Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Protein Blondies


Ingredients

2 scoops banana protein powder
1 ripe banana
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup egg whites
¼ cup xylitol or sweetener of choice
¼ cup gluten free chocolate chips

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray.

2. Place banana, applesauce, egg whites, and peanut butter into a large mixing bowl. Using a hand held mixer or large whisk, whisk together until well combined. Add to the bowl the protein powder, almond flour, coconut flour, powdered peanut butter, and xylitol. Combine and mix until batter is smooth. Stir in chocolate chips

3. Pour batter into baking dish and smooth down with a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for 28-32 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour then slice into 16 even squares. Drizzle with melted chocolate chips, if desired. Enjoy!

Makes 16 servings
1 serving is 1 square

Macros for 1 serving
178 calories, 10g protein, 11.9g carbs, 12g fat, 4g fiber, 4.6g sugar




Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar Squares


Ingredients

1 scoop chocolate protein powder
2 Tbsp. chocolate PB2
1 Tbsp. cacao powder
2 Tbsp. xylitol
¼ cup egg whites
2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

Method

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a mini loaf pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Microwave both quest bars for 12 seconds then mold to the bottom of the loaf pan. Set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, add protein powder, almond meal flour, PB2, xylitol, and cacao powder. Sift together then add the egg whites and almond milk to the bowl. Stir until batter is well combined. It will be thick and that is OKAY!

3. Spoon batter into the mini loaf pan on top of the quest bar “crust”. Smooth down with a spoon and sprinkle some mini chocolate chips, if desired.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 28-32 minutes or until brownie batter is set. Let cool for one hour then slice into 6 even pieces and enjoy!

Makes 6 servings
1 serving is 1 square

Macros for 1 serving (without the chocolate chips)
125 calories, 14.2g protein, 11.4g carbs, 5.1g fat, 7.5g fiber, 1.2g sugar




Almond Coconut Protein Cookies


This recipe has a bit of meaning to it because I made these protein cookies specifically for the Non-GMO campaign in order to help raise awareness of GMO vs. Non-GMO foods and products. In order to explore the healthy world of Non-GMO, you need to have an understanding of what Non-GMO really means. 

What is Non-GMO? GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. I don't know about you but, to me, that sounds....not normal. It basically means that changes and/or alterations have been made to a plant or animal in order to tell that organism how to grow. And THOSE plants and animals are what we put in our bodies! So products with the Non-GMO seal do not contain these genetically modified organisms. 

Vitacost has a wide variety of Non-GMO products that can help you take control of your health. Most of the ingredients use in this recipe have the Non-GMO seal and can be purchased from Vitacost. Simply click on the ingredient and it will direct you to the product.  

To learn more about the healthy world of Non-GMO, click here

Ingredients

¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
½ cup egg whites

Method

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with foil coated with cooking spray.

2. Add almond butter, egg whites, coconut nectar and coconut milk in a mixing bowl. Using a hand held mixer, blend until mixture is smooth and well combined.

3. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the bowl and mix until well combined. Using a spoon, drop cookie dough onto sheet pan, making 10 even cookies. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool then drizzle with almond butter.

Makes 10 servings
1 serving is 1 cookie

Macros for 1 cookie (without the extra almond butter topping)
107 calories, 6.4g protein, 4.5g fat, 10.4g carbs, 4.9g sugar, 3g fiber


Cashew, Honey, & Oat Protein Bites



It's Sunday. I like to rest and relax on Sunday....who am I kidding. I still workout. I still make protein treats. I have a husband and two dogs. What is relax? But in all seriousness, I like to TRY to take it easy on Sunday. So why not keep it simple? 5 ingredients. Just MIX together and make balls. THAT IS IT. Did I mentioned that they're amazingly delicious? Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup rolled oats 
1/4 cup cashew butter 
2 Tbsp spreadable honey 
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk


Method

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Using your hands, roll into 16 even balls. If desired, drizzle with chocolate and add sprinkles. 
Enjoy right away or refrigerate until you can't wait any longer :)

Makes 16 bites

Nicolette's Tips
* You may substitute spreadable honey with regular honey. 
* You may substitute cashew butter with almond butter.