Grab-in-Go Gluten Free Breakfast Muffins

grab in goI made these sweet little pumpkin protein muffins for breakfasts this week. They are gluten free and packed with fiber and protein.

Not to mention, pumpkins keep eyesight sharp, aid in weight loss, may reduce cancer risks, protects the skin, boots your mood and helps beef up your immune system.

This is a neat side show of the health benefits of pumpkins!

Breakfast is an easy meal to skip. However, it’s actually detrimental to skip it. Make about 10 of these little muffins and set them in the fridge. In the morning, grab 2 – and eat them on your morning commute with to-go coffee. Yum.

You will need: ½ regular sized can pumpkin puree, 3 tbsp. ground flax seed, 3 tbsp. chia seeds, 2 tbsps. sweet leaf (or any natural sweetener), 1/2 tbsp. baking powder, 1/2 tbsp. baking soda, 2 scoops whey protein powder, & 1 cap full vanilla extract.

Preheat the oven to 350 and bake these in muffin tins for about 20 – 25 minutes. My recipe yielded about 8 muffins. I would suggest using muffin liners as well. Easy to store and easy to grab in the morning.

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Gluten Free, Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes

ImageDo you ever have days you just want to have pancakes? You envision yourself at Ihop digging in to a Silver Five.

However, you are trying to live a gluten free life, have a wheat allergy or you’re simply just watching your weight! Shucks – pancakes don’t usually fall into the category of ‘foods you can eat.’

Don’t fret – I found this awesome recipe online from Undressed Skeleton once again that will turn your pancake frown upside down. Gluten Free, Flourless, Pumpkin Pancakes.

Is this for real – you might ask? Yes – it’s for real and so simple to make. Let’s get cooking.

You will need: 1 cage free egg, ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree (you know, the cans you buy for pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving), 1 cap full of vanilla extract, 1 scoop whey protein powder (make sure it’s gluten free) and 1 tbsp. cinnamon.

Add the protein powder, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl – and stir away! Turn on your stove-top – and spray a pan with cooking spray. Scoop out a spoonful of this yummy mixture onto the frying pan. And cook away. You will make these again, I assure you.

Add syrup as desired. If you are watching your sugar intake, I’d use this moderately. But, you can add low-fat whipped cream to the top or how about berries? The choices are endless. And, a flourless pancake does exist. Yay – this is incredible.

Coconut Greek Yogurt Fruit Bowl

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Click on the image above to enlarge the yummy bowl of fruit!

Don’t’ want to make you jealous; but, this breakfast was killer this morning. I love Greek yogurt in the morning – but sometimes it gets a little dull and boring. (It’s a common thing with eating healthy!) But, it does not have to be that way. Started experimenting in my kitchen and whipped up this creamy scrumptious morning fruit bowl.

Take out a mixing bowl and get to work! You will need: 1 cup Greek yogurt (I used this 100 calorie one!), 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 tbsp. chia seeds and a handful of coconut shreds. Easy as pumpkin pie!

Pour the yogurt in a mixing bowl. Cut up the apple and banana and place all these fruit pieces in with the yogurt. Sprinkle in the chia seeds and coconut shavings – and mix it all up. I then poured the fruity mixture into a pretty little bowl and sprinkled additional chia seeds on the top (just because these fill you up – and are a great aid in dieting).

Enjoy. Eat slowly and savor every spoonful.

You will make this again – for sure. By the way – double score – this is *gluten free.*