Naturally Sweetened Peanut Butter Banana (Superfood) Granola

Hello all! 🙂

Guess what?

Today I have a pretty dang nifty recipe to share with you. 🙂

Who likes bananas? Or peanut butter? Or granola? Well how about a granola recipe that includes bananas and peanut butter?! Nothing better, right? Well actually there is! Not only does this recipe have bananas and peanut butter, but it’s also healthy, naturally sweetened(!!!), and even contains some superfood ingredients! But wait for it, it also tastes fabulous without sacrificing nutritional value.

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If you’re like me, you can eat copious amounts of peanut butter, bananas, or pretty much anything with those flavors. Is it weird that I used to not be able to even stand bananas, yet now I would not be able to live without them? (I’ll answer that for myself: yes).

I’ve been wanting to make some homemade granola for months now because it’s been so long since I’ve done so. The other day I came across the perfect opportunity to create my own granola recipe (which I’ve never done before — I’ve only gone off of other recipes). I was scrolling through Instagram and found a post for a “Mystery Ingredient” Challenge (hosted by @f00dventures and @eatprayweights and sponsored by @monkeybutterpb). The mystery ingredient was none other than bananas! The reason I found this as the perfect opportunity is that I knew I wanted my granola to be sweetened with bananas. So I got my creative juices going today and I definitely had some fun!

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Here you have it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed with fork
  • 3 ½ cups Organic Rolled Oats
  • 3 tbsp Krema Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 3 tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 3 tbsp Home Dehydrated Banana Chips, broken up (optional)
  • Additional Coconut Shreds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 375°F
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mash bananas with fork. Add the next 6 ingredients and stir.
  3. Spread granola mixture out on parchment paper lined pans (I used a total of 3 pans). **Make sure to spread the mixture very thin/spread out so that is toasts correctly.
  4. Bake for 13-16 minutes, rotating/mixing halfway through.
  5. Once the granola is done baking, add in broken up banana chips and more unsweetened shredded coconut. My banana chips were home dehydrated by my dad, so they’re naturally sweetened (no additional ingredients, just banana)! So if you use store bought dehydrated/freeze dried banana chips, make sure the only ingredient is banana.
  6. Place in an airtight container (make sure the granola has cooled off before doing this).
  7. Eat as cereal with some milk, top yogurt with it, eat it by the handful, or any other way you can think of!
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What’s your favorite way to use or eat granola?

Chocolate Protein French Toast Sandwich

Hello everyone! I haven’t posted in a little while, but I’m back and at it with another recipe today!

But before I get to that, I want to tell you something really exciting (well, for me at least! :P) After this past school year I decided to transfer colleges to the state university in my town. I’ve been wanting to go to the gym there for the past month and a half or so and I finally went this morning with my brother! (He he goes to school there too). I’ve been going to the local YMCA since the beginning of the summer because I didn’t realize that I already have access to my school’s gym (because I got my ID about a month ago). The reason it took awhile to try out my school’s gym was because I really wanted to go with my brother the first time, and our schedules finally cooperated today! Anyway, I absolutely lovelovelove this gym! It’s fabulous and I cannot wait to go back!

But before I went to the gym I needed to properly fuel up. 🙂 I decided to make some french toast for my pre-workout breakfast. It turned into a Chocolate Protein French Toast Sandwich! So now what you’ve all (hopefully) been waiting for: the recipe!

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Ingredients:

For French Toast:

  • 1/4 cup Milk of Choice (I used skim because it’s what we had on hand)
  • 4 tbsp. Egg Whites
  • 8 drops Dark Chocolate Stevia
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 2 slices of Sprouted 7-Grain Bread (like Ezekiel bread), or bread of choice (I used Trader Joe’s brand)

For Sandwich Filling:

  • 2 tbsp. Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. Chocolate Brownie Protein Powder
  • 5 drops Dark Chocolate Stevia
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/2 Ripe Banana

For Topping:

  • Walden Farms Pancake Syrup
  • Cinnamon

Chia and Flax Seeds

Other Items:

  • Pan or skillet
  • Coconut oil, for greasing the pan

Directions:

  1. Heat pan/skillet on the stove at medium heat. Grease pan with coconut oil.
  2. Soak each slice of bread in the mixture (everything listed in the french toast ingredients above) for 1 minute on each side.
  3. Cook (on medium heat or a little higher) for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. While keeping an eye on the french toast, mix together your filling (except banana).
  5. Once the french toast is done cooking, spoon the filling on one slice of french toast and add the banana and second piece of toast.
  6. Cut in half (very messily :P) and top with your toppings.

Savor and enjoy the deliciousness of the french toast because it’ll be gone before you know it!

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I really hope you guys try this recipe out! If you do, let me know what you think! 🙂

What are your favorite flavors/things to add to french toast?

Vanilla Almond Coconut Oatmeal

What a busy day yesterday was! We had a wedding to go to in the afternoon, but even my morning was quite packed! Although I can’t complain considering it included an hour and a half pedicure. 🙂
To fuel up for the start of my day I decided to make a hearty bowl of oatmeal! If you know me really well, then you know that a lot of the time when I make food, I have a hard time choosing between things to add into said food/recipe. So most of the time my solution is to add it all! 😛 Needless to say, this bowl of oats kept me full for hours!
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This oatmeal didn’t really have any extravagant tastes, but it was simple and satisfying. Yes there’s probably a lot of fat in this recipe BUT it’s the good fats — the fats your body likes! Bonus! And before I forget, the coconut water and Greek Yogurt makes the texture of this oatmeal amazing. I absolutely adore adding both to my oatmeal. 🙂 I can’t think of the exact word right now to describe the texture, but the best I can think of now is creamy. Delicious and wonderful and creamy. The best.
Since I’ve been going on and on about the recipe, I have a small inkling that you may want the recipe, so here it is!

Ingredients:
•~1/2 of a Very Ripe Banana
•1/2 cup Rolled Oats (I got organic rolled oats from the local Co-op)
•3/4 cup Coconut Water
•1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla (or vanilla extract)
•1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
•2 tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
•1 tbsp Coconut Oil
•1 tbsp Raw Almonds
•1 tsp Chia Seeds (optional)
•1 tsp Flax Seeds (optional)
•Cinnamon, to taste

Directions:
1. Add first four ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 90 seconds (depending on your microwave strength).
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, and now you’re good to go! Have at it!

Chocolate Cherry Protein Waffle

Well folks, here I am again with yet another waffle recipe! Today I did a HIIT workout at home and I planned to refuel with a protein waffle. Starting last night I was trying to decide what kind I would make. For some reason I was having the hardest time, but I finally settled on Chocolate Cherry since we have home-dehydrated cherries in the freezer and fresh cherries in the fridge!
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The funny thing is that I used to never like cherries. I only liked cherry flavored things (like fruit snacks). But I finally tried them again a few weeks ago and discovered that I like them!

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Recipe:
•1/4 cup Oat Flour
•3 tbsp + 1 tsp Chocolate Protein Powder (I used whey)
•1 egg
•1 tbsp Coconut Water (or just a tad but more if you’d like)
•2 tbsp Dehydrated Bing Cherries (I used ones that my dad dehydrated [which means no yucky additives!])
•A couple drops of Cherry Flavoring (extract or essential oil)

Directions:
1. Turn on waffle iron to preheat.
2. Mix together all ingredients.
3. Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray).
4. Pour batter into iron once preheated.
5. Top with toppings of choice! I topped mine with Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff, some fresh Bing Cherries, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, and Hemp seeds! (I forgot to add cinnamon — gasp!)

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Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie

There’s nothing more refreshing on a beautiful Summer day than something cold and hydrating — I think we can all agree on that! Today I made up a smoothie (and a recipe along with it!) before I headed to a quick shift at work. I’ve been wanting to incorporate pineapple into my smoothies for some time now. I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy for not having done that yet, but hey, at least I’m finally trying it now! Always better late than never, right?!
I saw a recipe on Pinterest the other day for a pineapple coconut smoothie and it inspired me to create my own! Also, I got a great deal on tofu at Costco this past weekend, so I decided to incorporate that in my smoothie as well! 🙂
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Ingredients:
•1 banana, frozen
•1/4 piece Firm Tofu
•1 cup Fresh Pineapple
•1/2 cup Coconut Water
•1 generous tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
•Handful of Spinach
•1/2 tsp Maca Powder (optional — it simply gives an extra health boost!)
•Handful of Ice Cubes
•Cinnamon, to taste

Directions:
1. Add banana, tofu, and pineapple to blender or food processor (I use a Ninja).
2. Add coconut water and coconut shreds. Blend.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend one last time.
4. Top with toppings of choice! I simply topped mine with more unsweetened shredded coconut and goji berries. 🙂

Lemon Chia Seed Waffle

Hi there, everyone! 🙂

Last Sunday I was feelin’ a lemon flavored waffle, and so the Lemon Chia Seed Waffle was born! 😛 The one I made last Sunday wasn’t too bad flavor wise, but I needed to work on the texture a little bit. I’m putting 99% of the blame on my waffle maker though, because it didn’t beep when it was done (only the “ready” light came on) and I was in the other room trying to do my typical multi-tasking. So that is why I do put 1% of the blame on myself! 😛

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This morning seemed like the perfect morning to do a second trial of these waffles because Sundays are rest days for me and I had plenty of time to slowly roll out of bed when I was ready to, and start tweaking the recipe for and remaking the Lemon Chia Seed Waffle! Man, am I happy that I changed up the recipe! I actually only just tweaked it a tad bit, but it sure did the trick! This waffle is perfectly moist on the inside and golden to perfection on the outside. Not to toot my own horn but TOOOOOOOT! You should probably need to try these waffles!

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So without further ado, the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Oat Flour (I grind up my own oats in our Ninja)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 5 tbsp + 1 tsp Coconut Water
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • approx. 8 Drops of Lemon Stevia (or stevia of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Desired toppings (I’ll post what I used for mine below)

Directions:

1. Turn on waffle iron to preheat.

2. Mix together all ingredients.

3. Pour into waffle maker once preheated.

4. Once your waffle iron beeps or says it’s ready, leave waffle in for another minute or so, but keep an eye on it.

5. Top with desired toppings. I topped mine with Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff, Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, Halo Top Creamery Lemon Cake Ice Cream, and Chia Seeds!

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Let me know what you think! I hope you’re all enjoying my waffle creations! If you have any flavor suggestions, I’d be more than happy to try them out! 🙂

Happy 4th!

Just a heads up: this is going to be a short and sweet post, but I just wanted to pop in and say happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans!! And to those of you who don’t live in America, I still hope you’re having a wonderful day! 🙂

I had an easy 6 hour gift at work today, but before that I got a workout in and I made a delicious bowl of (patriotic!) proyo!
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Yes, I promise there’s proyo under all that!

This was absolutely amazing and completely filling. If you’d like me to post the approximate recipe, just holler! 🙂