It is this time of year when high-calorie desserts and dishes surround us and can make it difficult to keep our waistlines in order. Too much sugar and fat can undo all the progress you worked so hard to make! Instead of eating too many sugary, high-fat foods, it’s important to eat treats that taste amazing but don’t compromise your hard work.
The best thing to do on the vacation is to cook creatively and find ways to have the things you crave without unnecessary sugar and fat. With simple barter deals, you can turn a high-calorie treat into a delicious and healthy creation! Don’t let all of the temptations around you hold you back, use them to inspire you to come up with your own healthier variations.
Check out my high protein, gluten-free vacation to help curb cravings this holiday season Cranberry Black Bean Brownie Bars as a healthy and delicious way to pamper yourself a little without really spoiling yourself! Not only will these healthy, yet delicious, brownie bars satisfy your sweet tooth, but they’re good for you too! The fat comes from healthy coconut oil and the only sugar comes from the dried cranberries.
I love using ingredients that get me in the holiday mood, like cranberries. They are not a normal everyday fruit that I would use. But I long for them during the holidays. Usually you think of any high-sugar jellies or muffins – however, you can incorporate them into your cooking and baking in a healthier way! Cranberries are linked to a ton of health benefits, including improved urinary tract health and decreased inflammation, and they’re packed with antioxidants too. We should definitely not avoid these little red berries but find ways to incorporate them into our diet in healthy and creative ways.
The key is not to avoid things you crave, but to find fun and healthy ways to still have what you crave! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. I would love to hear about your healthy vacation creations!
Gina Aliottis Holiday Cranberry Black Bean Brownie Bars
2 scoops of chocolate protein (I used Devotion Brownie Batter Protein)
1 (15.5 ounce, 3.5 cup) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup almond flour
3 egg whites
1 whole egg
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
3 Devotion Razzmatazz Flex Flavors (can be replaced with 4-8 packets of regular stevia)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the baking dish or, ideally, use a mini-bar baking tin with six bars. Spray bowl with non-stick spray.
2. Use a food processor, mixer, or hand mixer to combine all of the ingredients (except for a Razzmatazz Flex Flavor, if using it) and mix well. Fold the cranberries into the brownie batter mixture. Put in a baking dish and sprinkle with Razzmatazz Flex Flavor. If you’re using regular baking stevia, sprinkle stevia on top to add a touch of sweetness to the bars.
3. Bake in the preheated oven until the toothpick comes out clean for about 25 minutes with one prick. Let cool down and enjoy!
Make six bars. Diet per bar:
Fat: 10 grams
Saturated fat: 6.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 20 grams
Net carbohydrates: 14 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Protein: 15 grams
Sugar: 6 grams