Who doesn’t love Red Velvet?
Red Velvet cake, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, coffee, and even hot chocolate… so is there a way to enjoy this scrumptious “cheat” food in a more nutritious way? Here at RISENfitness, our goal is to “eat to live” and we are mindful of what we put in God’s temple. Everything we choose is either pushing us towards our goal or pulling us away from it. Well, this little protein-powerhouse is packed with more natural ingredients and goodness than the original cake recipe… but won’t destroy the hard-earned progress you just punched in at the gym.
Result = reduced guilt. So… Enjoy!
You’re welcome. 🙂
- 3/4 cup oat flour (or almond flour)
- 1 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup natural sweetener – or chocolate protein powder if you are going for less sugar/more protein. However, it will not be as sweet or “cake” like. (See Nutritional Information labels below for comparison.)
- 3 Tbs coconut oil (melted)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened organic applesauce (berry flavor is best! Try Whole Foods or Trader Joes)
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp natural red food coloring (or “Red Velvet” food coloring from Michaels… not as natural, but amazing taste!)
- 1/4 tsp natural sea salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Organic available at Wal-Mart/Dairy-free at Whole Foods.)
Pre-heat the oven to 350. Prepare an 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil or non-stick foil.
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients, saving the red food color for last. Then beat with a hand-held electric mixer on medium for 1-2 minutes.
- Allow batter to chill in the fridge for about 1 hour for more dense bars.
- Once the batter has thickened, spoon the batter into the pan.
- Add a few decorative sprinkles or oats for character;)
- Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven). Bars are done when they begin to slightly brown, pull away from the edges and/or a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean- with only a few crumbs. Allow to sit in the baking tray until completely cool. Cut into 16 bars… and try to tame your tastebuds.
- These heat up nicely in the microwave for a post-workout or morning snack!
*Adapted from @MissK_J6 Kitchen Creations