Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Rhubarb Protein Muffins

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Serves 6

Ingredients:

-3 tbsp white flour (23g)

-3 tbsp ground flax seed (30g)

-2 scoops vanilla, Cinnabun or peanut butter protein (I used Cellucor’s PB Marshmallow)

-1/2 tsp baking powder

-1/4 tsp baking soda

-1/8 tsp salt

-1/2 cup(120g) pure pumpkin

-1 whole egg

-2 tbsp light cream cheese *(could use fat-free)

-2 tbsp apple sauce

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-2-3 tbsp Truvia or another sweetener to taste

-100g rhubarb peeled and chopped (about 3/4-1 cup)

-1 tsp cinnamon+ more for topping

-extra truvia for topping

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350*F. Whisk together all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients. Pour the wet into the dry and stir to combine. Fold in the rhubarb chunks and scoop the mixture into 6 greased or lined muffin tins. Sprinkle truvia and cinnamon over the top of each muffin. Bake for 15-20min or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Enjoy!

Nutrition per Muffin: 4g fat, 10g carbs, 12g protein & 2g 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

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!**

Raspberry Lemonade Protein Muffin w/ Frosting!

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  So this morning I decided I was going to be adventurous and create the best protein waffles ever! I made the batter and everything looked/tasted awesome. Now you know when you get those moments of pure genius? Well this morning was sadly not one of those moments…I acidentally poured wayyy too much batter onto my waffle maker which resulted in some sort of volcanic eruption on my kitchen counter. It literally spilled out for a good 30 seconds before slowing down. This was just a great joy to clean up. Anyways after that disaster I still wanted to use up the awesome raspberries and cream cheese icing I had made in advance. So instead of waffles, todays recipe is an experimental raspberry lemonade protein muffin! When I later calculated the macros I could not believe how much protein this little thing had! It also tastes pretty great too! P.S ignore my second mistake of forgetting to spray the ramekin with oil ahead of time..woops. I was so hungry I lost track of what I was doing! Yours should not come out with the brown ring around the sides :). Without further ado, here is my breakfast recipe!
Raspberry Lemonade Protein Muffin with Lemon Frosting and Raspberries
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used french vanilla designer whey!)
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp egg whites(or 1 large egg white)
2 tbsp plain 0% greek yogurt
2 tbsp banana
1 tbsp almond milk (or another low-fat milk)
1-2 tbsp thawed raspberries
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp lemon juice
Frosting:
1 tbsp low-fat cream cheese 1g
2 tbsp 0% plain greek yogurt 3g
2 drops stevia(or another sweetener)
1/8 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp-1/2 tsp lemon juice (depending on how much lemon you like)
(Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.)
Optional additional topping: Thawed raspberries with a little sweetener and lemon juice!
Directions: Preheat oven to 350* or alternatively you could try this in the microwave(I have yet to try this method), SPRAY A RAMEKIN or large muffin cup with oil. Combine wet/dry ingredients together and add lemon juice/zest to taste. Lastly stir in raspberries. Pop in the oven for about 28-30min and serve with lemon frosting and raspberries. Enjoy!
*Note* You could probably increase the oven temp. slightly and bake for a little less time. This was my first time making this so I can’t personally vouch for the results.
Calories: 153, 14g protein 
or
with frosting and additional raspberries: 211 calories, 17.6g protein
Enjoy!