Guy Day Friday [Protein Energy Bites]

Have I mentioned that our stove has been broken for more than 2 weeks now? It’s terrible. We’ve used our griddle and crock pot for meals but seriously, there is SO MUCH you need a stove for! My husband is likely getting tired of me telling him we should just forget the warranty company and go buy a new one (I REALLY WANT TO BE ABLE TO USE A STOVE!). Anyway, I made these delicious protein energy bites to travel with us for the holidays and since they’re no-bake, it worked out perfectly.

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Ingredients: 

1 c. quick oats (I actually used steel cut)
2 TBS chia seeds (PACKED WITH PROTEIN!)
1 TBS flax seeds
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (or dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, almonds, walnuts)
2/3 c. coconut flakes
2/3 c. peanut butter (I used crunchy! Almond butter would also be good!)
1/3 c. honey (or agave nectar!)
1 tsp. vanilla

Optional:

1 TBS protein powder

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Directions: 

Mix all ingredients in same bowl until combined well (I used my hands but a wooden spoon would work too)

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Put in refrigerator for 30 minutes until mixture cools/hardens a bit

Roll out into 1 inch balls  on wax paper

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Should make 20-25 balls per batch. Keep refrigerated. Good for up to 5 days (I doubt they’ll last that long after you try the first one! SOOOO good!).

Let me know if you try other ingredients, I’d love to know what flavor combinations you come up with!

Guy Day Friday – Cookie Time!

 

 

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Cookies may seem like a daunting item when you think about baking and getting the timing right and what if they’re too gooey or what if they burn? You could just pick some up from the store, right? Wrong. I’m going to give you THREE recipes, all with less than 5 incredients EACH. You can’t mess these up!

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Peanut Butter Cookies:

  1. 1 c. creamy peanut butter
  2. 1 c. sugar in the raw (or white sugar)
  3. 1 egg
  • Beat all 3 together until well mixed
  • Make 1 inch balls and push down with thumb or fork to flatten
  • Bake on 350 for 8-10 minutes (then cool for 5-10 minutes)

IMG_7421Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  1. 1 c. Nutella
  2. 3/4 cup wheat flour (or white)
  3. 1/2 – 1 c. chocolate chips (I like dark chocolate chips but milk or white would work too)
  4. 1 egg
  • Mix all items together until flour and egg can no longer be detected (I use a wooden spoon)
  • Make 1 inch balls and place on wax paper on a baking sheet (evenly spaced)
  • Bake on 350 for 6-8 minutes (I go for 6-7) then cool and serve

 

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Pumpkin cheesecake whoopie pies:

For the cookies:

  1. 1 box spice cake mix
  2. 1 can pumpkin puree
  3. 1/3 c. coconut oil or 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • Mix well together until smooth
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  • Make 1 1/2 inch cookie balls on wax paper (on baking sheet) and space at least 1.5 inches apart
  • Press down on top or use a spoon to smooth out the tops (will make prettier cookies)
  • Remember, it takes 2 cookies for each whoopie pie – you will need all of those cookies! (looks like a lot!)
  • Bake on 350 for approximately 14 minutes (cookies should be soft to touch and rebound after touching)

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For the filling:

  1. 1 box Jello cheesecake filling
  2. 16 oz whipping cream
  • Mix both parts together until well mixed and thick looking
  • Spoon into a ziplock bag, seal it and then cut 1/4 inch off one bottom corner

Making the whoopie pies:

  • After cookies have cooled, take one cookie and pipe filling onto bottom, then place another cookie on top
  • Do this until all cookies/filling has been used
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve (you can keep them separated in tupperware with wax paper!)

 

Now, who is taking cookies to their holiday party or family gathering this year? Can’t wait to hear how it goes! Enjoy!