What do you do when it’s The First Official Week of Summer and 106 degrees outside?!?! You turn the oven on and bake some chocolate chip cookies. DUH. More importantly you bake the cookies so when you need to make an ice cream cookie sandwich you are already prepared. See always one step ahead of y’all (yeah…not really).
I will be honest and say, that I am not the most savvy in creating recipes. So when I can find a product that I can ‘get down with’ I want to use it, exploit it, devour it. I am a dirrrtyyy girl. Sorry, not sorry. Plus, when I finally have my dream come true to be on a first name basis with Juli Bauer from PaleOMG and she’s like, “Oh yeah, don’t you love this (insert whatever product)?” and I can respond with confidence, “Oh totes girl, I recommend it to all my clients!”
Insert: Simple Mills Products. Simple Mills products are simple, delicious, real food in a baking mix. They classify themselves as gluten-free, grain-free, non-gmo, soy free, and paleo friendly. Their products range from almond flour crackers to frosting, cookies, pizza dough, vanilla cake, and muffins. I first saw them through PaleOMG and was super excited to find them at my local health food store here in Antelope Valley and TARGET (damn, #targetdoesitagain). In a world full of processed foods, it is refreshing to find a company that wants to provide as many natural ingredients in a product.
The chocolate chip cookie mix ingredients include: almond flour, chocolate chips, organic coconut sugar, tapioca, organic coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Simple ingredients. To finish this mathematical baking equation you add:
Milk (dairy or non-dairy) + vanilla + butter or oil (coconut, vegetable, or grapeseed)
For me I used Almond Milk (unsweetened) and coconut oil. Coconut oil is made from the pressing of the white meat inside the shell of the coconut. Coconut oil is one of the most abundant sources of saturated fats. The saturated fat in coconut oil is comprised of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) – basically a chain of fatty acids that are of medium length. MCTs have shown to be broken down differently in the body and not stored in our fat cells, when compared to other saturated fats such as lard. This could create a thermogenic effect, and boost fat burning action in the body. I am an advocate for coconut oil not just for its weight loss effects but that it can reduce inflammation in the body and MCTs are a good fuel source for your brain and body.
FURTHERMORE, I added another experiment to also ‘test’ an additional product. Dun…Dun..Dun..powdered peanut butter. (yes roll your eyes). But I get so many questions on natural peanut butter versus powdered peanut butter. SOOO I decided to buy a container and use it. I used the product Just Great Stuff Powdered Organic Peanut Butter. The ‘benefit’ of the product is it provides that peanut butter flavor for 90% less fat. The ingredients in this powdered peanut butter are: organic peanuts, organic coconut sugar, and sea salt. The nutrition for 2 tbs of powdered PB are: 50 cals, 5g Fat, 1.5g Fat, and 5g Carbs with 3g Sugar.
Without further adieu….
1 Simple Mills box – Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. MCT Coconut Oil (I would recommend using 2tbsp. – 3 made it very oily)
3 tbsp. Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tbsp. Organic Powdered Peanut Butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk almond milk and vanilla.
Add Simple Mills Cookie Package ingredients and mix to form. 4. Add coconut oil and mix together. Then add your powdered peanut butter (or NOT).
Use 1 tbsp. to form small balls and place on parchment paper. Box says it makes 12 cookies, and I was able to make 16.
Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Enjoy with ice cream, fat free whip cream, or just by itself!
Macros per cookie: 97 calories, 1.5 g protein, 9.7g carbs, 3.9g sugar, 6.1g fat.
Side Note: Because their products contain no preservatives, you need to store the cookies in the fridge or freezer, for sake keeping!
Since completing the Dietetic Internship, I have attempted to check off everything on my year long bucket list I made. Things like Disneyland, Harry Potter World, reading, recipe development, and upgrade/expand my blog and brand. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to attempt all this in a month before starting the Dietitian job I accepted. Especially Disneyland and Harry Potter World……I just want a Butter Beer and to ride “It’s A Small World” but alas God has other plans.
However reading books, recipe development, and upgrading/expanding my blog is something I can do and slowly (at a snails pace) getting them done. I have successfully done two second recipes, whoop whoop. Like I said snail pace. However, I am killin’ the reading game right now. Currently, I am reading ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life’ by Mark Manson. Basically every word, sentence, paragraph and chapter is a TRUTH BOMB. Do yo’ self a favor and get this book NOW!!!!! After venturing through my second ‘100 Happy Day’ Posts for Instagram – I have been determined to keep this Happy Day theme on rolling. Hence the quote from Einstein, to keep the balance in life you must keep moving. And I intend on moving onward and upward in life. Yet, I realize that not everyday is filled with unicorns and rainbows and I know I put so much focus on things that I may not be able to fix or change. This may be detrimental to me in the long run. Hence deciding to read ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck’. The first TRUTH BOMB from the book is: Wanting positive experience is a negative experience; accepting negative experience is a positive experience. As I learned from the book Mindset, when we accept negative experiences or when we fail it opens us up to growth. When we accept a growth mindset it opens numerous doors for success and happiness in our lives. So this is my growth mindset, acknowledging that I fail at blogging or posting recipes on a daily basis but I choose to put my focus on things I can do. Do you boo, boo.
The SUBTLE ART of WAFFLES
Let’s be honest, when you have WAFFLES there isn’t any room for negativity. Plus we all know WAFFLES are just PANCAKES with ABS. And if the saying is true you are what you eat…..then I AM ABS. ANDDD these Double Chocolate Chip Power Waffles are just what I need to help me POWER through the day and keep me fueled for my workout. I’m a big fan of Kodiak Power Cakes mix because of its carb:protein ratio and limited ingredients. The Siggi’s yogurt, is the new kid on the block, and is based on Icelandic yogurt promoting simple ingredients, low sugar with a high protein content. I also decided to add a half scoop of chocolate whey protein to increase the chocolate-y flavor all while making these waffles even more AB-tastic…..
53 grams Kodiak Cakes Mix
1/2 scoop (15g) Chocolate Whey Protein
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
150 grams Siggi’s 0% Vanilla Yogurt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
15.0 grams Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels
Combine dry ingredients in one bowl – Kodiak Cakes, protein powder, cinnamon, and baking soda and mix.
Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl – almond milk, yogurt, egg and whisk.
3. Add dry to wet and mix thoroughly. Then add chocolate chips.
4. Using a waffle maker (or you can make these into pancakes), keep cooking heat on low and cook it long so that the waffles can crisp up and cook all the way through.
Optional: Sprinkle extra Chocolate Chips on top because YOLO.
Whole recipe makes 6 waffles (2 Waffles/person).
150 cal | 14.2g Protein | 19g Carbs | 4.5g Fat
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are super easy to make with only a couple of ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make. You can add them to your morning yogurt to have some extra chocolate goodness to start your day or have as a snack during the day with the HANGRY feels hit ya. These balls are nutrient dense packed and macro-friendly.
Gluten-Free Oats – a great source as a complex carbohydrate with fiber to aid in digestion.
Flax Meal – a great source for fiber (GI gut health), essential fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid, a precursur to omega-3 fatty acids), and lignans (phytochemicals that has antioxidant properties).
Protein Powder – added protein to help repair muscle damage from workouts.
Natural Peanut Butter – source of protein and monounsaturated fat, and taste creamy GOOOODDDD.
1 cup Gluten-Free Oats (Bob’s Red Mill is what I used)
1/2 cup Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (you can use any nut butter)
1 tbs. Raw Honey (melted before added to mix)
2 tbs. Cocoa Powder – unsweetened
2 tbs. Flax Meal
2 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (I used ON brand because I find it to be the best option with less fillers and for a cheap price)
1/4 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir. Add water to help mix everything together. If mix is still too dry add more water – 1 tbs. at a time.
Place in fridge for 20 minutes to let rolls harden up.
Roll in to 14 balls and store in fridge or freezer.
Per ball: 113 calories | 6.6 grams protein | 8.4 g carbs | 5.5 g fat.