Powdered Peanut Butter Cups

DSC_1951As much as I love peanut butter, there’s a lot of fat–good fat–in it. And with as much as I consume peanut butter, my fat intake can get very high so I eat powdered peanut butter when I feel like I’m really going over board with my fats for the day.

Most peanut butter cups I make, I use real peanut butter and lots of coconut oil making it a delicious fat bomb of a dessert. Which don’t get me wrong, is totally healthy for you but if you are counting your macros, they can be difficult to fit in there.DSC_1967

Each peanut butter cup has about 158 calories, 7 carbs, 9g protein and only 11g fat which compared to a traditionally healthy peanut butter cup is significantly less.

Recipe serves 3.

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1/4 c powdered peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter & Co)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla protein powderDSC_1940
  • 1 tbsp. flour of choice (I used tapioca)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • 3.5 tbsp. water (warm)

Chocolate Layer

  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein
  • 1 tbsp. cocao powder
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tbsp. water (warm)

Directions

  1. Mix all peanut butter ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Pour 3/4 of the mix into the bottom of 3 cupcake liners.
  3. Mix all chocolate ingredients together.DSC_1931
  4. Pour all of the mix on top of the peanut butter layer.
  5. Spoon the remaining peanut butter mix into the center of the chocolate.
  6. Place in the freezer for 2 hours to harden.
  7. Let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

My Big Fat Healthy Cookie Dough Ball

DSC_1877I suppose heaven is made up of big beds with fluffy body pillows, puppies and giant balls of cookie dough–that are actually good for you!

Well, I’m not going wait to find out if my predictions are too so I made this gigantic ball of cookie dough to hold me over.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Box Cannellini Beans (or can, I use the Target brand)DSC_1882
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (between 60-64g)
  • 1/4 c powdered peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter & Co)
  • 1/4 c tapioca flour or flour of choice
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients (except chips) in a food processor or high performing blender on high until smooth, scraping the sides when needed.
  2. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Roll into one large ball.
  4. Place in the fridge for 2 hours to chill or the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

Healthy Red Velvet Blondies (No Beans!)

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As much as I love creating healthy desserts out of chickpeas and white beans, I wanted to give you another option, ya know, for the paleo folk. These dense and delicious blondies are made with extra ripe bananas and my favorite protein powder: PEScience Select Protein. I used their Cookies and Cream flavor (can sub any protein you like). Get 25% off ANY PEScience product by using my coupon code PBCHOCO.

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Recipe serves 4 and macros per blondie are: 281 calories/ 41 carbs/ 10g fat/17g protein

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 c coconut flour (or flour of choice)DSC_1811
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used PEScience get 25% off using code PBCHOCO)
  • 1/4 c nut butter  (I used Red Velvet Peanut Butter by Buff Bake get 10% off using code PBCHOCO)
  • 1/4 c maple syrup (or honey/agave)
  • 1 tsp beet root powder
  • cocoa nibs for sprinkling

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350f and prepare an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl, then add maple syrup and nut butter until well combined.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
  4. Spoon batter into pan and spread evenly.
  5. Sprinkle with cocoa nibs.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting into 4 squares and serving.

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!

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!

Clean Eating Cheesecake Cookie Dough Cups

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I firmly believe that everyone should be allowed to eat dessert every single day of their life without having to have all the excess calories, sugars, fats, etc. I for one, can’t go a night without dessert–it’s pure torture. I mean, why not? Why can’t dessert be a beneficial snack? That is exactly why I created this blog. No person should ever go without cookie dough!!!

These secretly healthy Cookie Dough Cheesecakes would actually make the perfect pre-workout snack. I made these using chick peas, protein powder and low fat cream cheese.

Macros per cup: 203 calories/5.8g fat/26 carbs/12.2g protein (you can reduce calories and carbs by using sugar free maple syrup)

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Recipe

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  • 1 c Organic Chick Peas  (I used Simply Balanced Target Brand)
  • 1/4 c Natural Peanut Butter (I used Nuts N’ More)
  • 2 Scoops Cookies and Cream Protein Powder by PEScience (Vanilla Flavor will also work)
  • 3 tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 tbsp. Almond Milk
  • 3 tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (I used Lilly’s)

Cheesecake

  • 1/2 c Reduced Fat Cream Cheese (room temp)
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Almond Milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Stevia

Directions

1. Rinse chick peas and make sure all the skins are off by rubbing them between your hands under running water. It’s time consuming but totally worth it! Pulse all cookie dough ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor until smooth. You will have to stop to scrape the sides a bit but just keep pulsing and it will happen.

2. Fold in chocolate chips and then separate dough into 20 even size pieces and place them on a piece of parchment paper while you prepare your cheesecake filling.

3. Mix all cheesecake ingredients together using a fork.

4. Press 10 pieces of cookie dough into the bottom of a silicone cupcake mold or a regular cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Scoop about a tablespoon of cheese cake filling over the cookie dough layers. Place the remaining cookie dough pieces on top of the cheese cake filling and press flat. Optional: Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

5. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to chill. Serve cold. Enjoy!

Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars with an Oatmeal Crust

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I have this problem where every single time I go to the grocery store I buy a handle of bananas and they get too ripe by the time I can eat them. I’m not just going to throw them away–so I freeze them. Lately, it has become this issue with my roommates because there is literally bananas falling out of the freezer when we open it. Today I decided to be a good housemate and make a little room for Jeff’s Hot Pockets by making myself some Nicecream (banana ice cream). Plain old banana ice cream is too boring for me, I need layers and crusts and stuff or I just won’t feel satisfied, ya dig? Behold Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream bars with an Oatmeal Cookie Dough Crust. I may have added a little protein powder to the ice cream part 😉 but it can be completely eliminated and taste just as great.

For the peanut butter layer I used Nuts N’ More. I honestly have to say it is my favorite peanut butter on the planet and I might actually cry real tears when I run out of the jars they were kind enough to send me (because I will be spending my own money to buy a hundred more jars).

You can get 25% off any PEScience product like the Milk Chocolate Protein Powder I used by using the code PBCHOCO.

I was able to purchase almost every single ingredient I used in this recipe from VitaCost.com. If you haven’t heard of it, it is truly one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to get all of your health food products in one haul. AND the best part is that is delivered the next day to your front door! I am always impressed with their quickness, I don’t know how they do it!

Recipe

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  • 1/2 c Quick Oats (GF)
  • 1/4 c Oat Flour
  • 1/4 c Peanut Butter Slim (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1/4 c Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 c Almond Milk

Ice Cream Layer

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1/4 c Natural Peanut Butter (I used Nuts N’ More Toffee Crunch)

Chocolate Layer

  • 1/4 c Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 c Cocoa Powder

Directions

In a bowl mix together all oatmeal layer ingredients using a fork. Press the dough flat into an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Using a food processor or a high performing blender, pulse bananas until you have an ice cream like texture. It can take a couple minutes but be patient it will happen. Add in protein and peanut butter and pulse until well combined. Pour your ice cream layer over the oatmeal crust and place in the freezer for 20 minutes to harden a bit. Once hardened, spread an even layer of peanut butter over the ice cream and return to the freezer while you make the chocolate. Melt coconut oil and maple syrup together and then mix in cocoa powder. Pour over peanut butter layer and let set in the freezer for 4-6 hours before slicing into squares and serving. Makes 12 Ice Cream Bars.

Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups

IMG_0989[1]Let’s talk cookie dough. I want to eat it at all the wrong times, like 2 o’clock in the morning when I can’t sleep. I really believe it has everything to do with being a woman because I have never met a man that would take a spoon to a tub of cookie dough for hours. Like, they prefer cookie dough actually cooked and made into cookies–who does that?

The other day I was on a mission to prove to my boyfriend that uncooked cookies a.k.a. cookie dough, can be a beautiful thing. So I went to Pinterest to find the greatest cookie dough recipe I could. I found a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie recipe by Recipe Girl and I knew it would be the one that would win my boyfriends approval. This brownie recipe is loaded with refined sugar, butter, flour, ya know, all of those things that taste so good but look so bad in a mini skirt. After watching my boyfriend devour these, I knew I needed to make myself a delicious but HEALTHY alternative thus inspired Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups.

I got used Nuts N’ More High Protein Peanut Butter in this recipe because it’s made with all natural ingredients and has less fat and more protein than regular peanut butter. The rest of the ingredients I got from VitaCost.com.

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Recipe

PEANUT BUTTER LAYER

CHOCOLATE LAYER

  • 3 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 3 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 c plus 1 tbsp. Cocoa Powder

COOKIE DOUGH LAYER

Directions

Line a cupcake pan with 5 cupcake paper liners and set aside. Melt peanut butter and coconut oil together, stir well and divide evenly between the 5 cupcake liners. Place them in the freezer to harden while you prepare the chocolate layer. Melt maple syrup and coconut oil together and stir in cocoa powder. Pour chocolate later over the peanut butter layer and return to the freezer to harden while you prepare the cookie dough layer. Mix flour, protein powder and salt together. Add remaining ingredients until well combined. Divide the cookie dough between the 5 cupcake liners and press the dough over the chocolate layer. Optional: garnish with chocolate chips and peanut butter drizzle. Freezer for at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

361 calories/ 22g fat/ 31 cabs/ 12g protein

Skinny S’mores Pie

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I’m just not over S’mores anything yet. In fact, I haven’t had enough. I think I need to go on a camping trip and really just get it out of my system. Until then I made this awesome pie to get me through my late night summer cravings.

I used PEScience Select protein powders to sweeten things up without having to add a bunch of sugar. It’s seriously the greatest replacement for most flours and sugars when you are baking light. 🙂

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Make this recipe vegan by using Vegan Protein Powder.

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Recipe

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CHOCOLATE FILLING

  • 1/2 c Full Fat Coconut Milk (place the can in the refrigerator over night and scape the cream off of the top)
  • 1 Scoop Milk Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil

MARSHMELLOW LAYER

CHOCOLATE TOPPING

  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350f. Place all crust ingredients into a food processor or high performing blender and pulse until smooth. Press the crust into the bottom and the sides of an 8×8 inch round pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 6 minutes. It will seem undercooked but will taste amazing–trust. Add the coconut milk to a mixer and whip it until it’s fluffy (about 30 seconds) add protein powder and cocoa powder. Slowly add melted coconut oil while the mixer is on. Spread your chocolate filling evenly over your crust. Add your next layer of marshmallow dip. For the final chocolate layer: Melt coconut oil and maple syrup together and then mix in cocoa powder. Pour over marshmallow dip and place in the fridge for 2 hours to harden. Enjoy!

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 178.2
Total Fat:11.9 g
Cholesterol:3.8 mg
Sodium:106.7 mg
Total Carbs:8.9 g
Dietary Fiber:1.5 g
Protein: 8.6

Chocolate Chip Protein Square

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I know I have said this before but sometimes I find a product, fall in love with it and then use it ALL THE TIME! Right now I am currently obsessed with Abs Protein Pancake Mix and Nikki’s Coconut Butter.

I can’t even remember the last time I made pancakes with my Abs. And why would I when I can make protein squares?

This recipe makes 9 servings. Macros per square:

12p/9.5c/12f/190cal

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Recipe

Directions

In a bowl, mix together Abs, powdered peanut butter and vanilla whey. Add peanut butter, almond milk and vanilla. Mix until a dough forms. Press the chocolate chip dough into an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Mix together coconut butter and chocolate protein powder and then spread evenly on top of the first layer. Sprinkle with peanuts. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden and then cut into squares. Store in fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

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