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Cinnamon Apple Pancake Mix [Recipe Redux]

21 Nov

Tis the season for the holidays! And you know what that means…a lot of delicious food!

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I literally get so excited and happy when the holidays come around each year. Something about this time of year, and being with all the people I love. Not to mention having time to spend bakin away in the kitchen. Ever since I was a young, I would spend the holidays in the kitchen with my momma and grandma. My baking has just become a little healthier now :)

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I can’t help but to dream about all my pumpkin creations, like my pumpkin dip, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin smoothie, or pumpkin pie walnut butter! <3

But with the holidays, also comes the season of gift giving. And you know what is the perfect gift to show you truly care?

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A homemade one. And this right here, would be a delicious one to start with! The theme for this month’s recipe redux was mixes in a jar :)

Most people give hot cocoa mixes and cookie mixes, but this is a fabulous apple cinnamon pancake mix I created!

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We all have enough cookies laying around the house during the holidays, so why not give a gift of a delicious breakfast?!

This is healthy, gluten free, dairy free, and filled with a lot of fiber packed ingredients to keep you satisfied! Not to mention, this pancake mix is filled with the delicious taste of cinnamon apples…reminds me of apple pie<3

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Perfect as a gift or even just for yourself for an easy, quick breakfast option! This is great to have around on the holidays when you wake up to a hungry family :)

And you know what would be a delicious topping on these? My homemade Apple Pumpkin Butter :)

HaPpY hOlIdAy SeAsOn!

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Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix
•    1 cup oat flour/whole wheat
•    1/2 cup oats
•    1/2 cup dried apples
•    1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
•    2 tablespoons light brown sugar
•    1 tbsp flaxseed
•    2 teaspoons baking powder
•    1 tbsp ground cinnamon
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    Optional: any other add-ins desired: coconut, chocolate chips, fresh diced apple
Directions: Layer all ingredients in jar starting with flour and going down the ingredient list. If making to simply keep on hand at home, you can mix all ingredients together first before storing in jar for easy cooking. If giving as a gift, layer for aethestics.

To Make Pancakes
For every 1 cup mix add:
•    1 egg
•    3/4 cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
•    1/4 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce (or increase milk to 1 cup)
Directions: Add egg, milk, and applesauce to bowl and mix until combined. Add in 1 cup of pancake mix. Heat nonstick pan on stove on medium heat. Pour batter into stove to form pancakes. Cook as normal. Serve with maple syrup, my homemade apple butter, or whatever you choose :)

Apple Benefits
1)Reduces tooth decay by lowering levels of bacteria
2)Keeps Alzheimer’s away and fights aging effects on brain
3) Curbs Cancer because of flavonol richness
4)Decreases risk of diabetes (due to soluble fiber amount)
5)Reduces Cholesterol
6) High in fiber keeps digestive tract optimal
7)Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome (high fiber content)
8) Detoxes Liver
9) Boosts immune system

Flaxseed Benefits
1)High in fiber, both soluble and insoluble
2)Contains all 9 of the essential amino acids your body cannot make
3)Contains lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities
4)Rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids
5)May reduce inflammation

Egg Benefits
1) Rich in the proteins lutein and zeaxanthin, which aid in eye health
2) Aids in cardiovascular health
3) Rich in Choline, a B vitamin that is thought of as brain food” as it aids in neurological function and development
4) Prevents breast cancer
5) Leads to healthy skin, hair and nails- being
high in sulfur
6) Contains 6 grams of protein and all the amino acids needed to build protein

Rolled Oats Benefits
1) High in fiber, low in fat
2) Makes you feel satisfied
3) Stabilizes blood sugar
4) Removes bad cholesterol
5) Great gluten-free options
6) Contains unique antioxidants
7) Enhances immune response to disease

Cinnamon Benefits
1) Regulates blood sugar
2) Reduces LDL cholesterol levels
3) Contains natural anti-infectious compounds. Fights against ulcer-causing bacteria
4) Reduces pain linked to arthritis
5) May reduce proliferation of cancer cells
6) Is a natural food preservative
7) Contains fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese
8) Effective for menstrual pain and infertility

 

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Overnight Carrot Cake Oatmeal in a Squash

15 Nov

I love carrot cake. The delicious favors of the sweet carrots and coconut..not to mention the cream cheese frosting that brings it all together :)

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Well I decided to make a similar flavor for my breakfast today!

This combines the sweetness of natural carrot juice to create a delicious taste as it soaks overnight. And of course, can’t forget that delicious creamy frosting taste. But this one surely doesn’t use the sugar filled cream cheese frosting to get the same tasty flavor :)

And what was better? When removing it in the morning, I place it in a cooked acorn squash, to create a delectable breakfast!

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Topped it with unsweetened coconut and my friend Jay’s Coco-Almond Butter..dying. I literally eat this butter straight with a spoon. So delicious.

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This is surely a must try breakfast!

Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1/2 cup carrot juice
-1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
-2 tbsp cottage cheese, blended to cream
-2 tbsp shredded carrots
-2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
-1/2 tsp coconut extract
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-Dash of sea salt and sweetener to taste! (about 2 tsp agave for me)
-Optional: Top with this amazing Coco-Almond Butter (or any nut butter of choice) and serve in an acorn squash!

Want a kick of protein?! Add a 1/2 scoop of Pumpkin Spice AboutTime Whey powder that is all natural and clean! You can buy on this website here and get for 25% off with the code: “FFF1” :)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Either heat in the morning or enjoy as is! Top with desired ingredients. Can serve in cooked acorn squash if desired as well.

Rolled Oats Benefits
1) High in fiber, low in fat
2) Makes you feel satisfied
3) Stabilizes blood sugar
4) Removes bad cholesterol
5) Great gluten-free options
6) Contains unique antioxidants
7) Enhances immune response to disease

Coconut Benefits
1)Fights viruses and bacteria growth in body
2)Fights yeast, fungus, and candida
3) Positively affects hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control which leads to increase metabolism, energy and endurance
4)Aids in digestion
5)Absorbs fat soluble vitamins
6)Lowers cholesterol
7)Special fat called medium chain triglycerides (Research shows 2T a day allowed women not only to gain less weight but lower abdominal fat)

Greek Yogurt
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Protein Pumpkin Cake Dip

30 Oct

Fall is in the air. Get excited. You know what that means, right?

PUMPKIN RECIPES GALORE.

See, pumpkin is a weekly thing in my kitchen no matter the season, but now that it is truly the season for this delicious food, I feel no guilt in bombarding the blogging world with all my delicious pumpkin creations. I hope you like pumpkin!

If not, you should give it a second try, but no pressure :)

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This dip resembles my pumpkin cream cheese alternative that I wrote about in a past post, but now I’ve turned it into a delicious dip. Or a heavenly protein bowl to eat solely with a spoon. You can choose :)

As you know with my recent giveaway that is now up, I’m a huge fan of About Time protein, as it is a very clean powder, yet delicious! I currently have the Cake Batter powder, so of course, I had to make a cake dip. But guess what? About Time now has a PUMPKIN flavor. Yep, you read that right, pumpkin protein powder! Which you can also make this dip with :) This recipe is amazing as a dip, by itself simply with a spoon, or as a spread on toast/pita like this!

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And there is better news. I have a promo code you can use to receive 25% off! Type in FFF1 into the place for a promo code as you order online, and you’ll receive 25% off! Now you have no excuse to try this delicious powder..especially the pumpkin one! I know thats next on my list to try. But for now, here is the recipe for this tasty pumpkin dip!

Not a fan of protein powder? Omit it or add a touch of coconut flour instead! This recipe is just as delicious without the powder as it is with it. And it is high in protein even without the powder! It may not have that “cake-like” taste as much, but it is still delicious!

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Protein Pumpkin Cake Dip (or breakfast bowl!)
-1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
-1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
-1 scoop About Time Cake Batter Whey (Order on their website here and use my promo code: FFF1 for a discount!)
-1 packet Stevia
-1 or 2 T raw Honey/Agave (as needed for desired sweetness)
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon each: Vanilla and Butter Extract (or just 1 tsp vanilla!)
-Dash of Sea Salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled as a dip, or simply eat as a protein packed breakfast bowl!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

 

Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins [GF, DF, V]

11 Oct

By this time you know I love pumpkin.

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But now thanks to Recipe Redux putting on this Sweetpotato Contest, I have rediscovered my love of them as well. Simply baked in the oven, cooked in a savory meal, or used in dessert, these sweetpotatoes provide such a delicious flavor and also a very moist texture :)

Recap for anyone who has missed my last couple posts and is confused as to why I’m spelling sweetpotatoes without a space:  What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! What’s unique about California sweetpotatoes is that they are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. The result is a visually, higher quality sweetpotato. California sweetpotatoes are a “nutrition bang for the calorie buck” with 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, all for 105 calories per serving. Plus, they are available year-round.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s talk about these muffins. Can you say scrumptious? The flavors of sweetpotato, pumpkin, and almonds all in one mini muffin. What a great way to kick off the Fall season! I love this time of year, because guess what?! Pumpkin and squashes are everywhere! I can now post many pumpkin and squash recipes without seeming completely insane :)

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I made these muffins for all of my friends the other night, and didn’t know what to expect. But they loved them! I’m not a big baker when it comes to cakes and muffins, so I didn’t know if I would come out with the right ratio of everything, but thankfully I did and these muffins were a great success. And they’re gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian friendly! So dive on in to this tasty recipe.

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Want a little taste of Fall? Or a small bite of heaven? Try this recipe with your very own sweetpotatoes today!

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Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins
Makes 18 mini muffins

–    1 cup oats
–    1/4 cup California sweet potato, mashed
–    1/4 cup pumpkin puree
–    1/4 cup applesauce
–    3T egg white
–    6 dates
–    3T agave
–    1T coconut oil
–    1 tsp vanilla
–    1 tsp cinnamon
–    1/2 tsp ginger
–    1 tsp baking powder
–    1/4 tsp butter and almond extract
–    1/4 tsp sea salt
–    Optional: 1/4 cup crushed nuts or mini chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Combine oats and dates in food processor and blend until it forms a crumbly mixture. Add in all other dry ingredients and blend until well incorporated. In small bowl, mix together all wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, and blend until mixed well. Stir in almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Spray mini muffin liners with nonstick spray. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into each mold. Top with extra crushed almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until done. For an extra moist muffins, take out before toothpick comes out clean (for me, about 8-10 minutes). Enjoy.

Sweetpotato Benefits
1) High in vitamin B6
2) Good source of vitamin C
3) Contain vitamin D
4) Contain iron
5) Good source of magnesium
6) High in fiber
7) Rich in vitamin A

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Almond Benefits
1) Reduce Heart Attack Risk
2) Lower Bad Cholesterol
3) Protect artery walls from damage
4) Build strong bones and teeth
5) Provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
6) Lower rise in blood sugar after meals
7) Alkalize the body

 

I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 

Sweet Potato Breakfast Pudding

23 Jul

Pudding..for breakfast?! Yep, that’s what it says!

This recipe has that same decadent pudding taste, yet uses all normal breakfast foods and is very healthy for you!

It all started when I had leftover sweet potato from the night before. I use pumpkin in a lot of breakfast recipes, yet always thought using sweet potato just wasn’t a normal thing to eat for breakfast. And maybe it’s not. But it sure is good, and full of nutrients for a well rounded carb to start your day. And, its healthy just like pumpkin is! So I reevaluated myself as to why I never used it before at breakfast…

And then this was created. I almost went and grabbed the oats, but then had just about a cup left of my fiber one cereal, and thought, I’m going to use this! Next thing you know, I’m blending it all up, adding this and that, and I got what I would like to call, breakfast pudding! Topped it with all natural peanut butter and clean chocolate syrup, and called it a morning.

It was so scrumptious, I will most certainly be using sweet potatoes more often than just in my normal baked version of it for dinner. These are just way too good. Of course, still not as good as my pumpkin though:)

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Pudding
-1 cup fiber one cereal (or any flake cereal would do)
-3/4 cup original almond milk
-1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
-2T pb2(peanut flour) or 1T pb (can omit)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-stevia or agave to sweeten!
Directions: Combine all ingredients and blend using any type of blender until smooth. Top with any desired toppings. Enjoy right away, or put it in the fridge for just 10 minutes, which allows it to begin to thicken up much more!

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 :)