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

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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!

Peanut Butter Cup Triple Layer Cake

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So I’ve always wanted to make one of these chocolate dripping cakes and it was my best friend and boyfriends birthday so what a better day to experiment. I just prayed it turned out the way I imagined. I hit the mark bang on! Huge success. I adapted the chocolate cake from chocolate covered Katie’s 2 layer cake. The frosting isn’t all that healthy with the powdered sugar but you can find sugar free alternates if desired. This cake is still very decedent. Recipe as follows→

Serves 12-24 people

Chocolate cake:
§  2 heaping cups spelt or whole wheat pastry flour
§  ¾ heaping cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
§  1 tsp baking soda
§  1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
§  1 ½ cups xylitol or sugar of choice
§  1 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
§  2/3 cup greek yogurt or regular
§  1 ½ cup water (may need 2 extra Tbsp)
§  ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp  melted coconut oil
§  1 ½ tbsp pure vanilla extract 

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:
§  1 ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
§  1 cup creamy peanut butter
§  2 teaspoon vanilla
§  1 ½ cups powdered sugar
§  6-10 tablespoons milk of choice (I used almond milk)

Frosting directions:
Mix together cream cheese and peanut butter with mixer until smooth.  Add vanilla and powdered sugar slowly, along with the milk (few tbsp. at a time) and beat until spreading consistency. 

Cake directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease three 8-in round cake pans and line bottom (cut to circle) with parchment (grease parchment). Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, optional chips, and sweetener and stir very well. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients. Pour wet into dry and stir until just combined, then divide between the cake pans. Bake 25 minutes or until batter has risen and a toothpick in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 30 minutes before going around the sides with a knife to remove cakes.  I let my cakes cool overnight before frosting. Frost one layer, stack another cake, frost and stack last cake and frost top and sides and then refrigerate again for at least 2 hours before adding the chocolate shell.

Chocolate Top 
§  ¾ Cup Coconut oil
§  ¾ Cup Cocao powder
§  ½ scant Cup Honey or Agave or Maple Syrup

Chocolate top directions:
Melt the coconut oil over double boiler, and then add in the rest of the ingredients. Whisk together thoroughly. Pour over completely cooled & frosted cake and let drip down sides.  Refrigerate right away for at least 2 hours. I had lots of leftovers so have a parchment lined dish available to make extra homemade chocolate bars or halve the recipe.

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