No-Bake Peanut Butter Banana Coconut Breakfast Bars

Sometimes, mornings are hard.  I recently had an unfortunate morning that involved my phone alarm not going off, spilling a bag of coffee grounds all over the kitchen floor, and worst of all – forgetting my well packed bag of food for the day!!  I’m sure you’ve been there and its not fun!! These types of days usually result in a medley of unorganized eating patterns because a rough morning really screws with my whole day.  These 5 Ingredient no-bake bars are a great staple to keep in your freezer to grab when you’re simply on the go, in need of a snack, or having a disastrous morning!  Not too mention, the Trader Joe’s Coco Chips I used as a topping are AHHmazing.

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Peanut Butter Banana Coconut Breakfast Bars

Makes 4 Bars!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter of your choice
  • 1 medium mashed banana
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Handful of Trader Joe’s Coco Chips on top (Can also use 2 tbsp regular shredded coconut)
  • Optional extras: cranberries, chocolate chips, slivered or whole almonds/pecans, chia seeds, flaxseeds

Direction

1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, peanut butter, mashed banana, and cinnamon.  It works well to microwave the peanut butter for 15 seconds to soften it slightly, prior to mixing.  Mix well until thick mixture is well combined.

2. Place a large piece of plastic wrap in a loaf pan, this will allow you to easily remove the bars when finished. Press the, oatmeal mixture into the bottom and evenly flatten.  Top the mixture with the honey and coco chips.  Wrap up with the extra plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  Slice and serve, keep in the fridge for 5 days or freeze individually wrapped!

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Individually wrapped and ready to go!

Individually wrapped and ready to go!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Welcome to the first post of our #PumpkinSpiceSeries!! We couldn’t be more excited for fall, especially fall foods! What better way to start off our series than with the classic pumpkin spice latte?!

Did you know that a tall “skinny” Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte has 216 calories?  Try this amazingly easy and absolutely delicious recipe for just you or make a few to share! Not to mention, it has 100 calories less than the Starbucks version (it’s not $4 either). I’m telling you, it is so good that I am drinking it at 10pm (yup, tomorrow is gonna be rough).

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Healthy Bachelorette Pumpkin Spice Latte

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 2/3 cup skim milk

Directions

  1. Add 1 shot of espresso to a coffee mug.
  2. Stir brown sugar, vanilla and pumpkin spice into mug with the hot espresso.
  3. Froth the milk using a milk frother. Add the milk into the mug first and stir. Top with foam.
  4. Optional: sprinkle with cinnamon.

Nutrition facts: 113 calories, 18.7g total carbohydrates, 5.4g protein

I don’t have an espresso machine, however a friend got us this awesome and adorable Bialetti 1 cup espresso maker that you simply put on the stove. It’s a great option for a small kitchen or for someone who isn’t ready to commit to a larger espresso maker.

Espresso Maker

 

What #PumpkinSpiceSeries recipes are you looking forward to this fall? Leave your comments below. We will be coming at you with a new one every Thursday until the end of October!

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Figs & honey. They go together just like peanut butter and jelly.

It was one of those mornings where I realized I had no “breakfast food” in the house. Luckily, we have a fig tree. Figs taste amazingly sweet, but not too sweet – but honestly fresh figs are so much better with honey.

Try this yummy and simple sandwich for breakfast, as an appetizer at a party or as a snack. You can make the sandwich as an open face, or close it up for a more traditional sandwich.

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Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Serves: 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat a cast iron pan to medium heat. Brush the bread with the olive oil on both sides. Toast on the pan about 6 minutes (3 on each side).
  2. Spread 1 ounce of goat cheese onto the bread.
  3. Slice each fig into 3-4 slices. Place on top of the goat cheese.
  4. Drizzle with honey and serve!

 

Figs

I love this small colander for washing fruits and berries. It’s perfect for one serving!