I am taking some time away to celebrate becoming a married women and relaxing with my new hubby! So a few friends have graciously offered to keep you company! Thanks, Taylor!
Hi! I’m Taylor and I blog over at Food Faith Fitness! I am SO pumped to be guest posting for Meg today while she is on her honeymoon – Woo to the hoo!
Today I am bringing your taste budz one of my VERY favorite recipes of ALL time.
It also happens to be one of the easiest snacks that you will ever make in your life.
AND, the best part?
That’s right, 30 grams of a protein in a snack that tastes like an Almond Joy Bar and a big ol’ slice ‘o cheesecake had a baby.
Yes, that is a very weird mental picture. Goin’ with it.
I have been making this Almond Joy Cheesecake Recipe every single night for the past 3 years of my life.
If you do the math, that is ALMOST 2000 times.
It’s THAT good.
Good like WHOA.
Whatever that means.
You know what, even my “Don’t-feed-me-anything-healthy-ever-I’ll-just-be-sitting-here-eating-snickers-bars-while-you-eat-egg-whites” husband LOVES this “cheesecake.”
In fact, he actually REQUESTS it.
It makes me a very happy lady indeed
If you read my blog, it’s no secret that I ADORE (read: am obsessed with) all things cheesecake, so that is how this baby came to be.
I had a conundrum to solve: I wanted to eat cheesecake on a regular basis (umm…everyday) but I also wanted to be able to fit into my skinny jeans.
WHAT TO DO.
Make cheesecake out of cottage cheese? YES
Add protein powder to give it some extra POW? Double YES.
Umm…nut butter? Is that even a question? OBVI.
Coconut? ALL THE THINGS.
I know that was a lot of questions, but I have one more for you: how can cottage cheese, chocolate, almond buttah and coconut be bad?
Answer: It cannot.
So, whatcha waiting for?
I bet you already have all of the ingredients on hand.
You are half an hour away to healthy, protein packed, cheesecake glory.
You know what you need to do.
A protein packed snack that tastes just like an Almond Joy, but secretly healthy for you! With simple ingredients, you have have one delicious and satisfying snack in no time!
1 hrPrep Time
1 hrTotal Time
- 1/2 Cup Low Fat Cottage Cheese
- 1/2 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (about 3 Tbsp) *
- 1/4 tsp Pure stevia (or sweetener of choice, to taste)
- 2 Tbsp Natural almond butter **
- 1 Tbsp Unsweetened coconut flakes
- In a small food processor, blend the cottage cheese, protein powder, sweetener and 1 Tbsp of almond butter. I always layer them in that specific order, as I find it blends the best that way.
- Process until well mixed and the cottage cheese is creamy and smooth. Note that the mixture is very thick, so you will have to stop the food processor and scrape down the sides a few times, and then keep blending until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture into a small bowl and place into the freezer for 30 minutes – 1 hour to let it set up a little ***.
- While it chills, spread the coconut flakes onto a small baking sheet and toast them in a 400 degree oven until light golden brown, about 1 -2 mins.
- Once the cheesecake has set, top with additional 1 Tbsp of almond butter (if using) and toasted coconut flakes and DEVOUR.
* I prefer to use casein protein powder over whey, as it is thicker, but whey will be just as yummy!
** You can use only 1 Tbsp if you want to make this even lighter, but it’s much better with 2!
*** You can also eat it immediately, I just think the texture is closer to cheesecake once it chills and firms up.
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