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Double Chocolate Spiced Brownies

Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me from the company to test; I was not paid for this. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.

Chocolate and spice really isn’t an odd combination for me, my most favorite chocolate ever is Chuao Chocolate Spicy Maya . It is amazing. If you’re familiar with what a lot of people call mexican chocolate you’ll understand this. It’s delicious dark chocolate with hints of spice and cinnamon.

Chocolate Spiced Oats

Chocolate oats with pumpkin spice “frosting” and walnuts.

You may have noticed proof of this favorite flavor combination of mine via some of my instagram oat porn as of late, you can tell I’m a fan of the combination of chocolate and spice. Double Chocolate Spiced Brownies These are such a nice dark color because of the Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa – love that stuff! These are also gluten free, low fat and minimal sugar because I used Swerve. If you’re not familiar with Swerve Sweetener, you can read a previous post where I talked/baked with it here.

Double Chocolate Spiced Brownies

I guess technically these could be called “cupcakes” or “muffins” because that’s the type of pan I used – they’re just so rich and yummy, I’m sticking with brownie.

Double Chocolate Spiced Brownies



  1. Combine oat flour, cocoa powder, baking Soda + baking Powder, Swerve (or other granular sweetener that measures like sugar, instant coffee, and pumpkin spice mix in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl combine pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, water + vanilla extract.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients together, fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Spray a muffin tin and spoon mixture into pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 16-19 mins (mine took 18).
  6. Let cool for a few mins and remove from pan.


I wouldn't suggest using paper liners on these, they would stick - so use an oiled metal tin, foil cupcake liners, or silicone ones.

There quite a few alterations you can do within this recipe to suit your liking.

  • You can use “regular” unsweetened cocoa instead of dark if you don’t have it.
  • Use another sweetener – although I like Swerve a lot. Doesn’t have an aftertaste and it measures like sugar!
  • Leave out walnuts, and chocolate chips if you wish
  • Replace the pumpkin spice with cinnamon, or omit.

You also have the option of making these gluten and dairy free if you use the right chocolate chips like these from Chatfield’s.

Double Chocolate Spiced Chocolate Brownies |

While you can omit and or replace the spice and dark chocolate in these, give it a try. There’s just something about rich chocolate with a warm spice that makes me happy. I think Swerve had it right – chocolate please!

vitacostsmallPS: You can buy Swerve at Vitacost.  If you’ve never shopped at Vitacost – do yourself a favor and go here first and sign up. You’ll receive $10 off of $30 – and you can also extend this offer to your friends later!


Do you like dark chocolate?
Nuts or no nuts?
Have you ever tried spiced chocolate?

JAVAPRO Review + Mocha Espresso Protein Bites

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of JAVAPRO. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.

I find it pretty appropriate that as I’m typing up this post I’m sipping on some coffee at my desk. This is common practice in my house – on repeat several times a day. So yes, JAVAPRO had me at hello so to speak.

JavaPro Protein Review |


Simply put, JAVAPRO is a whey protein powder made with real coffee. Protein + Coffee = winning. I’ve been known to make my own protein coffee creamers, as well as put instant coffee in my protein shakes. Did I mention I like coffee? And Protein? Best. Idea. Ever.

The Stats

JAVAPRO is made my Nature’s Best, a company most well known for their Iso-Pure line of Protein Powders. The JAVAPRO line is note for:

  • 20g Whey Protein Complex
  • 80 mg Caffeine per serving made with real coffee
  • 110 Calories per serving

JavaPro Protein Nutrition |

I was sent the Mocha flavor to test, but it’s also available in the following flavors: Espresso, French Vanilla, Latte, Caramel, and Hazelnut.

Mocha Espresso Protein Bites |

Mocha Espresso Protein Bites



  1. Mix all your ingredients starting with 3 Tbsp of oats - and 1-2 Tbsp more as mixture needs.
  2. Roll into small balls and store in the fridge in a covered container.
  3. My recipe yielded 9 balls.
  4. You may add another Tbsp or water or Almond butter if they feel too dry. Not a perfect science here.


You can substitute oat flour, but I would start with 3 Tbsp. and go from there. Also remember that oats and or oat will will absorb moisture, so don't over add them or your balls will be dry after sitting.


You can substitute regular almond butter for the "Wild Friends" if you don't have it. Use only 1 scoop of protein and use a Tbsp more almond butter, a Tbsp more oats, and Tbsp more cocoa powder instead. You may also want to sweeten the mix if you choose this option. OR Instead of 2 scoops of JAVAPRO, use 1 and use 1 scoop of your choice of vanilla whey.

Mocha Espresso Protein Bites with JavaPro |

Be warned, these little bites have a kick. So if you’re not a strong coffee lover, you may consider reading the “substitutions” in the recipe for ideas to make it a little less “coffee-fied”.

Mocha Espresso Protein Bites |

But really, who’d wanna do that anyway? ;) These are a little sticky in the teeth because they are mainly protein (whey tends to be sticky) – but tasty and perhaps something tasty to wash them down afterwards may help. Oh I dunno, coffee maybe? Or is that overkill? Some days my answer may be “bring on the caffeine“.  Spring break is approaching after all.

Thoughts Overall

The only odd thing I found was that the serving size isn’t the normal 1 scoop, or even 2 scoops as some proteins tend to be. It is labeled as 1 1/2 scoops. A little strange, but just something I noticed.

The taste is phenomenal.  Besides the recipe above, my favorite way to ingest this delight is blended with a mix of almond milk, ice, and water. It reminds me of these coffee blended drinks my brother and I use to get from Baskin Robbins (that were terrible for us obviously). I suggest any coffee lover whom is looking to kick up their protein intake to give this a try.

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Are you a coffee drinker?
Have you tried this protein?
How do you take your coffee?


Get Yo Swerve On With Some Lemon Zucchini Loaf

Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me from the company to test. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.

I got my hands on some Swerve - and I was/am really excited.  I had been wanting to try it for a long while and every time I went to place a Vitacost order, it seemed to be out of stock. Swerve was nice enough to send me a little goodie box and I’ve been having fun testing it out in some recipes.

Swerve |

I had a zucchini hanging out in the fridge to use before it went bad, so this seemed like a good way to use it. I love zucchini bread (and uh zucchini muffins, and zucchini bread protein pancakes) – and perhaps being sick and tired of winter some sunny lemon sounded like a good idea.

Lemon Zucchini Loaf |

Forgive the low light photo, it was an icky day outside – and the bread didn’t last long enough to get any better pictures. Yes, the family enjoyed it that much. I’ll definitely be making it again very soon and I’ll post better pictures for you to drool over.

Lemon Zucchini Loaf


  • 1 1/2 C. Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 C. All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 C. Swerve Granular Sweetner (or other sweetner that measures like sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • Wet
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 C. Canola or Coconut oil
  • 1/2 C. Milk + 2 Tea. Vinegar (let sit 10 mins), or buttermilk
  • 1 C. shredded zucchini
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Extract
  • Lemon Glaze
  • I mixed Swerve Confectioners Sugar, more lemon extract (around 1-2 tea.), and a small amount of milk until the consistency was what I was looking for.


  1. Combine milk (I used skim milk) with vinegar (I used apple cider) and let set 10 mins
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line or grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  3. Grate your zucchini and set it aside. You can peel the zucchini beforehand if you do not want any green specks in your bread - but it's not necessary.
  4. Combine your dry ingredients into one bowl
  5. In another bowl beat your eggs, add your milk, lemon extract, and finally your zucchini.
  6. Combine dry and wet ingredients until just mixed. Pour into loaf pan and bake for about 45-50 mins .
  7. Let cool, remove from pan and spoon glaze over the top of the bread.


based on this recipe.

Swerve is a zero calorie, non-gycemic, natural, and non GMO sweetener that measures like sugar. All those attributes are important when it comes to cooking up things for le hubs, because he is a type 2 diabetic. You can read here as to why Swerve is a good choice for diabetics. Swerve is made from a combo of erythritol and oligosaccharides.


I really love that I found a great confectioner’s sugar replacement – because darn, who doesn’t love a good glaze on something??! I’ll be talking some more about swerve and sharing some more recipes in the near future! The short of it is though, that I really have enjoyed it – and it’s a great product.

vitacostsmallPS: You can buy Next Organics at Vitacost.  If you’ve never shopped at Vitacost – do yourself a favor and go here first and sign up. You’ll receive $10 off of $30 – and you can also extend this offer to your friends later!


Have you ever heard of swerve?
What’s the last thing you baked?
Are you ready for spring?

Double Stuffed Oreo Protein Pancakes

Last month Ana at Protein Pow had an idea to make the most epic pancake post ever. To assemble a whole bunch of yummy protein pancake recipes into one post. Here was my contribution:

Oreo Double Stuffed Protein Pancakes

Yes, they were magical. And I admit, I’ve only made them the once so far although I really need to remake them, because they made my tummy happy.

Double Stuffed Oreo Protein Pancakes


  • 2 Tbsp Whey Protein
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 1 Tbsp (rounded aka heaping) Oat Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Tea. baking powder
  • 1 NuNaturals Stevia Pack (or sweetener of choice)
  • Wet
  • 1/2 C. liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 C. Almond Milk
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Filling
  • 1/4 C. Plain Greek Yogurt (I use 0%)
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Almond Milk
  • 1 NuNaturals Stevia Pack (or sweetener of choice)
  • couple drops butter extract (not necessary, but really helps with the ‘icing’ flavor.)


  1. Mix your ingredients for your filling well and set in fridge.
  2. Mix your dry pancake ingredients breaking up any lumps. Add wet ingredients and combine well. Makes 5-6 smallish pancakes. Layer your "filling" with your pancakes.

You can probably see why, but I got a lot of questions about these pancakes on my instagram, Facebook, and some other places. So here’s some things I was asked more than once about these lovelies.

“These are healthy?”

Yes, these are indeed a healthified version of oreo pancakes. You can eat these without feeling bad. Also, they are gluten free, have protein, fiber, and are low carb, and devoid of refined sugars.

“What is the chocolate syrup on your pancakes?”

In the photos, it’s actually this Walden Farms Sugar Free Syrup. Not the “cleanest” option – and it may not fit your personal dietary “style”. But I use it when I’m feeling lazy. You can also read about making your own as I talk about in my Gluten Free Microwave Molten Lava Cake recipe.

 ”Can I substitute the coconut flour for something else?”

Possibly. I have not tried it otherwise, but coconut is a unique flour. You can try to sub the coconut flour in the pancake batter for more oat instead (try 1/4 c ground oat flour instead). But no, you will not be able to replace the coconut flour in the filling portion of the recipe. It’s what gives the filling the texture of icing.

I can’t say it enough, but if you’re going to buy ONE specialty flour, let it be this one. It’s naturally gluten free and low carb.

Oreo Double Stuffed Protein Pancakes |

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Do you like oreos?
Do you cook with coconut flour?


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