Although I strongly believe that eating too much refined sugar is what generally leads to more cravings, even those of us who avoid it have sweet tooth cravings sometimes! Here are some great recipes so you can enjoy some dessert (or breakfast!) without resorting to those refined sugars.
Notice how they all revolve around bananas and protein powder. These are such easy ingredients to play around with and I’m sure you’ll find a bunch of your own tasty recipes!
Easy Oatmeal Cookies
- 2 overripe bananas
- 1 cup oats
- Optional: 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- Optional: 1 tbsp peanut butter
First, mash the banana until it’s as creamy as you can get it. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well-blended. Form into little balls and place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Let them cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Although I don’t recommend it (the consistency won’t be as good), you can also make these in the microwave if you just can’t wait! Cooking time will vary by the size of your cookies and wattage of your microwave, but aim for 2-5 minutes.
Warm Banana Chia Pudding
- 1 overripe banana
- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- chia seeds
- 1/2 cup water
Mash the banana and then mix in the other ingredients. Add the water right before putting into the microwave. Let it cook for roughly 2 minutes. It will be hot! This recipe is perfect for a cool Fall day, as it’s basically like a warm bowl of oatmeal! Plus, who doesn’t love baked bananas?
A big thanks to Tone It Up for the recipe inspiration! Here’s my version.
- 2 eggs or 6 tbsp egg whites
- 1 overripe banana
- 1.5 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- Dash of cinnamon
Mash the banana. Mix in the eggs/egg whites. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. These can be made either on the stove or in the microwave. I actually prefer to make them in the microwave since they’re a bit harder to flip than regular pancakes. Simply pour 1/3 of the mixture into a bowl and heat for about 2 minutes. Repeat until you have three, perfectly round pancakes!
Now for some Jake Johnson…