Monday, March 27, 2017

Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies

What is a blondie? It's the nonchocolate counterpart to a brownie, duh!

Blondies have more fun. Topped with NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup (0 cal)
I know that blondies still don't seem to be as popular as brownies, but these babies are pretty tasty! Don't worry, I added mini chocolate chips because chocolate is necessary.

Now what makes these "healthy"?

  • No refined sugar (aside from chocolate chips)
  • No refined flours
  • No oil 
  • Extra protein and fiber 
How? Chickpeas. Bean there, done that, back again! My father taste tested it and after I revealed that they were made with no flour, rather, they were made with chickpeas, he said he couldn't tell! Success!

They're pretty simple, but word to the wise: My blender is not a high powered food processor so the batter became pretty warm as I blended to a good consistency so when I folded in the chocolate chips, it turned the batter a bit brown as some of them melted. They were still delicious but if you're going for aesthetics, you may want to cool the batter before folding in the chocolate chips!
So fudgy and dense!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used a natural variety)
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp imitation butter flavor
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cashew milk (or milk of choice)
  • additional sweetener to taste (I used NuNaturals No Carb blend stevia packets - I used 6 if I remember correctly)
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 8" baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. 
  2. Rinse, drain and dry the chickpeas. Most of the "skins" came off as I dried. 
  3. Combine the chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, milk, and sweetener in a high powered blender or food processor.
  4. Blend until smooth. 
  5. Allow batter to cool and fold in the chocolate chips. 
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes until the edges pull away and/or the top is golden brown. 
  7. Allow to cool and dig in! Store in the refrigerator. 
My dad described these as "rich" which he attributed to the peanut butter. He's been known to strongly dislike my "healthy" recipes so I counted this as a success and I enjoyed them a lot myself! How can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?? 

Let me know if you try these! Have you ever made a dessert with beans? Can you believe I still haven't tried black bean brownies?

Recipe adapted from Joyfoodsunshine.com

Monday, March 20, 2017

LiveLovePop Review


If you know me, you know I love popcorn. I've tried many brands, even skinless popcorn! I can't really say I've hated any! However, I do have my favorites. One brand that caught my eye taking the social media world by storm is LiveLovePop! 
What's really awesome about this brand is that they're a mission based brand so each flavor gives back to a different charity. You can learn more about their mission on their website: livelovepop.com.
They also use simple, wholesome ingredients for healthy snacking you can feel good about! 
Not to be forgotten is the medley (yes, cornucopia, if you will) of flavors! The current flavors are honey bbq, lime fresco, sea salt, truffle salt, and salt and vinegar. So far I have tried honey bbq, sea salt and truffle salt but lime fresco may be my next victim!
Mix up of Honey BBQ and Sea Salt
The truffle salt flavor has a nice subtle truffle flavor lightly salted. At first bite, I will say I wasn't blown away but it definitely is addictive. The more I ate it, the more I liked it! 

The sea salt, again did not astound me, and is comparable to other brands that offer a sea salt flavor. There's really only so much one can do with sea salt but it's a classic flavor that I'm glad they offer! 

The honey bbq is a different story! I have never tasted popcorn like this! The flavor hits the nail on the head like a honey bbq chip but in the form of popcorn! I loved it so much, but sadly, so did my dad! lol! 

I can't wait to try the other flavors! 

Have you tried this brand of popcorn? What's your favorite popcorn? Sweet or salty?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mini S'mores Bites!

Want a s'more?

S'more what?

"You're killing me, Smalls!"

-The Sandlot

If you haven't watched the Sandlot, I recommend you go do that right now and then come back, read this recipe, and make some (healthier) s'mores bites!

They are seriously so easy, I'm not sure it even counts as a recipe! These little bites have all your basic components of a s'more: graham, chocolate, and mallow - without packing a calorie punch!

Here's how:

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp imitation butter flavor
  • 1-2 packets stevia or sweetener of choice
  • 5 tbsp graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp brownie batter Gbutter spread (the gbutter spread is a very unique spread so may not be substituted - learn more about it: gbutter review)
  • 18 mini marshmallows (I used My Dandies vegan mini marshmallows but you may use any brand)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a mini muffin pan (you will only use six compartments). 
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, egg white, butter flavor* and sweetener. Press this mixture into six compartments of the mini muffin tin. 
  3. Scoop half a tablespoon of gbutter spread on top of each.**
  4. Place three mini marshmallows on top of each. 
  5. Bake for 5 minutes, then broil until the marshmallows puff and become golden. 
Enjoy!

*If a richer base is desired, you may use melted butter in place of the egg white and butter flavor. 

**For an alternative, you could try mini chocolate chips. 

Macros per bite:
68 cal 2.1f/8.9c/3.4p

Let me know if you try these! What's your favorite way to have a s'more? Are you a marshmallow burner?




Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mocha French Toast

French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts! Does it have to be an unhealthy calorie bomb? No! Does it have to be delicious? Yes!

I actually came up with this idea because I ran out of milk but I wanted French Toast! I used cold brew coffee as liquid in the batter and it came out delicious! Instead of using syrup or sugary toppings, I used a mocha peanut spread and Nunaturals Cocoa Syrup (stevia sweetened) for a guilt free, indulgent, and caffeinated breakfast!


Mocha French Toast 😍•2 slices @daveskillerbread •1 egg or 2 egg whites • about 1/4 cup @highbrewcoffee (I used bold and black) • sweetener to taste • Mix the batter ingredients. Soak bread in the batter. Cook on medium heat in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Topped with mocha @epicspreads and @nunaturals cocoa syrup! So good! Let me know if you do it! P.S. I invented this because I ran out of milk 😂

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole grain bread 
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites
  • about 1/4 cup coffee (I used cold brew but you could use any coffee)
  • sweetener to taste 
  • 1-2 tbsp mocha EpicSpreads peanut butter
  • NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup 

Directions:

  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. 
  2. Whisk the egg, coffee and sweetener. 
  3. Dip the slices of bread in the batter until it is completely soaked up. 
  4. Cook the bread in the pan. Flip when golden brown. 
  5. Top with mocha peanut butter and cocoa syrup! 
Macros vary based on toppings, coffee, eggs and bread. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cake Batter No-Bake Fudge Cookie

In my opinion, cake batter is exponentionally better than it's cooked counterpart. Is it because it was the forbidden fruit as a child or is it just better? Who can tell? Regardless, I have created a no bake "cookie" with that sweet, sweet taste of cake batter.
Close Up!

I put cookie in quotations because this is no bake and has more of a fudge-like texture! I used a new to me flour, green banana flour! It doesn't have a banana flavor because it's made from green bananas, so they're underripe and less banana tasting. Why banana flour? It's gluten free, organic, and it contains resistant starch. Resistant starch is not digested by the small intestine and feeds healthy gut bacteria. Gut health is, like, all the rage right now. (Kombucha craze, anyone?) For maximum benefit, it should be consumed raw like in a smoothie, juice OR no bake cookie! For more information on banana flour and the brand I used check it out at Nunaturals.com. They're an awesome company with healthy sweeteners and baking products.

Now for the recipe!

Cake Batter No Bake Fudge Cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1 scoop Slappy Birthday Slap Nutrition protein powder (may substitute protein powder of choice) 
  • 1 tbsp honey 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp imitation butter extract
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 
  • 3 tbsp banana flour 
  • 1 tbsp sprinkles 
  • Additional sweetener to taste (I used about 10 drops of vanilla nunaturals)

Directions: 

  1. Combine protein powder, xanthan gum, and banana flour. 
  2. Add in wet ingredients and thoroughly combine. (I used my hands.)
  3. Form into cookies and press a teaspoon of sprinkles into each cookie. 
  4. Store in the fridge if you can resist eating them right away. 
Makes 3 cookies. 
Macros per cookie: 196 cal 10.4f/18c/9.5p