Categories: Baking

 

 

Introducing…Vitamin Shoppe’s Protein Pantry!

IMG_6725 A new section at Vitamin Shoppe filled with yummy protein packed foods! My favorite. Aside from the traditional protein bars, I like eating protein enriched foods, since I have such an active lifestyle. Gotta fuel those muscles!

They sent me MET-RX Protein Pancake Mix, P28 Apple Crisp Spread, and D’s Naturals Fluff Butter in Chocolate Fudge Cake Batter and Vanilla Maple.

First up…the pancakes!

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You can do 2-3 scoops with up to 1/3-1/2 cup of water, mix, and cook. I decided to use milk and cook with some pam and light butter because I like my pancakes crispy. 
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Mmmmm….
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The finished product!
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These were super yummy! They got crispy on the outside from the butter, but remained fluffy and moist on the inside. There was a delicious vanilla aroma being pervaded throughout the house when I was cooking them. They mixed easily, and cooked within a few minutes. The flavor was mildly sweet, mild buttermilk flavor, and even a touch of what felt like a vanilla protein flavor.

I liked them! I think they are versatile and welcome your own additions, but are great with butter and some sugar free syrup alone. You can view the nutritional facts below. I’m a little bummed sugar is the second ingredient added, and wheat flour is used over whole wheat. The protein count to carb and sugar ratio is a little low for me, so these will be used more as a pre-workout meal versus a post workout. With that being said, 4 stars. Great for people trying to put on some mass as well, as they are easy to eat and have some good quality calories.

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Next up, The P28 Apple Crisp Spread

Here’s the spread on some toast:
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As you can see, it was pretty creamy in texture. At least…the top part was. The bottom half got a little drier, more “cement” like, kind of when you extract the natural oil out of non hydrogenated oil. It needs the fat! So if you do buy this, make sure you stir it! The bottom also had tiny bits of raisins and granola crunches that you miss out on until you hit the bottom of the jar. The flavor otherwise is okay, it’s a little pasty, not too sweet, not salty, and pretty mild. I really liked it on toast after I added some jelly, which brought out the flavors of the Apple Crisp spread so much. The apple undertones really came out, and I could taste the cinnamon as well. Overall, good, but not a favorite eaten alone, especially when you hit the bottom. The nutritional profile is actually pretty awesome too- high in fat, obviously, but sugar is low and protein is high. Carbohydrates aren’t much higher than a normal serving of peanuts either. 4 stars

2 tablespoons is 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, 3 saturated fat, 10 mg of sodium, 8 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein.

 Lastly, D’s Naturals Fluff Butter

First up, the Vanilla Maple

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As you can see, on toast, it kind of “disintegrated” when it was warm.

So next round, I waited until it cooled off a bit, and added some Jelly.

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Alone, not a huge fan of this flavor. It’s a little pasty, and tastes like almond extract with a maple flavor. It’s thick, but not super creamy, and has this odd texture which I think is from the pea protein. If you have ever had pea protein, you know what I am talking about. It’s not creamy…it has this “powdery” texture even when blended with a liquid. I can’t have a spoon of this all at once…too powerful of flavor.

On toast with Jelly, much better. Even though a lot of the flavor seems to disappear into the toast, and I just seemed to taste it mildly. Overall, not a huge fan. I would pass on this one. 2 1/2 stars

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Lastly, the Chocolate Fudge Cake Batter Almond Fluffbutter. 

This one was pretty good. I liked it better than the Vanilla Maple. It was sweet, but not sugary. It was a little pasty, and you could taste the pea protein. It definitely has a fudge flavor, and reminds me a little bit like chocolate frosting, but not as sugary. Like a protein chocolate frosting. It is creamy, and you can taste the almond which is nice. The flavors are mild, but good. I enjoyed this one straight up- which is vital for me to really enjoy a spread or nut butter. 4 stars

 

I received these products for free from Vitamin Shoppe. This is an unbiased review.

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13 Jan 2011, Comments (1)

Chatfield’s Carob Powder

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ever heard of Carob Powder? I remember reading about carob instead of cocoa when I was younger in health magazines and whatnot, but never actually tried it. But I was sent a free can of Carob Powder from Chatfield’s/PANOS Brands and now had the opportunity to do so.

According to the can, there is “No Chocolate, Cocoa or Caffeine” in this powder, and is also “all  natural”. I wanted to make a batch of homemade brownies, but saw that it called for cocoa powder. Coincidentally, the back of the can of carob powder said “If substituting for cocoa, replace with equal measure”. So, I ended up making the brownies with half carob powder and half cocoa powder.

Comparing cocoa to carob powder, they are similar in appearance, but I’d say carob has a deeper smell, and a different taste. I noticed that my brownies had a very rich and deep chocolate-like taste, with just a slight bit of bitterness.

Have you ever tried carob powder? What do you use it for?

1 tbsp is 20 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Time for me to bake, er, bake and review, some cookies! : )

Another box of baking mix I recieved (please see previous post) for free was the Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. This mix, according to the front of the box, was vegan, dairy free, egg free, and nut/peanut free! What I also enjoyed was the front of the box had Arthur on it- one of those cartoons I remember watching as a kid! I could just feel this was going to be one of those nostalgic baking experiences!

So, I took out 1/2 cup of butter, 1/4 cup of water, and the mix, and put it in a bowl. I started to mix with a spoon and smelled the delicious chocolate aroma- ooh, I was getting HUNGRY! I  saw there was a lot of chocolate chips, that were rather large too, and was impressed!

As I was mixing, I did notice it was a bit crumbly and dry, so I decided to add a little more water as I was having difficulty stirring it. Then, I decided to just mix by hand, which was convenient since the next step was to roll these cookies into small balls.

After baking, I saw that these cookies did not spread out as I had expected them too- they rather “puffed up”. Normally when I bake cookies, I space them far apart expecting them to expand in a circle. With these, they expanded a little, but mostly rose up.

But, that didn’t affect the taste! They sure were good- buttery rich tasting and sweet but not too sweet. Since there was a lot of chocolate chips, they also had a good chocolatey flavor. They also became crispy and crunchy cookies, rather than super soft cookies. I do prefer soft chocolate chip cookies over crunchy or hard, but these were still enjoyable. I can see myself eating these with a nice glass of milk! 4 stars

Have you ever watched Arthur? Or what was your favorite cartoon growing up? If you’d like to answer, please leave a comment below! 🙂

Ingredients in mix: Unbleached Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Evaporated Cane Juice, Granulated Brown Sugar, Non Dairy Chocolate Chips ( sugar, chocolate liquor, dextrose, cocoa butter (no dairy derivatives), soy lecithin, pure vanilla extract), All Natural Vanilla Flavor, Non-Alluminated Baking Powder, Sea Salt.

So. Yesterday I made the most mouth watering, DELICIOUS and HEALTHY chocolate carob chip cookies! Not too much sugar (yay!) I made some swaps with some ingredients that the PANOS brand sent me-Instead of  brown sugar, I used Chatfield’s Date Sugar, and I also used Chatfield’s Carob Chips in place of chocolate chips (but you could certainly use chocolate chips).
Look at these!…

They are “puffier” cookies- so if you like them flatter, you can use the backside of a spoon before you bake them to flatten them out. They came out rich and buttery tasting- I couldn’t even tell the swap for the date sugar for brown sugar! The carob chips also had a sweet, vanilla taste. It was a nice change from the traditional chocolate chip, although next time I think I will use all natural chocolate chips.

Either way… I already ate 3 😉

Onto the individual components…

Date Sugar-


The sugar itself is actually a purpley-brown color, and has a grainy consistency. By itself, I tasted a little bit, and it did taste like brown sugar, but wasn’t identical. However, I couldn’t tell the difference once the cookies were baked

According to the package, “unlike refined sugar and sweeteners, where vitamins and minerals are stripped during refining, the simple drying process maintains the naturally occurring nutrients found in dates”. Sweet & healthier-nice!

1 tsp is 10 calories, 0 fat, 3 carbs, 0 fiber, and 0 grams of protein.

Carob Chips-

these are smaller in size then regular chocolate chips, but really plumped up a bit when I cooked them. Raw, they taste slightly like cocoa at first, and then they are sweet once it melts in your mouth. It’s a different experience, but I like them. I found myself popping them in my mouth as I was baking. Cooked- they also have a different taste. Definetely sweeter, and with a bit of vanilla flavoring. One of the chips was baked alone (it got separated from the dough!) and actually sizzled when I removed the pan from the oven- bizarre!

2 Tbsp. is 80 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs, 0 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of protein.

Beet sugar, palm kernel and palm oil, carob powder, soy lecithin (an emulsifier).
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I’m always curious about cookies (who isn’t?) so i got a box of the Vanilla Graham mini cookies (because if cookie wasn’t enough, they are MINI!! Who doesn’t love mini cookies!) in the mail from Cherrybrook Kitchen. Aside from being cute and gluten free, they are also peanut, dairy, egg and nut free.
YEP!
They are certainly yummy. They are about the size of a half dollar each, and they have swirls on top. It resembles the top of a snail shell to me. They have a very strong vanilla flavor, but are not overly sweet. They sort of taste like a better Vanilla  Wafer (and they don’t contain any trans FATS!). They are crispy and very “light” tasting.

So overall, there good! I’m giving them 4 stars.

6 cookies are 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
My only complaint is the low fiber content

Evaporated cane juice, brown rice flour, corn flour, palm oil, cornstarch, low fat soy flour, corn syrup, vanilla and natural flavors, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecitin, xanthan gum, cinnamon.

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