Mint Oreo Protein Cheesecake Bars

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀💚🍀

Mint Oreo Protein Cheesecake Bars

Crust ingredients:

  • 300g (22 cookies) Mint Oreo cookies
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil, melted

Cheesecake ingredients:

  • 500g cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • ⅓ cup Xylitol
  • 1½ scoop (48g) LeanFit vanilla whey isolate
  • 1 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • Green food colouring (about 8-10 drops)
  • Melted chocolate for drizzling if desired

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
Set aside.

2. Process Oreo cookies in food processor until they resemble fine
crumbs. Add the 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and pulse a couple
times until combined. Pour crumbs into prepared baking dish and press down lightly with back of a spoon until you have an even layer.

3. Bake crust in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, prepare cheesecake by beating cream cheese and Greek yogurt until smooth and creamy. Add in the egg, egg whites, xylitol and protein powder and beat again until smooth. Add peppermint extract and add a few drops of green food colouring and beat again adding more green food colouring to get desired colour.

5. Pour cheesecake filling over baked crust and bake again for 35 – 40
minutes or until the cheesecake is slightly wobbly in the center.

6. Remove from oven and allow to cool at room temperature. Place in
fridge for at least 3 hours before slicing into bars.

7. Drizzle bars with melted chocolate if desired.

8. Store covered in fridge for up to 7 days.

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Healthy Homemade Peppermint Chocolate

So instead of making a ton of unhealthy baking I decided to make some healthy chocolate for my family and friends for Christmas treats.
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Serves 6+ I doubled the recipe and used a large baking sheet to spread. Recipe as follows:

Ingredients:
1C coconut oil (coconut butter will work as well)
•1C cocoa powder
•1/2C agave or maple syrup
•1tsp pure vanilla extract
Optional: chopped nuts, coconut, chopped candy canes, other extracts (I used 1/8tsp mint extract and organic candy canes).

Instructions:
Melt coconut oil in double boiler over medium heat. (Do not use microwave – zaps nutrients)
•When oil is melted, remove from heat and add cocoa powder, agave,  vanilla and other flavor extracts. Whisk until all ingredients well combined. Make sure no water splashes in at this point-it will get mealy.
•Pour the chocolate into parchment lined dish or molds, add optional nuts/candy canes and place in the fridge to harden. Once hardened cut into bars.
Enjoy!
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Melt in your mouth deliciousness♡