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...
Chocolate Fudge Black Bean Brownies

Chocolate Fudge Black Bean Brownies

This was my first attempt at black bean brownies, and they SURPASSED my expectations!!! I basically took a gamble with the ingredients, and somehow these brownies were perfection! I promise you that you will be missing out on a delicious dessert if you do not try these! The prep time is under 5 minutes and the recipe is fool-proof! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Gather all ingredients: Drain the water from the black beans and rinse well with water. Add all ingredients, except the chocolate chips,  in 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. Place the brownie batter into the oven and cook on 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares. ENJOY!!!!    ...
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