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Frozen Yogurt Banana Truffles

24 Jan

Hey all.

Sorry I haven’t posted in a long time. It’s hard to run a food blog when I’m not much of a cook. -_- I want to be able to cook better, I think I’m just more interested in nutrition. But me posting about health isn’t as exciting as posting pretty food pictures 😉

But here is something I just thought of today! They’re currently nestled in my freezer so we’ll have to experiment together on how good they’ll be, but I did try one and though it was really good and couldn’t wait to share! These are a fun little treat for yourself, or could part of your breakfast.

banana yogurt truffles

mmmmm…. bananananananaaaa

Not much of a technique, just dip pieces of banana into a container of yogurt of your choice and spread on a piece of foil to pop in the freezer. I added cinnamon, nutmeg and Stevia to my yogurt, and topped them with shredded almonds, cacao nibs and coconut flakes. I love me some sweet.

Enjoy!

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Nutty Banana Bread

22 Aug

Want to fill your house with the delicious smell of banana bread? Who could resist that?!

I made this because I was dissatisfied with the selection of gluten free breads at the store. I wanted something perfect for breakfast – EFA and protein packed from nuts and sweetened by fruit – to keep me full throughout the morning. So I present to you this deliciously moist gluten free banana bread! This was the first loaf of bread I’ve ever made! I always thought it would be much tougher than it was, if I can do it you can do it! And you probably have all these ingredients already.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of quick oats
  • 1/4 cup of almonds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 2 cups of mashed banana (measured after mashing)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs coconut oil (can omit if you want)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp stevia
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grind your 2 cups of oats in a blender until it becomes a flour/powder, put in a large bowl. Grind almonds and flax seeds the same way and put in the bowl. Combine all dry ingredients in that bowl
  2. Mash your bananas in a separate bowl and add all the wet ingredients to it. Fold wet into dry ingredients and mix well. Add the cacao and walnuts last and mix in.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes. If the insides are not done then but the top is, put a piece of foil over it and bake 5-10 minutes longer.
  4. After removing from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

must….not….eat it all…. in one day…….. so hard…

Coconut Banana French Toast

22 Jul

Need I say more?

Okay, I’ll say a little more. Like how awesome and easy this recipe is! I used Cinnamon and Raisin Ezekiel Bread which makes the result even sweeter, plus I like to eat sprouted grains for it’s health benefits. Pair this with a nice glass of orange/carrot/ginger juice and you’ve got yourself a fine brunch 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbs coconut creamer
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 tbs coconut oil (or EVOO)
  • 2-4 slices of bread
  • shredded coconut for garnish

Mix all the ingredients (except oil and bread) in a pan and soak the bread in the mixture for 30 seconds on each side. Meanwhile heat the oil on a large pan. Drain the bread a little before adding to the pan, then cook for about 3 minutes each side or until golden brown. I also caramelized a couple slices of banana and brown sugar next to them for the top of the french toast. Finish with shredded coconut, blueberries, maple syrup, whatever your heart desires! Enjoy 🙂

Shamrock Shake

21 Jul

This is my take on the #1 rated smoothie in all of LA by Sun Cafe. (And I like mine better) 😉

I’d save this for dessert. Long ingredient list but don’t worry, it’s easy and quick to make. You can leave out or substitute some ingredients and you’ll be fine.

Ingredients (serving for one):

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 c non dairy milk
  • 1/4 c almonds or cashews
  • 1/8 c cacao nibs
  • 1 tbs chia or flax seeds
  • 1 date or sweetener of choice
  • mint leaves (optional)
  • shredded coconut for top

Blend up the nuts and seeds first, then add the rest. The result is thick, creamy and delicious. Beware, it’s addicting!

Fruit Cereal Smoothie

20 Jul

Yes, you read correctly. Cereal. Smoothie. I know, it’s pretty rad, and you HAVE to try it!

If you’re anything like me, you like your mornings fruity and your smoothies thick enough to need a spoon. Bring forth the Cereal Smoothie.

This dish has become one of my breakfast staples. What’s great about it is it’s completely customizable, I make it different every time. This morning it was berry-based. My favorite is adding a whole peach, it creates a perfect smooth and thick texture. But one thing is for sure about this, it’s healthy! Turning solid food into liquid food is much easier on your digestive system, freeing you some energy for your day!

General ingredients to blend:

  • 1/2-1 frozen banana
  • handful of berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries)
  • 3/4 -1 cup of non dairy milk
  • 3/4 cup of cereal (I use bran flakes and fiber-o’s)
  • sweetener and/or spices (stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc)
  • 1 tbs chia seeds or flax
  • squeezed juice from half an orange (optional, for more fruity taste)

You can simplify and just use frozen banana, it’s like banana bread in a bowl. Same goes for pumpkin. My favorite is peach and banana. You can add soy-yogurt, or juice instead of milk. The list goes on. Maybe if you’re like me and you have one of these little guys keeping you company while you experiment. 🙂

Do you have any pets who like to watch you in the kitchen too?

Blackberry Banana Cream Oatmeal

10 May

YUM. My favorite oatmeal recipe I’ve ever made. And it’s super easy, too.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 medium banana
  • 4-5 blackberries
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia/Agave/Sugar
  • (optional) 1 tbs vanilla coffee creamer

Boil the water in a pot and add pieces of banana and the blackberries. Try to mush the banana with a fork, but leaving some chunks too. Stir the fruit around for a minute or two, then add the oats and let boil until almost cooked, stirring occasionally. Add the spices and sweetener, and finally the creamer if you want a creamier oatmeal. The end result will be pink with chunks of banana and blackberry swirling perfectly in the delicious flavors. NOM. Pat yourself on the back for a deliciously healthy and satisfying breakfast 🙂

Banana Pumpkin Spice “Shake”

4 May

Okay, I’ll admit it, I have full-blown Fall nostalgia. It’s my favorite season. The weather has been gloomy lately and it’s bringing it out in me, plus having canned pumpkin sitting in my cupboard is so tempting! So I give you the healthiest pumpkin pie “shake” you’ll ever find!

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3-4 tbs canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla coffee creamer
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Stevia extract to taste

It’s thick, creamy and delicious, and it’s healthy! It tastes like a shake but nothing evil in this recipe. I love to make “desert” drinks when I have a sweet tooth but can’t afford the calories that day. Pop all those ingredients in a blender, I have a Magic Bullet look-a-like, and ta-daa…. a great addition to a light lunch or a snack on it’s own 🙂 How can you not love this? Look at it!!