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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

 

Best-Ever Quattro Pancakes

Out of all the clean recipes I make and eat, the protein pancake is by far my most favorite. Breakfast is usually my most calorie-dense meal as I like to feel satiated for the day ahead. Everyone’s different: some like to eat a little lighter and save their heavier meals for later, or to cater around their training. Since I don’t have a set schedule, I do typically have to adjust certain meals. But my day usually goes one of two ways: I’m either working that day, and have about 4 hours between breakfast and my next meal or- I’m not working that day/or I am later that day so therefore I am training that morning. Both scenarios involve having a quality meal first thing. Savvy? 😉

I got the inspiration for this particular recipe from ‘Muscle and Fitness Hers’ magazine, where they had listed the recipe for ‘Protein House Pancakes’. The Protein House is a restaurant located in South Vegas, owned by IFBB pro Figure athlete Larissa Reis. All the items on the menu are clean, healthy, flavorful, and you guessed it- protein PACKED. If you’re a fitness enthusiast and are wanting a super enjoyable health-food experience I HIGHLY recommend you seek out Larissa’s joint if you’re ever in Vegas. It’s awesome!!

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A meal fit for a Champion

I made a couple of additions and made these with (of course) Magnum Nutraceuticals’ Quattro Protein. Quattro is great to cook with as the isolated blends of protein with the small inclusion of flax make for a nice consistency, and works well at higher temperatures. This recipe is My Champ’s FAVORITE: that is, when he makes the time to sit down for breakfast 😉 I guarantee this recipe will win your entire family over!! You won’t believe these are good for you… seriously. Enjoy!

 

Best-Ever Quattro Pancakes

Ingredients

1 scoop Magnum Quattro Protein Powder in Vanilla Ice Cream/Half Baked Cookies n Cream flavor

1 medium, ripe banana

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup liquid egg whites

1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese

2 tbsp ground flax seed

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon, nutmeg- to taste (optional)

Directions

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  1. Preheat large pan/griddle at medium-high heat.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a blender/food processor until batter is smooth.
  3. Pour batter on to pan; flip pancakes once ‘bubbling’ forms on top, or the undersides are golden (approx 3-4 mins, depending on the heat of your pan)
  4. Serve! Sometimes I top mine with a natural nut butter, but there’s so much deliciousness in these- a simple syrup does the trick (sugar-free syrup 😉 ).

*Recipe yields 2 servings

**Macros (per serving): 335 calories; 4.2 g F; 32.2 g C; 40.5 g P; 5.5 g fibre