Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Party favours anyone? I had some friends over for a small Christmas get together so they each left with a bag of these Peanut butter cup thumbprint cookies. I have made these before but with processed sugars so this time I swapped out white sugar for Xylitol and brown sugar for coconut sugar and they turned out just as amazing! If you don’t have access to Xylitol any granulated sugar should work in its place.

The key step is to press a mini peanut butter cup into the cookies as soon as they are removed from the oven.

Let cool slightly and pop the cookie out with a knife. I only have one 24 cup mini muffin tin so I had to put two batches in the oven, so I popped them out while still warm but very carefully.

Here is the recipe 👇🏽

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients:

•1-3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
•1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 cup butter, softened
•1/2 cup granulated Xylitol
•1/2 cup natural peanut butter
•1/2 cup coconut sugar
•2 egg whites or 1 egg
•1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
•2 tablespoons almond milk or choice
•32-40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and coconut sugar. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 32-40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.

Bake at 350°F for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each cookie. Cool and carefully remove from pan.

Yield 32-40 cookies

Let cook completely before distributing into bags. Stores for up to a week at room temperature or two weeks in fridge.

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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.

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

Gingerbread

A healthier take on gingerbread. I had gotten some small cookie cutters and needed to put them to use! The only problem with smaller cookies is they are harder to decorate! Time consuming but well worth all the cookies you get out of it. Sending most of them to friends and family and also some for Santa too 🎅

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Here is the recipe:

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies:

•3 Cups whole wheat flour, plus extra to flour surface
•2 tsp ground cinnamon
•2 tsp ground ginger
•½ tsp ground cloves
•¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
•½ tsp baking soda
•¼ tsp baking powder
•½ Cup blackstrap molasses or regular for less spicy
•½ Cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
•½ Cup coconut palm sugar
•1 large egg
•2 Tbsp water

Lemon Icing:

•½ Cup powdered sugar
•1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Method:

1. In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking soda & baking powder and whisk together until combined.

2. In a small bowl, combine the molasses and melted coconut oil with hand mixer until well incorporated. Add the coconut sugar, egg and water and mix until well blended together.

3. Pour the molasses mixture into your dry ingredients and blend together until just combined, if it seems crumbly keep mixing or add 1tsp at a time more water. Divide dough to form 2 balls with your hands once combined. Flatten the 2 balls into 1 inch thick discs and place in fridge for at least an hour.

4. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Pull dough out of fridge and let sit for about 30-60min at room temp as it may be a little hard to roll. Lightly flour your working surface and roll your discs until they are about ¼ inch thick.

5. Cut out cookie shapes with desired cookie cutters (I used small cutters and a large gingerbread man cutter).  Place your cut cookies onto parchment sheet spacing about ½ inch apart as they don’t expand much. Combine leftover dough scraps and form ball and roll again. Repeat with other dough.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes (8 minutes they should be done – 10 minutes a little crispier). Remove from pans and place on racks to cool.

7. Let cookies cool completely before icing. To prepare the icing combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Place in a small piping bag or Ziploc bag with corner cut and pipe cookies as desired, adding sprinkles, powdered sugar, any decorations desired. The icing hardens quickly so add sprinkles as soon as you pipe icing. Keep stored in airtight container. Wait at least 1-2 hours after icing before stacking cookies.

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Enjoy!

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Christmas Tree Brownies

So I was assigned a Christmas treats mission from GastroPost Vancouver using products that Walmart Canada had sent me. I was ready for the challenge!

I received a box of brownie mix and wine gums.

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Hmm what to make …. Thinking cap activated! That’s it Christmas tree brownies with icing and wine gums as “ornaments” 😃🎄

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These are the items I used for the icing. Extra virgin coconut oil, organic icing sugar, organic pure vanilla extract and some Almond Breeze, the silver balls were for later 😊

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Made my icing which I added to much almond milk so was not as thick as I wanted it but still taste OK. Chopped the wine gums into little bits, snapped the candy canes in half and removed the tops. Time to frost!

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I wish my icing was thicker but I couldn’t correct it because I ran out of icing sugar. They taste amazing that’s all that really matters right!

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Here is the recipe!

Christmas Tree Brownies 🎄

Brownies:

1 Box of Great Value brownie mix from WalMart Canada – follow box instructions (I used melted coconut oil in place of vegetable oil and used a 9×13” pan). Let cool completely before slicing. Slice into triangle shapes one cooled (you will have excess on the ends). I used a pizza cutter.

Icing:

•¼ Cup extra virgin coconut oil (or use butter if desired)
•2 Cups packed organic icing sugar
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•2-4 Tbsp almond milk

Method:

Cream coconut oil until smooth and no clumps this is very important you don’t want clumps. Add icing sugar slowly ¼ cup at a time, add vanilla and start with 2 Tbsp milk, add more until you get desired consistency. Place in fridge while you prepare your toppings.

Toppings:

•Wine gums, cut into little pieces
•Green sprinkles
•Gold and silver baking balls
•Candy canes for stems (tops removed, cut in half)

Frosting/Decorating:

Using a piping bag or cut corner of a Ziploc bag pipe icing onto triangle shaped brownies starting with the bottom and working towards the top. Arrange toppings as desired. Place candy canes in bottoms as stems. Serves 16.

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Happy Holidays! 🎄🎅