If you thought you hit the jackpot with my Double Chocolate Cheesecake Protein Muffins, just wait until you sink your teeth into the warm, soft sweetness of my latest creation: Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Protein Muffins! Yet again, this is a muffin that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, AND free of gluten, grains and refined sugar. This time, the star of the show is a Quest Nutrition Cinnamon Roll Protein Bar*. Let these muffins steal your heart.
Recipes appropriate for those dealing with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance (please ensure your ingredients are gluten-free where explicitly required).
Low-carb Mint Chocolate Protein Smoothie (Vegan option)
A creamy protein smoothie with the classic flavour combination of rich dark chocolate and cool mint. Instead of a piece of chocolate or peppermint pattie that runs the risk of melting or being squished, you can safely drink this mint chocolate concoction to get your fix AND do it with more protein and fewer carbohydrates, calories and fat than almost any blended frozen drink!
Double Chocolate Cheesecake Protein Muffins (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Refined sugar-free)
I have reached muffin nirvana: chocolate and cream cheese pair up in a magical muffin that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, AND free of gluten, grains and refined sugar. What happens when you take my favourite Quest bar flavour EVER and work it into a similarly high-protein, low-carbohydrate muffin? BOOM! There are no words. Just eat and enjoy.
(High-Protein) Cinnamon-Vanilla French Toast (Gluten-free and/or Low-carb options)
Who doesn’t love soft, fluffy French toast? Even better when it’s flavoured with the sweetness of vanilla and the warm spice of cinnamon. Even better still when it is packed with protein to power you through your day! And you’d never guess that it’s lower in carbohydrates than many French toast recipes and other breakfast treats and pastries.
No need to save this recipe for the weekend (although it makes a great addition to any brunch) – let’s whip it up RIGHT NOW!
No-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein Balls (5-ingredients, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, High-protein, Vegan option)
Apparently, it’s THAT time of year (no, NOT Christmas – the other “THAT” time of year): back-to-school! (I say “apparently” because I’ve been out of school for longer than I care to admit.) Or it’s back-to-work or back-to-the-gym or maybe even Back to the Future (!) for you. Wherever (or whenever) your day takes you, these balls make a perfectly portable pick-me-up. And in this more hectic time of year, what’s more magical than hearing that a recipe is no-bake, and only requires five wholesome ingredients? Much easier than homework, I promise!
(High-Protein) Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut “Almond Joy” Overnight Oatmeal
Pieces of rich, decadent dark chocolate. Slivers of slightly-sweet, crunchy, nutty almonds. Flakes of coconut adding taste and texture to every bite. Am I describing the famous Almond Joy chocolate bar or breakfast? Guess what? With my new “Almond Joy” Overnight Oatmeal, the answer is both! Except that the oatmeal version packs the goodness of whole grain oats, extra protein to fuel your day and no added sugar. But you can still pretend you’re having a candy bar for breakfast and no one will be the wiser.
Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Protein Smoothie (Vegan option)
A creamy, cool protein smoothie that tastes just like an oatmeal cookie with coconut. The extra fiber and healthy fats offer more staying power than your average protein shake! Whip it up in the blender in mere minutes and enjoy at home or on the go. Depending on your protein powder, you can even make this recipe vegan, too.
Weeknight Winner Wednesday: (Paleo) Honey-Lime Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free)
Other than sticking with Wednesdays, I guess I haven’t been very faithful with Weeknight Winner Wednesdays! But hey, as in all things fitness and nutrition-related, you do the best you can with what you have, when you can. So here is the long-awaited (?) fourth installment and this time we’ve got seafood back on the blog (or perhaps you’ll consider this the first appearance, if you’re grouping seafood such as shrimp separately from fish). It’s heating up outside, but there’s no reason you can’t add some heat in the kitchen with the spices in this Honey-Lime Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry! Make it as hot (or not) as you like!
(High-Protein) Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal
Carrot cake is sneaky. Delicious, but sneaky. It promises to be “healthy” with its grated carrot (a great source of beta-carotene!) but many traditional carrot cake recipes can feature up to TWO CUPS of refined white sugar! Not to mention, added oils, white flour and all those other ingredients that seem to make baked goods taste so darn good and yet aren’t necessarily so darn good for you. Well, the buck (or won, or yen or dollar or kroner or whatever) stops here! It’s time to faithfully represent the true health benefits of carrot cake with this recipe that is FREE of refined sugar, FREE of gluten, FREE of flour and FREE of added fats/oils (but no, not free of calories – what world are you living in?) – all those FREEBIES add up to a BIG, FAT SPENDING on FLAVOUR! Woo-hoo!
(High-Protein) Healthy Banana Cream Pie (Gluten-free, Low-fat, No added sugar)
There is nothing quite like the creamy, cool, sweet, custard-y taste and texture of a banana cream pie to transport you to summertime picnics of yesteryear and call to mind long summer nights spent over simple suppers (likely a grill was involved) with friends. And there most certainly is a time for those self-same recipes, packed as they are with egg yolks and refined sugar (see how I bemoan the Banana Cream Pie in my Banana-Coconut Cream Pie Bowl recipe). But NOW is the time for a HIGH-PROTEIN Banana Cream Pie (but of course!). And it’s also gluten-free, low-fat and has no added sugar. Let’s get baking!