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Pancake Batter Smoothie AND Coconut Banana Pancakes

29 Mar

Today’s post has TWO recipes in it. Get excited.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, when we’re making pancakes, it’s just way too tempting to just eat the batter off the spoon. Or is that just me?

Haha:) My usual philosophy is that anything is better in the uncooked form, like cookie DOUGH, Brownie BATTER. And I can’t lie, I do even think I like pancake batter better. Call me weird.

But I know with eggs usually in it, it’s probably NOT the best thing to eat. So what did I do today when I made egg-less protein pancakes and had some leftover batter? Well, I would do what any normal person would do..I made a shake flavored with it!

So to tell you how to make this, I’ll give you the recipe to this first, which is the protein pancakes that the batter came from!

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Coconut Banana Pancakes
-3/4 cup coconut flour
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
-1/4 cup Greek yogurt
-1 cup almond milk
-2T shredded coconut
-1 small, very ripe banana
-1/2 tsp coconut and vanilla extract
-1 tsp baking powder
-optional: 1 T peanut butter/coconut oil (a little healthy fat makes it taste a lot better!)
-touch of salt, and sweeten to taste
Directions: Melt banana in microwave for 30 seconds. Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Melt some coconut oil in pan, and cook pancakes as normal.

 

All you have to do once you have that batter, is add two big spoonfuls of it to all the other ingredients, and you’ll have your pancake batter shake! But of course, if you just want the shake and not all the pancakes first, I’ll show you how to get that batter flavor without all those extras. But I must say, these pancakes were very good. Coconut banana flavor with a hint of peanut butter to be exact:)

Anyways, the answer to your dream of being able to eat all the pancake batter you want in shake form lies below:)

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Pancake Batter Shake
**You can make any flavor, but I used some of the batter from the above recipe, and created a Hawaiian flavor with a hint of peanut butter!**
-2 T pancake batter (from above)
-1/2 frozen ripe banana
-1 scoop peanut butter protein powder (or regular/vanilla)
-1 cup almond milk
-1 tsp vanilla and butter extract
-2 T oatmeal
-2 T PB2 (or 1 T peanut butter)
-1/2 tsp baking soda (I know it’s weird, but don’t skip this! It makes the batter flavor)
-stevia/agave to sweeten
-sprinkle of sea salt
Directions: Blend all ingredients together! Very simple :)

**If not wanting to make pancake batter: Add 1T coconut flour (or any type), more banana, and don’t forget the baking soda! Add any additional flavors that you want your shake to be.
Possible Add-in ideas: cocoa powder, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, instant coffee, berries..sky is the limit!

 

 

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3 Ingredient Cookies

26 Mar

Wait what?! Only THREE ingredients?! And did I mention NO added sugar?! Cookies could never be that easy! Or healthy! Well, actually..they most certainly can! These are not only easy and so very healthy, but extremely delicious!

Sunday night at my bible study, one of the girls brought cookies over for us all. They looked so good, like all oatmeal cookies look, that I had to try one. But what my mouth tasted at that very moment was no ordinary oatmeal cookie. This cookie was soft, chewy, and packed with such a delicious banana flavor! I had to ask what the ingredients were. And that’s when she told me it was so simple and only three ingredients! Of course, I went home only to make them the next day.

But of course knowing me, I spiced it up a bit and added some extras to bring out the flavors. Try it as you will. For me, chocolate is always a must. But any choice you make, it’s delicious. And healthy. And easy. Did I mention absolutely delicious?!

These will certainly be a weekly creation and my new favorite dessert every night. And no, I am not sorry that I ate over five of them when first bringing them out of the oven. Or that I’ll probably eat some for breakfast.  I did say they were healthy..right?

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3 Ingredient Cookies
-2 cups rolled oats
-2 very ripe bananas
-1/2 cup applesauce
-Optional (What I added): chocolate chips, vanilla extract, cinnamon (or anything else you desire! Nuts, coconut, cocoa powder, egg whites for protein,  ect.)

Directions: Mash bananas. Stir in oats and applesauce. Add in any extras you desire. For me, chocolate chips was NOT optional :) Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.

Almond Joy Butter

18 Mar

Wait, an almond joy in a spreadable form? Yep, I believe I created it. And I even added a little extra ingredient to make it healthier:)

Are you a peanut butter or almond butter lover like I am? Sometimes people rule it off as a “bad” food, because of the fat in it..but surprise! Our bodies actually need healthy fat to function to it’s fullest potential :) So instead of ruling it out of your diet, let it count for those grams of healthy fat that your body wants and needs!

Nut butters are so healthy, especially when getting the all natural kind that don’t have all the preservatives and sugars in it. And guess what? This one has none of that. All freshly grounded and food processed right here in my own kitchen. Here are some of the benefits!

Benefits of Almonds
-Reduces risk of heart attack
-Lowers bad cholesterol
-Helps build strong bones and teeth
-Provides healthy fats and aid in weight loss
-Lowers the rise in insulin after meals
-Provides good brain function
-Alkalizes the body
Benefits of Coconut (too many to list all!)
-Helps prevent obesity
-Improves heart health
-High in dietary fiber
-Low glycemic index
-Reduces sweet cravings
-Improves digestion
-Gives energy boost

Okay so you’re probably thinking by now, I don’t care about all of this, I heard the word almond joy and just want the recipe! Haha, well here you go :)

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Almond Joy Butter
-1 cup of freshly ground almond butter (or about two cups of raw almonds)
-1/2 of one big, very ripe banana
-1/2 cup unsweetened coconut or 1/4 cup coconut butter
-1/4 cup almond milk
-agave or stevia to sweeten as desired

Directions for making your own almond butter: Toast the two cups of almonds in the oven (about 5 to 10 minutes). Place almonds in food processor and turn it on. This will take awhile depending on the strength of your food processor. Be patient! It will grind down to small bits, then a powder, then begin to slowly clump up. You will have to knock the almond puree down from the sides several times (like i said, making your own nut butter requires patience). Keep blending until almond butter texture is achieved (about 10 minutes of processing).

Directions for rest of recipe: Place coconut in food processor and blend until butter form. Add banana and almond butter (if you used store bought almond butter, you can blend all three together in any kind of blender). Add almond milk to achieve desired consistency (more for a thinner texture). Sweeten to your liking with agave or stevia. Enjoy!