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Double Chocolate-Chocolate Love ‘Pronuts”

Growing up in my youth before I was of junior high age, I played community league basketball on Saturdays. At least one if not both of my parents would be in attendance. My father and I had this tradition of a post-game Tim Horton’s donut after each game: win or lose. My Dad would get his coffee (large, 2 sugars) and I would select my favourite treat: either the Boston Creme Supreme (filled with REAL whipped cream) or the double chocolate-dipped cake donut. It’s funny the small things in life you never forget.

Fast-forward to today, and I’m bound and determined to (once again) recreate a traditional treat into something creatively nutritious! I acquired a pumpkin protein donut recipe via Pinterest several months ago, but just the other evening I thought to take it a couple steps further and turn it into something spectacular. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Double Chocolate-Chocolate Love ‘Pronut’: made with the high quality Magnum Quattro Chocolate Love protein! These are high in protein, low in carbs, and reasonably low fat. The topping is definitely optional, but I highly recommend you go all-out with this one 😉 Enjoy!!

 

Recipe

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*yields approx 10 servings

  • 1 cup pumpking puree at room temperature*
  • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites at room temperature*
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 4 scoops Magnum Quattro Protein in Chocolate Love
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • dash of salt
  • donut tin

*it is essential to have these ingredients at room temperature so the coconut oil doesn’t coagulate

Icing

  • 1 scoop Magnum Quattro Protein Powder in Chocolate Love
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 4 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped or chocolate sprinkles (optional)
Ready for the cooling rack, pre-iced

Ready for the cooling rack, pre-iced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease donut tin with non-stick spray
  3. Combine pumpkin puree, egg whites, and coconut oil in a separate bowl
  4. Combine 4 scoops protein powder, baking powder, 2 tbsp cocoa powder and salt in a separate bowl
  5. Mix contents of both bowls until well blended and smooth
  6. Place batter in fridge for 5-10 minutes
  7. Add batter to donut tin: be sure to not ‘overfill’ each tin
  8. Bake for 8-9 min or until batter is cooked through (test with knife/toothpick)

Do not over-bake the pronuts! (From experience) this will give you a very dry product.

Allow to cool before topping each with icing and chocolate chips.

These keep best when stored in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place or in the fridge.

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Chocolatey-goodness sized to scale 😉

Macros (includes topping) per pronut: 129 calories; 4.3 g F; 8.7 g C; 15.4 g P; 1.9 g fibre

 

Clean and Decadent Protein Brownies

The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. – Brian Tracy

Since the creation of this site I have been blessed with much support and encouragement. I love getting feedback from all the readers, good and bad! The good feedback keeps me going, and the constructive criticism helps me to think of ways to make this ‘baby’ of mine even better. I am truly grateful for all of it. My most favourite feedback are those of you that are messaging me with amazing recipes and blog ideas!! It shows me that not only are you enjoying orangezilla.ca, but you’re also on board with the message I am trying to send: lead by example, and live the best possible life. I do believe the perspective on clean eating is changing: more people are realizing that with a little creativity and some healthy swaps, clean food can be great!

This gem of a recipe comes from my friend Lisa Caputo, who is currently preparing for her very first bikini competition. She and her husband Rosario own Cibo Bistro, an authentic Italian restaurant located in downtown Edmonton’s Oliver Square. If you ever get the opportunity, definitely check them out! Best non-franchise Italian food that has ever slipped my lips. That being said, this lady definitely knows great tasting food! This recipe is super-simple, 100% clean, and Champ approved!! This was his favourite protein brownie recipe I have made so far. I have several black bean brownie recipes on hand, and he always cringes at those because (according to him) they always taste ‘bean-y’. These are so decadent and rich with flavour, they are a great remedy sure to cure any sweet tooth craving. Enjoy!

 

Recipe

1 cup over-ripe banana (approx. 3 medium bananas)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup natural smooth peanut butter (melted)

2 scoops Magnum Nutraceuticals Quattro Protein Powder in Chocolate Love/Chocolate Peanut Butter Addiction

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a blender/food processor/electric mixer, blend everything until smooth; you may need to add water to make it the consistency of brownie batter.
  3. Pour batter in to a shallow non-stick pan.
  4. Bake for 30 mins, or until toothpick/knife comes out clean from the centre.
  5. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Best after slight refrigeration. Once cooled, I individually wrapped each bar in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge for a convenient snack on the go 🙂

*Yields 9 bars

Macros per bar: 167 calories; 7.8 g F; 14.1 C; 10.7 g P; 3.1 g fibre

 

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

My only regret with this recipe is the picture doesn’t do it justice! This decadent, guilt-free snack has become a staple in my nightly routine. Currently my only ‘lower carb’ meal is the one I have right before bed. I ensure that I have some sort of healthy fat incorporated to keep me satiated while I sleep. I have posted about ‘smoothie bowls’ before containing avocado with Magnum Quattro protein (the BEST 😉 ) but this switch up makes for a smaller, yet rich and satisfying meal resembling more of a dessert. I really can’t get enough avocado… and chocolate… I’m female, ’nuff said. I give you “Healthy Chocolate Mousse”! Enjoy!!

Recipe

1/2 ripe avocado, medium (approx 2 oz.)

1/2 scoop (or 2 tbsp) Magnum Quattro protein in Chocolate Love/Chocolate Peanut Butter Addiction**

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Splenda/stevia, to taste

Dash cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients in food processor/blender on medium-low speed until smooth, no visible lumps. You may add more/use less milk, depending on desired consistency: I like mine to resemble chocolate pudding.
  2. Pour contents  into a bowl and enjoy!!

 

*Yields one serving

**May add more protein powder depending on nutritional needs; may need more milk for consistency

Macros: 199 calories; 13 g C; 12 g F; 19 g P

Quattro “Champ Bars”

I am not the only athlete in my little family… My boyfriend, whom I affectionately refer to as ‘My Champ’ is an elite Muay Thai fighter, one of the best in the country for his weight class. His training is intense, his sport is brutal, and if there’s anyone that ‘gets it’ and the process- it’s me.

Since I am sponsored by the terrific Canadian supplement company Magnum Nutraceuticals, I am fortunate to have access to some of the very best products and protein. I am constantly looking for new, tasty ways to use their protein (known as ‘Quattro’- since it has a 4-tiered timed stage-release composed of 4 types of isolate) into regular foods and recipes. I have accumulated over a dozen protein pancake recipes, but creating snacks that are easy to grab-and-go have been a recent conquest of mine.

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With My Champ @timlo8 aka “Lo Life” after his win

In the spring of last year I accompanied My Champ and his training partner to Calgary as they were both fighting on the same card. With the road trip ahead and knowing we would be holed up in the hotel for the majority leading up to the fight, I thought to make snacks!! I know how much bodybuilders eat, but they have NOTHING on what fighters can eat!! Small background: fighters do whatever it takes to make weight the day before they fight. They will fast, dehydrate, do sauna/hot baths, sleep in plastic suits/garbage bags- anything to ensure they are on point for their weigh-in. Once they’ve officially weighed in, they go and eat A LOT!

I came up with these ‘Champ Bars’ after modifying much of the homemade protein bar recipes I saw online. I made some swaps and additions, and voila! I made two batches to bring down with me (full knowing how much these boys can put away) and they were a HUGE hit!! My Champ says they remind him of healthy ‘Eat More’ bars (thank you Hershey 😉 ); he and his training partner ask me to make these constantly to this day. I sometimes have to decline, depending on how stocked I am with Quattro. I have made these for product demos at supplement stores, given some to friends and family- and they are widely popular across the board! They are an arm workout in themselves to make, but they are worth it TRUST ME. Enjoy! 🙂

Recipe

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You will need:

4 scoops Magnum Nutraceuticals Quattro Protein in ‘Chocolate Love’

1/4 cup ground flax seed

2 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup agave syrup (or honey, if preferred)

1/4 cup natural peanut butter (almond butter works too)

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped unsalted cashews (or peanuts, pecans, walnuts)

4-5 tsp water, for consistency

Directions:
  1. Set aside measured chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Mix dry ingredients in large mixing bowl with a sturdy spoon.
  2. Create a well and add agave syrup and peanut butter. Mix from the inside out, until mixture is blended and appears ‘fluffy’.
  3. Slowly add small amounts of water at a time. If you mix in too much too soon, mixture will be far too sticky. Go slow, until mixture binds together and appears formed.
  4. Add in chocolate chips and nuts. Put your back into it!! Blend well- as best you can 😉
  5.  Place mixture on a lined cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put cling wrap on top of mixture; roll out flat with a rolling pin. Leaving cling wrap on, place sheet in the fridge to store overnight.
  6. Cut into 6-8 bars. Wrap individually, and store in a cool, dry place. I keep mine in the fridge; My Champ will store his in the freezer, then take them to work/training so then they are thawed but still have their shape and consistency.

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These are calorie dense, sweet-tooth satisfying, gluten free (depending on type of chocolate chips you use)- and sure to provide you with the fuel you need for some intense training or a hectic day ahead! Enjoy 🙂

Macros (if cut into 6 portions): 349 calories; 12.5 g F; 36.8 g C; 25 g P; 4.1 g fibre