Chocolate Granola Cups

Have you ever experienced snack burnout? Like when you’ve got a few go-to snacks that you absolutely love and always keep on hand, but then one day you wake up and suddenly none of them sound appealing anymore? You’ve been there too, right?  Luckily, we’ve got these Chocolate Granola Cups to shake up our snack game.

These little bites are truly incredible. The creamy, nutty, mild base paired with the rich, crunchy chocolate layer is a match made in heaven. And with that sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top? I have no words.

They also have collagen peptides in them for an added protein boost! I used Further Food collagen (you can find my podcast interview with the founder here), which gives this snack a little extra staying power. However, if you would like to make the recipe vegan or vegetarian, you can absolutely omit the collagen and they will still be delicious.

I’ve been bringing these on the go for snacks, enjoying a couple for dessert, or just grabbing one out of the fridge as I walk by. I also think they would be an incredible substitute for granola on a yogurt bowl. Chocolate for breakfast? Heck yes.

Chocolate Granola Cups

If you make these Chocolate Granola Cups (do it do it do it!!) be sure to let me know what you think in the comments, or share a picture with me on Instagram!

Chocolate Granola Cups
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Serves: 12 mini cups
 
Ingredients
  • Granola layer:
  • ½ cup rolled oats (use certified gluten free if needed)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (omit if vegan)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp melted coconut oil
  • Splash of almond milk (if needed)
  • Chocolate layer
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate chips (dairy free if vegan)
  • ¼ tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Mix together oats, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, salt, and collagen peptides (if using) in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil into dry ingredients, and stir until thoroughly combined. If your having trouble with the mixing, feel free to add a splash of almond milk.
  3. Fill your baking tray with the mixture. I used a 12 cup mini muffin tray, but I imagine the recipe would also work in a regular sized muffin tray.
  4. To make the chocolate layer, microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil for 1 minute and 30 seconds, then stir until smooth.
  5. Spoon chocolate into each muffin cup, then refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.
  6. Finally, sprinkle with flaky sea salt and enjoy!

 

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Mint Chia Pudding

I really like this time of year. For me, savoring the last lovely moments of summer while looking forwards to the coziness of fall is one of the best parts of the year. But the one thing I don’t love is the food. Its an awkward phase- we’re moving on from hot dogs and watermelon, but aren’t quite ready for all pumpkin everything. So what’s a food-loving gal to do? Make Mint Chia Pudding, of course.

mint chia pudding

This Mint Chia Pudding is the perfect transition food. The mint flavor is fresh and summery, which reminds me of sitting on the beach eating a cone of mint chocolate chip. (Or my mint chip “ice cream”)

At the same time, its super convenient and meal prep friendly. Make a few batches at the beginning of the week, portion the chia pudding into jars in the fridge, and you’ll have grab & go snacks all taken care of!

Plus, thanks to the magical power of chia seeds, this pudding will be able to power you through anything from outdoor summer adventures to the first day of school!

If you make the recipe, be sure to share with me on Instagram! And let me know (in the comments or on IG): what are you most excited for about fall?

Mint Chia Pudding
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¾ c. cashew milk
  • Small handful spinach
  • ¼ tsp mint extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Allow to rest for at least 2 hours in fridge.
  4. Go crazy with toppings!!

 

As you can see, I went a little wild with toppings (which I totally recommend doing!) I used plain greek yogurt, chocolate peanut butter, and granola. It was delicious, and I’d love to hear your topping suggestions too.

Tropical Green Smoothie

This Tropical Green Smoothie is truly a dream come true. It’s packed with nutritious ingredients to power us through our end of summer adventures, AND it tastes like dessert thanks to Yoconut’s vanilla yogurt.

I’m pretty obsessed with all yogurt (my go-to is full fat greek), and Yoconut is such a fun way to switch it up.  Plus, it means that all my dairy free friends get to share in the deliciousness.

tropical green smoothie

I recently received a hand delivered (!!) trio of yoconut yogurts, and have totally fallen in love with them. I snacked on the plain one straight up with granola, put the pineapple flavor on pancakes, and used the vanilla in this smoothie. It makes the smoothie so creamy and sweet, and as an added bonus the yogurt has super simple ingredients and minimal sugar.

Frozen bananas are usually my go-to ingredient for thickening smoothies, but as lower sugar smoothies have become more popular, I’ve been experimenting with cauliflower, coconut chunks, and more low sugar options. But I hadn’t found an option I really liked until I used Yoconut!

Honestly, I love sweet, fruity smoothies, so I’m definitely not kicking bananas to the curb, but I do love having different options for all my moods/cravings.

I hope you love this smoothie (and Yoconut) as much as I do!

If you make this Tropical Green Smoothie, be sure to leave a comment or let me know on Instagram!

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Ingredients
  • 1 (5 oz) container vanilla Yoconut yogurt (or preferred coconut yogurt)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen mango cubes
  • Small handful ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until smooth.

 

And if you’re into smoothies, be sure to check out these recipes:

Matcha Green Smoothie

Hydrating Strawberry Smoothie

 

Easy, Single Serving Peach Crisp

Last week I got a notification from WordPress that it was my one year blog anniversary. In the scheme of things, a year isn’t very long, but this blog has brought me so much joy and confidence, I feel like a very different person than I was a year ago. It has inspired me to create delicious food, explore fun forms of movement, and, most importantly, the blog (and now the podcast!!) have given me a platform to meet incredible people. So today we’re celebrating a year of blogging, the last sweet days of summer, and this incredible wellness community with a recipe for an Easy, Single Serving Peach Crisp.

Easy, Single Serving Peach Crisp

This recipe was inspired by my adorable mini skillet, my favorite summer fruit, and my desire to eat dessert for breakfast. You like AT LEAST one of those those things too, right? Of course you do. Luckily for both of us, this Easy, Single Serving Peach Crisp is beyond easy and insanely delicious. It takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, and the sweet, caramelized peaches will make your kitchen smell absolutely heavenly.

Then, if you want to be a civilized human, you can scoop some into a bowl and top it with greek yogurt (seriously drooling just thinking about it). Or, you can be an impatient monster like me and eat it straight out of the skillet. No judgement here, friends.

Long story short, if you like easy meals, peaches, cute kitchen tools, and dessert for breakfast, you NEED to make this Easy, Single Serving Peach Crisp. You also need to let me know, because I want to be friends. And if you have your own blog, drop the link in the comments- I’d love to read it!

If you make this recipe, be sure to leave a comment or share it on Instagram!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy, Single Serving Peach Crisp
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Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large peach
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • Crumb topping:
  • 2 tbsp old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp almonds
  • 1 date
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Melt ½ tsp coconut oil in 6½ inch skillet over medium low heat
  3. Dice peach and add to skillet
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. While peaches cook, add crumb topping ingredients to food processor and pulse until combined into a coarse meal
  6. Spoon topping over peaches and bake for 5-10 minutes, until crumb topping is golden brown

 

Episode 4: Sarah Bacon of Nourish Cafe

Episode 4: Sarah Bacon of Nourish Cafe

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sarah Bacon, the co-founder of one of my favorite cafes in San Francisco, to discuss:

How and why she and her friend Brighton decided to start Nourish Cafe

Making the switch from her corporate job to working at Nourish full-time.

Her personal favorite menu items

And much more!

Learn more about Sarah and Nourish Cafe…

On the web: http://www.nourishcafesf.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nourishcafesf/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nourishcafesanfran/

If you liked the episode, I would so appreciate if you would subscribe and rate it on iTunes or Stitcher, tell a friend, and/or share on social media. If you have any feedback or if there are any companies you think I should feature, feel free to let me know.

Hidden Veggie Energy Bars (Copycat Larabar Recipe)

I’ve been wanting to make these Hidden Veggie Energy Bars for weeks, and I’m so glad I finally got around to it because they are everything I hoped they would be.

Hidden Veggie Energy Bars

A few weeks ago, I spent a good 5 minutes standing at the aisle at Whole Foods, getting in everyone’s way, studying the array of Larabar flavors. Even though I almost always decide on Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, I still have to consider all my options carefully, ya know? Especially when I make it all the way to Whole Foods, because they just have SO MANY. This time, the decision was even more complicated because I noticed a new line of Fruits & Greens Larabars. Kale in my granola bar?? Obviously I was intrigued.

But honestly, I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to drop the extra 50¢ on an unfamiliar bar when I could just go with my old standby, PB & chocolate. So I opened the “notes” section of my phone, typed in “spinach Larabar,” checked out of Whole Foods, and promptly forgot about the whole vegetables-in-my-snack idea.

Recently, however, I found myself with big box of dates in my pantry and knew it was time to experiment.

It was a bit of a mad scientist moment- I just grabbed whatever ingredients sounded good and tossed them into the food processor, but as soon as I tasted a bar I knew the recipe was a winner.

These bars are salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy, and totally adaptable. This combination is pretty great, but feel free to play around and experiment with whatever ingredients sound good to you.

This post isn’t sponsored by Bare Snacks, but I recently received a complimentary sample of their product and I used their (amazing) coconut chips in this recipe. You could probably use any toasted coconut flakes, but Bare Snacks coconut chips are definitely my favorite.

If you make these Hidden Veggie Energy Bars (do it!!) be sure to leave a comment here or share with me on Instagram!

Hidden Veggie Energy Bars
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 6 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 6 pitted dates
  • ¾ c. baby spinach
  • ½ c. unsalted cashews
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • ¼ c. toasted coconut flakes (I used Bare Snacks coconut chips)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, spinach, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor
  2. Blend until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add cashews and coconut flakes. Blend until all ingredients are well mixed, but chunks of cashew and coconut remain.
  4. Remove from food processor and press gently into a small pan lined with parchment paper. I use a square tupperware container and make bars about ¼ of an inch thick, but use whatever you prefer.

 

For more snack bar recipes, check out my Honey Walnut Granola Bars.

And for more recipes with Bare Snacks, try my TrailMix Remix recipe.

Episode 3: Sundara Clark of Vixen Kitchen

Episode 3: Sundara Clark of Vixen Kitchen, a paleo, vegan gelato company:

  • In the interview, we talk about:
    • What inspired Sundara to start Vixen Kitchen
    • Bridging the gap between the paleo and vegan communities with gelato
    • Raising children to be healthy, intuitive eaters
    • Growing a wellness-focused business in Northern California/the Bay Area

Learn more about Vixen Kitchen on their:

Website: http://vixenkitchen.co/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vixenkitchen.co/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vixenkitchen

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Lemon Poppy Seed Toast

Have you ever had a hobby that you’re not very good at but just really love doing?

Yeah? Me too. Mine is baking, which is weird because obviously I write a recipe blog. But if you check out the recipe index, you’ll notice that there aren’t actually many recipes for baked goods. The ones that I do have are delicious, but it usually takes a while to perfect them.

So if I’m having a strong craving for particular treat, I’ll probably go out and buy it.

 

And I think that’s totally ok. Even when I make mistakes, I keep baking because it’s so much fun, but I also know that I can’t expect to get every recipe right on the first try. Everything takes practice. And that’s hard for me to accept, because I really like being good at stuff.

In the meantime, when a lemon poppy seed muffin craving hits (which trust me, it often does), I’ll:

  • a) go out and buy one
  • b) make lemon poppy seed toast (for the days when I don’t feel like interrupting my Netflix marathon)

The fresh, cool flavors of this lemon poppy seed toast make it the perfect summer snack. And because it’s so simple- only 5 ingredients and you don’t even need the oven- you can pull it together in less than 5 minutes.

Since it’s so simple, this recipe is also easily adaptable. Just use dairy-free yogurt to make it vegan, and gluten free bread to keep things gf. My current favorite gluten free bread is Bread SRSLY, and I was even able to talk to the founder on my podcast recently!

lemon poppy seed toast

If you make this recipe, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram (do it! it’s so pretty!) and/or leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Lemon Poppyseed Toast
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Ingredients
  • 1 slice bread
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • Optional: honey/agave
Instructions
  1. Toast bread
  2. Mix yogurt with lemon juice in a small bowl
  3. Spread yogurt mixture on toast
  4. Sprinkle with poppy seeds
  5. Drizzle with honey/agave if desired
Notes
To make vegan: use dairy free yogurt. To make gluten free: use gluten free bread

 

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Last night  the first episode of my new podcast went live on iTunes, so naturally I had to celebrate with my favorite dessert. But when I went to the freezer for the mint chocolate chip ice cream, we were all out. I briefly considered trekking to the corner store for a pint, but it was cold out and I was already in my pjs, so I decided to gather my resources and improvise.

mint chocolate chip ice cream

While I’ve been wanting to make legit ice cream in an ice cream maker for ages, my current go-to diy ice cream is made with frozen bananas, and it is absolutely amazing. After a few minutes in the food processor, these frozen bananas become incredibly sweet and creamy. This banana “ice cream” is also a perfect base for tons of fun topping combos, such as mint chocolate chip. This ice cream is so sweet and fresh, it’s the perfect no-fuss summer dessert.

I guess my version isn’t *technically* chocolate chip because I love little bits of grated/finely chopped chocolate in my ice cream. Eating Evolved chocolate (paleo AND vegan) would be perfect for this recipe, but if you’d prefer to use chocolate chips I’m sure that would be great too.

If you make this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, be sure to leave a comment and/or share it with me on Instagram!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
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Serves: Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 medium frozen bananas
  • 1 tbsp coconut cream [optional]
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • Small handful of spinach leaves [optional, for color]
  • 1 oz. favorite dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Add banana, coconut cream, peppermint extract, and spinach to food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Finely chop chocolate and fold into ice cream mixture.
  4. Divide into 2 bowls and serve immediately.

 

If you like this recipe, you’ll also love my Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream.

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Banana Baked Donuts

Sunday breakfast is one of my favorite parts of the week. Sitting around the table chatting with my family, catching up on my favorite blogs, enjoying a big cup of coffee, and of course, the food. Pancakes, muffins, and fancy oatmeal bowls (such as these and these) are some of my favorites, but this weekend I really stepped it up with these Banana Baked Donuts.

Banana Baked Donuts

For the past week, the bananas in the fruit bowl had been getting browner and browner as I tried to decide what to do with them. Banana bread? Delicious, but I was out of chocolate chips. And banana bread NEEDS chocolate. Banana muffins? Not glamorous enough. Banana scones? Intriguing, but I doubt my family would be into that.

Finally, after spending way too much time on Pinterest, I settled on banana donuts. They checked all the boxes- original, family-friendly, and, most importantly, absolutely delicious. So I got to work adapting my recipe for Apple Baked Donuts, and Banana Baked Donuts were born! They are light and tender, with satisfyingly crackly tops. The banana flavor comes through without being overpowering, and the subtle sweetness from the maple syrup makes them perfectly suitable for breakfast.

Though the Apple Baked Donuts I adapted this recipe from are vegan, the basic recipe here is not. I felt like making an extra trip to the store kinda defeats the purpose of a relaxing Sunday morning breakfast, ya know? So I just used ingredients I had on hand. However, this recipe can easily be made vegan with a few simple substitutions, which I’ve included in the recipe notes.

What are your Sunday mornings like? Do you have special weekend breakfast recipes? And if you make these Banana Baked donuts, let me know in the comments or share with me on Instagram!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Baked Banana Donuts
Serves: 6 donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. milk
  • ½ tsp instant yeast
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1¼ c. all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup mashed banana (roughly 1 medium banana)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
Instructions
  1. Heat milk in saucepan until it is barely simmering.
  2. Remove from heat, add sugar and yeast. After 5 minutes, check for bubbles on the surface of the yeast. If there are bubbles, the yeast has been activated.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Combine banana, maple syrup, egg, and butter in large mixing bowl.
  5. Stir milk mixture into wet ingredients.
  6. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring gently and often.
  7. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth, and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease donut pan and fill with dough. If dough is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tbsp at a time.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes. When they are done, donuts will be pale but puffy and firm to the touch.
Notes
To make vegan: substitute egg with flax egg (2 tsp flaxseed meal, 1 tbsp water), milk with non-dairy milk, and butter with coconut oil.
I didn't measure the glaze, but I just mixed some powdered sugar with a drizzle of water and a squeeze of lemon