White Chocolate-Coconut-Corfetti Protein Bar (Quest Style)

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If you like Quest Bars, White Chocolate, Coconut or Confetti-cake batter then this bar is for you. It’s one heavenly combination of flavours.

Made with my new favourite ingredient Vitafiber, a high fibre, calorie syrup substitute for sugar. You can also purchase the powdered form of Vitafiber, which is amazing for use as a flour or sugar substitute in baking specifically.

I’ll link to where you can purchase it if you are interested! 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Vitafiber-Basic-Syrup-1-2-kg/dp/B00TIX50OQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430239060&sr=8-1&keywords=vitafiber

Now onto the recipe…

Makes 1 large bar or 2 small: 14F/37C/18P & 23g fibre (for the entire recipe)

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Coconut Butterscotch Blondies!

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Just in time for Easter!

More dense than a muffin.. these are like a golden brownie with a moist centre.

Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Makes 12.

Macros per serving: 5F/18C/9P & 5g fibre

**Vitafiber is now available on amazon! (High fibre sugar/flour replacement, one of my favourite ingredients).**

Recipe:

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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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I’m Back…Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Waffles

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Helloooo, my beautiful blog followers! Oh, how I’ve missed posting delicious recipes…if any of you do not know, I am currently less than 5 weeks out from competing in my first figure competition! I’ve come a long way from the start of this little blog. I’ve gained so much more knowledge in the nutrition and fitness industry and met some great people. Although I have enjoyed lifting and leaning out, I do miss my crazy bulking days when I shared with you all sorts of delicious things I got to eat…now that I am dieting down my foods are let’s just say not as photogenic & appealing since I have fewer calories to work with, specifically carbs. Thus, unless you wanted to see constant photos of chicken and egg whites, I think it’s best I leave the blog posts for more exciting days.

Sooo..another thing I have learned is you can get pretty creative with a limited diet, like REALLY creative, and I am no longer eating boring egg whites and oats everyday!

Okay, done babbling, I’ll get to what you are all waiting for..

This recipe was delishhhh and so easy to prepare. (Unless you are uncoordinated like me and take an extra hour just to get all your ingredients together).

The waffles are super high in protein, low-carb and PACKED with fibre not to mention super fluffy and oh so good. I was honestly not hungry for a good few hours after eating these and I have a BIG appetite.

The best part? The nutrition facts actually INCLUDE the toppings. So ya, you can thank me for that, haha.

Here’s how you too can enjoy one pillowy cloud of blueberry-lemon happiness…or two.

Recipe:

“Cheesecake topping”

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup 2% cottage cheese

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp sweetener (or to taste)

-1/4 cup large frozen blueberries

-1/4 tsp lemon juice

-lemon zest to taste

Directions: Combine the cottage cheese, vanilla and sweetener by stirring and mashing together with a fork or blend in a food processor until smooth.

Microwave the blueberries in a small microwavable bowl for about 20-25sec. or until just thawed enough where they are not running but soft enough to mash. (Mine were picked and frozen blueberries so yours may be a bit more runny, that’s okay).

Stir together the berries and the cottage cheese and add 1/4 tsp lemon juice and grated lemon zest to taste.

Place in the fridge or set aside.

For the Waffles(Serves 1):

-4 egg whites + 2 more (or 4 egg whites + 2 whole egg) (or 1/2 cup liquid egg whites + 1/4 cup egg whites)

-4 tbsp coconut flour

-dash of salt

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-2.5 or 3 tbsp almond milk

-1/2 tsp baking powder (scant)

-1/2 tsp splenda or other sweetener to taste

-1/4 cup blueberries

-Optional: 1/8 tsp lemon zest

Directions: Pre-heat a waffle maker to the medium heat setting (or whatever you find works best). In a medium bowl whip 2 of the egg whites to stiff peaks using a mixer. Once stiff, lightly stir in all other ingredients, coconut flour, salt, vanilla, almond milk, baking powder until combined. Fold in the blueberries until just combined.

Use a spatula to pour & spread batter into a hot waffle maker (Spray generously with pam first!). Close and let cook until browned. It may take a little longer than a regular waffle, the batter is more fluffy. Don’t burn it! Spray the waffle maker again and repeat for the second waffle. Afterwards plate and top with the  sugar-free syrup (I used Walden Farms) and as much of your “cheesecake lemon-blueberry sauce” as you’d like!  Enjoy! :)
Makes 2 large waffle.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 302 calories, 6g Fat, 30g Carbs, 32g Protein, 12g Fibre

I enjoyed these this morning before an awesome shoulder workout. Perfection.

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5 weeks Out.

Sweet Blueberry Coconut Omelette

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Yes..you read that right! It’s an omelette…but it’s sweet! Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? I love all things sweet so I try and make even my savoury dishes a little sweeter. This omelette is packed with fresh blueberries & coconut,  lightly sweetened and cooked in delicious coconut oil, topped with white chocolate peanut butter…uh hello, what doesn’t taste good slathered in peanut butter? Try it out!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of sweetener of choice (i usually use splenda for this recipe since it doesn’t need much, but you can also use Truvia or Stevia)
  • optional: pinch of cinnamon (I left this out as pretty much all my other meals for today contained cinnamon haha, but it would probably be a great addition!)
  • 1/3 cup frozen and thawed or fresh blueberries
  • 1 tbsp desiccated or shredded coconut(5g)
  • 1/2 tbsp PB & Co White Chocolate Peanut Butter(If you have none then just mix some natural PB with a little sweetener and cinnamon for a yummy topping!)

Directions: In a small frying pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat, meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together your egg whites, salt, vanilla & sweetener/cinnamon. Once the pan is hot, pour in the mixture. Once it starts to become partially cooked, add your blueberries & coconut to one half and cook for another minute or so before flipping. After cooking for another minute, flip the omelette one last time onto it’s other side until lightly browned. During the last few minutes of cooking be sure to add your PB to the top of the omelette so it’s nice and melty!  Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 208 calories, 11g fat, 13g carbs, 15g protein, 2g fibre

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 

 

Double Chocolate Coconut Raspberry Protein Pancakes

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Good morning everyone! Did you sleep in late? Forget to have breakfast or just in need of a healthy treat? Look no further…

These pancakes will fill your chocolate craving while also filling you up for a good while! They are packed with protein, loaded with fibre and the raspberries make them a good source of vitamin C. But more importantly they are filled with coconutty, chocolatey goodness, so get ready to indulge.

Serves: 1(double recipe  for a larger serving) Makes 2 Pancakes.

Ingredients:

-2 tbsp oat flour(about 1/4 cup instant oatmeal ground up)

-2 tbsp your favourite vanilla or chocolate protein powder(I used french vanilla designer whey)

-1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

-1/4 tsp baking powder

-dash of of salt

-optional: sprinkle of sugar-free chocolate jell-o mix

-1 tbsp greek yogurt

-2 tbsp almond milk(or milk of choice)

-1 tbsp egg white(half a large egg white)

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1-2 tsp or more, sweetener of choice to taste

-1/2 a tbsp (or 8g) mini chocolate chips

-2 tsp shredded or desiccated coconut(5g)

-1/2 cup frozen raspberries, divide into 1/4 cup for pancakes, 1/4 cup for topping(just combine sweetener and raspberries in microwave for about 40 sec. and stir/mash, serve hot)

-optional for added coconut flavour: add 1-2 drops coconut extract to batter or fry in coconut oil

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Directions: 

Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat(spray with cooking oil or use coconut oil). In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients then add wet until smooth. Stir in mini chocolate chips and coconut. Pour about 1/2 the batter into the pan and use a fork or spoon to slightly spread the batter(or shake the pan a bit). Then add a few raspberries  to the pancake and after about 30 sec or so(depending on how hot your pan is) or when the underside comes off and looks cooked, flip and cook on the other side. Don’t over cook! Repeat with remaining batter and serve with raspberry sauce and optional syrup if desired.

I like to just eat these straight up and dip them in raspberry sauce. You can freeze them and save them as a quick on the go snack. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving(About 2 pancakes): 261 calories, 9g fat, 18g protein, 27g carbs, 9g fibre, 

*30% of daily vitamin C*

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Quest Protein Bars & PB Cups-Review

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Hey guys! Today I thought I’d do something a little different and do a review! I would like to do more review posts so I was thinking, what better way to start off then with these AMAZING quest bars that I already love! Each bar contains roughly 20-21g of protein and is 200 cals or under so I will be doing a very basic reviewing each of these flavours individually just based on flavour/texture as well as other flavours not shown in the pictures. Plus I will do a quick review of Quest Cravings PB Cups, okay here it goes…

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Peanut Butter & Jelly: This one had a bit of a dry texture out of the package and wasn’t as soft as some of the others, it was more peanut butter flavour then jelly. After heating it in the microwave for a few seconds it was definitely better and easier to eat! Overall I give it a 7/10.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter: MMMM.. When I opened this, the smell of chocolate peanut butter just wafted up! It made me want to bite into it right away! The soft texture of this bar was also a nice change from the peanut butter and jelly. It was less crumbly and more smooth, with little peanut pieces throughout. It was almost like a softer version of a tootsie roll! When heated up this bar was even better! Warm and goey..yum! I give this 9.5/10

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Coconut Cashew: When I opened this it definitely smelt like coconut! & When I bit in it was also a softer texture, maybe a bit less soft then the Chocolate Peanut Butter but still great! It had little bits of coconut throughout it and pieces of cashew. I think this bar is more coconut flavour then cashew but really I didn’t mind! (I love coconut). I never tried this one heated up but I am sure it’s even better. Overall I give this bar 8.5/10

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: This is one of quest’s newest releases and for sure one of their best…I received these as a prize for winning their photo contest!(Thanks Quest!) Sadly they don’t sell this flavour where I live. Onto the review.. The smell when I first opened the bar was pretty good! Maybe not as good as Chocolate PB but that’s just because I am a peanut butter fanatic. The texture is soft again which seems to be a trend with all of the most recent bars-with chocolate pieces scattered throughout. Anyways after tasting it on it’s own, to be completely honest I thought it was really good but not as good as I would have expected after all the hype about it. But then…I put in in the microwave for 17 seconds and it was a whole other story. It melted beautifully with chocolate everywhere! The texture was very resemblent to real cookie dough and the taste was amazing! If you get these, definitely heat them up in the microwave! Or do as I did in the last picture, bake them for 5 min. in a 375* oven until slightly golden! Overall I give this bar a 9.5/10.

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Chocolate Brownie: This is actually the first quest bar I ever tried so we go wayyy back, haha. This bar is denser then some of the other newer ones and a little more chewy but still quite good. It’s more of a dark chocolate flavour with a very slight salty aftertaste. I actually liked how this bar isn’t too sweet but those of you who are hoping for the usual brownie taste may be slightly disappointed. But with that said, many people love the Chocolate Brownie bar and I do have to agree that it has a very brownie-like texture when heated up! 🙂 I would give this bar an 8/10.

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Mixed Berry Bliss: I actually bought this bar only because I could choose one more to fill my box. I really didn’t have very high expectations since normally I am a chocolate person and I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about it. But this bar truly surprised me! It was thicker then some of the other quest bars which was a big plus for me! It also had a softer texture then some of the bars but not quite as soft as the newer ones. It has little berry pieces throughout the bar as well as…almonds! This is what really made the bar for me. The crunch of the almonds was awesome! I also love the fact that this bar is good eaten just as is or heated up. Overall I give this bar a 8.5/10 (Note that I am a harsh critic, haha most people might give this at least a 9!).

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Banana Nut Muffin: This bar is slightly thinner then the other bars(compare with mixed berry). Although it’s thinner it is still just as filling and very tasty! For once I actually preferred this bar eaten as is rather then heated up. This is probably because I found this bar to be extra sticky when hot! I almost couldn’t get it off the plate, haha. But with that said, it was a delicious bar with walnut pieces throughout and a REAL banana flavour, not that fake laffy taffy flavour we all know. It really did taste like a banana nut muffin to me. Overall I give this bar 9/10.
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Now for the bars I didn’t review above, I have also tried apple pie, strawberry cheesecake and cinnamon roll. I found all three off these bars to be more dense and chewier then the ones listed above and they were not my top picks but some people love them so it’s all personal preference! I still think they taste good but quest has so many other options that I would choose others first! 🙂

My Ranking From Best to Least Favourite Quest Bars:
1.Tie:Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Chocolate Peanut Butter
2.Banana Nut Muffin
3.Mixed Berry Bliss(both coconut/mixed berry could also be second depending on my mood,haha)
4.Coconut Cashew
5.Chocolate Brownie
6.PB & J
7.Cinnamon Roll
8.Apple Pie
9.Strawberry Cheesecake

Quest Cravings PB Cups: I kept these in the fridge and placed them in the freezer for about 5 min. before eating because I’d heard that they tasted better this way..Well I guess it worked. These were delicious! They really do taste like PB Cups. They may not be as creamy in the middle(the middle was slightly more dry) but they have the taste down perfectly and the chocolate coating is sweet and melty..These were also super filling! I could barely finish two of them. If you like PB Cups you should for sure try these out!

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If you are interested in any of their bars you can find out more on the facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/QuestNutrition?fref=ts
Or order from their site:
http://www.questproteinbar.com/

P.S I hear they have a new white chocolate raspberry flavour coming out which I am sure will be amazing!

**I was not paid/asked to do this review, my opinions are all my own!**

Double Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars

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Don’t mind the chocolate under my nails…haha woops, I was really getting into things I guess!
Hey guys! Sorry for the late post but I couldn’t help but share my newest creation! I just enjoyed two of these awesome new chocolate protein bars! They are filled with all natural ingredients making them a great meal replacement or healthy snack choice as well as a delicious dessert! The pictures speak for themselves.

I used my favourite protein powder Trutein to bake these! I highly recommend it. These can be eaten in the serving size of 1 Bar for only 117 calories and 8g of protein. Or 2 bars as a healthy breakfast for only 234 calories and 16g of protein! (Expanded nutrition facts below)

Take me to the recipe!

Coconut-Banana-Mango Ice cream! (TOP PICK)

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Hey all! I thought it was about time I posted a new recipe! I can’t even remember the last time I shared one with you guys! But this recipe was worth the wait..This easily just became my new favourite go-to snack. This is absolutely delicious and is wayyy better for you then any regular ice cream! It can actually be eaten as a meal replacement (highly recommend it for breakfast!). It’s perfect for the warm weather coming up. It even looks like spring haha :). So now to the details I know you all want to know.. This little treat packs a good 284 calories, 5g fibre, only 3g fat, 21g yes 21g protein!(no protein powder!), & 41g carbs. You are also getting lots of healthy vitamins & nutrients from the fruit! So now how does that crazy high protein number come in when there is no protein powder you may ask? WELL, I guess you will just have to read more to find out….. Take me to the recipe!