Most days (read: every day) I feel like I deserve some chocolate. Momming is hard work and sometimes you may even need a little chocolate for breakfast because you woke up at the crack of dawn to change someone’s diaper. But the truth is, I never have actual chocolate in the house. But I always have chocolate protein powder in the house.
When I’m craving something sweet, I turn to my favorite chocolate protein powder. I’ve been experimenting with protein powder lately to create some satisfying treats that help curb my sweet tooth, which always hits right before bed or when I’m up in the night with the baby. Having something quick and sweet is key in these moments of dream-like hunger!
Enter this little concoction I dreamt up one night when I was wishing we had some chocolate. It’s so simple to make and really easy to play around with to change the flavors! Enough chatting, here’s the recipe:
5 tablespoons of coconut Oil
1/4 cup of peanut butter (any nut butter, smooth…crunchy. It’s all good!)
1/4 cup of maple syrup (or honey, or agave)
1 scoop of protein powder (this is what I use)(cocoa powder would work too!)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of large flake oats
In a small saucepan on low to medium, melt the coconut oil and add the peanut butter, maple syrup, protein powder and vanilla. Mix with a spatula until everything is nice and blended. Take your cup of oats and pour into a large bowl and then add your mixture from the saucepan to the oats, mixing as you slowly pour. Once the oats are nice and evenly coated, divide the mixture up into silicone muffin cups. With the spatula, pack the mixture down firmly into the cup. Pop muffin cups into the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up. When they’ve set up, you can pop them out of the muffin cups and enjoy!
They go really well with coffee at 6:00 am on a Monday! They are pretty goof proof. You can really play around with the recipe, add nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, dried cranberries… really, you can customize it to whatever craving you’re having that night. The best part is there is nothing in them that I wouldn’t put in a smoothie or in a bowl of oatmeal!
If you give them a go, make sure to let me know how you like them! I would be so bold as to describe them as reminiscent of a healthy Reeses Peanut Butter cup.
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