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.

Oh Henry! Protein Bars

Halloween is slowly approaching and I’m always looking for healthier options than the sugar filled candy around this time of year. So this year I came up with these healthier Oh Henry! bars and yes they are very similar to Snickers bars. Now the Canadian Oh Henry bars are a little different from the American ones, one is made by Hershey and the other is Nestle which I’ve layered like the American bar even though I’m familiar to the Canadian bar. It just layered better this way, I also thought I could mix the caramel into the fudge layer but wasn’t too sure how the texture would turn out so I went this way. Recipe below, enjoy!

Oh Henry! Protein Bars

Ingredients:

FUDGE LAYER
•1 scoop LeanFit vanilla 100% whey
•½ Cup Oat flour
•1Tbsp. Coconut flour
•Pinch salt
•½ Cup peanut butter
•¼ Cup VitaFiber syrup *
•¼ Cup + 1Tbsp. Almond milk or choice
CARAMEL LAYER
•1 Cup dates, soaked in hot water
•1/3 Cup water (use leftover from soaking)
•½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract
PEANUT LAYER
•¼ Cup peanuts
CHOCOLATE COATING
•150g Dark chocolate, chopped
•1 tsp. Coconut oil

Method:
1. Combine whey, oat flour, coconut flour and salt in medium bowl and set aside.
2. In saucepan over medium heat combine peanut butter, VitaFiber syrup and almond milk and stir until just smooth. Add to dry ingredients and fold together with spatula until well combined.
3. Line loaf pan (8”x4”) with parchment paper and evenly press down fudge layer and set aside.
4. In food processor combine dates, water and vanilla and process until smooth and caramel like. Spread over fudge layer evenly and then press down peanuts into caramel layer. Place in fridge for an hour.
5. Melt your chocolate while you wait for cooling. Over double boiler combine chocolate and coconut oil and melt until no clumps remain.
6. Cut into 16 bars and coat each bar with melted chocolate and place on parchment lined sheet and place back in fridge to harden the chocolate. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

*If you can’t find VitaFiber syrup it can be substituted with any sticky sweetener.

Lemon Coconut Protein Doughnuts

National doughnut day calls for a new doughnut recipe. I thought lemon and coconut sounded pretty good so I created this delicious recipe🍋🍩

I use VitaFiber syrup in my recipe but you can substitute any sticky sweetener such as maple syrup or honey. VitaFiber is a high fiber sugar substitute. Check their website out for more info, It’s an amazing product.

For protein I use LeanFit, they have an All-in-One protein that bakes amazing which I used in this recipe. A plant based or whey protein should still work ok if that’s what you have on hand, using whey might lead to a little drier doughnut though.

Here is the recipe 👇🏽

Lemon Coconut Protein Donuts

Ingredients:
Yield 8-10 donuts

DONUTS:
½ cup oat flour
½ cup LeanFit All-in-One protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup VitaFiber syrup or maple syrup
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 egg

FROSTING:
125g cream cheese
½ scoop LeanFit vanilla whey
1 Tbps VitaFiber syrup or maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice

Coconut & lemon rind for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease donut pan. Combine all dry ingredients in bowl. Whisk together wet ingredients in separate bowl then fold the wet into dry ingredients. Place batter into a Ziploc or sandwich bag, cut corner and pipe into donut tray. Bake for 10-12 mins. Repeat with remaining batter. Let donuts cool before frosting. Whisk frosting ingredients together until smooth and spread onto donuts, garnish with shredded coconut and lemon rind.

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.

Chocolate Protein Eggies

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

Ingredients:

•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

Method:

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)

Homemade Chocolate

Ingredients:

•¼ Cup Coconut Oil
•¼ Cup Cacao Powder
•2-4 Tbsp VitaFiberIMO Syrup (or maple syrup/honey/liquid sweetener)

Method:

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.

Protein Orbs

Testing out the new LeanFit All-in-One protein powder. It taste very similar to their completegreen protein but also has whey in it. The ingredients are so nutritious; you can read more about it here and you can order it here on Amazon.ca if you hurry now you can save $3 for a limited time only! 


We are heading on a road trip this weekend so I experimented with some protein balls and they turned out delicious! Recipe below. 


Protein Orbs


Ingredients:
•1 cup oats
•½ cup oat flour (ground oats)
•½ cup LeanFit All-in-One protein powder (whey or plant based can be subbed)
• 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
•1 Tbsp chia seeds
•2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
•Pinch Himalayan salt
•Dash Cinnamon
•½ cup almond butter or nut butter of choice
•½ cup VitaFiber Syrup (Honey, maple syrup, agave, etc. can be subbed)
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•Water or milk if needed

Method:
Combine oats, oat flour, protein powder, seeds (hemp, chia and seeds are optional), salt and cinnamon in bowl and set aside. In medium saucepan over low-med heat combine nut butter, sweetener and vanilla until pliable (sometimes you can skip the heat if you have soft enough ingredients). Combine dry ingredients into nut butter mixture and knead together with hands adding water or milk if need; it should be like dough. Roll into balls or press into pan to cut bars. I made 12 orbs.

Macros: Per serving (using VitaFiber and LeanFit All-in-One)

Calories: 169 | Carb: 22g (Fiber: 11g / Sugar: 2g ) | Fat: 9g | Protein: 8g