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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Whole30 Pho

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!

Whole30 Pho

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Strain the broth removing all the spices and return broth to medium heat. 
  4. Add mushrooms, bok choy, onion and jalapeno and cook for about 10-20 minutes until veggies are soft and flavours develop. 
  5. Spiralize or julienne your zucchini and place into serving bowls.
  6. 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!

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 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.

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 Banana Bundt Cake

Finally I got myself a bundt cake pan! It’s about time haha! So my for my first cake I wanted to try an oat flour cake plus I had some really ripe bananas so added those too and of course I added cacao powder for the chocolate! I also used VitaFiber powder for extra fiber, if you haven’t tried check it out here VitaFiber

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Banana Bundt Cake
Yield: 16

Ingredients:
• 3 medium ripe bananas (appx. 2-1/2 to 3 Cups mashed)
• 2 Tbsp Honey
• 1/3 Cup plain greek yogurt
• ¾ Cup Almond milk or milk of choice
• 2 Eggs
• 2 Egg Whites
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 3 Cups Oat flour
• ½ Cup Cacao Powder
• ¼ Cup VitaFiber Powder (Sub for granulated sweetener)
• 2 Tbsp baking powder
• 2 tsp cinnamon

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease/flour bundt pan (I used cacao powder after greasing with coconut oil – do not skip this step!).

2. Mash Bananas in bowl then whisk in honey, greek yogurt, almond milk,
eggs and vanilla until well combined.

3. Mix together flour, cacao powder, sweetener, baking powder and
cinnamon. Add dry to wet ingredients and stir until no clumps left.

4. Pour into greased bundt pan and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.

5. Let cake cool and turn onto serving dish and drizzle with chocolate and fruit if desired (My chocolate drizzle is 1/4C of heated almond milk poured over 1/4C chocolate chips and stirred until melted, for a thicker ganache use 1/3C chocolate chips).

Notes: Nuts, chocolate chips or dried fruit would work well stirred into
batter.

Make sure you grease your pan and dust with flour or cacao powder.
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And it will pop out nice and easy!
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Drizzle with chocolate!
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Serve
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Hope you enjoy!