Hey my Chocolate Lovers! <3
Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. I love joining Jenn’s party for WIAW. I feel it is also a good way to show a balance in eating instead of picture of things I bake/make (as I like to post recipes that lean more towards baking than cooking, since I’m more of a baker than a cook. I can cook when following a recipe, but I am much more comfortable baking and can have fun and experiment while I’m in the kitchen more than when cooking.). I’ll also let you know when I’m having my wisdom teeth taken out. I’m not super excited about that, but I know it has to be done.
I went to my JRA appointment today and I got some great news! The x-rays had come back and I have NO RA. There is no arthritis in my bones whatsoever. The blood tests did show that I have the positive antibody in my blood for RA, but I don’t have it. My doctor said that he thought that I could have loose/weak tendons around my knees, which is making my knee got budge side to side a little (instead of my knee working like a door hinge, it can move side to side a little). So he’s prescribed me to do a certain exercise 3 sets of 12 for both legs everyday and told me to avoid the treadmill but focus more on the stationary bike and go on daily walks. He said that these things would help me strengthen the muscles around my knee and hopefully help my knee to stop the grinding motion, which could be creating the swelling. He also recommended I start a vitamin D3 supplement and for me to take an omega 3 supplement, which is something I already do in addition to the omegas I eat. I really hope that this will work. I wish the swelling would just go away, but I know that it will take time and effort for it to heal and for the swelling to finally go down. Maybe the Lord knows there is something I’m supposed to learn through this. He knows better than I, so I guess I just have to put my trust in Him and press forward in faith that everything will turn out in the end.
In my last What Kat Ate I showed you the protein chocolate cake I had had for breakfast. And I promised I would share the recipe.
Here it is.
My Protein Chocolate Cake! <3
Combine the protein powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and baking powder.
Add the egg whites, vanilla, and pumpkin puree.
Stir/whisk it all together until the egg and pumpkin are fully mixed in.
The batter should come out thick but light in texture.
Spoon the batter into a lightly sprayed microwavable bowl.
Spread it out with the back of a spoon until even.
Place the cake in the microwave and bake on high for 80 seconds (1 minute 20 seconds). (Give or take, depending on the power of your machine.)
Take your cake out (the top should be firm but bouncy) and decorate it with desired toppings. I always love me some nut butter frosted on top.
A Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Soy-Free, High-Protein, Single-Serving, Chocolate Treat
Chocolate Protein Cake!
- ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
- 1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder (see note)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 egg whites
- ¼ cup pure pumpkin puree
Combine the protein powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and baking powder. Add the egg whites, vanilla, and pumpkin puree. Stir/whisk it all together until the egg and pumpkin are fully mixed in. The batter should come out thick but light in texture.
Spoon the batter into a lightly sprayed microwavable bowl. Spread it out with the back of a spoon until even. Place the cake in the microwave and bake on high for 80 seconds (1 minute 20 seconds). (Give or take, depending on the power of your machine.)
Take the cake out (the top should be firm but bouncy) and decorate it with desired toppings. I always love me some nut butter frosted on top.
Notes: I didn’t use any sweetener in my cake as I’m doing Alex’s Sugar-Free Challenge right now, but if you would like it sweeter use two packets of stevia or splenda. Carob powder can also be used in place of the cocoa powder and is a great way to naturally sweeten this protein cake. I love frosting this with nut butter – it is definitely my favorite way to eat it.
Nut butter is my FAVORITE way to eat these – it reminds me of a reese’s peanut butter cup when I do it.
Plus it keeps me full for many hours, which is perfect for those days where I have a lot going on and I need a quick breakfast or snack (or dessert ;)).
Do you prefer creamy or crunchy nut butters? If it’s eaten by the spoon, I prefer crunchy – but if I’m trying to spread it I prefer creamy.
Do you take any supplements? I take an omega supplement and now a vitamin D3 supplement. I sometimes take a calcium supplement too, but since I drink a lot of almond milk (which is fortified with calcium), I don’t take every day.
Does caffeine have an effect on you? I’m REALLY sensitive to it. For example, having chocolate after dinner keeps me up late at night, no matter how tired I am.