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Grain-Free Coconut Nuttzo Bars


Here is the recipe for our favorite Grain Free “balanced” bars. Perfect to take on the road or just to eat anytime, anywhere!


1/2 cup PB flour (you can also use 1/4 cup more almond meal and 2 tbsp more protein powder if you don’t have PB Flour)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 1/3 cup almond meal
45 g Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Pea Protein
2 tbsp NUTTZO (or chunky nut butter)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
pinch or two of sea salt
1 tsp baking powder (really not needed)
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1 tbsp local honey or maple syrup
OPTIONAL Add-ins: (1/3 cup raisins/fruit, cinnamon, extra honey or stevia if you like them to be sweeter, bacon bits)

Pretty simple, mix all the ingredients together and press into a greased baking dish. I used an 8×8 square pan. If the batter is to dry to mix, add in more milk or an egg to give volume and moisture. Just depends on the type of protein and flours you use. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes but be sure to check it at 15 minutes in case you’ve used different proteins or flours that cook faster. Cool and then slice. Makes around 9-12 bars depending on how big you cut them.

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Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie


I’ll tell you what, …there’s nothing that will put you in a relaxed, summery state of mind quite like this, perhaps surprising, combination–

—which is sweet and tart and fresh and bright…

1/3 cup fresh pineapple
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 scoop vanilla Growing Naturals pea protein
ice, to preference
1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro

Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Consume with abandon.

While mint, and heck, even basil, might seem like obvious herb additions to a sweet smoothie, I’m not sure cilantro gets to share sugar’s spotlight very often. So, strange? Maybe. But good? BETTER than good.

Recipe courtesy of Sarah Pember of

Coconut Mocha Energy Bites



102g combined Drink Click Mocha protein powder + Growing Naturals chocolate rice protein powder
3/4 cup almond flour
2 tbsp banana flour (or coconut flour)
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp coconut butter (I used Sweet Spreads Vanilla Cupcake)
1 tbsp honey
15-20 drops coconut stevia
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or coconut milk)
more protein powder or cocoa powder for dusting


Whisk together dry ingredients until there are no lumps
Add in your wet ingredients
Mix until well incorporated and dough is formed
Roll into desired sized balls
Roll balls in protein powder or cocoa powder (or other desired toppings)
Store in sealed tupperware in refrigerator

Makes approximately 18-20 balls depending on size

These make a great pre or post work out snack. I sometimes grab a few while heading out the door to work before I have my actual breakfast. I love using the Click protein as it has the added caffeine for a nice energy boost. And I love the mocha flavor in the bites themselves.

Recipe courtesy of Accidentally Delish

Plantain Ginger Protein Bread


Plantain Ginger Protein Bread

1 medium plantain, fully ripe*
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp Golden Lakanto (or brown sugar/other sweetener)
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp no sodium baking powder
1/8 tsp cardamom
Pinch of cloves
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Rice Protein)

Preheat oven to 350.

In a small blender (I used a Magic Bullet) blend all ingredients except the protein powder.

Add protein powder and blend again until just combined.

Pour into a prepared pan (I used 8-in round) and bake for 15 mins.

Makes 2 servings.

*A plantain is fully ripe when the skin has turned almost black; it will be aromatic and sweet.

Approximate nutritionals (for 1 serving): 198 calories, 0.3 g fat, 123.6 mg sodium, 32.5 g carbohydrates, 2.6 g fiber, 13.9 g sugar, 19.8 g protein

Recipe courtesy of Laura Hall of Sprint 2 the Table

Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie



1 cup allergy friendly non-dairy milk
1 cup ice
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 organic banana
1 Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein Powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger
pinch of cinnamon
3 dates, pitted [optional]
1 tablespoon maca powder [optional]
½ teaspoon stevia  [optional]

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.  Pour into a chilled glass, garnish with a banana wheel and festive straw, and slurp away!

Recipe By: Kait Turshen Of:

Grain Free Super Fruit Bread



1 scoop Super fruit Greens Powder

1/2 cup Coconut Chia Flax Blend (or grain free flour like)

2 scoops (about 60 grams) protein Powder (I use Vanilla Rice Protein fromGrowing Naturals)

1 egg

1/2 cup egg whites

1 tbsp coconut or almond milk (or other milk of choice)

1 tbsp organic gelatin (optional) -Gelatin is great for joints and gut health

Coconut oil/butter and molasses for topping

1/4 tsp vanilla or cherry extract

I also added in 1 tbsp berry omegas swirls to give it more berry flavor.


Optional – Stevia drops for more sweetness (about 10).

First add your egg whites to a bowl. Beat until fluffy. Then slowly add in your dry ingredients and the extra whole egg. Beat again on low. Keep beating on low until you’ve added in all your ingredients and the batter is smooth. If you are using just coconut flour, you might have to add more milk. Pour batter in an greased pie pan and bake at 375F for 12-14 minutes. The batter is thin so be sure it doesn’t overcook. Remove from oven and let cool. Next, mix together softened coconut butter and a little bit of vanilla or cherry extract. Spread over the bread and then drizzle with molasses or honey. Makes […]

Orange Dream Machine Smoothie


The carrot has been called the poor man’s ginseng as it contains more than 490 phytochemicals.

Carrots, especially carrot juice, are a sure-fire ticket to better stomach and gastrointestinal health. Carrots improve a variety of digestive problems such as:

Upset stomach.
Peptic ulcers.
Crohn’s disease. (chronic inflammatory disease affecting the whole of the alimentary tract)
Diarrhea. Celiac disease
Chewing of carrots increases saliva and quickens digestion by supplying the necessary enzymes, minerals and vitamins. Regular use of carrot prevents the formation of gastric ulcer and other digestive disorders. Carrot juice is an effective food remedy in ailments like intestinal colic, colitis, appendicitis, peptic ulcer and dyspepsia.


Stomach Soothing Smoothie
Serves: 1


8oz almond milk or coconut milk
1/2 c yogurt kefir or plain organic yogurt
handful of watercress leaves (optional. Medium oxalate content)
frozen pineapple (1 cup) – for Bromelain, a digestive enzyme).
1 serving of protein (optional. I used sprouted brown rice from Growing Naturals)
1/2 tsp Orange Extract (or NuNaturals stevia drop)
honey or maple syrup (to sweeten if you don’t have Orange)
1 cup 100% carrot juice

Instructions –> blend and serve.
 So there you have it. A few reasons why I will always rotate smoothie blends and why I love a good ORANGE DREAM MACHINE.

Recipe courtesy of CotterCrunch

Mexican Chocolate and Walnut Healthy Bites



1/4 cup crushed almond meal or coconut flour for nut free version
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (can’t have nuts? try banana chips)
1/3-1/2 cup nut butter ( PB, almond, or sunflower seed is awesome for this recipe of course)
6-8 tbsp Chocolate Growing Naturals Brown Rice
3- 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp cayenne or chili pepper (more if you like spicy)
2-3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 to 1/3 cup raw honey, agave, or maple syrup.
Optional- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I also like to use NuNaturals Cocoa Bean extract when I have it in my pantry.
Optional - handful of dark chocolate chips

Chop nuts in food processor, or you can buy them already chopped. Transfer into a large bowl and add in all the remaining ingredients with the nut butter and  honey/maple syrup being the last . Mix well ( I use my hands) and roll into bite size balls. Coat bites with extra coca powder/cinnamon. I usually coat them after they have set in freezer for at least 5-10 minutes. Then return to freezer after.

Makes anywhere between 18-22 balls. Just depends how big or small you roll them. Mine are usually around 18grams

Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness.
Recipe courtesy of Lindsay Cotter of

Protein Garlic Bread


I cup Growing Naturals Original Pea Protein

5 eggs separated (save the yolk)

1 1/4 cup egg whites

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp black pepper and sea salt

2-3 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Coconut oil or Spray

Combine all your egg whites (and the ones separated) into a large bowl. Beat for about 2 minutes or until fluffy.
Slowly fold in your protein and mix again with hand or mixer. Fold in your egg yolk. Last, stir in your seasoning.
Pour batter into an oiled (I used coconut spray) bread pan. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes or so. Remove let it cool before slicing or touching.

Recipe By: Lindsay Cotter Of:

Prot-Meal Power Bowl



Prep time: 5 minutes  |  Total time: 5 minutes  |  Servings: 1 power bowl

1 packet/serving instant oatmeal
1 serving Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Rice Protein Powder
1 teaspoon Maca powder [optional]
pinch of cinnamon [optional]
½ cup - ⅔ cup boiling water
¼ cup dried figs, chopped [about 2-3]
1 tablespoon dried goji berries
1 tablespoon rolled oats

Combine instant oatmeal, Growing Naturals Rice Protein Powder, Maca, and cinnamon in a bowl; add boiling water and stir until well combined.  Top with figs, goji berries, and rolled oats and enjoy hot.

Recipe By: Bubble Girl Bakes  of:

Peanut ‘Butter’ Monkey Balls


(Makes 16)

1/3 cup dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
24 dried, pitted dates
3/4 cup unweetened dried banana chips
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch (or two) of salt
1 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast brown rice protein powder
2-3 Tbsp. almond milk

Put peanuts into a food processor. Pulse until chopped and crumbly. Remove from food processor and set aside.
Combine dates, banana chips, vanilla, and salt in the food processor. Process until smooth and sticky.
Add protein powder and almond milk to the food processor. Process well.
Add chopped peanuts and pulse until coarse and crumbly.
Scoop out date, banana, peanut mixture and form balls by squishing and pressing together with your fingers.
Store balls in the fridge or freezer.

Recipe By: Miss Smart Of:

Carob Pumpkin Donut and Frosting



1/4 cup pure pumpkin
1/3 cup liquid egg whites
2 tbsp peanut flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp carob powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
sweetener to taste (I added a few drops of liquid stevia)


Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together. Batter should be wet and thick, but add more flour if it seems too wet.
Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool in pan before flipping out.
Protein Frosting: use Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Pea Protein (I am obsessed with this stuff) and added a few drops of English Toffee stevia.

Recipe By: Debbie at