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Protein ‘Blondies’

Baking was one of my very favourite pastimes growing up. Truthfully, to this day I’m not sure if it was the actual act of baking I loved or the tasting of the goods- especially the batter!! Peanut butter cookies were my absolute favourite to make. Fresh out the oven, my Dad and brother would pop them in their mouths like tic tacs!

Fast forward to today and I still have that very same love for baking. I still have the same sweet tooth, though my fitness goals require me to make smarter choices as to how I satisfy it. This is one of my very favourite go-tos to curb those hankerings for something sinful: the Protein Blondie. It has a chickpea base with natural peanut butter as a binder, so you get that rich, almost-doesn’t-taste-healthy satisfaction. I simply adore peanut butter, and if you try these you’ll see why I love this recipe so much 😉 It is super easy and quick to make; a balance snack to have on the go or pre/post workout. Enjoy! 🙂

Fresh out the oven

Fresh out the oven

Recipe

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 heaping scoop Magnum Quattro Protein in Vanilla Soft Serve flavour

1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup sugar-free syrup

1 whole egg

1/2 tsp baking powder

Sea salt, dash (optional)

Splenda/stevia, to taste

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips/peanut butter chips (optional)

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The batter will be quite thick: pictured here is my trusty Vitamix

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Place all ingredients (except for chocolate/peanut butter chips) in a blender/food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into a sprayed 8 x 8 inch pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle chips on top, if desired.
  4. Bake 15-20 mins: until edges are golden, and knife comes out clean from the centre. Cut into 16 squares once cooled. These can be enjoyed immediately, though I really enjoy them cold. These are best kept stored in the fridge.

Macronutrients (per square, with chips): 82 calories; 4 g F; 7 g C; 4.8 g P; 1.2 g fibre

Quattro Smoothie Bowls

I thought about sharing this meal idea of mine over the past week; as I curled up on my couch to enjoy my post-run meal the television talk-show The Social was featuring what I was eating: SMOOTHIE BOWLS!! Coincidence? I think not!

As stated on the program, the popularity of the ‘smoothie bowl’ is likely the combination of 2 great things: a delicious smoothie, and scrumptious cereal. What I love most about making these tasty, nutrient-dense concoctions is that you really don’t need a recipe at all. I often tend to use what I have on hand, and whichever flavours tickle my fancy for the moment. 2 mainstay ingredients in my bowls: 1/2 a ripe avocado, and a scoop of Magnum Nutraceuticals Quattro Protein!! Rich in healthy fats and essential vitamins, avocados have a mild flavour that blend well with pretty much everything. They add a wonderful creamy texture to the smoothie, and makes for a much more satisfying meal. Magnum’s Quattro protein contains 4 types of isolated protein, one of them being micellar casein. This also aids in the creamy texture, as well as satisfying that hunger. I adore all the flavours Quattro comes in 🙂

Listed below are the 3 different smoothie-bases I use for my ‘bowls’. Because I will use a different cereal depending on what’s on hand, I did not include cereal in the nutrition info. And you can top as your heart desires! These are great to have as a quick breakfast, or as a pre or post workout meal. Have fun and get creative and make them your own!

*Note: each recipe yields one serving.

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Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl, topped with country berry granola

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl

1 scoop Magnum Quattro Protein in Vanilla Ice Cream/Half Baked Cookies and Cream

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your preferred choice)

1/2-1 cup ice cubes (more ice=thicker smoothie)

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 medium ripe banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries/dark berries

1 scoop Magnum Performance Greens (optional)

1/2 cup your cereal of choice

*Blend until smooth and creamy. Top as desired.

Macros: 381 calories, 37 g C; 13 g F; 34 g P

 

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Bananas n Cream Smoothie Bowl, topped with Minion’s Cereal, of course 😉

Banana’s and Cream Smoothie Bowl

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

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2-1 cup ice cubes

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 ripe banana

1/2 cup cereal of choice (optional)

Macros: 302 calories; 22 g C; 11 g F; 33 g P
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Decadent tasting with none of the guilt: Double Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Double Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

1 scoop Magnum Quattro Protein in Chocolate Love/Chocolate Peanut Butter Addiction

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2-1 cup ice cubes

1/2 ripe avocado

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1-2 packets Splenda/stevia (optional)

1 tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional)

*Blend and top with chocolate chips.

Macros (incl. chocolate chips): 298 calories; 15 g C; 14 g F; 33 g P