Let me start by confessing this is not a recipe. Nothing is homemade in the slightest. But I want my site to be somewhere you can get real recipes…. but also just IDEAS. And when you’re tracking or just wanting lighter food choices, the more tricks and ideas the better! I’m hoping that if you want to come get inspiration for a party, or for a family dinner, or snacks, or DESSERT… I’ll having something that could make you feel like you’re winning in the kitchen while still hitting your goals.
But that means you have to know what I eat for dessert every night– I hope our relationship can handle it. I take my nightly sundae seriously. Some might say I’m obsessive. I’m cool with that.
But I’ve got to say I stay pretty religiously on.. ice cream sundaes. If you knew me before macros, you knew I baked and ate giant chocolate chip cookies MOST days of my life. Like we NEVER let the frozen cookie dough ball stash run out. I still don’t actually. (It gives me anxiety- like what if the end of the world came?- I like to be prepared with the most important things.) But I know what they cost me now, and it’s not even tempting on a typical day anymore just because I’d rather have more food. I just know when I’m gonna want to take part, (on a Sunday afternoon!) and I log and plan accordingly.
I’ve said this before, but if I’m going to take the time and resources to make something homemade, I want it to be something good that’s WORTH EATING, and worth sharing.
I’m sure there are exceptions and I hope I find some! But generally I feel like, for ME (always got to be so PC) a low fat and high protein baked good is no yummier than a piece of toast with some jelly on it or some kind of low fat waffle or pancake. So I just don’t really see the point. The beauty of and NEED for a GOOD cookie sometimes, is NOT lost on me. But if it’s a cookie in shape alone, and tastes like a sandwich thin with mini chocolate chips…. I’d rather just throw together the latter. But ew.
Having said that, maybe the reason I feel so strongly is because it’s way more important to me to save my macros for a good nightly dessert. And not something I can hold in one hand and take down in a few bites. If something is low in macros because it’s SMALL … well then it’s not low in macros… IT’S JUST SMALL.
I like something I need tricep strength to support and a good show to get me through. It’s got to be a whole experience you see. Ross knows he can’t even talk to me. Kids in bed. Brain off. Show on. Desserrrrrrrrrrt.
It always involves ice cream, usually halo top (around three servings), strawberries, and plenty of other textures to keep it interesting. It USUALLY involves the Flapjacked double chocolate Mighty Muffin (broken record- I’m obsessed), some Purely Elizabeth granola, and some Cocoa Bar in a Jar for a healthier magic shell.
And when I’m back from Hawaii and the scale is saying “maybe you shouldn’t have eaten EVERY round of acai bowl and malasada you got your hands on”… I pile it all in a warm bowl of Better Oats for my “light” option. Ha.
And then I wonder why I don’t go light more often because it’s SO GOOD GUYS! The ice cream melts just enough and it’s all creamy and oaty and crunchy with the toppings.. I’m obsessed. SO good with peaches when they come back to our lives.
I make the oats just like it says then let em cool a little, then usually add a little more cold water to speed up the cooling and keep it as wet as I like. Sometimes I toss in some mini m&m’s because Corifit did that in a bowl of oatmeal once so I figured if I did the same, I’d look like her. ALWAYS, I pile on the ice cream. Slow churned vanilla (this is almost the only dessert where I’ll bother with vanilla), and Halo top oatmeal or peanut butter are my favorite combos. These toppings are my go-to but obviously the possibilities are endless! I mean as endless as your macros I guess.
Macro Friendly Warm Oatmeal Ice Cream Sundae
- 1 packet Better Oats 100 calorie oatmeal not the steel cut. I find mine at Target and Ralphs.
- 100 g oatmeal cookie Halo Top
- 100 g peanut butter Halo Top
- 10 grams Purely Elizabeth ancient grain or chocolate granola
- 35 grams diced strawberries
- 1/2 tbs or 7 grams of warmed Cocoa Bar in a Jar
- 4 tbs fat free whipped cream
- Make your oatmeal according to the package, let it cool for a few minutes. Thin it to desired consistency with some cool water to cool it down. I like mine wet enough to stir, not thick and chewy. Probably just because I feel like that makes it last longer! Ha.
- Top with ice cream, cocoa bar drizzle, strawberries, granola, and fat free whipped cream
- Other toppings or add-in ideas!
- mini m&ms, peanut butter, cookie butter, or PB2 stirred into the peanut butter
- peaches or bananas
- mini chocolate chips
- toasted almonds, crunchy cereals instead of granola for less fat. I like corn based for flavor like corn chex or corn flakes. Or a crushed plain ice cream cone for just 4 carbs! Or maybe you’re not obsessed with texture like me!