Posts tagged chocolate
Mocha Breakfast Shake
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I do love a good breakfast shake in the morning! It's the ultimate grab and go breakfast. You can drink it on the way to work, school or any morning appointment you have. This shake is especially nice because it has coffee in it! Any time I can get my caffeine and breakfast in one convenient cup is a win. This shake tastes like a mocha latte but without the loads of calories. It has cashew butter and rolled oats to keep you full until lunch. A healthy dose of coffee is added in for energy and frozen bananas with a touch of honey to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

Try this shake for breakfast tomorrow and get your morning off to a sweet and energizing start!! 

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Mocha Breakfast Shake

Makes 1 large shake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled to room temp
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/4-cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cashew milk (or your favorite nut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter

Procedure  

Place cashew milk, coffee, honey and cashew butter in blender. Blend for a few seconds until smooth. Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust sweetness by adding more honey if needed. 

 

 

 

 

Chewy Granola

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. In this case, when life gives you a failed recipe, you make it a new and delightful topping for Greek yogurt! Yesterday I was playing with a recipe for a healthy chewy granola bar, but I had my ratios of honey to oats off. As a result, it never hardened into a bar and fell apart as I cut it. However, the resulting mistake was amazing! As someone who has never appreciated hard and crunchy granola (I have a cracked molar to thank for that!) I was so happy to find a lightly crunchy but still soft granola! I also love how you can control the sugar in this granola. Add more honey or even add 1/4 cup of brown sugar if you are wanting a really sweet granola. You can also cut way back on the honey and use dried cranberries in place of the M&M's if you want to slim down on the sugar.

The recipe below is for a peanut butter, pretzel and M&M granola. However, if that's not your jam, add in ingredients like coconut, chocolate chips, dried cherries etc.. Make your own special combo!!

Enjoy! 

Chewy Granola

Makes 4 cups of granola

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats 
  • 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels 
  • 1/3 cup mini M&M’s 

Instructions

preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cereal, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, salt, peanut butter, pretzels and M&M’s. Spread on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container on the counter. Serve on frozen yogurt, Greek yogurt, sliced fruit or eat with a little milk! 

 

 

Almond Chocolate Chip Bites

Who can resist a chocolate chip filled, peanut buttery, almond crunchy bite? I know I can't. Especially after a hard workout or when I am craving a warm chocolate chip cookie. The beauty of these little guys is that you can sub out any nut butter you would like ( I have used cashew butter in these as well) and you can also reduce calories by eliminating the chocolate chips or rolling each bite smaller. You don't have to refrigerate these bites, so they are ideal for backpacks or hiding in your desk at work. Just don't store these bites in your car, they will most definitely melt everywhere on a hot day (that's a bit of personal experience speaking). Enjoy making these bites, but if you make them you have to bring me some. :)  

Almond Chocolate Chip Bites

Makes 15 bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped  
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Procedure

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended and roll into bite sized balls ( about 1/2 tablespoon). Store in the fridge or on the counter in an airtight container. 

 

 

 

Gluten-Free Bite Sized S'mores

I debated whether or not to post this recipe to my blog as it isn't technically healthy food. But I believe in a balanced diet, and for me that means I love an occasional good dessert to celebrate a special moment or family gathering. Also, this has to be the easiest and tastiest dessert I have ever made and I am so excited to share it with you guys! :) 

I love s'mores, they are ooey gooey and the blend of chocolate and toasted marshmallow is to die for! If I am going to splurge on a sweet, it's either going to be a cupcake or a s'more! This is one of my favorite recipes for fast and easy s'mores that you can make year round, no fire needed! I used to make them like a brownie in a baking dish, but then I decided to make these bite size so that I could contain the mess of a normal s'more and get that perfect bite every time. Feel free to make this recipe with regular graham crackers  if you don't want to make it gluten-free.

Enjoy!!

Gluten-Free Bite Sized S'mores

Makes 12 bites

Ingredients:

  • 14 whole graham crackers ( about 2 cups), finely crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 milk chocolate candy bars, broken into rectangles
  • 12 large marshmallows

Procedure

Finely crush the graham crackers into crumbs. I put them in my food processor. 

Combine graham crackers, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and melted butter into a small bowl, stir to combine. 

  Evenly divide crumb mixture into each cup of a 12 cup muffin pan pressing down firmly to compact crumbs in bottom of cups. Bake 4-5 minutes or until edges are crisp.

 Break the candy bars into rectangles and place one chocolate rectangle into each cup as well as one marshmallow.

 Return to oven for 2-4 minutes or until marshmallows are just slightly softened. Then turn oven on to broil and brown the tops of the marshmallows for 3-4 minutes. Once brown, remove and let sit for 10-15 mins. Serve while slightly warm!