Cakes and Bites Kind of Weekend

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It was gorgeous out here and of course I wake up to a rainy Monday morning. Boo!

This weekend on Saturday I did a 10 mile bike ride followed by a short run and Sunday I did a 3.5 mile run. It was another brutal run- getting used to the heat and humidity hasn’t been a fun transition. I also ran practically right over a snake that was lurking on the side of the road in the shade! EEK!

This weekend I was also feeling very motivated to try a few recipes that have healthy twists! I’ve been hearing all about protein pancakes and so on Saturday morning I searched for a recipe to try.

I stumbled upon this one from Powercakes, I just basically halfed the recipe to make my own personal pancake and nixed the cocoa cause I didn’t have any. I thankfully had the things around the house like oat bran which was surprisingly delicious in a pancake!

This is how it turned out:

It doesn’t look pretty but it tasted good!

I used some agave nectar as the syrup and ate up! I put a little extra vanilla in the recipe so it was pretty flavorful. Sometime I would definitely make the full recipe and then save it for a quick breakfast in the morning.

Yesterday I was feeling pretty snack-ish and I have heard good things about oat energy bites and went on a search of Pinterest to find a good recipe to try.

Oh and it was found!

I found a peanut butter-chocolate chip-coconut energy bites and they are absolutely delicious! Thats pretty much my favorite foods all rolled up into one!

Recipe:

  • 1/2 C nut butter(almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or any other nut or seed butter.  Anything will work here)
  • 1/3 C honey(I believe brown rice syrup would also work.  I’m not sure of thinner sweeteners such as maple syrup and agave though as they may not hold together as well)
  • 1 C old fashioned rolled oats(you can toast for a nuttier flavor at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes)
  • 1 C shredded unsweetened coconut(you can substitute any dry ingredients for this, wheat bran or germ, oat bran, some ground flax seed(I wouldn’t recommending using an entire cup!), any kind of ground nuts or seeds.  For a cookie dough type bite try adding a few tablespoon of your favorite whole grain flour)
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt if using a natural nut butter with no added salt
  • 1-2 tsp your favorite spices or spice combinations(optional)
  • 1/2 C other addins(any kind of whole or roughly chopped nuts or seeds, dried fruit, good quality chocolate chips, etc)

I used chocolate chips, almonds, and sunflower seeds as my extra add-ins which was absolutely perfect! oh and little extra vanilla! 😉

Let me tell you these are very sticky so I did even up adding in a little wheat flour to help them roll and stick together better, which definitely helped and gave them a little more of a “dough=y” taste. Yum

In the process- I tried not to eat all the batter

I used a natural peanut butter which is perfect for baking because I don’t like it so much on it’s own, but you definitely can’t tell with these. Even if you’re not a huge coconut fan The flavor isn’t too strong and you probably wouldn’t notice.

The finished product:

I popped these babies in the freezer and now they’re a perfect on the go snack! yum 🙂 I think I’ll try the chocolate ones sometime this week too!

Anyone have else have some healthified recipes? I swear these kinda give me that cookie fix but in a healthy way! Ever ran into some interesting wild life while running or exercising outside?

Hope your week starts off right! 🙂

Baked Oatmeal!

I love oatmeal- do you love oatmeal? It is probably one of my most favorite breakfast. So as I was exploring around different blogs..I saw one of my favorites Peanut Butter Fingers had a recipe listed originally from The Fresh Market . Wow is all I can say. My life just got so much better with baked oatmeal in it. And good news is that it’s also something that you can make and then keep reheating it for a week for a quick breakfast! Say what!? Best. News. Ever.

So anyways. You should try this. NOW. Seriously, you won’t regret it! Promise! (Also, PS I made one batch using frozen strawberries, and then I was feeling chocolatey and added chocolate chips to the other..GENIUS!)

How my pans turned out! Look's delicious, eh? 😉


So, what you need:

  • 2 1/2 c. regular rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. steel cut oats
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 egg, beaten (I actually didn’t even use an egg- ah well- turned out fine)
  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 c. fresh or frozen strawberries or chocolate chips

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together rolled oats, steel cut oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon in large bowl and set aside. In another bowl mix together milk, egg, applesauce, oil, honey, and brown sugar. Pour this liquid mixture on the dry mixture and stir together. Pour into a casserole pan and bake for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes take the pan out and mix in your strawberries or chocolate chips and bake for another 15 minutes or til desired consistency/browning. Voila! And Now enjoy a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all 3). YUM!

And now, I’m off to enjoy some Body Pump class. Do you have Body Pump class by you? If you do GO TO IT. IT IS WONDERFUL! Okay..that’s all my commands for now. Have a wonderful day!

 

What are your favorite breakfasts? Favorite Class at the gym?