Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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fr_964_size880 fr_980_size880 fr_982_size880 fr_984_size880Hey guys! I found a ton of huge zucchini in my garden today that were just perfect for baking so I couldn’t help myself…Even though this isn’t my own recipe, I had to share! IThese muffins turned out beautifully and I actually enjoyed them way more than I thought I would! Don’t be turned off by the zucchini, you can’t taste it at all and it makes the muffins so rich and moist!  I felt so guilty eating these to the point where I had to remind myself they were actually good for you. They are high protein, low-fat, deliciously decadent and every chocolate lover’s dream. I hope you like them as much as I do!

Serves 12:

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 extra ripe banana (120g)
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 1 medium-sized zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon( I left this out but feel free to add it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  2 tbsp mini chocolate chips for topping(I used enjoy life chocolate chips, 30g)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with olive oil spray.
  • Using a food processor, grind oats until fine. They should have the consistency of flour.
  • Add all other ingredients (except chocolate chips), and pulse until the batter has a smooth consistency. (Add a few ingredients at a time if your food processor has trouble mixing a lot at once.)
  • Stir in additional chocolate chips if desired.
  • Distribute batter evenly in the muffin tin.
  • Sprinkle the tops with a little extra sugar or sweetener that measures like sugar and the chocolate chips.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the tops gently bounce back when touched and a toothpick comes out of center of a muffin clean.
  • Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edges of each muffin to remove from tray.

****My Changes***:

I added maybe a tad less than 1/4 cup splenda to the batter as I felt it needed a little extra sweetness. I also ground the oats and zucchini separate in the food processor since mine is very small and I just added them to a bowl with the other wet ingredients and stirred. Then combined the dry ingredients in another small bowl and added them in afterwards.

*Note* My oats are very prevalent in the final result because I have probably the worst food processor on the planet haha, so I’m sure your muffins will look much prettier than mine!

If you’d like the original recipe, it is available here:

http://www.examiner.com/article/healthy-baking-chocolate-zucchini-oat-muffins

Nutrition Facts with my modifications(per muffin): 154 calories, 25g carbs, 3g fat, 6g protein, 3g fibre

Almond Butter, Blueberry Egg White Oats & Sushi!

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Today I had some amazing oats, recipe idea curtsey of Nutritionist in the Kitch. I changed it up a bit by using almond butter and blueberries for topping but kept the base the same. This recipe is simple and delicious and you can easily customize it to your own tastes! It is also high protein and very filling! Perfect for an active day ahead!  The oats are so creamy and delicious, you would never know their are egg whites in there!

Serves 1:

Ingredients:

-3/4 cup water (add more or less based on the consistency you like)

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/4 tsp salt

-1 tsp flax seed (optional)

-1/3 cup large flake oats(not quick cooking  or instant!)

-1/4 cup egg whites

-2-3 drops stevia sweetener (or another sweetener to taste)

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1 tbsp almond butter

-1/4 cup frozen blueberries mixed with 1/2 tsp sweetener heated in a microwave until hot

-Additional cinnamon for topping

-2 tbsp Almond milk (again optional but recommended!)

Directions: In a small pot bring first four ingredients to a boil. Once boiling, stir in 1/3 cup of oats, cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 5-7 minutes and stir occasionally until oats have soaked up a little more than half the water. Next pour in your egg whites and whisk quickly, cooking for 3-4 minutes until oats begin to thicken and mixture becomes creamy. Take off the heat, stir in sweetener/vanilla and top with your almond butter and blueberries, add a drizzle of almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Nutrition: 294 calories, 17g protein, 12g fat, 36g carbs, 8g fibre

Today I also went out for sushi with friends! I took pictures of some of the things we ate..it was a fun experience, haha.

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I’m sorry our tasty little friends!…
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My friend’s seafood soup.

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Dragon Roll

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A slice of crab sushi pizza with spicy sauce..yum!

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Crab Sushi

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Simplest, Healthiest Blueberry Pancakes

Simplest, Healthiest Blueberry Pancakes

Hey Guys! Here is an easy recipe that only takes minutes to prepare with a few simple ingredients. These pancakes are delicious and are packed with protein. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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Serves 1, about 3 medium pancakes(feel free to double the recipe!)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Old Fashioned(Not instant/quick cooking) oats

1/4 cup cottage cheese(any percentage, I prefer to use 2%!)

1/4 cup egg whites

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions: In a blender or food processor combine everything expect the blueberries until smooth(don’t worry if a there are a few grainy bits of oats, they won’t change the texture of the pancakes). Spray a pan with cooking oil and heat over medium-low heat. Drop a scoopful of batter into the hot pan. (I like to shake the pan a little to spread the batter since it’s quite thick). Add a few blueberries and cook for several minutes until the batter bubbles and the underneath is browned nicely, flip and repeat on the other side. The key to these pancakes is to cook them low and slow so the middle cooks through without burning the outside. Once finished, place on a plate and top with whatever you’d like! I used some sugar-free syrup but you could also use smashed fruit and a little sweetener heated in the microwave, light whip cream or even almond butter! Just be creative and dig in!
**NOTE** These pancakes will take longer to cook then regular pancakes so don’t flip them too early!

Nutrition Facts: 195 calories, 17.2g protein, 3g fat, 22g carbs, 3g fibre (*Calories/fat would be less with fat-free cottage cheese)
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Cinnabun Proats!

Cinnabun Proats!

Hey! Sorry for not posting sooner, I have been keeping busy with a new workout program and lots of homework haha 🙂 But thankfully it’s the weekend and that means sleeping in and new recipes! Wahoo. Anyways here’s a recipe to start off your weekend! I will also be posting a caramel banana nut oatmeal recipe that is out of this world very shortly so look out for that too!

Cinnabun Oatmeal

Ingredients:
1/3 scoop dry quick oats
11g or 1/3 scoop trutein cinnabun protein powder (or vanilla protein powder, but I highly recommend trutein!)
2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1 tbsp water
1/2 a mashed ripe banana
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
optional: 1 drop stevia sweetener (or another sweetener to taste, I found I didn’t need it since my protein powder was already sweet enough with the banana).
1/2 tsp cinnamon
10-12 crushed almonds
20g raisins (around 1-2 tbsp)
Drizzle of sugar-free syrup or real maple syrup

Directions: Combine oats, almond milk and water in a bowl and microwave for 2 min(more or less depending on your microwave but you don’t want the oats too runny). Once cooked add your protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, banana & half or all the raisins(I like to keep some to top it with!). Stir to combine and top with almonds/raisins/additional cinnamon and syrup. Enjoy!

Banana Chocolate-Chip Protein Souffle Muffins

Banana Chocolate-Chip Protein Souffle Muffins

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Banana Choco Muffin

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Avoiding sweets is a challenge to most. We eat right so we can look and feel good about ourselves. But once in a while..we just need a treat! So what I propose, is that we eat healthy while continuing to eat treats. To start you off, try my awesome Banana Chocolate-Chip Protein Souffle Muffins. They taste like a decadent dessert and give you that satisfaction you need while being 100% good for you! Can it get any better?  Take me to the recipe!

Green Monster Breakfast Bars

Green Monster Breakfast Bars

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These bars are an entire nutritious meal in one and are amazing for on the go or if you want a fast simple breakfast. They are also very filling and packed with protein! (15g to be exact). If your morning needs a boost try these awesome Green Monster Breakfast Bars.  Take me to the recipe!

Shamrock Overnight Oats & Saying Goodbye!…

Shamrock Overnight Oats & Saying Goodbye!…

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Oh my gosh! It’s finally here! I am leaving to go on vacation to the Caribbean. Today is my last full day of posts then I am off for a week! So don’t stop following me, I will have plenty of interesting pics to share when I get back! 😉 I also plan on trying lots of new food, I might possibly try to post a little while I am away so look out for that! But just in case, as a nice post before I leave I decided to do something a little crazy.. last night I went to work designing a recipe to use up my poor avocados before I have to leave. They will all go bad if I don’t eat them so I have been overdoing it a little with avocado lately…lol. Anyways this delicious unique recipe is a perfect filling and healthy, high protein breakfast just in time for st.patties day, that you can have ready in minutes the night before! Want to know how to make it? Keep reading! Take me to the recipe!

Overnight Cinnabun Oats and Healthy Banana Bread!

Overnight Cinnabun Oats and Healthy Banana Bread!

Overnight Cinnabun Oats

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So like I said I would, I tested out my awesome new Cinnabun Trutein Protein Powder. It worked really well in my overnight proats . I found it’s very similar to the vanilla trutein though, not that that’s a bad thing!

Later that same day I didn’t have much of an actual lunch since I ended up going to a gym for the first time in my life! I found that I actually still prefer working out at home. I think I just feel like everyone is staring at me at the gym haha. But I do have to admit they have some pretty awesome high-tech treadmills that make mine at home look like a dinosaur.
After my workout I had a protein bar & later had a hard boiled egg with lots of hummus and veggies. I also made…BANANA BREAD! I have been dying to make this ever since I saw we had 3 super ripe bananas. Perfect! This banana bread is so healthy and delicious! I substituted mini choco. chips for the walnuts in the original recipe and left out the water and just added 1/2 tsp baking soda + a little less than 1 tsp baking powder. I also used 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. I can’t believe this stuff is healthy! But nope no artificial sweetener or sugars added, only honey :).

Banana Bread

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THE BEST HOMEMADE PROTEIN BARS EVER

THE BEST HOMEMADE PROTEIN BARS EVER

Okay I know the title is pretty exaggerated but these bars are completely worth it. I made these and was blown away by how good they tasted! I can’t explain how amazing they are, you just need to make them and see for yourself! I felt so guilty eating these, like I am eating a chunk of delicious cake. They do not have any yucky protein after-taste! They are just pure amazing-ness & each large square has 136 cals, 5.6g fat, 17.75 carbs & 9g protein. These are so healthy you can eat them for breakfast! If you are missing your sweets, you need to make these asap. Actually, no, everyone should make these right now!
These bars sadly are not my original recipe but I give 100% credit to Katie over at Dashing Dish who created these masterpieces!
Here is the recipe link(sign up is free to view the recipe if you don’t want to donate to her site!):
http://dashingdish.com/recipe/7-layer-protein-bars/
My nutrition facts are a bit different because I used trutein vanilla protein powder(awesome, highly recommend for this recipe), I used peanuts, chopped instead of peanut butter chocolate chips on top & I used 2 tbsp sugar-free syrup to substitute for half the honey.
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What are you doing still staring at the pictures?? Go make these immediately!
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