G’day everyone! (Does it ever stump anyone as to how to greet readers each post? I find myself changing languages and accents each week… ). It’s already our 2nd August WIAW! Thank you Jenn , you rock!
I had recently been struggling with fatigue and allergies more so than usual, but this week has, thankfully, been better! I got into the gym for a great workout and have been running consistently. I was reading Alex’s blog the other day about running and was astounded to learn that girl runs up to 65 miles per week!
Needless to say, that gave me some serious motivation to up my runs and push through the difficulty. I’m not at the point of running anywhere near what she does, but I am able to add a half a mile here and there. Thanks to her post, I ran the furthest I’ve ever run in my life the other night….which was still under 3 miles, but the point is, I’m improving! Yay, me!
Ok, enough self congratulations…lets move on to the food! I felt bad that I didn’t post many pictures last week of what I’ve been eating, so this week I’ve tried to make up for it!
…I love to top the veggies with crumbled goat cheese!
And for dessert, we’ve been trying to lower our sugar and up our protein in order to not feel quite as weighted down….so I’ve already made three batches of today’s featured recipe….
I know it seems lame, but I looked up synonyms for ‘cupcake’ when trying to decide what to call this recipe, and the Macmillan Dictionary website says that ‘bun’ is a ‘a small, round cake, especially with a sweet, sticky surface’, which describes what I’ve made to a tee!
Ground oats and protein powder are combined in the dry mix, while banana, applesauce, and greek yogurt all lend moistness, flavor, and sweetness. Topped with an orange coconut glaze, these are the perfect breakfast, snack, or treat!
CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BUNS WITH ORANGE COCONUT GLAZE
1/4 c. ground oats
1/4 c. protein powder, I used an unsweetened rice protein
1/4 c. carob powder
1/4 c. cacao powder (or cocoa would work just as well)
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. cinnamon
3 T. sucanat, ground
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ripe banana, mashed
3 T. applesauce
1 T. greek yogurt
1 T. neutral oil (coconut or grapeseed both work well!)
1/2 t. vanilla
14 drops of liquid stevia
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients (oats, protein powder, carob, cacao, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and sucanat. Mix the wet ingredients (eggs, banana, applesauce, yogurt, oil, vanilla and stevia). Mix all. Pour into muffin cups and bake for about 20 minutes (some ovens may need a bit longer).
ORANGE COCONUT GLAZE
1 T. coconut butter, melted
1 T. orange juice, at room temperature or warmed a bit in a saucepan
1/2 t. honey
2 drops of vanilla
1 drop of stevia
Mix all. If an ingredient is cold, the coconut butter will harden and not be spreadable, so make sure the orange juice is warmed a bit. Spread it on the cooled buns and dig in!
These have a wonderful texture and flavor with just the right amount of sweetness, and the orange in the glaze is the perfect compliment to the chocolate. Everyone will be wanting one!
This week’s recipe review was for one of the most delicious and healthy granolas I’ve ever tried!
This stuff is insanely good! If you’ve ever made granola, you know that it typically calls for tons of oil and sugar. This stuff, my friends, is sweetened by nothing more than one banana and dates. Oh yeah, and there’s no added fat! I made it a couple of days ago, and could not keep my hands out of the oven. I kept reaching in for another bite…and another…and another. Gabby’s directions call for a dehydrator, but I was able to keep it in the oven for about 2-3 hours at 200 degrees, and it still came out wonderfully!
What’s the best recipe you’ve tried by another blogger?
Random question: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Heather at Sweetly Raw is holding a contest for vegan ice cream sundaes that I’m going to enter. If you guys are interested, head over there and check it out! The contest closes at midnight on the 13th of this month.