Banana Chocolate Energy Orbs

 

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With back to school on the horizon LeanFit asked me to create a yummy snack that is completely nut free, under 8 ingredients and refined sugar free; challenge accepted! These are the perfect little snacks for you to pack for your children’s lunches and of course for yourself. With very minimal ingredients they are quick to whip up, no cooking required and delicious!  Step by step instructions as follows and the recipe is at the end of this post.  Hope you enjoy!

Get all your ingredients together.

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Combine all dry ingredients.

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Add banana and maple syrup.

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Mash it all together.

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If too dry add a little water.

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Using ice cream scoop, portion onto parchment paper.

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Place in Fridge to cool.

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RECIPE:

Banana Chocolate Energy Orbs

Ingredients:

  • 1-½ Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ Cup + 2Tbsp Seeds (Pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds used)
  • ¼ Cup Raw Cacao powder (Cocoa or Carob powder can be subbed)
  • ½ Cup LeanFit Naturals Chocolate Whey Protein
  • ¼ Cup Dried cranberries or choice of chopped dried fruit
  • ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Medium Banana, mashed (Yield 2/3 cup mashed)

Method:

Combine oats, seeds, cacao powder, chocolate whey and cranberries; stir together until combined. Add maple syrup and mashed banana; mash together until well combined, add water 1Tbsp. at a time if too dry. Portion out onto parchment paper using ice cream scoop or ¼ cup and place in fridge to harden. Yield 10 orbs. Stores for 1-2 weeks in fridge or up to 2 days at room temperature.

 

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 

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Happy Easter! Carrot cake is always in order around this time of the year! I made this one gluten free using oat flour and an extra kick of protein adding LeanFit whey protein. Recipe below.

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1½ Cup Oat Flour
  • 2 Scoops (64g) LeanFit Vanilla 100% Whey Protein  
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sweetener (I used ¼ Cup coconut palm sugar & ¼Cup VitaFiberIMO powdered sugar)
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/3 Cup Crushed Walnuts
  • 1 Cup Shredded Carrot, packed

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Large Egg

Method:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 8×8 dish with parchment paper or grease. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside (add cranberries, walnuts & shredded carrot in after all combined).  In separate bowl whisk together all wet ingredients then pour into dry ingredients, mixing with spatula until just combined. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

  • 250g Light Cream Cheese
  • 1 Scoop (32g) LeanFit Vanilla 100% Whey Protein  
  • 2-4 Tbsp Almond Milk or choice
  • Maple syrup if you like a little sweeter
  • Crushed Walnuts

With hand mixer beat together ingredients until smooth, starting with 2 Tbsp milk and adding more to get right consistency.  Frost carrot cake and top with extra crushed walnuts if desired. Slice into 12 squares. Enjoy!

Macros: (Includes frosting) 

Calories: 232 | Carb: 22g (7g fiber/11g sugar) | Fat: 11g | Protein: 10g

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Whole30 Pho

One thing I’ve always wanted to make was Pho and during my 4th Whole30 was the first time!

I had a large batch of bone broth that I made the weekend before that had to be used so this was the perfect time.

Instead of rice noodles in traditional Pho I used zucchini “noodles” to make this Whole30 compliant. Of course you can use rice noodles if you are not following Whole30. I use a spiralizer but if you have a julienne peeler that works great too!

Whole30 Pho

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chunk (thumb size) fresh Ginger, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 3 Garlic cloves, sliced in half
  • 3 Whole star anise
  • 2 Whole cloves
  • ½ Cinnamon stick
  • 10 Peppercorns
  • 5 Cups Bone broth or whole30 approved broth
  • 12oz cooked, thinly sliced pork sirloin (alternate chicken or beef sirloin)
  • ½ Cup Shitake mushrooms, chopped (alternate white or brown mushrooms)
  • 1 Cup Bok choy, chopped (alternate kale or spinach)
  • ½ Yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ Jalapeno, thinly sliced (seeds removed if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 Medium Zucchini, spiralized or julienned
  • Cilantro and lime for garnish

Method:

  1. Place ginger, garlic, star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and peppercorns in large pot with a splash of broth and cook over medium heat until fragrant about 3-5 minutes. Add remaining broth and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Thinly slice your pork or protein of choice (unless you have some already cooked). I seasoned mine with a little salt, pepper and ground ginger.
  3. Strain the broth removing all the spices and return broth to medium heat. 
  4. Add mushrooms, bok choy, onion and jalapeno and cook for about 10-20 minutes until veggies are soft and flavours develop. 
  5. Spiralize or julienne your zucchini and place into serving bowls.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls over “zoodles” and top with fresh cilantro and lime. Optional add some bean sprouts too!


Hope you enjoy as much as I did. I had leftovers for lunch!

Chocolate Mint Protein Truffles

And another protein truffle recipe for you because it’s Christmas week aka truffle week 😂 Today’s truffles are chocolate mint! Because chocolate and mint are bomb .com ✌

Chocolate Mint Protein Truffles

Ingredients:
•1/2 cup sunbutter or nut/seed butter of choice
•1/3 cup LeanFit Protein Chocolate whey
•1/3 cup ground flax seed
•3 Medjool dates
•1Tbsp VitaFiber IMO syrup or maple syrup/honey
•2 Tbsp cocoa powder
•1/2 tsp pure mint extract

Method:
Process all ingredients in food processor. Form balls with hands. Drizzle with chocolate if desired. Yield 12.

Gingerbread Protein Truffles

It’s that time of the year again to make truffles! These are super simple to make. They are also vegan, grain and gluten free!


Gingerbread Protein Truffles

Ingredients:
•1/2 cup peanut butter or nut/seed butter of choice
•1/3 cup LeanFit Protein CompleteGreen protein powder
•1/3 cup ground flax seeds
•3 Medjool dates
•1 tsp ginger
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1/2 tsp nutmeg
•1/4 tsp cloves

Method:
Process all ingredients in food processor, scraping sides down as needed until you get crumbly dough that sticks together.  Roll into tablespoon sized balls. Yield 14 balls. I also rolled in cocoa powder and hemp hearts.

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).

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Squares

I’ve been experimenting a lot in the kitchen lately with VitaFiber IMO and LeanFit Protein. If you are not sure what VitaFiber IMO is please click the hyperlink above and check their website out for all the details on this low calorie probiotic sweetener! 


Now for the recipe, I used a gingersnap crust for this recipe but you can use any crust you like.


Recipe:

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Squares

Ingredients:

Crust:
•250g Gingersnap Cookies
•½ Cup Walnuts
•¼ Cup Coconut oil, melted
•1Tbsp. VitaFiber Syrup (Can sub with any other sweetener)


Filling:

•500g Fat free cream cheese
•¾ Cup 1% Cottage cheese
•½ Cup Pure pumpkin puree
•¼ Cup Almond milk (Can sub with any milk of choice)
•½ Cup VitaFiber Syrup (Can sub with any other sweetener)
•1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
•1 Tbsp Fresh squeezed lemon juice
•¾ Cup (85g) LeanFit Whey protein powder 
•1 tsp cinnamon
•¼ tsp each Ginger, cloves, nutmeg & all spice (or use 1tsp pumpkin pie spice)
•1 Egg
•2 Egg whites


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF. Line 8×8 glass dish with tinfoil or parchment paper, wrapping all the way up to top over edges and grease sides with coconut oil.
  2. In food processor pulse gingersnap cookies until large crumbs, add walnuts and pulse until fine crumbs, then add melted coconut oil and VitaFiber, pulse until just combined. Press into prepared dish and place in fridge. Wash food processor.
  3. In clean food processor combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, pumpkin, almond milk, VitaFiber syrup, vanilla and lemon; process until smooth scraping sides as needed. Add whey protein powder, cinnamon and seasonings and process until smooth. While food processor is still running add egg and egg whites, process for 10 seconds and turn off. Pour filling over prepared crust.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool 2 hours before placing in fridge overnight.
  5. Remove from fridge and slice into 16 squares. Serve with toppings as desired. I used caramel and walnuts.


Macros: (Yield 16 squares)

Calories: 217 | Fat: 9g | Carb: 18g (fiber 13g / sugar 8g) | Protein: 12g