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RECIPES: High Protein Cookie Dough & Apple Pie Oat Slice

Mar 31, 2022 | by AIF

Australian Institute of Fitness graduate Victoria Leontios (@victoria_leontios) has shared with us two of her favourite sweet treat recipes that also pack a healthy punch. But before we dive into the cookie dough and oat slice, let’s take a moment to meet this incredible AIF Warrior.

Victoria works for an Aboriginal organisation in Alice Springs working in digital communications and remote Aboriginal programs support. She chose to study PT on the side, after being on her own health, fitness and weight loss journey; “I wanted people to have an epic fitness experience. One that brought them joy and fun, and that left them feeling strong and empowered. Fitness literally saved my life. I want people to FEEL good, and know that health and fitness is a feeling, not a look.”

Victoria works full time in her communications role, while teaching group fitness classes before and after her day job. She’s a qualified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, is certified in Les Mills RPM, BODYBALANCE and BODYPUMP, and is about to undergo her Les Mills SPRINT training… talk about multi-skilled!

Victoria also happens to be a great cook, so without further ado, here are two delicious and healthy recipes for you to try your hand at!


There’s something heartwarming and nurturing about the smell of spices and baked goods. 

Here’s a Sunday meal prep recipe that makes a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert and will fill your home with a big warm, fragrant hug! What’s more, it’s super easy, and requires just one bowl and some pantry staples.

Loaded with the good stuff, it’s satisfying, chewy, and makes you feel good!


200g rolled oats

30g chia seeds

20g stevia

200g grated apple (roughly 3 apples)

30g raisins

2 eggs

1 egg white

250ml almond milk

1 tsp baking powder

Generous dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove


  • First, preheat your oven to 180 degrees. 
  • Next, put all of your ingredients into one bowl and mix really well until your batter is combined.
  • Lightly grease a baking dish and pour your batter in. 
  • Bake for approximately 45 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean, and the top is golden brown.
  • Allow to cool and cut into 6 squares.
  • Eat it on its own when you’re on the run, or serve warm with some Greek yoghurt or protein custard.


Decadent and gooey, you can eat this ‘sticks to the roof of your mouth’ cookie dough with a spoon, or rolled into bite-sized balls. I think you might be salivating.


40g protein custard (I personally use Alien salted caramel – amazing for cookie dough!)

25g oat flour

70ml almond milk

20g powdered peanut butter

15g dark chocolate, chopped


  • Combine all of the dry ingredients
  • Slowly add the milk
  • Keep combining the crumbly mixture, and press it with a spoon until it forms a dough
  • Devour with a spoon or roll into 6 bite-size balls to satisfy sweet cravings and increase your protein intake.

After swapping tasty recipes, we wrapped up our chat with Victoria by asking whether she had any advice for new PTs entering the fitness industry, and she obliged us by providing this morsel, as tasty as her cookie dough; “Ask lots of people, lots of questions! Find mentors and coaches in other Personal Trainers and remember everyone has a different approach. It doesn’t make it right or wrong, just different. Build and continue to layer your knowledge, build your exercise library and ALWAYS be open to learning.” Wise words to chew over, along with your oat slice.

Want to see more of what Victoria cooks? You can check out her IG here.



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