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Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites

With everyone posting their graduation pictures lately – it has me reminiscing on college. I had a bit of an unconventional college experience. I went away for a year, but wound up transferring to a college closer to home. When the choice came to live at home or live at school – I opted to stay at home. Some people think this was a crazy thing to do – but I wouldn’t have changed it for anything! In addition to saving myself thousands of dollars in student loans, I was able to enjoy having my own space, and even more importantly – my own kitchen.

For the first year that I was away at school, I dreaded eating in the dining hall. The food was awful, and despite literally only eating Cheerios+ granola bars for breakfast, and grilled chicken on salad for lunch/dinner – I felt gross from all the preservatives that they load up the food with.

My first year of college was really when I started to get in to health and fitness. Tyler was always really interested in working out, eating right, and taking supplements. He inspired me to make a change in my lifestyle when I started to not feel great after eating the dining hall food.

When I went back to living at home and commuting to school, I was happy to be able to make my own snacks/meals and bring them with me instead of eating in the dining hall. Protein powder quickly became a staple in my diet. It was simple to make/bring shakes with me, or make protein bites!

Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites that only have 4 ingredients. The perfect snack!

I would make a giant batch of Cookie Dough Protein Bites on Sunday nights – and portion them out for grab and go snacks throughout the week.

Even though I’m not in college anymore, I still love to make these for snacks. They’re great to take to work, or on weekend trips to the beach/hikes.  You can swap the protein powder and nut butters for different flavors, and toss in different add-ins. I’ve done vanilla protein with coconut butter and sprinkles for Cake Batter Bites, as well as Chocolate protein and chopped peanuts for Peanut Butter Cup Bites. Naked Nutrition recently sent me their Pea Protein to try. It was great in this recipe.

Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites that only have 4 ingredients. The perfect snack!

 

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Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites
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Recipe type: Protien Bites
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Serves: 8 protein bites
 
Ingredients
  • ½ c pea protein
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ c + 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together.
  2. Roll into tablespoon balls, and refrigerate.
  3. Keep cold

Products I used for this: Naked pea protein, Almond Butter, Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini ChipsVegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites that only have 4 ingredients. The perfect snack!

 

Do you have a go to DIY on-the-go snack? Let me know! I’m always looking for new recipes!

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Healthy Double Chocolate Donuts

There’s a lot of work that goes in to making a blog successful. You have to think of the recipe, make the recipe, take the pictures, write the post, promote it on social media… blah blah blah. The list goes on and on. I won’t bore you with all of the daunting tasks – but I will share a short story.

I’m really not a fan of all the tech-related tasks that come with a blog… running a website, tracking things, etc. I know it’s super important, but it wasn’t until recently that I started to pay more attention to what brings people to my site. Last week I was looking at our Google Analytics to do some research.. and I noticed that I was getting a lot of traffic from Pinterest. I was super surprised when I saw this.

Our Clean Eating Protein Donut Recipe had over 1,000 pins on it! Now to some people…this might not seem like anything crazy..but it was a pretty big deal to me! Since people were so interested in this post on Pinterest, I looked back a few months on our Google Analytics account. Turns out this is our most popular post EVER! Every single week, this post brings in more people to our site than any other recipe we’ve ever shared. I’m not entirely surprised.. the donuts are reeeeally good!

Anyways… It’s clear that you guys love donuts! So I wanted to share another donut recipe with you. Last week Peanut Butter & Co sent me their new Chocmeister Dark Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread to try out. The spread has 25% less sugar & more protein than most chocolate hazelnut spreads. It’s SO good. I think it’s basically a well-known fact that donuts are 100% better when they have a sweet, gooey filling inside… so that’s where we got these Double Chocolate Donuts come in.

Double Chocolate Donuts are so rich and delicious you’ll have a hard time believing they’re healthy! These donuts are simple to make, loaded with whole grains, and vegan!

These donuts have a rich, chocolate base, and a chocolate hazelnut filling on the inside. When biting in to them.. you’d never know that they’re secretly healthy. I made them vegan and used with whole wheat pastry flour so there’s no need to feel guilty if you have more than one 😉

Double Chocolate Donuts are so rich and delicious you’ll have a hard time believing they’re healthy! These donuts are simple to make, loaded with whole grains, and vegan!

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Healthy Chocolate Donuts
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Recipe type: Donuts
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Serves: 12 donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 4 flax eggs - See below for instructions
  • ⅔ c almond flour
  • 2 c whole wheat pastry
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 1¼ c almond milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Chocmeister
Instructions
  1. Make flax eggs and allow them to sit for 5 minutes. For one egg, combine 1 tbsp flax seed meal with 2.5 tbsp water.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. The mix should be somewhat thick, but if it is clumpy or very difficult to stir, add in a little more milk or water.
  3. Spray your donut pan with coconut oil or olive oil.
  4. Spoon batter into a ziploc bag, cut the corner, and ‘pipe’ donuts into your pan - filling only halfway.
  5. Put Chocmeister into a ziploc bag and microwave until soft, cut the corner, and pipe a small amount of Chocmeister in the middle of the donut.
  6. Pipe more of the donut batter over the Chocmeister
  7. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Things I used for this recipe: Donut Pan , Ground Flaxseed , Chocmeister Dark Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread

Double Chocolate Donuts are so rich and delicious you’ll have a hard time believing they’re healthy! These donuts are simple to make, loaded with whole grains, and vegan!

 

Double Chocolate Donuts are so rich and delicious you’ll have a hard time believing they’re healthy! These donuts are simple to make, loaded with whole grains, and vegan!

What’s your favorite type of donut?

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Double Chocolate Donuts are so rich and delicious you’ll have a hard time believing they’re healthy! These donuts are simple to make, loaded with whole grains, and vegan!

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Clean Eating Lemon Berry Muffins

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love being able to enjoy the beautiful weather outside with hikes, bike rides, etc. Unfortunately over the past week or so the weather has been less than great. It’s been raining almost every single day! So I’m trying to bring a little bit of spring on my own.

With Mother’s Day being this weekend, I wanted to come up with a new recipe to bring to brunch. Every year my family comes over to my house to celebrate all the awesome moms that we have. (Including my own!) We have your typical brunch staples.. eggs, pancakes, etc. This year – these Lemon Berry Muffins are joining the table.

Clean Eating Lemon Berry Muffins are the perfect combo. With zesty lemon + sweet seasonal berries - these are the best muffins you'll ever eat!

These Lemon Berry Muffins are like spring wrapped up in a muffin! The fresh lemon zest combined with the sweet berries is seriously out of this world. We had a mix of strawberries and blueberries left over, so I threw them in the batter. You can really use any berries- but I recommend this combo!

Clean Eating Lemon Berry Muffins are the perfect combo. With zesty lemon + sweet seasonal berries - these are the best muffins you'll ever eat!

The main reason we’ll be serving these on Mother’s Day ? My mom taste- tested them and loved them! I’m all for anything that I can do to make her day a little bit easier and take some of the stress of cooking away. (Although she can put out a breakfast, lunch or dinner for a group of people like it’s nothing!)

 

Clean Eating Lemon Berry Muffins are the perfect combo. With zesty lemon + sweet seasonal berries - these are the best muffins you'll ever eat!

Are you doing anything fun to celebrate your moms this weekend? I hope these muffins make an appearance at your brunch table! 🙂

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Clean Eating Lemon Berry Muffins
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Recipe type: Muffin
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Serves: 18
 
Lemon Berry Muffins are a delicious recipe for breakfast or snacks. Light lemon zest paired with fresh sweet berries is the perfect combo.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp melted olive oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons. fresh lemon zest
  • 2.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 c strawberries, ½ cup blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Pour batter into greased muffin tins, filling ¾ the way.
  4. Bake for 20- 25 minutes until golden brown.

 

Things we used for this recipe: Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour , Microplane Zester , Wilton Nonstick Muffin Pan

 

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Clean Eating Lemon Berry Muffins are the perfect combo. With zesty lemon + sweet seasonal berries - these are the best muffins you'll ever eat!

 

And P.S. if you’re looking for a last minute gift for mom – I totally recommend these gorgeous Wine Cork Door Letter’s from True Vine Gifts. They have so many fun wine- themed gifts that are SO beautiful!

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Healthy Salsa Recipes

Happy Tuesday friends! We all know that Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away.. and because of it I’ve got chips + salsa on the brain. With the weather getting warmer, I’ve been making/eating a lot of salsa. It’s the perfect lighter snack to have in the afternoons, or on the weekends with friends over drinks (like this Blood Orange Mojito from Fooduzzi that I’m trying on Friday!)

Our Fresh Mango Salsa is one of my favorite recipes to make as a snack or a topping to our Chicken Lettuce Wraps. This salsa is my go to, but lately I’ve been looking to switch it up. I reached out to some of my favorite foodie bloggers + asked if they had any healthy salsa recipes to share – and they delivered!

All of these recipes are perfect for Taco Tuesday (today!), Cinco de Mayo, or pretty much any day. I mean… who really needs a holiday to enjoy some chips and salsa?! Not me 🙂

Pineapple Cilantro Salsa from Susannah at Feast & West

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Roasted Tomato Salsa from Erin at The Speckled Palate

Quick & Easy Fresh Salsa from Abby at Winstead Wandering

All Purpose Roasted Salsa from Dixya at Food Pleasure & Health

Chunky Salsa Verde from Rebecca at Strength & Sunshine

Mango Salsa from Danielle at the Creative Bite

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Peach Basil Salsa from Stephanie at Sustaining the Powers

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Fresh Poblano Salsa from Sarah at The Fit Cookie

Restaurant Style Salsa from Shannon at That Girl Shannon

Fresh Mango Lime Salsa – Lean Clean & Brie

Mango Avocado Salsa from Whitney at He & She Eat Clean

Watermelon & Strawberry Salsa from Cristina at I Say Nomato

 

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Healthy Lemon Thyme Chicken

If you’ve been following us for some time – you know that we meal prep every single week. Last week we had gone to Costco and bought a ton of chicken, and lemons – so I knew that whatever I would be making for the week would have both of those items in it. When we got home I was trying to figure out something to pair it with.. I found some thyme in the freezer, and had my new Basil essential oil so I thought I’d test them out together.

I hate spending too much time meal prepping over the weekend, especially when it’s really nice out. So I kept this recipe pretty simple. The lemon + thyme flavor pairing is SO delicious.

This Lemon Thyme Chicken is a simple, healthy recipe sure to please anyone. Light, fresh lemon juice + flavorful thyme give this dish the perfect flavor balance.

I was in a rush to take these pictures before the sun went down- but this dish is perfect when paired with fresh veggies that are in season right now like asparagus. I drizzled asparagus with EVOO, salt + pepper and baked it at 350 for 5 minutes  as a side dish. I also made some quinoa (cooked with chicken stock, salt, pepper & EVOO). The chicken is very light and would pretty much pair well with anything!

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Healthy Lemon Thyme Chicken
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Recipe type: Chicken
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Serves: 8 chicken breasts
 
Simple, healthy lemon chicken seasoned with thyme
Ingredients
  • 8 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ½ c fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 c chicken stock
  • 8 drops basil essential oil (Optional but recommended. Can sub basil leaves or dried basil)
  • ½ wine
  • Olive Oil (1/4 c or more)
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Clean chicken and pound until thin. (I prefer my chicken really thin, so I butterflied the meat. You can just pound the 8 breasts if you prefer your chicken thicker)
  2. In a large pan – heat olive oil. Once olive oil is hot- add in chicken.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt + pepper. Sear chicken on both sides.
  4. Cook chicken on both sides until light brown.
  5. While the chicken is cooking mix together lemon zest, juice, stock, wine and basil essential oil.
  6. When chicken is cooked, remove from pan and set in a dish on the side.
  7. Once all of the chicken is cooked and removed from the pan, add in wine/stock/juice mixture.
  8. Allow the stock mixture to come to a boil, stirring every minute. Once boiling, add chicken + fresh thyme to the mixture and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. This recipe is also great if you add in artichoke hearts, or sub the thyme with rosemary.

 

Items we used for this recipe: Now Foods Basil Oil , Microplane Zester

 

This Lemon Thyme Chicken is a simple, healthy recipe sure to please anyone. Light, fresh lemon juice + flavorful thyme give this dish the perfect flavor balance.

Do you have a favorite weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe? Let me know in the comments!

This Lemon Thyme Chicken is a simple, healthy recipe sure to please anyone. Light, fresh lemon juice + flavorful thyme give this dish the perfect flavor balance.

 

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Birthday Cake Oatmeal

Lately I’ve been trying to be more intentional about my mornings. For a couple of weeks I was running around and trying to squeeze in a few things here and a few things there – but I wound up with 10 different to-do lists that were all half crossed off and in different places. Not good!

As of Monday- I’ve been trying to make the most out of my free time- especially my mornings. I’ve been setting my alarm earlier and trying really hard not to hit snooze (it isn’t easy!). I get up, get dressed, and head downstairs to get organized. I typically make coffee and breakfast, and sit and organize myself for the day.

I update my to-do list (which is now all in one, in a google doc!), set goals for the day, clear my mind, enjoy something to eat- and then I’m ready to go workout, head to work, or head off to whatever plans I might have. I’m quickly realizing that the 20 minutes I set aside for myself are really important and help me to actually get things done.. instead of running around like a nut!

Anyways.. you’re probably not here to hear about my morning. You’re likely here for the Birthday Cake Oats. I don’t blame you. Cake.. plus breakfast? Winner in my eyes.

Healthy Birthday Cake Oatmeal- A delicious, healthy breakfast for those who have a seriously sweet tooth!

I could (and usually do) eat oatmeal everyday. There’s something about it that is so comforting and filling. Oatmeal becomes twice as comforting and filling when it tastes just like a birthday cake 🙂

Healthy Birthday Cake Oatmeal- A delicious, healthy breakfast for those who have a seriously sweet tooth!

The best part about this oatmeal (other than it tasting like cake) is that it is so simple to make! And if you don’t drink it in sprinkles… which I may or may not be guilty of…. it’s actually pretty healthy!

Healthy Birthday Cake Oatmeal- A delicious, healthy breakfast for those who have a seriously sweet tooth!

Birthday Cake Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 1
 
A simple breakfast recipe for those who like to eat healthy but have a serious sweet tooth!
Ingredients
  • ½ Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ c milk of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tablespoon Rainbow Sprinkles (or more - because who wouldn't want more sprinkles?!)
  • 1 tablespoon Stuffum Naturals Vegan Cake Batter Protein Cookie Dough
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan - heat milk of choice until almost boiling.
  2. Stir in oats, vanilla, cinnamon.
  3. Stir continuously while cooking until oats are smooth consistency. (You may need to add another splash of milk in as it cooks off).
  4. When oats are almost entirely cooked, stir in honey.
  5. Transfer to bowl and stir in sprinkles + Stuffums Cake Batter Cookie Dough or nut butter of choice.

 

Things we used for this recipe : Naturally Colored Sprinkles

 

Healthy Birthday Cake Oatmeal- A delicious, healthy breakfast for those who have a seriously sweet tooth!

Do you have a morning routine that helps set your day?

 

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Superfood Protein Green Smoothie

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to eat more veggies. I’ll be honest… I’ve been slacking 🙁 I was doing really good for a couple months, making sure that I had chopped veggies on Sundays and bagged them up to take as snacks throughout the week.. but then I just got bored with it and slowly stopped.

I know that I feel my best whenever I eat a lot of vegetables – so this week I decided to put it on the top of my priority list! I bagged up mixes of chopped cucumbers, carrots, and sugar snap peas (my favorite!) and I’ve been reaching for them whenever I need a snack.

Snacking on veggies isn’t the only way I’ve been getting my greens lately. I recently had the opportunity to try Amazing Grass protein through SweatPink. Amazing Grass protein is a plant based protein made of pea, hemp, chia, quinoa + 7 types of organic greens. Each serving has 2 servings of fruits + veggies!

On it’s own- the protein is very nutrient dense, and kept me pretty full. I figured it couldn’t help to add in even MORE superfoods and veggies… so that’s what I did 🙂

Made with only 6 ingredients - this Superfood Green Protein Smoothie is packed with protein and super tasty!

When you add in spinach with the Amazing Grass Protein.. you’ve got 3 of your veggie servings down for the day!

Made with only 6 ingredients - this Superfood Green Protein Smoothie is packed with protein and super tasty!

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Superfood Protein Green Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
A protein packed green smoothie that makes the perfect breakfast or snack!
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop Amazing Grass Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1.5 c spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • ½ c coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • ¼ water (optional-will thin out the smoothie)
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a NutriBullet or blender and pulse until smooth. That's it! :)

Things we used in this recipe: NutriBullet, Amazing Grass Vanilla Protein, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hemp HeartsMade with only 6 ingredients - this Superfood Green Protein Smoothie is packed with protein and super tasty!

What are your favorite ways to get your veggies in? Do you typically drink them in smoothies?

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Made with only 6 ingredients - this Superfood Green Protein Smoothie is packed with protein and super tasty!

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Covered Popcorn

Happy Friday!!! It feels like this week has dragged on forever. I’m so excited to relax this weekend!
A few weeks ago I was selected to be a Lucky Vitamin Ambassador. For those of you who don’t know- Lucky Vitamin is an online health and wellness brand retailer. They sell EVERYTHING you could ever imagine. From vitamins to protein powder, to everyday kitchen items and natural beauty products – they have it all. As part of being an ambassador, I received a gift card to test out their services. I was so excited to put in my first order. (Some girls get excited over clothes and shoes… I get excited over natural foods..)
I got SO much stuff with my gift card. The prices on their site were about half of what I would pay at my local grocery store, or Whole Foods. Here are some of the things I got:
Have you ever tried Lucky Vitamin? Here's what we ordered + what we thought
Lucky Vitamin had a lot of brands listed that I had always wanted to try, but didn’t because I was skeptical to shell out the $. They also had my favorites/necessities like vitamins and soap. I obviously had to get popcorn and chocolate – two of my staple foods 🙂 Theo chocolate was on sale when I was ordering – so I stocked up on, and tried their Dark Chocolate Coconut bar. I broke of a square of the bar when I first opened my order… and then when I spotted the popcorn kernels – I figured they would make the PERFECT combo! I had some leftover coconut shreds in my cabinet that I decided to throw in too – but Lucky Vitamin also sells those!
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Chocolate covered popcorn is such a simple dessert or snack to make- but it is so yummy!
Dark Chocolate Coconut Covered Popcorn is the perfect dessert or snack for your sweet tooth. This recipe is vegan, gluten free and SO delicious!
 It also only takes about 5 minutes to do which is another bonus!
 Dark Chocolate Coconut Covered Popcorn is the perfect dessert or snack for your sweet tooth. This recipe is vegan, gluten free and SO delicious!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Covered Popcorn
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 10 cups
 
A delicious dessert or snack for those who love the perfect combo of salty and sweet.
Ingredients
  • ½ c popcorn kernels (Makes about 12 c popped)
  • 1 bar Theo Dark Chocolate Coconut
  • ½ c shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Pop popcorn.
  2. Allow popcorn to cool completely and spread out on parchment paper.
  3. Chop the your chocolate and melt it in the microwave.
  4. When the chocolate is thoroughly melted - drizzle it over the popcorn.
  5. I put mine in a plastic bag, cut the corner off and did it that way - but you could also use a whisk or measuring cup.
  6. While the chocolate drizzle is still melted - sprinkle sea salt and coconut over the popcorn.
  7. Allow the popcorn to cool for around 3-4 hours until the chocolate hardens. Store in an airtight container (if it even lasts that long! :) )

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut Covered Popcorn is the perfect dessert or snack for your sweet tooth. This recipe is vegan, gluten free and SO delicious!
Have you ever made your own popcorn? What toppings do you like to use?
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 Things I used to make this recipe: Electric Popcorn Popper
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6 Simple Ways to Use Essential Oils

It’s no secret that I love love looooove my essential oils. I use them every day, and I post about them on our Instagram all the time. When I first started using essential oils – the only way I knew how to use them was to mix with a carrier oil and apply directly to my skin. Since then I’ve discovered a number of different ways to use essential oils in every day life.  Here are my favorite ways.

Diffusing

I diffuse essential oils in my room almost 24/7. I have a diffuser by my bed. Everynight before bed I like to use Lavender. It’s very calming and relaxing to me. Throughout the day I like to use citrus scents which leave the room smelling very clean.

 

For sore muscles

I mix Panaway essential oil blend with grapeseed oil and apply to sore muscles. The Panaway blend has a cooling sensation, similar to Icy-Hot. I also mix Eucalyptus + Peppermint with grapeseed oil for a similar effect. (It also smells great!)

For flavoring water

A few drops of essential oils in water transforms the flavor. Sometimes staying hydrated gets boring. I love that the oils add a little kick to my drink.

 

In beauty products

I made my own DIY Body Butters with the essential oils. They leave my skin feeling so soft- and they’re so simple and cheap to make! You can get the recipe here.

 

Air Fresheners

Store bought air fresheners can sometimes be over powering. They can also be expensive! I mix 4 drops of essential oils of my choice in 1/4 c water and spritz throughout the room to leave it smelling fresh!

 

For stomach aches

I mix peppermint essential oil + digize essential oil blend in a capsule and ingest for stomach aches. I find that the peppermint is very soothing to my stomach. I’ll also drink warm water with a drop of peppermint essential oil if I have a stomach ache. I don’t like the way digize tastes or smells- so I tend to always put that in a capsule if I need it.

Have you tried using essential oils? If so- what are your favorite ways to use them?

If not- learn more about them in this blog post. Or send me an email thecleaneatingcouple @ gmail.com so I can share more info with you and explain how you can get one of these oils for free!

 

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Healthy Mocha Brownies

It’s no secret that I’m a chocoholic. I have a minimum of one small square of 80% dark chocolate every day- sometimes more. (I know I’m not the only one here!)

With that being said… it comes as no surprise that brownies are one of my favorite desserts. There are few things better than biting into a warm fudge-y , chocolate-y dessert. Unless of course.. you add coffee to them like I did 🙂

I would say that I’m equally in love with chocolate as I am with coffee. So why not pair them together in a dessert?

Most brownies are loaded with a ton of sugar, butter, and other not so healthy ingredients. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in these types of treats – but if you’re like me & chocolate is a staple of your diet, you’ll need a healthier alternative for every day snacking/dessert-ing. Thankfully I’ve come up with the perfect solution: Healthy Mocha Brownies.

Healthy Mocha Brownies that have a secret ingredient. These brownies are moist, chewy, and loaded with mini chocolate chips!

 

They don’t need lots of oil, butter or sugar. Their ingredients are pretty simple, and include a secret healthy ingredient… blackbeans! The blackbeans give these brownies a yummy, chewy texture and some added protein.

Healthy Mocha Brownies that have a secret ingredient. These brownies are moist, chewy, and loaded with mini chocolate chips!

 

Next time you’re looking to make this popular dessert, skip the box mix or sugary homemade recipes and try this recipe. You won’t be disappointed + you can trick all your friends & family into eating something healthy!

Healthy Mocha Brownies that have a secret ingredient. These brownies are moist, chewy, and loaded with mini chocolate chips!

Healthy Mocha Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ c oat flour*
  • 1 15 oz can of no-salt-added all natural black beans- rinsed & drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • ¾ c cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ c honey
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tablespoons finely ground coffee
  • ⅓ c Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips
Instructions
  1. *If you don't have oat flour- make sure to puree oats in food processor until they are finely ground and the consistency of flour. Do this before adding in any other ingredients, otherwise the oats won't grind all the way.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. After your oats are finely ground, add in all remaining ingredients except the mini chips in food processor and puree until smooth.
  4. Stir in mini chips. T
  5. he batter should be thick. Spoon the batter into greased muffin tins until ¾ the way full and bake for 20-25 minutes.

 

 

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Healthy Mocha Brownies that have a secret ingredient. These brownies are moist, chewy, and loaded with mini chocolate chips!

Some links to the products/kitchen tools I used: Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chipsfood processor

 

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