I love coffee. I love chocolate. I love baked goodies (the healthy versions, of course). This recipe consists of all of all of these things. So by now you should have realized something. And that is.. this recipe is awesome.
Oh. I almost forgot to mention that this recipe is free from any refined sugars, grains, gluten & dairy. BOO-YAH. …Who even says boo-yah anymore? Um. Moving on to the recipe before I embarrass myself any further…
- 3/4 cup pureed butternut squash
- 1 cup nut-butter of choice (peanut, almond, cashew, sunbutter, etc.)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg (whisked)
- 2 tbsp cocoa/cacao powder
- 2 tsp espresso powder
- 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (or dark chocolate) (**I only only put 2 chips on top of each mini muffin, as I feel like there’s already enough chocolate in the muffins!)
- Preheat oven to 350f/175c
- Steam/Boil butternut squash until it’s tender (you’ll be able to easily stick a fork in it)
- Use a food processor/blender to puree the butternut OR mash by hand (I’ve done both)
- Mix all ingredients together
- Evenly distribute batter amongst 24 mini muffins
- Bake for 15-20 minutes
- Sweet potato in place of butternut squash
- Crunchy or smooth nut-butters – your preference
- Substitute another sweetener for the maple syrup (agave nectar, honey, etc)
Enjoy as part of breakfast, brunch, snack, dessert.. Hey, if you want them for lunch: go for it, who am I to judge? Though, I would recommend you accompany it with something a little more nutritious as well.
My excellent assistant, stirring away.
Sniff test! Yup, that’s good and chocolate-y.
Into the muffin pan they go! Bake for 15 minutes or so and..
Voila! Look at these cuties!
And a close up just to tease you.
..What are you still doing on here? GO MAKE THESE!
There’s a few foods that I realllly love, and one of them is pumpkin. It’s one of those versatile foods that you can cook it various ways, each tasting different. This recipe is a dessert, that is guilt-free, and could actually be served as a breakfast/brunch treat as well – being that it’s actually not THAT sweet (but totally hits the spot).
Perfect for a snack, pre or post workout, or even breakfast (though personally I would need something a bit more filling).
- 1 banana
- 5 strawberries (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp peanut butter, or nut butter
- 1 cup spinach
- Handful of ice – for thickening the smoothie
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds (optional)
Blend all of it together! Put the liquid and softer items at the bottom so that it blends together better.
Both seeds I listed are optional, however both have great nutritional contents so, why not add them? The same goes for the spinach; trust me, the first time someone suggest to me to put spinach in a smoothie I thought, ew! Would it even blend up? That would have to taste awful. But in reality, you can’t taste it since there’s so much fruit in it – even it does alter the color a bit. Give it a try, what’s the worst that could happen?! 🙂
My favorite food is breakfast. Or even better, brunch. I don’t know what it is about these delectable foods that we get to consume in the AM that I love so much, but I do. Quiche however, is an exception. You can have quiche with literally any meal. Breakfast? Yes. Brunch? Aww yea! Dinner? Oh, why yes you can. Snack time? Don’t mind if I do. Pair your quiche with a salad and some balsamic vinegar and you’ve got a fantastic meal.
Unfortunately though, there’s this illusion that quiche is hard to make. I’m here to tell you on the contrary, quiche is quite simple to make. You can make it as a big quiche for everyone to share, or in muffin tins so everyone can just grab their own. Honestly, I prefer mini quiches.. Probably because they’re just so darn cute. But also, you don’t have to make the entire batch the same. Which would be especially useful if you had a vegetarian friend coming over, but you would personally like some ham or sausage in yours.
All right, all right.. I’ll stop blabbing on now.
What you’ll need:
*The veggies you put in is going to depend on what kind of quiche you want to make! The one below is just for spinach and mushroom. You can easily add cherry tomatoes, peppers (aka capsicum), onion, artichoke, etc. With all of these I would do about about 1 cup.
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups spinach
- 8 oz (or 1-2 cups) baby-bella mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (optional)
- Splash of milk (optional)
- 1 tbsp basil and/or oregano (optional)
- Preheat to 375F/190C
- Sautee mushroom
- Using about medium heat, cook the spinach until wilted
- Mix all ingredients together
- Lightly spray pan with cooking spray (or put liners in)
- Fill about 3/4 full
If you would prefer to do these in a bigger dish, you don’t have the change anything for the recipe, only add about 10 minutes to the cook time. Use the toothpick trick to check if it’s done.
I don’t know about you, but even though I eat clean, does NOT mean I don’t have a sweet tooth. And because of this, in order to refrain from having guilty pleasures ohh I don’t know..everyyyday: I find healthy alternatives to foods that usually would blow my diet completely out of whack. (Also, can I just say that when I use the word ‘diet’ I mean it by the kinds of foods that I habitually eat – rather than a ‘restricted’ food list). I’d apologize about stepping onto my soapbox buuut, I’m actually not sorry 😉
- 1 1/2 cup Wholewheat OR wholemeal flour
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup or agave nectar
- 3/4 cup almond/coconut/OR soy milk (your preference)
- 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao (preferably dark)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 medium avocado, pitted
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (dark) chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc)
- Mix avocado, oil, vanilla together in food processor or blender until smooth.
- Gradually add the rest of the dry ingredients, adding milk as you go so that it makes them easier to mix
- Put in muffin tins, or even do in a bread loaf if you prefer
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean
- Now.. ENJOY YOUR SCRUMPTIOUS AND HEALTHY MUFFINS 🙂
Oh, and if you’re wondering if you can taste the avo; no, no you can’t. So enjoy those extra nutrients in your muffins without having to suffer through an avo (though, avocados are lovely anyway!)
Now, who doesn’t love pancakes? Only weirdos, right? Well believe-it-or-not I was one of those weirdos not that long ago. I’ve just never been that big of a fan of pancakes. Usually they’re just huge, too thick, and get soggy from all of the (very) sweet syrup..Gross! However, since my newfound lifestyle change, I’ve found myself craving them. This is probably because I don’t eat sweet things often other than fruit. So this put me in a bit of a predicament.. How can I satisfy my pancake craving without really indulging?
After a few minutes on google I came across this uh-mazzz-zing 2 ingredient pancake recipe. Yes, you read that correctly: TWO ingredients; that’s all. Those two ingredients you ask? Egg, and banana. That’s it! Okay, okay, okay, I’ll stop ranting and give you the recipe already 😀
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- Optional: Chocolate chips, pecans, almonds, raisins, etc
- Mix the eggs and banana together. (I prefer to use it blender/food processor – use whatever is easiest for you)
- Add fillings if you fancy
- Now just cook these bad boys like you’d cook any other pancakes
- Top with fruit, nuts, syrup, nutbutter – ENJOY!
- I let the mixture set for a few minutes before cooking them otherwise you get extremely flat (yet still delicious) pancakes.
- Look out for the little air bubbles on top of your pancakes – when there’s a bunch that means it’s time to flip those flap jacks!
I hope you enjoy these guys! They’re full of potassium, fiber, vitamin c, and protein but you’ll feel like you’re indulging big time. These pancakes are one of my absolute favorites now – I can’t get enough!