Milk and White Chocolate Banana Muffins

Hey O.

I am indulging in some of my last times I can have dessert before my boyfriend and I crack down before school starts. I made these yummy muffins for my last day of work yesterday morning and they just ate it up…literally.

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Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 bananas, mashed (1 cup mashed banana)
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour a muffin pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix in the oil, bananas and eggs. Stir in the chocolate chips (do not overmix!) and pour into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30-40 minutes.

Makes about 1 loaf or 12 muffins.
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Protein and the ‘Good Fat’ Breakfast: Poached Eggs and Avocado

Hey cuz! This morning was a quick but really easy breakfast. The best part about it is that it is super filling due to the combination of egg and avocado. I poached the eggs, adding 1 tbs of white whine vinegar to a pot of simmering water and then gently pour the egg in. I toasted the bread and topped that with a mixture of avocado, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. Added a few leaves of parsely, drizzled some olive oil on top, and thats that! Quick, easy, healthy.

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-The J to our OJ

Breakfast: Cheese Blintzes and Smoothie Cleanse

O! I made some breakfast for my sister and I this morning. And because my mom is on this 3 day smoothie cleanse she saw on Dr. Oz, I decided to join her just as an added touch to my meal.
A blintz is a thin crepe-like pancake filled with cheese.

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The crepe recipe is 1 egg, 3/4 cup pancake mix (just add water), 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup sugar, tsp vanilla, pinch of salt. For the cheese filling, I mixed together 1 cup lowfat ricotta cheese, 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg yolk, 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch of salt .

What I did was cook one side of the crepe and take it off the pan, fill the center with a spoonful of cheese and then folded it to go back on the pan for another minute. I thought it might be heavy because I the cheese but it was super light, I added a strawberry topping, AND my sister ate it, which is saying a lot. For the strawberry topping, the ingredients were, 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp cornstarch. I put the sugar and strawberries in a saucepan on medium heat until it came to a boil and then added the cornstarch. 

And as for the smoothie, it had blueberry, mango, avocado, cayenne pepper, coconut water, lemon juice, kale, and flaxseed. I can almost feel my body cleansing itself! Almost. Since you told me about the whole eating healthy thing you should really try out the 3-day cleanse by Dr. Oz. Mom swears by it. Missing you.

-J

High Protein Breakfast + Muesli Recipe

Holla J!

So I want to share a two high protein breakfast options. The first is skyr. Skyr is a traditionally Icelandic dairy product, the consistency is kind of like yogurt and it has a fresh, slightly sour taste to it. It’s low in fat and high in protein so it’s perfect for my diet although it’s definitely not paleo so I guess i changed my mind again. I had this for breakfast a couple of days ago topped with fresh strawberries and muesli. Then there is quinoa. Quinoa is a South American seed that, like skyr, is high in protein and quite low in calories (and not paleo either). For my breakfast today I made quinoa porridge which I then topped with the muesli and blueberries.

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Skyr with homemade muesli and strawberries.

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Quinoa porridge with blueberries, homemade muesli and honey.

The muesli was homemade it was quite easy here is the recipe.

Indgredients:
Buckwheat flour 25 g
Chopped hazelnut – 50 g
Chopped brazil nut – 50 g
Linseed – 20 g
Oats – 25 g
Coconut oil – 2 ts
Cinnamon – 2 ts
Honey – 2 ts

Steps:
1. Put cooker on medium heat, add oil.
2. Add the flour, this step is making the crumble.
3. Add oats, nuts and cinnamon shortly after and allow it to brown as much as you like.
4. Add honey and linseed.

This can be used as topping for anything you want. Needless to say any type of flour and any combination of nuts work. One could also add dry fruits and berries, whatever you like. 
– O

Fluffy Fruity French Toast

Good afternoon O. I had a wonderful morning, decided to skip work today, and made some yummy french toast instead. My guilty pleasures tend to come in the morning.

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It’s a lemon and vanilla based french toast topped with cream cheese ice cream, mangos, raspberries, and blueberries. For the egg custard I used egg, 2 table spoons of lemon juice, a splash of vanilla, and 1 table spoon of brown sugar. I immersed white bread into the custard and fried each side with a small dollop of unsalted butter for about 1- 2 mins on each side.

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For the ice cream, I cheated and used slow churned already made vanilla ice cream and softened plain cream cheese. Mixed the two a refroze the ice cream. (Recipe called for plain greek yogurt but I wanted to try something new).

Enjoy!

xoxo, J