Zucchini Chocolate Bars (paleo)

I am not the biggest fan of the Paleo Diet… Since I don’t like meat, it’s hard for me to thrive on a diet of meat, veggies and nuts. Just not my cup-o-tea. What I do like from this lifestyle (I hate the term “diet.” In order for anything to become a success in your life, I think there needs to be a lifestyle change) is the cutting out of processed sugars, flours, and all-together, processed crap. I think that is valuable and should be adapted into most lifestyles, and something I am working on myself.

What I am a big fan of is zucchini and chocolate. When I saw these flourless zucchini brownies from Delighted Momma, I knew I wanted to try them. Every ingredient in the bars is simple and something I have on hand. I adapted the recipe a bit, but kept them pretty true to the original recipe.

Zucchini Chocolate Bars (adapted from this recipe)

  • 1/3 C almond butter
  • 1/3 C peanut butter
  • 1/3 C pumpkin
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 1.5 C finely chopped zucchini
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C dark chocolate chips

Do this: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 pan; mix all ingredients well and pour into greased pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

**These DO have a VERY zucchini-y taste… Not sure my thoughts on that… I think adding cocoa to the recipe would help… I’ll keep working on this recipe, trying to improve it!

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Workout motivation of a different nature

I’ve posted on workout motivation before… But this is a whole different kind of motivation. In order to eat these tasty treats, I feel the need to workout first.

Today, I was lazy enough to skip the gym all together and just search delish food blogs, instead.

Please vote in the poll for one of these recipes and I’ll make the winner this month! That especially means my friends that read this blog!

Enjoy.

Oreo Cheesecake Cake from Erin’s Food Files

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes c/o Food Snots

Strawberry Shortcake Sushi created by Take a Megabite

Pizza Bites from Annie’s Eats

 

Banana Bread Scones w/ Brown Sugar Glaze via The Kitchn

Hot Corn Dip created by Gina Marie’s Kitchen

Chicken, Bacon, and Cream Cheese Taquitos from Mommy I’m Hungry

Friday Favorites: Food Edition

Today’s favorites are some of my favorite food-related things from this week!

Enjoy!

Article: A Biblical Theology of Food

Recipe: Ice Cream Cupcakes

Recipe: Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones

Article: Your Grandma was Right: All Things in Moderation

Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Singles

Photos: Mini Food Art

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Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

These little mini-meatloafs are made with lean turkey and a veggie for a quick, simple protein to accompany any meal!

I have now successfully eaten them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

  • 1 package lean, ground turkey
  • 2 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 C crushed Fiber-One cereal (or bread crumbs of choice)
  • 1 egg
  • salt*
  • pepper*
  • paprika*
  • 1/4 C BBQ sauce

*Use these to taste!

Do this: preheat oven to 350 and spray or line 12 muffin tins. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and use ice cream scoop to fill muffin tins; press down. Cook for about 20-25 minutes, drain oil (which will be present… and slightly gross!) and let cool. Store in refrigerator for a couple days or freezer for long-term use!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Oatmeal Cookies

I may have just created a cookie I like more than my old friend, chocolate chip.

Wait, wait, wait. Impossible!

But these come close.

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The other day I was in the bulk section, just trying to get a c o u p l e chocolate covered peanuts in my bag of trail mix… And it’s a dispenser where you pull down a handle so inevitably I got WAY more peanuts in my bag than I wanted… I think they make these dispensers like that on purpose. You can’t even pour some back in the bin. So, I just bought all of them and decided to make a cookie out of ’em.

Just try them, okay?

Chocolate Covered Peanut Oatmeal Cookies [my recipe]

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 C), softened
  • 2/3 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 C rolled oats
  • 1 C chopped chocolate covered peanuts

Do this: preheat that oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together butter, sugar and egg; add vanilla. In separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.

Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Stir in oats and then add chocolate covered peanuts!

Bake for about 12 minutes!

Edamame Caviar

I tried some edamame caviar one day at Kroger while perusing the deli area… It was delish and I can only imagine packed full of protein! I didn’t want to spend so much money on the stuff, so today I recreated it on my own!

Edamame Caviar

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 C edamame
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2-3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • dash salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1-2 T chopped parsley (I forgot to buy parsley so I did without for my recipe, but it does add a nice taste!)

Do this: rinse beans and cut up onion and peppers; combine in a bowl with vinegar, oil and salt and pepper! Refrigerate!

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Biscotti

I’ve been wanting to make biscotti and scones for awhile now. Not long ago I made some delish blackberry scones.

Today I tried the biscotti.

I used a recipe from Simply Recipes dot com. I did substitute Splenda for sugar, and whole wheat flour for white.

Here’s my adapted version of the recipe:

Pumpkin Biscotti

  • 2.5 C flour
  • 1 C sugar substitute
  • pinch salt
  • pinch ginger
  • pinch cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Do this: Preheat oven to 350. in a large bowl sift together all dry ingredients (flour through baking powder); combine well. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin and vanilla until combined. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix. Dough will [definitely] be crumbly. Knead the dough with your hand and form a log. Place onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes; drop oven temp to 300.

Cut biscotti into about 1 inch pieces and put back in oven for an additional 15-20 minutes. If you wish the biscotti to be hard, let set out over night – I recommend this; otherwise they are soft and a bit chewy, not really like biscotti!

Drizzle with chocolate, if you so desire!

Enjoy!

Soft Pretzel Bites

I love soft pretzels. I love hard pretzels. I especially love chocolate covered pretzels.

these really could be one of my favorite things I've ever made!

The other day I was trying to find something new and tasty to make for a Superbowl party.

I found this recipe for pretzel bites on Haiela’s and followed it exactly – something I rarely do! The only thing I did try differently was adding some cinnamon/sugar instead of salt on some of the pretzels… Really, I didn’t add much so I couldn’t even really taste it.

But boy-oh-boy these are dang good. They are a bit involved. I don’t like involved. But I didn’t mind these. The part where they are most involved is when you have to drop them into boiling water. Blerg. Actually, this ended up being my favorite part. Wouldntyaknow.

Pretzel Bites

  • 1.5 C warm water
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1 T honey
  • 4.5 C flour
  • 1 T salt (I know, yikes. Oh well – give it a try)
  • 6 T melted butter
  • 5 C water
  • 1/3 C baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 T water
  • salt

Do this: in mixing bowl, empty yeast and warm water; add honey and stir. Let sit for around 5 minutes. While waiting combine flour and salt and melt the butter. Add flour, salt and butter to yeast mixture and with dough hook, mix for about 5 minutes until soft ball forms. Place in an oiled bowl for about an hour, covered with plastic [and read the last book of The Hunger Games series while waiting].

When dough has set for an hour, begin to bring the 5 cups of water to a boil. While waiting for water to boil, remove dough from bowl and pull apart small pieces to make little balls (mine were about the size of a large gum ball… that’s the best comparison I can think of…). Once water is boiling, add baking soda. Begin to drop about 6-8 dough balls in water; let “cook” for 30 seconds and then remove with slotted spoon and place onto baking sheet. Once all have been “cooked” in the water, cut a small slit with kitchen shears in each and then brush with egg yolk/water mixture; sprinkle with salt and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake for about 10 minutes, or lightly golden on top. Remove from oven and slide parchment onto baking sheet (it’s tough but I have faith you can do it. I only lost a couple along the way. By lost I mean used the 5 second rule to taste-test them myself) and let cool.

Try not to eat the all before the party.

I’m not kidding.

Overnight Oat Cookies

Overnight Oat Cookies [My original recipe]

This is one of my favorite recipes I have ever created. There is NO added sugar, NO butter/fat, and NO dairy. You can substitute the egg for a flax egg if you wish and make the recipe vegan (also depending on your protein powder of choice).

The cookies are tasty and guilt-free! So eat up and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 C + 2 T non-dairy milk, divided (1/2 C and 2 T)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 C water
  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C protein powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • optional: nuts, chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruit

Prepare the oats:

  • 1/2 C steel-cut oats
  • 2 T non-dairy milk (or regular milk is fine)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T chia seeds

Do this: combine all ingredients and place in covered container overnight

Cook the oats (next day):

  • Start by placing overnight oats with 1/2 C non-dairy (or regular) milk and 1/2 C water in microwavable bowl and cook for about 6 minutes in microwave, stirring every couple minutes.

While oats are cooking, combine:

  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C wheat bran
  • 1/4 C protein powder (I used chocolate)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • in separate bowl combine any add-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, raisins (I used 1/4 C of all 3)*

Once oats are finished cooking combine dry ingredients and oats along with 1 egg. Stir quickly so egg does not cook.

*chocolate chips will melt during the combining process with oats.

Bake for ~10-12 minutes or until firm.

Quick Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

topped with spoonful of Greek yogurt and some walnuts

Quick Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal [my original recipe]

  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4-1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 t sugar substitute (or sugar)
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 C quick-cooking oats
  • 1 small apple, chopped

Do this: bring water, cinnamon, sugar and salt to a boil in saucepan; quickly add oats and chopped apple. Boil until majority of water is reduced. Enjoy!