Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Blondies

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Blondies

I don’t know about you, but I think these Peanut Butter Banana Blondies are the legit Bomb .Com

After all, what could beat the most satisfying combo of Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Honey?

We’ve all been there, those spotty bananas eyeing you as soon as you enter the kitchen…

They have one day before their bad, but you don’t want to waste the sweetness of the fructose coming to its full bloom!

Then it hits! Not banana bread, but Banana Blondies! With hues of honey and peanut butter the ultimate breakfast and snack overtakes your mind!

And your tastebuds 😉

One of the best things about these is how versatile they are. Since they are gluten free and dairy free all your dietary restricted friends can enjoy! I have a few friends who fall into these categories and whenever we attend a potluck I always make it a priority to make something they can enjoy.

As well as for myself of course because I fall into both of those categories. Gluten free 100% of the time and dairy free about 70% of the time. Some days are better than others…and some are full of goat cheese staring you in the face with crackers and red pepper jam…

Any-who, as I was saying these Peanut Butter Banana Blondies are great for breakfast, a mid afternoon snack, second breakfast, and dessert.

You are not seeing it wrong I did say second breakfast because some days you need a breakfast after your breakfast.

Here’s What You’ll need:

  • Almond butter
  • Honey
  • 2 large bananas, mashed to a pulp
  • 1 egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 5 scoops collagen
  • 1/4 cup Dairy Free chocolate chips
  • My Protein Collagen Icing

I know what you’re thinking…that looks like a lot of collagen and you’re right in a sense (these ingredients are spread over many servings) but let me tell you why I opt for collagen in this case instead of a typical vegan/dairy free protein.

Frankly, I am fed up with using pea protein blends. Yes there is egg protein as well and hemp but I despise the texture and the taste. Every time I hear people say you can mask the taste I have to wonder…

Why would someone lie about that?

Seriously though, if you’ve tried straight or even flavored hemp protein and pea protein you know what I’m talking about!

Yes there are good brands and blends here and there but the beauty of collagen is that you can add it to baked goods without the texture changing. When you use a pea or a hemp beyond it’s serving size things usually tend to get, well…

Earthy

You can draw your own conclusions there but trust me! Collagen is the way to go for this recipe. You can also omit this if you would prefer not to have it in the recipe just remember, as I mentioned before collagen doesn’t affect the texture of the recipe so there is no reducing liquid or changing ingredient amounts.

The same goes for my collagen glaze, you can omit the collagen if you would like but you will miss out on the added benefits of a higher protein treat that will keep you satiated longer.

But it’s your choice, either way these Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Blondies will turn out divine!

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Peanut Butter Banana Blondies

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Glazed Blondies 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These sweet blondies and collagen icing are the perfect pair. Take your taste buds for a ride with these dense yummy Peanut Butter Banana Blondies!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large bananas, mashed to a pulp
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 5 scoops collagen
  • 1/4 cup Dairy Free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 batch or more of my Protein Collagen Icing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray
  2. Microwave the peanut butter in a small bowl for 30 seconds
  3. In a food processor add the honey, mashed bananas, and vanilla and blend until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Sift the flour into the food processor and add in the baking soda and powder.
  5. Add the chocolate chips in and pulse them in short bursts to slightly spread and break up the chips.
  6. Spread the mixture into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. This may vary based on the all-purpose flour you used and if you used natural drippy peanut butter.

Notes

The nutrition was calculated using 1/2 batch of the protein collagen icing.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Glazed Blondie
  • Fat: 10
  • Carbohydrates: 38
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 13

Keywords: Bananas, Blondies, Honey, Bananas, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Collagen, Breakfast

Protein Collagen Icing

Protein Collagen Icing

Did someone say Delicious Dairy-Free protein icing? That’s right! My Protein Collagen Frosting is the perfect addition to any cinnamon roll, cake, or really any pastry. With less than 5 ingredients it is my go-to glaze.

Prepare for Deliciousness in Minutes

I don’t lie when I say this recipe takes minutes! All you need is:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Collagen peptides
  • Vanilla extract
  • Dairy-free milk

That’s all folks! Nothing more.

Simply whip all the ingredients in a small bowl and you are good to go!

What can this be used for?

Like I mentioned before this simple glaze can be used as the perfect healthy addition to:

  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Scones
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Much more!

If you want to make a deliscious breakfast, snack, or dessert to pair with this glaze I suggest trying my lemon Blueberry Scones!

They are packed with flavor and are not the least bit dry!

You can also try some of my other healthy recipes like

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Protein Collagen Icing

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/41/3 cup 1x
  • Category: Sweet
  • Diet: Low Fat

Description

This simple protein icing will add the perfect layer of sweetness to your scones, cinnamon rolls, and so much more.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp collagen
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp non-dairy milk

Instructions

  1. Combine the powdered sugar and collagen together in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk in the milk and vanilla until you reach an icing consistency.

Notes

To make this collagen protein icing thicker, add more powdered sugar in increments of 1-2 Tbsp at a time.

You can find the nutrition profile of this on Myfitnesspal with the title: When Sweet Met Salty Protein Collagen Icing.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Tbsp
  • Calories: 144
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 28
  • Protein: 8

Keywords: Icing, glaze, frosting, low fat, dairy-free, gluten-free

Little Debbie Copycat Cosmic Brownie Bites

Little Debbie Copycat Cosmic Brownie Bites

Go back to your childhood with these Healthy Little Debbie Copycat Cosmic Brownie Bites! These are extremely fudgy, and made with natural ingredients like avocado and almond butter!

It may be hard to believe looking at them, but these are made with not 1, but 2 avocados.

The Avocados are what give this that nice fudgy texture that really reminds you of Little Debbie.

I impulsively made these one day when I was craving a brownie, but not just a typical brownie, a frosted thick brownie, but in bite-sized pieces.

After cruising down the isle at the grocery store to buy cacoa powder I passed Little Debbies Cosmic Brownies and BAM, I knew I had to make them!

As you know, Little Debbie is not a Healthy Childhood memory. It’s a sweet, sugary one that involves a lot of sugar, butter, and nothing gluten free or dairy free.

How Does One Health-ify These In A Tasty Way?

To make a gluten free and dairy free (look at recipe for sub.) homestyle version I start with the roots, the ingredients. I look at what a typical Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie Contains and I look at what I can swap.

  • I swapped almond flour for wheat flour
  • I Used Truvia and reduced the amount of sugar
  • Incorporated a plant-based butter
  • Made the frosting with almond butter as the base
  • Added Avocados to reduce the amount of butter needed and create a creamy texture

By making simple swaps like these I was able to make these a treat I could really enjoy more often and ya know eat them since they’re gluten free.

i recommend using a cocoa powder that is high quality and is unsweetened as well. Most cocoa powders are naturally unsweetened, but some cheap versions in grocery stores use sugar as a filler so I recommend looking at the label and if you see sugar…

Just Run…

To another store that will have better selection.

How To Make That Thick Frosting

Could a cosmic brownie ever be a real cosmic brownie without a thick and creamy frosting? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

To make the frosting all you’ll need is Almond butter, cocoa powder, non-dairy milk, and Truvia. Once you make it, pop it into a ziplock bag and cut a 1/4 inch slit in the corner. Then, simply pipe it onto the brownie bites and use a butter knife or spatula to spread it even.

The key to getting the right consistency for this to not add too much non-dairy milk. The icing should be able to be placed on a brownie bite without dripping.

Another important part of this recipe is to let these cool. You need to be able to apply the frosting without it melting off so I would let these cool for a good 15 minutes.

If you’ve tuned in this far I would like to sincerely thank you as I sit atop the antique knife I used to
frost these.

As you can tell I like to get a bit crafty with my recipes and edits, which is why I consider myself a Food Photographer and a Food Blogger. I can’t pick just one.

It would be a travesty!

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Little Debbie CopyCat Cosmic Brownie Bites

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minute
  • Yield: 24 Cosmic Brownie Bites 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Move over Little Debbie because these Healthy Cosmic Brownie Bites will take you back to your childhood. These are rich in cocoa and have a decadent fudgy texture.


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Ingredients

Brownie Bites

  • 2 ripe small avocados, pitted and skins removed (about 3/4 cup once pureed)
  • 1/2 cup Truvia baking blend (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 Tbsp Truvia brown sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Lilly’s no sugar added chocolate chips (use dairy-free chocolate to make this recipe completely DF)
  • 2.5 tsp plant-based butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup +1 tbsp cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • (Optional) Sprinkles

Frosting

  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 5 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp non-milk
  • 1.5 tbsp Truvia
  • 5 Tbsp for topping (this is mandatory!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.and line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the avocado, Truvia, and vanilla until the texture is smooth.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave in increments of 30 minutes and add the melted chocolate to the food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs until they form bubbles
  5. Combine the chocolate and avocado mixture from the food processor.
  6. Add in the cocoa powder, almond flour, and sea salt and stir until the texture has zero chunks in it.
  7. Fill the mini muffin tins until they are 3/4 full and bake for 35-40 minutes. It may take longer depending on your oven and if you fill them more.
  8. Once you can stick a toothpick in the brownie bites and no batter sticks to the toothpick they are done. Let them cool for 15 minutes before frosting them.
  9. While the brownie bites are cooling make the frosting. In a small bowl, melt the almond butter in the microwave for 30 seconds until it is smooth. Then, combine the remaining ingredients into the small bowl with the almond butter.
  10. Pour the frosting into a small ziplock bag and cut a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag.
  11. Once the brownies have cooled begin frosting the brownies starting from the center and moving outward in a circular motion until the brownie bite is covered in chocolate on top. Once complete add the sprinkles.
  12.  Keep these stored in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Notes

When making the frosting be sure to add milk slowly as this is a thick frosting and you don’t want to make it drippy by adding too much liquid. If you accidentally add to much simply add more almond butter until it thickens.

This was calculated using Lily’s no sugar added chips. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Frosted and Sprinkled Brownie Bite
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 3
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 11
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 2

Keywords: Brownies, Dairy Free, Healthy, gluten free, frosting, healthy frosting, almond butter, almond flour, under 110 calories

Honey Glazed Salmon

Honey Glazed Salmon

This Honey Glazed Salmon is the perfect recipe if you’re seeking something healthy and quick! This recipe can be whipped up in under 20 minutes and is the perfect complement to a bed of rice and steamed veggies.

I admit Salmon is something I have to be in the mood for, but I’ve never been able to figure out how to season or cook Salmon the right way until now.

How Should I Cook The Salmon?

Great question! I found that the key to avoiding overcooked Salmon is to time it just right! I cook it 4-6 minutes on each side in a good pan or skillet.

As much as I love to hold on to old cookware as I detest buying new things I opted for a newer large non-stick pan, and the results were so much better compared to that on my old freshman year of college pans.

And yes…I held them for over 4 years before throwing them away and I have no shame in doing so!

Give me the Deets on the Honey Glaze!

Luckily, this Honey Glaze is made with a rather slim ingredient list (as you will likely have most of the ingredients on hand) and requires holding your hunger for only a few more minutes before the dish
is complete.

For the Honey Glaze you will need:

  • Minced garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Oil of choice
  • Lemon juice
  • Tamari sauce
  • Honey of course!
  • Chopped parsley
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Salt and Pep

Now, I know his may seem like a lot but odds are you will have a majority of these ingredients on hand if you have a gluten-free pantry.

Can I Make This Honey Glaze Thicker Or Thinner?

Absolutely! The key to creating a thicker or thinner Honey Glaze is cornstarch, which I have fallen in love with as a thickening agent in many gluten-free sauces.

If you prefer a thicker sauce add an extra teaspoon of cornstarch to the cornstarch and water mixture (listed in the recipe card below) and a dash more of water.

To make it thinner, you will do the opposite. Simply, reduce the cornstarch by 1 teaspoon and maintain the amount of water that it calls for in the recipe.

What Can I Serve This With?

I find this dish is best served with rice, steamed veggies like broccolini and cauliflower, and potatoes.

Alternatively, you could also make a larger portion of the sauce and create a stir-fry with the salmon and pair it with sugar snap peas, peppers, and water chestnuts.

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Honey Glazed Salmon

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 44 ounce fillets with honey glaze 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A super simple Salmon recipe that is flavorful and healthy!


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound of Atlantic Salmon cut into 4 fillets
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 1/8 heaping tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 2.5 Tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon juiced (or 23 Tbsp of lemon juice from a lemon juice bottle)
  • 3 Tbsp Tamari (or low sodium sea salt if not gf)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water
  • 3 Tbsp chopped parsley + extra to top

Instructions

  1. Add the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. While the pan warms up coat the salmon with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the salmon for 4-5 minutes each side. If they are thick slices aim for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Wrap the salmon in tin foil and set aside while you prepare the Honey Glaze.
  4. Throw the chopped garlic to the pan and cook over medium-high heat for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the water, lemon juice, Tamari, chopped parsley and honey to the pan and let it simmer.
  6. Whisk together the cornstarch and water mixture in a small bowl.
  7. Add the water-cornstarch mixture into the pan and whisk until it is combined. Let the Honey Glaze boil for 1-2 minutes as the glaze thickens.
  8. Add the salmon to the pan and add the Honey Glaze on top of the salmon. Then, sprinkle a bit more parsley over the top and pair with rice and steamed veggies

Notes

To lower the fat content you can use a leaner cut of salmon


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 4-ounce fillet with glaze
  • Calories: 293
  • Sugar: 9
  • Fat: 17
  • Carbohydrates: 11
  • Protein: 24

Keywords: Salmon, honey, honey glaze, healthy meal, dairy free, gluten free, quick dinner

Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

Vegan brownies made with rich cacao powder, topped with a creamy sweet potato frosting that tastes everything but ordinary.

Have I caught your attention yet?

I was inspired to make these when I was searching for a healthy frosting that involved using the sweet potatoes that have been eyeing me for the last 2 weeks begging me to use them.

Thus, the Sweet Potato Frosting was born

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Cacao powder
  • Oat flour (or oats blended finely in a blender)
  • Truvia (white and brown sugar variety)
  • Sweet potato
  • Cashew milk
  • Vegan butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Himalayan sea salt

Aside from the typical baking soda and baking powder found in anyone’s cabinet, this is all you’ll need to get baking!

Since this is a two-part recipe I recommend making the base of the brownies first and making the frosting last.

The frosting will need time to set in the fridge, which will be convenient since the brownies need anywhere from 40-45 minutes to bake (possibly less if you prefer a more gooey consistency.

The key to this recipe is to sift all the dry ingredients.

Yes…all of them! oat flour can be particularly thick and clumpy if not sifted, so to ensure the mix has no clumps throughout it’s best to sift it all.

Which you may as well do if you’re already at it.

Allowing for time to cool is also an important, yet hard thing you must do. It involves the utmost self-control but will pay off.

Alas, let’s get baking!

If you’re looking for more recipe ideas check out my latest posts!

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Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Ingredients

Brownies

  • 3/4 + 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp Truvia brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup Truvia baking blend
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 cup Nancy’s dairy-free plain oat milk yogurt
  • 5 Tbsp vegan butter ( I used I can’t believe its not butter vegan)
  • 3 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips ( I used enjoy life chocolate chunks)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Frosting

  • 125 grams cooked sweet potato (about 1 small sweet potato)
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp Truvia baking blend
  • 1 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp cash milk
  • 1 dash Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Brownies

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 pan and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl and set aside
  3. Melt the vegan butter in the microwave. Then, stir in the melted butter in a medium-sized bowl with the other wet ingredients.
  4. Add the wet to the dry and mix until there are no clumps in the batter.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40-45 minutes (less if you prefer a fudgier texture), and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

Frosting

 

  1. Cook the sweet potato until it is mushy
  2. Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend away. If you prefer a thicker frosting I suggest not adding the cashew milk.
  3. Store in the fridge while the brownies bake for 40 minutes.
  4. When the brownies have thoroughly cooled frost the brownies and place back in the fridge for 20-30 minutes until the brownies and frosting have become firmer.
  5. Enjoy! Also, I recommend pairing this with your favorite peanut butter and ice cream as this is an extremely versatile dessert.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Large Brownie with frosting
  • Calories: 183
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 27
  • Protein: 3

Keywords: Brownies, Vegan, Sweet potato, Healthy frosting, gluten free, dairy free