It’d be easy to think that sweet treats and healthy living don’t mix, but luckily that just isn’t the case. With a few healthy tweaks, there’s no reason you can’t still satisfy your sweet tooth, guilt-free. Below, we’ve created 3 delicious recipes, each based on a different fitness regime. Read on and see how you can have your cake and eat it too!
Brazillionaire’s Shortbread – Recipe for Runners
This take on the classic millionaire’s shortbread uses brazil nuts, which are a great source of calcium and protein. They also use agave nectar, which is lower in calories than refined sugar, but just as sweet! These little bites are perfect for a post-workout treat!
75g ground almonds
75g dark chocolate
35g coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp. honey
70g brazil nut butter
1. Put your oats into a blender or food processor and blend them until they’re a similar consistency to flour
2. Add your ground almonds and agave nectar to your ground oats and blend again. Add 1 tbsp of water and continue to mix until clumps start to form
3. Press your mixture into a greaseproof paper-lined baking tin and pop it in the freezer
4. For the next layer, melt 35g of coconut oil and mix it with the brazil nut butter. Spread this mixture on top of your almond and oat layer, before putting the tray back in the freezer
5. Break up your dark chocolate and melt it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, along with the rest of your coconut oil. Once it’s fully melted, take it off the heat, and leave it to cool for a couple of minutes. Spread your chocolate mixture over your brazil nut layer and put it back into the freezer for about an hour
Protein Peanut Butter Cups – Recipe for Bodybuilders
Whether you’re lifting weights to bulk up, or trying to slim down, maintaining a high-protein diet plays an important role in helping your muscles recover. Well, what better way to boost your protein intake than with these delicious peanut butter cups, given that extra boost with added protein powder.
½ tin of chickpeas
¼ cup of almond milk
120g smooth peanut butter
1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla-flavoured)
1 drop of vanilla essence
175g dark chocolate
1. Place muffin cases in a tin and leave to one side
2. Blend together your chickpeas and almond milk
3. In a mixing bowl, combine your peanut butter and protein powder, mixing until smooth
4. Add Vanilla essence
5. Blend the combined ingredients
6. Break up your dark chocolate and melt it together with your coconut oil in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water
7. Once melted, put a teaspoon of your chocolate mixture into the bottom of your muffin liners, then pop the whole thing in the freezer to cool
8. Once the chocolate has hardened (around 15-20 minutes), put a teaspoon of your peanut butter and protein powder mixture on top of each chocolate base. Add the rest of your chocolate mixture on top before putting the tray back in the freezer to set (another 15-20 minutes)
Avocado Chocolate Mousse – Recipe for Yogis
This sumptuous chocolate mousse features cacao powder, which is packed full of antioxidants and flavonoids, as well as avocado, which is loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
1 large, ripe avocados
¼ cup of almond milk
50g chia seeds
50g cacao powder
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Peel your avocado, removing the pip and place in a blender or food processor and blend until you have a smooth mixture
2. Add 50g of Chia Seeds and ¼ cup of almond milk
3. Add your cacao powder, honey and vanilla extract and blend again until everything is combined
4. Put your mixture into 8 small glasses and put them into the freezer to cool for at least an hour before serving.