Chocolate Zucchini Pancakes

24th July 2014

Bring on all the wine, this girl is turning 18 today!

If you’re curious too know whether or not I’ve grown more mature with age, let me tell you that my breakfast involved half a kilo of sprinkles.

And my birthday candle is a Peppa Pig one.

Some things never change, I guess.

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Though I still want all that wine – let’s get our priorities straight, ok?

You see, this was initially a post about salad. A mighty fine one if I may say so myself. But then I thought that salad wouldn’t be the most perfect thing to post on someone’s birthday, so I had to look trough my files to check if I could find something more birthday-like.

Chocolate Zucchini Pancake: they look sinful, but they're actually super healthy!

No cupcakes, no cake, no sprinkles NOTHING <<<<<< Eighteen and still failing to plan, oh wellllll.

At least I haven’t grown a beard yet.

Chocolate Zucchini Pancake: they look sinful, but they're actually super healthy!

Eerrr yes. Good thing I found these chocolate zucchini pancakes because they’re bomb! Super fudgy and chocolaty, you wouldn’t tell whether they’re breakfast or a really sinful dessert. But hey, they’re healthy! 

Chocolate Zucchini Pancakes: they look sinful, but they're actually super healthy!

They have veggies in them.

Veggies are salad.

Thus these pancakes are salad <<<<<< Makes perfect sense.

Do I hear pancakes for lunch? 

((Yes))

Chocolate Zucchini Pancakes: they look sinful, but they're actually super healthy!

As if enjoying a plate of warm fudgy pancakes the moment you wake up wasn’t enough, there’s this chocolate sauce involved as well. Which might or might not take the whole stack over the top and make you want to scream with joy because mmmhhh extra chocolate is always a good idea.

And so are triple chocolate sprinkles. Do I need to justify that addition anyway?

Chocolate Zucchini Pancakes
Fudgy, chocolaty and even healthy!
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Ingredients
  1. 70 grams rolled oats
  2. 40 grams flour
  3. 25 grams cacao powder
  4. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  5. 60 grams brown sugar
  6. 125 grams greek yogurt
  7. 20 grams olive oil
  8. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 cup grated zucchini, packed
  11. 1/2 tsp. liquid stevia
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Stir in wet ones and combine with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  3. Cook on low heat on a greased pan until done.
  4. Enjoy warm

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Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts

21st July 2014

Girls don’t want diamonds, flowers or chocolate boxes, girls want a dozen of these pretty pinky mini-donuts with an extra dose of sprinkles thankyouverymuch.

Although I don’t think I’d say no to the chocolate box. Or the flowers.

Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts - high in protein and low in sugar!

But not the diamonds. Do you know how the line goes? Something like “I’d rather wear flowers in my head than diamonds around my neck”. More like “I’d rather have some pinky donuts in my mouth than diamonds around my neck” <<< Who wouldn’t, though?

Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts - high in protein and low in sugar!

These mini donuts are the way to a girl’s heart. Cute, delicious, pink, sprinkle-laden and skinny – which girl can resist them? #notme.

Chances are high that if you bring me these donuts, grow a beard and buy me concert tickets, I’ll want to marry you. Extra bonus points if your name is Jon Snow.

Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts - high in protein and low in sugar!

But less talking about moi and more talking about the actual donuts, which is what we’re all here for. These donuts are the mini bomb. Fluffy, tender, sweet and covered in a sticky strawberry white chocolate glaze – I’d tell you that it doesn’t get any better, but thing is it does. Not only are these donuts adorable, but also good for you! Greek yogurt is involved to add in some extra protein, and I cut down on the sugar too, but you wouldn’t tell!

Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts - high in protein and low in sugar!

I used my old flawless recipe for all things cake and muffin like, which is the one I turn to when I need my baked goods to turn extra fluffy and healthy at the same time. Wanna hear a secret? Yes? Here it goes: I intended to make these donuts soooooo much lighter for you. Read: whole wheat, less oil, more yogurt, less sugar, etc, I think you get the idea.

BUT boy, did they turned out hideous. They didn’t resemble donuts but throwing weapons instead, so I resolved to make another batch.

Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts - high in protein and low in sugar!

Spoiler: I failed miserably. Got another batch of those throwing weapons again. Cool thing if I ever want to have an army, but not so nice if what I want is send myself to donut heaven.

I pretty much spent the whole day making donuts nonstop. For the sake of the recipe, you know…. not because I wanted to eat nothing but donuts the whole day…….

Aaaanyway. I eventually gave in and used my no-fail recipe, which is indeed not so light as I initially intended it too, but hey, they taste awesome and they’re still on the healthy side!!

Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts - high in protein and low in sugar!

Now, let’s talk glaze. This one is ever sooo easy that it’ll make you want to laugh at me. Just greek yogurt + white chocolate. Boom. Magic. There you have the perfect pinky sticky glaze, now bring on the sprinkles!!!

Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts - high in protein and low in sugar!

 I used some of the white chocolate that the folks at Chocolates Torras sent to me. They make the best sugar free chocolates I’ve ever tried. No artificial taste, no nasty sweeteners (they have a stevia sweetened line which is the bomb!) and the price is fantastic too. If you’re into sugar-free baking, follow a low-carb diet or suffer from diabetes, I recommend you to check out this brand. They now ship worldwide!

And do you see the sprinkles I covered the donuts with? It’s white chocolate strawberry morsels and yes, they’re every bit as awesome as they sound. And also sugar-free. And I also want to marry them.

Skinny Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts - high in protein and low in sugar!

Don’t look at me like that. If you tried those sprinkles, you’d ask them out too.

Strawberry White Chocolate Glazed Donuts
Healthy, cute and delicious - put a dozen of these donuts in your life!
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Ingredients
  1. 155 grams unbleached white flour
  2. 75gr. sugar
  3. a pinch of cinnamon
  4. a pinch of salt
  5. 8 gr. baking powder
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 3 tbsp. low fat buttermilk
  8. 30 gr. oil
  9. 125 grams 2% greek yogurt
For the glaze
  1. 250 grams strawberry greek yogurt
  2. 75 grams sugar-free white chocolate
Instructions
  1. Whisk all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Stir in wet ones and mix until combined.
  3. Spoon batter into a donut pan.
  4. Bake at 180ºC (375F) for 12-15 minutes (this depends on the size of the donuts)
  5. Let them cool before you glaze them.
For the glaze
  1. Melt white chocolate on low heat carefully so it doesn't burn.
  2. Stir in greek yogurt and mix until smooth.
Notes
  1. You can use your favorite flavor of greek yogurt for the glaze, but it must be full fat!
  2. This is the white chocolate I used. And you can get the white chocolate strawberry sprinkles here
honey & figs http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
*Disclaimer: I was sent some chocolate products to review, but all of the opinions in the post are my own. Believe me when I tell you that this chocolate is the bomb. This post does not contain affiliate links*

I hope you guys listen to my advice and put these donuts in your life. They’re guaranteed to make your Mondays 200% better.

Consuelo

 

 

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad

18th July 2014

Did you know that I’m supposed to become an adult in just 6 days? Shocker, I know. You all probably thought that I was a sprinkle-obsessed three-year-old who just happened to be a bit taller for her age.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

I’m now wondering whether I’ll magically get more mature the moment I cross the 18-year mark. As far as it goes, I’m quite comfortable with doing lots of grown-up things now, be it planning a trip to London to see Rise Against in November or drinking all the sangria… see? I’m not that much of a three-year-old, duh.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

By the way, I hope that mum gets the memo and decides to buy the tickets for me. I mean, she eventually got me a mini donut pan after I asked for it 348934487 times on here #win #mymumiscoolerthanyours. Besides that, my grown-up skills aren’t that developed yet, so 300€ is the cheapest tickets I’ve found… how do you people do it?? My theory is that there must be some kind of magic fairy (like in the sleeping beauty film, you get me) which makes you 8789789 times more intelligent the moment you turn 18 and you’re magically able to do all those things that grown-ups do, such as frying all the stuff without fearing for your life, washing the dishes properly, driving without running ove your dad’s crops (been there, done that – don’t tell anybody though) or saving up your money instead of buying yet another pair of glittery shoes that you probably don’t need.

Not that my grown-up mum has succeded in the last one though.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

Aaaaaanyway. I think I will always be a kid at heart. No one will stop me from wanting to eat all the sprinkles or eating all the mini-food. Bonus points if said food is super colorful and fun! Rainbow anything?? Oh yes, give it to me – that’s the way we 3-year-old roll!

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

This is the part where this grilled chicken quinoa salad comes to action (see? this post has something to do with the salad… it’s just that… I get sooo carried away). Kids will love it because it’s like having a nice, big rainbow in your plate (and which kid hasn’t ever dreamt of eating a darn rainbow????). Aaaand, adults alike will adore it too since it has lots of good-for-you stuff such as quinoa, avocado, veggies and greek yogurt and it’s also super quick to put together so you have more time to do all those grown-up things you guys like to do.

Plus, bacon is involved. ’nuff said.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

One salad to rule them all, that’s what we have here. 

(Oh hey hi, I really hope you read that in Gollum’s voice)

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

Whateverrrr. This salad is a glorious one, if I may say so myself. The flavor and texture combos are amazing and it has lots of healthy stuff you should feel great about eating! Aaaand, unlike lots of salads I’ve tried, it will leave you full enough so you don’t feel like eating your dog one hour after you’ve eaten it.

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

No, why would you look at me like that? I’ve never tried to eat Peter.…… ask him if you must. It’s not as if he could talk anyway hehehe.

 Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad with Lime Avocado Dressing - the perfect low cal, refreshing summer meal!

Grilled Chicken Quinoa Rainbow Salad
This fresh, colorful and healthy salad will be your new favorite summer meal!
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Ingredients
  1. 90 grams dry quinoa
  2. 180 grams water
  3. 40 grams centercut bacon (or ham)
  4. 120 grams chicken breast, grilled
  5. 1 tomato
  6. 1 peach
  7. 1/2 cucumber
  8. 1/2 red bell pepper
  9. 1/2 red onion
  10. 125 grams mixed greend
  11. 50 grams corn kernels
For the dressing
  1. 1/2 avocado
  2. 100 grams greek yogurt
  3. juice from one lime
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. a dash of garlic powder
  6. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Grill, pan-fry or bake chicken & bacon to your liking.
  2. Chop all the salad ingredients and toss them into a bowl.
  3. For the dressing, blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.
  4. Combine both and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Make sure that the avocado you're using is ripe enough so your dressing doesn't turn out chunky!
  2. To make this vegan, leave out chicken and bacon and use 1/2 avocado more instead of the yogurt.
  3. This salad is naturally gluten free.
honey & figs http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
 

By the way, I’m super happy to announce that I GOT INTO THE UNI I WANTED!! And I’ll get to choose my timetable too because of my mark . Cheers to a whole year of sleeping in! And thank you so much for all of your sweet wishes and support while I was away from the blog because I needed to study! Hugs to you all! 

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