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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

 

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

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