It’s time to break out your blender (again)! I’ve got a delicious new addition to my Smoothie Lineup, and this time it’s the classic combination of peanut butter and banana. Starting with a pairing like that, how can you go wrong? Frozen bananas provide natural sweetness and thick creamy texture, and peanut butter protein powder packs a punch of protein with less fat than regular peanut butter. I’ve also used almond milk as the liquid in this recipe for added creaminess but fewer calories and carbohydrates than dairy milk (you can of course substitute to suit your personal preference!). It’s quick and easy and tastes great – what’s not to like?
In case you missed it, summer is (officially) here (in the Northern hemisphere, anyway – Aussie readers, you can make this anyway, or Pin It and check back in six months). Summer cookouts abound and no one wants to turn on the oven, or even the stove if it can be avoided. Good news – this recipe requires neither! And while many summer desserts trick us with their emphasis on fruits, they can still be deceptively high in fat and calories. Not so with this decadent dish! I’ve taken the classic banana cream pie and turned it into a healthy, high-protein breakfast with the goodness of whole grain oats. Make mornings happier, especially if you have a few extra mouths around the breakfast table to feed (school summer vacation, anyone? You can always omit the protein powder and reduce the liquid slightly for the junior set). Enjoy the taste of a classic cool & creamy sweet summer-time dessert with none of the guilt (or excess fat or calories) in this healthy, high-protein make-ahead breakfast!
If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should – I post mouthwatering food photos, including recipe links, pretty much all day every day!), you’ll know that I am ALL ABOUT my Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes. I eat them at least a few times a week and I never get over how incredibly good they are and how you’d never guess that they’re a “protein” pancake. I won’t even share them with my own flesh and blood (I keep telling The Golden Graham Boy “you wouldn’t like them – they’re not for kids,” as he doesn’t need that much concentrated protein in one serving, nor the touch of Sucralose that comes in my protein powder. Moreover, they’re for Mommy and I’m not sharing!).
I didn’t think protein pancakes could get any better – but they did. I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me they could – but they did. It wasn’t until I ran out of my regular vanilla protein powder and decided to use peanut butter flavour protein powder instead that the magic happened – and boy, it did! Still incredibly low in fat, carbohydrates and calories, these Double Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes have 43g of protein per serving and are free of grains, gluten and refined sugar. You’ll never look at breakfast (or pancake supper) the same way again.
“Carry on my wayward son” (Kansas) – I’m not sure what it is about blogging that makes me want to sing, but random ditties always seem to pop into my head as I’m posting. In this case, I was thinking about carrying on with all of my great Overnight Oatmeal ideas. I can’t believe no one called me to task for failing to post a new flavour combination last week! But never fear, The Golden Graham Girl is here! (Or back. Or whatever.) And I’ve got a great new summer-themed idea, just in time for the first official day of summer (happy Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day, everyone! And FATHER’S DAY – yes, you can make this for Dad! And since you can make it the night before – if you hurry – you won’t have to get up early to present dear ol’ Dad with breakfast in bed! Win-win!).
As I’ve mentioned before, South Korea may not always have what I’m looking for in the local grocery store, but they do have a fantastic selection of seasonal produce. And guess what’s in season right now? MANGOES! Sweet, juicy and downright delectable, I was more than happy to make a mess making this oatmeal. And of course you know that I’m all about all things coconut. Mango and coconut is a great summer duo and for great reason – they taste great together! Not to mention they’re
healthyhealthful and good for you in oh-so-many ways. As always, I’ve added my signature high-protein twist to this dish (you can always omit the protein powder if you don’t need this boost!) and it’s just as easy to make this recipe as ever.
“Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirty and gritty…” (“Summer in the City” from The Lovin’ Spoonful, in case you weren’t keeping up with me there). Or, “Sunny days. Oh, sunny, sunny, sunny days…” (“Sunny Days” from Lighthouse – I didn’t even know this was a Canadian group until just now!). That just about sums up life in Ulsan, South Korea these days. So, with the mercury rising, I’m looking for great ways to stay cool and hydrated. Ice cream comes to mind, as do slurpees, slushies and sno-cones. But what about something with a little more oomph and a little less refined sugar (not to mention artificial colours and flavours)? With more than 35g of protein and none of the junk, this Strawberry-Coconut Chia Protein Smoothie will power you up AND cool you down. It looks, smells, tastes and even FEELS like a strawberry milkshake – your tastebuds will be none the wiser. Bonus? The sound of your blender will drown out my summer ditties!
Cinnamon gets to me. Every. Single. Time. It can be the height of summer, and I will still turn on my oven for a recipe featuring cinnamon (Salted Caramel Apple Bake has been on repeat for dessert here this week – it’s the lazy man’s – or woman’s – way to a crisp/crumble and really is so great with vanilla dairy ice cream OR coconut ice cream for the Paleo purists). But keep in mind that I AM Canadian, so baking in the summer heat of South Korea also means that I have my air conditioning unit on full blast (not energy efficient, I know). So, here’s my compromise: no oven required for this Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oatmeal! I still can’t resist microwaving it before I eat it, though, to send the scent of cinnamon throughout my office and make everyone jealous of my awesome breakfast (but don’t worry, I generously share this easy, healthy recipe, and I hope you do, too!). High protein, gluten-free and just as easy (easier, even) as pie.
A fluffy, foamy, sweet protein smoothie – this is sunshine in a shaker cup! The bright burst of orange is blended with creamy, high-protein Greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder and a frozen banana for a frosty treat before or after a workout or as a quick and healthy meal or snack. Whip it up in the blender in mere minutes and enjoy at home or on the go.
I don’t think my undying love for overnight oatmeal can be questioned (I’ve literally lost count of the number of flavour variations in my Breakfasts section). But just in case I haven’t yet won YOU over with this nutritious and delicious option, I will keep providing new and exciting (!) concoctions until I find the combination that floats YOUR boat. In that spirit, I humbly submit for your consideration: Raspberry Cheesecake Overnight Oatmeal (and yes, I admit that this particular inspiration hit me right in the middle of writing my post for Healthy Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake – another candidate for breakfast, as far as I’m concerned). Like all of my other (many) options, it’s gluten-free, high in protein and is a quick and easy breakfast option. Oh, and it’s delicious! Did I mention delicious?
Oh peaches, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…first there was just the perfectly fresh, ripe fruit with its fuzzy skin, tempting me from the produce bin. Then there was my summery sweet cool treat Simple Peach Protein Soft Serve. And NOW, with my love of overnight oatmeal and high-protein meal ideas how could I NOT make this easy, healthy recipe for Perfectly Peachy Overnight Oatmeal? Of course – there was no way I could not make it (enough double negatives for you?). Grammar and recipe to follow!
I LOVE oatmeal – especially Overnight Oatmeal, as evidenced by all of the delicious flavour combinations of my go-to breakfast. And I LOVE pumpkin pie. So, taking a page out of my Cinnamon Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal, I made Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oatmeal. And just like all of my other overnight oatmeal, it’s also high in protein (and flavour) and in this case also low in fat. Here’s yet another way to “eat dessert first.”