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This recipe is super easy and fun! The cookie dough bar and peanut butter get so melty delicious inside the banana, which becomes so moist and sweet. The chocolate and peanut butter chips sent this dish to the next level and will make you wanting another!

Difficulty:
 Easy  

Prep Time: 5 min.  Cook Time: 5-7 min  Total Time: 10 min.

Macros: (makes two): Calories: 267.5. Fat 12.5g. Active Carbs: 11g (11g fiber, 10g sugar)  Protein 14.5g.


Ingredients:

1 large semi ripe banana
Quest Nutrition Cookie Dough Bar
1 TBS natural peanut butter
1 TBS dark chocolate chips
1 TBS natural peanut butter chips or peanuts

Directions: 

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.) Cut a large banana down the middle and place in a bread pan. I used foil in the pan to keep it upright. Then cut a Quest cookie dough bar in half.

3.) Spread the peanut butter in the middle of the banana and then stuff with the two pieces of Quest Bar.

4.) Top with dark chocolate and natural peanut butter chips.

5.) Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

6.) Cut banana in half.

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Place foil around banana in loaf pan to help with stability
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Stuff your banana boat!
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Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 10 min.  Cook Time: 10 min  Total Time: 20 min.

Macros: 485 calories for  quesadillas without yogurt.
Fat-21g/Carbs-49g/Protein-27g/ Fiber-6g

INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs
4 small corn tortillas (I used Food for Life sprouted corn tortillas)
2 slices turkey bacon
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup fresh spinach
2-3 chives (chopped)

2 oz non-fat greek yogurt
Optional salsa or sriracha sauce

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Cook and scramble your eggs in a small pan over medium heat. In another pan crisp your bacon over medium heat.


2.) Warm a small pan over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place tortilla in the pan and top with egg, turkey bacon, and cheese. Next place the other tortilla on top and place a heavy lid on top. Let cook 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes.

3.) Repeat step 2 for second tortilla and then cut into four sections on a cutting board. Top with non-fat greek yogurt and chives. You may also use salsa or Sriracha sauce like I did.
 
 
This baked oatmeal was absolutely fantastic and has two pieces of Ezekial cinnamon raising bread with the oatmeal in between. The oatmeal which is prepared with an egg to give that French toast batter texture makes the oatmeal dish creamy and rich. The bread gets moist on the bottom and the top piece is crunchy. This is truly french toast oats and pairs extremely well with peanut butter and maple syrup.
Difficulty: Easy  

Prep Time: 5 min.  Cook Time: 10 min  Total Time: 15 min.

Macros: 490 calories as prepared. May vary depending on type and amount of ingredients.
Fat-8g/Carbs-71g/Protein-17g/ Fiber-10g

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 ripe mashed banana
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/4 tsp maple extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt

2 slices whole wheat bread (I used Ezekial cinnamon raisin)
1/2 sliced banana
1/4 cup fresh blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.) Spray a single serving square ramekin with non-stick cooking spray. Place one piece of bread in ramekin.

3.) In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together and pour on top of the bread into the ramekin. 

4.) Top with additional piece of bread, sliced banana, fresh blueberries or fruit of choice, and bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.

5.) Top with maple syrup and PEANUT BUTTER!
 
 
If your looking for sweet delicious protein packed pancakes, then this stack will do the trick. These protein packed cinnamon almond pancakes offer a delicious breakfast, that is macro fitting and easy to make. Using Cellucor's cinnamon swirl protein and Justin's almond butter on top, these pancakes will keep you full and ready to start your day off right!

Difficulty: Easy  

Prep Time: 5 min.  Cook Time: 10 min  Total Time: 15 min.

Macros: 683 calories for pancake batter including almond butter. (makes approx. 5 pancakes)
Fat-18g/Carbs-54g/Protein-55g/ Fiber-9g

Pancake Ingredients:

3/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup egg whites
1 egg
1 mashed banana
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 TBS unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Cellucor cinnamon swirl protein powder


Directions:

1.) Mix all pancake ingredients together in a large bowl. 

2.) Pour palm size dollops of batter into a pan over medium heat and cook with coconut oil or non stick cooking spray for 3-5 minutes. Should make about 5 smaller pancakes.

3.) Top pancakes with almond butter and maple syrup. 
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Key ingredients!
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Sprinkle additional cinnamon on batter!

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happy 4th of july!

thank you to all the men and women who serve for our country!

Independence Day, which is commonly known and referred as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday here in the United States of America, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In honor of this special day, I decided to make some Independence Day pancakes "INDEPEPANCAKES" representing the strong colors of our beauteous flag. To incorporate red and blue as part of the colors of our flag, I split the batter in half and used blueberries and blue food coloring in one half and raspberries and red food coloring in the other half. I then layered with a light delicious coconut cream using nonfat greek yogurt. These pancakes were moist, light, and fluffy. They are perfect for any occasion and very healthy. Today is a day in America where families get together, usually outdoors and celebrate by spending quality time with each other. I hope you all have an amazing day and stuff your face with delicious food. A big thank you goes out to all the men and women who currently serve or have served for our country! UNITED WE STAND!
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Ingredients
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Fresh Fruit
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Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Protein Powder
Difficulty: Easy  

Cook Time: 10 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Total Time: 25 min.

Macros: 450 calories per mound. (Based off 4 pancakes)
Fat-9g/Carbs-56g/Protein-38g/ Fiber-8g

INGREDIENTS:

1 egg
1/4 cup oat flour (oatmeal ground up into flour)
1 1/2 mashed medium banana
1 TBS unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp baking powder
1 TBS unsweetened almond milk (any milk will do)
1 scoop Cellucor cinnamon swirl protein powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
10 drops Blue Food Coloring
10 drops red food coloring
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Heat a large pan over medium heat. Make sure the pan is hot! In a bowl mash the banana and beat the egg together. Then add the rest of the wet ingredients. Next add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix. Batter should be on the thicker side.

2.) Spray a pan with non stick cooking spray or grease with coconut oil which will give the pancakes a nice crust. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

3.) Split the batter evenly in two separate bowls. In one bowl with half the batter add 1/4 cup raspberries and 10 drops red food coloring. Mix together. In the other bowl with half the batter add 1/4 cup blueberries and 10 drops blue food coloring. Mix together.

4.) Spoon a few tablespoons of batter into the pan for each pancake. Spread the pancake out with your spatula to make the pancake approximately 3-4 inches in diameter. Cook for a few minutes on each side. Flip pancake and cook for another couple minutes. Pancakes should be golden brown. Each bowl of batter should make two fist size pancakes.

5.) Serve hot and layer with the coconut cream (recipe below) and fresh fruit. Be creative and enjoy!
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               COCONUT CREAM

Ingredients:

1 small container (6 oz) nonfat greek yogurt
3 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
3 tsp granulated stevia
1/4 tsp coconut extract

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and let sit in refrigerator for 5 minutes.

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Wet Ingredients
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Raspberry batter
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Festive Cakes
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Half batter with blueberries and blue food coloring
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Blueberry batter
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Layer with coconut cream and fruit
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Half batter with raspberries and red food coloring
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Golden brown pancakes
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Stack and decorate accordingly
 
 
These mounds are a quick and easy no-bake treat that are guilt free. They incorporate good fats from the coconut oil, high protein, and carbs from the oatmeal. They will even give you a little jolt with the instant coffee that takes these mounds to the next level. Great for any time of the day or a quick pick me up, I suggest you make some of these mounds and carry them with you when hunger strikes!
Difficulty: Easy  

Prep Time: 5 min. Total Time: 10 min.

Macros: 160 calories per mound. (Based off 9 mounds)
Fat-10g/Carbs-13g/Protein-5g/ Fiber-2g

INGREDIENTS:


1 cup quick oats
2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Cellucor molten chocolate)
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup xylitol or granulated stevia
1 TBS or packet instant coffee granules (I used a Starbucks Italian Dark Roast VIA packet)
1/4 cup chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

1) In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients together and stir very well. 

2) In a cup, melt the coconut oil in a microwave for 30 seconds. Pour the coconut oil into the dry ingredients and mix. 

3) Use a TBS or small ice cream scooper to scoop nine mounds onto a pan. 

4) Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until hard. Enjoy!

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Difficulty: Easy  

Prep Time: 5 min.  Cook Time: 10 min  Total Time: 15 min.

Macros: 445 calories for pancakes. (makes approx. 4-5 pancakes)
Fat-9g/Carbs-41g/Protein-33g/ Fiber-8g

Pancake Ingredients:

1/4 cup oat flour
1 scoop peanut butter protein powder (I used Cellucor peanut butter marshmallow protein)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 TBS natural peanut butter
1 large mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

1.) Mix all pancake ingredients together in a large bowl. 

2.) Pour palm size dollops of batter into a pan over medium heat and cook with coconut oil or non stick cooking spray for 5-7 minutes on each side. Take your time, this batter is delicate.  Should make about 4-5 medium pancakes.

3.) Top pancakes with grass fed butter or coconut spread and maple syrup.

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THE COOKIE DEPARTMENT's team of experts work around the clock to bring highly calibrated confections to discerning dessert lovers. Starting from simple ingredients including organic coffee, our scientists of sweetness bake creative cookies that are delicious and fully functional.





ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

Akiva Resnikoff worked in a variety of regular jobs in seriously un-regular Berkeley, California until one afternoon, during a dull, regular-company meeting, he hit on the original idea of the 'functional' treat while snacking on cookies and coffee. That day, the first purposeful cookie (and a fun, new, un-regular company) was born: the AWAKEN BAKED COOKIE and THE COOKIE DEPARTMENT.

There were risks, to be sure, but Akiva was finally ready to give it all up (the money, the prestige, and the attention of all the regular job ladies) and in late 2009 he officially launched THE COOKIE DEPARTMENT, where he is now COO.

Pam Marcus began her career as a pediatric physical therapist and she saw a need for healthy, environmentally friendly products for families. Her interest in health and all things wonderful lead her to co-found and become CEO of THE COOKIE DEPARTMENT after meeting Akiva and discovering a shared interest in all things Cookie.

Now THE COOKIE DEPARTMENT, with its inventive assortment of delicious and functional cookies, is the single-minded obsession of both Akiva and Pam's two great minds. They take great pride in running their company well, making amazing cookies, treating customers with respect, conducting endless meetings, looking very serious and carrying clipboards.




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This cookie is your classic chocolate chip variety. The flavor is delicious, contains a hint of sea salt, and is not to sweet. The texture is soft and chewy. This cookie labeled "nookie" is because it contains the Peruvian Root, MACA which is believed to increase vitality in both men and women.


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My tastebuds sure are grateful for trying this "Great Full" cookie. This is a vegan sweet potato, cranberry and oatmeal cookie. Sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants, oatmeal high in fiber, and cranberries are high in potassium. This cookie taste like the holidays were baked straight into the batch. Lots of delicious vanilla and molasses flavor emanate from this soft and chewy cookie.

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This is definitely the toughest cookie in the bunch as it contains the  power of peanut butter! With an additional 10g of protein, this cookie is the ideal pre or post-workout treat. The texture is soft and chewy with a delicious creamy peanut butter flavor. How can you get any better then a cookie with peanut butter and protein? LEt me answer for you…. YOU CAN'T!

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Snap Back to your old self after a strenuous night or day, with this delicious ginger detox cookie. This cookie contains natural detoxifiers like cayenne pepper, black strap molasses and ginger to help you get back on your two feet with a smile. This has to be one of my favorite cookies because it reminds me of ginger snaps growing up, which I love.

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Take a delicious soft and chewy cookie and add espresso? Yes please! This is my ideal cookie right here, and the flavor couldn't be any more delicious. "Awaken Baked" is exactly what this cookie delivers with its perfect quotient of organic coffee, chocolate chips, and sea salt. The cookie is not over powering and has a delicious mocha flavor.

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These pancakes are simple, balanced, and protein packed. With the subtle hint of sharp ginger and smooth banana, these pancakes will keep you on the go all day.
Difficulty: Easy  

Prep Time: 5 min.  Cook Time: 10 min  Total Time: 15 min.

Macros: 436 calories for pancakes only. (makes approx. 4 pancakes)
Fat-9g/Carbs-46g/Protein-33g/ Fiber-10g

Pancake Ingredients:

1/4 cup oat flour
1 TBS coconut flour
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Cellucor whipped vanilla Protein)
1 mashed banana
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

1.) Mix all pancake ingredients together in a large bowl. 

2.) Pour palm size dollops of batter into a pan over medium heat and cook with coconut oil or non stick cooking spray. Should make about four medium pancakes.

3.) Top with some more sliced banana and maple syrup. Peanut butter goes well also.

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Mia all ingredients
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Golden brown pancakes
 
 

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Squarebar began in the San Francisco kitchen of husband and wife Sarah & Andrew Gordon. Sarah has battled asthma most all her life. It was following yet another visit to urgent care she discovered that eliminating inflammatories like gluten, dairy, and soy from her diet could free her from medication. To this day, Sarah has not had another asthma-related urgent care visit, and we do not even keep an inhaler in the house! 
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cocoa almond

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These bars are delicious and contain chunks of almond, with a hint of cinnamon. These bars are coated in antioxidant-rich, decadent dark chocolate. This bar is perfect for a quick breakfast on the go or a pre-workout with its 12g of plant-based protein! (12 bars to a box at 48g a piece)



cocoa crunch

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This is Square Bar's "classic" bar but is hands down the most chocolately of the three. This chocolate bar still contains the 12g of complete plant-based protein along with brown rice crispies for a nice crunch and texture party in your mouth. These bars are so versatile and go great with a tablespoon of peanut butter on top or cut up into pieces over yogurt! (12 bars to a box at 48g a piece)



cocoa coconut

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Coconut and chocolate? Could this flavor combo be any better? The answer is no! Square Bar hit this bar out of the park with rich chocolate incorporated with shredded coconut and extra virgin coconut oil. With 11g of protein and these tropical flavors, you will be craving more of these bars for sure. This was my favorite bar by far (12 bars to a box at 48g a piece)


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