Paleo Banana Pancakes

Who doesn't love pancakes?

I remember having friends sleep over in middle and high school - we'd stay up way too late gossiping and watching MTV. In the morning, I'd make pancakes, usually chocolate chip, and we'd eat a TON. Like at least 7 each. Gotta love that teenage metabolism ;)

These pancakes are nothing like those of my childhood but boy are they delicious. The best part? They are packed with good-for-you ingredients so you can eat the entire stack and STILL feel incredible, teenage metabolism or not.

Paleo Banana Pancakes // gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 tsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of baking soda
  • generous dash of sea salt
  • generous dash of cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp coconut oil (for cooking)
  • optional: 1/2 tsp maca powder

Instructions:

  1. Mash banana with the 2 eggs (you can do this with a fork for chunkier pancakes, or blend in your blender for a smoother batter)
  2. Mix in all other ingredients.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, scoop batter into skillet to form 4-5 pancakes.
  4. Cook until the surface of the pancakes start to bubble and edges are browned and then flip VERY carefully (I used two spatulas to do this). Cook another few minutes on the second side.
  5. Top with fresh fruit, nut butter and (if desired) real maple syrup. ENJOY!

Are you a pancake fan? What's your favorite type - blueberry, chocolate chip, banana?? Share with me in the comments below!

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Because it's that time of year when it's WAY to hot to turn on the oven (especially if you live in a studio apartment, like me!).

I made these easy "cookies" for my 4th of July BBQ and they were a huge hit! Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and packed with nutrient dense foods like almonds, oats, and coconut oil, these are a treat you can feel good sharing. Not to say there is anything wrong with saving them all for yourself... ;)

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, no bake

inspired by this Minimalist Baker recipe

Ingredients:

    •    1/2 cup coconut sugar (I used Sweet Revenge coconut sugar)
    •    2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
    •    3 tbsp melted coconut oil
    •    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    •    1/2 cup natural almond butter
    •    2 tbsp coconut flour
    •    1/4 cup slivered almonds
    •    1 cup gluten free rolled oats
    •    Pinch sea salt
    •    1/4 cup raw cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional, but SO delicious)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together coconut sugar, almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla, almond butter, and coconut flour (you can use a food processor or blender, or mix by hand). The mixture will be VERY sticky, like caramel.
  2. Add in and mix by hand slivered almonds, oats, sea salt and cacao nibs.
  3. Scoop by tablespoon with cookie scoop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge or freezer to firm up (about 20 minutes). Enjoy!

 

Have you been baking, and cooking, less now that it's hot out? What have been your go-to meals, snacks, and treats these days? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

Banana Fosters Oatmeal

Healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert? Sign me up! This easy recipe comes together in just a few minutes, but tastes like you worked way harder.

Bananas Foster Oatmeal // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1 serving cooked oats

- 1 tbsp coconut oil

- 1 ripe banana, sliced

- sprinkle of cinnamon

- sprinkle of coconut sugar

Instructions:

1. Prepare your oats according to the package instructions (make with water, or use non-dairy milk for an extra creamy bowl). Place cooked oats in your bowl.

2. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil to saucepan on medium heat. Add sliced banana, cinnamon, and coconut sugar and sauté for about 2 minutes or until the banana starts to "melt" (gets all gooey and delicious).

3. Top cooked oats with the warm bananas and enjoy!

 

PS. The Yoga of Eating is STILL ON. Join me today for healthy homemade snacks, hot beverages, and delicious discussion on food, cravings and SO much more. 2PM Brooklyn Yoga Project. Hope to see you there!

Shortcut Matcha Latte

You all know I love my MATCHA! It's been my warm cup of choice in the mornings since I stopped drinking coffee in January.

Traditionally, matcha tea is made by whisking the matcha tea powder (finny ground green tea leaves) with hot water. You would then make this a latte by steaming milk and swirling the two together. While that makes for a pretty picture, I knew that I needed a shortcut, especially since I was pretty set on making my own almond milk to enjoy with the matcha.

First I hacked my homemade almond milk, cutting the process down to just two minutes. This trick definitely sped things up, but I was still making the almond milk a few times per week, and whisking the matcha up daily. I wondered if I could simplify the process even further, and the following recipe was born.

This delicious Shortcut Matcha Latte comes together in just a few minutes - no pre-made almond milk or whisk required! All the magic happens right in your high speed blender. 

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Shortcut Matcha Latte / vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo

Ingredients:

- 2 cups hot water (almost boiling, but not quite)

- 1 tsp matcha powder

- 1 scant tablespoon coconut oil

- 1 scant tablespoon almond butter

- Optional add-ins: 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, dash cinnamon, ginger, or turmeric (my personal favorite), pinch sea salt, cacao powder

Instructions:

1. Heat your water - you want it almost boiling, but not quite. If it boils, let it cool for a minute or two (you don't want it to be so hot that it burns the matcha, and your mouth!)

2. Add to your blender: matcha, almond butter, coconut oil, and any add-ins. Top with hot water. Place the lid on your blender. I also put a dish towel over the top of the blender - I find that when I blend hot liquid, steam/water sometimes escapes. 

3. Blend it up! If possible, start on a low setting and then increase the speed. Let it run for a good 30 seconds to 1 minute (you want the coconut oil to melt and get super frothy). 

This recipe makes 2 cups - I usually drink the whole thing myself but you can definitely share it with someone special =)

 

Have you every made your own latte? Let me know your experience in the comments below!