Berry Collagen Energy Bites

Hey Everyone,

I’ve been really excited to share this new recipe for an on-the-go snack with all of you! As school and work pick up again, it’s important to pack whole, filling foods to fuel you throughout the day. On days where I forget to pack lunch and/or healthy snacks, I tend to feel more tired, unfocused, and sluggish, so packing snacks like these are the perfect option.

These bites are very versatile, and the recipe can easily be altered based on what you have on hand. So, feel free to use peanut butter or cashew butter in place of almond butter, any dried fruit you like, or even add some dark chocolate chips. While I use berry collagen, this can be a bit pricey, so feel free to omit it or use another protein powder.

So, what even is collagen? I like adding it to my smoothies and other recipes (like this one!) for an extra, natural protein boost. While most protein powders have a ton of unnecessary fillers, flavors, and sweeteners, collagen peptides have a mild taste that you can buy plain or with natural flavors, such as vanilla coconut or the berry one I like. The collagen is sourced from fish or hides, and is a 100% natural option that strengthens your hair, skin, and nails. Many brands, such as Vital Proteins and Ancient Nutrition, sell collagen powder, and though it can be a bit pricey, it’s rather reasonable compared to most protein powders on the market.

Of course, if purchasing collagen is out of the question for you, it can be totally omitted from this recipe. However, it’s a supplement that frequently goes on sale, so when it’s available, it’s a perfect add-in! Hemp and chia seeds are another great, cheap protein boost for recipes like these.

So, let me know your thoughts on these bites and stay tuned for more of these healthy back-to-school snacks + meal prepping ideas coming soon. 🙂 So grateful for you all!!


 Berry Collagen Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbs. coconut oil
  • 2 tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 2-3 scoops berry collagen
  • 1/4 cup dried berries

Steps:

In a food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until the mixture resembles a ball. If it’s too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Roll into small bites and store in the fridge for up to a week!

 

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Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Hi Everyone!

It’s officially that time of year… pumpkin everything season! Every year around September, brands of all types began selling their version of a pumpkin spice product, some good and some definitely not. While I definitely have my favorites (pumpkin pie Perfect Bars YUM), it’s important to watch out for what’s actually pumpkin spice and what’s hiding behind a name.

Not only has Starbucks hopped on the train of pumpkin spice flavoring, but so has everything from crackers to almond milk to goat cheese. However, many of these brands use artificial pumpkin flavoring, and have no actual trace of real pumpkin in them. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have real pumpkin, not only because it tastes better but also because it’s better for you!

Fall is the perfect time to make simple and delicious snacks and treats to share with others, and these energy bites are the perfect choice. They are a great addition to your morning yogurt bowl or with some fruit on the side for breakfast, or you can grab a couple in between activities for a quick pick-me-up. Yum!

These can also be made with or without chocolate chips, and the addition of collagen peptides make these bites a great source of protein and boost for your hair and skin.

So, without further ado, please enjoy making this delicious snack and happy fall! 🙂


Spiced Pumpkin Chip Energy Bites

Makes 10-12 Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup organic canned (or fresh mashed) pumpkin
  • 3 tbs. powdered peanut butter (preferably unsweetened- I like Crazy Richard’s)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2/3 cup whole grain oats
  • 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides (optional)
  • 2 tbs. softened coconut oil
  • drizzle pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Steps:

In a food processor, combine all ingredients and chop until smooth. Roll into bites or other desired shape and refrigerate for up to one week. Enjoy!

Almond Butter “Cookie Dough” Energy Bites

Hi Everyone!

You all know how much I love making energy bites, as they are the perfect homemade on-the-go snacks. The varieties are endless, and lately I have been loving this recipe I concocted.

One day after school, I came home and was hungry for a snack, so I decided to experiment with some almond energy bites. After a few rounds of testing, I came up with a “perfect batch”- this exact recipe!

So, if you’re looking for an easy, healthy, snack that seems indulgent but is full of nutrients, this is the perfect choice. I hope you all are having a good winter, and stay tuned for more healthy and delicious recipes!

Almond Butter “Cookie Dough” Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup organic almond flour
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup organic almond butter
  • 2 tbs. coconut oil
  • 2 tbs. honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 scoops vital proteins collagen protein
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped extra dark chocolate

Steps

In a food processor, mix the almond flour, collagen, and oats until fine. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate and chop until smooth and a ball is formed. Add in the chocolate for a few quick pulses, and roll or cut into desired shapes before refrigerating. Enjoy within a week! 🙂

No-Bake Peppermint Cacao Energy “cookies” + My Holiday Tips!

Happy Holidays everyone!

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this season, it will most likely be filled with delicious treats and homemade meals. Of course, it’s important to indulge in your home-baked favorites and traditions, but it’s also important to find a balance of healthy, real food and sugary sweets.

As you all know, one of my favorite things to do is remake recipes into healthier versions! I also love homemade power bites and bars, such as my recipe for my favorite power bites or my apple cinnamon power bites on my blog! The other day, I was wanting to bake up a new kind of healthy recipe, so I decided to experiment with a cacao and peppermint version. Though this rarely happens, on the first try they were absolutely perfect! So, I had to share the recipe with you all.

These bites can easily be rolled up, cut into bars, or be pressed down with a fork for a healthy cookie shape. They’re also perfect for a healthier treat to leave out for house guests (or santa :)).

As far as my top tips for the holiday season go, I would be sure to drink plenty of water, because it is so dry this time of year and the water will offset some of that sugar (haha), make a healthy breakfast full of nutrients to start the day so that you start the day off with plenty of energy and vitamins (smoothies and avocado toast are perfect) and sharing your healthy creations with loved ones. When spending time with those close to you, it is a great idea to share some of your healthy inspiration and hopefully impact some of them!

So, I hope you enjoy this holiday recipe as much as I do, and stay tuned for one last post detailing all of my favorite things from 2017 in it! Happy holidays everyone, thanks for all of the support. ❤


No-Bake Peppermint Cacao Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup whole grain oats
  • 8 dates, organic and potted
  • 2 tbs cacao powder
  • 2 tbs. organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract (or essential oil)

Steps:

To begin, in a food processor combine the cashews and oats. Process until fine, and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until everything is combined, and roll into bites, cut into bars, or shape into cookies (about 10). Enjoy with friends and family!

Healthy Protein Cookie Dough (with chickpeas!)

Hi Everyone!

Recently, I have been making recipes that are high in protein because of the busy days of school and sports. So, when I saw several recipes for edible cookie dough all over the internet, I became curious how I could make this a healthy recipe (as I usually do.) I thought of chickpeas, which are high in protein and have little flavor on their own, and created a chocolate chip “hummus” of sorts.

This recipe is a great dessert, but is even healthy enough for a snack on the go. I love dipping fruit into the “cookie dough”, or spreading it on whole wheat toast. Overall, this dough is a perfect choice for a healthy snack or when you want something sweet!

I am headed off to London today, so please stay tuned for a post detailing all of the fun kinds of new dishes I try! Also, if you are traveling over Thanksgiving, check out my post on tips for traveling and eating real food. Enjoy!

Healthy Protein Packed Cookie Dough

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbs. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs. organic milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Steps:

In a food processor, process the chickpeas. Add in the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, milk, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

1-Minute Healthy Banana Bread

Hi Foodies,

Today I’m sharing a recipe for an easy, nutritious, and filling snack that you can easily make in no time at all. Because it is cold here in New England during fall, I am always looking for recipes that are not only warm but also delicious. I have been seeing several of those mini cooking videos about mug cakes recently, so I thought it would be fun to come up with a healthier version! My result makes a great small meal or filling snack, and is easy enough to mix and match with your favorite add-ins.

For many, fall is a very busy season, and I can personally say that there have been several mornings I have barely made it to the bus. So, this recipe is perfect to throw together when there’s not much time to cook breakfast, and it is so tasty you will forget it took you 1 minute to make.

For breakfast, I like using almond butter instead of peanut butter and adding raspberries, but for a dessert-like treat, I like using the peanut butter and a few dark chocolate chips. This recipe is also packed with protein from the nut butter, flax seed, and almond milk, so it makes a great breakfast!

What are your favorite fall breakfasts while on-the-go? Let me know in the comments, and if you like this recipe, please share with family and friends! 🙂


1-Minute Healthy Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana (plus extra for topping)
  • 3 tbs. almond or regular milk, preferably unsweetened and organic
  • 1 tbs. pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1 tbs. peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tbs. ground flax seed
  • 2 tbs. whole wheat flour
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch baking powder

Steps:

To begin, in a medium mug, mash 1/2 banana. Add in the peanut butter and maple syrup, if using, and combine. Stir in the milk until the consistency is smooth, and then add in the flax seed, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Once batter is completely stirred and there are no clumps, add in any extra mix-ins if desired, and microwave on high for 1 minute. Top with banana slices, peanut butter, and any other toppings you may like. Enjoy!

 

Serving Up Summer: The Healthiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi Everyone!

It’s the beginning of the summer- the season where everyone is off to barbecues, 4th of July celebrations, swimming parties, and family camping trips. All of these events are filled with fun, laughter, games, and plenty of sunshine, but have one more thing in common- the food. While summer is a season perfect for spending more time outside with family and friends, it is also seemingly the season for more sugar and more “junk” than anyone’s body would like.

At the same time, when you are asked to bring a dessert to share to a barbecue or an appetizer for all at a party, you don’t want to disappoint. Finding the balance between a dish being healthy enough and having the right flavor can be hard to do, which is why I’m creating this “Serving Up Summer” series! Each post will detail a nutritious and delicious summer recipe that is a definite crowd-pleaser, so you can enjoy healthier summer treats and meals. While indulging in a treat every once in awhile is perfectly okay, having healthier alternatives is an even better option!

The first recipe I have to share with you all (and I can safely say that recipe testing for this series has been absolutely delicious) is the healthiest oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! The classic chocolate chip cookie is an all-time favorite, but for a twist on the original, many recipes add oats for extra texture. When oats are added, most people think that this makes the cookie suddenly many times healthier. However, most recipes call for between 2/3 and a whole cup of refined white sugar. This recipe is sweetened using only bananas, and takes all of 5 minutes to whip up because of the short ingredient list. Some could even call this recipe a “breakfast cookie,” but that’s up to you. 🙂

So, please enjoy these healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and let me know what you think! Stay tuned for more recipes in this series, and as always, please share with family and friends if you like what you see.

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The Healthiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes 24 cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (preferably organic and quick cooking)
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 3 tbs ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favorite alternative)
  • 1/4 cup melted organic coconut oil (plus an additional tablespoon if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Steps:

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, in a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the peanut butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Then, mix in the flax seed and oats. Fold in the chocolate chips, and then scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake each tray for 15 minutes, or until golden brown in color. Enjoy!


 

Strawberry Oat Breakfast Muffins

Hi Everyone!

I came up with a delicious new recipe to share with you all today- strawberry oat breakfast muffins. They are absolutely delicious, healthy, soft, and they give a nice boost of energy in those early morning hours. Not to mention, they are high in healthy fats, omega-3s, and antioxidants. What more is there to love? 🙂

In the early hours before school and work, it can be tough to pack a lot of nutrition in. In fact, often times we resort to eating a chocolate chip granola bar on our way out the door (or not eating breakfast at all). These muffins are a great way to fuel up for the day and pack in plenty of delectable flavor. Also, the texture of oats in these muffins makes them slightly chewier, which I love. While you’re at it, try making a double batch to freeze or making these muffins into mini-sized or jumbo-sized muffins. That way, you can pull out fresh, homemade muffins on any day without baking a whole batch!

This recipe in particular is wonderful for spring and the warmer weather. As the days become brighter and warmer, fresh fruit becomes more accessible and therefore is the perfect addition to these muffins!

So, without further ado, please enjoy this recipe and share the foodie love with others! 🙂

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Strawberry Oat Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic whole grain oats (quick-cooking are best, because they are chopped into smaller pieces)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbs. ground flaxseed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup strawberries, roughly chopped

Steps:

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin of choice. Then, mix together flour, baking soda/powder, oats, salt, and flaxseed. Add in coconut oil, applesauce, honey, and eggs. Once evenly combined, fold in strawberries, and add to muffin tins. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden in color and a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!


 

Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing a healthy remake recipe that is absolutely delicious, filling, and easy to make! Not to mention, it is incredibly moist, and has the perfect consistency. While I would certainly categorize this bundt cake as an after-dinner treat, the real ingredients make it a choice that’s really not even so bad for breakfast! 🙂

My mom found a recipe for a similar cake on her Facebook page, but it required 1 cup of unnecessary refined sugar, wasn’t whole wheat, and used many ingredients I would not typically cook with. So, I decided to come up with my own healthier, less processed version that would still be equally as delicious for us to enjoy! I absolutely love remaking an unhealthy recipe into a better alternative, haha! 🙂

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This cake is delicious with some homemade whipped cream or naturally sweetened ice cream on top, or you could even add some confectioners sugar for an extra special treat. This would also be great as a birthday cake or even dessert for an upcoming Easter gathering! I hope you enjoy this recipe, and be sure to share if you like it! 🙂 Also, if there is any unhealthy recipes you have that you’d like to remake, let me know in the comments!


Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup organic, whole milk plain yogurt (or organic sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour + another 1/2 tbs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (preferably organic)

Steps:

To begin, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a bundt pan with coconut oil or your choice of oil. Next, in a large bowl, mix together eggs, honey, oil, 2 tsp lemon zest, yogurt (or sour cream), vanilla, and 11/2-2 tbs of the lemon juice. Add in flour, salt, and baking powder, mixing in 1/2 the mixture at a time. Set aside, and in another bowl, add the washed and dried blueberries. Sprinkle on 1/2 tbs flour and 1 tsp lemon juice, and mix to combine. Then, fold in the blueberry mixture, or add 1/2 the batter to the bundt pan, spread the blueberries across, and top with more batter. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden in color and a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

Note: this recipe was adapted from Natasha’s Kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Healthier Peppermint Hot Cocoa (that is still delicious)

Hi Everyone!

Today I’d like to share this recipe for a slightly healthier hot cocoa recipe, with the twist of peppermint! Yum! This is so delicious, and much healthier than any kind of processed hot chocolate mix at the store.

Around the holiday season, hot chocolate is a popular drink of choice for a special dessert or treat.  But when hot cocoa mix is filled with chemicals and unnecessary additives, it really isn’t hot cocoa. After all, it is hot cocoa, not hot artificial flavoring!

In one hot cocoa mix box, I found these ingredients:


Yuck! I don’t know about you, but usually I don’t cook with modified whey, diglycerides, and sucralose. Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t sound like a tasty mug of cocoa.

I have tried many recipes for a homemade hot cocoa, but this is by far my favorite. The slight mint flavor is something I love, but you could add cinnamon instead or leave it out all together. For a tasty treat, try adding a dollop of homemade whipped cream on top- yum!

Without further ado, enjoy this recipe, and please stay tuned for my new Facebook page and Pinterest account coming soon! 🙂 As always, please share with family and friends if you love healthy food too, and Happy Holidays!

Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa

SERVES 2- 10 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 – 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbs. special dark cocoa or cacao
  • 1 tbs. local maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • 1 tbs. good quality dark chocolate (preferably higher than 70%)
  • 1/2 tbs. coconut oil

Instructions:

Start off by making the chocolate sauce with the dark cocoa and maple syrup. Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate, and add that to the sauce. Next, warm the milk in a pot on the stove or in the microwave, and add in the chocolate sauce with the peppermint and whisk to combine. Pour into holiday mugs and top with homemade whipped cream and enjoy! 🙂