Peaches & Berry Mancake Bake

I started making mancake bakes when I FIRST started my health and wellness journey back in 2014 but it wasn’t until I did a gut health reset in March of 2022 that I brought them back in the regular meal plan rotation and they haven’t left since.

They’re a perfect combination of carbohydrates, protein, fruit, veggies and DELICIOUSNESS!

5 months of new varieties, repeating the favorites and trying new things!

I can honestly tell you I do not get tired of this breakfast and I hope you find it just as satisfying!

This is the recipe for my most recent bake:
PEACHES, STRAWBERRIES & ZUCCHINI MANCAKE BAKE

but at the end of this post I’ll share some switch ups.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cups egg whites
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (could use quick oats or any oats but I prefer the Sprouted Rolled Oats by One Degree organic foods)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced into chunks
  • 2-2.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 cups peaches, diced
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 9×13 pan lined with unbleached parchment paper
  • optional: nut butter, granola

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Blend egg whites, oats, bananas, zucchini, cinnamon and vanilla
  • Pour into lined 9×13 pan
  • Add peaches evenly throughout the pan
  • Add sliced strawberries evenly throughout the pan
  • Bake 45-50 minutes until cooked thoroughly and sides begin to pull away from sides

Slice into 4 equal servings and store in fridge in an airtight container

Serve warm and top with nut butter and/or granola or serve cold and enjoy on the go!
For my portion fix friends: 1 red, 1/2 green, 1 purple, 1 yellow

Enjoy with First Thing for a full serving of greens to start your day!

This recipe is gut protocol friendly and extremely filling!

Other varieties:

  • Swap carrots for the zucchini
  • Add eggs for additional protein
  • Do 1/2 pound carrots and 1/2 zucchini
  • Use blueberries or raspberries instead of peaches
  • Leave out the berries all together
  • Top with peanut butter, mixed nut butter, honey or pure maple syrup!
  • Swap the berries for chocolate chips
  • Switch up the recipe to make it fit your nutrition needs, desires and goals!

Here are two reels on IG showing you how to put it all together each recipe slightly different as I tweak and learn along the way!!!

Would love to know what you think!!!
Tag me on IG if you decide to make this amazingness – @maeganblinka

CLICK HERE if you would like to learn more about the Gut Health program mentioned above!

Zucchini Pizza bites with air fryer chicken

On a recent trip to my grandmothers I was generously given 4 giant zucchinis and my mind was swirling with ideas. We are big zucchini fans and I first though of zoodles with pasta sauce, then zucchini chips, then I remembered seeing a pizza crust once, but to be honest, that sounded like a LOT of work!

So instead of making a zucchini crust, I made slices of zucchini, into the pizza base! And let me tell you it worked perfectly!

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I wanted this to be a meal, so I decided to pull out the air fryer to add some lean protein to the veggie base meal and it was the perfect compliment!

Like any pizza recipe, you could alter this to include mushrooms, spinach, bacon, banana peppers, onions, etc…

But for this one we kept it simple.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3Β small zucchini or one LARGEΒ (about 1-1.5 pounds)
  • 1Β TbspΒ olive oil
  • 1Β cloveΒ garlicΒ , finely minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1Β cupΒ marinara sauceΒ (I used Roa’s pizza sauce)
  • 1Β cupΒ shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4Β cupΒ shredded parmesan cheese
  • 12-15Β Β pepperoni slices
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:Β 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper
  2. While oven is preheating prep chicken for Air fryer by spritzing with olive oil, salt and pepper. I used the “chicken” setting on my air fryer which was 400 degrees for 20 minutes (this is the one I have: AIR FRYER)
  3. While chicken is cooking prep the zucchini.
  4. Cut each zucchini into 1/4″ slices & pat insides dry with paper towels (cut portion) and place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. In a bowl, stir together olive oil and garlic then brush lightly over tops of zucchini. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Top each zucchini with 1 Tbsp marinara sauce
  7. Sprinkle tops evenly with mozzarella cheese then with parmesan cheese.
  8. Top with pepperoni slices (placing them more near centers as the cheese will melt and spread).
  9. Bake in preheated oven 8-10 minutes (bake time will vary depending on how thick your zucchini are and how crisp/tender you want them).
  10. At this point the chicken should be finished cooking. Thinly slice chicken breasts, place on top of zucchini slices, add additional cheese, if desired, and broil on HIGH for two minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and ENJOY!

And this just proves my friends, that healthy eating can still taste amazing while promoting a positive healthy lifestyle and weightloss!

For more recipes check out myΒ recipe page here!
Also check out aΒ great cauliflower pizza crust!