Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Oooh… I love me some warm, fluffy, sweet, and light easy banana pancakes! I like to sneak in health to my recipes.  I don’t think it’s a secret at this point although I usually keep ingredients a secret from my innocent, hungry family.  Poor souls!  They never know how healthy they are actually eating. Muaaaahhhhh (my evil laugh… that’s my evil laugh). My favorite meal, breakfast, is my first opportunity to fill their tummies (I have little kids, okay? Don’t judge my word chose.) with some nutrients. I’m all about comfort foods and is there a better comfort food than whole wheat banana pancakes?  You may not be a fan of whole wheat, but that’s because you haven’t tried whole wheat pastry flour yet! It will change your world. I pretty much love anything with banana especially warm banana-bread-like baked goods.  Have you tried my banana muffins?  I make them probably once a week.  There a big hit here.  Well, I just transformed these delicious muffins into banana whole wheat pancakes. SO home recipes for banana pancakes can sometimes be tricky.  You have to pick the right temperature on your griddle and also know the signs when your pancakes are ready to flip.  You want to set your griddle to a little lower temperature (300 F to 325 F) and also look for when your pancake starts to slightly bubble.  Then flip that baby! Once you’ve flipped the pancake, you want to watch for the slight raise in the middle of your pancake.  Once you see the slight rise through the whole pancake, they’re ready to be devoured!  Can you see the...
Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

All you have to say is ice cream and I’m there! I love ice cream!  These days, I try to find ways to eat healthy but still enjoy my favorite desserts. So when I found a recipe for chocolate chip homemade ice cream made out of bananas I had to give it a try. I was very skeptical at first because who would believe bananas could turn into anything with an ice cream consistency?! It quickly won me over though. This recipe is so versatile! You can do just plain bananas, add a few drops of mint extract, or try adding chocolate and peanut butter for an awesome combo. This dairy free chocolate ice cream recipe is one of my go to healthy desserts and it is so yummy! I love it, my old roommate loves it, and even my husband enjoys it!  Seriously, give it a try! Ice cream always makes me think of summer! Summers are so much fun. When I was a kid my family would go to Oregon and stay at a little motel on the coast only a few miles away from my great uncle’s dairy farm. At the farm we’d feed baby calves, play with all the cats and dogs, and get ready for the big fourth of July show! My great Uncle would put on the biggest and best fireworks show around. The nearby town would move their show to July 5th just because of how grand my great Uncle’s was. We would have a huge potluck that took several days to prepare for. I remember helping make hundreds of hamburger patties...
Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a fan of creating my own Jamba Juice recipes.  With a blend of mango, banana, and kale, this Jamba Juice Kale-ribbean breeze recipe will provide both your mouth and body with a creamy, citrusy nutritious boost. I recently moved to Austin, Texas and have loved spending my warm summer days by the pool with my family.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since friends and family warned me about the brutality of the Texas sun. However, it’s been quite enjoyable!  Maybe it’s been the pool OR maybe it’s been because we have daily smoothies to combat the heat. I have two small kiddos and any mom with young kids understands the constant worry over getting enough veggies and the proper nutrients into their cute little bellies. Finding, creating, and feeding our kids healthy options can feel like a full-time job! This is one of the many many reasons I’m in love with my Vitamix.  That powerful blender can blend anything into pure creaminess!  My kids get most of their vegetables in smoothies such as this Kale-ribbean Breeze copycat recipe. Want to find an affordable Vitamix?  Purchase a refurbished Vitamix on Amazon (affiliate link).    Since kale is a pretty tough little green vegetable, make sure to remove the stem and only use the leaves in the smoothie.  Also, I’m a BIG advocate for properly washing your fruits and vegetables.  I’ve tried numerous of vegetable washes, but I always keep coming back to my most favorite…. FIT vegetable wash.  You will tangibly feel the waxes and dirt wash off your produce.  It’s SO worth the...
Gluten Free Granola Bars

Gluten Free Granola Bars

Gluten Free Granola Bars, loaded with oats, dried fruit, and walnuts with a touch of natural sweetness! Hi, Friends! Today’s recipe for granola bars is quick, delicious, and back-to-school friendly! Who doesn’t love a granola bar? This version is gluten free, loaded with dried cranberries and apricots. A touch of sweetness from honey or maple syrup, your choice! And, a slight crunch from chopped walnuts. These are sure to be your kids go-to after school snack! This recipe for apricot bars calls for oat flour. To make it, all you need to do is place your oats in a food processor and process until extremely fine, it will look just like flour! Print Gluten Free Granola Bars Prep Time 10 minutes Servings 12 bars Ingredients 2 3/4 cup rolled oats divided ½ cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup dried apricots small chop ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut ½ cup chopped walnuts 1 tsp cinnamon 1 pinch salt 1 banana mashed 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted ¼ cup almond butter 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Instructions Line a 9x9 baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper or wax paper. Set aside. Place 1 1/4 cup of the rolled oats into a food processor. Process until fine and resembles flour. Place into a large bowl. Mix the rolled oats, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, dried fruit, and walnuts in the bowl with the oat flour. In another bowl, mix the mashed banana, coconut oil, almond butter, honey (or maple syrup), and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until combined. Press this mixture into the bottom...
Aloha Pineapple

Aloha Pineapple

I cannot believe summer is over?!?! Well, it feels like the end since I’m preparing to send my first child to Kindergarten on Wednesday.  How can my sweet little 7 lbs 9 oz baby girl born the-quickest-five-years-of-my-life ago be going to Kindergarten? Please tell me I’m not the only mama out there struggling with the mixed emotions related to sending their first to Kindergarten. Yes, she is SO ready and SO excited BUT all-day Kindergarten?  She’ll be at school and away from her family most of the day AND who knows what she’ll be exposed to.  Oh, my mommy-heart is going to break a little when I drop her off on the first day. I’m walking into a whole new world.  School schedules, teacher conferences, packed school lunches, homework (do they give homework in Kindergarten?), and I’m sure lots of grumpy days ahead of adjusting to an earlier wake-up time (probably more from me than my daughter).  This is where I need to up my organization game. I’m already excited about adding some of my fun, healthy lunch options like my Apple Fruit Sandwiches to her lunchbox. Oh, quick sidebar… I found this awesome insulated lunchbox along with these slim lunch ice packs if you’re searching for some great lunch boxes for your kids. Outside of packing her delicious lunches, I want to make sure my breakfasts for her are on point.  I need my daughter confidently walking into her Kindergarten day with a belly full of nutrients.  I strongly believe none of us can BE our best selves or DO our best work if we’re not treating our bodies...

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