For the past week and a half, I’ve had a bagel for breakfast.  But not just any bagel, a 100% whole wheat bagel, smothered in natural peanut butter (with no sugar, salt or oil added).  I paired the peanut butter with honey but ran out after a couple days and replaced it with pure maple syrup (which is delicious, by the way!).  After a week, though, I felt I was having a little too much sugar, so I made the classic PB&J for the next few days…

Healthy Bagel Spreads [two ways!]

It can never get old.  I love bread and I love peanut butter!  It’s a great combination, taste-wise and health-wise–of course the two are delicious, but on the nutrition side of it, the proteins in whole wheat flour and the proteins in peanut butter are incomplete:  they lack certain amino acids to be complete proteins: proteins that assist in muscle growth and repair in the human body.  A bagel by itself cannot build muscle, and eating peanut butter by the spoonfuls sure won’t do repair anything (hint hint: your muscles or your bad day)

Although I could probably eat PB&Js every morning for the rest of my life, it’s good to switch things up a bit. But what bagel spreads were available?

Butter… completely out of the question, I hope you never see me in one of my “anti-butter” debates!

Cream Cheese… also a no-no.  Full-fat versions are high in bad saturated fats and cholesterol.

Savory Spreads… ehh, savory food doesn’t excite me until dinner.

Hmmm…

Healthy Bagel Spreads [two ways!]
Yeah, that’ll do.
Healthy Bagel Spreads [two ways!]
Oh!  That too!

Healthy Maple Peanut Butter Bagel Spread

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)
  • 2 tbs Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbs Whey Protein Concentrate* (you can probably use any protein powder, but I've never tried it yet)

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and stir!

Notes

Optional Add-Ins: chocolate, raisins, celery (I don't like ants on a log, but lots of people love it!)

I made this the night before and refrigerated it overnight, which may have improved both the taste and texture, I recommend doing the same!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/bagel-spreads/

Healthy Berries 'n’ Cream Bagel Spread

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs 100% Fruit Spread (I used Raspberry)
  • 3 tbs Dried Nonfat Milk
  • 1-2 Strawberries, diced small
  • 3-5 drops Stevia Extract (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Put the ingredients into a small bowl and mix with a fork

Notes

Optional Add-Ins: chopped dried cranberries, more fruit spread, raspberries, etc

I made this the night before and refrigerated it overnight, I recommend doing the same.

This recipe is: fat free, sugar free, high protein!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/bagel-spreads/

The Maple Peanut Butter Bagel Spread was thick, similar to cream cheese, but tastier, healthier, and very high protein.  The bagel had 10g of protein, the peanut butter, 7g, and the whey had 8g, all adding up to 25g of protein!  The Berries ‘n’ Cream Bagel Spread has a little less protein (9g), but is healthy all the same.  It was sweet and berry-licious, much better than store-bought strawberry cream cheese if you ask me :)

I like how the Maple Peanut Butter spread is low-glycemic, and I love how the Berries ‘n’ Cream spread is fat free.  So if you did happen to spoon peanut butter out of the jar recently, I guess this could be makeup for it  ;)  Both are healthy and delicious!

These spreads are also portable!  Just scoop it into an airtight container and bring to school, work, or wherever you go on the run.  If you make a big batch, just cover and refrigerate!  Enjoy!

Labels: 5-Ingredients-or-Less, Chocolate, Cranberries, Fat-Free, Gluten-Free, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Maple, No-Bake, Peanut-Butter, Raisins, Single-Serving, Strawberry, Whey-Protein-Concentrate

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Comments (2)

  1. hamburgereatsme: September 1, 2011

    these spreads look seriously nommable. nom nom nom. bookmarked! :)

  2. Vanessa: January 14, 2014

    I love peanut butter and honey together, I never thought of pairing PB with maple syrup!

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