Chocolate Chip Banana Bread {paleo, gf, rsf}

Let me introduce you to your new favorite baked good… She’s simple, healthy, and a party favorite! She’s even gotten the golden star of approval from the grandparents and TRUST ME that is hard to get! Here’s a picture of my grandpa (he turns 84 this weekend)!!

I probably make this loaf like every other week because what else do you do when your bananas turn spotty?? Okay okay, the occasipnal smoothie can do, but nothing compares to banana bread (especially this one)!! Only takes like 5 minutes to whip up, throw it in the oven, and you can thank me later! So easy. So nutritious. SO tasty.

I’ll go ahead and cut to the recipe because if you’re like me you probably already scrolled straight to the bottom so I won’t waste either of our time 😉

Ingredients

Wet:

3 spotted bananas, mashed

2 eggs + 1 egg white

1/4 cup almond butter (sub: any nut butter)

1/4 cup maple syrup

Dry:

1 cup almond flour (sub: any flour)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

Toppings/Add-ins:

3/4 cup chocolate chips or nuts/seeds of choice

Directions

In two separate bowls, combine wet and dry ingredients.

Then pour one into another and fold.

Add in any desired toppings/add-ins, then transfer to a greased 9″ x 5″ baking tin.

Bake at 350F for ~ 45 minutes (do 40 if you like it a little underdone in the middle).

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake

Growing up as the only true health enthusiast in my family, I got pretty used to cooking all my meals for myself. I would meal prep on the weekends so I had all my food prepared for breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon sports, etc. When I came home, the one thing that I wanted more than anything was some HEALTHY DESSERT (and one that I could whip up FAST)!

And then…drumroll please…the mug cake was born! The easiest way for me to satisfy my sweet tooth without wasting any time at all! Seriously less than 5 minutes to prepare + make and 100% worth every bite. I swear that mug is absolutely magical (and even better when you’re exhausted and hungry). Easiest healthy dessert!

So naturally, I made sure that my mug cake was delicious, yet still completely filled with the good stuff and made out of whole food ingredients only. This mug is gluten free, dairy free (always), refined sugar free, and paleo–aka JUST how I like it 😉 Recipe below!

Ingredients

1 egg

3 tbsp almond flour

2 tbsp pumpkin puree

2 tbsp coconut sugar

1/4 tsp pumpkin spice

1-2 tbsp chocolate chips

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, then transfer to a mug (or microwave-safe bowl).

Microwave for 2 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Add more chocolate chips and a drizzle of almond milk.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups

OKAY I know that I’m a bit late to the game with the whole pumpkin thing, but I mean, pumpkin recipes should be a year-round thing…right?! It’s just TOO GOOD to limit to one time a year in my opinion.

So–late or not–I bring to you, my Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups!!! These are seriously the most delicious, yet healthy version of homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but with an EXTRA pumpkin boost! Not to mention, they’re vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free…the whole bit. What’s not to love?

If I haven’t captivated you yet, just LOOK at the ingredients. They’re all real, whole foods, and they combine to make the most delicious dessert (hint: they’re pictured above)! I’m a firm believer that when you’re eating healthy you should NEVER have to compromise! I promise you, these certainly don’t compromise in the flavor department 😉

Ingredients

Coating:

1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips

Filling:

1/2 cup nut butter (I used almond butter but up to you!)

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

2 tbsp vanilla protein (sub: almond flour and add more maple syrup)

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. Line a 12-muffin tin with muffin liners and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double broiler or in the microwave in 30-second intervals (so the chocolate doesn’t burn).
  3. In a small bowl, combine all filling ingredients and set aside.
  4. Once the chocolate and filling are ready, fill them muffin cups in layers. Add 2 tsp of melted chocolate to the bottom of each cup. Then add 2 tsp of filling to the center of the cups (make sure it doesn’t touch the sides). Then coat the filling with an additional 2 tsp of melted chocolate.
  5. Store the muffin cups in the fridge to harden.
  6. Enjoy!

Paleo Banana Nut Bread

There are so many banana bread recipes out there, but there aren’t many that are both HEALTHY & taste GOOD–I never like to compromise!

I bring to you–my PALEO BANANA NUT BREAD recipe. It’s free of gluten, dairy, and added sugar ++ it’s LOADED with all the good stuff! This loaf is made with wholesome, paleo ingredients that make it incredibly satisfying and nutritious!

This is an absolute staple in my house! It’s the first thing I make when I’m craving something sweet, and I’m always making loaves to share with friends. It’s an EASY recipe that everyone loves!

Ingredients

Wet:

3 bananas

2 eggs + 1 egg white

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

Dry:

1 cup almond flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

Toppings/Add-ins:

1/3 cup nuts/seeds of choice (optional)

2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Directions

In two separate bowls, combine wet and dry ingredients.

Then pour one into another and fold.

Add in any desired toppings/add-ins, then transfer to a 9″ x 5″ baking tin.

Bake at 350F for ~ 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Oat Bars (V, Gf)

I love a good dessert. Especially one that’s clean and made with just a handful of ingredients. That’s why I love these No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Oat Bars!

These guys are my current favorite dessert because they hit all my macros (you can find yours using the Perfect Keto macro calculator)! Oats as a source of healthy carbs, vanilla protein powder and almond butter for added protein & healthy fats, and chocolate because…well who doesn’t love chocolate?? Each bite is like a little hint if heaven. No joke!!

These are also extremely easy to make! They don’t require any baking on your part–just stir some ingredients together, put them in a baking dish, pour some melted chocolate over it, and you’re all set. I’m always here for an easy way to satisfy my sweet tooth!

Ingredients

Base

1 1/2 cups oats

1/2 cup almond butter

1/4 cup vanilla protein

1/2 cup almond milk

Chocolate Layer

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all “base” ingredients, then transfer to a baking dish lined with parchment paper (I used a 9 x 9) and store in the fridge.
  2. Melt chocolate chips and evenly distribute over the “base” layer.
  3. Place the dish in the fridge for an hour to set, then remove and slice into squares.
  4. Store in the fridge and enjoy throughout the week.
  5. Enjoy!

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

I’m ALLL about balance. Balance between school and sports, balance between workout and recovery, and balance between FOOD GROUPS!

Getting a balanced macronutrient meal is always a recipe for success. It ensures that you’re sufficiently fueling your body to operate at its best. But it doesn’t have to be boring! I’m here to tell ya that you can eat pancakes every day if you’re making them with the right ingredients. AKA, these HEALTHY OATMEAL BANANA PANCAKES!

Ingredients

2 eggs

1 banana

1/4 cup oats (blended to a flour)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mash a banana and whisk in 2 eggs.
  2. Blend the oats to a flour, then add in to the batter with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-low, then distribute the batter into pancakes.
  4. Cook for a few minutes on each side (but don’t press down with a spatula if you want them to be fluffy!)
  5. Add any desired toppings.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • For a fluffier pancake, allow the batter to thicken for 5 minutes before cooking, and don’t press down with a spatula!
  • Customize them to your liking. You can add vanilla extract, matcha, or some chocolate chips to spice them up.

Go-To Vanilla Chia Pudding

I don’t like to label my diet. I like to eat mindfully and analyze how I feel after eating specific foods. For me, I enjoy lower carb alternatives because they don’t retain as much water, and therefore don’t cause bloat (something i’ve struggled with in the past).

I used to eat oatmeal EVERY DAY, and I loved it! But, our bodies are constantly changing, and I’ve learned since that I can no longer tolerate such large amounts of carbs.

Instead, I opt for chia pudding, an excellent alternative! Here’s what makes chia pudding so great:

– high in protein/fat
– high in fiber
– excellent source of omega-3’s
– low glycemic index

Just a jar of it is enough to fill me up for HOURS. The high protein/fat content is what makes them satiating and naturally low on the glycemic index (so they don’t spike blood sugar). The omega-3’s and the low glycemic index of chia pudding are extremely beneficial to the skin, and give you that clear, vibrant glow.

What I like the most about this superfood, however, is how sustainable it is! It’s filling and doesn’t give you an energy spike/crash, but rather some steady, stable energy that fuels you up all day long.

Ingredients

3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp vanilla protein
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
3/4 cup nut milk

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a sealable jar, (whisk in chia seeds thoroughly to make sure there are no clumps), then store in the fridge overnight.
  2. Add any desired toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

Soft Baked Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

There’s really nothing I crave more than a warmed, soft-baked, cookie with a latte in the morning or for a little something sweet after dinner. These Soft Baked Vegan Gingerbread Cookies prettyyy much do it for me. They’re so soft, they almost melt in your mouth, and they have the perfect touch of sweetness to ease a sweet tooth.

Also, they’re naturally VEGAN. No need for any flax egg/ banana substitutes to try to get the recipe to work out, I got you covered. There’s also tons of substitutions you can make if you see some ingredients you don’t have on hand. This recipe is meant to be easy and available for anyone to make–let alone all the benefits that come from a…COOKIE!

Ingredients

Dry:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup oat flour (1 cup oats, blended into a flour)

1/3 cup coconut sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp baking powder

Wet:

1/2 cup almond milk

3 tbsp molasses

Directions

  1. In two bowls, combine wet and dry ingredients, then pour one into the other and fold.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then use 2 spoons to distribute the batter into cookies (I did 18), leaving a little room for expansion.
  3. Top with more cinnamon and coconut sugar, then bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool, then indulge in your healthy, soft baked treat!
  5. Enjoy!

Notes:

    If you don’t have coconut sugar on hand, sub in brown sugar at a 1:1 ratio for the same results.
    Oat flour can be made by blending 1 cup of rolled oats in a blender or food processor for a few seconds to achieve a fine flour.
    Almond flour and oat flour can be substituted with any other flours in a 1:1 ratio (with the exception of coconut flour)
    To achieve a crispier/firmer cookie, bake at a higher temperature, and check it periodically to prevent the cookies from burning.

Nut Free Fat Balls

Lately I’ve been a huge fan of FAT. I know, sounds strange but it’s legit. Healthy fats are an essential part of a balanced diet, because they aid in satiety unlike carbohydrates or sugars. This is because fats take longer to digest, therefore they provide sustained energy (not that awful sugar high/crash cycle), which makes them perfect fuel for a workout, or a snack between meals!

As much as I love incorporating healthy fats in my meals, I don’t go crazy with them. I like to keep my diet as balanced as possible, so these balls aren’t totally loaded with oils (unlike some that have 1/2 cup of straight coconut oil!). These guys have the perfect amount of seeds and supplementing oil to give them a good consistency and taste, while still allowing them to hold up their notable reputation for providing some solid energy!

They’re portable, pop-able, and an absolute go-to snack for me. They’re completely vegan, high in proteins and healthy fats, and taste JUST LIKE creampuffs (I swear the resemblance is uncanny)! I love to eat a few for breakfast, snack on them between meals, or have a few for dessert.

Ingredients

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup watermelon seeds

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 scoop vanilla protein

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp coconut oil + coconut butter

1/4 cup plant based milk

5-6 pitted dates (or to taste)

Directions

  1. In a food processor pulse together all seeds, vanilla protein, and cinnamon until the seeds are roughly ground (remember they’re going to be processed more, so don’t ground them to a flour consistency!)
  2. Add in coconut oil and coconut butter and plant milk, then process until evenly combined.
  3. Pulse in the dates in divided amounts, scraping down the edges if needed. If your mixture is still crumbly, add more dates to create a more sticky batter.
  4. Use a tablespoon measure to create 18 balls, then line them up on parchment paper and store them in the freezer.
  5. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container (I use a Stasher Bag), and keep them in the freezer for a quick and easy snack!
  6. Enjoy!

Notes:

    Store them in the freezer for a firm consistency, or the fridge if you prefer them to be softer.
    Swap in any seeds in this recipe, just make sure it’s the same quantity.
    Use desired amount of dates based off the level of sweetness you prefer.
    Any flavor of protein powder can be used to customize this recipe, or you can swap in collagen peptides for a hair, skin, and nails supplement.
    Feel free to add matcha, turmeric, cacao powder, or any other flavors to customize your balls!

Matcha Overnight Oats

I’m an overnight oats addict. I said it, but for good reason! Overnight oats are a quick and easy way to get in all the components necessary for a good breakfast. You can pretty much spice them up with whatever you desire, add protein, nut butter, and *BAM!* you’ve got a balanced meal.

When prepping a breakfast, it’s essential to hit all if the macros for proper fuel. That’s why I supplement the carbs from oatmeal with protein power and nut butter for healthy fat. I’ve found that three of these combined is the ONLY thing that keeps me full for hours at a time. Nothing too crazy or expensive, but it’s a miracle food if ya ask me.

Ingredients

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp protein powder

1 tbsp nut butter

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp matcha

stevia

Directions

In a sealable jar, combine all ingredients.

Store in the fridge overnight, and in the morning, add desired toppings (I did my grain-free granola, coconut, and almond butter)!

Take it to go, OR enjoy it in the comfort of your home. Your choice 😉

Enjoy!