Showing posts with label almond butter. Show all posts
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fuel on the move: homemade chocolate & peanut energy bites

Have you tries Larabars before? They're delicious energy bars that taste like a cookie but only have 3 or so ingredients. Most Larabars are dried fruits and nuts pureed together; the first ingredient is usually dates. I loved using them when I was training for my climate ride, but they're a bit expensive. My deal with myself is that I could only eat them after having ridden 40 miles...not for consumption in the house!

I found a few recipes online, including this one from Chocolate Covered Katie and made it my own. I liked using raisins for the base of these cookies because they're less expensive, there is no need to pit them and they're slightly higher in potassium than dates. 100 g of dates has 656mg of potassium vs. 749 in 100 g of raisins. Potassium and sodium are the electrolytes you're seeking during physical activity.

These "cookies" are actually quite healthy; they're basically trail mix masquerading as a cookie. Keep in mind, though, that trail mix is quite high in calories. These cookies are to be eaten on the move, not on the couch!

Homemade Chocolate & Peanut Energy Bites
Makes 4 servings
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons salted peanuts (or add a pinch of salt if using unsalted)
  • few drops of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  1. Add your ingredients to a food processor and blend until a soft dough forms
  2. Use your hands to form the dough into bars, balls or cookie shapes. Garnish with peanuts if you'd like the ambiance 

If you're also interested in trying to make your own sports drinks, here is a recipe to try. 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Banana "ice-cream"...a low-calorie dessert that actually tastes super!

There are few things more delicious than excellent ice-cream. And with summer's heat, ice-cream is a tempting way to cool off. However, the high number of calories of even a reasonable portion might take you off track from your beach-bod journey. And the whole pint? Don't get me started! What to do?

I was introduced to this ice-cream substitute last summer from my lovely former roommate Kelly. Even though I am a dietitian, I have a huge sweet tooth. When she was telling me about this frozen banana mush as being something worth trying, I had a pretty high level of skepticism. I tried it though and am an official convert; it really is creamy and delicious! This is lovely dessert that tastes like ice-cream but has the calories of one banana. Magic? Pretty much!

What is in a name? In order for the food package to be labeled as ice-cream, it must contain a minimum of 10% milk fat. Fat gives the creamy mouth feel of good ice-cream, but it also bulks up the calories and saturated fat content. Soft serve treats are sometimes lower in fat and calories, but don't have enough fat to be labeled as ice-cream. Search for the work ice-cream on the menu boards and your cone will be melted before you see it; it isn't there!

Banana "ice-cream"

  • 1 frozen banana per person/serving
Optional ingredients and flavors
  • cocoa powder
  • melted chocolate chips
  • cinnamon powder
  • vanilla extract
  • peanut or almond butter

  1. Peel banana and place in plastic bag or reusable container. Freeze until solid (note: if you're trying to hurry things along, slice the banana. More surface area = faster freezing time).

These slices quickly freeze solid

  • Place frozen banana in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy; this will take a few minutes. Scoop down the sides of the bowl to make sure there aren't any lumps! 
Smooth and creamy "ice-cream"!

  • If you're interested in flavors, add 'em! If not, scoop some into your bowl and enjoy! 
  • Cocoa powder and cinnamon added...yum!
  • If you have left overs, scoop it into a container and store in the freezer. For best results, let the frozen "ice-cream" warm up for a few minutes before serving; this will help it be just as creamy.

Kelly has her own lovely blog called Off The Wall; I'd recommend you check it out! She has great recipes for you to try and love!

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