Low-fat Jam-Filled High Fibre Protein Muffins

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These are one of those muffins that transform overnight..The next day they are even better and more moist. Trust me, if you can wait, it will be worth it. Loaded with fibre & packed with protein, muffins for breakfast is just what the doctor ordered…

Makes 6 large or 12 medium muffins.

Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 tsp molasses (heat the container for a few secs. to make it easier to pour)
  • 2-3 tbsp truvia or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 scoop Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey (51g)
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour (15g)
  • 6 tbsp whole wheat flour (45g)
  • 2 tbsp milled flax seed (20g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (scant)
  • 3 tbsp no sugar added raspberry jam (1/2 tbsp per large muffin or 1 tsp per regular-size muffin)

Optional: 1 cup(140g) fresh or frozen raspberries.

Optional topping: Melted peanut butter/PB2 mixed with a little water/vanilla/truvia to make a “PB & J” version.

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375*.  Mix the wheat bran w/ your almond milk and let it soak for about 10min. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine your wet ingredients and in a another medium bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients except the truvia sweetener. Now, whisk your bran mixture into the other wet ingredients and fold in your dry mixture. Also fold in the raspberries if you choose and scoop the batter into 6-12 sprayed(with pam) or lined muffin trays. Add a spoonful of the jam to the centre of each muffin before baking. Place in the oven for 15-20min or until the tops are springy and a toothpick comes out relatively clean(ignore the jam on the toothpick, just look for any sign of wet batter!). After baking you CAN eat immediately BUTTT I recommend waiting a day to let the muffins rest and become extra moist and delicious! Enjoy 🙂fr_4181_size880

Nutrition per medium size muffin: 76cals, 2g fat, 11g carbs, 6g protein & 3.5g fibre

Large Muffins: 151cals, 4g fat, 22 carbs, 12g protein & 7g fibre

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake

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photo 2-7GOOOOOOD MORNING!! Are you a volume eater?  Do you like strawberries? Do you like cake? Well then, your in the right place. If not then..well, goodbye. Haha, no but really you should all try this shake especially if you are low on calories and in need of something to really fill you up while meeting your protein needs for the day minus a ton of fat. This shake turned out hugeeeee! It filled 2 of my huge tall glasses, I literally am so full as I write this.

But not only that, this shake tastes AMAZING. Just like shortcake in a cup. It’s very light and fluffy but not watered down or too thin (I hate shakes that have no flavour!). It’s just the perfect amount of sweetness without being overly sweet and all you want to do is keep eating more of it…which isn’t a problem since there is SO MUCH. You can drink it through thick straw or use a spoon, your choice!

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

-10 mini ice cubes (or 92g)

-3/4 scoop(26g) cellucor Cor-fetti Cake Batter Whey(Could replace vanilla but this flavour is best!, this is what gives it part of the creamy cake-like taste!)

-112g frozen strawberries(around 3/4 cup)

-1 cup(240g) unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese(TRUST ME, even if you hate it, you won’t even know it’s there and it’s part of the secret behind the creaminess of the shake)

-3 tbsp fat-free cool whip(14g)

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp sweetener of choice (I used truvia, closest thing to sugar in my opinion!)

-1/2 tsp xanthan gum (maybe just under, I usually just measure with my hand and go by the texture but this is what creates volume and makes the shake smooth rather than icey!)

Directions: Combine all ingredients using a good blender and serve! This could easily make 2 servings.

Nutrition for entire recipe: 25g carbs/35g protein/6g fat & 4g fibre

 

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GIANT Blueberry COR-Fetti Muffin



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I’ve always been a muffin person, I used to love waking up to my Mom’s freshly made blueberry muffins each morning, not having to think twice about it. But now that I know those probably weren’t the best choice for breakfast…I no longer get the same satisfaction as I eat my bowls of oatmeal &  drink protein shakes(don’t get me wrong those can be amazing too!) but I still missed my muffins..that is, until now. This muffin is everything a muffin should be. Moist, fluffy, a little crispy on top, lightly sweet with the tang of some plump, ripe blueberries scattered throughout..am I making you hungry yet? Not to mention the fact that with the Cor-fetti Whey they have an amazing cake-like flavour and pack an awesome protein punch along with enough fibre to keep you full until your next meal.  Trust me, you won’t go back to your old boring breakfast ever again…

Makes 1 GIANT Muffin

  • 1/2 scoop cellucor Cor-fetti Whey (find it here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/cellucor/cor-performance-whey.html)
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  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 of a beaten egg (about 15g)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp +1 tsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp truvia sweetener (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup frozen or raw blueberries (35g)

Directions: Preheat your oven to 375* spray a muffin tin with pam. Combine all of your dry ingredients except the sweetener, in a medium bowl and then mix all of your wet ingredients in another small bowl. (*Note, it will be easier if all your wet ingredients are at room temperature so the coconut oil stays melted). Pour the wet into the dry and stir to combine. Now add your sweetener to taste(use slightly more than you think because the sweetness tends to decrease while baking) Fold in your blueberries and save a few to place on top of the muffin just before baking. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20min or until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy warm with whatever toppings you like!

Nutrition: 14F/20C/18P & 7g fibre   *GRAIN-Free, Paleo, Low-carb*fr_4131_size880-1fr_4129_size880-1

Double Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

 

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I am not going to say much other than..this is honestly the best cookie recipe I’ve made to date. These are the real deal. Fudgey, goey, chocolatey, soft, moist, all the things you look for in a good cookie. You don’t taste the pumpkin, so if you aren’t a pumpkin lover then have no fear, you will still adore these cookies. TRUST ME.

Serves 9 (or 1 if you’re insane like me)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree(68g)
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce
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  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop molten chocolate cellucor whey(34g)
  • 1/4 cup instant oats (23g)
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or just under)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (or just under)
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp Truvia sweetener (or another sweetener to taste, add a little more than you think because the sweetness tends to decrease as they bake)
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (I used the enjoy life dark chocolate chips)

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 350*F and spray or grease a baking sheet with oil. (I used pam). Whisk together all the wet ingredients in a medium-size bowl.(Make sure the coconut oil is melted ahead of time and the molasses is heated slightly to make it easier to incorporate). In another larger bowl combine all of your dry ingredients until there are no clumps (don’t add the sweetener just yet!). Now stir your wet into your dry ingredients and now add sweetener to taste. Lastly, fold in your mini chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls to make 9 medium sized cookies on your baking sheet.

Bake for 7-9min depending on how soft you like your cookies! DON’T OVERBAKE. Check that they are still a little soft to the touch but not squishy(they will harden a bit as they cool). Enjoy warm or re-heate later for 10secs. in the microwave for a quick treat! Store in the freezer or in the fridge in a sealed tupperware container (layer cookies with parchment paper).

Happy Baking!

Nutrition per cookie: 76 calories, 3.5g fat, 5g protein, 7g carbs, 1.5g fibre

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Chocolate Coconut Raspberry POV Cake

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A little twist on my last post..here’s another version of this awesome breakfast cake. I’m not sure which one I like more now! This one is more filling though with the additional fibre! 8g in one cake.

Serves 1

Ingredients

-27g (3/4) scoop Molten Chocolate Cellucor (yes you could use a whole scoop, this just fits my macros!)

-1 tbsp(5g) unsweetened cocoa powder

-dash salt

-1/8 tsp baking powder

-2oz unsweetened apple sauce

-2 tbsp chocolate or vanilla unsweetened almond milk

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-3-6 drops coconut extract

-3 tbsp liquid egg whites (or 1 large egg white)

-1-2 tsp truvia sweetener to taste

-28g/1 oz. raw or frozen raspberries

-Pam

 

Topping:

Stir together…

-3 tbsp plain 0% greek yogurt

-1 cap full(or to taste) SF raspberry Torani syrup

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-1/4 tsp or more of truvia sweetener to taste (NOTE: The torani will help to sweeten everything as well)

-3-4 drops coconut extract(or to taste)

 

-Measure out 3g (about 1-2 tsp) of desiccated coconut

 

Directions for cake:

Spray a shallow ramekin with pam, combine your dry ingredients with a fork until no clumps are left. Stir in the wet ingredients until a smooth batter is formed (makes sure to get all the dry powder off the sides). Break the raspberries into smaller pieces and sprinkle all over the top of the batter(don’t push them in!). Place in the microwave for 2:00-2:30min depending on your microwave. Stop and check the cake while cooking. You want the outside to be cooked and the inside still goey. Once it looks done, take it out and top with your coconut raspberry sauce, sprinkle the desiccated coconut and add optional walden farms chocolate syrup if desired. Enjoy!

Macros including topping: 5F/15C/29P  & 8g Fibre

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Click here for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Version

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Molten Chocolate Peanut Butter POV Cake

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This was inspired by Eric Johnson’s original POV cake that I saw on youtube..since I am on extreme poverty macros at the moment I figured it was only fitting to make this for breakfast this morning instead of my usual shake. I gotta say, I think I’m in love…going to be making this everyday with a ton of variations. Once my macros are better these things are going to be even more amazing! For now here’s my simple version of the POV cake. Hope you like it as much as I did!

 

Serves 1

 

Ingredients

-27g (3/4) scoop Molten Chocolate Cellucor (yes you could use a whole scoop, this just fits my macros!)

-1 tbsp(5g) unsweetened cocoa powder

-dash salt

-1/8 tsp baking powder

-2oz unsweetened apple sauce

-2 tbsp chocolate or vanilla unsweetened almond milk

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-3 tbsp liquid egg whites (or 1 large egg white)

-1-2 tsp truvia sweetener to taste

-Pam

 

Topping:

Stir together…

-2 tbsp plain 0% greek yogurt

-1.5(12g) PB2 or powdered peanut butter (mix with water before hand until it’s thinned out a little, don’t add too much!)

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 tsp or more of truvia sweetener to taste

Directions:

Spray a shallow ramekin with pam, combine your dry ingredients with a fork until no clumps are left. Stir in the wet ingredients until a smooth batter is formed (makes sure to get all the dry powder off the sides). Place in the microwave for 1:30-2:30min depending on your microwave. Stop and check the cake while cooking. You want the outside to be cooked and the inside still goey. Once it looks down, take it out and top with your peanut butter yogurt sauce and optional walden farms chocolate syrup. Enjoy!

Macros including topping: 4F/14C/32P

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White Chocolate Caramel Cups

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Hey guys! Here’s the recipe I promised…This description will be short and sweet, just like this decadent mini treat. I have to warn you guys, these little things are addicting, thankfully you can eat more than one without feeling guilty.

Creamy white chocolate with a sweet caramel centre…what more could you ask for?

Ingredients:

Caramel filling:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup splenda (could try another sweetener but I can’t personally vouch for the results!)
1 tsp molasses
2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk beaten

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil for about 1-1:30min or longer as needed, stirring constantly as it bubbles. Once everything is smooth and creamy and begins to thicken, take off the heat and set aside.

**NOTE*** The filling makes extra, in these macros I only used a little over half of the caramel I made. You can use the left overs on microwave cakes, pancakes etc.

Outer Shell:
1/2 cup cottage cheese (110g)
90g 0% Plain GY
1 tbsp white chocolate wonderful Peanut Butter
1/4 package (8g) white chocolate pudding mix
1/4 scoop cor-fetti protein powder (9g)  (LOVE this stuff, you can purchase it here, it’s an exclusive though! http://ca.bodybuilding.com/store/cellucor/cor-performance-whey.html?_requestid=1329152)
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2tsp-1 tbsp Truvia sweetener to taste

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Spray a mini muffin tin with pam (or don’t, this is just habit for me, I’m sure they will still come out without it!). Fill each mold about half way and spread the mixture up the sides. Freeze until hardened (about an hour). (Store extra white chocolate mixture in the fridge during this time, caramel sauce can stay out). Next top each base with 1 tsp caramel sauce and then drop on top the leftover white chocolate mixture and smooth out the top slightly. Place in the freezer for another hour or longer until hardened. To eat, just pop each one out with a knife and store in the freezer in a ziplock bag for a quick easy snack! Enjoy!

Macros for 1/12 of recipe: 2g fat, 2g carbs, 3g protein

 

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Creamy Red Velvet Avocado Pudding

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Um, okay let me just say, don’t knock it until you try it. The richness of this dessert ahem, breakfast was outstanding. It’s better than regular chocolate pudding plus it’s much more filling, low-carb and packed with fibre and protein. Can it get any better?

Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 scoop Cellucor Red Velvet Cake Batter Whey (My new favourite protein! you can purchase it here: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/cellucor/cor-performance-whey.html?&_requestid=1278536 )
  • 75g very ripe Avocado
  • 2 tbsp almond milk (or a little more depending on the consistency you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp natural Almond Butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (2 large egg whites)
  • 2 tbsp 2% cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp 0% greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum (for texture purposes, it makes it less icey. If you don’t have this, it will just come out little less smooth but will taste the same!)
  • 15 small ice cubes (More for a more ice-cream-like consistency)
  • Optional: Truvia or another sweetener to taste (Personally I found it sweet enough and didn’t add any but it’s up to you!)

Directions:

Place the ice in the blender along with the egg whites and all other ingredients (I find it blends better with the dry ingredients placed on top). Blend until smooth and add additional ice or almond milk if necessary to reach desired texture.  Now place in a bowl and devour! Or feel free to go crazy with some toppings..like coconut, chocolate chips, fruit etc!

Nutrition Facts(serves 1 but could easily make 2 smaller servings): 391 calories, 24g fat, 11g carbs, 33g protein, 11g fibre

 

 

Paleo 1 Minute Pumpkin Cake

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Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Yes that’s all you are hearing from me and you better not get tired of it because I’ve got another recipe on the way! But seriously guys, this little cake was such a tasty treat after my workout. 100% guilt-free and 100% satisfaction guaranteed! (Unless your not a pumpkin lover…in which case, why are you here?) Haha, I’m just kidding, possibly..This dessert is so cute and simple to make! It’s a great healthy halloween treat you can even put together with your kids. It also has a good dose of vitamin A thanks to the awesome pumpkin! Try it and let me know what you think! If you have instagram, post a picture and tag me in it! 🙂 (sammysamgirl)

1 Minute Pumpkin Cake

Serves 1 

Ingredients:

1/3 cup pureed,canned or fresh & drained  pumpkin(not pumpkin pie filling!)

2 tbsp almond flour

1/2 tbsp coconut oil*(low-fat option below)

2 tbsp egg whites

1/4 tsp cinnamon(or more to taste!)

1 tsp Truvia sweeter(or more to taste, could sub in another granulated sweetener)

1/8 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp baking powder(add slightly more for a lighter cake)

1 tbsp raisins

optional: 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, chopped pecans

*Feel free to leave this out and replace with 1/2 tbsp 0% greek yogurt for a low-fat option( or more pumpkin) I cannot personally vouch for the results but I have made similar desserts using greek yogurt and they were still quite delicious!

Directions: Spray a small mug or ramekin with oil. Mix all ingredients together leaving cinnamon and Truvia for last(to taste) & top mixture with raisins. Microwave on high for 1:30-1:40 (okay I lied, not 1min but I have the worst microwave ever, so yours may take less time. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Just keep an eye on it, It won’t rise a lot, that’s okay). Now take out of the microwave, top with light whip cream if you have any(we were out!) and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Cake: 200 calories, 13g fat, 14g carbs, 7g protein

Bonus: 60% Vitamin A

…And yes, I’m one of those people who takes 100 photos of the same thing. Haha, here’s one more, just because.

 

 

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Even my cat loves pumpkin…

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Crunchy Protein Peanut Butter Cups

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Awwww yeahhh, been dying to make these forever! I had the recipe in my head for the longest time, just never got around to putting it into action so today I decided what the heck? and I went for it! They turned out so great! Aren’t they just the cutest things you’ve even seen? And just in time for Halloween! This year when everyone is pigging out on reese’s cups, you can feel good eating something sweet & also good for your body! (Not saying having the occasional PB cup is bad, again read up on IIFYM for more information… 😉 ) Anywhoo, try these out and let me know how they turn out! I’d love to here from you :).

Makes 2 Servings (4 PB Cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop (30g) of PB Chocolate Whey or Chocolate Whey Protein Powder(I used Whey Gourmet, this brand is sooo delicious!)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tbsp water or until consistency of batter becomes smooth and creamy  enough to pour into molds (add as little as possible for best results!)
  • 2 tbsp PB2 (enough water until smooth consistency, able to pour)
  • 1 tsp Truvia or another granulated sweetener to taste (you want it a little sweeter than you’d think because it always tastes a bit less sweet after freezing!)
  • 4 tbsp natural crispy puffed rice cereal (could substitute Rice Krispies, I used the nature path brand)

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine protein powder, cocoa powder, salt. Add greek yogurt, vanilla and enough water until batter is smooth and pourable. Add stevia until desired sweetness.  In a separate small bowl, combine PB2 and water until reaching again a “pourable” consistency(*feel free to add some sweetener to you PB2 as well if you like!).  Pour a bit of your chocolate batter into a mini muffin cup tin until about 1/3 full. Top with a small spoonful of your PB2 mixture, 1 tbsp of the crispy rice cereal and another spoonful of the chocolate mixture. Repeat for all 4 molds. Place in the freezer for at least 3-4 hours before eating. Once frozen, pop out with a knife and eat immediately or place in a plastic bag and store in the freezer for a quick treat! *Note: these are messy and tend to melt a bit so be prepared haha, but they are totally worth it because the best part is licking the chocolate off your fingers!*

Nutrition Facts for 2 PB Cups (1 serving): 112 calories, 2.1g fat, 7.7g carbs, 16g protein