Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Now that fall is in full swing I have been spending more time in my kitchen. The cooler weather makes me want to put on my comfy clothes and make healthy baked goods and soups.
These muffins are one of my favs in the fall and I love how they can be made with just one bowl!!!   I’m all about quick, easy, and minimal clean up and these muffins are just that.
These are perfect for making for school lunches or for a quick grab and go snack. They are packed full of healthy nutritious ingredients.  Made with whole grain flour, oats, and honey these muffins are dairy free and naturally sweetened.   Pumpkin is also packed full of fibre, vitamin A (which is anti aging by the way) , and antioxidants. Bonus!

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil*
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice or cloves
  • 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If necessary, Grease cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and maple syrup or honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs, and beat well. Mix in the pumpkin purée and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins**, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. For these muffins, it’s ok to fill the cups a little higher than you normally would. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake muffins for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. These muffins are delicate until they cool down (you have been warned!). You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. I like to use muffin liners as I find it a bit easier to handle that way.
  6. These muffins will keep at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. They keep well in the freezer in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months (just defrost individual muffins as needed).

xo Chelsea

Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Bread- refined sugar & dairy free.

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This banana bread is one of my favourites, is really easy to make and full of healthy whole food ingredients.  Made with 100% whole wheat flour and and a touch of natural honey or maple syrup for sweetness they are made with just a few simple ingredients. I also love that they are full of fibre, potassium and also dairy free!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or grapeseed oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • Totally optional: 1/2 cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, fresh banana slices.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 10 seconds in the microwave.)
  3. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are ok! If you’re adding any additional mix-ins, gently fold them in now.
  4. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. (I used a mini loaf pan and decreased the bake time to 30 mins)
  5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

xo Chelsea

Healthy Homemade Gummy Bears

Healthy Homemade Gummy Bears

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These healthier homemade gummy bears are super easy to make and are made with unsweetened fruit juice and have no added sugar.  Not only do these have way less sugar than regular gummies, they are made using Organika’s Bovine Gelatine Powder which is high in protein, great for gut health, and reduces joint pain.  It is also known to help increase brain function and reduce the signs of aging.  Bonus!!!  I promise they look WAY more difficult to make than they are- all you need is some unsweetened juice, gelatin powered, and a gummy mold!!

Feel free to get creative as there are so many options of what kind of juice you can use.  I have used fresh pressed juice, unsweetened fruit/veggie juice, as well as different smoothie blends and they all turned out well. I have also used this recipe to make rosé gummies and simply replaced the juice with a cup of rosé wine!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened 100% juice
  • 2 tbsp gelatin grass-fed is best (I like Organika’s Bovine Gelatin Powder)
  • Silicone gummy molds (I ordered mine on Amazon) or an 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish

Instructions:

  1. Pour the juice into small saucepan.
  2. Bloom your gelatin- this is done by adding it to the top of the juice and letting it sit for 3 minutes until it appears almost wrinkly and somewhat absorbed.
  3. Stir the gelatin well into the juice, then heat gently on a low temp until the juice is very warm but not boiling. This is important, do not overheat!!
  4. Keep stirring until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
  5. Pour the mixture into silicone molds or an 8-inch by 8-inch glass baking dish that’s been very lightly greased with coconut oil. You don’t have to grease the silicone molds if you decide to use those. How many gummy snacks you’ll end up with depends on how big your molds are.
  6. Refrigerate the Homemade Gummy Snacks for at least 2 hours, then pop them out of the molds. You may want to freeze them for 15 minutes before you try to unmold.

Recipe Notes

Keep these gummy snacks refrigerated in a covered container. They keep for 3 to 5 days. If you want them to be a bit sweeter you can also add a tbsp of honey to the juice after the gelatin while heating the mixture.

xo Chelsea

 

Easy Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

Easy Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles

Popsicles for breakfast??? Yes please!! These super easy popsicles take just 5 mins to make and they are healthy enough to eat for breakfast.  Made with greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and topped with granola, they make a complete breakfast!

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My kids think they are getting a treat every am but little do they know these popsicles pack some good nutrition.  The greek yogurt provides calcium and protein, the fresh fruit provides a ton of vitamins, and the granola packs extra protein and fibre.

You can use any fruit you like and if you are vegan you can use a dairy free yogurt instead of Greek yogurt.  The combinations are endless and they are a great summer treat for those looking for a healthy option!

Yield: 6-8 Popsicles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes (to freeze)

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt (or vegan yogurt of choice)
  • 1/2 Cup Milk (almond milk/coconut milk for dairy free)
  • 2 tsp Honey (maple syrup if you are vegan)
  • 1/2 Cup Granola
  • 1 Cup Berries/chopped Fruits

Directions

  1. Mix together the milk, yogurt and 1 tsp of the honey.
  2. Divide the mixture between your popsicle molds.
  3. Place a few berries into each mould.
  4. Mix the last teaspoon of honey with the granola (you can place the honey in the microwave for 10 sec if you are struggling to mix it) and top the yoghurt with a little granola mixture.
  5. Place a wooden ice cream stick into each mould and place the popsicles into the freezer for at least 4 hours before consuming.
  6. To remove the popsicles, run the mould under a little hot water until they come loose.
  7. Enjoy!

xo Chelsea

 

The Best Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best EVER Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These flourless chocolate chip cookies are really good.  They are a bit healthier than your standard cookie as they are made with oat flour (blended oats) instead of processed flour and coconut oil instead of butter.  Oats are a whole grain which means they are a good source of soluble fiber and help to reduce cholesterol levels.  They are also high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  I love using oat flour in place of regular flour whenever I can for the added nutritional benefits!

These cookies are super chewy inside with a nice crispy outside and are gluten-free for those who can’t have gluten.  They take just 20 mins to make including the bake time and I promise they taste exactly like the old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies your grandma used to make!!

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Servings: 18 cookies

Ingredients
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar lightly packed
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 and 1/2 cups oat flour (regular oats blended in a blender)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Optional: coarse sea salt

Instructions

1. Take regular old-fashioned oats and blend them until they resemble a flour or powder in a blender or food processor.

2. Combine the vanilla extract, large egg, and brown sugar in a bowl.

3. Melt the coconut oil and let it cool slightly before adding to the bowl.

4. Beat everything together until just combined.

4. Stir in the oat flour (measured after blending NOT before), baking soda, cinnamon (scale this amount to taste preferences), and salt.

5. Stir until just combined and then fold in the dark chocolate chips.

6. Chill the dough for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using a cookie scoop (and pack these in the scoop very tightly or they may crumble), scoop out balls of the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

8. Remove and allow to stay on the baking sheet for another 2 minutes before removing to a wire cooling rack.

9. Enjoy!

Tips:
Scoop out the dough with a cookie scoop to avoid the coconut oil coming back to room temperature after the chilling. Don’t have a cookie scoop? Use a spoon and your hands, but then re-chill the dough for 15-30 minutes after the balls are rolled.

Pack in the cookies TIGHT in the cookie scoop (or your hands) to avoid crumbly cookies.

Make sure to measure your coconut oil in a liquid form.

Allow the cookies to cool completely or they tend to be crumbly. They are DELICIOUS right out of the oven, but a bit crumbly until they have cooled all the way.

xo Chelsea

Key Lime Chia Pudding with Avocado Creme

Key Lime Chia Pudding with Avocado Creme

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I LOVE anything  key lime. Ice cream, pie, cookies, yum yum yum.  I wanted to make a healthy dessert to satisfy my key lime craving so I created this Chia Seed pudding.  It’s dairy free, made from healthy natural ingredients, and is packed full of nutrients.  Chia seeds are a superfood that provide a ton of fibre, protein, and minerals.  The avocado adds healthy fat and additional fibre making this pudding a perfectly balanced treat for anytime of the day!!

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Key lime chia pudding recipe

Chia Pudding

1 cup almond milk
lime zest from 1 lime
4 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Avocado lime creme

lime juice and zest from 1 lime
1 avocado
1 tbsp agave
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Whisk together all ingredients for the chia pudding in a bowl. Whisk for a couple of minutes until the seeds start to form a gel like consistency. The more you whisk the more your seed will get evenly spread out and you’ll avoid getting lumps in your pudding.

2. When you see that the pudding starts to thicken and the seeds are evenly spread out. Put the bowl in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes.

3. Make the avocado creme while you wait. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

4. When the chia pudding is ready, split it up to two glass jars or one bigger jar. Top with the avocado creme and sprinkle with some coconut flakes.

5. Enjoy!!

xo Chelsea

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Muffins with Goat Cheese Icing

Healthy Carrot Zucchini Muffins with Goat Cheese Icing

 

These healthy muffins are super moist and taste just like mini carrot cakes.  They are one of my kids favourite snacks and I have to admit they are one of mine as well.  I love that they are packed full of veggies, contain whole wheat flour, and are sweetened with honey!

These muffins are good on their own or dressed up with a blanket of creamy frosting.

For those of you who haven’t tried goat cheese frosting before, it is really yummy and tastes just like cream cheese icing but slightly more tangy.  Don’t worry tho if you aren’t a goat cheese fan, you can leave them naked or top them with cream cheese icing if you like!!

Recipe makes approx 24 and the leftovers freeze well.

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Carrot Zucchini Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 F and place your rack in the center of the oven.  Grease your muffin pan or use muffin liners if you prefer.
  2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl and stir together.
  3. In a second mixing bowl mix the honey, coconut oil (melted and cooled), egg, and vanilla together.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.  Do not overmix!
  5. Add the grated zucchini, carrot, and raisins into the batter.
  6. Fill each muffin tin until 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 15-20 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let the muffins cool on a baking rack,  frost once cooled, and enjoy!!

Goat Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4oz of goat cheese, or 6 oz of cream cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups confectioners’ sugar for goat cheese frosting or 2 cups for cream cheese frosting

Instructions

1. Heat butter in a microwave-safe dish in microwave on high for 7 seconds.

2. Transfer butter to a bowl and beat with cream cheese and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until mixture is nearly fluffy, about 5 minutes.

3. Gradually stir confectioners’ sugar into cream cheese mixture to make a smooth frosting.

4. Store in refrigerator.

xo Chelsea