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Baked Mancakes

Its no secret – I. Love. My. Mancakes.

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Here’s the real deal – I actually love pancakes but I have a hard time putting anything into my body that has ZERO nutritional value! So I put a halt to the classic pancakes a while ago but I have found the best solution: Mancakes! They’re a gluten free combo of: Oats, egg whites, berries, banana and naturally flavored with some pure extracts and cinnamon!

They’re filing, no need for syrup, and my 2 year old insists on them DAILY – #mommywin!

Now: The only downside is – they take FOREVER to cook! Partially because when I make them I made a quadruple batch (which yields around 32-35 pancakes) and I don’t like to dirty more than one pan – but nonetheless – time is precious!

My husband and I both had these on our WEEK 1 HAMMER & CHISEL MEAL PLANS and I decided there was no way I could stand and flip that many cakes!

So I whipped up this little Mancake Berry Bake this week and it tasted like a blueberry muffin and I’m kind of thinking this is going to be my new thing!

The consistency is dense -like a cake/muffin but full of flavor! I’ve been enjoying these post-workout/Recovery shake for Meal #1 followed by my shakeology. This has been working these last four days to keep me energized and full after these intense Hammer & Chisel Workouts!!!

Baked Mancakes

WHAT YOU NEED: 

2 Cups of Oats

16 Egg whites (2 small cartons or one large)

1 Cup of strawberries (frozen are a-okay!)

1 Cup of blueberries (frozen are a-okay!)

1 banana

3 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp almond extract

Walnuts (optional)

Coconut oil

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WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (you’ll see some oats but that’s okay!!!) – Now in my first go at these I forgot to add my blueberries – so I sprinkled them throughout and baked – I feel like this gave them more of a “muffin” feel opposed to blending them all together! But my little guy prefers them blended smooth!!
  3. Pour into 9×13 baking pan (I prefer the foil toss pans – easy in and easy out!!! Don’t forget to spritz with olive oil or coconut oil first!)
  4. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Make sure you test the center so its cooked fully (note: using frozen fruit may prolong the baking time 10-15 minutes)
  5. Break into 4 pieces and now you have 4 breakfasts ready to go!

Hot or cold – these things are AMAZING!

Container Equivalents:

Whether you’re following the 21-day fix or Hammer & Chisel or Insanity Max: 30 or CIZE  – this recipe will fit your meal plan!!!

I have them planned out to give me: 1 Yellow, 1 Purple and 1/2 Red with each serving. The walnuts would be counted as a blue if used! 

Why the 1/2 red? Because I am missing my post dinner sweet treat and what I found is that I can shake 1/2 a scoop of chocolate shakeology with some ice cold water to finish dinner and I no longer have that urge to much 🙂

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If you’re looking for some new recipe ideas, or meal planning tips or maybe just some accountability to stay ON TRACK especially when times get tough – then join my next online Health & Fitness accountability group! My next group is now forming and I am looking for more women who would benefit from the support network and accountability of achieving their goals TOGETHER!

There’s Power in Numbers 

Here we go again…21 Day Fix Week 1

I decided to take it back to the basics…back to the program that changed my life, that got me hooked on a healthy, fit and balanced life!!! 2015-06-01 05.57.27

—–>That helped me learn that dedicating 30 minutes to exercise daily will improve more than just your waistline.  

—–>That helped me learn about portions and what types of food choices would FUEL my body and not only get me the results in terms of numbers but maximize the way I feel on the inside too!

I’ve been a bit lax and a bit too comfortable and slowly I’ve been getting away from my normal 80/20 maintenance rule and its been more like 70/30 or even 60/40 on the weekends I am feeling and seeing the side effects!

So…Today not only marks day 1 for my challengers but also for myself – to recommit – and together we will be COUNTING DOWN TO SUMMER with the 21-day fix.

I got too caught up in my role as a coach that I forgot to be a challenger too!

So here it goes:

Before pictures are taken, meal plan is set, and I’m heading to the grocery store today!

21 Day Fix Meal Plan Week of 6_1_15 imageYou’ll see I tend to eat the same types of foods throughout the week…it makes it easier to plan, easier to prepare and easier to adjust when I’m away from home! We are busy busy busy as I’m sure most of you are too…so what I’ve learned is to stay on track you have to be prepared! I will plan to make my Mancakes the night before so they’re ready to go as I head to the park etc with my kiddos.. I also  planned for an easy to pack apple and almond afternoon snack! No excuses…Summer is on the way!!!

Have you been thinking about doing the 21-day fix or simply doing SOMETHING to get back into the swing of things???

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This is your time!!! Beachbody released the June promotions and both the 21-Day Fix and the 21-Day Fix Extreme are the challenge pack promotions this month available with Shakeology or with Shakeology and a 3-Day refresh!

My next accountability group kicks off June 15th – fill out the application and JOIN US!

There’s power in numbers!!!!

MANCAKES

FRUITY MANCAKES

Ok, these may not sound amazing but don’t doubt me yet…

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These little perfectly balanced protein pancakes – aka – MANCAKES have taken off in my house! It started when I was helping my hubby with his meal plan and was in the middle of a 3-day refresh. I watched him make them for 3 nights and decided this would be my first non-vegan food item when I was finished! And I have been hooked on them ever since!

Here’s the thing – they’re so versatile! You can add more or less oats…you can do just eggs, just egg whites or a combo of egg and egg whites…all depending on your own preferences and goals! Plus my little guy likes them so its a bonus score!

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I’ll share with you the 21-day fix/Insanity Max: 30 approved recipe I use along with my husband’s.

 

WHAT YOU NEED

Her recipe (21 day fix approved) – Yields 4-5 pancakes

  • 1/4 cup quick oats – 1 Yellow
  • 4 Egg whites – 1/2 Red
  • 1/2 cup berries or 1/4 of a banana – 1/2 Purple
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

His recipeYields 12 pancakes

  • 1.5 cups oats
  • 6 Egg whites
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 banana or 1 cup berries
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  • Preheat pan to medium heat.
  • Combine the Egg/Egg whites, oats, vanilla and cinnamon. You can do this in a bowl if you want to leave the oats ‘whole’ or in a blender if you like a smoother, more pancake-like consistency. Stir or pulse a few times to combine.

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  • Add fruit and pulse until you get the desired consistency you like!
  • Using a 1/4 cup, pour into pan, cooking each side about 2 minutes or until you see the edges forming. Flip once. Let cool and store in air tight container or eat immediately!

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The one thing I LOVE about these is that you can eat them hot or cold, in the car, or running around – which fits my lifestyle perfectly!!!

My husband prefers a banana in his and blended smooth where I prefer the berries and more like a oat consistency.

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Honestly though – you can’t go wrong! They’re so tasty and the fact that they’re also gluten free is just an added bonus!

If you’re ever looking for more clean eating meal ideas, tips, recipes or just motivation – join my next health and fitness accountability group! I’m a big believer – there’s power in numbers!!!