Cashew Oat Protein Bars

First off a huge welcome back to Canada VitaFiber!! Now available here. Super happy to be working with them again! We’ve missed you! Ok now for these yummy healthy protein bars. Recipe as follows:

Cashew Oat Protein Bars

Ingredients:
•1½ cups oats
•½ cup cashews, chopped
•1½ scoop LeanFit Chocolate Whey
•1 cup peanut butter
•½ cup VitaFiber syrup
•2 Tbsp almond milk
•⅓ cup dark chocolate chips

Method:
Chop cashews into small pieces or blitz in food processor, combine with oats and whey and set aside. In small saucepan over medium-low heat combine peanut butter and VitaFiber syrup until just combined, remove from heat, stir in almond milk and mix until smooth. Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients and fold together with spatula or your hands, fold in chocolate chips (make sure the mixture has cooled or they will melt; place in fridge for about 10mins). Press into parchment lined dish (I used a loaf pan for thick bars but a 12×12 pan will work as well). Place in fridge to harden and slice into desire bars (I got 16 bars). Store in fridge or freezer.

Macros: (16 bars)
Calories: 197 | Carb: 18g (7g Fiber/4g Sugar) | Fat: 12g | Protein: 7g

Peppermint Mocha Protein Balls

When you think of Christmas flavours what do you think of? For me it’s gingerbread and peppermint and I always try to incorporate both of those flavours in my Christmas baking. This year I made these peppermint mocha balls and used my homemade espresso powder to get the “mocha” flavour. You can also use instant coffee too. Recipe as follows.

Peppermint Mocha Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS:
•1 Scoop (32g) LeanFit Chocolate whey
•½ Cup oat flour
•½ Cup almond flour
•¼ Cup cacao powder
•1 tsp espresso powder (or 1Tbsp instant coffee) *Click here to see how to make
•⅓ cup VitaFiber syrup *see subs
•½ cup peanut butter
•¼ cup almond milk or choice
•½ tsp pure peppermint extract
•2-3Tbsp Cacao powder for rolling

METHOD:
Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside. In small saucepan over medium heat mix peanut butter, VitaFiber syrup and almond milk and stir until well combined, remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract. Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients and fold together with spatula and then use your hands to knead together until all your ingredients are incorporated and you have a big giant ball (if your dough is too crumbly, add a tablespoon of milk at time to perfect). Portion into tablespoon size balls (small cookie scoop works amazing!) and roll with your hands to get smooth balls. Roll each ball in cacao powder. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days, in fridge for 2 weeks or in freezer for up to 6 months. Yield 28 balls.

*VitaFiber can be replaced with any sticky sweetener of choice.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein Cookies

I’m in the process of packing/moving and getting everything ready to renovate my house whilst taking care of my 5 month old baby so I havn’t had much time to bake. I made it a priority while baby naps to make these cookies plus packing fuel!! They turned out great. Recipe as follows 👇🏽

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein Cookies

Ingredients:

•1 cups oats
•¾ cup oat flour
•1 scoop LeanFit 100% Vanilla Whey
•1 tsp baking powder
•½ tsp cinnamon
•Dash salt
•½ cup coconut sugar
•½ cup coconut oil or butter, softened
•1 tsp vanilla
•1 egg
•¼ cup chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Combine oats, oat flour, whey, baking powder and salt in bowl. In large mixing bowl cream together the coconut oil or butter and sugar, add in egg and vanilla, mix until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined, stir in chocolate chips. Scoop cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheet, press down slightly and bake for 8-10 min or until just browned at edges. Yield 20 cookies.

Lactation Energy Balls

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

 

Method:

  • 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

ENJOY!!

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Blackberry Crumble Bars

It’s officially blackberry season and I have some growing right outside my front door. They grow like weeds around here, but I’m not complaining! These crumble bars are the perfect healthy treat, not too sweet and the blackberries give it a nice tart kick. Hope you enjoy!

Recipe:
Blackberry Crumble Bars

Dry ingredients:
•¼ Cup coconut flour
•½ cup oat flour
•½ cup large flake oats + 2Tbsp for topping
•2 scoops LeanFit Organic CompleteGreen protein powder
•¼ cup coconut sugar
•1 tsp cinnamon
•½ tsp baking powder

Wet ingredients:
•½ cup Greek yogurt
•1 egg
•2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Filling:
•2 cups blackberries
•1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
•1 Tbsp coconut sugar

Method:
Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350ºF. In
large bowl combine all dry ingredients and set aside. In medium bowl whisk together wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and fold together with spatula until all ingredients are incorporated and you have a dough like consistency. Reserve ½ cup of this dough for crumble topping. Press remaining dough down into parchment lined dish. In another bowl toss together the filling ingredients and pour evenly over pressed down dough, crumble reserved ½ cup of dough over top of berries and sprinkle with 1-2 Tbsp of oats, press down gently. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Let cool completely and slice into 12 bars. Store in fridge for up to 5 days.

Macros (Yield 12):
Calories: 104 | Protein: 7g | Carb: 16g (Fiber 3g/Sugar 7g) | Fat: 2g

Double Chocolate Protein Muffins

At just 99 calories per muffin, these chocolaty muffins are the perfect healthy snack!

And you’ll love that they are high in protein and fiber using LeanFit Naturals Protein and VitaFiber IMO. They are also packed with antioxidants. Check below for the recipe 👇🏽

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PROTEIN MUFFINS

Yield 12-14 muffins

INGREDIENTS

Dry
•1 cup Gluten Free Only Oats Oat Flour
•2 scoops LeanFit Chocolate whey naturals
•1/3 cup cacao powder
•¼ tsp salt
•½ tsp cinnamon
•1 tsp baking powder
Wet
•2 eggs
•½ cup VitaFiber syrup *see below for subs
•½ cup 2% Greek yogurt
•1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
•1/3 cup Lily’s Sugar Free dark chocolate chips

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line or grease 12 muffin tin.
2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Beat eggs, syrup, Greek yogurt, applesauce, vanilla and almond milk in separate bowl.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and fold everything together. Be careful not to over stir the batter (If to dry add 1-2 tablespoons of milk if needed).
5. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Evenly divide the batter among muffin tin (I got 14 muffins). If desired, add chocolate chips on top of each muffin.
7. Bake between 15 to 20 minutes, or until you can pierce the muffin with a
toothpick and it comes out clean.
8. Let cool on wire rack.

MACROS

Calories: 99 | Fat: 3g | Carb: 12g (Fiber 4.1g / Sugar 1.2g) | Protein 7g

*Can substitute maple syrup, honey or any sticky sweetener in place. A granulated sugar could be used but you may need more liquid, adjust accordingly.

Spinach Protein Muffins

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

Ingredients:

Dry:
•1½ cups All purpose flour, unbleached
•½ cup (45g) LeanFit CompleteGreen protein powder
•½ cup coconut sugar
•2 tsp baking powder
•Pinch salt
Wet:
•1 Cup Spinach, packed
•½ Cup mashed banana or applesauce
•¼ cup coconut oil
•2 eggs
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•¼ cup almond milk

Method:
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.