Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

I just posted the recipe on my Instagram page (@lil.emmy97) this week! I obviously had to make it official and put it on my blog so I never forget it 🙂 

I enjoy having these right before a early morning workout because I’m usually not really hungry first thing in the morning. These are also great after a workout because it has a nice balance of carbs, protein, and healthy fats! With the ground flaxseed, chia seeds, and almonds- these suckers are full of both omega 3’s and 6’s which are both important for a healthy diet. 

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 60g rolled oats
  • 1 scoop vega vanilla protein & greens protein powder
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed 
  • 1 T. chia seeds
  • 3 T. blue agave syrup 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1-2 T. Enjoy life foods dark chocolate chips 
  • Just a little bit of water to loosen- but not too much or else you will lose the thickness!

Just mix all ingredients together in a bowl and form into 15 balls!

My whole family and I loved them so this recipe will for sure be continuously used 😉

What is your favorite little snack?

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

The other day I got busy in the kitchen because for some reason it has been raining nonstop where I live and there’s not much to do in my town… Since I like to snack for days, these made a boring day a little better 🙂 Sometimes I like to play around with recipes and see how they turn out and I think the proportions came out just right. I think I could even add a little more nut butter to the mix and they would have come out like fudge!

nobakeHere’s the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter*
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 scoops (about 1/2-2/3 cup) vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • 1/3 cup honey or blue agave syrup
  • optional: dark chocolate chips in batter, coconut for topping

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together except for topping.

In a 8X8 inch pan, press mixture evenly and top with coconut. Place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to stiffen the mixture and cut into 9 squares!

This can also be made into energy balls and works the same way 😉

*Can sub almond butter for peanut butter if allergic or for preference. I used chunky peanut butter because chunks… 🙂

chocolateThese are best kept in the fridge for up to two weeks! They get hard in the fridge so letting it thaw 10 minutes makes it easier to nom on 😉

Chocolate Pumpkin Bowlcake

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I am a HUGE fan of mugcakes! I love them warm, cold, but of course covered with toppings! But sometimes, a mug just isn’t big enough for me. I made this amazing big “bowlcake” that made the perfect night snack. I also like eating these for breakfast if I don’t want to make pancakes or waffles.

Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup oat flour (can sub all-purpose or whole wheat)
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 T greek yogurt
  • 3 T egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Optional: cinnamon, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc.

Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the wet and stir until no clumps.

Microwave for about a minute or until it looks cooked through. Don’t overcook!! I personally recommend leave the middle a little under cooked so it becomes like a soft, molten cake 😉 The best topping you can find is some kind of nut butter. It is the icing on the cake! Hmm, I am feeling like cool whip or ice cream would be amazing too…. The options are endless!

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Just look at that those melted kisses…. ❤

 

Pumpkin Double Chocolate Squares

I am one of those typical white girls that loves anything pumpkin. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin errything! So why not combine pumpkin and chocolate for a yummy snack? 😉 I even added oats…. ya know fiber.

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Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup brown or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 T cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 T flaxseed (whole or ground is fine)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • about 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
  • white and dark chocolate chips

Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 F.

With a mixer, combine pumpkin and sugar until pasty. Then add flax, vanilla, spices, salt and beat again until fully combined.

Now sift in the oat flour, oats, almond flour, and nuts and mix until there is no clumps.

When you transfer the mixture to the lined pan, make sure to press down on it so it’s nice and even. Top with white and dark chocolate and lightly press it into the dough.

Bake for about 15-17 minutes. (depends on the oven)

Cool at least for 20 minutes in the pan before cutting. 🙂

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are one of the most wonderful creations. Who can agree? 😉 I had a LOT of extra peanut butter and time on my hands to use so my baking addiction found me. I adapted this off several old recipes and pleasantly surprised how well they turned out. You could easily not add the chocolate chips but what fun would that be? When chocolate meets peanut butter, it makes your taste buds go crazy 😀

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The recipe is simple:

  • 1 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used toffee n cream by the Lion’s Choice)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • a little over 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except chocolate chips and mix really well until everything is combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

The batter is really thick so use a small spoon to scoop it out into balls on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes and allow to cool on cookie sheet at least 5 minutes. Enjoy!

I love this recipe because you can add different flavors of chocolate chips and it will always be delicious!

*You can substitute blue agave syrup if you don’t have honey.

 

Banana Mugcake 

When it comes to baking, you need a really moist ingredient such as pumpkin, yogurt, applesauce for it to come out nice and moist. I hate trying out recipes and it coming out so dry you can’t swallow. Well, I haven’t used banana as much which is why I gave it a shot. This recipe is easy and doesn’t require and protein powder.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 T powdered peanut protein
  • 1/2 mashed banana, 1/2 for topping
  • 6 T egg whites
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 2 packets stevia

First combine the dry ingredients together. Then mix in the wet. Stir together until there aren’t any clumps.

Make sure the bowl is a pretty good size or else it might overflow. Microwave for 1:30-2 minutes.

I topped mine with banana, peanut butter cookie dough, nuts n more toffee crunch peanut butter, and chocolate shavings!

Chickpea Cookie Dough

Cookie dough is one of my favorite things ever. I like it as a flavor for bars, in icecream, and just to eat! That’s why I whipped up this yummy treat for my crazy sweet tooth 😉

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered peanut protein**
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dark chocolate chips

Blend chickpeas and almond milk in a food processor until smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a spoon. That’s it!

**If you don’t want a peanut flavor just sub out for vanilla protein powder. I love this as a topper for anything or just to eat when I have a sweet tooth 🙂

Warm Oatcake

This is a bit of a change up from my usual cold oatcake. Sometimes some warm oats sound good and this came out like a cake! Not dry, doesn’t deflate, and no flour(for those gluten intolerant humans)!

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 T greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder 
  • A little milk to thicken, not too runny
  • Sweetener of choice

Mix together everything in a medium sized bowl. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. Plop onto a plate or eat out of the bowl and top with the good stuff. 
This is a half eaten one… Whoops. But it was amazing. I used Pescience snickerdoodle whey and topped it with almond butter!

Brownie Pancakes 

Sometimes, I like to start my day off with a big stack of pancakes all to myself. I also like to have something sweet about 90% of the time.  A breakfast containing a good balance of carbs(sugars), proteins, and fats is an excellent way to give your body energy to use throughout the day.

So don’t be afraid to treat yourself in the morning or any time of day! Your body uses it regardless ☺️

Here’s the magic:

  • 2 T oat flour
  • 2 T coconut flour
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1/3 c egg whites
  • 1/3 c milk of choice

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. Then mix in the egg whites and milk. Mix together until everything is fully combined and there are no chunks. Prepare 5-6 medium size pancakes on a sprayed nonstick griddle. I layered mine with banana, a Beechie’s Bakehouse brownie, and topped with more brownie and peanut butter sauce.

 So fluffy….

This is a surprisingly nutritious stack of pancakes! No added sugar and 50g protein to start your day off strong💪🏼

Oh, and people wonder how I finish all my food…. All I can say is you underestimate me.

Mint Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar Review

The hype in the Instagram community for the summer was Quest Nutrition’s new product: Mint Chocolate Chunk! I am blessed to have a friend that was so kind enough to send me a few to try because they weren’t in stores yet.

I will be honest and say that mint chocolate isn’t one my favorite combinations. But there’s just something about the way these protein bars are made…. I loved it! 

 The rich chocolatey base is filled with morsels of mint chunks. And if you are a Quest lover (aka on a quest) you know what I mean when I say this bar was chunky! 

I really enjoyed it atop of my chocolate proyo (protein yogurt) with oats and honey almond butter. It’s like crumbling a cookie over your dessert. Yes, dessert can have lots of protein and be phenomenal! 🙌🏼  I would overall rate this a 9/10. Anyone with a good chocolate craving will be satisfied with this flavor☺️