Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bites

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bites are my new favorite afternoon snack. They’re made with a secret ingredient that is sure to surprise you. Here are some clues: it’s a whole food that’s high in fiber and protein. It’s also inexpensive, super nutritious and you probably have it in your pantry right now. Any guesses?

It’s black beans! That’s right, one can of black beans is the secret ingredient in these chocolatey protein energy bites. You might be thinking, oh that sounds gross — and I get it. I felt the same way about this chocolate avocado pudding — until I tried it. So trust me, these little bites are delicious — and healthy. What I really love is that at about 120 calories per serving, they contain 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber!  This is pretty good, considering most energy bites are loaded with sugar and fat — and not much else.

Because they’re made mostly with peanut butter and beans, they’re very creamy, so I would store them in the freezer and eat them cold.  I just had one this morning for breakfast, alongside my oatmeal. It was a great little add-on to my meal. Of course you could have one (or two!) for an afternoon snack or for some pre-workout energy, too!

If you’re thinking, what about the beans? I promise you don’t taste them at all.  Not even a little bit. My husband had no idea when I asked him what the secret ingredient was. He was shocked when I told him it was black beans.

You could definitely change up this recipe and use almond butter. Next time I might add some peppermint extract!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Serving Size: 2 balls (makes ~20 balls)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or other liquid sweetener of choice like agave nectar or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, process the almonds until they are a fine crumb. Add the beans and process until they are well incorporated. Add the peanut butter, honey, and cocoa powder and process until the mixture is smooth.
http://foodconfidence.com/2017/07/14/peanut-butter-chocolate-protein-balls/

 

 

Red, White and Blue Layered Smoothie

I’ve got a fun and festive recipe for you today, courtesy of my friends over at Wild Blueberries – a Red White and Blue Layered Smoothie! I love any holiday that gives me an excuse to make fun food, and the Fourth of July is no different. Come to my house for a July 4th celebration and you’ll probably be eating nothing but red, white, and blue food. Rather than relying on food coloring to make everything festive, I prefer to stick to the colors mother nature gave us!

This Red White and Blue Layered Smoothie is perfect for celebrating July 4th. Made with all natural colors, it's refreshing, delicious, and so festive!

If you’ve ever tried to create blue food naturally, you probably know you don’t have many options. But Wild Blueberries are as close as you get to a bright blue color, no food coloring required! This beautiful hue is due to anthocyanins, the phytochemicals that give Wild Blueberries their deep purple-blue color and are responsible for many of their antioxidant benefits.

Wild Blueberries are the perfect addition to this fun layered smoothie, not only because of their color, but also because they’re duper delicious! You know I love a good Wild Blueberry smoothie (or chia fresca), and this one is triple the fun. The blue layer is a yummy blueberry-banana-peanut butter smoothie, the white layer is a super creamy layer with bananas and coconut whipped topping, and the red layer is light and fruity with raspberries and cherries. All together you’ve got a gorgeous festive smoothie that you can feel good about serving your guests!

This smoothie is super refreshing, which makes it perfect for serving on July 4th or any other hot summer day. The key to getting beautiful layers is freezing the glasses for a few minutes between layers. That lets each layer firm up a bit before another layer gets poured on top. No need to freeze overnight or anything, just for a few minutes while you wash out the blender and prepare the next layer! The layers look super impressive, but are actually really easy to make – you know I’m all about simple recipes!

If you love Wild Blueberry smoothies as much as I do, I’ve got great news for you! My friends over at Wild Blueberries have put together an awesome giveaway that starts on July 5th:

This summer, stay cool and go WILD with Wild Blueberries. From July 5th – 26th, the folks over at Wild Blueberries is hosting its Wild Blue Summer Sweepstakes and giving away six NutriBullet PROs – the official blender of Wild Blueberries. These high powered blenders are perfect for making delicious smoothies that help us all keep cool all summer long!
 
To enter simply visit this link  from July 5th – July 26th and enter your email address. As a “Thank You,” the folks over at Wild Blueberries have created a Wild Blue Summer Recipe eBook for entering. This recipe book features eight recipes (including a few of my own!) to help you stay cool and healthy this summer! Visit the Wild Blue Summer Contest page to learn more and enter!
 
Click here on July 5th —>  http://www.wildblueberries.com/Wild-Blue-Summer/
 
Red, White and Blue Layered Smoothie

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

    Bottom Layer:
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/3 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 tsp peanut butter powder
  • ½ tsp honey or few drops liquid stevia
  • Middle Layer:
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • ¼ cup Coconut whipped topping
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 tsp honey or few drops liquid stevia
  • Top Layer:
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen raspberries (or fresh)
  • ¼ cup frozen cherries

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients for first layer in a blender. Blend well and pour into a tall glass.
  2. Place glass upright in the freezer. Wait about 10 minutes.
  3. Clean out blender and prepare second layer. Remove glass from the freezer and pour in second layer. Return glass to freezer.
  4. Clean out blender and prepare third layer. Remove glass from freezer and pour in final layer. Top with more Wild Blueberries.
http://foodconfidence.com/2017/07/04/red-white-and-blue-layered-smoothie/
Make this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake for someone you love!

Easy Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake

This one-bowl, clean eating Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe has gorgeous color while sneaking in some antioxidants, too,

Make this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake for someone you love!

Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal in my house for a couple of reasons. For one, Norah and I get jewelry. What girl doesn’t love that? We also start the day with a super special breakfast. So not only do we celebrate with lots of love, it’s also special enough an occasion for me to actually bake something. And that’s saying a lot coming from me.

Breakfast usually includes something sweet and usually something Norah and I can make together. French toast and pancakes are regular features, but we’ve made a few smoothies and even an egg casserole one year.

One thing Norah knows will always be a hit with Dad is cake! This year we’re making this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake. We are huge wild blueberry fans at our house and love how they add a gorgeous pop of color (while sneaking in some antioxidants, too). A few other healthy swaps make this a clean-eating breakfast treat. Plus, the recipe is basically foolproof. It’s a one bowl crumb cake that even this non-baker can throw together!

Make this clean eating Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe for someone you love!

On most days it’s a no-no to have cake for breakfast. We make an exception for holidays. And crumb cake.

CLICK HERE to get the recipe on the Wild Blueberries blog, and enjoy!