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Sweet Potato Bread

Sweet Potato Bread

This Sweet Potato Bread is perfect for breakfast or snack. Made with almond flour, eggs, and other wholesome ingredients. It is for sure going to become one of your favorite recipes! I decided to make this delicious Sweet Potato Bread for one and only reason. […]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles

Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles

These Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles are the special treat breakfast you were looking for! Made with oat flour, almond flour, bananas, agave and chocolate chip. They make the perfect weekend treat! These Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles are about to change your life forever! I promise […]

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Upgrade your traditional banana bread with this Healthy Banana Bread Recipe. Made with oat flour, banana, pecans, and cinnamon. You will never miss dessert again!

I love banana bread, well I love everything banana! My favorite smoothie since ever has, of course, bananas (check the full recipe: Cacao Banana Smoothie) and I love to make banana ice cream and putting it on top of everything (Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal , Sweet Potato Waffles )

So it is hard for me to believe there are people who don’t like bananas (hmmm my mom!). I just feel that bananas are one of those things everyone likes just like avocados or pizza. But of course, with like everything there are likes and dislikes for everything!

How to make Healthy Banana Bread

Anyway every time I have some bananas that are about to go bad I try to either freeze them for my smoothies or make banana bread.

In this particular recipe I used oat flour but if you are avoiding grains almond flour would work well too.

All you have to do is combine the bananas with the rest of your wet ingredients and whisk together.

Then add the oat flour as well as the rest of the dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until well combined. ( Remember not to over mix or you will end up with a denser loaf of bread)

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and top with pecans.

Bake for 20-25 minutes and enjoy!
I like to add almond butter and some more bananas on top of mine!

Healthy Banana Bread

Healthy Banana Bread made with oat flour, banana, pecans and cinnamon! 

  • 3-4 ripw bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a bread pan and set aside. 

    In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork. Then add your apple sauce, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil  and honey. Stir until well combined.

    In another bowl, stir together the oat flour baking powder, salt and cinnamon. 

    Add your dry ingredients to your banana mixture, and pour into the prepared bread pan. Sprinkle with chopped pecans on top. 

    Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a fork when inserted into the center comes out clean. Enjoy! 

Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet Potato Waffles

These Sweet Potato Waffles are kid-friendly and perfect for breakfast or brunch. Made with oatmeal flour, sweet potatoes, cinnamon and a touch of sweetener. If you follow me on social media (which you should: @marianadiezcoach). You probably saw how much I bragged about my new […]

Raspberry Gluten-Free Tart

Raspberry Gluten-Free Tart

This Raspberry Gluten Free Tart is made with almond and oat flour for a perfect gluten-free dessert. A couple of weeks ago a friend invited us to her house for a demo cooking. I love this type of invitations since I enjoy a lot more […]

Paleo Cauliflower Rice

Paleo Cauliflower Rice

This Paleo Cauliflower Rice makes a great low carb, grain free alternative for rice. Made with cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes and kale makes a great side dish that pairs nicely with meat, fish or tofu.

As someone who has studied nutrition for over 8 years now. I have had the privileged to hear and learn from different health and wellness experts. This also means I have heard and study all the different diets out there. So I am very familiar with all the pros and cons all come with. That is why I am not an advocate of any particular diet. Instead, I recommend taking what is best of each of these diets and incorporate it into your own diet.
It is important to remember that what it’s best for someone it might not be the best for someone else. Therefore I recommend my clients to listen to their own body instead of following someone elses diet. Our bodies know what is best for us and if we learn to really listen to them we will be able to function at our best.

Pros and Cons Paleo Diet

Having said all this, I believe that the Paleo Diet has tons of benefits if it is done correctly. This diet is based on the idea that our bodies work better when we burn fats for energy instead of sugar. Which is why this diet is high in fats, moderate in proteins and very low in carbs. That means no sugar, dairy, grains or legumes. No highly processed cookies or cakes. Think plenty of avocados, fish, meat, and vegetables. You can still have fruits, nuts, and seeds but in very limited amounts.

If you have ever tried this type of diet or know someone who has, you are probably familiar with how restrictive and difficult to follow it can be. The other downside I also see with this diet is that people end up eating too much meat which is also not ideal for your body.

Overall, following a Paleo diet can have plenty of benefits just make sure you are doing it with the supervision of a nutritionist that can help you make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need and not overdoing on meats.

This Paleo Cauliflower Rice recipe is packed with plant-based antioxidants and minerals and a great way to detox when you have eaten too many carbs and want to give your body a break even if you don’t follow a Paleo Diet.

For other Paleo friendly recipes check out:

Paleo Waffles with Coconut Whipped Cream

Fish a la Talla

Paleo Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower crumbles turn rice into a light and healthy side dish. 

  • 1 medium size cauliflower
  • 1 large sweet potato chopped
  • 1 hed curly kale
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  1. Place cauliflower in the food processor and pulse to coarse into “rice” pieces. 

    In a medium fry pan add sesame oil n over medium heat. Add the sweet potato  and kale to the pan and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add the cauliflower pieces  and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the cauliflower is cooked but not too soft. Serve with a little bit of soy sauce. 

Chocolate Protein Muffins with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Protein Muffins with Peanut Butter Frosting

These Chocolate Protein Muffins with Peanut butter are loaded with protein and fiber. Made from Vega Chocolate Protein powder, spelt flour, oat flour, eggs and banana they make the perfect post-workout snack. My husband and I are training for our first triathlon. I always wanted […]

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are moist fluffy and so sweet. A handful of chocolate chips makes them a little indulgent without being overboard. I love this recipe because it is so simple and so easy to prepare. All you need to do is […]

Cacao Banana Smoothie

Cacao Banana Smoothie

A delicious, protein filled, healthy Cacao Banana Smoothie to help you recover after a long work out and keep you full and energized all morning long.

This Cacao Banana Smoothie recipe is one of my all times favorites! It is just so simple to make yet full of flavor. The best part is you only need 5 ingredients, which you probably have at home. Just place your frozen banana, dates, cacao protein, nut milk and almond butter in your blender and blend until smooth. You can adjust the flavor by adding more bananas or dates for sweetness, cacao protein for chocolate flavor and almond milk for extra creaminess.

Plant Protein Cons

For the Cacao protein, I like using Sunwarrior Chocolate Warrior Blend. Sunwarrior’s Proteins are 100% plant-based and soy free which is why I like them so much. This one, in particular, has also a complete amino acid profile (vegan proteins usually lack one or more amino acids making them incomplete proteins) which helps your body recover after your workout. Plus it has no sugar.
Other brands I would also recommend are Vega all in one shake and Garden of Life Plant Protein Powder. All of the options I am giving you are plant-based powders the mains 3 reasons are:

  1. Plant-based proteins contain many of the nutrients found in plants like fiber and iron.
  2. Plant-based proteins are hypoallergenic which means you won’t have any problems digesting it.
    3.. Plant-based proteins are lower in calories, sugar, and fat. So you know now, next time you are in the protein aisle go for the vegan protein.

If you try this recipe let me know! And be sure to take a picture and tag me @marianadiezcoach on instagram. I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

Cacao Banana Smoothie

This Cacao Banana Smoothie is the ultimate post workout snack.  You only ned 5 ingredients, frozen banana, cacao protein powder, almond milk, almond butter and dates. 

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop cacao protein powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 dates
  • 1 cup almond milk
  1. 1. Place the frozen banana, cacao protein powder, almond butter, dates and almond milk on your blender and blend until smooth. 

Paleo Waffles with Coconut Whipped Cream

Paleo Waffles with Coconut Whipped Cream

The best Paleo Waffles made with almond flour and served with coconut whipped cream, low carb maple syrup, and cinnamon. My first memories of waffles are the Mickey shape ones. I remember my brothers and I use to love them when we were kids. I […]