Sometimes, you just need something sweet. If you have a particularly strong sweet tooth, then check out these 5 easy recipes. They’re all at or under 200 calories, and are sure to satisfy your hankering!
Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream
Nutrition per 2/3 cup serving (out of 8): 120 calories, 7 protein, 14 carbs, 7 fat, 2 fiber, 7 sugar
2 large ripe bananas, frozen
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee, chilled*
2 scoops Ascent chocolate casein protein powder
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted (I used 53% cacao)
1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp. unsweetened cacao powder
1 tbsp. honey (optional, depending how sweet you like it)
*If you don’t want the coffee flavor, you can just substitute an equal amount of preferred milk (dairy, almond, coconut, etc.) If you just don’t want the caffeine, it will still taste great with decaf coffee!
- Place all ingredients in a powerful blender or food processor. Process until a thick, creamy, smooth consistency forms.
- Once blended, you can eat right there for soft serve, or you can freeze and eat later.
- Top with an extra sprinkle of cocoa powder or espresso powder and enjoy!
Double Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies
Serving size: 1 brownie Calories: 200 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 25 Fiber: 5 Protein: 9
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed well
½ cup + 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup white/whole wheat flour (oat flour for gluten free)
2 scoops Ascent chocolate casein protein
½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
3 whole eggs
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup + 2 tbsp. honey
¼ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond)
2-4 tbsp. coconut sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
- Add black beans, Greek yogurt, eggs, melted coconut oil, honey, milk, coconut sugar, and melted chocolate to food processor. Blend until completely smooth.
- Now add dry ingredients: cocoa powder, flour, protein powder, baking powder and salt. Blend/process again until smooth.
- Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times to incorporate.
- Line a 9×9 glass baking dish with foil. Spray with nonstick baking spray. Pour batter into baking dish and spread evenly into the dish.
- Sprinkle with some chocolate chips on the top if desired. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake. I like leave mine a little underdone so they are more moist and fudge-like.
Slice and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Balls
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 130 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 19 Sugar: 10 Fiber: 4 Protein: 4
1 cup (80g) old fashioned oats
½ cup peanut flour
¾ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened (plus more for coating)
¼ cup whole flaxseed
2 tbsp. chia seed
6 tbsp. pure maple syrup
¼ cup almond milk
½ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
- Add oats, peanut flour, shredded coconut, flax seed, and chia seed to a food processor. Blend until oats are ground up.
- Add maple syrup and almond milk. Blend again until all ingredients are well combined.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls. It should make about 18 of them.
- Fill a small bowl with shredded coconut. Roll each of the balls in coconut to coat the outside.
Apple Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 200 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 21 Sugar: 7 Fiber: 3 Protein: 7
1 cup (120g) oat flour
1 scoop (34g) Beast Sports vanilla protein powder
1 cup (80g) old fashioned/rolled oats
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ cup (56g) coconut oil
6 tbsp. (96g) natural creamy peanut butter
1 whole egg
½ tbsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup (48g) stevia/sugar baking blend*
1 large apple, cubed into small chunks
- Preheat oven to 350F. Mix flour, protein powder, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl add coconut oil and peanut butter. Heat for about 15 seconds or until coconut oil is melted. Mix together until smooth. Add egg, vanilla extract and stevia/sugar blend. Mix.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients. Gently fold together until combined. Add apple and stir in. The batter should be a thick cookie dough consistency.
- Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Scoop about 11 medium sized cookies onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
* If you don’t have stevia/sugar baking blend, you can use ½ cup regular granulated sugar or coconut
Strawberry Watermelon Pre-Workout Popsicles
Serving size: 1 popsicle Calories: 40 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 9 Protein: 2
1½ cups cubed watermelon, ripe
½ cup strawberries, fresh or frozen*
2 scoops Ascent watermelon flavor pre-workout
1 tbsp. honey (more or less to taste)
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until completely smooth and no chunks of fruit left.
- Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze until firm and enjoy!
*If using frozen, heat in microwave for about 30 seconds to thaw.
**Depending on how strong you want them, and how big of popsicles you make.
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