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Favorite Breakfast Recipes

Favorite Breakfast Recipes

I love breakfast so much but I often need to prep it in advance so I am not rushing around the kitchen in the morning. Below are some of my favorite recipes for quick work day mornings and lazy Saturdays. Overnight Oats Overnight oats are […]

Fruit Crostatas

Fruit Crostatas

  Print Fruit Crostatas Easy and delicious dessert comes together quickly and is the perfect way to use Farmer’s Market berries or fruit. You can customize it to use any fruit you have on hand.  Course Dessert Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes […]

Fitlato or Nice Cream

Fitlato or Nice Cream

Healthy Ice Cream??

Fitlato is the Fit Girls Guide version of “nice cream” or easy, healthy and dairy free ice cream. There are many varieties- I will share my favorite one here! Peanut butter and banana- aka the world’s greatest combination.

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I never used to be a huge sweets person. Dessert wasn’t a big thing at my house growing up and I didn’t crave it… and then I don’t know what happened but now ending the day with dinner just doesn’t cut it for me on most nights. So, I am always searching for new, healthier dessert and treat options. Fit Girls Guide has some great options that don’t require too much work and are delicious. Today, I am going to show you the recipe for the Banana Peanut Butter Fitlato (like gelato… but healthier). You will need to have frozen bananas on hand which I always do because I always buy more bananas than I need.

You will need a food processor or a blender as well. I use my small one when I want to make just a batch for myself and the larger food processor if I am doubling, tripling or quadrupling the recipe.  This recipe makes two 150 calorie servings.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana cut in to slices
  • 1T peanut butter
  • 1T coconut cream
  • 1/2t vanilla bean paste (I don’t have this so I use vanilla extract)- if you do this you will want to use 1/4t extract
  • 60 calories of 80% dark chocolate

Put the frozen banana, vanilla and coconut cream in to the food processor and pulse to chop. Then run the food processor until creamy.

Put in a bowl  and add the peanut butter and chocolate. You can also add these in the food processor but it will be less “chunky”. I keep my PB in the fridge so I find that stirring it in later doesn’t really work- either put PB in the microwave for a few seconds or add it in to the food processor.

I recommend freezing for a few minutes to have it firm up a bit. If you are making it ahead of time and freeze it over night or for a few hours, then make sure to take it out for a few minutes before eating. Basically, you want it to be creamy and thick and not runny or too icy. 

Enjoy! I will be posting more varieties soon! 

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Almond Butter Banana Muffins

Almond Butter Banana Muffins

Healthy, no sugar added, grain free, surprise filling, easy AND delicious! I am unable to buy the right amount of bananas. Sometimes I buy too few but most of the time I buy way too many and am left with brown bananas that I cut up […]

Apricot Cashew Energy Bars

Apricot Cashew Energy Bars

So I love to have a snack before I work out but have a hard time figuring out what works for my body. I also really want some sort of energy kick but hate to spend money on 2 coffees per day… whoops. So I […]

Brunch Series: Paleo Pancakes

Brunch Series: Paleo Pancakes

Paleo Pancakes: Happy New Year!

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I love brunch. I love making it, I love sitting down to eat it with a hot cup of coffee at home on a Saturday or Sunday morning. I love it so much that I am starting a brunch series which basically just means I will post more brunch recipes which hubs is pretty stoked about because he gets to eat more brunch!

paleo pancakes

Most of the time, I eat breakfast (which is definitively NOT brunch) in the car or at my desk. On those days when we sit down and really enjoy brunch, I want to make sure it is delicious and indulgent but does not make me want to spend the whole day on the couch.

These pancakes are made in a blender in 5 minutes or less and you can add any other fruits or veggies you might want to experiment with. I add apples but they would also be good with zucchini, banana, added almond butter, etc.

I love these pancakes because 1. they are pancakes and 2. because they go perfectly with coffee 3. hubs loves them 4. you can add anything to them 5. they are easy to make 6. they are delicious! 7. you can cut them in to shapes for all holidays (see photo below)

paleo pancakes

Recipe

Brunch Series: Paleo Pancakes
Recipe Type: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo
Cuisine: Brunch
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Serves: 10 small
These delicious Paleo pancakes are perfect for a healthy yet indulgent brunch.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional, but helps for rising)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup packed almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 apple shredded or chopped
  • anything you want for toppings. I like sauteed apples, yogurt, berries and honey.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in to a blender or food processor.
  2. Do not put the flour in first or it will get stuck in the bottom and you will have very thin pancakes… (speaking from experience)
  3. Heat coconut oil in a non stick skillet
  4. Pour pancake mix on to skillet and cook pancake until starts to bubble then flip
Notes
If you do not regularly eat a paleo diet, these ingredients might seem overwhelming but you can buy almond flour, arrowroot powder and coconut flour in stores. Trader Joe’s has all 3 but you can also order them on amazon or through an online merchant like Thrive Market.

PS I am doing a giveaway on instagram this week! Head on over to enter @balancebride

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