Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Blondies

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Blondies

I don’t know about you, but I think these Peanut Butter Banana Blondies are the legit Bomb .Com

After all, what could beat the most satisfying combo of Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Honey?

We’ve all been there, those spotty bananas eyeing you as soon as you enter the kitchen…

They have one day before their bad, but you don’t want to waste the sweetness of the fructose coming to its full bloom!

Then it hits! Not banana bread, but Banana Blondies! With hues of honey and peanut butter the ultimate breakfast and snack overtakes your mind!

And your tastebuds 😉

One of the best things about these is how versatile they are. Since they are gluten free and dairy free all your dietary restricted friends can enjoy! I have a few friends who fall into these categories and whenever we attend a potluck I always make it a priority to make something they can enjoy.

As well as for myself of course because I fall into both of those categories. Gluten free 100% of the time and dairy free about 70% of the time. Some days are better than others…and some are full of goat cheese staring you in the face with crackers and red pepper jam…

Any-who, as I was saying these Peanut Butter Banana Blondies are great for breakfast, a mid afternoon snack, second breakfast, and dessert.

You are not seeing it wrong I did say second breakfast because some days you need a breakfast after your breakfast.

Here’s What You’ll need:

  • Almond butter
  • Honey
  • 2 large bananas, mashed to a pulp
  • 1 egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 5 scoops collagen
  • 1/4 cup Dairy Free chocolate chips
  • My Protein Collagen Icing

I know what you’re thinking…that looks like a lot of collagen and you’re right in a sense (these ingredients are spread over many servings) but let me tell you why I opt for collagen in this case instead of a typical vegan/dairy free protein.

Frankly, I am fed up with using pea protein blends. Yes there is egg protein as well and hemp but I despise the texture and the taste. Every time I hear people say you can mask the taste I have to wonder…

Why would someone lie about that?

Seriously though, if you’ve tried straight or even flavored hemp protein and pea protein you know what I’m talking about!

Yes there are good brands and blends here and there but the beauty of collagen is that you can add it to baked goods without the texture changing. When you use a pea or a hemp beyond it’s serving size things usually tend to get, well…

Earthy

You can draw your own conclusions there but trust me! Collagen is the way to go for this recipe. You can also omit this if you would prefer not to have it in the recipe just remember, as I mentioned before collagen doesn’t affect the texture of the recipe so there is no reducing liquid or changing ingredient amounts.

The same goes for my collagen glaze, you can omit the collagen if you would like but you will miss out on the added benefits of a higher protein treat that will keep you satiated longer.

But it’s your choice, either way these Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Blondies will turn out divine!

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Peanut Butter Banana Blondies

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Glazed Blondies 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These sweet blondies and collagen icing are the perfect pair. Take your taste buds for a ride with these dense yummy Peanut Butter Banana Blondies!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large bananas, mashed to a pulp
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 5 scoops collagen
  • 1/4 cup Dairy Free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 batch or more of my Protein Collagen Icing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray
  2. Microwave the peanut butter in a small bowl for 30 seconds
  3. In a food processor add the honey, mashed bananas, and vanilla and blend until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Sift the flour into the food processor and add in the baking soda and powder.
  5. Add the chocolate chips in and pulse them in short bursts to slightly spread and break up the chips.
  6. Spread the mixture into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. This may vary based on the all-purpose flour you used and if you used natural drippy peanut butter.

Notes

The nutrition was calculated using 1/2 batch of the protein collagen icing.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Glazed Blondie
  • Fat: 10
  • Carbohydrates: 38
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 13

Keywords: Bananas, Blondies, Honey, Bananas, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Collagen, Breakfast

Little Debbie Copycat Cosmic Brownie Bites

Little Debbie Copycat Cosmic Brownie Bites

Go back to your childhood with these Healthy Little Debbie Copycat Cosmic Brownie Bites! These are extremely fudgy, and made with natural ingredients like avocado and almond butter!

It may be hard to believe looking at them, but these are made with not 1, but 2 avocados.

The Avocados are what give this that nice fudgy texture that really reminds you of Little Debbie.

I impulsively made these one day when I was craving a brownie, but not just a typical brownie, a frosted thick brownie, but in bite-sized pieces.

After cruising down the isle at the grocery store to buy cacoa powder I passed Little Debbies Cosmic Brownies and BAM, I knew I had to make them!

As you know, Little Debbie is not a Healthy Childhood memory. It’s a sweet, sugary one that involves a lot of sugar, butter, and nothing gluten free or dairy free.

How Does One Health-ify These In A Tasty Way?

To make a gluten free and dairy free (look at recipe for sub.) homestyle version I start with the roots, the ingredients. I look at what a typical Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie Contains and I look at what I can swap.

  • I swapped almond flour for wheat flour
  • I Used Truvia and reduced the amount of sugar
  • Incorporated a plant-based butter
  • Made the frosting with almond butter as the base
  • Added Avocados to reduce the amount of butter needed and create a creamy texture

By making simple swaps like these I was able to make these a treat I could really enjoy more often and ya know eat them since they’re gluten free.

i recommend using a cocoa powder that is high quality and is unsweetened as well. Most cocoa powders are naturally unsweetened, but some cheap versions in grocery stores use sugar as a filler so I recommend looking at the label and if you see sugar…

Just Run…

To another store that will have better selection.

How To Make That Thick Frosting

Could a cosmic brownie ever be a real cosmic brownie without a thick and creamy frosting? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

To make the frosting all you’ll need is Almond butter, cocoa powder, non-dairy milk, and Truvia. Once you make it, pop it into a ziplock bag and cut a 1/4 inch slit in the corner. Then, simply pipe it onto the brownie bites and use a butter knife or spatula to spread it even.

The key to getting the right consistency for this to not add too much non-dairy milk. The icing should be able to be placed on a brownie bite without dripping.

Another important part of this recipe is to let these cool. You need to be able to apply the frosting without it melting off so I would let these cool for a good 15 minutes.

If you’ve tuned in this far I would like to sincerely thank you as I sit atop the antique knife I used to
frost these.

As you can tell I like to get a bit crafty with my recipes and edits, which is why I consider myself a Food Photographer and a Food Blogger. I can’t pick just one.

It would be a travesty!

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Little Debbie CopyCat Cosmic Brownie Bites

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minute
  • Yield: 24 Cosmic Brownie Bites 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Move over Little Debbie because these Healthy Cosmic Brownie Bites will take you back to your childhood. These are rich in cocoa and have a decadent fudgy texture.


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Ingredients

Brownie Bites

  • 2 ripe small avocados, pitted and skins removed (about 3/4 cup once pureed)
  • 1/2 cup Truvia baking blend (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 Tbsp Truvia brown sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Lilly’s no sugar added chocolate chips (use dairy-free chocolate to make this recipe completely DF)
  • 2.5 tsp plant-based butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup +1 tbsp cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • (Optional) Sprinkles

Frosting

  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 5 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp non-milk
  • 1.5 tbsp Truvia
  • 5 Tbsp for topping (this is mandatory!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.and line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the avocado, Truvia, and vanilla until the texture is smooth.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave in increments of 30 minutes and add the melted chocolate to the food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs until they form bubbles
  5. Combine the chocolate and avocado mixture from the food processor.
  6. Add in the cocoa powder, almond flour, and sea salt and stir until the texture has zero chunks in it.
  7. Fill the mini muffin tins until they are 3/4 full and bake for 35-40 minutes. It may take longer depending on your oven and if you fill them more.
  8. Once you can stick a toothpick in the brownie bites and no batter sticks to the toothpick they are done. Let them cool for 15 minutes before frosting them.
  9. While the brownie bites are cooling make the frosting. In a small bowl, melt the almond butter in the microwave for 30 seconds until it is smooth. Then, combine the remaining ingredients into the small bowl with the almond butter.
  10. Pour the frosting into a small ziplock bag and cut a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag.
  11. Once the brownies have cooled begin frosting the brownies starting from the center and moving outward in a circular motion until the brownie bite is covered in chocolate on top. Once complete add the sprinkles.
  12.  Keep these stored in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Notes

When making the frosting be sure to add milk slowly as this is a thick frosting and you don’t want to make it drippy by adding too much liquid. If you accidentally add to much simply add more almond butter until it thickens.

This was calculated using Lily’s no sugar added chips. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Frosted and Sprinkled Brownie Bite
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 3
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 11
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 2

Keywords: Brownies, Dairy Free, Healthy, gluten free, frosting, healthy frosting, almond butter, almond flour, under 110 calories

Birthday Cake Vegan Truffles

Birthday Cake Vegan Truffles

I bet you’d never guess these birthday cake vegan truffles are…packed with Da Da Daa…

9 grams of protein!

Have I made your mouth water yet?

PS. If you didn’t know that was the goal.

Where does this delicious protein come from you may ask? Why that would be the amazing powdered peanut butter from The Lion’s Choice.

The powdered peanut butter is not only vegan but also has sprinkles in it, and tastes amazing of course!

Honestly, could it get any better when it comes to gluten-free and vegan deliciousness?

One of the many things I love about this truffle recipe is how simple it is. Once the ingredients are added into a bowl and formed into balls the only other step is to make the chocolate coating while the truffles set in the freezer.

Luckily, most of the ingredients you will likely have on hand in your pantry if you’re a gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan baker.

All you’ll need to make these yummy truffles are:

  • powdered peanut butter from The Lion’s Choice
  • almond flour
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • vegan chocolate
  • peanut butter

Along with some sea salt, but other than that you’re ready to get baking!

Well, no-bake baking that is…

How Do I Make That Vegan Chocolate Shell?

To make this yummy chocolate coating all you need is your favorite natural drippy peanut butter and vegan chocolate.

When coating the peanut butter part of the truffle I recommend using a toothpick to dip the truffles in the coating and twist them until the truffle is fully covered. Once the truffle is fully covered with the chocolate place the truffle on the parchment paper and take the toothpick out of the truffle, using another toothpick to hold down the truffle while you take the toothpick out to assist you if necessary.

After removing the truffle sprinkle a dash of sea salt on the top of it before returning these truffles to the freezer as this will add a savory element to the chocolate before tasting the sweetness of the chocolate and peanut butter middle, creating a perfectly sweet and salty truffle.

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Birthday Cake Vegan Truffles

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegan

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Ingredients

Truffle Ingredients

Truffle Ingredients

  • 1 cup The Lion’s Choice Birthday Cake Powdered Peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup Organic powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Almond flour
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/31/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • Chocolate Topping
  • 5 Tbsp Vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Tbsp Drippy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Sift the powdered sugar, almond flour, and powdered peanut butter in a medium-sized bowl and combine.
  2. Add non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, and sea salt slowly into the medium-sized bowl. Your batter should be thick enough to roll into your hands but no stick to it. If your batter is too thick add more milk, if the batter is too wet, add in more powdered peanut butter by the Tablespoon until it thickens up.
  3. After the peanut butter truffle dough is thick enough form the dough into Tablespoon-sized ball using your hands. After you’ve created 8 dough balls store them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. While the truffles are setting in the freezer, take the vegan chocolate and cut it into smaller bits. Once the chocolate is broken up into smaller pieces add it into a small microwave-safe bowl and with the peanut butter and microwave for 30-second increments, stirring the chocolate with a fork. Repeat this until all chocolate is melted (this took me a little over 2 cycles).
  5. Take the truffles out of the freezer along with a few toothpicks. Using a toothpick to dip the truffles in the coating and twist them until the truffle is fully covered. Once the truffle is fully covered with the chocolate place the truffle on the parchment paper and take the toothpick out of the truffle, using another toothpick to hold down the truffle while you take the toothpick out to assist you if necessary.
  6. Store back in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. When they are done give em a try and then store them in an airtight container in the freezer to enjoy later…or eat the entire batch you do you.

Keywords: truffle, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, birthday cake, peanut butter powder, high protein

Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

Vegan brownies made with rich cacao powder, topped with a creamy sweet potato frosting that tastes everything but ordinary.

Have I caught your attention yet?

I was inspired to make these when I was searching for a healthy frosting that involved using the sweet potatoes that have been eyeing me for the last 2 weeks begging me to use them.

Thus, the Sweet Potato Frosting was born

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Cacao powder
  • Oat flour (or oats blended finely in a blender)
  • Truvia (white and brown sugar variety)
  • Sweet potato
  • Cashew milk
  • Vegan butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Himalayan sea salt

Aside from the typical baking soda and baking powder found in anyone’s cabinet, this is all you’ll need to get baking!

Since this is a two-part recipe I recommend making the base of the brownies first and making the frosting last.

The frosting will need time to set in the fridge, which will be convenient since the brownies need anywhere from 40-45 minutes to bake (possibly less if you prefer a more gooey consistency.

The key to this recipe is to sift all the dry ingredients.

Yes…all of them! oat flour can be particularly thick and clumpy if not sifted, so to ensure the mix has no clumps throughout it’s best to sift it all.

Which you may as well do if you’re already at it.

Allowing for time to cool is also an important, yet hard thing you must do. It involves the utmost self-control but will pay off.

Alas, let’s get baking!

If you’re looking for more recipe ideas check out my latest posts!

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Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Ingredients

Brownies

  • 3/4 + 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp Truvia brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup Truvia baking blend
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 cup Nancy’s dairy-free plain oat milk yogurt
  • 5 Tbsp vegan butter ( I used I can’t believe its not butter vegan)
  • 3 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips ( I used enjoy life chocolate chunks)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Frosting

  • 125 grams cooked sweet potato (about 1 small sweet potato)
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp Truvia baking blend
  • 1 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp cash milk
  • 1 dash Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Brownies

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 pan and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl and set aside
  3. Melt the vegan butter in the microwave. Then, stir in the melted butter in a medium-sized bowl with the other wet ingredients.
  4. Add the wet to the dry and mix until there are no clumps in the batter.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40-45 minutes (less if you prefer a fudgier texture), and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

Frosting

 

  1. Cook the sweet potato until it is mushy
  2. Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend away. If you prefer a thicker frosting I suggest not adding the cashew milk.
  3. Store in the fridge while the brownies bake for 40 minutes.
  4. When the brownies have thoroughly cooled frost the brownies and place back in the fridge for 20-30 minutes until the brownies and frosting have become firmer.
  5. Enjoy! Also, I recommend pairing this with your favorite peanut butter and ice cream as this is an extremely versatile dessert.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Large Brownie with frosting
  • Calories: 183
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 27
  • Protein: 3

Keywords: Brownies, Vegan, Sweet potato, Healthy frosting, gluten free, dairy free