When you think of Christmas flavours what do you think of? For me it’s gingerbread and peppermint and I always try to incorporate both of those flavours in my Christmas baking. This year I made these peppermint mocha balls and used my homemade espresso powder to get the “mocha” flavour. You can also use instant coffee too. Recipe as follows.
Peppermint Mocha Protein Balls
•1 Scoop (32g) LeanFit Chocolate whey
•½ Cup oat flour
•½ Cup almond flour
•¼ Cup cacao powder
•1 tsp espresso powder (or 1Tbsp instant coffee) *Click here to see how to make
•⅓ cup VitaFiber syrup *see subs
•½ cup peanut butter
•¼ cup almond milk or choice
•½ tsp pure peppermint extract
•2-3Tbsp Cacao powder for rolling
Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside. In small saucepan over medium heat mix peanut butter, VitaFiber syrup and almond milk and stir until well combined, remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract. Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients and fold together with spatula and then use your hands to knead together until all your ingredients are incorporated and you have a big giant ball (if your dough is too crumbly, add a tablespoon of milk at time to perfect). Portion into tablespoon size balls (small cookie scoop works amazing!) and roll with your hands to get smooth balls. Roll each ball in cacao powder. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days, in fridge for 2 weeks or in freezer for up to 6 months. Yield 28 balls.
*VitaFiber can be replaced with any sticky sweetener of choice.
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
•1 Cup mashed banana (about 2½ medium bananas)
•⅓ Cup avocado oil
•½ Cup Greek yogurt
•⅓ Cup coconut sugar
•1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
•1½ Cups oat flour or GF/all-purpose flour
•1 scoop LeanFit Vanilla 100% Whey
•2 tsp Cinnamon
•1 tsp baking powder
•½ Cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
•½ Cup oat flour
•1 tsp Cinnamon
•¼ Cup cold butter or coconut oil
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.
Halloween is slowly approaching and I’m always looking for healthier options than the sugar filled candy around this time of year. So this year I came up with these healthier Oh Henry! bars and yes they are very similar to Snickers bars. Now the Canadian Oh Henry bars are a little different from the American ones, one is made by Hershey and the other is Nestle which I’ve layered like the American bar even though I’m familiar to the Canadian bar. It just layered better this way, I also thought I could mix the caramel into the fudge layer but wasn’t too sure how the texture would turn out so I went this way. Recipe below, enjoy!
Oh Henry! Protein Bars
•1 scoop LeanFit vanilla 100% whey
•½ Cup Oat flour
•1Tbsp. Coconut flour
•½ Cup peanut butter
•¼ Cup VitaFiber syrup *
•¼ Cup + 1Tbsp. Almond milk or choice
•1 Cup dates, soaked in hot water
•1/3 Cup water (use leftover from soaking)
•½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract
•¼ Cup peanuts
•150g Dark chocolate, chopped
•1 tsp. Coconut oil
1. Combine whey, oat flour, coconut flour and salt in medium bowl and set aside.
2. In saucepan over medium heat combine peanut butter, VitaFiber syrup and almond milk and stir until just smooth. Add to dry ingredients and fold together with spatula until well combined.
3. Line loaf pan (8”x4”) with parchment paper and evenly press down fudge layer and set aside.
4. In food processor combine dates, water and vanilla and process until smooth and caramel like. Spread over fudge layer evenly and then press down peanuts into caramel layer. Place in fridge for an hour.
5. Melt your chocolate while you wait for cooling. Over double boiler combine chocolate and coconut oil and melt until no clumps remain.
6. Cut into 16 bars and coat each bar with melted chocolate and place on parchment lined sheet and place back in fridge to harden the chocolate. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
*If you can’t find VitaFiber syrup it can be substituted with any sticky sweetener.
I’m in the process of packing/moving and getting everything ready to renovate my house whilst taking care of my 5 month old baby so I havn’t had much time to bake. I made it a priority while baby naps to make these cookies plus packing fuel!! They turned out great. Recipe as follows 👇🏽
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein Cookies
•1 cups oats
•¾ cup oat flour
•1 scoop LeanFit 100% Vanilla Whey
•1 tsp baking powder
•½ tsp cinnamon
•½ cup coconut sugar
•½ cup coconut oil or butter, softened
•1 tsp vanilla
•¼ cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Combine oats, oat flour, whey, baking powder and salt in bowl. In large mixing bowl cream together the coconut oil or butter and sugar, add in egg and vanilla, mix until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined, stir in chocolate chips. Scoop cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheet, press down slightly and bake for 8-10 min or until just browned at edges. Yield 20 cookies.
It took me a couple tries to get this recipe right but I eventually got it. I’ve used both maple syrup and VitaFiber syrup and they both come out with the same result. I always use LeanFit protein in my recipes; you can purchase it at Costco or on Amazon. These peanut butter squares are a true Delight packed with healthy fats, carbs, fiber, protein and of course chocolate! Recipe as follows ⏬
Chocolate PB Protein Squares
• ¾ cup oat flour
• ½ cup almond flour
• 2 Scoops LeanFit Vanilla 100% Whey Naturals
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• Dash salt
• ¾ cup peanut butter
• 3 Tbsp VitaFiber syrup or maple syrup
• ¼ cup coconut oil
• 3 Tbsp almond milk
• 1 tsp vanilla
• ¼ cup chocolate chips
• 100g dark chocolate
• 2 Tbsp peanut butter
• 1 Tbsp coconut oil
1. Mix the oat flour, almond flour, whey, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In saucepan over medium heat melt together peanut butter, syrup, coconut oil, almond milk and vanilla; heat until warm and mash/stir together until smooth.
3. Add peanut butter mixture to oat mixture; fold together with spatula until well combined, place in fridge to cool if still warm then fold in the chocolate chips. (If your mixture is too crumbly and doesn’t stick together like a dough then add 1 Tbsp. of milk at time to get a dough like texture).
4. Line loaf pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into pan. Place in refrigerator for an at least half hour.
5. Melt the topping ingredients over double boiler, stir together until smooth then pour over cooled base, place back in fridge for another hour. Slice into 24 squares. Store in fridge.
Looking for a quick energy pick me up, be sure to make these! I made them a few days before giving birth to my first child and they are lifesavers for when you need a quick snack. Of course you don’t need to be pregnant or postpartum to enjoy these yummy bites. When researching recipes for these balls the most common ingredients are oats, peanut butter, honey and flax seed. I opted to add some protein powder to mine as I like the extra protein boost.
Here is the recipe:
Lactation Energy Balls
- 1 Cup creamy nut butter (I used half peanut and half almond butter)
- 2⁄3 Cup raw honey
- 2 Cups old fashioned oats
- ½ Cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ Cup LeanFit CompleteGreen Organic protein powder
- ¼ Cup shredded coconut
- 2⁄3 Cup chocolate chips
- Combine nut butter and honey until smooth (heat nut butter if hard). Combine all dry ingredients together and add to nut butter/honey mixture and mix with spatula/wooden spoon until well combined. Using small cookie scoop or your hands roll into small tablespoon sized balls. Place on parchment lined dish. Store in fridge or freezer.
Yield: 50 Tablespoon size balls