Sweets and Treats

Z’s Vanilla Blueberry Muffins

Sugar-Free, THM-E, Low fat

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of this lovely “love day”, I wanted to share a wonderfully sweet recipe with you! These muffins are so delicious that you won’t be able to resist!

These muffins are so moist and fluffy! The amazing thing is…they have no eggs, no butter and very little fat!!!

Yes please!

Never mind the kids!

I wanted to create a filling and sweet muffin that was packed with nutrition and healthy carbs that would energizing for a “on-the-go” mom like me! Not to mention my kiddos that are constantly hungry!

I was worried that they would be too bland, but they were far from that! My kids absolutely loved the sweet vanilla flavor and of course, the blueberries!

But, never mind the kids….I freaking loved them!!!!

I have a confession-I kind of hid these from the kids after I tried them. Yes, I just admitted that. Haha! But, that’s just how good these bad boys are!

Perfect for those “on the go” mornings when you need a nutritious breakfast, but don’t have time to make anything. They are also great for snacks! The other great thing is, they have just the right amount of sweetness to them… you can add a dollop of whipped cream, and they’ll even pass for dessert! Bam! These are amazing muffins!

But, the kids though….

Ok, ok…I do love my kids, and sometimes I share my favorite yummy recipes with them! But I especially love it when they help me with my photo shoots!

Jesse and the muffins
“Jesse, I’ll let you have a muffin if you smile by the muffins…”
“Jesse…can you look at the muffins please?”

Would you look at those eyes! Watch out girls!

But seriously, these muffins are very filling, so even after my kids have one or two, they get filled up! That’s the great thing about baking in a nutritious way. Nutrition allows you to be full with healthy fuels!

It allows you to eat “with a purpose”, and not to just curb your appetite. Eating nutritiously can be so yummy and so rewarding too!

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These muffins are chock-full of healthy carbohydrates, and not to mention, lovely blueberries!

Josiah
“Mama, take my picture too!”
josiah and the muffins
“so yummy!”

Blueberries Everywhere!

What makes these muffins so amazingly moist when there is no butter in sight? Here’s the secret ingredients: cottage cheese and greek yogurt! Before you frown, just try them. You won’t be frowning anymore!

Also, they have that subtle and delicious buttery flavor…without the butter! Yay for THM-E snacks that are absolutely delicious, but ON PLAN!!!! I love the THM way!

I added two whole 8 ounce containers of blueberries to these muffins! Blueberries everywhere! There aint’ nothin’ wrong with enjoying God’s wonderful creation of blueberries! Don’t skimp on this recipe!

So, without further adieu, here is this awesome recipe! Hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I enjoy them!

Yields 2 dozen muffins

Z’s Vanilla Blueberry Muffins

A moist and delicious blueberry muffin that is irresistible!!!

10 minPrep Time

16 minCook Time

26 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cottage cheese (2%)
  • 1 (5.3 oz) tub of vanilla oikos 000 yogurt
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup vanilla (unsweetened) almond milk
  • 1 cup gentle sweet
  • 3 tbs super sweet blend
  • 1/2 cup sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups oat flour (I just ground them up first in my Vitamix blender)
  • 1/4 cup oat fiber
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 scoops collagen
  • 2 8oz containers of fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in a stand mixer until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until thoroughly mixed
  5. Once mixed, add blueberries and mix for 10-20 second. (You don't want to mix the blueberries for too long, because they will get crushed.)
  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the edges are golden
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Recipes · Sweets and Treats

Z’s Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sugar-Free, THM-S, KETO and Oh So Chewy and delicious!

Sure to Please

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These bad boys are sure to please! They didn’t last long in my house! The great thing is… they have the same taste and texture as your grandmas classic chocolate chip cookies! They are chewy, soft baked goodness!

The best part if these amazing cookies??? No guilt whatsoever! Also, they have collagen in them, so they are not only amazing for your sweet tooth, but also amazing for your hair, skin, bones and over-all health!

Yes please!

I always test my recipes on my husband. He’s very happy to do so, but he is also very honest with me. I really appreciate honesty, so I always know if my recipes are good, because he always “says it like it is”.

When my husband first tried these, he was standing in our kitchen after a long day of work. I asked him to try my cookies and tell me what he thought. He smiled his handsome smile, grabbed a cookie in his manly “graceful way” and took a huge bite. I watched as his shoulders relaxed, his eyes closed and he let out a sigh. He didn’t didn’t have to say a word. I just knew that I nailed it! Classic!

“It’s Aliiiiive!!!”

I have really come a long way with my cooking and baking skills. I’m dead serious when I say that my husband has not always enjoyed my food. When we first got married, I could barely make pancakes without burning them to a crisp!

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Remember how I said that my husband is very honest with me? He definitely used to tell me that I had “burnt dinner” or “destroyed that recipe”. The sad part was, he was right. Although I have learned a lot along the way in my almost-11-years of marriage, cooking and baking…I have still not arrived at all. The thing I do have going for me is that I love to learn and create new recipes, and that seems to keep me on my toes!

Some days in my kitchen, I feel like Frekenstien, creating a monster (if you saw the messes that I make, you might believe me). You can almost hear me screaming, “it’s alive!!!” on days when I have created a new recipe. I enjoy every minute of it! (except the messed and dishes….I hate doing dishes!)

Shakes & Cookies for Lunch

The other day, I was running late to a rehearsal for our Wednesday night worship services. The great part of doing what I do is that I get to meet up with my team at the park! You see, the girls that were practicing with me, they have kids too. So, we take our kids to the park, pack a lunch and a guitar, and practice our worship songs! Not a bad gig, right?

 

As I was saying, I was running late, so I threw a Mint & Chip Shake together in the blender (check out my recipe page for the amazing recipe), and threw two chocolate chip cookies in a bag. I knew that I could eat them with my shake because they were both the same kinds of fuels (THM-S). Score! Who else gets to eat chocolate chip cookies and a mint and chip shake for lunch??? The great thing about this shake…jam packed with nutrition!

Yes, I ate two “desserts” for lunch, and I loved it!

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Now that your mouth is properly watering about now, here is the recipe! Eat and be merry!

Enjoy!

-Z

Yields 36 cookies

Z’s Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy and soft baked amazingness!

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup)
  • 1 cup Gentle Sweet (or preferred sweetener-but the best is G.S.)
  • 2 Tbs Super Sweet
  • 1 Tbs Molasses
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs (I use the grass-fed kind-Also, the recipe works best with room temp eggs)
  • 1/4 Cup Oat Fiber (Not oat flour)
  • 3 Cups Almond Flour
  • 2 Scoops Collagen (approx. 1/4 cup)
  • 1 Tsp Xantham Gum
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1 8oz bag of Hershey's sugar-free chocolate chips (or Lilly's)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a stand mixer, add softened butter and mix until creamy.
  3. Add sweeteners and mix until fluffy
  4. Add eggs, vanilla and molasses and mix until creamy
  5. In seperate bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together.
  6. Add dry ingredients to the stand mixer a little at a time.
  7. Mix well
  8. After everything is mixed, add in the chocolate chips
  9. Mix
  10. Take the bowl off the stand mixer and place in fridge for about a half hour
  11. Take out of fridge and make dough into 1 inch balls and place on uncreased cookie sheet
  12. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until golden brown on edges
  13. Let cool completely
  14. Try not to eat the whole sheet of cookies!
  15. Enjoy!
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Dessert
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https://zhealthyhousewife.com/2018/02/08/zs-classic-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

Recipes · Sweets and Treats

Z’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Sugar-free, THM-S and Keto!

These bad boys are pure peanut butter heaven!

But before I get into the recipe, let me just talk a minute about guilt-free eating!!!

Eating Guilt Free

Can I just say, I eat like a queen! I get to eat absolutely delicious food every day…and all because of the food freedom found through THM (trim healthy mama)! This lifestyle truly has become such freedom! Not only do I get to eat yummy cookies like these all the time, but I get to experiment and create such fun dishes and recipes because I understand the “science” behind eating healthy!

Here are some reasons why I love the THM lifestyle…

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I get to eat amazing food. Can you tell I love strawberries?
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I bounced right back after having my 4th baby, on THM!
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My kids absolutely love what I make because it’s mostly THM approved!

 

 

 

 

 

workout
It allows me to have the energy I need to workout.

 

 

 

breakfast
I can eat breakfasts like this everyday if I wanted to!
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I am able to have a “quality of life” with my family. Good health and energy to keep up with them all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get to eat muffins in a mug all the time!

 

 

MIF
Meal time is always a hit with THM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It allows me to still fit in a swimsuit (no matter how embarrassed I may feel).
It allows me to fit into a swimsuit (no matter how embarrassed I may feel).
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It allows my husband to look like a stud-muffin! (p.s. our son fell asleep on our hike).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list goes on and on…

If you haven’t looked into THM, I highly suggest you do!

Here’s their website, and here is a link to buy the book>>>

http://trimhealthymama.com

My husband loves it too! He gets to eat yummy cookies, cakes, mouth-watering meats and veggies, delicious casseroles, breakfast goodies and the list goes on and on. All guilt-free! He calls himself the “trim healthy man”, of course, but he loves to tell his buddies about eating this way too!

 

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Trying to get him to take a serious picture is pretty much impossible! (Isn’t he handsome?!? 😉

Be sure to look out for my post on THM and why we do it in our home. 🙂

Cookie Model #2

This is my youngest boy. His name is Josiah. He is my bundle of energy, and my risk-taker! He loves to wrestle with his brothers, climb trees outside, ride his bike, play out in the back field for hours and mostly just get in to trouble in whatever way he can find. 🙂

He always has some sort of scrap or bruise from his excessive need for speed and adventure, just like in these pictures. But, he does keep us on our toes, and we think he is such a blessing!

Josiahs cookies

Would you look at those eyes though! I’m sure we will be “boarding up the doors” to keep the girls away, very soon!

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The Recipe

Needless to say, these cookies are a hit! They just have such an amazing texture! You seriously cannot tell that they are sugar-free and only made with almond flour!

There is a “secret” ingredient though… Z’s 3 ingredient Peanut Butter Recipe (keep an eye out for the recipe). Yes, I made the peanut butter from scratch!!z's peanut butter

I cannot say enough about my amazing Vitamix blender! It literally took me under 2 minutes to make scrumptious homemade peanut butter! And, it proved to be infinitely better than store-bought natural peanut butter!

 

This is the blender that I have, and they are having a sale, so you’re in luck!! Just click on the link right here to look at the possibility of owning your own amazing blender!!! Such an awesome investment!

>>>Vitamix: Get the Black Stainless A3500 for $50 off from January 26th-29th! Shop Now! (see my affiliate marketing disclosure at bottom of page).

 

Back to the recipe….

I did use my homemade peanut butter for this recipe, but you can use any peanut butter of your choice. I suggest a natural no-sugar-added peanut butter, to keep it in a sugar-free state.

Another note I might add is that, after you take them out of the oven, let them cool completely before handling them. I just left mine on the cookie sheet. They tend to keep their texture better that way.

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Cookies cooling on baking sheet.

They turn such a beautiful golden brown around the edges after they come out of the oven, yet they stay nice and chewy in the middle!

Hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I did!

-Z

 

Serves 3 cookies

Z’s Peanut Butter Cookies

A delicious and chewy classic peanut butter cookie...without the guilt!!!

10 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
  • 1 1/4 cup of Gentle Sweet or preferred sweetener
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 cups peanut butter (Z's 3 ingredient peanut butter is best, but you can use preferred peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 2 Tbs Super Sweet (if you like sweeter cookies)
  • 1/4 cup pressed peanut powder (I used THM)
  • 1 tsp Xantham gum

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In stand mixer mix 2 sticks softened butter-until creamy
  3. Add sweetener -mix until fluffy
  4. Add peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and molasses-mix until creamy
  5. Add in all dry ingredients while mixer is stopped
  6. Mix altogether until cookie dough consistency
  7. Roll dough into balls and place on uncreased cookie sheets
  8. Use fork to make classic criss-cross pattern
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes or until edges are golden brown
  10. Let cool on cookie sheets
  11. Eat and Enjoy!!!
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Dessert
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Z’s Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sugar-free, gluten-free, THM-S, Keto

Chocolate Perfection

These cookies are divine! Absolute chocolate perfection! Remember how I posted a couple of weeks ago how much I love cookies? I do. And these just make me want to eat cookies for every meal! And the great part? No guilt! No sugar and no gluten! They are just a mouthful of chocolate bliss!

My second child, Justus does not prefer chocolate. I asked him to help me take some pictures and to taste test my recipe, and he was hesitant. He was like, “mommy, do I have to?”. But, after he tasted them, he asked for more!

He said, “mommy’s chocolate cookies are the only chocolate I like!”.

He readily helped me with the rest of my photography and asked for more at the end. I had so much fun having him help me, and the pictures turned great with him as my little “cookie model”.

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Finding Joy in the Little things

I have found that I absolutely love food photography, and I especially love writing! I think it is important as moms to find a hobby or something constructive that brings you joy.

Finding joy in the little things, like taking photos of food or my kids enjoying the food I make…that’s just priceless.

I encourage you to find your “niche”. Find something that inspires you, and do it! I’m sure I will be writing a post on this subject soon, and there I can ramble and rant about how important finding hobbies for yourself can be.

Seeing these little faces light up after sinking their teeth into something delicious can be one of the highlights of my day. Capturing these faces is even better, because I can keep the memory alive.

 

 

 

Back to the Recipe

You can make these cookies plain chocolate chip cookies, if you prefer. Just take the cocoa powder out. They have the same taste, just less chocolatey.  these cookies are super easy to make, and I have found that whipping them together in the stand mixer takes only a couple of minutes. Then I just put the whole stand mixer bowl in the fridge to firm up, and go about my house chores. By the time I do a load of laundry and help the kids with school, they are ready to throw on a cookie sheet and bake!

They come out oh-so-gooey and perfect! After you allow them to cool, they firm up and get the perfect texture!

justus and choco chip cookie

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Mmmm….

 

 

 

 

 

justus and the cookie

Now that your mouth is watering, maybe you need to go make some!

Here is the recipe! Enjoy! -Z

Yields 22 cookies

Z’s Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious mouthful of chocolatey goodness! Great for on-the-go protein-packed snack!

10 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 scoops (approx. 1/4 c.) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup sweetener (I used truvia-not the baking blend, and erythritol)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups almsond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 8 oz. bag of sugar-free chocolate chips (I used Hershey's)

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer:
  2. Add softened butter-Mix until creamy
  3. Add sweetener-mix until fluffy
  4. Add vanilla and mix more
  5. Add protein powder, cocoa and salt
  6. Add in almond flour and mix until evenly mixed
  7. When all is mixed, add in chocolate chips and mix for only about 20 seconds until all ingredients are incorporated.
  8. Stick the mixing bowl full of cookie dough in the fridge for 20-40 minutes until cold
  9. Take out of fridge and form into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter
  10. Put on uncreased baking sheet.
  11. Flatten with the palm of your hands, just slightly
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes
  13. Let cool before handling.
  14. Enjoy!
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Desserts
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Recipes · Sweets and Treats

Z’s Strawberry Custard Ice-Cream

Sugar-free, THM-S, Keto, Kid-approved

Ice-Cream…The Easy Treat

Let me just say, that I have not really made a lot of homemade ice-cream, ever. I have no idea why the heck not! It really is very easy, especially if you have a Vitamix blender (shameless plug;).

This post is mostly pictures of my amazingly handsome boys devouring this ice-cream. I couldn’t help myself.

You see, I just got my 50 mm camera lens, and it just takes too good of pictures to not practice with it!

My boys had so much taking the pictures, but they especially loved eating my “prop” strawberries (for my food photography), along with the actual ice-cream. It was awesome to just sit and watch them enjoy this decadent treat, and secretly know how good it was for them!

Also….priceless memories.

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They picked at the strawberries and smacked their lips as they thoroughly enjoyed their treat.

They had no idea that this ice-cream was actually healthy. They eat everything I make for them, but they especially love when mommy makes them treats!

My boys

DSC_0318This my Justus boy. He is 6 years old. He is so silly, and loves attention.  He is my little creative boy. He loves art, and can spend hours playing by himself.

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This is my Josiah David. He is 4 years old. He is my crazy ball of energy, but he has his serious moments. Especially when he’s getting his picture taken.

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This boy! This is my oldest boy, Jesse. He will be 8 years old next month. His sweet heart melts mine almost every day. He is the most caring and loving boy you’ll ever meet.

I know, I know….you’re sitting there going, “holy crap! look at those eyes!” Trust me, they get it wherever they go. They got their handsome eyes from their daddy, who I’m head over heels for. You can see why :).

Blessed

Have you ever wondered how you got so blessed? I do, almost every day. I know that my husband, these boys, my baby girl, and even the ability to stay home with them and make them healthy food…it is all a gift. A HUGE AMAZING GIFT. It truly is. I am positively and amazingly blessed!

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The Recipe

I actually wanted to make a vanilla “custard” ice-cream, but ended up making it into a strawberry version of that. I was looking for something sweet on my fuel cycle (THM week long fat burning diet), and I started to put something together. This is the recipe that came out. So, I guess you could say that it technically is a custard ice-cream.

Custard ice-creams a type of ice-cream that is old fashioned. Its kind of how they used to make ice-cream, before ice-cream became so processed.

“One early commercialization of frozen custard was in Coney Island, New York in 1919, when ice cream vendors Archie and Elton Kohr found that adding egg yolks to ice creamcreated a smoother texture and helped the ice cream stay cold longer. In their first weekend on the boardwalk, they sold 18,460 cones.” -Wikapedia.com

The eggs are what make it a THM S. It’s a great way to eat a scrumptious dessert, while staying “on plan”.

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So, without further adieu….Here is the recipe!

Serves Serves a large family

Z’s Strawberry Custard Ice-Cream

15 minPrep Time

3 hr, 30 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 bag frozen strawberries (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup gentle sweet (or preferred sweetener)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs glucomannan
  • dash of salt

Instructions

  1. In your blender: blend the eggs, almond milk and vanilla until smooth.
  2. In a large pot: add blended mixture and cook on medium-high heat until mixture becomes bubbly.
  3. Whisk often while heating.
  4. Before the mixture becomes bubbly, add your glucomannan, sweetener and dash of salt.
  5. Continue whisking until bubbly.
  6. Once the mixture gets frothy and bubbly, turn off heat and let cool.
  7. Once cooled, put in large Tupperware, and stick in freezer for a few hours.
  8. Don't freeze the mixture solid.
  9. Take out of freezer once the mixture has become very cold, but not frozen.
  10. Add mixture to blender and add frozen strawberries.
  11. Blend until smooth.
  12. Serve with extra strawberries or plain.
Cuisine: Traditional American | Recipe Type: Dessert
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Breakfast · Recipes · Sweets and Treats

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Protein Shake

Deep S, Sugar-free, Keto

THM Fuel-Cycle

This week, as you know from my previous post, I am doing a THM fuel-cycle. It is a great way to boost your metabolism and burn off that unwanted layer of “holiday fat”. It also is very cleansing to your system.

I have done the fuel-cycle twice before, and have both lost weight, and felt better afterwards. If you have any interest, just check out the Trim Healthy Mama book, and look for the One Week Fuel-Cycle (Chapter 28. page 429).

The thing is, I have had a hard time finding breakfasts that fit the Deep S guidelines for the first three days of the cycle, that don’t include eggs and bacon.

This recipe is also Keto!

So today is your lucky day, because I made one up!

“What to do with these avocados….”

I stood in my kitchen this morning, and thought, “What am I going to make for breakfast?” Eggs just didn’t appeal to me this morning, so I decided to make up something that would fall in the Deep S category.

As I was thinking about what I could possibly make, I happened to look over at my fruit bowl and saw a bunch of avocados just sitting there, all innocent like. I forgot that I had bought a bunch at Costco. That is where my inspiration came from! These bad boys had no idea what they had coming to them. 😉

And that, brings us to the “secret ingredient”. Avocado! Who would have thunk? And there is yet another secret ingredient that I added….kale and spinach! I know, I know…you’re probably thinking, “Nasty! Those ingredients sound down right nasty!!!”. Trust me, it didn’t sound that appealing to me at first either. But wait for it…

Now, I had read a bunch of recipes that claimed that if you add cocoa to avocado, spinach or kale, the cocoa seems to balance out the flavors and causes it to not taste like those ingredients at all!

Guess what??? They were right! I couldn’t taste anything but chocolate!

Hold the phones!!!  “Z, you’re telling me that I can have all my veggies and healthy fats in a yummy chocolate shake?!?!?!”

Ladies…Im telling you, yes!!!

The legend, the myth….the recipe!!

So, there you have it! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I really enjoyed my yummy chocolate shake this morning! It came out so smooth and yummy, thanks to my amazing VITAMIX blender!! Vitamix is having a free shipping event! You should check them out- just click on the link below!!!


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After I made my shake, I added Reddi Whip cream to it, and it just made that recipe awesome! You don’t have to add it, but it does give you that “malt shoppe” chocolate shake feel! Why not?!?

Anyways…back to this amazing recipe!

Here it is! Let me know how yours turned out!!

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Protein Shake
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 Ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 Cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup of kale and or spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop collagen
  • 4 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4-6 Tsp sweetener of choice (I used super sweet)
  • Reddi whip whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend well.
  2. Add whipped cream to garnish, and because its sooooo yummy!
  3. (optional)
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Sweets and Treats

Banana Walnut Bread

Sugar-free, THM-crossover, Low fat, Easy Recipe

This is truly just a recipe post! No rantings, I promise (mostly)!

To be completely honest, Iv’e never really been a big fan of banana bread recipes. This one is the exception!

But, when you have a bunch of overly raw bananas, sometimes you just need to have a healthy and easy recipe to use them in. Enter this Walnut Banana Bread!

Once again, this was one of those recipes that I kind of just made up as I went along. And, if I do say so myself, it is pretty yummy! My husband and kids love this!

The great thing is, it’s guilt-free! Sugar-free and full of nutrition. The walnuts make it a yummy THM crossover, so it is very satisfying!

Look at those yummy looking walnuts! The texture on this bread is amazing!

One of the things that I noticed as I baked this, is that because of the apple sauce inside of it, it takes a lot longer to bake. Be sure to watch the sides as it bakes, and make sure it isn’t turning too brown.

Here you go! Very little ranting, as promised! 🙂

 

Serves 2 Banana Bread Loafs

Banana Walnut Bread

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup egg white (I use the carton)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar substitute (or brown sugar truvia-note: that has sugar in it)
  • 4 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 2/3 cup oat flour
  • 5 oz chopped walnuts (plus more for top)

Instructions

  1. Grease 2 bread pans. Set aside.
  2. Mix bananas until creamy.
  3. add in wet ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Add in dry ingredients and mix again until combined.
  5. When all ingredients are mixed, add in walnuts and mix until well dispersed.
  6. Put mixer in greased bread pans.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Serve warm.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Desert
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Enjoy! -Z

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Z’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

THM-S, Easy to make

“Who, in their ever lovin’ mind, does not love a good cookie, or two, or three?!?!?” -Z

Seriously though, cookies are God’s gift to humanity. Ok, Ok, I’ll stop being weird. But, seriously, I LOVE COOKIES! Out of all the desserts out there, a good cookie is worth all the sit-up’s and running that I do in any given week! Worth. Every. Bite.

These cookies, yet again, are another one of my “accidental” recipes.

One day, I was just craving peanut butter and chocolate (cause who doesn’t?). It must have been close to when “Aunt Flow” was visiting (if you know what I mean), because I just had to make something yummy! It was an urge. Now, when you are on THM (trim healthy mama), you do occasionally crave sugar, but not in the average way that sugar-eaters crave it. After you get off of refined sugar, you really don’t like the taste of it that much any more.

-Hold the phones for a sec!!!! I don’t care if I’ve been off of sugar for years, and have just eaten a 6 course meal…if you put a homemade cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting in front of me…I WILL EAT IT. ALL OF IT. End rant. –

Like I was saying. Refined sugar. Oh yea. Ok. So, after you get into the lifestyle of eating more natural sugars (i.e. stevia, xylitol, erythritol, monk fruit, yacon syrup etc), your body just doesn’t crave those refined sugars that it used to anymore. That’s a good thing because you can eat less of natural sugars, and genuinely be satisfied.

(Be on the lookout for my upcoming post on refined sugars vs. natural sugars!!!)

A little snippet on the effect of refined sugars…

Because my husband and I have adapted to the THM (trim healthy mama) way of eating for 90% or our diet, our children as well, have greatly reduced their intake of sugar. We really don’t miss it that much, and the kids don’t tend to crave super sugary stuff all the time. I mean they’re kids, so of course they enjoy candy when they get it at church or as a treat. But generally, they don’t tend to want it all the time. The funny thing is, when they do “binge eat” refined sugar, they usually get sick. Like, “mommy, my tummy hurts”, sick. What does that tell you?

Back to the cookies!

These cookies are super easy to make! I don’t usually like to have to get multiple bowls out to make stuff…I just like to make cookies fast, and be able to enjoy them. They are made with almond flour, so really, they are gluten free (depending on what brand of almond flour you get). But, because so many people nowadays are severely allergic to gluten, I won’t officially say that they are gluten free.

I like to use the Hershey’s sugar-free chocolate chips. Some would say that they are not completely “on plan” because of the Maltitol in them, but I say, “if you’re going to make cookies, and you chocolate chips, these are great!” It’s not like you’re going to make these everyday…or, wait….maybe you will!

As far as making the cookies go, Just whip everything up in your handy dandy kitchen-aid mixer, and go to town! After you mix the wet ingredients together, it should look “fluffy”, like this…

If you do not own a Kitchen-Aid mixer. Buy one!!!! It will change your life! One of the best appliances I ever invested in!

(Keep an eye out for the post on My Stand Mixer-Wilson.)

 

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These cookies fall under THM-S guidelines, and are even more delicious the second day after storing!

Be sure to let me know how yours turn out!

Serves 25 cookies

Z’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yummy cookies!

15 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

27 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetener of choice (I like pure or gentle sweet)
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • 1/4 oat fiber (I get mine from Trimhealthymama.com)
  • 1 8 oz. bag of sugar free chocolate chips (Hershey's)

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, add 2 sticks of butter and beat until creamy.
  2. Add in vanilla and sweetener.
  3. Add in peanut butter, and beat until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and mix until creamy.
  5. Add in almond flour, baking powder and oat fiber, and mix until creamy.
  6. Add whole bag of chips, and mix only a few times until chips are dispersed.
  7. Chill for 30 minutes.
  8. Note: You do not have to chill, but I find it easier to work with the dough that way)
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes (or until brown around the edges)
  10. Let cool completely before taking off of baking sheet.
  11. Enjoy!
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Dessert
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