Saturday, April 19, 2014

Peanut Butter, Banana, Choco Chip Pancakes! (3 ingredient batter!)

I'm sure most health foodies are now aware of the incredibly simple pancake recipe consisting only of banana and eggs. This is a major break through considering pancakes are usually loaded with flour, oil and sugar. These are so accessible (who doesn't have a banana and egg hanging around) and actually taste pretty darn good!

I've experimented with a few different recipes, one was 2 eggs to 1 banana, another 3 eggs to 1 banana and the last one was 1 egg to 1 banana. After making all three, I prefer the 1 egg to 1 banana, although it tasted the most strongly like banana it was the most moist, I found the more eggs I put in the drier the pancakes were.

I decided to add some peanut butter to add a peanut-ty twist and to create a thicker batter.

2 eggs
2 bananas
2 tbsp peanut butter
Vanilla extract (or cinnamon!)
Chocolate chips

Combine the eggs, bananas, and peanut butter (salt and vanilla extract) in a food processor, or just mash it up with a fork! Spoon batter onto frying pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips and cook on LOW for 3 minutes, flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

PB-Honey Spread

1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp peanut butter

Combine both ingredients together and spread onto pancakes. So good! I've enjoyed these for breakfast, dinner and after workouts. Adding in a scoop of protein would make these super charged!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pineapple-Coconut Upside Down Cake w/ Whipped Coconut Cream

It never occurs to me to put pineapple in things. If I do it's often for a pina colada spin on a smoothie or I suppose on pizza. But baking it into a cake resulted in one of the best cakes I've ever made! Pineapple upside down cake is a retro classic, and is made by layering pineapple rings, brown sugar and butter, baked underneath a basic cake batter. Then you simply flip it over to reveal the pine-appley goodness on the other side.

This cake is more along the lines of a coffee cake, made only with honey and coconut oil it is denser more like a doughnut texture. But honestly it goes so well with the pineapple, this cake is amazing! Can't wait to make it again!

1 1/2 cups spelt flour (or regular flour)
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp honey
6 tbsp coconut oil (melted and cooled slightly )
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut, shredded
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of stevia (to taste)
Pinch of salt

Combine flour, salt, stevia, coconut, and baking powder, stir to combine. In separate bowl combine honey, vanilla and eggs. Pour dry ingredients into egg mixture, stir until combined, then slowly mix in coconut oil. Slice pineapple thinly and layer onto a parchment lined 9X9 inch pan. Pour batter over top and bake for 30 minutes on 350F. Allow to cool (very important or else it'll break). Flip pan onto a plate or board to reveal pineapple side and voila!

Makes enough for 9 pieces.

Top with coconut whipped cream and toasted coconut!

(To make coconut whipped cream, use cream on the top layer of a can of coconut milk and whip it with electric beaters or food processor and voila!)

What are some of your favourite pineapple recipes?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Baklava Cheesecake Bars

What is it about cheesecake that makes people go cuckoo over it. Whenever we go our to eat with our little sister, it is guaranteed, without fail that she will order a cheesecake for dessert. We once asked her why this was, and she said she just couldn't help it, whenever there's cheesecake it automatically trumps every other dessert surrounding it, is what she explained.

Well, we didn't have the right pan to make a cheesecake cheesecake, but we did make cheesecake bars! This way it's a small portion of an incredibly rich dessert that just feels like you're eating a snack. We added stevia and reduced some of the honey to make them a bit healthier. Remember cream cheese, greek yogurt and eggs all have lots of protein to balance out the glycemic index, so you won't get horrible sugar highs with cheesecake!

These were honestly so deliciously creamy, we ended up making them twice. If you're a fan of baklava then you will really love these! Splurge on some good quality honey instead of billy bee, you'll really taste the difference in these.

 Drizzle honey and top with walnuts!

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup spelt flour
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey

1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup good quality honey
1 tsp lemon juice
8 oz cream cheese
1 egg
2 tbsp egg whites
Stevia to taste
Pinch of salt

Combine crust ingredients, press into a small cake pan (9 X 9). Bake for about 8 minutes on 350F or until golden. Take out of oven, layer chopped walnuts and drizzled honey on the bottom, then pour in cream cheese mixture. Bake for another 30 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes in fridge, or ideally overnight. And there you have it! Drizzle with more honey and top with more walnuts.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mocha Monkey Breakfast Cookies

If you love coffee flavoured sweet things, you will love these cookies! Jenn and I wanted to make breakfast cookies but not your usual dried fruit and nut cookies that you see frequently in coffee shops and on the web. We wanted something fun and different, enter the Mocha Monkey! Coffee, chocolate, banana, almond, and oat deliciousness! We didn't want them too sweet, there's only 3 tbsp honey plus a little stevia, which makes them perfect for breakfast!

These came out crispy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. If you like a crispier cookie, just flatten out before baking.

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp instate coffee
1/4 cup almond milk
3/4 cup spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp honey
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup banana chips crumbled 
Stevia to taste (we added about 1/4 tsp)

Combine dry ingredients including instant coffee, mix eggs and almond milk. Combine wet into dry, add coconut oil, and almonds, chocolate chips and banana chips. Bake for 15-16 minutes at 350F.

These were honestly so so good! I always underestimate coffee flavour in baked goods and desserts. If you haven't tried coffee in cookies definitely give these a go! We ate the whole plate in less than an hour.