Perfect for the autumn season (or any day really!), this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal is for anyone with a serious morning sweet tooth. The texture is that of a thick and creamy oatmeal, all overflowing with melty chocolate chips in a base of pumpkin and cinnamon fall flavor!
Due to the heavy chocolate presence, you only need the lightest drizzle of maple syrup and pinch of sea salt on top of your serving. It’s already quite sweet, but the flavors really pop with these light toppings!
The best part – All of the ingredients are mixed right in the pan!
1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (I used 54% Cacao)
Oil To Grease The Pan (I used Avocado Oil)
Maple Syrup And Sea Salt To Taste
Preheat the oven to 350°
Lightly grease a 9×13 pan with the oil
Pour the pumpkin puree directly into the pan
Add the honey and evenly combine the two
Pour in the oats, oat milk, and greek yogurt, and stir everything until evenly combined
Add in the cinnamon and combine again
Add the chocolate chips and gently mix in
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid has absorbed and the top and edges look a bit more solid
Let cool to a safe temperature, and top each serving with maple syrup and (a pinch) of sea salt to taste
[Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container, or in the cooking dish itself if well-covered. To freeze, cut into pre-portioned amounts, store in a sealed freezer-safe container, then simply reheat in the microwave once ready to eat.]
Reminiscent of a classic banana and peanut butter combo, this Banana Peach Sunbutter Smoothie is thick and creamy like a milkshake! The addition of the peaches gives it a bit of extra sweetness and bulk but does not compromise the flavor at all. The sweetness of the fruit balances perfectly with the “nutty” flavor of the Sunbutter in this super filling, nutrient-dense, quick and easy meal.
If somehow you’ve never enjoyed oats before, these Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Oats will convert you after one bite! They’re the perfect combination of dessert-y yet nutrient-dense. They’re also thick and creamy, have loads of added texture from the toppings, and can be whipped up in under 5 minutes!
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!
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!
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!)
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!
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!)
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
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!