Grain Free Shamrock Shake Healthy Bites and Giveaway!

Snack healthy this St. Patrick’s day with these grain free Lucky Shamrock Protein Bites (aka Healthy Bites). They are packed with antioxidants, good fats, and protein. Not to mention tasty!

Grain free Lucky Shamrock Protein Bites with Matcha! Snack healthy this St. Patrick's day with these gluten free Lucky Shamrock Protein Bites (aka Healthy Bites). They are packed with antioxidants, good fats, and protein. Not to mention tasty! www.cottercrunch.com

Well hello March! You sure did sneak up on me and so did St. Patrick’s day. Luckily (no pun intended), I was prepared. You see, before I left for New Zealand, I made these bites. I also devoured them all by myself, no shame here folks.

But what I didn’t realize is how much I needed the green ingredient in these bites to help with time change/jet lag. Yup –> Matcha! It’s everywhere. It’s the new trend, as it should be. This little gem of an antioxidant does wonders.

Let’s chat about it, shall we?

  • Matcha Green Tea is steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being grounding into a soft fine GREEN powder.
  • How does it stay green? –> The powder is stored away from light ( and oxygen) which helps preserve it’s antioxidant properties and colors.
  • But why the hype? Well, this super food has loads of antioxidants as well as an amino acid  called L- THEANINE . L-Theanine can help with the production of dopamine and serotonin and therefore help balance sleep/wake cycles, naturally. Oh and these two chemicals can also improve mood and concentration. YES, I NEED THAT!

Snack healthy this St. Patrick's day with these gluten free Lucky Shamrock Protein Bites (aka Healthy Bites). They are packed with antioxidants, good fats, and protein. Not to mention tasty! www.cottercrunch.com

L-Theanine, for the most part, is a relaxing but not sedating amino acid that is synergistic with stimulants such as caffeine as it can ‘take the edge off’. It is effective by itself in the standard supplemental dosages as well, and although it can be attained via a diet high in green tea ingestion that is the only dietary source of L-Theanine source

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Grain Free Shamrock Shake Protein Bites
 
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Recipe type: snack
Serves: 33
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut or almond flour
  • ½ cup banana chips
  • ¼ Vanilla Protein of choice
  • ⅓ -1/2 cup nut butter of choice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp mint or spearmint extract
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2-3 tbsp matcha powder in mix and to coat
Instructions
  1. First, grind up your banana chips. Then just mix up dry ingredients and add in nut butter, extract, and honey. Mix well, then roll into balls/bites. Freeze right away then use extra green matcha Powder and a little bit of vanilla protein or coconut flour to coat. Store in fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. Makes around 30 -25 bites, give or take.
  2. NOTE –> if your batter is dry, you might need to add more honey and/or nut butter to keep batter from being to dry.
Notes
Feel free to sub the ground banana chips for ground nuts, almonds, oats, flour, etc.

Now you see why I made these? But wait, it gets better. I want to share this LUCKY green goodness in order to celebrate St. Patty’s day. So let’s get our HEALTHY SHAMROCK SHAKE in Healthy Bite form, sound good?

 

Snack healthy this St. Patrick's day with these gluten free Lucky Shamrock Protein Bites (aka Healthy Bites). They are packed with antioxidants, good fats, and protein. Not to mention tasty! www.cottercrunch.com

A recipe, a dozen healthy bites, and a bag of matcha powder for one LUCKY reader.

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Do you like shamrock shakes? Ever tried Matcha? 

Cheers and don’t forget to wear your green next week!

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Gluten Free Triple Berry Chocolate Cake Bites!

Um.. Can we just talk about this month’s healthy bites flavor for a second? Total “amazeballs” and I never use that word. In fact, I loathe it. But I must confess, these bites…they are AMAZING and I’ve been hoarding them like no other! I know, shame on me.

triple berry cocoa cake bites _ Gluten free and great for valentines day! @cottercrunch

But I couldn’t help myself. You wanna know what else? I’m not even a huge chocolate berry combo fan. Yet I can’t get enough of these.

They remind me of flourless cake. The dark chocolate decadent kind with berries on top. Now that I like. Must be the cake texture. Which is why I named these Triple Berry Chocolate Cake bites. Swoon!

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But wait, it gets better! These bites are total LOVE bites, made with LOVEGROWN Foods limited edition Chocolate Strawberry Heart Power O’s. That’s what makes the third berry complete, and that’s what makes them have a cake like texture.

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When you grind up the cereal, it makes a base for the cocoa powder, freeze dried berries, dark chocolate nut butter, and almond meal, and chocolate chips. Um… you see? Utterly addicting combo!

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And I get to give it away! Yep, a box of healthy bites and a box of Love Grown Foods Chocolate Strawberry Heart Cereal. Both gluten free and dairy free, yet sweet and satisfying. Let’s not forget to mention –> FULL OF LOVE!

Okay okay, let’s get to the recipe and then to the giveaway, open to US and Canada, whoop whoop!

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Gluten Free Triple Berry Chocolate Cake Bites
 
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Recipe type: Dessert or snack
Serves: 30-32
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut or almond flour
  • ⅓ cup ground strawberry Power O's cereal (you can use vanilla or berry protein powder instead if you don't have the cereal, or ground banana chips)
  • ¼ cup crushed freeze dried berries (raspberry and blueberry) Feel free to use regular dried as well
  • ⅓ -1/2 cup chocolate nut butter of choice (I used Dark chocolate Nuttzo)
  • ¼ cup Enjoy Life GF/DF chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp raspberry extract
  • ½ tsp butter or vanilla extract (optional)
  • ½ or more cup honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. First, grind up your cereal if you are using it. Then just mix up dry ingredients and add in nut butter, extract, and, crushed berries, and honey. Mix well, then roll into balls/bites. Freeze right away then use cocoa Powder after frozen. That's optional for extra chocolate taste! Store in fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. Makes around 32-35 bites, give or take.
  2. NOTE –> if your batter is dry, you might need to add more honey and/or nut butter to keep batter from being to dry.
Notes
if you are wanting paleo, just leave out the cereal. or replace it with ⅓ cup almond meal. It works great either way!

This giveaway is ending Monday the 9th, so hurry and enter and go make these treats for you special Valentine! Okay, enough Corny Cotter.

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Favorite Valentines Day Treat to Make?

Cheers!

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Grain Free Winter Spice Plantain Bites

What makes a recipe successful? I actually think about that a lot when cooking and/or recipe creating. And you know what? To me, it’s about 3 things.

  1. Does this recipe benefit someone NUTRITIONALLY?
  2. Does this recipe make someone WANT to cook/ bake or just feel INSPIRED in the kitchen?
  3. Does this recipe make you want more (meaning taste)!?

Which is why I created Healthy Bites in the first place. To be able to fuel myself, my family, and others with nutritionally dense gluten free snacks. And to inspire others to make them for their kids, their loved ones, themselves. They are usually pretty easy to make, simple directions, always gluten free, and oh so tasty!

Grain Free Winter spice  Healthy protein Bites www.cottercrunch.com

 

This month’s flavor has that same purpose and function, but in an extra special way. It’s nourishing for these winter months.

I created this healthy bites flavor using my favorite winter spices.

Cinnamon, Clove, Ground Anise – > all healing spices with anti-inflammatory properties. a Which means you can keep that immune system working like a charm!

I also made them grain free (with plantain flour) and added in molasses (for that sweet flavor and a boost in iron).

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Winter Spice Plantain bites (GF)

Grain Free Winter Spice Plantain Bites
 
Serves: 33-36
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut or almond flour
  • ½ cup plantain flour or ground plantain chips. you can also use protein powder instead if you don't have plantain flour
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ -1/2 cup nut butter of choice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves (ground)
  • ¼ to ½ tsp ground anise --> optional. you can use nutmeg instead
  • ½ tsp butter or vanilla extract
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
Instructions
  1. First, grind up your plantain chips. Then just mix up dry ingredients and add in nut butter, extract, and, molasses, and honey. Mix well, then roll into balls/bites. Freeze right away then use Vanilla Protein Powder or use coconut flour/sugar to roll bites in after frozen. Store in fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. Makes around 34-36 bites, give or take.
  2. NOTE –> if your batter is dry, you might need to add more honey and/or nut butter to keep batter from being to dry.
Notes
recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch

And now comes the “successful” recipe part. I want you all to be able to make these yourself or try them yourself, so I am giving away a batch of Healthy Bites, a $100 gift card to whole foods (thanks to #pathToFit Garmin/Whole Foods) so that you can go buy the ingredients yourself, plus other healthy items and groceries. I’m also going to throw in my Healthy Bites ebook, just for kicks. Sound good?

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Open to US and Canada Residents! Ebook is open to ALL!

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Okay, best of luck and thanks for always supporting!

Cheers,

LC

Holiday Healthy Bites Round Up

Merry Christmas Eve! If you are reading this, then you probably are a master at the Holidays and have your to do list completed. Well done! If you’re like me… I’m still scrounging and fitting in one more class with my boot campers, so wish me luck!

But after all that is said and done, go relax and enjoy your holiday! And when you find yourself with a stocking full or goodies; like chocolates, baking supplies, coffee, granolas, cookies, trail mix, etc. then go do yourself a favor and make one  of these Healthy Bites recipes and share with others!

GF Holiday Healthy Bites Round UP

All these healthy bites are made with ingredients you probably have already or will receive as gifts! They might not all be Holiday flavored, but they sure do fit in with gift of health!

 Cocoa Cherry Cashew Pistachio Bites –> for when you get a bag full of trail mix or pistachio nuts in your stocking. Plus these are paleo/vegan! And check out all the bites in the link up from this post!

Cherry Cocoa Pistachio Bites

 Gluten Free Muesli Bites —> For when you receive another jar of oatmeal cookie or muesli mix and you just can’t handle another jar of Overnight oats. Haha! Posted this recipe as a guest post on Family Sport Life, so check it out!

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Bourbon PB Gingerbread Bites —> so you can have an excuse to drink more bourbon and eat it too!

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Coconut Latte Bites –> For when every sibling you have gets you a starbucks gift card for Christmas. Stock up on WHOLE BEANS!

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Personal Pancake Batter Bites —> for when you took advantage of their Black Friday Sale and now are loving all things FLAPJACKED!

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And last but not least, Cookie Crumb Bites —> for when you the bag of Holiday cookies are now cookie crumbs that you just can’t seem to let go of! I posted this recipes as a guest post on Trainer Paige’s site and just had to share here again! It’ s a must make!

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Gluten Free Cookie Crumb Protein Bites
 
recipe by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch
Ingredients
  • ⅔ regular peanut flour (can use coconut flour or almond meal)
  • ¼ heaping cup protein powder of choice
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup coconut butter or other nut butter (I use vanilla sweet spreads)
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • ¼- 1/3 cup favorite GF cookie (crumbs) (i used an Udis Gluten Free snickerdoodle)
  • optional : add in white chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, etc.
Instructions
  1. This recipe is super easy because you don’t need to grind anything! just mix up dry ingredients first, then add in peanut butter, extract, and honey. Mix well, then roll into balls/bites. Freeze right away then store in fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. Makes around 20 bites, give or take.
  2. NOTE –> if you add in more coconut or have a thick protein powder, you might need to add more honey and/or nut butter to keep batter from being to dry.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I’m finishing up the last bit of work with Sizzlefish and then hope to refocus, rest, and rescharge for new beginnings in 2015!

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Now get rollin!

Cheers!

The Crazy Cotters

 

Paleo Pumpkin Kale and Turkey Frittata

Here’s a confession… I have the hardest time spelling the word FRITTATA! Why isn’t it in my spell check? But I think I’ve finally mastered it. Yes, almost 32 years later.

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Wanna know something else that is quite shocking? Well, i mentioned this in last week’s post but….

We aren’t huge fans of turkey. I know! Shocking! Although, we do love turkey or chicken sausage or using turkey in a stew, recipes, etc. etc. So maybe it’s not really turkey, but the way it’s prepared. Which is why I always get sent home with either smoked or dark meat Turkey leftover from Thanksgiving. It’s more flavorful and a great ingredient added to a recipe.

Like this one. Yup. It’s darn good!

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And I’m thankful. I’m thankful to have a family who always shares and makes way too much food at each holiday event.

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Because this allows the Kiwi and I create many delicious leftover concoctions. Hey, that’s what happens when you dream big and are always on a budget. You mooch off your family and make the best of each ingredient out there.. Come on, you know you do it too! ;-)

Pumpkin Kale and Turkey Frittata {Paleo}
 
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ to 1 cup roasted turkey or chicken
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp dried basil (optional)
  • sea salt
  • 1 bunch chopped kale (about ½ cup frozen)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp potato starch (or flour of choice)
Instructions
  1. First sauté your veggies in a skillet until tender. Add in your turkey (cooked) and spread evenly in cast iron skillet. In another bowl, whisk your eggs and add in your milk, pumpkin, starch, and spices. Pour over the skillet mixture and top with addition basil or chili pepper. Bake in cast iron skillet at 350F for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Serves 4-6

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So go ahead, make this dish, learn to spell FRITTATA right, and enjoy leftovers like they should be …. FULL of LOVE and FLAVOR!

Turkey Kale Fritatta 7 (4 of 1)

Are you sick of turkey yet?

What’s your favorite way to make a frittata?

Cheers,

Sherpa Wife Cotter

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Bourbon Peanut Butter Gingerbread Healthy Bites {Grain Free}

Happy December 1st! Oh my, one month left in 2014! How on earth did that happen? Time flies when you are… BUSY! Anyway, today is the first of the month and Cyber Monday, which makes it even more special for my little small biz, Healthy Bites! YAY!

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I’ve paired up with Sarah from A Loving Spoon to create an awesome Healthy Bite Flavor for December, plus a giveaway, plus a Cyber Monday deal!

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But before I get the giveaway and recipe, a little about Sarah (my good friend) and her Nut Butters –> A Loving Spoon!

The A Loving Spoon nut butters story begins back in 2009, when founder and CEO, Sarah Kay Hoffman, was on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (she has Colitis, and was in the beginning stages of healing her gut). Sarah bought raw coconut butter, walnut butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, pecan butter and almond butter as a way to satiate her cravings for sugar, snacks and dessert. Every night you would find her digging into the raw nut butters. As Sarah began to heal, she also stopped craving the traditional form of snacks, dessert and processed, chemical-filled foods.

Sarah’s passion for health and healing is something I can very much relate to since it’s the same reason I started Healthy Bites. Her nut butters are pure, processed free, and delicious. Which makes this recipe and giveaway even more SPECIAL! Be sure to check out her blog for more info and beautiful recipes!

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Okay, you ready to get this recipe going?! I am! These bites are a fun twist on a classic gingerbread! The bourbon definitely makes it more unique and of course, FESTIVE! Great as a gift or just to eat for yourself!

Let me know if you try them out.

Bourbon Peanut Butter Gingerbread Bites (Grain Free)
 
Ingredients
  • • ¼ cup pumpkin seed or other nut/seed mix (I used cinnamon grain free RENOLA from larabar)
  • • 1/3 cup coconut flour (can also use peanut flour or almond flour)
  • • 1/3-1/2 cup of A Loving Spoon Honey Vanilla Bourbon peanut butter
  • • ½ cup Protein Powder of choice (vanilla)
  • • 1 tbsp. cinnamon (or pumpkin spice)
  • • ½ tbsp. ground ginger
  • • 1/4 to ⅓ cup raw honey or maple syrup.
  • • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract.
  • • 1/4 tsp bourbon or bourbon extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, add in all your dry ingredients. Then mix in your nut butter, extracts, and last the honey. Mix well (I use my hands) and roll into bite size balls. You can then roll bites in the extra ginger/cinnamon batter after you roll. Makes about 18-20 balls. Feel free to roll into larger bites, or smaller to make more. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness.
  2. Notes --> I used Growing Naturals Vanilla Sprouted Pea Protein to keep them dairy free.

Okay, so after you make these bites, go enter the giveaway so you can make more or share them for the Holidays. Sound good?

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And yes, I’m giving away a copy of my 2nd Ebook as well. That’s open to ALL!

BONUS Cyber Monday Special --> A loving Spoon is having a heck of a Cyber Monday Deal as well, buy 4 jars of nut butter and you will get my 1st Edition of the Healthy Bites Ebook for FREE! WOO! Lots of giveaway today. I kinda like that, don’t you?

Cheers and Have a Marvelous Monday!

LC (Healthy Bites Creator!)

 

Gluten Free Banana Mac Nut Muffin Protein Bites

banana mac nut muffin protein bites! Great for breakfast on the go or post workout snack! They are grain free, healthy, and full of fiber! This month’s Healthy Bites Flavor and Giveaway(s) are totally delicious! Full of great flavor, ingredients, originality, and well… just plain GOODNESS! Just like life needs to be, yes? Okay okay, Corny Cotter moment. Let’s get to the giveaway and recipe!

banana mac nut protein bites

This Month’s flavor sent me on a Quest.. with Quest Nutrition. Clever, I know! Anyway, I wanted to find a way to incorporate one of their delicious bars into a healthy bite.

Here’s what I came up with…

Banana Mac Nut Muffin Protein Bites!

banana mac nut muffin protein bites! Great for breakfast on the go or post workout snack! They are grain free, healthy, and full of fiber!

Each bite as a pieces of Quest Banana Nut muffins in it. This is a combo you have got to try!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup GF oats or granola (to make it grain free just use ground banana chips)
  • 2/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup peanut flour (can use coconut flour instead)
  • 2/3 cup vanilla protein (I used Les Mills Grass Fed Whey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp banana cream extract (you can use plain banana extract or just leave it out)
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1-2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 chopped Banana Nut Muffin Quest Bar (don’t have a bar? Just add in a few pieces of dates or any other cinnamon flavor snack bar)
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup crunchy nut butter (I used Nuttzo)
  • NOTE: Add more protein if batter is too runny. Add more nut butter or honey if it’s too dry. Just depends on the type of nut butters you use and the oil in it.

Directions: In large bowl, add in all your dry ingredients. Then mix in your nut butters, extracts, and last the honey.  Mix well ( I use my hands) and roll into bite size balls. When cooled, roll bites in more vanilla protein or peanut flour with cinnamon! Makes about 24-26 balls. Feel free to roll into larger bites, or smaller to make more. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness. Also, if you are using the QUEST bars in the bites, i recommend storing them in fridge not freezer so that the don’t get too hard to eat. [/print_this]

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The other special ingredient you see in that recipe is the protein. Les Mills was gracious enough to send me their new grass fed whey protein to try out with my Healthy Bite recipes. Oh man, what a creamy taste! I really liked how simple and wholesome they made this protein, which is why I thought it would be a great use in Healthy Bites!

LES MILLS™ Good Protein is low carbohydrate, dairy-based protein powder, sweetened with stevia leaf extract. It contains the same ratio and types of proteins found in real milk, whey and casein. Whey gives a fast release of amino acids, and casein provides a slower release over several hours. Together, they provide optimum muscle recovery. “

ingredients (les mills protein)

So, there you have it. WHOLESOME yet FLAVORFUL Healthy Bite flavor for November! And with great products/companies to work with.

Now about that giveaway, we’ve got 3 winners!

One for the Healthy Bites (one box).

One for a box of 12 Quest Bars and a 4 pack of the new Quest Chips.

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And one for LES MILLS™ Good Protein (2 bags – Chocolate and Vanilla!).

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The Healthy bites and Quest giveaway is open to US and Canada. Les Mills protein just open to US. Either way, there’s a lot up for grabs! Sound good?

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What’s your favorite type of muffin? 

Cheers,

LC

Healthy Gluten Free and Protein Packed Halloween Treats

Well folks, one week and counting till Halloween. Which means come November 1st, stores are going to be going Christmas crazy. Can you handle that? Hmmm, I think I’d rather just focus on one month at a time.

Like this month…. I’m excited for Halloween because it means we will officially be in OFF SEASON. One more race this weekend, although we are not sure if the kiwi is racing. Anyway, we have other athletes in town and we will be feeding them and cheering them on. Then it’s time to recoup! Light training, and no more travel till 2015. Goodness we need the rest. It’s been a long season, but more on that later.

Okay, so Halloween. Let’s talk about it. It can be tricky, yes? Haha, pun intended. But really, we want kids to have fun and be part of the event, but we also want to keep them healthy and make “better” choices. Am I right?

So maybe you can have your “treat” and eat it too with these options below. Gluten free and protein packed Halloween Treats. One in Healthy Bite form, because that’s my specialty. And one in muffin form, because their easy to make and to pack for school, breakfast, etc.

Let’s get the ball rollin..

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup peanut flour or coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup enjoy life chocolate chip minis
  • 1/3-1/2 cup chocolate nuttzo
  • 6-8 tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder or I use the orange cream Kidzshake Grassfed Whey)
  • 2 tsp orange peel (optional)
  • 1 tsp orange extract or stevia
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup raw honey, agave, or maple syrup.
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or butter extract. I also like to use orange or Vanilla Extract when I have it in my pantry.
  • Optional - handful chopped nuts

Directions:
In large bowl, add in all your dry ingredients. Then mix in your nut butter, extracts, and last the honey.  Mix well ( I use my hands) and roll into bite size balls. Next, coat the bites with extra protein powder (vanilla) if desired

Then return to freezer after. Makes anywhere between 18-20 balls. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness.  [/print_this]

I’d say the key to these bites are definitely the chocolate nuttzo! I adore it’s dark chocolate taste! You can see the recipe on their site too. Use code COTTER-15 if you want to order and you’ll get 15% off.

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The next Healthy Halloween Treat is made with Flapjacked. Oh and , guess what? I spotted it at our Whole Foods and Sprouts. YAY!!  Love using Flapjacked for baking. It’s super fast and delicious!

dark chocolate protein marshmallow muffins (GF)

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chocolate peanut flour
  • 1/3 cup enjoy life dark chocolate chis
  • 1/3 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup Buttermilk or Banana Hazelnut Flapjacked Batter
  • 10-12oz of dark chocolate almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional - handful chopped nuts

Directions:

Super easy! Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. For more dense muffins, use only 1 cup to 10z milk. For lighter fluffy muffin,  use 12oz. or more. Pour into oiled muffin cups and bake at 350F for 15 minutes. If you don’t have flapjacked, you can use 1/2 c oat flour and 1/2 cup protein powder. But i would add in 1 tsp baking soda as well. [/print_this]

 

marshmallow chocolate flapjacked muffins

See, easy and delicious! And for more healthy tricks and treats, check out Amanda’s link up! Some great workouts there as well. I was quite impressed with the pumpkin workout myself. ;-)

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What’s your go to Halloween treat?

Darn you candy corn pumpkins –> I call them crack corn pumpkins for a reason.

Cheers!

LC

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookie Dough Healthy Bites Recipe

It’s October… how did that happen? Either way, I’m excited! A new month brings new FLAVORS! And Fall flavors in particular. In fact, my twitter and pinterest is blowing up with ALL THINGS PUMPKIN. Think we’ll get sick of it by Christmas? Hope not!

Anyway, I’m jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon today and sharing a pumpkin healthy bite recipe.

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But wait..

It’s not your average pumpkin recipe. Nope. It’s way better, and equally nutritious as it is delicious!

How does Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookie Dough Sound? Um, ya…

Pumpkin White Choc Cookie Dough  Bites

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used the dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life Foods. I would also use plain white chocolate chips if you don’t have any other white chocolate nut butters t add in.)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut flour (can also use peanut flour, oat flour, or almond flour)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter (I used Sweet Spreads White Chocolate Flavor)
  • 1 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup.
  • 1/2 tsp Butter or Vanilla Extract.
  • 1-2 tbsp Pumpkin Spice
  • Optional- for more crunchy texture, add in 3 tbsp chopped nuts
  • NOTE: Add more protein if batter is too runny. Add more nut butter or honey if it’s too dry. Just depends on the type of nut butters you use and the oil in it.

Directions: In large bowl, add in all your dry ingredients. Then mix in your nut butters, extracts, and last the honey.  Mix well ( I use my hands) and roll into bite size balls. When cooled, roll bites in more pumpkin spice! Makes about 20-22 balls. Feel free to roll into larger bites, or smaller to make more. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness. [/print_this]

These are UNREAL! I may be a wee bit bias though. Winking smile

The white chocolate addition (as mentioned in recipe) just so happens to come from my new favorite coconut butter. Have you heard of Sweet Spreads? Great company and product to LOVE for sure!

http://www.sweetspreads.com/spreads/coconutters.html

Sweet Spreads is an all natural flavored coconut butter! Nothing fake about these jars of goodness. Which is why I had to try them with Healthy bites! They have six different flavors: White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Mint, Maple Pancake, Vanilla Cupcake, Chocolate Brownie, and Cinnamon Roll.

When I heard they had the white chocolate, I knew I had to have it. It’s the Kiwi’s favorite! And cookie dough is his favorite Healthy Bite Flavor. Combine that with Fall and you’ve got yourself my October Healthy Bite. Logical, right?

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Anyway, let’s get to the giveaway! Sweet Spreads will be joining in this month. They have graciously offered to giveaway a sample pack of Sweet Spread Jars (like seen above).  Giveaway is open to US residents for the Sweet Spreads and it’s open to US and CANADA for the box of Healthy Bites.

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Go enter! And let me know if you try this version of Healthy bites!

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Have you had your fill of pumpkin yet? Hope not!

Cheers,

LC

What To Do When Your BIG Dreams or Goals Feel Stalled

Almost 7 years ago I married the Kiwi and became a Sherpa wife (aka pro athlete supporter, food maker and supplier, race day cheerleader, etc.). Almost 6 years ago I started creating Healthy Bites. Both are big dreams! In fact, if my husband was a pro triathlete, I probably wouldn’t have started Healthy Bites.

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And if I hadn’t taken action to try to fix my diet (and heal), Healthy Bites wouldn’t have happened. You can read the full story here.

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Anyway, here we are today, three years shy of a decade away from where it all began. We’ve had our SHINING years, we’ve had (many) hard years, and we’ve had our waiting years. But in the end, we still hang on. I like to think it’s because the tremendous support we’ve had. When people believe in YOU… YOU HANG ON!

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Which leads me to today.

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Sometimes DREAMING BIG means you’re gonna stall. You shift gears and something just doesn’t move right. Ever had that happen?

Big Plans and BIG Dreams usually come to a stall due to lack of patience (to quick to move), lack of trust, to much pressure, and sometimes you just don’t have the funds to properly get things going. Make sense?

We have stalled. In fact, it’s kinda where we are right now. Trying to figure out what gear to put those BIG DREAMS in. Move forward? Reverse? Stay put and wait for help?

Oh it can be tough to decide.

But one can be certain.. stalling doesn’t be stopping.

What to do when your dreams are stalled?

  • Be patient. Wait to move until you are READY
  • Find support. Ask for guidance from others.
  • GIVE BACK. Yes, take the time to give back to other who have gotten you this far!

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  • Turn off the negativity and the pressure. That was a hard one for me. I truly wanted to know why we weren’t moving forward with both careers. I doubted myself but at the same time, I put way to much pressure on myself.
  • REST. Another important one that’s hard to swallow. Maybe the reason you’re stalled in the first place is because you’ve run out of gas. Think about that. Find time to recharge, refuel, and embrace the mundane!

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I’m going to keep posting recipes, ebooks, and giveaways for Healthy Bites until we figure out how to move forward. The kiwi has 2, maybe 3 races left of season. He’s ready! I know it. But I think in a few month’s, we’ll know what direction to go in. We’ll be UNSTALLED. A hopefully we can move forward. But that’s in God’s plans, and sometimes that means being ready to switch gears!

Whatever it may be, we’re along for the ride!

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What are your DREAM BIG tips for when life feels stalled? 

Cheers,

Corny Cotter

p.s. i didn’t even edit this post, so please excuse the typos.. writing on a whim. ;-)