Guilt Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

image2 (2)It’s the end of August. Which means it’s basically September. September comes before October and October means Fall. So basically, it’s totally okay that I am making Pumpkin Cookies on August 26th, right? Great! Now that that’s settled, here’s my recipe for completely guilt-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies made with real pumpkin and protein powder. I was highly temped to half dip these bad boys in chocolate but they are lovely just the way they are–if you are feeling like a rebel, go a head and dip them!

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 c Oat Flour
  • 1/2 c Protein Powder (I used PEScience Snickerdoodle get 25% with code PBCHOCO)
  • 1/4 c Tapioca Flour
  • 1/2 c Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 c Chocolate Chips

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350f and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix oat flour, protein, coconut sugar, spices and baking powder.
  3. In another bowl whisk pumpkin, egg, melted coconut oil and molasses.
  4. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flours and stir until smooth.
  5. Fold in tapioca flour and chocolate chips, then place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the freezer and roll dough into ten 1-inch sized balls.
  7. Place balls on baking sheet and press flat. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely before serving.

Notes: Wet your hands a bit if dough is too sticky for rolling. Store in an airtight container. Top with more chocolate chips before baking for a visually better looking cookie.

Three Ingredients Peaches and Cream Popsicles

 

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Someone help me–I can’t stop making healthy popsicles!

These deliciously creamy Peaches and Cream Popsicles only have 3 ingredients and can easily be made vegan by substituting the vanilla whey protein powder with full fat coconut milk or vegan protein powder.

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Ingredients

Recipe makes 4 standard popsicles

  • 3 Organic Peaches image3[1]
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein (I used Quest Nutrition)
  • 1/4 c Almond Milk

Directions

  1. Remove the skin and seed from two of the peaches and dice into small pieces, then freeze until solid. image1 (2)
  2. Blend frozen peaches until smooth. This can take about five minutes of blending and scraping the sides.
  3. Add almond milk and protein powder, then continue blending until smooth.
  4. Cut fresh peach into pieces and divide them up between the popsicle molds.
  5. Pour peach puree into each mold. Tap mold on counter to remove air pockets.
  6. Place in the freezer until completely solid.
  7. To remove the popsicles from the molds, run them under warm water.

 

Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Cookie Sandwich

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Holy cow you guys! These almond butter stuffed shortbread cookies are to die for. I’ve been messing around with protein powder shortbread recipes for the last few days and I think I finally found one that I love. It has just enough crunch but also not too dry or chalky. I couldn’t have just a plain old shortbread cookie though, so I stuffed it with my favorite chia, flax Snickerdoodle Almond Spread from Buff Bake (get 10% off your order at buffbake.com using my IMG_1606[1]code PBCHOCO). But I still wasn’t satisfied so I dipped them in some dark chocolate, thus creating the perfect cookie sandwich–boyfriend aprroved!

Sticking with a snickerdoodle theme, I used my favorite protein powder– Select Protein by PEScience, Snickerdoodle Flavor. You get 25% off your entire PEScience order by using my code PBCHOCO.

Recipe makes 6 sandwich cookies.

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Recipe

Cookie

  • 1.5 Scoops Snickerdoodle Protein Powder or your favorite protein
  • 1/2 c Almond Flour
  • 1/4 c Almond Milk or milk of choiceIMG_1609[1]
  • 2 tbsp. Oat Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Butter Extract

Almond Butter Filling

Chocolate

  • 1/4 c Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil

Directions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients for the cookies and then add the wet. Roll dough until it’s 1/4″ thick and cut into cookie shapes. Repeat until you have used all the dough. Mine made 12 cookies using about a 1 1/2″ cookie cutter.
  2. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 7 minutes at 350f.
  3. While cookies cool, melt almond butter and coconut oil together in a microwave safe bowl. Fold in protein powder until combined.
  4. Evenly distribute almond butter mix between six of the cookies and make a sandwich with the other six.
  5. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Spoon chocolate over half of the cookies and place them in the freezer until chocolate hardens (about 10 minutes).
  6. ENJOY!

Four Layer Caramel Ice Cream Bars (vegan, gluten-free)

IMG_1537[1]I absolutely LOVE raw, vegan desserts and I’m a true advocate for eating clean. I  believe that the body thrives best off of whole, natural, and unprocessed foods. This four layer ice cream bar will knock your socks off and make you feel good about eating dessert!

Some people have asked me about the macros for these bars and to be honest, when I make a vegan dessert, I never calculate the macros. The fat and calorie content will be very high. But don’t forget these are all good fats from coconut and peanuts. Coconut oil actually helps promote weight loss, so don’t be afraid of the good fats! I wouldn’t recommend eating an entire tray of these, but one or two pieces will only do the body good!

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***If you have a nut allergy, try replacing the peanut butter with Tahini.

Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookie Layer

  • 1/2 c Coconut FlourIMG_1536[1]
  • 1/2 c Oat Flour (gluten free)
  • 1/4 c Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 c Smooth Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Golden Flax Meal
  • 2 tbsp. Nikki’s Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter (or plain coconut butter)
  • 1 tbsp. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup (or agave)
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Ice Cream Layer

  • 2-3 Frozen Bananas (the riper the better)
  • 2 tbsp. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Caramel Layer

  • 3/4 c Medjool Dates (pitted and diced)
  • 1/4 c Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Warm Water

Chocolate Layer

Directions

  1. For the peanut butter layer, mix all dry ingredients together and then add wet ingredients. Mix until dough forms (should be a bit crumbly but not too dry). Press all but 1/4 c dough into the bottom of an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Save the 1/4 c for topping. Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the ice cream layer.
  2. Blend frozen bananas and almond milk until you have a puree. I used my blender but a food processor also works. Be patient and keep scraping the sides and blending, it will happen! (I diced mine into tiny pieces before blending to help with the process)
  3. Pour ice cream layer over the peanut butter cookie layer and spread evenly. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour or until firm.
  4. Blend caramel layer in a food processor or blender. Again, be patient, keep scraping the sides, it will become a puree. Spread caramel over ice cream layer and return to the freezer while you prepare your chocolate layer.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl or in a double boiler, melt coconut butter, oil, and maple syrup together. Whisk in cocoa powder. Pour chocolate over the caramel layer, sprinkle with remaining dough and return the freezer for 2 hours before slicing into 12 bars. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cupcakes

DSC_0456Chocolate and peanut butter, what more could you possibly want? How about making it a high protein cupcake and then you will be speaking my language!

I used my favorite Milk Chocolate Protein Powder from PEScience Select Protein and topped my cupcakes with a Nuts ‘N More Coconut Peanut Butter crosshatch. By the way, if you are a peanut butter connoisseur then you will absolutely love Nuts ‘N More. It’s so creamy and delicious, I just can’t even begin to explain to you the goodness that is Nuts ‘N More.

On with the recipe…

Recipe

  • 2 Scoops Milk Chocolate Protein Powder (get 25% of your PEScience order with code PBCHOCO)DSC_0428
  • 1/2 c Almond Milk
  • 1/4 c Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 c Oat Flour
  • 1/4 c Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 c Egg Whites
  • 2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Peanut Butter (I used Nuts ‘N More)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

Crosshatch

  • 1/2 c Peanut Butter (I used Nuts ‘N More)

Directions

  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350f and prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together and then add wet.
  3. Divide cupcake mix up between 6-8 cupcake liners.
  4. Bake for 19-21 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Once cooled, place peanut butter in a piping bag or Ziploc bag and snip the corner. Createcross hatch.

Raw Snickers Inspired Bars

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Gone are the days of Slurpees and candy bars. I grew up in Nevada where it gets up to 120 degrees in the summer time. After spending our mornings helping our dad sweep up his wood shop, we would take the five dollars we earned and buy Snicker Bars and wash them down with a blended soda.

I have since graduated from the Snickers bar. When I get that candy bar craving, a raw caramel slice always does the trick! These delicious fat bombs are only made with natural ingredients, and are dairy free and gluten free. I saw a recipe on peachypalete.com that inspired me to try making my own version and adapted these from her amazing recipe.

I used Buff Bake White Chocolate peanut butter in my recipe but you can use any peanut butter of choice. Get 10% off Buff Bake using my code PBCHOCO.

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Ingredients

Chocolate Layer

Nougat Layer

Caramel Layer

  • 3/4 cup Medjool Dates (pitted and diced)
  • 1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (I used Buff Bake White Chocolate)
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Warm Water

Peanut Layer

  • 1/4 cup Dry Roasted Peanuts (crushed)

Directions

  1. For the chocolate layer, melt coconut oil and coconut butter in a microwave safe bowl for 15 seconds and mix in maple syrup. Whisk in cocoa powder. Pour chocolate into an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer while you prepare the nougat layer.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and coconut butter and stir until well combined. Add maple syrup and stir well. Spread mixture over chocolate layer and return to the freezer while you prepare your caramel layer.
  3. Place dates, peanut butter and water in a high speed blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Add coconut oil and pulse for another 10-20 seconds. Spread caramel layer over the nougat layer and sprinkle with crushed peanuts. Press them into the caramel layer a bit so they stick well.
  4. Place in the fridge (or freezer if you are like me and have zero patients) for at least an hour and then cut into 12 squares. Enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry No Bake Cheesecakes

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You know what the greatest thing about making your own frozen dessert is? It lasts for freaking ever! If you were to open my freezer right now, your dessert options would be endless. Whenever you want to serve one of these Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes, just remove from the freezer, let it sit for about 10 minutes at room temperature and then cut into bite size pieces! Make them, store them and then enjoy them whenever you want in the next six months! 🙂

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Recipe

  • 1/4 c Unsweetened Shredded CoconutIMG_1412[1]
  • 3 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Quest Nutrition)
  • 1 c Almond Milk
  • 1/4 c Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 c Raspberries plus more for decorating
  • 2 tbsp. Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions

1. In a high speed blender, blend shredded coconut, 2 tbsp. coconut oil, protein powder, almond milk and cream cheese together until smooth. You make need to stop to scrape the sides.

2. Pour half of the cheesecake filling into 6 silicone cups or cupcake liners. Add raspberries to the remaining cheesecake filling and blend until smooth. Pour raspberry layer on top of the vanilla layer. Decorate with raspberries.

3. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. coconut oil together. Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate over the raspberry cheesecakes. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!