Strawberry Banana Protein Muffins

I am on a ROLL this week. So many recipes and I’ve actually managed to photograph them all. I made these Monday night in anticipation of the ice storm so I would have something to eat for breakfast in case I lost power. Plus I had bananas and strawberries to use.

Strawberry Banana Protein Muffins

Let me just say…I don’t make muffins very often. I have tried several different healthy muffin recipes and they just don’t ever turn out that great. Regular muffins I’m sure would be awesome but I try to keep things healthy if I’m putting in the effort. I think the only good ones I’ve made were the chocolate chip banana ones, which I apparently didn’t blog about. So these are nothing special but I popped one in the microwave for 20 seconds to have with my eggs this morning and it was fine.

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Also, another reason these might suck is because I didn’t have 1/2 cup of greek yogurt left, so I started cutting the recipe in half…but forgot to cut all of it in half. So I had some extra things in there like vanilla and milk. That definitely could have affected the taste.

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Simple recipe. Delicious pre-workout snack (or anytime snack really).

I made these for one reason. I was bored. And I have an inability to sit still and relax. These are great for right when I wake up in the morning before my workout though – give me a little extra umph since I wait to eat breakfast until afterwards.

I believe this recipe I followed exactly (Shock!)

Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 12 balls

Ingredients

1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
3 tablespoons dark chocolate chipsDirections:
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and roll into balls. I got 12 (about a tablespoon each). Original recipe says it makes 10 though so make them whatever size you wish!
  2. Refrigerate to firm up balls

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Nutrition Info: (for one ball in batch of 12) Calories: 90 Carbs: 11g Fat: 4g Protein: 4g

Spinach and Goat Cheese Chicken Quesadilla

This is probably the first thing I’ve ever really made without a recipe that is actually worth talking about (and that I was actually able to photograph. Thanks, snow day!). This was inspired by the chicken I made for Valentine’s Day because I still had leftover ingredients from it so I figured – why not stuff them in a quesadilla? Best decision ever.

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Spinach and Goat Cheese Chicken Quesadilla

Ingredients:

1 spinach wrap
1 oz goat cheese
1 strip of bacon, crumbled (I had some already cooked and crushed up…it’s useful to have around to throw in my eggs in the morning and salads..and quesadillas!)
1/2 grilled chicken breast, cubed or shredded (I also cook a lot of chicken at once to throw in things during the week)
Baby spinach – however much you like!
Optional: Fresh rosemary (I had some still because I bought it for the stuffed chicken so I threw a little in there)

Directions:

1. Spread goat cheese on tortilla
2. Put all the other ingredients on top
3. Fold in half and cook in quesadilla maker (if you have one. I’ve always had one since I began cooking so I have no idea how to instruct you to cook a quesadilla on a stove but I’m sure you can google it)

This is a really light and tasty meal. The goat cheese gets all melty and the rosemary and bacon add some awesome flavors. I was very pleased with it.

Nutrition Facts: 393 Calories, 30g carbs, 15g Fat, 40g Protein

Valentine’s Treats

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my kitchen lately. I’ve really hit my groove with cooking and baking. It’s a lot of fun. I entertained a man friend on Valentine’s Day so I made a cute meal for us. I then photographed the leftovers the next day when it was light out.

Dinner: Herb Stuffed Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Satueed Asparagus and Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing.

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For the chicken I kind of morphed two recipes. I used the ingredients from the recipe linked but I used thin sliced chicken breasts and rolled it up then just baked them for 40 minutes.

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The salad obviously uses spinach instead of romaine. And the dressing I made with 1/4 cup of honey instead of sugar.

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse!

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

This was absolutely delicious considering how healthy it was. And the little chocolate bowls I made were pretty simple, they just took one practice run. I melted chocolate chips, and then lined the inside of silicone cupcake molds with chocolate, put them in the freezer for a minute and then I repeated to make sure the walls were thick enough.This stuff doesn’t keep, but it’s relatively light so eat up! I went to eat it the next day and I guess the coconut milk lost it’s creamy texture or something because it was liquid.

Flourless Chocolate Protein Pancakes

I think these were the first pancakes I made without ANY flour in them. I’ve made some with as little as a few tablespoons in the entire mix, but this had none whatsoever. It used oats and protein powder instead.

I’m actually going to spell out the recipe because I changed it a bit. It was adapted from here

Flourless Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Flourless Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Flourless Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Flourless Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Serves: 2-3
Serving Size: About 3 Pancakes (4″ diameter)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk (I’m sure any kind of milk would work)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (or however many you want)

For the Sauce:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup Plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (again, any milk would work probably)

Mix everything in a blender (except chocolate chips, stir those in later) and cook pancakes on the skillet as you normally would. For the sauce, you can also mix everything in a blender.

I skipped adding the chocolate chips in the batter because I always forget that critical step, but I sprinkled them on top of my pancakes instead. The nutrition facts for the sauce might be inaccurate. I said it serves 3 and probably used about 1/4 cup for one serving of pancakes, but as I put the leftovers away I knocked it onto the floor and so I couldn’t really measure what was left to check my guestimations.

This recipe was very heavy on the banana flavor. The original had strawberries in the sauce instead of bananas which I think I would prefer since there are already bananas in the batter (and I put sliced bananas on top. Who’s genius idea was that?). So next time, I will use strawberries…spring is coming soon and they will always be in my fridge!

One more note: I think these would taste even more amazing with a tablespoon of peanut butter added to the batter. And it would help thicken it…it’s a very thin batter which makes them hard to flip. But they were yummy, have no flour in them, and are chock-full of protein!

Pancakes: Nutrition Facts: (when calculated for 2 servings) Calories: 329, Fat: 12g Carbs: 30g, Protein: 21g

Sauce: Calories: 63, Fat: 1g, Carbs: 13g, Protein: 3g

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

Yumm. These are so so good. They taste like fudge. Peanut butter, nutty, creamy fudge.

Recipe Here

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

Note: I forgot to add vanilla and they still are delicious. (If there is ever an ingredient I miss in a recipe it is ALWAYS the vanilla. I don’t know why…). Nutrition facts calculated with the vanilla. They are chock-full of fat but it’s healthy fat! And you’re not getting all the shit ingredients you would find in most store-bought granola bars.

Another note: I just used raw almonds and pulsed them in my blender. The recipe says chopped nuts, but I kind of prefer them this way because I like the texture better when they’re all ground up. There are still some big chunks but not many. I also didn’t add any coconut or dried fruit because a) I had no fruit, and b) I’m not a huge fan of shredded coconut

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Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars

Nutrition Facts: (per 1 serving of 16 bars) Calories: 294, Fat: 21g, Carbs: 21g, Protein: 5g

Skinny Brownies

I made some brownies yesterday and then forgot to eat them for dessert last night. But I was able to photograph them today in the daylight. So here’s my first food blog in a LONG time.

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I just used honey instead of maple syrup. And they came out pretty delicious by my standards…I wasn’t sure they would.

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Nutrition Facts: (16 servings) 100 calories, 4g fat, 18g carbs, 1g protein

I also made THESE for my birthday treat (for the health-conscious people at the office)…and they’re pretty delicious if you’re a dark chocolate fan. Didn’t photograph them but they look like regular brownies. (Nutrition Facts: 12 servings, 213 calories, 12g fat, 29g carbs, 4g protein)