Healthy Protein Cinnamon Streusel

Healthy Protein Cinnamon Streusel

I will be honest in saying that this recipe started as an attempt to make a healthy banana bread pudding recipe! It’s interesting when I start changing ingredients to make the recipe healthier, how different the result can be. I honestly thought this was a fail at the bread pudding, but was a total success as a healthy cinnamon streusel dish. This dish is low glycemic, meaning low sugar (and healthy carbohydrates) and high protein, ultimately having little effect on blood sugar. The importance of this blood sugar regulation is to guarantee that your body stays within the fat burning zone, as opposed to the fat storage zone. This healthy cinnamon streusel is perfect for a morning meal or even a healthy snack. The healthy protein struesel pairs perfectly with natural nut butter and a dollop of whipped topping. This dish was super easy to make and was ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Gather all ingredients, a blender, a small baking tin, measuring cups, and a spoon. Turn the oven on at 350 degrees. Tear the bread apart into small bite-sized pieces and place them on a baking/cookie sheet. Heat in the oven for 5 minutes in order to remove all moisture. Add all of the healthy protein cinnamon streusel main ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Spray a small baking tin with non-stick cooking spray and pour the healthy protein cinnamon streusel batter into the dish. Add the dried out bread to the batter and mix well in order to submerge all pieces of bread. Clean out the blender and add the crunchy topping ingredients....
Gluten Free Banana Nut Protein Balls

Gluten Free Banana Nut Protein Balls

I am obsessed with the banana  nut flavor of the Quest bars, but  absolutely hate spending close to $3 for just one bar! I know many people love quest bars, but I’m not sure if everyone knows that not all flavors are created equal. By this, I mean that not all flavors are truly healthy. Many of the flavors contain a high amount of sugar/sugar alcohol, therefore make sure to read the label before purchasing. These bars, like many others, are expensive as well. Making homemade protein treats is not only a way to ensure you are eating healthy treats, but you will save a ton of money in the long run. I have experimented with a few different flavor combinations for protein balls, but this was my first attempt at a banana nut flavor. I always take my “projects” to work for my co-workers to taste test, and this protein ball recipe got rave reviews!!! Gather all ingredients, a large bowl, a large spoon, a food processor, and measuring cups. First, place the almonds into the food processor and grind up until the almonds are in tiny bite size pieces. Make sure not to grind up too much, because it will quickly turn from powder into a nut butter. Pour the ground up almonds into  a bowl and set aside for later.   Drain the chick peas and rinse with water. Add all ingredients (except almonds) for the gluten free banana nut protein balls into the food processor and blend well. Make sure to scrape the sides of the processor to ensure all ingredients are mixed well. The...
Healthy Protein Nutella Mousse Trifle

Healthy Protein Nutella Mousse Trifle

You all know that I will create a trifle out of just about anything! I had left over Healthy Protein Nutella Mousse, so I decided to combine/layer that with plain (non-fat) Greek yogurt, lite whipped topping, and a few mini dark chocolate chips. The end result was rather scrumptious if I don’t say so myself! Gather all ingredients, a cookie  sheet, a spoon,  a nut cracker, and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the hazelnuts from their shells (by cracking them).   Throw away the shells and place the hazelnuts on the cookie sheet and roast for 6-8 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees. Remove the roasted hazelnuts from the oven and roll the hazelnuts in paper towels in order to remove the skins. This was the step that I failed miserably at, but I assure you, it doesn’t make much of a difference in the taste department. If you are a sucker for the creamy texture of the Nutella Spread, try to remove as much skin as possible. I also suggest adding 1 tbsp of coconut oil to the recipe if you want that extra creaminess that the actual Nutella Spread has. I obviously went the healthiest route, and passed on the additional oil. Add the “skinned” hazelnuts to a food processor and blend the nuts until they become a creamy texture. Add all other ingredients after about 1 minute of grinding up the hazelnuts. Make sure to scrape the sides of the food processor to ensure you are thoroughly blending all ingredients.   Scoop out 3/4 cup of the healthy Nutella Spread from the Blender/Food Processor...
Healthy Protein Nutella Mousse

Healthy Protein Nutella Mousse

A friend of mine asked me to create a healthy Nutella recipe, so of course I accepted the challenge. As much as I love nut butter and eat it daily, I have actually never even tried Nutella spread! I know this spread is not the healthiest of spreads, but had to taste test it before I embarked on a healthy copycat recipe. The only thing I would say about this homemade recipe is that the hazelnut “skin peeling” part of the process is a bit of a pain. If you can find hazelnuts that have already been shelled and skinned, that would be the way to go for sure! Leaving the majority of the skin on will not change the taste, but will simply change the texture from creamy to gritty. I actually prefer a more gritty texture, similar to my natural peanut butter, so I didn’t mind leaving some of the hazelnut skin on. I took this recipe one step further and added additional protein to make it much creamier and delicious…not to mention even healthier than the original “Healthy Nutella Spread” recipe! This Healthy Protein Nutella can be used in many recipes, such as on toast, as a trifle layer, and as a healthy dessert icing. The possibilities are endless…and very scrumptious!!!! Gather all ingredients, a cookie  sheet, a spoon,  a nut cracker, and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the hazelnuts from their shells (by cracking them). Throw away the shells and place the hazelnuts on the cookie sheet and roast for 6-8 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees. Remove the roasted hazelnuts from the...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies

My first attempt at black bean brownies was such a success, that I decided to try out different flavor combinations. I am obsessed with nut butter, so it was only natural to do a chocolate and peanut butter combination for these protein brownies. I basically took my original chocolate fudge black bean brownies recipe and just tweaked it. I know the idea of adding beans to a dessert seemed very strange and possibly disgusting to some people,  but I promise you that you will be missing out on a delicious dessert if you do not try these! Not only do these chocolate peanut butter protein brownies taste delicious, but you can not taste the beans in the slightest and they are a low glycemic/low sugar/high protein dessert. The prep time is under 5 minutes and the recipe is fool-proof! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gather all ingredients, a baking pan, a blender/food processor, and a large spoon. Drain the water from the black beans and rinse well with water. Add all ingredients, except the chocolate chips and 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, into the food processor and blend together for at least 1 minute. Make sure you scrape the sides of the processor and blend until all ingredients are very smooth. Spray a pan with pam cooking spray (I used 13 x 9, but use 8 x 8 for thick brownies) and pour the brownie batter into the baking pan. If you want to add a little more chocolate to the brownies, sprinkle 2-3 tbsp of dark or milk-chocolate chips over the batter. Put remaining 1 1/2 tbsp peanut...
Healthy Nutella Spread

Healthy Nutella Spread

A friend of mine asked me to create a healthy Nutella recipe, so of course I accepted the challenge. As much as I love nut butter and eat it daily, I have actually never even tried Nutella spread! I know this spread is not the healthiest of spreads, but had to taste test it before I embarked on a healthy copycat recipe. The only thing I would say about this homemade recipe is that the hazelnut “skin peeling” part of the process is a bit of a pain. If you can find hazelnuts that have already been shelled and skinned, that would be the way to go for sure! Leaving the majority of the skin on will not change the taste, but will simply change the texture from creamy to gritty. I actually prefer a more gritty texture, similar to my natural peanut butter, so I didn’t mind leaving some of the hazelnut skin on. Gather all ingredients, a cookie  sheet, a spoon,  a nut cracker, and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the hazelnuts from their shells (by cracking them). Throw away the shells and place the hazelnuts on the cookie sheet and roast for 6-8 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees. Remove the roasted hazelnuts from the oven and roll the hazelnuts in paper towels in order to remove the skins. This was the step that I failed miserably at, but I assure you, it doesn’t make much of a difference in the taste department. If you are a sucker for the creamy texture of the Nutella Spread, try to remove as much skin as possible....