Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread (GF)

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bars

Need a delicious and healthy Breakfast or Snack Idea?

These bars are where its at!! Plus, you can’t go wrong with pumpkin….ever.

Its not quite paleo, because there are little bit of oats and protein, it’s as close to Paleo in a delicious bar as I’m gonna get today… They are moist and delicious!!

This recipe is adapted from my friend Jaquelyn Kay, who adapted it from Jamie Eason’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread.. so basically its a twice removed recipe from the star Jamie, herself 😉

All the ingredients you can get from the grocery, amazon pantry (with amazon prime), or make your own flours. (a little trick, for oat flout and almond flour, just put oats or almonds in a magic bullet… and VOILA!!)


Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly grease your pan with olive oil (9×9 square pan works best)

In small bowl combine: (set aside)1/3 cup Truvia/Stevia Blend and 2 tsp cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together  flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and protein powder.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg and whites, coconut milk, honey, and pumpkin.

Pour a shallow layer of batter into the loaf pan (about 1/4 of the batter). Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter & cinnamon/sugar on top. Draw a knife through the batter to marble. Bake for 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean when you poke the center of bread.




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Coconut Dream Smoothie

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Everyone loves a smoothie now and then right? Great snack or breakfast on the go – thanks to Shannon from Skinny Sometimes for another great recipe! coconut-dream-smoothie

Easy Veggie Scramble

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There is nothing I love more than an easy recipe! Shannon from Skinny Sometimes hit the jackpot with this super easy veggie scramble!Easy-Veggie-Scramble

Egg Whites & Ezekiel French Toast


french_toastI have mentioned many times that I am not a cook.
I actually ate virtually the SAME breakfast (oatmeal and egg whites) everyday for over 7 years.
Then… all of the sudden…. I just couldn’t do it anymore.
So lately, I’ve been looking for other ways to have a protein and slow-digesting-carb breakfast that I enjoy.
Protein Pancakes are great, but honestly, I really suck at pancakes (burned, crumbled, flat, you name it!!)

I was sent a few loaves of Food for Life’s Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Flax Bread and I wasn’t really sure what I could do with it, I mean, besides making toast.
Toast is just so dry and I don’t have any butter, so that was no fun… but wait!!
What about FRENCH TOAST?!?!?!
Ding Ding Ding!!

OK this could either be AMAZING or it could be a disaster….

Luckily, it was pretty damn good if I do say so myself!!

So, if you’ve ever tried Ezekiel Bread before, you will know it can be a little dry. It tastes much better toasted, because its dense. Well, I was worried that the french toast would be the same.
So, instead of real eggs, I used Egg Whites International liquid egg whites.

I have been using Egg Whites International since 2005 when I first saw their booth at the Olympia. They ARE real egg whites, but they have been filtered so there is no slimy texture, this made it so the egg whites just SOAKED into the bread, instead of just coating the outside like normal egg whites… THIS, it turns out, was the key!!

Here is all you need:

2 slices of Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Flax Bread

1/2c. Egg Whites International (or store bought) liquid egg whites

1 tbsp. coconut oil (for the pan)

Honey, real maple syrup, berries, etc. for topping (I used honey)


Cut the Ezekiel bread in thirds to make French Toast “sticks”

Poured about 1/2 c. of egg whites into a bowl

Dip the bread into the bowl but make sure the egg whites saturate the sticks (not to the point of being soggy, but fully saturated)

Heat a tbsp. of olive oil in a pan and place pieces of bread in the pan (on med-high) for about 2 minutes.

When the back side is browned, flip over and cook the other side..
VOILA!! CLEAN & LEAN French Toast

I dipped mine in honey and it was amazing! Because of the egg whites the toast was actually much less dense and tasted more like real bread. I really enjoyed it!

Nutrition Facts: (without topping)

Calories: 220

Fat: 2g

Carbs: 28g

Fiber: 8g

Protein: 23g

What do you think? Comment below and let me know how else to use this stuff!!

DISCLAIMER:  Food for Life provided the Ezekiel Bread for review. I am not an affiliate, nor do I receive commissions on the sale of the above products. The recipe, nonsense chatter, critiques, positive praise and ways to use it are all my own.

A Super Clean Apple Crumble


Fall is here and you may want some cleaner options for all the yummy desserts. This is one you can even use for a warm breakfast side

2 Apples chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp truvia/stevia or honey

Mix the above until covered and place in a small pie dish

1/2 c oat flour (grind oats in a magic bullet or food processor)
1/4 c. whole oats
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 scoops vanilla protein
1 Tbsp Water
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix the above until crumbly and top the apple mixture
Toss the pie dish into the oven at 350 for 15-20 minute

Makes 4 Servings


(not ACTUAL pic…. ice cream deletes the “clean part” LOL)

Almond Coconut Oatmeal Bake (breakfast or dessert)

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Oatmeal Bake (breakfast or dessert)

(revised recipe from Anna Slotnick)

Sometimes the old egg whites and oatmeal breakfast gets a little boring. Maybe you just don’t have time! This Oatmeal Bake you can make the night before and just grab a bar in the morning!

(or sometimes I like to have a bar after dinner for a little something sweet, but not too naughty!)

There are 3 combos I made:

Almond Coconut

Banana Walnut

Apple Pecan

They are all freakin’ awesome and you can create your own combos too!



2 c. old fashioned oats (not quick oats)

4 scoops vanilla whey (I’ve used Dymatize Elite XT and Muscle Pharm Combat, both worked great)

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

lots of brisk shaking of cinnamon (2 itsp??)

4 egg whites (or 1/2 c liquid egg whites)

1.5 c cold water (or almond milk if you want)

3/4 c. Pumpkin (or you can use no sugar added applesauce)

Sweetener as desired—4-6 packets of splenda or truvia, 3-4 dropperfuls of lohan (or none)

 Then…. this is where the fun starts
Coconut & Almond (1/2 c. coconut, 1/4c. almonds chopped)
Apples & Pecans (1 whole apple chopped, 1/4 c. pecans chopped)
Bananas & Walnuts (1 whole banana sliced, 1/4 c. walnuts chopped)



1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix together wet ingredients – except fruit, nuts, or coconut

3. Mix together dry ingredients in separate bowl.

4. Spray pan with non-stick baking spray or grease with coconut oil (we used a cake pan– 8×13)

5. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients – make sure it is distributed evenly. Then add nuts, half of the coconut or fruit. **if doing a banana, line the pan with banana slices

6. Pour mixture into pan and top with extra shredded coconut or extra apple slices

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (make sure a knife/toothpick comes out clean in the center)


They taste amazing when still warm from the oven, but still are delicious when room temp or reheated;)


Cut into 1/4ths. (This makes 4 servings.)

Each serving has:

1/2 c. oats

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 egg white

little bit of: pumpkin, sweetener, spices, etc.


29 g carbs (less than 3g of sugar– from fruit and little bit of pumpkin), 33 g protein, 0.5-2g  g fat (depending on if using nuts or not)

image from http://foodhero.wordpress.com/2008/11/01/baked-oatmeal/

Are we going Paleo?

Caveman Feast

Since starting the #JERFChallenge I have become even more intrigued with Paleo Lifestyle and finding myself on many more Paleo Blogs looking for recipes. I got this book a few weeks ago, but I moved and didn’t get a chance to dig into it, but since starting the #JERF Challenge I’ve really been tearing through the pages and learning a lot!

You can get the book at Amazon.com
or order for your Kindle

and of course, don’t forget to check out my favorite paleo blogs:
Civilized Caveman Cooking


Nom Nom Paleo

and last but not least, George’s Latest Ebook Cookbook with 200+ paleo living recipes


Gluten free banana yogurt oat muffins

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So, I found this little recipe for banana muffins and wanted to make it healthier, well, I tried, but ended up with a dense mess, so I asked my friend Shanna Shad to help me figure out how to perfect it and she did!

Here is the result and she said her 2 year old ate nearly all of them!

Yield 18 muffins
Prep time 10 min
Baking time 16-18 min
Total time (includes cooling) 35-40 min
1 c. oat flour
1/3 c. flax meal
2/3 c. almond flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
6 packets of stevia
Pinch sea salt
2 cups mashed overripe banana – usually 4 large ones
1 whole egg and 2 egg whites, room temp and lightly whisked
½ c. plain fat free Greek yogurt, room temp
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ c melted coconut oil
½ c unsweetened almond milk, room temp

Optional ingredients:
½ C chopped walnuts
**you can add raw honey or extra stevia to taste for added sweetness


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prep muffins pans – spray lightly with cooking oil spray
  • Whisk together dry ingredients thoroughly (Oat flour through sea salt) in a big bowl and set aside
  • Mash bananas with a fork, mix in the rest of the wet ingredients until well combined. It takes a little bit to get the coconut oil fully mixed in.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix slowly with a spatula till just combined. Fold in the walnuts if you choose to add them in. Don’t over mix
  • Full muffin tin ¾ full each cup.
  • Bake 16-18 min or until the top bounces back when lightly pressed
  • Cool in pan 5 min then cool on a wire cooling rack, at least 10 min, so you don’t burn your mouth. Enjoy!

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Makes 18 servings– 1 muffin per serving
Calories: 135
Fat: 7g
Carb: 12g
Protein: 7g


Girl Scout Cookie Protein Shake


If you’re like me, you LOVE, love, LOVE Girl Scout cookies… but there are two problems- #1 they only sell them once a year (this is actually, probably a good thing)

and #2 I can’t stop at just one (box, that is) so they aren’t too “pants friendly” LOL

How about a little shake that gets your “Samoa” fix and keeps you on track to stay in your clothes? uhmmm yes please.

**Recipe from Egg Whites International

8 oz egg whites (8 pumps or 1 cup)
2-4 oz milk of choice (We suggest almond milk)  or water (use less if a thicker shake is desired)
– 2 tbsp vanilla sugar free, fat free instant pudding powder*
– 1 tbsp chocolate sugar free, fat free instant pudding powder*
– 1 tablespoon sugar free caramel sauce**
– 2 tablespoons sugar free coconut syrup***
– 2-3 ounces (app ¼ cup) very strong coffee, optional

1. Add all ingredients and pulse in a blender until smooth.

* Optional = substitute protein powder in place of pudding powder!
** try Walden’s sugar free sauces
*** try Torani or DaVinci brands for these syrups


Nutrition (using 4 oz. almond milk)

Calories: 166     Fat: 1.2g     Carb: 8g     Protein: 26.5g

Refreshing Green Summer Smoothie

Yummy Nutritious Summer Smoothie!!

Summer time is a great time for smoothies— so many variations and fun fruits to try. This is a great protein smoothie, so it can be used as a meal replacement if you like



-8oz. liquid egg whites (I used Egg Whites International)

-1c. frozen tropical fruit mix (pineapple, papaya, mango & strawberries)

– handful of spinach

– 2 tbsp. flax meal (Optional)

– packet of stevia or sweetener of choice to taste

– 1/8-1/4 water for more liquid consistency


spinach, frozen fruit, and liquid egg whites


Mix 1c. liquid egg whites, 1c. frozen fruit, handful of spinach, flax meal, stevia in a blender or magic bullet.

egg whites, fruit and spinach


Add extra water (or juice or almond milk) to desired consistency.— Drink!

Yummy Nutritious Summer Smoothie!!


Makes 1 serving:

Calories: 190

Protein: 27

Carbs: 20

Fat: 0 **

** May add 1-2 tbsp. of flax meal, coconut oil or avocado for healthy fats– will add approx. 4-6g of Fat and 36-54 cal.