Chocolate Brownie Pancakes

I had brownies for breakfast…

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Ok, so maybe it wasn’t exactly a brownie, but it tasted just like one.

So that counts.. right?

photo_4Chocolate Brownie Pancakes.. healthy style!!

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/8 cup oat flour
  • 1/8 cup TVP (or omit and use 1/4 cup oat flour)
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • .25 t baking powder
  • 5-8 drops of liquid stevia

I know it seems like a lot- I just threw some random things in a bowl and something magical happened!!

Heat a skillet on medium heat and coat with cooking spray.

Whisk egg whites well- about 30 seconds. Add pumpkin and yogurt and stir until combined. Next, add in the dry ingredients + stevia and stir well. I think I may have added a little almond milk, so if the batter seems suuuuper thick, you can add a couple tablespoons.

I made 5 mini pancakes, but you can make as many big or small ones as you want. Cook for about 5 minutes one side, flip to the other!

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They started off innocent.. (as innocent as a stack of chocolate pancakes can be)

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Then I layered peanut flour + water + stevia in between

photo_2And microwaved some frozen berries and poured them on top. (I don’t know why the berries look neon…)

photo_1With some pure maple syrup on top, these were amaaaaazing.

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photo_4Chocolate + peanut butter + berries in pancake form = best. breakfast. ever.

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Pumpkin Chia Pudding Parfait

Seeee I told you I’d be back!! I’ve seen so many people talk about chia pudding but I’ve never made it before. Last week I decided to make a pumpkin pie- inspired parfait layered with peanut butter greek yogurt. This was perfect for breakfast on the go and was easy and quick to prepare.

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Pumpkin Chia Pudding Parfait

  • 2 T chia seeds (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • .25 c canned pumpkin puree
  • .25 c unsweetened almond milk
  • .5 t vanilla extract
  • .5 each of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
  • .75 c plain greek yogurt
  • 1 T peanut flour
  • Toppings of choice (I used pure maple syrup and unsweetened coconut)

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Stir well and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt and peanut flour- you could use any yogurt you’d like, I just love this combo with everything!

The chia pudding should begin to gel up and thicken. In a mason jar or other tall, portable container, start layering the two mixtures one at a time. Make the layers are big or as small as you want!

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Top with fruit, syrup, coconut, granola or anything else you’d like. Cover and place in the refrigerator over night.

In the morning, all you have to do is dig in!

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What’s your favorite grab and go breakfast?

Listening to Your Body

I can’t stress enough how important it is to listen to what your body is telling you. It’s talking, you just need to listen!

Last night, I went out with my closest friends. I’m hesitant to drink on the weekends because I know that it’s terrible for me. But everyone deserves to go out and let loose and have fun, so I went. Well, let me tell you- it was worth it. It’s really all about balance. You can’t expect to see the results you want if you’re going out 3 times a week and drinking your weight in alcohol, but I love having a couple drinks and going crazy every once in awhile. My legs are killing me after all the dancing we did. So much fun!

Its nights like this that make me feel some anxiety about graduation. I may want the exams to be over and to be back in my own house with my family, but I don’t want to leave the good times and all the amazing people I’ve met. It’s definitely bittersweet.

WELL, I don’t know if it’s because I had a few drinks last night, but when I woke up this morning I had some weirdddd cravings.

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I opened my refrigerator and a million things seemed to call to me. So, what did I do?

I listened.

1 egg + 2 egg whites, whole wheat toast with sunflower seed butter, sweet potato mashed with tahini (and a little drizzled on the eggs) and a dollop of pineapple salsa. Definitely a sweet and savory combo that I loved

photo_1I ended up making mini sandwiches by smashing the potato onto the bread, putting a piece of egg on top and then adding a little salsa. It satisfied my cravings and even though it was small, it didn’t leaving me going back to the kitchen because its what I wanted!

Sorry for the pictures by the way- a growling stomach + bad early morning lighting= crappy iPhone pictures taken .2 seconds before devouring.

My Perfect Pancake

I feel like everyone has that one pancake recipe that they know that they can always count on. For awhile now, I’ve been trying to find the right combination of ingredients that made a perfect, thick, moist and delicious pancake.

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Well, yesterday I finally did it!

Topped with coconut oil-fried bananas, a peanut flour cocoa sauce and unsweetened coconut. (Excuse the Instagram photo!)

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And then I made them again this morning and topped them with strawberries, maple syrup and coconut with peanut flour between each layer. Droool.

I really wanted them again for lunch, but I felt like that would’ve been a bit overboard…

My Perfect Pancake

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  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup TVP
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond- coconut milk (or other milk, but I think this gave it a delicious flavor)
  • 1 T Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or pumpkin puree)
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • .5 t pure vanilla extract
  • .25 t baking powder
  • .25 t xanthan gum

In a small bowl, combine TVP and almond milk and set aside. Let soak for about 5 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed into the TVP.

Heat a coated skillet or griddle to medium heat.

Whisk egg whites well, about 30 seconds. When they foam at the top, add in applesauce and coconut flour.

Add TVP mixture along with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. I found that it thickened with time, so I let it sit for a minute or 2.

Pour batter into 4 pancakes and let cook for 5 minutes. When outsides seem firm and the spatula easily slides underneath, flip!

Cook for additional 5ish minutes.

photo_2Top with everything you can get your hands on- because like I always say, toppings make the meal! 🙂

Annnd ready, set.. DIG IN!

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What are your favorite pancake toppings? Do you go crazy like I do, or keep it simple?

Apple Protein Pancakes

Or as I like to call them.. “Not Quite Apple Crisp but Still Amazing Pancakes”

Yesterday, I talked about my surprising apple crisp- like snack. When I woke up I was craving similar flavors, but I also really wanted pancakes. And then I thought.. That could work…

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And that’s how I ended up with these mouth watering pancakes that didn’t quite taste like my snack yesterday, but were definitely a breakfast worth sharing with you all!

…Don’t let the picture fool you. Those are apples on top, not peaches. Hmph.

Apple Protein Pancakes

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup TVP
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 1 T ground flax seed
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 small apple, chopped

Heat a coated skillet on medium heat.

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. When thoroughly mixed, add TVP, flour, flax and cinnamon. Gently stir and then blend with an immersion blender for a couple minutes until the mixture is smooth.

Funny story about the immersion blender. I used to see recipes that required the use of one, and always thought I couldn’t make it because I didn’t have an immersion blender (or even knew what it looked like!). And then one day it occurred to me that maybe that weird thing in my cupboard that looked like a blender that you immersed into things was called an immersion blender… GENIUS! Definitely a blonde moment of mine, but now I can happily make all the immersion blending recipes I want. Yay!

Ok so where were we? Oh, right..

PANCAKES!

I only made 2 pancakes, but I’d suggest making 3-4 smaller ones. When it came time to flip, the edges were falling off the spatula and I almost ended up with an apple pancake scramble. Cook for about 5 minutes on one side, flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.

When cooked, top with chopped apple (raw or cooked, whichever you prefer) and maple syrup. You could also try putting the apple inside the pancakes!

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I’m off to have a productive Friday afternoon!

Tuesday Blues

Tuesdays and Thursdays are the worst. I have 3 back to back classes that are all an hour and 20 mins long. I’m on campus from 11-4 (unless I don’t go to my middle class since it’s not really mandatory) and coming home at the end of the day feels so. good. Forget Monday, I’ve got a case of the Tuesday Blues.

Breakfast

I woke up pretty early this morning and showered last night, so I had a lot of time to spare before class. That could only mean one thing… PANCAKES!

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These are some of my favorites. There was a time not too long ago when I ate them every day for breakfast. Yes, every. single. day. For a few months. I never got sick of them. I actually craved them when I woke up. Guess that means they must be good, right? 😉

Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes:

  • 3 egg whites (or about 1/3 c liquid egg whites)
  • 1/4 c quick oats (I also use TVP)
  • 1/3 c pumpkin puree
  • .5 t cinnamon
  • .5 t pumpkin pie spice (or an extra .5 t of cinnamon)
  • 1 t baking powder
  • Toppings, toppings, toppings! The best part of any meal 🙂

Heat a coated skillet on medium heat.

Now, listen read this next part very carefully…

Pour everything but the toppings in a bowl and mix them until combined. Hard, right? 😉

If the mixture seems thick, add a little water or milk of choice. Then pour onto the skillet- either 2 large or 3 smaller pancakes.

Cooking time will vary. I’ve had it take as little as 5 and as many as 10 minutes per side. Once you can easily slide the spatula under the pancake and it stays together when you try to lift it, it’s flipping time! They’re done with they begin to brown.

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I topped mine with peanut flour+water, strawberries, pure maple syrup and this.  Yumm.

Lunch

My lunch was yet another typical Jamie salad except today.. I remembered to take a picture!

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Tupperware containers are my best friend on busy days like today.

Curried chickpeas + bell pepper/ onion mix + frozen peas + roasted broccoli and cauliflower + quinoa- all tossed in 1 T nutritional yeast

I poured it all on a bed of romaine, baby spinach and cucumbers that was tossed in apple cider vinegar and sriracha- the remains of my avocado on top

I could’t make it to the gym, but I managed to squeeze in an equiptmentless leg workout when I got home after class. It’ll be on the blog tomorrow! I then ran around my kitchen prepping dinner and getting everything I needed to sleep at the boyfriends tonight.

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I don’t know why I insist on eating all my dinners out of bowls instead of plates…

Chicken seasoned with Garlic and pepper + onions and brussels sprouts- all sauteed in coconut oil. Kale chips sprayed with olive oil and sprinkled with nutritional yeast.

Now time for some relaxation time! Hockey (Go Sabres!) and later, dessert 🙂

Easter Recap and Breakfast

I have a lotttttt to catch up on. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! To be honest, I was feeling pretty down yesterday. As graduation nears, I find myself getting more and more anxious to be back home with my family. With the high gas prices and the fact that I had only been back at school for a few days, I opted not to go home for Easter.
It was harder than I thought it would be. I hated the thought of my families all getting together to celebrate while I was so far away. For that reason, I decided to keep off the blog for the day.

The day was pretty uneventful. I really just hung out with the boyfriend and watched Game of Thrones to prepare for the season 3 premiere that was on last night (!!!!).

For breakfast, I literally whipped up some cottage cheese, greek yogurt, cocoa powder, almond milk and a handful of spinach in my Magic Bullet. I also added some Xanthan gum for thickness. I poured it over some quinoa and sprinkled it with flax, strawberries and sautéed bananas.

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photo_4I wish I had something more festive for you, but honestly I forgot it was Easter when I woke up. Not being with family really put me in a funk!

Since I’m new at this, I forgot to take a picture of my lunch. But it was a pretty typical salad for me so you’ll be seeing it a lot. I’m a huge fan of warm toppings on a lettuce base.

Yesterday’s had:

  • A combination of chopped romaine and baby spinach with apple cider vinegar
  • Sauteed black beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, peppers, onions and peas tossed in nutritional yeast
  • About 1/4 sliced avocado
  • Last, I drizzled the whole salad with some tahini and Sriracha

We didn’t feel like being completely lazy and wanted to at least do something for Easter, so the boyfriend and I got a little dressed up and went to Ruby Tuesday’s. This was for two reasons- 1) it’s one of the only restaurants in Oswego and 2) we had a coupon.

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After my trip to the salad bar! Dim lighting + cell phone= not a great quality photo. Oh well.

For my entree, I did something I never would have done a couple weeks ago. I ordered steak!

photo_5Not the best looking plate of food, but still delicious!

I feel like I have some kind of red meat phobia and barely ever eat it. After last night, I’m wondering why this is. It was delicious and I’m so happy I listened to my cravings and ordered what I wanted! I was also in the mood for something saucy, so I got spaghetti squash with marinara as one of my sides. I also went crazy at the all you can eat salad bar.

After dinner, we went to his house where we watched the Game of Thrones premiere and I feasted on my night time snack- Chocolate Arctic Zero topped with healthy chocolate- peanut butter sauce adapted from Heather (cocoa powder+peanut flour+water+stevia), frozen raspberries that I microwaved and some unsweetened coconut. Not a bad way to end my day!


Breakfast

I think mother nature has pulled a April Fool’s joke on us all. It has been so beautiful out lately and today is just… not. Rainy, cold, cloudy, gloomy, depressing. Yuck. This kind of day only calls for one thing…

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Oatmeal!

Peanut Butter and Berry TVP “Oatmeal”

(adapted from Laura’s recipe)

  • 1/2 cup TVP
  • 2 T oats
  • 1 tsp ground flax
  • 1.25 cups water
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries (I used mixed berries)
  • 1 T peanut flour (or peanut butter)
  • More berries or toppings of your choice!

In a saucepan, combine water, TVP, oats, flax, cinnamon and vanilla and bring to a boil

Reduce heat and cook until all the liquid is absorbed. Stirring constantly, add egg whites and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Next, add frozen berries and cook for 3-4 minutes. The berries will begin to cook down and will turn the oats a slightly purple color.

Mix the peanut flour with desired amount of water (I did slightly more than 1 T) and drizzle over the oats. Add more berries, coconut or whatever your little heart desires!

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Morning “Me” Time

I have a ritual that I follow almost every morning. I always wake up sometime in the 7 o’clock hour, and I’ll make breakfast soon after. I have a terrible addiction to coffee and have it 99% of mornings. If I don’t have it in the morning, I’ll probably have it later that day. If I do have it in the morning, I’ll still probably have it later that day.

No matter how much I have to do that day, I don’t start doing work until after I eat. Breakfast time is “me” time. It gives me the chance to relax, catch up on blog posts and now, write my own posts!

Breakfast

I love making a big breakfast on the weekends. Heck, I love making big breakfasts during the week! On the menu today, pancakes.

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Mmmmm.

Spring may be approaching, but I was craving some fall flavors this morning.

Pumpkin Apple Spice Pancakes

What you’ll need:

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  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ~1/4 cup TVP* (Oats will also work!)
  • 1 TBSP coconut flour
  • 1 TBSP unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • .5 tsp cinnamon
  • .25 tsp of both ginger and nutmeg
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • Toppings of your choice!

*TVP is textured vegetable protein. I often use it in pancakes as a higher protein and low carb alternative, but quick oats would work just as well.

Heat a large skillet or pancake griddle to medium heat. Lightly coat with oil or cooking spray of your choice- I went with coconut oil this morning.

Combine egg whites, pumpkin, applesauce and almond milk in a bowl and mix well.

Stir in TVP and coconut flour, and then add spices. If you don’t have all of them on hand, that’s fine. When I’m making pancakes I usually just pick a random assortment of spices and it always tastes delicious!

Pour batter into the pan- I made 3 smaller pancakes, but you could also make 2 larger ones (or 5 baby pancakes?)

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After about 5 minutes, check if they’re ready to be flipped. They won’t bubble on top, but you’ll be able to easily get the spatula under them. They’ll feel firm, not doughy. Cook for another 5 minutes on the other side.

When done, serve with the toppings of your choice! I mixed peanut flour mixed with almond milk and spread it on top, sprinkled strawberries, chia seeds and unsweetened coconut and drizzled maple syrup over everything.

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Homework and eventually gym time. See you after lunch!

First Food Post!

So I realized after I ate my breakfast that the pictures I took were less than stellar. I wasn’t hungry when I first woke up so I waited to make some food. After 1 episode of Smash, a big angry wave of hunger hit me and demanded food. After it was on the plate, eating took priority over spending time getting a decent picture. photo-25

This is a pretty typical meal for me. Breakfasts usually consist of some sort of combination of egg whites, plain greek yogurt, some sort of fruit and either a whole grain or a plant- based carb.

Today I was in the mood for a pancake-ish meal, with less effort. I mixed 4 egg whites with 1 TBSP of coconut flour and some cinnamon. I love the idea of sweet eggs! I put it in a pan with coconut oil and cooked it until it was a delicious golden brown.

On top, I mixed about a 1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt with a tablespoon of peanut flour and then topped it with unsweetened coconut, strawberries and sauteed bananas and peaches. Plus coffee and water on the side.

And there we have it, folks. My first food post!