One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is Red Velvet. Red Velvet anything really. It’s just.so.good. Considering that most (ok pretty much all..) red velvet treats are really not good for you, I am going to be sharing lots of fun healthier options for you this week. If you aren’t a Red Velvet fan (what’s wrong with you?! just kidding..kind of… 😉 ) then you can easily sub out a couple ingredients and keep it vanilla or chocolate. No biggie.
Today, we will begin with Red Velvet Protein Bites. I was SO excited to find a red velvet protein shake mix the other day. Unfortunately, when I tasted it I almost gagged. It was one of THE most disgusting things I have ever tasted in my life. It totally gave red velvet a bad name. It was that bad. I decided I needed a yummy red velvet protein option, so I decided to go for it.
All I have to say is that OMG..the kids and I are hooked. My husband hasn’t had the opportunity to try these yet, but I’m thinking he will be a fan. We will see. And they don’t contain any crap or artificial food dyes etc that are typically found in red velvet treats today.
These are perfect to keep in the fridge or freezer, and they will travel well also. Gluten free, paleo/vegan option, and just so good…
Ok, here you go. Enjoy!
- 1/4 Cup Almond Meal/Flour
- 3 TBS Vanilla Protein Powder
- 2-3 TBS Coconut Flour
- 2 TBS Raw Cacao or Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Beet Root Powder (omit if you don't want "red" velvet)
- 1-2 TBS Maple Syrup (optional- use extra coconut oil if you don't add any liquid sweetener)
- 3 TBS Almond Milk
- 1 TBS Coconut Oil, melted
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup + 2 TBS Dark Chocolate
- Mix dry ingredients (almond meal, coconut flour, protein powder, beet root powder) in a bowl.
- Add wet ingredients and mix well.
- Roll out dough onto tray lined with parchment paper and place in freezer for about 15 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and slice into small squares.
- Melt dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, and either dip the squares into melted chocolate or use a small knife to "frost" the squares.
- Store in the fridge or freezer and enjoy.