Gluten Free Breakfast Cheesecake Recipe

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I have found that taking the gluten out of my diet has tremendously helped me feel so much better including my digestive health. I was never officially diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), but the amount of cramping and other issues made me look into finding relief. Yes that pun was intended as I was suffering daily. I am not saying you have to remove wheat from your diet, but there are many studies on the subject. If you are having digestive issues, skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff then it is worth learning more.

I am always looking for fun ways to eat protein but not miss all my old recipes that mostly use wheat. Gluten Free Breakfast Cheesecake Recipe is such a recipe. This is a delicious but healthy treat that you can eat for breakfast! It is also a great recipe that even your picky eaters will love it! This recipe came from the Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook. I will be honest and I found it a little dry so the next one I made, I used 1/4 cup of coconut flour which helped. Also, if you defrost some frozen fruit like strawberries or raspberries on top a slice, it adds some nice liquid and a great flavor. I also used 1/2 cup of coconut sugar as I am not a huge fan of Stevia. I also use less sweetener as I find some recipes use too much. That’s just my personal preference.

INGREDIENTS:
4 eggs, separated (meaning separate the yolk from the white)
1 Cup Ricotta Cheese (room temperature)
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
Sweetener equivalent to 3/4 Cup Sugar
4 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Vanilla

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
1) Preheat the oven to 375° F and grease a 9×9 baking pan and preferably a glass dish. You can lightly spray with a baking spray and I use an Olive Oil one.
2) Beat egg whites until peaks form.
3) Use another bowl and combine flour, cheese, sweetener, lemon juice, egg yolks, vanilla and beat until smooth.
4) Then you will gently fold egg whites into cheese mixture until combined.
5) Pour into the baking pan and bake for 20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. You will stick a knife or toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, then it’s ready to be pulled out.
6) Cool Slightly and then serve.

Gluten Free Breakfast Cheesecake Recipe
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Cheesecake recipe so healthy you can eat it for breakfast. This is a gluten free cheesecake that is good for even picky eaters.
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Gluten Free Breakfast Cheesecake Recipe
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Cheesecake recipe so healthy you can eat it for breakfast. This is a gluten free cheesecake that is good for even picky eaters.
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: slices
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F and grease a 9x9 baking pan and preferably a glass dish. You can lightly spray with a baking spray and I use an Olive Oil one.
  2. Beat egg whites until peaks form.
  3. Use another bowl and combine flour, cheese, sweetener, lemon juice, egg yolks, vanilla and beat until smooth.
  4. Then you will gently fold egg whites into cheese mixture until combined. Pour into the baking pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. You will stick a knife or toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, then it's ready to be pulled out.
  6. Cool Slightly and then serve.
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Quinoa Protein Breakfast Snack Bars Recipe

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Quinoa Protein Breakfast Snack Bars Recipe
This is a great breakfast or snack bar that has 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber which will keep you fuller longer. It uses quinoa and chia seed instead of wheat or flour and has more protein. You may have trouble finding Quinoa Flakes at your store so you can find it Quinoa Flakes Here on Amazon.

You can substitute part of the quinoa for old-fashioned rolled oats which is a prebiotic and good for good bacteria in your gut. I did make sure mine was gluten-free and read the back label to make sure it wasn’t cross-contaminated. Of course you can leave it out. You can also substitute the blueberries for an equal amount of strawberries, or instead substitute the berries for chopped dark cherries and chopped 85% dark chocolate. Either way you can’t go wrong with these delicious combinations.

This is what the mixture looks like once it’s mixed and put into the baking dish. Those are blueberries.
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INGREDIENTS:
1/2 Cup either fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 Cup Almond Butter
2 Eggs
2 tsp Stevia Powder
1 Cup Quinoa Flakes (it will say Quinoa Flakes on the box)
1 Cup Unsweetened Grated Coconut
2/3 Cup Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (unflavored is just as good)
1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseeds (I used ground golden flaxseed)
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon (I prefer to use Ceylon Cinnamon)
1/4 Ground Cloves or Cardamom

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
1) Preheat the oven to 400° F and line an 8×8 baking dish and preferably a glass dish. You can lightly spray with a baking spray and I use an Olive Oil one.
2) Next combine the almond butter, berries, eggs and stevia. Use the back of a spoon to mash gently.
3) Then add the rest of the ingredients and mash it with a fork until it forms a crumbly and thick mixture.
4) Now press the mixture into a 8×8 glass dish or baking pan.
5) Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the top starts to brown and the edges are firm.
6) Then pull out the oven and allow to cool completely.
7) Finally cut into 8 bars and serve.

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This is a great breakfast or snack bar which contains 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber which will keep you fuller longer. It's the perfect on the go breakfast or snack. You can easily keep it in your purse or briefcase.
Servings Prep Time
8 Bars 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 Bars 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Quinoa Protein Breakfast Snack Bars Recipe
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This is a great breakfast or snack bar which contains 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber which will keep you fuller longer. It's the perfect on the go breakfast or snack. You can easily keep it in your purse or briefcase.
Servings Prep Time
8 Bars 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 Bars 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Bars
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F and line an 8x8 baking dish and preferably a glass dish. You can lightly spray with a baking spray and I use an Olive Oil one.
  2. Next combine the almond butter, berries, eggs and stevia. Use the back of a spoon to mash gently. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mash it with a fork until it forms a crumbly and thick mixture.
  3. Now press the mixture into a 8x8 glass dish or baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the top starts to brown and the edges are firm. Then pull out the oven and allow to cool completely. Finally cut into 8 bars and serve.
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21 Day Fix Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars Recipe

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21 Day Fix Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars Recipe

This is a great snack to eat that won’t undo your whole day of eating clean. It’s high in protein which helps to keep you fuller longer and it is also delicious. This recipe came from the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan Book that comes with the 21 Day Fix Workout.

This recipe uses Chocolate Shakeology® which has so many health benefits. It is very tasty and doesn’t have that horrible aftertaste like so many flavored protein powders. To make it a Vegan based recipe then just use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology®.

INGREDIENTS:
4 Scoops Chocolate Shakeology
2 Cups Quick Cooking Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Chopped Raw Peanuts (you can omit)
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 Cup All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Just combine all the dry ingredients (except peanut butter) in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
Then add the peanut butter and almond milk and mix again.
Now press the mixture into a 8×8 glass dish or baking pan
Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Finally cut into 24 bars and serve.

I would store them in a container in the fridge. One bar is one serving.

21 Day Fix Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars Recipe
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High Protein chocolate and peanut butter goodness in a snack size bar. Good to eat when you are on the go or craving something sweet or chocolate.
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
21 Day Fix Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bars Recipe
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High Protein chocolate and peanut butter goodness in a snack size bar. Good to eat when you are on the go or craving something sweet or chocolate.
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bars 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Instructions
  1. Just combine all the dry ingredients (except peanut butter) in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Then add the peanut butter and almond milk and mix again. Now press the mixture into a 8x8 glass dish or baking pan Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Finally cut into 24 bars and serve.
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Homemade Gluten Free Granola Fixate Recipe

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After making this extremely delicious Homemade Gluten Free Granola Fixate Recipe, I can never go back to store bought again. I can hear you already thinking, no way this can’t be that good. Oh but it is! It is a very hearty and filling granola that tastes fantastic as a yogurt topping. I think it tastes good just right out the bowl. This recipe came from the Fixate Cookbook.

This is a gluten free and vegan recipe. I used the gluten free old fashioned rolled oats instead of Quinoa. I omitted the sea salt this time since I didn’t have any. It was really easy to make and I have a full bowl of granola. This recipe makes 30 servings of 2 tbsp so almost 2 cups worth. Just 2 tbsp shy of a full 2 cups. If you are watching carbs, then you will be pleased to know it has 12g for 2 tbsp and 2 grams of fiber with 5 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

INGREDIENTS:
2 1/2 cups of quinoa flakes or gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced raw almonds
1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp extra-virgin organic coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
First you will Preheat the oven to 300° and you will line the cookie sheet with foil. You might want to add a light spray of Pam or cooking spray.
Then you will combine all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and mix well. I used a bowl that has a lid and shook the bowl to mix. A lot more fun that way.
Next you will cook the maple syrup, coconut oil, and applesauce in a small saucepan over low heat and stir it for the entire cooking time of 4 to 5 minutes. You want to make sure the oil has melted out.
Then pour the syrup mixture over the dry oat/flake mixture stirring it until it’s all well coated and place the mixture onto the cookie sheet in a thin layer.
You will bake the granola mixture for 40 to 45 minutes and you will take it out the oven and stir the mixture about every 15 minutes. Bake the granola until it’s a light golden brown color and it will be crisp. Allow it cool and store it in a tupperware type container. Maybe you would prefer a glass mason jar.

Remember a serving size is 2 tablespoons.

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This is a gluten free and vegan recipe and some would call it paleo. I used the gluten free old fashioned rolled oats instead of Quinoa. I omitted the sea salt this time since I didn't have any. It was really easy to make and I have a full bowl of granola. This recipe makes 30 servings of 2 tbsp so almost 2 cups worth. Just 2 tbsp shy of a full 2 cups.
Servings
30 2 tbsp
Servings
30 2 tbsp
Homemade Gluten Free Granola Recipe
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This is a gluten free and vegan recipe and some would call it paleo. I used the gluten free old fashioned rolled oats instead of Quinoa. I omitted the sea salt this time since I didn't have any. It was really easy to make and I have a full bowl of granola. This recipe makes 30 servings of 2 tbsp so almost 2 cups worth. Just 2 tbsp shy of a full 2 cups.
Servings
30 2 tbsp
Servings
30 2 tbsp
Instructions
  1. First you will Preheat the oven to 300° and you will line the cookie sheet with foil. You might want to add a light spray of Pam or cooking spray.
  2. Then you will combine all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and mix well. I used a bowl that has a lid and shook the bowl to mix. A lot more fun that way.
  3. Next you will cook the maple syrup, coconut oil, and applesauce in a small saucepan over low heat and stir it for the entire cooking time of 4 to 5 minutes. You want to make sure the oil has melted out.
  4. Then pour the syrup mixture over the dry oat/flake mixture stirring it until it's all well coated and place the mixture onto the cookie sheet in a thin layer.
  5. You will bake the granola mixture for 40 to 45 minutes and you will take it out the oven and stir the mixture about every 15 minutes. Bake the granola until it's a light golden brown color and it will be crisp. Allow it cool and store it in a Tupperware type container. Maybe you would prefer a glass mason jar.
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Fiber Rich Muffins Recipe

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I am trying to add in more fiber to my diet. Women should eat a minimum of 25 grams per day and men should eat at least 35 grams. Since most Americans don’t eat enough fiber, I was excited to find this delicious recipe. Each muffin has a 3 grams of fiber with 5 grams of protein. I used Hodgson Mill Quinoa and Flax Hot Cereal. The recipe is on the back of the box but I did tweak it a little bit.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup Hodgson Mill Quinoa and Flax Hot Cereal
1 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar (I used raw sugar)
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 cup apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup milk (I used skim)
2 eggs (or 4 egg whites)
1/4 cup oil (I used grapeseed oil)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat your oven to 400°. Next put in 12 muffin cup paper liners or use a light spray of cooking spray so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Blend dry ingredients together first and mix until blended. Then add in wet ingredients and mix until blended. Then spoon into muffin cups.

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Not sure if they are done, then stick a toothpick or butter knife in the middle of a muffin. If it comes out clean, then it’s done.

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These muffins are a delicious way to add in more fiber into your diet.
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-22 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-22 minutes
Fiber Rich Muffins Recipe
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These muffins are a delicious way to add in more fiber into your diet.
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-22 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-22 minutes
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°. Next put in 12 muffin cup paper liners or use a light spray of cooking spray so it doesn't stick to the pan.
  2. Blend dry ingredients together first and mix until blended. Then add in wet ingredients and mix until blended. Then spoon into muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Not sure if they are done, then stick a toothpick or butter knife in the middle of a muffin. If it comes out clean, then it's done.
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21 Day Fix Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dessert Recipe

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One of the hardest parts of trying to change your eating habits is all the delicious and unhealthy desserts you are still craving. Here is an amazing and delicious healthy and guilt free dessert that you can eat and all ingredients you can pronounce. This recipe came from the 21 Day Fix Extreme Eating Plan Book.

This recipe does use Chocolate Shakeology® which has so many health benefits plus it a delicious chocolate and no weird after taste. If you wanted to make this more of a Vegan based recipe then just use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology®. Of course you can make it without using any protein powder but I think that is what makes it thicker like a true pudding.

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Here are the ingredients you need:
1 and 1/2 scoops of Chocolate Shakeology®
1 medium ripe avocado
1 medium ripe banana
1 cup almond milk

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Now cut the banana and avocado and put into a blender cup (I use my Ninja Blender) and add the almond milk and scoops of Shakeology® and blend until smooth. Usually in 45 seconds to a minute. Pour into 4 dessert type cups or bowls (about 3/4 cup) and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour. I did sprinkle unsweetened coconut and hemp hearts on top. You could add sliced fruit, crushed nuts, chia seeds or again plain. It is delicious anyway and now my favorite way to get my chocolate fix without undoing all my hard work. Eating clean is healthy but can still be delicious!

21 Day Fix Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dessert Recipe
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Servings Prep Time
4 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
21 Day Fix Chocolate Avocado Pudding Dessert Recipe
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Servings Prep Time
4 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 3/4 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Ingredients
Servings: 3/4 cup
Instructions
  1. Now cut the banana and avocado and put into a blender cup (I use my Ninja Blender) and add the almond milk and scoops of Shakeology® and blend until smooth. Usually in 45 seconds to a minute.
  2. Pour into 4 dessert type cups or bowls (about 3/4 cup) and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
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#Detox Green Smoothie Recipe

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Do you want a refreshing green smoothie that will also help you to lose weight? Then make this #Detox Green Smoothie Recipe! This green smoothie contains cilantro, fresh ginger and lemon juice which all help to detoxify your liver and cleanse your body. I always feel so refreshed after drinking this green smoothie, and I make sure to drink one on Monday which helps to get my week started right especially if I overindulged on the weekend.

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I wanted to mention that I peel and cut up all my fresh ginger first and then freeze it stored in a zippered bag. I cut them into 1/4″ sized chunks. Try to find pieces of ginger that aren’t too wide in diameter which makes it easier to cut.

All of the ingredients in this green smoothie are detoxifying and the cucumbers make this shake taste so refreshing. I use a Nutri Ninja Blender Auto-IQ Duo, and it really grinds it up so I don’t worry about buying seedless cucumbers. I never taste the seeds. I use the Ultra Blend option and the smoothie is so smooth tasting and no pulp. I can feel it coursing through my body as I drink it. I know that sounds strange but I just feel so good after drinking.

*Remember, any recipe I post can be tweaked to the way you would like it. Use kale instead of baby spinach or instead of kiwi add pineapple or mango. I really love how the kiwi plays off the lemon juice. You can omit the coconut oil, but it does give the shake a very smooth taste. Don’t like avocado then leave it out, but you won’t taste it. It adds a nice creamy texture to this green smoothie. Besides, avocado is such a healthy fat so why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of this super fruit. Did you know that avocados contain more potassium than bananas? A 3.5 ounce serving of avocado contains 14% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) compared to 10% in bananas plus avocado contains soluble fiber. Many of us don’t get enough fiber and women are supposed to eat 25 grams daily and men should eat 30 grams.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2c Baby Spinach
1/2c chopped Cucumber
1/2 of an Avocado
1/2 lemon (fresh squeezed)
1 Kiwi
1/2 Banana (I don’t always use banana)
1/4 cup of cilantro
1 scoop protein powder (or use a plant based protein)
1 tbsp Flaxseed (ground)
1 tbsp Coconut Oil (optional)
1/4 inch of fresh ginger
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup ice cubes to make it cold
Blend and drink up.

Please leave a comment below if you make it and let me know what you think. Did you tweak it? Then I would love to read what you did!

#Detox Green Smoothie Recipe
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This green smoothie contains cilantro, fresh ginger and lemon juice which all help to detoxify your liver and cleanse your body. I always feel so refreshed after drinking this green smoothie, and I make sure to drink one on Monday which helps to get my week started right especially if I overindulged on the weekend.
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
#Detox Green Smoothie Recipe
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This green smoothie contains cilantro, fresh ginger and lemon juice which all help to detoxify your liver and cleanse your body. I always feel so refreshed after drinking this green smoothie, and I make sure to drink one on Monday which helps to get my week started right especially if I overindulged on the weekend.
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Ingredients
Servings: 10-12 oz
Instructions
  1. Just blend together in a blender and then drink.
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Make Ahead Egg Patties Recipe

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This Make Ahead Egg Patties Recipe is a great source of protein. I have read many different weight loss books which cite studies of people who lose more weight when they eat eggs. You can search it for yourself but this is a general consensus of many studies done. I just know I do feel fuller when I eat eggs especially as my first meal of the day.

This is a great recipe to make ahead for the week when you are too busy to cook each morning. This is also good for the kids to eat before school. The best part of this recipe is you can add more ingredients if you wish. This egg patties recipe is just a basic one so comment below if you add other ingredients like shallots, cheese, mushrooms, spinach or something else? Crumbled bacon. Yum! The combinations are endless.

*QUICK NOTE: We use cage-free and free range eggs. We are very fortunate to have a friend who raises chickens for eggs and I do know these are allowed to roam during the day and in a coop at night. They also get to eat lots of bugs. The yolks are such a deep yellow almost orange tint. So fresh and taste better than any store bought eggs. Plus I pay $3 a dozen which is very affordable.

I use a pyrex glass casserole dish size 9×13 to cook the patties in. It’s a great size to use. I also put my glass dish on top of a cookie sheet as it is much easier to put in and take out the oven after it’s cooked. I also use Pam cooking spray so it doesn’t stick to the glass dish.

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INGREDIENTS:
12 eggs
Seasoning (Optional)
*Again add any additional ingredients if you desire but this is good just plain with seasoning.
Pam Spray (I use Olive Oil version)

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COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Next crack open the dozen eggs in a bowl and add seasoning and any additional ingredients if you wish and mix with a fork to scramble them.
Then after you have sprayed your glass dish with the Pam spray pour the eggs into the glass dish.
Put the dish into the oven and bake for 35 minutes.

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After the eggs have cooked, take out of the oven and let cool before cutting into slices. Don’t worry if the eggs look poofy as it will settle down after you cut them. You can also stick a butter knife in the middle and if it comes out clean then it’s done. You will slice them into squares. We cut them into 10 squares and that way we have one each to eat or you can eat two squares Monday thru Friday. Each square is like 1 egg. Store them in an air tight container and put into the fridge. Just put a slice and reheat for a minute when you are ready to eat.

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Great breakfast to make ahead on a Sunday to eat each day during the week and store in the fridge. Just reheat for a minute.
Servings Prep Time
10 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Make Ahead Egg Patties Recipe
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Great breakfast to make ahead on a Sunday to eat each day during the week and store in the fridge. Just reheat for a minute.
Servings Prep Time
10 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°.
  2. Spray a 9x13 pyrex glass casserole dish with Pam Spray or non-stick spray. I also put the dish on top of a cookie sheet as it's easier to put in or take out the oven.
  3. Crack open the dozen eggs in a bowl and add seasoning and any additional ingredients if you wish and mix with a fork to scramble them.
  4. Pour the eggs into the glass dish.
  5. Put the dish into the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Pull out the eggs when they are done and you can stick a butter knife in the middle. If it comes out clean, then the eggs are cooked. If not, then put back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes or until cooked.
  6. Allow to cool and cut into 10 square slices (or as many or as little as you would like). Store in an airtight container and in the fridge. Reheat each square for a minute when ready to eat during the week.
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Wake Up with Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe

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Wake Up with this Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe that will give you that coffee fix you want in the morning but it has a nice surprise with just 2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa. Did you know that cocoa or cacao is considered a superfood? The Latin name for cocoa is Theobroma which literally translates to, “Food of the Gods.”

Raw Organic Cacao Powder has more antioxidants than blueberries, iron, calcium, magnesium and lots of other wonderful health benefits. You have to read the labels and be wary of which brand you buy. Hersheys is not the same thing as a brand that is certified Organic and Non-GMO. Another thing to look for on the label is how the cocoa is processed which is important as it keeps as many of the health benefits as possible. I will discuss more in another post about what to look for such as cold pressed or first press or unrefined and milled at low temperatures.

This is a really easy smoothie or shake to make but it also has lots of health benefits. Any recipe I post like this can be tweaked to the way you would like it. Want more coffee, then add more. Don’t want almond milk then omit it. Want peanut butter instead then add it in lieu of almond butter. Coconut oil is optional but it adds a wonderful smooth texture and it is very healthy for you. I will discuss how amazing coconut oil is for health in another post. Make sure you add at least 8oz of liquid otherwise it will be extremely thick. I am planning on tweaking it to make it more of a soft serve ice cream as a dessert.

INGREDIENTS
1 Small or Medium Banana
1/2 cup of brewed coffee, chilled
1 tbs almond butter (or peanut butter)
2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 to 1 cup ice (I use 1/2 cup which is cold but not too thick)
1 scoop protein or vegan plant powder (optional)
I also added a tbsp coconut oil

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Blend together in a blender. This works great in my Nutra Ninja blender. I pour into a glass and then add a few shakes of cinnamon on top. Very delicious and enjoy. Please leave a comment below if you make it and let me know what you think. Did you tweak it? Then I would love to read what you did!

Wake Up with Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe
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Wake Up with this Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe that will give you that coffee fix you want in the morning but it has a nice surprise with just 2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa.
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Wake Up with Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe
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Wake Up with this Mocha Java Smoothie Recipe that will give you that coffee fix you want in the morning but it has a nice surprise with just 2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa.
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Servings Prep Time
1 10-12 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 minute
Ingredients
Servings: 10-12 oz
Instructions
  1. Chop up the banana into the blender cup and then add all the ingredients. I always use the coconut oil last. Then blend until smooth. After I shake cinnamon on top after I pour into a glass. Enjoy.
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Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites Recipe

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*Just a discloser but I did not get paid to talk about Green & Black’s chocolate and I truly enjoy eating a couple of small pieces to satisfy my sweet tooth. It’s the most affordable and best quality dark chocolate I have found that I can buy in my small town.

I love chocolate and it’s so hard to find a really good quality chocolate that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Some dark chocolate bars are $4-6 each! I can’t really afford to indulge at those prices. When I found Green & Blacks 85% Dark Chocolate at my local Walmart for $2.97 each, I actually squealed with delight. I am not kidding. Luckily no one was around. I have also found it at Walgreens and it does go on sale from time to time 2 for $5 which is a great time to stock up. Here is the best part about this chocolate. No soy lecithin. Basically soy lecithin is just an emulsifier so it keeps the candy bar held together. But many people would prefer not to consume it. You can’t beat the ingredient list: organic cocoa butter, organic fat-reduced cocoa powder, organic raw cane sugar, and organic vanilla extract. I can pronounce all of them and nothing hidden.

Now on to the actual recipe and frozen banana bites. This is a super easy recipe. I have all the ingredients and instructions on the recipe card that you can print out or share. I love these fun tools that make life easier.

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ITEMS YOU NEED:
2 cookie sheets 9×13 (you have one bigger cookie sheet)
1 Bar of the Green & Black’s 85% Dark Chocolate (honestly you can use something else)
2 medium to large bananas
Chopped up walnuts or pecans (optional)
Either 2 pots to melt the chocolate in or a glass dish if you melt it in the microwave.
Sheet of Wax Paper so they don’t stick to the pan in the freezer.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Cut your bananas into chunks. I cut mine about 3/4 to 1″ thick. The thicker you cut the less you will have so you may want to cut another banana. You will know when you start dipping the bananas.

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2) Melt your chocolate. In my picture you will see that I used one bigger pot filled about 1/4 of the way with water. Don’t boil the water but it will need to be almost boiling, lower the temp and stick a smaller pot on the top and it will melt the chocolate rather quickly. Some have said melting it in a glass bowl in the microwave. I preferred the pot method as I have more control over how fast it melts and I find it had a better consistency.

3) Remove from oven and keep your pot over the water as it will keep the chocolate warm. I also tilted the pot so it makes it easier to dip the bananas. Now you will start dipping the bananas. Make sure you have your wax paper on the cookie sheet so once you dip the banana chunk you can put it on the cookie sheet. I tried using toothpicks but I was having trouble. I found using a fork worked the best for me.

4) Now you have dipped all the banana chunks and you can sprinkle chopped walnuts or pecans on top. Totally your choice. I put them in a freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours. Once frozen take them off the cookie sheet and put them in an airtight container or freezer bag.

Mine yielded 34 bites. You may have more of less depending on how thick you cut the bananas.

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Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites Recipe
Print Recipe
Super easy and delicious frozen treat for those hot summer days. Dark chocolate and bananas are all you need and chopped nuts to sprinkle on top if you like nuts.
Servings Prep Time
34 bites 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
34 bites 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites Recipe
Print Recipe
Super easy and delicious frozen treat for those hot summer days. Dark chocolate and bananas are all you need and chopped nuts to sprinkle on top if you like nuts.
Servings Prep Time
34 bites 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
34 bites 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: bites
Instructions
  1. Cut your bananas into chunks. I cut mine about 3/4 to 1" thick. The thicker you cut the less you will have so you may want to cut another banana. You will know when you start dipping the bananas.
  2. Melt your chocolate. I used one bigger pot filled about 1/4 of the way with water. Don't boil the water but it will need to be almost boiling, lower the temp and stick a smaller pot on the top and it will melt the chocolate rather quickly. Some have said melting it in a glass bowl in the microwave. I preferred the pot method as I have more control over how fast it melts and I find it had a better consistency.
  3. Remove from oven and keep your pot over the water as it will keep the chocolate warm. I also tilted the pot so it makes it easier to dip the bananas. Now you will start dipping the bananas. Make sure you have your wax paper on the cookie sheet so once you dip the banana chunk you can put it on the cookie sheet. I tried using toothpicks but I was having trouble. I found using a fork worked the best for me.
  4. Now you have dipped all the banana chunks and you can sprinkle chopped walnuts or pecans on top. Totally your choice. I put them in a freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours. Once frozen take them off the cookie sheet and put them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
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