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Mocha Breakfast Shake
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I do love a good breakfast shake in the morning! It's the ultimate grab and go breakfast. You can drink it on the way to work, school or any morning appointment you have. This shake is especially nice because it has coffee in it! Any time I can get my caffeine and breakfast in one convenient cup is a win. This shake tastes like a mocha latte but without the loads of calories. It has cashew butter and rolled oats to keep you full until lunch. A healthy dose of coffee is added in for energy and frozen bananas with a touch of honey to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

Try this shake for breakfast tomorrow and get your morning off to a sweet and energizing start!! 

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Mocha Breakfast Shake

Makes 1 large shake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled to room temp
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/4-cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cashew milk (or your favorite nut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter

Procedure  

Place cashew milk, coffee, honey and cashew butter in blender. Blend for a few seconds until smooth. Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness by adding more honey if needed. 

 

 

 

 

Chewy Granola

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. In this case, when life gives you a failed recipe, you make it a new and delightful topping for Greek yogurt! Yesterday I was playing with a recipe for a healthy chewy granola bar, but I had my ratios of honey to oats off. As a result, it never hardened into a bar and fell apart as I cut it. However, the resulting mistake was amazing! As someone who has never appreciated hard and crunchy granola (I have a cracked molar to thank for that!) I was so happy to find a lightly crunchy but still soft granola! I also love how you can control the sugar in this granola. Add more honey or even add 1/4 cup of brown sugar if you are wanting a really sweet granola. You can also cut way back on the honey and use dried cranberries in place of the M&M's if you want to slim down on the sugar.

The recipe below is for a peanut butter, pretzel and M&M granola. However, if that's not your jam, add in ingredients like coconut, chocolate chips, dried cherries etc.. Make your own special combo!!

Enjoy! 

Chewy Granola

Makes 4 cups of granola

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats 
  • 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels 
  • 1/3 cup mini M&M’s 

Instructions

preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cereal, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, salt, peanut butter, pretzels and M&M’s. Spread on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container on the counter. Serve on frozen yogurt, Greek yogurt, sliced fruit or eat with a little milk! 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites
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The Christmas cookies and goodies have been eaten, and we are all starting to plan and set goals for next year. This can take lots of mental energy and can work up quite an appetite! Instead of reaching for any lingering sugar packed goodie, try one of my chocolate chip cookie energy bites! I love them because they help me feel like I am getting a treat but it also gives a little boost of energy as well. You can use whatever nut butter you would like, I use peanut butter in my recipe but you could easily use almond or cashew butter. 

I eat them after a workout, or any time I need a quick pick me up! Enjoy! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites

Makes 15 bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries  
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Procedure

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended and roll into balls. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. 

 

 

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

How did you guys like the chocolate peanut butter protein muffins recipe I posted earlier? I know I can't stop making them! The more I made those peanut butter muffins, I knew I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share the other recipe with you. These muffins taste like the little chocolate chip snack muffins that come from a vending machine. As a kid, I used to eat them all the time! But these are way better because they aren’t loaded with butter and sugar. Instead they are loaded with keep you full all morning goodness with a touch of chocolate. 

I eat these little guys for breakfast and after I have blasted myself on a super hard workout. They also have had great reviews as being an after lunch treat as well, and they are super portable so they would be an excellent snack to tuck into a backpack! 

 

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
Ingredients:

  •  1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt ( I like Fage 0%)
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil ( measure after you melt the coconut oil)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 

Procedure  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 count muffin tin and set aside. 

In a small bowl, mix flours, baking soda, protein powder and cinnamon. In a larger separate bowl, whisk the maple syrup, palm sugar, yogurt, coconut oil, egg and vanilla together until smooth. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and gently stir until just combined. Don’t over mix as this will make the muffins chewy and dense!! Lastly, gently stir in the mini chocolate chips.

Fill greased muffin cups only about halfway. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool muffins and store in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge.