To 2 Ingredient Pancakes

That’s right – 2 ingredient pancakes.

The peanut butter gets all nice and melty too!

Sounds too good to be true? Yeah I thought the same when I first read about these little fellas over on Carrots ‘N’ Cake.

Naturally the day I read the blog I had to give them a try for myself. Not to mention I am without my awesome host mom so have been back to cooking for myself (aka eating straight up veggies and fruit and soup because well I don’t wanna buy anything to make food since I leave in 2 (TWO) days for Istanbul.

Gosh there is that magical number of 2 (TWO) again!!!!

Now the first time I made these I attempted one large pancake and well I should’ve listened to my inner voice saying “Nat you suck at making big pancakes, small pancakes you rock at, but just like you are junk at big cookies, your big pancakes are nothing less than garbage”. Well I didn’t listen to my inner voice so my horrible “big pancake skills” combined with sans non-stick pan left me with more of a pile of pancake than one big grand pancake. Now I figured the NEXT time I make these pancakes I will take my “small” approach – and that approach was a lot more successful.

Way more success – way way way more success.

So you want some of my 2 ingredient pancakes too? Sorry I missed that – I couldn’t hear you since I was lost in a world of guilty pleasure that includes two of my favorite things of nanners and pb.

Maybe next time I will share…keyworld being maybe.

Ingredients: (from Carrots ‘N’ Cake – her secret tips to the perfect 2 ingredient pancake are included too)

1 egg

1 banana

Toppings – fresh fruit, pb, other nut butters, honey, nuts

Directions:

Mash banana, crack egg and mix into the mashed banana. Make sure it is as homogenous a mixture as possible. Heat a pan on low-medium heat. Wait for the pan to heat up – biggest trick to checking that the pan is hot enough is that water droplets will skip across the pan. Then lightly oil and pour about 2-3 Tbsp. of your pancake batter. The trick to these little fellows is patience. Super hard – I know. But wait until there are bubbles in the middle of the pancakes before you flip. Then wait a few more minutes while your second side cooks. Plate, top and gobble away. But try to breathe while eating – it will make the indulgence last one second longer (:

Second upside to these babies – they are soft – super necessary after wearing my retainers for the first time in like a month – my teeth are sore – gahh.

Third upside – you can blast Jack Johnson and have no shame – really – no shame.

Fourth upside – food art is also acceptable – no shame – no shame whatsoever

Cheers

n

Suck up to your Parents – Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes

So my welcome back to the US gift was a flat tire – really? come on now my first day back driving and I get smacked with a big fat flat. Grrr. Thankfully I was outside my friend’s house so … Continue reading

To Banana Nut Streusel Muffins

It’s Muffin Monday! What better way to start off the week than with muffins – whose with me?!?!

I got up an extra half hour early to make these (I was gonna go for a morning run, but snow on the ground and soreness in my body from pilates yesterday made me hit the snooze button). Thankfully I have soccer tonight and can run post that to make up for my lack of will power this morning.

These were pretty easy to make and they bake really fas (bonus to morning baking adventures). A problem – they stuck a bit to the wrappers, hmmm not sure how to avoid that in the future – might just not use liners. Any suggestions?

Recipe adapted from Une Deux Senses

Ingredients:
Muffins:
1 cup flour (3/4 all purpose, 1/4 whole wheat) –> Im gonna up it to 1/2 whole wheat next time
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 small ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
3.5 oz. milk (I used almond)
4.5 tbsn. butter, room temperature
3 1/2 tbsn. sugar
Streusel:
2 tbsn. butter, room temperature
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup quick cooking oats
2 tbsn. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
For the muffins, cream together the sugar, butter and egg. Once well creamed, fold in the mashed bananas. In a small bowl combine the milk and the baking soda and mix well.
In another medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
Add the flour and milk mixtures to the creamed mixture alternatively. Incorporate well but make sure not to over mix as it can make your muffins tough.
Fill the muffin tin about 2/3 full and set aside.
For the streusel, mix all of the ingredients together and using your hands work the butter into the mixture until it is all combined and is crumble-y.
Top each muffin with about a tablespoon each of the mixture. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 15 minutes.
Let cool before eating.

Take into work to the amazing people you work with (it will make staff meetings 10X better)

Cheers to a great week

n

Fresh Strawberry Green Monster

This green monster is delicious – in fact I am surprised it isn’t blowing up across the world wide web (well maybe it did and I missed it). Nonetheless you have to try this flavor combination – it will have you squealing with excitement.

Make sure to add plenty of spinach – if you don’t want to be turned off by a brown color. While green and red work great together at Christmas, there is a reason they are not mixed, let alone next to each other on the color wheel and that’s because when they do mix together they form a murky brown color that is hinted more green than red – contingent on the amount of spinach you add (so add a lot because then you are just left with little flecks of red). This drink may not look like Christmas, but it sure is a nice present for your taste buds.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups strawberries (I used fresh, but frozen would work too, I would leave out the ice if using frozen though)

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tbsp. ground flax

1 banana

4 ice cubes

2-3 cups of spinach

Directions:

Blend all your ingredients together and drink up!

Cheers to a power boosted morning

n

To Triple Berry Banana Vegan Overnight Oats

More overnight oats. They were just so good for breakfast yesterday that I knew they would be a great way to fuel up before piyo and my run this morning. This combination was delicious – but then again what with berries isn’t delicious? Rhetorical question I assume everyone says yes…

Continuation of last night with needing to use up my berries I figured I could use the the first recipe for overnight oats that I tried as a base for this one (I decreased the amount of milk though because I wanted to see if the texture would get thicker this way and it did – a texture I like even more) (:

You can make yours one berry, two berry, red berry, blueberry….Dr. Seuss – anybody?

But really, mix-in whatever berries you have on hand and it will be delicious!

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Oats (old-fashion)

3/4 Cup Soy Milk

1 Banana (sliced)

2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

1/4 Tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup berries (I used 1/3 cup mixture of blueberries and blackberries and then added three sliced strawberries)

morning mix-ins: honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, agave nectar, pecans, walnuts, other nuts –> top to your liking! (I used maple syrup and cinnamon)

 

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients with whisk. Add in milk and vanilla, mix well – stir in fruit.

Put in fridge overnight (covered or uncovered)

Cheers to a Happy Healthy Saturday

n

To Carob Banana Chia Vegan Overnight Oats

Yahoo! I have officially made my first overnight oats! And posted two vegan recipes in a row! AND two oatmeal recipes! Dang – I’m on a roll (:

Maybe not the most appetizing looking but they really are delish – I promise.

Thanks to Oh She Glows for providing so many overnight oats recipes to finally convince me that I had to try some. There is quite a long list of flavor combinations for overnight oats and as I really liked them and they are healthy too, I will probably be sharing with you more of the recipes I try! Let me know if you know of other good sources for overnight oats (:

After my morning run these hit the spot (remember this is coming from a gal who is not a big oatmeal fan). Not to mention the morning preparation is nada…well open drawer grab spoon, open fridge grab oats, jam spoon in oats, jam spoon in mouth and repeat the latter two steps until you have an empty bowl – then wash. You will be all powered up for the day!

Ingredients: (1 serving)

1 cup Almond milk (or your choice)

1/3 cup regular oats

1 tbsp carob powder (I buy it at bulk Barn)

2 tbsp chia seeds

Tiny pinch of kosher salt

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

1-2 tbsp pecans

1 ripe banana, chopped

Maple syrup to drizzle, to taste (optional)

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients (oats, carob powder, chia seeds, optional walnuts, salt) in a medium sized bowl with a whisk.

Now pour in the milk and pure vanilla extract, Whisk well until all clumps are gone. Finally, Stir in the chopped ripe banana.

Place in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. You can cover it, or leave it under covered. When ready, give it a good stir and enjoy. Drizzle a bit of maple syrup on top if you wish! I also put a bit of cinnamon on top mmmhhhhmmm – back to eating it (:

Cheers

n

To Peanut Butter Green Monster

I know I know, back to back peanut butter recipes, but like I said once I start eating it I can’t stop and thus include it in pretty much everything I make.

FoodGawker Search of “peanut butter” brings up almost 3,000 results, so there exist plenty of ways of incorporating peanut butter into all of my meals.

After my run this morning I was craving a Green Monster – they are just soooo darn good. Naturally I used a peanut butter recipe for today’s and I must say I think it was my favorite Green Monster thus far.

Recipe from A Full Measure of Happiness

Ingredients:

1/2 C soy milk

1/2 C water + ice cubes (3)

1 T ground flaxseed

1 T peanut butter (natural, creamy)

1 T carob powder

1 T chia seeds

2 handfuls fresh spinach

1 ripe banana, sliced

Directions: 

Throw into your blender and blend away. It makes between 2 and 2 1/2 cups of smoothie so I used my single serve blender – mixed everything but the spinach, poured half out, added half the spinach, blended poured into a glass and then did the other half batch. My single serve blender is a lot easier to clean then the big blender and doesn’t sound like a rocket launching off…and it’s cuter (:

Cheers

n

 

To Blueberry-Banana Green Monster

This is my second Green Monster and it too was delicious. Not sure if I liked the ‘Peppy’ Carob Green Monster better because they play on different taste buds but nonetheless you should try both!

This Green Monster is great because in addition to all the green power you get from the spinach, you have banana (good source of potassium and aid in belly fat loss, and blueberries – those little blue guys that pack a mighty punch when it comes to anti-oxidants (has one of the highest values for fruits).

With all those delicious ingredients, there is no way this smoothie can’t be bad way to start your morning so give one a blend!

Ingredients:

2-3 cups spinach

1 cup soy milk

1 banana

1/2 cup blueberries

1 Tbsp. Flax

3-4 ice cubes

Directions:

Add into a blender (flax, spinach, banana, blueberries, milk, ice) and give a swirl. Angela from Oh She Glows recommends that order so that the flax and spinach are weighted down by the other ingredients and don’t stick to the sides of the blender. I have an inverted single serve blender so I just put my ingredients in reverse order of and it worked perfectly!

What are you waiting for, join the Green Monster Movement (:

Cheers

n