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?

Vegan Banana Date Bread

The last time I made my vegan pumpkin bread, I received a suggestion from my dad. He thought it would be yummy to add some chopped dates to the bread for extra sweetness. So I found myself bored out of my mind the other day as the weather was gloomy and cold. No motivation to study Chem anymore so naturally I started procrastibaking. But this series of procrastibaking turned into something very productive because this recipe rocked my fuzzy socks off!

I was originally planning to bake the same pumpkin bread as last time but we had a lot of ripe bananas that had to be used so I tried modifying the recipe. Instread of using pumpkin, I subbed extra banana for extra natural sweetness. Keeping my dad’s request in mind, threw in those dates 🙂

Recipe:

  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/2 T. ground flaxseed
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 4 oz. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 T. agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of ground ginger
  • about 3/4 cup chopped pitted dates

First, mix ground flax into a large bowl and add 4 Tbsp. water and let sit for 5 minutes. Then add mashed banana, applesauce, agave and whisk.

Next, add baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and 1/2 cup water and whisk again.

In another bowl, combine the oat flour, oats and almond meal. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until fully combined. Then throw in the chopped dates and stir.

Pour into a parchment lined loaf pan and bake at 375 F for about 40 minutes and a toothpick comes out clean in the center.

Allow to cool in pan for at least 20 minutes before cutting. Keeps for up to a week in the fridge!

This bread is lightly sweetened because it contains no refined sugar, if you like things really sweet you can try adding any sweetener you would like but I don’t think it needed it!

As you can see, anything can be topped with peanut butter for good measure 😉

 

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Mugcake

Before becoming vegan, I used to eat a lot of those protein packed mugcakes for snacks. But I thought, how could I still make a satisfying mugcake without the whey protein and egg? Actually a lot simpler than you think! I don’t even remember how I came up with this delicious treat but it sure did come out perfectly!

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You don’t need eggs to make a fluffy mugcake. All you need is a moist substance like mashed banana, ground flaxseed, pumpkin… in this case I used applesauce! Made this mugcake really soft and added a little sweetness too ❤

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup (50g) oat flour + 2 Tbsp. oats
  • 3 oz. unsweetened applesauce
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • enough almond milk to make a batter (about 3 oz.)
  • *optional: sweetener of choice (I used english toffee liquid stevia)

First, mix together the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Then stir in the wet and mix until well combined. Microwave about one minute until cooked through. Microwave times will vary depending on the size of the bowl. Sometimes, I have to cook a little longer but I actually don’t mind a little mushiness in the middle (preference). Make sure you don’t cook for too long or else it could dry out and you’ll just be sad. I love to top with some kind of nut butter and fruit! You could also add in dates, ground flaxseed, or other mix-ins to the batter and it would still come out nice.

Delicious little snack to have before bed or for a small breakfast! Like eating a pancake in a bowl 😉

If you give it a try, lemme know what you think!

(sorry not sorry for the picture quality, the only one I have haha)

Apple Oatmeal Squares

If you are someone that likes to snack or is on-the-go a lot, then I guess we have a lot in common…. familiar with the case of the hangry? Been there, don’t that, no bueno.

That’s exactly why I got crackin in the kitchen (lol is that even a saying?) I rummaged through what I could find.. oats… apple sauce… nut butter… oh my! But sadly no pumpkin. Curse my grocery store for not selling it in the summer. And sadly no chocolate either. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?!?

The good news is that these bars that were made with love and care are pretty fricken good if you ask me. Soft, moist (HA), and lightly sweetened with agave and apple. BRAVA.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 T chia seed
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed (the powder not the seeds)
  • 4 oz unsweetened applesauce or 1 mashed banana
  • 6 T agave syrup or honey
  • 2-3 T almond butter
  • 12 oz almond or cashew milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • About 5-10 drops liquid stevia or other sweetener *optional

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then combine the wet into another small bowl and whisk. Add the wet to the dry, stirring until no clumps. You can add dried fruit or nuts if that’s yo thing!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and add in the batter. Smooth out evenly and put in the oven for about 40 minutes. The edges should be a little golden. Allow to cool at least 10-15 minutes before cutting! Makes 9 squares 🙂


 

 

G2G Bar Review

Are you good to go? Probably not if you haven’t sunk yo teeth in these magical bars made by Tinkerbell and unicorns. I am not pulling your chain, these are just really fricken good!

G2G is a new company of natural protein bars that contain high protein and healthy fats. The 4 flavors are peanut butter fruit and nut, peanut butter chocolate chip, almond butter fruit and nut, and almond butter chocolate chip. My favorite has to be almond butter fruit and nut because it ran out the fastest. (Oops.) Want to know a few reasons I am addicted?

Besides the fact that they taste like one of those no-bake cookies with chunks of chocolate/raisins, they have no artificial ingredients. This company freshly bakes their bars and sends them out as soon as possible. It’s important to keep these in the fridge for longer shelf life, and who am I kidding, they are even BETTER cold!

g2gSome of the key ingredients are:

Peanut or Almond butter, whey protein isolate, whole oats, flaxseed, coconut oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. WOAH, THAT’S A LOT OF SUPERFOODS ❤

g2gbarOne bar has 18g protein alone and also contain heart healthy omega 3’s.

I do not make money off of these but I will share my discount code so YOU can save money. Use: YUMMY at checkout to get 20% off your order! (Just click on the link G2G above) Trust me, you want to try these. They are perfect as a snack and on-the-go energy! I wouldn’t recommend a product I don’t really love.

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So tell me, what flavor(s) are you going to try? 😉

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 😉

Ben and Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Review

Let me tell you a little about this hot date with Ben and Jerry a couple weeks ago… It involves caramel…. 😉  For starters, it had been A VERY LONG TIME since I had a pint or any ice cream in general. I dunno why really because it’s so dayummm good even if it is cold outside. But cravings grew and it only took me a trip to Walmart to make this happen. I was STOKED when I saw they still were carrying the limited edition Salted Caramel Brownie New Belgium flavor! Verdict: 20/10

When I took the first scoop out, I immediately was greeted with big chunks of chocolate brownies that were in fact ooegy, gooey, and not at all dry! Among the vast richness of brownies were gobs of sweet caramel. Oh Lord, the caramel ❤ I can’t believe there was a time in my life I hated the stuff!! Glad my taste buds made a change for the better 🙂 Because not one bite was boring throughout this entire pint.

Oh and before I forget to mention, the base doesn’t taste like beer at all. At least to me, but it has it’s own unique sweet flavor that is distinguishable from plain ole vanilla. This flavor definitely ranks as one of my new favorites along with milk n cookies and half baked 🙂

What is your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor?

Are you a caramel fan or not?

Banana Peanut Butter Mugcake

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See that melty chocolate ^^^ 😀

I’m back at it with my lil yummy recipes as I haven’t really had the time or energy to whip up a new one since I like my classics. But this one sure hit home and I’m forever glad it’s in my existence. So ooey-gooey  ❤

Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup (40 g) oat flour
  • 1 Tbsp (16 g) coconut flour
  • 1/2 scoop (28g) peanut butter protein powder- I used Slap Nutrition
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 egg whites
  • about 1/4 cup almond/cashew milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Stevia to taste *optional*

Mash banana in bowl with a fork until there are not clumps, then add in the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir well. Add wet into the dry and mix until little to no clumps. (Make sure you are using a large bowl as it expands)

Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds and allow to cool a minute so you don’t burn your mouth off. Of course you gotta add toppings or you ain’t playing the game right. I crumbled a dark chocolate peanut butter cup on mine and slept like a baby 🙂

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…. ❤

 

Nut Butter Nation Peanut Butter Review

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What can I say about peanut butter? Well, you can do pretty much anything your heart desires. From bagels, oatmeal, baked goods, parfaits, or simply just straight out of the jar, peanut butter has made it’s way into my life for good. I recently stumbled across this brand in particular and my jars are literally emptying by the minute. The wonderful flavors I have tried are the Honey Vanilla and Brown Sugar Cinnamon – both of which I have an addiction to.

Honey Vanilla

I had high expectations for this one, and it did not let me down! I first had it on a toasted english muffin and my heart flipped upside down. Not literally but I died and came back it was so good ❤ I HIGHLY recommend this flavor not only for the perfect balance of honey and vanilla but also for it’s extreme smoothness to have the ability to drizzle 🙂 I also had them on pancakes, waffles, oatmeal and it completes everything in that meal.

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10/10 for sure

Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Do you like cookies? I’m talking those warm snickerdoodles straight out of the oven. This peanut butter and you are soul mates. If I were to pick a favorite, I would probably say this is the one and that’s why I’m trying so hard not to eat it all too fast. Liquid cookies. Just by opening the jar I could tell how much amazing was inside. I don’t think I have had a peanut butter be so good to be honest. But I am a huge cinnamon lover and have a sweet tooth so this definitely satisfies me. But don’t worry, it’s not OVERLY sweet where it’s sickening. It’s perfection in a jar.

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100/10

The other flavors I have not tried yet are the Dark Chocolate and the Traditional peanut butter but I have high hopes for them as well and will get around to them shortly. If you try them, please let me know what you think! 🙂

This brand has NO:

  • GMO’s
  • artificial sweeteners
  • tons of added sugar

But they do have:

  • Amazing taste
  • Natural ingredients
  • Good Source of Protein and Potassi-yum
  • Love ❤

You can order them using this link:

http://nutbutternation.com/emmy