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Cinnamon Coconut Protein Bread

23 Mar

You know that not so great taste of distinct protein powder you can usually taste in high protein breads and bars? Not present in this recipe!

I love experimenting with protein powder in recipes. Since I was a competitive athlete all the way up until my first year in college, as a soccer player and a cross country runner, I was really into any kind of protein shake, bar or bread. I love to just throw together ingredients that I think may make a great bar, and see if it turns out. So many failures, yet, that’s what makes those few successes so great! Many times I’ve created a recipe, and then cut some up for my family and I to try, only to get looks of disgust across their faces..that’s when I know it’s one of those labeled, “failure”. Haha, but that’s why I love baking so much, that’s where all the fun in it is!

Thankfully, this recipe came out as a success though.  Don’t worry, I wouldn’t mislead you and give you a recipe to one of my “failure” labeled creations! No protein taste. Actually has good flavor to it. Sweet enough, but not too sweet. You can enjoy it sweet with some agave on top, or savory with some nut butter or regular butter. I was pleased :)

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Cinnamon Coconut Protein Bread
– 1/2 cup coconut flour
-1 scoop raw vanilla protein powder
-1/2 cup greek yogurt
-1/2 cup almond milk
-1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
-2 T ground flaxseed
-1/4-1/2 cup agave/honey (more for a sweet bread/cake taste)
-1 T cinnamon
-1 tsp each of vanilla and coconut extract
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 cup egg whites
-pinch of cream of tartar (or can use a tad bit of vinegar)

Directions: Mix all ingredients up through baking powder together. In separate bowl, whip egg whites until frothy with electric beater. Add cream of tartar (or vinegar), beat some more until white and slightly stiff. Fold egg whites into other ingredients gently, just until thoroughly combined. Bake in an 8×8 pan at 350 degrees until done! (about 30-40 minutes)

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Banana Bread Pancakes

9 Mar

“Makin’ banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend..” was the theme of this morning’s breakfast :)

I’ve been really into making pancakes lately. All different kinds. But this morning, since my boyfriend absolutely loves banana bread, I decided to create these. Fluffy, moist, and that oh so delicious taste of biting into a good piece of banana bread. Top it with my peanut butter yogurt sauce, and you’ve really got yourself something yummy.

People tend to think pancakes are a “bad food”, but you’ll come to learn with my oh so many recipes I’ve made, that you can make them really healthy! Like these, substitute some flour for oatmeal, egg for egg substitute, add in some fruit like bananas, and top it with protein filled Greek yogurt. Looks like you’ve got yourself an all-around healthy meal! I’ve also been experimenting with a lot of protein pancakes made with protein powder that are really high in protein and good post-workout snacks ..which I’ll post sometime soon :)  But even with these pancakes, making a whole big batch of them and saving some in the fridge makes such a good snack..or second meal! My brother came in today from Tampa and found my leftover bag of them from this morning. Let’s just say, I no longer have any more leftovers :) But anyways, enjoy these banana bread pancakes as you, “pretend like it’s the weekend”..or, make them now while it is the weekend!

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Banana Bread Pancakes
-1 cup oat flour
-1/2 cup mashed banana (really ripe works best!)
-1 cup of milk
-2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
-2 T sugar
-2 T agave/honey (or more sugar)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 T cinnamon
-2 tsp baking powder
-touch of salt

Directions: mix all ingredients together. Heat pan on stove at medium heat. Cook as normal pancakes! Top with desired toppings. I topped mine with a peanut butter Greek yogurt sauce (recipe below), and bananas.

Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Sauce
-1/4 cup Greek yogurt
-2 T peanut butter
-2 T agave/honey
-Milk to thin as desired
*Mix all together and serve on top on pancakes!

 

Coconut Oatmeal Bake

8 Mar

A good ole’ bowl of hot oatmeal in the morning, something I don’t think I could ever get sick of. I even have it as a night time snack sometimes! I make it all sorts of ways, and in all sorts of flavors. But the other morning, I decided to bake it into squares instead. The result, was a delicious, coconut-flavor filled breakfast.

Oatmeal is such a healthy food. It is a great carb that’s high in protein to make as a part of your daily diet, and is full of yummy fiber as well to keep you full! It’s a great pre-workout meal when working out in the mornings, something I use to have a lot before workouts. If you’re more on the thinner side and need a big breakfast, there’s tons of ways to add extras in to make it higher in calories, and if you’re trying to lose weight, well it’s a delicious and healthy meal just with a touch of sweeter added to it! And for those living a gluten-free lifestyle, it’s a great option!  It’s also full of antioxidants and boosts your immune system as well. Sold yet? And there’s so many way to enjoy it other than your normal hot breakfast in a bowl, so you will never be bored!

My newest recipe with these fiber-filled oats is my coconut baked oatmeal. It is so great to have on hand as a snack, or for breakfast on the go when you’re in a rush! Hope you enjoy :)

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Coconut Baked Oatmeal with fresh strawberries, coconut, and my special homemade nut butter (which I’ll be posting a recipe soon for).

Coconut Baked Oatmeal
-1.5 cup dry oatmeal
-1/2 cup egg substitute or 2 eggs
-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup coconut
-1/4 cup ground flaxseed
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup sweetener of choice (agave, sugar, brown sugar, stevia)
-2 tsp baking powder
-Optional Add-ins/toppings: cinnamon, bananas, chocolate chips, fresh fruit, nut butter

Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Bake in 8×8 pan at 375 degrees until brown on sides, around 20-25 minutes