Fudge Ems!

It’s certainly no secret that I’ve been loving my Vitamix. I’ve been searching for recipes to try and also trying to come up with fun little bites too. I’ve been craving little chocolatey bites at night these days, you know, to go with red wine, and I am always looking for ways to make something healthier.

At this point, I’m sure everyone has seen variations on black bean fudge or brownies so I tried my hand at my own variation and I love the way they came out! They’re creamy, chocolatey, and have a little crunch from the cacao nibs. And each square is only 69 calories.. it’s a win-win!

Fudge Ems!

Makes 18 squares

Fudge Ems!

Ingredients
– 1 can reduced sodium black beans; drained and rinsed
– 1/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
– 1/4 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Mighty Maple
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
– 2 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 tbsp brewed coffee [I used pumpkin coconut!]
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 – 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
– Pinch of salt
– 2 tbsp cacao nibs [Can substitute chocolate chips]

Directions
In a high-power blender or food processor, add everything except the cacao nibs. Blend until very smooth and scoop into a bowl. Stir in the cacao nibs until evenly distributed. Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and pour the fudge mixture into the pan. Spread it out evenly and place in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

Remove the pan from the freezer and, using the foil or parchment paper, lift the fudge out of the pan. Cut into 18 equal squares and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Store in the freezer. Or eat all of them immediately.. your choice 😉

Black Bean Fudge

Nutritional Information
Per square

69 Calories / 4g Fat / 2g Protein / 11g Carbs / 2g Fiber / 4g Sugar

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Food for Thought

Have you ever tried making sweets using beans?

Foodie Friday: Banana Brûlée Protein Pancake

A year and a half ago, I would head into work and eat a Fiber One bar at my desk. I called that breakfast.

And now? Oh man, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! If I could eat protein pancakes and oatmeal all day, everyday, I would be the happiest of campers. So it really shouldn’t surprise you that I came up with yet another protein pancake to satisfy my cravings.

Banana Brûlée Protein Pancake

Serves 1

Barr & Table Banana Brulee Protein Pancake Protein Plus Peanut Fluff

Ingredients
1 banana, divided
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 egg whites
2 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Hot Cereal* [can be substituted with ground flax]
2 tbsp Perfect Fit Protein
1/2 tbsp chia seed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 packet stevia

Optional Toppings
Peanut fluff [2 tbsp peanut flour*, 1 packet stevia, & water to reach desired consistency]
Maple syrup
Berries
Chocolate chips

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

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mash 1/2 banana with applesauce and egg whites. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except the other 1/2 banana & stevia, and mix until well incorporated.

Slice the other 1/2 of the banana. Pour batter into a greased, 8″ non-stick skillet or cake pan and press the banana slices into the top of the pancake. Place your pancake in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until set.

Once set, take the pancake out of the oven and sprinkle with stevia. If you have a kitchen torch, go ahead and torch the bananas, if not, place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, until the bananas have caramelized.

Remove from the oven, top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Nutritional Stats
Per pancake without toppings

304 Calories  /  4g Fat  /  49g Carbs  /  11g Fiber  /  21g Sugar  /  26g Protein

Food for Thought

What is your favorite meal of the day? Do you prefer sweet or savory breakfasts?

Foodie Friday: Coconut Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

As a food lover, and more specifically, a sweets lover, I’m always trying to find ways to create healthier options of my favorite foods. So when Nathan looked at our 2-day-old ciabatta bread and asked me to make bread pudding, I gladly accepted the challenge!

Now, if we’re really talking about healthifying, I would have preferred a wheat-based bread.. maybe a whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread. Mmmmm!

But these are minor details.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Make 9 – 3″ squares
Adapted from sweetlab

Barr & Table Coconut Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding sweetlab

Ingredients
1/2 stale ciabatta loaf, cubed
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 egg
3 egg whites
1 – 13.66oz can lite coconut milk
3/4 cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk (Or other low- or non-fat milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (Optional – I opted not to add as I was using vanilla almond milk)
2 tbsp agave (Or another form of natural sweetener)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chips
Pinch of salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread shredded coconut over a sheet pan and toast in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until golden brown.

In a large bowl, mix egg, egg whites, coconut milk, almond milk, vanilla extract, agave, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Add in the cubed bread and half of the toasted coconut. Toss until everything is evenly and well coated.

Grease a 9×9″ pan and scatter a small amount of chocolate chips, about 2-3 tbsp, along the bottom of the pan. Add in half of your bread and coconut mixture. Top that with half of the leftover coconut and about 3/4 of the chocolate chips. Create another layer on top of that of the rest of bread and coconut mixture, topped with the last of the chocolate chips and coconut. Allow to rest in the pan for about 15 minutes.

While resting, preheat oven to 325°F. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean, turning halfway through. Once done, allow to rest about 15 minutes to let everything settle.

Or dig right in and burn your mouth.. it might be worth it! 😉 But don’t say I didn’t warn you!

If you like it a little sweeter, feel free to drizzle more agave or other sweetener on top. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, throw a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on there!

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite bready type of dessert? Are you a bread pudding fan? I never was until just a few years ago.. now I can’t get enough!

Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes – Take 2!

A couple weeks ago I posted a recipe for Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes. They’re absolutely delicious, but having oats in them makes them not so Tone It Up-approved, so I decided to play with the Tone It Up protein pancake recipe and figure out a way to make a new zucchini bread protein pancake that is equally as delicious. It took a few tries, but I found the winning combination!

Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes.. Tone It Up Style!

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

Ingredients
3 egg whites
1/2 banana
1 packet Perfect Fit Protein or 3 tbsp protein powder
1 tbsp fat free cottage cheese
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 – 1 tbsp cinnamon; I like a lot of cinnamon!
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup zucchini, finely shredded

I find the psyllium husk and baking soda are key for having a nice, flippable pancake!

Barr & Table Tone It Up Zucchini Bread Perfect Fit Protein Pancake Maple Syrup Shredded Coconut Strawberries Blueberries Bombshell Spell

Directions
Finely shred your zucchini and squeeze all of the excess moisture out, as you would do with frozen spinach. This is very important because excess moisture will make your pancake fall apart!

Barr & Table Zucchini Finely Shredded Zucchini Bread Tone It Up TIU Perfect Fit Protein Pancakes

Add all ingredients except shredded zucchini into a food processor and process until well combined. Toss in your zucchini and pulse a few times until it is just incorporated into the rest of the batter. You want to keep some of the texture of the zucchini!

Let the batter sit in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. This allows the batter to setup and thicken a bit so you’re left with an easier batter for flipping.

After refrigerating, preheat a small pan over medium-low heat and coat with non-stick spray. Pour your batter into the pan and be very patient! You’ll have a wait a few minutes while the first side sets and cooks part of the way through so you don’t have a messy flip. This is usually the time that I take to prep my toppings.

Barr & Table Tone It Up Zucchini Bread Perfect Fit Protein Pancake Maple Syrup Shredded Coconut Strawberries Blueberries Bombshell Spell

Ready to flip! Very carefully, inch your spatula under the pancake and slowly flip. It’s ok if some of the batter moves around because you’ll just cover it all up with the pancake after it’s flipped.

Cook about 2-3 more minutes on the second side and serve!

Barr & Table Tone It Up Zucchini Bread Perfect Fit Protein Pancake Maple Syrup Shredded Coconut Strawberries Blueberries Bombshell Spell

I’ve been loving a little drizzle of maple syrup, a couple sliced strawberries, blueberries, unsweetened shredded coconut, and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top. So delicious!

Speak Up!

What’s your favorite kind of pancake you’ve ever made?