Sweet Treat: Mini Protein Tarts

You know those Quest Protein bar cookies I've been obsessing over lately. Well I was thinking the same process in a mini muffin tin would make great mini tarts (or mini pie shells) that you could fill with all sorts of good stuff.

Here's the first of I'm sure many adaptations, little chocolate chip mini tarts filled with a coffee flavored cannoli type filling. Chocolate and coffee. 2 of my favorite things...

Shelly's Chocolate Chip Coffee Cannoli Cream Tarts

2 Quest Nutrition Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars
1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
2-3 Tablespoons Coffee Protein Powder (I used Chike Nutrition High Protein Iced Coffee)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (or sweetener of choice)
a few Almonds for decorating
2 Mini Muffin pans
12 Mini Muffin liners (foil)

Place muffin liners in cups of 1 set of the mini muffin pans. Cut your Quest Bars into 6 pieces each (note: different from the cookies where I do 8.)

Place 1 piece of protein bar in each muffin liner (foil, not paper)

Bake at 325 for 3 minutes. Remove from oven and use the empty muffin pan bottom to press the "tarts" down. Place it on top and apply even pressure. Umm use oven mitts one of the tins is hot, yes I forgot, ouch. Place the the tarts back in the oven for 3 more minutes and then repeat the muffin pan pressing process. You could use a metal spoon back too but... work quick while they are still warm, that's why I like to use the other pan to press... you do all 12 at the same time.

Allow to cool. Peel off liners when cool.

Mix ricotta, protein, syrup together till well blended and spoon a dollop of filling in each. Top with an almond. Chill in fridge. This filling is great on it's own too for breakfast.

A coconut cream pie version is going to happen this week maybe a strawberry cheesecake after that. It's a fun and sweet treat that doesn't do too much damage... don't eat all 12 ;)  I had 2 and it was more than enough.

P.S. Grab yours before your family spots them because they will have no idea it's a protein packed, healthified dessert and they will disappear.

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Theresa said...

If you want to put this into a program like My Fitness Pal how do you calculate for just 2 tablespoons of protein powder? For instant I was using Fit Frappe Coffee Protein by Big Train and they have 10 grams of protein for 1/2 package (using their sample pack). A half a package is 27 grams

Michelle "Shelly" said...

1 Tablespoon is a 1/2 ounce do they have the oz on the packet... I don't have one near me. I estimate... 1/4 cup-ish is a scoop so, 1/2 a scoop = 2 T-ish.

Heather Rhinebeck said...

My liners are sticking! How do I fix this?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Use the foil non-stick style, not paper ones the foil ones are best (pictured above)