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Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie

It’s no joke.  These veggie-loving registered dietitians have a serious sweet tooth.  We work hard to keep them in check and we’re always concocting different creations that tantalize the taste buds without putting health and waistlines at risk.  This lil’ number was inspired by our love of Peppermint patty’s, which we pretty much only used to have at Halloween, but the delicious memory of it makes our mouths water all year long! 🙂  Yep, this low-calorie refreshing smoothie squashes chocolate cravings and flushes bloat and is a throwback to one of our favorite childhood candies…

 

Growing up in a healthy household, Halloween was the one time of year where we actually had candy in the house—and we were allowed to have one piece for dessert each night, until we ran out. We were certain to make the most of our Halloween candy since we wouldn’t be so lucky for another year—so after we’d go trick-or-treating, we’d have candy trading sessions with our friends where we’d trade off least favorite candy for ones that included chocolate. Turns out that one of our all -time favorite candies back then, is surprisingly one that as registered dietitians, we consider a better option—peppermint patties! The calories and fat are fairly low compared to most candies and mint is refreshing and satisfying and chocolate hits the spot. And we’ve found that any recipe that includes either of these ingredients is very satisfying—like our Oreo No-Bake Mint Balls, Homemade Skinny Strawberry Mint Ice Cream and our Thin Mint Dip and now this hit!

This Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie is refreshing and satisfies chocolate cravings all while flushing bloat! The banana and avocado not only make this smoothie rich and creamy, they also provide a good source of potassium. Potassium helps to decrease bloat by flushing excess water the body is holding on to in order to dilute large amounts of sodium. The fiber in this smoothie helps to keep you regular, preventing waste from staying in your digestive tract, so it also helps alleviate bloating. And avocado is one of the better sources of glutathione which is key in detoxification in the small intestine and in boosting the health of the digestive system. So when you want a tasty treat that will squash cravings and beat the bloat too, blend up this waistline-friendly drink!

Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie

This Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie is a perfect dessert or afternoon pick-me-up when you’re craving something sweet and refreshing that won’t leave you feeling drowsy. Carob powder is a great alternative to chocolate–it has a mildly sweet, nutty flavor and is high in minerals and fiber.¹ If you don’t have carob powder on hand, or prefer a stronger chocolate flavor, feel free to use cocoa powder or raw cacao powder instead.

 

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients
1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk

1 very ripe medium banana,* sliced and frozen

1/2 scoop organic chocolate protein powder *optional (approximately 60 calories & 10 grams of protein); this is optional but without it, the smoothie won’t be as satisfying

1/4 avocado

1 1/2 cup ice cubes

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbs. raw carob powder (OK to use cacao or cocoa powder)

1/4 tsp. peppermint extract or a small handful of fresh mint leaves

Directions:
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
*If your banana isn’t that ripe, and you’d like a sweeter smoothie, you can add a little stevia or honey to taste. Note that honey will add some calories to the nutrition facts below.

Nutrition Facts: 185 Calories, 4 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 83 mg Sodium, 22 g Carbohydrate, 5 g Fiber, 11 g Sugar, 12 g Protein

 

Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 very ripe medium banana,* sliced and frozen
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. raw carob powder (OK to use cacao or cocoa powder)
  • ¼ tsp. peppermint extract or a small handful of fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
  2. *If your banana isn't that ripe, and you’d like a sweeter smoothie, you can add a little stevia or honey to taste. Note that honey will add some calories to the nutrition facts below.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 125 Fat: 4 Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 22 g Fiber: 5 g Protein: 2 g

 

Speedy Skinny Cranberry Almond Cookies

These yumsters were created as part of a winter-holiday inspired recipe challenge.  Our sweet tooth wanted “in” but our jammed-packed schedules and our hopes of keeping our waistline in tact wanted “out”.  And guess which won?  Both of them!!  Yahoo!!

By now you likely know that as identical, veggie-loving, registered dietitians, personal trainer twin sisters with a wicked sweet tooth that we work hard to keep from getting too unruly 😉 , we do all that we can to let our sweet tooth live a little while also preventing it from getting the best of our health and our waistline.  We believe that we all deserve to have a little bit of fun without deprivation and without sacrificing our favorite pants–skinny jeans and all!  Amen to that!  So we’re constantly creating little treats that are so delish that we can turn down some wildly decadent desserts that we’d pay for later because we’d RATHER eat our delicious, waistline-sparing goodies! 🙂

If you like our Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Skinny Speedy Walnut Oatmeal Cookies,  our 5 Minute Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Wild Blueberry Cookies –you know just what we’re talking about!  And thanks for telling us that you love how quick and easy they are to make, perfect for when you want to indulge and need a quick alternative to heading face first into a tub of ice cream.

You’ll never believe that these new sweet treats have no sugar added, boast only 82 calories per delicious cookie (plus, they’ve got fiber and nutrients!)—and they take just 5 minutes to mix and 5 minutes to cook in the microwave!  We gotta admit, we’re pretty smitten with these lil’ numbers.

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One of the things we love about these cookies is how truly easy they are to whip up!

 

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Serves: 4 small cookies or 1 large cookie

Ingredients:

1 very ripe banana, mashed

3 Tbsp. rolled oats

1 Tbsp. almond butter

1/8 -1/4 tsp almond extract (use the higher amount if you like it more almond-flavored)

1 Tbsp slivered almonds

2 Tbsp dried cranberries

 

Directions:

  1. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, smash banana. Add almond butter, almond extract and oats, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in cranberries and almonds.
  3. If using microwave: For one large cookie, simply spread mixture in bowl and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes. If you are making four cookies you can spray a plate, 4 small bowls or 4 ramekins. (The ramekins are nice to keep the cookies contained and perfectly round.)
  4. Scoop out about 2-1/2 tablespoons each, and flatten on the plate or in ramekin. Repeat for each ramekin.
  5. Place the four ramekins or the one plate in microwave on high for 4 minutes. Depending on the strength of your microwave cooking time may vary. Simply use a toothpick or a fork and poke cookie the whole way through. *If wetness comes off on fork or toothpick, continue to put back in microwave in 30 second increments until cooked.

If making one big cookie, you may want to place plate in fridge or freezer to help “congeal” for a minute after cooking.

*If using oven: Place 2-1/2 Tbsp of mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven when cooked completely through.

Makes 4 Cookies.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 Cookie): 82 Calories, 12 g carbohydrate,3 g fat, 2 g protein, 25 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

One large cookie: 327 Calories, 49 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat, 8 g protein, 2 mg sodium, 8 g fiber

Speedy Cranberry Almond Cookies
 
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Serves: 4 cookies
Ingredients
  • Speedy Cranberry Almond Cookies
  • Other than the fact this cookie has no added sugar and tastes insanely delish and perfectly sweet, it’s packed with wholesome goodness. They serve up protein, nutrients and fiber.
  • Serves: 4 small cookies or 1 large cookie
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • ⅛ -1/4 tsp almond extract (use the higher amount if you like it more almond-flavored)
  • 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, smash banana. Add almond butter, almond extract and oats, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in cranberries and almonds.
  4. If using microwave: For one large cookie, simply spread mixture in bowl and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes. If you are making four cookies you can spray a plate, 4 small bowls or 4 ramekins. (The ramekins are nice to keep the cookies contained and perfectly round.)
  5. Scoop out about 2-1/2 tablespoons each, and flatten on the plate or in ramekin. Repeat for each ramekin.
  6. Place the four ramekins or the one plate in microwave on high for 4 minutes. Depending on the strength of your microwave cooking time may vary. Simply use a toothpick or a fork and poke cookie the whole way through. *If wetness comes off on fork or toothpick, continue to put back in microwave in 30 second increments until cooked.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie (when making 4) Calories: 82 Fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sodium: 25 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g

 

 

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Moist & Delicious Banana Pancakes

Moist & Delicious Banana Pancakes

Over the years, we’ve found that roughly half of all of our clients want something sweet at breakfast. And these twin sister, veggie loving registered dietitians and personal trainer with a big ‘ole sweet tooth, completely get it! However, what we’ve learned and what we’ve helped hundreds of clients to do is to satisfy that sweet tooth with nutrient packed, naturally sweet (no added sugar!) foods. So rather than opting for a sugary, calorie- loaded breakfast like a pastry or donut that would be heavy, create an energy high followed by a crash and start the vicious cycle of craving more sweets, instead, we help them to satisfy the sweet craving with delicious, filling foods that help them to stay satisfied—all without breaking the calorie bank! The winning combination? Nutrient packed juicy sweet fruit for energy and protein for satiety and to extend that energy boost. Buckle up butter cup, you’re about to find a new breakfast bestie! 🙂

When the cravings for pancakes, donuts, and other sweet breakfast treats come around, here is your delicious and waistline friendly answer to those indulgent doozys. It’s a healthy flapjack morning fix! These pancakes are the light, fluffy and fun flavor of the American classic. Using wholesome ingredients like rolled oats and Greek yogurt, this delicious meal kick starts your day, leaving your sweet tooth satisfied with the sweet bananas.! Although you could dust these with powdered sugar or a small amount of syrup, these are guaranteed to leave you satisfied even just topped with fresh fruit, or a small additional dollop of Greek yogurt. You’ll flip for this flaps!

Moist & Delicious Banana Pancakes

Serves 1 (Makes 6 pancakes using 1/4 cup batter each or makes 3 larger pancakes using 1/2 cup batter each.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 banana, sliced

2 large egg whites (we used EgglandsBest because they’re fresher than other eggs)_

2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

 

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until a thick batter is formed with a smooth.
  2. Spritz a medium-sized skillet with oil from a spray container, and bring to medium heat.

3. Once the pan is heated, using a measuring cup, measure ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake. You’ll likely, cook these in two batches.

4. Cook until bubbles form on the top of the batter and the edges are cooked, then flip. Cook 1-2 more minutes on the opposite side then remove from heat.

5. Repeat steps until all of the batter is gone, making sure to spritz the pan with a little more oil in between each batch.

6. Serve with toppings and enjoy!

**For larger pancakes, use ½ cup measure cup for dropping the batter on the skillet! Just keep in mind the nutrition facts for each pancake will double. 🙂

 

Nutrition Information per serving (entire recipe): 292 Calories, 4 g Fat, 47g Carbohydrates, 18g Protein,7g Fiber, 186mg Sodium

Moist & Delicious Banana Pancakes
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until a thick batter is formed with a smooth consistency.
  2. Spritz a medium-sized skillet with oil from a spray container, and bring to medium heat.
  3. Once the pan is heated, using a measuring cup, measure ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake. You’ll likely, cook these in two batches.
  4. Cook until bubbles form on the top of the batter and the edges are cooked, then flip. Cook 1-2 more minutes on the opposite side then remove from heat.
  5. Repeat steps until all of the batter is gone, making sure to spritz the pan with a little more oil in between each batch.6. Serve with toppings and enjoy!
  6. **For larger pancakes, use ½ cup measure cup for dropping the batter on the skillet!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 pancakes Calories: 292 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 47 g Sodium: 186 mg Fiber: 7 g Protein: 18 g

Peanut Butter Banana Split

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Yup, these veggie- loving twin sister, registered dietitians and personal trainers with a major sweet tooth are back after our cooking competition debut!—and let’s just say, had we made it to the dessert round, this would have been one of our dream dishes, based on taste and health alone!  As you know, we’re always whipping up light, waistline-friendly sweet treats since our sweet tooth requires a lot of attention to keep it in check — Remember these yumsters?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

5 Minute Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

and our Strawberry Mint Ice Cream.

Well, after being inspired by the other twin chefs on Food Network (they were so talented –we had so much fun getting to know how they create the meals in their restaurants!) we got back to the kitchen and guess what was born?…

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A new take on a classic dessert! This dairy free “ice cream” is so easy to blend up and so tasty that no one would ever believe it’s actually healthy enough for breakfast!  (If you do want this for breakfast, simply have a Greek yogurt with it to boost the protein).

 

Playing off of ice cream made from frozen bananas, since it’s all the rage, we took it a step further and added a few embellishments to give it a banana split feel.  To keep this delish dish dairy free, we left off the whipped cream, but we bet this rich dessert will make your nostalgia for whipped cream disappear in an instant.

 

Nutrition Bonuses in dessert?

You bet!

  • Peanut butter packs 8 grams of protein for every two tablespoons and helps to keep you satisfied with its good-for-you fats.
  • Bananas are a heart healthy food — and their potassium not only helps to keep your insides calm, lowering blood pressure, but also helps to prevent bloat. And they’re a good source of dietary fiber to keep you feeling full—and to prevent constipation and the bloat that comes with it!

 

Ingredients

Makes approximately 4, ½ cup servings

Ice Cream

3 frozen ripe bananas, peeled

½ cup original almond milk (we used Pacific Organic original)

1 1/2 TBSP peanut

2 TBSP cocoa powder, unsweetened

1/2 TBSP honey

pinch of cinnamon

 

Toppings

½ cup frozen strawberries

pinch of sugar, optional

½ TBSP water

 

1 TBSP toasted sliced almonds, no salt

 

Directions:

 

  1. Combine all ingredients listed for ‘Ice Cream’ in a blender, blend until completely mixed with the texture of a smoothie. (This can be eaten as is or for a firmer more ice cream like frozen texture put the ice cream in a sealed container into the freezer for 2-3 hours.)

 

  1. For toppings: Puree the frozen (or fresh if they’re available) strawberries with a little water and an optional pinch of sugar, if desired to make a little sweeter. Put in fridge to thicken up a little while ice cream freezes.

 

  1. When ready to eat, top ice cream with one tablespoon drizzle of strawberry puree and one tablespoon of salt free toasted almond slices.

 

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 151 Calories, 5 g Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 33 mg Sodium, 28 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 14 g Sugar, 4 g Protein

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Peanut Butter Banana Split
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • Ice Cream
  • 3 frozen ripe bananas, peeled
  • ½ cup original almond milk (we used Pacific Organic original)
  • 1½ TBSP peanut butter
  • 2 TBSP cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • ½ TBSP honey
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • Toppings
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • pinch of sugar, optional
  • ½ TBSP water
  • 1 TBSP toasted sliced almonds, no salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients listed for ‘Ice Cream’ in a blender, blend until completely mixed with the texture of a smoothie. (This can be eaten as is or for a firmer more ice cream like frozen texture put the ice cream in a sealed container into the freezer for 2-3 hours.)
  2. For toppings: Puree the frozen (or fresh if they’re available) strawberries with a little water and an optional pinch of sugar, if desired to make a little sweeter. Put in fridge to thicken up a little while ice cream freezes.
  3. When ready to eat, top ice cream with a tablespoon drizzle of strawberry puree and a tablespoon of salt free toasted almond slices.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 151 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 28 g Sugar: 14 g Sodium: 33 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding

About a year ago, we were preparing chia pudding on set for one of our TV appearances and we poured the chia seeds out of the container and into a bowl and added a little bit of almond milk.  A few minutes later, the food stylist who had purchased the chia seeds for our nutrition segment came over to us and was in a panic—she thought that the chia seeds disappeared.  She had never seen how chia seeds swell when you add liquid and at first she looked horrified by unidentifiable the gelatinous mixture in front of her, but when we explained that what she was looking at was the chia seeds and their benefits her face quickly changed as she became fascinated with the mighty little seeds, and with good reason.!  As registered dietitians, a lot of our clients ask about chia and wonder why we recommend it.

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So, why is chia so cool?

For starters, they absorb about 10 times their weight in water (wowzers!), so they turn into a thick gel-like texture, which is perfect for pudding making—not to mention, this is also perfect for helping you to feel satisfied.  Think…that same thing happens in your stomach—the seeds swell and fill you up!

They’re also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids– and also in fiber and protein which is the magical combination when it comes to providing satiety.  And chia seeds are packed with antioxidants to prevent cell damage from free-radicals that can lead to diseases like cancer.

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In honor of our love of chia seeds as well as our cravings for a little something sweet, we created this Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding.  This pudding is hits the spot–it’s deliciously sweet and packs in nutrients.  Add a hard-boiled egg and you have the perfect grab and go breakfast!

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(Pssst… looking for more healthy recipes?  Please feel free to search this site!  And here are a few to start:

This strawberry banana chia pudding is so simple to make.  Toss all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender, allow to chill overnight, top with a few banana slices, more berries or enjoy the pudding toppingless and voila!  If you’re like us and sometimes want a touch of something sweet after dinner, take a few bites of this! We keep it in our fridge and take a few bites if we get a sweet craving—it works like a charm!

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Makes 3 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed (if frozen) strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Put the bananas, strawberries, and almond milk in a food processor and mix until combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup and adjust sweetness if desired.
  • Add the chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  • Place the chia pudding into 3 or 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.  Garnish with more berries and a few banana slices.

Nutrition Information per serving

  • Calories 170, Total Fat 3.5 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium 9 mg, Potassium 506 mg, Carbohydrates 33 g, Fiber 8.3 g, Sugar 19 g, Protein 4 g

Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding
 
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Recipe type: breakfast, dessert, gluten free, dairy free, grain free, vegan
Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed (if frozen) strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Put the bananas, strawberries, and almond milk in a food processor and mix until combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup and adjust sweetness if desired.
  2. Add the chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  3. Place the chia pudding into 3 or 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with more berries and a few banana slices.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 170 Fat: 3.5 g Carbohydrates: 33 g Sugar: 19 g Sodium: 9 mg Fiber: 8.3 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Cherry Banana Bites

You may think that since we’re registered dietitians, personal trainers and veggie lovers, that we only like healthy food and aren’t tempted by indulgences like sweets! Ha! …if only! In fact, we joke that we were born leading with our sugar tooth and have since learned how to tame it– and we actually thank it because it’s helped us to become successful weight loss experts as well.  Thanks to our sugar tooth, we have combined the science from our years of nutrition education with what actually works for us and for our clients to help you to achieve success with health and fat loss goals! That’s why we also created these waistline-friendly sugar craving busters –like our Skinny Speedy Walnut Oatmeal Cookies and our  White Chocolate Drizzled wild Blueberry Granola Balls  and our Microwave Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, just to name a few!

 

As kids, we’d leave our healthy household and excitedly head to our friend’s houses so we could indulge in all of the sweets their pantries had to offer.  It wasn’t until after years of being sugar bandits at our friends’ houses and then coming home, laying on our beds feeling sick from overdoing it, did we finally decide we wanted to stop the vicious cycle.

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If you lead with your sugar tooth (Lyssie was teased for having a large looking shark tooth (her left canine) as a kid and we believe it was likely responsible for her love for sweets 😉 ), like we have, then you’ll love some of the secrets we share with our clients that work for them–and for us.  While not everything works for everyone all of the time, typically at least some of our secrets work some of the time and they work frequently enough to help our clients to achieve their fat loss goals.  Woohoo!

 

One of these secrets is learning how to reset your taste buds, which we’ll share more about in another post soon and you can learn some about here.  Another is having a sweet treat that is actually satisfying (for the taste buds, blood sugar levels and stomach)–and another is freezing the sweets in small portions–so they can’t be mindlessly munched on an impulse directly from a large bag or container–and when the sweet serving is done, it’s done.  This is especially a good tactic for you if you do this when you watch TV or are on the computer (our own personal late night, danger time– oy!).

 

For example, these Cherry Banana Bites don’t actually use sugar (other than the chocolate chunks-which you can leave out if you choose).  These bites are small enough that allow you to have 2-3 over the course of the day for your daily indulgence and to be able to eat one if a craving hit.  These can prevent you from going off the deep end for a large sweet indulgence.  You can keep them in the freezer in small portions.  The freezing of the treats prevents you from making an impulsive decision to eat it, since it must thaw for a bit before eating.  This time is often all that is needed to talk yourself out of needing to have a sweet at all.

Cherry Banana Bites

These cherry banana bites are a feel good treat, free of gluten for those sensitive to it.  They are made with wholesome ingredients and no added sugar other than what’s in the chocolate clusters, so it’ll fill you up without the sugar bloat! They’re easy to make, filled with ingredients that are likely lying around your house, and are great to enjoy as an on-the-go snack or an after dinner treat!

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Makes 24 cookies

 

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

3 tbsp plain greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups rolled oats*, divided

1 tbsp chia seeds

¾ cup dried cherries

1/4 cup dark chocolate clusters
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the bananas, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and 1 cup of oats into a food processor (or blender) and blend for 30 seconds, or until all the ingredients are evenly combined.

Transfer the batter into a mixing bowl, add the dried cherries and the remaining oats to the mixture and stir.

Spray a baking sheet with oil from a spray jar.  Use a tablespoon amount of batter to roll into a ball and place on the pan and press to flatten slightly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bites are firm to the touch and hold their own shape.

Melt the dark chocolate clusters and then drizzle on top of the bites for an added treat!

*If you have celiac disease, be sure to choose oats that specifically say “gluten free” on the packaging, as not all oats are 100% gluten free

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 65

Carbohydrates: 12 g

Fat: 1.6 g

Saturated Fat: 1 g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0 g

Protein: 1 g

Sodium: 3 mg

Sugar: 3 g

Fiber: 1.5 g

Cherry Banana Bites
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats*, divided
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¾ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate clusters
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the bananas, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and 1 cup of oats into a food processor (or blender) and blend for 30 seconds, or until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
  3. Transfer the batter into a mixing bowl, add the dried cherries and the remaining oats to the mixture and stir.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with oil from a spray jar. Use a tablespoon amount of batter to roll into a ball and place on the pan and press to flatten slightly.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bites are firm to the touch and hold their own shape.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate clusters and then drizzle on top of the bites for an added treat!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 65 Fat: 1.6 g Saturated fat: 1 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 3 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 g