!
If you don’t already know, collagen peptide powder is the perfect supplement to have on your shelf, from preconception to postpartum. Collagen peptides boast a slew of helpful benefits during pregnancy, from reducing stretch marks to balancing your hormones and enhancing cervical fluid. Who knew, right? With all those benefits, naturally, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to include it in your daily routine every chance you get!
Collagen is a super versatile ingredient in the kitchen. This is especially true if you have a good quality collagen powder, like Beli’s Prenatal Collagen Protein Boost. Since Beli’s formula is tasteless, odorless, and dissolves easily in water and other liquids, you’ll never even know that it’s there!
Plus, high-quality collagen is pretty durable stuff and can take the heat in the kitchen. If you’re baking or microwaving collagen, board-certified physician and Cornell biochemist, Dr. Cate notes that it can withstand up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit (670 degrees Celsius) before the collagen degrades. Whew! For reference, your coffee and other hot drinks hover around 212 degrees when at boiling point. For baking (including the recipes here) you’ll generally keep things around 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Whether you're putting your collagen powder in muffins or adding it to ice water, rest assured that you’re still getting all the benefits.
Now, let’s dive into some fun recipes that you can make any day of the week!
1. Collagen Pancakes
Who doesn’t love to start the day with pancakes? This recipe includes a couple of extra ingredient ideas to change up your pancake-making game every time you whip them up!
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp butter (unsalted)
- 1-2 heaping tablespoons of Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein Boost
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¾ cups whole milk
- 4 tbsp white vinegar (to make the pancakes fluffy)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional (but highly recommended): blueberries, walnuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you like to add in.
- Combine milk and vinegar in a bowl and set aside to sour for approx. 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, combine flour, sugar, Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein Booster, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Go back to your first bowl and whisk in eggs to your now-soured milk and melted butter.
- Slowly pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and whisk together. Stir until just combined, don’t over-stir. You should see some lumps.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
- Cook until edges set and bubbles appear on the surface. Flip the pancake, and continue to cook until the other side is golden brown.
Recipe courtesy of Your Modern Family
2. Paleo Collagen Pumpkin Muffins
We love a cozy fall recipe that can be made anytime our craving for pumpkin hits. Plus, you get the perfect boost of both collagen and the powerful antioxidant (Vitamin A) from the pumpkin.
Yields 12 muffins
- 1 2/3 cups pureed pumpkin
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 4 scoops (2 servings) of Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein Boost
- 1/3 cup almond or cashew butter
- 1/3 cup sugar-free substitute
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Prepare your muffin pan.
- In a large bowl or mixer, combine the pumpkin, eggs, melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and nut butter until fully combined.
- Add the Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein Boost powder, coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt to the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Scoop batter evenly into prepared muffin tins.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
- You can store these in the fridge for up to a week.
Recipe courtesy of Connor Wellness Clinic
3. 5-Ingredient Collagen Peanut Butter Cups
Reese’s peanut butter cups are great, but we want to satisfy our sweet tooth in a healthier way and nab all the benefits of collagen. It turns out that’s completely possible with this simple recipe you can whip up in a matter of minutes.
Serving Size: 1 peanut butter cup
- 1/3 cup (85g) all-natural peanut butter, or nut butter of your choice
- 1 tablespoon Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein Boost
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 9 ounces (255g) 70% dark chocolate, chopped
- Line a 12-well muffin tin with paper liners and set aside. In a small bowl combine the peanut butter, collagen powder, honey, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Set aside in the refrigerator.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on 60% power in 1-minute increments, stirring between cooking times, until all the chocolate has melted, 3–4 minutes. Alternatively, melt the chocolate in a metal bowl set over a pot with a few inches of simmering water on the stove, stirring until smooth. (Be sure not to get any steam or water in the chocolate or it will seize.)
- Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate into the paper liners, spreading the chocolate to the edges. Using a 1/2 teaspoon measure, put a heaping spoonful of the peanut butter mixture in the center of each muffin cup. Spoon the remaining chocolate over the peanut butter, about 2 teaspoons per muffin cup.
- Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 4 hours. Remove the peanut butter cups (still in their liners) from the muffin tin and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Recipe courtesy of MyFitnessPal
4. Roasted Red Pepper Soup
This low-carb and keto-friendly soup recipe is sure to keep you and your belly (and baby) feeling warm and happy! The secret to this delicious soup is the roasted sweet peppers, which are easy to make.
Yields: 12 servings (6 oz.)
- 2 1/2 lb. sweet peppers
- 1 lb. cauliflower (chopped)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups heavy cream (or half and half)
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. sweetener (sugar-free, such as my sweetener blend)
- 2 scoops Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein Boost
- Put the sweet peppers on a large baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until softened and slightly browned.
- Meanwhile, add the cauliflower and broth to a large stock pot. Simmer over medium until the peppers are done.
- Add the peppers, cauliflower, half the broth, and the remaining ingredients to a blender. Process until smooth. Add back to the pot and heat until just hot enough to serve.
Recipe inspiration from Joy Filled Eats
5. Collagen Baked Oatmeal
The ultimate breakfast comfort food - baked oatmeal! This recipe is super easy since it features a lot of pantry staples. Plus, like the pancake recipe above, this can be customized however you like by adding your favorite dried fruits, nuts, and even chocolate chips!
Yields: 4 servings (squares)
- 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds (or nuts of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3/4 cup Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein Boost
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons MCT oil (or melted coconut oil or melted butter)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375°F and spray an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Pour in the almond milk followed by the collagen powder, and stir to combine.
- Add the MCT oil, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla and stir to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
- Pour oatmeal into the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is set.
- Allow baked oatmeal to cool for several minutes before slicing and topping with desired toppings. Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight container.
Recipe courtesy of Peanut Butter Fingers
6. Collagen Golden Milk Latte
You might have heard about putting collagen into coffee, but why not make things a little more interesting with a golden milk latte? This drink has several additional health benefits, including helping fight inflammation with the curcumin in turmeric.
With the benefits of collagen, this drink will have you glowing from head to toe!
- 2 cups of coconut milk unsweetened
- 2 scoops Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein Boost
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- ground black pepper
- Bring coconut milk to a simmer on the stove. Once warm, pour into blender or food processor.
- Add remaining ingredients to blender or food processor and blend until combined.
Recipe courtesy of Amy Myers, MD
7. Berry Collagen Popsicles
Want a cool and relaxing treat? We got you covered with this dairy-free and gluten-free recipe which can be customized with your favorite berries and juice and takes little to no time to prep. The hardest part is waiting for the mixture to freeze!
- 1/2 cup organic berry juice of choice
- 1 cup organic coconut milk
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup black cherries (pitted)
- 2 tablespoon, raw unfiltered honey
- 1 scoop Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein
- Wash and prep all fresh ingredients. Pit the cherries.
- Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender.
- Blend to your desired consistency.
- Once ready, pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid
Recipe courtesy of Miss Nutritionista
Let’s make it even easier. Why not add collagen to everyday foods in your pantry and fridge?
Think about sprinkling and stirring Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein into:
- Guacamole (yes, really)
- A glass of your favorite juice
- Black coffee or an iced latte
- Greek yogurt
- Chia pudding
- Cream of wheat or oatmeal
Let us know which of these recipes and ideas you’re most excited to try. Plus, keep an eye out for more details on the release of our Beli Prenatal Collagen Protein!