Sorry that I haven’t been posting very often lately, I have been quite busy packing up my house getting ready for the move in exactly one week! I’m very excited about the whole thing, but I haven’t been able to make many things since 99% of our cookware is in boxes. We have been eating off of paper plates and drinking out of plastic cups.
However, I have been able to make one thing that has been a hit: frappuccinos.
This is how I make mine:
1 can low fat coconut milk
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
3 scoops sugar free hot cocoa mix
8 large ice cubes
Blend all ingredients, and serve immediately! Makes 2 24oz servings.
It’s really creamy, has lots of protein, and no added sugar! It’s a delicious way to start your day if you’re like me and can’t handle real food before 11 am.
A few people can vouch for me on this one. I love cookies. I love oatmeal cookies, specifically.
For my love of cookies I set out on the internet, as any good 20-something would, and found a few different recipes to make healthy, yet delicious, oatmeal cookies.
Here’s my take:
1 cup wheat flour (or oat flour)
1 1/2 cup quick oats (regular oats will not turn out right)
1/2 cup Stevia
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup raisins (can do less if you want less raisins)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 single cup of sugar-free applesauce (I use treetop, equal to about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup honey
Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Mixture will be incredibly thick, and will require you to mix with your hands. Drop 2 tbs sized balls on cookie sheet, cook for 7-10 minutes at 350.
Since I was gifted cilantro by the wonderful Annie, I decided to search for some recipes that included cilantro, and I wound up finding this.
This post inspired me: click.
This is my version:
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 tbs garlic
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can corn
1 can chopped tomatoes and chilies
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Cook quinoa.
- Sautee onion and pepper, add garlic.
- Stir in the quinoa, then pour in the chicken broth.
- Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
- Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the black beans, corn and cilantro.
- Serve warm or cold.
As I was thinking about how my dad, who loves peanut protein bars, is unable to eat peanuts any longer I kept thinking to myself, “what could I make that wouldn’t have peanuts in it, but where I could incorporate peanut butter?”
I got a grand idea, of course.
This is a mixture of a few different recipes that I threw together.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
1 cup oats
2 cups protein powder
1/2 cup raisins (optional, or other dried fruit if you prefer)
1 cup peanut butter
1 tbs honey
2/3 cup milk
Step 1: Mix all dry ingredients from part 1 in a bowl
Step 2: Mix all non-dry ingredients in a microwaveable bowl, microwave for 30s-1m (depending on the power of the microwave or consistency of the peanut butter)
Step 3: Mix all ingredients in a bowl, you will need to mix with your hands, it gets quite thick quickly and could end up breaking a mixing spoon (I got pretty close to breaking mine).
Step 4: Put into casserole dish, pie plate etc etc and refrigerate for 2-3 hours (I do overnight).
Step 5: Cut and serve!
20 grams of protein
These are amazing, no added sugar, and lots of protein! Perfect for a breakfast alternative when you don’t like to eat much in the morning (like me).
Also, both my sister and my dad can’t have nuts, so I thought this would be something that they could try at home (especially my dad) because he likes to eat minimal food in the morning as well (wink, wink mom!).