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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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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Red Velvet Protein Donuts

Happy Valentines Day ❤ Protein donuts for the win! I used beet juice to get the red hue in these beauties 🍩

Recipe:

Red Velvet Protein Donuts

 

Ingredients:

•½ Cup whole wheat pastry flour (can sub oat, buckwheat, all purpose, etc.)

•½ Cup LeanFit All-In-One protein powder (can sub plant based protein powder)

•1 tsp baking powder

•½ tsp cinnamon

•¼ Cup unsweetened applesauce

•3 Tbsp beetroot juice

•¼ Cup VitaFiberIMO syrup (can sub honey, maple syrup, etc.)

•½ tsp pure vanilla extract

•1 Tbsp coconut water (can sub milk of choice or water)

•1 tsp apple cider vinegar

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease donut *pan. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl.  In separate bowl whisk together all wet ingredients and add to dry, stir until just combined.  Place batter into large Ziploc bag and cut the corner to pipe into donut pan. *Bake as per notes below. Let cool completely before icing.  

 

*Notes: Yield 16-18 mini donuts or 6-8 large donuts – Baking time for mini donuts is about 8 minutes and for large donuts about 10-12 minutes.

 

Donut toppings: For half I used just plain melted coconut butter and for the other half I used equal parts of coconut oil & cacao powder and added VitaFiber syrup to my sweetness liking (can sub honey, maple syrup, etc.) and then sprinkled with freeze dried raspberries right away. Feel free to use whatever you desire.


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

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

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.