Foodie Friday: Apple Pie Protein Bites

Since making Lindsay’s PB coconut trail mix healthy bites a while back, I’ve loved keeping them in the freezer and popping a couple in the morning before my workout or throughout the day if I need a little something sweet. I’m not a fan of eating a full breakfast before a workout; something light does the trick when my stomach is grumbling! And even though they lasted a while, I recently ran out. The worst.

I loved them so much that I decided I’d try my own take on the recipe with some different ingredients I had in my pantry this time around. Musselman’s big cups and apple walnut granola? Boom. These babies were born!

Apple Pie Protein Bites

Makes 32 bites
Adapted from Peanut Butter Coconut Trail Mix Healthy Bites

Apple Pie Protein Bites
Ingredients
– 1/3 cup coconut flour* [I used Bob’s Red Mill]
– 1/3 cup almond meal*
– 1 scoop vanilla protein powder* [I used About Time Whey]
– 1/3 cup nut butter [I used PB&Co.’s The Bees Knees]
– 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce [I used Musselman’s]
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– 1/4 cup Love Grown Foods Apple Walnut Delight granola

Directions
In a large bowl, add all ingredients except the granola. Mix until everything is almost full incorporated and then add the granola. Continue mixing until the granola is evenly distributed throughout. Depending on the protein powder and nut butter you use, you may want to add a little more applesauce as you’re mixing.

Using a 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon, measure out your bites and roll into balls. Place in an airtight container in the freezer.

*Note: you can use all coconut flour or almond meal but start with 1/4 cup applesauce and add more slowly. I wouldn’t use 100% protein powder as the texture will be off.

*These ingredients can be found on iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 to receive $5 off of your first order.

 

Apple Pie Protein Bites Love Grown Foods Granola

Nutritional Information
Per 1/2 tbsp bite

32 Calories / 2g Fat / 3g Carbs / 1g Fiber / 1g Sugar / 2g Protein

You should also note that Nathan not only told me he like these bites but thought they were “really tasty!” To which I said “great! Now that you like them, I’ll let you know there’s protein powder in ’em.” Ha. Got him! 😉

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

What is your favorite flavor combination?

What I Ate Wednesday #5 – My Favorite Sensible Dessert

Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday post! But this one has a recipe.. check it out!

Recently my eats have been looking rather similar on the day-to-day front. And I’m perfectly ok with that! Breakfast is looking something like this..

Barr & Table Tone It Up Pineapple Protein Pancake Maple Syrup Shredded Coconut Strawberries Blueberries Bombshell Spell

A Tone It Up pineapple protein pancake (and dare I say, I’ve totally mastered the flip!), topped with a drizzle of maple syrup, a couple diced up strawberries, some blueberries, some unsweetened shredded coconut, and a little extra sprinkling of cinnamon. Along side of that, I have the Bombshell Spell, which is a deliciously wonderful way of getting a little shot of apple cider vinegar into your life. These recipes come directly from the Tone It Up Beach Babe plan that you get when you purchase their membership plan, and are a part of the 5 Day Slim Down that I did last week. Since mastering the pancake, I’ve been craving it like no other. I could seriously eat it everyday.. sometimes twice a day!

Snack #1 is 1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with Stevia or Truvia and some coffee with almond milk.

For lunch, I’m loving some teriyaki marinated tofu with homemade pineapple salsa all wrapped in collard greens. It’s a relatively new-to-me idea to use the collard greens as wraps, but it’s wonderful!

My absolute favorite afternoon snack is my new Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake, and the past few times I’ve made it, I put 1 cup of spinach in. You don’t even taste it and you get that little bit of extra veggie.

For dinner, I mixed it up a bit. This delicious bulgar wheat salad with asian slaw and chicken really hit the spot! I found a recipe awhile back for Asian Quinoa Salad, but when I found myself at the store looking for quinoa that wasn’t there, I grabbed the bulgar wheat and went to town! Other than being a wheat product as compared to a grain, bulgar wheat has many of the same nutritional aspects as quinoa. It’s high in protein, low in calories, and low in fat as well! It also has a little bite to it that I really enjoy. Please excuse the not-so-lovely picture..

And now onto my favorite sensible dessert. I’ve pretty much made it every night for the past couple weeks.

Apple Pie Parfait

1 serving

Barr & Table Apple Pie Parfait Walden Chocolate Syrup Cinnamon Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Ingredients
1 apple – I prefer fuji
1/4 cup fat free vanilla greek yogurt
Cinnamon
Walden’s Sugar-Free, Calorie-Free Chocolate Syrup

Directions
Chop up apple into bite size pieces and toss with a little cinnamon. Put the apple in a glass and top with half of the yogurt, a little sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of the chocolate syrup. Repeat for the other half of the apple and yogurt, and devour!

Barr & Table Apple Pie Parfait Walden Chocolate Syrup Cinnamon Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt

If you really want to get fancy, throw some dark chocolate chips in there or even a little unsweetened shredded coconut.

I really love this as an after workout dessert because the yogurt gives me a little bit of protein, but it’s not too heavy before bed.

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite sensible dessert?

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

I’m the kinda gal that could eat chocolate and peanut butter all day, everyday. Often times, my pre- or post-workout fuel has these 2 delectable ingredients since I try to fit them in wherever I can! Luckily for me, the lovely people over at CalNaturale Svelte sent over some samples of their protein drinks and I went to town!

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

1 Serving

Barr & Table Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake Ingredients

Ingredients
1 cup chocolate CalNaturale Svelte
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp protein powder; I use About Time Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate.. my fave!
2 tbsp PB2 or peanut flour

Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Barr & Table Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

Enjoy!

Barr & Table Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

This would be super delicious topped with unsweetened shredded coconut, a little bit of dark chocolate shavings, or even a little drizzle of chocolate syrup. Yum!

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite pre- or post-workout fuel? Do you go for the sweets or more towards savory?

Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes

Since starting Tone It Up last August, I’ve become more and more intrigued with finding healthy alternatives for some of my most favorite dishes, especially sweets! You can imagine my excitement when I came across the Tone It Up protein pancakes!

As other varieties of protein pancakes have emerged, I’ve gone wild trying all of the different ingredient combos I could find.

My favorite? Banana bread protein pancakes from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers. How could they possibly be bad?!

My latest inspiration came from a tweet last Friday.

Zucchini Bread Oats Twitter Tweet

I’m sorry,what is this?! Zucchini bread oats, you say? Yes, please and thank you!

If you can do it with oats, there’s not reason you can’t make a protein pancake out of it. So I did.

Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes

Yields 4 pancakes (1 serving)

Barr & Table Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes

Ingredients
1/2 – 3/4 cup zucchini, finely shredded
1/2 cup oats
1 egg white
1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese; greek yogurt works well too, but the cottage cheese makes them fluffier
1 scoop vanilla protein powder; I use About Time Whey
1 tbsp psyllium husk; optional, but helps to thicken the batter
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Finely shred your zucchini and make sure to squeeze out all excess moisture. There’s a lot in there and you don’t want it in your pancakes!

Add all ingredients, except zucchini, into a food processor and process until the mixture is smooth. Once smooth, add the zucchini and pulse until well combined, but not completely smooth.

Barr & Table Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes Batter

Spoon mixture out onto skillet into 4 equal-size pancakes. It’s time to flip when they start to bubble around the edge. Keep an eye after flipping as the second side takes about half the amount of time.

My favorite toppings for these pancakes are 1/2 sliced banana, a little drizzle of maple syrup, a sprinkling of unsweetened shredded coconut, and a little extra cinnamon. Kristin topped her oats with chopped walnuts too; a staple in many zucchini bread loafs!

Barr & Table Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes

Speak Up!

What is your favorite type of dessert bread? Have you used this as an inspiration for pancakes?