Easy Almond Joy Overnight Chai Pudding Recipe

Easy Almond Joy Overnight Chai Pudding Recipe skips the sugar but delivers on flavor.

An easy overnight chai pudding recipe with all the flavors of an Almond Joy bar but none of the processed sugar. Perfect for breakfast or a wholesome snack.

I’m back to being sugar free! As of this date, I’ve gone 21 days without sugar – or chocolate – or alcohol.

This is the second time I’ve gone sugar free.

The trick to successfully kicking sugar to the curb is to find recipes you love that deliver on flavor without added sweeteners.

I’ve been completely smitten with this overnight chai seed pudding recipe. It has all the components of an Almond Joy bar – coconut, chocolate and almonds – but none of the sugar.

If you are simply looking for a healthy chia pudding, but have no interest in being sugar free, you have some options with this recipe. Start by adding maple syrup to the pudding then top it off with dark chocolate chips in place of the cacao nibs. YUM! This is also a good way to get the kiddos to try it.

I prefer to make this with unsweetened almond milk. However, it would be awesome made with real coconut milk.

An easy overnight chai pudding recipe with all the flavors of an Almond Joy bar but none of the processed sugar. Perfect for breakfast or a wholesome snack.

The sweetness in this recipe comes from an added banana. If you really want to eat clean, look for a green tipped banana. They aren’t as sweet. However, they do have a good amount of resistant starch, which is good for weight loss.

If you make this in a wide mouthed pint jar, you’ll have plenty of room to add your toppings, plus you’ll have a portable breakfast or snack!

By the way, narrow mouthed jars don’t work – you can’t really get your spoon in.

Almond Joy Easy Overnight Chai Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond milk (may substitute any other milk)
  • 1 banana
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • cacao nibs
  • sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Add chia seeds and cocoa powder to a wide mouthed pint jar. Pour in almond milk while stirring constantly.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. When ready to eat, stir, then add sliced banana. Top with sliced almonds, coconut flakes and cocoa nibs.
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This overnight chai pudding recipe is perfect for a Sugar Detox, Paleo, Vegan or Whole 30 plan. So no matter what diet plan you or your family are following, you can all eat this!

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Quick and Healthy Two Ingredient Banana Pancakes Recipe

Simple to make 2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes. You won't miss the flour or sugar!

These 2 ingredient banana pancakes were such a treat when we were doing our 30 Day Sugar Detox that we still make them!

I’m in awe of how fluffy these pancakes are given that there is no flour, no baking soda, and no baking powder.

The key is to mash the bananas until they are almost smooth. Then mix in the egg with a whisk so you get a little air in there. The air keeps the pancakes from being too heavy.

In our house, we tend to cook our pancakes on a cast iron skillet. Since the skillet is already seasoned, there is no need to add any butter or oil before cooking.

If you are cooking these in a regular skillet, please be sure to add a bit of butter or coconut oil to the pan. These will stick otherwise.

The recipe will make approximately six mini pancakes when you use the 1/4 cup scoop. If you want larger pancakes, just watch the cooktime. You’ll know to flip these when bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake.

Two Ingredient Banana Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mash bananas with a fork.
  2. Whisk in egg.
  3. Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  4. Scoop batter by 1/4 cupful onto the hot skillet.
  5. Once bubbles appear on surface of pancake, flip and cook on the other side.
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Make these on a lazy Saturday morning. If you double the recipe, you can have extras to freeze and reheat during the week!

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites – Perfectly spiced chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with sweet honey goodness.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

Are you looking for something delicious to serve at your next tailgate or football party? Look no further than these sweet and spicy bacon wrapped chicken bites.

The chicken is coated in a tasty seasoning. I’m talking totally coated.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

Then, you wrap it in a strip of delicious bacon.

wrap in bacon

This is where I tell you that the bacon is optional.

Yes, you can make a perfectly delicious chicken bite without the bacon. Your bite will still be sweet and spicy. So if you are someone who hasn’t subscribed to the bacon-makes-it-better way of thinking, try these without it. You won’t be disappointed.

If you are worried about the extra grease from the bacon, I pop these chicken bites onto a broiling pan so they don’t sit in the grease while they bake.

Once you’ve wrapped chicken in the bacon, you will brush on a sweet and tangy layer of honey. The honey makes it sweet, the apple cider vinegar provides the tang. It’s a delicious combination.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

That’s all there is to this easy appetizer perfect for serving at any football viewing party.

I’ve made a quick video of the recipe so you can see just how easily this recipe can be made.

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 10 - 12 strips of bacon
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • dash red pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a broiling pan by greasing the top.
  2. Cut chicken into 2-3 inch bite sized pieces.
  3. Cut strips of bacon into thirds.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and red pepper until well coated.
  5. Wrap each chicken bite in a piece of bacon and place cut side down on the broiling pan.
  6. Brush each chicken bite with some of the honey mixture.
  7. Bake chicken for 35-40 minutes, or until bacon gets crispy.
  8. Serve!
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These bacon wrapped chicken bites are also easily transportable if your weekend takes you on a tailgate or picnic. You can serve these at room temperature and they will still be a total hit.

Of course, a party isn’t the only reason to serve these. The day I made this video, I served them for a quick and easy lunch. They were gone in seconds!

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Baked Denver Omelet Casserole Recipe

Baked Denver Omelet Casserole Recipe with VIDEO

Lazy Sunday mornings are perfect for diving into a baked Denver omelet casserole.

With this recipe, all the classic fillings from a Denver omelet are conveniently combined in a one pan dish.

In a matter of minutes you can have this dish assembled and in the oven.

No babysitting an omelet pan. No need to play short order cook and make individual omelets for everyone in the family.

The convenient casserole allows you to serve several people with minimal prep.

So kick back with a piping hot cup of coffee and the Sunday crossword puzzle while the casserole puffs up in the oven.

Baked Denver Omelet Casserole Recipe

Sunday morning was never easier.

But don’t just take my word for it, I’ve made a 30 second video that shows just how quickly this can be made.

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Baked Denver Omelet Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: dash hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease a 9x9 pan.
  2. Layer ham, peppers and onion, then cheese in bottom of prepared pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, milk, and salt and pepper. Add dash of hot sauce if using.
  4. Carefully pour over ham and cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until set.
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This recipe is so easy, you’ll want to keep it handy for when you have overnight guests.

I like to top my serving with guacamole or just slices of avocado.

To make it even easier, you can assemble this casserole the night before.

MAKE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS:

If you would like, you can assemble this baked Denver omelet casserole recipe the night before. Prepare the recipe, but do not bake. Keep in the refrigerator overnight and bake in the morning. Simply add about 5 minutes to the cooking time.

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Guilt-Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Paleo Recipe

Guilt Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Paleo Recipe has no added sugar and no flour

Odds are you already have everything in your pantry needed to make these guilt-free three ingredient peanut butter cookies.

Having all the ingredients on hand, you’ll find it’s so easy to whip up a batch of these cookies, you can have fresh, piping hot cookies whenever a craving strikes.

They are perfect when you need something sweet and satisfying but don’t want the guilt of a sugary, fat-laden and refined flour cookie.

The absence of any flour or sugar makes these a perfect Paleo, Whole30 or Sugar Detox cookie. (Remember when I did the 30 Day Sugar Detox?)

By the way, no flour = naturally gluten-free. Yay!

The key to this recipe is making sure your bananas are the perfect ripeness. Your bananas should be speckled brown all over. This ensures a high level of sweetness for your cookies.

three ingredient peanut butter cookies paleo recipe

If you are truly looking to cut back on sugar and transfats, make sure the peanut butter you use is 100% ground peanuts with no added oils or sugars.

I tend to buy this brand.

three ingredient peanut butter cookies

It’s almost impossible to screw this recipe up. Which makes it a perfect recipe to bake with your kids.

What kid doesn’t want to smash up bananas???

You’ll know your cookies are done when they are evenly browned.

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Guilt-Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Paleo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash the bananas.
  3. Add egg and peanut butter. Stir well.
  4. Drop by tablespoon onto greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until baked through.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
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To see just how easy it is to make these cookies, you can watch the 30 second video.

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What’s your favorite guilt-free indulgence?

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Freezer Pasta Salad Recipe: Perfect for Lunchboxes!

This freezer pasta salad recipe is perfect for make-ahead lunches. It's a healthy, whole food meal that can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Do you ever get tired of making lunches? ME TOO! Which brings me to why I love this freezer pasta salad recipe. 

This recipe allows me to prep several lunches and pop them in the freezer.

Then, I can simply pull one of these out to defrost the night before and BAM! It’s a healthy whole grain lunch with a minimum of effort. Happy day!

Oh, and if you are ever out of bread (happens to me all the time), you have a ready alternative. This might be the best reason of all to make this recipe.

I use this whole wheat orzo:

Rice Select whole wheat orzo

It’s not organic, but it is non-GMO.

It can be hard to find whole wheat orzo in the regular grocery store, so I always order mine in a three pack from Amazon.

You do know my 5 Secret Ways to Save at Amazon, don’t you?

freezer pasta salad

As far as freezing the pasta goes, I use these freezer safe jelly jars. They hold about a cup of pasta salad and fit beautifully in the freezer door.

You’ll get between 5 and 6 jars of salad depending on how much you eat when you “test” your recipe or how tightly you pack the jars.

Since there is no liquid in this recipe, you can pack the jars to the top.

Of course, if you prefer to pack the salad in a freezer safe bag, that works too.

Feta cheese is my favorite way to add some protein to this pasta lunch.

However, leftover cooked chicken, sun dried tomatoes, garbanzo beans and/or pine nuts are also great, healthy additions.

Freezer Pasta Salad Recipe for Kids

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • optional: feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, dill, and garlic for dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large bowl, combine orzo, peppers, onions, and olives. Toss with dressing.
  4. Allow to cool completely. Once cool, divide pasta into freezer safe containers. Freeze up to 2 months.
  5. Thaw in refrigerator overnight before packing in lunchbox the next day.
  6. Optional serving suggestion: top with feta cheese for a protein boost.
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If you are in a lunch making rut, I encourage you to make this easy freezer pasta salad recipe!

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Healthy Chocolate Turtles Recipe Made With Just 3 Ingredients

Healthy Chocolate Turtles Recipe

When I first made this healthy chocolate turtles recipe for my daughters, neither one suspected they were made without caramel!

Now turtle lovers, please don’t be discouraged by the lack of caramel. I promise you plenty of sweet chewy goodness. It’s just that this recipe skips the refined sugars and relies on whole food in it’s place.

So what do you use in place of the caramel? Dates.

If you’ve never compared the flavor of dates to caramel, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much dates really do have a caramel flavor.

Using dates instead of caramel also makes this a super simple project in the kitchen.

I enlisted the help of my girls.

Easy to make healthy chocolate turtles recipe

They were responsible for ripping the dates in half (no knife needed) and stuffing each half with a pecan.

I bought the dates in a huge tub from Costco, and they come already pitted.

I also bought my pecans from Costco. (Nuts are definitely one of the 5 Things To Buy From Costco).

Using dark chocolate for this recipe means less refined sugars. I enjoy a deep, dark 85% chocolate, but if you don’t, try going for the 65% instead.

Healthy Chocolate Turtles

16 ounces dark chocolate
Pitted dates
Pecan halves
Optional: Sea Salt

In a double boiler, melt your dark chocolate. Split the date in half. Stuff date with a pecan half. Cover each turtle with a huge spoonful of dark chocolate. If using, sprinkle with just a grain or two of sea salt.

Allow chocolate to cool and set.

That’s it!

This healthy chocolate turtles recipe is easy enough that even little ones can help. Which is quite useful if you want to make these for a large gathering or to give away at the holidays.

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