Firework Pancakes!

Happy 4th of July! It really doesn’t matter what time of year it is – fireworks are awesome and this recipe gives you a great excuse to use sprinkles! Banana pancakes have been a big deal lately, even without Jack Johnson singing about them 😉 The idea of two ingredient pancakes is not only awesome, way healthier, and super easy, but just another reason I heart bananas so much, seriously, you can use them to make just about anything!

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The fun thing about banana pancakes is that you can add any spices or extra ingredients to them to customize them and make them your own specialty. I’ve tried so many pancake mixes and recipes in my life (because pancakes) but they never came out quite as soft, decadent, and creamy as these ones did. Ever notice how some pancakes can turn out more like flat little bread sticks more than cake-like amazeball breakfast morsils they should be? Exactly. No more!

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So what will you need on this epic (and somewhat patriotic) journey of breakfast-dom? Mainly just two things: bananas and eggs, the rest is up to you. But here’s how I made them:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TSBP peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp sprinkles

Directions:

Mash up the banana and mix with eggs. Add desired spices. Grease skillet with coconut oil over medium heat. Cook on each side until cooked through.

Eat them with delight. These were only 366 calories with 18g or protein.

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Healthy Fudge: Yeah You Heard Me

I don’t know about you but I’m in the post holiday sugar withdrawal zone. I am craving sweets hard and wanting to eat non-stop. I hear so many people saying things like “In 2014, I’m not going to eat any more sweets, sugars, or bake anymore cookies!” While that’s admirable, I don’t want to give up all of that stuff. Fun food is an amazing part of life. It’s why this year I’m going to be devoting so much more time to finding clean and healthy alternatives and recipes.

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A while back, I created my own version of clean fudge. It’s so easy, so delicious (did I mention SO DELICIOUS) that you’ll be asking yourself why you aren’t eating this right now and always.  Banana Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge!!!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 medium-large banana
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Mash up the banana and 1 tbsp of peanut butter in a bowl
  2. Line a small baking sheet with wax paper
  3. Spread peanut butter banana mixture over wax paper into a square (or into a cookie cutter of your choice)
  4. Set in freezer for about 15 minutes
  5. While freezing, in a small bowl, add 1 tsp of unsweetened cocoa at a time and small drops of water until you get a chocolate mixture. This will be poured over the fudge.
  6. Pour chocolate sauce mixture over the banana fudge and then lightly sprinkle with shredded coconut
  7. Freeze once more to your liking

Fudge needs to be eaten within about 10 minutes of taking out of the freezer, otherwise it melts pretty fast. But it can be taken out and cut into smaller pieces, put into a ziplock container and put back in for easy snacking. This is a great treat substitute for when you really want to go out for ice cream or are craving chocolate. Plus, it’s super healthy and you can eat the entire thing and it’s only 149 calories!! I usually cut it into 4 pieces so they’re only around 37 calories each!

Try it out and let me know what you think! I’m looking for ideas for other varieties, too, much with other kinds of fruit or nutella or almond butter.

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