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MCLV Mange: Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

I have a soft spot for smoothies and while I can happily drink the same one day after day – Lately this peanut butter smoothie – Sometimes I like to mix things up. These giant smoothie bowls with a mix of toppings are a delicious, nutrient-packed, and satiating option any time of the day.

What’s especially great is that there are an endless combination of fruits and toppings that you can use. Which means you don’t have to follow a strict recipe or run to the grocery store for specific ingredients if you want a smoothie – Just use whatever goodies you have in your fridge or cupboards.

After peeking into my freezer to find frozen bananas and strawberries, I decided to play around with a classic strawberry banana flavor today. See my creation, and how to make one of your very own, below!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl {Serves 1}

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Frozen or Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/3 Frozen Banana {I keep a baggie of chopped frozen bananas in the fridge}
  • Protein Powder of Choice
  • 1/2 Cup of Water, Almond Milk, or Coconut Water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice {This helps keep it tart, but isn’t mandatory}

Toppings:

  • Granola or Oats – I used PaleoKrunch’s Grainless Granola
  • Bare Coconut Chips
  • Bare Banana Chips
  • Chia Shots Chia Seeds

Directions:

  • Blend frozen or fresh fruit with protein powder and liquid until your desired consistency is achieved
  • Add whatever toppings your heart desires
  • Enjoy the goodness!

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series here to see what you’ve missed so far.

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Energy Balls: Recipe Round-Up

One of my favorite quick and easy healthy snacks to keep prepared at home are energy balls. They’re a great combination of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber so they’re the perfect pre-workout energy boost or post-workout recovery snack.

Another great thing about these little gems?

There are a million different combinations and ways to make them. You can just use what you have on hand and come up with a delicious new variety in minutes. Easy peasy!

I love getting inspired by new recipes though so I put together a list of some delectable treats to get all of us in the mood to hit the kitchen for some meal prep.

Chocolate Orange & Chia Energy Balls from Paleo with Mr. P

Cookie Dough Balls from The Little Green Spoon

Blueberry Coconut Oat Balls from Fit Mitten Kitchen

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Lemon Coconut Energy Balls from The Glowing Fridge

Peanut Butter No Bake Gluten-Free Energy Bites from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

Coconut Cashew Energy Bites from Joy Food Sunshine

Energy Bites Protein Balls Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Vegetarian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Recipe Lemon Poppyseed Almond Joy

No-Bake Almond Joy Bites from The Healthy Maven

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites with Dark Chocolate Chunks from Domesticate Me

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites from Recipe Runner

Do YOU have a favorite easy, healthy snack? A favorite energy ball recipe?

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MCLV Mange: Skinny Chocolate Banana Bread

What’s better than banana bread?

Healthy chocolate banana bread, obviously!

I love baking and I love making healthy new treats, so remaking a classic, albeit somewhat unhealthy, recipe is always a challenge. Enter the skinny chocolate banana bread – It’s vegan, gluten-free, and paleo, delicious, and packed with nutrients.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup flour {I use an almond meal blend from Bob’s Red Mill}
  • 1/2 Cup Oats {Again – Bob’s Red Mill. I wonder if I can get sponsored by them?}
  • 1/2 Cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup sweetener {coconut sugar, maple syrup…}
  • 1/4 Cup melted oil {coconut for me!}
  • 3 Ripe bananas
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup water

*I sprinkled this batch with slivered almonds & a few chocolate chips – A pretty and delicious topping

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 & line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper
  • Whisk together dry ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork or throw your nanners into a food processor
  • Add the oil and vanilla to the bananas plus 1/4 cup of the water – Mix well
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry & stir until combined – Add water by the tablespoon if needed to achieve desired consistency
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean after being inserted into the center
  • Be sure to give yourself 10-15 minutes to sit & cool before removing from the pan or slicing
  • Enjoy!!

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

Coconut Vegetables // Farmer’s Market Fare // Vegetable Lasagna // Super Charge Me Cookies // Mac n’ Cheese // Energy Bites // Sunday Preparation // Hemp Salad // Tuscan Baked Quinoa // Spicy Peanut Stirfry // Mini Polenta Pizzas // Indian Feast // Healthy Treats // Bacon Deviled Eggs // Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza // Peanut Butter Cookies // Soft Serve Ice Cream // Coconut Cookie Cake // Gluten-Free Protein Cake // Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake //  Peanut Butter Banana Cookies // Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars // Pumpkin Biscuits // Coconut Cashew Cookies //Banana Bread Macaroons // Crackling Cauliflower // Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte // Vegan Ice Cream // Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Blondies // Infused Water // Protein Smoothie // Stir Fry // Healthy Protein Snacks // Homemade Larabars // Vegan Buddha Bowl // Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese // Tomato & Bean Salad // Peanut Butter Cookies // Vegan Snowball Cookies // Coconut Chia Overnight Oats // Quick Midweek Saute // Hearty Breakfast Oatmeal // Peanut Butter Smoothie // Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
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MCLV Mange: Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a staple here at MCLV HQ. They’re quick & easy to throw together and you can use a variety of delicious, healthy ingredients to get the job done.

Sometimes though, chocolate chips just isn’t enough. Enter – Raw cacao. Add just two tablespoons to any batter and you instantly have a chocolate lovers dream dessert.

Rich, flavorful, and filled with antioxidants. {You’re welcome for the chocolate enabling}

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 Cups of Flour {You can use a basic gluten-free blend like Bob’s Red Mill or mix almond meal & coconut flour}
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Cacao
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
  •  2 Tbsp Apple Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Sweetener {Maple Syrup or Coconut Sugar are both great choices}
  • 1 Flax Egg {1 Tsp Flax Seed Meal + 2 Tbsp water}
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup of dark chocolate or carob chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 & line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Then combine the wet ingredients, including the “flax egg,” and whisk until smooth
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix completely before folding in the chocolate chips
  • Scoop dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges start to brown
  • Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet

Want peanut butter chocolate chip cookies? Substitute the cacao for 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

Coconut Vegetables // Farmer’s Market Fare // Vegetable Lasagna // Super Charge Me Cookies // Mac n’ Cheese // Energy Bites // Sunday Preparation // Hemp Salad // Tuscan Baked Quinoa // Spicy Peanut Stirfry // Mini Polenta Pizzas // Indian Feast // Healthy Treats // Bacon Deviled Eggs // Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza // Peanut Butter Cookies // Soft Serve Ice Cream // Coconut Cookie Cake // Gluten-Free Protein Cake // Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake //  Peanut Butter Banana Cookies // Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars // Pumpkin Biscuits // Coconut Cashew Cookies //Banana Bread Macaroons // Crackling Cauliflower // Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte // Vegan Ice Cream // Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Blondies // Infused Water // Protein Smoothie // Stir Fry // Healthy Protein Snacks // Homemade Larabars // Vegan Buddha Bowl // Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese // Tomato & Bean Salad // Peanut Butter Cookies // Vegan Snowball Cookies // Coconut Chia Overnight Oats // Quick Midweek Saute // Hearty Breakfast Oatmeal // Peanut Butter Smoothie
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MCLV Mange: Peanut Butter Smoothie

Yes, you read that correctly.

This bright green smoothie is peanut butter flavored.

It’s a little weird, I know. But I promise it’s amazing. Hear me out.

One of the reasons that I love smoothies are that they’re a great way to get a TON of nutrients. Fruit, veggies, powders, supplements – I add them all. So when I saw the amazing looking Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Shake from The Detoxinista, I immediately started plotting about how I could tweak it in little ways to get a bit more bang for my buck.

And since I don’t believe in smoothies without spinach, mine is green.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Add ingredients to blender or food processor
  • Add water as needed & blend, blend, blend
  • Enjoy!

*For real, powdered peanut butter is LIFE ALTERING. I use it all the time in all sorts of different recipes. I keep the plain peanut butter and the chocolate peanut butter at home and at the office. Great for oats, smoothies, nice cream, baking…

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

Coconut Vegetables // Farmer’s Market Fare // Vegetable Lasagna // Super Charge Me Cookies // Mac n’ Cheese // Energy Bites // Sunday Preparation // Hemp Salad // Tuscan Baked Quinoa // Spicy Peanut Stirfry // Mini Polenta Pizzas // Indian Feast // Healthy Treats // Bacon Deviled Eggs // Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza // Peanut Butter Cookies // Soft Serve Ice Cream // Coconut Cookie Cake // Gluten-Free Protein Cake // Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake //  Peanut Butter Banana Cookies // Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars // Pumpkin Biscuits // Coconut Cashew Cookies //Banana Bread Macaroons // Crackling Cauliflower // Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte // Vegan Ice Cream // Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Blondies // Infused Water // Protein Smoothie // Stir Fry // Healthy Protein Snacks // Homemade Larabars // Vegan Buddha Bowl // Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese // Tomato & Bean Salad // Peanut Butter Cookies // Vegan Snowball Cookies // Coconut Chia Overnight Oats // Quick Midweek Saute // Hearty Breakfast Oatmeal
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