Carrot Cake Smoothie.

Happy Humpday!

I’m only about 36 hours away from being on summer break from school and I can. not. wait.

This week has been nuts, but I’ve been prepping my meals like it’s my job (it should be, that would be an awesome…) and staying on track with my health goals. Every morning after my workouts I’ve been making this smoothie and it’s such a treat. After reading an article on Lauren Conrad’s blog about how we may be putting too much fruit/sugar in our smoothies, I decided to incorporate some vegetables. I usually do some sort of green, like spinach or kale, but this time I tried carrots! They’re naturally sweet and crazy for you, plus I don’t really eat them otherwise. Breakfast seemed like a good opportunity for me to squeeze them in!

 Dancing for Donuts | Carrot Cake Smoothie

This recipe is customizable to suit your tastes, but this is my preferred ratio and the perfect combination for a healthy, creamy and sweet treat!

Carrot Cake Smoothie

2 large carrots, chopped into small pieces

small handful of walnuts (+ a couple more for toppings)

1/2 frozen banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional, i’d recommend a natural sweetener if omitting)

1/2 cup of dairy-free milk (i use unsweetened vanilla almond)

1 tbsp. shredded coconut (+ more for topping)

1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

2. Blend until smooth (may add more milk or water to get things going). Pour into glass and top with extra walnuts + coconut. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot Cake Smoothie

Sexy 2-Ingredient Pancakes.

Dancing for Donuts | Sexy Pancakes Guys. I did it. I made 2-ingredient pancakes into the most decadent yet healthy breakfast ever. If you’ve never made these, they’re literally just one large banana mixed with eggs. It’s insane, I don’t understand how it works, but I like it. And I haven’t actually met anyone yet who doesn’t… These guys take a little bit longer to make and may also take a few tries to get the hang of ’em (you can’t flip them too quickly or too late!), but they’re so worth it. They’re perfect on a cozy morning in or for a special occasion. Like Mother’s Day! 🙂

Sexy 2-Ingredient Pancakes (for one)

1 large banana

1 egg + 1 egg-white

1/2 tsp cinnamon

coconut oil

natural peanut butter

berries

toasted coconut

1. Mash up banana in a bowl. Add egg + egg white and cinnamon, and mix until as smooth as possible (may use a blender).

2. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Pour batter onto pan when warm (I like to make mine slightly smaller than the size of my hand, but it’s up to you!). When starting to bubble, flip carefully.

3. After another minute or so, remove from pan. Repeat with remaining batter.

4. Top with drizzled natural peanut butter, berries, and toasted coconut. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Sexy Pancakes

Energy Bites.

Dancing for Donuts | Energy Bites

Ahh, the start of a new week. It’s only noon on a Monday and I’ve already dropped a container of oats on my laptop (completely screwing up my keyboard) and vacuumed up my entire phone charger (ruined that, too). But you know, it’s okay. Because I made these today and they were really, really good.

Prior to the technology fiasco that ensued earlier, I did whip up a batch of toasted, unsweetened coconut. I don’t know if you’ve ever done that before (325 degrees F for ~10 minutes on a baking sheet) but if not, I highly recommend it.

Dancing for Donuts | Toasted Coconut

I’d say that the toasted coconut and peanut butter combination are what makes these little bites a winner in my book. You can really add whatever you want (or remove it) to this recipe as long as you keep the honey/nut butter base. Another good tip: wet your hands before molding them, it helps a looooot.

Energy Bites
(Adapted from Cooking Classy)

1/2 cup of peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/3 honey or agave
1tsp vanilla extract 
1 cup oats
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or any small dried fruit)
3/4 cup of toasted coconut

1. Combine the peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until completely incorporated.
3. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes.
4. Dampen hands and mold bites as large or small as you’d like (mine are about 1/2in).
5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy! 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Energy Bites