196. harvest muffins.

I saw a recipe for these harvest muffins and thought they would be a good nutritious treat. I took a stab at veganizing them, and they turned out pretty good. Muffins are kind of tricky – they never taste like they do in the bakeries – but i usually opt for something more nutritious anyway. These could probably be a tad sweeter, but overall they turned out alot better than expected. They have no added fat really, are packed with vegetables and fruit and have minimal sugar….Milo ate them too, and even noticed the carrots, so I guess thats a win!

1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 cup shredded apple
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 tspn egg replacer powder, mixed with 6 T warm water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup almond milk
2 T plain soy yogurt
1/4 cup flax seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flours, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk the egg replacer, sugar, almond milk, and yogurt, then fold in the zucchini, apple and carrot.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry.
  5. Add the flax seeds mixture together till combined. Don’t overmix.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly in a 12 count muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool and enjoy.
  9. To freeze, place each muffin in an individual sandwich bag and place in the freezer – an easy grab and go breakfast!

 

136. no bake energy bites.

Since we are pretty much packed up, there isn’t much I can make these days. But these no bake bites were pretty easy to throw together and help us have something to snack on in between all the packing and moving!

This recipe is extremely versatile, so change it up! Here’s where i found it originally.

No-Bake Energy Bites
 1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

 

 

73. sweet potato hummus

I’m on a big hummus kick lately.  I’m super addicted to those flat pretzel crisps dipped in Sabra hummus. I’ve never made my own because Sabra is so good….But last night I saw this recipe for sweet potato hummus on pinterest, so I started roasting some sweet potatoes and this morning threw the ingredients in the vitamix and made some! Got some packed for today’s afternoon snack. Can’t wait!

1 pound sweet potatoes (roughly 2 medium)
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 tspn chipotle powder (or use real chipotles – add more or less to your liking)
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons tahini
course sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Pierce potatoes several times with a fork; place on a foil lined baking sheet.  Bake for 1 hour or until tender.  Cool slightly, then peel and add to the bowl of a food processor or vitamix.  Add chickpeas,tahini, olive oil, chipotle and garlic.  Puree until smooth and thin with up to 2 tablespoons of water if necessary.  Add ¼ teaspoon salt and season with pepper.  Refrigerate for up to 1 week in an airtight container.  Garnish with additional olive oil and smoked paprika before serving.

54. peanut butter breakfast cookies.

Anyone else out there crave a second breakfast? I usually drink a smoothie around 8:30am, and by 10:30 am, my tummy is ready for second breakfast. Sometimes I eat yogurt and granola, dried cereal, nuts, muffin or some fruit. I try find snacks that are healthy – low in fat (or at least have the fat come from good fat sources), and low in sugar, or free from processed sugar.  I saw a recipe for these healthy peanut butter cookies and they were made from all natural, unprocessed ingredients, so i made them this morning. Yes, i made them in the morning before I went to work. They only have a few ingredients and bake for 12 minutes. Why not? Prep time was only a few minutes….And I think they will fit the bill for a second breakfast. They aren’t sweet and buttery like normal peanut butter cookies, so be warned; they do taste healthy, but I like that – they are substantial and made from all whole, unprocessed ingredients. Milo enjoyed them too, so thats a plus.

I feel like I say this with every recipe, but you can definitely keep working with this and make it your own. I think it would be great with some chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, etc. And if they arent sweet enough for you, try adding more sweetner or using different sweetners. These will do the trick for me. I got 8 pretty big cookies out of this:

1 3/4 cups oats,  ground in your vitamix or blender
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup flax seed, ground
1/4 cup soy or almond milk

Grind your flour and set aside. Mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup and milk. Add in the flax seed and mix well. Mix in the ground oats. Use a big cookie scoop and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Press down with a fork and bake 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

37. granola bars.

I made these granola bars, thinking they would make a great mid-day snack, as they don’t have any added sugar and are made of high energy ingredients. They are super easy and you can definitely customize to your liking.

Peanut Butter Banana Granola Bars
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup whole almonds
4 large Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line wide loaf tin with parchment paper.

In a small pot gently heat peanut butter with mashed bananas. Stir until well-combined. Set aside.

In a food processor, coarsely chop the almonds, dates, and cherries. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the pumpkin seeds and oats. Fold in the peanut butter mixture.

Press the batter into the prepared 8×8 pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.