S’mores Banana

Hey ya’ll! Today is such an exciting day. We had our first “snow”. Technically it was only snow flurries, but it was still exciting to wake up and see it snowing out the window. I’m lucky because I get to stay inside, enjoy the weather from the window, sip on my hot chocolate, and study for my advanced nutrition exam. This makes me one happy camper! It also is getting my really excited for the holidays. I can’t wait for Thanksgivukkah! Also as an avid shopper, I’m looking forward to Black Friday, but enough about that! Onwards to the delicious recipe that I’m about to share with ya’ll: Banana S’mores! A healthy alternative to my favorite treat.

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Banana S’mores

1 banana
10-12 mini marshmallows
a sprinkle of chocolate chips
aluminum foil

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.. Unlike how I did it in the picture, you want to peel your banana first before placing it into a sheet of aluminum foil. Once you peel the banana, place it in the aluminum foil, wrapping the foil around the sides of the banana. Then make a deep slice into the banana, so that it spreads open a bit.

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3. You then want to stuff the banana with your marshmallows and chocolate chips. This is the fun part. You can either just do marshmallows and chocolate chips or you can get really creative, such as adding nuts, dried fruit, etc. You can also either limit yourself by only putting a few or you can add a lot.

4. Then place in the oven on a baking sheet. You can either let it cook for 12 minutes or just keep on the oven light and monitor it for when the marshmallows get toasty. I prefer the second option because I get to make it as melty as I want.

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5. Remove from the oven, let cool, and eat out of the aluminum foil wrapper. Enjoy.

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This treat is so delicious and really low calorie. If you are having a sweet craving, but don’t want to spend all the calories in something super fattening then this is the way to go. It provides you a ton of fiber from the banana base and you get the sweetness from the marshmallows and chocolate chips. If you really want it to be s’mores like, you can crumble a graham cracker along the inside of the banana before you place it in the oven. I didn’t miss the graham cracker part because my favorite part of a s’mores is the way the marshmallow gets crispy on the outside, but is extremely soft and melted on the inside. This sort of reminded me of a campfire treat and you could actually make these while camping. Instead of placing them in the oven, you just put them over the fire.

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this recipe because my stomach sure did! I can’t wait to get creative and make all kinds of combinations with my bananas. Now it is back to studying for nutrition. Fatty acids are on my mind. Nerd out.

What would you put in your stuffed banana?
What is the best s’mores flavored treat that you have had?

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Chocolate Blueberry Pancakes

Hey ya’ll! I have survived yet another day of Insanity. I think today may have been the most intense one since there were no little breaks in between the intervals of exercise. I was sweating and panting, but I did it. 5 days in. A million more to go, no just 55, but I can do it! Gotta dig deeper as my friend Shaun T says. He kills me. Anyways I am sharing my flourless chocolate blueberry pancake recipe with ya’ll today since I promised I would yesterday.

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Chocolate Blueberry Flourless Pancakes

1 banana (preferably a very ripe one)
1/2 c of liquid egg whites
1 c of blueberries
1 packet of 20 calorie hot cocoa powder
a sprinkle of chocolate chips

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1. Slice banana into small slices and place into a mixing bowl. Then get a spoon or knife to mash it up. You want the banana mixture to be thoroughly mashed in the bowl. Try to get as little banana chunks as possible. You want it to be a creamy smooth texture.

2. Then add in the egg whites. Be careful because when I first attempted this recipe with egg whites I put way too many in the mixture, which was an epic fail since it was too liquidy. Maybe start with 1/4 c and add as needed.

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3. Next you want to add in the hot cocoa. Mix it until the entire mixture in the bowl is brown with the chocolate.

4. Then you can throw in the blueberries. If you want you can add in the chocolate chips here, but I waited until I had the pancake batter on the pan to add the chocolate chips.

5. Spray a pan with non-stick spray and heat to medium-low heat.

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6. Use a 1/3 c to scoop out the batter and place onto the pan. My pan was large enough to fit three pancakes on at a time. I then sprinkled two or three mini chocolate chips in eat one. Wait until bubbles appear in the batter and the edges firm up then flip the pancake. Cook until lightly browned on both sides.

7. Then if you want you can take some extra blueberries, microwave them, add in a few drops of water, and smash them to make a blueberry compote for the topping. If not use some sugar free syrup as a healthy topping.

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These pancakes are so delicious and healthy. You know how I love to eat me some pancakes! I ended up making 8 pancakes from the recipe, so that was a first. Typically it makes 4-5 large sized pancakes. This recipe is such a healthy alternative to regular pancakes plus you are getting some good nutrients from the banana base of the recipe. I still enjoy pancakes with flour, but when you want a rest from all the flour or you want to enjoy pancakes more than one day a week then this is the recipe for you.

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When I had these for breakfast, I was a happy and healthy camper for the day. Go out and make these immediately. I’m definitely going to be whipping up all kind of creations with the basic flourless pancake recipe. Blackforest, almond joy, samoa, lemon poppyseed, and anything else I can think of to throw in the bowl. This is why breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! You can have tons of various combinations of things to eat and they are all so tasty and delicious. Boosting that metabolism the right way!

Have you ever had flourless pancakes?
What do you like on top of your pancakes?

WIAW the Art of the Party

Hey ya’ll! We are halfway through the week. Exciting. Today is the first day I woke up and was not sore. Success. I’m on my 4th day of Insanity and 2nd day of Hip Hop Abs. Shaun T does both of these workouts and it is quite funny to see the difference between him in both of them. In Hip Hop Abs he is super cheesy and hilarious while in Insanity he is super intense and motivating. I gotta love those workout videos. I think I like them because I can do them on my time and get an intense workout. I really hate the whole idea of driving to the gym, etc etc. Anyways today is my favorite day of the week, What I ate Wednesday. Thanks Jenn for hosting such a fantastic day every single week! Today mine has a special theme, ART. I love art and Austin is surrounded by art as you will see throughout my post.

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In Austin there is this really cool place called Hope Garden (although the name may have been changed) where graffiti artists can come and express themselves on the walls of this place. There is this huge castle behind all the walls too, so I think the name may have something to do with a castle. This was one of my favorite pieces at the place. I took my best friend when she was in town from Boston and it was cool seeing so much artwork in one space. I love graffiti to be honest. I really don’t think it should be illegal if it is like this or Banksy style.

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For breakfast I had chocolate blueberry flourless pancakes. These were delicious. I made a blueberry compote for the topping. Such a good idea. I will definitely be sharing this recipe with you tomorrow. I ended up making two servings of it. That was probably because I used egg whites this time instead of just a regular egg. I probably would have had even more if I used a 1/4 c to scoop out the batter, but last minute I was like why not use a 1/3 cup. I made 8 pancakes total. I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow!

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Healthy snack alert! I made kale chips. I am obsessed with kale chips. Usually my roommate makes them and they are so crispy and delicious, so I thought why not create my own. I think I put too much kale on one pan, but they still came out crispy. I topped mine with nutritional yeast, Parmesan, and olive oil. Such a winning combination. Kale is really good for you, so I definitely recommend making these or making a salad of kale in order to get a large amount of nutrients.

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I was walking town lake in Austin when I saw this one. We were just about to go across a bridge to walk the other side of the lake when I noticed this. I love shoes, so obviously I had to snap a picture of this. I love that small little things like this are just hidden all around the city waiting for someone to discover it. I think it just makes us more unique. Keeping Austin weird.

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You know I had to throw a salad into the mix. This one has spinach leaves, veggie patch falafel, and slices of mushrooms that I stole from my brother. He wasn’t using them anymore, so I thought why not throw them in my salad. These falafel balls are amazing. They are from the same company that made the meatballs I used in my meatball sub recipe, so you should definitely check out all the products they have to offer. I swear vegetarians get the best frozen food products. Noms.

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My favorite banana truck has been open for a little while now for the new season, so I obviously had to go get me one of these bad boys. I just got a plain one. It had dark chocolate and was rolled in sprinkles. I follow them on instagram and they have specials occasionally, which I’ve been really wanting. One of them was called an Almond Joy. It had chocolate, caramel, coconut, and chopped almonds. It looked like a banana heaven on a stick. I can’t wait to check out what this week’s special is.

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This is what I am probably obsessed with most in life. Cauliflower crust pizza. Ever since I made it for the blog, I have been eating it non-stop. This has honey bbq sauce, sliced ham, pineapple, and low moisture mozzarella. It is so good. I think I cooked the crust perfectly this time. It was crisp and browned just the way it should be. The honey bbq may be the best sauce to put on the pizza. It is sweet yet tangy. It goes well with the citrus flavor of the pineapple and the saltiness of the sliced ham. This recipe is my best friend.

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This is an iconic graffiti in Austin besides the I love you sign. It says never give up and has pacman next to it. This is on town lake too. I think it is super cute and motivational especially for the runners and bikers that always go past it on the trail.

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Since summer is upon us, my mom and I decided to get some fresh fish. Halibut is our favorite and it was on sale at Central Market, so we were like why not? We also ended up buying a spicy soy glaze for the fish. It wasn’t spicy at all and had just the right amount of flavor. The halibut was meaty and cooked perfectly. The meat just flaked off as you dug your fork into it. I made a side of green beans for it. Yep, canned green beans. Can’t live without them.

I hope you all have a fantastic WIAW!

What do you think of graffiti? Is there a lot around you?
What is your favorite kind of art?

Stuffed French Toast (Healthy Version)

Hey ya’ll! I am writing this from my bed because I’m so sore. I have started the Insanity workout program and oh my, it is not for the weak. I’m totally weak plus I’m sort of out of shape since I haven’t exercised a lot since I’ve been having problems with my arthritis. However I have been feeling better, so I thought why not do this? Well it is insane, literally. It is such a good workout though. After every video, I feel so refreshed and exhilarated that I survived the day. This leads to a sore Lindsay. Totally worth it though. Today I have a delicious recipe for you and a healthy swap.

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I have made you guys a stuffed french toast recipe. Ihop serves a wide variety of stuffed french toasts that are packed with a ton of calories and fat. The combo at Ihop contains around 1450 calories and 76 g of fat. WOW. Now that is almost the average woman’s entire day of calories. Obviously that isn’t going to fill a person for the entire day, so it is definitely a waste of calories. Just the french toast only has around 490 calories and 39 g of fat. That is still a ton of unnecessary fat in a dish. Therefore I decided to make ya’ll a low calorie option that is just as delicious or maybe even better.

Elvis Stuffed French Toast

2 slices of 45-50 calorie bread (I used Nature’s Own)
1/2 c. of liquid egg whites
1-2 tsp of cinnamon
1-2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tsp of fat free milk
2 tbsp of prepared PB2
1 banana
a sprinkle of chocolate chips
1 tsp of sugar free chocolate syrup

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1. In a small bowl, mix the egg whites, milk, sugar, and vanilla.

2. Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat on medium.

3. Dip the bread into the bowl until both sides are covered with mixture. Then place the slices of bread into the pan. You may have to do one piece at a time if your pan is too small.

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4. Prepare the PB2 as the bottle instructs. I usually do 2 tbsp of powder then 1 and a half tbsp of water. That makes it more runny, but if you want it thick only use 1 tbsp of water in the mixture.

5. Spread onto one slice of the french toast. Then slice up a banana and place the slices on top of the peanut butter. I like mine orderly, so I make it 3 by 3 then just layer the extra bananas on top of the bottom slices.

6. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the bananas then top with the other slice of bread. Place the sugar free chocolate syrup on top of the bread lightly and enjoy.

You can put syrup on it if you want, but I don’t have sugar free syrup at home, so I just decided to opt without it. The dish is really rich without it, plus you have the syrupy effect from the creamy peanut butter and the chocolate syrup.

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Yes, this is the new breakfast in bed I’ve decided. Someone needs to make me healthy stuffed french toast to deliver to me in bed. I know I have big dreams. It’s okay I’ll just make it myself and bring it back to bed with a cup of tea. Who needs anyone when I have my amazing self. This dish only contains 275 calories with 3.5 g of fat. Whaaaaat?? Such a better option than eating out at Ihop in my opinion. I know the butter and fat taste delicious, but there is no nutrition there. With my healthy stuffed french toast, you are getting a healthy serving of fat from the peanut butter, good fiber from the bread, and a serving of real fruit (because lets be honest, you know Ihop uses packaged/processed fruit).

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Just looking at this makes me drool and get hungry. Except not really because I’m full from eating it. I love healthy filling breakfasts. It helps you start your day on a good note, plus it kick starts your metabolism for the day. If you have problems eating breakfast in the morning, you probably need to make it more enjoyable. This is definitely an enjoyable recipe to try out. It only takes a few minutes to make too. The longest part is mixing the PB2 and dressing it up. You could probably make the french toast the night before, warm it up the next morning, and just put your toppings on in the morning. Time saved. I’m a genius. I just now how rushed a lot of people feel in the mornings. I experience that quite a lot especially when I’m running behind to go to school. None of that anymore…oh wait yeah graduate school haha. I guess I have mastered the morning rush though. I hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday. I’ll be doing my Insanity workout a little while later and I’m going to add in some hip hop abs and pop pilates. Working out is so great, maybe I’ll do a nutrition fact Friday on exercise. Brain is churning.

What is your favorite breakfast food?
What would you like your french toast stuffed with?

WIAW (Life Without Plastic Bags)

Hey ya’ll! It is that time of the week again when bloggers around the world share what they are eating. It is one of my favorite link-ups, known as What I ate Wednesday. I bet there are other goods ones out there, but I just love to see what everyone is eating to get inspiration for recipes and blog posts. Thanks to Jenn for hosting this fantastic day! Seriously pure genius for coming up with it!

photo(3)Since school is pretty much over for me, I ended up going to my mom’s to study for finals and what not. Well I decided that I was going to cook up a storm in the house and make a ton of new recipes to share with ya’ll. So I drove over to the local HEB in my neighborhood to load up on groceries, but little did I know that there are NO more plastic bags (disclaimer: Yes, I actually knew, but I forget because this is sort of ridiculous). I’m all for helping the environment, but they should have plastic bags on hand just in case people forget. I have a million reusable bags, so I’m not going to spend money to buy another one just so I can carry my groceries like a normal person. Nope, I totally put everything back into my cart and rocked the no bag look. I got some stares.

photo(6)I was not going to let the plastic bag problem stop me. Although once I got to my house, I got reusable bags to help get everything out of the car. Now to the yummy part of the story. For breakfast I had chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake oats. Umm yes. I have an obsession with cheesecake oats (fat free cottage cheese + oatmeal). It seriously makes the oatmeal have a creamier and richer flavor to it.

photo(5)Close up, in yo face. You can’t go wrong with chocolate chips and strawberries. I have so many oatmeal recipes to share with ya’ll, it is ridiculous. I need to step up my oatmeal sharing game. Heck, I have so much to share with ya’ll. Maybe I’ll start posting two-a-day. That is a lot of effort for me, so probably not. Senioritis problems. You would think that maybe my second senior year I wouldn’t be so lazy, but no I think I’ve just gotten lazier as time goes on. At least graduate school will whip me into shape.

photo(4)So my family calls me snacky or snack monster, which is actually pretty nice I think since it could definitely be a lot worse. Hello, my name is Lindsay and I am addicted to snacks. I actually have an awesome post planned for the near future about healthy snacking. Since I love to snack, I decided that I need to come up with more healthy choices for snacks. Therefore apple nachos have come into the picture. You can do a ton of varieties with these bad boys. I decided to go the chocolate and caramel route, but you could definitely do granola, chocolate chips, etc. Pretty much anything goes good with these bad boys.

photo(2)Yes, I am one of those weird people that love salads. I could eat a salad for lunch and dinner if I could. The key to having a good salad is building it up with tons of healthy toppings. This is my healthy version of a Waldorf salad. It has grapes, apples, walnuts, celery, and chicken in it. Such a winning combination. Usually there is a type of gross cheese in it (yes, there are some gross cheeses out there), so I went sans cheese on this one.

photo(1)Three cheers for another healthy snack. I saw this on Pinterest a while ago, but it was for camping. Who needs to go camping to make a delicious treat like this? Not me. I made my version of a banana s’mores with marshmallows and chocolate chips. It was delicious. I will share how to actually make this when I post about healthy snacks, but just looking at it is making me drool and want another one. Like the apple nachos, you can do tons of combinations with this one.

photoYou know just staring at this picture you want the recipe. Too bad you are going to have to wait a few days. I’m trying this whole thing were I am organized about my blog posts, and so far it is going pretty well. It just means that I won’t be posting up this recipe yet. However it is spaghetti squash pad Thai with tofu. Yes, it is as amazing as it looks. I’m seriously getting excited just looking at it because it is a beautiful dish. Plus I remembered I have leftovers in the fridge! Go me.

photo(7)MWAHAHA the snack monster has arrived. This is a not-so healthy, but not-so fattening snack. I have a passion for snowcones. Maybe a deep love too. I love going around to try all the snowcone stands in Austin. I have discovered a few more to try out and review, but this is from one of my favorite stands: Casey’s New Orleans Snowcones. You know I have to represent the city I was born in, so I’m a loyal customer. Plus these are just so darn good. This one is a strawberry cheesecake snowcone. The flavors are so rich in it and the ice is soft. I really despise when there is hard ice that doesn’t soak up the flavor. Lame.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Wednesday! I’m currently studying for my Medical Nutrition Therapy final and make up exam. Yes, I have two exams tomorrow in the time period for one final. I think I can pretty much rock it. Although my make-up exam is on enteral and parenteral feedings + some other lovely junk about the GI system, so it is not the most pleasant topic. Hope ya’lls day is less gross than mine!

Chobani Blueberry Panackes

Hey ya’ll! It’s Sunday, so you know what that means. Not only do I have volleyball practice, but it is also my day of the week where I treat myself. I decided that I should treat myself with something healthy and delicious this morning. That is why I came up with the idea of pancakes using Chobani greek yogurt. What a good idea! This way I get protein, grains, fruit, and a dairy in my breakfast. Being a nutrition major, sometimes it is really hard to come up with a well balanced meal with all the necessities in it, but this time I definitely managed to do it (minus the veggies of course)!

photo(4)Chobani Blueberry Pancakes
1 package of Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt
1/2 c. of Whole Wheat Flour
3 tbsp of egg whites
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp fat free milk

photo(6)1. First you take all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and baking powder) and mix well in a bowl.

2. You then pour your liquid egg whites into the yogurt container and stir well.

photo(7)3. Once it is mixed, add the yogurt and egg white mixture into the bowl with the flour.

4. Then add in the rest of your liquid products, such as the vanilla and milk. Stir well.

photo(5)5. You will then have a light purple mixture. Heat a pan on medium-high heat and spray it with nonstick spray.

6. Use a 1/3 measuring cup (or 1/4 or an icecream scoop) and scoop out some mixture to place on the pan (should make 4-5 large pancakes).

7. Cook until bubbles appear on the top of the wet side and flip over.

8. Cook until lightly browned on both sides.

photo(2)Ta da! Now you have a delicious batch of pancakes. You really can’t even tell that these pancakes have Greek yogurt in them. The only way I know is because of the blue color and the blueberry flavor that they have. If you wanted to make them extra-blueberrylicious you could have added fresh blueberries into the mixture. I unfortunately was using all my blueberries for another recipe (will share later on), so I had to go without them. Sad, I know.

photoSomehow my finger got in this picture. Oh well, it still looks scrumptious. I can’t go without having any fruit in my breakfast, so I decided to slice up a banana to go along with the pancakes. It also provides for a nice, pretty plate to look at. I did destroy it when I ate it though and nothing was left but a a few little crumbs.

photo(1)A plate of perfection! Well I hope everyone is having a good Sunday. The best way to start your day off is always with a good breakfast. It helps your metabolism and it keeps you from being grumpy later (the second part is just from personal experience). Now I get to go plan volleyball practice, work on my research paper, and study for an exam in Nutrition Education and Counseling!

Pancakes Without Flour?!

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday, which is my favorite day of the week for obvious reasons. I don’t have class on Fridays. Thank god. I deserve it as a fifth year senior! Also Thursday means celebrate. Tonight I’m having homemade enchiladas and some ice cold margaritas. My roommate and I know how to throw down on a Thursday night. Last Thursday night we made vegan chocolate cupcakes – scrumptious!

Anyways today I’m posting about pancakes. Flourless pancakes. Yes, you heard me. No flour. Just two ingredient pancakes. I creep on Pinterest on a regular basis, so I saw this idea a lot on various boards.

DSC02723This looks absolutely disgusting, I know. When I was first mixing it I was like oh god this is going to be a hot mess. I wasn’t even sure if this was going to be edible. I was convinced that it was going to turn into an omelet or something since one of the two ingredients was an egg.

DSC02724When I poured the batter onto the pan from a 1/4 cup then things started to look. Okay, these somewhat are starting to resemble pancakes. Do they have a weird color? Yes. Do they look super runny? Yes. Are the typical bubbles appearing? YES. That means it is a success, at least in appearance wise. As I was flipping and turning them, the pancakes became soft and browned on each side like a normal pancake does.

DSC02729One mashed banana and one egg stirred together led to this beautiful plate of fluffiness. Yes, they look like real pancakes. They also tasted like real pancakes. It was incredible. Pinterest definitely knows its stuff when it comes to recipes. I’m glad I have discovered this recipe because I can’t wait to turn it into crazy typical Lindsay recipes like my other pancake ones that have flour in them.

DSC02730Flourless Pancakes:

1 Banana
1 egg

1. Mash banana into a small mixing bowl until there are no chunks.
2. Add in one egg.
3. Mix well until there is a liquidy smooth consistency.4. Measure out 1/4 c. at at time onto a pan.
5. Wait until the top of the pancake bubbles then flip over until lightly browned on both sides.
6. Serve with whatever toppings you desire (I put bananas, chocolate chips, and syrup on mine).

DSC02731Seriously this is my new favorite recipe. Probably not, but it is definitely healthy and really easy to make. If you want to make more, you can just double the recipe. Also another healthy option would be to switch out the entire egg and just place in 4 egg whites. I can’t wait to get creative in the kitchen with these bad boys.

DSC02728Sorry for overloading ya’ll with pancake photos. I’m just in love with them. It is ridiculous. I actually took about 10 photos of the pancakes, so ya’ll are lucky that I’m only showing you this many. I hope ya’ll have a fantastic weekend. I know mine is going to be filled with tons of stuff. Tomorrow we are celebrating my cousin’s birthday, then Saturday is mother’s birthday, and Sunday I have volleyball tryouts for my Maccabi Volleyball team. I’m so excited!

Have ya’ll ever had flourless pancakes?
If so, what do you think of them? Any cool recipes using them?