No Bake Manuka Energy Balls

Are you in need of a nutritious and delicious snack for the whole family?! I’ve got you covered. These NO BAKE MANUKA ENERGY BALLS are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast, school lunch treat, or after school snack. Plus they’re all-around allergy friendly!

Ingredients:

1 Cup Sunbutter

1/3 Cup Manuka Honey

2 Tsps Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1/4 Cup Salted Pumpkin Seeds

1/3 Cup Hemp Hearts

(I used the varieties linked!)

Directions:

Stir together the sunflower butter, manuka honey, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.

Stir in all of your remaining dry ingredients.

Roll into balls and enjoy!

(Leftovers can be stored in the fridge.)

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The Easiest Chocolate Chip Nicecream

Looking for the easiest way to whip up a satisfying non-dairy frozen dessert? I’ve got you covered. (Although let’s be honest, I’ve eaten this for breakfast too!)

Ingredients:

2 frozen/sliced medium-sized bananas

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (For this recipe I love the Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini chips)

Directions:

Add your frozen banana slices into a food processor & blend until smooth & creamy

Either pour your chips on top once in the bowl (what I do), or stir in to your liking

Enjoy!

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“Neapolitan Ice Cream” Smoothie

4 ingredients + High in Vitamin C & Iron

This frozen-yogurty smoothie tastes just like a healthy neapolitan ice cream! It only takes a couple minutes to blend up & is awesome for breakfast / a midday sweet tooth / or a healthy dessert.

Ingredients:  

1 cup greek plain nonfat yogurt

2 cups frozen strawberries

1/2 cup apple juice

1 drizzle (around a couple tablespoons) carob syrup (I use Australian Carob Company)

Directions:

Blend up the yogurt, frozen strawberries, & apple juice in a Nutribullet (or equivalent) until thick & creamy

Top with carob syrup

Enjoy!

Carob Frozen Yogurt

Made with 5 ingredients!

On weekends like this past one, where temperatures were over 100 degrees, you need an abundance of cold treats on hand.  I’m a huge frozen yogurt fan, but usually not a fan of the options available at my local stores.  They often contain a lot of gums, processed sugars, & other ingredients difficult for someone with a sensitive digestion system.  The solution: 5 Ingredient Carob Frozen Yogurt!  

There is no ice cream maker required.  The prep only takes about 5 minutes!

Recipe makes about 2 servings

Ingredients: 

2 cups nonfat plain greek yogurt 

1/4 cup roasted carob powder (I use Australian Carob Company)

1/3 cup coconut sugar

around 3/4 of a small avocado

2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Blend up all of your ingredients in a food processor until smooth

Transfer the mixture to a freezer-safe pan (around 9×9) & spread evenly

Cover with plastic wrap

Freeze for 1 hour

Remove from the freezer & evenly stir with a fork

Repeat for 3 additional hours

Let freeze for an additional couple of hours for a more solid consistency

Enjoy!

Whole Wheat 2-Banana Muffins

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You only need 2 bananas!

I don’t know about you, but any time I’m in need of a good banana recipe, it’s when I’ve gotten down to those last couple of brown and spotty ones.  I rarely have a whole big bunch on hand as I’ve usually eaten the first few as a snack or in my oatmeal.

Voilà!  This recipe makes between 6-8 muffins depending on how large your bananas are.

Ingredients:

2 bananas (just on the verge of being too ripe…starting to get some brown speckles)

Just under 1/2 cup sugar (I used cane sugar)

1 cup white whole wheat flour (such as King Arthur White Whole Wheat)

1 egg

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (almost melted)

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

A pinch of salt, around 1/4 teaspoon

1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Add your muffin liners to the muffin tin.

In a large bowl, combine your bananas & the sugar with a fork, then whisk together once combined.

Whisk in the egg, melted butter, & vanilla.

In a smaller bowl, stir together your dry ingredients: the flour, baking soda, & salt.

Add the combined dry ingredients to the wet ingredients & whisk until batter is evenly combined.

Add the batter to the lined muffin tin. Fill them just below the tops so they have room to expand

Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (I always choose to undercook ever so slightly)

Enjoy!

Notes:

While they’re delicious the day of baking, beyond the first 24 hours I recommend storing these in the fridge.  When ready to eat, pop in the microwave for 10 or 15 seconds, top with butter if you so desire, and they’re back to their “just out of the oven” soft warm form!

Iced Lemon Cake

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I am such a huge fan of all things lemon.  Our wedding cake had three tiers; Vanilla, Cinnamon, & Lemon.  The lemon was the winner by a landslide!

For my husband’s birthday, I whipped up this simple lemon cake.  The glaze is a perfect textural combo with the light cake-y texture.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

2 sticks unsalted butter (or cultured unsalted butter!)

1 1/2 cups cane sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (I love King Arthur‘s)

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest

For the glaze:

I cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on low, combine the butter, sugar & lemon zest.

Beat in the eggs.

Beat in the lemon juice.

In a separate small bowl, stir together the flour & salt.

Slowly beat the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.

Grease a 9 inch square or circular pan with a speck of butter & pour the batter in.

Bake for around 35 minutes…Keeping an eye on it until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

For the glaze:

Simply stir together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, & the lemon zest in a small bowl.

Wait until the cake has cooled to spread the glaze evenly across the top.

To let the glaze solidify, it’s best to let it sit & harden for a few hours.

Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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I’m a big believer in using whole grains whenever possible in my baking.  It outranks all-purpose flour in its fiber content, vitamin content, & its more stabilizing effect on blood sugar.  I honestly feel like they give my baked goods a richer taste as well, & am a life-long convert!

I can never get enough of fall flavors year round, & this pumpkin bread is such an easy way to transport me back to my favorite season.  Whether it’s for an easy breakfast on the go, an afternoon coffee-time companion, or an after-dinner treat, this bread is the perfect way to pack some vitamin A into your day!

Ingredients:

3 cups whole wheat flour (I really like the organic “white-whole wheat” variety from King Arthur Flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

4 eggs (or your favorite vegan substitute)

2 cups canned pumpkin

1 1/2 cups canola oil

Just under 2 cups of cane sugar (or other variety of your choice)

1.5 or 2 cups of chocolate chips (depending how chippy you like it!) . If you’re not a chocolate fan, it tastes just as delicious plain!

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl

Beat the wet ingredients together in a large second bowl

Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients

Stir in the chocolate chips

Split the mixture between 2 greased loaf pans

Bake for between 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean

Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Carrot Soup

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I seriously could eat fall flavors year round!

You only need 7 ingredients for this simple soup, but the flavors really pack a big punch.  It’s chock full of vitamin a, fiber, potassium, and healthy fat.  It’s also incredibly filling, and very low calorie.  Added bonuses: It’s vegan, & dairy/gluten-free!

The sweet potato taste combined with both the cinnamon and the pepper, cumin, and olive oil result in a nice “sweet + savory” combination.  It’s a thicker consistency, which makes it feel quite hearty.

This recipe makes 1 very large bowl, or two side bowls.

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato

3 cups baby carrots

3 cups vegetable broth

2 heaping teaspoons olive oil

1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon (sweet saigon cinnamon preferably)

a sprinkle of cumin

a sprinkle of black pepper

(optional: larger quantities of the above spices, added to taste at the end)

Directions:

Thoroughly cook both the sweet potato and carrots until very soft.  (When I’m in a hurry I cook them all in the microwave, though roasting them in the oven or steaming them on the stovetop would be equally effective!)

In a large bowl, use a potato-masher to mash the cooked carrots and sweet potato together until they are as pureed as possible.

After it has cooled, transfer the puree into a blender (or your preferred blending appliance) and puree until totally smooth.

Add the vegetable broth into the blender and blend again until it’s evenly mixed.

Transfer the mix into a pot and heat back up on a low setting.

Stir in the olive oil, cinnamon, pepper, and cumin.

Taste test, add in your preferred extra spices if desired, and voila!

 

Blueberry Peanut butter Smoothie

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I sneak peanut butter into everything!

This smoothie is such a creamy sweet treat as breakfast, a snack, or dessert, & packed with tons of calcium, probiotics, vitamin c, and protein.

This recipe makes a small glass since it’s pretty filling, but if you’re starving go ahead and double everything!

Ingredients:

1 5oz container of plain greek yogurt

about 1/4 cup water

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

3 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter

optional: a dash of your favorite sweetener

Directions:

Layer all the ingredients in the order listed above and blend!  Start it on a lower setting and then slowly increase to higher and higher settings until thoroughly blended.  You may need to give it a quick stir with a spoon halfway through.  Pour into a glass, top with a few frozen blueberries (optional) and enjoy!

 

Peanutbutter Yogurt Dip

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Hello everyone!  I’m so excited to be here!

I’m thrilled to have joined the blogging world as a platform to share my inspiration for healthy meals and recipes.

I am a firm believer in the holistic approach of healing our bodies by way of giving them whole foods and nourishing them to the best of our abilities.  As someone who has struggled with several health issues over the years, I’ve found that a proper diet has made a world of difference in keeping my body running in the best shape it can.  My mission is to provide inspiration for others to achieve the same state of optimal health, and to prove how simple, easy, and delicious eating healthfully can be!

My first post is a recipe for one of my go to favorite snacks.  It’s simple, satisfying, and totally feeds my sweet tooth!

Ingredients:

1 5 ounce container of plain greek yogurt

3 heaping tablespoons of powdered peanut butter stirred in

1 crunchy apple of your choice (I recommend fuji or honeycrisp) either on the side or sliced for dipping