Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Bread Muffins

I love all things muffins! Muffin recipes are fast to prepare. They are grab and go and freezer-friendly!  These banana bread protein muffins taste just like a piece of banana bread and will make your house smell amazing as they bake! Made without any flour or sugar, they are high in protein, so they’ll keep you feeling fueled and satisfied!

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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Cook Time 20 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with parchment paper muffin liners.
  2. Place all of the dry ingredients in a blender, and blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Add wet ingredients and continue to blend or stir until combined.
  4. Divide mixture evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
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Substitutions:
3/4 cup egg whites for the eggs
Unsweetened applesauce for the yogurt
1/2 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar for the baking stevia

Almond Flour Banana Pancakes

Almond Flour Banana Pancakes

These pancakes are the best!!! AND they are a great use for ripe bananas, which EVERYONE has lying around taking up space and drawing pests, right?

They are grain-free and dairy-free…YAY…AND packed with protein to start your day off right.

You can also make up a batch, freeze them.  Then, simply pop them in the microwave, top with some sugar-free maple syrup and off you go!!!

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Cook Time 15 Minutes
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  1. In a blender or food processor, blend banana and 1 egg until there are no large lumps in the banana.
  2. Then, place in medium size bowl and add in the other 2 eggs. Whisk until combined.
  3. Add almond flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  4. Heat a frying pan to medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, scoop batter onto pan. Let cook for around 2 to 3 minutes per side.
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan-Date Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan-Date Topping

This sweet potato casserole with pecans is a must for a healthy Thanksgiving table! With no sweeteners and a cinnamon pecan-date topping, you might end up eating the leftovers for breakfast! This sweet potato casserole is naturally sweetened and sure to become a Thanksgiving tradition.

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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
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Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Pecan-Date Topping
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
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Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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  1. Stir together all sweet potato casserole ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all pecan-date topping ingredients, until well combined and coated.
  3. Spray 9x9" pan with cooking spray. Spoon sweet potato casserole into pan and spread topping evenly over surface.
  4. Bake at 350º F for 30 minutes.
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Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes

Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes

These customizable “breakfast” baked oatmeal cupcakes are great on-the-go fuel for those days when you have zero time in the morning to prepare anything for breakfast!

They are portable, freezable…AND you can easily change up the flavor by choosing different spices and add-ins for endless breakfast cupcake variations!

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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 23 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 23 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 380 F, and line 24 cupcake tins.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine and stir all wet ingredients (including banana).
  4. Mix wet into dry, then pour into the cupcake liners and bake 21 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes (optional).
  5. These oatmeal cakes can be eaten right away, or they can be frozen and reheated for an instant breakfast on a busy day. Hint: If you let them cool overnight, they’ll no longer stick to the liners.
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Optional add-ins: Cinnamon, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts or other nuts, ground flax, raisins, or other dried fruit.

For recommendation on sugar-free maple syrup and stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, go to the CHALLENGED APPROVED FOODS page.

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!!!

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Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
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.
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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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Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
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.
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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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  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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  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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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Category Breakfasts, Smoothies
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
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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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  1. Puree everything in a blender until smooth.
  2. Enjoy immediately.
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