Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I had a client send me her favorite banana chocolate chip muffin recipe. She asked if it was healthy enough to fit into her meal plan, and told her that there were a few tweaks I wanted to make to the recipe. I attached the video below to take you through the tweaking process of these muffins. Ultimately, I lowered the sugar content and increased the protein content. By doing this, I lowered the glycemic index of the muffins. Gather all ingredients and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor/blender . Stir in chocolate chips after you are done blending. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and pour banana chocolate chip muffin batter into the muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Remove and enjoy! The Original Recipe is below:...
Healthy Protein Cinnamon Streusel

Healthy Protein Cinnamon Streusel

I will be honest in saying that this recipe started as an attempt to make a healthy banana bread pudding recipe! It’s interesting when I start changing ingredients to make the recipe healthier, how different the result can be. I honestly thought this was a fail at the bread pudding, but was a total success as a healthy cinnamon streusel dish. This dish is low glycemic, meaning low sugar (and healthy carbohydrates) and high protein, ultimately having little effect on blood sugar. The importance of this blood sugar regulation is to guarantee that your body stays within the fat burning zone, as opposed to the fat storage zone. This healthy cinnamon streusel is perfect for a morning meal or even a healthy snack. The healthy protein struesel pairs perfectly with natural nut butter and a dollop of whipped topping. This dish was super easy to make and was ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Gather all ingredients, a blender, a small baking tin, measuring cups, and a spoon. Turn the oven on at 350 degrees. Tear the bread apart into small bite-sized pieces and place them on a baking/cookie sheet. Heat in the oven for 5 minutes in order to remove all moisture. Add all of the healthy protein cinnamon streusel main ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Spray a small baking tin with non-stick cooking spray and pour the healthy protein cinnamon streusel batter into the dish. Add the dried out bread to the batter and mix well in order to submerge all pieces of bread. Clean out the blender and add the crunchy topping ingredients....
Gluten Free Banana Nut Protein Balls

Gluten Free Banana Nut Protein Balls

I am obsessed with the banana  nut flavor of the Quest bars, but  absolutely hate spending close to $3 for just one bar! I know many people love quest bars, but I’m not sure if everyone knows that not all flavors are created equal. By this, I mean that not all flavors are truly healthy. Many of the flavors contain a high amount of sugar/sugar alcohol, therefore make sure to read the label before purchasing. These bars, like many others, are expensive as well. Making homemade protein treats is not only a way to ensure you are eating healthy treats, but you will save a ton of money in the long run. I have experimented with a few different flavor combinations for protein balls, but this was my first attempt at a banana nut flavor. I always take my “projects” to work for my co-workers to taste test, and this protein ball recipe got rave reviews!!! Gather all ingredients, a large bowl, a large spoon, a food processor, and measuring cups. First, place the almonds into the food processor and grind up until the almonds are in tiny bite size pieces. Make sure not to grind up too much, because it will quickly turn from powder into a nut butter. Pour the ground up almonds into  a bowl and set aside for later.   Drain the chick peas and rinse with water. Add all ingredients (except almonds) for the gluten free banana nut protein balls into the food processor and blend well. Make sure to scrape the sides of the processor to ensure all ingredients are mixed well. The...
Healthy Peanut Butter Banana No-Bake Cookies

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana No-Bake Cookies

Anyone else obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate? I am not typically a cookie fan, but no-bakes are a totally different story! I looooooove no-bake cookies, but they are just terrible for the waistline. I decided to make my own concoction, as always, and this is what I came up with: Pour almond milk into a saucepan. Add cocoa powder, mashed bananas, and peanut butter. Put the stove on low heat and continue stirring and mashing up the mixture until well blended. It is okay if you still see small chunks of banana. Add the coconut oil, oats, flaxseed, and stevia to the saucepan. Remove from the heat and mix well. Add the protein powder and mix well. The mixture should be very thick. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Scoop a large spoonful of the cookie mixture and form in the shape of a cookie with your hands. Place the cookie on the parchment paper and continue process until the mixture is gone. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes or until firm. Enjoy right away and/or store the remaining cookies (in an airtight container/baggie) in the...
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