Espresso Powder

I was looking to create some recipes with mocha/espresso flavours and came across espresso powder, I then went to go and search where to buy it and found it was quite pricey. I then did a little bit more digging and realized espresso powder is just brewed coffee, then dried and finely ground. So I took my brewed coffee grounds and placed it on a parchment lined sheet put my oven at its lowest temperature which is 170° Fahrenheit and I let it bake for 2 and 1/2 hours until it was dry and crispy feeling. I then made some peppermint mocha protein balls with it and it worked!! It also enhances any chocolate flavour if you’re using with chocolate recipes which I use often; haha!

What you need and how to do👇🏽

Brewed coffee grounds (I used 1 whole brewed pots worth)

Preheat oven to 170°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spread coffee grounds evenly out.

Place in preheated oven and let bake for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. You want it to be dry and crunchy feeling.

Once it’s cooled place in coffee grinder and grind until you get a very fine powder.

That’s it, I stored mine in freezer. I think it will keep for 6 months … if it lasts!

Cinnamon Crusted Banana Bread

Cinnamon Crusted Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS

Wet:
•1 Cup mashed banana (about 2½ medium bananas)
•2 Eggs
•⅓ Cup avocado oil
•½ Cup Greek yogurt
•⅓ Cup coconut sugar
•1 tsp Pure vanilla extract

Dry:
•1½ Cups oat flour or GF/all-purpose flour
•1 scoop LeanFit Vanilla 100% Whey
•2 tsp Cinnamon
•1 tsp baking powder
•Pinch salt

Crust:
•½ Cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
•½ Cup oat flour
•1 tsp Cinnamon
•¼ Cup cold butter or coconut oil

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 350ºF and line loaf pan with parchment paper. In large bowl whisk together all wet ingredients and set aside. In separate bowl mix together dry ingredients until incorporated and add to wet ingredients, stir together until combined. In separate bowl mix together crust ingredients using pastry cutter to cut in butter/oil or use your hands. Pour your batter into prepared loaf pan and then sprinkle the crust ingredients over top evenly and press down gently. Bake in preheated oven for about 60 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Let cool and slice. Store in fridge for longer freshness.

Blackberry Crumble Bars

It’s officially blackberry season and I have some growing right outside my front door. They grow like weeds around here, but I’m not complaining! These crumble bars are the perfect healthy treat, not too sweet and the blackberries give it a nice tart kick. Hope you enjoy!

Recipe:
Blackberry Crumble Bars

Dry ingredients:
•¼ Cup coconut flour
•½ cup oat flour
•½ cup large flake oats + 2Tbsp for topping
•2 scoops LeanFit Organic CompleteGreen protein powder
•¼ cup coconut sugar
•1 tsp cinnamon
•½ tsp baking powder

Wet ingredients:
•½ cup Greek yogurt
•1 egg
•2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Filling:
•2 cups blackberries
•1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
•1 Tbsp coconut sugar

Method:
Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350ºF. In
large bowl combine all dry ingredients and set aside. In medium bowl whisk together wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and fold together with spatula until all ingredients are incorporated and you have a dough like consistency. Reserve ½ cup of this dough for crumble topping. Press remaining dough down into parchment lined dish. In another bowl toss together the filling ingredients and pour evenly over pressed down dough, crumble reserved ½ cup of dough over top of berries and sprinkle with 1-2 Tbsp of oats, press down gently. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Let cool completely and slice into 12 bars. Store in fridge for up to 5 days.

Macros (Yield 12):
Calories: 104 | Protein: 7g | Carb: 16g (Fiber 3g/Sugar 7g) | Fat: 2g

Double Chocolate Protein Muffins

At just 99 calories per muffin, these chocolaty muffins are the perfect healthy snack!

And you’ll love that they are high in protein and fiber using LeanFit Naturals Protein and VitaFiber IMO. They are also packed with antioxidants. Check below for the recipe 👇🏽

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PROTEIN MUFFINS

Yield 12-14 muffins

INGREDIENTS

Dry
•1 cup Gluten Free Only Oats Oat Flour
•2 scoops LeanFit Chocolate whey naturals
•1/3 cup cacao powder
•¼ tsp salt
•½ tsp cinnamon
•1 tsp baking powder
Wet
•2 eggs
•½ cup VitaFiber syrup *see below for subs
•½ cup 2% Greek yogurt
•1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
•1/3 cup Lily’s Sugar Free dark chocolate chips

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line or grease 12 muffin tin.
2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Beat eggs, syrup, Greek yogurt, applesauce, vanilla and almond milk in separate bowl.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and fold everything together. Be careful not to over stir the batter (If to dry add 1-2 tablespoons of milk if needed).
5. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Evenly divide the batter among muffin tin (I got 14 muffins). If desired, add chocolate chips on top of each muffin.
7. Bake between 15 to 20 minutes, or until you can pierce the muffin with a
toothpick and it comes out clean.
8. Let cool on wire rack.

MACROS

Calories: 99 | Fat: 3g | Carb: 12g (Fiber 4.1g / Sugar 1.2g) | Protein 7g

*Can substitute maple syrup, honey or any sticky sweetener in place. A granulated sugar could be used but you may need more liquid, adjust accordingly.

Spinach Protein Muffins

Looking for a way to sneak some greens into your diet or your children’s diet? Look no further! These green muffins taste nothing like the hidden spinach packed inside them. Bonus is they are high in protein with LeanFit CompleteGreens 👍🏽

Spinach Protein Muffins

Ingredients:

Dry:
•1½ cups All purpose flour, unbleached
•½ cup (45g) LeanFit CompleteGreen protein powder
•½ cup coconut sugar
•2 tsp baking powder
•Pinch salt
Wet:
•1 Cup Spinach, packed
•½ Cup mashed banana or applesauce
•¼ cup coconut oil
•2 eggs
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•¼ cup almond milk

Method:
Preheat oven to 325ºF and line muffin tin with 12 liners or grease, set aside. In large bowl combine all dry ingredients, set aside. In blender add all wet ingredients and blend until smooth, scraping down sides a couple times if needed. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together until just combined. Portion into muffin liners (I use an ice cream scoop to portion). Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven or until toothpick comes clean.

Potato Patties & Poached Eggs Whole30

Day 13 of Whole30 over here and I’m feeling amazing! Love Saturday and Sunday mornings because I have time to make yummy breakfasts like this one. This recipe is super simple too. Hope you enjoy!

Potato Patties with Smashed Avocado & Poached Eggs

Ingredients:


Patties:

• 5 cups grated potato (I used russet but any potato or sweet potato will work)
• 1 tsp sea salt
• ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
• ½ tsp onion powder (optional)
• 2 eggs, whisked
• ¼ cup almond flour
• 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
• 2 Tablespoons chives, chopped (you can also use dry)
• 2-3 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter


Topping:

• 1 ripe large avocado, mashed
• Poached eggs 1 per patty
• Chives / parsley for garnish


Instructions:

1. Grate potatoes using food processor or box grater. Place potatoes in cheesecloth or paper towels/clean dish towel and squeeze out excess moisture (try and get as much moisture out as possible for crisper patties).

2. Place grated potatoes in a bowl. Add salt, pepper and onion powder and toss together. Add whisked eggs, almond flour, arrowroot powder and chives. Mix together until well combined.

3. Heat a pan over med-high heat. Add 1Tbsp ghee and heat pan until hot. Scoop ½ cup at a time of potato mixture and press down onto hot pan. Cook until golden brown about 3-4 minutes and flip, cook until brown again (turn pan down if it gets too hot). Remove and place on paper towel. Add more ghee to pan if needed for next batches. While potatoes cook mash avocado with a fork. 

4. Poach your eggs (I use handy egg poacher). Click here for a good tutorial if you don’t know how to poach eggs or don’t  have an egg poacher.

5. Top patties with mashed avocado and poached eggs. Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and garnish with chives and parsley.

Yield 7 patties.

Protein Pancakes 5 Ways

In request to my lovely followers wanting protein pancake recipes I created this post of my top 5 protein pancake recipes. I use LeanFit Protein in all my recipes. My basic recipe, All-In-One recipe, pumpkin recipe, chocolate recipe and a single serve recipe. All recipes are gluten free using gf oat flour. Lots of subs can be made; ask questions and I can answer my best.

Recipes as follows➡ All corresponding pictures are below recipes.

ALL-IN-ONE PROTEIN PANCAKES 


➡Ingredients:

•3/4 cup oat flour (ground oats)
•3 scoops (61g) LeanFit Protein All-In-One
•1 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
•1/2 cup liquid egg whites or 2 eggs
•1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1/2 cup almond milk + more as needed (until right consistency)

Method:
Combine all dry ingredients until well combined then whisk in wet ingredients starting with 1/2 cup of milk, add more as needed to get batter consistency (should be little thick but smooth). Preheat pan and grease with coconut oil, spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto hot pan and fry about 1min per side. Makes about 10 fist sized pancakes. Toppings as desired (Powdered PB drizzle, banana and pomegranate in picture).


BASIC PROTEIN PANCAKES


➡Ingredients:

 •3/4 Cup oat flour (ground oats)
•2 Scoops LeanFit Protein Chocolate or Vanilla Whey
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1 Tbsp xylitol (or choice/omit)
•1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
•1/2 cup liquid egg whites or 2 eggs
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1/2 cup almond milk + more as needed (until right consistency)

Method:
Combine all dry ingredients until well combined then whisk in wet ingredients starting with 1/2 cup of milk, add more as needed to get batter consistency (should be little thick but smooth). Preheat pan and grease with coconut oil, spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto hot pan and fry about 1min per side. Makes about 10 fist sized pancakes. Toppings as desired (melted chocolate, berries and coconut in picture) . 

*Note – Add 1 cup berries to batter for berry pancakes.



PUMPKIN PROTEIN PANCAKES

➡Ingredients:
•3/4 cup oat flour (ground oats)
•2 scoops (62g) LeanFit Protein vanilla or chocolate whey isolate
•1 Tbsp xylitol or sweetener of choice
•1 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
•1/8 tsp ground cloves
•1/8 tsp ground ginger
•1/8 tsp ground allspice (Omit all these spices for 1-2 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice if you have)
•1/2 cup pumpkin puree
•1/2 cup liquid egg whites or 2 eggs
•1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1/2 cup almond milk + more as needed (until right consistency)

Method:
Combine all dry ingredients until well combined then whisk in wet ingredients starting with 1/2 cup of milk, add more as needed to get batter consistency (should be little thick but smooth). Preheat pan and grease with coconut oil, spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto hot pan and fry about 1min per side. Makes about 10 fist sized pancakes. Toppings as desired (Powdered PB drizzle, banana and persimmon in picture).


CHOCOLATE PROTEIN PANCAKES  


➡Ingredients:

•3/4 cup oat flour (ground oats)
•2 Scoops (62g) LeanFit Protein Chocolate whey
•2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
•2 Tbsp VitaFiber IMO Powder (Can sub sweetener of choice, ex. Xylitol,
stevia, coconut sugar, honey)
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1/2 Cup Unsweetened applesauce
•1/2 Cup liquid egg whites or 2 eggs
•1/2 Cup almond milk + more as needed (until right consistency)

Chocolate drizzle:
•1Tbsp cocoa powder
•1Tbsp VitaFiber IMO syrup or maple syrup
•Splash of milk

Method:
Combine all dry ingredients until well combined then whisk in wet ingredients starting with 1/2 cup of milk, add more as needed to get batter consistency (should be little thick but smooth). Preheat pan and grease with coconut oil, spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto hot pan and fry about 1min per side.  Whisk together chocolate drizzle ingredients and top pancakes with dusting of cocoa powder if desired.  Makes about 10 fist sized pancakes.

 

SINGLE SERVE PROTEIN PANCAKES


➡Ingredients:

1/4 Cup oat flour (ground oats)
1 Scoop (31g) Chocolate or Vanilla whey protein LeanFit Protein
•1/2 tsp baking powder
•1/4 tsp cinnamon
•1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
•1/4 cup liquid egg whites or 1 egg
•1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1/4 cup almond milk or choice + more as needed (until right consistency)

Method:
Combine all dry ingredients until well combined then whisk in wet ingredients starting with 1/4 cup of milk, add more as needed to get batter consistency (should be little thick but smooth). Preheat pan and grease with coconut oil, spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto hot pan and fry about 1min per side. Makes about 4-5 fist sized pancakes. Toppings as desired (applesauce and mashed raspberries/chia seeds in picture).