Low-Carb Protein Bar Recipe

Low-Carb Protein Bars

If you’re trying to tone up, lose fat and gain muscle, you’re likely swapping carbs for protein. However, store-bought power bars and protein bars are expensive. This version is much more frugal… and just as delicious! Tweak the ingredients according to your taste.

Low-Carb Protein Bar Recipe
 
These low-carb protein bars are quick and easy to make.
Ingredients
  • ½ C. skim milk
  • 1 C. peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1½ C. whey protein powder
  • 2 C. oats (regular, not quick-cook)

Instructions
  1. On medium heat, combine milk, peanut butter and honey. Stir until well-combined. Remove from heat. Stir in protein powder and oats. Pat into a 9×13 cake pan. Cool completely, then cut into rectangles.

 

Source:  Homemade Protein Bars

French Almond Cakes

French Almond Cakes - Financiers

These little French Almond Cakes are also known as Financiers because the French businessmen in the financial district of Paris helped make them popular.  They’re easy, but taste rich and moist.

French Almond Cakes “Financiers”
 

Ingredients
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 6 large egg whites
  • ½ C. flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 C. finely chopped or ground almonds (I used whole almonds and ran them through my coffee grinder)
  • 1½ C. powdered sugar
  • 1½ sticks butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Butter 18 muffin tins (traditionally, you’d use a Financier Mold but if you don’t have one the muffin tins you have at home already work well too).
  3. In a medium bowl, combine egg whites and almond extract. Meanwhile, combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add egg whites to the dry ingredients and give a quick stir until a light batter is formed. Pour into muffin tins.
  4. Bake 6 minutes at 450 degrees then lower heat to 400. Bake an additional 5-6 minutes until golden brown. Baking it first in a super-hot oven will crisp up the outside, while reducing the baking temperature to finish keeps the inside nice and moist. Allow the cakes to cool slightly then remove from the tins.
  5. When I first made French Almond Financier Cakes I used muffin tins. However, I found these cute petit fours molds at TJ Maxx for just $6.99 and thought they were cute.

Thanks, Kim Cooks the World!

 

Oreo Brownies

oreo brownies

These Oreo brownies couldn’t be easier!  They call for three layers of chocolatey goodness:  for which you can use prepackaged goodies.  Nobody will be the wiser!  I used ingredients from ALDI to save even more money.

Oreo Brownies
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Serves: 12-16
 
Don’t let the ease of this recipe fool you. Your guests will think you slaved in the kitchen for hours!
Ingredients
  • 1 package chocolate chip cookie mix
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • Eggs (according to package instructions)
  • Vegetable oil (according to package instructions)
  • 1 package Oreo cookies

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the cookie batter according to package instructions. Press on the bottom of a 9×13 pan lined with parchment paper. Meanwhile, make brownie batter according to instructions and set aside. Layer your Oreo cookies on top of the cookie layer. Pour the brownie batter on top and bake for 30-33 minutes.

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I originally posted this Slutty Brownie Recipe (named so because they’re easy and quite sinful) on Mommysavers.com.

Chocolate Buckeye Balls

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Chocolate Buckeye Balls Recipe

1/2 C. (one stick) butter, softened
1 2/3 C. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 C. powdered sugar
Chocolate almond bark

In a large bowl, combine the softened butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. It’s ready when it forms a sticky dough.  Roll into 3/4″ balls and refrigerate one hour, or longer.  Remove refrigerated balls and heat chocolate almond bark according to package instructions.  Roll Buckeye Balls in chocolate and place on waxed paper to cool.

I originally posted this Buckeye Recipe on Mommysavers.com

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

 

Last week, I was searching for an easy dessert that would be kid-friendly yet sophisticated enough to serve with a nice meal.  Since I planned on sharing the meal with our neighbors, I had to be at the top of my culinary game.  The kids requested cookies, but to me chocolate chip cookies just are too ordinary to be impressive.   I landed on this version of the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie.  The saltiness of the macadamia nuts go perfectly with the sweet white chocolate.  Plus, it’s just a little bit more refined than its chocolate chip cousin.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
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Serves: 36
 
A flavorful change from the traditional chocolate chip cookie. Macadamia nuts give these cookies a salty goodness that highlights the sweet chocolate.
Ingredients
  • 1 C. butter, softened
  • ¾ C. brown sugar
  • ½ C. white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2½ C. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 C. coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1¼ C. white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, cream the butter, sugars, and eggs together.
  3. Add eggs, one at at time. Add vanilla and almond extract.
  4. Next, combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Add to the butter mixture and stir until well-combined.
  5. Add nuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Drop teaspoons of batter onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.