Firstly I’m so glad you guys are on the same page about being balanced in our endeavours (both food-wise and in other escapades), and that you share my love for naughty treats as well! So in celebration of ‘balance’ (and to counteract any sugar highs you may have had from said brownies), I thought it would be appropriate to have a post dedicated to these healthy treats I’ve been whipping up recently!
Last week my cosy kitchen and somewhat neglected recipe page called out to me. The results are the above, and as promised, here are the recipes! Both of them are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and raw (if using raw ingredients) plus packed with all round goodness!
Firstly the macaroons, by george, the macaroons!
There are a couple of fab recipes flying around at the moment – the two which inspired me to get creative were Lucie’s Cocoa Coco-Roons and Nicky’s Coconut Bounce Balls. For this recipe, I wanted coconut and vanilla to be the main flavours, and avoided adding extra sweeteners/sugars (admittedly my protein powder has a little stevia already).
I loved the idea of making them with protein powder, as I personally find post-workout snacks more satisfying and filling when they are protein-based (as opposed to carb heavy). For those of you who are less keen then almond or coconut flour would be a great substitute to the powder.
I popped to my health food store to see what I could get my hands on:
And also decided to try a new ingredient:
For those of you who haven’t heard about this exotic sounding powder (made from a South American fruit), Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements, is rich in antioxidants, and beta-carotene (important for immunity). I was all for making the macaroons into a superfood snack so into the basket it went! You can omit the lucuma powder if you wish, especially as it can be hard to find/more on the pricey side. Just use more protein powder instead, the macaroons will taste just as wonderful without!
Coconut Protein Macaroons
- 3 scoops (one scoop is around 2 tbs) of vanilla protein powder (I use Sun Warrior classic protein)
- 1 scoop lucuma powder
- 2 scoops shredded coconut (plus a little more for decoration)
- 3 tbs coconut oil
- 2 tbs cashew nut butter (or almond butter)
- A splash of almond milk (or even water)
Put all ingredients apart from the almond milk/water into a mixing bowl and work the coconut oil and nut butter into the mixture evenly. If it’s still too dry, add a splash of almond milk or water until the mixture can be worked into balls (they may be a little crumbly, so I patted them into balls instead of rolling them). Cover the balls with more coconut and store them in the fridge to give them some firmness (and so that they don’t melt in this recent heatwave!).
I loved these balls as a post-workout snack as well as an after dinner treat – they were coconut-y caramel-y balls of tastiness, mmm! Loved how they were densely packed with coconut pieces too:
Another fab post work-out snack I’ve been munching on recently is coconut protein ice cream. Earlier in the week I stumbled across some Wheyhey ice cream and loved the idea that it had no added sugar and that the calories came from protein, not from any nasties!
In this recipe I avoided sweeteners, and it’s also dairy-free which is a bonus as I can’t tolerate too much lactose:
Coconut Protein Ice Cream
- 1 banana cut up in pieces and frozen overnight
- 1 cup coconut milk (chilled)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 scoop (equivalent to 2 tbs) of shredded coconut
- A sprinkling of flaked almonds (optional)
Place all ingredients into a blender/food processor until smooth (you may have to scrape down the sides on occasion).
It’s particularly delicious with a sprinkling of flaked almonds on top! The protein powder element can be easily omitted if you want to have it as a healthy dessert instead, it will still taste creamy and particularly scrumptious.
Sit back, enjoy, and revel in your guilt-free indulgent smugness!Follow @lookoutlucy