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!

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!

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!

Raspberry Oat & Honey Yogurt Bowl

This combination is a recent favorite of mine when it comes to needing a quick and easy yet nutrient-dense breakfast or afternoon snack! The ratios can be adjusted to your liking, but think overnight oats meets granola bowl!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

Plain Greek Yogurt (I used nonfat)

Quick Oats

Hemp Hearts

Local Honey

Frozen Raspberries

Directions:

Start with a helping of the plain greek yogurt

Mix in a large sprinkle of the quick oats for texture

Stir in a spoonful of the hemp hearts for some omega 3s and iron

Add a generous drizzle of the local honey

Top with the frozen raspberries

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Sunbutter Berry Overnight Oats

Don’t throw out your nearly empty Sunbutter, Peanut Butter, or Nut Butter jars!  They make the perfect vehicle for overnight oats to go!  This breakfast is perfect for a grab-and-go meal when you’re traveling or heading off to work or school.

It doesn’t get any easier: Simply add your ingredients into the jar, combine, refrigerate, and serve.  It’s creamy, filling, not overly sweet, and filled with nutrient-dense ingredients!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

The End Of A Jar Of Sunbutter

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats

1 Tbsp Chia Powder

1/3 Cup Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt

1 Cup Freeze Dried Raspberries

1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Water

(Optional) Extra Sunbutter for serving (from your next jar!)

(Optional) Sweetener of choice such as a dash of honey

Directions:

Add the oats, chia powder, and greek yogurt into the jar

Stir with the water, making sure to incorporate any remaining Sunbutter coating the jar

Stir in the dried raspberries

Refrigerate covered for about 24 hours

Once ready to eat, enjoy topped with extra Sunbutter, fresh or additional freeze dried berries, and/or optional sweetener of choice

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Berry Chocolate Protein Smoothie

This smoothie provides such an energy boost!  Whether you’re looking to fuel a workout or simply jumpstart your day, it’s sweet, filling, packed with fruit, and so easy to whip up!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

3 Oz Fresh Raspberries

1/2 Cup Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt

2 Frozen Bananas (sliced before freezing to ease blending)

1 Packet Nibmor Traditional Hot Cocoa (dry)

1/2 Cup Water

Directions:

Blend and enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Chocolate Cherry Protein Oats

Let’s face it, we can’t always know what we’re going to want for breakfast tomorrow. I love the thick and creamy consistency of overnight oats, but rarely do I prepare any the night before the craving hits. My solution: “Instant Overnight Oats”. It’s simple – Prepare quick cooking oats with water in the microwave, then include roughly 1/2 a cup of plain greek yogurt (per 1/2 cup oats) in with your other ingredients and voilà! Slightly cooled and creamy oats à la traditional Overnight Oats. This Chocolate Cherry variety only requires 4 ingredients, is high in protein, and takes less than 5 minutes to make!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Quick Oats

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

1 Packet NibMor Hot Cocoa

Fresh Or Frozen Cherries

+ Water for the oats

Directions:

Cook up the oats with water (I use the microwave)

Stir in the hot cocoa packet

Stir in the yogurt until creamy and evenly combined

Mix in the cherries

Enjoy!

If you’re looking to enjoy the meal warm, fresh cherries would be recommended.

If you’d rather the meal be cool like traditional Overnight Oats, the combination of using frozen cherries and cold yogurt will bring the temperature down. The warm oats will thaw the frozen fruit while transferring their chill into the rest of the bowl.

Ingredient recommendations linked!