Raspberry Truffles

With Valentine’s day coming up I decided to make these yummy raspberry gems. I’ve made a similar version to this before without protein powder but I love trying to create a healthy treat with an extra protein boost so I altered my old recipe and they turned out great! See the recipe below.

RASPBERRY TRUFFLES

INGREDIENTS:

Truffles:
• ½ Cup old fashioned oats
• ½ Cup raw cashews
• ⅔ Cup Slightly thawed raspberries
• 1 Scoop (30g) LeanFit CompleteGreens protein powder
• 1 Tbsp Maple syrup

Chocolate Coating:
• 140g Dark Chocolate, chopped
• 1 Tbsp Coconut oil

METHOD:
Set raspberries out to thaw for about 15 minutes. In food processor add oats and cashews and process until little bits. Add protein powder, slightly thawed raspberries and maple syrup, process again until you get a paste like texture. Line a cookie sheet or flat surface with parchment paper and using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon portion out truffles onto parchment lined dish. Place in freezer to set for about 30 minutes. Combine your chocolate over double boiler and melt, stir in coconut oil until melted and remove from heat. Remove truffles from freezer, if needed roll slightly with hands to smooth out ball shape. Coat each truffle with chocolate and place back onto parchment lined dish, sprinkle with freeze dried fruit or chopped nuts if desired *see note. I used freeze dried pomegranate seeds chopped up. Drizzle with extra chocolate if desired. Can be stored in fridge or freezer (If storing in freezer, allow 20-30 minutes to thaw before serving). Yield 18 truffles.

*NOTE: If you would like to sprinkle with freeze dried fruit or nuts make sure as soon as you coat 1 truffle in chocolate sprinkle prepared topping onto chocolate before it hardens.

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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.

Protein Tootsie Rolls

A healthy tootsie roll? That taste better than the real thing and is so simple to make? Yes I have the recipe for you! 

Halloween is full of candy and sugar, why not make something that you don’t have to feel guilty about giving your kids and yourself of course!
 

After you combine all your ingredients you should be able to form a round ball.

Roll flat with rolling pin or tall glass to abot 1/2″ thick.

Then slice horizontally in 1/2″ strips.

Then slice again into about 1-1/2″ pieces (preferred size of your tootsies).

I joined some of the end pieces to get right size. Form tootsies using your hands into round rectangular pieces. 

Place in fridge to firm up and wrap in individual papers if desired (I cut wax paper up and twisted ends).


Recipe

Protein Tootsie Rolls


Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup Cocoa Powder (I used Camino Dutch-Processed)
  • ½ Cup LeanFit Chocolate 100% Whey protein powder (appx. 1 heaping scoop) 
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. Granulated stevia (I used Truvia) – optional
  • 1/8 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • ¼ Cup (60g) VitaFiber syrup (*honey can be subbed)
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract


Method:

  1. In medium bowl mix cocoa powder, whey powder, coconut flour, stevia and salt and set aside.
  2. In small saucepan heat up VitaFiber syrup over medium heat until bubbles form, add coconut oil and vanilla and mix, pour into dry ingredients and with spatula fold ingredients together until you get a dough.  
  3. Place dough onto wax/parchment paper and knead with your hand until firm, roll flat with rolling pin or large glass; about ½ an inch thick.
  4. Slice into 1/2″ strips then slice creating tootsie roll sized pieces about 1-1/2″, the ends may need to be joined with other end pieces to create same shape. Form pieces with your hands rolling on flat surface to get desired shape.
  5. Store in fridge and roll in individual papers if desired.

Yield: 42 Pieces


Macros per 1 piece
 (using VitaFiber)
Calories: 17 | Carb: 2g (1g Fiber/0g Sugar) | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g


Macros per 6 pieces

Calories: 105 | Carb: 12g | Fat: 5g | Protein: 8g

*Note: I have tried this recipe with honey instead of VitaFiber with almost exact results, please note the macronutrients will alter and the flovour too.

Gingerbread

A healthier take on gingerbread. I had gotten some small cookie cutters and needed to put them to use! The only problem with smaller cookies is they are harder to decorate! Time consuming but well worth all the cookies you get out of it. Sending most of them to friends and family and also some for Santa too 🎅

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Here is the recipe:

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies:

•3 Cups whole wheat flour, plus extra to flour surface
•2 tsp ground cinnamon
•2 tsp ground ginger
•½ tsp ground cloves
•¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
•½ tsp baking soda
•¼ tsp baking powder
•½ Cup blackstrap molasses or regular for less spicy
•½ Cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
•½ Cup coconut palm sugar
•1 large egg
•2 Tbsp water

Lemon Icing:

•½ Cup powdered sugar
•1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Method:

1. In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking soda & baking powder and whisk together until combined.

2. In a small bowl, combine the molasses and melted coconut oil with hand mixer until well incorporated. Add the coconut sugar, egg and water and mix until well blended together.

3. Pour the molasses mixture into your dry ingredients and blend together until just combined, if it seems crumbly keep mixing or add 1tsp at a time more water. Divide dough to form 2 balls with your hands once combined. Flatten the 2 balls into 1 inch thick discs and place in fridge for at least an hour.

4. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Pull dough out of fridge and let sit for about 30-60min at room temp as it may be a little hard to roll. Lightly flour your working surface and roll your discs until they are about ¼ inch thick.

5. Cut out cookie shapes with desired cookie cutters (I used small cutters and a large gingerbread man cutter).  Place your cut cookies onto parchment sheet spacing about ½ inch apart as they don’t expand much. Combine leftover dough scraps and form ball and roll again. Repeat with other dough.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes (8 minutes they should be done – 10 minutes a little crispier). Remove from pans and place on racks to cool.

7. Let cookies cool completely before icing. To prepare the icing combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Place in a small piping bag or Ziploc bag with corner cut and pipe cookies as desired, adding sprinkles, powdered sugar, any decorations desired. The icing hardens quickly so add sprinkles as soon as you pipe icing. Keep stored in airtight container. Wait at least 1-2 hours after icing before stacking cookies.

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Enjoy!

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Cereal Truffles

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Experimenting in the kitchen can lead to success or failure but today I succeeded. Yes for the win! Cereal truffles turned out perfect.

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Here is the recipe and check out more pictures below.

Jungle Munch Cereal Truffles

➡Ingredients:

•2 Cups Cereal (I used Jungle Munch by Natures Path Organic EnviroKidz)
•1 Cup Dates, soaked
•2Tbsp cottage cheese (Vegan use 1Tbsp almond milk)
•1/2 Cup nuts/seeds (I used mixed almonds, cashews and walnuts)
•2Tbsp vanilla protein (I used @VegaTeam Vanilla Protein)

➡Toppings:
Chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder, coconut & sprinkles (nuts would be good to).

➡Method:

Soak dates in hot water for about 15min. Process nuts/seeds in food processor until little bits, empty into bowl and set aside. Drain dates from water and place in food processor with cottage cheese or almond milk, pulse scraping down sides until smooth paste texture. Add cereal, processed nuts and protein powder to date mixture, process until all combined and cereal has processed down. Line dish with parchment paper and using cookie scoop or tablespoon scoop mixture onto parchment paper. Roll into balls, using water on your hands as needed as it can get sticky. Get your toppings ready and roll balls in until coated with topping. Place in mini cupcake liners and store in fridge until ready to enjoy. Yield 16.

Instructions/pictures:

Scoop mixture onto tray with tablespoon.

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Roll into balls using your hands slightly wet with water.

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Get your toppings together and roll balls until coated.

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Finished product

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Enjoy 🎄

Superfood Protein Bars

These homemade protein bars are very easy to make, full of nutrients, peanut butter and chocolate! Of course you could omit the chocolate but I don’t recommend 😉

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They are gluten free, high in protein and vegan when using plant based protein powder. You can also use whey protein if desired.

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Here is the recipe:

Superfood Protein Bars

Ingredients:

•2 Cups large flake oats (divided)
•½ Cup protein powder (I used Vega vanilla)
•½ Cup mini chocolate chips (enjoy life foods)
•½ Cup chia seeds or ground flax (I used ¼ cup of each)
•½ Cup chopped dried fruit or raisins (I used chopped dates)
•1 Cup natural peanut butter
•½ Cup Almond / Coconut milk
•¼ Cup Maple syrup or VitaFiber

Method:

Pulse 1½ cups of oats in food processor until flour consistency (if you have oats ground yield about 1¼ cup grounded). Add all ingredients in bowl and mix with a hand mixer until well combined. Line 8×8 dish with parchment paper and press down evenly. Place in fridge to harden up for about 1 hour. Slice into 18 bars. Drizzle with extra chocolate if desired.

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Protein Muffins

Peanut butter stuffed muffins … that is all 👌 Peanut butter and chocolate together are my favourite!

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These turned out quite dense but just delicious!

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Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

PB protein center:

•¾ cup vanilla protein (Vega used)
•¾ cup creamy peanut butter
•2 Tbsp coco oil, at room temperature
•½ tsp vanilla extract

Muffins:

•1⅔ cups organic whole wheat flour
•¾ cup organic cocoa powder
•1 Tbsp baking powder
•1 tsp cinnamon
•Dash salt
•1 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
•½ cup + 2 Tbsp almond milk
•1 tsp vanilla extract
•½ cup scant coco oil, at room temperature
•½ cup xylitol
•½ cup coconut sugar
•2 large eggs

Frosting:

•250g cream cheese, at room temperature
•½ cup creamy peanut butter
•½ cup vanilla protein
•½ cup plain 0% greek yogurt
•1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 22 cupcake tins with a double layer of paper liners.

For filling:

Combine protein, peanut butter, coco oil and vanilla in bowl. Beat on medium speed until well combined and mixture holds together. Roll into 22 balls, place on parchment lined baking sheet and chill in freezer while you make batter (15-20 minutes).

For Batter:

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl with whisk. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together greek yogurt, milk and vanilla. In large bowl, beat coco oil and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down bowl as needed. Add greek yogurt mixture to sugar mixture and combine. Create well in dry ingredients and add wet, with mixer on low speed or by hand mix just until incorporated. Spoon a tablespoon or two of batter into liners. Place one chilled ball of peanut butter filling into each cupcake well and top with remaining batter. Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

For frosting:

Beat together cream cheese, peanut butter, protein powder and greek yogurt until smooth. Pipe frosting onto cooled muffins and eat! Add sprinkles If desired.

Yield 22

Recipe notes: If you don’t want to use protein, replace with powdered sugar. Xylitol can be replaced with any granulated sugar as well.

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