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)
  • 2 tbsp almond flourfr_4133_size880-1
  • 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
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil(7g)       fr_4132_size880-1
  • 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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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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*White Chocolate Peanut Butter Amazingness*

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Alrightyyyy soo, just wanted to share a dessert that is something you can make when you really want to indulge but still feel good about it…I’m not going to lie and say it’s low calorie but I can tell you one thing..IT’S WORTH IT. So save some room in your macros or just throw your macros out the window all together for one night just to enjoy this warm chocolatey, rich, peanutbuttery  little bowl of amazingness….

P.S Did I mention this is almost 100% paleo?

Serves 1 (or 2 if you can resist eating the entire thing)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp PB2
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Truvia sweetener plus more to taste (could sub another granulated sweetener)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 ripe mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp white chocolate PB & Co peanut butter (or just regular peanut butter)(this is optional but highly recommended!!)
  • 0.25 ounce almonds (about 5 almonds chopped)

Topping:

1 tbsp PB2 mixed w/ 2 drops vanilla extract, dash of sweetener & enough water to become “pourable”

Directions: Spray a medium microwavable bowl/ramekin with pam or olive oil spray and combine all dry ingredients then add in wet ingredients and stir until batter is smooth(add your sweetener last so you can see how much is necessary!). Heat your White chocolate or regular peanut butter in the microwave for a few seconds then swirl it into your batter.  Place in the microwave for about 1min and 30 sec. or longer if needed (although you don’t want to overbake this! You actually just want the top cooked but the bottom a little undercooked so it’s extra goey and delicious!). Once finished, top with your PB2,  dig in and devour! Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts: LIMITLESS.

Okay..okay..just kidding,  for those who just haveee to know..

Nutrition Facts for entire recipe w/ peanut butter: 533 calories, 38g fat, 34g carbs, 18g protein, 9g fibre

Nutrition Facts for entire recipe w/o peanut butter: 443 calories, 31g fat, 28g carbs, 15g protein, 8.5g 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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Coconut Maple Pecan Dessert Quinoa!

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Dessert for dinner anyone? With this recipe it’s so good for you, you can eat it any time of the day! It’s super filling & tastes buttery and delicious…I could eat this again and again! It’s a great meal if you are heading out and won’t be eating again for a while because it’s loaded with fibre and protein. It’s everything we love in a dessert..sweet, creamy, warm…all packed into a perfect serving of what some may call “super food”.

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Ingredients:

-57g (about 1/3 cup) dry quinoa

-2/3 cup water

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/2 tbsp coconut oil

-dash of salt

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 tsp(or more to taste) of Truvia Sweetener(My new love, tastes very similar to sugar!)(could possibly sub another sweetener)

-20g raisins (look at the picture for size reference if you don’t have a scale! It’s about 2 tbsp I think)

-5g unsweetened desiccated coconut(could sub unsweetened shredded but I love the texture of the desiccated)(about 1 tbsp if you have no scale)

-1 ounce chopped pecans (again if you don’t have a scale, about 1-2 tbsp chopped)

-1-2 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (or real maple syrup) (I recommend  Old Thyme Sugar-Free Maple Syrup)

Directions: In a small pot, combine quinoa, water and 1/4 tsp salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa absorbs all water and is fluffy. At this point, keep on the heat and stir in your additional dash of salt, coconut oil, sweetener, vanilla & cinnamon to taste. Then add in your pecans, coconut and raisins. Stir and spoon into a serving bowl. Serve hot with a drizzle of syrup (I like to keep the syrup beside me and add a little at a time as I eat, stirring to combine it.)

Enjoy!!

*Note this recipe is a new fav of mine!*

Nutrition Facts for entire recipe: 494 calories, 23g fat, 59g carbs, 9g fibre, 10g protein 

 

Healthy AMAZING Kettle Corn!

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Alright so your ready to sit down to watch a good movie. You’ve got the lights turned down low, surround sound on, remote in hand & a comfy couch…What’s missing from this picture?? Popcorn! Duh! Who watches a movie without it?
So I’d just like to say, I felt like a genious after creating this recipe because honestly it turned out better than I had anticipated. It’s so good like..I don’t know just try it. If you’ve ever had kettle corn, you know it’s awesome and this stuff I gotta say holds up pretty well against the traditional stuff! Plus it’s good for you, high in fibre, protein etc. So now instead of telling your kids “finish your vegetables they’re good for you!” You can tell them “finish your popcorn!”. Haha..well actually I’m sure finishing it will be no problem. I hope you love this as much as I do.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

-1 large bag of light or unbuttered popcorn(I used orville, it was 260cals/bag)(about 40g I believe)
-2 tbsp melted Coconut Oil(you could sub another oil but this adds a lot of the flavour!)
-1 tbsp + 1 tsp Truvia Sweetener(or more/less to taste) *Best sweetener, most resembles sugar IMO*
-A decent amount of salt(to taste, add less if you are worried about sodium but honestly it makes it taste much better haha)
-Optional but highly recommended: 4-5 tbsp Sugar-Free Syrup (or real maple syrup) (I recommend Sugar-Free Thyme Maple Syrup)

Directions: Pop your popcorn as directed by the package. While warm, pour the popcorn into a large bowl and drizzle with melted coconut oil. Toss with clean hands to coat the popcorn. Next sprinkle the salt/sweetener and toss again. Keep adding the seasoning to your liking. Now portion into 4 bowls and serve with syrup on the side. Right before eating, drizzle a little syrup on top and toss quickly. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 130 calories, 6.5g fat, 14g carbs, 2.5g protein, 2.5g fibre

THE BEST Decadent Healthy Brownie For One

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Hey everyone! Today I modified a favourite brownie recipe of mine to make a healthy version, the perfect portion size for one. The result? This brownie is the most rich, decadent, mouthwatering healthy dessert I think I’ve made to date. It may be because I have a deep passion for the perfect brownie or just the fact that this dessert is pure chocolate heaven. Whatever reason, you should immediately pick up the ingredients and make this asap so you can agree with me! No guilt, no working out to “burn off your dessert”. Just eat, savour and enjoy.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp +1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil (could sub olive oil or melted butter) *Could sub extra banana but the result will be less fudgey*
  • Scant 2 tbsp mashed banana(or 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp splenda (or more for a sweeter brownie, just add slowly to taste)
  • 1 tsp mini chocolate chips(5g) (I used the enjoy life brand, 1 tsp is more than you think if you do not have a scale to measure 5g)

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350*. Spray a small ramekin with olive oil. In a separate small bowl, stir together all dry ingredients then add in wet ingredients and stir with a fork until combined *(add splenda last to taste). Stir in half of the mini chocolate chips then sprinkle the rest on top. Pour the batter into the ramekin using a spatula to scrape the bowl clean. Place in the centre of the oven for 15-17min. Do not overbake! Feel free to under bake for a more fudgey brownie. (Use a tooth pick to check if the brownie is done). Now remove from oven and grab a fork, dig in and enjoy your little masterpiece!

Nutrition Facts: 228 calories, 19g carbs, 15g fat, 7g protein, 6g fibre

 

How To Make Plantain Chips

Plantain Chips

The first time I tried plantain chips was when I went on vacation to Punta cana. They sliced theirs length-wise in thin strips. They were so crispy and delicious and you could get them with every meal. I forgot about them when I got back home until seeing plantains at the grocery store the other day. I picked one up and finally got around to cooking it today! In the dominican I am sure that they fried their chips but I figured I could make them healthier by baking them instead, it worked out awesome! This is all you have to do…

Ingredients:
-1 plantain chopped into thin slices
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
-cayenne pepper to taste

Directions: Toss the plantain chips in a bowl with the oil and salt. Spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 200*C for 10 minutes. Toss/flip and bake for another 10-15minutes or until crispy and slightly browned (cook less if you like them a little soft in the center). Take out and toss with your desired amount of cayenne or none at all. Enjoy! *They will harden more as they cool.

Paleo, Gluten-free, Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

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Do I ever have a treat for you…First, think back to all the failed muffin attempts you’ve had where they either end up like hard hockey pucks or puddles of mush. Or maybe they just don’t rise enough and your left with mini muffins when really, that wasn’t your goal. Now picture your perfect muffin. Soft,fluffy, warm, buttery, chocolatey and leaving you wanting more with every bite…Sorry am I making you hungry?? Haha, okay well these muffins are all of those things and more!

So I found the base of this recipe on an awesome blog called “fat girl trapped in a skinny girl’s body” that you should totally check out if you have time. I altered it slightly to my liking! These muffins are 100% better than any paleo muffin, make that any REGULAR MUFFIN that I have ever made! The original recipe was for banana bread but I didn’t have enough almond flour so I figured muffins would do. I threw in some broken up chocolate bar and BAM! Best muffins yet. So have I done enough convincing? Take me to the recipe!!