Breakfast Brownies

Who here can get their children to eat multiple servings of vegetables every day? I’m sure they are obsessed with nutrition, right? Anybody have toddlers who understand that omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks for brain growth? Do your kids readily gobble up all the protein they need to get “big and strong”?

I have to admit that my kids are some of the best eaters I have ever met. That said, they are still 3 and 5 years old and definitely form their own opinions about food. One week they are all about sweet potatoes, the next week they won’t touch them. One day they will eat an entire avocado with a spoon, the next day it’s “Mommy, avocados are spicy” (‘spicy’ is the term my kids now use for things they don’t like. I have no idea how that happened, but here we are).

Sound familiar?

I’ve found a few ways to sneak things into foods that they already like (spinach in smoothies is nearly invisible as far as taste goes, flax meal blends great in pancakes, etc), but I am always looking for more ways to do it!

These yummy and easy Breakfast Brownies are packed full of important vitamins, protein and fats that will keep young tummies full and start the day off right! Perfect for busy on-the-go mornings or a nutritious after-school snack. Forget the cereal and bagels, check out the health benefits of just some of the ingredients:

Almonds – vitamin E, magnesium, protein and antioxidants.

Avocado – more potassium than bananas and loaded with fiber.

Carrots – antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K and B8, potassium and protect the central nervous system.

Coconut oil – the fatty acids kill harmful pathogens and prevent infection, keeps you full longer, and supply energy to brain cells.

Eggs – lots of protein, zinc, iron and rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Zucchini – anti-inflammatory and contains manganese and vitamin C to keep the heart strong.

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Feel free to substitute the protein for another brand, just make sure it’s a whey blend or pea or plant base; isolates won’t work. Been there done thaaaaaaat.

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Peanut Butter White Chocolate Protein Cookies

I’m going to keep this short and sweet:

These are officially my favorite and simplest cookie of all time.

No eggs.

No flour.

No dairy.

No oil.

And they take a total of 10 MINUTES to make and bake. Seriously: 2 minutes to make, 8 minutes to bake. You can’t even make a trip to the grocery store and buy pre made cookies in 10 minutes. I should probably rename these the Instant Gratification Cookies… 🤔

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Triple Chocolate Protein Cake

The only thing better than a chocolate cake filled with three types of chocolate is a chocolate cake filled with three types of chocolate that is ALSO packed with protein and other fabulous-for-you ingredients.
Wow. So much chocolate in that paragraph.
Almost as much as I put in the cake.

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The way this comes out so incredibly fudge-y is… A VEGETABLE! I know. It’s crazy. But a hearty blend of sweet potato purée worked some magic in this batter.

I used regular orange sweet potato, though I should note that white sweet potato has a milder flavor if you want to try this recipe but are skeptical of using a root vegetable in a chocolate cake…
But seriously: No. one. will. know.
And who cares if they do?
Sweet potatoes have a ton of awesome benefits:

  • Vitamin C – wards off viruses, accelerates wound healing and produces collagen which preserves joint health and skin elasticity.

  • Vitamin D – boosts energy level and mood, helps build healthy bones and supports the thyroid gland.

  • Iron – increases white blood cell production, resistance to stress, and metabolization of protein.

  •  Magnesium – responsible for hundreds of enzymatic reactions in the body and reduces nerve and muscle stress.

  • Potassium – regulates heartbeat and nerve signals and reduces swelling.

All that in a chocolate cake. Damn. You’re welcome.

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Peanut Butter White Chocolate Protein Fudge

Definition of SIMPLE
: not hard to understand or do
: having few parts : not complex or fancy
: not special or unusual
: Peanut Butter White Chocolate Protein Fudge

#MerriamWebsterSaidSo

This simple, no bake fudge requires zero culinary proficiency, a few basic ingredients, and this time I guarantee you have them all on hand.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can sub out nearly any item for something else and it will still work:

– No Quest protein? Use your favorite [whey/casein blend] brand.
– No FiberYum syrup? Use honey or agave.
– No Buff Bake White Chocolate peanut butter? Use literally ANY other peanut butter.
– No cashew milk? Use almond or coconut milk.
– No banana? …….Okay no sub for this one, go to the store. The trip is worth it.

That said: I have not tested any other variation, so when I say it still “works”, I mean I know it will still make a fudge. Whether or not your spin on it tastes like unicorns and sunshine and the best day of your entire life like mine did is an entirely different matter.

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Side note: I would cut the fudge into squares while still inside the cold pan, otherwise they will start to melt into the cutting board as you slice away at them. Not that I know this firsthand or anything.

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German Chocolate Protein Brownies

FACT:
Did you know that German Chocolate Cake has nothing to do with Germany? that was actually created by an American? Yeahhhhh ‘Murica. We come up with the best stuff, I swear.
In the 1850’s a man named Samuel German created a dark chocolate especially for baking, and the manufacturing company named it after him: “German’s Baking Chocolate”.
Well, somewhere along the years that “s” came off the title, and the traditional chocolate cake with coconut-pecan frosting that we know and love became known as German Chocolate Cake.

While my brownies are a stretch on the original concept, the idea is similar, which is why I kept the title. Just in case there are any foodies out there currently scoffing at my dessert for lack of authenticity… consider that opening paragraph my disclaimer.

Anyway. Here’s a picture to distract you from your judging:

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ANOTHER FACT:
The brownie itself is Paleo! Usually I use a whey/casein protein blend in my recipes, but this time I opted for a plant-based protein.
Also, I used one of my favorite flavored nut butters for the frosting, but if you sub what I used for plain cashew butter, then the entire recipe is Paleo! You know, exactly like a caveman would have baked it. Obviously.

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OKAY JUST ONE MORE FACT:
The base for this is made with avocado.
AVOCADO.
(wait what)
Chill. It does not taste anything like avocado. I added way too much chocolate in there for that. What the avocado does is make these brownies so soft and incredibly fudge-like that it’s impossible to believe there’s an entire one hiding in there. Plus you get the added benefits of healthy fats, potassium and fiber. You’re welcome.

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Are you seeing this crazy fudgey-ness right now???

‘Merica Protein Waffles

Apparently my latest sprinkle obsession is contagious, because I have gotten so many snaps and texts from people who have been adding them to their waffles and pancakes these last few days… YAS! I think it’s amazing. Sprinkle happiness everywhere! All the pun intended!

Plus I’m still pretty convinced that sprinkles have no macros or calories, soooo LOAD ‘EM UP, FAM, LOAD ‘EM UP.

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I realize I am posting this AFTER most people have had breakfast, but for those of you slightly hung over from Memorial Day weekend festivities, here’s an idea that will instantly make your day better. Because sprinkles.

I think my favorite part about these is that they are gluten-free AND super easy to make AND there are only 6 carbs per waffle! Yes, that even includes the chocolate. But not the sprinkles… because we already decided those don’t have calories, remember?

Side note: you can absolutely use your own waffle recipe for these. I just can’t promise Grandma’s super-secret traditional mix is as macro-friendly as mine…

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Birthday Cake Protein Waffles

Everything in moderation. Except for sprinkles. You can never have too many sprinkles.

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I used my base waffle recipe for this stack, added vanilla extract for extra flavor, and then, of course, sprinkles, because you cannoy have birthday-themed anything without them.

The YouFreshNaturals Birthday Cake Coco-Nut Butter was the perfect “glaze” on the top layer. This was a post-training meal for me so I also added half of a Lenny & Larry’s cookie for extra carbs and calories to refuel.

Speaking of carbs and calories, if you’re reducing either of those you can easily omit the nut butter and cookie and this stack becomes 215 calories and only 11g of carbs! However, you really won’t get the full celebration-in-your-mouth effect without all that extra birthday fun on top. Trust me on this one.

If you don’t follow me on Snapchat yet, you should (“alphakilo7″…go ahead…I’ll wait…), because I always snap the food on there first before I dress it up and try to use proper grammar and add it to this blog.


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Note: for a more “traditional” waffle consistency, I recommend using a whole egg instead of just the whites. I am sensitive to the yolks, which is why I usually use just the whites. 

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