Greek Frozen Yogurt Chia Truffles (Guest Post by Free Spirit Eater)

Today I have a special guest on my blog, Kym from an awesome healthy eating blog Free Spirit Eater. She and I decided to do a recipe swap of sorts by using one of our recipes as inspirations. I was inspired by her awesome rice pudding cheesecake and created a similar one but different… I decided to switch some ingredients around and played around with the prep a bit differently. I created a Rice Pudding Protein Cheesecake with Berry Chia Jam. Check out my recipe on her blog here and let me know what you think.

Anyway, I’m letting Kym take over from here. Don’t drool too much!…..

Hello there lovers of food, seekers of the next tastiest item to devour in seconds and coo over for days. My name is Kym. I am the author of Free Spirit Eater, the blog devoted to all things food, writing, fitness and photography. Nothing is off limits and my recipes portray that.

Once upon a time I graduated from culinary school and began cooking in professional kitchens in NYC and NJ. I stepped foot into the food writing biz by starting my food blog, then branching out to reviewing restaurants, developing recipes and taking photos along the way. My love for photography has branched out from just food to events, lifestyle, fashion, fitness and boudoir to name a few.

My recipes are usually on the low calorie side, satisfying and guilt free versions of some of my favorite foods or just experiments gone right. But Kamila and I are swapping recipes and I happened to be in a bit of an indulgent mood. So when trying to recreate her Chocolate Chia Pudding with my own twist, I added a bit of some childhood favorites into my dessert. But by shaping them into bite sized truffle pieces I can practice portion control while enjoying the melt in your mouth feeling from the gooey morsels.

I had been curious about trying Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt. So I purchased a pint of their strawberry shortcake flavor, crushed up some pretzels, smoked almonds, chia seeds, semi sweet chocolate chips and a splash of coconut milk. The tartness of the Greek frozen yogurt was made even more subtle by the coconut milk, and the addition of the almonds added a pleasantly smoky surprise. The chia seeds add a tiny pop when bit into with the pretzels and chocolate chips. For the final touch I melted some chocolate and made bite sized frozen yogurt treats.

Thank you so much Kamila for allowing me to guest post and taking the time to guest post on my site as well. Enjoy!”

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Chocolate Protein Oatmeal

I read somewhere recently that one of the only times you can literally eat whatever you want is after an intense workout. They even recommended to eat chocolate. I’d love to link the article but I have no idea where it is now. The information really stuck though. So I thought, what better way to refuel after a morning weight training session than with oatmeal and chocolate? Not to mention the delicious protein your muscles crave.

I usually make my oatmeal in the microwave but after making them on the stove, I think I am sold. They come out so creamy and delicious – so much better than from the microwave. My parents had a point when they decided to throw their microwave out – that thing is not comparable to the stove at all… or at least, not when making oatmeal!

Chocolate. Protein. Oatmeal. Vegan. No sugar added. What can be better?

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Coconut Muffins

So here is the second thing I made with light coconut milk which thankfully also turned out well! Surprisingly though, I STILL have like half a can of coconut milk left! I already made the apple oatmeal mini muffins with light coconut milk and I was sure I would be done with it after this recipe. Although, I did only end up making 6 muffins from this one, just because I like variety and one of my roommates is allergic to nuts so she wouldn’t even be able to have any of these. I didn’t want to tempt her too much with these. If you’re into coconut, you will enjoy these muffins!

With a bit of greek yogurt, shredded coconut, and maple syrup as topping.

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Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins

I opened a can of light coconut milk last night hoping to make some chocolate mousse with it but it didn’t get thick like I hoped it would. I figured it’s because I used “light” not regular, which makes sense.. but hey, oh well. I found some other recipes that call for it and it ended up pretty good. I just want to emphasize how difficult it was to find any recipes that call for light coconut milk. So difficult. I think I spent like an hour searching and deciding on what to make with the ingredients I already owned. So there ya have it, readers, part one of two: Apple Oatmeal mini muffins which are perfect for breakfast or a snack on the go. They turned out delicious.

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