Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake

Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake

This dish is a perfect addition to your fall breakfast routine. Love this recipe and the combination of the pumpkin and apple.  Great dish to give us a break from ALL those eggs for breakfast!!!1

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Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Bake
Diet Level:5
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Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Cook Time 40 Minutes
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 square pan with coconut oil or spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, banana, eggs, coconut milk, pumpkin pie spice, ½ tsp cinnamon, and salt. Using a hand mixer or immersion blender, beat the ingredients together.
  3. In a separate bowl, sprinkle remaining cinnamon on the diced apple and coat the apples. Mix into the wet ingredients.
  4. Sprinkle the pecans along the top of the dish, and place in the oven.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes (depending on oven). You will want the top to be mostly firm and golden on the top.
  6. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving. You can also chill and store in the fridge for up to a week. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.
Date Sweetened Cookies

Date Sweetened Cookies

This is a great Diet Level 4 cookie recipe, although it also fits nicely into DL’s 1, 2, 3, and 6 (NOT DL 5, due to the inclusion of oats, so not grain-free). They are crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside cookies. You can make these as chunky or smooth as you want, depending on how long you let the blender or food processor machine go. These cookies are made with raisins, but you could also substitute Lily’s chocolate chips (see image below), which are made with stevia and you would still be in the “sugar-free” diet-level realm! You can find them at HEB with all the other baking chocolate chips.

Lilys Baking Chips No Sugar Added

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Date Sweetened Cookies
Diet Level:4
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Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place dates and vanilla in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Add almonds until smooth, another minute or so.
  3. Add in the oats, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and oil, and process for another few minutes. You might need to stop periodically to scrape the sides in order to get the mixture to blend evenly. Add in the banana for 10 seconds.
  4. Stir in the raisins.
  5. Shape dough with a spoon into 20 cookies on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets and flatten slightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown.
  7. Place on a cooling rack and store uneaten cookies in an airtight container.
Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot cake–YUM! Calories and sugar–YUK! How about this smoothie instead? It is reminiscent of all those carrot cake spicy flavors, WITHOUT all the bad stuff!!! It also offers up a whopping 19 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber!

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Carrot Cake Smoothie
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  1. Throw everything into the blender, and mix until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
Morning Workout Protein Smoothie

Morning Workout Protein Smoothie

This is a simple protein smoothie that satisfies sweet cravings and keeps you full for hours. This is a great pre-workout smoothie if you plan to hit it pretty hard in the morning.

There’s a lot of “vanilla” flavor in this recipe, as well as some “optional Stevia drops,” so it can be pretty sweet depending on what brand of protein powder you use, so you may want to omit the Stevia drops. You could also opt to use unflavored protein powder and include the Stevia drops.

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Morning Workout Protein Smoothie
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Cinnamon buns are tempting, but one large roll from the mall is a whopping 880 calories, 17 grams of saturated fat, and 59 grams of sugar! If you’re craving all the flavors of the classic, then try blending up this fiber-and fruit-filled smoothie that’s less than a quarter of the calories, with hardly any saturated fat.

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Cinnamon Bun Smoothie
Diet Level:6
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Category Breakfasts, Smoothies
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Category Breakfasts, Smoothies
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Diet Level:6
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, and add more almond milk if necessary.
  2. Pour into a tall glass, add the cinnamon stick for garnish (optional), and enjoy.
Banana Blueberry Hemp Seed Smoothie

Banana Blueberry Hemp Seed Smoothie

If you’re in the midst of embracing your Diet Level 5, 40-Day Challenge and looking for something for breakfast that isn’t egg-related, but still wanting to fuel up on protein so you stay satisfied all morning long, then grab your blender and whip up this smoothie!

The protein comes from almonds and hemp seeds, and although this smoothie may not look super special or amazing, it tastes perfectly sweet and creamy and offers 15.6 grams of protein and 9.3 grams of fiber. Since it’s just five ingredients, it’s incredibly easy to make. If you don’t already have hemp seeds, you can find them at HEB, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s.

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Banana Blueberry Hemp Seed Smoothie
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  1. Puree everything in a blender until smooth.
  2. Enjoy immediately.
Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie

Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie

This recipe is a great way to enjoy your cup of coffee in the morning, while also getting a healthy dose of protein—a whopping 22 grams, in fact! This smoothie follows the perfect breakfast formula for weight loss, complete with healthy fats and fiber to keep you full for hours. It tastes a little like melted coffee ice cream, so yeah, it’s pretty amazing. This smoothie is made with one eight-ounce cup of coffee, so it’ll definitely give you a caffeine boost. As a bonus, it’s a great way to use leftover coffee…just put it in the fridge and grab it the next morning.

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Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie
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Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender, saving three of the ice cubes.
  2. Puree until smooth. Add in the last three ice cubes (if you choose) and enjoy!
Banana Cream Overnight Oats Smoothie

Banana Cream Overnight Oats Smoothie

Here’s a great Diet Level 4 Recipe! If you love a wholesome bowl of oatmeal, but you also crave the cold and refreshing flavor and ease of sipping on a smoothie. This will provide you with BOTH! This recipe is like overnight oats and a smoothie all in one. This smoothie is packed with 10 grams of fiber, so it will seriously keep you full all morning long, which is perfect if you’re trying to lose weight. It also offers over 14 grams of protein!

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Banana Cream Overnight Oats Smoothie
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  1. Peel the banana, break it into about six pieces, and place them in freezer overnight (in a freezer bag).
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the ice cubes, to your blender container, put on the top, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, add the frozen banana and ice cubes to the blender and puree until smooth.
  4. Enjoy right away.
Recipe Notes

This smoothie is subtly sweet and thick. If you prefer a sweeter breakfast, add more maple syrup, and to thin out this smoothie, add a little more soy milk.

Flat Belly, High-Protein Smoothie

Flat Belly, High-Protein Smoothie

Here’s a simple, sweet, and creamy smoothie recipe loaded with so many ingredients that not only keep you hydrated, but also aid your digestion! It’s made with blueberries, shown to help diminish belly fat, and pineapple, which contains an enzyme that helps ease digestion and banish bloat. Next, toss in some potassium-containing banana, to help regulate sodium levels and prevent water retention, along with ginger to improve digestion, reducing a puffy belly. As if that’s not enough, the fiber in the flaxmeal and raw almonds, as well as the cucumber and water, will keep things moving along and prevent constipation. Last, but not least, because you need a decent amount of protein to fill you up and keep your energy levels going all morning long, this smoothie also contains vanilla protein powder. Give this recipe a try!

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  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth.
  2. Enjoy immediately.
Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake

Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake

I love when I find a great breakfast recipe that doesn’t include eggs or grains as the main ingredient. This dish is hot, easy, and so appetizing! This breakfast comes together by combining some eggs with nut milk, to give it a baked oatmeal type texture.  Then, the shredded coconut, walnuts, and fruit are the bonus! What I love about this recipe is that it is packed with healthy fats and only sweetened with the fruit.

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Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake
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Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: coconut flakes, walnuts, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Now add in mashed banana and coconut oil.
  4. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix well. Then fold in strawberries (or fruit of choice).
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until top is firm and golden.
  6. Serve hot!
Recipe Notes

*Feel free to substitute other fruits for the strawberries.

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