Archives for November 2015

Rocky Road Brownies

Y’all.

I got sick at the end of last week through the weekend.

For reallllllz.

Like omg I never get sick.

This was the kind of sick that happens when the weather changes, you start sneezing 25 times a day, cough up stuff you never imagined was possible, and take a total of 14 antihistamines in two days that do nothing except knock you out for a goodnights sleep.

I was super bummed.

I had to miss my Tacolandia event on Saturday and declined to go with my best fraannnnd to the Nutcracker Market, which is basically Santa’s Wonderland for adults.

No bueno.

By Sunday I was feeling better and finally decided to look at my Secret Recipe Club assignment.

After living off bland foods for the past 3 days, I wanted something comforting and rich.

Luckily, my secret blogger was Stephanie, the sci-fi loving, moscow mule drinking, loving wife, and cat lover behind the food blog Dessert before Dinner.

Obviously, her blog spoke to me since I am allllllll about dessert.

Enter Stephanie’s Rocky Road Brownies.

It’s like a freaking s’more brownie with gooey chocolate chunks and your choice of walnuts or pecans.

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Is this real life?

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These things hit the spot.

All I need is a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Of course, I made them paleo.

Thank you Stephanie for this amazing recipe.

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🙂

5.0 from 2 reviews
Rocky Road Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Brownies
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
Rich, chocolate brownies packed with melted chocolate chunks, crunchy walnuts/pecans, and gooey marshmallows. Gluten-free, paleo.
Ingredients
  • 8 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate
  • ⅓ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 c. coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ c. chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ c. dark chocolate chunks
  • ½ c. of marshmallows, plus more for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the coconut oil, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and sugar in a large mixing bowl in the microwave.
  3. Let cool slightly and whisk in the eggs.
  4. Stir in the flour and salt.
  5. Fold in the walnuts/pecans, chocolate chunks, and marshmallows.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Top the brownies with extra marshmallows and let bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden.
  8. Let cool slightly and slice into bars.

New Skinnygirl Protein Shakes and Bars Review + Giveaway

Y’all.

Let talk about healthy snacks and shakes.

I have been representing Skinnygirl this past year and I was so excited to hear about the launch of their new protein shakes and bars.

Protein is absolutely essential to your daily diet.

With my busy lifestyle, I often find it hard to get enough protein at breakfast, lunch, or during my snacks and often find myself compensating for my lack of protein by trying to consume it all at dinner.

No bueno.

Luckily these new Skinnygirl protein shakes and bars have arrived to help us reap some of the benefits of added protein:

 Metabolism: Protein speeds up your metabolism because the body uses more calories to break down protein compared to fat or carbohydrates.

Oxygen: Protein carries oxygen throughout our bodies.

Immunity: Protein provides antibodies to protect us from infections.

Maintain Healthy Weight: Protein helps you feel full and satisfied. Research suggests getting 30% of calories from protein may help curb appetite.

Muscle Health: Getting protein in our bodies within 30 minutes after exercise supports lean muscle growth and recovery.

So, how much protein do we really need.

To calculate your protein needs use this formula:

Weight (lb.) x .38 = Grams of protein needed/day

The recommended dietary allowance for protein is 46 grams/day for the average woman.

We can achieve this by getting at least 25-30 grams of protein from a total of 3 meals and 10-15 grams of protein from 1-2 snacks daily.

The truth is: We all snack A LOT, and we should, but let’s all make an effort to snack wisely. This allows us to avoid consuming our energy from sugary snacks or not even snacking at all which can make us feel tired in the middle of the day.

This is not fun.

WE NEED ENERGY. Good energy and good protein.

Enter the Newest product from the Skinnygirl line…Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes.

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Each 11.5 oz. has 80 calories, 0g sugar, and 12 grams of protein. Plus, they are gluten-free and low fat.

With these amazing nutritional facts, my first thought was…this has to taste like cardboard.

WRONG!!!

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The Rich Chocolate Brownie flavor was ultra creamy, with the perfect chocolate flavor, not too intense and the perfect cold snack after a hot, humid run here in Texas. It literally tasted like I was drinking dessert…only healthy dessert 🙂

The Vanilla Bean Sundae held true to it’s name…it tastes just like vanilla bean ice cream. All you need is a cherry on top.

I was absolutely wowed by how good these protein shakes were.

Very impressive Skinnygirl.

Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Bars are the same flavors you’ve come to love, but reformulated to pack in more protein for less calories. Each bar contains 150 calories, 10g of protein, 5-7g of fiber and are gluten-free and kosher.

The flavors are Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter with Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Almond with Coconut, Dark Chocolate Pretzel, and Lemon Swirl.

Guess what?

These New Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes and reinvented Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Bars will be available in Walmart stores this November.

The shakes come in a 4 pack for $5.78 and the bars are $4.88.

Even cooler?

I’m about to give you a chance to win both!

To Enter the Giveaway please do one or all of the following (leave a separate comment for entry):

Follow Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook.

Follow Mangia and SkinnygirlDaily and Tweet: “I just entered to win a sampler pack of @skinnygirldaily new tasty protein bars and shakes from @misschelsmangia #skinnygirlprotein”

Follow Mangia on Facebook

Leave a comment telling me how you get protein in your daily diet!

I will announce the giveaway winner on November 15th. Happy entering!

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Lauren Ayumi who responded that she loves to get her protein by eating nuts. I will be contacting you shortly.

MANGIA!!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fig Muffins

Y’all.

I’ve been gone a little too long.

Lot’s of good things are happening in my life.

In the past month I have been a slave to my dietetics classes, striving for an A in Organic Chem, was a bridesmaid in my cousins wedding, and oh yea…it’s football season, so that.

No more excuses.

I’m back.

Let’s do this.

Let’s go to muffin town.

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We got some peanut butter, chocolate, and fig jam going up in this.

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Yep.

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We are talking fall flavors with this sweet fig jam here.

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Not figgy pudding either.

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Plus, there’s peanut butter in it…my favorite food group.

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It doesn’t get better than peanut butter.

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😉

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fig Muffins
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Recipe type: Muffins
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
Smooth, creamy, peanut butter, chocolate milk, and fig jam combine together to create the perfect sweet and salty muffin. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • ½ c. smooth, creamy peanut butter, plus extra for drizzling
  • ¼ c. chocolate milk (I used chocolate coconut milk)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ c. granulated stevia
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. coconut flour
  • ¼ t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 2 T. fig jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, milk, egg, stevia, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Stir in the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Stir in the fig jam making a swirl like pattern throughout the batter.
  5. Divide the batter evenly into 6 of the prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into each muffin comes out clean.

MANGIA!!!