So here we go! It’s a new year and I’m back. Not just to writing here, but the healthy, motivated me is back.
The new year is always a time to reset and reassess our goals, and the new year could not have come at a better time for me. December was a little rough…2 biopsies, my first ever case of the stomach flu, and a surgery. I missed a lot of work for medical reasons, and working out and eating right became nonexistent. Add in the holiday treats and it was a recipe for some dark times in my kitchen. And although it’s never about the scale for me, 10ish extra lbs. showed up there too. I just needed to get through the year, and now I’m ready to get back on track!
One of the main things I plan on doing this year is meal planning. I hope to share a lot of how I’m doing that here, but for today I’m just going to share one recipe I put together last night.
I was making sweet potato fries for the first time (so good!), and had some leftover potatoes since I am the only person who will eat those yummy orange spuds in my house. I have always wanted to try baking with them so it seemed like a good time to start! While my fries were in the oven, I wrapped 2 medium sweet potatoes in foil and baked them at 375 for an hour. After dinner, they were ready to mash and I am so happy with the outcome of the recipe.
Realist Lifestyle had just sent me a sample of their ghost flavor protein powder, and I have been trying to come up with ways to add it into my food/shakes. This seemed like the perfect time to give it a try and I have to say it did not affect the taste or texture of the bites! Perfect option to give these an extra boost of protein.
Sweet Potato Banana Protein Bites
For 12 Mini bites:
1 large (or 2 medium) Sweet Potatoes (baked)
1 Large Banana
2 TBSP Peanut Protein (optional)
2 TBSP Realist Ghost Protein Powder (optional)
1-2 TBSP Coconut Water (or water) to desired texture
handful dark chocolate chips (or whatever seeds, nuts, dried fruit you like)
Preheat oven to 375
Mash together baked sweet potato and banana with hand masher
Add egg, water, powders, and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
Spray a mini-muffin tin or line with wrappers
Drop spoonfuls of mixture into muffin pan
Bake for 20-ish minutes
Enjoy! (Keep extras in air tight container)
That’s it! I mashed the potato right out of the oven so the batter was warm but it did not affect the outcome. If you try these, let me know what you think! I was hesitant about the texture from the banana but if you really mix it, the batter will be smooth.
(Like I’ve mentioned before I’m not a big measuring person when it comes to cooking. I go by what looks right, so these quantities are approximates and you can change the amount based on your own preference of texture and taste. The sweet potato is more than sweet enough even for me, but you can add sugar, honey or agave)
Happy Baking, and Happy New Year!