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Pumpkin French Toast

14 Oct

One thing I think we all had when at least once growing up, French Toast. But what I bet you haven’t had before is this kind. One that’s filled with the sweet, cinnamon flavor mixed with the savory taste of pumpkin.

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Got your attention yet?

Well I took something that’s not usually known to be healthy, like French toast, filled it with protein and nutrient dense ingredients, and came up with my recipe for Pumpkin French Toast :) I love it because it’s a decadent breakfast made in only a few minutes. Yes, something you don’t have to spend the whole morning toiling over! And in case you are wondering, no, I promise not every one of my posts will have pumpkin in it…but I must admit, it is one of my favorite foods. Plus, it has so many health benefits :)

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Pumpkin French Toast

-2 egg whites
-1/4 cup pumpkin
-1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 T  agave/honey/stevia/sugar
-2 slices of Ezekiel bread
-Optional Toppings: pumpkin butter, banana, peanut butter, agave, coconut whipped topping

Directions: Combine first 5 ingredients together in bowl. Soak bread in mixture on both sides. Fry on stove in pan until browned on both sides. Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!

Coconut Whipped Topping

*Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight. Open can and scoop off the thick part on top. Beat with electric mixers until a cream has formed. Simple and delicious!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

11 Sep

Don’t forget to enter in my About Time Whey Protein giveaway! You can read all the details on this post :)

 

But to an actual recipe..Yes, I’ve posted a chocolate peanut butter shake before. But come on, who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter together?

Unlike the other one, this recipe has no protein powder in it, but is still quite high in protein (20 grams)! It is a great post workout shake, or even a way to begin your day off sweet.

Whereas other chocolate peanut butter shakes you could get would be loaded with sugar and creams, this one has none of that! Just an all natural, sinlessly sweet shake filled with the tasty flavors of peanut butter and chocolate.

From past posts, I’m sure you’ve realized I’m a huge fan of shakes. They are just a simple treat to make, and can be tailored to be the perfect breakfast, midday snack, or night time treat. What other reason is needed to be a fan?

Whether you’re an athlete needing to get in those extra calories between meals, or the typical active person wanting a simple meal or treat, shakes are the perfect go-to!

What is your favorite type of shake flavor? I’ve always been a chocolate lover, but I know there must be some out there that prefer fruity shakes!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 frozen ripe banana
-1/2 cup Greek yogurt
-1.5T unsweetened cocoa powder
-2 T peanut flour (can sub in 1T peanut butter)
-1 tsp natural peanut butter
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-Optional: sweetener of choice if banana doesn’t add enough sweetness
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Top with clean chocolate sauce if desired

Clean Chocolate Sauce
-1T cocoa powder
-1T almond milk
-1 tsp honey (or stevia to taste)

Cocoa Benefits
1)Decreases blood pressure
2)Improves cholesterol levels
3)Prevents heart disease
4)Rich in flavonoids, an antioxidant

Peanut Benefits
1)Rich in energy, containing many nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins
2)Good levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids
3)Good source of dietary protein
4)Great source of resveratrol, an antioxidant found to protect against cancers, heart disease, and fungal infections
5)Excellent source of vitamin E, which maintains and protects cell membranes and skin
6)Packed with B vitamins

Mocha Coconut Latte Mugcake with Coconut Chia Froth

26 Jun

Why are mugcakes one of the best recipes ever to make?

They are so easy! and NO waiting around for it to bake or cook! Usually, when I’m hungry, I’m hungry, and waiting around while something cooks or bakes leads to snacking and then not even being hungry when it is done. So mugcakes are a great creation :)

All you have to do is mix together a base for the “cake”, add the flavors you are wanting, pour it into a mug, and place it in the microwave for a minute or two. What could be easier than that?!

The inspiration of this flavor came from a local coffee shop I have up at my university. I wanted something new, something different. And when I told them I like chocolate and I like coconut, they created me what I would like to consider a little taste of heaven, and Mocha Coconut Latte.

I knew I had to recreate these flavors when seeing one of my favorite health accounts on instagram hosting a mugcake challenge, TastyHealth. If you haven’t checked her out on instagram or on thw web, you should do it now. This lady is amazing!

Anyways, so I went to work in my kitchen recreating this delectable latte flavoor into a mugcake, and this was my result. Let me tell you, it did NOT last very long at all :)

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Mocha Coconut Latte Mugcake

For Cake:
-1T coconut flour
-1T oat flour
-2T egg whites
-1T expresso or strong coffee
-1T coconut butter
-1T coconut or almond milk
-1/2 tsp coconut extract
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1T honey/1 packet stevia or 2T date purée as sweetener (for no sugar added option)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Spray mug and microwave for 1.5 minutes.

Coconut Chia “Froth”
-2T Greek yogurt
-2T coconut milk
-1tsp chia seeds
-1/2 tsp coconut extract + honey (or 3 dates for no sugar added option)
Directions:  Blend together in blender. Top mugcake with “froth”

*Use unsweetened coconut, cinnamon and cacao nibs for garnish

 

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Sugar Detox:Day2- No Sugar Added Chocolate Mousse

21 May

Sugar Detox: Day 2!

Today is my second day on my sugar detox, and I’m feeling pretty good! I just can’t do coffee without sweetener, so I’ve had tea these past two mornings, which hasn’t been the most enjoyable compared to my molasses sweetened Teeccino. But I managed! I woke up feeling so good this morning. I think part was definitely do to no sugar, and part of it just due to not stuffing myself before bed since I couldn’t have sugar:) Today in my summer Organic Chemistry class, I was so tempted to chew gum, I wanted it so much. One thing about me, I chew gum all the time! I usually can’t workout/run without it! So that’s definitely been one of the more tough things to give up..along with my PB2 peanut butter.

Honestly, it continues to surprise me how many things have added sugar in them. This detox has made me so aware of all the added sugar these days! But, It’s been a great way to get myself eating almost all whole, fresh foods instead..since almost every packaged product has sugar! P.S. If you buy “low fat” or “fat free” products, the fat that is taken out is usually substituted with sugar. Beware of products that claim to be “healthy”!

But last night I had to make something to substitute for my nightly dessert/shake I usually have:)

So, I came up with a chocolate mousse, completely free of any added sugar! Is it as sweet as your typical mousse? Probably not. But its such a good way to curve those chocolate cravings without putting all that sugar in your body! Plus, I think it’s pretty tasty:)

Using tofu in makes this mousse a great high-protein dessert! That’s always a good way to go at night :)

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No Sugar Added Chocolate Mousse

-1 package silken tofu

-2T cocoa powder

-10 pitted dates

-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

*Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Food processor is best here, but if not available, high power blender is also okay. Choose any toppings you like: unsweetened coconut, peanut butter, nuts, fruit, ect.!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancake Sandwiches

15 May

Say what?! Chocolate chip cookies..in pancake form..and healthy?!

I love my healthy pancake recipes! It’s so great to be able to eat the foods I love, yet in a healthier light. And like always, just because their healthier, the taste doesn’t suffer one bit. Actually, I think these taste better than regular ole’ pancakes. I mean, come on, they are chocolate chip cookie flavor..

And you won’t believe this one. They are made with a vegetable! Now you’re really starting to wonder if I’ve gone crazy. Nope. These are real. Real healthy. Real ingredients. Real good.

You may have seen the idea before, but making them into pancakes, I bet is something new. Can you guess the secret ingredient?!

Chickpeas.

Yep. Don’t judge until you try it! I promise you that you will not taste the beans. It will taste like delicious chocolate chip cookie dough. I know you’ll love it!

Using chickpeas instead of flour is not only a great way to make something gluten free, but also lower in calories, higher in fiber, and higher in protein! Take that for a healthified pancake. These pancakes are sure to surprise you’re guests..in a good way!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancake Sandwiches
-1 can chick peas
-2T oat flour
-1/2 cup almond milk
-1/4 cup egg beaters
-2T nut butter (pb or any kind!)
-2 packets stevia
-1 tsp each: baking powder, vanilla extract or butter extract
-sprinkle of salt
-chocolate chips
Directions:Food process chick peas with almond milk until smooth. Add other ingredients except for chocolate chips. Add chocolate chips at very end and mix with fork or spoon. Cook pancakes as normal in pan on stove, flipping when cooked on one side. Make “sandwiches” if desired by making chocolate or pumpkin mousse (recipe below!)

Chocolate Mousse
-6 oz tofu
-1/4 cup cottage cheese
-2T cocoa powder
-2T agave or 1 packet stevia
-1 tsp each: cinnamon, vanilla extract, xanthan or guar gum
Directions: Blend altogether and allow to sit in fridge to thicken more or enjoy right away!

For pumpkin mousse, go to my post here

Chocolate Protein Mug Cake

7 May

I will be making many of these while home this summer. Experimenting with all different flavors. They are seriously the best. So easy, just combine a couple of ingredients, put it in a mug, and microwave until done! Why wait to bake a dessert when you can just make this, single-serving one?!

Like I said previously, I told my mom I would help her get away from all bad foods and desserts, and cook her all clean dinners and desserts so that when she wants something sweet, she can eat it without guilt! And that’s when I came up with this..

It was inspired by a user called “Tasty Health” (http://www.tasty-health.se/). She makes some lovely mug cakes that are healthy as well! But I switched some things up, added some extras in, and came up with this lovely protein packed chocolate cake! And best thing about it, you make a fresh, hot one every single time, since it’s single serving! No more eating leftover desserts that have become hard and stale.

And no more feeling guilty about dessert when it’s this high in protein and low in carbs :) This is so healthy, it can even be breakfast if you’re in a sweet mood!

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Chocolate Protein Mug Cake
-2T whey protein powder
-1T oat flour
-1T cocoa powder
-1T greek yogurt
-4T egg white/beaters
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-Optional: vanilla extract, chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, peanut butter, anything!
Directions: mix altogether. Spray mug with oil spray and place mixture in mug. Cook in microwave for about 1-1.5 minutes, until done! Either leave in mug and enjoy, or turn mug over to empty cake on plate to eat. Place any additional toppings you would like. I added berries and healthy peanut butter sauce(recipe below).

Healthy Peanut Butter Sauce
-2T peanut flour (PB2)
-2T milk
-touch of sweetener if desired
Directions: Combine altogether and use as topping on anything or as a dip :)

Pumpkin Mousse

21 Apr

Mousse: “A sweet or savory dish made with smooth whipping cream”

Wait..whipping cream? Even if you aren’t a health nut, we all know that anything with “cream” in it, isn’t healthy at all usually! But that doesn’t mean that this girl can’t find a healthy alternative! And guess what..you don’t like pumpkin? Well I made a chocolate variety too! Mmm, now that’s what I’m talking about. Chocolate and pumpkin, my two favorite things<3

How did I make it healthy when mousse is founded upon cream and other fattening ingredients?! Well that’s what I’m about to share with you.

I made a chocolate variety way back last year by accident when experimenting different ways with tofu. (Say what?!). Yep, tofu. But then the need for it sparked my memory. For the pancake weekly challenge I’ve talked about in previous posts (like my mochonut pancakes and berry coconut chai pancakes!) I’ve been attempting to create pancake sandwiches, (a spin off of the loved yet unhealthy ice cream cookie sandwiches). But I needed a healthy filling instead of ice cream. What did I decide upon? You got it! My tofu mousse from long ago! (Please don’t write it off till you try it! You don’t taste a “tofu” taste!)

You can’t tell me that this makes you’re mouth start watering… :)

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Pumpkin Mousse
-6 oz silken tofu (or other tofu brand)
-1/2 cup pumpkin
-2 T cottage cheese
-2 T greek yogurt
-1/4 cup agave
-1 tsp each: cinnamon, vanilla extract, xanthan or guar gum (for thickening!)
**For chocolate alternative: Sub in avocado for the pumpkin+add 2T cocoa powder, or leave out pumpkin and avocado altogether and just add cocoa powder!
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Let sit in refrigerator to thicken more. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake

17 Apr

Another delicious, healthy shake. I love them. It’s my favorite part about working out, knowing that I get to have something like this after! Or, sometimes as my dessert at night I fix one too, as it tastes just like a good ole’ milkshake!

I experiment with all different kinds of flavors as I have one almost every day. Maybe a little shake obsessed? Well when it’s high-protein, all around healthy, yet absolutely delicious, why not be?!

Call it a smoothie and have it for breakfast, call it a post-workout shake and have it after time at the gym, or call it a milkshake and have it for dessert! It’s so versatile. You can add more carbs and calories if needed to refuel or wanting it to be a little richer as a dessert, or you can make it lighter to have as a quick breakfast on the go! Either way, you won’t be sorry you made it:)

Today, I made this after a morning workout. Yes it was in the morning, but yes, I was craving something chocolate and sweet! So I made this :)

Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Touch of Coconut on top. What more could you ask for?!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
-1 scoop whey protein powder (either vanilla, chocolate or peanut butter)
-1 cup almond milk
-1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
-1/2 frozen banana
-2 T peanut flour
-1 T cocoa powder
-1 T nut butter
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 packet stevia
-sprinkle of salt
-ice as needed for texture
Directions: Blend altogether. You can add a sprinkle of guar gum to it if you want an extra thick shake like I sometimes do and eat it out of a bowl with a spoon!

Red Velvet Cake Shake

21 Mar

Has a nice flow to it, right? Well let me tell you, the taste of this most certainly upholds to the greatness of the Red Velvet name! Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but did you know red velvet cake is mainly just chocolate cake? I know there’s always a huge hype about the stuff, but its really not much different than your normal chocolate cake. I think its the addition of the typical cream cheese frosting that everyone is truly crazy about. I mean, who wouldn’t be??

Thankfully, this shake does indeed taste better than just your normal chocolate one, I mean, it is red velvet cake flavored..and we all know how good that is!

It was actually inspired by this! Even though it was quite a let down because this extract doesn’t taste much like red velvet, at least to me. Smells and tastes like a red skittle to be exact. Not what I was going for when buying a “red velvet” extract. But still, it is what sparked my desire for this flavor shake, and I came up with the ingredients to flavor it as I pictured the real stuff would.

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I love making my shakes thick enough to serve in a bowl and eat with a spoon. It’s the best way to enjoy one in my opinion. You’ll realize a lot of my more decadent shakes are made this way:) The best thing about shakes, they are so healthy, it can even serve as a quick breakfast or post workout shake! Or forget the protein, and add more sweetness (maybe even some frozen yogurt!) and make it a decadent shake for a treat!

Along with this today, I made my own cranberry jelly, and then hosted a cooking demo for my culinary club here at the University of Florida where I made homemade pasta and spring rolls in front of other students! It was such a great experience. I’ll be posting more about that tomorrow though:) All in all, today was a food-filled day most certainly! But with school work and a big biology exam Friday morning, my books are calling my name! Goodnight everyone!

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I topped my red velvet shake today with some oats, homemade coconut protein cake all crumbled, and some clean homemade chocolate syrup! Yum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Velvet Cake Shake
-1.5 cups almond milk (or any other kind of milk)
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (not necessary, but makes it thicker and protein packed!)
-1/2 frozen banana(not too ripe unless you want it to taste like banana)
-1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
-2 T low fat cream cheese/cottage cheese (can be fat free if you really want)
-1/4 cup oats
-2 T cocoa powder
-2 T devils food pudding mix (can omit)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-Agave, honey, or natural sugar to sweeten!
Directions: Blend altogether! Add more milk for a thinner consistency, or more oats for a thicker shake!