I bought TERRIBLE tasting veggue protein powder -- shake suggestions?

We're usually rushing and not hungry in the morning, so my son and I drink breakfast shakes. Today the brand I usually buy wasn't available, and I thought I'd save some money on a less expensive brand. It's 'vanilla' flavored...and terrible. Any suggestions for making quinoa/rice/amaranth/millet powder palatable?

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cookbookchick June 26, 2013
Even if it isn't rancid, if you think it tastes terrible, you should return it for a refund. Most stores will stand behind what they sell and will want to know when a customer is dissatisfied.
 
susan G. June 26, 2013
Is it possible that the powder has gone rancid? That would demand returning the product.
 
susan G. June 26, 2013
Ground cloves!
 
MaddyBelle June 25, 2013
Try adding a shot of espresso- complete breakfast and will mask some of the flavor.
 
Bevi June 25, 2013
This happened to me recently when my favorite protein powder was out of stock at WFM. I agree with all who recommend a toss. Use the container to store small change!
 
Kirstin S. June 25, 2013
:D har!
 
Kirstin S. June 25, 2013
:D har!
 
cookbookchick June 24, 2013
I agree with Jilhil and Boulangere --return it to the store.
 
boulangere June 24, 2013
It was over years ago, CBC, and I swear that just the thought of the stuff gives me shivers. And I tried EVERYthing to make it palatable. On second thought, I'd just as soon eat ground-up cement.
 
Kirstin S. June 24, 2013
Jihil, you raise a really excellent point. Thank you! :)
 
boulangere June 24, 2013
I had a similar experience with a vegetable (largely legume)-based one I bought at my local natural foods store with their strong endorsement. The nutrition profile looked fantastic on paper. NOthing made it palatable. Ground up green chalk would have tasted better. I returned it and received a full refund.
 
jilhil June 24, 2013
If HalfPint is right about the lack of sweetness you can also try adding some cocoa powder with the sweetener to change the flavor. But, life is really too short to have bad tasting breakfasts - taking it back to the store where you bought it is the easiest way to get rid of the stuff. Any truly responsible manufacturer wants to know about it when someone hates their product
 

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ChefJune June 24, 2013
I would probably toss it and start over. I've found if the base tastes bad, it takes way too much work to make it even decent. Especially if the problem is too much sweetness.
 
ZombieCupcake June 24, 2013
http://food52.com/recipes/21120-elvis-weightlifting-waffles I make these to keep on hand as a snack. Replace the water with your choice of milk
 
ZombieCupcake June 24, 2013
OO put it in oatmeal, or a frozen banana, with almond milk and pumpkin makes a good guilt free icecream post work out snack
 
HalfPint June 24, 2013
I find sweetness is often a remedy for terrible tasting anything. So maybe add some honey, agave nectar, maple syrup. Or mix with a fruit juice like orange, pineapple. Or add some fruit, like a ripe banana (frozen will work even better). These things often help to mask the terrible-ness of off-flavors, so that you can at least chug the shake.
 
Use sun butter for a nut-free version. It's made from sunflower seeds.
 
Add some nut butter to the shake like almond butter or peanut butter...it will help mask the flavor and also make it thicker and yummier :)
 
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