Sunday, July 23, 2017

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies








     These may be my richest Brownies to date, and that is quite a statement... and I have the goods to back it up!  This is decadence at its finest!  Not to mention, each of these 9 hearty squares of deliciousness are only 173 calories, 7g net carbs and 20g protein.  And, the best news is these are super duper easy to whip up in a flash!  A real winner all the way around!

Ingredients for 9 large servings~
4 scoops Quest Chocolate Protein Powder
1 cup 25 cal/cup Cashew or Almond Milk
1 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
2/3 cup Cocoa
2/3 cup Pumpkin
1/2 cup 0% Fage Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips (reserve a few to sprinkle on top)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
1 Tablespoon chopped Pecans
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Powder plus Water to reconstitute

     Mix all ingredients together, except for reserved Chocolate Chips, Pecans and Peanut Butter Powder.  Add batter to parchment paper lined 8X8 baking pan, top with reserved Chocolate Chips and Pecans, bake at 350 for 35-38 minutes.  Divide into 9 Brownies, when ready to eat each Brownie, add enough Water to 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Powder til desired consistency and add to top of Brownie.  Enjoy  :)

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins








     Chances are you could use a little help in the kitchen...amiright!?  If this is the case, this is an easy one that you can easily enlist your children as slave labor (please don't send me hate mail...I am only partially kidding).  These Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are so healthy, you will want your kids to be involved so they will have a greater desire to consume their artwork.  Each of these 12 super moist and delicious muffins are only 123 calories, 5g net carbs and 5g protein.  Time to start rounding up the troops!

Ingredients for 12 Muffins~
1 medium (6oz) Zucchini, grated into dish towel, ringing out excess liquid
1/2 cup Oats, ground into powder
1/2 cup Peanut Butter Powder
1/2 cup Pumpkin
1/2 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
1/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted
2 jumbo Eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips (I use Lily's Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Chips)
1 Tablespoon chopped Pecans

     Mix all ingredients til well blended, except for Pecans and reserve a few Chocolate Chips to sprinkle on top of Muffins.  Add batter equally to 12 Silpat lined muffin tins, top with Pecans and remaining reserved Chocolate Chips.  Bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes.  Enjoy  :)






   

Vanilla Pumpkin Snack Cake








     Some say snack, some say cake, so to be fair let's just call it what it really is...a snack cake.  Wanna know how I can get away with such a declaration!?  Whelp, each of the 9 hearty pieces are only 106 calories, 6g net carbs and 14g protein.  So what do you say... snack or cake!?

Ingredients for 9 servings~
3/4 cup Oats, grind into flour
4 scoops Quest Vanilla Protein Powder
1 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
1/2 cup 0% Fage Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup Pumpkin
2 jumbo Eggs
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
1 Tablespoon chopped Pecans

     Stir all ingredients together til smooth, except Pecans.  Pour into parchment lined 8X8 dish, top with Pecans, bake at 350 for 35-38 minutes.  Enjoy  :)

Kaniwa Burger








     If a momma Qunioa and a daddy Quinoa had a baby they would name it Kaniwa...isn't that simply adorable!?  This little grain has many other nicknames including Quechua, Canahua, and Baby Quinoa (because it looks and tastes similar to its botanical relative: Quinoa).  Not only that, it cooks up with a crunchy texture and makes a nutrient rich, delicious super food.  Turn these into Burgers and you have a beautiful main course or side dish!  Each of the 9 servings are only 135 calories, 14g net carbs and 7g protein.  I can't wait for you to try this grain from Pereg, visit www.pereg-gourmet.com for more information and where to buy!  :)

Ingredients for 9 servings~
1/2 cup Kaniwa, cook according to directions
3/4 cup Oats, ground to powder in Magic Bullet/Blender
1 15oz drained can of Garabanzo Beans
1 jumbo Eggs
1 Tablespoon chopped Garlic
Dash Paprika to taste
Dash Salt to taste
Dash Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon grated Sharp Cheddar per Burger

     Cook Kaniwa according to directions, set aside to cool.  Meanwhile, add remainder of ingredients (except for Cheese) to food processor and blend til well incorporated.  Stir together Garbanzo Bean mixture with cooked Kaniwa, drop by 1/3 cup on to Coconut Oil sprayed skillet, brown on each side.  Top each Burger with Cheese when ready to eat.  Enjoy  :)


Waldorf Pasta Salad








     Enjoy this new twist on Waldorf Salad, with 4 freakishly large servings for 334 calories, 21g net carbs and 35g protein.  So, have you ever heard of pasta in Salad...!? Whelp, it's good!  Try it, you'll like it!  And, if you pick just the right Pasta, you have no need to fear!

Ingredients for 4 large servings~
1 8oz package Thin Slim Pasta (thinslimfoods.com)
1 pound diced grilled Chicken Breast
1 Bunch Celery diced (approx 13oz)
1/4 cup Light Vinaigrette
3oz (1 cup) shredded Carrots
8oz (1.5 cups) sliced Strawberries
3.5oz (3/4 cup) Blueberries
1/2 diced Red Bell Pepper
1/2 diced Green Bell Pepper
1/4 cup sliced Almonds
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
2 diced Green Onions
Pepper to garnish, as desired

     Boil and drain Pasta according to directions, stir together with Chicken, Celery and Salad Dressing and add to bottom of large Salad Bowl.  Layer with Carrots, Strawberries, Blueberries, Bell Peppers, Almonds, Parmesan, Onions and Pepper.  Enjoy  :)

Rich Chocolate Protein Balls








     Heading out the door, need a little afternoon sweet, or how bout an after dinner snack...best of all these are kid friendly...(they pretty much everyone's friend)!  These whip up quick and easy, and are a real crowd pleaser.  Each of my 1oz balls are only 72 calories, 2g net carbs and 7.5g protein.  How can that be bad!?

Ingredients for 14 Protein Balls~
1/2 cup Peanut Butter Powder
1/3 cup Lily's Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Chips
3 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
2 Tablespoons ground Flax Seed
2 Tablespoons chopped Walnuts
Dash Cinnamon

     Mix together til well incorporated, divide into 14 1oz portions and roll into balls.  Store in fridge.  Enjoy  :)

Caramel Rocky Road Frozen Yogurt









Peanut Butter+Chocolate + Caramel= Heaven on Earth!  Need I say more !?   This is one of the best ice cream/yogurt combos I have come up with, ... I'm sure it has nothing to do with the Caramel or the Chocolate ...   Of the four servings, each one has 233calo ries, 20g carbs and 27g protein.... I can deal with that!  ;)

Ingredients~
2 Medjool Dates
2 Tablespoons Cashews
2 Tablespoons Reduced Fat Shredded Coconut
3~ 6oz 0% Fat Greek Fage Yogurt
1 scoop Peanut Butter Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Powder
2 Tablespoon unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
1 Quest Rocky Road Protein Bar, diced

     Soak Dates and Cashews in water for 30 minutes, drain and remove pits.  Place in Food Processor with Coconut, blend til Caramel consistency.  May need to add 1-2 Tablespoons of water for perfect consistency.  Add the remaining ingredients to 9X13 pan, stir and put in freezer, remove every 45 minutes and stir til desired consistency, I usually do this 3 or 4 times.  On last time, drop pieces of Caramel  and diced Protein Bar around yogurt and cut thru with a knife, and stir gently.  Serve and Enjoy !!!  ;)  Note:  I used a Cuisinart 2 Qt Frozen Yogurt-Sorbert & Ice Cream Maker, add Yogurt mixture to pre frozen Bowl and churn for 25 minutes, adding Caramel and Protein Bar bits during last few minutes.