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High Protein Salted Caramel Iced Coffee

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This iced coffee is the answer to all those skipped breakfast mornings. I hear all to often "I don't have time for breakfast or I'm not a breakfast person", but often those people still enjoy their morning cup of coffee. This combo allows you to enjoy your morning cup of coffee with a bonus 20 grams of protein with less than 200 calories. While for years there has been debates on the amount of protein needed daily often its forgotten that just as important as the amount of protein is the timing of protein intake, especially in those working on building and maintaining muscle.  Aim for 3 meals with at least 20 grams of protein can help preserve muscle mass, prevent overeating later in the day, and protect muscle loss during weight loss. 

HIGH PROTEIN SALTED CARAMEL ICED COFFEE

Total Prep and cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 scoop salted caramel Protein powder 

1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk 

3/4 cup Coffee, cooled

 The addition of coffee and almond milk to the traditional protein shake transforms this beverage into a protein packed upgraded version of your traditional iced coffee. 

The addition of coffee and almond milk to the traditional protein shake transforms this beverage into a protein packed upgraded version of your traditional iced coffee. 

Directions:

Combine almond milk, cooled coffee, and protein powder to blender. Add 4-5 ice cubes or you may blend without ice and pour over ice once complete. Blend until ingredients are well combined. 

 

No sugar added Peanut Butter Date Bars

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 These no added sugar, no bake peanut butter date bars are packed with flavor and nutrients. The dates add a perfect boost of sweetness while adding fiber, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. 

These no added sugar, no bake peanut butter date bars are packed with flavor and nutrients. The dates add a perfect boost of sweetness while adding fiber, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. 

Servings Size: 1 bar 

Servings per recipe: 6 bars 

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 cup Oats (gluten free per preference)

18 dates, pitted 

1/3 cup smooth natural peanut butter 

1 tsp. ground flaxseed

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Add pitted dates to a medium bowl and cover with water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes to soften. While dates are soaking combine all dry ingredients in a medium to large bowl. After dates have soaked removed from water and chop. Add chopped dates and peanut butter to the dry ingredients and combine well. Place on wax paper and flatten with your hands or a rolling pin. Using a knife slice into 6 even pieces. Enjoy or store in the refrigerator. 

 

Chocolate Banana Bread

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This chocolate banana bread is the perfect recipe for those ripe bananas that have been sitting on the counter or in the fridge. 

Chocolate Banana Bread 

Serving size: 1 slice

Serving per recipe: 8

Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 60 minutes 

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbsp. ground Flaxseed

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

3 ripe bananas, smashed

3/4 cup low fat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt

6 Tbsp. butter

2 Eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Using butter or cooking spray grease a 9x5 baking pan. Combine all purpose flour, flaxseed, baking soda, and salt.  In  a separate bowl combine softened butter and sugar. Then beat in eggs and add vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients , followed by mashed bananas and yogurt. Mix until combined. Last add in chocolate chips and gently mix into the batter. Pour into baking pan and cook for ~ 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Granola

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 Gluten free pumpkin granola filled with pumpkin seeds, mini chocolate chips, dried cherries, and chopped walnuts. 

Gluten free pumpkin granola filled with pumpkin seeds, mini chocolate chips, dried cherries, and chopped walnuts. 

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Servings per recipe:  12 servings (1/2 cup servings) - Prepares 6 cups total

Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 40 minutes + 30 minutes cooling

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes   

Ingredients:

4 cups gluten free oats

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

¼ cup vegetable oil 

1/2 cup pure maple syrup 

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup dried cherries

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds 

1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips

 

 Spread the granola in a single layer on your parchment covered baking sheet. 

Spread the granola in a single layer on your parchment covered baking sheet. 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 300 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl combine the pumpkin and cinnamon and mix together. Then add the vegetable oil, maple syrup, and vanilla to the pumpkin.  Combine and set aside.  Add oats to a large bowl, then mix in the wet ingredients.  Spread the oats in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes then remove from oven and flip oats over to cook on the opposite side. Return to oven and cook for another 20 minutes or until the oats start to harden. Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding additional ingredients. Add dried cherries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container and Enjoy! 

** Feel free to exchange the add in's to the base granola. Great options include raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, hazelnuts, almond slivers, chopped nuts, or macadamia nuts**  

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You might not want to share, but this recipe makes for a perfect homemade gift for friends, family, or coworkers! 

Good Morning Almond butter Chocolate Cherry Oats

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 Start your morning right with these Overnight oats! This gluten free, diary free breakfast is filled with chocolate almond milk, almond butter, and fresh cherries!

Start your morning right with these Overnight oats! This gluten free, diary free breakfast is filled with chocolate almond milk, almond butter, and fresh cherries!

Serving size: 1 

Active prep time: 5 minutes 

Inactive Prep time: 6 hours 

Ingredients:

1 Nearly empty Almond Butter Jar ( or to enjoy this recipe anytime just add ~ 1 tbsp. Almond butter to the recipe and prepare in a mason jar or glass bowl)

2/3 cup quick oats 

1 cup Chocolate unsweetened almond milk

 1/4 cup sliced cherries 

Drizzled honey, optional 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and allow to sit overnight (or at least 6 hours) in the refrigerator. Enjoy cold or warm ( heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes). 

Chocolate Peanut butter Jar Overnight Oats

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 Peanut butter and chocolate are such a delicious combo and this recipe is no exception! Its the perfect use for that leftover peanut butter that never wants to come out of the jar! 

Peanut butter and chocolate are such a delicious combo and this recipe is no exception! Its the perfect use for that leftover peanut butter that never wants to come out of the jar! 

Serving size: 2 

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook Time: 5 minutes + 8 hour refrigeration overnight 

Ingredients: 

1 cup Oats 

1 3/4 cup Ultra Filtered Chocolate Milk (such as Fairlife) or Chocolate Almond milk

1 Large Banana, chopped 

1 -16 oz Jar near complete Natural peanut butter

Drizzle of honey optional

Directions:

Add oats, milk, and chopped banana to peanut butter jar. Combine and cover with jar top. Allow to refrigerate overnight and enjoy cold or warm in the morning!  

 

Homemade Blueberry & Cherry Chocolate Granola

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 Homemade gluten free granola with blueberries,  cherries, and chocolate 

Homemade gluten free granola with blueberries,  cherries, and chocolate 

Serving size: 1/4 cup

Servings per recipe: 18 (1/4 cup servings) - Prepares 4.5 cups total

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes cooling

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes   

Ingredients:

3 cups gluten free oats

½ cup + 1 tbsp. almond butter

¼ cup honey

2 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup dried blueberries

½ cup dried cherries

½ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl add oats. In a microwave safe bowl melt the almond butter, honey, and maple syrup (microwave for ~30-60 seconds). Once heated, stir and add the vanilla extract. Add the mixture to the oats and stir to combine evenly over the oats. Spread the oats in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes then remove from oven and flip oats over to cook on the opposite side. Return to oven and cook for another 15 minutes for a total of 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Add chocolate, dried blueberries, and dried cherries. Enjoy! 

 

Berry Yummy Fig Oats

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Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 minutes

Total time: 7 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1/4 cup instant oats

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup Siggi's blueberry yogurt (you can use also use strawberry or mixed berry & acai)

1/4 cup blueberries

3-4 sliced or chopped figs

1/2 tsp. honey (optional)

Directions:

In a microwave safe bowl combine oats, milk, and yogurt. Stir together then microwave for ~ 1.5 minutes. While heating wash the blueberries and chop the figs. Top cooked oats with blueberries, figs, and honey (optional). Enjoy for a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack!

FLUFFY OAT AND APPLESAUCE PANCAKES

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Prep time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 15 minutes. Total time: 20 minutes. Recipe prepares 12 pancakes.

Servings per recipe: 6

Serving size: 2 pancakes

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup Oat flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. sugar

1/2 cup unsweet applesauce

1 cup reduced fat milk

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl add the all purpose flour, oat flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix gently to combine. Then add the applesauce and milk. Stir the mixture to combine. Using a light coat of butter or nonstick spray heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Pour the pancake batter on the hot griddle making ~ 4 inch pancakes. Pancakes are ready to flip once the surface bubbles. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on each side.

 

NUTTY DATE SQAURES

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 Nutty Date bar filled with dates, pistachios, Macadamia nuts, and cashews

Nutty Date bar filled with dates, pistachios, Macadamia nuts, and cashews

Serving size: 1 Square 

Servings per recipe: 9 squares

Prep time: 15 minutes + 1 hour refrigeration before serving

INGREDIENTS:

10 whole pitted dates

1/4 cup shelled pistachios

1/4 cup Macademia and cashew salted nut blend

DIRECTIONS:

Place the dates in a small bowl and fill with 1/2 cup warm water to soften the dates. Allow to soak for ~ 10-15 minutes. Drain the fruit and dry with towel or paper towel. While the fruit is soaking measure out the nuts and place in food processor and process until finely chopped. Place in a bowl. Once the dates are soften place them in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the dates to the bowl of chopped nuts and press together with your fingers. Transfer the combined fruit and nuts to a sheet of parchment or wax paper and flatten to an evenly textured square. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Remove and cut into 3 rows with 3 columns or other desired size. Tightly wrap squares individually with plastic wrap. Store squares in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

 

Blueberry Banana Muffins

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes  

Total Time: 35 minutes 

Servings: 24 muffins or 12 large muffins + 24 mini muffins 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups All purpose flour 

1/2 cup 100% whole wheat flour 

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup sugar 

1/2 stick of butter, softened

1 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt

2 Eggs 

2 large ripe bananas, smashed 

1/2 cup blueberries 

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper lines or non stick spray.  Combine all purpose flour, wheat flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl and mix gently with a spoon. In a separate bowl combine butter, sugar, eggs, banana, yogurt, vanilla, and last fold in the blueberries. Next fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Bake large muffins for 20-25 minutes and small muffins for 10-15 minutes. Store unused muffins in the refrigerator. 

These muffins utilize fruit and yogurt to add flavor, sweetness, and moisture to minimize the need for added sugars and saturated fat. Taste great for breakfast or a quick snack! Enjoy!

You Feta Believe it Breakfast Scramble

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You Feta Believe it Breakfast Scramble (meatless)

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1 Handful spinach 

1 tsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. tomato, chopped 

1 tbsp. Feta Cheese

Salt and pepper  

Directions:

Coat the bottom of a small non stick skillet with olive oil and add spinach, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook on medium heat. While cooking crack 2 eggs in a bowl and scramble. As spinach begins to wilt add eggs and cook until set. Plate and sprinkle with feta cheese. 

Recipe is gluten free, vegetarian, and can easily be dairy free by holding the feta.