Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins

If you’ve ever wondered what a chocolate chip cookie in muffin form would taste like (with a few healthy twists!), you’ve come to the right place!  When I’m in the mood for baked goods at breakfast or looking for a little something sweet in the afternoon, these pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea!

Their texture is denser than a muffin (hence the “cookie” hybrid), and almost bready.  They’re not overly sweet, but all of the gooey sweet chocolate chips balance that out!  If you’re not able to enjoy them fresh from the oven, definitely warm them up before serving.  It’s the best way to enjoy them!

What I love most about some of these “healthier”-for-you ingredients is the taste complexity that they bring.  I love the hearty flavor of a whole wheat flour just as I love the intense cocoa taste in dark chocolate.  The shredded coconut doesn’t compromise the texture at all, but adds a nice subtle richness to the flavor!

Servings: About 10 Muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/3 Cup Avocado Oil

1 Egg

1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (I used nonfat)

2 Tablespoons Honey

Just under 1/4 Cup Cold Water

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (plus extra for sprinkling on top)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Line your muffin tin with liners

Combine all of the dry ingredients (other than the coconut and chocolate) in a large bowl and whisk together with a spoon

Combine all of the wet ingredients (other than the water) separately in a medium bowl and whisk together with a fork until well blended

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend with a spoon until well combined

The batter will be a bit dry, so add in the water here until the batter becomes more viscous

Add in the chocolate chips and shredded coconut and gently mix in

Spoon the batter into the muffin liners to about 2/3 full, which should fill about 10 liners

Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top of each muffin

Bake on a middle rack of the oven for approximately 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean / (15 can work as well if you prefer browner/more overcooked edges)

Dig in while warm and fresh from the oven (after cooling a few minutes for safety), or let cool completely before storing in a airtight container in the refrigerator

For the best consistency and experience, rewarm them after taking them out of the refrigerator later on in the microwave for about 30 seconds

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Peanut Butter Blueberry Yogurt Bowls

When I’m in need of quick and easy plus delicious and nutritious, I love coming back again and again to a combination like these Peanut Butter Blueberry Yogurt Bowls.  The ingredients are likely items that you have in the refrigerator or pantry already, and certain ingredients can absolutely be substituted for what you have on hand!

The Plain Greek Yogurt – Use whatever variety you love!  I enjoy a nonfat option but a full fat choice would be delicious as well.

The Cereal – This is mostly for texture and crunch, but I do really love the flavor profile of a Wheat Squares or Wheat Waffles option.  A similar cereal of choice or a granola would work here as well!

The Blueberries – I love the Frozen Wild Blueberries for their small size and the way that the juices melt into the mix, but if you prefer to use fresh give it a go!

The Peanut Butter – I love a peanut butter that includes the taste of salt.  For me, having that ever so slight sweet and salty combination makes all the difference, which is why in my particular ratios I tend to go pretty heavy on the peanut butter!

I’ve linked all of my personal brand recommendations within the ingredient list, but the point of this easy peasy meal/snack is that it’s customizable to your preferences!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

Plain Greek Yogurt

A Wheat Squares Cereal

Frozen Wild Blueberries

Peanut Butter (preferably unsweetened and one that includes salt for optimal flavor)

Directions:

Combine in a bowl using ratios to your liking

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Coconut Lime Ice Pops

On hot summer days, nothing hits the spot like a delicious lineup of icy drinks and snacks to keep yourself cool.  These refreshing and creamy Coconut Lime Ice Pops by my husband are the perfect treat to beat the heat!  The ingredients take only moments to whisk together.

(These pops are not overly sweet as a personal preference, but could be very easily adjusted to have more sweetness if desired!)

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

13.5 oz Coconut Milk

1/3 Cup Shredded Coconut

1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (approx. 4 medium limes)

Zest of 2 Limes

2 1/2 Tbsp Agave Syrup

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions: 

Whisk all the ingredients together and pour into ice pop molds

(Whisk between each mold pour to prevent settling)

Freeze until solid (about 8 hours)

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Fruit & Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie

Falling in between a lighter milkshake and a decadent smoothie, this sweet treat only requires 4 ingredients and makes for such a satisfying snack on a hot summer day!  It’s thick and creamy while frozen and icy at the same time, all while packing a nutritional punch with lots of vitamins, protein, and fiber. (For additional creaminess, feel free to substitute a higher fat greek yogurt if that’s your preference!)

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

1 Cup (5 oz) Frozen Strawberries

1 Frozen Banana

1/2 Cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt

1/2 Cup Cold Water

1 Packet Nibmor Traditional Hot Cocoa (dry)

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients other than the cocoa into the blender and blend until smooth

Add in the cocoa and blend again until well mixed

Serve and enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Earl Grey Lattes

Perfect for cozy mornings, an afternoon pick-me-up, or a post-dinner treat, these Earl Grey lattes only require 4 ingredients and take a few short minutes to make!  Simple and delicious, my husband is the expert when it comes to whipping these up in our house!

A few notes:

We personally used decaf so that we could enjoy them later in the evening, but traditional caffeinated tea will work wonderfully as well!

The quantities and sweetness are fully in your control depending on how you prefer your tea.  

Lastly, if you don’t have any tools on hand to froth the milk, it is still very enjoyable when skipping this step!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

Earl Grey Tea (We used Bigelow Decaf)

Whole Milk

Honey

Nutmeg

Directions: 

Steep the tea in hot water

Add in honey for sweetness if desired

Foam up and add in your milk

Top with honey and nutmeg

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Meal prep doesn’t get easier than this Greek Pasta Salad!  Perfect for use as a ready-made side dish or main meal, this recipe takes only minutes to prepare and can last you all week long!  The real best part is how customizable it is:  If you have alternate vegetables you’d prefer to substitute, use them!  If you want a bit more protein, add meat!  If you enjoy extra cheese, add more feta.  There are endless variations!

If experimenting in the kitchen isn’t your thing, fear not.  I promise this particular ingredient combo will be a crowd-pleaser at your next summer cookout, potluck, or family dinner.  No occasion?  No problem!  I love having this dish on hand for pre-made meals to go.  It’s the perfect work lunch!

It’s packed with tons of colorful veggies for a nutrition bonus, and depending on the serving size the batch can stretch a long way! 

Servings: 5 – 6 medium/large (or around 10 very small sides)

Ingredients:

1 lb Pasta of Choice

2 Pints Cherry or Grape Tomatoes (rainbow varieties add great taste!)

2 Red or Orange Bell Peppers

1 Cucumber

3/4 Cup Primal Kitchen Greek Dressing & Marinade

2.25 oz Sliced Black Olives

4 oz Feta Cheese Crumbles

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Fresh Parsley to Garnish

Directions: 

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and then set aside to cool off

Chop up the tomatoes, peppers, and cucumber into bite-sized pieces

Using a very large bowl, coat the cooled pasta in half of the greek dressing (Cooled cooking pots or baking dishes work well too.  Choose whatever you have on hand.)

Add the chopped veggies to the bowl

Add the black olives and feta to the bowl as well

Add the remaining dressing and toss until all is evenly mixed

Add sea salt and black pepper to taste

Garnish with fresh parsley

Enjoy!

[Leftovers can easily be stored sealed/covered in the refrigerator.]

Ingredient recommendations linked!

3 Ingredient Cheesy Omelette

This 3 ingredient cheesy omelette is fluffy, filling, and super versatile!  Add it onto your favorite toast, serve with veggies, or even enjoy plain if you like.  It only takes 5 minutes to make!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

Lots of Black Pepper

1 Slice Mozzarella Cheese

Directions: 

Warm up a small pan on medium heat

Scramble the eggs in a bowl

Scramble in lots of black pepper

Tear up a slice of mozzarella cheese into small pieces and evenly mix the pieces in

Once the pan is hot pour your mixture in and cook evenly on each side

Enjoy!

[If you don’t use nonstick cookware, use your preferred method to lightly grease your pan!]

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Protein “PB & J” Smoothie

This 4 ingredient smoothie is one of my go-tos for that post-workout time of day! I love how filling, creamy, and satisfying it is, all while packing a big nutrition punch! I’ve tried lots of variations including using different yogurt varieties as well as adding in extra Sunbutter when I’m looking for something more filling, so do a taste test and adjust the ratios to your preferences!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

2 Cups Frozen Strawberries

3/4 – 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (nonfat or full fat both work)

1/2 Cup Apple Juice

2 Tablespoons Sunbutter (or more if you want more of the “nut butter” taste!)

Directions:

Blend half of the frozen strawberries, the yogurt, and the apple juice in a blender

Once blended, add in the Sunbutter and second half of the strawberries and blend again

Taste test, adjust to taste, and enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Berries & Cream Smoothie

If you’re a fan of traditional Berries and Cream this smoothie is for you!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

1 3/4 Cup Frozen Strawberries

1/3 Cup Whole Milk Greek Yogurt

3 Tbsp Sunbutter

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries

Optional – A dash of a sweetener of choice (such as agave syrup or honey)

Directions:

Blend

Taste test to see if the optional sweetener is preferred

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry Smoothie

This fruity peanut butter combination is perfect on a hot summer day as a snack, light meal, or post-workout recovery treat!  It’s nice and creamy as well as high in protein, fiber, and lots of colorful fruit.  Nutritious and delicious!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

A Couple Of Frozen Bananas

4 Tbsp Betty Lou’s Inc. Powdered Peanut Butter

1/3 Cup Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt

2/3 Cup Water

A Pinch Of Saigon Cinnamon

1/3 Cup Frozen Blueberries

Directions:

Blend all of the ingredients other than the blueberries together in a blender

Once smooth, blend in the blueberries as well

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!