Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Food File: Healthy Protein Blondies


Ok people, here's a recipe brought to you courtesy of yesterday's afternoon sweets craving, a side of PMS, the fact that I measured the ingredients and wrote them down, and an incredible amount of self-control (shoot then eat!), oh and that there's still light at 5pm!! I wouldn't have been able to shoot this and there's no way I could have waited until today to eat these (only four left!).

While these are not 100% healthy (just look at all those chunks of gooey chocolate!) there's no added sugar and they come up to just 170 calories with almost 10g of protein and just 3g of sugar each! These are a MEGA HIT I tell you. I still can't believe how good they turned out and I STRONGLY recommend you make a batch of these if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty.


They are super easy to make, high in protein, just the perfect treat without the guilt! Here's what you need:

. 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk.
. 1 tbsp. ground chia seeds.
. 1/2 cup oats.
. 1/4 cup unsweetened dry coconut.
. 1/2 cup wholewheat flour.
. 2 tbsp. hemp hearts.
. 1 tbsp. vanilla.
. 2 scoops vanilla flavoured protein powder.
. A dash of cinnamon.
. About 1 tsp. baking powder.
. 3 oz dark chocolate chopped in chunks. 


WHAT TO DO:
. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
. Combine 1/2 cup almond milk and chia seeds in a bowl and let them stand for about 30 min so that the mixture thickens. The more you wait the thicker it will become, and it's totally ok if you let them stand for 45 min - 1 hour. 
. Add oats, coconut, protein powder, wholewheat flour, hemp, and cinnamon and mix with a wooden spoon. You might need to get your hands in there to make sure it's all combined, I did!
. Don't be concerned if you find the mixture to be a bit dry, as you're now going to add 1/4 cup almond milk and the vanilla essence (feel free to combine them beforehand). 
. Use your hands to combine all ingredients.
. Add the chocolate chunks.
. Press down the dough evenly on a rectangular baking dish lined with parchment paper (I used a 10x6in dish).
. Bake for 14-15 minutes (don't overcook them!).
. Let them cool a bit, sprinkle on some sea salt and enjoy!!!

Let me know if you make them and good luck on not eating the whole batch!


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER BLONDIE (makes 8 square blondies): Calories 170 | Fat 8.6g | Sat Fat 4.8g | Carbs 15.4g | Sugars 3.2g | Protein 9.7g


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