Sweets and Treats

Z’s Chocolate Oat Bars

Sugar-free, THM-E, Low fat

A delicious little cake with a big protein punch! The best part is that they are soooooooo easy to make!

“Store-bought, Shmore-bought”

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!

Look at that beautiful fluffy thang!

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 hope that you can enjoy them as much as we did!

God Bless!

-Z

Z’s Chocolate Oat Bars

Sugar-Free, THM-E, Low fat, EASY TO MAKE!

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 cup gentle sweet
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 scoops collagen
  • 1 scoop (1/4 cup) vanilla whey protein powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a high powered blender:
  3. First, grind oats into flour (the finer the better)
  4. then add the dry ingredients and blend together until well mixed
  5. Add in wet ingredients
  6. Blend for 30-60 seconds or until the mixture resembles a cake batter
  7. Pour into greased (I used Baking Pam) pan (I used bar shaped pans)
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  9. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories

1675 cal

Fat

41 g

Carbs

268 g

Protein

78 g
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Z’s Choco Protein Mini Muffins

Sugar-free, THM-S, Low carb, Keto

Little Bites of Epic-ness

These little suckers are ABSOLUTELY AH-MAZING! These were actually an accident! I literally threw the ingredients together in my Vitamix blender, and hoped for the best. But, thank God that I actually scribbled the recipe down, because they are so so yummy, and these bad boys are definitely keepers!

little bites of epic-ness

So moist and perfect!

They are perfect for on-the-go snacks or a pre-workout boost! I am telling you…little bites of epic-ness!

Want to know the best part of these bad boys!?!? I made these in the blender!!!! Yes, the blender! So fast and easy, and so fun to serve at any event!

protein choco muffins

There really is no cool story behind these. I threw in a bunch of yummy sounding ingredients in my  Vitamix: Total Nutrition Center Blender and blended them! Then, I baked them. That’s it. Simple.

They store great, and taste even better the day after!

I hope you enjoy these little guys! I sure did!

God Bless! Enjoy!

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Z’s Choco Protein Mini Muffins

Sugar-Free, THM-S, Low carb, Keto A bite-full of chocolate epic-ness!

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp xantham gum
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 scoops collegen
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 cup oat fiber
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup gentle sweet

Instructions

  1. Place the eggs, egg whites and xantham gum in blender and blend until fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients in and blend until smooth. (should be like a cake batter consistency)
  3. Add to greased (I used pam 'baking" spray) mini muffin pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
  5. Serve alone, or with a dollop of whipped cream.
  6. Makes 24 mini muffins.
  7. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories

789 cal

Fat

60 g

Carbs

36 g

Protein

41 g
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Sweets and Treats

Z’s Chocolate Brownie Cake

Sugar-Free, THM-S, Keto

Edible Beauty

This chocolate thang is almost too beautiful to eat!

Not only is it beautiful to behold, but it is absolutely yummy!

So, my husband loved it too, and he even took the leftovers to work for the next two days!

I am a big fan of leftovers. I actually know some people who cannot eat leftovers, for whatever reason. I do not understand that. I get most of my “second meals” out of leftovers. My dinner the night before, is usually my lunch the next day, and I love it. You’re welcome bank account!

chocolate cake

Stupid Easy

The thing about this cake is, it is literally stupid easy to make! Throw all of the ingredients in the stand mixer, mix and then bake!

Bam!

I wanted to create something that I could just throw together, especially if I was in a rush. You know, because having 4 kids, a side job and homeschool is easy peasy and all, and I could just take my time baking all day! Right.

I like easy. Easy is good for us moms. No sense in stressin’ ourselves out about the little things, right?

blank cake
This cake is great just plain too!

So, maybe it’s time you just throw some ingredients in a stand mixer, bake a cake and then go sit down and relax with a piece of chocolate cake! No guilt. Just decedent chocolate.

Do it! You deserve it!

The Recipe

Enjoy!

-Z

 

Z’s Chocolate Brownie Cake

Sugar-free, THM-S, Keto A decadent chocolate cake with a brownie flare!

5 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbs heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup gentle sweet
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 oat fiber
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ----------for the cream cheese icing --------------
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 tbs gentle sweet
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs heavy whipping cream
  • Optional: if you like your icing sweeter, add 1 tbs super sweet blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whip up the butter, sour cream and heavy cream until creamy
  3. Add in gentle sweet and mix until fluffy.
  4. While the stand mixer is still mixing on low:
  5. Add in the remaining wet ingredients until mixed.
  6. While still mixing on low, add in dry ingredients.
  7. Mix until well blended.
  8. Add mixture into greased bundt cake pan
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories

2828 cal

Fat

255 g

Carbs

105 g

Protein

67 g
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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”.

eating cookies

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

double choco chip cookies

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!
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