Vanilla Bliss

by HEAB on August 3, 2010

Yesterday’s chocolate coconut butter adventure prompted me to try a vanilla version, and dare I say I might just like it better?

These are the ingredients:


Combine equal parts melted coconut oil with equal parts vanilla protein powder. Jay Robb’s rice protein powder is sweetened with stevia, and tastes delicious in this recipe. Personally, I don’t think it would be nearly as good with unsweetened protein powder, but that may just be my sweet tooth talkin’ as it seems to get the best of me these days. 😉

First I tried my Vanilla Bliss over some cooked rolled oats with a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips, and I was sold.


Next up, I tried it on a HEABified apple pie. One of my many talents is purchasing bad apples. I swear, CD comes home with crisp apples every time he does the grocery shopping, but for some reason, mine are often mushy. However, I hate to waste, and so yesterday, I cored and then sliced 4 Granny Smith apples into thin rings and baked them in a 200° oven for about 4 to 5 hours.


Voila, baked apple rings.

So, for my pie, I drizzled the Vanilla Bliss over a few apple rings and some crumbled graham crackers.


Delicious, but it was just screaming for some maple-cinnamon protein ice-cream. 😉

When I woke up this morning, I popped 2 small sweet potatoes into the oven and then took the pups for an hour-long walk. We have snowmobile trails near where we staying, and they are perfect for dog walking…until you take the wrong fork, and end up on a major highway a mile from home. Oops, thankfully, I knew where I was, and we made it back all in one piece…a good thing too because my sweet potatoes were definitely done!

I bathed them in Vanilla Bliss and thoroughly enjoyed every bite, crispy skins included.


I think I’ve ingested more coconut oil in the past 48 hours than I have in the last month! Oh well, it’s good stuff.

Today’s workout from Lindsey is a cardio metabolic circuit which means the burpies are back. Can’t say I’m very excited about them, but they really do rev up that metabolism and help build strength. Thankfully, I’m not too sore from yesterday, but my booty is definitely feeling all the squats and lunges I did.

What is your favorite sweet potato topping?