Healthy Vegan Banana Split

Happy friday and congratulations to the winner of my Chobani Giveaway: Nicole B.!
I love to use greek yogurt to make salmon salad with smoked salmon, capers, red onions, cucumbers and dill. YUMMY :)” -Nicole
Start making room in your refrigerator for that yogurt! haha

I wanted to say thank you to all of my readers for being so supportive during this roller coaster of a week or so. Between my surgery, thyroid acting up, possibility of PCOS, and countless blood tests I am absolutely exhausted and you guys have really cheered me up! I really wanted to post Part 4 of my Q&A yesterday but I was sidelined by another trip to the doctor and more blood work! I will definitely give you guys a more in depth description of what has been going on in the health department some time next week. For now, have a great weekend, make yummy healthy food, exercise outdoors, and enjoy a banana split! xo

Oh yes you read read the title right, HEALTHY VEGAN BANANA SPLIT! In honor of National Banana Split Day (August 25th) TasteSpotting will be featuring none other than banana splits on their home page this Friday, August 24th to celebrate. To make this holiday even sweeter, DOLE Bananas gave me a challenge to create a healthy banana split under 350 calories. You know that I am not into counting calories, but I couldn’t pass up this awesome challenge. I’m always excited to make healthy versions of often unhealthy favorites.

Right now you are probably thinking, ya right… good luck with that, but I have created an awesome Banana Split that won’t split your pants! This is my take on the old fashioned banana split. My b-split consists of a creamy raw vegan ice cream made with only three natural ingredients and no added sugar, topped with a fluffy vegan cashew cream and juicy bing cherry all for only 295 healthy calories! Now that’s some NICEcream!

Made of avocado, mango, and banana, this nicecream is filled with heart healthy fats and over 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. Plus it tastes oh so good! Helathy and tasty? Win win.

Healthy Vegan Banana Split
serves 1

Raw Vegan Nicecream
1/2 (63g) frozen banana
1/2 cup (70g) frozen mango
1/4 (50g) medium avocado

Cashew Cream
1/8 cup (14g) cashews + 1 1/2 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp stevia

On Top
1 cherry
remaining 1/2 (63g) of the banana

Prep: Peel and cut the banana in half. Freeze one half (for ice cream) before hand. Also slice and pre-freeze mango and refrigerate the avocado. Combine cashews, water, vanilla extract, and stevia together in a jar and let it sit for at least 1-2 hours.
Directions: Combine the 1/2 frozen banana, frozen mango, and avocado in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer the ice cream to a bowl. Rinse the food processor and pour in the cashew mixture and blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth and fluffy. Top your ice cream with cashew cream and garnish with fresh banana slices (from the leftover banana half) and a cherry.
Note: If you eat the nicecream directly after blending, it will be similar to a soft serve consistency. For a more solid ice cream like treat, transfer the ice cream to a container and freeze for about 1 hour before eating.

Show me and DOLE Bananas your healthy banana split creations on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and hop over to TasteSpotting for more mouth watering banana splits!
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Chobani Muffin For One + Giveaway

Motivation Monday: “I don’t sweat, I sparkle!”

Sooo my Q&A did not end up happening on Friday, or even Saturday… but it will be here this week! Trust me, I don’t get my stitches out until August 30th, so there is still plenty of time for me to type away on the couch. There are only so many times that I can see Happy Feet, Kung Fu Panda, and Pirates of the Caribbean on TV. This past weekend turned out to be much busier than I planned. Or maybe it just seemed busier because everything I did ended up taking 10 times as long with my gimpy foot and crutches in tow. My birthday celebrations continued with the arrival of one of my very best friends Kelsie flying in from NY and another birthday dinner with my volunteer group. Amongst the birthday festivities, I still had a few minutes for a healthy baking recipe that is “nothing but good.”

Chobani naturally powered 5 US athletes to the Olympic Games in London 2012, bringing 2 gold medals home for Team Chobani!
I don’t know about you, but I was so happy to see Chobani sponsoring Team USA at this years Olympics. It’s such a refreshing change to see something that athletes most likely consume, compared to unhealthy fast food like McDonald’s being promoted. The more Chobani commercials I saw throughout the games, the less Chobani I saw on the shelves at my local grocer. It looks like their advertising worked, go CHO!

Who said muffins can’t be make for a healthy breakfast? Today I have a recipe for a super moist, fluffy single serving muffin made with Chobani’s new Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Greek Yogurt. This little treat is baked without any oil or butter, making for a light protein filled muffin with healthy ingredients. If you’re anything like me, making one dozen muffins is just dangerous. You no longer have to be afraid of eating one too many muffins, because this is a muffin for one. For someone who always wants “just one more” or someone who lives alone, your problem has been problem solved!

Chobani Muffin For One
Serves 1

4 Tbsp Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Greek Yogurt
3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp liquid egg whites
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp or 1 packet of stevia
1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients and stir until well mixed. Pour the batter into a cupcake liner in a muffin tin. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy warm out of the oven.
Note: This recipe would also work great with other Chobani flavors such s cherry or blueberry where there are chunks of real fruit!

In collaboration with Chobani, I am hosting a giveaway! One lucky RFFMBT reader will win 6 blended 16oz containers of Chobani Greek yogurt!

For your chance to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post “Chobani Muffin For One + Giveaway” telling me your favorite way to eat Greek yogurt!
  • You can earn another entry by tweeting: “Enter to win 6 @Chobani 16oz Blenders! Hosted by @EatRabbitFood .”
  • Complete your Twitter entry by leaving a separate comment on this post with a copy of your tweet.
  • You can earn an additional entry by taking a photo of your favorite breakfast on Instagram along with the tag @RabbitFoodForMyBunnyTeeth and hashtag #RFFMBTchobani
  • Complete your Instagram entry by leaving another comment on this post with a link to your Instagram image.
  • That means you can earn up to 3 entries: comment on this post, tweet, and/or Instagram!
  • All entries must use a valid email address.
  • Contest open to U.S. residents only.
  • All entries must be posted by Thursday, August 23 at 11:59pm (PST).
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, August 24.

Here is a list of other RFFMBT recipes that contain Greek yogurt:
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Cinnamon Apple Pie Quinoa Parfait
Honey Wheat Protein Pancakes
Cherry Almond Green Tea Smoothie Bowl
Healthy Beet Cookies
Cherry Chia Parfait
Honey Yogurt Covered Grapes
Protein Popsicles
Individual Protein Cheesecake
Quinoa Grape and Sunflower Seed Parfait

Don’t forget to Follow Chobani on Facebook and Twitter for more Greek yogurt goodness!
Good luck little CHObunnies!

* The giveaway has ended, and the winner will be announced on Friday, August 24.
** Congratulations to the winner: Nicole B.

Birthday Bunny Cupcakes by Sugarlips Cakes

My friend Tammy brought me these beyond adorable homemade bunny and carrot cupcakes for my birthday!

Tammy is the owner of a boutique cake design studio called Sugarlips Cakes which specializes in custom cakes, cupcakes, and small desserts. She makes the most gorgeous edible decorations and flowers that look so realistic! Hop on over to Sugarlips Cakes to see some of Tammy’s creations! Warning: serious cake envy  and drooling may occur. If you know anyone who is in search of the perfect cake or fondant flowers for their wedding cake, she’s your girl!

For more mouth watering cake designs follow Sugarlips Cakes on Facebook & Twitter, and checkout her Etsy shop to buy some sweet decorations!

Thank you for my RFFMBT inspired birthday cupcakes Tammy, you’re the best!!! xo
If you show Tammy some love, maybe she will do a healthy cupcake recipe for us?!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bake

Imagine having a fluffy oatmeal raisin cookie for breakfast. Sounds delicious right? Well I have the recipe of all recipes for you! Satisfy your cookie cravings with a healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bake that makes for a super quick and easy breakfast on the go, or even dessert for that matter! No actual baking required!

Short prep time
Minimal dishes
No baking required
I’m in heaven. 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bake
Serves 1 

1/4 cup liquid egg whites
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 banana mashed
2 Tbsp raisins
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder

Mash the banana and combine with all ingredients until well mixed. Lightly spray a small microwave safe bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the oatmeal raisin cookie mixture into the bowl and microwave (uncovered) for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave (caution, bowl will be hot). Flip the bowl upside down on a plate to release the oatmeal raisin cookie bake, enjoy hot.

The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: banana & raisins
Whole Grain: rolled oats
Protein: egg whites
Plant Based Fat: chia seeds

Campfire Kisses

Motivation Monday: “You are always stronger than you think you are.”

Today and tomorrow are super busy days for me as I am trying to get together a new part of my blog, Sam’s brother is here visiting, and two of my best friends are moving to Denver! It’s been kind of bittersweet this week… but I do have some really sweet giveaways and recipes coming up for you guys, yayyy!

If you didn’t get a chance to see my guest post on Wonder Forest a couple of weeks ago, you can read my original guest post on here! The author, Dana is an incredible artist with a gorgeous blog full of pretty type and imagery that you will just adore!

Here is the recipe for my Campfire Kisses from my guest post! The perfect healthy alternative to S’mores for your summer camping, hiking, or backpacking adventure!

Campfire Kisses

Makes 10 kisses

2 graham crackers + 1 for outer “crust”
1/2 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup Medjool dates – pitted
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (or carob chips for a vegan option)
Optional: 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed for a boost of healthy omega-3s

Place 1 graham cracker in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Empty the graham cracker contents into a bowl and set aside, as it will be used to roll the kisses in later. Combine cashews and 2 graham crackers (and flaxseed if desired) in a food processor and grind until they become very finely ground, but not a butter. Remove pits from dates. Once pits have been removed, add the dates and vanilla into the food processor. Process until the contents are evenly chopped/combined and form a sticky dough. Remove dough from the food processor and fold in chocolate chips by hand or mixing spoon. Using a 1tbsp measuring spoon, scoop the dough into balls and roll evenly in your hands. Roll the ball through the bowl of ground graham cracker, coating it evenly (this will add flavor and prevent the kisses from sticking to the foil!). Wrap each ball separately in a 4x4in piece of tinfoil and twist off the tops like Hershey Kisses.

Take your Campfire Kisses on your next hiking trip or store in the refrigerator for 1 week, or freezer for up to 1 month.

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