Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pancakes

¡Buenos días! ¿Cómo están ustedes? Estoy bien. So, why did I start speaking Español? Well, it is because I am introducing you guys to chia seeds, which is grown in Latin America. Here are some great articles written by  Registered Dietitians, talking about chia seeds.

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pancakes

https://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/2878/chia-seeds-the-newest-ancient-superfood/

http://www.foodandnutrition.org/January-February-2014/Chia-Seeds-Tiny-Seeds-with-a-Rich-History/

Chia seeds has so many health benefits, some of which include:

  • Great source of Omega- 3 Fatty Acids
  • 10 grams of fiber per ounce (2 tablespoons)
  • Has protein
  • Has minerals such as: iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

I made pancakes with these chia seeds. It’d be great for breakfast. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, melted

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Mix in the chia seeds.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients. The mixture gets a little thick.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup for each pancake. If you like smaller pancakes, use 2 tablespoons.
  6. Wait until it bubbles form and then flip the pancake. Cook on the other side for about 1 minute.
  7. Enjoy!

This makes around 8 pancakes if you use 1/4 cup. The pancakes are really filling!

By the way, I attended a cooking demo yesterday and it was awesome! We made Zucchini Brownies and Asparagus Risotto. It was so good! After I recreate it at home, I’ll share the recipe with you guys.

Sources:

http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442472548

What is your favorite breakfast food?

Have you tried chia seeds before?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I baked this delicious banana bread on Saturday.

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It’s delicious! I think that I’ve said that a million times already. I’m posting the recipe because I have had requests for the recipe! And, guess what. This bread is almost healthy. I say that because I used honey to sweeten the bread. I didn’t use regular sugar. Either way, the use of sugar or sweeteners is “empty calories” and it’s best to limit the consumption of empty calories.

Anyway, If you want to make it vegan, substitute the honey for agave!

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1/2 cup honey (you can use agave if you want to make it vegan)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • a dash of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, oats, baking power, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix together the bananas, oil, milk, honey and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour into a greased bread pan. Place some chocolate chips on top to make it look nice and fancy.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes.
  8. Take out, let it cool, slice into pieces, and enjoy! I’ll be enjoying this with peanut butter.

You can use less chocolate chips if you want. Or you can add more. It depends on your taste.

Do you like bananas?

What’s your favorite breakfast treat? 

Vegan Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

Welcome. I hope the smell of these awesome cupcakes don’t distract you. It looks like a brownie cupcake, right?

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These cupcakes are delicious! I made them the past weekend and no one can tell that it uses healthier ingredients.

My brother said that these are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made while his friend ate 3 of them. Whoops. There’s no butter, dairy, eggs, etc. Guess what. I used whole wheat pastry flour! Oh, the added fiber makes it a bit more filling.

Here’s the recipe to these amazing cupcakes. Shhh. Don’t say that they’re vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add in all the wet ingredients. Mix.
  4. Pour into cupcake liners. Fill about 3/4 way full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. For me, it was done at 17 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

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On another note, my classes went well for the most part. Wish me luck on that. There’s a class I’m waitlisted for. Also, I am now a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I’m so happy to be part of the the SweatPink Team.

What do you think of vegan desserts?

Do you like making healthier version of desserts?

Mini Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pretzels

I love mall shopping. Trying on clothes, looking at new make-up, and all of that glamorous stuff. It’s awesome.

After walking and shopping all day, I usually feel like going to the food court and buy a snack. After all, I get tired after running around the mall all day. My favorite mall food would have to be a cinnamon sugar pretzel.

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Yet, I don’t like all the refined carbohydrates and sugar it has! So, I decided to make my own pretzels. They’re so easy to make!

Here’s the recipe.

Servings: 18 mini donuts

Ingredients

Pretzel

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 to 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 3 tablespoon melted unsalted butter (can use non-hydrogenated margarine or coconut oil)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a bowl, activate the yeast. Mix together the warm water and honey. Add in the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the rest of the dough ingredients. Once it all comes together, cover it with and let it rise for an hour.
  3. Once the dough is done rising, punch it down. Separate into 18 pieces and roll them out into long ropes. Make sure that it can fit into your mini pretzel maker.
  4. Heat up the mini pretzel maker. Spray with non-stick spray. Then, place the dough into the pretzel maker. Cover and let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. As the pretzels are cooking, melt the butter. In another container, mix together the sugar and ground cinnamon.
  6. Once the pretzels are done cooking, dip the pretzel into the butter. Let excess butter drip and then cover it with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Enjoy!
If you don’t have a mini pretzel maker, preheat the oven to 425 F. Boil 8 cups of water with 2 tsp baking soda. Shape the dough rope into the pretzel size and dip it into the water mixture for one minute. Do it with all the pretzels. 
Then, bake it for 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of the pretzel. Dip it into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar. 
Do you like pretzels?
– I do. I love cinnamon sugar pretzels. 
Are you a huge cinnamon fan?
– I am. I love cinnamon on sweet potatoes too! Unfortunately  my family isn’t too fond of cinnamon.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So, my New Year started off with staying up until 1 am. That time is pretty late for me to stay up. I am the type of girl that goes to bed early at 11 pm. It probably is not too early but it is for most college students.

After that, I woke up and worked out. I ran 6 miles and did a High Intense Interval Training (HIIT) workout. It felt good to start the New Year with  getting my blood running with exercise. Trust me. Trying to get out of bed during the winter can be dreadful. It is usually cold.  After working out, I ate a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter for breakfast and drank coffee with soymilk.

At night, I went to a family gathering for the New Year. I baked these Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are a favorite in my family.

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These cookies were gone in a matter of minutes. Literally. My cousins loved them, even with the use of oats and whole wheat pastry flour. They kept grabbing and eating them one after another.

It makes me feel a little better to bake these types of cookies than the regular chocolate chip cookies. These cookies have a higher fiber content and are 100% whole grain. Add in the fact that olive oil is used, it makes for a “healthier” cookie. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat and low in saturated fat. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats do not raise the “bad” cholesterol, also known as the Low Density Lipo-Protein (LDL) in the blood.

With that being said, I made these cookies so that I would feel  a little better about eating sweets. Anyway, these cookies are delicious, as I prefer these to regular chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 3 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water (if the dough is too dry)
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, oats, protein powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix together the sugars, egg, and olive oil.
  4. Pour the flour mixture slowly into the wet ingredients, slowly mixing it in.
  5. Once a dough forms, mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Drop 2 tablespoon size balls onto a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes.
  8. Take them out, let them cool, and enjoy!

 

How was your New Year? 

How did you celebrate?

Do you like creating “healthier” versions of not-so-healthy foods?