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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes With Chocolate Chips

Pancakes can make every day a lil better no?

Well, my housemate wasn’t feeling the greatest a few mornings ago so I decided to do what I do best and get my tushie in the kitchen to whip up something to lift her spirits.

The result?

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A plate full of fluffy, tender patty-cakes full of caramelized banana and some slighty-naughty chocolate chips.

They did their job well as she was full of smiles as she slathered some natural honey on top and ate it with her finger’s.

#ThatsLoveAtFirstBite

Incredibly simple to make and for not that much batter, you get a four cake tower! Now thats what I call happiness.

Gluten free (if you use certified GF oats) and made without a drop or sprinkle of sugar because that spotty death looking banana truly is a sweetheart despite it’s dark demeanour  😉

Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Serves 1 

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

~1/4 cup oat flour + 2 Tbsp rolled oats
~1 egg (or an do an egg white)
~1 medium RIPE banana
~1/2-1 Tbsp natural almond butter
~1/4 cup almond/cashew/milk of choice
~1 tsp Vanilla extract
~1tsp baking powder
~Cinnamon
~1-2 Tbsp chocolate chips (optional but for chocoholics its kinda mandatory..)

Directions:

1. Mash 3/4 of the banana in a bowl.

2. Whip in the egg, almond butter, vanilla extract and milk of choice.

3. Add your dry ingredients minus the banana and chocolate chips. If the batter is way too thick, you may need a tbsp or 2 more of liquid but that depends on the size of the banana. Batter should be not runny, rather, pourable-but-spreadable

4. Heat a large non stick pan in medium. Add a bit of coconut oil.

5. Take 1/4 of the batter and plop into the pan forming a thick pancake. You can make two or more per pan depending on your flipping skills.

6. Slice you banana and place some slices and some chocolate chips on each cake.

7. Pop on a lid and let it cook low and slow until the bottom is golden and firm. NOTE These won’t bubble.

8. Flip and let cook for about a minute more without the lid. Remove from the pan.

9. Re-spray your pan and make pancakes out of the remaining batter using the same method.

10. Voila all done!

Top with whatever you would like. Honey, maple syrup, more fruit, etc, etc.

I hope you enjoy! 

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I missed fat Tuesday by a long shot, but hey, I play by my own rules. 

-Chelsea


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Eggs, Eggs And Moooe Eggs.

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My Friends, this is a random post comin’ at you all thanks to my Dad’s breakfast plate.

I challenged myself to make him a new style of eggs every single morning this past week, and I think I may have done it. You see, he loves his eggs and although he would be perfectly content eating scrambled egg whites every day of his life, I decided to be annoying and give him his precious eggs in a different form. He may or may not have finally complained this morning that he really just loves the taste of his eggs plain…

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….I can’t blame him though because if someone were to try and take over my oatmeal I might put up quite the fuss. We just like what we like around here.

But he let me be creative for as long as he was willing to stand it and so I came here to bring you some ideas on what to do with the simple egg.

Of course, if you’re in the same boat and just like them plain and simple and then by all means enjoy them in their purest form, but for those that are looking for something a lil different, he are some ideas for you.

You can scramble your eggs with a lil milk and perhaps cheese if you’re feelin extra special.

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Here are the steps on the ‘perfect scrambled eggs’ 

Or you can do fried eggs with a runny yolk on a sammich…

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Or even better, make it a bagel-wich

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My Dad’s had a runny egg + sautéed tomatoes + mushrooms + onions + Cheddar

Even better still is doing open face with them fancy shmancy ingredients.

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Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Runny Egg toast. Find here

This one I didn’t do for my Dad for a few reasons:

1 He won’t go near fish of any kind with a 4 foot pole.

2 He would ask me where the second piece of bread is. #CarbaholicAlert

3 He’s against anything green and mushy. Please don’t be offended beautiful avocado, he’s just weird. I still love you.

You can also bake your eggs into things…

Like potato skins

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Find this recipe here. It is very similar to what I did. I wrapped the potato in foil and baked until it was tender then scooped out the inside and placed the egg inside. I threw some green onion on top with black pepper and baked it until the egg was set and then sprinkled it with his shaker parmesan cheese. 

…Or peppers

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My Dad’s breakfast this morning was a egg baked into a green pepper with homemade hashbrowns. For the pepper, I just cut away about a third of a large pepper and took the inside membranes + seeds out and cracked an egg inside. I baked it covered with foil at 400 degrees until the egg was cooked. No runny yolk, but I’m sure you can get one, I just wanted to make sure the whites were fully cooked or my Dad would have refused to eat it lol. 

I turned them into a pizza omelette

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Recycled picture of my pizza omelettes. Simply throw some egg whites and pizza spices in a pan (one medium low heat) and let them cook slightly before topping with all your favourite toppings. Cover it and let it fully cook through. Finally, crack an egg right in the middle and cover again until the egg is just cooked enough so that you get that runny yolk I failed to get in the picture above. 

Or you could just do a basic omelette

But who really wants to be basic? Ever made a baked omelette?

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Greek Salad Omelette found here.

So I think I did pretty well for switchin things up. He did like them, he just wants to go back to his routine eggs for a lil bit. A few other ways you can do eggs, which I didn’t try for my Dad because, like I said, he wants to taste his eggs, are:

Quiche.

Frittata.

Breakfast Burritos.

Egg Muffins.

So yes eggs are simple, easy and healthy ingredients to work with but they don’t have to taste boring at all. Switch it up and try any of these ways to enjoy this wonderful, wholesome food.

What is your favourite way to eat eggs?

What is your favourite breakfast items? You know it’s all oat gains over here.

-Chelsea


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OIAJ…..WTH?

Hey Friends!

So I’m just here sippin away on my new Stash Orange Chocolate herbal tea (I almost always have a mug of tea at night before bed) and after making the man his own OIAJ for his breakfast tomorrow as he rushes out the door, it occurred to me that I have never touched on this easy-peasy, lemon-squeasy deliciousness.

So lets touch on that shall we! 😀

So you might first think to yourself….

What the heck is an OIAJ?

Oats In A Jar. Ahhh you gotta love Instagram #hashtag names

So yeah, basically, as the picture shows, it’s your good ol’ oatmeal but it”s put in an ALMOST empty (this is important!) jar of nut butter.

You then may ask me….

Why would I do that?

Why would I cook oatmeal, dirty up a pot, then proceed to put it in a jar to eat?

Doesn’t that make it harder to eat?!?

1. Because who wants to waste the lil bit of nut butter left in the jar? Not this girl. #NutButterAddict

I would hope, no pray, that you wouldn’t just toss this jar out!

#NoNutButterGetsLeftBehind!

2. If cooking your oatmeal stove top, this means you don’t have to dirty another dish (ie. bowl). You can just toss the jar when you are done. Sorry nuker’s, you still have a bowl to dirty up.

3. It’s convenient, ready-to-go when you need it and portable. Got an early class and just want to sleep in a bit? Take your breakfast with you.

4. Get yourself a long handled spoon and you are good to dig in. It’s a game to get in all those crevasses AND if you buy a crazy angled and weirdly shaped jar, well that ones on you. 😛

So last thing before I give up some OIAJ-porn from Instagram and a few recipes, I want to mention that you can have your OIAJ two ways.

1. Hot and Steamy. This would be my preferred way of eating them because the thought of eating oatmeal cold makes me shudder. Just make sure your jar is glass as we don’t wanna be eating leaching plastic and chemicals do we?

2. Classic “Overnight style.” Again, with overnight oats in a jar you can heat it up in the morning BUT the classic overnight oats is eaten straight out of the fridge and generally is not actually cooked. Instead, a hefty serve of yogurt is often added to the oats and the acids from the yogurt help to break down the oats enough giving the OIAJ a nice chewy texture that many love.

So, we will start with Hot and Steamy shall we…

Bring on the #FoodPorn! Thanks to my fellow Instagramer’s and food bloggers for your delicious treats! 😀

To start, here’s a basic recipe. This is the one I made tonight for the man using Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats. You don’t have to use steel cut, I just wanted to show you some variety.

Banana Bread Eggy [Steelcut]OIAJ.

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 3/4 cup water or milk of choice
  • 1 large egg or 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3-1/2 of a large banana, chopped
  • Cinnamon, spices and/or sweetener of choice to taste
  • Toppings of choice
  • 1 almost empty nut butter jar.

Directions: Add you oats an liqiud to a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. When bubbling, bring the heat down to a simmer and pop the lid on the oats. Let them cook until almost all of the water has been absorbed. Crack and quickly whisk your egg or egg whites into your oats. Throw in your banana and whisk that in as well. Once your oats have reached you desired consistency (add more liquid if you feel they are getting dry while adding your egg and banana), remove from the heat and add in your yogurt, spices and sweetener. Toss into your jar and add your toppings.

Toss in the fridge to eat in the morning OR demolish then and there!20140509-220754.jpgZee jar. He’s likes his Mighty Maple Peanut Butter and Co.

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 Please NOTE that I waited for the oats to cool before putting them in this PLASTIC JAR.
 
20140509-220809.jpgToppings of choice. A slice of paleo banana bread, tsp of peanut butter and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Here’s another one of my own creations from a previous post..

Carob and Pistachio Eggy-Oats in a Chocolate Nut’s n’More Jar.
IMG_0296Apple Pie OIAJ. Kim @ The Coconut Diaries.
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You can even do Waffles In A Jar (WIAJ). Thanks to Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli Blog.

And you don’t even need it to be a nut butter jar. You know what else comes in a jar?

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What about something chilled?

Let’s take a peek at the “Classic Overnight” OIAJ combos:

Here’s a basic recipe courtesy of Sarah over at The Sweet Life.

[Copied directly from her site]

Overnight Oats

Base: 
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 heaping tsp chia seeds
1/3 cup plain vegan yogurt
1/3 cup nondairy milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a 6 ounce mason jar stir together the base ingredients until well combined. Add the remaining ingredients from the flavor options below and combine well. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, grab and go.

Enjoy cold.

*These will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

She gives a basic VEGAN recipe, which you can sub non-vegan alternatives if you wish, for cold overnight oats and some wonderful flavour pairings.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats. Michelle @ Peachy Palate.
Enjoy!

Happy Friday Night Friends!

Do you like cold oats?

Ever had OIAJ?

-Chelsea

 


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Vanilla Banana Chunk Oatmeal “Cake”

…well…my versions of cake at least….

Hey Friends,

Wow I really need to start getting more creative with the names of my recipes. NOTE TO SELF don’t just type out the ingredients and call it a title…hmm maybe I will brainstorm for this lil numba at the end of this post and you can tell me which you like best. Okay, enough with the chitter chatter as I have quite the treat to share with ya!

After sharing my 2 baked oatmeal creations the other day, I was then craving one myself…

So I made one…

IMG_3514A pretty one…

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Those sprinkles!

One that quite frankly resembled and tasted like a cake (well according to my tastes).

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The heavenly last bite of errrrythang

The lovely cake like icing (complete with girly sprinkles) was all thanks to my amazing tasting Cellucor COR-Fetti whey. Soooo worth the purchase and I would recommend this flavour to ANYONE ANYDAY. Cellucor my dear, I thought your cinnamon swirl and peanut butta marshmallow were awesome but this one really takes the cake. Pun intended. You really outdid yourself with this one! Yum.

ANNNYWAYYYS I said enough chit chat didn’t I?

Bring on the cake!

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Serves 1

In a bowl combine the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (can replace with flax)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 a chopped up brownie Quest bar (optional yumminess)

Give it a quick mix and then add the following:

  • 2 tbsp liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil

Let that sit for about 10 minutes while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees. I normally soak my oats overnight to ease the digestability and nutrient extraction but I was making this whole thing the night before so I could only soak it for about 30 minutes. This step is completely optional OR you could stop the process here and place the mixture in the fridge overnight and bake it up fresh in the morning if you have the extra time.

With the oven preheated, add 2-3 tbsp of water (or more milk) to your mixture to loosen it up a tad (as the oats will have taken in the majority of the liquid). Fold some diced banana chunks into your mixture (I used 55grams). Pour your mixture into a sprayed foil cup or baking ramekin and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the top is firm and the sides are beginning to pull away from the sides.

If you are like me and making this the night before, when you wake up in the morning you can flip it out of the cup and place under the broiler for about 5 minutes (watch it for burning!) to crisp the top if you wish. If you are making it fresh, after it is done baking, give it a few minutes to set before attempting to flip it out of the cup or it may break.

While your cake is broiling, combine the following in a small cup.

  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt (I used goat)
  • 1/2 scoop COR-Fetti whey by Cellucor (can sub for another cake batter flavour OR vanilla)
  • a few tbsp of water or milk to make a thick icing

Take your cake out and ice away. I chose to top my cake with more brownie Quest pieces so while my cake was broiling I chopped the remaining 1/8 of my brownie Questbar (if using, you will need 1/4 or more if you wish!) and threw that in my toaster oven to bake for about 2-3 minutes (at 350…watch them as they burn easily when they are rolled into lil chunks) while I iced my cake. Top with the baked brownie chunks and nut butter of choice (I used cashew) and NOM UP!

Macros for my cake (includes the use of 1 tbsp of 2.7% plain goat yogurt, 1/4 a brownie Questbar and 1/2 tbsp of cashew butter)

Cals:430 Carbs: 54 Protein:27 Fat:13 Sugar:7 (all banana) Fiber:13

There you have it. A tasty and healthy cake full of protein, healthy carbohydrates and fats to keep you fueled for your morning routine.

Hope you enjoy!

Before I finish off this post, what title shall this cake be given that is better than the one I have used?

COR-Fetti-licious Cake

COR-Fetti Baked Oatmeal

Sprinkle-ified Banana Cake

Got better ones? Clearly my creativity button is broken.

Have you tried the new Cellucor COR-Fetti high performance whey?

Are you a cake fan in general? I can’t say I have ever really appreciated cake. If I ever actually had to choose a cake-like dessert, it would probably be my Mom’s homemade apple pie and that’s not even a cake. Never tried ice-cream cake though (darn lactose intolerance) so I can’t speak on that eye-gasmic sight.

-Chelsea


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A Lil Home Bakin For the Menz

Hey Friends,

So I got the pleasure of taking the day off on Saturday and getting to go home for the weekend. Whenever I go home it’s like a mini vaca for me as I never get two days in a row off. Crazy talk right? Anyways, it’s always exciting to go back home to see my parents and lil miss Maggie! This time, my boyfriend even got the chance to hop a ride back to Acton with us as well to see the house (he hadn’t seen the new one yet) and do some bonding time with da puppie.

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Being at home and up early in the morning, I tend to get the urge to bake something and, well, family members end up being my guinea pigs err.. receivers. My boyfriend is the easier one to please as he doesn’t really ask what something is, he just eats it. Win. 😀 My dad on the other hand wakes up this mornin comes into the kitchen and proceeds to say..

“I don’t want any oatmeal!”

This was following my lovely greeting of…”Good morning Dad, I made some breakfast for you…” Ahhh the fear of trying something new. Where has that come up before?

To be honest, my Dad is one of the most stubborn people I have ever met when it comes to trying new foods. I can write a list a mile long of the things he refuses to try based on something silly (well in my mind it’s silly). Here are a few examples of some of the worst offenders **When I say worst offenders it’s because every foodie would gasp**

No hummus because it looks like ‘throw up’

No squash because…he has yet to give me a reason. I KNOW he refuses to eat kabocha!

No sweet potatoes (white potatoes out of the wazzoo, but no, the second they are any shade other than white, nose in the air)

No cooked veggies (only par cooked or raw is acceptable)

No fish…possibly the fault of the first fish attempt with him. Plain baked sole. Quite possibly the most fishy smelling fish out there and my mom and I seasoned it with lemon I believe. Big mistake. He has yet to touch fish since.

So you see why I never serve up my favourites to my parents.

Anyways, this morning I put my foot down and said that this wasn’t just oatmeal and he had to try it. I said it was BAKED oatmeal so he should trust me cuz it ain’t your old school porridge. 😉 It’s like having cake for breakie for real! Apparently both my mom and my dad have been scarred for life after having oatmeal simply boiled in water and sprinkled with some suga as a child. Wow traditional style is boooorrring! Such a shame as oatmeal has so much potential to be amazing (HULLLO it’s my favourite meal of the day!). With some resistance my dad complied to this ‘baked porridge’ idea and guess what

He liked it.

Can I say WIN twice in one post? Oh I should never say it?…

Anyways I was pleased with my success so I will now share with you the oatmeal cake that put a slightly more positive spin on oatmeal for one picky eater. The version to follow will be a cool one I made for my boyfriend after raiding my Mom’s baking cupboard. That may not be the healthiest of oatmeal dishes, but hey, I’m having fun and my boyfriend liked it. 😀

IMG_3472Chocolate Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

Dry

1/2 cup oats

1/2 scoop chocolate whey (I used Cellucor Molten Chocolate)

1/2 tbsp ground flax

1/2 tsp baking powder

A handful of semi sweet chocolate chips

Wet

1/4 cup liquid egg whites (or two egg whites)

About 1/3 cup strawberry yogurt (I used Source 0% strawberry as that is what my Dad has at home) + 2-3 tbsp for filling

About 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 tsp coconut oil, melted

2 tbsp U/S almond milk

Fold-in’s

A few strawberries, diced

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine the wet (except the 2-3 tbsp of the yogurt for the filling). Add your wet to dry and combine. Gently fold in your strawberry pieces. Spray a ramekin or foil bowl and add half of your oat mixture. Place your 2-3 tbsp of yogurt in the middle and cover with the remaining oat mixture. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until firm and the top is golden. Let stand for a few minutes to fully set before flipping out onto a plate. Top with whatever your desire. I topped it with the rest of the strawberry yogurt (it was a lil single serve container), few chocolate chips and some more diced strawberries.

**NOTE my eyes were slightly bigger than they should have been when adding the ‘filling’ as it made the overall oatmeal a lil more moist than it should have been. Wait 1/4 cup of yogurt in the middle of the cake won’t make it runnier? Shocker. #RookyMistake. Take care not to over fill your cake, especially if you are not using a thicker (ie. greek) yogurt as it will increase the baking time and possibly make the cake split a lil bit like mine did. **

Now for my boyfriends version. I spied some mini marshmallows in the cupboard and since the chocolate chippies were already out I decided to run with the s’mores idea.

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Dry

1/2 cup oats

2 tbsp peanut flour

1/2 tbsp flax meal

1/2 tsp baking powder

A handful of walnuts

A handful of chocolate chips

Wet

1/3 cup egg whites

1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1/4 cup U/S almond milk

1 tsp coconut oil, melted

Add-in’s

Mini marshmallows

Graham cracker pieces if you have any

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine the wet. Add your wet to dry and combine. Spray a ramekin or foil bowl and add your oat mixture. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until firm and the top is golden. Let stand for a few minutes to fully set before flipping out onto a plate. Place some more chocolate chips and mini marshmallows on the top and broil until the marshmallows are browned to your liking and chocolate and all melted. If you have graham cracker pieces, you can totally sprinkle some of that one top too to give it a more traditional s’mores feel.

So there you have it. Two baked oatmeal delights. One for the picky eater and one for adventurous eater. Both flavour combos are classics so you really can’t go wrong.

Oh, and after a lil chattering in the car ride back to Hamilton with my dad, he promised to try my roasted sweet taters AND maybe even some kale at Christmas. A Christmas miracle if I do say so myself. I’m so proud. 😀

Anything you don’t like that EVERYONE else does?

Do you know any picky eaters that AREN’T kids?

Best baked oatmeal flavour combo? Peanut butter and banana hands down. But that’s obvious coming from me right? Of course throwing some questbar pieces in there too takes it to a whole other level of mouth-gasm-ness

Hope you had a great weekend and enjoy the rest of your lazy Sunday

-Chelsea