Previously in this column, we tried something different and looked at a couple of recipes for those who are trying to eat reasonably clean. As a result, a few readers sent recipes that they’ve tried to the Fitness Examiner. Last time it was whole grain waffles and carrot cake protein bars.
One of the recipes that sounded particularly tasty was a lower carb dark chocolate peanut butter cookie that was sent from Lisa P. in Estero.
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup egg whites
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
½ cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
½ cup flaxseed
Stevia added to taste
1 tsp baking powder
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Place tablespoon sized portions of dough on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until firm.
This recipe makes about 12 cookies. Estimated nutrition values are 100 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbs and 6 grams of protein.
A similar clean treat is a recipe for Chocolate Protein bars featured on Bodybuilding.com. In the video on the left, Bodybuilding.com spokesmodel Jamie Eason demonstrates the preparation of this recipe.
1 cup oat flour
4 egg whites
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
½ cup Splenda, Truvia, or Ideal
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
8oz berry flavored baby food
3 tbsp baking cocoa
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients (oat flower, vanilla whey protein, baking soda, salt and baking cocoa) together in a large bowl.
Mix wet ingredients (egg whites, Splenda, berry flavored baby food and water) together in a medium sized bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
Spray cooking dish with a non stick butter spray and add batter to dish.
Bake 20-30 minutes in oven.
This makes 16 squares. Using 2 squares as a serving, approximate nutritional values are: 96 calories, 1.4 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs and 10 grams of protein.
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