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Protein Balls

Hello, all! Once again, I have failed at consistency on my blog. Keeping up with an almost 2 year old and taking care of our new home keeps me busy. One of these days I will get a better schedule on here!

Anyway…

Today, K and I made some yummy protein balls this morning! Healthy, tasty, and toddler approved! I have certainly eaten more than I care to admit. Haha!

My official taste tester!

INGREDIENTS: *2 cups of oats. *3/4 cups of almond or peanut butter. *1/4 cup of melted coconut oil. *1/4 cup of honey. *1 tsp. of vanilla. *1 TBSP. of chia seeds *dash of salt. *add ins of choice: I used dark chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut

TO MAKE: 1) Mix everything together and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. 2) Roll the dough into balls and enjoy! 3) Store extra balls in the fridge

So yummy!

I hope you enjoy!

My goal is to catch up on my reader and wrap the Christmas presents by this weekend!

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

With love,

Carly

banana bread, healthy

Almond Butter And Chocolate Banana Bread

Hi friends!! Happy Saturday to you! I hope it has been great. We have been doing house work most of the day, but I managed to sneak in a stair workout  (in the 80 degree heat), a short nap, and a few episodes of Fixer Upper. 

Today for lunch, I made a salad with some leftovers and it turned out really tasty! I enjoyed it with a slice of toasted 15 grain bread with butter and garlic salt.

In the salad: mixed greens, leftover grilled chicken, carrots, leftover pasta salad, shredded cheese, and Greek yogurt ranch dressing (Boathouse Farms). YUM!!

A little later, I noticed that I had some bananas that were browning and needed to be used up! I love banana bread, so I tweaked a recipe found online. I was very pleased with the taste of these!! They will get eaten quickly around here. 

 INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 2 TBSP of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder 
  • 2 tsp of cocoa powder 
  • 1 egg 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup of almond butter 
  • 2 heaping TBSP of white whole wheat flour
  • Handful of dark chocolate chips 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a medium sized bowl
  • Pour batter into round, greased pan (or pan of choice, 8×8)
  • Bake for 20 minutes 
  • Remove and let cool 
  • Slice into triangles 
  • Enjoy!! 

These would be awesome with drizzled almond butter on top, or some nuts added in it! I hope you guys enjoy!! Have a great rest of your weekend! 

With love, 

Carly 

breakfast, healthy food, pancakes

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