Nutty Banana Breakfast Cookies

Every week I find myself wondering “What am I going to have for breakfast all week?”. I, like many people I work with, fall victim to the quick grab-n-go in the food court. My go-to is a warm buttery croissant….that flakiness…those buttery ridges….I digress.

Going through the grocery store I spotted something that looked like it could fix my issues…that was a banana chocolate breakfast cookie from a popular company that makes many breakfast products. I go to look at the ingredients and WOW! What does half of this stuff even mean?

Ingredients

WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, COCOA BUTTER, DEXTROSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVORS, VANILLIN [AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR]), SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND COTTONSEED OILS** WITH TBHQ AND CITRIC ACID ADDED TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS, MODIFIED WHEAT STARCH, WATER, MALTODEXTRIN, GLYCERIN, DRIED APPLE PUREE, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF CALCIUM CARBONATE, 

MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, NONFAT DRY MILK, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, EGG WHITES, SODIUM BICARBONATE, DRIED WHOLE EGGS, SALT, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CORN FLOUR, MALIC ACID, SODIUM ALGINATE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, REDUCED IRON, NIACINAMIDE*, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, POTASSIUM SORBATE (A PRESERVATIVE), SODIUM PHOSPHATE, RIBOFLAVIN*, VITAMIN A PALMITATE*, CYANOCOBALAMIN*.
*ONE OF THE B VITAMINS
**ADDS A DIETARILY INSIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TRANS FAT 

Following this I ran home to see what I could find online to make myself. I stumbled across a few recipes on Pinterest and put my spin on them with ingredients that I know and love.

Nutty Banana Breakfast Cookies 

3 bananas

1 1/2 – 2 cups of oatmeal

1/4 cup of vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon agave

2 tablespoons sliced almonds

1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

4 tablespoons cacao nibs

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil and a light spray of non-stick.

In a medium bowl, smush your bananas until smooth then add in the oil, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao nibs.

In a small bowl mix your oatmeal and nuts together. Slowly fold this mix until the banana bowl until it is covered with the ‘wet’ ingredients. Let sit for 5 minutes and then form the balls and place them on the cookie sheet. (~8-10 cookies). Cook for 20 minutes or until desired cookie texture is achieved.

These are ingredients that most of us have laying around the house at anytime and can totally be customized!

This is just another step in my journey of trying to incorporate vegan foods into my life. I hope you show personal strength and turn to these cookies over a croissant. xx

Breakfast cookies

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The food behind the photos

I have been asked by friends and family to share what I eat! Between my snapchats and Instagram I seem to be sharing two types of food, homemade or from a restaurant here in Toronto. Though I do enjoy eating delicious and calorie dense cakes, cookies and casseroles; I do not eat like this everyday of my life. 

A while ago I had a doctors appointment to discuss my stomach issues. He spoke truth when he said that my college diet ends right then and there. The food I was eating was causing my issues. What changed that day? I began taking a low dose probiotic for 6-weeks and eliminated a lot of the go-to processed food that I had become dependent on while it school (frozen pizza, mac-n-cheese and PB & J). To this day, I cannot thank the doctor enough for waking me up! Limited dairy, processed foods and meat has changed my life. 

“I do not have time to cook healthy food because I am so busy with work”

Trust me, I used to use this excuse to defend my PB&J with a side of chips,  but it is a lie. It is so worth spending 2 hours out of your Sunday to prepare for the week. Hint, hint: It helps eliminate stress of preparing lunches each day after work. Below I have listed what an average day of eating looks like for me. 

Breakfast: Yog and Fru (or just Fru)

1 banana, cut up

4 strawberries, cut up

1/4 c. plain greek yogurt

3 tablespoons homemade granola

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

For assembly, grab a bowl or to-go dish and put it together to your liking. I like to break it up into 3 different sections 

Treat: Cool lime refresher

Order from your local Starbucks, light ice. 

Lunch: Lunch bowl*

1/4 c. chopped baked chicken breast

1/4 c. sliced cherry tomatoes

1/2 c. roasted sweet potatoes 

1/4 c. sautéed mushrooms 

Any sauce you would like (BBQ, asian peanut sauce, etc.) 

Similar to the Yog and Fru you can assembly this together in your tupperware as you please. 

*Ingredients change each week. I pick up whatever looks interesting to me while shopping. 

  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Quinoa 
  • Asparagus 
  • Edamame 

Dinner: Indian green beans (vegan)

1 package of raw green beans (about 1 lb.), chopped into ½ inch pieces

Half of a red onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 tablespoon ginger, minced

1 tablespoon mustard seeds (black or yellow)

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1 -2 tablespoons Turmeric or Curry powder (can add more if you are finding the flavor is weak)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Salt to taste

Grated coconut (optional)

  1. In a pan heat up oil and cook down your onions for about 8-10 mins.
  2. Once the onion is translucent add in garlic, ginger and mustard seeds, cumin, cinnamon and your turmeric or curry powder. Toss and cook these until you can smell the spices about 5 mins.
  3. Add your green beans and cook until tender, this will take some time but keep your eye on them. Low and slow is best because, it will enhance flavor.
  4. Once they are tender remove from heat and plate to serve

Do you find yourself saying “I have tried to eat <insert veggie> and I HATE it”

The best thing to do for yourself is make sure your food is tasty. If you are cooking without garlic, onions and chili flakes start doing it. It can be raw onion or garlic or powdered. I find that these three ingredients along with cajun and all-purpose seasoning salt take food to their respective taste levels. 

I hope that you have enjoyed a day in the life and are inspired for your next grocery trip!

xo

in my belly

All new B.B.Q. (Buffalo Bulgur Quinoa)

This meal (snack…salad?) was born from my recent buffalo wing craving. I am not much a wings enthusiast but when this craving kicks in there is no running from it. Frantically looking through my cupboards and refrigerator the B.B.Q. was born.

It is so simple and I cannot believe it took desperation for me to come up with it. Plus, it a great way to sneak fiber into my diet.

B.B.Q. Recipe 

Throw it in a bowl: 

2 cups quinoa and bulgur mix*, cooled

2 tablespoons thinly sliced carrots

3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions, mix of top and bottom (reserve 1 tablespoon for serving) 

1/4 cup leftover rotisserie chicken 

*If you are unable to find the mix you can use your favorite quinoa 

Sauce is boss: 

1/2 cup buffalo sauce

1/2 tablespoon melted butter, cooled 

4 tablespoons light ranch

Pinch of salt and pepper 

Pinch of garlic powder 

Once the sauce is mixed toss it in with the quinoa mix and let chill for an hour. Before serving top with remaining green onions. 

It is a great alternative to your typical empty calorie filled buffalo chicken dip or buffalo chicken pastas. Bring the B.B.Q. to a party or keep it for yourself; but most importably just enjoy.

BUFFALO CHICKEN