cookies and cream & pumpkin spice plantain bread

Warning: If you are sick of my plantain bread recipes, stop reading now.

There is about to be more.

I can’t help it, my plantain obsession is still going strong and I am loving creating new and different flavors each time I make it.

So you have been warned.

For those of you who are just as plantain obsessed as I am, then you will love this post.

 

If you’ve seen my other plantain bread recipes, I’m sure you have noticed I add some sort of protein powder to all my bases.

Not only does this give me some extra protein, but I also like using it instead of a flour.

This recipe is no different.

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Cookies and Cream Plantain Bread

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Ingredients:

– 1 medium ripe plantain

– 1/2 scoop cookies and cream protein powder (I used Plant Fusion)

– 1/3 cup liquid egg whites

– 7-9 drops SweetLeaf Vanilla Drops

– almond milk to thin batter if needed

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Directions:

– Blend all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet.

– Bake in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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Since I get a lot of questions on how I bake my plantain bread I thought I would include the process of me dressing it up.

I topped this batch with a vanilla chai protein frosting.

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Vanilla Chai Protein Frosting

Ingredients:

– 1/2 scoop vanilla chai protein powder (I used Vega One)

– almond milk (add 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency)

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I made a little cookies and cream sandwich with the protein frosting and then also topped some slices and sprinkled with chia seeds.

It was like dessert for breakfast.

Just the way I like it.

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The next flavor is basically another give in if you know me at all.

Like most I love fall. I love pumpkin.

So since pumpkin is starting to hit the shelves again (for not a ridiculous price) I was quick to snag a few cans.

Among other things, it of course made it into a plantain bread.

Pumpkin Spice Plantain Bread

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Ingredients:

– 1 medium ripe plantain

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Fitmixer)*

– 2 tbsp pure pumpkin

– 1/3 cup liquid egg whites

– 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

– 6-8 drops SweetLeaf Vanilla Stevia

– almond milk to thin batter if needed

* If you don’t want to use protein powder use 2 tbsp coconut flour in it’s place

Directions:

– Blend all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet.

– Bake in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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I made a quick pumpkin frosting by mixing plain Chobani Greek yogurt with about 1 tbsp pumpkin and sprinkled some more pumpkin pie spice on top.

I think it goes without saying that this was amazing. My kitchen smelled of pumpkin amazingness. And if it wasn’t still 100 degrees here in Arizona, it might feel a bit like fall.

 

So I may sound like a broken record, but if you haven’t hopped on the plantain train yet, you need to.

I also need to get out of my comfort zone and make some of the other Purely Twins plantain recipes. They have so many that I want to try, but again if you know me, I tend to stick to one thing.

But until then, new plantain bread recipes will probably keep being created.

Hope you’re ok with that.

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Are you excited for fall?

Are you a pumpkin lover? If so what’s your favorite recipe?

vanilla chai, lemon cream pie, oh my.

Happy Sunday my loves!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far and also that you have a 3-day weekend as well and have a wonderful Labor Day!

Matt and I actually don’t have any plans, having no money kind of does that to you, but I am sure we will find some type of shenanigans to get into.

We always do.

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But I actually have some fun things to share with you. Some things I have been promising for quite some time.
Plantain Bread Recipes!

It’s no secret I have a bit of an obsession with plantain bread. But if you think I make the same ole bread each time, well you would be wrong. However if you follow me on Instagram, you already know that is not the case. Sometimes I just throw in random spices, protein powders and stevia flavors to get a nice base, but sometimes I have a goal in mind for a flavor profile. I would be lying if I said all my flavors come out amazing. They don’t. I have some duds (that get eaten anyways, nothing a little protein frosting can’t fix) But lately I have had some amazing successes.

First this great idea.

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Vanilla Chai Plantain Bread

Ingredients:

– 1 medium plantain

– 3 tbsp liquid egg whites

– 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used Designer Whey French Vanilla)

– 1/2 tbsp ginger

– 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp cloves

– 10 drops Sweetleaf vanilla stevia (more or less depending on your taste)

– almond milk if batter needs thinning

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Directions:

– Blend all ingredients in Magic Bullet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

The wonderful Heather and I had recently done a little impromptu foodie swap and she had sent me a bunch of random protein powders to try. One of them was Vega One’s Vanilla Chai. So I made a simple Vanilla Chai protein frosting to top this with.

This smelled amazing coming out of the oven. It was very hard to wait until I had decent pictures to eat this.

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The next flavor was made because I have been on a huge lemon kick lately. And after recently winning a NuNaturals giveaway and having a fresh lemon on hand from a dinner recipe that never happened, I decided to put them both to good use.

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Lemon Cream Pie Plantain Bread

– 1 medium  plantain

– 3 tbsp liquid egg whites

 – 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used Designer Whey French Vanilla)

– juice of half a lemon

– 10 drops NuNaturals lemon stevia

– almond milk if batter needs thinning

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Directions:

– Blend all ingredients in Magic Bullet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Topped with a lemon cream  made by mixing Chobani plain greek yogurt with 5-7 drops lemon stevia.

Optional lemon zest topping. It added a great freshness to the dish.

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I am loving experimenting with new flavors, which is great fuel for my plantain bread obsession.

I think my next step needs to be making a savory version.

I’ve got some idea’s brewing…

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What flavor profiles are you loving lately? It’s almost fall, I’m thinking a pumpkin plantain bread will be in my near future. (hint: It happened this morning)

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Hello my loves.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far.

Hopefully we all have a 3-day weekend in our near futures. I have to work Saturday, but having Monday off I think will make up for it a little bit.

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I just wanted to pop in real quick to spread some love with you guys.

If you follow me regularly you know when I find a product I love, I love it. And use it all the time.

I swear once I get on a kick of something, I repeat it over and over until I finally get sick of it.

Lately I’m sure you’ve noticed it’s plantain bread with protein frosting.

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I’ve made so many versions of this bread it’s ridiculous, but one thing I am pretty consistent with when it comes to my toppings is one slice always has a certain protein frosting on it.

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I even made a plantain bread sandwich with it as my filling.

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That dark brown spread that appears in almost every plantain bread picture?

That would be my Click Mocha protein frosting.

I swear after the first time I tried this product I was hooked. I love coffee. I love protein powders. This product was made for me.

A little info on Click product ingredients:

Each 12- 14 ounce serving contains a double shot of gourmet espresso coffee, 15 grams of lasting protein and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. All CLICK products are naturally flavored, colored, gluten-free and CLICK’s high quality protein is made from cows that are NOT treated with the rBST.

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This makes an awesome post work out snack.

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I took a piece of Julian Bakery Paleo Coconut Bread and made a protein frosting out of the vanilla latte flavor, spread it on top and wha-la, you have a perfect carb/protein snack.

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Since I typically work out first thing in the morning, these quick snacks work great for me.

I get my carbs, I get my protein and then I also get a little espresso to get me going.

Both flavors are absolutely amazing and they even offer a decaf variety if you don’t want the espresso kick.

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And if you have a little more time on your hands, it can be part of a semi-fancy breakfast.

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Rudi’s English Muffin topped with Click Mocha protein frosting and fresh strawberries.

Rudi’s Engish Muffins are another obsession of mine, so of course the two made multiple appearances together.

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Yup more Click protein frosting goodness.

I know. So simple, but seriously. I am obsessed.

I also added it to my powercakes.

I used my main powercake base, but then added the Click mocha to batter.

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Topped with peanut flour fluff, melty berry mix and a granola sprinkle.

I then again tried to get a little bit more fancy.

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I again took my traditional chocolate/pumpkin powercake, added Click protein powder and then I stuffed it with whipped protein cottage cheese, topped it with a peanut butter drizzle and finished it with fresh peaches.

An already amazing dish made even more amazing with the simple addition of some espresso protein. Seriously. You can’t go wrong.

Overall, I am pretty much obsessed with this product. I love when I find a good protein powder because there are so many duds out there, but this my friends is not one of them.

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What do you think of espresso protein powders?

#strangebutgood snacks

Happy Friday my friends!

This week was a busy one and even though I am happy it’s Friday, I have to work tomorrow, so really I’m not too excited. We’re only open half days, but the fact that I have to get up at 5:00am on a Saturday is just not fun in my book.

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Anywho, Friday’s are still fun and Laura makes them extra fun by giving us the opportunity to share some of our #strangebutgood eats.

Although I really think 90% of the things I eat are #strangebutgood.

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But today let’s focus on some of my not so normal snacks.

First was one of my night time concoctions.

I always have to have something sweet after dinner.

No really. Always.

Sometimes when the fridge and cupboards are looking bare I have to make use of what I have.

When that happens, things like this are made.

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I’m going to be fancy and call this chocolate protein mousse, but really it should be called chocolate protein sludge.

It was basically a tablespoon of this flour, a tablespoon of that flour, and probably some protein powder mixed together with almond milk and apple sauce and I called it good.

I was actually attempting to make a mug cake, but after tasting so much of the batter, I ended up just eating it as is.
It may look like sludge, but it was pretty tasty.

The next snack up is just as ugly.

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I use to make this all the time, but haven’t for awhile and as simple and strange as it may be, I love it.

Chocolate protein cottage cheese and jelly open face sandwich.

I used a piece of high fiber carrot bread, mixed some chocolate protein powder in with cottage cheese and with a little spread of jelly, I called this snack good.

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I also rip my food and eat in tiny bites. I do it with almost all of my sandwiches.

#strangebutgood habit? I have a lot of them.

Let continue with my strange spreads.

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I have posted about my chocolate peanut butter tofu mousse before, but this time I had gotten super lazy, made an individual serving and just tried to mash it with a spoon.

It worked. Sort of. I like it chunky anyways.

I put it on top of Julian Bakery’s paleo coconut bread, which I was trying for the first time.

The bread is interesting to say the least. I ordered it online and I’m curious to try it store bought, because the texture of this bread was. Strange on it’s own.

Not bad. Not great. Interesting.

The chocolate and peanut butter made it better though.

But what doesn’t chocolate and peanut butter make better?

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So now I bring you the spot light of my snacking lately.

We all know I am obsessed with plantains.

Well mostly my protein plantain bread.

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My twin muse’s have been posting so many recipes with plantains that I have been dying to try. But as per usual Debbie, I typically fall back on what I know I love. But I finally tried a new version of my new beloved food.

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Enter the baked plantain topped with protein frosting.

This friends was a delish snack.

Who would have thought simple roasting a plantain brushed with coconut oil and topped with a little protein frosting could be so good.

Because it was.

I will be experimenting with new toppings in the future.

I am dying to get my hands on some tahini so I can make a protein tahini spread, but the stuff is just so expensive!

In good time I suppose.

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Well loves I hope you all have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend.

Until next time.

Stay strange.

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What’s the strangest snack you’ve made?

chocolate protein fudgey cake bites

It’s Friday! Woo!

It was nice to have the 4th off, but it just made Friday morning seem like a Monday. But I guess it it quickly followed by the weekend, so that’s a positive! Well regardless, I hope you all had a great 4th of July and if you have to work today like I do, I hope it flies by quickly! And then on to weekend fun for us all!

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So I feel like I am kind of cheating for this #strangebutgood, as my dish (at least to me) isn’t that strange.

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Baking with protein powders is nothing new to me and something that I love to do. But I guess that concept can be strange to others. Well I know I get weird looks from my fiance, and as we have learned with a few past dishes, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence when it comes to my cooking/baking habits, and is usually a good sign that normal people don’t cook, bake or eat like me.

So this brings me to the tease I left you with on my What I Ate Wednesday Post.

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Chocolate Protein Fudgey Cake Bites

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Ingredients:

– 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
– 1/2 cup of chocolate protein powder (I used 1/4c Plant Fusion – chocolate, 1/4 cup BSN Lean Dessert – Chocolate Fudge)
– 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
– 1 tbsp spelt flour & coconut flour each
– 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

– 10-15 drops of vanilla NuNaturals stevia
– 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
– 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:

– Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
– Blend all ingredients together
– Bake in brownie pan in for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
– Let cool before cutting into squares.

(Note: I decided to add some flour to my batter because from past experiences from cooking with protein powder, my cakes always turn out very moist. I wanted to try and dense this  up a little bit. I liked the results, but you can leave out the flour if you desire.)

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I followed suit with Anna and made little sandwiches out of mine with a protein cream filling.

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Protein Cream Filling

Ingredients:

(per each sandwich)

– 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
– 1 – 1.5 tbsp chocolate protein powder (I used Plant Fusion)
– 5-7 drops liquid vanilla NuNaturals stevia

Directions:

– Mix all ingredients together and spread between two cake squares.

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I made each individual sandwich as I needed them and stuck them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes after assembled.

They get melty pretty quickly and since I had been having them as a part of my breakfast I needed them to last for the car ride to work before eating them.

I stored the remainder of the cake in the refrigerator.

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These have been a nice addition to my breakfasts, I won’t lie I kind of miss my protein breakfast wraps, but it’s good to switch up things once in awhile.  (i will not switch up my daily banana though. i have to have at least one daily. seriously.)

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Proof.

The cake also makes great little pick me up snacks. I saved a row for random little bites for through out the day.

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Bite sized goodness.

My next adventure that I have been too scared to take yet, is to experiment with a protein bread. I have found so many recipes that intrigued me, but just can’t commit to one (Anna’s broccoli protein bread is topping my list though). Who would have thought one could be such a baby when it comes to baking. Well, this girl is.

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Do you bake with protein powders?

Have you ever made protein bread? Know of any good recipes?

(There is still time to enter my Extend Nutrition giveaway! Head over now for your chance to win some tasty snacks!)

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Happy Wednesday my love doves.

First things first, if you haven’t entered my giveaway for Extend Nutrition snacks, head over and do it now! It’s too good of a prize to pass up!

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I know last week I promised to try and create some new dishes.

I am happy to report that I did not completely fail you.

I had my fair share of repetitive eats. But that is just me, when I get on a kick of a food I like, I tend to eat it until I’m sick of it. And with me, well sometimes that takes awhile.

So this What I Ate Wednesday has a little bit a lot of old and a little bit of new.

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It’s really not all my fault though. I blame my schedule for week day breakfasts. My Protein Breakfast Wraps are just so convenient. And I seriously do not get tired of them.  It doesn’t hurt that I have like 10 different protein powders that I make protein frosting with, and since we have an amazing client who brings so much fresh fruit every Tuesday (that I of course fill a tupper ware container full of to take home) my wraps are never the same.

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My one constant though is a banana. There has to be a banana.

I love my banana’s.

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And then when my weekend’s roll around, trust me I really want to try new breakfasts. I have been itching to make a version of protein french toast, I have about 10 bread recipes I want to try, and drool worthy protein pancake recipes that flood my Instagram have been tempting me too,  but with only two days to make prepared breakfasts I have been falling back on two classics that I know will not fail me.

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Seriously, my Protein Plantain Pizza has not gotten old yet. And as you can see, my topping possibilities are endless.

I’m really sorry if you’re sick of seeing pictures of this, because I am not sick of eating it.

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You know what else I never get sick of?
Overnight prOATs.

I bet you guessed that one too.

And I’ve been really lucky and have had some empty jars to fill lately.

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Peanut Butter. Jam. I don’t discriminate with my jars. They all work for me.
Bowls work too I guess.

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So what was this not completely failed part I mentioned? Well. I am going to be mean and tease you with this.

Chocolate Protein Cake Bites

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I have probably pinned about 87347234 of Anna’s recipes over at Protein Pow(d)er, but as per usual me, never got around to making them. My excuse it always “will I eat all of it”. Since I am on such a tight budget, I don’t like to use ingredients if I’m not going to consume the entire batch.

But I finally decided to take the plunge and make one.
Oh goodness. So glad I did.

I of course tweaked it a bit and made some modifications, but you know me, I can never follow a recipe 100%. But I followed this one pretty closely and I will say it is a winner.

But I’m going to make you wait until I share my recipe. Don’t worry. It will be soon.
So make sure you check back. You won’t want to miss this one!

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What are some of your recent repetitive eats?

How do you solve the problem of eating an entire batch of something you cook?

shake, shake, shake it up [giveaway]

Hello Hello my loves, do I have some goodies in store for you!

Remember that giveaway I recently had for Extend Nutrition?  If not, you missed out, because they have some pretty amazing products.

I was obsessed with their drizzles and now that I’m thinking about it, I totally need to order some more.

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But tasty snacks isn’t all Extend Nutrition has to offer. In addition to their drizzles, crisps and bars they also offer nutritional shakes.

We all know how I love my protein powders, so when I was given the opportunity to try their shakes (and knowing how good their snacks were) I jumped at the chance.

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The powders kind of reminded me of Carnation Instant Breakfasts and yes I could have just mixed them with milk like directed to make a shake, but we all know me and I don’t walk down the beaten path. I of course had to be a little bit more creative.

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Wanna guess what was one of the first things I tried with it?

You guessed it.

Protein Frosting.

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Since I am still on the Protein Plantain Pizza kick (and don’t plan getting off it any time soon) I decided to use the chocolate as one of my toppings. It mixes quite well and didn’t need much liquid to make the frosting, a huge plus in my book.

So since the chocolate worked so well, I decided I needed a little pink in my morning.

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What? Another Protein Plantain Pizza? Yes. But the frosting stole the show.

Not only was this actually quite tasty, but seriously, I love anything pink.

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I had to experiment more with the shakes and I am known for adding protein powder to almost…well almost everything.

The next thing I added the Extend shake too was my night time snack.

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Strawberry Greek yogurt with a healthy chocolate drizzle.

I took 1/2 packet of the strawberry Extend nutritional shake and mixed it in with plain Chobani Greek yogurt.  I spread the yogurt mix over a Wasa Multi Grain Crispbread and I then made my healthy chocolate sauce (unsweetened cocoa+almond milk+stevia) and drizzled it on top.

Oh my was this delish. Chocolate strawberry goodness. I do believe this combination will happen again.

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And then we all know my love for overnight prOATs. So what did I decide to add to a recent bowl?

You guessed it, the Extend nutritional shake.
I used the vanilla and in addition to vanilla nut extract and a sprinkle down pour of cinnamon I had a delicious bowl of oats waiting for me for breakfast.

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Topped with the traditional frozen banana, granola sprinkle and some raisins for good measure.

Since these shakes could be used as a meal replacement,  and even though I didn’t use a full serving, it was amazing how much more filling this bowl of oats was.

Another win in my book.

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I plan on experimenting more with the shakes, I’m curious to how it would do in baking.

Oh the endless possibilities.

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Oh, I forgot to mention something.

Extend Nutrition is pretty much amazing and is letting me host another giveaway for you Accidently Delish readers.

So if you didn’t win last time you have another chance to try their products!

Prize Package:

     Winner’s Choice of 5 bags, either Caramel or Chocolate Drizzles

Winner’s Choice of 5 bags of Crisps (Cinnamon, BBQ, Zesty Ranch, Italian Herb, White Cheddar, or Variety)

Winner’s Choice of 5 shake mixes (Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, or Variety)

Winner’s Choice of 15 Bars (Chocolate, Peanut, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Apple Cinnamon, Mixed Berry, or Variety)

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To Enter:

Mandatory:

– Head over to the Extend Nutrition site and leave a comment telling me which product you would like to try the most.

For An Additional Entry:

Follow me on twitter and tweet the following: “I want to win tasty @ExtendNutrition snacks from @AccidentlyDlish  –> http://accidentlydelish.com/?p=6456” and leave a comment letting me know you did.

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Extend Nutrition has also extended the coupon code for 20% off any order and free shipping on orders over $42!

Just enter coupon code “Delish” upon check out!

Giveaway will be open until 07/10/13 and I will randomly choose a winner.

Good Luck!

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drowning my sorrows…in kabotcha

Hello all.

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This is going to be really short, but I did want to write one more post before I headed back to Indiana for my grandma’s funeral.  I am so happy that I am able to go back to be with my family, but also a bit torn, nervous, anxious about the whole situation.

I don’t talk much about my parents on here, well because I haven’t had the best relationship with them over the past few years.  If you have followed me for awhile you kind of know the story, if not, let’s leave it at they were not supportive at all during my recovery from my ED.  But as I get better and have progressed in my recovery, we are slowly trying to build a relationship again.  It’s a work in progress.

But with it being What I Ate Wednesday and all, I thought I would show you guys a quick peek at some of the goodies I have been eating lately.

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Although if you know me, they will be some pretty repetitive eats.

When I got the news about my grandma, I was a bit torn. Part of me had been expecting this for some time, so I was almost kind of prepared. She had been battling cancer for over a year and when first diagnosed we were told she had about 2 months to live.  Those 2 months turned into over a year, she was defiantly a fighter and I guess just wasn’t ready yet.  This is why I truly believe this was her time and she is in a better place now.  But of course there is a huge part of me that is just so heart broken that she is actually gone.

That night I pretty much drowned my sorrows in kabotcha.

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I know it’s not completely healthy to find comfort in food, but that night all I wanted to do was relax, have a glass of wine, and basically demolish a whole kabotcha.

So yes, this meal is boring, ugly, and repetitive, but it was what I wanted.

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Another maybe repetitive idea, but an amazing twist was my protein plantain bread.

Since I knew I was leaving town and still had half a plantain in the fridge, I figured I would test how the plantain bread would travel.

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I know it’s not as pretty in tupperware, but I’m telling you, this base was one of the most delish I have made to date.

I added Click mocha protein and a bunch (and I mean way more than a normal person would or should add) of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla. Honestly, this would have been amazing plain.

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But we all know me, and I don’t do plain. So a swirl of Plant Fusion chocolate protein frosting and peanut butter was added on top.

Yup, took it up a notch. And if you were wondering, the plantain bread travels well and tastes great eaten in a car out of tupperware.

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And one more quick thing to share.

I just wanted to prove to you all that no jar goes unused in my house.

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We all know I am a jam addict, so when this opportunity presented itself, I knew this empty jar of pear jam had to be filled with overnight prOATs. Mixed in was frozen banana, berries and topped with healthy chocolate sauce.

Overflowing goodness is what this was.

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And just for good repetitive measure. The protein breakfast wraps are still going strong too.

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Yup, just as messy as ever, but still just as delish.

Some things never get old.

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Well loves, I hope you all have a great week. I am going to try to make the best of the next few days and just embrace being with family and friends even though the circumstances are not the best.

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How do you cope with bad news?

Do you crave certain foods over and over? And in my case over and over and over…