Roasted Fajita Spiced Chickpeas

Secret Recipe Club time y’all.

This month’s recipe comes from Nora, the 20-something foodie and writer behind her blog, Natural Noshing.

I loved reading about Nora’s success in discovering what kind of diet works best for her body, which is a gluten-free diet that focuses on whole foods and eliminates processed junk.

I can relate to Nora on this because my stomach issues have completely disappeared since having cut back on gluten in my diet.

Not to say that I don’t enjoy my bread or tortilla chips.

It just makes my stomach do a back flip into next week.

Nora’s extensive recipe index looks to die for. She has a variety of recipes that are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and/or vegan. The sweet section was speaking to me. However, my brain was telling me not to cave.

I have been in a snacking mood lately, and Nora’s recipe for Roasted Fajita Spiced Chickpeas was calling my name.

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Y’all…this stuff is addicting.

 It’s like Mediterranean food and Mexican food had a baby.

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Crispy little chickpea babies with all the fajita flavor!

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The original recipe calls for olive oil, however, I got crafty and used tahini because I was out of olive oil (gasp!).

Shhhhhh….don’t tell my dad, not having olive oil in the house is an Italian sin.

You need these in your life.

I may or may not have eaten half of the bowl while watching Real Housewives of N.J. 😉

5.0 from 1 reviews
Roasted Fajita Spiced Chickpeas
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3 c
 
A snack with a kick. Roasted chickpeas get turned up with flavor from smoky cumin, chipotle powder, and spicy cayenne. Gluten-free, vegan.
Ingredients
  • 2 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ t. ground black pepper
  • ½ T. chili powder
  • ¼ t. cumin
  • ⅛ t. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ t. granulated onion
  • ¼ t. granulated garlic
  • 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil (or tahini)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the spices.
  3. Add the garbanzo beans and tahini and toss to evenly coat.
  4. Spread the garbanzo beans onto the prepared baking sheet and let roast for 40-50 minutes, tossing once or twice during the baking process.
  5. Let cool and enjoy!

 MANGIA!!!

 

 

 

Cashew Honey Granola

It’s Secret Recipe Club time y’all.

My secret blogger for this month was Helen, the wife, mother, all around fantastic lady behind the blog,  Casa Costello .

After sifting through her fabulous recipe index , I finally decided to make Helen’s Walnut and Honey Granola.

One twist…I substituted cashews for the walnuts 🙂

Just because I was feeling it.

Y’all…this stuff is addicting.

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It’s crunchy, cluster-y, packed with juicy bursts of dried cranberries, with just enough sweetness from the honey.

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I have fallen off the snack train lately and this granola does the job.

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For reaal.

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I saw my parents this weekend and sent them home with some and my dad couldn’t stop eating it!

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Not being bossy or anything…but you should make this…maybe today, perhaps?!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cashew Honey Granola
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Crunchy clusters of oats and cashews sweetened with honey for the perfect snack or healthy breakfast.
Ingredients
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. unsalted, raw cashews
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • 2 T. coconut sugar
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 T. + 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 T. honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until evenly coated.
  3. Spread the mixture out evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, mixing the granola 3 times during the baking process to prevent burning.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. Devour!

MANGIA!!!

Peanut Butter Pound Cake

Yo.

It’s February.

A.K.A. the best month ever.

Not just because it’s my birthday month either.

February Secret Recipe Club time.

This months recipe comes from Kirstin, the wife, mother, and blogger behind Loving Life.

I really enjoyed Kristin’s recipe index and wanted to try just about everything, but let’s be real…the peanut butter spoke to me…again.

Peanut Butter Pound Cake 

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Y’all…this stuff is no joke.

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Look at all that thickness.

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Hello peanut butter cream frosting!

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Of course I made it gluten-free.

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So sue me why dontcha!

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If you eat this for breakfast with coffee…you might just have magical powers 😉

Peanut Butter Pound Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
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Thick, buttery pound cake with all the flavor of peanut butter topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 1 c. smooth peanut butter, all-natural
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • For the frosting:
  • ½ c. full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. smooth peanut butter, all-natural
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, eggs, and coconut sugar until smooth.
  3. Stir in the milk and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in the baking soda and coconut flour until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  6. Let the cake cool.
  7. For the frosting, combine the coconut cream, maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl, mixing until smooth.
  8. Spread the frosting evenly onto the cake.
  9. Slice the cake and serve!

Chocolate Macaroons

Y’all…I’m back.

Sorry for the hiatus. I am starting back at school this Tuesday and I had a looooong, relaxing, winter break.

For reallllz.

It’s great to relax every once in a while.

Plus, I cooked and baked a ton, but this time I didn’t do it for the blog.

Instead, I thought I would brainstorm and come back with some new content.

It’s great to start this near year off with the my first 2016 Secret Recipe Club  post.

This month I was privileged to get to know Anne, the lovely blogger and Holistic Health Coach behind her bolg, Simple and Savory. I looooove that Ann wants to share wholesome, fresh, and tasty recipes with all of us.

After perusing her site, I came across her gluten-free recipe index and decided I just had to try her Chocolate Macaroon Bites.

Oh, Laaaaaawd.

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These babies are all coconut with a hint of cocoa powder for a chocolate kick.

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Crispy edges, chewy centers…

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you know the drill.

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My parents and I went on a little detox for two weeks so I used stevia instead of maple syrup like Anne did. But for those of you crazies who aren’t on a sugar detox, feel free to look at Anne’s original recipe.

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Good lord…these things are addicting.

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But only in the perfect way. 😉

4.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Macaroons
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Recipe type: Macaroons, Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
 
Crispy, chewy, macaroons with a cocoa twist. Gluten-free, paleo.
Ingredients
  • 3 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • 1.5 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ c. coconut butter, melted
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until a cookie dough like mixture forms.
  3. Drop the macaroon mixture by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until macaroons are lightly golden.
  5. Let cool slightly and devour!

MANGIA!!!

 

 

Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes Review and Recipe

Let’s talk about my favorite macronutrient…protein.

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.

This is no bueno.

Luckily Skinnygirl has come out with these new Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes 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.

I got the chance to try the newest product from the Skinnygirl line…Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes, a few weeks ago.

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

With these amazing nutritional facts, I was flooooooored.

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 a 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.

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

Very impressive Skinnygirl.

These Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes are available at Walmart and Skinnygirldaily.com and will be coming to other retailers soon.

The shakes come in a 4-pack and are $5.78 at Walmart.

Now, let’s get creative.

You can actually use these protein shakes in just about any recipe that calls for milk or liquid.

Let’s bake.

More specifically, let’s put that Vanilla Bean Sundae protein shake into banana bread.

Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread.

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BOOM!

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This banana bread is spiced with cinnamon and packs an extra protein punch with the sweet taste of vanilla from the protein shake.

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Plus, it’s gluten-free and has pecans for an added crunch!

So get to a store near you and try these shakes, and try my recipe below. Share in your excitement by following Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook and hashtagging your posts with #SkinnygirlProtein

Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Bread, Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
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Melt in your mouth banana bread made with Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake and pecans, and spiced with cinnamon . Vanilla + cinnamon + protein for a tasty and healthy spin on the traditional banana bread. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ c. egg whites
  • ½ c. Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ c. raw pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas through the baking soda until combined.
  3. Stir in the cinnamon, salt, and coconut flour until combined.
  4. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden.
  6. Let cool and slice into even squares.

 MANGIA!!!