Sweetheart Pancakes

Reagan eating Sweetheart Pancakes

Reagan eating Sweetheart Pancakes

I love living in North Carolina where we have beautiful weather all year long.  Since I’m a Florida native, I get so excited when NC gets snow, and this week, we got almost 10 inches!  With my husband and daughters snowed in with me, I am taking full advantage of building a snowman and sledding with them, plus I’m making special, healthy meals and treats for them.

Riley wrote down Gilda's pancake ingredients

Riley wrote down Gilda’s pancake ingredients

For breakfast, I decided to make a new pancake recipe based on a recipe from my dear friend Gilda who makes the most awesome pancakes ever!  My daughter Riley decided to write down Gilda’s ingredients so we wouldn’t forget :)  The only ingredient she forgot to write down was Vegan Chocolate Chips!

Here is how I made these incredible Gluten Free, Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Pancakes that I served my family this morning.  

Brooke's Gluten-Free Pancake Ingredients

Brooke’s Gluten-Free Pancake Ingredients

Sweetheart Pancakes
I cut these pancakes into heart shapes to show some extra love!!! Spread the LOVE this month!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of Gluten Free Pancake Mix (like Namaste brand or Pamela's brand)
  2. 1 cup Shaklee plant-based protein
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1/3 cup Gluten-Free chocolate chips
  5. 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  6. 1.5 Cup of Flax Milk or Coconut Milk
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together until just combined.
  2. Heat a griddle or skillet to medium heat.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake mix into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Optional: you can pour a little maple syrup over the pancakes if you wish.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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Healthy Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin is so versatile and so good for us!  Not only does it containcarotenoids, beta-carotene, fiber, potassium and Tryptophan (found in Prozac), it also helps keep our eyes healthy and our skin wrinkle-free!

I want to share with you a pumpkin muffin recipe that is perfect for breakfast or as afternoon snack!  Since these muffins are Nut-Free and Gluten-Free, they are a healthy, delicious muffin to bring to school.  I always have these ingredients in my pantry or refrigerator, so I can make these muffins whenever I need them.

Healthy Harvest Pumpkin Muffins
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Wet Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  2. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  3. 4 eggs, at room temperature
  4. 3/4 cup organic pumpkin puree
Dry Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  4. ¼ tsp. of salt
*Optional topping or mix in
  1. Cacao Nibs or your choice of nuts (muffins will no longer be Nut-Free if you use nuts).
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix in one egg at a time, making sure it’s fully incorporated before adding the next. Mix in the organic pumpkin puree.
  3. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Once combines, you can mix in cacao nibs, seeds or nuts if desired, or you can just leave the batter plain.
  4. Coat your muffin tin with coconut oil or coconut oil spray. Fill muffin tins to the top with the batter. Top the muffins with extra toppings if desired.
  5. For mini muffins, bake for 13-15 minutes or until done.
  6. For regular sized muffins, bake for 22-25 minutes or until done.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. They taste great right out of the oven, but they taste even better the next day (if you still have any leftover)!Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can add pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for added texture while still keeping the muffin Nut-Free.
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Wet Ingredients for Healthy Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients for Healthy Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

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Optional Toppings or Mix Ins for Healthy Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

Optional Toppings or Mix Ins

 

 

 

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Healthy Gluten Free/Nut Free Brownies

I love making healthy treats for my girls.  These Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies are so quick and easy to make you will love this recipe.  I love that every ingredient actually has a health benefit, so I’ve listed those for you below my recipe.  Here are three ways to enjoy this great “healthy treat” without the guilt:

1.)  On the weekends, it can be a breakfast muffin.

2.)  During the week, it can be an after school snack.

3.)  You can use it in place of cupcakes along with my Dairy and Gluten Free Frosting for birthday parties!

Also, you can also make this recipe into Brownie Pops or Brownie Cut Outs.  These are great ways to get the kids involved!

Brooke’s Gluten Free Brownies
Just 9 healthy ingredients! You can also make this recipe into Brownie Pops or Brownie Cut Outs. These are great ways to get the kids involved!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can black beans, drained
  2. 1/2 c. cocoa
  3. 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
  4. 1/2 c. xylitol
  5. 2 level tsp. stevia powder
  6. 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  7. 3 large free range eggs
  8. 1/2 c. Shaklee’s Instant Protein Mix
  9. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  10. 1/4 c. water
Instructions
  1. Just add the ingredients and blend. I like using my Blendtec blender.
  2. Add chocolate chips if desired for a more chewy chocolate flavor.
  3. Be sure to mix the chips in by hand after blending the other ingredients.
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Health Benefits of Ingredients:

Black Beans are a satisfying protein and do not contain any of the saturated fats found in other protein sources, like red meat.  They also have more antioxidants than blueberries!

Cocoa is high in magnesium which is important for heart health.

Extra-virgin Coconut Oil lowers cholesterol as well as abdominal fat, and it helps to restore normal thyroid.  Plus, it is good for our skin and hair.

Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol, is safe for diabetics to use, and it helps to prevent cavities unlike white sugar.

Stevia Powder, derived from the Stevia plant, helps with high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic fatigue, indigestion, weight loss, tooth decay, osteoporosis and many other conditions.

Organic Vanilla Extract alleviates anxiety and reduces free radicals.

Free Range Eggs are not only incredible sources of high quality protein and fat, but they are also very high in nutrients.

Shaklee Instant Protein Mix contains Leucine, an amino acid found in lean meats, legumes and egg whites, that helps to build lean muscle and contributes to healthy, long-term weight loss.  Shaklee Instant Protein Mix also includes 9 important amino acids.


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Veggie Frittata

Veggie Frittata
We had a full house all weekend! Six extra kids and four extra adults! As they were leaving this morning, I decided to whip up a healthy egg frittata with my helper, Riley. Riley loves to crack eggs, so this was right up her alley. It was so easy to throw this together for our guests as they were packing up.
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Cook Time
55 min
Cook Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 dozen eggs
  2. 1/2 can of coconut milk
  3. Fresh Veggies (We used baby spinach and bell peppers)
  4. 1/2 cup Goat Cheese, crumbled
  5. 1 tomato, sliced
  6. 1 tablespoon coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a skillet, heat coconut oil and add veggies. Cook until sauteed and tender.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and add the coconut milk.
  4. Add the sauteed veggies and mix well.
  5. Use coconut oil to grease a baking dish and pour the egg mixture into the dish.
  6. Bake for approximately 50 minutes.
  7. Add goat cheese and fresh tomatoes and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
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Hot or Cold Breakfast Seed Cereal

Hot or Cold Breakfast Seed Cereal
This trio of seeds if full of plant based protein, fiber, and ALA Omegas.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  2. 1 tbsp Buckwheat groats
  3. 1 tbsp Hemp seeds (I use Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts)
  4. 6 tbsp Almond or Coconut Milk
  5. Optional: Honey, stevia, or fruit to sweeten
Instructions
  1. To enjoy cold: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. To enjoy hot: Heat milk on stovetop. Transfer milk to bowl while hot and add seeds. Mix well.
Notes
  1. Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Heart Healthy
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Mrs.Dana’s Paleo Pancakes

Mrs.Dana's Paleo Pancakes
Here’s another winning recipe from my girls’ favorite teacher. Serve these up for breakfast and start your day right! These are great for a weekend brunch too!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 eggs
  2. 2 bananas (mashed)
  3. 1/3 maple almond butter or (1/3 c. almond butter plus 1 Tbls. maple syrup)
  4. 1 cup almond meal/flour
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. optional: blueberries, mini choc chips, diced apple
Instructions
  1. Stir together the first 7 ingredients. Add optional items to the mix if you want pancakes all one flavor, or sprinkle toppings on after you pour mix on the skillet. This allows you to make several different kinds.
  2. Melt grass-fed butter or coconut oil onto a skillet.
  3. Pour batter 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook thoroughly and flip.The insides of these pancakes take a little bit longer to cook than regular pancakes so keep an eye on them as you get familiar with the batter.
  4. Top with Raw 100% Pure Maple Syrup, honey, or fruit if desired!
Notes
  1. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Heart Healthy
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Mrs. Dana’s Paleo Bread

Mrs. Dana's Paleo Bread
With Paleo being such a hot lifestyle these days, I wanted to provide all of you with a recipe that has been a wonderful replacement of normal bread in our home. This recipe comes from one of my girls’ favorite teachers, Ms.Dana. Her family loves to slather their Paleo Bread with maple almond butter and top it with sliced apples for our version of a PB&J. You can also slice it in half and toast it too. Ms. Dana is committed to teaching her students about eating healthy. I will be featuring more recipes from her in the near future. Stay tuned!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of almond meal/flour
  2. 2 free range eggs
  3. 3 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  4. 1 tablespoon organic raw honey or maple syrup
  5. 1/4 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven on 350
  2. Prepare pan by greasing it with butter. We use an 8x8 glass baking dish, but you can use any size that suits your needs.
  3. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour into a prepared and bake for 20 minutes. If using a different size pan be sure to adjust baking time accordingly.
  5. Let cool, slice and enjoy.
Notes
  1. Gluten Free
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360YourHolidayBreakfast

Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Your Holiday Guests

See Brooke Thomas on NBC Charlotte Today making Healthy Donuts!

 

During the Christmas holiday, my out-of-town family tends to settle in at my house. I couldn’t be happier about having them all there, but I struggle at finding an easy, healthy breakfast to feed all of them. After stumbling across a donut pan at Hobby Lobby, I knew where I was going to start…donuts! Kids love donuts, so I wanted to make a healthier version. “Healthy donuts”, sounds like an oxymoron, right? This year, I took it upon myself to revamp these breakfast staples that are usually not considered a healthy option, along with a couple others. If you know me, you know that I’m no Betty Crocker, so these are definitely simple and doable for all!

Charming Chocolate Gluten-Free Donuts with Coconut Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Whip Cream Frosting
For the donut recipes, I used a Wilton’s donut pan. You can find them at Hobby Lobby or Target, or use the link to Amazon.
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut flour
  2. 3 tablespoon Shaklee protein
  3. ¼ cup cacao powder
  4. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  5. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. ½ cup organic dark chocolate chips
  7. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  8. ½ cup xylitol
  9. 1 large free-range egg
  10. ½ cup buttermilk alternative
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients, except the xylitol, in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter and xylitol.
  4. Add the egg, buttermilk alternative, and vanilla to the mixture and combine well.
  5. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture and mix well.
  6. Grease with coconut oil or spray your donut pan, then add the mixture using a spoon to each donut form.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until tops have risen.
  8. Take the donuts out of the pan and let cool before adding the frosting.
Notes
  1. Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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Caramel Apple Donuts
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Donut Ingredients
  1. 3 pitted dates, finely chopped*
  2. ¼ cup coconut flour
  3. 2 tablespoons Shaklee protein
  4. 3 apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped*
  5. 5 free-range eggs
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  8. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  9. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  10. ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  11. ¼ cup creamy almond butter
Glaze Ingredients
  1. 1 (13.5) ounce can of coconut milk
  2. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  3. 4 tablespoons raw, unsalted butter
  4. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 2 tablespoons raw honey
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. ¼ cup xylitol
  9. *I used a hand chopped to chop the dates and the apples. It is a lifesaver!
Donut Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add donut ingredients and mix until well blended. The batter will be chunky due to the apples. Fill your greased donut pan and cook for 7 minutes or until donuts have risen. (You may have batter leftover, but you can always make another pan).
  3. Take the donuts out of the pan and let cool before adding glaze.
Glaze Directions
  1. Add all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and let cook, stirring often, until sauce has darkened and thickened (about 30 minutes).
  2. Dip the donuts, face-up, into the glaze.
  3. Place on a pan, plate, or cooling rack and refrigerate.
  4. These are delicious cold or warmed up!
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Brooke's Banana Bread
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Ingredients
  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  2. 4 ripe bananas, peeled
  3. 2 large, free-range eggs
  4. ½ cup coconut milk
  5. ½ cup gluten-free oats
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. ½ cup organic brown sugar
  8. 6 tablespoons raw, unsalted butter, melted
  9. 1 cup Shaklee Instant Protein
  10. 1 tsp flaxseed meal
  11. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  12. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  13. ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  14. ½ cup pecans
  15. Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Use EVOO to coat a 7x11 baking dish.
  2. Place 2 bananas, the eggs, coconut milk, oats, vanilla, organic brown sugar, and butter in a blender (I recommend Blendtec) and mix until well pureed.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Add in the pecans and mix.
  4. Pour the batter into a baking dish. Slice the remaining 2 bananas, however you want to slice them, to put on top of the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the banana slices and batter, then bake for 40-45 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
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A Thoughtful, Healthy Breakfast

Every morning I want to make sure that my girls start their day off with the best possible nutrition to fuel them for the best possible day academically and athletically. A typical breakfast is fruit and nuts or eggs and sprouted grain bread or a protein smoothie shake. When I have more time and usually on the weekends I have been making Healthy Protein Pancakes. I wanted to try something new and creative this morning because my girls were asking for something different. It took me the same amount of time and they thought this breakfast was such a special treat! It was really fun having them wake up and come out to this creative fun breakfast! The same nutritional value was in this, but it just seemed more fun the way I did it! I still cooked them free range eggs from our local farmer, but this time I put it inside a heart shape and a star shape inside of their sprouted grain bread. It was so cute and very yummy! I put strawberries around the bread and eggs to finish it off. I also made a “mini” protein smoothie and put them into the ZOKU popsicle maker that makes popsicles in 7 minutes. They had their protein smoothie as a popsicle and thought they were getting a treat and it was loaded with vitamins and protein! What a great morning! I encourage every parent to try this because it was so easy and healthy!!

Fun Eggs For Kids
A Thoughtful Breakfast for 2 Children I took the same concept I have in my lunchbox kit recipe book of the "I Love You" and "You’re a Star" lunch theme and turned it into breakfast!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pieces of Sprouted Whole Grain Bread (I like the Food for Life brand, Ezekiel or Genesis) because it is a complete protein and full of nutrition!
  2. Cookie cutters (I used a heart and a star, but around the holidays use other themed cookie cutters)
  3. 2 Local Free Range Eggs
  4. 1 tbsp Real Butter
  5. Fresh organic strawberries for garnish and to eat
Instructions
  1. Cut out the middle of the bread with cookie cutters, save the inside shape
  2. Heat a large pan and melt the butter on medium heat
  3. Crack the eggs and mix in bowl and pour mixture inside the whole of the bread
  4. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until set.
  5. Flip the bread gently and cook to the desired firmness
  6. Serve each egg and bread with the cutout and strawberries as garnish or additional breakfast to eat
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Strawberry/Banana Protein Breakfast Smoothie Popsicle
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 oz. of Almond or Coconut Milk
  2. 2 oz. of water
  3. 1 frozen banana
  4. 4 whole strawberries
  5. ice
  6. 2 tablespoons of Shaklee Instant Protein Mix or 1 scoop of Cinch Protein
optional add ins
  1. 1 tsp. of honey
  2. 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Pour mixture into ZOKU popsicle maker and it will be ready in 7 minutes.
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Gilda’s Gluten Free Protein Pancakes

Gilda's Gluten Free Protein Pancakes
On a recent trip to New York, my best friend, Gilda, made these protein pancakes and I instantly fell in love. I couldn't wait to get back and share them with you. These are great for a weekend breakfast with your family. If you love your pancakes covered in syrup, make sure you choose 100% pure Maple Syrup, Raw Maple Honey, or you can even try some almond butter.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of gluten free flour
  2. 1/2 cup of Shaklee Instant Soy Baking Protein Powder
  3. 2 TBSP of Coconut Oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 3/4 cup of almond milk(more if you need to make it smoother)
  6. 2 ripe bananas smashed
  7. Optional: 1 tsp flaxseed meal
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients well.
  2. Heat Iron skillet with coconut oil on medium to low and cook each until light brown on each side.
Notes
  1. Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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