Quest bars

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Recently I posted a picture of my quest bar on IG and I got a few questions about, so I thought to share here as well.

Although I tend to stay away from these kinds of products, quest bars have been the exception. They have a decent list of ingredients making them my number one choice. Why have them?? I use them when I’m on the go and food may not be accessible. I never leave the house without one in my purse or bag. Hey, better than skipping a meal and ending up with junk food instead.

The other reason is this helps me when I’m craving something sweet and don’t want to have an actual cheat or treat. I have a quest bar instead. And after discovering the wonders of cooking these little bars, I’m hooked!

Downfall, well they have a lot of fiber. I’ve known some people who can not tolerate them, giving serious stomach cramps. I try not to have more than two a week at most and not every week either.

What to do? I bake them at 350 for 5 minutes and then broil for 1 minute. The outside gets crispy while the inside of the bar melts and becomes moist.

There are many flavors but my favorite are cookies and cream (the best), apple pie, cinnamon bun and cookie dough.

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Banana Ice Cream

This is a great idea for that sweet tooth craving with totally eating processed treats.

-Blend frozen bananas in a high speed blender for a few seconds. Stop and push down the banana from the side of blender and blend again. Continue this until bananas are smooth ice cream consistency.

-Add 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder and blend one last time.

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– Next I melted a few pieces of dark chocolate in the microwave and added some water until I got the consistency I wanted to resemble chocolate syrup. I topped my ice cream with sliced almonds.

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Chocolate Protein Mug Cake

Here’s another mug cake recipe that turned out great. This one is perfect for a night-time snack before going to bed because it’s made with casein protein or a mixed protein like the one I use here. I use this 12 hour release chocolate protein for this recipe…

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INGREDIENTS

1 scoop of chocolate casein protein powder (casein protein makes the texture for this cake. Using another kind of protein powder may not work.)
1 egg white
1 tablespoon of coconut or almond flour
1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 cup almond milk

DIRECTIONS

– Mix all ingredients in a bowl until the mixture becomes thick and mixed well.
– Spray a coffee or tea mug with non-stick cooking spray.
– Add mixture to mug and cover with a paper towel to protect your microwave.
– Microwave for 30 – 45 seconds

Now turn the mug upside down over a plate or bowl, add your toppings.

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Protein Mug Cake

After an extensive search for a tasty, quick and easy mug cake; I’m happy to report that I have finally found one! Go here to see original recipe.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp of almond butter
2 Tbsp of egg whites
1 Tbsp of almond milk
1 scoop of whey protein (flavor of choice as this will determine flavor of cake)
4 drops of stevia extract (if you use regular stevia use one teaspoon)
1 Tsp of cocoa powder

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Method

Mix all ingredients in a soup bowl. You can use cocoa powder in the mix or leave out to make sauce. In this recipe, I used strawberry whey powder and I included the cocoa powder. It gave a great strawberry chocolate flavor. Microwave for 1 minute. Flip mixture on a plate.

For the blueberry sauce just microwave some blueberries for 30-40 seconds until they become syrup like and top it off with sauce. OMG! So good!!

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Banana Protein Muffins

After playing around in the kitchen for a clean banana muffin recipe, I finally did it! Thanks to friends that came to my rescue. 😉

Ingredients

3/4 cup Ripe banana (about 1 large banana)
3/4 cup Egg whites
1/2 cup Plain low fat greek yogurt
2 1/2 cups Almond Meal
2 scoops Vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup Baking stevia OR I used 1/4 tsp of stevia extract
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Method

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with silicone or foil liners, (spray liners if using).

-Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix.

-Divide mixture evenly between muffin tins.

-Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

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Protein Jello

Having a sweet tooth inspires me to look for different ways to have some sort of treat without deviating too far from my eating habits. So after getting some ideas from an online search I decided to try this…

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What is it you ask? Sugar free jello with whey protein powder. I chose strawberry and banana flavor but feel free to experiment with different ones. All you have to do is follow directions on the jello box and at the end add your protein powder. Here I mixed 2 scoops of protein powder with 1 packet of jello but that may be too much and left it tasting a bit too concentrated. Start off by mixing 1 packet of jello with 1 scoop of protein.

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You can pair this with fruit or in my case I added some Greek yogurt. It reminded me that as a kid I would mix my jello with ice cream…. Those were the good old days. 😉

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Post Workout Shake

Today I made a new recipe for a post workout shake that was so good I just had to share. After a killer power hill climbing spinning class with my Reaction team this morning I made sure to fuel up with this shake.

Ingredients
8oz almond milk
1scoop of vanilla protein powder
1tsp cocoa powder
1tsp chia seeds
1banana

Blend all together and enjoy! When preparing ahead of time, try freezing the banana already peeled and cut to make the shake thicker.

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