I’m sure you’ve seen them all over the place, including places such as Starbucks… Cake Pops! They are so scrumptious looking with all of the colors and flavor combinations. However, what you don’t see is what’s under the pastel pink, blue, white, yellow coatings do you? Well, that’s a good thing! These little cake pops contain sugar, butter and empty calories! Sigh. Another tempting treat that you’ll have to avoid… until now! I’m going to recreate these tasty little works of art into a healthy version!
These cake pops can be made a bunch at a time so all that you have to do is freeze them and defrost as needed for a quick and tasty treat- even on the go! What’s more? Kids love them too! These pops give you all the flavors of a dessert without all the calories. They are fantastic treats to satisfy your sweet tooth craving at just the perfect size! The moist, cake-like dough, combined with cinnamon and covered in a special sweet vanilla coating brings a taste you won’t soon forget…nor will you want to! Aaaand… they are high in protein, low in sugar and fat! Oh yeah, did I mention- there are fewer than 100 calories per pop!
Keeping our bodies in shape is hard work…and yes it absolutely does mean making sacrifices when it comes to the foods that we choose to eat! However, the key is to still enjoy the foods that you love by simply recreating them into a healthy version. That’s what I’m here for! I’ll take the guesswork away from you and bring you new recipes each and every week! It’s all about ingredient swaps! As my trademark proclaims, I will always do my best to deliver to you: 100% Taste, 0% Guilt!
It’s all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information, and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Come on, let’s make it happen… it’s Cake Pop time!!!
ALLI’S CAKE POPS
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking powder
1 TB cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c. no-sugar-added applesauce
4 egg whites
1 TB vanilla extract
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. canned pumpkin
1 TB coconut oil
2/3 c. granulated Splenda/stevia
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/3 c. water (more or less depending upon protein used)
12 Popsicle sticks (can use bamboo skewers, just cut them in half)
How to Prepare
- Put flour, oats, flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt, applesauce, whites, vanilla and water in a large microwaveable-safe bowl and mix until thoroughly blended. Microwave on full power for 5-6 minutes or until “cake” is raised and fully cooked in the middle.
- Take a big fork (or a mashed potato masher works really well) and chop up the cake into a crumb-like consistency. Add pumpkin coconut oil and stevia/splenda and mix until dough is formed.
- Evenly scoop (approx one heaping TB) of dough into your hands and roll like a meatball until round dough balls are formed. Place on a large plate and insert the stick in the middle. Set aside and let completely cool (the fridge is best).
- Mix protein with just enough water to form a liquid paste (make sure it’s thin enough for pops to be dipped and coated, but not too thin or watery which will not coat the pops). Dip the cooled pops in the protein paste and put back on sheet. Place in fridge for at least 20 minutes to set. Enjoy!
*Have some fun and dip in some rainbow sprinkles (this will only add about 15 cals) – go ahead!
100% TASTE, 0% GUILT
Per cake pop (recipe makes 12): 99 calories, 7 grams protein, 11 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fat
If you have any specific requests or would like to share your feedback on the above recipes, please e-mail Allison Frahn at AliFrahn@yahoo.com.