Sunday, March 17, 2013

Banana Coconut Bread

Happy St. Patty's Day! 

I have been trying out some new recipes for snacks. I need snacks, like I need to eat every 2-3 hours or else I get cranky. Therefore, I have been trying to have snacks that contain both good carbs, healthy fats, and protein. So after looking around at some recipes I decided to try out PaleOMG: Nikki’s Macadamia Nut Banana Bread Squares

Typical me though I did not have the same ingredients, so I subbed a few things...

Banana Coconut Bread

1/2 c. almonds

1/2 c. coconut butter

1 banana (peeled & sliced)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (just do it, it's not weird)

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda   

pinch o' salt

2 eggs

Directions: Preheat oven at 375 degrees. In a food processor pulse the almonds until they become a flour. Add coconut butter, banana, vanilla and combine. It may seem a bit thick at this point but do not fret, the eggs still need to be added.

Add the dry ingredients and pulse until blended. Now add the eggs and process until all is combined. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake for about 15-18 minutes. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container. 

 They are so easy to make and like I mentioned are a great snack to have when you need it! Slightly sweet and perfectly wonderful :) YUM

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Quick Breakfast: Berry Cherry Smoothie

There are many mornings that I literally crawl out of bed, get ready in 1o minutes, grab my lunch, and head out the door. However, breakfast is something that takes more time if I have not prepared it the night before. This leaves me with like 3 minutes to prepare something, and what better than to whip up a smoothie?

I have been on a smoothie kick for awhile, not sure why. It's typical for me to go through phases because I'm just like that (besides peanut butter which is just a pure obsession). 

 Here is one of my favorite smoothies, it's a mix of fruit, healthy fats, and protein!

Berry Cherry Smoothie 

1 medium banana (cut into chunks)

1/2 c. Very Cherry Berry Blend (from Trader Joe's)

1-2 Tb. shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (amount depends on you)

dash of cinnamon

4-5 ice cubes

1 c. unsweetened almond milk   

 Directions: Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until a smooth consistency. Pour into 2 glasses or drink the whole thing if you want, it's good so drink it up! ENJOY :)

Have a great rest of your weekend!