I would be surprised if someone told me they've never tried a Nutty Bar! That chocolately, peanut-buttery deliciousness was always a welcome surprise in my lunchbox!
Who says we can't enjoy Nutty Bars when we live a healthy lifestyle? Not me...I've found a way to recreate them and I even included some extra protein so they're especially guilt-free!
Healthier Nutty Bars
6 thin rice cakes
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 scoop protein powder (I recommend the FASTer Way protein!)
1 cup sugar free chocolate chips (I recommend Lily's dark baking chips)
2 tsp coconut oil
First, mix the peanut butter and protein powder in a small bowl. When combined, spread a layer on each rice cake. Stack the rice cake in 2 stacks of 3 and, with a serrated knife, cut in half to make 4 bars. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave. and dip each bar until fully coated. Place on waxed or parchment paper and freeze for 10-15 minutes, until chocolate is set. ENJOY! XO
Nutrition info per bar:
If you like a sweet treat on a low carb day, these buckeyes will definitely hit the spot! The FASTer Way protein is so versatile - it's super macro-friendly, low in carbs and high in protein! While I enjoy it in a protein shake or smoothie bowl, it's also fun to make delicious healthy treats with too!
Low Carb Protein Buckeye Balls
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 scoop vanilla FASTer Way Protein powder
1/4 cup sugar free chocolate chips
1 tsp. coconut oil
Mix peanut butter, coconut flour and protein powder until well combined. Scoop into balls (this recipe makes 10) and freeze for 10-15 minutes.
In the meantime, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave. Remove protein balls from the freezer and dip in the chocolate. Return the freezer for another 10-15 minutes, and ENJOY!!
Store leftover balls in the freezer.
Macros per protein ball:
Fat - 9g
Carbs - 6g
Fiber - 4g
Protein - 6g
Protein balls are such a great and healthy snack, and so versatile! I've been having a lot of fun coming up with different variations. Stay tuned for more!
I know some people don't love fruit in their desserts - i.e., raisins in their cookies, but trust me on this one. The very small amount of raisins in these protein balls adds just the right amount of sweetness to offset the salty peanut butter. So if you are one of those people (ahem - my husband!) I encourage you to be open to it! It just may change your life :)
Here's how to make them!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Balls
1.5 cups gluten free rolled oats
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I used Orgain)
2 Tbls. raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon
I blended my oats in the Ninja for a few pulses to make an oat-y/whole oats mix, but totally up to you! Then throw them into a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Using a hand mixer, mix the ingredients until combined.
Roll into balls. I used a cookie scoop that is about a tablespoon (#70). My recipe made 28! Store in a container or freezer bag in the fridge or freezer and pull one or two out when you're ready to eat. ENJOY! XO
Okay, y'all. If you have not tried coconut manna yet, you need to get on that train asap! I only learned of this delicious treat during our recent FASTer Way to Fat Loss sugar elimination challenge. Boy do I wish I had heard of it sooner - I could have used this in my life for the past few years!
Coconut manna is the same as coconut butter. Basically, it's ground whole coconut and the water has been removed. You can eat it like any other nut butter, but I have found a delicious way to incorporate this treat into my low carb days.
Introducing.....COCONUT MANNA CHIA BARK! This tastes like a candy bar, my friends. But it's a healthy one! One that will add healthy fat to your diet, boost your immunity (it contains lauric acid, which wards off bacteria and viruses!), aid in weight loss and supply essential amino acids, calcium and magnesium.
Here's how I make it. In a small dish or ramekin, mix together:
3 Tbls. coconut manna
2 Tbls. chia seeds
a few drops of liquid stevia
Add additional toppings if you'd like, such as coconut flakes, toasted macadamia nuts, dried fruit, etc.
Put in the freezer for a few hours, until frozen solid. When it is frozen, take it out of the freezer, pop it out of the dish, break it into pieces and ENJOY!!
3g net carbs
The traditional "Elvis" combines peanut butter, bananas and bacon... But anytime I'm mixing PB and bananas in any way, shape or form, I "Can't Help Falling in Love" with what I'm eating. Elvis sure had a good thing going.
These overnight oats get me "All Shook Up" on my higher carb days. If you and your family find yourselves with "Suspicious Minds" about overnight oats in general, these may change your mind. They made a great lunch, snack, or sweet treat!
Okay seriously though. These Elvis Oats are awesome! Here's how I make them:
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup your favorite non-dairy milk
Mix together with a pinch of salt and a few drops of liquid stevia. Refrigerate for at least a few hours, up to a few days! When ready to eat, top with
1 sliced banana
2 Tbls. natural crunchy peanut butter
about 30 Lily's sugar free dark chocolate baking chips
This is a fun, festive and healthy side dish to take to your summer BBQs!
Use all of your favorite fruits - I added red and blue berries for the 4th of July! Next, slice a pineapple into circles and use a star cookie cutter to cut star shapes. Apples work too! You could do hearts too for a different occasion, or just for fun!
Everyone will love your creative spin on the traditional fruit salad! Enjoy! XO
When I was a kid, my dad would occasionally make cinnamon apples for a late night treat and the entire house smelled like a warm apple pie. When you microwave apples, the natural sweetness emerges and there's no need to add any sugar! They are a delicious snack on their own, but if you're looking to spice up your overnight oats, give this a try!
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
For the oatmeal:
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your favorite plant based milk)
A dash of salt
A few drops of liquid stevia
Mix together and cover. Refrigerate for a least a few hours, or overnight.
For the apples:
Dash of cinnamon
Core and chop apple and put into a microwave safe dish. Sprinkle with lots of cinnamon! Microwave for 2-ish minutes, until apples are soft. Give them a quick stir and allow to cool for a few minutes.
When ready to eat, give your oats a quick stir, top with cinnamon apples and your favorite nut butter. I used Abby's Better French Toast Pecan for this serving and WOWZA!
You could eat this for dessert, it's so naturally sweet and delicious! ENJOY! XO
I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! Anyone else forget how long it takes to get everyone dressed up and out of the house?!
Anyway, we had a great time with family all weekend long, and enjoyed some delicious meals and a lot of treats. I was feeling it yesterday!! I'm back to 100% today after fueling my body with a lot of fresh, whole foods yesterday!
You know I don't skimp on the treats, though, even after an indulgent weekend!! There are a lot of ways to make healthy treats, and this low carb chia pudding really hits the spot.
You may only know about chia from those famous Chia Pets we used to grow (cha-cha-cha-CHIA!), but believe it or not, eating those little seeds provides many health benefits!
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
2 Tbls. chia seeds
Splash of vanilla extract
Mix together and refrigerate until thickened. When ready to eat, add:
1oz mashed raspberries
A serving of your favorite nut butter (I used Abby's Better date pecan!)
A few dark chocolate chips
We are trying a new food cycle in the FASTer Way VIP this month, and low carb for us meat-eaters on Fridays during Lent has proven to be a bit of a challenge! But you know I'm always up for a challenge :)
Edamame is a great plant-based protein source, and when you toss it in olive oil and season with some sea salt, it is a really delicious snack!
In addition to being a good source of protein, edamame contains all 9 essential amino acids, which help us to build muscle and boost our immune function. It is also a good source of fiber (always a plus!!), folate (good for our blood vessels), vitamin K (good for heart and bone health), calcium (good for our bones, heart, muscles and nerves) and magnesium (also good for our bones, heart and muscles).
Those little beans definitely pack a big healthy punch!! Here's how I make them:
1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 tsp. olive or avocado oil
Sea salt, to taste
Pre-heat air fryer. Toss edamame in oil and air fry at 400 degrees for about 4-5 minutes, or until a little brown and toasty. If you don't own an air fryer, you can spread edamame on a sheet pan and roast in the oven at 425. Season with salt and ENJOY! XO
If you carb cycle or follow a keto diet, you know the struggle...sometimes you just need a sweet treat! Fat bombs are a great way to get some extra fat into your day, while satisfying your sweet tooth!
And who doesn't love a peppermint patty? These fat bombs are sure to please every low carb eater in the house.
The recipe calls for both coconut butter and coconut oil. Coconut oil is a superfood, which may promote heart and brain health, boost immunity and encourage fat burn. Coconut butter has similar benefits, but it is made from the meat of the coconut. Similar to other nut butters, it can be enjoyed with your favorite fruit, blended into smoothies, or just by the spoonful!
Peppermint Patty Fat Bombs
Makes 24 fat bombs
For the mint layer:
1/2 cup melted coconut butter
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 Tbls. collagen peptides
1 tsp. peppermint extract
12 drops liquid stevia
Combine the above ingredients together and use a tablespoon to fill a mini muffin tray, silicone molds or ice cube trays. Pop into the freezer for a few minutes until solid. While freezing, make the chocolate layer!
For the chocolate layer:
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
20 drops liquid stevia
Mix the above ingredients together. When the mint layer is frozen, take out of the freezer and use a teaspoon to top each bomb with a layer of chocolate. Pop back into the freezer for a few minutes until frozen.
Remove from your molds and ENJOY! Store the leftovers in the freezer. XO
Each fat bomb contains 119 calories, 12.2 grams of fat, 0.7 net carbs and 1.4 grams of protein.
Food is fuel.
I love to cook and bake recipes that incorporate healthy whole foods and those nutritious macro and micronutrients into our daily diets. I also like to make treats though, because let's face it, everyone loves a good sweet now and then! My favorite part about cooking, though, is sharing my latest recipes with others. ENJOY! XO