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

Pumpkin Protein Donuts

Super easy donuts! High in protein and low  carb too! Recipe below 😋

Recipe:

Pumpkin Protein Donuts

Yield: 6

Donuts:
•½ Cup Vanilla Whey LeanFit Protein
•¼ Cup Coconut flour
•½ tsp Baking powder
•½ tsp Cinnamon
•1/8 tsp each ground nutmeg, ginger, cloves, all spice (or ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice)
•1Tbsp VitaFiber IMO Powder or sweetener of choice/omit
•½ Cup Pumpkin puree
•1/3 Cup Unsweet applesauce
•1/3 Cup Liquid egg whites
•1 tsp Pure vanilla extract

Icing:
•½ Brick (125g) fat free cream cheese
•2Tbsp VitaFiber IMO powder or sweetener of choice
•½ Scoop Vanilla Whey LeanFit Protein

Method:
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease donut pan. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl and mix until well combined. Add wet ingredients and whisk together until well combined.  Transfer batter to medium zip lock bag or piping bag and pipe into prepared donut pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Let cool on wire rack and place in fridge to cool further before icing. Whisk together icing ingredients with hand mixer until smooth. Ice donuts and add sprinkles if desired.

Macros: (Includes toppings)

Calories: 119 | Fat: 2g | Carb: 15g (9g fiber/4g sugar) | Protein: 15g

Protein Krispy Treats

A healthy version of rice krispy treats! It’s high in protein and fiber too .. bonus!!

Protein Krispy Treats

Ingredients:

Bottom layer:

•½ Cup natural peanut butter
•½ Cup (175g) VitaFiber IMO Syrup (Can sub honey/rice syrup ect.)
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1 Scoop (32g) LeanFit Protein Vanilla whey protein powder
•2-½  Cups puffed rice cereal Natures Path Organic

Top layer:
•2 Tbsp coconut oil
•1 Tbsp cocoa powder
•1 tsp VitaFiber IMO Syrup (Can sub honey/rice syrup ect.)
•¼ Cup dark chocolate chips
•1 Scoop (32g) LeanFit Protein Chocolate whey protein powder

Method:
Grease 8×8 glass dish with coconut oil or line with parchment paper and set
aside. Combine peanut butter, VitaFiber syrup and vanilla in saucepan over medium heat, stir until smooth; about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in protein powder until smooth, add puffed rice cereal and stir until combined.  Press into prepared pan and set aside. In same saucepan add coconut oil, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and VitaFiber (it’s ok if there is some PB residue left) and stir until melted over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in protein powder until smooth. Spread evenly over puffed rice mixture and place in fridge to harden for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Keep in fridge for up to a week, they do keep at room temperature but not as long.

Macros per square: Yield 16
Calories: 136 | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Carb: 20g

Protein Tootsie Rolls

A healthy tootsie roll? That taste better than the real thing and is so simple to make? Yes I have the recipe for you! 

Halloween is full of candy and sugar, why not make something that you don’t have to feel guilty about giving your kids and yourself of course!
 

After you combine all your ingredients you should be able to form a round ball.

Roll flat with rolling pin or tall glass to abot 1/2″ thick.

Then slice horizontally in 1/2″ strips.

Then slice again into about 1-1/2″ pieces (preferred size of your tootsies).

I joined some of the end pieces to get right size. Form tootsies using your hands into round rectangular pieces. 

Place in fridge to firm up and wrap in individual papers if desired (I cut wax paper up and twisted ends).


Recipe

Protein Tootsie Rolls


Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup Cocoa Powder (I used Camino Dutch-Processed)
  • ½ Cup LeanFit Chocolate 100% Whey protein powder (appx. 1 heaping scoop) 
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. Granulated stevia (I used Truvia)
  • 1/8 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • ¼ Cup (60g) VitaFiber syrup (*honey can be subbed)
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract


Method:

  1. In medium bowl mix cocoa powder, whey powder, coconut flour, stevia and salt and set aside.
  2. In small saucepan heat up VitaFiber syrup over medium heat until bubbles form, add coconut oil and vanilla and mix, pour into dry ingredients and with spatula fold ingredients together until you get a dough.  
  3. Place dough onto wax/parchment paper and knead with your hand until firm, roll flat with rolling pin or large glass; about ½ an inch thick.
  4. Slice into 1/2″ strips then slice creating tootsie roll sized pieces about 1-1/2″, the ends may need to be joined with other end pieces to create same shape. Form pieces with your hands rolling on flat surface to get desired shape.
  5. Store in fridge and roll in individual papers if desired.

Yield: 42 Pieces


Macros per 1 piece
 (using VitaFiber)
Calories: 17 | Carb: 2g (1g Fiber/0g Sugar) | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g


Macros per 6 pieces

Calories: 105 | Carb: 12g | Fat: 5g | Protein: 8g

*Note: I have tried this recipe with honey instead of VitaFiber with almost exact results, please note the macronutrients will alter and the flovour too.

Almond Protein Fudge

Looking for some healthy, guilt free fudge that is high in protein? Look no further these little gems are bomb 💣 I revamped one of my old recipes and they are just as good! Must try! 

Recipe:

Almond Protein Fudge


Ingredients:


•2  scoops (65g) Chocolate whey isolate  LeanFit Protein
•⅓ cup raw cacao powder
•¼ cup slivered almonds
•Pinch Himalayan pink salt
•½ cup almond butter, melted
•2 Tbsp VitaFiber IMO syrup (or honey/agave/maple or rice syrup)
•¼ cup + 1 Tbsp. coconut milk (I use Silk unsweetened)
•Optional: 2 – 85% Dark chocolate squares, chopped for topping (I use Lindt)

Method:

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside. In medium bowl combine protein, cacao powder, almonds and salt and set aside. Melt your almond butter in saucepan and combine with coconut milk and VitaFiber or other sweetener, then mix into the protein mixture with fork or spatula and combine well. Press and spread evenly into prepared parchment lined loaf pan, sprinkle with chopped chocolate and press down.  Place in fridge overnight or flash freeze for 1-2 hours if you can’t wait. Slice into 24 squares.

Try not to eat them all!

Macros: yield 24

Calories: 58 | Fat: 4g | Carb: 2.5g (fiber 2g) | Protein: 4g

Raw Blackberry Mini “Cheesecakes”

​Is been a while since I’ve made some raw treats and I have an abundance of blackberries growing so I adapted this recipe from my Raw Raspberry Cheesecakes it’s almost identical 😊 Picked some pansy flowers and chamomile flowers to decorate 🌼

Blackberry Mini “Cheesecakes”

Ingredients:
Crust :

(Extras for bliss balls or bars)
•1 Cup almonds
•1 Cup dates, soaked
•1Tbsp cacao powder
•1/4 Cup shredded coconut


Filling:

•1 Cup raw cashews, soaked overnight or at least 6hrs
•1/2 Cup blackberries
•1/4 Cup raw honey or choice
•1/4 Cup Coconut oil
•1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
•2Tbsp fresh lemon juice


Top layer:

•3/4 Cup blackberries, mashed
•1/2Tbsp raw honey (optional)
•1Tbsp chia seeds

Method:
Soak dates in hot water for about 20 minutes (fresh medjool dates don’t need to be soaked). Prepare muffin tin by cutting strips of parchment and placing in muffin tin for easy removal or use single silicone cups. In food processor blitz almonds until little bits, add dates, cacao powder and coconut and blitz until you get doughy texture. Portion out 6 tablespoon size balls and press into prepared muffin tins (use the extra dough and roll into balls or form bars for later snacks :). For top layer mash blackberries and honey or blitz in food processor, stir in chia seeds and let rest for about 10 minutes and prepare filling. Clean food processor and combine all filling ingredients until smooth, scraping sides down as needed. Divide evenly between the 6 muffin tins. Spoon top layer evenly over the tops. Place in freezer overnight. Store in freezer and allow 20min to thaw when ready to eat.

Protein Orbs

Testing out the new LeanFit All-in-One protein powder. It taste very similar to their completegreen protein but also has whey in it. The ingredients are so nutritious; you can read more about it here and you can order it here on Amazon.ca if you hurry now you can save $3 for a limited time only! 

We are heading on a road trip this weekend so I experimented with some protein balls and they turned out delicious! Recipe below. 


Protein Orbs


Ingredients:
•1 cup oats
•½ cup oat flour (ground oats)
•½ cup LeanFit All-in-One protein powder (whey or plant based can be subbed)
• 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
•1 Tbsp chia seeds
•2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
•Pinch Himalayan salt
•Dash Cinnamon
•½ cup almond butter or nut butter of choice
•½ cup VitaFiber Syrup (Honey, maple syrup, agave, etc. can be subbed)
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•Water or milk if needed

Method:
Combine oats, oat flour, protein powder, seeds (hemp, chia and seeds are optional), salt and cinnamon in bowl and set aside. In medium saucepan over low-med heat combine nut butter, sweetener and vanilla until pliable (sometimes you can skip the heat if you have soft enough ingredients). Combine dry ingredients into nut butter mixture and knead together with hands adding water or milk if need; it should be like dough. Roll into balls or press into pan to cut bars. I made 12 orbs.

Macros: Per serving (using VitaFiber and LeanFit All-in-One)

Calories: 169 | Carb: 22g (Fiber: 11g / Sugar: 2g ) | Fat: 9g | Protein: 8g