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

 

Healthy Apple Crisp Muffins- no oil, no sugar, no dairy, no flour!

Healthy Apple Crisp Muffins- oil, sugar, dairy, and flour free!

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Muffins are an easy and highly portable breakfast/snack option but are typically laden with sugar and oil which can make them less than healthy.  I’m always looking for ways to make things a bit more nutritious and try to avoid refined sugar, bleached white flour, and butter when I can.  Don’t get me wrong it’s not that I never make anything with butter, flour, or sugar, heck I love a good ol’ fashioned shortbread cookie and couldn’t live without making some of those around the holidays but I do try to make small changes when I can to ensure that we eat healthy whole foods as a family!

I made these oatmeal muffins without flour, dairy, sugar, or oil and they turned out so well! My family ate the whole batch in 2 days!!!! They are made with apple sauce, whole grain oat flour, almond milk, chunks of apple, and natural honey.

Here is what makes these a little more nutritious:

  • Toasted oatmeal replaces bleached white flour. (Use oats labeled gluten-free for healthy gluten-free muffins.)
  • Bananas/applesauce keep the muffins moist instead of the usual oil or butter.
  • A bit of honey sweetens the recipe instead of refined white sugar.

These can be made using gluten free oats to make them gluten free and the best part, you can customize the batter to make your favourite muffin flavour! I used chopped apple and shredded zucchini for this batch and they were really good!! Zucchini is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies and it also helps to add moisture to the batter without using oil or butter.

I did add a crumb topping to mine which my kids absolutely loved. I mean who doesn’t love a little oat crisp on top?! The extra sweet crunchy oats really add another layer of deliciousness. You can omit this however if you prefer. I love this recipe because you can get creative and add your favourite add ins.  I have used this basic oat muffin recipe a lot and like to swap out what I put in them to switch things up!

Here are some of my favourite add ins and the recipe below:
  • frozen blueberries *Tip-I keep mine in the freezer until the very end when I’m ready to add them to the batter, then I rinse them in cold water and pat dry.  This will keep them from turning your batter blue or purple!
  • chocolate chips
  • 1/2 zucchini and 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 walnuts and 1/2 raisins
  • fresh or frozen raspberries

Muffin Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats ( 2 cups ground, 1/2 cup whole)
  • 2 Tbsp old-fashioned oats for muffin tops (unless adding crumb topping-see below for ingredients and recipe)
  • 3 large overripe bananas (1.5 cup mashed or or 1.5 cup applesauce- I used applesauce)
  • 1 cup add ins (1 cup blueberries, raspberries, OR 1/2 cup grated zucchini and 1/2 chopped apple as an example) you can get creative here!  I added 1/2 cup grated zucchini and 1/2 finely chopped apple. *Note- squeeze out excess water from zucchini before adding
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tsp real vanilla
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • muffin tin

 

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place oats on a baking sheet and toast until lightly browned, stirring once (about 4 to 6 minutes). Do not let these get too toasted! Then cool to room temperature. *Note-If you are in a hurry you can skip this step, however the toasting adds flavour!)
  2. Divide oats into portions of 1.5 cups, 1 cup and 2 Tbsp
  3. Turn oven heat up to 350 degrees.
  4. Place 1.5 cups of oats in a food processor and blend/pulse until they reach a rough, flour like consistency.
    Healthy Zucchini Muffins contain no oil, no refined sugar, and no flour. The oil and sugar are replaced with ripe bananas and the flour is replaced with whole grain oats. Zucchini and spices give the muffins classic zucchini bread flavor. Enjoy a fall favorites with no gui
  5. Mash bananas well, they should have no lumps. I use my mixer to mash them before adding the other wet ingredients.
  6. Add eggs, honey, milk and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  7. Add dry ingredients (including the ground oats and 1 cup whole oats) to wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Allow these to sit for 10 minutes to soak the oats.
  8. Optional: Fold in approximately 1 cup fruit (I like them with lots of fruit!), raisins or nuts.
  9. Scoop into muffin tin, lined with muffin wrappers (makes 12 muffins).
  10. Sprinkle muffin tops with the 2 Tbsp of reserved oats or crumb topping (see recipe below) and press lightly to make sure they stick.
  11. Bake at 350 for about 20 -23 minutes, a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin should come out clean.

Crumb Topping-

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cups coconut oil (in liquid form)- add an extra 1-2 tbsp if your mixture seems too dry once mixed.
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the coconut oil and honey together until smooth. Place the rolled oats, pecans, almond meal, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Add the coconut oil and honey mixture; stir until combined. Add your mixture to the top of the muffins just before putting them in the oven.

2. Enjoy!!

xo Chelsea

Healthy Berry Oat Muffins

Healthy Berry Oat Muffins

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These simple, healthy berry muffins are a perfect example of how I don’t like to overcomplicate things when I bake.  I like fresh food that is easy to make and doesn’t take up a lot of my time.   I’m busy and I’m sure you are too.  So as with most of my recipes, my philosophy is good food in a short amount of time.  Simple dishes that are easy to re-create but packed with good nutrition and healthy ingredients.

These muffins are soft and fluffy, made with whole wheat, contain as many blueberries/raspberries as I could squeeze into the batter, and are basically everything an oatmeal muffin should be. No more. No less.

There is absolutely nothing fancy about them, which, as it turns out, is what makes them perfect in every way.  You’ll find them equally comfortable beside a cup of black coffee as they are with yogurt for an afternoon snack. The light amount of butter makes the blueberry muffins rich but not too rich to deserve their “healthy” designation, and a handful of oatmeal gives them a more satisfying texture.

They are low-calorie but packed with whole wheat and oats for a good boost of fibre.  They are perfect for a healthy breakfast or as a snack.  You can also use dairy free milk, coconut oil instead of butter, and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar to fit your dietary preferences!  The true star of these healthy muffins, however, is the berries themselves. They’re snuggled into every bite, with the tender, buttery muffin batter enhancing, not overpowering, their juicy taste.

 

YIELD: 12 muffins                                                                                                                        PREP TIME: 10 minutes                                                                                                               COOK TIME: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour, divided
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar or coconut sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder (I prefer aluminum free)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk or almond milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled, or coconut oil
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries or raspberries or a combo.  I did half and half!

 

Directions

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and pre-heat to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a standard muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with paper liners, then coat the liners with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients to the well, then carefully stir with a wooden spoon, just until blended.
  4. Gently toss the blueberries with the remaining 1 tablespoon flour, then fold them into the batter, discarding any excess flour that doesn’t stick to the blueberries. (This will prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.)
  5. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven, and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

 

Store leftover healthy blueberry muffins in the fridge or wrap individually in plastic, place in a ziplock bag, and freeze for up to 2 months.

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