Flourless Chocolate Muffins

Hey there guys! Everyone loves chocolate, and today I’ve got a quick and easy chocolate muffin recipe that is FLOURLESS, REFINED SUGAR FREE and VERY TASTY.

I tried to pack as much protein into these as I could, without using protein powder, because I know sometimes I don’t have access to it and I wanted to make sure that both you and I could make these with minimal ingredients. So I turned to one of my favourite, super versatile ingredients- chickpeas! They’re full of protein and give the density to these muffins that is otherwise missing because of the lack of flour. I promise that you can’t taste them in there at all- much like in my Healthy Edible Cookie Dough. All you get is an amazing, chocolate-y flavour in a cute and fluffy mini muffin.

The other simple ingredients in this tasty snack include cocoa powder, egg, baking powder, peanut butter (yum), vanilla and banana. Everything gets tossed into the blender and combined until a smooth batter forms. I greased up my mini muffin pans with a bit of coconut oil, filled them up, and baked for about 15-20 minutes. So these muffins are not only healthy, but quick and easy to make too!

I love this recipe because it’s soooooo delicious and makes the perfect snack, quick breakfast, or healthy dessert. The chickpeas worked perfectly as a kind of flour substitute- I definitely want to play around with that some more! Don’t be scared away by them though- they give a great texture but have no effect on the taste.

Hope you enjoy this delicious recipe!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Flourless Chocolate Muffins

  • Servings: Makes 18 Mini Muffins
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Ingredients

-3/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

-1 ripe banana

-3 tbsp cocoa powder

-1 tsp vanilla

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 egg

-1 tbsp peanut butter


Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and combine to form a smooth batter.

3. Grease 18 mini muffin cups with a little bit of coconut oil and fill them 3/4 of the way with batter. Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before you enjoy.


Vanilla Protein Waffles

Just posted these super delicious Quick and Easy Banana Pancakes not too long ago, so I thought I should probably get a waffle recipe up here, because I know lots of people love waffles more than pancakes. Personally, I can’t decide! I love both pancakes and waffles- and I wouldn’t say not to either of these delicious recipes.

These Protein Waffles only require a few ingredients, are SO TASTY, and are, of course, full of protein. I recently got my hands on some protein powder for the first time in a little while, and so I’m so excited to use it! It makes my smoothie bowls and oats super creamy, and also is a great addition to pancakes, muffins, other baked goods, and these waffles. Protein is important for recovery after working out, building muscle, and just keeping your body functioning. The one I used is vegan, but there are many different kinds out there! If you’re looking for more info you can find it here. Adding protein like this at breakfast is a great way to start your day and fill you up! Eggs and Greek yogurt are also great sources of breakfast protein, but when you want to switch it up a bit, protein powder can be delicious. Especially in WAFFLE FORM.

All of the batter ingredients get mixed up in one bowl for the least amount of dishes possible (you’re welcome), and then simply poured into a waffle iron. Make sure that you spray your iron with a bit of cooking oil before adding the batter, so that you can remove your waffles as easy as possible! I forgot to spray the top of mine and had a bit of trouble- that’s why I’m here, so you can learn from my mistakes. My waffles were in the iron for about 2 minutes, and got nice and golden brown on the outside, and super fluffy on the inside!

I used vanilla protein powder in this recipe, because I love the flavour that it lends. But if all you have is another flavour- like chocolate- feel free to try it out! Chocolate waffles would also be very tasty.

After removing these beautiful waffles from the iron, I topped them with a dollop of Greek yogurt, some sliced strawberries, and a drizzle of peanut butter. SO. DANG. GOOD. This recipe makes 1 serving, or about 2 waffles, but if you want to share this amazingness, go ahead and double it. I did not want to share.

I hope you enjoy these Vanilla Protein Waffles! There are so many occasions to enjoy them- whether it’s breakfast on a Saturday morning, a nice Valentine’s Day brunch, or a delicious snack. Making a big batch and freezing them for weekday mornings is a great idea as well! Way better than Eggos:) Also- don’t forget to let me know if you prefer pancakes or waffles in the comments!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))

Vanilla Protein Waffles

  • Servings: 1
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Ingredients

-1 scoop (34g) vanilla protein powder

-1/2 a ripe banana

-1 egg

-2 tbsp almond milk

-1/2 tsp baking powder

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-cooking spray


Directions

1. Heat up your waffle iron.

2. Mash the banana in a small bowl. Whisk in the egg, and then add in the remaining ingredients (except for the cooking spray).

3. Spray the top and bottom of your waffle iron with the cooking spray. Scoop the waffle batter into the iron to fill 2 of the waffle moulds.

4. Clamp down the waffle iron and cook your waffles for about 2 minutes, until golden brown.

5. Carefully use a for to pry your waffles out of the iron, and serve warm with your favourite toppings.


Baked Egg Cups

I love my eggs! I usually have a couple for either breakfast or lunch to get in that protein and all those amazing omega-3s. My preferred egg cooking methods are scrambling and boiling- but that can be a problem during busy mornings. And so I present you with these amazing Baked Egg Cups!

They’re cute little bites of breakfast goodness, and are super easy to take to-go! Just grab a couple of these on your way out the door along with some toast, and you’ve got a balanced and filling breakfasts. These would also be great in a bowl or salad, or wrap for meal prep! And of course, when you want a high protein snack, these egg cups have got your back.

Ok, so it’s the weekend and you are MEAL PREPPING because that’s how you roll. And while you’re whipping up a bunch of delicious food, why not throw these egg cups into the mix? Start by sauteeing some diced onion and black beans in a little olive oil, until those onions get soft and a little brown. Next you’re going to remove that from the heat and mix in some diced tomatoes, and scoop a little bit of this veggie mixture into each cup of some mini muffin tins! So cute:)) Fill the tins with some perfectly seasoned whisked egg and throw them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, and you’ve got yourself breakfast and snacks for the whole week!

These Baked Egg Cups are so tasty- those onions and tomatoes give a lot of flavour. Plus, those black beans add a bit more heartiness and some additional protein! Dipping these in salsa or making a breakfast burrito out of them would be so good!

You can store them in the fridge if you’re going to eat them all throughout the week, but you can also throw them in a Ziploc bag and freeze them for whenever you need! Just throw them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before devouring.

Hopefully these lil egg cups help you with your breakfast meal prepping! Enjoy:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Baked Egg Cups

  • Servings: Makes 18 Mini Egg Cups
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Ingredients

-1 tsp olive oil

-1/4 of a white onion, diced

-1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

-1/2 a tomato, diced

-5 eggs

-Salt and pepper to taste

-Cooking spray or a bit more olive oil to grease the muffin tins.


Directions

1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a pan. Add in the onions and black beans, and cook until the onions are translucent and slightly browned, about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the diced tomatoes. Spray two mini muffin tins lightly with the cooking spray, or grease each tin with some olive oil.

4. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and season generously with salt and pepper.

5. Scoop about a 1/2 tbsp of the bean, onion and tomato mixture into each mini muffin cup. Cover the mixture with the beaten eggs, filling the mini muffin cups almost to the top.

6. Place the muffin tins in the oven and bake the egg cups for about 10-12 minutes, until they appear solid.

7. Remove from the oven, and let cool completely before eating or freezing.


Quick and Easy Banana Pancakes

PANCAKES- one of the best breakfasts ever! I’ve been crazy about pancakes lately and I wanted to share the recipe that I’ve been using. It’s quick, easy, uses 2 INGREDIENTS, and so tasty! I also love all the protein they pack in first thing in the morning.

I’ve used a lot of oats in my pancakes in the past, and while they do make a good cake, they can make things a bit dense. So I went really simple and just used banana and egg- and I loved the result! I remember a few years ago I tried out this simple recipe, but it never really stuck. I’m pretty much obsessed with it now though!

Because they lack a bit of that density that some kind of flour would give them though, they’re a little bit harder to flip. Some tips to make flipping easier are:

  • Use Slightly Underripe Bananas- slightly underripe bananas are more starchy then when they’re very mushy and ripe, and so using them in this recipe helps the pancakes to hold together better and not burn as easily.
  • Use a Thin Spatula- the thinner the spatula you use, the easier it is to get under these delicate pancakes and flip em!
  • Make the Pancakes on the Smaller Side- it can be really difficult to flip large pancakes, and making them smaller means that it’s easier to get under them. I use strictly one tablespoon full of batter for each pancake.
  • Wait Until You Can See Bubbles All Around the Edges to Flip- I know it can be hard to wait to eat these pancakes, but make sure you wait until you see those bubbles to flip! If the pancake isn’t cooked through enough, the flip will fail.

Keeping those tips in mind, flipping should be a breeze!

I love how versatile this recipe is too- you can add cinnamon, allspice, a bit of cocoa powder, matcha, or any other powdered flavouring you’d like. And for only using a banana and two eggs, you get LOTS of small pancakes- I’m talking like 10-15! I love eating these with some extra banana and frozen blueberries on top, drizzled with peanut butter, with Greek yogurt, or with other fruit. The eggs in them are a great source of protein, so they’re perfect for a pre or post workout snack as well. Or have them for a quick and easy breakfast that makes everyday feel like Saturday!

Enjoy this simple and delicious breakfast idea!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Quick and Easy Banana Pancakes

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Ingredients

-1 large banana

-2 eggs

-1/4 tsp cinnamon or allspice (optional)


Directions

1. Mash the banana in a small bowl.

2. Add in the eggs and the allspice, and whisk everything together until combined.

3. Heat up a small pan over medium-low heat.

4. Scoop the pancakes batter by tablespoon-fulls into the pan, and cook for about 1-2 minutes, until you can see bubbles all around the edges. Carefully flip the pancakes with a thin spatula, and continue to cook for another 1 minute.

5. Use the spatula to transfer the pancakes onto a plate, and repeat step 4 until all of the batter is used up!

6. Serve warm.


Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Sometimes you just want some chocolate for breakfast, ya know? I know I do at least, and so today I’m sharing a delicious CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE BOWL that not only tastes amazing, but is loaded with fruits and veggies so you can start your day off right🙌

I always have a stock of frozen bananas in the freezer, because they make the best base for creamy smoothie bowls! I chop mine up before freezing so that it’s easy to just pop em in the blender. That’s ingredient number one in this smoothie bowl👍 Ingredient two is some nice frozen mango- also VERY good for texture, plus it adds some sweetness. Next we’re adding spinach because we gotta get those greens in!! The chocolate flavour completely masks the taste of the spinach, so you get the benefit of the veggies with the benefit of some tasty chocolate. That’s a win-win situation if I ever saw one.

For the chocolate flavour, I threw in one full tablespoon of some amazing, organic cocoa, along with little bit of water (you don’t want to overdo it on the water or you’ll end up with more of a smoothie soup), and blended until everything was nice and creamy!!

One of my favourite things about smoothie bowls is all the different ways that you can top them. On this one I went with some frozen blueberries, a little bit of coconut, and obviously some peanut butter😍😍 But there are so many different topping possibilities! Here are some delicious topping ideas:

  • More fresh or frozen fruit
  • Different kinds of nut butters
  • Raw or toasted nuts and seeds
  • Granola
  • Cereal
  • Dark chocolate
  • Puffed wheat

Toppings really make the bowl, so make sure you don’t skip out on them if you have the time!

Smoothies and smoothie bowls are one of my favourite breakfasts because they fit in all of those nutrients and a delicious taste in a super convenient format. If you don’t have time to enjoy this smoothie in bowl form, you can definitely add a bit more water to make a thinner smoothie and take it with you on the go.

This bowl is such a healthy and delicious breakfast treat. I had a couple of eggs on the side of mine for some protein, and it was the perfect way to start my day. Hope you enjoy!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)

Chocolate Smoothie Bowls

  • Servings: 1
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Ingredients

-1 frozen banana, chopped

-1/2 cup packed spinach

-1/2 cup frozen mango, chopped

-1 tbsp organic cocoa powder

-2 tbsp water


Directions

1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

2. Scoop into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings.