Healthy Carrot Cake Muffin - Meal Prep Perfect!

For those of you who follow my Journey on Social media you know I have been though a double mastectomy in January and just last week had my exchange surgery. Between doctors appointments and my body healing I have not been cooking as many dinners or in the kitchen as much!

ENTER - These bad boys!

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I really had to dig into meal prep, which I always have done and believed in BUT this time it was a whole new level of needed to be prepared. Before my big Mastectomy I prepped 3 weeks of dinners and breakfasts for myself and my family. WHY? Because I KNEW my body would need healty food for my recovery, I also know my husband can not provide that. His idea of taking care of dinner is a super overcooked piece of meat on the grill in the summer with no sides or take out. His only saving grace is a grilled cheese HA!

SO I became real good an prepping and freezing stuff, if you a a busy woman you need prep in your life too! PRO TIP it is a G A M E - C H A N G E R for your health of not only yourself but your family, it saves money and reduces stress of what the heck are we gonna eat. These make a great snack on the go as part of your or your kids breakfast or afterschool snack, also GREAT source of energy for our kids who do after noon activities. This is such a great option to pop and go before dance, soccer whatever!

I hope these serve you and your family as well as they have served mine!

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If you are following the portion fix meal plan like me - this is a Yellow ( one carb serving)

I personally double or triple this and freeze the rest, if you are taking the time to make and have the resources to buy enough ingredients of something you know your family loves, I like to make use of my time and prep out a few batches at a time!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Cups dry old fashioned oats

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk beverage ( NOT CANNED)

  • 2 large eggs slightly beaten

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots

  • 1/4 cup of smashed canned pears, juice drained

  • 3 Tbsp light sour-cream

  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar

( Muffin liners needed)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350

  2. Prepare 12 muffin cups, line with paper or silicone cups and set aside

  3. Combine oats, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl, set aside

  4. Combine Coconut, eggs, maple syrup, extract, carrots and pears in a medium bowl, mix well

  5. Fold coconut milk mixture into oat mixture until combined

  6. Divide batter into 12 muffin cups

  7. Bake for 15 min, then rotate pan, bake for 15 more minutes

  8. While they are baking mix in a small bowl the sour cream and powdered sugar. mixture will be thick at first do not add water just keep whisking

  9. Allow muffins to cool and drizzle the frosting over them, about 1 tsp of frosting for each muffin

Note: I put mine in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 10 days perfectly fine, you can allow them to come to room temp on the counter or in a lunch bag or pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds or so to take the chill off, I prefer them a little warm myself. Can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months


French Toast Pancakes

Sunday morning bliss!!!! These pancakes come together in a snap in the blender! Literally blend and pour, you can freeze them and have them whenever the craving for some pancakes hit while still staying on track. Let's face it, we all want to eat pancakes but the traditional pancake does nothing for us other than taste good. When I saw this recipe, I was VERY hesitant to try it, I mean look at the ingredient list. It does not scream, yummmmm! But hang on sister because they are so crazy good even the kids love them. 

Makes 8-10 pancakes, serving 3-4 pancakes Containers- 1.5 red 1 yellow .5 purple (optional for berries) 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 cup egg whites 
  • 1 cup whole grain oats ( I used Trader Joe's Gluten Free Oats)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese 2 or 4%
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon 
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • Optional berries of any kind 
  • 100% pure maple syrup
  • Coconut oil spray

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend Oats, stevia, salt and cinnamon in blender until it looks like a flour
  2. Add Vanilla, eggs and cottage cheese and blend till smooth
  3. Pour batter onto a pre-heated griddle or pan sprayed with coconut oil spray, flipping after 2-3 min or until golden brown. 
  4. Serve immediately, top with berries and syrup
  5. If making multiple batches, freeze on a cookie sheet and transfer to a freezer baggie, heat in microwave for 20-30 seconds to reheat or pop in the toaster for a crispier pancake. 

* These are equally delish with some peanut butter spread on them after being toasted and eaten on the go for those busy mornings. The kids love them and they are getting a ton of protein and don't even know it!  ENJOY!