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Paleo Banana Nut Bread
 

Paleo banana nut bread that is naturally sweetened with just bananas!

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Banana nut bread has been a favorite of mine since childhood. Watching cartoons with my favorite blanket in hand and the smell of banana bread in the air was absolutely comforting! Well, not much has changed because I still love that scenario with the switch from cartoons to Grey’s Anatomy!

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While this paleo bread is naturally sweetened, you are not missing out on anything when it comes to flavor. For this recipe, it’s best to use ripened bananas to really encapture the natural sweetness of the bananas into the bread. I only add the maple syrup in case you desire a sweeter banana bread. Coconut and almond flour is used instead of white flour as the flour combination are lower in carbs, higher in fiber and a better option for people with food allergies/paleo friendly.

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The end result is a healthier moist bread that can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert or as a snack! My favorite way to enjoy this bread is with peanut butter. Paired with a morning green smoothie, this is a very filling breakfast.

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Have fun with the recipe and add chocolate chips or different types of nuts/seeds if you would like!

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Paleo banana nut bread that is naturally sweetened with just bananas!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ripe bananas (mashed)

  • 3 large eggs (lightly whisked)

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour

  • 1/2 cup almond flour (finely ground)

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan or line loaf pan with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, combine bananas, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk until fully combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda and powder, cinnamon, salt, and flours.

  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined. Depending on how large your bananas were, you may need to add a liquid like coconut oil if your mixture is too dry. If your mixture is too runny, slowly add more almond flour. The batter should be wet but thick. Gently fold in walnuts to the batter.

  5. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until cooked through and the top is brown.

  6. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cool rack. Enjoy!

 
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
 

This creamy pumpkin pie protein smoothie is just like pumpkin pie but without the guilt! Great as a post-recovery shake, breakfast or a healthy dessert!

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Tis the season for #pumpkinspiceeverything! Who is with me!? Sure, fall festivals, wearing flannel, and watching football are all great, but October feels complete to me because I get to enjoy pumpkin spice! Even though I hate to admit it, I am your basic white girl, but I am not complaining because I could literally eat pumpkin every day if I wanted to -- and with this pumpkin pie protein smoothie, that is just what I have been doing!

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I made this smoothie on a whim after a workout when I usually make a post-recovery smoothie. I was looking in my fridge for the usual spinach leaves but found leftover pumpkin puree instead. I thought, “Sure, pumpkin pie sounds healthy after a workout!”

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That is what I did and it turned out amazing! Now, when I make this pumpkin pie protein smoothie as a post-recovery smoothie, I do not add the fun toppings. I usually add hemp seeds instead for that added protein! But, if you want to treat yourself to a fun Friyay breakfast, snack or dessert, then load the toppings on!

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If pumpkin is not your thing, then check out my other protein smoothies here: morning green smoothie and  PB&J protein smoothie bowl.

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This creamy pumpkin pie protein smoothie is just like pumpkin pie but without the guilt! Great as a post-recovery shake, breakfast or a healthy dessert!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 frozen banana (ripe)

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 2 Tbsp almond butter

  • 1 scoop protein powder

  • 1/2 cup ice

  • couple dashes of pink Himalayan salt

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

Granola, coconut whipped cream, peanut butter, dash of pumpkin pie spice, hemp seeds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste flavors and adjust accordingly; adding honey for more sweetness, more milk for a smoother/thinner consistency.

  2. Garnish with toppings of choice and enjoy!

NOTES

  1. Your banana must be ripe or else this smoothie will not taste sweet. If you do not have a ripened banana, use what you have and add 3 pitted medjool dates or 1 Tbsp honey and taste as you go for desired sweetness.

  2. Toppings: I used So Delicious Coco Whip, Nature’s Path dark chocolate macaroon granola, and Trader Joe's pumpkin pie spice seasoning

  3. Protein powder: Garden of Life

  4. I also add this brand of superfood green powder. Doesn’t change the smoothie flavor, just gives it a sweeter taste.

 
Dark Chocolate Chip Protein Bites
 

If you are looking for a classic protein ball, then look no further! These dark chocolate chip protein bites are perfect for treating a sweet tooth, perfect as a pre-workout snack, or to cure that 3pm crash!

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In light of the team series and various competitions my CrossFit gym has been doing this past month, I thought it would be fitting to make protein bites. Although I am not competing, I do want to make sure that I have the energy and stamina to complete my workouts successfully. That is why I incorporate this recipe into my weekly meal prep so that I always have a quick go-to snack right before my workout every time.

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It can be so easy to purchase protein bars instead because of the convenience but most protein bars are loaded with artificial sweeteners, preservatives and can be high in calories. If it’s convenience you are looking for, these protein bites are super easy to make! Added bonus: if you do swap these out for your regular protein bars but miss the flavor, these taste just like Larabars!

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These dark chocolate chip protein bites are made with plant-based ingredients that are nutrient dense and worth every little calorie. They are naturally sweetened with Medjool dates which contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and calcium to name a few.

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Medjool dates are great workout fuel since they are packed with slow-burning carbs (about 66 calories and 15 grams of sugar). These carbs are in a low glycemic form which means that glucose is released into the bloodstream slower which allows for steady energy during a workout.

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


If you are looking for a classic protein ball, then look no further! These dark chocolate chip protein bites are perfect for treating a sweet tooth, perfect as a pre-workout snack, or to cure that 3pm crash! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups GF oats

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan)

  • 1 cup (packed) or 12 medjool dates

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

  • 1/4 cup almond butter

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • Couple dashes of ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak medjool dates in warm water for 10 minutes.

  2. To a food processor or high powered blender, add soaked dates, oats, protein powder, almond butter, chia seeds, cinnamon. While pulsing on low, slowly add the water until the mixture is evenly combined but not overly processed. (may need to use more water for desired consistency)

  3. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add the chocolate chips. Fold in the chocolate chips until combined.

  4. Using a cookie scoop or 1 Tbsp measuring spoon, roll into 1-inch balls.

  5. To set, place balls onto parchment paper lined baking tray and place into the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes or eat right away! Will keep for about a week in an airtight container or you can freeze them for longer term storage.

NOTES

  1. Makes 22-24 protein bites

*Protein is derived from plant based vanilla protein powder

 
Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Smoothie Bowl
 

Creamy and nutritious protein smoothie bowl with spinach, banana, berries, protein powder and a secret ingredient! A healthy breakfast or great post-workout treat that tastes just like PB&J!

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HAPPY NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY.

Did you know there existed a day just for us peanut butter lovers? I certainly didn’t. There really is a national day for everyone!

In high school, a PB&J sandwich was my go-to meal as that was the only vegetarian option back in the day during lunch. Obviously, I am not a vegetarian anymore, but thinking about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches make me nostalgic and reminisce about the good ol’ days. It’s definitely a classic staple.

When I was in undergrad, I would go to Smoothie King to get the Peanut Power Plus Strawberry smoothie when I needed to satisfy my peanut butter craving. It was quick and convenient, not to mention that it also literally tasted just like a PB&J sandwich!

Now that I am older and wiser, I have created a smoothie bowl recipe that is not only healthy but still has the same flavor PB&J flavor that I love. This peanut butter & jelly protein smoothie bowl is a recipe that I have been using for years now. Every other morning, I whip up a batch for breakfast in a tumbler so I can bring it to work. For the weekends, I like to transform this smoothie into a bowl so that I can jazz it up with superfoods like goji berries, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and coconut flakes.

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Would you have guessed that zucchini is the secret ingredient for keeping this smoothie super creamy and thick? Zucchini is great for amping your smoothie with amazing vitamins and nutrients as well as being naturally lower in carbs and calories. If you drink smoothies in the morning like I do, zucchini is great for digestion and provides energizing B vitamins. B vitamins are important for cognitive health as it maintains an upbeat mood and prevent fatigue.

Regardless of how you choose to create this smoothie, whether you present it in a bowl or choose to put it in a tumbler to take with you, the ingredients are just as flexible. I usually amp this smoothie up with two heaping handfuls of spinach along with a green powder scoop if I feel that I want to incorporate more greens into my diet. Like I said, this recipe is flexible -- it’s up to you if you want to add more veggies or superfoods!

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Interested in more smoothie recipes that are nutritious and delicious? Check out my recipe for (starburst smoothie). Yes, you read that right -- it tastes like pink starbursts!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo with #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


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Creamy and nutritious protein smoothie bowl with spinach, banana, berries, protein powder and a secret ingredient! A healthy breakfast or great post-workout treat that tastes just like PB&J!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small handful fresh organic spinach

  • 1 frozen ripe banana

  • 1 cup frozen berry medley (I used strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries)

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1/2 zucchini

  • 1 scoop protein peanut butter/ chocolate powder

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until creamy yet thick. If making this into a smoothie that you can take with you, add more milk or water to thin out the mixture.

  2. Add your favorite toppings! I used coconut flakes, cacao nibs, banana slices, blueberries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, goji berries and warm almond butter drizzle!

NOTES

  1. I use is this protein powder brand