Here comes Peter CottonTail lalala …. That song has been stuck in my head all week. Easter is just around the corner and I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with a few fun Easter activities to do with Joey. Both boys have been sick all week and it’s been raining non-stop, so getting outside hasn’t really been an option. As much as I want to dye Easter eggs with the boys (or with Joey while we let the baby watch), the idea of letting a 3 year old dip eggs into colored dye inside the house gives me anxiety. I would see it going very well or very, very badly 😉 When the weather clears up, I am all about doing this- but outside where messes don’t matter as much.
I was looking online for fun Easter-themed snacks and desserts to make and came across some really adorable ideas. However almost all of them were cake pops. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all about enjoying cake. But, if we are going to make an entire batch of cake pops, we are going to end up eating the whole batch ourselves. And I just don’t think any of us need that much extra sugar right now. So instead, I decided to come up with a cake pop alternative that tastes just as good, is just as fun to make, but is packed full of nutritious ingredients so it can actually be a legit snack and not just an occasional dessert. Enter my High Protein Easter Bunny Cake Pops.
I think I am a little too excited about how these cake pops came out. They taste even better than I expected, but they also look like real little Easter bunnies. If you follow me on Instagram, you will understand why I am so excited that these guys really look like a bunny after my epic Pinterest Fail attempt at making chocolate-covered strawberry bunnies. Just check out the picture and you will see what I mean. I don’t think I need to tell you what they actually resemble (hint: it’s a certain smiley face brown emoji haha).
The best part about these cake pops is that they are rich in protein and healthy fat with very little added sugar. So the dietitian in me is beyond excited that the new ‘dessert’ in the house is more nutritionally equivalent to a well-rounded breakfast smoothie. If you make them yourself, tag me and share your pictures. I would love to see how they turn out!
These high protein cake pops make the perfect healthy Easter dessert.
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, vanilla
- 1 tsp mini dark chocolate chips
- 8 pairs candy eye-balls
- 2 straws edible grass
In a small bowl, heat peanut butter in the microwave until it thins out and can be easily mixed (about 30 seconds).
Stir oats and protein powder into the peanut butter to create a dough.
Place dough in refrigerator for about 5 minutes to allow it to slightly harden and become moldable.
Press dough into silicon bunny shaped baking sheet (or mold dough into bunny shape).
Place molded dough into the freezer and allow to harden for 20 minutes.
Remove from freezer and place lollipop sticks into each ‘bunny’
Dip the bunnies into the Greek yogurt until completely covered and place onto wax paper.
Decorate the bunnies by added candy eyes, edible-grass ‘whiskers,’ and using a chocolate chip for the nose.
Place back in freezer for 1 hour until the yogurt has hardened completely. Serve chilled and enjoy!
Serving size= 1 pop
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Calories 107 Carbs: 5gm Fiber: 1 gm Protein: 7gm Fat: 7gm Saturated Fat: 1gm Sodium: 62mg
It’s National Black Forest Cake Day! You read that right- there is actually a cake holiday. Aren’t you glad I didn’t let you miss this one?! Have you been telling yourself you can’t have cake? If so, why? Is it a food you feel like once you start eating you can’t stop? Or do you just feel guilty after eating a food that you don’t deem as the healthiest option? Here’s the thing- food should be fun. It should be enjoyable to eat and you shouldn’t feel guilt about eating a dessert, or anything for that matter. Sure you shouldn’t eat cake with every meal (or as an entire meal), but you also shouldn’t avoid it.
Do you know what I have found to be the BIGGEST reason that someone fails to lose weight and keep it off? It’s that they don’t eat cake. Seriously! The people who refuse to ever treat themselves, that think they must force themselves to be deprived of all of their favorite foods, those are the people that will never be successful at long term weight management. Why? Because losing weight and keeping it off requires you to make healthy lifestyle changes. If you go ‘on a diet’ you probably have the intention of going ‘off the diet’ at a certain point as well. And what happens when you ‘go off’? You probably go right back to the same old habits that caused you to gain weight in the first place. Sound familiar? What’s the point in starving yourself and depriving yourself to reach your goal weight if you can’t maintain it? Is your ultimate goal really to say ‘I was healthier for a hot minute and then I gained all the weight back’ or is it to slowly work towards your goal over time knowing that when you do achieve your health goals, whatever they may be, that you will actually maintain them? I hope it’s the latter choice. And if it is (and it should be!) depriving yourself of a food you love is not the answer.
So today put an end to the deprivation cycle and spread the word- ‘LET THEM EAT CAKE!” Before you restrict your food choices or make a change to your meal plan, ask yourself is this a change I can maintain for life? To me a choice to add a vegetable to my lunch every day is a lifestyle change that is realistic and something I can actually do for life. A choice to never have a slice of cake again- heck no! What a sad life that would be, right?! So go celebrate National Black Forest Cake Day with this spin on the original recipe that keeps all the same great flavor, but cuts down on the added sugars and unhealthy fats.
It's National Black Forest Cake Day! Enjoy it with my Slimmed Down version of this tasty treat!
- 1 15.25-ounce box Devils Food Cake Mix
- 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 10 each dark chocolate cordial cherries
- 1 13.5-ounce can coconut cream refrigerated overnight
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, yogurt, water and coconut oil. Blend until smooth.
In a prepared 9×13-baking pan, pour cake mix. Gently push cordial cherries about 1/2-inch from each other into cake mixture. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cake cool completely.
While the cake is cooling, make coconut whipped cream. In a mixing bowl, add refrigerated coconut cream (just the cream, not the liquid left at the bottom of the can). Using a hand mixer beat coconut cream on high for 1 minute. Add powdered sugar and beat for another 4 minutes. Refrigerate whipped cream until cake has completely cooled. Spread coconut whip evenly on top of cake. Use chocolate shavings for garnish and enjoy!
263 calories, 20 g CHO, 16 g FAT, 2 g PRO, 13 mg sodium, 16 g sugar
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! With my name being Erin there’s no way I couldn’t share with you a fun recipe to celebrate the day. So here you go- one of my favorite creations: Shamrock Spinach Pancakes
These little guys are so fun to make and only have 50 calories and 2 grams of carbohydrate per serving. The recipe and step-by-step instructions are all in my YouTube video above. I’d love your thoughts on my new ‘Erin’s Healthy Bites’ recipe series. Let me know what recipes you would like to see created and I will get working on them for you.
What more could an Irish girl like myself want on the week of Saint Patrick’s Day than to celebrate the potato?! Who doesn’t love a good potato, or better yet, a potato chip? If you feel like you have to avoid potato chips because they are fried or (gasp!) white, then I have exciting news for you!
Potatoes are actually a good source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and iron- especially when you eat the skin. And you can even enjoy potato chips without all the added oil! How? By making your own baked one. And don’t worry- it’s super easy, quick, and a whole lot healthier & cheaper!
Celebrate National Potato Chip day with me by whipping up a batch of my healthy baked potato chips seasoned with chili powder and cayenne. The great thing about homemade potato chips is the endless seasoning combination! Next I will try garlic and onion powder—but for now I like it spicy!
What’s your favorite flavor of chips?
- 2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/8 inch slices
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a large bowl, lightly coat potato slices with olive oil and add chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Mix until slices are fully coated in seasonings and olive oil.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Arrange potato slices in a single layer on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until slices start to crisp and brown on the edges. Take out of oven and cool completely.