Banana Ice Cream

This is a great idea for that sweet tooth craving with totally eating processed treats.

-Blend frozen bananas in a high speed blender for a few seconds. Stop and push down the banana from the side of blender and blend again. Continue this until bananas are smooth ice cream consistency.

-Add 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder and blend one last time.

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– Next I melted a few pieces of dark chocolate in the microwave and added some water until I got the consistency I wanted to resemble chocolate syrup. I topped my ice cream with sliced almonds.

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Banana Protein Muffins

After playing around in the kitchen for a clean banana muffin recipe, I finally did it! Thanks to friends that came to my rescue. 😉

Ingredients

3/4 cup Ripe banana (about 1 large banana)
3/4 cup Egg whites
1/2 cup Plain low fat greek yogurt
2 1/2 cups Almond Meal
2 scoops Vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup Baking stevia OR I used 1/4 tsp of stevia extract
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Method

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with silicone or foil liners, (spray liners if using).

-Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix.

-Divide mixture evenly between muffin tins.

-Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

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Baked Oatmeal

A few months ago my Paleo eating lifestyle changed a bit due to a change in training. Food is our fuel and should always be tweaked to help you perform your best. As I increase endurance training for my upcoming triathlon races, I’ve had to make a few adjustments to my eating. One major change is including simple carbs into my diet. That doesn’t mean I’m now eating a bowl of pasta daily. It just means that I include small portions a few times a week according to training. In my quest to do that and still keep it healthy I found this recipe online and with a few changes I made it just to my liking…

Ingredients

2 medium ripe bananas, (the riper the better) sliced into 1/2″ pieces
1 1/2 cup raspberries (use any other fruit you wish)
1/4 cup honey (or agave)
1 cup uncooked quick oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup almond milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop of protein (optional)

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Method

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly oil baking dish. I used coconut oil; set aside.

Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle half of the raspberries over the bananas, 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon, 1 tbsp of the honey and cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes, until the bananas get soft.

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Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, chia seeds, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, and salt; stir together.
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In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining honey, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
Remove the bananas from the oven, then pour the oat mixture over the bananas and raspberries.

Pour the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the mixture as evenly as possible over the oats. Sprinkle the remaining raspberries on top.

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Bake the oatmeal for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set.

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The best part is that you can make this and save it for the next couple of days and have breakfast ready to go!

Post Workout Shake

Today I made a new recipe for a post workout shake that was so good I just had to share. After a killer power hill climbing spinning class with my Reaction team this morning I made sure to fuel up with this shake.

Ingredients
8oz almond milk
1scoop of vanilla protein powder
1tsp cocoa powder
1tsp chia seeds
1banana

Blend all together and enjoy! When preparing ahead of time, try freezing the banana already peeled and cut to make the shake thicker.

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Paleo Banana Bread

Found this yummy recipe online and I just could not resist. The good news: it’s made with almond meal so there are no processed carbs! Give it a try, it was very easy to follow.

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup flax-seed meal
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup chopped nuts (I left this out)
4 really ripe bananas (mashed well)
2 tbsp raw honey
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, and vanilla and mix well.

4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
5. Fill greased muffin tins, baking cups, mini-loaf pans or big loaf pans about 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 23-25 minutes and loaves for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I enjoy a piece every morning with a cup of green tea! YUM!

Update!!!

I have made this recipe a little cleaner by replacing honey for 1/4 tsp of stevia extract and adding 2 scoops of whey protein. I also used 3 bananas instead of 4. Same great taste!!! 😊

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