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Healthy recipes: Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread and a peanut butter snack

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Earlier this year, we started working some recipes into the mix. We’ve looked at everything from protein pancakes to turkey meatloaf muffins and chocolate protein bars.

Our first recipe is for Peanut Butter Balls, sent in by Monica D. from Ft. Myers. The desire to snack is one of the hardest things to kick. If we’re going to snack, why not make it something that has protein, healthy fats and some carbs? That’s where these come into play.

Ingredients:

2 cups peanut butter

1 cup rice krispies

1/4 cup honey

1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder

3/4 cup raw oatmeal

Directions:Microwave the peanut butter on low for about 30 seconds until slightly melted (not runny). Stir in the honey and the protein powder. Once mixed, add in the rice krispies and the raw oats.

Form into balls and then place in the fridge to harden overnight. Note that if you prefer harder/softer peanut butter balls, you can adjust the volumes of the ingredients until your desired texture is reached.

The second recipe comes from Jamie Eason at Bodybuilding.com. Jamie has a recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread. It might not put Cinnabon out of business, but it’s a good alternative for those trying to eat healthier. Besides, who doesn’t like the smell of cinnamon in the house?

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Ideal

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups oat flour

2 scoops vanilla whey protein

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup Ideal or ¼ cup Stevia in the Raw

2 egg whites

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup or 1 4oz jar of baby food applesauce and ¼ cup low sugar vanilla yogurt (optional)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8 X 8 inch Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.

2) In small bowl combine: (set aside)

1/3 cup Ideal

2 tsp cinnamon

3) In a large bowl combine: (whisk together)

1 1/2 cups oat flour + 2 scoops vanilla whey protein

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup Ideal or ¼ cup Stevia in the Raw

4) In a medium bowl combine: (whisk together & add to large bowl)

2 egg whites

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup or 1 4oz jar of baby food applesauce and ¼ cup low sugar vanilla yogurt (optional)

5) Pour a shallow layer of batter into the loaf pan (about 1/4 of the batter).

6) Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter & cinnamon/sugar on top.

Draw a knife through the batter to marble. Bake for 24 to 28 min. Let cool for 10 min. Bread will be dense.

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