Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins

Muffin2I’ve been making muffins every week lately for work week snacks. I invented these today after having to pass up Costco muffins at church…these might give those chocolate muffins a run for their money. If you don’t want to add protein powder, just substitute an extra half cup of oats. Enjoy!

  • 1 1/2 cup Old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Banana, mashed
  • 4 Egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup Stevia (or sweetened of choice)
  • 1/3 cup Milk (I used Almond milk)
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 2 TBS. Mini chocolate chipsMuffins1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients but the chocolate chips in a blender until batter is smooth. Pour batter in cupcake liners (use foil or silicon) until 3/4 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Store in the fridge. Makes 12 muffins.

Nutrition Stats:

Cals: 89

Protein: 6 grams

Fat: 2 grams

Carbs: 13 grams

Sugar: 4 grams

Brownie Batter Pancakes

Chocolate and pancakes are two of the best things in life so why not combine the two? The problem with a lot of protein or healthy pancake recipes is that they turn out dry and spongy. These are light and fluffy. If you want to up the protein content, just add a 1/2 scoop protein powder to the batter. Now, I just need to figure out how to make a healthy version of Dairy Queen’s brownie batter blizzard.

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  • 1/2 cup Oat Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 4 packets Stevia (or 3 tbs of a sweetener that measures like sugar)
  • 2 tbs Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs Applesauce (you could also sub 1/2 of a mashed banana)
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 2 tbs Nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp Butter extract (or vanilla)
  • Optional add ins: 1 tbs chopped Dark Chocolate, 1/2 scoop Protein Powder

To make a chocolate topping (optional): Mix 2 tbs Unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tbs NF greek yogurt, 2 tbs Unsweetened almond milk, and 1 tbs or more Stevia.

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and create a well in the center. Add the wet ingredients and mix. Preheat skillet on medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and pour the batter depending on a desired size of a pancake (2-3 tbsp for a medium 1/4 cup for larger ones). Cook for a couple minutes until you see the edges turning brown and bubbles start to form on the top. Flip with a spatula and cook until browned on the other side. Serves 2

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Nutrition Stats: (for 1 serving, with chocolate topping)

Cals: 169

Protein: 13 grams

Carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 3

Sugar: 3

Fiber: 7

 

 

 

 

Paleo Brownies

I don’t follow a paleo diet (although I tried it a few years ago to see if cutting dairy out would affect my allergies – it didn’t). I just love my oatmeal, greek yogurt, and all things with gluten in them too much to give it all up.

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I like to try paleo baked goods once in a while and have been browsing recipes for paleo brownies. Most of what I found had combinations of almond butter, coconut oil, grass fed butter, and fancy ingredients that I didn’t have on hand. Additionally, the recipes had lots of healthy fats but you definitely would want to limit yourself to one brownie. These are free of refined sugar and flour, are super fudgy, and aren’t 300 calories a piece.

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  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup Applesauce (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 tsp Baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and pour into an 8×8 greased pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Serves 9.

Nutrition Stats: (for 1 brownie)

Cals: 128

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 7 grams

Sugar: 11 grams

No Bake Brownie Truffles {paleo}

I had never bought dates until my mom sent me a delish Moroccan chicken recipe that called for them. I had most of the container left over and didn’t want them to go to waste. I had seen homemade Larabar recipes that called for dates so I tried to make my own. To my delight, my combo of what I had on hand created what tastes like a brownie.

I didn’t know anything about dates so I looked up what the health benefits are -wowza! I should be eating more. One or two of these would be good to eat pre-workout.

No Bake Brownie Truffles

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  • 1 Cup Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds
  • 4 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until it reaches a dough consistency. If crumbly, add a tablespoon of water. Roll into 12 Balls. Store in the fridge.

Nutritional Stats:

Cals: 80

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 6 grams

Sugar: 7 grams

50 Calorie Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

If I could sit around all day and eat brownies as big as my face, I would. Honestly. But I’ve noticed that a high brownie consumption correlates with shrinking pants.

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I love brownies so much I was craving them at 9am when the thought occurred to me to try to make a healthier version. Luckily, these brownies are healthy enough to eat for breakfast. These are super fudgy and so good that I had to leave the room to keep from eating the entire pan. I’ve been playing around with almond meal in pancake recipes and was happy to find that its natural sweetness bodes well for brownies too. If you don’t have any on hand – you can make it yourself or just sub another part oats.

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

  • 1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Meal (if you don’t have any on hand, just sub another 1/4 cup oats)
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 5.3oz. container of Low Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt (don’t use plain non fat – the brownies will taste sour!)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Stevia (I used Stevia in the Raw)
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or skim)
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 4 Tbs PB2 or Peanut Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients except for PB2 in a blender or food processor. Batter will be thin. Pour into an 8×8 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes.

To make peanut butter swirl, mix the PB2 with 3-4 Tbs of water to get a thinner consistency. If you don’t have PB2 – just sub 4 tablespoons of regular peanut butter (but warm it in the microwave first). Using a knife, swirl the peanut butter mixture into the batter.DSC01206

Bake for 10 more minutes. Wait until completely cool to cut into brownies. Then do a face dive into deliciousness. Makes 12 brownies.

Stats for one brownie:

Cals: 50

Carbs: 5 grams

Protein: 4 grams

Fat: 2 grams

Sugar: 2 grams