Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Puff Pastry

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Puff Pastry

Desserts are what really brought me into the whole cookbook world.   Healthy entrees were always the easy part.  The fun was in the challenge of creating delicious desserts that even the toughest critic would love!  We all know that desserts are usually full of tons of carbs and fats.  Are carbs and fats bad for you?  No.  Excess carbs and fats are whats bad for you and desserts usually are eaten after dinner or perhaps for breakfast since I did have one of these babies at 8am today! 🙂 Since most desserts are eaten after dinner we will be so good on our eating plan all day then we get that sweet tooth.  So then it becomes a scene of an old western film.  Picture it: you and the dessert, eye to eye, the stare down, suspense of what will happen all while that classic western showdown music plays in your mind. Will you draw your fork or decide to walk away?

If you share any of my love of food-you absolutely would draw your fork and dive in.  But here’s the issue-you eat over your amounts of carbs and fats since most were already used that day.  I have a passion for creating truly taste good-feel good recipes that will allow you to indulge without a single ounce of regret.  I take real food and create real delicious desserts.

I created this one inspired from page 47 of my cookbook (the Protein Puff Pastry)  I was craving a chocolate sea salt combo, I have some puff pastry dough in the freezer and so this was born.

The pastry dough dusted with sea salt flakes & Splenda.  Filling created with 1stPhorm Phormula-1 Natural Milk Chocolate protein, lite cool whip & cocoa powder and finished off with a sprinkle of 85% dark chocolate shavings.

This recipe is absolutely delicious and easy to create.  It can be made 1 day ahead of time too so if you have any fall parties coming up-this is a great dessert that will also make a great impression and have people think you’ve been sweating away in the kitchen all day!

The best part is the macronutrient breakdown! Zero guilt, 100% flavor!

Ingredients

1 roll of frozen Puff Pastry dough

1 teaspoon Sea Salt flakes

1/2 teaspoon Stevia or Splenda

8oz Lite Cool Whip

2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder

1/2 C 1stPhorm Phormula-1 Milk Chocolate protein powder

Optional:
2 squares 85% dark chocolate (20g), chopped or grated fine for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400*

Allow puff pastry dough to thaw on your counter for no longer than 40 mins.

Unroll pastry on a clean working surface, sprinkle the top with sea salt and stevia.  Using a rolling pin, lightly roll over the dough.  Just firm enough to press the sea salt and splenda into the dough.  Do not roll pastry in attempt to make it larger. You will lose the flaky fluff of it.

Next, using a pizza cutter, cut dough into 9 equal squares then arrange on baking sheet leaving 2″ between dough.

Bake for 15-17 minutes until pastry dough rises and turns a light golden brown color.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Once cooled, in a medium bowl combine the lite cool whip, cocoa powder and protein powder.  Blend until smooth and combined.

Using a serrated knife, gently slice open that beautiful puff pastry dough and spoon 1/9th of the filling onto the puff.  Then to add some extra yum factor in, sprinkle the top with the dark chocolate shavings.

Repeat process for all 9 pastries.

Plate and serve or gently cover in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.   Pastries taste best if eaten within 2 days…trust me-they won’t last any longer than that anyway! 🙂

**You can also cut the pastry dough into 18 pieces if you wanted to make some “mini” puffs.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 pastry
Calories 176
Fat 8g
Carbohydrate 18g
Sugar 3.5g
Protein 7g

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