After sharing this photo on Instagram and having it blow up, I figured I had to share this super simple, gluten-free, dairy-free, healthy pancake recipe that I discovered it through Blogilates.

These pancakes are light, fluffy and best eaten stacked with some fruit on the side.  You could use syrup but I found the fruit was enough sweetness and I wanted to keep it as guilt-free as possible.

Click through to see how to make them...

Since going gluten-free (ish), I've become quite creative with a few of my recipes.  I haven't made crepes in many months, but was slightly missing them and figured there must be an alternative to my original whole wheat flour.  Enter oatmeal, which I ground up to make a flour and presto chango, these crepes were born!

  yields 2 crepes (double the recipe for more)
* 1/2C Oatmeal ground up (I used my Magic Bullet)
* 1 Egg
* 1/2C Milk (I used almond milk)
* 1/2C Water
* 1 scoop of your fave protein (or omit this step altogether if you're not into that sort of thang)
* A pinch of salt (if you want)

1.  In a medium bowl, mix together oatmeal flour & eggs (& protein)
2.  Add in milk & water which will make it thick
3.  Using a balled up papertowel, I like to dip it in coconut oil and coat my pan.  It shouldn't be dripping with oil, just a light coating so it's non-stick (think the amount of cooking spray would give you)
4.  Pour your batter in the pan and moving the pan ensure it coats the entire bottom
5.  Do not walk away!  This will cook in under a minute and you often don't need to flip it.
6.  Slide onto a plate, spread with your favourite jam or peanut butter, or just load with berries, fold up & enjoy!

1.  Rolled oats with dried cranberries, milk & ground flax seed
2.  'Healthy' Grilled Cheese (made in the oven on 12-grain bread, no butter and real marble cheese)
3.  Honey-garlic grilled chicken, kidney bean salad with feta & boiled cauliflower

1.  Scrambled egg (whites) with broccoli, onion & cheese
2.  Baked salmon, quinoa & broccoli/carrots
3.  Chicken Kiev (from a box!) and a spring mix salad
4.  Grilled chicken, quinoa topped with black beans & a spring mix salad

1.  Mini Eggs &vanilla frozen yoghurt
2.  Yoghurt, Kashi GoLean Crunch & raspberries
3.  Cottage cheese with mixed frozen berries
4.  Vanilla yoghurt with crushed Crispy Crunch chocolate bar on top

1.  Avocado
2.  Grilled chicken, black bean salad with feta & mashed sweet potato
3.  Raw almonds
4.  Home made felafel

1.  12-grain bagel with low-fat peanut butter (Kraft is my fave) & ground flax sprinkled on top
2.  Breakfast at the Hilton (buffet):  Scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, grilled veggies & milk (my fave!)
3.  Easy microwave egg-white omelet with a peppermint tea (frequently my daily Monday-Friday breakfast)
4.  12-grain bagel with peanut butter and a steeped tea (two milk, one sugar)

1.  Fried egg 12-grain bagel sandwich with grape tomatoes, marble cheese & spinach
2.  Low-fat cottage cheese with cinnamon
3.  Tuna melts with avocado on top

1.  Spring mix salad with grape tomatoes, feta and whatever else I threw in there
2.  Carrots & hummus

1.  'Healthy Fish & Chips': baked salmon with garlic & cilantro with home made sweet potato baked fries
2.  Bacon, eggs & grilled potatoes
3.  Tuna, mayo & cubed cheese (what!? I didn't feel like cooking)
4.  Meatloaf & baby carrots

1.  Purchased roast beef salad with tomato, hard boiled egg, mayo & lettuce
2.  Breakfast wrap from the caf at my work (eggs, bacon, a hashbrown, lettuce & tomato in a whole wheat wrap.  Oh.  Ya.)
3.  Spring mix salad with dried cranberries, unsalted sunflower seats, feta cheese, grape tomatoes and ground flax (no dressing)
4.  'Gourmet' hot dogs (wrapped in a flax seed pita with mustard, swiss cheese & then I added spinach) with veggies 'n dip

While leaving the gym a couple weeks ago, a trainer had set up a table by the front doors and was handing out dixie cups filled with a green 'energy' smoothie she made.  I, of course, grabbed one because (a) I just finished a workout and was famished, and (b) I'm always up for trying something new.  

Turns out although it looked nasty, it tasted delicious.  

She had kindly printed out the recipe and had a stack of 'em for people to take home (with, of course, her personal training coordinates).  A few days later I made my own but it didn't turn out green like hers, and I had to improvise a bit because who really keeps almond milk and two kinds of yoghurt in their fridge at the same time?  Not this girl.

Healthy Smoothie:
* Frozen banana
* 1 Cup of Milk
* 1/2 Cup of Yoghurt
* 1 Cup of Frozen Berries (I used strawberries)
* Handful of Spinach*




* I know what you're thinking, 'Spinach?! In a smoothie? Really Amanda? Yuck!' 
but seriously, you don't even taste it. And it's good for you. So do it.  Do it good.

The other (weekend) morning, in a semi-rush to get out the door, but a desire to not spend money on breakfast, I whipped up these breakfast sandwiches.  Easy, healthy, and cheap.  I used what was in the fridge, so feel free to improvise with what you've got.

* Bread for toasting
* 3 eggs
* Ham
* Spinach
* Red onion

Heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet.  Saute your chopped onion.  Crack your eggs and poke the yokes.  Add ham and spinach and let the bottom of your egg mixture cook. 

When the top is fairly firm (not very runny), split your egg mixture into two or four (depending how good your flipping skills are) and flip.  

Toast your bread.

Remove egg mixture (fully cooked now) from skillet, place on toast, add ketchup/mayo/whatever-your-lil'-heart-desires, and top with other piece of toast.

(Wrap in tin-foil if it's to-go &) enjoy.

I made these pumpkin muffins last week and they have been a big hit.  They came out kinda wonky looking because they are 'healthy'* and I guess that means they won't be perfect looking, but nonetheless, they're good.  The flavour isn't bad, but a regular (fatty) muffin has a ton of sugar to make it sweet and flavourful.  You will not get that with this muffin, however, in a rush or pinch, you can down one of these and the guilt doesn't tend to set in like with a normal muffin it would.


Sort of.

* What the heck is 'spelt flour'?  No clue, so I used whole wheat (that might explain the deformation?).  Also, I couldn't find coconut oil so I used olive (meh).

I've never made cinnamon buns from scratch before this recipe and let. me. tell. you: boy, was it easy.  And delicious.  And quick (maybe, maybe 25 minutes total).  I tweaked it a little and used whole wheat flour (because I'm 'healthy' like that) and then covered them in cream cheese icing (because that's how I roll).  Deeelish.


Someone pretty great taught me how to make an omelet... in the microwave!  Perfect for a 'gourmet' breakfast at work (beats my bagel); it's quick, it's filling, it's healthy but most important, it's easy.

When my bestie asked me how I was making this omelet, I decided to snap some pictures of the process to share with her, then thought you lovely readers might like to see it too.  Will you make this tomorrow morning at work?

 1.  Grab your ingredients (& be creative).  I like broccoli (but substituted spinach & argula this time), grape tomatoes & cheese
2.  Crack an egg...
3.  ...or four (but only one yolk; keepin' it healthy)
4.  Whiskkkk

5.  Add your veggies...
6.  ...and your chunks of cheese (I just rip the cheese apart) & stir it up
7.  Into the microwave for 2 minutes and 22 seconds (just because I like punching only one number, multiple times)
8.  And eat.

On the weekend, my good friend took me out for brunch for my birthday.  We went to our favourite spot and had an amazing meal (and conversation, of course).  She also gifted me with the most fabulous gift (but you'll have to wait and see. Hint). and then we partook in some retail therapy afterward.  A truly fantastic birthday celebration.  Thanks SS.

I love pancakes but after reading that they are the 'black hole of breakfast food' once in a magazine, I was slightly turned off.  Not that I can't indulge every now and again (I have been known to indulge far too often to begin with!) but that phrase (sadly) really stuck with me.  

I found a healthier way to make pancakes and have been pretty obsessed with them ever since.  I tweaked the recipe which also called for some sugar and salt, by completely removing them, and it's fine (and healthier).  Whenever I have fresh fruit, I love to throw that in too.  

Happy weekend!

You will need:
1 Cup Whole wheat flour
1 Cup Milk 
1 Egg
1 tbsp. Baking Powder
Strawberries (as many as you'd like, I used half a pint) 

How to:
1.  Mix the first four ingredients
2.  Once blended, add the strawberries
3.  Heat frying pan and throw in some butter so the 'cakes won't stick
4.  Pour pancake mix into pan (I like making 3 at a time)
5.  Flip when the bottom is browned or the top starts to bubble a bit
6.  When both sides are browned, they are ready
7.  Serve with real maple syrup

Regular (left) & Whole wheat (right)

I decided to make pumpkin bread (my first attempt, ever) and although it didn't quite turn out great psentation wise (when I went to flip the bread out of the pan, half of it stuck in the pan, despite greasing it.  I don't think I baked it long enough, as the middle was a little gooey), it tasted so great.  I'm a huge fan of pumpkin, especially in the fall, it's so festive!  However, next time I'm going to replace all that sugar though, with apple sauce and see if it turns out as well.  Finally, there was some left over batter which I poured into my mini-muffin tins and they turned out perfectly.

 { putting our new mixer to good use - we got this for our wedding! }

One of my favourite things on the weekend is having a late, lazy breakfast.  We both love waffles, so my fiancĂ©e will make the batter, and I'll cook 'em - that's the deal.  This time, we added blueberries.  It was extra good with mini blueberry explosions with each bite.

{ not quite done yet }

{ time to eat! }

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