three ingredient chocolate chip banana cookies.

So I came home from a weekend of traveling to find THIS on my counter :( 

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I seriously HATE wasting food, so instead of tossing this baby in the trash, I decided to make COOKIES! 

These are seriously the easiest cookies in the world to make... only THREE ingredients and I prepped the entire batch of dough while my oven was preheating! 

Start to Finish.... 20 MINUTES! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup oats (I use Quick-Oats)
  • 3 TBSP of chocolate chips (or more if you are a chocoholic like me!) 

How to make them:

  1. Preheat the oven to 360°F
  2. While the oven is preheating, mash the banana and mix well with the oats
  3. Add the chocolate chips into the dough, mix well
  4. Take a spoon and portion the cookies on a lined baking tray
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes
  6. Enjoy!

YUMMMY!

Michigan Infusion Salad

I call this beauty the

"Michigan Infusion Salad" 😍🥗

Ingredients

  • mixed greens
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • blue cheese crumbles
  • raw walnuts
  • 1/2 gala apple, cut in cubes
  • cherry tomatoes
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • cracked black pepper

Add as much or as little of each ingredient as you like (because life is more fun being spontaneous)!

Eat the rest of the apple as a side item!

Mediterranean Tuna Salad for One

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If you are looking for a way to bring some fun and flavor into your lunch game, I highly recommend you try this "Clean (no mayo) Mediterranean Tuna Salad"! It is healthy, super simple to make, and FULL of flavor!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Tuna (I use the Starkist Tuna Pouches)
  • 2-3 marinated artichoke hearts, diced
  • 3-4 pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • ¼ of a red pepper, chopped
  • 1 T fresh chopped parsley
  • 1-2 leaves fresh basil, slivered
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • Feta Cheese (optional)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Chill until ready to eat. Serve over warm pita bread, top with feta cheese!

The best part of this recipe is you can add/remove any of the ingredients to your liking! 

raw brownie energy bites.

I have come to conclusion that I "meal prep" more to satisfy my sweet tooth than I do for actual meals! This is yet another one of my favorite go to recipes when I need my chocolate fix. 

Full of raw, natural ingredients, these brownie bites are sure to satisfy! 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw seeds or nuts of choice  (I use 1/2 c. sunflower seeds and 1/2 c. pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • shredded coconut (optional for coating)

Instructions

  1. Place seeds/nuts in a food processor, and process until finely ground.
  2. Pulse in cacao, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Add in the chopped dates and water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together nicely.
  4. Process until all ingredients are distributed evenly (you may need to stop a few times and scrape down the sides and separate the dough if it forms a ball).
  5.  
  6. Roll pieces of the dough into small, tablespoon-sized balls.
  7. Optional: roll brownie bites in shredded coconut, or any other toppings of choice.
  8. Place your energy bites in a container in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 30 minutes, then serve!

Notes

  1. You may store these energy bites in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 2 months! 
  2. I enjoy these brownie bites paired with a Raw Cookie Dough Bite ;) 

 

 

This recipe is adapted from Create Nourish Love

clean chocolate chip blondies.

I have a weakness for peanut butter. Add chocolate into the mix... and I am SOLD. 

These blondies are PERFECT for satisfying your sweet tooth, without all the processed crap! 

There is no flour, no eggs, no added sugar in these babies!!! Just clean, organic ingredients making up this DELICIOUS dessert! 

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/3 cup raw honey (or agave nectar/maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Make 9 Bars

 

Instructions

  1. Rinse, drain and dry the chickpeas.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8x8 brownie pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a food processor, add in all of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips). Process until smooth. Add in the chips and pulse to combine.
  4. Place the batter into the pan and smooth out the top. (Feel free to add more chocolate chips to the top!)
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Note: The bars may look underdone, but do not overbake as that will dry them out.
  6. Remove pan from oven and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Once cool, eat and enjoy!

 

Did you make them?!

Let me know what you think! 

 

 

This recipe was modified from “Clean Food Crush”

 

homemade protein bars.

Last week on my Facebook page, I shared that I made these delicious homemade protein bars, and SOOO many people have reached out for the recipe! Since sharing is caring, I wanted to give it all to you!

Why I love these so much:

  • All natural, organic ingredients
  • NO Baking involved
  • They taste like dessert, but are actually GOOD for you!

 

Check out the recipe below!

The Bar:

  • 4 1/2 cups oatmeal (you can more or less depending on how firm you want the bars to be)
  • 200g whey protein (vanilla, or any flavor makes them less bland)
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting:

  • 4 Tbsp. raw coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. 100% cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes

Instructions:

1.    Mix all the dry ingredients together (except for the chocolate) in a big bowl.

2.    Mix the wet ingredients together in another bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds.

3.    Mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. (If you can’t get all the ingredients to mix together after awhile, add in some more honey and peanut butter)

4.    Lay down some wax paper in a casserole dish and drop the "dough" into it.

5.    Mix the ingredients for the frosting together (I had to melt the coconut oil in the microwave before mixing) and coat on the bars

6.    Sprinkle the coconut flakes onto the melted chocolate and press them in if you need to so they don't fall off.

7.    Put in refrigerator for 1-2 hours until they are firm

8.    Cut into bars and enjoy!

Makes 16 bars

The cool thing about this recipe is it is versatile! You can substitute the almonds/cherries for your favorite nut/seed and dried fruit. Let me know if you try different variations, so I can make them too! :)

 

raw cookie dough bites.

Yield: 12-15 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup raw oat flakes or quick oats
  • 2/3 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar or honey
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, process the almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon and salt to a fine meal.
  2. Add the agave nectar and vanilla and process to combine.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse just to combine.
  4. Roll the cookie dough into balls (1 tbsp each) (wet your hands if the dough is too sticky) and place them on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper. Place the pan in the freezer for about an hour to firm up.
  5. Store balls in a tightly covered container in the freezer.
  6. Eat and enjoy

 

Recipe adapted from A Dash of Compassion :)