Double Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies

So… I was suspicious how a cookie with only four ingredients and no added sugar (besides the chocolate chips of course) could actually taste good. I was mistaken. These are so easy, so good, and so chocolate-y! I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker when it comes to chocolate.  These are moist and chewy and even have a hint of banana flavor too! Yum! You can even try them frozen, I highly recommend it. Oh, and by the way, I did not take this picture… Unfortunately my photography skills are not that good yet. (I could probably use some help haha). But anyways, this recipe is from a blog called EatGood4Life, which is written by a registered dietitian named Miryam. She has lots of other great recipes too, so you should check out the blog if you can! I have provided a link to the cookie recipe for you. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with these healthy cookies at only 60 calories a pop!

 

Recipe Link: http://www.eatgood4life.com/double-chocolate-banana-chunk-cookies-gluten-free-and-vegan/

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Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes with Peanut Butter Drizzle

There’s nothing better than pancakes for a lazy, relaxed weekend, or any day for that matter. And why not add some variety to your life, Ā take a chance, and stray from the box mix? These only take a couple minutes longer, they taste better, and they’re even healthier! And rather than your typical butter and syrup, try a peanut butter drizzle! Nutty and slightly sweet, it’ll make the perfect addition to your pancakes!

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

*To make your own buttermilk, you can combine 1 cup skim milk plus 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple minutes.

Peanut Butter Drizzle

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey

Directions

Pancakes

  1. Whisk all the wet ingredients together until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  4. Only stir the mixture until combined, a few lumps are okay. (Stirring too much can make the pancakes tough).
  5. Turn up a greased griddle to medium heat.
  6. Pour about a 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
  7. Cook each panacke until small bubbles form on the surface, then flip.
  8. Cook the other side until golden brown, then serve with the peanut butter drizzle! Enjoy šŸ™‚

Peanut Butter Drizzle

  1. Place the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds, until runny.
  2. Stir and drizzle on top of the pancakes!

Nutrition Information

Pancakes

  • Serving Size: 3 pancakes
  • Calories: 225
  • Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Potassium: 185mg
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 7g

Peanut Butter Drizzle

  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 60
  • Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Potassium: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fiber: .5g
  • Protein: 2g

*Recipe adapted from Fifteen Spatulas, at http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/whole-wheat-pancakes/.

Sriracha Green Beans

Rather than just steaming green beans… or simply roasting them with some salt and pepper… I thought why not mix things up and spice up these veggies?! Super flavorful and absolutely yummy, they’ll make a great side to any meal. As a future dietitian, I may add that it is recommended you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. So fill up on these! I hope you enjoy them šŸ™‚

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Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. green beans
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Stir together all ingredients in a roasting pan.
  3. Roast for about 13 minutes, until tender. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 65
  • Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 120mg
  • Potassium: 180mg
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2gĀ 

German Yogurt Dressing

I have no clue why, but this dressing is nowhere to be found in America! And it’s a shame, because it’s delicious and healthy! One of the most common dressings you’ll find in Germany, it’s light but also creamy and oh so flavorful. I hope you’ll give it a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Servings:Ā 8
Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp. cold water

Directions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients.Ā 
  2. Add more or less water for desired consistency. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp.
  • Calories: 30
  • Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 82mg
  • Potassium: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 3gĀ 

*Recipe adapted fromĀ My San Francisco Kitchen, atĀ https://www.mysanfranciscokitchen.com/german-yogurt-salad-dressing/.