WIAW #101: Sabrina’s “Healthified Chocolate Protein Cakesters (Recipe)”

Growing up I was never a big fan of oreos.

Deepfried? Yes. Cookies and cream icecream? Heck yeah! My brother was addicted to the oreo cakesters when they came out and initially this recipe was supposed to be a healthy protein brownie. Cleary that didn’t workout, so I decided to make into a cakester.

For this What I Ate Wednesday, I am going to share with you one of my new favorite protein treats for breakfast or a snack. As always, thanks Jenn for hosting this awesome food party.

I won’t post the cals, fat, carbs, or protein because it will vary depending on what you use, but I have used Gameplan and Optimum Nutrition. You are going to get at least 10 per cakester, but could be more depending on your choice of protein.

You can simply eat is as is, but where is the fun in that? You can put anything in the middle and below you will have two different options for this high protein cakester. This recipe is gluten-free, low carb and low fat; enjoy!

“Healthified Chocolate Protein Cakesters” Ingredients (Makes 4 cupcakes/ cakesters):

  • 1/3 Cup of GF Chocolate Protein Powder (You can sub 1/2 for cocoa powder or use any GF flavored protein)
  • 1 Tbsp of Smooth Nut Butter
  • 1-2 Tbsps of Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil (You can also use plain Greek yogurt or apple sauce to reduce the fat, but it will chance the taste)
  • 1 Whole Medium Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 tsp of Sweetner (honey, maple or Stevia will do)
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • For the middle, see below*

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit!

Mix everything well into a bowl until it forms a cake batter consistency. If you find that the batter is too liquidy, add some more protein powder. If you find it to be too thick, a little more milk or oil will do! Divide the batter amongst four cupcake molds or small ramekins. (Or if you’re feeling lazy, just put it in a small round baking pan and divide into four once cooked. Protein pizzas anyone?)

Place batter into the oven for about 10-15 minutes, checking every five. I will say it does depend on what you use. One protein powder I used took 8 minutes, the other took 15, so just be sure to check on it!

Place a toothpick [and see if it comes out clean] into one of the cakesters to make sure it’s cooked. Remove from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes.

*For the middle: Cut the cakester in half (or eat as a cupcake!). You can either mix some plain Greek yogurt with vanilla extract (above picture) or you can take 1/2 Tbsp of nut butter (below). I put some cashew butter into one batch and my, oh my… AMAZING!Question: Have you ever made any high protein treats? Tuffles and protein cakes are my favorite, mostly truffles ;)

*If you haven’t already, tomorrow is the LAST DAY to enter the giveaway and I have a SPECIAL ADD-IN and yes it’s something Quest related. Good luck!

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#TravelingGnome: Part II

Good Afternoon!

Guess who was back this week? The #travelinggnome of course! I went to New York this week to take care of something at the doc’s and it was nice to be back in New York. I hadn’t been since my day trip in February. Though I only spent a day and a half, it was nice to get away from Massachusetts. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Northshore, but we all need a break sometimes right? Before I left on my adventure, I did spin at 5 in the morning and got my sweat on and had this Genesis energy (which was amazing). It was such a great class and it powered me for the 4 hour drive to NY. And while we are here, check out some vein popping. I must say I like when it happens; I feel hulk like. My mom even let me try some dark chocolate coconut “gelato” she me with a little honey, extra coconut and chocolate chips. It was delicious and who can say no to lots o’ chocolate chips?Speaking of coconut, I tried this Steaz with green tea and coconut and my oh my was it amazing. I am huge fan of iced green tea and mixed with coconut? Even better!I am off to rest for the remainder of this Saturday. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and if you haven’t already, be sure to enter the coconut, chocolate and things giveaway that includes three Quest bars!

‘Question: Every tried Steaz organic drinks? Travel plans for the summer anyone?

Giveaway: Chocolate, Coconut and Things!

*Updated to announce that I have added THREE of my top favorite Quest bars to the giveaway, oh yeah. Cookies n’ Cream, White Chocolate Raspberry and Double Chocolate Chunk!*

Whoohooo!

In honor of my birthday coming up, I am going to do a giveaway for you guys of my some of my favorite things; which of course includes chocolate and coconut for summer. All you have to do is comment to this post telling me your favorite summer treat and you will be entered. Open to all U.S Residents only!

For addition entries;

  1. Like the Nutritiously Sweet Facebook Page
  2. Follow on Instagram (nutritiouslysweet)
  3. Follow the blog!

Be sure to leave a comment here that you did one of those three or it won’t count. That’s 4 total entries you can have. So what’s in it (note not all is pictured)?

Well we have a few of my favorite snacks (all the bars are gluten-free!): Brownie Crunch thinkThin bars, Dark Chocolate Coconut thinkThin Divine bar, a couple of  dark Rainforest Alliance Balance Bars (Dark Chocolate Crunch and Dark Chocolate Coconut), Uber Larabar in Coconut Macaroon, Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, Maxwell House Hazelnut Iced Coffee Packets. I also included a few goodies from that food conference I went to like fibered up hot chocolate and mocha mix, antioxidant instant coffee and raspberry infused cranberries from OceanSpray. Be sure to enter and as always thank you guys for all your support! To celebrate myself I bought this It’s a 10 miracle leave in that does wonders for my hair; makes it soft, shiny and bouncy. Definitely check it out.I also got a foam rollar to take care of my hip and back issues.This post is about to get random but I’ve been craving some things. It’s been hotter and my taste buds tend to change, like the more coconut but also been craving sausage and protein pancakes.And Salads.And Starbucks lattes again. May they be the death of my wallet.More spin sessions!Even cravings for baking. I made these “healthier” oreo cakesters the other night and I just need to tweak them a bit more before I share. I promise, it will be worth the wait… it was delicious!Hope everyone is having a great week. I won’t be doing a WIAW this week, but can’t wait to see yours.

And in case you forgot, do enter the giveaway, which will close on June 12th at 11:59pm EST. That’s when I will pick a winner and announce it that weekend!

WIAW #100: Happy 100th WIAW to Me!

Whoa, will you look at that?!

It’s What I Ate Wednesday post number 100! Thank you Jenn as always for the awesome food party. This week I should you some great eat via Instagram. If you are not following me on IG, then maybe you should! I am also having a chocolate, coconut and things giveaway coming very soon to a blog near you. I know that made no sense, but it sounded cute right?wiawphotobutton Okay, let’s get to it. Breakfasts have still been the same; raspberries, oats, nut butter, chia seeds and a side of iced coffee. Yep, still the same.Speaking of raspberries, I tried the Quest white chocolate raspberry. My, oh my! I am in love. Now I don’t know which I like more; this one of the cookies and cream. The decisions.Clearly, I’ve been obsessed with berries these days. Oh and lots of Greek yogurt!My mom came to visit this weekend and I took her to Perfecto’s. Again, if you are in Massachusetts, definitely check it out. I got a salt caramel iced decaf and I mixed in some chocolate protein powder. Salted caramel mocha anyone? Training is on point. This time after getting sick a million more times, I think it’s safe to say I know what I must do and SHOULD NOT do. No excuses at all this time and that’s a promise. So loving my quad progress!Questions: How was your Memorial day weekend? Anyone tried the white chocolate raspberry Quest bar? What’s your favorite Greek yogurt brand?

Listen To Your Body

When I’m hungry, I’m hungry.I’ve been listening to my body more; not only when I need a rest day but with nutrition as well. I looked back on my food diary a couple weeks ago and realized I wasn’t eating too many “good carbs.” I recently added back more brown rice, barely and whole grain breads into my diet. I can definitely tell the difference in my energy levels and how efficient my workouts have been.Also making sure to refuel properly post workout. I’ve been making more protein cakes. They are too delicious to not have! Check out that back! It’s getting better, seriously is such a tough area for me.But all in all, this time around I know I am going to kick my training ass better then ever.Post workout smoothies are always motivating.

Any who, I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day weekend. Mama Sweets is coming up to visit the lovely Massachusetts. Don’t know what we will be doing since the weather doesn’t seem as it will cooperate but I know we are going to enjoy a sweat spin sesh tomorrow!

WIAW #99: Weekend Eats!

Happy Wednesday my lovely friends!

It’s been a while since my last WIAW post but fear not, I am back with some delicious eats from the weekend. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting this food party!wiawphotobutton I started my day today with a 6:00am power yoga session. Breakfast consisted of oats with raspberries, chia seeds and a smidge of nut butter. This has become my go to breakfast. Let’s see how long this rut lasts.However, this weekend I had a mean craving for a protein pancake and sausage. Totally hit the spot even with those cinnamon’d pears I added.I also snacked on a lot Greek yogurt with mixed with some oats, cranberries, chia seeds and fiber-y twigs.  Delish!This weekend I made a pizza topped with hummus, garlic, herbs and a hint of cheese. If you never had hummus as a “sauce” for pizza, you definitely have to try it. I think I may just convert to hummus pizza’s for good!A little froyo action post pizza; peanut butter froyo with raspberries, almonds, granola, kiwi and a few cheesecake pieces.My workouts have been on point this week! I have one month until my birthday and it’s time to kick up the last 4 weeks of the 8 week program that I am working on.My meals have not only been on point as well but also quite tasty like this Mediterranean styled chicken with a rice pilaf and broccoli.I hope everyone had a good weekend and is having a good week so far!

Question: Have you ever had hummus on a pizza?  Ever had any other sauce other then your traditional “red” pizza sauce?

Sweet Potato Blondies N’ Things

This week, my dad came and visited.

It was nice to just have a break and enjoy hanging out with my dad and brother. He loves crepes so I made him some for breakfast before his trip back. And guess what? I had my FINAL final on Friday. It feels so good to be done and I get a mini break until June 30th. Saturday morning I needed extra coffee; between waking up at 6:00am, my final, Friday night spin class and cleaning I needed a giant 32oz. size.I also went to a conference this week for the Northeast Section of Institute of Food Technologists. There were so many great food companies there from flavors, colors, extracts. Blue Diamond and Ocean Spray were there too. I got to eat a lot of delicious things from truffles, iced coffee samples, all natural fruit gummies and these delicious things!The ride back took almost two hours with traffic. Good think I brought this to munch on. So, so good, but dark chocolate and sea salt is still my favorite!Oh and y’all would be proud that I met my two times a week “fasted” cardio/ early works. I did spin at 6:00am one day and an early spin sesh this morning. Check out my leg muscles, they are getting pretty lean and muscular.

I’ve also been changing up my macros and making sure that I get proper nutrition! Check out this article about carbs at night. It is all a science and you have to find what works for you. What works for me, may not work for you and it depends 100% on your goals. Win, win! We are getting there; slowly but surly back on that routine grind and making sure to refuel post workout. Have a good Sunday! :)