Yes, I may or may not be a strawberry dessert obsessed person! Especially in the summer time! Strawberries are just so easy to make sweet and delicious desserts with. Not only are they easy to make yummy treats with, but they are beautiful!
This dessert was another one of my “accidental” creations. I needed something to use my cream cheese in and something that I could use all my strawberries in. Alas! This delicious and easy masterpiece was created!
It’s called “double strawberry” because, instead of just having strawberries on top, there are strawberries inside! Lot’s of them! So…you get double the strawberries! Yes please!
I made this cheesecake twice now, and both times, it was literally devoured before I could take any pretty pictures. So, this is officially my first recipe post that doesn’t have pretty pictures of all angles and with pretty lighting. Just the two hastily taken pictures before the cake was destroyed by my husband and kids.
Needless to say, this cheesecake was a hit!
Nothing fancy, no pretty lighting…just raw and unfiltered cheesecake, in all of it’s glory! See, we all have messy kitchens and bad lighting! That’s ok! Just be happy to make delicious and healthy treats! That’s what I do.
11 Year Celebration
Two weeks ago was my husbands and my 11 year anniversary! Yay us! I made this cheesecake for the first time on that weekend, and my husband fell in love with it. He especially loved the tiny hint of cinnamon in the crust!
As he stuffed his happy face with the delicious cake, he nodded his approval and mumbled with his mouth full. Once he was done chewing (barely), I asked what he said. He told me, “I think this is your best one so far!”
He really loved it. Almost as much as I love him. 11 years with this stud is a blessing, and I pray that I get many more! He is my rock, and I could not do life without him!
The Myth, the Recipe…
Back to this little cheesecake recipe. Once more, it was made in my Vitamix Blender! I mean seriously, can it get any more easy to make delicious and decadent desserts??? I think not!
I actually made this before church on Sunday! I baked the crust first, and then added the creamy and delicious filling from my Vitamix, and then put in the freezer! That’s it! Easy Peasy!
Of course, later, I sliced up strawberries and added a little bit of sweetener and then added it to the top! Viola!
It’s really not a myth that you can make healthy, easy and super quick desserts! It’s the real deal, and it’s my jam!
The summer time is a perfect time for frozen treats! And what better treat than a sweet strawberry dessert? This dessert cannot, and I repeat, CANNOT get any easier! It literally takes about 2 minutes to whip together!
Thank the kitchen gods for high powered blenders! They make whipping up desserts a breeze!
There is just something about frozen strawberries that has that ability to just melt in your mouth and bring about feelings of pure bliss! At least for me anyway…lol.
Most Gelato recipes for me have turned out chunky. All the other recipes I have tried, just cannot compare to the creamy and irresistible consistency of this recipe!
The Secret Ingredient
Have you ever tried to make a frozen dessert in your blender, only to get a chunky and dissapointing consistency? Or, when you put it in the freezer and then go to take a bite the next day, it is literally frozen solid? Well, I have had that experience, and I have to tell ya…It aint fun! I get so frustrated, that I usually have to throw it away!
This bad boy has a secret ingredient that I think you will be surprised about.
Yup…VODKA! Don’t worry though…it is not enough to even get a buzz on. There is only a minimal amount. But, the effect that the vodka has on the consistency is heavenly! And I dare say, I like the flavor better when the vodka is part of the mix!
I use raspberry Vodka, but you can use any flavor you want. I like the raspberry because it gives the strawberry flavor a bit of a twist.
Note for Trim Healthy Mama’s: Because this has the vodka in it, I am not entirely sure what this dessert would technically land on in a Trim Healthy Mama category. I would say that if you use a nut milk, that it could be a Fuel Pull (FP), but if you use the half and half, then it would definitely fall in to the Satisfying (S) category. I will have to check into it and see what it technically on THM.
Go make It!
Because this is so dang easy… it is perfect for those last minute desserts that you need to make in a pinch. Maybe your in-laws dropped by un-announced and you need something quick and easy. Whip out the good stuff! It will be sure to please!
If you have an uncontrollable urge for a frozen strawberry treat with a twist… This recipe is perfect! It is also so much better than binge eating a pint of ice-cream, that you will FOR SURE regret later! Go with this healthy and deliciously creamy alternative!
This cheesecake is divine! So refreshing and yummy, like a summer afternoon drink of lemonade! to be honest, I am not much of a lemon fan. I usually pass up lemony desserts. I actually made this for my husband because I had a bunch of extra lemons.
You see, I had done the Master Cleanse, and ended up stopping a day early. So needless to say, I had a ton of extra lemons to use up. I hate to waste food, so I ended up thinking, “I should make something for my husband!”. This is the recipe that came to mind!
I have to admit that I really didn’t think I would like it, but I tried it always. Boy am I glad I did! It seriously is one of the most refreshing desserts I have ever had!
It is delicious!!!
I am so glad that I tried it! I am learning that you always have to at least try things! You may have written foods off when you were younger, like I have, but you never know if your taste buds have changed! Mine have for sure!
Easy as Pie!
This recipe cannot get any easier! I made it in my Vitamix! I seriously cannot say enough about how easy it is to make things when you have a good blender!
I just added the whipping cream and whipped it up (seriously in a matter of 5 seconds!), and then added my cream cheese, sweetners and vanilla’s to it, and blended! It seriously only took a minute!
I say “vanilla’s” because I added in a “secret ingredient”, that in my opinion, made this amazing!
Any of ya’ll ever heard of the Vanilla Creme stevia drops? If you haven’t used this before, it will change your world! Such a creamy vanilla taste, with none of the aftertaste that I have come to hate about stevia! I even love to add a couple drops to my coffee in the mornings!
You can buy them here (click link above). If you click the link above, I will get a tiny commission. Thanks!
This is a little slice of heaven right here!
I originally wanted to make a pie, but it turned out so simple, creamy and delicious that I felt it would be wrong to try to make it anything but this yummy and refreshing cheesecake! Maybe one of these days I will make this cheesecake into a pie too! We’ll see. 😉
This was such an easy cheesecake to make! If you ever want a pretty and decadent dessert that makes you look like a genius dessert maker, but takes all of 20 minutes total to make…this here is your ticket!
You can even dress it up with some whipped cream, more lemon slices or just eat it plain! It’s so easy…why not?!?!?
Hope y’all enjoy it as much as my family and I did!
You know what I love about THM (Trim healthy Mama)? I love that I can have carbs and not feel guilty. Healthy carbs are a great way to get energy. And what better way to get energy, than by eating chocolate muffin tops…with NO GUILT?
The thing I really don’t like about “fad diets” is that they often take away whole food groups, like carbs. Carbs are such a good thing though! We need them to function! Not to mention the great things that healthy carbs do for your gut!
These little guys are loaded with yummy and nutritious oat flour. I grind my own flour in my blender (Teddy), and it makes the most fine oat flour I’ve seen. The homemade oat four is so much better than store-bought! Fine oat flour makes for fluffier and plumper muffins for sure!
I love eating healthy carbs, and I especially love feeding my kids healthy carbs. It really does give them so much energy!
Teddy Does His Job
I made these bad boys in my blender too! I mean, come on! It can’t be that easy, right? But seriously, I make so many recipes in my blender lately! Why not…when it is that dang easy?!?!?
I am finding new ways to love my blender everyday. His name is Teddy and he does his job!
This recipe really can’t get any more simple. I blend everything in the blender, pour into muffin tins and then top with Lilly’s dark chocolate chips. Such a fun way to bake! Instead of having pots and pans everywhere and a mess in the kitchen, I just use my Teddy (did I mention he is self-cleaning?)!
These muffin tops are also a great way to use those super ripe bananas! I just throw all the ingredients in the blender and the bananas barely even have to be handled! It that weird that I don’t like to touch ripe bananas?
They also make for a pretty tea cake.
My handsome husband loved these :).
So, here is the yummy recipe! I hope you enjoy them as much as we all did!
This cake was so easy to make, yet one of the most decadent and beautiful cakes I’ve made. It not only makes for a gorgeous dessert, but because it is sugar-free and low carb, it would do great for breakfast with a piping hot cup of coffee!
This cake has a rich texture, full of surprises! The butter, cinnamon and crunchy pecans are a wonderful combo!
This cake is not only beautiful, but actually has health benefits! This cake has oat fiber and collagen in it!
I mean, come on! How can a cake that is so pretty, be so healthy to eat???
This is why I LOVE the THM way of life! I get to eat stuff like this every day! What’s not to love?
Theadore to the Rescue!
As you well know by now, I named my blender Theadore (affectionately called Teddy). I seriously use my blender every day! Sometimes more like 3 times a day! The thing I just can’t stop raving about, is the fact that you can literally make anything in it!
Guess what? This beautiful specimen was made in my Vitamix blender!
Yes, you heard me right! In my blender!!!! Theodore to the rescue!
(Here’s a free link to a discount on an amazing Vitamix Blender. This is series that I have. Use this link Ascent Series Blenders)
Needless to say, this cake is a real crowd pleaser! It is beautiful, easy to make, and most importantly…delicious!
If you have a high speed blender, you will love this cake for a fast and decadent dessert!
These little suckers are totally copycats of Starbucks little Madeleine cookies…except they they don’t have all the preservatives, refined flours and sugar that those guys from Starbucks have! They have a delightful buttery taste and the perfect little cake/cookie texture! The best part about these little guys are…they are sugar-free! Completely guilt-free, and perfect with coffee!!!
I had made these little cakes originally as just little cookies, but as soon as I tasted them, I knew that I needed to make these into Madeleine’s!
The rich buttery taste were just too good to resist, and I knew they would look beautiful as traditional little tea cakes. So, I went online and ordered some madeleine molds, and alas…here they are!
“I’d like to order a cup of coffee with unsweetened cashew milk and one packet of Gentle Sweet, and I’d like a few of those delicious looking Z’s Madeleine’s!”
Teddy to the Rescue!
I don’t know about you, but I name my appliances. Especially the ones I love! I named my new Vitamix, Teddy. I named him after one of my favorite Presidents of all times! (you can read all about why I love him here https://zhealthyhousewife.com/2018/01/13/theadore/)
You guessed it…these little guys were made in my favorite appliance! It really makes life so much easier when you have great tools for your cooking and baking. My Vitamix Teddy is no exception! I just throw my ingredients in and blend, then I pour, then I bake!
If you are on the fence of whether or not to invest in one…I would say…JUST DO IT!!! Mine truly has been worth every penny! AND…10 year warranty! Yes please!
Here’s a link…(I get a little commission if you buy from this link! Check out my affiliates disclosure below)…
I sent a Tupperware full of these little cookies to work with my husband and he reported back that “the guys loved them!”. I also had a friend taste one and she said she “got goosebumps, because they are so good”.
So, it is safe to say that these are delicious!
Even my son was impressed, and said, “Mommy…how do you get these to taste so yummy without sugar?”
I love this boy and how he is always willing to taste test my baked goods!
These little guys really do turn out so pretty! They would perfect for a special tea or a little church event!
I will be enjoying a couple of these with my coffee later this morning (makes the perfect “S” snack), and I will be feeling 0 guilt!
A delicious little cake with a big protein punch! The best part is that they are soooooooo easy to make!
Lately I have been very frustrated with store-bought protein bars, cookies and cakes. There are so many choices available for protein bars and things, that you could literally spend an hour in a Sprouts or health food store, deciding which ones to buy! Although there are a plethora of choices for protein treats, almost all of them have ingredients that I don’t prefer, or that don’t fall into the THM way of life.
Even if they say “vegan”, or “non-gmo”, or “plant-based”, almost always they have loads of sugar in them or no healthy carbs, or the sweetener they use is yucky. There really is a host of problems that I find with protein bars, cookies and cakes.
There are a couple of yummy protein bars or cookies that work, and that I actually do keep on hand for quick grab snacks or on-the-go must haves, but there literally are only a couple of brands that I would buy.
Also, I don’t know if it’s just me, but most of the protein bars, cookies and cakes that I have tried TASTE LIKE CRAP! I mean…EW! Also…I just can’t bring myself to pay almost $3 (sometimes more) for something that tastes like chalk! No thanks!
And, that is where I end up being frustrated and saying to myself, “store-bought, shmore-bought…I’ll make my own…and they’ll taste so much better!”
The thing I love about these awesome little cakes/bars is that they are so fluffy! They really do have the consistency of a cake, but the impact of a protein bar.
They are easy to wrap up and stick in fridge for easy grabbing. I made them a couple of weeks ago for my husband to take to work, and he loved having what felt like a treat, but also knowing that it was good for him and energy giving!
These little bars are made with oat flour and lots of protein, so they are perfect for those needed afternoon “pick-me-ups”.
Do It Yourself
I am one of those “weirdo” kinds of people who likes to try everything on my own. If I don’t like something, I make my own. If I can’t get someone to do something, I do it myself. I guess it just “flows through my veins”. I am a natural-born DIY’r.
I think that is why I finally decided to try making my own variations of protein bars, cookies and cakes. I just wasn’t satisfied with spending that much money on something that really wasn’t that great. It also makes me cringe to eat something that is so processed (on a daily basis).
Wanna know the amazing thing about making these awesome little cakes??? I made them in the blender!!! THE BLENDER! They take a whole of 10 minutes to whip together! So easy to make!
These guys just come out of the oven so fluffy and ready to eat! I really did score with this recipe, and am very happy with how they came out!
I have to admit that I have had this delicious amazingness for breakfast a time or two!
I mean, come on! Who WOULDN’T eat this for breakfast? The amazing part is, it is sugar-free, chock full of berries and actually has flax meal in the crust…so yea…healthy cheesecake for the win!
There are no carbs in this sucker (hence, the THM-S and Keto label), so you know that when you eat this beautiful dessert, you are only burning one fuel (fat). And, because of the lack of processed sugar, your insulin levels will not be spiked. Perfect for diabetics!
Hello breakfast, lunch or dinner!
It really is almost too pretty to eat! ALMOST.
My husband actually treats this dessert like gold! He will savor it for a couple days (which is a long time for him to keep his favorite foods without eating them), hiding it away from the kids, and sneaking a slice whenever he can. I think my cheesecakes are one of his favorite things I make.
Did you know that berries are actually really good for you? Heck yea! Here are stat on some of my favorite berries:
One cup of strawberries (about 8 berries) has 50 calories, 3 grams of fiber and more vitamin Cthan a medium orange. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, folate and potassium. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition ranked strawberries third out of more than 1,000 antioxidant-rich foods. Strawberries also contain anthocyanins, which may help protect the nervous system and blood vessels.
Studies have shown that strawberries can help protect against several types of cancer, including breast, colon and leukemia. Research has also found that strawberries help decrease inflammation and control type 2 diabetes. In addition, one study found that eating 8 strawberries a day for 8 weeks helped lower homocysteine levels, a leading risk factor for heart disease.
One cup of these fruits has 84 calories and close to 4 grams of fiber. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidant vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Research has found that blueberries may help prevent prostate cancer and protect against heart disease. Animal research has also found that blueberry extract may help improve memory, balance and coordination—potentially promising for those with Alzheimer’s disease.
One cup of raspberries has 70 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin C. The serving is also a good source of fiber, phosphorus and selenium. Raspberries contain anthocyanins (mentioned above) and another phytochemical called quercetin, found to help slow cancer growth.
As with the other berries, studies have shown that raspberries may be useful in preventing esophageal and liver cancer. Raspberries have also been shown to help control blood sugar in diabetics and help prevent liver damage.
One cup of blackberries has 62 calories, 8 grams of fiber and is an excellent source of vitamins C and K and manganese. Blackberries have been found to have the highest amount of antioxidants – higher than the other 3 berries mentioned above! They’re also bursting with all types of phytochemicals, which have been shown to help fight or prevent cancers like liver, colon, lung and esophogeal. Blackberries also contain quercetin, an antioxidant that may help decrease the risk of heart disease.https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/healthy-tips/2013/07/the-health-benefits-of-berries
Neeedless to say..this cheesecake is not only nutritious for you, but it is absolutely delicious! It is a favorite around here, and I would love to share the “love” with y’all!
So, pull up a chair and a good napkin, and let me share this beauty with you! Hope you enjoy it as much as my husband does! 😉
I wanted to add this recipe today so that if you were looking for healthy alternatives for tomorrow, this recipe would be available. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
The Color Green
So…This morning, as I started thinking about what to put in my cookies, I thought to myself, “well, they obviously need to be green right?”
So, I grabbed my proposed ingredients (I was inventing the recipe on the fly), and grabbed the box of green food coloring. I proceeded to read the ingredients… and…..WOW!
I have one word…”EW”.
I mean really, have you ever read what is inside of store-bought food coloring?!?!?!? EW!
Here are the ingredients in regular old green food coloring…
proplene glycol (they use that in anti-freeze!)
fd&c yellow 5
propylparaban (a preservative)
So… as I stood there saying “ew, ew, ew…”, over and over in my head…I decided that I would go with whatever green thing that was in my fridge. It just happens that I had some fresh baby spinach.
Yes, you guess it…SPINACH MAKES THESE COOKIES GREEN!
NOW you’re probably going “EW!”-But don’t say that until you’ve tried these YUMMY cookies!
My boys had their little friend over today, and they were all coloring together. I asked them if they would be my cookie testers, and of course with the mention of cookies, they were on board!!!
So, I put a plate of the yummy green cookies in front of them, and they basically disappeared instantaneously!
Little did they know that they just ate cookies with spinach in them! HAHA!!! GOTCHA!
But they absolutely loved them, and begged for more…even AFTER they found out about the leafy greens int them!
The great thing about spinach, is that it really is easy to mask the “spinach” flavor. It has such a light flavor to it anyways, and I guess that’s why I like to add it to my recipes.
Needless to say, these are kid approved!
They store really well in the fridge and actually get an even better “cookie texture” after being in the fridge for an hour!
Little Irish “poops”…
Haha…even writing that makes me laugh. Lol. It’s not what you think though. I wanted to share a trick that finally (after lots of failed attempts) worked for me. My poor kitchen was so messy when I made these, and I am still finding green gooey smudges all over everything!
But, I found that if you make the cookie dough into what looks like little “poopy piles”, they bake perfectly round! Hence, the pastry bag! It makes it easier…trust me. Yay me!
So, although they look funny before you bake them, they really do turn out perfect after!
Anyways…I hope you have as much fun making these guys as I did! It really does feel great to serve healthy cookies to my kids, instead of the sugar laden ones that will be all over the place this week. Hope you enjoy these healthy bad boy cookies!
I don’t know if you have noticed, but I love to incorporate protein into most things that I bake! I love the stuff! It’s such a great thing for building muscles! And, yes, I love muscles!
So why not add it into all things sweet and yummy?
Not all protein supplements are created equal though.
Whey concentrate is one of the most basic forms of protein that is found in many protein tubs on the shelves of supplement stores. People who are looking for an inexpensive protein source will find tubs of strictly whey protein concentrate with a lower price tag.
This is a great starting point for beginners and those looking to add protein to their diet without making your wallet lighter. Some people will find though that they have a hard time digesting the concentrates and will end up feeling a little gassy and bloated.
Whey concentrate can be used both pre and post workout and can also be used as a snack in between meals. This is not a preferred source of protein to be used at night.
If you are looking for a protein that will slowly breakdown over the course of several hours that you can use as a meal, or better yet right before you go to bed then casein protein is definitely the way to go. Before bed if you take in casein protein you will stay anabolic throughout the night and will be able to utilize the protein in your body.
Casein takes anywhere from 5-7 hours to fully breakdown which keeps your body absorbing and utilizing the nutrients even while you sleep. People also use casein during the day to help stay full and to keep a constant supply of protein in your body to supply the muscles with proper nutrition for hours after drinking the shake.
Another positive to this source of protein is its high glutamine content. Glutamine helps boost the immune system and speed up recovery. This is the preferred source of protein to use at night before bed.
Isolates are one of the quickest absorbing proteins (but not the quickest-we will get to that soon enough). People will find this source of protein to be a bit on the expensive side (more-so than whey concentrates), but not near as expensive as the protein we will be touching on next.
These proteins are perfect for those with low carb diets. Many of the protein tubs on the market these days that are strictly whey isolates have very low if any carbs/sugars. Isolates are great pre and post workout as they are absorbed quickly and can supply the muscle the nutrients needed to help recover and grow.
Hydrolysate protein is the most expensive source of protein you will find on the markets these days and is the highest quality of protein available. They provide highly absorbable peptides that can have a great anabolic effect (highest absorption rate of the proteins available).
Hydrolysate protein is also much better on the digestive system compared to whey concentrates. This protein can be used both pre and post workout.
Soy protein (even though not a huge seller for bodybuilders) is a good source of protein for those looking for a vegetarian source of protein. This is a useful source of protein and comes with many benefits to its user. It is loaded with glutamine (to help with recovery), arginine (help dilate blood vessels to allow nutrition to get into the muscles quicker), and BCAA’s (help with recovery).
Soy supports a healthy cholesterol profile due to the isoflavones found in the product. It has also been found to boost thyroid hormone output. By doing so, it speeds up the metabolism which aids in fat loss. This type of protein can be used both pre and post workout or anytime throughout the day if needed to get in a meal/snack containing protein. This source is not preferred to use at night.
MILK PROTEIN ISOLATE
Milk protein isolates contain both casein and whey proteins. This source is full of amino acids (similar to soy protein). This type of protein is mostly used in a blended protein source where multiple types of protein are used. Milk protein isolates are not a preferred choice if looking for a protein but can be used anytime during the day, but is not a preferred source to use at night.
Now we are going back old school-to a place where protein powder was nonexistent. Egg whites (whether separated from the yoke or found in a container) are an excellent source of egg albumin. The amino acid profile on these are great and has been used since back in the day to help build lean muscle mass.
Egg albumin is not commonly bought in the powder form, but rather bought in a carton or container and cooked. Many blended protein sources as well as meal replacements will have egg albumin in them. This source of protein can be used anytime throughout the day, but is not a preferred source to use at night. https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/protein-types-best-for-you.htm
So Many Protein Choices
As you can see, there really are so many different kinds of supplements out there. I prefer whey (as does Trim Healthy Mama-from what I know) because it is cheaper to buy and has health benefits.
When you are exercising ( especially if you are using weights as part of your regime), you want to make sure that you are getting enough protein.
With so many protein choices, it should be easy for you to find one that suites you’re needs.
Dessert for Pre and Post Workouts
Yes, you can eat this cake pre or post workout! Isn’t that great?
Come one…who doesn’t want to eat cake as your protein intake or just to eat it for a snack?
This cake is delish! It really does have a yummy vanilla flavor to it! Want to know my new favorite thing to bake with?
This stuff right here! Vanilla Creme! Yes please! It gives your baked goods a delicious vanilla-y flavor! Just click on the link above to buy some! Trust me, you’re gonna love it! And the best part is that you don’t taste a nasty bitter aftertaste. I am not a fan of bitter stevia (which some can be).
Anyways, there are great things about this cake that you will only find out if you make it yourself (unless you happen by my front porch someday).