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Mini Chocolate Protein Bites

These little bites have only a few ingredients and take mere minutes to make but seem decadent and fancy (my secret: add a little Icelandic flaked sea salt atop almost any dessert to add a level of professional baker vibe. Try it!)

 the best easy chocolate protein bites

To wow guests or satisfy a sweet craving (and to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle) search no more! Have I got the recipe for you...

This is a sort and sweet post (pun intended), so it's just a recipe for you, though I have posted to the ingredients and kitchen tools I love the most. For more must have plant-based cooking and baking necessities, check my collection here.


Mini Chocolate Protein Balls:

Yields 18 or so bite-sized balls 


1 cup finely ground almond flour

¼ cup+ 1 TBSP maple syrup

¼ cup creamy almond butter

½ tsp pure vanilla extract

¼ tsp cinnamon

optional: 1 TBSP hemp (or other) protein powder




1/3 cup vegan soy-free chocolate chips

1-1/2 tsp coconut oil

Sea salt flakes




1. In a big bowl, stir all the ingredients together (except for chocolate chips and oil)

2. Roll dough into 15-20 bite sized balls, and chill in the fridge for 15-30 min.

3. Melt chocolate and little bit of oil in a double broiler or via microwave, carefully stirring and not letting burn. Top melted chocolate on the little protein bites, and chill again for 5 min, then top with flaked sea salt.

gluten-free vegan protein bliss balls






Guilt-Free Donuts with Dragonfruit Glaze

The first time I posted an image of these back when I was an influencer (cringe), on Instagram on my old food influencer page. Some troll wrote “not healthy!” the minute I posted this image. I beg to differ; these look like they’d be full of sugar and junk but they are NOT! Read the ingredients, troll. They are sweetened with banana and have no oil or butter. They are also grain-free, and made only with with almond flour, making these donuts contain extra protein. Woohoo!

plant-based best rainbow sprinkles
Also, pantry staple alert: these sprinkles are plant-based, soy-free and colored with superfoods like turmeric and spirulina! My biggest mom hack is to put sprinkles on anything I want my kids to eat. For real, try it. I may or may not have fed my twins salmon with sprinkles when they were toddlers. This new rainbow blend is my fave for color, taste and texture.

Check out my recipe below: you’ll be amazed! They are gluten-free and vegan with no refined sugar, and the “frosting” is pitaya with protein powder and water and the optional (ha) sprinkles are fruit-sweetened and colored.

I dare you to try these: you’ll fall in love! Bookmark this page and get baking!

grain-free protein donuts 

Guilt-Free Donuts with Dragonfruit Glaze

(Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, No Refined Sugar, Vegan) Yields 8


1-1/2 cup ultra fine almond flour to be grain-free and with more protein or gf all purpose flour will work.

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup mashed banana

1 TBSP maple syrup or extra banana

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup barista oat milk (for a great rich taste. Any nondairy milk will work).

gluten-fre vegan fluffy baked donuts



1. Mash banana and stir all ingredients together.

2. Pour into coconut oil or avocado oil-greased donut pan. (hint: for easy removal, opt for a silicone donut pan; you can get 2 for less than $8 HERE!

3. Bake 16-20 min or until golden and set. Cool on a wire rack and drizzle with optional glaze.

To make the glaze: Whisk vegan vanilla protein powder with water and melt frozen pitaya (dragonfruit) or pitaya powder and combine with the protein powder/water until a spreadable texture is reached. 

This vegan protein powder makes the BEST frosting texture (and believe me, I've spend hundreds on protein powders testing them all for frosting texture, taste in baked goods and level of grittiness: this one is powdery smooth and blends right in with no lumps, aftertaste or grit.)

Add plant-based vegan sprinkles if desired! (And of course, you really should)








  Taylor Swift's Chai Cookie Recipe Turned Gluten-Free! 

Taylor swift chai cookie bakers gonna bake

Taylor Swift's Chai Cookie Recipe! 

(turned gluten-free, dairy-free and healthier)


1/2 cup vegan butter or non-vegan if desired

1/2 cup olive oil or neutral oil like avocado

1/3 cup raw cane sugar

1/2 cup organic powdered sugar

1-1/2 tsp ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/8 tsp cardamom

pinch of black pepper

1 free-range egg

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

3/4 tsp sea salt

2 cups gluten-free flour (this one works best for sugar cookies IMO)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 chai tea bag (optional, use if you omit the spices! If you have a chai tea bag on hand, skip the spices and cut open the tea bag and use it)



1. Beat butter, add in oil and then add in sugars, egg and vanilla.

2. Stir in dry ingredients.

3. Chill wrapped dough in fridge for 30 min-hour

4. Oven at 350F, line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats.

5. Roll into desired thickness and cut into shapes or use a glass to make round cookie shapes like Taylor's.

6. Bake for about 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly golden and let cool and drizzle on glaze.

The glaze I used is organic powdered sugar, oat milk and vanilla bean and mixed until I got the desired consistency! Once cookies are cooled completely you may store in an airtight container for up to 6 days.