DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COLLAGEN BANANA BREAD {gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free}

Bread has always kind of been my thing, but there’s something about banana bread that’s even better. I think because it’s so easy to play around with, adding different ingredients and ways to spice it up. I’m not gonna lie, I really outdid myself with this one. It’s gluten free, full of collagen (hey protein), and also wonderfully chocolate-y ;)

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I used the new Bulletproof chocolate collagen protein collagen protein and it turned out FABULOUS. Added the perfect cocoa flavor without any artificial flavors, sugars, and even better? No whey. It’s the perfect comfort food as these temps come down here in the midwest — I can’t wait for you guys to try!


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Double Chocolate Collagen Banana Bread

Gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, protein packed, chocolate-y banana bread.

Makes: 1 loaf

Prep time:

Cook time:

Ingredients:
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ c almond flour
  • 1/4 c tapioca flour
  • 2 scoops Bulletproof chocolate collagen protein
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 dark chocolate chips

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a medium loaf pan with coconut oil
  2. In large bowl, combine the bananas, eggs, peanut butter, coconut sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. In separate bowl, combine almond flour, tapioca flour, collagen, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Gently stir the dry mixture into the wet ingredients until combined. Fold in half the chocolate chips, leaving the rest to sprinkle on top.
  4. Transfer mix to prepared loaf pan. Top with remaining chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool completely before slicing. Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy!

BEST PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES {GRAIN FREE + DAIRY FREE + SOY FREE + GLUTEN FREE}

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Can you think of a better way to start the week than chocolate chip cookies? ...No? Me either. That's why I have made these bad boys every week for meal prep and every week they are demolished *cough Brennan cough* Sidenote: he actually told me not to share with y'all this recipe because he doesn't want the goods out in public, but, you know, here we are.

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A couple months ago when I was doing my friend Jess' Sexy Sugar Cleanse, I felt amazing. Then, when I started incorporating some foods back in, I felt not-so-amazing. Since then, in the process of trying to figure out what is causing my digestion/GI troubles, I've been eating a "diet" based on what makes me feel good: minimal grains, dairy, starchy veggies, and sugar.

One thing I really craved? Chocolate chip cookies. Naturally I had to find a way to satisfy that dang sweet tooth of mine. And trust me when I tell you these have done the trick.

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Have I talked them up enough yet? Will you believe me when I tell you there is no refined sugar, no dairy, no grains, no soy, no gluten, no BS. Just pure, yummy, homemade goodness. In all seriousness, my mom is one of the best bakers (this is punny if you really know me) I know and she even approves.

Without further ado, the long-awaited recipe... let me know what you think ;)

*I have not tested using any other form of flour OR with flax egg to make them vegan. However, feel free to experiment and let me know how they turn out!

 

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Super yummy taste like your grandma's homemade chocolate chip cookies... and they're paleo
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour, I prefer Bob's Red Mill
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter, I used Georgia Grinders
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, I used Enjoy Life dairy-free
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mix until smooth. 2. Add almond flour, baking soda, and salt to the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Add cashew butter and mix until even consistency. 4. Fold in chocolate chips (may add more/less if desired). 5. Use a cookie scoop and/or your hands to form cookies into equal balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. *The batter tends to feel "greasy" - this is normal as long as they're not falling apart. 6. Using two or three fingers, lightly press down on each ball of dough. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until just golden brown around the edges.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16 cookies

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CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS {GRAIN FREE + DAIRY FREE + SOY FREE + GLUTEN FREE}

There are two things I can meal prep and never get sick of them: asian dishes & mexican. So when a friend of mine showed me this recipe for healthier chicken lettuce wraps, I had to put my own twist on it. No soy sauce. No grains. Just pure, whole food, yumminess. Best part is it's super easy and can be prepped and finished in under an hour.

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 3 T liquid aminos
  • 3 T teriyaki coconut aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T water
  • 1 T ginger, minced/ground
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T sriracha
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 t arrowroot (can sub cornstarch)
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FOR THE CHICKEN:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, ground or cubed
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1/4 C cashews, chopped
  • 1/3 C green onion
  • 1/3 C carrots, shredded
  • 1/3 C white onion
  • 12 oz package cauliflower rice (can use regular rice if not grain free)
  • Bibb lettuce for wraps

  1. Prepare sauce. Place all ingredients in a small bowl & whisk. Set aside.
  2. Heat sesame oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly brown.
  3. Add sauce, cashews, green onion, carrots, and white onion. Allow to thicken for a couple minutes.
  4. Stir in package of cauliflower rice.
  5. Serve in lettuce wraps or as desired.

Feel free to spice it up your own way and add any extra veggies you like! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think :)

xx,

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Cacao-maca-coco-nutty Bliss Balls

Happy Monday! If you're like me, a meal is never really complete without a lil somethin' somethin' sweet (totally didn't plan that, but my inner poet is so proud). These are the perfect not-so-bad-for-you solution, granted you don't eat them all in one sitting. With no refined sugar + superfood goodness, they truly are amazeBALLS. Let me know what you think! :)

For my nutritional info peeps, here's the scoop:

Makes: 18 balls.

Per serving: 98 calories | 7.4F / 5.7C / 3.7P | only 2G sugar

What you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 c almonds

  • 1/3 c coconut flakes, unsweetened (additional flakes needed to roll at the end)

  • 1/4 c collagen peptides [I used Vital Proteins]

  • 2 tbsp cashew butter [I used Trader Joe's]

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1 tbsp maca powder

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 1 1/2 tbsp mini chocolate chips [optional; I used Enjoy Life dairy-free chips]

  • 2-3 tbsp water

What you'll do:

  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and water. Blend until a crumbly mixture (Is that a word? If not, I'm making it a word).

  2. Scrape down food processor with spatula and add in mini chocolate chips. Blend until fully incorporated; mixture will still be rather crumbly.

  3. While processor is on, slowly add water one tablespoon at a time until mixture begins to stick together [I used about 2 1/2 tablespoons - the consistency will be just moist enough to roll into balls that keep their shape].

  4. Using hands, form mixture into balls (I made 18). Then roll to cover with unsweetened coconut flakes.

  5. Refrigerate and devour.

These should last about a week in your fridge. That's if you can keep from eating them all before then. Enjoy!

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