The yummiest coconut pancakes

Coconut Pancakes

For any of you that know me – or for any of you that follow this blog on the reg – it’s not a secret: I love a pancake for breakfast from time to time. (If you’re curious about previous pancake recipes check them over here and over there)

My fondest childhood memories are the ones containing the smell of pancakes. On lazy sunday mornings, when I was stumbling down the stairs to the kitchen area in search of breakfast, usually, I would find my mom or dad flipping pancakes (so profesh) and adding new ones to the stack next to the kitchen counter. For me to eat. Like, sunday morning perfection.

A given was that whenever I hosted a sleepover for my 9 year old besties there would always be a pancake fest in the a.m. with a billion of unhealthy toppings to choose from. Gimme that Nutella

The pancake mornings at my place were famous amongst my girlfriends back in the day. Obvi. Actually, they remained famous throughout my teens too, because we would still be treated with a good old pancake galore in the a.m. after our first 17 year old selves attempted the whole ‘going out’ thing with a petite sleepover afterwards. Like, acting all grown up woman at night – with a little too much make up on BTW, and a lot of fashion faux pas – but we would always turn back into pancake craving little girls in the morning.

Needless to say I still crave pancakes on sunday mornings. Especially on the rainy ones. Only, nowadays I have to prep and flip them myself. And, also nowadays, they’re not all that guilt free when I eat them. My mind turns into to one big alarm bell yelling: NOT SO HEALTHY LADY! FATTY, FATTY, FAT, FAT!

So, when I decide to make my own pancake stack I want them to be as healthy as posb. Without them tasting like a cardboard cracker. I want them to taste exactly like the real fat-ass deal. Or maybe even better. High standards much?

I’ve tried many varieties, swapping every ingredient in there for a healthy brother. Some of them worked, some of them didn’t (stay away from the buckwheat. Really. Don’t even bother). But this one is the bomb.com. My absolute winner, all time favorite. The yummiest. Like, you won’t know what you’re tasting and you’ll never ever want the real bad-ass deal again. It’s that good.

Hey, if I had any kids I would give them these instead of the boring old school unhealthy variety.

Yeah.

Eat that.

You’ll need (serves one, about 

  • 50g whole grain spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml of coconut milk (not the creme! the actual milk. Like 40kcal for 100ml)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of stevia
  • a splash of sparkling water
  • toppings. Go wild. Fruit, maple syrup, stevia, banana, chocolate spread, honey,…

Directions

Add the flour to a bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the egg.

Grab a beater and beat the egg together with the flour while slowly adding the milk.

Add some sparkling water, the melted coconut butter (so it’s oil), salt and some stevia. Whisk through the batter.

Add a large pan on a high heat.

Now add a big spoon of batter to your pan. Move your pan until a thin layer of batter covers the entire bottom of the pan.

Wait until bubbles appear on the batter. It’s time to flip. You can go profesh and flip the pancake in the air OR you can go safe and use a spatula. Like I usually do. 😉

If you want your finished pancakes to stay hot while you prep the rest here’s a tip: Boil some water and add to a large pot. Put a plate on top and move your pancakes on the plate. Cover with another plate or with the lit and your pancakes will stay super hot.

Eat with loads of maple syrup and stevia. Or whatever you want.

Bon appetit,

Xo, Kirsten

Coconut Pancakes

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Dessert for breakfast: healthy crumble

Healthy breakfast crumble

I’m a morning sweet tooth. Bam. It’s out.

Basically that means that as soon as I wake up I crave a huge breakfast which preferably tastes sweet. Like, I’m down with eggs and bacon anytime, but I’ll love you eternally when you bring me pancakes in the morning.

So. We all know what tastes sweet. Desserts. And we all know the saying ‘eat dessert first’, right? Right. Well. What if I told you that you can start your entire dang day with a dessert. And that’s not all: You ladies can start your day with a healthy dessert. Are you also crying from happiness thanks to this discovery? I sure know I was. 😉

Anyways, Crumble might be in my top 3 of all time favorite desserts. But stuffed with crappy flour and loads of sugar and greasy butter, it certainly won’t make my top 3 all time favorite healthy desserts. Enters this version. Totally breakfast appropriate. I fell in love. Obvi.

So, here we are. I’m going to make you one happy ass sweet tooth with this recipe. You are welcome!

You’ll need (serves one)

  • 40g rolled oats (from Quaker. I used gluten free ones)
  • 2 tbsp of buckwheat flour (or spelt flour, or coconut flour)
  • Some raisins
  • 1,5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey/agave (or sweetner of your choice)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of stevia
  • an apple, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 100g frozen berries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Grease an oven bowl with some coconut oil. Add the fruit to the bowl.

Now mix the oats, raisins, buckwheat flour, coconut oil and maple syrup until you get a greasy, sticky mass. Or soon to be crumble.

Spread the crumble on top of the fruit in the bowl. (don’t mix it, it should be on top of your fruit)

Place the crumble in the oven for about 20 minutes (until the berries boil)

You can or can not add some yoghurt to this too. Just saying.

Enjoy!

xo, Kirsten

Bodylicious Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

If you are anything like me and follow millions of health blog and Instagram profiles you might have been introduced to some ‘protein powder’ pictures and posts. Either in a plain boring shake/smoothie form or maybe in mouth watering pancakes or cupcakes versions.

Usually it states that if you want a ‘toned body’, you’ll need a lot of protein… Stating that they seem to make your muscles grow like it’s nobody’s business. Assuming you did an exhausting workout first, that is. Proteins don’t make miracles happen, they can’t make anything grow if you don’t train ‘them’ first. (sadly, I know)

I usually get proteins from chicken, fish, lentils, quinoa, eggs and yoghurt. Like most of us plain mortals do. You know. A plate filled with some greens, proteins, carbs and healthy fats is the usual healthy thing to do. But, I was triggered with the protein powder quick fix option a while back.

We so happened to have a big (and I’m talking huge) pot of ‘One Whey Protein Powder’ gathering dust in our kitchen cabinets (a leftover fitness thing from my boyfriend). We had it, so there really wasn’t an excuse for me not to try it.

So one morning, after a 5K run, I made protein pancakes based on a recipe from Tone It Up. And boy were they tasty. Yeah. Healthy pancakes, we all know I’m game for these kind of things.

Meanwhile, I learned that ‘One Whey PP’ is a shitty product. Read: they use all kinds of nasty ass processed stuff to make the powder. Even aspartame. Yuk. Not really something that fits my ‘clean eating’ way of life.

Luckily for my healthy-ass there are brands out there that produce all natural and organic, stevia based powders. Ideal for your post workout smoothies, pancakes and cupcakes. Mine is a Vegan (no cow milk stuff in this one, grrrreat) version from SunWarrior that has a vanilla smell and taste to die for. Vanilla pancakes: yum!

If you don’t care to follow the protein craze you can easily substitute the protein powder with plain flour or nut flour in this recipe.

Another thing I want to have said: do not fear turning into a bulky, man-looking, female-fitness athlete after using a scoop of protein powder every once in a while:

You’ll need to do a whole lot of fitness, for several hours, like 24-7, on a daily base before you’ll even remotely look like one of them. Woman don’t tend to gain muscles that easily because these babies need testosterone. And guess what: us ladies don’t have all that much testosterone going on inside of our bod. And if you do see a lady with huge arms and legs, you bet your ass something fishy is going on there!

You’ll need (serves 1, about 350kcal)

  • One ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp almond milk (or any milk you like)
  • 1 tbsp of sparkling water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 15g protein powder
  • 5g flaxseeds (or 20g protein powder if you skip these)
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil (for baking)
  • Fruit and toppings (maple syrup, sugar, yoghurt, chocolate spread,…)

Directions

Mix the banana or mash with a fork until you get a batter.

Add some almond milk and egg whites. Add some sparkling water (trust me, this will make the batter so good and fluffy)

Now gently mix through the protein powder and flaxseeds until you get a thick batter. Add some cinnamon.

Heat a pan on a high heat. Add some coconut oil. Make sure your pan is really heated.

Add two to three tbsp of the batter to the pan (think American pancake sizes). Bake for a few minutes on each side. Usually when the batter starts to boil a bit it’s time to flip. Repeat until you’re out of batter.

Now add your favorite toppings. I usually add some heated frozen berries, a big tbsp of maple syrup (yum), and some yoghurt.

Pancake LOVE!

Bon appetit!

xo, Kirsten

Baked Oatmeal

Bakes Oats

I love oats for breakfast.

Though I never really eat them in a ‘traditional’ way. Ya know. Where you add some oats to a small pan with (almond) milk on a medium heat and stir until they’re done. Ain’t got no time for that. And I don’t like the glue-like texture it gets.

I do – on the other hand – LOVE pan baked oats. It’s my basic breakfast that I’ll eat about 5 times a week. And whenever I’m in a hurry I’ll prepare overnight oats to have a quick breakfast option in the morning. Because skipping breakfast is a no go. Not even when in a hurry! It’s your fuel for the day. You’ll feel crappy, tired and you’ll probably be in a bad mood when you skip the breakie.

So, when I found this oven baked recipe I couldn’t wait to make my own version. And it’s good. I’ve eaten it two days straight. It’s rainy days breakfast perfection and a great kick start for your sweet tooth. 😉

It tastes like apple pie. (and your whole house will smell like apple pie when it’s baking) It takes some time to prepare, but whilst in the oven you can take a shower or do a small yogamat workout. 25 minutes well spend in my opinion.

You’ll need (serves one, about 420 kcal)

  • 40g of Quaker Oats
  • 120ml almond milk (or any other milk/water of choice)
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup or agave syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple (I used a granny smith, but you could use a red apple too)
  • 10 black raisins

Directions

Preheat your oven to 180°C.

Add the oats, almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, raisins, banana and apple to an oven bowl and stir.

Put in the oven for about 25 minutes. (Enjoy the apple pie smell spreading through your house)

Serve with a hot cup of tea and a freshly squeezed orange juice on the side ;).

 

Good morning! 😉

xo, Kirsten

 

Banana bread (I say cake)

Banana bread

I think I just discovered a new favorite dessert. And breakfast. And lunch. And perhaps even dinner. All in one. Banana Bread. I die. It’s that good.

And it’s healthy.

And it’s super sweet.

Colleague treating with cake or pie for their birthday tomorrow? No prob. Just grab a piece of your ab fab banana bread and you won’t mind skipping a bite of that nasty calorie bomb cake for one bit. I did that exact thing today. And I did not crave the chocolate cake or apple and cinnamon cake once. Ok. Maybe once. But then I had my banana bread to the rescue. Heaven.

I’m a cake fan. I love to cheat with a big piece of (dry) cake. So, this ‘bread’ (I say cake) is perf.

I made it in a quick last minute rush the night before – and off course took a petite bite while it was still hot an gewy – to keep my munchies in check the day after. Best. Decision. Of the week.

I did underestimate the amount of banana needed in the recipe. We had two ripe bananas at home. But apparently you easily need three to receive 300g of banana (I got up to 250g with my three bananas. No prob. Tastes great). Eh. Let’s say we’re out of bananas ATM.

But, without any further ado I present you my healthy cake option. And you may want it for breakfast with some fresh fruit too. Just saying.

You’ll need (calories: see below*)

  • 140g spelt flour
  • 100g self-raising flour (baking powder)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 300g ripe banana
  • 3 eggs
  • 150ml greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or agave syrup, or honey) > add more if you’re a huge sweet tooth. Mind that bananas are the sweetest too!
  • 1 tbsp stevia
  • 100g blueberries
  • Pecans for topping. Or coconut/almond slices

Directions

Preheat your oven to 160°C.

Mix your dry ingredients: flour, self-raising flour, salt and stevia.

Mix your wet ingredients in another bowl: mashed bananas, greek yoghurt, eggs and maple syrup.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients in one bowl. And carefully add the blueberries true the batter.

Add the mixture in a cake mold which you’ve greased with some coconut oil. Put some pecans (or any other topping you crave) on top.

Leave in the oven for about an hour an 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it though.

I promise, you’ll love me for sharing this recipe!

xo, Kirsten

Baked Banana breakfast love

Baked banana

I could eat this every single morning. Ugh. Mmkay. I eat this every morning.

I kid. I kid.

Kind off.

I know it’s wise to switch things up and to eat different kinds of breakfast every day. Apparently your body needs a break from the same food items. And during the weekend, I usually manage do so. By making pancakes or eating eggs for breakfast. But. During the week, I simply crave my usual breakie. It’s that good. It puts an instant smile on my face when the first spoonful enters my mouth.
I can’t deal. So I just decided that I’m going put up my best ‘whatevs’ act and eat this sweetness as much as I can. With the occasional overnight oats in between to ‘give my bod a break’.

I mean, it keeps me full for quite a while (and for a self-proclaimed muncher – someone who keeps eating the whole dang day -, that means a lot), it’s packed with vitamins and superfoods and it contains everything a working class girl needs to kick start her day. Oh. And it’s healthy. Off course. So, I don’t see anything wrong with my baked banana scramble thing for breakfast

So, if you’re wondering what kick starts my day, without any further ado I give you the recipe of this the bomb.com dish!

You’ll need (about 327 kcal)

  • 1 banana
  • 100g of frozen berries (whatever you want, I usually pick a mix)
  • 10g of quaker oats (add more if you have a big day ahead or a big appetite)
  • 1 big-ass tbsp of cinnamon
  • stevia
  • 0% Total greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 10g goji berries

Directions

Put a pan on a high heat. Add the quaker oats and move to the sides so they can bake.

Now cut your banana lengthwise and in half and add to your pan. Generously sprinkle with cinnamon.

Add the berries. On the side. I also added some stevia, because often they taste a little to sour for my taste. Let the whole lot bake for a while and flip your bananas on the other side. (And I may or may not add some more cinnamon)

Meanwhile prep your greek yoghurt. Add some stevia, Goji berries and flax seeds and stir.

Now start mixing the ingredients in your pan until you get some sort of banana-berry-oat scramble. Add this to your yoghurt and have yourself a major foodgasm. Yeh. I really just wrote that.

You early birds may thank me later.

Bon appetit!

 

xo, Kirsten

 

French toast with berries and banana

French toast

So. I ran 7,5 km this morning. Not that I want to brag or anything (I totally do!), but I’m so dang proud of myself. This time last year, a 1 km run outside totally wore me out and I looked like an elephant who was trying to run elegantly down the streets. Thinking I was Jane Fonda, I think I came closer looking like some sort of female Al Bundy trying to do some sports. Major fail. So, babysteps, this morning I said buh-bye to my regular 5 km run and now I’m part of the 7K club. Is there such a club? Because I’m DEF allowed to join. 🙂 I was on a roll and I think I could have easily made it to 8 km or maybe even 9 (dare I say 10?) BUT my loving BF already finished his run long before me (I said I ran long, never mentioned I was fast. And I wasn’t. Really. I wasn’t – Babysteps remember) and he was patiently waiting for me so we could prepare a big-ass sunday morning breakfast together. Which was well deserved after such a great run. So. Um. I added extra sweetness as a little treat to myself! 🙂 Anyhow, we made this french toast – In Belgium we call it ‘lost bread’ because you use the old bread leftovers from your cabinet – which was the bomb.com. Yum. So next time you guys go for a run, this recipe can be your post-workout treat!

You’ll need (serves one, about 445 kcal)

  • 75g almond milk (Or plain milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • Stevia
  • 2 slices of bread (In total I had 50g)
  • Agave syrup
  • 100g mixed frozen berries
  • 1 big-ass tbsp of home made Nutella
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Directions

Whisk together the almond milk with the egg.  Add the vanilla extract, cinnamon and half a tsp of stevia (or more if you prefer it sweeter). Put your bread in the mixture and leave for a while.

Add a pan on a medium heat with some coconut oil. Add one slice of bread and bake for a minute or two until golden and brown. Flip and repeat on the other side. Set aside on a plate while you do the same with the other slice of bread. I chose to cut them in triangles, I believe bread tastes better triangle shaped. I’ve made it a point to eat them in triangles whenever I can. (And I try to make my BF do it too)

Now slice your banana in half and add to the pan. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Add the mixed berries around (not on top) your banana together with some more stevia. What can I say, I love my berries as sweet as possible! Flip the banana and also bake the other side. Now cut up with a wooden spoon and mix with the berries.

Put the warm berries and banana on top of your bread and add some agave syrup (told ya I was going extra extra dang sweet as a treat. Sorry not so sorry.) and add a big-ass tablespoon of home made Nutella on the side.

Yum.

Bon appetit!

xo, Kirsten