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Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Pancakes

I have been pretty much drooling over the idea of some peanut butter pancakes and just haven’t had the morning to actually put it all together.

But First! Fun! I went to my first Blogger Meet Up on Wednesday Night with the Central Florida Lady Bloggers. It was really fun to meet some local ladies that have all found a niche in blogging. Each of them had something different that they were passionate about and it really shows through in their blogs.

Definitely check out their blogs. Some of them are newer, some seasoned vets. But you will find vegetarians, fitness instructors, photographers, beauty gurus and anything else you can think of! In the picture, Carolina, Stephanie, Marilyn, Kerry, Rachel, Nadege, Colleen, Margarita, Danielle, and Christine.

It was great to meet some of the local bloggers and just to get to know some different people.

NOW. For the main even of BREAKFAST. I LOVED this. Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Protein Pancake! For REAL.

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Pancake Mix 1/4 Cup Chocolate Protein Powder
2 Egg Whites, I used 1 yolk as well 1 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter, Melted 1/4 Teaspoon Cocoa Powder
Directions:
1. In an bowl, mix all of the ingredients until well mixed. Add a little more water if needed. The batter SHOULD be VERY thick. This is what will give it the lava effect.
2. Heat up the skillet to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Now put the whole batter on the skillet to make 1 pancake. You may have to use a spoon to spread it out a bit. After 20 seconds, flip the pancake and cook the other side for an additional 15 seconds. Remove.
The inside will be chocolately and peanut buttery and gooey. I topped mine with a half of a banana and spritzed a little agave nectar on top. It was delicious and really filling.
One reason I really like this recipe is because it only takes a few minutes to pull together. Sub 5 minutes. You don’t need any fancy toppings or to get too complicated. The pancake really takes care of the flavor for you. It is also PACKED with protein and will keep you full until you are ready for your next meal.
If you want to give another Lava Pancake a try, check out the Chocolate Cake Protein Pancake.
Give it a go and let me know what you think!
What’s your favorite flavor of pancakes?? Peanut Butter? Chocolate?? Blueberry? Banana?? 
I am a fruit gal. I a really really big fan of the blueberry pancakes. They are usually really light and full of that fruity flavor.

Crunchy Granola and Taylor Swift

Today I woke up and met Brent for a quick Starbucks run with the puppies before he had to run off to work. The day really started off absolutely amazing. It was so relaxing to just sit out and people watch for a while sipping on an Iced Americana. Brent went off to work and I headed home thinking I was going to grab a book and head out to the park in Winter Park and just read a book and get some puppy training in for Oreo. Well, just as I walked in the door my sister shot me this picture,

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YES!!!! Taylor Swift and my sisters! Standing in a picture….together! Not exactly what I was expecting when the morning started…My sisters had gone to church this morning and spotted her with her new beau, one of the Kennedy’s, and asked her for a picture. Absolutely jealous.

After I got over the excitement (I literally felt like I somehow was there and got all nervous and excited) I grabbed my book and headed out to the park to read for a while. I found a bench around the fountain and parked myself there thinking a few people might walk by that could help Oreo get over her fear of people.

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Oreo was doing fairly good. Children were running past and she’d bark every once in a while. Then, a little three year old boy came by with his father and grandfather and sat on a bench across the fountain from us. As soon as he noticed the Oreo he came running over just to be greeted by Oreo lunging from under the bench right at the boy barking like mad. The poor thing turned right around and ran right back to his father. Munched another french fry and decided to give it another try. This time he walked over tentatively and sat on the bench next to me. He would chat with me, finish his fry, and run back to get another one, then plop back onto the bench next to me.

Oreo got used to the little boy and ended up wanting to play with him. THEN, she noticed his french fry. He obviously didn’t want to give it up so Oreo decided to go on a barking rampage at the poor thing. Naughty. A florida afternoon storm rolled in and we went back to the house.

With the rain beaming down, I decided to make something! Obviously. I have been wanting to make my own granola for a while now and just hadn’t gotten around to doing it. I had been told by a man at the local farmer’s market that once you make your own granola, you will never go back to the store bought stuff. FACT. I will never buy store bought granola ever again. This was just so much better. So this is how I ended up making my granola:

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Ingredients:

5 Cups Old Fashioned Oats 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts 1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans

1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/3 Cup Flaxseed Meal

3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon 3/4 Teaspoon Salt

3/4 Cup Agave Nectar 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, all the nuts, flaxseed, seeds, salt and cinnamon.

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2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and Agave Nectar until it is a thick consistency.

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3. Now pour the liquid mixture to the dry mix.

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4. Take 2 cookie sheets that have edges to them, and spread out the oat mix among the two. You want to have a thin layer coating the pan.

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5. Cook the granola in the oven for 20 minutes. Take the pan out and flip the granola. You want to move the oats that are on the outside of the pan to the inside and visa versa. Then put the pan back in the oven for another ten minutes.

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The granola should look a golden brown throughout. Once the granola cools you will get the crunchy texture that you would expect. The batch that I just made came out amazing! I don’t think I will ever buy granola again. It takes not time to make and you can play with the flavors as much as you want.

Add your dried fruit to it once it has completely cooled. Options:

Fruit: Raisins, cranberries, cherries, currants, figs, pineapple, figs, apricots…and the list goes on.

I know the list of ingredients looks a bit longer than normal, but if you don’t have something there is no need to go out an buy it. Substitute it for something else. I made a short little list of some substitutes for ingredients to play with:

Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Pistachios

Seeds: Sunflower Seeds, Pepitas

Flaxseed: Wheat Germ

Sweetener: Agave Nectar, Honey, Molasses

Mix the recipe up to be whatever you like. Granola is great for that. I am just bottling up the granola as is and not adding any fruits because I am planning on adding in the dried fruit when I prepare the actual meal. That way I can mix up the fruit as I go as well!

Give this one a try if you like granola. It makes enough that you won’t have to make it very often and it keeps really well. It will also end up costing you less that buying the store bought granola. I’m sold.

You want to store this in something air tight. I am using a glass jar because I store everything in glass jars. I find that they have a cleaner look and make the foods on the inside look more appetizing. They are also extremely air tight so foods stay fresher longer.

For a print friendly copy, click here…Printable Recipe

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Enjoy your granola! And let me know what combos you come up with!

Happy Eating!

Greek Yogurt, Apple and Pecan Salad

This afternoon I was STARVING, and could have eaten anything. I was on a mission. I needed something that was going to fill me up and NOW. So no kidding, apples are me go to. Not just a simple green apple that you bite into. I will chop them up into nice little snacking sized bites so by the time that I am done munching I am full. I love to dip them into a jar of peanut butter and just go crazy. But this time, I tried something a bit new, this pecan, yogurt Salad. It was delicious, really easy and quick, and I was seriously full by the end of it. I have a feeling that crasins would have been great in it as well.

Anywayds: Here is a really simple recipe for this guy, ENJOY!

Ingredients:

1 Large Green Apple                                                    1/4 Cup Pecans

1/3 Cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt, Plain                   1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar

Directions:

1. Chop up the green apple into bite sized portions.

2. Add yogurt, pecans, and agave on top.

3. Mix it all up! and ENJOY!!!

This will fill you up and keep you going for the rest of the day. It is perfect for that mid afternoon snack and is NOTHING that you have to worry about nutrition wise. It is also a perfect morning pick me up.

Give it a try, and happy snacking!