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Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Bread Muffins

I love all things muffins! Muffin recipes are fast to prepare. They are grab and go and freezer-friendly!  These banana bread protein muffins taste just like a piece of banana bread and will make your house smell amazing as they bake! Made without any flour or sugar, they are high in protein, so they’ll keep you feeling fueled and satisfied!

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with parchment paper muffin liners.
  2. Place all of the dry ingredients in a blender, and blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Add wet ingredients and continue to blend or stir until combined.
  4. Divide mixture evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Substitutions:
3/4 cup egg whites for the eggs
Unsweetened applesauce for the yogurt
1/2 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar for the baking stevia

Cashew Butter Cups With Freeze Dried Blueberries

Cashew Butter Cups With Freeze Dried Blueberries

These cashew butter cups are healthy and packed with nutrients!! These are excellent as a dessert or snack. They are low-carb and low-fat and pretty enough to take to your next potluck!!

As noted below, you can switch out the sugar-free maple syrup with honey. However, please note that the nutrition label will change! Each cup will then contain 10 grams of sugar and 15 carbs, as well as 159 calories.

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  1. Line a muffin tin with nonstick muffin liners. Set aside.
  2. Next, place freeze-dried blueberries into a food processor and blend until they turn into a powder.
  3. Place all-natural cashew butter, melted coconut oil, sugar-free maple syrup, 2/3 of the blueberry powder (you’ll use the rest later), and vanilla extract in a medium-size bowl. Mix until combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop batter into muffin tin. You should get 12 cups.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the cashew butter cups with the rest of the freeze-dried blueberry powder and a sprinkle of sea salt.
  6. Place muffin tin in the freezer and freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from freezer and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If your batter isn’t easily poured into the cupcake tin, add more melted coconut oil. You do not want your batter to be too thick and sometimes thickness is dependent on how oily your nut butter is.

You can replace sugar-free maple syrup (I like Lakanto brand, which I get from Amazon) with honey.  You can also replace the cashew butter with any other nut butter, such as peanut or almond...just limit it to natural.

You may store the cups in the freezer for up to 3 months!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are a great low-carb snack or dessert. Portion control counts, as it always does!!

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Cook Time 12 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together until well-mixed. The resulting dough should be thick and dense.
  4. Scoop about 1-2 tablespoons of dough and form into small, 1-inch balls.
  5. Place balls on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Repeat until dough is used up, resulting in about 18 balls.
  6. Flatten each ball by pressing down using a fork and rotating 90 degrees to press down again, forming a criss-cross pattern. Repeat for all balls until they are flattened.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are browning. Cool and serve.
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Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons

These macaroons are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, footed with a perfect layer of dark chocolate, and so deliciously snackable and somewhat addicting, that portion control is paramount! They are also top of the list on our Fueled & Fit EDGE 90-Day Challenge because they are low-fat, low-carb and low-sugar! So, when you are craving something a little sweet OR needing something to take to a potluck–THIS is one of your go-to desserts or snacks!

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Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and evenly spread the shredded coconut over the sheets.
  3. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, removing and stirring every 5 minutes.
  4. Separate 4 egg whites into a bowl and add the pinch of salt.
  5. Beat the eggs on high until almost stiff peaks are formed.
  6. Slowly add in the heated honey about 1 tsp at a time, beating simultaneously.
  7. Once all the honey is added, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. {Note: stiff peaks are marked by when you shake the beaters and the peaks of egg white foam do not move or wiggle.}
  8. Fold in the cooled and toasted unsweetened coconut with a large spatula.
  9. Line the baking sheets with more parchment paper.
  10. Using a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, spoon the egg white/coconut mixture into the bag filling towards one corner. Cut the corner of the bag off. {Note: an actual pastry bag works, too.} Squeeze about 1 tablespoon dollops onto the baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the outside is golden brown.
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool while you prepare the chocolate.
  13. Melt the chocolate chips on a double boiler. {Boil some water in a small sauce pan and place a large glass bowl on top of the pot. Add the chocolate chips to the glass bowl and stir constantly until evenly melted, then remove from the heat.}
  14. When the cookies are cooled, dip the bottom into chocolate and set on parchment paper.
  15. Set the chocolate by placing the cookies in the refrigerator. This should take about 30 minutes.
  16. Plate and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips are sweetened with Stevia and can be found at HEB, Whole Foods, etc.

Snickerdoodle Muffins

Snickerdoodle Muffins

I absolutely LOVE snickerdoodle cookies. But, they are off limits if you are following our “edge” program. Well, truth be told, just about any snickerdoodle cookie is off limits on any “diet” program, right?

These snickerdoodle muffins will totally keep you from missing those cookies, I promise!!!  These muffins are low-carb and low-fat.  Whip up a batch and put some in the freezer.  You can even have one for breakfast!!

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Cook Time 20 Minutes START TIMER
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place 12 muffin liners in a 12-count muffin tin.
  2. Place almond flour, erythritol, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt in a large bowl. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk eggs, melted coconut oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Then, add the egg mixture to the almond flour mixture and stir until fully combined. Then, fold in the hemp hearts.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin tins and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are golden.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
  1. Place the coconut oil in a small dish and combine the erythritol and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Once the muffins are done, one muffin at a time, brush the top with coconut oil before placing it overtop of the cinnamon sugar bowl and sprinkling it with the cinnamon sugar. Lightly shake off excess and repeat with remaining muffins.
  2. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.
Recipe Notes

Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swerve Sweetener, Granular, 12 Ounce

 

 

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

I love “no-bake” cookies because it’s just about like eating the dough out of the bowl, right? These are no exception. And, the best part? They are an “EDGE RECIPE.” So, what is an “EDGE RECIPE” you ask? Okay, maybe you didn’t ask. But, just in case you did, “EDGE RECIPES” are those that…well…give us an edge toward healthy weight management goals. EDGE RECIPES have to meet certain standards to be so-categorized. They must be low-fat, low-carb, and sugar-free for starters. Next, they have to be quick to prepare and easy on the budget.  Last, but certainly not least, EDGE RECIPES must be “crave-worthy.”  They must make your mouth water when you think about coming home and knoshing on them.  Well, this recipe checks off all those boxes!

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  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well.
  2. In a cup, combine liquid ingredients, then pour wet into dry and stir until incorporated fully.
  3. Transfer to a plastic bag and smush into a ball. Now you can roll into smaller balls or place in fridge until a little firmer and then roll into smaller balls.
  4. You can also bake these at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. For crispier cookies, cook for about 15 minutes. Then cool for about 10-15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

You can make your own oat flour by blending oats in a food processor until they become powder. Be sure to measure after blending.

For the no-bake option, due to the coconut oil, these cookies will harden when chilled, but they go back to being soft if left out.

You can freeze the no-bake or bake option.

You can also make them as thick or thin as you like. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time if you decide to go for the bake option.

 

Chocolate Covered Plantain Chips

Chocolate Covered Plantain Chips

This recipe will quickly become one of your go-to’s for when you are having a “chocolate and/or sweet attack.” The combination of sweet and salty with no guilt??? Doesn’t get better than that!

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange plantain chips in an even layer.
  3. Combine the baking stevia (or coconut sugar), butter (or ghee), coconut oil, and water in a medium saucepan. Turn heat to medium-high and begin stirring the mixture so the oil and butter (or ghee) combine with the baking stevia (or coconut sugar).
  4. As the mixtures starts to heat up, whisk it (vigorously) in one direction. The oil and sugar may separate, but continue whisking to combine.
  5. Whisk about 4 minutes, watching very carefully to avoid burning the sugar. Once the mixture is combined and the consistency of melted caramel, remove from heat immediately. You have two options from here: Carefully drizzle the caramel on top of the plantain chips, trying your best to coat evenly OR gently pour the caramel on top of the plantain chips and using a rubber spatula, mix the chips around to evenly coat. You will have to do this quickly, as the caramel will begin to thicken once cooled. When the chips are coated, quickly arrange them back in an even layer. You may have to pull them apart with your fingers, as they will be sticky. This will help the bottoms of the chips to be caramelized as well as the tops.
  6. Place the plantain chips with caramel into the oven and cook for 5 minutes, until the caramel is bubbly. Be careful not to burn.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool as you prepare the chocolate.
  8. Pour the chocolate chips in a medium glass bowl and heat in the microwave for 20 second intervals, mixing the chocolate between intervals. Once most of the chocolate is melted, remove from the microwave and stir until all the chocolate is melted.
  9. Drizzle the chocolate on top of the plantains and spread evenly with a spatula.
  10. Let cool at room temperature. If desired, add a little salt to top.
  11. Place the pan into the refrigerator to chill. Once chilled and the chocolate has hardened, gently break off pieces to desired size and serve!
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Lemon Meringue Cookies

Lemon Meringue Cookies

Why buy your cookies when you can very easily make your own? It’s super easy to make these sugar-free lemon meringue cookies! This recipe uses a powdered sugar substitute (see recommendation in recipe notes). It’s important for it to be powdered, otherwise the end result will be gritty. It may work to just powder a different sweetener in a food processor, as long as you can get it to a very fine consistency.

In comparison to the regular, sugar-filled version, the end result is only slightly different with sugar-free meringue cookies. They are almost indistinguishable.  The only difference you may notice is that it’s a little more difficult for the beaten egg whites to hold their stiff peaks without that sugar. Basically, that means you get less definition in your meringue design when piping. But, hey–it’s worth it to have the low-carb, sugar-free version, right?

If lemon flavor is not your thing and you prefer vanilla, you can modify this recipe by simply skipping the lemon zest and folding in about 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  You’ll want to keep the lemon juice as a stabilizer, or you can use cream of tartar instead. Either way, they will not taste lemon-y without the zest in there.

As far as storage, just place them in an airtight container and keep them in the pantry or cupboard. Room temperature works best.  The only caveat is that the cookies can soften by absorbing water vapor from the air. You want to keep them away from heat and moisture.  If they get soft on you anyway, you can crisp them up again. Just place them in the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the egg whites into a large bowl. Beat using a hand mixer at medium speed, until the whites get opaque and frothy.
  3. Add the lemon juice. Increase mixer speed to high. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Gradually add the powdered sweetener, a tablespoon at a time, beating more as you go.
  5. Gently fold in the lemon zest.
  6. Carefully transfer the mixture into a piping bag. Pipe cookies onto the lined baking sheet, about a teaspoon each, spaced about an inch apart.
  7. Bake for 1-2 hours. (Time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your meringues.) The meringues are done when they are firm and release easily from the parchment paper, but before they turn brown.
  8. When they are done, turn off the oven and prop the door open with a wooden spoon. Leave the meringues in the oven this way for at least an hour, until dry and crisp.
Recipe Notes

Powdered sugar substitute. Click on image for purchase link.

Swerve Sugar Replacement


 

Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These flour-less pumpkin oatmeal cookies are soft baked and healthy enough to be called a “breakfast food!”  They are quick to whip up and you might want to make a double batch because they stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer!

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of the batter (about 2 tbsp each) onto the prepared baking sheet, until you have 9 cookies.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are just set. Let cool and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Make your own oat flour by blending 3/4 cup old fashioned oats in a blender or food processor until smooth flour forms. Or you could try swapping the oat flour out with protein powder.

Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Soft Baked)

Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Soft Baked)

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper). Set aside.
  2. In one small bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Combine the wet and dry, and mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop 1/8 cup (or 2 tbsp) worth of dough onto baking sheet per cookie, (you may want to mold into shape you want them to be, as they don't spread much). Sprinkle with a few chocolate chips if desired before baking.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until set.
Recipe Notes

To make oat flour, take 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats and grind in a blender or food processor until it reaches a flour consistency.

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