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How to Make My Favorite Pumpkin Protein Pancakes [Gluten Free]

It’s no secret that I love protein pancakes!! Since we’re in the middle of pumpkin season, I decided I should try to make a pumpkin version of protein pancakes. They did not disappoint!! These pancakes are super easy to whip up and taste like fall. The ingredient list is short and they’ll keep you feeling full till lunch. 

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How to Make Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Since finding out about my gluten allergy, I don’t eat cookies all that often. I was puttering around Pinterest one day and saw a gluten free, grain free chocolate chip cookie recipe. I was intrigued and thought, “sounds easy enough”. Then I got the crazy idea to use some protein powder and make them into a protein cookie. The result: an amazingly delicious, gluten free cookie that is low in sugar. img_7176.jpg

You may have seen Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies. They have been all the rage, but they are NOT gluten free. I’m also not a huge fan of their nutrition. High sugar, high calorie and high carb. Not much better than a normal cookie. So I set out to make a gluten free, lower sugar, protein cookie. 

These gluten free protein cookies turned out much better than expected and did not last long. I gobbled them up quicker than I expected. I was looking for excuses to eat these! They are great as a snack or a dessert. img_7171

In this recipe, I used my favorite protein powder, Vanilla Milkshake from Quest. One thing to remember when cooking with protein powder is the kind of protein can really change the recipe. Feel free to substitute your protein powder of choice, just know that it may alter the recipe a bit. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip
Protein Cookie Recipe

prep time: 20 mins
cook time: 15 mins
total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons coconut oil (if your coconut oil is a little melty, put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until firmer, like softened butter. If you use melted coconut oil, the dough will be greasy)
3 scoops Vanilla Milkshake Quest Nutrition protein powder
6 tablespoons natural almond butter – make sure it has no added sugar!
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
A few Tsp of water, if needed

Directions:
1. In a mixing bowl, mix almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer, beat together coconut oil and the protein powder until well combined. If you use coconut oil, it may not come together easily. If needed, use your hands to combine it and then beat another 20 seconds.
3. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla extract & mix until combined. Beat in the egg on low and mix well.
4. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Then stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. 5. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until the dough is firm.
6. Preheat the oven to 350 Β°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
5. Roll the dough into approx 12 balls. Place on baking sheet.
6. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until browned and the center of the cookie is no longer raw.
7. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

NOTES:
1. You can also roll cookies into smaller balls but this will effect the bake time.
2. The bake time will also vary based on protein powder used & your oven. Start with 11 minutes and check cookies. With Quest protein, it took 15 minutes, however this does vary based on oven.
3. If you wish, flatten cookie ball slightly before baking for a more traditional cookie appearance πŸ™‚ 

Adapted from TexanErin

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My All Time Favorite Protein Shake – Just 4 Ingredients

If you are anything like me, you love delicious food that is easy to make. The recipe I am sharing with you today is exactly that; it’s quick, easy and healthy! In fact, it’s my favorite protein shake recipe. I rotate through a few different recipes and combinations for my protein shakes, but in the end I always come back to this one as my favorite. The best part, it’s only 4 ingredients!IMG_2736

The reason this is one of my favorite protein shake recipes is probably because it features the best flavor combo – peanut butter and chocolate! This shake is extra creamy and really satisfying. It’s perfect for breakfast, as a snack or after a workout. If creamy shakes aren’t your thing, I’ll show you how to customize the recipe. 

The entire recipe, ingredients + instructions is listed below. First I want to take a moment to explain 3 of the 4 ingredients: protein powder, peanut butter powder, cacao powder and a banana.favorite protein shake

Protein Powder

My protein powder of choice is Quest. I love the different flavors they offer, they use really high quality whey protein and each scoop has anywhere from 20-23g of protein depending on the flavor. While I avoid dairy, the low levels of lactose in the Quest protein does not bother me. 

You can use any brand of chocolate flavored protein in this recipe. Not all protein powders are created equal, so be sure to buy the highest quality protein powder your budget allows. Remember, expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best. Pay attention to the ingredient list, what kind of protein they are using and watch for added sugar.

Peanut Butter Powder

Are you familiar with powdered peanut butter? It’s basically peanut butter that they have removed the fat from. I like to use powdered peanut butter mostly in smoothies and prefer regular peanut butter for other uses. 

My favorite powdered peanut butter is from Crazy Richard’s. Again, it is all about the ingredient list for me. As Crazy Richard’s likes to say “there is one ingredient, peanuts”. The Pure PB+ is peanut powder with added vitamins. You can use regular peanut butter instead. Just be sure that the only ingredient is peanuts! There is no need for oils or sugar in peanut butter. 

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is NOT the same as cocoa powder. It’s confusing, I know. Cacao is raw chocolate, nothing else. It’s the purest form of chocolate you can consume & much less processed. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Cocoa has very similar health benefits as long as you get a cocoa powder that has no added sugars or oils. 

My favorite cacao powder is a local brand, Holy Kakow. You can find a huge selection of cacao powder on Amazon or at a health food store like Whole Foods.   This is an optional ingredient, I like to add it to make it extra chocolatey. You can use cocoa powder if you wish, just be sure it is unsweetened

favorite protein shakeChocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Ingredients
1 scoop Quest chocolate protein powder
1 tsp cacao powder
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup almond milk**
1/2 cup water**
1/2 cup ice**
1 T powdered peanut butter (set aside)

Instructions
1. Place all ingredients, except powdered peanut butter, in a blender.
2. Blend until reaches desired consistency.
3. Sprinkle powdered peanut butter on top. 
4. ENJOY!

**If you want the shake to have a thinner consistency, leave out the ice. If you wish, you can also increase the amount of liquid.

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What is your favorite protein shake recipe?

How to Make Protein Fudge {my favorite healthy treat}

Ever struggle with nighttime snacking or after dinner ‘treats’? You just want ‘something sweet’ and then somehow it gets out of control?  I came up with this because after dinner I struggle with the same thing. When you are craving a treat, reach for this protein fudge! The best part is, it is ready in minutes!

Unlike traditional fudge that is full of sugar, this protein fudge has less than 1g of sugar, 20 grams of protein, healthy fats and can also be made dairy free! 

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Here is what you need:

Ingredients
2T coconut oil 
1 scoop (or packet) of protein powder

I used the newest flavor of Quest protein powder, Cookies and Cream. It has little cookie chunks in the powder + it’s gluten free! This means you get actual cookie chunks in this fudge. It is SO good! (insert heart eyed emoji) 

Instructions
  1. Place 2T of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave the oil in 30 second increments until melted.
  3. Carefully remove bowl from microwave. 
  4. Stir protein powder into the coconut oil. The consistency should be thick but spreadable*IMG_1462

5. Pour protein-coconut oil mixture into small baking dish or into molds. I used a small 2×4 glass dish. 
**Recommended: line dish with parchment paper! Makes it much easier to remove fudge**IMG_1463

6. Place in freezer for 10 minutes**
7. Remove, break into small pieces & enjoy!IMG_1466

*If needed, add 1/2T more of coconut oil – consistency will vary depending on protein powder used
**You can also chill in fridge. This is only necessary to get coconut oil solid again. 

You can use any kind of protein in this recipe. I did not list this recipe as dairy free because the Quest protein powder is a mixture of whey protein and casein protein. While whey protein is technically not diary free, Quest uses very high quality protein so the amount of lactose in it is very small. Dairy doesn’t make my body happy, but I can eat Quest protein and I do not get a reaction. πŸ™‚

Enjoy!
XOXO
Sarah

Quest FREE SHIPPING this week only! (promo code inside + recipes)

Now thru 8am PST Monday Aug 24th Quest Nutrition is offering FREE shipping on any order (between $15-$250) on their site! Use the code FSWEEK at checkout for the free shipping. This is HUGE people! You can order 1 box or 5 boxes of yummy Quest bars and get them shipped to you for free!! This is the perfect time to stock up for Fall. quest bar free shipping

My fav are the Quest bars. The protein powder is a close second. The bars win out over the powder because they are so portable. My fav flavor right now is the Mint Choc Chip (insert heart eyed emoji here). 

I am definitely gonna take advantage of this free shipping to get a few boxes and a protein powder. At least enough to hold me over till the possible Black Friday sale πŸ™‚Quest free shipping

If you have never tried Quest bars, order a few individual bars in different flavors. I guarantee you will like at least one of them. They are great on the go snacks and have 20g of protein!! 

Below are a few recipes I have created using Quest bars or Quest protein powders in case you need some inspiration!!

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Let’s Chat:
Have you tried Quest products? What is your favorite flavor?!
 
XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah

Favorite Finds – IDEA World/Blogfest Edition

This week is flying by! I have so many amazing things that are going to be coming up on sweetblondesfitlife.com; giveaways, cool recipes, the anniversary of my blog and more! I am not kidding when I say you don’t want to miss it. If you haven’t already subscribe here so you don’t miss out on the upcoming stuff, especially the giveaways! 

In honor of #throwbackThursday, I have a video for you of all my favorite items from IDEA World Fitness Expo and BlogFest. I am REALLY excited about the items I’m sharing with you in the video, so be sure to watch it because things get a little cray (in a good way)!!!

 Links to items mentioned in video:

Crazy Richards PB Burst 
Crazy Richards Peanut Butter/Cashew Butter
NASM personal training info
Quest Products 
Pumped Up Pancakes 
Safe Catch Tuna 
TRX
‘Drop It Like a Squat’ Tank 

Let’s Chat:
Have you tried any of these products? 
Which one would you want to try?

Stay tuned for the giveaways and exciting stuff!!

XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah

Gluten Free Protein Pancakes – 3 Ways

These protein pancakes are the BOMB.COM! Here’s the deal: I have tried a lot of different gluten free pancake recipes and mixes and they are either dry or grainy and you can only eat one tiny little pancake. These, on the other hand, are fluffy, soft and you get to eat THE WHOLE stack! Plus they have about 30 grams of protein (depending on the protein powder you use). They are the perfect way to start your day with a nice balance of carbs, protein and fat. 

Im seriously geeking out about this recipe. I am loving it and you will too. Here’s why:  
1) it’s super tasty
2) it’s very versatile and can be made with many different ingredients (read: you don’t get bored!)
3) it’s easy and fast 
4) the serving is HUGE! You get to eat a ton of pancakes! 

IMG_0176You MUST try gluten free protein pancakes because everyone who has eaten these so far has loved them! My husband ate them and wanted more, and, as an added bonus, had no idea they were gluten free. Then Katie tried them and liked them so much she called me out on Instagram so I would hurry up and post the recipe. Haha. The reason these are so loved is because they really taste like pancakes. Or as some would say, it tastes like you are cheating but you’re not! 

Alright, let’s get to it… here is the BASE RECIPE. This is for basic pancakes. We’ll get all fancy a little later. 

Base Recipe: 

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal (ground flax seed)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2.5 egg whites (works out to be 8 tablespoons) 

Blend all of the dry ingredients (first 4). Transfer dry mixture to a bowl. Stir in liquid ingredients (last 2). Cook in skillet like pancakes! It makes ~4-6 pancakes, sometimes more, depending on size of pancakes you make. IMG_0170

Now… here is where you can get creative! You can throw almost anything you want into these pancakes. My favorite have been the blueberries so I keep eating that on repeat. Haha. If you have any fun ideas for these, let me know in the comments!
I should mention – each picture below is a serving of pancakes! 

3 Variations:

vanilla protein powder + blueberries
for this use vanilla protein powder and add blueberries to batter. IMG_0173This one has to be my favorite. I have also made it with peanut butter protein powder and it was good too!IMG_0177 Pancakes and blueberries are just perfect together. 

1/2 scoop peanut butter, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder + choc chips + almond butter
for this, use chocolate protein powder and peanut butter protein powder, then add chocolate chips to the batter. I used mini choc chips. Top pancakes with almond butter.
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I generally am  not a huge sweets person in the morning, which is why this recipe is not my favorite.IMG_0149 It is super delicious though and you could even eat it on a night you feel like having breakfast for dinner! IMG_0152
Yes, this is one serving! YUM!!!IMG_0157

peanut butter protein powder + mixed berries 
for this, use peanut butter protein powder and top with mixed berries. IMG_8427You can try adding the berries to the batter but it gets kinda messy… IMG_8405
I love this one because it’s almost like PB&J. The Quest peanut butter protein powder is the one I used and it’s got a light enough flavor to not be obnoxious and overbearing but still give you that peanut butter taste. IMG_8431

In case you can’t tell, I am LOVING this recipe! It keeps me full and it fun to eat, so I see it being one of my morning favs for some time! 

The protein powder I have used in the recipe, and that I use in almost any baking recipe, is Quest protein powder. I am obsessed with it because it has 23g of protein PER SCOOP and less than 1g-2g of sugar depending on the flavor.  It is good in smoothies, and I love it for cooking. You can put protein in pancakes, for example, and you don’t even notice! The price is great because this powder is super high quality and made with the best ingredients.  The other cool thing is you can buy single packets so you can try a flavor without having to  buy the whole canister.

The flavors are chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, (those 3 are my favs) strawberry and NEW banana cream and salted caramel.gluten free protein pancakesI haven’t tried the new flavors yet. I have a packet of salted caramel, I have just been trying to decide what to do with it. Maybe I’ll make pancakes! Haha. 

XOXO
Stay sweet!!
Sarah