Chocolate Chocolate Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Guys I’m a snacker.  Raise your hand if you’re a snacker!!

I have recently started making protein balls and I’m pretty much obsessed with them now because they are so nice to have on hand for a quick, healthy on the go snack, jolt of energy before or after a workout, or when you get the munchies at night.

This is a recipe that is oh so chocolatey (not surprising I know!) and easy to make!  It also uses some of my favorite ingredients!!  Kodiak Cakes and Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter!

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Give these babies a try and let me know what you think!

Protein balls



Double Chocolate Flourless Blender Mini Muffins

Did someone say chocolate?!?  Do your ears perk when you hear chocolate??  These babies are for you!  Suuuuper easy to make, and a healthier way to satisfy that chocolate craving!

Double Chocolate Flourless Blender Mini Muffins

Recipe by: Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

1 ¾ Cup oats

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp baking soda

¾ Cup cocoa powder

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

½ Cup unsweetened applesauce

½ Cup plain greek yogurt

½ Cup honey

1 ½ tbsp white vinegar

½ Cup chocolate chips

Place oats in blender and pulse until powdered.  Add dry ingredients and pulse until mixed throughout.  Add the rest of the ingredients omitting chocolate chips and pulse until even consistency.

Place in mini muffin liners and sprinkle each mini muffin with a few chocolate chips

Bake 350 for 11-15 min

chocolate muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate zucchini bread

I woke up the other day seriously wanting some chocolate zucchini bread.  Who wakes up craving chocolate zucchini bread?  This girl 🙂  I think I must have seen a picture of zucchini bread on Instagram or something and my subconscious was stewing on it which evolved into CHOCOLATE zucchini bread.

I really like to make healthier versions of food, so I was determined to make a yummy healthy version.  I actually made a whole batch of a not-so-yummy version that ended up straight in the trash but… this version turned out just as I had imagined! Made me a happy girl!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Recipe by Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 medium finely shredded zucchini

½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl less the zucchini and chocolate chips

Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until mixed throughout without over mixing.

Then fold in Zucchini, and chocolate chips

Place in greased 9x5in bread pan and bake at 350 for 30-40 min until toothpick comes out clean

Quinoa Brownies

Want more protein in your diet? Want more quinoa in your diet?? Want more chocolate in your diet??? Yes to all of those for me! This recipe gives you all of that!

Quinoa brownies!
Quinoa brownies
Yes, I’m serious! I have been adding quinoa to all kind of things recently to try to increase protein and get the health benefits of this amazing grain! These brownies are not your store bought tasting brownies…. They are more dense but just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness! My kids gobble them up (if the kids like them then obviously they are good right?) and I get to satisfy my sweet tooth!


Quinoa Brownies

¾ c. cooked quinoa (cooked ahead with plain water)

¼ c. cocoa powder

¼ c. pure maple syrup

¼ c. almond butter

1 egg

8 tsp. unsweetened applesauce

1/8 c. coconut oil

¼ c. unsweetened chocolate or chocolate chips (I use 2 blocks of Ghirardelli unsweetened chocolate)

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. sea salt

Blend all of this together in a blender until smooth

Line 4×6 bread loaf pan with foil and spray with cooking oil

Pour batter into lined pan and cook at 350 for about 35 min until toothpick comes out clean

Let pan cool and then pull brownies out by pulling the foil out.

Once cool, slice and eat

Store in airtight container in fridge

Quinoa brownie

Pina Colada smoothie


What’s more refreshing in the summer heat than a pina colada?  It’s pretty dang hot here in Las Vegas in the summer which leads me to crave refreshing tropical drinks like pineapple-coconut goodness!

Here’s a recipe for a pina colada (virgin) that is refreshing and healthy! Win!



1 cup frozen pineapple

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

½ tsp. coconut extract

Blend up and enjoy!


Fried banana with melted dark chocolate

fried banana with chocolate






I crave chocolate…


And sometimes one of these is enough…

ghirardelli-intense-twilight-delight1And sometimes those single serving sizes are just not going to cut it!   I am a chocolate LOVER!  I probably eat it everyday.  I believe in moderation in all things so chocolate is most definitely in my life.

This was developed as an alternative to eating the whole bag of these single serving goodies (since dark chocolate is good for you right!)  and still feeling satisfied!!

I know that feeling when you need chocolate… and you need it now.  This option is fast, easy, filling, and much better than devouring a whole bag of those single serving size chocolates 🙂


Fried banana with melted dark chocolate!!

fried banana with chocolate


Put a about a teaspoon coconut oil in a medium heat pan until melted

Slice up a whole banana.

Put the slices of banana in the pan flat side down over medium heat for about 1 minute.   Then flip each banana slice to the other side to cook other side for 1 minute.



Sprinkle with a tiny bit of sea salt (optional, but gives it a little extra something).  Then place on a plate.


Now take some dark chocolate and chop in tiny pieces (I use the single serving size of Gharirdelli 72% cocoa dark chocolate pictured above that is ALWAYS in my house).


Sprinkle chopped pieces on warm bananas.


Wait a minute or so (if you can).  The warmth from the bananas melts the chocolate and it’s heavenly.


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Fried banana with melted dark chocolate

Recipe by: Making Health Tangible


Ingredients needed:

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 banana

1 single serving size of dark chocolate

Pinch of salt



Slice banana into about 10-15 slices

Melt coconut oil in pan with medium heat.

Place each slice of banana face down onto pan and cook for 1 minute.  Flip each slice over and cook for about 1 minute until slices are softened

Remove slices from pan and sprinkle with a pinch of salt

Chop up a single serving size of dark chocolate into pieces and sprinkle over warm bananas

Wait 1 minute until bananas have melted chocolate





Chocolate Banana Muffins (gluten free)

IMG_8755These muffins are kind of like little chocolate banana punches.  They are little, but so chocolaty and banana-y, you won’t feel like you need to eat 10 of them to curb your sweet tooth (always a good thing).

They are gluten free if your diet requires that, but that doesn’t mean all the gluten eaters out there shouldn’t eat them too.  The ingredients are pretty guilt free and each muffin weighs in at about 40 calories so eat up!


The ingredients are:

3 eggs

2 ripe bananas mashed

3 tbsp. coconut flour  (If you’re new to coconut flour:  Coconut flour is high in fiber, low in carbohydrates, gluten free, and has a low glycemic index so it will not spike your blood sugar levels.  It has more protein than whole wheat flour.  Once opened, keep in the refrigerator.  You can pick this up at any health food store, and even some Wal-Mart’s)

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 C. honey

¼ C. coconut oil

¼ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

Opt: some dark chocolate chips to top with



Mix all ingredients in a bowl together and mix by hand or use a hand mixer until even consistency.

Line mini muffin tin with liners and fill each 2/3 full.

Put 1 dark chocolate chip on each one, or not.  Totally up to you.  Don’t need it… but makes it even chocolatier.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.


Set yourself up for a reasonable portion:  One way to ensure you don’t eat 10 of them in one sitting is to portion them into single serving size Ziplocs.  Same concept of those single serving sizes of anything you can buy at the grocery store.  When the whole cookie jar is in front of us, we eat a lot more cookies.  Make it easy to have a reasonable portion by portioning out ahead of time.        



Chocolate Banana Muffins (gluten free)

Recipe by: Making Health Tangible

3 eggs

2 ripe bananas mashed

3 tbsp. coconut flour

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder`

1/8 C. honey

¼ C. coconut oil

¼ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

Opt: Dark chocolate chips to top with


Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand or use a hand mixer until even consistency.

Line mini muffin tin with liners and fill each 2/3 full.

Put 1 dark chocolate chip on each one, or not.

Bake 350 for 15-20 minutes