If there's one thing that gets me as excited to be in the kitchen as as throwing a dinner party - and you know how I love my dinner parties! - it's putting together a recipe roundup!
So far I haven't done many, (here is one of just a couple) but I already know I need more in my life. In search of recipes from other great bloggers, I'm always finding things to whip up that I never dreamed of. I mean, the other day, I was on Pinterest - whaaat, Pinterest? I'm never on Pinterest... for like 10 hours a day... And I saw a cake made to look like a turkey with stuffing coming out of it. For serious. It was amazing. (I'd tell you to go look, but my guess is you've already pinned it yourself!)
Anyway, I thought it was high time we had a NO-BAKE roundup. Also, it's fall. These are important facts.
- We've got so much to do! For me, bikini competition training (often twice a day); teaching classes (7 this week); + being a newly full-time blogger (woohoo!), are big commitments, taking lots of time + energy. No-bake = less time hovering around the oven + more time enjoying/sharing deliciousness!
- Fall is just the beginning of sweet-tooth season. I've chosen these healthy no-bake recipes because they're perfect for satisfying my encroaching sweet tooth - and helping me stick to new health + fitness commitments! Who wants to find themselves with 10x more work to do come New Year's resolution time, anyway? And yet, who wants to feel deprived all through the holidays? Not this girl!
So, a BIG thank-you to the bloggers who helped make this possible, and for their fantastic recipes + GORGEOUS photos! (Go on, check them out!)
Plus - a brand-new one with love from me to you: Hazelnut Pumpkin Frosting Shots! These fall-inspired treats are really satisfying, and totally great for dessert or a snack with staying power! The protein from the yogurt and powder provides both quick and slow-absorbing proteins, so it can help you recover from a workout AND keep you going for hours afterward! Besides - no need to add any sugar or gluten, so you can double the batch + make it for all your dinner party guests.
Wait... did someone say dinner party?!
Hazelnut Pumpkin Frosting Shots (low-carb, gluten-free)
Makes 2 -3 servings.
Dessert Shot (1/3 batch): 188 calories; 12.5 g fat (4.8 g saturated); 5.8 g carbs; 1.8 g fiber (4 net carbs); 13.3 g protein
Post-Workout Parfait (1/2 batch): 282 calories; 18.8 g fat (7.3 g saturated); 8.8 g carbs; 2.7 g fiber (6.1 g net carbs); 20 g protein
2.5 oz (70 g) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2.5 oz (70 g) pumpkin puree, organic, unsweetened (you can make your own!)
4 T. (60 g) plain cream cheese (organic + grass-fed if possible for the omega 3s)
34 g, or about 1 scoop, vanilla protein powder (I used Whey-HD Milk + Cookies, but you could use any vanilla/cinnamon/maple/pumpkin flavored if you like!)
2 T. (15 g) chopped hazelnuts
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice + extra for sprinkling on top
OR 1/2 tsp. cinnamon + 1/4 tsp. each: ginger, allspice, nutmeg
Optional sweetener: 1 T. stevia/ brown sugar/ OR maple syrup (I did without, as the protein powder made it sweet enough for my taste!)
Optional toppings: 2 T. sugar-free whipped cream, pumpkin seeds, chopped hazelnuts, pumpkin pie spice
Using a food processor (blender may work, too) blend together the Greek yogurt through pumpkin pie spice or sweetener (if using.)
Spoon the "frosting" into two or three glasses or ramekins. Top with whipped cream, seeds, and spices as you like!
If you're making these ahead, you can cover with plastic wrap before putting the whipped cream + keep ready to go for a couple days in the fridge!