Friday, August 2, 2013

Quick Fixes for Sweet Cravings

German-Chocolate Cake

  • Chocolate protein powder
  • Water
  • Cinnamon
  • Stevia
  • Walden Farms (WF) Chocolate Syrup
>> Mix all ingredients together in a coffee mug or small bowl, pop in the microwave for 45 seconds - 1 minute, and top with more syrup.

Cherry Cheese Pie

  • Nonfat greek yogurt (I suggest draining liquid on top out)
  • Vanilla-flavored stevia drops (or stevia + vanilla extract)
  • Cinnamon
  • Flax seed
  • Sugar-free cherry pie filling
>> Mix stevia, cinnamon and flax into the yogurt tub and spoon some cherries from the can into a serving of the yogurt.

>> Also try laying the yogurt mix in a pie dish and spreading the entire can of cherries over the top to trick your mind into thinking it's a real pie.


Apricot-Coconut "Apri-Coco" Bars

  • Vanilla whey protein
  • Oats
  • Stevia
  • Vanilla-flavored stevia drops (or stevia + vanilla extract)
  • Cinnamon
  • Flax seed
  • Baking powder
  • Water
  • Walden Farms Apricot fruit spread
  • Walden Farms Pancake syrup
  • coconut flakes (light)
  • nuts (optional)
>> Mix dry ingredients up until well blended. Transfer about 3/4 of the mixture to a new bowl and add some water. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and pour the batter into the dish like cake batter. Bake for 3-5 minutes in the oven (just so it rises a bit).

>> Mix the fruit spread, syrup, stevia, vanilla and coconut flakes in another bowl and spread on top of the bars. Add the extra dry ingredients and nuts on top. Bake for another 10 minutes or so. Serve warm with more syrup and cinnamon.

Nut-Butter Crepes

  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Egg whites
  • Stevia
  • Favorite nut butter or PB2
>> Combine 1-2 scoops of protein powder with 1/2 cup of egg whites (maybe add a little water too) and stevia/cinnamon in a shaker cup. Pour it in a heated pan (like you're making pancakes). It should be a thin layer (like a crepe). Cover with the pan's lid and let it cook thoroughly through. You should be able to make 2-3 flat crepes. Add nut butter and roll 'em up.

>> Try topping it with cinamon, WF syrups or fat-free whipped cream.

Snickers

  • Chocolate protein powder
  • PB2
  • WF caramel Syrup
  • Water
  • Stevia
  • A handful of almonds (or peanuts)
>> Combine all ingredients in coffee mug or small bowl, using the smallest amount of water possible and only adding it in little by little until you have a creamy, fudgy consistency. Either serve chilled or warm in the microwave in 30 second increments. Top with more WF caramel syrup.

Strawberry Birthday Cake

  • Vanilla protein powder
  • WF strawberry syrup
  • WF chocolate syrup
  • Water
  • Vanilla-flavored stevia drops (or stevia + vanilla extract)
  • Nonfat greek yogurt
  • Sprinkles*
  • fruit*
>> Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug or small bowl, again adding minimal water until it's a pudding-like consistency — like cake batter. Pop in microwave in 30 second increments, mixing in between, and top with your choice of syrup, sprinkles and fruit.

>> Consider chilling this little cake in the fridge or adding a little more yogurt, and then freezing it for 30 minutes - 1 hour for a cake batter-flavored fro-yo alternative.

Friends, please know that I've come to realize that I really don't enjoy cooking or the art of baking or anything fancy-schmancy like that ... What I do love is looking at what I have in my kitchen, and seeing how I can easily (key word: easily) throw something together for a surprisingly healthy alternative. So, in turn, I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas on other things to try to make.

What do you crave? I may not be able to recreate a Danish-truffle-flan-creamsicle-crepe masterpiece like I see some insanely-creative-with-too-much-free-time healthy bloggers come up with, but I will accept a new challenge and give it my best shot! 








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