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Banana Bread For Breakfast

Now and then you see a few bananas in your kitchen with an unappealing brown colouring. What do you do when life gives you ripe banana’s? Make banana bread!

There are actually plenty of good things you could make with ripe bananas, but I was craving a good old banana bread.

I researched a few moist options but there was always butter and/or processed sugar added. I love to cheat using butter but it really doesn’t have to be that way. With these tweaks I was able to get a moist, sweet, delicious banana bread that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast!

RECIPE

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

4 (medium size) ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Opt. toppings: dark chocolate chips, roughly chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a loaf pan and set aside, I use coconut oil and a dusting of flour.

Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mash the ripe bananas. Add the apple sauce and mix together. Next add the eggs and mix. Lastly, add the vanilla and maple syrup.

Add the wet mixture to the flour bowl and mix until just combined. No not over mix. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the loaf is nicely browned and a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

 
 

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

 
 

I made these on a Wednesday and didn't feel any remorse eating a pancake breakfast mid week, when normally I stick to yogurt, fruit, nuts and eggs. With so many great substitutions this was a no brainer! Almond milk for 2%, whole wheat flour for white, coconut oil for butter and natural apple sauce which gave all the sweetness needed! Indulging doesn't have to be a dirty word when it comes to dieting or clean eating.

RECIPE

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cups natural unsweetened applesauce

DIRECTIONS

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder.

Whisk the coconut oil, almond milk, egg and vanilla.

Mix the wet ingredients with the dry and once integrated add the applesauce.

Grease a pan with coconut oil and cook for about 2 minutes per side over medium heat or until you get a nice colour.

All of the beautiful dinner ware thanks to Linen Chest.

 
 
 
 

Maple Syrup Meringue

I made this recipe on a whim, just to see if it would really work, and when don't you have eggs, salt and maple syrup on hand? I couldn't believe it worked this well. What's so nice about this recipe is that the maple syrup just melts on your tongue. They're also so pretty... These could make a great gift!

RECIPE

2 room temperate egg whites

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup maple syrup

Cinnamon (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Use a double boiler to whip all ingredients for 3-5 minutes. The mixture should be warm to the touch.

Transfer to a mixer and mix on high until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Tip: You’ll know it’s ready when you can turn the bowl upside down and nothing moves.

Pipe or dollop the meringue onto the parchment paper, they can be close as they won’t rise.

Bake for approximately 1 hour. The original recipe I found said up to 2 hours but I found 1.5 was too long. The cookies were a little too dark on the bottom and a touch too crispy. Tip: For bite size you may want to check on them even earlier.

Sprinkle with Cinnamon.

The beautiful plate is thanks to Linen Chest.

 
 
 
 

Coconut Overnight Oats

 
 

As many of you know I’m a wedding and lifestyle photographer. Being the season for weddings I haven’t had much time to put the effort into my diet as the rest of the year. Between scheduling, shooting, editing and emails, right now I have little time for much else. I haven’t gone off the rails, but instead of 2 days off from jogging it easily turns into 4-5. I also eat much more junk because it’s pre-made and easy to find.

The difference between Emilie two years ago and Emilie now is that I keep track of my unhealthy meals and treats, whereas things get out of hand when you don’t own up to them. To get back on track, without disrupting my heavy work load, I went for a big grocery shop. Healthy food in the house is number one.

We all know that breakfast is important for your metabolism and general health, so I prepared this incredibly easy meal that you can store in your fridge for a few days at a time and you’re ready to go every morning. We could all use a little ease in our lives (and something good to eat).

RECIPE (For 4 servings)

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 generous tbsp of plain greek yogurt

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp vanilla extract

drizzle of maple syrup (to your taste)

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients together. Seal in an airtight container for 4 hours or overnight. I bought 1 serving sized containers by Glad so that I could open each up for breakfast over the next 4 days.