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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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

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 Bread

This bread is very light tasting and not too sweet either. I used plain unflavored LeanFit 100% whey powder and VitaFiber powder for extra fiber and protein. This snack is perfect for breakfast too with maybe some nut butter slathered on. I also have as a pre or post workout snack. The macros are great! Recipe below. 

Protein Bread


Ingredients:

•2 Large bananas
•1 Egg
•6 Egg whites (3/4 cup liquid)
•½ cup almond milk or choice
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•2 scoops (62g) Plain LeanFit 100% Whey Protein
•2 Tbsp coconut flour
•¾ cup oat flour (ground oats)
•1/3 cup VitaFiber powder or choice (xylitol/coconut sugar/stevia)
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1 tsp baking powder

Optional: Chopped walnuts 


Method:

Line loaf pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Mash bananas in large bowl, whisk in eggs, almond milk and vanilla until well combined. In separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Add dry to went and whisk together until well combined, stir in ¼ – ½ cup chopped walnuts if desired. Pour into prepared pan and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and serve. Serves 8-10.


Macros:
(For 8 servings, no walnuts & using VitaFiber)
Calories: 157 | Carb: 19g (15g Fiber/4g Sugar) | Fat: 3g | Protein: 11g

Fruit Protein Pizza

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I’ve seen a lot of these fruit “pizza’s” posted and finally got around to making one. I failed a couple times but this time it hit the spot! I use LeanFit 100% whey protein in both the crust and the greek yogurt topping, a great product that I use everyday! The raspberries, strawberries and 1 lone ripe blueberry come freshly picked from my garden this morning! My raspberry bush is a super producer this year; I got over 2 cups this morning and will get that tomorrow too! 🍇

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Recipe:

Fruit Protein Pizza

Crust:
•1/2 Cup large flake oats
•2 Tbsp LeanFit Vanilla Whey
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1 Tbsp almond milk
•2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
•1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Method:
Preheat oven to 325ºF and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mash all ingredients together in bowl with fork and scoop onto parchment lined baking sheet, spread out evenly into round shape approximately 1/4″ thick, bake for about 10 minutes and let cool.

Topping:

•1/4 Cup greek yogurt mixed with 2 Tbsp LeanFit vanilla whey
•Fruit as desired – I used sliced strawberries, raspberries, kiwi and banana.

➡Top cooled crust with greek yogurt and arrange berries.

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I then drizzled it with melted chocolate and peanut butter mixed with hot coffee to get drizzle consistency.

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Slice it!

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And enjoy! Grab a napkin 😊

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Makes 1 serving.

Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Balls

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Chocolate Protein Balls

Ingredients:

•1-1/2 Scoops (47g) LeanFit Protein Chocolate 100% Whey
•2Tbsp Coconut flour
•1 Tbsp Nut Butter (I used Peanut Butter Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams)
•2-1/2Tbsp Almond milk
•Chocolate chips if desired

Method:

➡Mash all ingredients except chocolate chips together and then knead with your hands to incorporate all ingredients. Portion into 4 and roll into balls, poke with chocolate chips if desired. EAT!

Macros per ball:
Calories: 88 | Carb: 4g | Fat: 3g | Protein: 11g

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I also made them with Vanilla LeanFit Protein and rolled in shredded coconut. My new favourite go to protein ball!!

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Seafood Paella

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I’m lucky enough to live in the west coast and have an abundance of fresh seafood around and as soon as I seen the mussels in the store I knew I had to make a paella (plus they were dirt cheap! $6.50 for about 30). I had some shrimp and salmon in my freezer that I thawed out to add to this yummy and healthy dish. I also used quinoa instead of the standard rice that this dish usually has. Recipe below ⬇

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Seafood Paella

Ingredients:

•2 bell peppers (red, yellow), grilled and chopped
•1 small onion, sliced in 1/2-inch-thick rounds, grilled and chopped
• 3/4 pound raw shrimp (appx. 15-20), peeled and deveined
•3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•3 garlic cloves, minced
• 4 large mushrooms, sliced
• 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
•1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
•2 cups quinoa (or rice)
•1/2 cup peas
•18-25 mussels or clams
•4oz Salmon
•cilantro or parsley for garnish
•Pepper and other seasonings as desired

Method:
1. Slice bell peppers in half, remove seeds and grill on preheated
grill until char marks visible and slightly cooked (peel skin if desired). Set aside and grill onion slices until slightly translucent. Chop bell peppers and onion.

2. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Lightly brush with olive oil.

3. Heat oil in a large paella pan or large high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook stirring until fragrant 2-4 minutes. Stir in broth and salt; bring to a boil. Add quinoa and stir just to combine. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stir sides in and cook for about 5-10 minutes more until liquid absorbed, stirring every few minutes. Add peas
once liquid is absorbed, stirring in gently.

4. While quinoa is cooking place the skewered shrimp, mussels and
salmon on the grill. Grill the salmon for about 3-5 minutes per side, chop into chunks and place in large bowl. Grill the shrimp until firm and pink, 1 to 2 minutes per side, remove from the skewers and place in bowl with salmon. Grill the mussels until their shells pop open, 4-8 minutes total. (Discard any mussels that don’t open.) Set aside.

5. When the quinoa is done, remove from the heat, and add the seafood plus any accumulated juices over the rice, add mussels on top and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.

Serves appx. 8

Enjoy ✌

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