I love food. I love to eat and I do eat a lot. About 2 years I did a lot of research on GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and I being an extreme person took it a little too far. I believe what you think you get. So if I think all food is not healthy to eat, than that’s what I get. So I had to change my views on food. I believe that with all things you need to have a balance. Such as have ice cream, but maybe Burger King isn’t a great idea 4 days a week. Haha. So here is a list I made of some treats to make at home I found from Pinterest.
- 3 large bananas
- ⅓ cup nut butter of choice
- ½ cup melted chocolate of choice
- Slice bananas into slices about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
- Spread a little nut butter onto a slice and sandwich two slices together.
- Place on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, at least an hour.
- Melt chocolate in adouble boilerand remove frozen banana bites from freezer.
- Dip each banana bite in chocolate and place back on wax paper. Freeze for another hour.
Protein Pumpkin Bars!!!!
I love the calorie break down at the bottom.
- ½ C Xylitol Sugar (or Stevia) **Could substitue raw honey (use about 1/4th of a cup)
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
- ½ tsp. ground clove
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 – 15 oz. can of RAW pumpkin (**make sure to use 100% pumpkin puree NOT pie filling)
- 2 Cups of Oat Flour (or spelt flour)
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ C chopped walnuts (optional)
*Greek Yogurt Topping (Optional)
-3 TB of Plain Greek Yogurt (I prefer Chobani or Fage brand)
-1 TB of cinammon
-1 TB of Honey or Stevia
-1 TB of pumpkin puree
**optional – 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I LOVE adding the protein powder because not only does it add more protein BUT it thickens up the topping so it like icing!)
Preheat the oven to 350.
Spray a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
Combine first 11 ingredients and mix well.
Add the final 3 ingredients (4, if adding walnuts), and mix until incorporated.
Spread half the batter into the Pyrex dish.
Take 2 TB of cinnamon and 1/4 a cup of xylitol, mix together and sprinkle over the batter (to create middle cinnamon layer)
Pour remaining batter on top, bake for 30 minutes.
Makes 24 squares.
Let the bars cool and mix your greek yogurt topping, Spread a spoonful of the Greek Yogurt topping and savor the yumminess!
NOTE: You will need to store these in the REFRIGERATOR, they have no preservatives, so they will go bad quickly, if you keep them out.
Nutrition (without walnuts + greek yogurt): 1 square = 55 calories
Nutrition (with walnuts + greek yogurt): 1 square = 70 calories
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- ½ – ¾ cup honey
- ½ cup coconut oil (or butter if you prefer)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2¼ cups gluten-free quick oats
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Note: You can use regular peanut butter – but of course, that will make your cookies reduced sugar rather than sugar free.
- Combine first three ingredients in a sauce pan and warm gently on stove top. If you’re using raw honey, you’ll want to be careful to warm it only until the coconut oil melts and the peanut butter softens. No reason to heat the life out of your honey!
- Next, add in the vanilla, oatmeal, and cocoa, and stir well.
- Drop by the spoonful onto a saran lined plate and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator – if they last that long.
I love all these! Try them out let me know what you think. Visit these lovely ladies websites as well, they have some great things on there.
With Love XOXO