5 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

 

Happy Sunday y’all! I hope your long weekend is treating you SO well!

There’s something about Sunday mornings that just makes me want pancakes. And about 90% of the time, I resist the urge. But today is one of the days in that 10% where I just need pancakes. Neeeeeed them. So here we are. I made pancakes.

But these pancakes are quite a bit lighter than any regular pancakes from a restaurant or a box! Minimal ingredients, and minimal sugar! And the best part – you can add/remove whatever toppings or mix-ins you want! Today I chose mini chocolate chips, because well just because. 🙂 I went out to the beach early this morning with the team of volunteers to track sea turtles! Definitely one of the coolest things I’ve done – and this was the perfect way to fuel up after!

5 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

1 cup oats
1 banana, mashed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

I also added 1 stevia packet for sweetness (optional) and a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips! You could also add nuts, berries, raisins, etc.!

Mash your banana first. Then add in the remaining ingredients and mix together until combined into a batter. Heat up and grease a skillet or griddle to low to medium heat (I kept it low to keep the outside from getting too crispy). Once it’s hot, add batter and cook like normal pancakes! Top with natural peanut butter or syrup, and enjoy!!

Hope you guys have a wonderful Sunday! You are beautiful. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

Low-Sugar Chocolate Oat Cookies

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

I’ve been spending lots of time with friends and keeping super busy when I’m not! Lots of beach time as well, because, well I think I’m turning into a mermaid.

And now… I have a fun recipe to share with you! It has a pretty funny story behind it.

First of all, I don’t know who to credit for the original recipe for this, because I got it from my Nana, who got it from someone. However, I did tweak it a little bit and make my own version of it because I love doing that!

Last month I went to visit my Nana and Pawpaw. When I go see them, my Nana ALWAYS has some sort of sweet treat made for me. Ever since I can remember, she’s always had fresh cookies, brownies, or some sort of yummy treat waiting because she knows my love for sweets! Well this time, since she knows that I’m trying to maintain a healthy diet and enjoy finding new healthy recipes, she made me some healthy cookies similar to no-bakes (my FAV)!! How thoughtful is that?! Ugh she is the sweetest.

But when she told me about the cookies she made me, she said “Bethany, I made you these cookies because they’re healthier than regular ones and I know you’re eating healthy… but THEY ARE AWFUL!” Hahaha. So of course, when I tried them I loved them, and they were certainly not awful. *Disclaimer: we ended up making real no-bake cookies that weekend because we just needed the real thing too! Balance, right?* I just thought it was so funny that she thought they were so gross. She’s too modest – everything she makes tastes like heaven in your mouth.

That being said, these do not taste quite like no bake cookies. HOWEVER! They are not a bad alternative if you are counting calories or avoiding sugar! I honestly did enjoy them, and will definitely make them again. One of the main changes I made is adding a small amount of NATURAL sugar. When you look at most cookie recipes, there’s a minimum of a whole cup of sugar, so this still keeps them minimal sugar!

I’m not hating on normal cookies, but moderation is key! Sometimes ya just need a healthy alternative, especially with summer right around the corner!

Here is the recipe, including my changes I made:

3 ripe bananas
2 cups oats (I prefer old fashioned over quick)
1/3 cup peanut butter (I use natural!)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
*If you still need more sweetness, you can add stevia.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the bananas. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Let the batter stand for 20-30 minutes. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

I hope you guys have a lovely week! You are amazing. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

3 Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cups

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Hi guys, and happy hump day!! I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!

As many of you probably know, I am all about eating clean MOST of the time, and making healthy snack choices ALMOST all the time. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — MODERATION is KEY!

You have to learn how to BALANCE your healthy choices with a few indulgences here and there.

One of my favorite times to indulge is Valentine’s Day! I love chocolate. Like, A LOT. Like if my house caught on fire, I’d be real tempted to save the chocolate. Although I usually can’t keep any in my house because it tempts me too much. ANYWAYS.

This V-day, I decided to try a new sweet treat based on my favorite candy – Reese’s hearts! I made up my own peanut butter cups, using minimal ingredients to avoid the long list of crap-like ingredients. I included a picture of the long list of ingredients on a Reese’s (still love Reese’s don’t get me wrong).

I know I know, these aren’t the healthiest snack BUT they do have much fewer things in them than normal candy. It’s nice knowing exactly what goes into what you’re eating! I shared them with a couple friends for V-day treats and they seemed to be a hit! Here’s the recipe!

3-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1tsp coconut oil

Peanut butter filling:
1/3 cup natural peanut butter *look at the ingredients when choosing PB; less ingredients is best!
1 tsp coconut oil
*you may want to add a small splash of water here, depends how thick you want your filling. if you want it thinner but creamy, add a small splash of water.

Line a mini muffin pan with mini muffin cups (if you don’t have any cups that’s fine, just lightly coat the pan with oil!). Heat up chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Drop a small dollop of the melted chocolate into each mini muffin cup so that the whole bottom is covered. Melt the peanut butter and coconut oil, then add splash of water if necessary. Stir until mixed and smooth. Place a small dollop – slightly smaller than the dollop of chocolate on the bottom – of the PB mixture on top of the bottom chocolate layer. Then, top them all off with another (slightly larger) dollop of chocolate, so that the peanut butter is covered, for the most part. Freeze for 20 minutes. ENJOY!

Once frozen, these can be stored in either the refrigerator or freezer, just personal preference! You can also top with nuts, granola, etc. to add a little crunch! I’m trying it with dark chocolate and walnuts next time 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy!

XO beth

Resolution-Friendly Snacks

Hi babes! I hope this post finds you well! I’m so glad it’s Thursday; this week has been super busy, and this weekend is going to be even busier but in a good way! I am regretfully really behind on Grey’s AND Scandal right now (I know I’m ashamed), and I feel like my Thursday would be significantly better if I could actually watch tonight’s episodes. Ugh. First world problems?

ANYWAYS. Let’s talk about healthy snacks! I’ve seen so many people post about their healthy resolutions for the year, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite snacks that are yummy and nutritious without going overkill in calories!

First is baked apples. GAME. CHANGER.

I have allllllways been an apple a day kinda gal. Like since high school I have eaten apples all the time. Sometimes more than one a day – and let me tell ya, I don’t think it’s true that they keep the doctor away haha. But they are great snacks!

Somehow, I have never really thought to bake them, I’ve always just sliced them up and eaten them with peanut butter or almond butter. One night my dear friend Nora mentioned something about baked apples for dessert and I immediately thought, “okay I need that in my life.”

So here we are, a few weeks later, and I have baked many an apple since. Thanks Nora 🙂 It’s such a great cure for those nights when your PMS is screaming at you to eat all the dessert in the world but you don’t want to cheat on your meal plan so you bake an apple, melt some PB, and if you really wanna get crazy with it, serve them warm with Halo Top ice cream. Thank me later.

Recipe:
1 apple (if single serving – more depending on # of people)
cooking spray
stevia (1 packet usually does it)
cinnamon (to taste)

Slice up your apple (my current apple of choice is the Fuji; they’re big so even one is shareable! this recipe is husband approved). Spray a baking dish, glass is best, and line your apples on it. Sprinkle your apple slices with cinnamon and Stevia. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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Next up we have rice cakes. Which sounds really boring. However, if you top it with the right things, it’s actually amazing. My toppings of choice for rice cakes are peanut butter (or almond butter or PB2) for a sweet one and avocado for a savory!

Now, if you’re on a strict meal plan and don’t want as many calories, then consider just using PB2 on this one. These rice cake snacks are healthy, but they are high in unsaturated fats – the good fats! but still fats, which means calories. So if you have the room in your plan, these make a great post-workout snack!

Tip: buy the UNsalted unflavored rice cakes 🙂

For the sweet one, I just spread nut butter of choice on the rice cake, throw on a few slices of banana for extra nutrients, and about a teaspoon of chia seeds. If you want extra sweetness, drizzle with honey!

For the savory one, simply slice and mash up about half of an avocado, spread it on the rice cake, and sprinkle with a tiny bit of pink himalayan salt (I get mine from Trader Joe’s, it’s lasted a while) and pepper. If you’re into spicy foods, add some red pepper flakes! I’m not brave enough for that, but if you are I admire it about you.

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That’s all for now! Hope you make it to Friday in no time! You are beautiful. Thanks for reading!

XO Beth

No-Bake Energy Balls

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Happy Tuesday y’all. Hope your Monday was short and your week is off to a great start!

I go through phases with food, where I get addicted to something and eat it nonstop for a month or two. So that’s where I’m at right now with these energy balls. Holy YUM. Except this one isn’t just a phase, because I will probably be eating these for the rest of my life. They’re that good.

They make a great pre- or post-workout snack, because the peanut butter provides you with energy and protein, while the fiber and chia seeds keep you fuller longer! They’re easy to make, and it’s great to grab out of the fridge on the way out the door. Plus they just taste like dessert. I’m a big dessert person, so since I’m trying to tone up my beach bod, these are a great dessert substitute.

Here’s the recipe (yields about 13-15 energy balls):

1 cup oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1-2 tablespoons chia seeds *can substitute with flaxseed
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips *can use regular choc. chips if desired; may also use raisins instead. add 1/3 cup if you want extra sweetness.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour (if you’re impatient like me, stick ’em in the freezer!). Remove from fridge, have a couple sample bites if you want, and then roll into balls. Place in a sealable container and store in the fridge!

Hope you guys enjoy – let me know what you think! Have a great week.

XO beth

 

Chocolate PB Homemade Oatmeal

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Hi and happy hump day! If you don’t know me personally, then I’m sure you’ve gathered by previous recipes that one of my favorite combinations is chocolate and peanut butter. If you didn’t know, now ya know. Obviously, that can be a dangerous obsession, so lately I have tried to find healthy, or at least lighter, ways to incorporate it.

So, I used my favorite meal – breakfast. Lately, I’ve seen all these fancy food bloggers posting all these amazing pictures of their oats, and I honestly couldn’t decide which one to turn to. Overwhelmed by the yumminess of them all, I decided to just wing it and create my own version. I didn’t use a recipe for this, I just kept trying different things until it worked how I wanted it. It keeps things interesting, right? ((complete recipe at bottom of post))

Just bring your milk to a boil, then add your oats. I use Quaker Old Fashioned oats. I usually turn the heat down about halfway, but not all the way to simmer. Stir occasionally; milk likes to stick to the sides/bottom of your pan if it sits hot too long so stirring is important.

After a minute or so, add a little brown sugar and cinnamon, and a stevia packet if you want. (I do!)

It takes about five minutes or so for the oats to get to the right consistency, but it all depends on how thick you like your oats. Use your own judgment there!

Once they are cooked how you want them, pour them into your bowl. Top with a tablespoon of *natural* peanut butter, a small handful of chocolate chips (it doesn’t take much), and any other toppings you want. I use chia seeds, sometimes chopped dates, and raisins would also be yummy! Let it sit for a hot minute, as everything gets all melty and wonderful. Then give it a solid stir, and all that melty, ooey gooey chocolate and peanut butter will mix up in there and your heart will explode. Enjoy! (You can also add more stevia if you want extra sweetness, but with the chocolate, you probably won’t need it!)

Oats:
1 cup milk of your choice
1/2 cup oats *your oats will have directions on them for cooking – the milk to oat ratio may be different for some! or if you are extra hungry, do 1.5 cup milk and 3/4 cup oats! just play with it*
2 teaspoons brown sugar
a couple shakes of cinnamon
Toppings:
1-2 teaspoons semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon natural creamy peanut butter
Optional: nuts, raisins, chia seeds, etc.

I have loved this breakfast, especially after spin class! It’s so filling, and so tasty. Hope you guys like it!

XO beth

The Smoothie of the Summer

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Have you ever found a new food you love, and you suddenly can’t get enough of it? Well, that’s this smoothie for me. So good I gotta share with y’all. I’m not gonna lie, even though I was SO pumped to get my new blender (a few months ago), when it came down to it, I rarely make smoothies because I get lazy. But THIS smoothie… this smoothie is worth it. And it doesn’t even take that long to make! (most smoothies don’t… I don’t really know why I get lazy when it comes to this lol). It’s only a few ingredients, and they’re things you typically have lying around the kitchen anyway. So there, you have no excuse not to try it!

Back in college, my froomie bestie Haley and I lived about 2 minutes from Sonic (AND chick fila. Still wondering how I didn’t gain a million pounds in college). During the summer when they had half price milkshakes, we would make up any excuse possible to go get one. Like, every night. [bear with me, this story is relevant]. My favorite milkshake from there – and trust me I tried almost all – was the chocolate PB banana. Holy yum.

THAT’S WHAT THIS SMOOTHIE TASTES LIKE. And it’s like 1/25th of the calories!! Holla holla. I mean the texture, consistency, and taste are all perfect. That is all.

1 frozen banana
1 cup milk (I use fat free/skim and it tastes fine; use what you like)
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
2-3 teaspoons cocoa powder
honey or stevia to taste (I use 1 stevia packet + 1 squirt of honey!)

Blend until it reaches the right consistency (usually 30-ish seconds); enjoy!

Try it and please let me know what you think if you do! Happy weekend loves.

XO beth