Another late night post? Who am I? Today was another busy day, but I actually feel like I got some things done. Everything, besides the food, is prepped and ready to go for Maddux’s birthday party. I’m getting excited! I’m awful at planning and actually executing party themes, so we’ll see if this goes well on Saturday. Cross your fingers! I can’t wait to share pictures of all the little things I’ve been working on lately. Don’t get too excited, though, I’m no “Pinterest Mom”. I’ve done my best, so that has to count for something. Right? I mean, it isn’t like he’s even going to remember this party.
After my long day of party strategizing (<- is this not a word? my computer is saying no.), I headed to my first actual CrossFit class with Logan and Beth. Is it even called a class? I don’t know. I have a lot to say on the subject, so I’ll leave it for another post.
After we let the gym (box?), we went to get cheese dip and margaritas. That darn alcohol keeps popping up doesn’t it? Can’t say I’m mad at it, to be honest. I can fully say I have no regrets. That thing was delicious.
Now I’m laying in bed reminiscing on my recent baking experiment. I make a lot of protein cheesecakes, so this really isn’t out of the ordinary for me, but I just couldn’t resist attempting a new version. Since I decided to cut back on sugar, I’ve missed my sweets. A lot. This recipe gives me the taste that I’m after, without the added sugar crash at the end. The key to a great “dessert-like” protein powder recipe is really good tasting protein powder. That’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?
I was recently sent a bag of Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix from Visalus. If I’m going to be 100% honest with you, I wanted to hate it. That’s bad, right? I just thought the Visalus stuff was another dumb trend and another thing your friends tried to force you to buy from them. Hey, I’m being real here. The thing is, it’s really good. The sweet cream flavor is spot on. It has great stats, too. It’s low sodium, low fat, low sugar, and gluten/lactose free for those of you who are allergic. Visalus is currently putting together a recipe series and asked if I had one to throw into the mix. I decided to make Mini Peanut Butter Protein Cheesecakes. I’ve said this before, but I primarily use protein powders for baking. I’m not that into shakes (I’d rather eat my food), so I use the powder to amp up my protein in other areas. Primarily “dessert”. I keep putting that word in quotes, because aside from the taste, these things are far from dessert. They are innocent enough for breakfast! Seriously. Ryne’s been eating them as little breakfast bites. He’s given them two thumbs up.
And because I’m lazy, I’ll give you the recipe in picture form.
If for any reason, the pictures aren’t showing up for you:
Ingredients (makes six mini cheesecakes):
- 1/2 cup Vi-shape mix (three full scoops)
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour mixture into a lined muffin tin.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until slightly firm.
- Let cool. Store in the refrigerator.
- Eat, eat, eat!!
The stats on these little cheesecakes are insane. According to the My Fitness Pal recipe calculator, each cheesecake has 80 calories and 10 grams of protein. They are low in carbs, fat, and sugar as well. Definitely a-okay as a breakfast food, especially if you have it along with some coffee (yep, still having that internal argument with myself). Oh, and the spray whipped cream is not included in those stats. If they aren’t sweet enough for your tastes, you can add your sweetener of choice. I think honey would work great with the peanut butter. Match made in heaven, ya know? Oh, and if you leave out the PB, you would obviously just have “plain” cheesecake. This recipe is totally customizable!
If you try them, let me know! I mean, obviously they aren’t the rich, decadent dessert… but I promise they aren’t a “yucky” protein food either! If Ryne likes them, you know they’re good.
*Disclosure: I received compensation and product in exchange for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*