The 4 Ingredient Cookie

Well this was easy… and quite delicious!

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The 4 Ingredient Cookie

2 bananas
2c old fashioned oats
1/4c. Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Roll into balls and press on cookie sheet

Bake at 350° for 11-12 minutes

Make 14 cookies

Each cookie has:
83 calories
14g carbs
2g fat
2g protein

P.S. These cookies will be my breakfast for the next few days ;)

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes

Pancakes:
3 tbsp. buckwheat flour (can substitute for any flour)
3 tbsp. coconut flour (makes them fluffy)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. pure pumpkin
1 egg white
1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. walden’s syrup
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. chopped pecans
Topping:
1 tbsp. all natural creamy peanut butter
1/4 scoop About Time vanilla protein powder
1 tsp. walden’s syrup
2 tbsp. almond milk
Directions: 
– combine pancake batter together and cook on medium heat
– flip pancakes every few minutes (cooking them takes a while as they are very thick)
– mix toppings together and layer onto pancakes
Macros: 416 calories // 44g. carbs // 16g. fats // 23g. protein

pumpkin cinnamon and pecan granola

If there is one thing I love almost as much as peanut butter it is granola. I could eat granola all day every day. With milk or without milk. With a spoon or by the handful. It is ridiculous how much I love granola.

Here is a delicious recipe I came up with and it is SO good I want to shout it from the rooftops!

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Ingredients:

3 c. old fashioned oats

1 1/2 c. chopped pecans

1/3 c. roasted pepitas

1/3 c. roasted sunflower seeds

2/3 c. chopped almonds

1 tbsp. stevia

1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 c. melted coconut oil

1/3 c. pure maple syrup

1/2 c. pure pumpkin

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Mix together oats, nuts, seeds, stevia, salt and spices together. Then set aside.

Heat coconut oil, maple syrup and pure pumpkin in a pan over medium heat until warm.

Pour the liquid over dry ingredients and mix well (do it quickly before the liquid cools).

Spread granola over a non stick pan or lay pan with parchment paper and layer it with delicious granola.

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Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes then stir granola gently to keep clusters together.

Place back into oven for 10 more minutes or until lightly browned and your kitchen smells like heaven.

Eat with milk, on top of ice cream (my favorite is arctic zero) or by the handful :)

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mocha chocolate [protein bites]

In honor of the oh so delicious “National Coffee Day” I present to you… Mocha Chocolate Protein Bites!

mocha chocolate - instagram– Mocha Chocolate Protein Bites – (makes 8)

  2 tbsp. ground coffee

  2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa

  1 tbsp. milled flax

  1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used About Time)

  ¼ c. water

  ½ c. oats

  ¼ c. almonds

*Blend All Ingredients and form into 1” balls*

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sweet potato fries

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Being a NPC Bikini Competitor often means I need to get creative when it comes to meal planning.  My amazing coach Michelle Johnson gave me sweet potato as a carb source in two of my meals per day which meant I needed to come up with some recipes that would keep me excited.
These sweet potato fries are pretty much the most simple, yet ridiculously delicious thing I have tasted (and definitely leaving me wanting more).
Sweet Potato Fries
Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into fries
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp evoo or spray bag with olive oil spray
Directions: 
Oven – 375 degrees
Put all ingredients into a ziplock bag and shake to coat fries evenly
Spread evenly in a non-stick baking sheet and put into the oven
Cook for 10 minutes then flip
Do the same until all sides are crispy
YUM!
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from basil to pesto

The easiest herb I have ever grown has been basil. This summer my basil plant has seriously blossomed which meant it was time to make my homemade pesto!  The recipe calls for 5 simple ingredients.  Basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, shredded parmesean and walnuts. It is summer in a bowl!

homemade pestoo

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happy national pancake day!

I just found out that today is National Pancake Day! Even though I missed making them for breakfast, you better believe I will consume pancakes at some point today. Here is some pancake eye candy for you… drooling yet?

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