Guilt Free Brownie Bites

Low-Carb Coconut Brownie Bites!

These little brownie bites are are absolutely delicious! They are the perfect guiltless treat if you have a chocolate craving! I experimented with some ingredients and was pleasantly surprised with how these bites came out ! They are dense and moist with just the right amount of chocolatey richness!

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons coconut oil or “I cant believe its not butter” (for a lighter option)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup non-fat milk
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I prefer Splenda,or stevia)
4 egg whites
3 Tablespoons coconut flour
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter/oil in bowl . Whisk in cocoa powder, coconut flour, shredded coconut, and sugar until well blended. Add in milk, egg whites, salt, and vanilla. Mix well, make sure all ingredients are blended completely. Place in the fridge for 10-20, allowing the coconut to absorb & expand. Use muffin pan, grease well with pam. Fill each cup 1/2 full. Bake for about 12-15 minutes.


Protein Bites

No bake protein bites

The best part about this recipe is that there is no baking involved. These are extremely easy! They are packed with a ton all natural protein, which makes a great on the go snack.

Ingredients:

1 Cup rolled oats

1/2 Cup whey protein powder

1/4 Cup raw honey

1/2 agave syrup

2 Tablespoons Chia seed

2 Tablespoons flax-seed

1/2 Cup almond butter

1/2 Cup “Better N’ Peanut Butter” peanut butter ( I use this because it is lower in calories and has a sweeter taste to it, however you could use a full cup of almond butter)

1/3 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut

A splash of coconut milk ( just enough to moisten)

Optional: When available I will often add dried fruit such as raisins, or dates .For a richer more indulgent taste I will add in some carob chips.

Makes about 30 bites.

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into balls using your hands or an ice cream scoop. Place balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil, freeze for 30 mins or store in fridge.

Tip: “Better N’ Peanut Butter” peanut butter can be found at trader Joes.


Do it Yourself Popsicles

Healthy- Homemade Popsicles 

The other night I wanted a healthy and natural alternative to your regular sugary popsicle. I got some small disposable plastic cups and popsicle sticks and threw together some popsicles with healthy ingredients I had in my kitchen. They turned out fantastic and were eaten up quickly during the hot summer days. These are just a few of the different variations I made, but the possibilities are endless.

 Fill each little plastic cup with the following , pictured above from left to right…

Strawberry kiwi lemonade :

Fresh lemonade

1/2 a kiwi sliced

3  sliced Strawberries

Guava blueberry popsicle :

100% pure Guava Puree

1/4 cup blueberries

Green tea cucumber popsicle:

Green tea ( I used Tazo green tea)

1/4 cup sliced fresh cucumber

Honey chia seed popsicle:

1/2 tablespoon of raw honey

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry moscato:

moscato wine

2 sliced strawberries

Tip: to make popsicle stick stand straight cut little pieces of paper and poke a hole in the middle with your popsicle stick place on top of cup to act as an anchor

 

Chia Seed Pudding

Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding.

This pudding not only tastes great , but it is also extremely easy to make. Chia seeds are full of nutrients, and are considered a superfood. These tiny seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. When Chia seeds are put into liquid the small seeds expand and form a gel around them due to the soluble fiber that they contain. The gel texture adds a tapioca-like effect to the pudding. Chia seeds can be found at any local health food store. I have purchased them at both Trader Joes or Sprouts.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Coconut milk ( I use So Delicious sugar-free vanilla, but any flavor will work)

1/3 cup of Chia Seeds

2 Tablespoons of Agave Syrup

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

For toppings:

1/3 Cup Berries (Any type)

A handful of low-fat Granola ( I prefer Kind Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia & Quinoa)

Directions:

Mix coconut milk, agave and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in Chia seeds , and continue stirring for a few minutes to be sure the seeds don’t clump together. Pour mixture into four glasses,and chill overnight, or for at least 4 hours. When finished chilling, top with Granola and berries.