By, Justin Purcell
With Thanksgiving behind us we have Christmas upon us, and while most of the country is in the “Bulking Season” primarily because nobody wants to diet hard during the holidays we are always trying to balance a healthy lifestyle while still remaining cheery! I’ve developed a recipe that allows you to indulge with your friend and family while allowing your body to remain on track for your goals. Clean bulking is much more beneficial than just eating pie, and fruit cake. So here is what you do, and nobody will know the wiser when they try this delicious dessert.
- 6 1/2 ounces chocolate graham cracker wafers (Approx. 10 chocolate muscle sandwiches)
- 5 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
- 10 muscle sandwich peanut butter cream filling
- 1 cup of your favorite peanut butter
- 2 servings of your favorite vanilla or peanut butter protein powder
- 3oz of almond milk
- 3 ounces powdered sugar, approximately 3/4 cup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ounces good quality Dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of a food processor, add the wafers. Process until the wafers are fine crumbs. Melt 3 ounces of the butter and drizzle into the crumb mixture. Pulse to combine. Press this mixture into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan. Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
After the crust has cooled, place the peanut butter cream and remaining 2 ounces of butter into the bowl of the food processor. Process for 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and process for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, add protein, peanut butter, and almond milk and process until smooth. Carefully spread the mixture into the pie shell and return to the oven to bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool while preparing the topping.
Place the heavy cream into a heat-proof bowl and microwave on high just until simmering, approximately 30 seconds. Remove the cream from the microwave and add the chocolate. Make sure the chocolate is completely submersed in the cream. Allow to sit for 2 minutes. Gently whisk until the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
Spread the chocolate mixture over the pie and chill in the refrigerator for 1 1/2 hours before serving.
Enjoy a healthier option while still indulging for the holidays!