Dessert · Snack

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Don’t forget to follow my Instagram, @thekellydiet, for more recipes not posted on the blog! Like these ‘Unicorn Wraps!’

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Now for some delicious Pumpkin Peanut Butter Protein Bars!

These fit and protein packed bars are also yummy enough for dessert! Bonus, they are also super easy to make!

The main ingredients are…
  • organic steel cut oats
  • vegan peanut butter protein powder (I like @drinkorgain –has only 1 g of sugar)
  • organic pumpkin

Let’s get baking!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Protein Bars

  • Servings: 8 bars
  • Difficulty: medium
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Credit: thekellydiet.blog

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c natural apple sauce
  • 3/4 c organic steel cut oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 scoops (46g) plant-based peanut butter protein powder (I like Orgain)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of himalayan salt
Drizzle:
  • 1/4 c Peanut Butter Powder
  • 1/4 c filtered water
  • 1 T Cocoa Powder
  • 80% cacao or  non-dairy chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick olive oil spray & set aside.
  2. In a food processor add all ingredients.
  3. Process until combined.
  4. Pour batter into your pan & smooth with a spoon.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Drizzle:
  1. Once done baking and cooled, add all drizzle ingredients, except your choc chips, to a small bowl. Use a fork to mix until combined.
  2. Pour drizzle on to top of your base.
  3. Sprinkle on some choc chips, slice and enjoy! Great served warm or eaten cold after refrigerated.

If you make this recipe, snap a pic & hashtag it #thekellydiet @thekellydiet- I love seeing your creations on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook! See the source image

Happy October!

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Dessert · Snack

Fit Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

Hey guys!

How would you like to take the Peanut Butter & chocolate layered idea of a Peanut Butter Cup & turn it into a healthy & fit snack?!

If you don’t like the idea… well idk we probably shouldn’t be friends.

For those of you who do like the idea, let me show you how it’s possible!

The main ingredients are…
  • organic oats
  • coconut flour
  • vegan peanut butter protein powder (I like @drinkorgain –has only 1 g of sugar)
  • organic sweet potato puree (can also replace with organic pumpkin puree)

All these ingredients are protein packed! They are also low in fat, high in fiber, & low in sugar… per usual here at The Kelly Diet 🙂

So let’s get that delicious peanut butter/ chocolate fix with this fit option!

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Fit Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

  • Servings: 4 large slices
  • Difficulty: medium
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Credit: thekellydiet.blog

Ingredients

Base:
  • 1/2 c organic sweet potato puree
  • 1/2 c natural apple sauce
  • 3/4 c organic oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 scoops (46g) plant-based peanut butter protein powder (I like Orgain)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of himalayan salt
Top:
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 c apple sauce
  • 1/2 c unsweetened plant-based milk of choice
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Directions

Base:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a pie tin with non-stick olive oil spray & set aside.
  2. In a food processor add all base ingredients.
  3. Process until combined.
  4. Pour batter into your pan & smooth with a spoon.
  5. Set aside.
Top:
  1. Add all top ingredients to your clean food processor.
  2. Process & scrapes the side of the bowl until batter is thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread batter on top of your base later.
Bake:
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  2. Let cool before eating. Enjoy!

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If you make this recipe, snap a pic & hashtag it #thekellydiet @thekellydiet- I love seeing your creations on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook! See the source image

Who will you share a slice with?

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Dessert · Snack

Protein Brookies

It’s my sister’s birthday. So how do I know how to celebrate, bake her something healthy & delicious of course! I have made a similar version of these brookies before using chickpeas. You can get the recipe here: Cookie-Dough Protein Brookies

So, what makes these ‘Protein’ Brookies?

The main ingredients are…

  • oats
  • coconut flour
  • vegan protein powder
  • powdered peanut butter

All these ingredients are protein packed! They are also low fat, high in fiber, & low in sugar… per usual here at The Kelly Diet 🙂

Cookie-dough Protein Brookies

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Credit: thekellydiet.blog

Ingredients

Base:
  • 3/4 c organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c natural apple sauce
  • 1 T raw local honey or agave
  • 1/2 c oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 2 T organic powdered peanut butter
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 2 scoop plant-based peanut butter protein powder (I like Orgain)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of himalayan salt
Top:
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 2 T oats
  • 2 T organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 c apple sauce or softened coconut oil
  • 3 T powdered peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c unsweetened plant-based milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of himalyan salt
Fold Ins:
  • 1 vegan mint chocolate bar chopped into chunks & slivers

Directions

Base:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor add all base ingredients.
  3. Process until combined.
  4. Pour batter into 3 small cake tins, sprayed with nonstick olive oil spray, or into 1 prepared 8X8 pan & press down with a spatula.
  5. Set aside.
Top:
  1. Add all top ingredients to your clean food processor.
  2. Process & scrapes the side of the bowl until batter is thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour batter on top of base & smooth with a spoon.
Bake:
  1. Top with chocolate chunks & lightly press them into the batter.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes.
  3. Let cool before eating. Enjoy!

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These Protein Brookies were great energy before a birthday hike 🙂

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Breakfast · Dessert · Snack

Chocolate Caramel Bread

Before I dive into this post I just want to mention one thing, for as good as chocolate tastes, it doesn’t photograph well. I know you are thinking, how could chocolate not look delicious?! Well just give it a try & if you master the art of chocolate photography please share your wisdom with me.

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So bear with me. My pictures in this post might not be the most aesthetic, but I promise you this bread is delicious.

 

This bread is savory enough for dessert & healthy enough for breakfast!

Image result for veganHow?! It is:

  • Sugar-free
  • Oil-free
  • Vegan
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Fiber & protein rich

Chocolate Caramel Bread ~ A savory & healthy bread topped with a date paste

  • Servings: 11 slices
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

Flax Egg:
  • 2 T ground flax
  • 6 T water
Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 c oat flour (blended oats)
  • 1/3 c chickpea/ garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of himalayan salt
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1/3 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/3 plain greek or non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 c unsweetened plant-based milk of choice
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
Caramel – date Paste:
  • 6 dates
  • Splash of plant-based milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Extras:
  • Almond Butter (or any nut/seed butter of choice)

Directions

Chocolate Bread
  1. Prepare a loaf pan by spraying it with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  3. Add flax egg ingredients to a small bowl. Whisk & set aside.
  4. Add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Whisk.
  5. Add all wet ingredients to a medium size bowl. Whisk until combined well.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry, along with the flax egg. Mix until just combined.
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan.
  8. Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Caramel-date Paste:
  1. De-pit & chop dates.
  2. Add to a bowl of boiling water & let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain & add to a food processor or blender along with the milk & cinnamon.
  4. Process until reaching desired consistency (I like leaving it smooth but still with a few date chunks)

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Assemble:
  1. Allow bread to cool.
  2. Spread the top with your caramel- date paste.
  3. Slice & enjoy. I recommend spreading your slice with a bit of almond butter as well for the ultimate treat!

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Have you ever de-pitted a date & stuffed it with almond butter?! It’s like a healthy candy bar. Soooooo good! What would you change or add to this bread?

 

Breakfast · Dessert · Snack

Ginger Breakfast Cookies

So my cookie pic isn’t the most exciting, buttt these breakfast cookies are simple to make, yummy & a great grab & go for breakfast or a snack.

So how are these healthy?

  • No baking sugar
  • All natural
  • Uses ginger, which has many health benefits (see juicing post for more information)
  • Offers fiber & protein from oats, coconut flour, pumpkin puree & banana

Image result for molasses health benefitsThese cookies contain 1 T of organic blackstrap molasses.

Molasses adds the best flavor when looking for a gingerbread taste!

I like to compare blackstrap molasses to dark chocolate. It’s not as healthy as a carrot, but it is a better for you sweetener that offers many health benefits as well.

 

 

 

Ginger Breakfast Cookies

  • Servings: 9 small cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c quick or rolled oats
  • 3 T coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 T freshly grated ginger root*
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Image result for ginger root*Ginger roots keeps for 6 months stored in an airtight container in the freezer. It is easiest to grate when frozen as well. I recommend cutting the root into thumb size chunks before freezing for easiest use.

Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T organic blackstrap molasses
  • 1/3 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 ripe mashed banana

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the wet ingredients & mix well.
  4. Spoon an ice-cream scooper size amount of dough onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Flatten into a cookie shape.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F.
  6. Let cool before eating. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Is there anything you would top these cookies with?!

 

Breakfast · Dessert · Snack

Fudge Protein Donuts

I hope everyone had a fun holiday weekend!

I was at my parent’s cottage so I made some snacks ahead of time to bring & whipped up some bars there using whatever I could find in their kitchen that would work.

Of course the majority of my time wasn’t spent in the kitchen. We boated, biked, & were out in the sun as much as possible.

K, let’s talk about these donutssss. They are dense, fudgey, sugar-free, vegan, packed with protein & my favorite… yummy enough for dessert, yet healthy enough for breakfast.

Image result for sugar killsWe are so used to adding a whole cup or more of baking sugar to recipes. It’s not necessary! My baking sweetening secret is to use bananas, unsweetened apple sauce, dates, & occasionally a bit of pure maple syrup or raw honey. I sweetened these donuts with one ripe mashed banana which also helped to hold everything together & provide the fudge texture I was looking for.

Forget cutting carbs! Try combining healthy flours & grains in your recipes. These protein donuts are a combination of almond, coconut, & oat flour.  I used Bob’s Redmill almond flour/meal, but you can also make your own by simply grinding almonds in a food processor or high speed blender (Be careful not to over process or oils will be released & almond butter will start to form).

Here are some other flours to try out. Do some research on each flour before replacing in recipes. For example, coconut flour is extraordinarily absorbent & less is needed than most flours. You generally want to substitute 1/3 C coconut flour for 1 C grain-based flour. You also need to increase the amount of liquid.

Protein Fudge Donuts

  • Servings: 7
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Flax Eggs:
  • 3 T ground flax
  • 9 T water
Dry Ingredients:
  • 3/4 c almond flour
  • 1/2 c oat flour
  • 1/4 c coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Dash of ground cloves
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/4 c organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 ripe mashed banana
Toppings:
  • PB2, prepared (Could replace with any other nut or seed butter)
  • Cacao nibs
  • Bee pollen (not vegan)
  • Toasted coconut chips
  • Organic shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Spray 7 donut holes with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Mix flax egg ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside (at least 5 minutes).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mash & mix the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour wet ingredients & flax eggs into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  6. Distribute batter among the 7 donut holes.
  7. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.
  8. Let cool & top with desired toppings (optional). Enjoy!

My Favorite topping was the prepared PB2 with Toasted Coconut Chips 🙂 What will you top yours with?!

 

Breakfast · Dessert · Snack

Cookie-dough Protein Brookies

If you are wondering what the featured image above has to do with these brookies…. this was where I found my dog while I was baking. Just chilling on my reusable grocery bags. He’s the weirdest & that’s why I love him.

Image result for chickpeasK, let’s talk about these Brookies. The main ingredients are oats & chickpeas. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are legumes that are considered both a vegetable & protein food. Oh do I love chickpeas. They make great egg re-placers as well. I have successfully made yummy vegan frittatas & omelettes using chickpea flour. Chickpeas have more fiber & protein than eggs & none of the health or environment risks. Try it out!

You will love these Brookies because they are yummy enough for dessert yet healthy enough for breakfast! If you are just too hangry & want to eat it sooner, you can also not bake the dough, scoop it in a bowl & eat it raw*. Not a bad option…

 

 

*I had leftover chickpeas so I made this raw cookie dough to eat while the brookies were cooking: 

  • 1/2 c chickpeas (drained & rinsed)
  • 2 T organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder
  • 1 T powdered peanut butter
  • 2 tsp stevia
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • pinch of himalyan salt

Instructions: Simply add all ingredients to a food processor. Process until combined. Add any desired toppings or enjoy straight from the bowl 🙂

K, now for the baked version…

Cookie-dough Protein Brookies

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

Base:
  • 3/4 c organic pumpkin puree (can also use mashed banana)
  • 1 T stevia
  • 1/2 c natural apple sauce
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/4 c organic powdered peanut butter
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop plant-based chocolate protein powder (I like Orgain)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of himalayan salt
Top:
  • 1 c chickpeas (drained & rinsed)
  • 2 T organic pumpkin puree (can also use mashed banana)
  • 3 T powdered peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T stevia
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 2 T unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (or other plant-based milk of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of himalyan salt

 

Toppings:
  • Cacao nibs

Directions

Base:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer add all base ingredients.
  3. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour batter into 3 small cake tins, sprayed with nonstick olive oil spray, or into 1 prepared loaf pan & press down with a spatula.
  5. Set aside.
Top:
  1. Add all top ingredients to a food processor.
  2. Process & scrapes the side of the bowl until batter is thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour batter on top of base & press down with a spatula.
Bake:
  1. Sprinkle with a few cacao nibs.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes.
  3. Let cool before eating. The bars are also great cold. I cover my leftovers & keep them stored in the fridge. Enjoy!

What do you prefer, raw or baked?!