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Banana Oat {20 calorie} cookies

Need a Monday pick-me-up?

Boy, do I have a {healthy} treat for you! Yesterday I was bumming around and suddenly had the urge to bake. (This happens far too often…) Not having exact ingredients for a lot of elaborate baking recipes, I decided to rummage through my pantry and make due with what I had. And well, that didn’t take long. I pulled out all of FIVE things. Yep. That’s it. AND, I guarantee that you all have them in your kitchen at this VERY moment.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (to taste. I only had about 1 tbsp left in my bag)

Plus whatever else you’d like to add! Next time I think I’ll add raisings, white chocolate chips, and maybe some dried cranberries. These are so versatile, easy, and HEALTHY.

Each cookie is ONLY 20 CALORIES.

Low calorie, full of nutrients, and super simple to make. What more could you want? 🙂

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{Skinny} Banana Blueberry Chocolate Chip Bread

I. Love. Bread. 

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No really, if I had to choose 5 foods to live on for the rest of my life, it’d be towards the very tippy top of that list. What’s better than a piece of warm, gooey bread? Especially when it’s lower calorie! This bread is amazing. I feel like when I put fruit in anything I make, it automatically makes it healthy, but this recipe has a few swaps that make it healthier than your standard homemade or store bought bread, and it tastes just as delicious!

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What you’ll need:

  •  2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup pecans (or whatever nut you like, this is optional I just like a little crunch in my bread)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • tbsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • dark chocolate chips

mix together & bake for 40-50 minutes at 350˚

And viola! Beautiful, delicious bread!

Sunday Roundup!

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope your weekend is going well! 

This weekend i came home to visit my dad for his birthday! Some relaxing time at home with the family is exactly what I needed. Ice cream cake + pumpkin coffee + my puppy Moe makes for a pretttty wonderful Friday 🙂

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One happy birthday boy! IMG_7555

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Have you guys seen these?! My dad got a Keurig for his birthday and we’ve all been obsessed with it since. He bought 18 pumpkin spice K-cups, and I think I maaaay be responsible for the majority of them being gone already! GIMME ALL THE PUNKIN!

 

I didn’t have many crazy plans this weekend and i was toootally okay with that.

Saturday started off with a shhhweaty workout at my favorite LA fitness gym. I was feeling a little A.D.D. so i played musical machines!  I jumped from machine to machine, doing 10-15 minutes on each before switching to the next. I started with a warmup mile run on the treadmill, followed by 15 minutes on the stairmaster and 15 minutes on the elliptical alternating between resistance 10 and 12 every few minutes (while watching the miley cyrus story on MTV. While I wouldn’t have watched this outside the gym, Im not even gonna lie, it really kept my attention and made my workout fly by. Ha!)

IMG_7554 I followed my 30ish minutes of random cardio with strength training circuits. I started with this wonderful workout I found online. I love it! It was fun, challenging, and kept me going. I felt it heavy on the abs, but I liked that about it! This is definitely a workout i will do on off-days from the gym.

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Last night I had a great time catching up with my college roommate, eating pizza & drinking wine. Although I am sad I didn’t have a wild halloween party to dress up for, this is definitely my ideal chill saturday night 🙂

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Today I decided to try out a few recipes i have been meaning to try for awhile!

PESTO HUMMUS

Just to let you know, I am addicted to hummus. No, like…really addicted. I have 2 tubs of it (usually family sized) in my fridge at all times. Like, no matter what. I put it on everything, including just eating it by the spoonful. This recipe will be eaten the same way! I love pesto, I love hummus, why not mix the 2? It turned out wonderfully! Simple, 3 ingredients, cant go wrong!

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All you need is:
• 1 can chickpeas
• 2 tbsp pesto
• 1/4 cup tahini sauce

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ALMOND BUTTER

I recently discovered Justin’s almond butter and my life hasn’t been the same since. I have always been a huge peanut butter lover, but holy cow — almond butter!? Does it get any better than that? I think not.

I tried my own by simply roasting 2 cups of raw almonds (I seasoned them a bit with cinnamon & salt first) for 10 minutes then placing in a food processor.

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I had to split the recipe in half and do it twice because my processor is small, but it all worked out! Once the almonds were starting to get grainy and more liquidy (is that a word?!) I added honey & cinnamon.IMG_7583IMG_7585 IMG_7593 IMG_7598

Mixed it all up for about 10-15 more minutes and voila! Almond butter! It is sososos delicious, and i cannot believe how easy it was! I want to try different variations of flavors next.

Now time to finish up some laundry and make my journey back to my apartment to get ready for this week. Have a great, lazy Sunday!

Blueberry & Banana Oat Muffins

IMG_7129 Happy Sunday! Today for food prep Sunday I made these delicious, simple, healthy muffins! IMG_7104

First, slice bananas IMG_7105

Add blueberriesIMG_7106

Add oatsIMG_7107

Add Baking soda IMG_7108

Mix all togetherIMG_7109

 

In a separate bowl, mix yogurt & applesauce (and milk & vanilla not shown)

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Lay down dry ingredientsIMG_7112

Layer with we ingredients and mix IMG_7114

Preheat oven to 350, and bake for 30 mins! IMG_7115

 

Ta-da! Delicious, easy muffins for breakfast all week 🙂

Recipe here

Gooey Chewy S’mores Cookies

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First. I am absolutely ashamed to admit that I have no had a SINGLE Smore this entire Summer. It’s August. This isn’t fine. As I realized this the other day, and had a sweet tooth the size of Texas, I just knew I had to suffice my smore craving by making something ooey gooey and chewy. Do you ever just get in the mood to bake? It seems every Friday night that’s all I want to do (old). Whatever, there’s nothing better than a glass of wine, chick flicks and baking!

I found this delicious recipe here. I must say, these cookies turned out delicious and made my entire apartment smell uh-maze-ing…however, they don’t look as pretty as I would hope 😦 oh well. Ugly cookies are cookies, too! No cookie left behind! To avoid ugly cookies — I would definitely suggest refrigerating your dough overnight. That way when you bake the cookies they don’t melt into flat pancakes like mine did. Just some food for thought!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers, about 4 full-size cracker sheets
  • 2 cups (one 12-ounce bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups Marshmallow Bits (regular mini-marshmallows may be substituted; if using, shelter them with some dough and don’t let them bake directly on baking sheet to prevent scorching)

 

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use a hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the graham crackers, chocolate chips, marshmallows and beat momentarily to incorporate, less than 1 minute, or fold in by hand.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch spoon form heaping two tablespoon mounds (I made 26). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 9 minutes if you want ooey-gooey Smores-like cookies because they firm up as they cool.