Paleo Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Coconut Butter Frosting

I am not paleo.  I honestly do not like meat enough to be paleo but that’s another story.  However, I like eggs and almond butter and honey and pumpkin.  And these bars have all the above.

These bars are paleo in nature but you can’t tell.  The combination of salty roasted almond butter, sweet honey, pumpkin pie spices and the coconut butter frosting takes these to another planet.  No one will know or even assume these are “paleo”, let alone healthy.

These are super easy because the ingredient list is short and you probably have most of these in your kitchen already.  I whipped these up for a “healthy” work potluck I had last week and EVERY single person asked me for the recipe.  That’s a pretty good statistic no?  These take 20 minutes in the oven and only use 1 bowl as well.  Ok, enough talking, make these tonight!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s salted almond butter

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 cup honey

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

Frosting Ingredients:

2 T coconut butter

1 T coconut oil

1 T honey

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 pan with coconut oil.

2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.

3. Pour into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until set in the middle and golden brown on edges.

4. Combine ‘frosting’ ingredients.

5. Let the bars completely cool and then drizzle with cinnamon coconut butter frosting.

Enjoy!

High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

What better way to start off Monday than with a healthy high protein chocolate chip cookie recipe?  These cookies are based off of the #KimHoeltjeCookie recipe on Instagram and are quickly becoming a staple in my house (well, apartment).

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I made these for my family over Thanksgiving and then again for my boyfriend this past weekend.  No one can believe these are healthy!  My family even did a taste test between real chocolate chip cookies (REAL meaning butter, sugar, white flour) and these healthy high protein chocolate chip cookies and they really couldn’t tell much of a difference.  My mom did note “it just tastes like something is missing but I don’t know what that is”.  Which is FINE by me because there is A LOT missing in terms of fat and simple carbohydrates and sugar and you can’t even notice.  So without any more suspense here is the recipe.  These are very macro-friendly and high in fiber too.  Don’t forget to subscribe to Kim’s YouTube as well if you want to find more recipes like this!

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High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

What you need:

1 scoop MTS Whey Vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup canned white beans (navy, garbanzo, etc)

1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree

3 T egg whites in carton

1 t vanilla extract

1/2 t baking powder

2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Combine drained white beans, pumpkin, egg whites, and vanilla in blender and blend until smooth.

3. Empty into large bowl and stir in protein powder and baking powder.

4. Fold in chocolate chips.

5. Drop onto baking mat on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Do not overbake!

Macros for ENTIRE recipe: 382 calories, 9 grams fat, 46 grams carbohydrates, 35 grams protein

The macronutrients may change based on protein powders used as well or if you use less/more chocolate chips.

Make these tonight, I swear they are WORTH it!

Talk to you soon!

 

Weekend of Pancakes

So I guess I went a little pancake crazy this weekend. I think I made pancakes 6 times in the span of 3 days. But, sometimes pancakes are just so much more fun to eat than a bowl of oatmeal.  And yes, I have oatmeal nearly everyday and no one can convince me otherwise.  AND pancakes make a great dessert too.  Eating carbohydrates at night does not make you gain weight.  Eating too many calories in general makes you gain weight.  I workout in the evenings so I eat a lot of carbohydrates after my workouts to repair my muscles and help my body recover.  This means, the more carbohydrates I can consume the better!  So, that leads to pancakes.

Anyway, I thought I would round-up my pancake recipes from the weekend so I could share with you all.  Do you like pancakes?  Well try these bad boys out!!  I’ve posted the ingredients below each variety and then explain the instructions for all at the end!

Maple Pumpkin Pancakes

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Ingredients:

-1/2 cup oatmeal, ground into oats

-1/4 cup organic pumpkin

-1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used MTS Whey which I recommend)

-1 serving egg whites from carton (3 Tbsp or 46 grams)

-pinch of baking powder

-maple extract

Topping:

Artisana Raw Coconut Butter

Banana Cream Protein Pancakes 

 

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Ingredients:

-1/2 cup oatmeal, ground into oats

-1/2 large, ripe banana

-1/2 scoop Cake batter whey protein (Cellucor Corfetti)

-1 serving egg whites from carton (3 Tbsp or 46 grams)

-pinch of baking powder

Topping:

-Other half of banana sandwiched in between pancakes

-Artisana Raw Coconut butter

Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

 

 

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Ingredients: (Makes 2 servings or for 1 large hungry boyfriend)

1 cup oatmeal, ground into oats

-1/2 scoop Vanilla whey protein (I used MTS Whey from TigerFitness.com)

-2 serving egg whites from carton (6 Tbsp or 92 grams)

-pinch of baking powder

-vanilla extract

Toppings:

-1/4 cup blueberries put in batter

-Warm blueberry syrup (combine Walden Farms Zero Calorie Pancake Syrup and Frozen blueberries and microwave)

-Salted peanut butter

Instructions:

1. Place all ingredients in large bowl and combine.  You can also place the dry ingredients in a blender and blend, and then combine all the wet ingredients and blend again.

2. Spray saute pan with coconut oil spray and cook over low-medium heat until bubbles start to form. Flip pancakes and cook for 1-2 minutes on other side.

3. Pile pancakes on plate and top with optional toppings or create your own!

Let me know if you want the nutrition information as well!

Happy Tuesday yall and let’s go eat some pancakes.