I'm normally more of a bagel or omelette person, but on some weekend mornings I wake up with crazy cravings for sweet breakfast foods... donuts, cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip pancakes, etc. Sadly for me (but lucky for my waistline) it's a bit of a journey to get from our apartment to somewhere that sells these things, so I usually go without. But recently, I was browsing Pinterest and came across a smoothie recipe that's supposed to taste like cinnamon rolls. So, I decided to give it a try. I modified the recipe a bit to avoid added sugars and it tastes delicious!! (Disclaimer: Okayyy... it doesn't taste exactly like a cinnamon roll but it's a yummy and nutritious alternative.) Check out how to make it below. Let me know what you think!!
-1 cup vanilla almond milk (I used unsweetened)
-a large scoop of plain greek yogurt (about 1/2 a cup)
-1 ripe banana
-4 pitted medjool dates
-1/4 cup of old-fashioned oats
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
1) Dump all ingredients into blender (I use a NutriBullet).
2) Blend for about 2 minutes, or until the smoothie has a smooth consistency.
3) Pour into glasses, sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon and swirl with a spoon. Enjoy!!
When I was a kid I used to love (who am I kidding? I still love) when my mom would make no-bake cookies. They were sooo good! And I feel like this recipe is the healthier, adult version of those. These peanut butter protein balls are the perfect bite-size breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up – no baking required! They have so much flavor and they’re packed full of wholesome ingredients. I had fun making these with my mom during my last visit, and even my brother (who is a big cookie lover) enjoyed them and didn’t complain that they tasted “too healthy”. The protein-filled ingredients means that one of these tasty little guys will satiate your appetite and get your energy up. Just make a batch and keep them handy in your fridge, so the next time you feel like eating an entire package of Oreos you can rescue yourself with a healthier option. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
3 cups quick cook oats
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey (or maple syrup)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons ground flax seeds (or chia seeds)
1 cup shelled sunflower seeds (or chopped nuts or dried fruit)
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1)Gradually pour ingredients into a large bowl, mixing well
2)Using your hands, roll dough into rounded balls (about 1 tablespoon of dough each)
3)Place dough balls on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and place in fridge to set
4)Once set (after about 2 hours), protein balls can be removed from the cookie sheet and stored in a refrigerated container.
Getting a healthy breakfast in my tummy each morning is a daily struggle. I am not exactly a morning person (Disclaimer: I am very grumpy in the morning), and it's hard enough to get up and get dressed on time, let alone have time to eat something before I run out the door. I've been guilty of breakfast skipping from time to time, which I know is such a no-no, and I've made it a goal to make sure to eat at least something each morning. With an hour commute to work, squished between strangers on a crowded train car, I need all the sustenance I can get.
As I kid I used to love my mom's chocolate chip banana bread, and lately I've had a craving for it. So, last weekend, I decided to give a healthy (and portable) version a try.
These Banana, Oat, Chocolate Chip Muffins are no sugar added (apart from the chocolate chips), and contain no flour. I made them on a Sunday afternoon while watching my new Netflix obsession, The Great British Baking Show (Team Martha!!), and it was a fun, relaxing process without any stress. They were simple to make, with very few ingredients, and I've been eating them all week for breakfast - so quick and tasty. I think these are definitely going to be made again, and I'm sure I could even do some variations (adding fruit?). If you're a breakfast skipper like I was, try making a batch of these on a quiet Sunday afternoon, and you'll be set for the crazy week ahead!
Banana, Oat, Chocolate Chip Muffins
2 large bananas (ripe)
1 cup whole or 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line muffin tin with baking cups (avoid paper, it may stick to the muffin).
3. In a bowl, mash bananas until mostly smooth.
4. Add the milk, egg, and vanilla and stir well.
5. Add the oats, salt, and baking powder and stir well.
6. Add the chocolate chips and stir.
7. Spoon the mixture into the baking cups (fill mostly to the top, these don't rise when baking).
8. Bake for 20 minutes.
9. Let cool and then enjoy!!
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 27 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.