Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

I recently got the chance to do some baking with a protein powder from Lean Body for Her at Labrada Nutrition.  I did made some tasty treats with the Vanilla and Chocolate Jamie Eason Isolate Whey.  Check out my full review
They seemed to enjoy what I did with the products so they send me some Jamie Eason Peanut Protein to play with too!! It is made from defatted peanuts and natural ingredients.  Similar to PB2 and other powder peanut butters.  

I knew exactly what I wanted to make first!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies!!

You will also need canned pumpkin, canned white beans, unsweetened almond milk, egg substitute, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, and sweetener of choice.
*You can use real peanut butter or any nut butter*

I know some of the ingredients sound crazy, but trust me! I am a professional! Well...kinda...
In a blender or food processor, puree the beans, pumpkin, egg, milk, baking powder, and vanilla.
At first it will look kinda like orange humus.  Stir in everything else but the peanut protein and you will have some very chocolatey batter!

You can easily double this recipe to make a bigger batch of brownies, but this recipe makes six.  I used a 5 x 7 rectangle baking dish.  
Coat the dish with nonstick spray and pour the batter.  

Time to get our peanut butter ready! 
You can use as much or as little as you like! I used one serving ( 2 T )

 Add about 1 1/2 T of water to the powder and stir.  
You want it to be a little runny.  Add the water slowly! You can always add more, but you can't take it out! If you want it super sweet, you can add in one sweetener, but I don't think it needs it.  If using regular peanut butter, I suggest microwaving it for a few seconds to thin it out. 

Drizzle the peanut butter all over that brownie batter!
Into the oven for 25 minutes at 350.

Is there anything better than the smell of chocolate and peanut butter?!
Stick a toothpick in the middle and if it comes out clean, they are done!

You would never guess that we used beans and pumpkin to make these soft, chocolatey brownies!!
The best part is that these are super healthy! 

All six brownies are only 315 calories.
You also get a whopping 37 grams of protein!

That's right, brownies for breakfast!
People won't think you are eating healthy when they see you with these.  And they certainly won't believe some of the ingredients when if you let them have a taste. 

These make a perfect snack, dessert, or meal.  
I love having one or two post workout and saving the rest for after.  
Much more fun than just drinking a protein shake!

Are you hungry yet??
What are you waiting for?! Go make these now!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Jamie Eason Whey (30g)
  • 2 T Jamie Eason Peanut Protein (14g) (sub nut butter for peanut allergy)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (60g)
  • 1/2 cup canned white beans (130g) (chickpeas, garbanzo, navy beans...)
  • 3 T egg substitute (46g)
  • 3 T unsweetened almond milk (46ml)
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • sweetener to taste (4 packets)
  1. Puree beans, pumpkin, egg, milk, and vanilla
  2. Stir in everything else except peanut protein
  3. In a small bowl, add 1 1/2 T to powdered peanut butter
  4. Coat baking dish (5 x 7) with nonstick spray and pour in brownie batter
  5. Drizzle peanut butter on top
  6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
Makes 6 brownies - 52 calories each
Whole batch - 315 calories 
5F 34C 37P

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Double Chocolate Cookies

I love how many people have been making my Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies! I cannot tell you how much I enjoy seeing people post a beautiful plate of cookies on social media after trying my recipe

Seeing my cookies everywhere was making me crave a plate! I decided to mix it up a little and use my original recipe to make some Double Chocolate Cookies!
Oh boy did they turn out good!

You will need the following...
MTS Chocolate Whey, canned pumpkin, canned white beans, egg substitute, vanilla, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, white chocolate chips, and sweetener of choice.

If you want to try baking with MTS Whey, order here!
Use code KH30 to save 30%

Drain and rinse your beans first.
Add beans, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to a blender or food processor and puree smooth. 

If you need to, add a little milk or more egg to get it all blended. 
Does it look like chocolate cookie dough yet? No...ok...

Mix in the protein powder, cocoa, baking powder, and sweetener. 
Be sure to use cute little portioning bowls so you feel like you have your own cooking show!

Now THAT looks like chocolate cookie dough!!
Add in your white chocolate chips.  You can add a lot...or a little...I like a lot!

The batter will be pretty wet and sticky so just do drop cookies.  
I highly recommend using a baking mat or parchment paper. 

Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes and wait for the chocolatey goodness!
Heaven on a plate!! 

Each cookie is only 35 calories so feel free to eat more than one!
In fact, the whole plate is only 425 calories! You are also getting 34 grams of protein.  

Healthy AND delicious!! Yes, it is possible!
In case you are skeptical, I promise you cannot taste the beans or the pumpkin.  All you will taste is chocolate amazingness!

Double Chocolate Cookies
  • 1 scoop MTS Chocolate Whey (30g)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (60g)
  • 1/2 cup white beans (130g)
  • 3 T egg substitute (46g)
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 t unsweetened cocoa powder (2g)
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 T white chocolate chips (28g)
  • sweetener to taste (4 packs)
  1. Drain and rinse beans
  2. Add beans, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to blender and puree smooth (add a little milk if necessary to blend well)
  3. Mix in cocoa, protein, baking powder, and sweetener
  4. Stir in chocolate chips
  5. Drop batter on cookie sheet (use baking mat or parchment paper)
  6. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes
Makes 12 cookies - 35 calories each
Entire batch - 425 calories
12F 47C 34P



Monday, September 15, 2014

Quest Rice Crispy Treats!

I remember making Rice Crispy Treats as a kid all the time! I still make them with the kiddos I nanny for, but don't eat four or five bars like I used to! I decided to come up with a little healthier version of this childhood treat so I could still enjoy them without the guilt!
Since I didn't want to use an entire bag of sugary marshmallows half a stick of butter, I needed to come up with something to replace those ingredients with...Quest Bar to the rescue!!

Only two ingredients! That is less than what you need for the original recipe.
Puffed Rice cereal and a Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar.  That's it!!
*Get creative!! Try different cereal / bar combos*

First microwave the Quest Bar for about 10 seconds to get it nice and soft.  Break it up into little pieces, put it in a bowl. 
And add a little bit of water (about 1 Tablespoon) Microwave 10 seconds, stir, microwave 10 seconds, stir...
Until you get it to this consistency.  

Stir in your cereal.  
Make sure you get it mixed up really well!

You will want a pretty small container.  I just used some tupperware.  Spray your container with a touch of non stick spray and press the cereal in there. 
Feel free to use two or three bars to make more bars! I consider this one serving.

Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to let the bar set up.
And there you have it!
Two big rice crispy treats that are not full of sugar and butter!

Both bars are only 230 calories! 
Because of the Quest Bar, they also contain 21 grams of protein.  Great pre or post workout!

I think next time I will use a Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar to make chocolate treats!
The possibilities are endless! 

Rice Crispy Treats
  1. Unwrap Quest Bar, place on microwave safe plate, and microwave 10 seconds
  2. Break bar into little pieces, put in a bowl, and add 1 T warm water
  3. Stir, microwave 10 seconds, stir, microwave til bar is dissolved
  4. Stir in cereal 
  5. Lightly coat your dish and press in bar mixture
  6. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes
  7. Enjoy!
Makes 2 Bars
230 calories for both
 6F 38C 21P

Check out my recipe video too!

ThinSlim Foods

I think I am addicted to Instagram...it's ok though because I always find great new companies with tasty treats to try! I recently stumbled upon ThinSlim Foods.  I was seeing pictures of brownies, muffins, cookies, and more goodies! I had to try some!
I was very excited when a package of baked goods arrived at my door! 
I looked up ThinSlim Foods online so I could learn a little bit more about their products.  They use the best sweeteners (Erythritol and Stevia) in their products. No Maltitol which is what a lot of companies use because it is so inexpensive.   All of their products are independently lab tested and offer a no blood sugar impact and taste guarantee!

All of their squares, muffins, and brownies only have 40 - 45 calories.
2 net carbs
sugar free

I was ready to start tasting! 
I have an extreme love for cinnamon so the Cinnamon Square was up first.  
It smelled amazing! I was also pleasantly surprised at how soft it felt! 

It wasn't as cinnamony tasting as I was expected, but it was very good! Perfect amount of sweetness.  
It was unbelievable moist! I feel like "diet foods" are usually dry, but this was the complete opposite. I really loved the texture! Only 40 calories in this tasty treat plus 6 grams of protein! Love that!

 How about something for all you chocolate lovers?
Can you believe this Chocolate Brownie is only 45 calories!? 2 net carbs and 6 grams of protein.  

This was also super soft! The chocolate flavor was great and did not taste fakey at all. Once again, not overly sweet.  I did not feel guilty at all enjoying this!
Perfect treat for some video editing.  

More chocolate! This Chocolate Muffin was too cute! 45 calories, that's it!
It was a little crumbly...but not from dryness at all! I actually blame that on the UPS man...I have seen the way they toss around those boxes! Soo it got a little beat up...

Problem solved! 
What an amazing snack! A little nonfat vanilla yogurt was the perfect fix for this slightly damaged muffin!

It tasted very much like the chocolate brownie.  Nice and soft with a great chocolate flavor. 
I felt like I was eating a "very bad for you dessert" but I wasn't!!

Up next was an interesting looking Chocolate Chip Cookie.  At first glance I thought maybe it was pumpkin.  
Gotta love those macros! Basically fat free and a nice protein boost.  

I wish it had a little more chocolate...I feel like they should have just left the chocolate out and called it a Super Soft Vanilla Muffin Top.  That is what it tasted like to me.  
It had a muffin-ish texture, but I liked it! Very soft with a nice vanilla flavor.  Not your traditional chocolate chip cookie, but a tasty snack regardless!

My puppy, Sadie, was going crazy with all these smells!
Don't worry, she didn't snag my cookie! I did give her a tiny piece just for being so cute...she gobbled it right up! Puggle approved! 

I was really looking forward to this Vanilla Glazed Cookie! So much glaze!!!
How can it only be 40 calories?! Turns out the glaze is just fiber and completely calorie free! I think they have magicians working at ThinSlim Foods...

This might have been my favorite treat! 
 The glaze didn't have a ton of flavor, but I got the subtle hint of vanilla. The cookie part was very soft and had more of a vanilla taste.  I was expecting like a dry scone with a disgustingly sweet glaze, but it turned out to be quite the opposite! I really enjoyed this!

Yay for carbs! I love bread....
Each slice is only 50 calories! 2 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein, and 1 net carb!

It is very soft and smells great! Like freshly baked bread!
It reminded me a little of sourdough bread, slightly chewy.  

I tried it with my favorite topping first!! Peanut Butter!
Great snack! This kept me full for a long time too!

As a kid, I always loved cinnamon toast!! Turns out, I still do!
The bread toasted up really well! A little spray butter and a bunch of cinnamon...Yum!

I also tried the bread not toasted with some fat free cream cheese and sugar free jelly.  
Loved it! The bread is pretty hearty and actually quite substantial.  I feel like most of those low cal breads have no substance to them.  It also comes in cinnamon, rye, everything, and honey! 

Yes, that is a PB&J sandwich in my TinkerBell tupperware....
I work as a nanny! The kids love it :)

ThinSlim Foods also carry hot dog buns, hamburger buns, pockets, bagels, pizza, and other flavors of the treats I got to try! 
I really enjoyed everything! Everything tasted fresh and you cannot beat the macros! I loved how soft everything was and the fact that they were high in protein.  Check out all their products and order from their website.  

Follow ThinSlim Foods on Twitter and Facebook!
They have a blog too!