One of my favorite things to make when I have a lot of leftover protein macros to meet is PROTEIN FLUFF! Protein fluff has similar ingredients to a protein shake but is much more voluminous and filling. And when you are constantly STARVING despite eating over 2000 calories a day, you need to eat volume foods in order to help you stay full.
How is protein fluff different than a shake? Well the answer comes down to one little ingredient: xanthan gum! Xanthan gum is a powder that is used to add thickness and volume. It is sometimes used in shakes and drinks like frappucinos to keep them from separating. Xanthan gum is also gluten-free so you can use it if you are sensitive to gluten. Xanthan gum can be purchased at most grocery stores in the health or baking areas.
So now that we know what protein fluff is, let’s get down to how to make it!
1 Scoop Protein Powder (I used Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow)
1 Tbsp Xanthan Gum
1 Cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
1 Cup of Ice
Add all ingredients to a blender.
Blend for several minutes. You will notice at first the fluff seems like a normal shake, but it will slowly start to thicken and expand.
Top with toppings of choice! I used peanut butter, a few dark chocolate chips and 2 mini oreos that I crushed up.
This recipe is highly customizable! You can change it up depending on the flavor of protein you use and the toppings you add. Sometimes I use cake batter protein with sprinkles, or mint chocolate protein with chocolate cookies and whipped cream!
If you would like to try some of the delicious protein flavors Cellucor offers such as Corfetti, Peanut Butter Marshmallow, Mint Chocolate, Red Velvet in your protein fluff, I still have a coupon code!
Yes I went there. I made 2 pumpkin recipes in a row. Don’t act like you don’t love it. I have been making these shakes for over a month now but just got around to taking some pics of them. But it’s worth the wait. Perfect little post workout fall treat.
1 scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl protein powder
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 /2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
Whipped cream (optional)
Blend all ingredients.
Top with whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice (optional)
I don’t know about where anyone else lives, but here in Alaska it feels like fall. The leaves are already changing to gorgeous colors and the weather has cooled off. The weather makes me crave all of the delicious foods that go along with fall. One of which is apple cobbler! I love cobbler but it can tend to have a lot of carbs and sugar depending on how it is prepared. So I set out to make a healthier and SUPER quick version.
For the topping I would normally think to use oatmeal, but since I have been loving these Smart Bars and they are made of oatmeal anyway, they were the logical solution!
1 Detour Smart Bar (Apple or Blueberry flavor)
1/2 apple (any kind)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp stevia
Whipped cream or greek frozen yogurt for topping (optional)
Cut up apple into small cubes.
Add to small ramekin and top with cinnamon and stevia.
Crumble Smart Bar on top of apple mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Or microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Overnight Oats are one of my favorite things to make. They are SO easy to prepare and take on the go. I like to put them in cute jars to add to the appeal. I know I have made a few recipes for them in the past but now that fall is here I will be sharing some recipes that are perfect for the autumn season!
Apples and apple pie instantly remind me of fall. They are fresh, juicy and in season. So what better way to start your day than with some HEALTHY apple pie?
Here’s how to make it.
1/3 Cup Oats (NOT INSTANT)
1 TBSP Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1 TBSP Vanilla
1/2 TBSP (or more!) Cinnamon
1/2-1 cup Greek yogurt (plain, vanilla or apple cinnamon)
In a bowl, mix oats, milk and chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla (you can add stevia if desired).
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, layer the oats with your yogurt. If you do plain yogurt you can add additional stevia to sweeten if desired.
Cut up your apple half into cubes. Microwave in a mug for about 30 seconds. Or you can just leave the pieces raw if you like them crunchy rather than soft.
Add apples to oat mixture.
Top with additional cinnamon if desired. You can also add cinnamon granola if you have enough carb macros in your plan.
Okay, okay. I know I post a lot of overnight oat recipes. But they are just so simple to make and delicious to eat. Plus, in jars they look so pretty and delectable. For this recipe I wanted to use my Cellucor Corfetti protein powder and make something that tasted similar to a pound cake with berries and frosting. I have to say I was rather impressed with the results of this one.
You may need to tweak the amounts of protein and add stevia as needed as everyone is different. 🙂 Feel free to improvise it as you like. It is easy to mix it up with overnight oats as it mostly always turns out pretty well!
1/3 Cup Oats (Not instant oats)
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup Almond Milk (Or whatever milk you use)
1 Cup Greek Yogurt ( I use plain, you can use vanilla if you like)
1/2 scoop Cellucor Corfetti Protein Powder (or other cake protein powder)
1/4 Cup Raspberries
1/4 Cup Blackberries
Before bed, mix oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate.
Mix greek yogurt and protein powder. Mix well to make it very creamy. You can add extra stevia if you like things sweeter (highly recommend liquid vanilla stevia as it tastes amazing!).
In the morning layer oats, yogurt mix and berries in your jar.
Cake. Birthday cake to be specific. I love it. I used to eat those Funfetti cupcakes ALL OF THE TIME. Probably why I gained weight in the past. However I still have a love of cake and that flavor which is why Cellucor’s Corfetti protein powder has been my favorite protein powder that I have tried so far. The flavor is amazing so I knew it would be great for protein pancakes.
Now that it is almost summer here in Alaska (yes we consider 40 degrees and sunny summer! 🙂 ) I have been craving more frozen drinks again. I always like the idea of Starbucks frappucinos but they are just WAY too sweet for me. Not to mention all of the fat and calories which I would rather spend on FOOD then a drink! So I started making these protein frappucinos to get the same type of drink but a LOT healthier!
1 scoop protein powder (any flavor you like!)
1 cup almond milk (or other milk)
1 TBSP espresso powder
1/2 TBSP xanthan gum ( optional but makes it thicker like a real frappucino)
Stevia to taste (Optional.. I don’t use)
Ice cubes (6-7 small or 4-5 large)
Whipped cream (optional)
Mix in a blender protein, ice, milk, espresso powder and xanthan gum. If using xanthan gum mix a few extra seconds to let it fluff up the drink.
Pour into fun jar or mug.
Top with whipped cream!
This is a really simple and quick protein recipe that I like to use when I work out first thing in the morning. Caffeine AND protein in ONE! 🙂