Paleo Maca Cacao Protein Shake

Who here made a new years resolution of making it to the gym more this year? As a frequent gym-goer, it always makes me happy to see how packed the gyms are in January because I know all those new peeps are there trying to better their lives and that’s just amazing. But also like a part of me is like “okay happy for you but also can you please get off the machine I need to use kthanksbye.

BUT most of me is just super stoked for all the new do-gooders and I would love to help ease the fitness process by telling you about my absolute FAVE whole-food paleo protein powder that tastes like an absolute dream. Especially in this maca cacao shake. It’s called Rootz Protein and literally it has changed me life. It’s the ONLY protein powder that doesn’t upset my gut and has no added sugar or preservatives. I mean look at these ingredients people!!!!!

Amazing. And to getcha going on all your future gainzzzzz you can use the code “bitesbybai” at checkout for 10% off your entire order.

K and also real quick plug for maca and raw cacao which are two superfoods that are naturally mood elevating, give you energy, and support longevity and overall happiness sooooo basically you need this shake in your life.

That is all, my peeps. Happy Monday!!

Paleo Maca Cacao Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 scoop Rootz Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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DF and GF Peanut Butter and Banana Chunk Pancakes

Today my morning consisted of a sprint workout, weights, yoga, laundry, and cleaning my entire apartment top to bottom SO yes I made the most massive breakfast of all time and YES I’m gonna eat every last bite cuz ya girl deserves it.

Breakfast is what motivates me to get through my morning every day (since I don’t eat until noon usually, check out my post on intermittent fasting for more deets on that) so this morning to treat myself I made scrambled eggs with avocado, sliced strawberries, and peanut butter banana oat pancakes. Breakfast. Of. Freakin. Champs. And it did not disappoint.

These pancakes, more specifically, were the actual bomb. I might make them again for dinner because yeah, I deserve breakfast for dinner too! Anyways, they’re tasty, filling, good for ya, and dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free so it doesn’t get much better than that!!

Happy Tuesday my peeps!

DF and GF Peanut Butter and Banana Chunk Pancakes

  • Servings: About 4 Pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 smashed banana, still kinda chunky
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour (plus more if batter seems runny)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • Extra peanut butter and/or banana for on top (optional)
  • Maple syrup for on top (optional)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat a large non-stick pan or non-stick griddle over medium high heat.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add your banana, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla together until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine your oat flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the batter in your ideal pancake sized amounts to the pan or griddle and cook until there are lots of bubbles on top (about a minute) then flip and cook for another minute or so on the other side.
  6. Remove to a plate once the pancakes are fully cooked and add your toppings if you choose to. Enjoy!


Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

I may or may not be the only person in the world like this, but growing up (and to this day) I’ve actually always prefered cinnamon raisin cookies to chocolate chip…. Anyone out there crazy too or just me?

Anyways, not only is the actually cookie better in my opinion, but oh my… the cookie dough? MMMMMM. Impeccable. I can’t get enough of the stuff! So when I decided to make a healthy version of it, I was a little hesitant because I knew how dangerous it would be. I may lose all self control and start eating the stuff by the batch. Yikes.

When I was little I was the same way with cookie dough, I was always eating it by the spoonful at Christmas-time while Mom was doing her best to fend me off and make Christmas cookies. But one fateful day I actually got salmonella poisoning from eating raw cookie dough and had to be hospitalized for a week. Yeah, so now you know it’s not just some made up story parents tell you to scare you off. That stuff actually happens. And it is NOT a good time.

But nowwwwww, since this recipe is dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free (and egg free), I can eat all I want without having to worry about another trip to the hospital! TBH I’ve made this, not even bothered to roll it into balls, and brought it with me in a jar to a movie and I ate the whole darn thing. The only repercussion was I was very full. But that I can definitely handle.

Okay that’s enough rambling from me for one day, I’ll letcha get on with your lives. And I promise I’m working on a chocolate chip cookie dough recipe too for everyone out there who isn’t like me BUT do yourselves a favor and give this one a try too because it’s da bombbbbbb.

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

  • Servings: 8 Balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • ¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp MCT oil (or virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 Tbsp no sugar added applesauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp raisins

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a bowl and mix together until everything is thoroughly combined.
  2. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon worth of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  3. Store in the fridge and enjoy!


Triple Layered Strawberry Pitaya Chia Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

triple layered strawberry pitaya chia breakfast smoothie bowl

Ok guys. You all know my extreme breakfast addiction is so real, and sometimes I just absolutely cannot decide what I want to eat! There’s so many good options when it comes to breakfast. I mean there’s pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, eggs, chia seed pudding, smoothie bowls, banana bread, muffins, need I continue?

Well I decided I’d take it upon myself to combine some of my favorite breakfast things into one triple layered breakfast bowl so now I don’t have to decide! I can just have everything I want in one bowl!

GENIUS!!!!!

Yes, yes I know, I’m a breakfast innovator. How have I not been discovered and recognized for my absolute breakfast brilliance yet? I’m not sure either.

Anddddd this recipe is SO SIMPLE. All you need to do is a little meal prep the night before to get your chia seed pudding going and then BOOM you just need to wake up and devour the beautiful bowl of nutritious deliciousness.

This bowl has exactly what you need to start your day off right with omega-3’s, LOADS of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and so much more! You’ll have so much energy from all the natural plant-based ingredients that you’ll be a whole new you. Now if that ain’t something to woo about then I don’t know what is! WOOOOOO!!!!! (Can you tell I just ate this bowl?)

Okay enough of my nonsense. It’s time to get all this healthy tastiness into your body! Enjoy my peeps 🙂

Triple Layered Strawberry Pitaya Chia Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 2 bowls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Strawberry Pitaya Smoothie

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup frozen cauliflower
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp freeze dried pitaya powder (I use Hybrid Herbs)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • a drizzle of honey
  • Strawberry layer

  • ¼ cup Bites By Bai’s 3-Ingredient Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam (or your favorite strawberry jam)
  • Toppings

  • fresh fruit
  • your favorite granola (I am using Oh She Glow’s Mocha Empower Glow Bars crumbled up)
  • a drizzle of raw honey

Directions

  1. In a mason jar or Tupperware container, combine all ingredients for the chia seed pudding and mix thoroughly. I usually put the lid on and shake to mix!
  2. Place the chia seed pudding mixture in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight to thicken up.
  3. Once your chia seed pudding is thick, you can make the smoothie layer by placing all ingredients for the smoothie in a high-powered blender. Blend until thick and creamy.
  4. Place half of the strawberry jam in the bottom of each bowl followed by half the chia seed pudding and then half the smoothie bowl. Top with fresh fruit, granola, and honey. Enjoy!


5-Minute Creamy Coconut Strawberry Oats

creamy coconut strawberry oats

Oooooooh baby I love your waayyyyy.

And that’s all I got. But I’m not kidding, these oats? OOOH BABY do I love their way! I just cannot get enough. Ever.

#oatgirlforevaeva

Are you a fellow oat lover too? (I’m assuming yes by the fact that you’re reading this post about oats). Oh goodie, we’re all on the same page here (literally). What could be better than a sweet, creamy, warm bowl of ooey-gooey oats to fill you up and keep you going on your longest of days? Okay, so maybe like a puppy BUT BASICALLY NOTHING. You can’t beat a puppy, like come on people.

And these oats come together in literally a snap of the fingers! Do you have 5 minutes? Then you’ve got time to make these. We all know oats are a fantastic way to start the day because they are high in carbs, iron, fiber, and protein (and more) and they are a slow burning energy source so that energy lasts all day and you feel fuller longer BUUUUTTTT pair those oats with coconut and they turn into….

MEGA OATS!!!!!

Boom. On top of all the fantastic benefits of oats on their own, the addition of coconut to the party adds powerful amino acids and protein, more iron and fiber, and a bunch of folate and potassium! Your digestive system is going to be flying high after this, I promise you.

So what are you waiting for?! You’re five minutes away from total body euphoria!! Get going!!!!

5-Minute Creamy Coconut Strawberry Oats

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • ½ Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp plus a little extra unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 chopped organic strawberries

Directions

  1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small pot.
  2. Add the oats to the boiling water, reduce heat to medium, and cook while stirring occasionally until the oats have absorbed the water and are fully cooked and creamy.
  3. Remove oats to a bowl and stir in the coconut extract, coconut milk (to your desired consistency), maple syrup, and 1 Tbsp shredded coconut.
  4. Top with your strawberries and remaining shredded coconut. Enjoy!