Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bites

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bites

Who doesn’t want an easy and healthy breakfast to grab on the go? These sugar-free apple cinnamon oatmeal bites are healthy, delicious, easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week ~ if they aren’t devoured the minute they come out of the oven.

Most people admit that they should eat breakfast, but are too rushed or not hungry early, so they skip it and begin a blood sugar roller coaster that can last throughout the day.

Sugar-free Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bites to the rescue!

These simple, moist goodies contain oats for sustained energy, eggs for protein and apple for extra vitamins and fiber, as well as light sweetness from real maple syrup instead of processed white sugar. You can use milk for extra protein, but I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Enjoy your oatmeal bites cold, or warm topped with butter or nut butter. Delicious and perfect for everyone in the family!

INGREDIENTS:

3 C. Old-fashioned rolled oats

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

1 C. milk of choice

2 large eggs

1/2 C real/pure maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large apple of your choice, peeled, cored and chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Coat muffin pan cups with coconut oil.

In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Stir well.

In a separate bowl add milk, eggs, syrup and vanilla. Whisk together until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir well. Mix in the chopped apple.

Using a spoon, evenly fill each muffin cup with the mixture. Bake for 25-26 minutes or until lightly golden on top. Enjoy warm or seal and refrigerate for up to a week.

Blueberry Granola Recipe

Blueberry Granola Recipe

I love making this Homemade Blueberry Granola because it makes the house smell like warm cinnamon cookies, is loaded with protein, vitamins, good fats and antioxidants, and is simply delicious.

When you try this, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make healthy granola- and will never want to buy the corn syrup, sugar and oil-filled varieties at the grocery store again.

After your granola cools, you can break it into chunky bars or crumble up and sprinkle on almost everything. It is a great snack after your workout or for the kids on road-trips. It even makes for a cute gift in a mason jar, but that means you can’t eat all of it when it comes out of the oven. Good luck with that and enjoy!

RECIPE

Ingredients:
3C. oats
3.5oz package dried blueberries
1/4C. dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
1/2C. chopped unsalted almonds or other nut of choice
1/4C. raw pepitas
1/4C unsalted sunflower seeds
1C shredded unsweetened coconut
2T ground flax seed
2T chia seeds
2T cinnamon
12oz natural creamy almond or peanut butter
2-4T organic pure maple syrup
1T vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir the dry ingredients together.

In a small pot on the stovetop, stir almond butter, natural maple syrup and vanilla extract together on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir frequently until smooth.

Pour the warm mixture into the dry ingredient bowl and stir together until oats are coated. Add more syrup and almond butter if needed.

Use your hands to blend well and press evenly onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden. After it has cooled, cut into bars or crumble.

 

Julie Meyers Miller is a Certified Nutritionist for Fitness and Wellness and founder of balanceisbest. She is a wife, mom, and blogger on a mission to inspire holistically healthier lives at any stage of the game.

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Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t love pancakes. Those fluffy, warm flapjacks are guaranteed to take you back to childhood faster than a park swing. But the problem with traditional pancakes is they are, well, CAKE, loaded with empty calories and void of balanced nutrition, sending you on a blood sugar roller coaster that will leave you cranky and hungry by 10 am.

Power Pancakes to the rescue!

This healthy twist on comfort food has become my go-to breakfast, especially before a workout. These are simple, delicious, satisfying, and packed with nutrition. The combination of slow-digesting, high fiber oats, egg whites and coconut oil provides the perfect balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fats necessary to get you through the morning. And the added banana makes your dish sweet and creamy, with extra potassium, vitamins, and minerals.

I top mine with a little nut butter and a handful of antioxidant berries. My kids drizzle theirs with real maple syrup. Now you have healthy comfort food that tastes better than the old-fashioned variety from a box. Score!

Ingredients:

1/2 C. old-fashioned oats

1/2 C. egg whites (can use prepared liquid egg)

Half a soft, ripe banana*

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 T. coconut oil

Favorite toppings: Nut butter, berries, extra banana, almonds, pure maple syrup.

Stir oats and egg whites together in a bowl. Add banana and mash with a fork. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Heat an omelet size pan on the stovetop to medium-high. Lightly coat with coconut oil. Pour in all the batter for one large pancake, or several minis. Cook until golden brown and egg is thoroughly cooked, about two minutes per side.

This recipe makes one large or four mini Power Pancakes.

*If your banana isn’t ripe yet, mash it in a bowl and set aside for 30 minutes before making the pancake.

Enjoy!

Julie Meyers Miller is a Certified Nutritionist for Fitness and Wellness and founder of balanceisbest. She is a wife, mom, and blogger on a mission to inspire holistically healthier lives at any stage of the game.

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