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Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes {dairy free + gluten free}

Hi friends!

Things have been quiet over here this week… because my real life has been hectic!

The “canals” in The Venetian in Vegas, where I had dinner one night this week

The past week has been a whirlwind, between getting through the busiest time of the year for my publicist job, celebrating a friend’s birthday locally in San Diego (with a private Pilates class & smoothie hangout!), then packing, getting organized, and setting off to Las Vegas for work. Last night I flew from Vegas to New Jersey, where we are in the midst of wedding busyness leading up to my brother’s wedding this weekend. So, as you can imagine, there has been a lot happening in my world.

BUT! Today I’m back to share one of my favorite recipes. It’s a goodie!

Pretty much everyone that knows me well knows about my love for pancakes. They’re my favorite fancy breakfast, hands down.

I’ve shared some very yummy pancake recipes on the blog before, but today’s recipe takes the [pan]cake.

See what I did there?

I actually shared a variation of these pancakes on the blog a couple years ago, but since then, my batter recipe has evolved a bit. Over the last few years, I’ve made these pancakes so many times, I can make them with my eyes closed. Sometimes I change them up a bit, subbing in chocolate chips for blueberries or topping them with strawberries, but the basic batter combination always remains the same:

Oats. Vanilla protein powder. Banana. Almond milk. A pinch of salt, cinnamon, stevia, vanilla extract and baking powder. And that’s all there is to it!

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Sunflower Butter Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies [gluten free]

Hi friends!

I have been down for the count with a killer ear infection + upper respiratory sickness. It’s a major bummer because I’ve gotten sick the last couple of times that I’ve visited Jersey to spend time with family, despite my nonstop rubbing of essential oils and drinking of green tea. I almost never get sick otherwise, and I think it’s the combination of a cross-country flight (the woman next to me was coughing the entire time!), going nonstop making plans with family & friends, the weather change, being around my adorable but very germ-y nephews, and drinking wine multiple days in a row. So, now I’m back home in Cali, resting up this week and taking it easy so that I can get back to normal.

But let’s talk about something more fun… like cookies! Breakfast cookies that is.

These sunflower butter banana oatmeal breakfast cookies were my second failed attempt at a green sunflower butter recipe for St. Paddy’s Day. The base of these normal colored cookies are rolled oats and almond meal. They’re sweetened with mashed banana, honey and apple sauce. You can sub in maple syrup to make them vegan as well.
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Breakfast for Dinner & Oatmeal Almond Protein Pancakes

Hi there!

I’m a day late in posting this, but in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day being yesterday, here are a couple of my favorite of his quotes:

MLK Quotes

Ever have days that you feel like are just off? Today was definitely one of those days. I was having an issue with my Mac where 2 of the keys weren’t working right, so I had to drop my computer off at the Apple store for a repair yesterday. Because of this, I had to work on my iPad and hubby’s PC today, neither of which I know how to use that well, without any of my files or previous emails on hand. It was a pain in the butt but I worked through it without getting too frustrated, and luckily my computer was ready to pick up later on today.

My off work day rubbed off on me when coming up with what to make for dinner. I had just come home from a gym workout and just didn’t feel like eating any dinner food. What to do when you’re not really in the mood for dinner? Breakfast for dinner my friends!

breakfast for dinner

I made whole wheat pancakes with a few dark chocolate chips thrown in for good measure, veggie “sausage” patties and fruit.

And speaking of breakfast, I have yet another pancake recipe for you today. I know I know, pancake recipes 2 weeks in a row? What can I say, pancakes happen pretty often in my kitchen!

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This is another recipe creation made with my new Designer Whey almond protein powder. You can just as easily use vanilla protein powder, they just won’t taste as almond-y.

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These babies pack 21 grams of protein, plus I added a bit more by topping mine with Kashi almond flax cereal and raw honey.

Oatmeal Almond Protein Pancakes
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Serves: 1
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ scoop almond protein powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 TBSP of natural almonds
  • 2 TBSP whole wheat flour
  • ¼ TSP almond extract
  • ¼ TSP cinnamon
  • 1 packet of stevia sweetener (or a bit of regular sugar)
  • Dash of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until mostly smooth.
  2. Spoon batter to form 3 pancakes onto a large griddle coated with cooking spray over medium heat.
  3. Cook until bubbles form and the bottoms becomes lightly browned, then flip the pancakes and cook on the other side for a few minutes more.
  4. Serve warm with your favorite pancake toppings.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 370, Fat: 13 g, Saturated fat: 1 g, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 21 g


Question: Do you ever eat breakfast for dinner?

Apple Dapple Pancakes & My Favorite Breakfast Recipes

I think that one of the reasons why I’m always cooking and creating recipes is because I had my mom and grandma as cook role models growing up. Both of them have always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen making meals for the family to enjoy. To us, food is love.

You still can frequently find my 80-year old grandma in her massive kitchen, complete with 3 ovens, 6 burners, and plenty of counter space to work, cooking up a storm. Her first questions when you walk into her house are always, “Are you hungry? Do you want something to eat?” We’ve learned to never go to her house already full. She’s a persistent little lady, and even if you initially say no, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll somehow wind up with a plate in front of you.

Today I’m guest posting on My Own Balance (a blog I love and ready daily!), and I’m sharing a recipe that reminds me of my grandma: apple dapple pancakes. It’s one that she has whipped up for breakfast ever since I can remember.

The stars of the recipe are these ingredients…

apple slices


….which results in this deliciousness:

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Check out my guest post for the recipe!

Talking about apple dapple pancakes made me think of other favorite breakfast recipes of mine. While a lot of the time I simply grab a protein bar, eat a yogurt with fruit, or a bowl of cereal, I also like to take a few minutes to make breakfast on some days. Here are my top breakfast recipes these days:







Question: What’s your favorite breakfast dish?

Banana Peanut Butter Pancakes

First thing this morning, Harley and I ventured out for a long walk around our neighborhood trail. As my stomach growled, I started to think about breakfast. Most days, I eat Greek yogurt with fruit, cereal with protein powder and fruit, or a smoothie for breakfast. But every couple of weeks, I get a craving for pancakes. Today was one of those days, and as we got some exercise in, I concocted a breakfast recipe in my head.

Despite my love for pancakes, you won’t find pancake mix in my kitchen cabinets. I’ve become accustomed to mixing a bunch of ingredients together to make up my own recipe when I have pancake yen. Here is today’s creation:

These light and fluffy banana pancakes have a subtle hint of peanut butter, and are the perfect portion to serve breakfast for one. I used butterscotch flavored peanut butter, and think they’d also be awesome with chocolate peanut butter (and of course, plain old peanut butter never fails!).

Banana PB Pancakes

  • 1/4 c whole wheat all purpose flour
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 packet of Stevia sweetener
  • 1/2 TBSP baking powder
  • 1/4 TSP salt
  • 5 TBSP unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP peanut butter

Heat up your skillet to medium high heat.

Mix the flour, banana, sweetener, baking powder, salt, almond milk, and oil in a bowl. Warm the peanut butter in the microwave, then add it to the pancake batter. Combine everything well.

Form 3 pancakes and cook until lightly browned on both sides.

Nutrition stats: 310 calories, 14 g fat, 7 g protein, 45 g carbs

I’m off to the gym to for a workout!