Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Waffles

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love breakfast food and I love waking up and getting to eat! I know I’m not the only one. I look forward to breakfast as I go to bed and these pancakes are one of my favorite recipes right now. I used my go to Perfect Fit protein powder for these (shout out to my TIU girls). Plus I used peanut flour which I haven’t used in a while. Peanut flour is basically ground peanuts with the fat removed! Which is why I had to add a little peanut butter on top. Natural peanut butter has healthy fats and of course I use it as much as possible because nut butter is everything.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut powder
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • Toppings: banana slices, peanut butter, more chocolate chips!

Directions

Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a large bowl. Heat waffle maker on medium heat or a pan if you want to make pancakes! Sprinkle chocolate chips into the batter. Pour half the batter into the waffle maker and cook through ~8-10 minutes. Remove from waffle maker and cool on a wire rack while you make the other waffle. Top with all the goodies!

Number of servings: 2 | Serving size: 1 waffle
Calories: 220, total fat: 4 g, total carbohydrates: 26 g, dietary fiber: 8 g, sugars: 13 g, protein: 20 g

What is your favorite breakfast? Tell me below!

Raquel

Birthday Cake Protein Bites

I knew I would be back with more protein bites sooner or later! They’re one of my favorite things to meal prep on a Sunday. Simple to make and a great snack to take to work. These are sweetened naturally with dates. Dates can be eaten fresh, but are generally used dried. There are many different types of dates with one of the most popular varieties being Medjool dates. One date contains about 66 calories, 2 grams of fiber (soluble and insoluble), tons of potassium, vitamin A, and is equivalent to one serving of carbohydrates. Dates are going to be making an appearance in any recipe I make similar to this one! You can’t go wrong with a protein bite recipe like this.


Birthday Cake Protein Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 pitted dried dates
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup creamy cashew butter
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

Directions

Soak dates in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Reserve water. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. You should add 3-4 tbsp of reserved water to the mixture while blending. Roll dough into small balls (should get about 12) and roll in additional sprinkles. Store in the refrigerator.

Number of servings: 4 | Serving size: 3 bites
Calories: 282, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 33 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 9 g, protein: 13 g

What is your favorite snack made with protein powder? Tell me below!

Raquel

High Protein Pantry Foods

Your pantry is vital to sticking to a healthy diet. Aside from keeping all your flavor enhancers (herbs, spices, etc.), your cooking oils and grains, your pantry can keep plenty of high protein foods! Many people automatically think of animal meats when talking about protein, however there are plenty more to choose from. These high protein pantry foods are always in my pantry! I also restock and make sure I incorporate these into my weekly meals.

The Best High Protein Pantry Foods

  • Lentils – Lentils are legumes that can be dried or canned. They contain about 23 grams of protein per half cup! You can cook these as a side dish, use them as a base for a buddha bowl or toss them in with a salad.
  • Beans – Beans come in a large variety such as black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, cannellini beans, etc. They contain about 22 grams of protein per half cup. You can use beans similar to how you use lentils.
  • Nuts and nut butters – Nuts and almond or peanut butter are great high protein snack items. Not to mention they contain plenty of healthy fats. Nuts contain between 4-12 grams of protein per quarter cup. Nut butters contain about 5-8 grams of protein per two tablespoons.
  • Quinoa – Quinoa is an ancient grain that is a great replacement for pasta and rice. It contains about 12 grams of protein per half cup. Bonus: quinoa is a complete protein meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids! This is a great protein food for vegetarians.
  • Canned tuna – Canned tuna is one my favorite pantry items. It is so easy to use and great for quick lunches. One can of tuna contains about 41 grams of protein! You can make an easy tuna salad with Greek yogurt, celery, lemon and salt and pepper.
  • Protein powder – Protein powder may not be the most ideal way to get protein, but it’s a must in my pantry. It’s a great addition to smoothies. There are so many options to choose from that range in protein content. Whey protein is highest in protein, but vegan or plant-based protein powders are great as well. My favorite is Perfect Fit!

Raquel

*Nutrition facts obtained from the National Nutrient Database.

Sincerely Nourished Favorite Recipes 2016

Twenty sixteen was a great year for Sincerely Nourished! I loved every minute of creating fun recipes for you all and getting to know more food bloggers.  Here are some of the favorite recipes from this year.

My all time favorite (and yours too) was the Butternut Squash Power Bowl. The colors and textures are so satisfying! I will still be making this in twenty seventeen. My most popular recipe thanks to 6ABC was my Breakfast Banana Bread. It’s packed with protein and chocolate and it’s great for freezing. In twenty seventeen I hope to make more recipes that are easy, healthy and satisfy your cravings!

Butternut Squash Power Bowl

Wild Blueberry Jam Crostini

Coconut Date Power Bites

Shrimp Tacos with Kiwi Salsa

Game Day Ranch Pretzel Bites

Berry Bomb Smoothie

Peach & Brie Galette with Basil

Breakfast Banana Bread

I hope your 2017 is off to a great start! What was your favorite recipe this year? Tell me below!

Raquel

Double Chocolate Peppermint Protein Cookies

It’s the season for baking! I love getting my hands on holiday cookies from cookie exchanges, holiday parties and family. One of my favorite recipes is a chocolate sandwich cookie with peppermint filling. I decided to change it up into a healthy, protein holiday cookie. There are many great healthy cookie recipes out there, but I like mine without oats and with some added protein. Chocolate doesn’t hurt either! Top your cookies with whatever you have on hand – candy canes, sprinkles or chocolate covered pretzels.


Double Chocolate Peppermint Protein Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flourprotein-cookie-4
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp peppermint chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Add in coconut sugar. Add flour mixtures in a few batches and mix until combined. Stir in dark chocolate chips. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into balls and gently press on parchment paper to flatten cookies. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for 10-15 minutes before decorating. Create a double boiler by boiling water and placing a glass bowl overtop. Melt white chocolate chips and peppermint chips together. Dip cookies into melted chocolate and sprinkle with toppings of choice. Place in the refrigerator to let chocolate harden. Enjoy!

Number of servings: 12 | Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories: 200, total fat: 11 g, total carbohydrates: 23 g, dietary fiber: 2 g, sugars: 13 g, protein: 6 g

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What’s your favorite healthy holiday cookie? Tell me below!

Raquel

Coconut Date Power Bites

These little bites pack in the protein! Not only are they a healthy post workout snack or afternoon pick me up, but they’re sweetened naturally and could be a light breakfast on the go. Dates are my favorite natural sweetener. They can be eaten fresh, but are generally used dried. There are many different types of dates with one of the most popular varieties being Medjool dates. One date contains about 66 calories, 2 grams of fiber (soluble and insoluble), tons of potassium, vitamin A, and is equivalent to one serving of carbohydrates. Dates are a great sweet binder for recipes similar to these. They can also be stuffed as a delicious appetizer!


Coconut Date Power Bites

Ingredientscoconut-balls-1

  • 6 pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp creamy cashew butter
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

Soak dates in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Reserve water. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. You should add 3-4 tbsp of reserved water to the mixture while blending. Roll dough into small balls (should get about 18) and roll in additional coconut. Store in the refrigerator.

Number of servings: 6 | Serving size: 3 bites
Calories: 270, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 35 g, dietary fiber: 8 g, sugars: 18 g, protein 10 g

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Want to see more recipes like this? Tell me below!

Raquel