Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves

Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves

I am so grateful to have my own home office thanks to an amazing man who so generously gave it to me. One problem I seem to face often is a lack of space on my desk. School books, materials for my students and recipe development notebooks have completely taken up all the space on my desk. Finding an empty space to jot down a note has become next to impossible. So as I promised to myself in my previous post, I plan to make organization a priority and have a life with less clutter, which includes my desk! All I really needed was a few pretty inexpensive baskets or crates to store the bulky items. A basket with a cover is a great idea if you have a few eyesores that you rather keep hidden. What’s best is that because the baskets look beautiful, you can still keep them next to your desk so you have easy access at any time.

Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves

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Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves

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Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves
A small desk leaves room for only a small snack, so in light of this small office remodel I have made a perfect treat that is portioned, yet full of protein. With no added sugar thanks to Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, this mini loaf is a great grab and go breakfast that will you keep feeling satisfied until lunch. The best part about the recipe? You make the entire thing in your blender. Yup I said it. No mixing bowls, mixers, spatulas etc… Talk about saving space! I also love that with Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, there is no need to make a mess measuring sugar, you just rip open a packet and you’re done. This makes the baking process a lot easier and most importantly remains delicious.

Ps. For free samples of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener head to Truvia.com/Canada/products/free_sample
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Ingredients:

• 1 ripe banana
• 1/3 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy beverage)
• 2 eggs
• 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
• 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder (I use garden of life raw protein powder)
• 1 cup gluten free oats
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 4 packets Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener
• 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp salt
• 1/2 cup chopped pecans (for sprinkling)
• 1/4 cup 70% chocolate chips (for sprinkling)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 6 mini loaf pans and place on a baking tray. (If you don’t have mini loaf pans, you can do this in muffin tins as well)
2. In a high-speed blender add the banana, almond milk, eggs, coconut oil, protein powder, oats, vanilla, Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, baking powder, and baking soda. Blend until thoroughly combined. Make sure to scrape the sides of the blender.
3. Pour batter evenly amongst the loaf pans (about 1/3 of the way up) and bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal
Staying on the theme of New Year’s resolutions, I have set out to make 2016 the year of less clutter! I have a bad habit of keeping papers, clothing and ingredients that I feel I may need at another date. However, by the time all the clutter has built up, I can never manage to find the item anyway. A general rule that has been proven time and again is that if you don’t use an item for at most a year, then you probably have no use for it. So in the New Year I plan to clean out my pantry, office and closet to reduce clutter and focus on organization. The same notion holds true in my clean eating philosophy. There is no need to have a 20-ingredient list of items that you don’t understand and most importantly, need. For example, most restaurant and store bought oatmeal and muffins have so many added sugars and artificial flavors. Most of us turn to these packaged items out of convenience. But what if I told you your weekly dose of sugary packaged oatmeal can be replaced by one recipe? This Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal is packed with fewer, more wholesome ingredients and can be eaten for breakfast all week long. For an easy grab and go breakfast, portion the baked oatmeal into 5 containers so you have a healthy breakfast ready Monday to Friday. With the help of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, you have all the comfort and sweetness of apple crumble without any added sugar.

Ps. For free samples of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener head to Truvia.com/Canada/products/free_sample

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Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Ingredients:

• 3 cups gluten free oats
• 6 packets Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• pinch of salt
• 3 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 cup coconut milk (can is best)
• 2 cups almond milk or non dairy milk of choice
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 egg
• 3 tbsp coconut oil
• 2 sweet apples peeled and diced
• 1/2 cup golden raisins

Topping:

• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
• 1/3 cup gluten free oats
• 1/2 packet Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener
• 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix oats, cinnamon, salt and Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, melt coconut oil. Allow to cool then whisk in coconut milk, almond milk, vanilla and egg.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir. Mix in chopped apples and raisins and pour mixture into baking dish.
5. In a small bowl mix all topping ingredients and sprinkle over oatmeal.
6. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until liquid is fully absorbed.
7. Serve with coconut yogurt and pure maple syrup.
8.Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal