Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - Protein Fudgsicles

Summer is HERE! Well, at least in Arizona it is. We're already hitting the 100's and reaching into the 110's. Know what that means? Ice Cream!! Kind of. It also means we're in the heart of the "lean" season - whether you're prepping to hit the stage for a competition, or reaching toward other fitness goals, there's probably not a lot of room in the diet for fluff. No worries! I've got enough Protein Ice Cream recipes to keep you cool and still on-diet, and today I'm sharing another fun variation! Protein Fudgsicles!

There are a ton of great "recipes" for protein freezer pops floating around the internet, but I wanted a pop that wasn't "icy" (like frozen milk), or full of dairy (which doesn't fit everyone's in-season diet), or have a ton of ingredients. So... I went back to my banana-protein ice cream recipe and kept it simple.

You can add a fat if you've room for it (like nut butter, coconut butter, avocado, etc), or you can keep it like it is - a great post-workout, hot weather treat!

Banana Chocolate Protein Fudgsicles
makes 4 large popsicles*

2 large bananas**
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Champion Performance Pure Whey)
1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweeetened chocolate almond milk

In a blender or food processor, blend bananas until smooth. Add protein powder, and while still blending, pour in almond milk, a little at a time, until smooth and creamy.
Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze a minimum of 2 hours.
To remove from molds, run under hot water until you can wiggle the popsicle out.

per pop (based on 4 pops per batch): 128 calories, 12 grams protein, 17 grams carbs, 2 grams fat, 2 grams fiber, 62 mg sodium, 9 grams sugar.

whole recipe (divide by however many pops/cubes you make): 513 calories, 49 grams protein, 69 grams carbs, 7 grams fat, 7  grams fiber, 248 mg sodium, 37 grams sugar.

*You can use frozen bananas if you prefer, but it's messy getting the mixture into the molds.
**You can use any type of popsicle mold or even ice cub trays.

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