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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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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How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls

How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls

What is a smoothie bowl? Basically it’s a smoothie that’s thick enough to eat with a spoon. Sprinkle on a few toppings and you’ve got a smoothie you can actually chew!

Serving a smoothie bowl packs a substantial nutritional punch. You’ll get several servings of fruits and vegetables plus healthy fats and fiber.

Take that monday morning!

However, you do need to take a balanced approach. While the toppings are what make it fun and delicious, you can quickly load up your bowl with an excess of calories, so go easy on the high calorie toppings.

How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls:

These portions will make one smoothie bowl. Double, triple or quadruple the ingredients depending on the number of smoothie bowls you will need.

To a blender add:

1. 1/2 cup of liquid. Choose from:

  • any kind of milk (almond, hemp, rice, soy, cow’s…)
  • coconut water
  • water
  • juice
  • green tea

2. Add a handful of veggies. Choose from:

  • spinach
  • kale
  • romaine
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • pick a combination

Add Greens to a Healthy Smoothie Bowl

At this point, you will want to run your blender to completely pulverize your veggies.

3. Add at least a cup of frozen fruit. Choose from:

  • pineapple
  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • banana
  • blueberries
  • mango
  • raspberries
  • any combination

4. Add 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt.

OPTIONAL (you can choose several, but I’d only choose one fat source):

  • Add a scoop of protein powder
  • Add a tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Add a quarter of an avocado
  • Add a tablespoon of nut butter
  • Add a teaspoon of fish oil
  • Add a tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • Add a bit of local honey
  • Add a date or two

Blend all ingredients until thick and creamy and delicious.

**Smoothie not thick enough? Add more frozen fruit or yogurt. Smoothie too thick? Add extra liquid one tablespoon at a time.**

Now pour your healthy smoothie into a bowl and get ready to add your toppings!

Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas:

  • chia, hemp, flax, and/or sunflower seeds
  • shredded coconut
  • granola
  • sliced or chopped nuts
  • matcha powder
  • maca powder
  • bee pollen
  • fresh berries
  • sliced banana
  • raw oats

I keep all my smoothie toppings in easily accessible jars. Then I let the girls make a design on top. It’s fun to play with your food!

NOW DIG IN!

You’ll get all the goodness of a smoothie with the additional benefit of getting to chew!

Here are some of our favorite healthy smoothie bowl combinations:

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • handful spinach
  • 1/c cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • Top with sliced almonds, chia seeds and granola

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • handful spinach and kale
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Top with chia seeds, shredded coconut, granola, and sliced almonds.

Have you replaced your morning bowl of cereal with a smoothie bowl yet?

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Homemade Baked Strawberry Donut Recipe with a Hint of Orange

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donuts with a hint of Orange

Happy National Donut Day!

Instead of hurrying out and buying a box of “Fat Pills” (as we call them in our house), why not try out this homemade baked strawberry donut recipe with a hint of orange?

I won’t lie and tell you this is a health food recipe. However, these donuts are made with real ingredients such as whole grains, real fruit puree and natural sweetener. Then, they are baked, instead of fried, which definitely saves your waistline.

Each of these donuts has about 184 calories. Compare that to a Frosted Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Dream Donut at 360 calories!

That should be your incentive to invest in some baked donut pans. They don’t take up much room in the cupboard and they are super useful for satisfying your donut cravings in a healthy way.

Traditionally, I’ve made this recipe with orange zest. However, I didn’t happen to have an orange on hand when I got the craving to make these.

That’s when I remembered I had a bottle of wild orange essential oil.

Wild Orange 15ml

I substituted 3 drops of the wild orange for the orange zest and the recipe turned out amazing!

In the recipe, I’ve included the recipe for the glaze I used on these donuts. Truthfully? It made the donuts on the sweet side for me. But the kids? They LOVED it!

Mind you, I still ate the donuts with the glaze. I just found that a cup of coffee was the PERFECT accompaniment!

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donut Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups halved strawberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons orange rind or 3 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup organic all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Pour in strawberry mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into baked donut pan. Recipe makes 12 donuts.
  5. Bake at 400 for 10 - 15 minutes. Donuts are done when they spring back when lightly touched.
  6. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  7. Once cool, you can choose to glaze them with a mixture of 3 strawberries blended with 1 cup organic powdered sugar.
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With the calories you are saving by baking your own donuts, may I suggest you have one for breakfast and one mid-afternoon?

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Homemade Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles

I have one daughter who prefers pancakes and the other prefers waffles.

This recipe for homemade whole grain blueberry waffles with blueberry syrup never fails to please them both.

The blueberry syrup is so easy to make but it is purely optional. If you don’t have enough blueberries for both the waffles and the syrup, these waffles are excellent topped with plain maple syrup.

Of course, if you topped your stack with the blueberry syrup and some homemade whipped cream, it would make for the most decadent breakfast ever.  Not to mention, it would look quite patriotic for the 4th of July.

Homemade Whole Grain Blueberry Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

Ingredients

    For the Waffles:
  • 1 cup unbleached organic all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (Use your blender to pulverize regular oats if needed)
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, cooled slightly
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • For the Syrup:
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

    For the Waffles:
  1. In a large bowl, stir together flours, sugar and baking powder. Make a well in the center.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs and coconut oil.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients and stir just until all ingredients are moist. Some lumps are ok.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup batter onto preheated waffle iron. Sprinkle blueberries over waffle before cooking.
  5. For the Syrup:
  6. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine syrup, cornstarch, and water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Stir in blueberries and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer 10 minutes or until blueberries have started to burst.
  8. Add butter and stir until melted.
  9. Serve over waffles.
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Where do you stand – pancakes or waffles?

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How to Make Oatmeal Taste Good: 25 Healthy Topping Ideas

How to Make Oatmeal Taste Good

Have you tried to like oatmeal but can’t?

Come here little grasshopper. I’m going to teach you how to make oatmeal taste good.

First, we need to address the top two reasons people don’t like oatmeal: the texture and the taste.

Texture: Otherwise known as “mouth feel” if you’ve been watching any Food Network. (And apparently I have.)

If you find you just can’t get past the texture of oatmeal, I have a recipe you need to try: Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Steel Cut Oats Copycat recipe. The combination of quinoa and steel cut oats gives you a less slimy bowl of oatmeal. Not to mention the added bonus of the protein boost you get from quinoa.

Taste: Plain oatmeal has no taste. I think the word “gruel” is actually pretty accurate for the taste of plain oatmeal.

That’s where these healthy topping ideas are going to change your morning bowl of oatmeal!

Never added citrus zest to your oatmeal? I’m about to Rock. Your. World.

So fasten your seatbelts folks, I’ve come up with 25 quick and healthy toppings that will change oatmeal for you forever.

How to Make Oatmeal Taste Good:

Blueberry Bonanza: Stir some lemon zest, a dash of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg into your oatmeal. Top with blueberries.

PB Booster: Stir 1 tablespoon peanut butter into oatmeal. Top with sliced bananas and chopped apples. Dust with cinnamon.

Tummy Tamer: Stir 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger and 1 teaspoon honey into oatmeal. Top with chopped fresh or dried apricots.

Banana Nut Bread: Top with chopped walnuts and banana slices.

Chocolate Peanut Butter: Stir 1 tablespoon peanut butter into oatmeal. Top with dark chocolate chips. Need a no sugar alternative to chocolate chips? Top with cacao nibs.

Berry Lemon Sensation: Stir 1 teaspoon lemon zest into oatmeal. Top with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Wake-Up Your Bowl: Stir in 1 teaspoon orange zest. Top with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Thanksgiving Pie: Stir in a generous spoonful of pumpkin puree. Sprinkle homemade pumpkin pie spice on top. Drizzle with honey.

Pineapple Upside-Down Oatmeal: Stir a spoonful of sucanat into oatmeal. You don’t need much. Top with pineapple.

Bowl of Freedom: Top oatmeal with a spoonful of plain or vanilla yogurt. Sprinkle with strawberries and blueberries.

Cha-Cha Chai: Mix a spoonful of pumpkin puree into oatmeal. Pour a bit of chai latte concentrate over oatmeal. Make it over the top delicious by adding almond milk.

Key Lime: Stir lime zest into oatmeal. Top with vanilla or plain yogurt. If your diet allows, you could always throw in some white chocolate chips. Don’t go overboard – just enough to satisfy.

Carrot Cake: Stir fresh grated ginger into oatmeal. Top with shredded carrot and diced dried apricots. No apricots? Use raisins. Have walnuts? Throw some of them on too.

Island Breeze: Stir lime zest into oatmeal. Top with unsweetened coconut flakes and chopped macadamia nuts. If you have any coconut milk, you could stir some of that in too.

Bless Your Heart: Stir a spoonful of sweet potato puree into oatmeal. Top with chopped pecans and if your diet allows, some sucanat.

Almond Joy: Stir in a spoonful of almond butter. Top with unsweetened coconut flakes.

Nut ‘N Honey:  Top oatmeal with chopped nuts – any kind, any combination – and drizzle with honey.

Simply Sweet: Stir cinnamon into oatmeal. Top with chopped dates and raisins.

Cranberry Orange: Stir orange zest into oatmeal. Top with dried cranberries and a dusting of cinnamon.

Cherry Cocoa: Top oatmeal with cherries (I usually defrost some frozen ones) and dust with cocoa powder. Need a treat? Stir a teensy tiny bit of dark chocolate into hot oatmeal so it melts.

Crunchy Oatmeal: Throw a handful of granola into your oatmeal and stir it around. Top with milk of choice. Almond and vanilla soymilk are delightful additions.

Apple Pie: Top oatmeal with chopped apples, a dusting of apple pie spice, and top with vanilla yogurt.

Eggs-ellent Idea: Top oatmeal with a poached egg and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Savor the Idea: Add grated cheese. Parmesan is excellent, as is cheddar.

Sunday Paper Special: Stir orange zest into oatmeal. Top with sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey. And depending on how you roll, you could do a splash of Grand Marnier.

Your homework assignment: Try one, all, some. Report back on what you did or didn’t like!

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