There is nothing quite like the creamy, cool, sweet, custard-y taste and texture of a banana cream pie to transport you to summertime picnics of yesteryear and call to mind long summer nights spent over simple suppers (likely a grill was involved) with friends. And there most certainly is a time for those self-same recipes, packed as they are with egg yolks and refined sugar (see how I bemoan the Banana Cream Pie in my Banana-Coconut Cream Pie Bowl recipe). But NOW is the time for a HIGH-PROTEIN Banana Cream Pie (but of course!). And it’s also gluten-free, low-fat and has no added sugar. Let’s get baking!
Have you ever gotten into a snacking rut? Throwing the same granola bars (or Quest bars) into your lunch bag (or purse or backpack) week after week? Digging the same badly bruised fruit out of the bottom of your gym bag? Spooning the same pre-packaged single serving yogurt flavours into your mouth while you peruse Pinterest (look for me!) but pretend to work? SNACK BOREDOM STOPS HERE! I’m bringing you all the rich, creamy deliciousness of BOTH Banana Cream Pie AND Coconut Cream Pie in one innocent-looking bowl of high-protein, gluten-free, grain-free, refined-sugar free GOODNESS!
Oh, Fluff! That thick, sticky-sweet, syrupy, fluffy, foamy marshmallow-y gooey goodness. Is it a topping? Is it a spread? Is it even a food? Whatever it is, it sure is delicious (or at least it was – it might be a sad side effect of being an adult that I can’t recall the last time I had a nice blob of Fluff to cram in my craw). But taste aside, I think we can agree that it is NOT a pinnacle of nutrition. Well, let me pioneer a high-protein, refined sugar-free recipe that brings you the same satisfying “squish” of Fluff, paired with its classic companions peanut butter (hello, Fluffer-nutter!) and banana!
So, I definitely like pumpkin. And I definitely like making high-protein recipes (don’t ask me how much I spend on protein powders – it’s almost embarrassing, really). Now, does it come as a surprise that I LOVE cheesecake? (I mean c’mon, who doesn’t love cheesecake? Really? Are you sure?). There’s just something about that rich, creamy, not-too-sweet dessert that just makes me weak in the knees. But, alas, too many cheesecakes will not only make me weak in the knees, but also soft and pudgy in various areas that I work hard to keep a little bit firmer. The natural solution is a high-protein, low-fat version of cheesecake that keeps the great texture and flavour that I love, but loses some of the calories, fat and refined sugar. Welcome to the wonderful world of Pumpkin Cheesecake Chia Pudding – I promise it’s another easy, healthy recipe you can whip up in minutes.
Chocolate for breakfast? Peanut butter, too? It MUST be the weekend! No, not quite? Well how about a HEALTHY, HIGH-PROTEIN this-can’t-be-good-for-me-but-it-really-is chocolate peanut butter concoction to get us through? Yes, I thought so too. Make it for breakfast, make it for a post-workout snack, make it for dessert – whatever you do, just make it!
I don’t know about you, but it seems like avocado-based puddings are EVERYWHERE these days (and by everywhere, I mean all over Pinterest). I love me some avocado (sliced and sprinkled with sea salt, in guacamole, on my burgers, in my salads, etc.) and I also love chocolate, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to get me believing in the avocado-chocolate combination. I fiddled around with a few recipes, making my own adjustments here and there until I had absolutely nailed the creamy, cool texture of a traditional dairy-based chocolate pudding. And then, to justify it as a gym-friendly snack, I threw in some protein powder. Naturally. You’ll see that I do that with a lot of recipes. There are only so many egg whites, chicken breasts, cans of tuna, and Quest Bars (yes, there is even a limit to those, sadly) a girl can eat before she needs to get creative with her protein choices.
But, add MINT to the equation (an idea I first got from these ridiculously good No Bake Andes Mint Bars) and it was like the heavens opened with an angel chorus and I was bathed in a warm white light: Hallelujah! Mint Chocolate Avocado ECSTASY!
I’ll show you what I mean!