Sweet n’ Sour Chicken

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I’m always looking for a healthier alternative to sugar loaded recipes! After much research I came up with this yummy recipe using VitaFiber syrup and very little sugar.  It’s loaded with dietary fiber instead of sugar! Be sure to get your hands on this yummy fiber goodness here.

RECIPE:

Yield: 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

SAUCE:

  • ½ cup VitaFiber syrup
  • ¼ cup Xylitol (can use any granulated sugar)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tbsp cold water

CHICKEN:

  • 4 Chicken breasts (appx. 6oz each), tenderized and cut into chunks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-½ bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple, chunks
  • S&P

METHOD:

  1. In a small saucepan over high heat whisk all sauce ingredients except the arrowroot powder and water and bring to a boil.
  2. Whisk together arrowroot powder and cold water and add to the sauce ingredients, reduce heat and let thicken (should take about 1-2 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Pound chicken with mallet and cut into chunks, season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat, add chicken and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until no longer pink. Add the bell pepper, onion and pineapple cooking until just tender.
  5. Add sauce ingredients to chicken and stir until combined. Serve with rice.

 

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Raspberry Tahini Cups

I always try to come up with healthier versions of sweet treats around Valentine’s Day as it is a big one for chocolate! My new found love for tahini is in sweet treats! It’s pretty tasty and way cheaper than nut butters. You can sub any nut or seed butter in this recipe with the same results. I added LeanFit protein for extra protein and VitaFiber to make it sugar free and a fiber boost! Recipe as follows:

Raspberry Tahini Cups

Chocolate Shell:
•¾ Cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
•1 tsp coconut oil

Filling:
•4 Tbsp tahini
•1 Tbsp coconut oil
•2 Tbsp VitaFiber IMO syrup
•2 Tbsp LeanFit vanilla whey protein powder
•2 tsp Powdered raspberries* (Optional)

Method:

Yield 10 mini cups. I use a silicone liner but paper cups will work as well.

  1. Melt chocolate and coconut oil over double boiler until fully melted.
  2. Using a small spoon coat muffin cups on bottom and bring up edges using the back of the spoon, place in freezer to harden. Remove from freezer after about 10mins or until chocolate is hardened and add second coat of chocolate to walls of liners and place back in freezer.
  3. Start your filling by mashing all ingredients together until combined, if your mixture is a little hard, place bowl over warmed water (from double boiler) to melt the coconut oil and tahini together better.
  4. Remove cups from freezer and portion filling into each cup coming almost all the way to the top and then top each cup with remaining chocolate and spread until covered (sprinkle freeze dried raspberries on top if desired). Place back in freezer to harden.
  5. Store in fridge (2 weeks) or freezer (6-12 months).

*Note: To get powdered raspberries I took freeze dried raspberries and pulsed them in my coffee grinder until I got a fine powder. I used this to
stir in and sprinkle on top of cups. You can also stir in nuts or chocolate chips if desired.

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 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.

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.

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.