Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quest Creation - Creamy Coconut Cups

Quest Bars are amazing! They taste delicious and are actually good for you! Packed with protein, no added sugar, and only the best ingredients  The best part about them is that you can turn them into so many crazy and yummy treats! For example, some Creamy Coconut Cups!
Can you believe these were made from a Quest Bar?! True story!

So simple too! All you need is a Coconut Cashew Quest Bar, nonfat plain greek yogurt, shredded coconut, vanilla, and sweetener if you like. 
I used unsweetened coconut, but whatever you prefer is fine.  You could use any type of yogurt, but I prefer the thickness of greek.  

Unwrap that wonderful bar and microwave for 10 seconds.  
Make sure you use a microwave safe plate.  I recommend using parchment paper so it doesn't stick.  DON'T use a napkin or paper towel!

I am making two tasty treats, but you could also make this as one bigger dessert.  Coat whatever dishes you are using very generously with nonstick spray. Break the softened bar into two pieces and just mold it into the dish.  
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. 

Let them cool completely before trying to get them out of the baking dishes.  
I stuck mine in the freezer for a couple minutes and popped them out.  Just go around the edges slowly with a knife and they should come out pretty easily. 

While those are cooling you can mix up the filling.  Just add your yogurt, coconut, vanilla, and sweetener to a bowl and stir.
This stuff is great to eat just like this! It also makes a great dip for crackers and pretzels.  Try your best to not eat it all this time!

Once your cups are cooled, just plop a spoonful of the filling in each one. 
Make sure they are completely cooled so you don't melt the yogurt. 

 Take a little more of that shredded coconut and sprinkle it on top!
I just love coconut! The smell...the taste...

How amazing do those look?!
The best part is they are a "clean cheat" That means they taste like something that is not so good for you...but they really are good for you! Packed with protein from the bar and yogurt, sweet from the coconut and vanilla, and just simply delicious! 

Just look at that bite!!

 The bar makes a perfect crunchy crust and the yogurt is cold and creamy.  
So go buy some Quest Bars, make these, and share the recipe with your family and friends!!

Creamy Coconut Cups
  • 1 coconut cashew Quest bar
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt (56g)
  • 1 T unsweetened shredded coconut (5g)
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • sweetener if desired

  1. Microwave bar for 10 seconds on microwave safe plate.
  2. Cut in 2 pieces.
  3. Mold into baking dish - use nonstick spray!
  4. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Mix together yogurt, coconut, vanilla, and sweetener.
  7. Fill cups with mixture and top with more coconut.

For both cups - 233 calories 
9g Fat
 28g Carb 
26g Protein

Monday, July 21, 2014

Peanut Butter & Co.

Peanut Butter has got to be one of my all time favorite foods!! That's right, I love it so much that I don't even consider it a condiment, it is a food!! I came across Peanut Butter & Co. a while ago when I first tried their White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter.  I heard they had lots of other flavors and was dying to try some! This amazing company sent me an extremely generous box of goodies to sample! 
So much peanut butter!! It was better than Christmas Day when I open this package! Seriously! 

They sell these really nifty boxes that contain six different flavors.
What an amazing gift this would be! I can already think of at least four people that will be receiving one of these next Christmas! 

Ok, make that five...I will have to send one to myself too!
There are so many amazing flavors! Dark Chocolate Dreams, White Chocolate Wonderful, The Bee's Knees, Mighty Maple, Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, The Heat is On, Old Fashioned Smooth, and Old Fashioned Crunchy. That is a total of 10 different flavors!

Not only did I receive enough peanut butter to last me for months, but I also got a super sweet tumbler! 
You can never have too many of these! 

I could not wait to start the tasting party! 
I am a very indecisive person so you can imagine how hard it was for me to choose which flavor to try first! 

Since it was breakfast time, I decided to start my day off with some oatmeal.  Not just any oatmeal though....
Some Mighty Maple Oatmeal! I cooked my oats nice and thick, drizzled some sugar free syrup on them, and put a BIG spoonful of the Mighty Maple peanut butter right in the middle.

Oh my goodness was this delicious! I kinda sorta have a maple syrup addiction...legit put it on everything! 
  I let it get a little melty and dug in!! That bite was to die for! 

Ok, snack time...
I am huge fan of dipping...

This little lion was not complaining at all when I dunked his head in a pool of Dark Chocolate Dreams!
And I was not complaining at all when I bit his head off!! This stuff is so chocolatey and creamy.  Way better than Nutella! 

Time for lunch!! 
Honestly, what is better than a good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich!? 

Nothing, nothing is better!
This just might have been the best PB&J I ever had! The Smooth Operator is so creamy! Childhood memories :)

Ready for another snack yet? Well I am!
The White Chocolate Wonderful is perfection! Seriously one of the best things I have ever tasted! I am pretty sure I could eat only this peanut butter with pretzels forever and be perfectly happy :)

 Need a healthier alternative for dessert?
Frozen banana slices topped with a generous amount of The Bee's Knees!

 It is cold, creamy, sweet, and actually good for you!
Something about peanut butter and bananas. Can't beat it! 

 Now if you are fan of crunchy peanut butter, you will not be disappointed with Crunch Time!
Look at all that chunky goodness!

This was amazing on a caramel rice cake! 
Crunchy rice cake with crunchy peanut butter! 

Such an amazing snack!
Would make a nice breakfast too! Just don't try to eat this in a quiet place...CRUNCH!

 I will admit I was a little apprehensive about The Heat Is On...
But then I thought...why not use it as a dip for some carrot sticks and pretzel nuggets? No different than any other spicy dip.

Not gonna lie, this was a little too spicy for my mild tongue...
No worries!! My spice loving husband will gladly take care of this jar for me! He is actually pretty excited to try using it as a spicy peanut sauce for his next stir fry! So if you love spice, you will love this peanut butter!

If you know me at all, you know how much of a snacker I am!! Snacks, snacks, snacks...all day long!
Love the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl! So much great cinnamon flavor and there are even little bits of raisins swirled throughout. This is great as a dip or spread for crackers, pretzels, or animal crackers.  

Need another idea for breakfast!? 
Ok, well I actually had this for lunch...but you get the idea.  Mighty Maple on a cinnamon vanilla english muffin! Oh my! "Yum" is all I have to say! 

Now the hardest part is picking my favorite...
I am going to have to call it a tie between White Chocolate Wonderful and Mighty Maple! Coming in at a VERY close 2nd and 3rd would be Dark Chocolate Dreams and The Bee's Knees! 

They are all amazing as a spread, dip, or my favorite way...
Just the jar and a spoon :)

Oh yea, and we all know peanut butter can make you thirsty!
Good thing I got my super cool Peanut Butter & Co. tumbler! 

The great thing is that a lot of local grocery stores carry these peanut butters! If you can't find them near you, just place an order online! They also have jams, jellies, marshmallow fluff, snacks, nuts, oat, and baking mixes.  Don't forget to check out their YouTube Channel too! Lots of great recipe ideas there. 

Thank you Peanut Butter & Co.  I will be enjoying my peanut butter for quite some time :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pumpkin Oat Cookies

This may come as a huge shock to some, but I am going to bake something and NOT add protein powder! Yes, I do actually make some tasty treats without using protein.  Of course, you could add it if you wanted, but I have had some requests lately for some protein free recipes.  Here are my super simple and super tasty Pumpkin Oat Cookies!
I love these because they are so quick and easy to make! 
All you need is oats (I prefer quick), canned pumpkin, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and sweetener of choice. I have also made these and added things like chocolate chips, a bit of peanut butter, raisins, or some nuts.  I kept this batch super simple.

One bowl, one spoon, and all the ingredients!
Mix it up good!

I make 12 cookies out of this recipe.  Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball.
You can make them bigger or smaller if you like, but I think this size is perfect.

 Flatten them down a bit.  You can place them pretty close together on the baking sheet because they won't really rise or spread.
Bake them at 350 for 15-18 minutes.  

 And done! Now these cookies will stay very soft.  If you want a crunchier cookie, I suggest adding a fat source like peanut butter, oil or butter.  
I aboslutely love soft cookies though, so these are perfect for me.

And yes, I consider this whole tower of cookies to be one serving :) Only 240 calories for a dozen cookies!!
I love having these for breakfast! Great for on the go and they freeze well.  

What's better than a plate of pumpkin cookies for breakfast?! 
Nothing, nothing is the answer! 

Pumpkin Oat Cookies
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (40g)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (240g)
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • sweetener to taste

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Roll into balls and flatten a bit.
3. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes.

Makes 12 cookies - 240 calories for entire batch
3g Fat
49g Carb
9g Protein

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Corn Fritters

I have made just about every flavor of pancake you can imagine! I have made sweet ones like chocolate and pumpkin, and I have made savory ones like spinach and broccoli! I feel like some people get a little apprehensive about the savory pancakes...I understand! So instead of calling these pancakes, I will call them corn fritters!!
What really makes a pancake a pancake anyway...I mean yes, these are round-ish and cooked in a skillet...Does it really matter though?? These little bite sized guys are super tasty and super healthy! Call them what you want, I love them!

Ya, simple too! Four ingredients!
Canned corn, egg substitute, MTS vanilla whey, and baking powder.
*You can use fresh corn too*
*Real egg would be fine*
*Not quite sure about the sweet/savory combo? Use unflavored protein*

Drain your corn and get as much liquid out as possible.  Dab with a paper towel if you are impatient. 
I love using canned veggies! So simple and you can buy in bulk because they never go bad.

 Mix together the egg, protein powder, and vanilla first.  When that is nice and smooth, stir in the corn.
I went the sweet route with these, but you can definitely make them savory.  Add some peppers, onions, garlic, salt and pepper...

Get your skillet nice and hot, coat with non stick spray, and cook like pancakes whatever these things are!
The batter will be a little runny so it is quite impossible to make them perfectly round!

Nice and golden brown!
These have a perfect little crunch to them.

I love mine topped off with a little sugar free syrup and spray butter.
If you made them savory I bet they would be awesome with some sour cream and salsa for dipping!

Either way they are delicious! You could be all fancy and use a fork, but I think they are the perfect little finger food!
Such a great way to add veggies to your diet too! There is a whole can of corn in these.  

And yes, I consider this whole plate one serving :)
You get about 14-16 fritters for only 242 calories plus 33 grams of protein! Great for breakfast! Low carb and low fat too. 

Corn Fritters

  • -1/2 cup corn (125g)
  • -3 T egg substitute (46g)
  • -1 scoop MTS vanilla protein powder (30g)
  • -1/2 t baking powder
  • *If you want to make them savory you can use unflavored protein powder and add any additional spices and chopped veggies

    1. Mix all ingredients together! (best to mix everything but corn first and then stir in the corn last)
    2. Cook like pancakes on a hot pan.
    3. Enjoy!
    Whole Batch - 242 calories
    4g Fat
    17g Carb
    33g Protein