Gluten-Free Chocolate PB Protein Puppy Chow

MERRY CHRISTMAS and happy holidays, friends!! I hope you all have a great day with your friends and family. I'm thankful for all of you. 

I am also thankful for THIS. 

I'm a huge fan of puppy chow. You know, that amazing little treat made with Chex cereal? Well I decided to make it healthified! Is that even a word??? Who cares, it's Christmas.  

Start your healthy eating New Years resolutions early by making this today for your family and friends. You will not regret it!! 

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NOTE** This is for 1-2 servings. If you want to make this for a few people, double or triple the recipe. 

INGREDIENTS:

1+1/2 Cups Gluten-Free Chex Mix cereal (any flavor; I used original)

2 Tablespoons honey OR any sweetener of your choice

3 Tablespoons peanut butter, melted (feel free to use any other type of nut butter if you prefer)

3 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips 

1 heaping scoop of whey protein powder (I used Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow)

1/3 Cup M&M's (optional, but not really optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour Chex cereal in a large bowl and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt your chocolate chips in the microwave 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval until completely melted. Careful not to burn the chocolate! Then add the peanut butter to the chocolate and microwave for about 20-30 seconds. Once it is melted, add the honey and mix until combined. Then pour the peanut butter mixture over the Chex cereal and mix with a spoon until every piece of cereal is covered.

2. Using a small plastic bag, pour your protein powder in and then pour your cereal in. Shake shake shake! until all of the cereal is covered in protein powder. Then, reopen the bag and pour in the M&M's. Give it one last shake and pour into a bowl. Enjoy!

Store in an airtight container or a plastic bag. 

Whey Protein Hot Chocolate

Oh man was this good! I was having some serious chocolate cravings today so I decided to throw together something magical. Hot chocolate is a winter staple- so why not try to make it a bit healthier so you can enjoy it all the time without the guilt? This Whey Protein Hot Chocolate is smooth, velvety and perfectly chocolate-y. AND it's good for you! Woohoo!

I threw in some whey protein (Cellucor, of course!) and oh my goodness, it is so good. Notice how I made this on the stovetop. I found that when you mix whey protein in a drink in the microwave, it either: a. does not mix well enough, leaving clumps OR b. overheats too quickly and the whey protein curdles. Not good. SO!! This is the way to go. If you want to serve it to a few friends, double or triple the recipe. 

INGREDIENTS:

1+1/2 Cup vanilla almond milk (or any other type of liquid you prefer, such as regular milk)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Cellucor)

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 packet of stevia or any sweetener you prefer

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toppings- such as marshmallows, cinnamon or whipped cream

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a medium pot, heat all of the ingredients together on the stove WHISKING CONSTANTLY! until small bubbles appear at the edges of the pot. Remove from heat- careful it does not come to a full boil.

2. Pour into a large mug and top with any toppings of your choice. Drink away without the guilt!

Red Velvet Protein Whoopie Pies With A Healthy Cheesecake Filling

You guys.. I am so excited to share this with you.

As you may know, I have been experimenting with Protein Powder recipes (especially with my Cellucor Protein- YUM! Highly reccomend.) I have made tons of protein pancakes and a few other protein-packed treats but I was thinking about somehow adding it to a cookie- one of my favorite treats. I originally wanted these to be plain red velvet protein cookies but they came out very soft and sponge-y, just like a whoopie pie so, TA-DA! This is what I call a happy accident. Also, these little guys are made without any grains so they are not only grain-free but gluten-free!! Woohoo! And the "cheesecake filling" in the center is made with greek yogurt and a sugar-free cheesecake flavored pudding mix so there is no added sugar. All good in the neighborhood!

Recipe makes about 6 mini whoopie pies

P.S. Did you know you can pin a recipe onto Pinterest directly from my website? Just hover over any picture you'd like to pin and click the "Pin It" button. 

INGREDIENTS

For the Whoopie Pies:

1 scoop Red Velvet Whey Protein (I used Cellucor) 

3/4 large ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup) 

1 Tablespoon greek yogurt

1 egg white

2 Tablespoons sugar-free chocolate pudding mix  

1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

 

For the cheesecake filling:

1/3 Cup Greek yogurt

1 Tablespoon sugar-free Cheesecake pudding mix  

 

DIRECTIONS

To make the Whoopie Pies

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Spray with a non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth. It helps if you mash the banana before hand, that way the end product is much smoother. 

3. Scoop a Tablespoon size amount of the batter and drop onto the baking sheet about 3 inches apart.  Bake for 10-12 minutes. When done, let cool completely before removing from the cookie sheet. Wow the whoopee pies are cooling, make the cheesecake filling.

 

To make the cheesecake filling

1. Mix together the Greek yogurt and putting mix until smooth. Spread about 1 Tablespoon of the yogurt in between two cooled whoopie pie pieces and press together to make a sandwich. Enjoy!! 

NOTE*** Best when eaten the day they are made. If you want to save them for a later date, assemble with the yogurt mix the day-of to avoid sogginess. 

Protein Packed Banana Bread

Finally! A moist, no-sugar-added, gluten-free, oil-free, whey protein banana bread! 

Banana bread is and always has been one of my favorite baked goods so I HAD to create a healthy version so I won't feel guilty eating 2 or 3 pieces. Or 6. 

If you have ever tried baking with whey protein powder, you already know how difficult it is to work with it. If you use more than 1/4 protein in your batter, it comes out extremely dry and rubbery. Ew. Trust me, I have made plenty of protein pancakes that could probably injure a small child. SO I am unbelievably happy to have created this recipe and I strongly suggest you make it for yourself and just tryyyy not to eat 4 pieces in one sitting. 

INGREDIENTS:

2 ripe bananas, mashed

3 egg whites

1 Cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Cup Quinoa flour (or any gluten-free flour)

2 scoops Vanilla protein powder (I used Cellucor Whey)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a 9X5 or 8X4 loaf pan with foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer with a with attachment, whisk together all of the wet ingredients- bananas, egg whites, unsweetened applesauce and vanilla extract- until smooth. 

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. 

4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then cover loaf with more foil and let cool completely. The foil on top ensure it stays moist. Enjoy!

 

For the entire loaf:

Calories: 1,156

Fat: 11g

Carbs: 187g

Sugar: 59g

Protein: 79g

 

If you cut it into 10 slices, here are the macros per slice:

Calories: 115.6

Fat: 1.1g

Carbs: 18.7g

Sugar: 5.9g

Protein: 7.9g