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Pumpkin Protein Muffin Tops

Pumpkin Protein Muffin Tops

There sure are  a ton of protein muffin recipes online, but none of them seemed to meet the consisetency of what I was looking for in a muffin.  I wanted a sweet, soft, moist protein muffin.  Something I could eat in the morning before the gym and feel like I was eating dessert!   Not a  dry, bland muffin.  Not a muffin that tasted like custard.  Not a muffin that was flavorless.   I wanted a sweet, soft, moist muffin that was high in protein.  And after a lot of trial and error, I finally got the recipe perfect … at least for what I was looking for!

Pumpkin Protein Muffin Tops:

2 Cups Ground Uncooked 5 Grain Oats
1 Cup Essante ORGANICS Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
4 pkts Stevia in the Raw
2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (or cinamon, nutmeg & allspice)
1/2 tsp salt

2 Ripe Mashed Bananas
1/2 Cup All Natural/Unsweetened Applesauce (small single serve size)
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2 Egg Whites
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Blue Agave (or other liquid sweetner)
15 oz Can of 100% Pure Pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray muffin tins with olive oil or wipe each tin with coconut oil.  Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Using a hand mixer, blend the bananas in a bowl until smooth .  Gradually add remaining wet ingredients to the bowl until blended.   Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing by hand until all incorporated.    Evenly distribute the batter into prepared tins and bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool before removing — Makes 24 muffin tops.


Day 11 : Green Smoothie Challenge

Sprouty Mint Green Smoothie

Well this one was definitely a swing and a miss for me! I wasn’t able to make it to the store for shopping items, so I had to kinda improvise. I had no broccoli sprouts (not even sure if I could find them), no mint leaves and no Spirulina. I had never even heard of Spirulina — have you? Well the world-wide web was full of information on this “amazing, high protein, superfood“… apparently its blue/green algae….ya, no thanks.

Banana Celery

Sprouty Mint Green Smoothie

1 Frozen Banana
½ Rib of Celery
¼ Cup Broccoli Sprouts *optional
1 Handful of Mint Leaves
1 tsp. Spirulina
½ Cup Spinach
1 Cup Almond Milk, Coconut Water or Water

Instructions: Wash all your produce. Chop and put into blender with a small amount of liquid to start. Add more as needed until you reach your desired consistency.


I am still using Coconut Almond Milk in my green smoothies. I did find some coconut water at Costco, however it was extremely high in sugar, so I am going to stick to milk for now. Since I was missing quite a few of the ingredients I went ahead and added the Essante Earth Greens which is a blend of organic grasses, vegetables, sprouts, leaves and high frequency minerals which assists in energizeing, alkalizing and provides whole body nutrition.

{Recipe courtesy of Young & Raw 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge}

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast CookieI spend many a nights on pinterest searching for healthy protein snacks. When I came across these healthy little cookies, they looked like the perfect snack item to enjoy on my Transformation Challenge.

Modified from: Wisebread

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies :
3 Ripe Mashed Bananas
1/2 Cup All Natural/Unsweetened Applesauce (small single serve size)
2.5 Cups Uncooked 5 Grain Oats
1/4 Cup Egg Whites
1/2 Cup Raisins
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Local Honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. First mix all wet ingredients in a bowl then add dry ingredients. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes while the oats hydrated and soak up the liquid. Drop by spoonfulls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Form into round cookie shapes. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before removing — Makes 12 cookies

Raw Rev 100, Chocolate & Cashew Organic Live Food Bar

Rev100 Organic BarThis looks like a great deal over at Amazon for Raw Rev100 Chocolate Crave bars!  You can pick up a case of 26 for $14.88 + shipping. 

I have never tried this brand, but the reviews look positive.   Have you tried these before, if so what do you think — like,  dislike?

raw review

  • Certified Organic and kosher
  • All Natural ingredients including cashews, dates, almonds, sprouted flax
  • Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Peanut free factory
  • Good source of Omega 3 and 6, conatins trace minerals and vitamins
  • No preservatives, NON-GMO, Fiber-rich
  • 26 individually packaged, 0.8-ounce bars (total of 20.8-ounces)

Be sure to review the full product description before ordering.   *Amazon pricing can change at any time based on supply and demand.  Order yours now before the price goes up!

Why Essante ORGANICS 7.365pH Shakes?

Essante 7.365pH Protein Shake
As many of you know, I previously promoted the Body by Vi 90 Day Health Challenge. And while great numbers of people had success on their weight loss products, there were those that did not — and I didn’t quite understand “why?”.   Then there were other potential customers who were hesitant to join because of the whey, soy or sucralose that are in the Vi Shakes, which for many are valid concerns.  It doesn’t take long to find many articles on-line that speak of the dangers of sucralose; although for every one bad, there are others touting the benefits.  I however, am just not willing to jeopardize my life, or that of friends and family, to promote a product that is not the best or safest product available on the market.  Would you?

I love the 2 shakes a day meal plan, it works great for me and allows me to lose weight without giving up the foods I love.  French fries and ice cream to name a couple!  I want to be able to enjoy life (and eat the foods I love) but at the same time, I want to live life as long as possible — which means I need to let go of some of the bad — ok, a lot of the bad!  But with so many chemicals and toxins all around us, and in everything we consume, where was I to start?  The simplest place for me, was with my protein shakes. 

After researching many different options I found Essante ORGANICS.  All of their products are Organic, 100% Chemical Free, and Toxic Free. The Essante ORGANICS 7.365pH shake is created from a High-Quality Vegan Protein formulated and proven to accelerate weight loss,  and has all of the nutrition our bodies need to create a healthy pH. I never realized pH (Potential Hydrogen) was important —  to be honest, I really didn’t know what pH was!   Isn’t that just for checking pool chlorine levels?  Apparently, it is sooo much more! Did you know that if you have a healthy pH it is impossible for disease to live?  I didn’t!

According to the Consumer Health Organization, we need Alkaline pH levels to live a healthy life and alkalizing is our bodies way to move from an acidic state toward a pH balanced one.  Just like an aquarium without the proper pH balance is hazardous to the fish, improper pH is hazardous to the human body.  The proper pH for humans is 7.365.  Viruses, bacteria, disease and even fat cells tend to thrive in a more acidic environment.  Essanté ORGANICS 7.365 pH Shake is perfectly alkalized and pH balanced so each time you enjoy a shake, you are helping your body become pH balanced.  By balancing the pH level in your body, you create a foundation for optimal health and increased energy.  

Are you ready to make the change to an All Natural, Organic, Wild Crafted, Soy Free, Whey Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Protein Shake that contains No Chemicals or Additives? If so, click HERE  to learn more about what makes Essante ORGANICS 7.365 so special!