Healthy Protein Cookie Dough (with chickpeas!)

Hi Everyone!

Recently, I have been making recipes that are high in protein because of the busy days of school and sports. So, when I saw several recipes for edible cookie dough all over the internet, I became curious how I could make this a healthy recipe (as I usually do.) I thought of chickpeas, which are high in protein and have little flavor on their own, and created a chocolate chip “hummus” of sorts.

This recipe is a great dessert, but is even healthy enough for a snack on the go. I love dipping fruit into the “cookie dough”, or spreading it on whole wheat toast. Overall, this dough is a perfect choice for a healthy snack or when you want something sweet! 

I am headed off to London today, so please stay tuned for a post detailing all of the fun kinds of new dishes I try! Also, if you are traveling over Thanksgiving, check out my post on tips for traveling and eating real food. Enjoy!

Healthy Protein Packed Cookie Dough

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter 
  • 1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbs. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs. organic milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Steps:

In a food processor, process the chickpeas. Add in the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, milk, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

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1-Minute Healthy Banana Bread

Hi Foodies,

Today I’m sharing a recipe for an easy, nutritious, and filling snack that you can easily make in no time at all. Because it is cold here in New England during fall, I am always looking for recipes that are not only warm but also delicious. I have been seeing several of those mini cooking videos about mug cakes recently, so I thought it would be fun to come up with a healthier version! My result makes a great small meal or filling snack, and is easy enough to mix and match with your favorite add-ins.

For many, fall is a very busy season, and I can personally say that there have been several mornings I have barely made it to the bus. So, this recipe is perfect to throw together when there’s not much time to cook breakfast, and it is so tasty you will forget it took you 1 minute to make.

For breakfast, I like using almond butter instead of peanut butter and adding raspberries, but for a dessert-like treat, I like using the peanut butter and a few dark chocolate chips. This recipe is also packed with protein from the nut butter, flax seed, and almond milk, so it makes a great breakfast!

What are your favorite fall breakfasts while on-the-go? Let me know in the comments, and if you like this recipe, please share with family and friends! πŸ™‚


1-Minute Healthy Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana (plus extra for topping)
  • 3 tbs. almond or regular milk, preferably unsweetened and organic
  • 1 tbs. pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1 tbs. peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tbs. ground flax seed
  • 2 tbs. whole wheat flour
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch baking powder

Steps:

To begin, in a medium mug, mash 1/2 banana. Add in the peanut butter and maple syrup, if using, and combine. Stir in the milk until the consistency is smooth, and then add in the flax seed, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Once batter is completely stirred and there are no clumps, add in any extra mix-ins if desired, and microwave on high for 1 minute. Top with banana slices, peanut butter, and any other toppings you may like. Enjoy!

 

Perfect Protein Pancakes

Hi Everyone!

I have a fun and easy breakfast recipe to share with you all today- protein pancakes! As the school year is back in full swing, mornings have gotten busier and there is less time to make a fun and creative breakfast. So, I have been looking for some healthy and unique breakfasts beyond oatmeal, smoothies, and toast. While those are great options, it is also nice to think outside the box and switch recipes up. Additionally, it is important to eat a protein-rich breakfast before school and sports, so you are full and fueled for the busy day ahead. This recipe is both creative and filling, and takes maybe 1/4 of the time it takes to make traditional pancakes! 

When I first came across a recipe for egg and banana protein pancakes, they turned into a scrambled egg consistency that was not very similar to pancakes. So, after a ton of delicious recipe testing, I’m excited to share this one with you! πŸ™‚

As always, please share with others if you liked this recipe, and enjoy! 


Banana Perfect Protein Pancakes 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 2 eggs (preferably organic)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbs. ground flax seed 
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional toppings- almond butter, berries, banana slices, or maple syrup

Steps:

To start, heat the coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. In a separate bowl, mash a banana and mix in the eggs, cinnamon, and flax seed. Once combined, scoop onto skillet and flip once golden. Enjoy and serve with almond butter, fruit and/or maple syrup!

My Tips for Teaching Kids Cooking Skills

Hi Everyone!

Many people (especially those reading this) enjoy cooking, but how exactly did you learn? Was it watching your grandma bake her famous apple pie or making homemade tacos with your dad as a kid? Was it YouTube videos that you watched when you were looking for a simple recipe to make? Surprisingly, not many people learn to cook at a young age, even though it is one of the most important life skills. 

I’ve been lucky enough to have several opportunities to teach kids how to cook, by running a program at my local elementary school, teaching a class at Whole Foods, cooking on my town news channel, and giving individual lessons to a little girl in my town (which is in the picture below.) These are just some of the tips I have found useful, and while I may not be an expert, I hope that they are useful for you too!

So, whether you’re a kid yourself who came across my blog, or someone who knows kids themselves or has their own, consider teaching them to cook! There is tasks for any age in the kitchen, and that way come college, kids will already know how to cook, and it won’t be another new skill for them to learn.

So, please check out my tips for teaching kids to cook and let me know what works best for you! πŸ™‚

  1. Show that cooking is fun and not a chore! When something is seen as unenjoyable and more of a required activity than something that is fun to do, kids will be less apt to do it. So, show them that you are excited to cook and emphasize how much fun it is!
  2. Ask them about their favorite foods and ingredients, and use them to start. Often times when a kid’s favorite food is being cooked, they’ll be more willing to help and see how it’s made, because of the delicious outcome. 
  3. Let them have their own tasks, and give them independence. If there’s one thing kids like, it’s being independent and in charge! Let the kids do something on their own, such as mixing in an ingredient, cracking eggs, or measuring an amount of something. They’ll feel more accomplished if they know they worked hard to make the dish.
  4. Emphasize the importance of reading a recipe and have them create their own! Giving kids the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind dish on their own gives them a boost of creativity and lets them think outside of the box. Reading a recipe shows them the chronological steps of cooking and (as a bonus) helps kids who are learning to read!
  5. Share their recipe with others and make sure to give them feedback. Of course, it’s important to give first time cooks or young kids all positive feedback, but after they’ve had some experience, ask them what they think would make it even better the next time. This will get them excited to cook again! It is also great to have them show others what they made, and to make them feel proud of what they’ve cooked!

Please share with others if you like these tips, and stay tuned for some more! πŸ™‚ 

Razzy Peach Paradise Smoothie + Laney and Lu Cafe Collaboration!

Hi Everyone!

Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to takeover Laney and Lu Cafe’s Instagram account and share a brand new smoothie recipe. If you haven’t heard of Laney and Lu, it is a cafe located in Exeter, NH, that is all about sharing and promoting a love of real food. As one of Laney and Lu’s “Blends with Benefits,” I shared my story (and the recipe I’m about to share with you) for a day, and my Razzy Peach Paradise smoothie was sold in their cafe for the week. It was such a fun experience, and I would highly recommend checking out their inspiring mission and menu at http://www.laneyandlu.com.

This smoothie is perfect for late spring, as it is hydrating, packed with healthy fruits, and has a fun, refreshing flavor. Not to mention, the electrolytes in the coconut water make this smoothie a perfect post-workout choice or hydrating start to the day. Please check out Laney and Lu and their website, and sorry for the delay in posting. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Razzy Peach Paradise (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 green apple 
  • 1 cup frozen peaches 
  • 1 cup coconut water

Steps:

To make, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Serve with a sprinkle of chia seeds, if you would like, and enjoy! 

Serving Up Summer: The Healthiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi Everyone!

It’s the beginning of the summer- the season where everyone is off to barbecues, 4th of July celebrations, swimming parties, and family camping trips. All of these events are filled with fun, laughter, games, and plenty of sunshine, but have one more thing in common- the food. While summer is a season perfect for spending more time outside with family and friends, it is also seemingly the season for more sugar and more “junk” than anyone’s body would like.

At the same time, when you are asked to bring a dessert to share to a barbecue or an appetizer for all at a party, you don’t want to disappoint. Finding the balance between a dish being healthy enough and having the right flavor can be hard to do, which is why I’m creating this “Serving Up Summer” series! Each post will detail a nutritious and delicious summer recipe that is a definite crowd-pleaser, so you can enjoy healthier summer treats and meals. While indulging in a treat every once in awhile is perfectly okay, having healthier alternatives is an even better option!

The first recipe I have to share with you all (and I can safely say that recipe testing for this series has been absolutely delicious) is the healthiest oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! The classic chocolate chip cookie is an all-time favorite, but for a twist on the original, many recipes add oats for extra texture. When oats are added, most people think that this makes the cookie suddenly many times healthier. However, most recipes call for between 2/3 and a whole cup of refined white sugar. This recipe is sweetened using only bananas, and takes all of 5 minutes to whip up because of the short ingredient list. Some could even call this recipe a “breakfast cookie,” but that’s up to you. πŸ™‚

So, please enjoy these healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and let me know what you think! Stay tuned for more recipes in this series, and as always, please share with family and friends if you like what you see.

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The Healthiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes 24 cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (preferably organic and quick cooking)
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 3 tbs ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favorite alternative)
  • 1/4 cup melted organic coconut oil (plus an additional tablespoon if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Steps:

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, in a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the peanut butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Then, mix in the flax seed and oats. Fold in the chocolate chips, and then scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake each tray for 15 minutes, or until golden brown in color. Enjoy!


 

Strawberry Oat Breakfast Muffins

Hi Everyone!

I came up with a delicious new recipe to share with you all today- strawberry oat breakfast muffins. They are absolutely delicious, healthy, soft, and they give a nice boost of energy in those early morning hours. Not to mention, they are high in healthy fats, omega-3s, and antioxidants. What more is there to love? πŸ™‚

In the early hours before school and work, it can be tough to pack a lot of nutrition in. In fact, often times we resort to eating a chocolate chip granola bar on our way out the door (or not eating breakfast at all). These muffins are a great way to fuel up for the day and pack in plenty of delectable flavor. Also, the texture of oats in these muffins makes them slightly chewier, which I love.Β While you’re at it, try making a double batch to freeze or making these muffins into mini-sized or jumbo-sized muffins. That way, you can pull out fresh, homemade muffins on any day without baking a whole batch!

This recipe in particular is wonderful for spring and the warmer weather. As the days become brighter and warmer, fresh fruit becomes more accessible and therefore is the perfect addition to these muffins!

So, without further ado, please enjoy this recipe and share the foodie love with others! πŸ™‚

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Strawberry Oat Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic whole grain oats (quick-cooking are best, because they are chopped into smaller pieces)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbs. ground flaxseed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup strawberries, roughly chopped

Steps:

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin of choice. Then, mix together flour, baking soda/powder, oats, salt, and flaxseed. Add in coconut oil, applesauce, honey, and eggs. Once evenly combined, fold in strawberries, and add to muffin tins. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden in color and a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!