Quinoa Brownies

Want more protein in your diet? Want more quinoa in your diet?? Want more chocolate in your diet??? Yes to all of those for me! This recipe gives you all of that!

Quinoa brownies!
Quinoa brownies
Yes, I’m serious! I have been adding quinoa to all kind of things recently to try to increase protein and get the health benefits of this amazing grain! These brownies are not your store bought tasting brownies…. They are more dense but just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness! My kids gobble them up (if the kids like them then obviously they are good right?) and I get to satisfy my sweet tooth!

 

Quinoa Brownies

¾ c. cooked quinoa (cooked ahead with plain water)

¼ c. cocoa powder

¼ c. pure maple syrup

¼ c. almond butter

1 egg

8 tsp. unsweetened applesauce

1/8 c. coconut oil

¼ c. unsweetened chocolate or chocolate chips (I use 2 blocks of Ghirardelli unsweetened chocolate)

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. sea salt

Blend all of this together in a blender until smooth

Line 4×6 bread loaf pan with foil and spray with cooking oil

Pour batter into lined pan and cook at 350 for about 35 min until toothpick comes out clean

Let pan cool and then pull brownies out by pulling the foil out.

Once cool, slice and eat

Store in airtight container in fridge

Quinoa brownie

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Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes with Almond Butter, Banana, and Honey

These are just toooo good to not share.

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The base of these pancakes is egg and pumpkin.  There is no flour in them.  Before you venture on thinking you can not cheat on your flour-filled pancakes… believe me when I tell you they are worth a try.  I love them, my kids love them, they are guilt free, and they are made from eggs without tasting like eggs!  That is kind of a win when you aren’t feeling like eating eggs one morning, but want the health benefits from them.

You can also substitute the pumpkin with banana, but we love the pumpkin in our house (even if it is spring!)

This recipe makes enough for 1 person.  Maybe a second person if you are loading with toppings.  I usually double this recipe for me and my 2 young kids and it’s the perfect amount.

 

Here’s the ingredients for your pancakes:

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Whisk your eggs in a bowl, then whisk in pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, and honey.

**if you are planning to top with honey/bananas, fruit, etc… you may not need the honey in them too… it makes them just the right sweetness if you’re eating them plain or topping with some nut butter

Mix batter until the consistency is even

Use coconut oil to fry these babies up.

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Melt coconut oil in a pan.  Use a ¼ C. measuring cup to measure out each pancake.  Wait until a few bubbles appear and flip them to cook the other side.

 

Okay… so now is the fun part!  The toppings!

You can top with whatever you are feeling…   Buuuuttt… this topping is amaaaaaaazing!

You’ll use:

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Put your desired amount of almond butter (could use peanut butter here too) in the microwave in increments of 10 seconds until it is softened.  Smear that on each pancake!

Then slice your banana and top

Then drizzle honey on there!

Umm…. Can we say A-maz-ING!

 

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Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes with Almond Butter, Banana, and Honey

2 eggs

1/4 C. canned pumpkin (Can sub 1/2 a mashed banana here is you want)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. baking soda (I do a “pinch” of baking soda)

1 tsp. honey (optional)

Whisk your eggs in a bowl, then whisk in pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, and honey.  Mix until the consistency is even.  Once you have an even consistency, melt coconut oil in a pan.  Use a ¼ C. measuring cup to measure out each pancake and fry.  Wait until a few bubbles appear and flip them to cook the other side.

Topping:

1 tbsp almond butter melt in microwave in increments of 10 seconds until softened. Spread on each pancake ( can sub peanut butter here if you wish)

½ sliced banana strategically placed 😉

1 tbsp honey drizzled over it all

Other topping options: plain, cinnamon, honey, almond butter, peanut butter, maple syrup, banana, strawberries, blueberries, or any fruit.

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