Four Ingredient Banana, Peanut Butter, and Protein Pancakes

Valentines Day is full of sweets and if we aren’t careful, thousands of calories! Instead of splurging this year, I have a great solution for all of us! Skinny protein pancakes that use only four ingredients and literally take seconds to make.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

These pancakes are peanut butter packed goodness and loaded with a lot of protein. They are very sweet so you might not even want syrup.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

First, gather your ingredients: banana, pb2, vanilla protein powder, and egg whites. That’s right only four ingredients are necessary! Additionally, you will want maple syrup for eating and some cooking spray or grapeseed oil for cooking.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

In a bowl, add your protein powder.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

Then add your banana – in slices so that mixing and mashing is easier.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

Separate your egg whites from the yolk & add to your bananas and protein powder.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

PB2 is one of my favorite foods out there, or rather flavors out there. I add it to everything to smoothies, yogurt, pancakes, cream cheese, etc. It is amazing stuff. It has 80% less fat than regular peanut butter!

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

Mash and mix the four ingredients together. There! It was that easy.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

Heat up a pan with 1/2 tablespoon grapeseed oil or other oil/cooking spray on Low/Medium heat. I got this heart pancake cast iron skillet at Target last on clearance after Valentine’s Day passed. It is a very simple way to turn ordinary pancakes into special love pancakes.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

Scoop about two tablespoons of batter for one pancake. As like all pancakes, they burn quickly & easily, so always cook on low temperatures. Flip after a minute.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

Serve with maple syrup or sweetener of your choice.

This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones with a healthy protein packed breakfast. Start the sweet filled day right with Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes hhmomma.com

Valentines Day Heart Pancakes

Four Ingredient Pancakes
439 calories
Maple syrup and cooking oil included in calorie count
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
1 serving vanilla protein powder, I used Herbalife French Vanilla for these
2 egg whites
1 serving pb2, 12 grams

1/2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/8 cup organic maple syrup

Double the recipe for two <3
Mash your banana, mix in the egg white, protein powder, & pb2. Heat a pan on medium heat. Fry your pancakes in a teaspoon of grapeseed oil or use nonstick cooking spray. To measure the batter, I used about two tablespoons for each heart. Flip after one minute. Serve hot with maple syrup, agave, or any other sweetener you prefer.
I did not double my recipe and it made seven heart pancakes.

 

Peanut Butter Jar Oatmeal

What is the best part about an empty peanut butter jar?

There is not one?

OH BUT LOOK!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal!

1/2 cup quick oats

1 tsp brown sugar

empty pb jar

1+ cup boiling water

I never waste anything ;)

Egg in a Hole

Egg in a hole – sounds like a children’s story book, doesn’t it? It’s not though – instead it is one of the best breakfasts ever invented. I grew up on it! I remember watching Mary Jane’s Pa as a kid and thinking what the heck, now I must have one when Guy Kibbee makes it. Even both Fraiser and Friends sitcoms feature egg in a hole being prepared. It’s gotta be popular if it’s been on Friends right?

If you have never had egg in a hole, I don’t think we can be friends.

Get off my site and go make one right now!

Toad in a hole, egg in a hole, egg in a basket, frog in a hole, bird’s nest egg, blind eyes, private eyes, egg toast, chicken in a basket, seriously I don’t care what you want to call it! All that matters is it is so good you have to at least try it. It’s one of my go to breakfasts because of its simplicity and you can whip them out in a snap.

Start with a piece of bread. using a jar, cup, cookie or biscuit cutter, whatever you have on hand as I do not even own a circle cookie or biscuit cutter (shapes would be fun for holidays or children’s breakfast!) simply remove the center of your bread. I love while wheat bread with grains – flax, seeds, oats, anything to make it hearty. I’m very practical. I likehomemade bread, but it goes so quick! You can use any kind of bread. I grew up on potato bread! White, sour dough, brioche, or honey whole wheat works just fine. (Your taste in bread says nothing about your financial status.)

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In a skillet, melt 1/2 a tablespoon of butter on MED/LOW heat. Butter is good for you I don’t care what anyone tells you. Chart to open your eyes:

Red bars are saturated fats… Saturated fats (aka solid fats at room temperature) are DIRECTLY related to bad cholesterol levels. It’s basic science. Mono and  poly unsaturated fats (aka the oils that are liquid even when cold) too take part in cholesterol levels, I’m talking about both LDL’s and HDL’s. Mono is good – it helps remove the cholesterol build up in your arteries, takes it back to your liver for bile use. Bile is what emulsifies fat you eat so it can actually be broken down into glucose, and metabolized for energy. See the circle of life? Now, although saturated fats are directly related to bad cholesterol levels, they get a bad reputation. Any study can be swayed to a desired result. In the study that was done to show sat. fats were bad, none of the subjects were healthy. they were probably over eating everything – healthy or bad foods. As for cholesterol levels, the good cholesterol’s (healthy fats and oils) remove the toxins and bad fats in your blood. You also need cholesterol to produce certain hormones like estrogen and testosterone because they are direct derivatives from it! Obviously too much of a good thing is a bad things so limit saturated fats, but don’t be afraid of them. You need them for your body to function properly.

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Back to your toad. Place your bread in the center and crack your egg right down in the hole. Add salt and pepper if you like. Let the egg set for 20-40 seconds, then swirl the toast around to soak up all of the browned butter. Don’t work, the butter shouldn’t burn at that low of temperature. Your egg should only be brown from your brown butter, not from overcooking it. Flip after a minute when the whites are half way set. Swirl again, then remove from your skillet when your whites are completely cooked, but the yolk is still soft and gooey.

Egg in a Hole. Toad in a Hole, Bird in a Nest, whatever you want to call it - it's amazing! Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas. www.hhmomma.com

Serve immediately!

Egg in a Hole. Toad in a Hole, Bird in a Nest, whatever you want to call it - it's amazing! Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas. www.hhmomma.com

Have an amazing day!

Avocado Banana Green Monster Smoothie

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I love green smoothies! I know today’s lunch was supposed to be an avocado kale smoothie, but I didn’t buy enough kale because it disappeared…
I had spinach so it was a simple replacement. When I put spinach into my smoothies, I always add a stronger flavor in addition to it. I usually do bananas or sometimes even peanut butter.
I always have halves of bananas in my freezer. When my bananas go black, I peel them and freeze them. I love the flavor or over-ripe bananas. I always have frozen avocado slices too. I never eat a whole avocado at a time so I freeze the rest. Adding frozen ingredients make your smoothie thick, and the avocado & Greek yogurt make it rich and creamy – but still healthy! Remember the protein & liquid can be swapped for your favorites.
My daughter calls this smoothie green monster ice cream. We ate it together for lunch before our walk to the park today.
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Avocado Banana Smoothie

•1/4 of an avocado
•1/2 a medium banana, frozen
•1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
•1/2 cup spinach
•1 cup ice
•1 cup milk
•Drizzle of agave nectar

Blend & serve with a spoon.

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Who said lattes have to be coffee?

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When people think of lattes they instantly imagine a caffé latte, or milk coffee. However, lattes don’t have to be “coffee milks.” In fact, they can be made with whatever you want.
This smoothie recipe is very versatile. For your flavor, you can choose any kind of espresso, coffee, green tea, chai tea, or herbal tea if you aren’t a caffeine drinker.
Four ingredients make up the smoothie – a protein, a liquid, ice, and your flavor.
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My protein is a protein powder, Herbalife French Vanilla Formula One. You can use any kind of protein you fancy. Some ideas are Greek yogurt – sweetened or unsweetened – even just regular yogurt.
My liquid is skim milk, I use a lot of almond milk too. You could use water, juice, coconut milk, or any nut milk really. Just remember nutrition – skim milk and nut milks are rich in nutrients.
For my flavor, I used chai tea concentrate for this smoothie. You can use whatever you wish! I try to keep it a zero calorie flavor. (To make any kind of tea concentrate, just boil a cup of hot water. When it comes to a full boil turn off heat and steep 4 bags of your favorite tea. I let it sit on the counter for an hour to completely cool, then pour into a container for the fridge or you can even freeze the concentrate in an ice cube tray. It should make 4 servings/8oz- 1/4 cup/2oz each serving)
Layer your ingredients like so: ice, flavor, protein, and then milk. I hate it when my protein powder clumps on the bottom and doesn’t mix well. Blend on high until smooth! Try not I drink so fast as to get a brain freeze… It’s hard sometimes because this smoothie is so good!

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Not-Really-Fruitcake

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I have the perfect holiday or any day treat for you! It truly is nom nom.
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{Overwhelmed from the holidays that you forgot about those neighbor gifts? Trust me, it’s quite alright. Want to give a homemade gift from your kitchen? Try this recipe out! It is so easy and exceptionally yummy.}
I don’t know anyone who actually likes fruitcake.
But I know plenty of people who love my not-really-fruitcake! It is kind of a veggie/fruitcake. The heart of this dense bread is bananas, paired with carrots and, yes you read that right, sweet potato! Add your “candies” – cranberries and walnuts – and you have not-really-fruitcake! It’s perfect for the holidays when you add spices and fresh ginger. I keep my ginger in the freezer so that it lasts longer.
Now the basis of this recipe is a typical banana bread, but I eliminated the fat. That’s right, no butter or oil! Plus, these are high in vitamin C & A, plus iron! A loaf or 2 muffins are only 338 calories (!!!)
Feel good holiday snack? Oh, yes, please!
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They rise to a perfect top!

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Not-Really-Fruitcake
9 mini loaves; 338 calories per mini loaf

Ingredients:

Dry mixture:
2 1/2 cup white flour
1/2 tbsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice (optional)

Wet mixture:
4 to 5 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
3/4 cup of white sugar
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup shredded sweet potato
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup finely shredded fresh ginger
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons ground flax

How to:
Spray mini loaf pan or muffin pan with oil. (You can use paper liners with your pan or just scoop batter directly into the pan by spraying oil first- either way works.)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
First, sift together all the dry ingredients into a medium bowl. If you don’t have a sifter, use a wisk to incorporate them together.
In a large bowl, mash your bananas with a fork or potato masher. Then add the sugar and eggs. Mixed with a wooden spoon until well combined. Add carrots, sweet potato, cranberries, flax, pumpkin spice, and walnuts. Pour dry mixture into wet mixture and combine.
Scoop into a muffin tin or mini loaves.
Bake for 20-23 minutes.
Makes 9 mini loaves or 18 muffins.

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What are these overnight oats everyone is talking about?

Overnight oats are extremely easy & perfect for those who are on the go. A weeks worth can be made in just minutes.
What are they? Plain and simple: oats soaked over night in liquids of your choice then served cold and on the go.
Mixed with some protein powder, overnight oats will fuel you with all the energy you need till lunch time- hunger pain free!
Try this recipe to get addicted started.
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Overnight Oats- Banana Bread
1 serving; 451 calories

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oats
1-2 scoop(s) protein powder – I use Herbalife formula one
8 oz milk, soy milk, or yogurt
1/2 a large banana sliced
1/2 oz crushed walnuts
Cinnamon

How to:
Combine all ingredients into a jar & let soak over night! Enjoy!

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