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Energizer Smoothie!

Happy Friday my friends!
It has been another fun filled week including several nights with little sleep and allergies in full force!  Thankfully I found a bit of a solution for my allergies last night and have had some relief.  {Yahoo for essential oils!!}

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for an energized recipe themed week!

Many of you probably look to coffee or some other form of caffeine to help stay energized throughout the day.  Sadly, coffee doesn’t do anything for me in that area, so I have had to get creative at times to help me.  Many times, smoothies are my jam!  And since I am Chocolate Runner Girl, I tend to add in some chocolate to keep me going!

Energizing Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 cup organic almond milk
  • 1 TBS raw cacao powder
  • 1 TBS organic almond butter
  • 1 TBS organic chia seeds


  1. Add all ingredients in a blender. 
  2. Blend till desired consistency. 
  3. Enjoy!! 


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Foodie Friday: 2 ingredient raspberry ‘sorbet’

Hello all!  Welcome to another Friday!  Thank you for all the kind words, thoughts and prayers for Houston this past week as we dealt with all the flooding.  Keep them coming!  It was thankfully a really beautiful week and a lot of the water has gone down, but many people are mourning the loss of loved ones, there are still several people missing, homes have been damaged and repairs need to be made.

On a happy note, school is out!  Many kids had their last day yesterday, and some today!  The sun has been out strong and it has been a tad bit hotter this week!  Cue kids saying they want ice cream or another cool treat!  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some ice cream, but I also can’t have too much of it or it makes me a little sick.  So this week I wanted to create a cool summer treat that fit our non-dairy theme!
I’m linking up again with my favorite Foodie Friday ladies to share some amazing recipes with y’all!  Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by BLING, and Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats!

I bring you, Raspberry Sorbet!  IT is SO simple and easy! And pretty quick to make!

3-4 frozen bananas
1 small container of raspberries, washed and dried

1. Place bananas in a food processor (or blender) and blend till they are creamy! (This alone makes a tasty dessert)
2. Add raspberries and pulse till blended in.
3. Pour mixture into a glass or metal bowl.  Freeze for about 45-60 min.
4. Enjoy!

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Foodie Friday: Banana & Blueberry Pancakes

Another week has passed us by.  It has been a challenging week here in Houston with all the rain, flooding, and sadly the missing people.  My heart has just been breaking for a few families who have lost multiple members.  😦  It has just been a reminder to keep telling the ones you love that you love them.
Onto a bit of a happier note.  It is Foodie Friday again, and this week our theme was bananas!  Well bananas are on of my most favorite foods!  I could eat them all day and be a happy girl!  As a nanny I strive to provide nutritious meals to the kids I am watching.  The kids LOVE to cook/bake with me.  The other morning they wanted some blueberry pancakes!  Well, we happened to have the ingredients and so we went to town!  I have to say that these are some of the BEST pancakes I have ever made!  They were fluffy on the inside and a little crispy on the outside.  Add in fresh blueberries and they were AMAZING!

Banana & Blueberry Pancakes
1 mashed banana
1 cup almond milk
1 egg, beaten
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 TBS coconut oil
1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
2 TBS coconut sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 container fresh blueberries, washed and dried
Cinnamon to sprinkle on top if desired

1. Mix wet ingredients together into the mashed banana
2. Mix dry ingredients together
3. Slowly mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients then add blueberries
4. Heat frying pan, place a pat of butter on it
5. Pour about 1/8-1/4 c of batter onto the pan (most likely more than one will fit at a time.) Sprinkle on cinnamon if desired

6. When pancakes are bubbly and a little firm on the edges, flip them.  Cook another 1-3 min until firm.
7. Enjoy

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Foodie Friday: Strawberry, banana, chocolate chunk muffins {gluten free}

Whoa, that title is long!  Packed with information like my little muffins were packed with flavor!  Packed must be my theme for the week since it was a super packed week here in Texas!
Welcome back to another addition of Foodie Friday!  This week we had a fun theme of strawberries!  What a great time of year it is to embrace fruit!  Love it all year round, but fruit in the spring always seems to taste so fresh to me!  YUM!

I am linking up again with my favorite Foodie Friday ladies to share some amazing recipes with y’all!  Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by BLING, and Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats!

foodiefridayAs I thought about what I was going to make with strawberries, I did some research on Pinterest.  Most of the recipes were strawberry shortcake of some kind.  I knew I wanted to branch out a little and do something different.  These muffins were my inspiration for what I came up with.  I wanted to make some yummy muffins that were gluten free and this is what I came up with.

{Gluten free} Strawberry, banana, chocolate chunk muffins
4-5 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
1 lb strawberries washed and sliced (my food processor sliced them beautifully once I removed the stem)
1 cup chocolate chunks

{A few of my favorite brands}
1. Pre-heat oven to 350*
2. Mix bananas and butter together
3. Sprinkle on the baking soda, mix
4. Add the sugar, egg and vanilla, mix well
5. Add in the flour and gently mix just till everything is moist.
6. Add the strawberries and chocolate, mix gently.
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7. Scoop 1/4 cup of muffin mix into a greased muffin tin
8. Cook for 25-30 min.

[The recipe seemed to make a little more than 12, so I made a small loaf of bread with the remaining mixture!]

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Foodie Friday: Breakfast in a Bite Muffin

How is it already Friday?  I feel like it WAS just Friday! I guess that is what a super busy week does to ya.  And March, the end of March is here!!! Um, HOW is that possible?!?  The year is FLYING BY!  Anyone else feel that way??
Anywhoo, it is Foodie Friday again!  This week we had the challenge of making something we have always been afraid of making!  I have to say that I am really glad we had this theme, and it worked out pretty well!  As always, I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING!
Over the years I have not had a lot of fears in the kitchen other than ideas turning into a bog flop!  99% of the time things seem to turn out pretty well.  Only 1 time since I have known my husband (6 years) has he told me he didn’t like what I made.  It was so bad that neither of us remember what it was!!! Ha
When I was younger we made waffles a lot on the weekends.  Pretty simple food.  I remember my mom trying to add different ingredients to make the waffles special for us.  One time she chopped up ham and put it in the batter.  I did not think I was going to like it, but we all loved it!  I think I have tried it a few times over the years but it never seemed to have the same affect on my taste buds.  Maybe cause I was a child and it was a special way my mom cooked for me, or maybe cause we didn’t eat ham too often.

When I read this theme a few weeks ago the first thing that popped into my mind were my mom’s waffles and I wondered how I could make them with some of the healthier ingredients I use today.  I toyed around with a few ideas and then one just seemed to stick.  I was going to try to make these into waffles, however, the last time I attempted to put blueberries in the waffle maker I was cleaning blueberry explosion off my kitchen cabinets for a few weeks!
So enter muffins! I still have a slight fear that ideas I put together in my head will turn out awful.  Thankfully this recipe was approved by the Hubs 100%!

Breakfast in a Bite
3 very ripe bananas, peeled
1/2- 3/4 cup of sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose gluten free flour
2-3 slices of turkey bacon and/or turkey sausage, cooked and chopped
1/2 cup blueberries, washed and dried
1/2 chocolate chips (I prefer Enjoy Life.  I used the chunks this time around)

1.Pre-heat oven to 350* Pre-cook meat
2. Mash bananas.  Add melted butter.  Mix well.
3. Add sugar and eggs.  Mix well.
4. Add vanilla and baking soda.  Mix well.
5. Slowly add the flour.  Mix till almost all mixed in.
6. Divide the batter into 2 bowls.  Add in the berries and meat to one.  Mix lightly.  Add the chocolate chips to the other.  Mix lightly.
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7. Butter a muffin tin.  Fill each muffin cup with 1/4 c batter.  Makes about 6 of each type of muffin.
8.  Bake for 15-20 min.  Enjoy 🙂

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Recipe time!

I am happy to share to yummy dessert recipes that are mostly healthy!

Last week I sent my great Foodie Pen Pal a wonderful recipe that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!! So I am pleased to share it with you all 🙂
Some of you might have seen it before floating around on my FB page or my old blog.  If you are new to this recipe, then YAY!  If you get a chance to make it, I would LOVE to hear what you think.  I can not take any credit for this recipe at all.  I found it on Delighted Momma’s blog! Welcome to the amazing world of ZUCCHINI BROWNIES!

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of almond butter.
  • 1 1/2 cup of grated or chopped zucchini. I cut 1 into a few pieces then stick it in my food processor till the pieces are small!
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips. I used dark chocolate chips!!


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix everything together.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.



They are SO delish! In my opinion they are the BEST brownies I have ever made, and I have made a LOT of brownies in my day 🙂

The next recipe I have been working on this week is a healthier version of ‘ice cream’ 🙂
I love real ice cream, but I really can’t eat it every day like I would love to sometimes.
I have been seeing other foodie friends posting about using frozen bananas to make ‘ice cream’ and I finally remembered this week to actually freeze some bananas!
I played around with the bananas and some other ingredients, and I think I found a pretty good recipe.  Next week, I am going to try adding some other fruits and see what I can come up with 🙂

Clean ‘Ice Cream’


~ 1 frozen banana (I peel several at a time and freeze them at least 12 hours before making)
~ 3 TBS Organic Raw Cacao Powder
~ ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
~ 1 TBS Raw almond butter

1. Place the frozen banana in a food processor and blend for about 30 seconds. (A blender could work as well.)
2. Add the Cacao powder and blend for 10 seconds.
3. Add the milk and blend for 10 seconds.
4. Add the almond butter and blend till everything is mixed together.
5. If it is too think for you, add a little more milk. If it is too thin, add more banana or peanut butter.
6. Enjoy 🙂

I also put my ice cream back in the freezer for about 15 min to make it a little more firm 🙂

Just a few pics of some of the ingredients I experimented with 🙂

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This was my FAV recipe so far 🙂