I was looking to create some recipes with mocha/espresso flavours and came across espresso powder, I then went to go and search where to buy it and found it was quite pricey. I then did a little bit more digging and realized espresso powder is just brewed coffee, then dried and finely ground. So I took my brewed coffee grounds and placed it on a parchment lined sheet put my oven at its lowest temperature which is 170° Fahrenheit and I let it bake for 2 and 1/2 hours until it was dry and crispy feeling. I then made some peppermint mocha protein balls with it and it worked!! It also enhances any chocolate flavour if you’re using with chocolate recipes which I use often; haha!
What you need and how to do👇🏽
Brewed coffee grounds (I used 1 whole brewed pots worth)
Preheat oven to 170°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spread coffee grounds evenly out.
Place in preheated oven and let bake for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. You want it to be dry and crunchy feeling.
Once it’s cooled place in coffee grinder and grind until you get a very fine powder.
That’s it, I stored mine in freezer. I think it will keep for 6 months … if it lasts!
Looking for a quick energy pick me up, be sure to make these! I made them a few days before giving birth to my first child and they are lifesavers for when you need a quick snack. Of course you don’t need to be pregnant or postpartum to enjoy these yummy bites. When researching recipes for these balls the most common ingredients are oats, peanut butter, honey and flax seed. I opted to add some protein powder to mine as I like the extra protein boost.
Here is the recipe:
Lactation Energy Balls
- 1 Cup creamy nut butter (I used half peanut and half almond butter)
- 2⁄3 Cup raw honey
- 2 Cups old fashioned oats
- ½ Cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ Cup LeanFit CompleteGreen Organic protein powder
- ¼ Cup shredded coconut
- 2⁄3 Cup chocolate chips
- Combine nut butter and honey until smooth (heat nut butter if hard). Combine all dry ingredients together and add to nut butter/honey mixture and mix with spatula/wooden spoon until well combined. Using small cookie scoop or your hands roll into small tablespoon sized balls. Place on parchment lined dish. Store in fridge or freezer.
Yield: 50 Tablespoon size balls
Looking for a way to sneak some greens into your diet or your children’s diet? Look no further! These green muffins taste nothing like the hidden spinach packed inside them. Bonus is they are high in protein with LeanFit CompleteGreens 👍🏽
Spinach Protein Muffins
•1½ cups All purpose flour, unbleached
•½ cup (45g) LeanFit CompleteGreen protein powder
•½ cup coconut sugar
•2 tsp baking powder
•1 Cup Spinach, packed
•½ Cup mashed banana or applesauce
•¼ cup coconut oil
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•¼ cup almond milk
Preheat oven to 325ºF and line muffin tin with 12 liners or grease, set aside. In large bowl combine all dry ingredients, set aside. In blender add all wet ingredients and blend until smooth, scraping down sides a couple times if needed. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together until just combined. Portion into muffin liners (I use an ice cream scoop to portion). Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven or until toothpick comes clean.
I created these last year for Easter and knew I had to make them again this year. Instead of making them large, I made them smaller so if you want to eat 1, 2 or 3 you can! I also have included my homemade chocolate recipe that I used to coat the eggies. Recipe below.
Chocolate Protein Eggs
•2 Scoops (64g) Chocolate LeanFit 100% Whey Naturals Protein
•½ Cup Coconut Flour (can swap for ¼ cup casein & ¼ cup coconut flour also for higher protein)
•¼ Cup Almond Flour
•¼ Cup Cacao Powder
•¼ Cup Nut Butter (I used Cashew butter)
•¼ Cup VitaFiberIMO Syrup (Can sub maple syrup/honey)
•¼ Cup Almond Milk
Mix together all dry ingredients in bowl and set aside. In medium saucepan heat nut butter and VitaFiber until smooth; stir in almond milk. Using spatula add nut butter mixture to dry ingredients and press together then use your hands to knead dough together (add more almond milk 1Tbsp at a time if too dry). Split dough into 12 even pieces or 24 if you want smaller pieces. Using your hands form each batter piece into egg shape, place on parchment paper and then store in fridge to firm. Coat in your favourite melted chocolate or make your own as below.
Macros: (12) *Large size
Calories: 98 | Carb: 10g (Fiber 6g/Sugar 1g) | Fat: 5g | Protein: 7g
(24 for smaller size – macros halved)
•¼ Cup Coconut Oil
•¼ Cup Cacao Powder
•2-4 Tbsp VitaFiberIMO Syrup (or maple syrup/honey/liquid sweetener)
Heat coconut oil to a liquid and stir in cacao powder and sweetener. Coat protein eggs and pour leftovers into molds or silicone muffin cups for a snack later.
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
•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
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.
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.
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 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
- 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- ¼ Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
- 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- ¼ Cup Almond Milk
- 1 Large Egg
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.
- 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
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
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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Strain the broth removing all the spices and return broth to medium heat.
- Add mushrooms, bok choy, onion and jalapeno and cook for about 10-20 minutes until veggies are soft and flavours develop.
- Spiralize or julienne your zucchini and place into serving bowls.
- 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!