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

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.

Chocolate PB Protein Squares

It took me a couple tries to get this recipe right but I eventually got it. I’ve used both maple syrup and VitaFiber syrup and they both come out with the same result. I always use LeanFit protein in my recipes; you can purchase it at Costco or on Amazon. These peanut butter squares are a true Delight packed with healthy fats, carbs, fiber, protein and of course chocolate! Recipe as follows ⏬

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Chocolate PB Protein Squares

Ingredients:
• ¾ cup oat flour
• ½ cup almond flour
• 2 Scoops LeanFit Vanilla 100% Whey Naturals
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• Dash salt
• ¾ cup peanut butter
• 3 Tbsp VitaFiber syrup or maple syrup
• ¼ cup coconut oil
• 3 Tbsp almond milk
• 1 tsp vanilla
• ¼ cup chocolate chips

Chocolate topping:
• 100g dark chocolate
• 2 Tbsp peanut butter
• 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Method:
1. Mix the oat flour, almond flour, whey, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In saucepan over medium heat melt together peanut butter, syrup, coconut oil, almond milk and vanilla; heat until warm and mash/stir together until smooth.
3. Add peanut butter mixture to oat mixture; fold together with spatula until well combined, place in fridge to cool if still warm then fold in the chocolate chips. (If your mixture is too crumbly and doesn’t stick together like a dough then add 1 Tbsp. of milk at time to get a dough like texture).
4. Line loaf pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into pan. Place in refrigerator for an at least half hour.
5. Melt the topping ingredients over double boiler, stir together until smooth then pour over cooled base, place back in fridge for another hour. Slice into 24 squares. Store in fridge.

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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Chocolate Oat Protein Bars

I’ve been wanting to make some oat bars for a while now and finally got to it! These are super simple to make with only 6 ingredients. I topped mine with chocolate because chocolate makes everything better, you can totally omit this step if you prefer but I don’t reccomend doing that 😂

I use VitaFiber syrup in my recipe for sugar free/high fiber but you can substitute any sticky sweetener such as maple syrup, honey or brown rice syrup with same effects. I use my favourite Organic CompleteGreen protein powder by LeanFit. I’ve also found a new local product for my peanut butter called Fatso, the ingredients are amazing with healthy fats and fiber, yummy peanut butter taste, chia seeds and a hint of sweet coconut, I’m in love ❤

RECIPE:

Chocolate Oat Protein Bars

Ingredients:
•3 Cups rolled oats
•2 Scoops LeanFit CompleteGreen protein powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1 Cup natural peanut butter (Fatso PB)
•½ Cup VitaFiber syrup or honey/maple syrup
•2Tbsp Almond milk
TOPPING:
•100g of chocolate + 2Tbsp coconut oil, melted

Method:
Combine rolled oats, protein powder and cinnamon in large bowl, set aside. Melt together peanut butter, syrup and almond milk then add to rolled oat mixture, stir together until well combined. Line loaf pan with parchment paper and press down mixture into pan, place in fridge to harden. Melt chocolate and coconut oil together, pour over cooled oat mixture and place back in fridge to harden. Slice into 16 bars (I sliced into 8 then slice in half). Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks, in freezer for up to 6 months or at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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

Ingredients:

•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

Directions:

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.

Pumpkin Protein Balls

Pumpkin balls in my new cute pumpkin ramkin 🎃 These balls were so delicious they didn’t last long! Recipe below⬇️

Pumpkin Protein Balls 🎃

➡️Ingredients:
•½ cup natural peanut butter (can sub with any nut/seed butter)
•½ cup pure pumpkin puree
•¼ cup VitaFiber IMO syrup*
•¾ cup large flake oats
•¼ cup oat flour
•2 Scoops (60g) LeanFit CompleteGreen protein powder
•1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

➡️Method:
Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside.  In saucepan over medium heat melt together peanut butter and syrup *(VitaFiber syrup can be subbed with any sticky sweetener such as honey or maple syrup, macros will change) until smooth, remove from heat and stir in pumpkin puree until smooth (you can skip the heating if you have smooth enough nut butter). Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients and mash together with a fork until well combined.  Roll into balls and place on parchment lined dish (I used a small cookie dough scoop to make my balls – so easy!). Place in fridge to harden up. I was able to get 32 balls with my small scoop, portion as you like.