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Banana Egg Pancakes With A Boost

Hello! We are back from a wonderful trip up North for my brother-in-law’s wedding. It was small, family only, and beyond perfect. We have been incredibly busy with a move, and two weekends of weddings, but now we are back and settling in which feels SO nice. Anyway, I will share more on that later. Let’s get to the point of this post….

PANCAKES!

I’m sure many of you have tried banana egg pancakes. I like them, but usually want something more substantial and satisfying. Well, after a lifting workout, I decided to make them with a few yummy additions. I devoured the whole thing.

My favorite added ingredient is leftover Criobru grounds. I have mentioned Criobru on the blog before. It brews like coffee,  has SO many health benefits, and is essentially caffeine free. I have been trying to cut back some, and it gives me a boost in the afternoon when I need it. Plus, the taste is incredible!

INGREDIENTS:

*2 eggs
*1 banana
*1/4 cup of almond flour
*1/2 tsp of cornstarch
*Leftover Criobru grounds

TOPPING:
*Almond butter
*Coconut Oil

DIRECTIONS:

*Mash banana and mix with the eggs.
*Add in all other ingredients and mix well.
*Heat a skillet with a little coconut oil and cook 1/4 of batter on both sides. Continue until all batter is used. I made 4 pancakes.
*Melt some almond butter and coconut oil together and pour over pancakes.
*Add any additional toppings you want and eat!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Unil next time…

With love,

Carly

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Trailmix Cheesecake Protein Pancakes 

Happy hump day, everyone! I hope your week is treating you well so far! Mine has been pretty good, minus the normal stress of work. I’ve enjoyed some tasty food and had some great workouts. 

MONDAY:

I woke up SO hungry!! I knew I needed more than my typical breakfast and pancakes sounded awesome. I have a mix that I love called Kodiak Cakes. It is filling and so healthy! This brand was featured on the show Shark Tank. I had some fun with the mix and made a cheesecake and trailmix flavor. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup of Kodiak Cakes pancake mix 
  • Water (amount according to package)
  • 1 heaping TBSP of sugar free cheesecake pudding mix 
  • 1 heaping TBSP of trail mix 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl 
  2. Spray a pan with cooking spray and place on stove (medium heat)
  3. Take 1/4 cup of the mix and place on pan until golden brown on both sides
  4. Continue step 3 until you use all of the mix (mine made 3 pancakes)
  5. Top with syrup, honey, or any other topping you like!


After work, I took one of my favorite workout classes called C9 challenge. It was a tough one, but it felt so good.

TUESDAY:

The morning started with a hiit treadmill workout, followed by some Starbucks. After work, I drove to my hometown to surprise my best friend at her birthday dinner at Olive Garden. It was so much fun seeing her and eating delicious food! I had salad, bread, and my main dish was Chicken topped with pesto, cheese, tomatoes and garlic butter. I didn’t get pictures last night, but here is the leftovers for lunch today! 

Delicious!!

WEDNESDAY:

The morning started with an awesome workout class called TCX (short for total conditioning extreme). You use every muscle group with weights, bands, and body weight. 

Everything we used today!

At the end of class, the power went out so I had to rush home to get ready. Luckily, a friend brought Starbucks to work so that picked up my day! 

I will leave you guys with that since my lunch break is almost over. 

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

With love, 

Carly 

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Almond Butter Protein Pancakes

Happy Saturday, everyone! I feel like this is the first time I have been able to relax all week. Fixing up a new home has been more work than I ever imagined. I am so thankful for my husband and the way he stays positive throughout the whole process.

We have a lot to do today, but this morning I spent some time focusing on myself by making healthy pancakes, drinking coffee, and opening the windows to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL weather we are finally having.

I LOVE pancakes. I have since I was little. My mom always made them in the shape of Mickey Mouse. The only thing I don’t enjoy is the painfully full feeling once I am finished eating. I have been super into healthy eating for some years now and decided to make an almond butter protein version of my favorite comfort meal. This was SO easy because I have a protein mix called BIRCH BENDERS (just add water) pancake mix. It has 16 grams of protein and only 180 calories per serving. SCORE! These are filling, but don’t make you so full that you can’t move.

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I love this mix so much! I would absolutely recommend it. I bought mine at Whole Foods.

INGREDIENTS:

This recipe serves 1 person.

For the pancakes:

  • 1/2 cup of Birch Benders pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP of water
  • 1 TBSP almond butter (creamy-I used Trader Joe’s version because it mixes so well)

For the topping:

  • 1 TBSP almond butter
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 TBSP cacao nibs

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place a pan on the stove over a medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together pancake mix, water, and almond butter until smooth.
  3. Once the pan is hot, spray with cooking spray.
  4. Take 1/4 cup of mix and place into the pan. Cook until the top bubbles slightly and flip. Cook side two until slightly brown.
  5. Repeat step 4 until you have 3 pancakes.
  6. Assemble pancakes on a plate and drizzle with almond butter, honey, and top with cacao nibs.
  7. Dig in!!

This was SO tasty and easy to make!! I enjoyed mine with two cups of dark roast coffee!

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Isn’t it beautiful?!?! Haha! Also, how pretty are my flowers? My sweet nephews and niece sent them to me for my birthday! I love them so much!

I hope you guys get a chance to try these pancakes. Now I am off to have a little run outside, then work on the house before my family comes over tonight! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!!

With love,

Carly