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In EATS on
May 12, 2016

healthy breakfast cookies

healthy breakfast cookie

Lately I have been a little more busy than usual. For those reading who are close to me know that I try to live my day-to-day life as health conscious as possible but always make exceptions when it comes to chocolate. When my days get busier I find it easier to miss out on breakfast, which I do not like to do. We all know that it’s the most important meal of the day.

I began to think about ways I could prepare myself to assure that I didn’t forget breakfast and wasn’t just grabbing a banana and going. Breakfast cookies came to mind when thinking about all the things I normally would like to eat in the morning.

I had tried a couple of recipes for breakfast cookies but this time I wanted to try it on my own with the ingredients I had.  The end result was super delicious and it solved my breakfast issue. Although I know it’s still not the most balanced breakfast, it is better than grabbing a fruit and a coffee and starting your day.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1 c oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup raisins

How to:

Preheat over to 350 degrees and cover a large cookie tray with parchment paper. I

n a medium sized bowl mash up the banana. Add in the egg and brown sugar and mix until everything has come together smoothly. Add in the following 4 ingredients and mix, assuring the chia seeds are covered in the moist mixture.

In another bowl mix together your flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add your dry ingredients together until everything is combined. Add in your seeds and dried fruit.

Place about a table spoon of cookie dough onto your prepared cookie sheet and bake in the oven for around 10-12 minutes. Remove and let cool.

** I made these at the beginning of the week and take two each morning. Made 16 cookies to enjoy.

healthy breakfast cookie

healthy breakfast cookie

healthy breakfast cookie

healthy breakfast cookies

healthy breakfast cookies

Let me know how you enjoy this recipe! Bon Appetite!

love from bella

In EATS on
March 2, 2016

simple & sweet energy balls

healthy energy balls

I have been playing around with multiple recipes for healthy bars over the past little bit and hadn’t thought any were great enough to give myself a 10/10 rating. I mean, they weren’t bad and any one I served them to had nothing but compliments but I wasn’t sold on the recipe quite yet. One reason being is that since they were bars, they were a bit messy and when I say I bit I mean a lot. The last recipe pretty much resembled a Nature Valley granola bar and I am sure we all can admit that the only proper place to eat those, in order to not leave a not so stealth trail of crumbs behind is .. well no where. I wanted to create a recipe that had all the same yummy ingredients without the fuss and mess.  So today, I present to you the recipe I do give myself a 10/10 on- simple & sweet energy balls. It’s a recipe that will take you 15 minutes maximum and is no fail, no bake and I assure you is super yum!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 maple syrup or honey (any natural sticky sweetener)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 ground sesame seeds (can you flax as well)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup dry oatmeal

How you’ll do it:

In a microwave safe bowl, place the peanut butter and maple syrup into a bowl. Microwave for one minute until you can easily mix the two ingredients together and the texture is more liquid and smooth. Add in your vanilla and chia seeds, this step is important because it activates your chia seeds allowing you to take in all their nutrients. Add in the remaining ingredients as listed (cocoa, sesame, coconut, oatmeal). The mixture should be wet enough to be moveable and dry enough to mold. Take a tablespoon size portion of the mixture and roll it into a ball in your hands, placing on a cookie tray. Once all placed on the cookie tray, put in the fridge for at least a half an hour so they can firm up.

Shortly after I bagged them up in snack portions, they will keep for the week to have as snacks throughout (if they last that long!)

healthy easy energy balls

healthy easy energy balls

 

This recipe is super easy, no fail and super yum- I encourage you all to take a bang at it!

with love,

xx Bella

In EATS on
January 27, 2016

guilt free brownies

Chocolately / Chewy Sweet Potato Brownies

healthy sweet potato brownies

healthy sweet potato brownies

From my previous post you have already learned that I have a mega addiction to chocolate. I like to blame this on my mother.  I swear the only thing she ate while pregnant was chocolate. Anyway, I’m always trying to think of healthier alternatives for my sweet tooth because I know there isn’t anyway possible to just stop having sweets. Im excited to share a delicious solution with you today.

The recipe is an oldie but goodie that goes way back to the days when I worked in a health food cafe, back in my home town. It takes the traditional brownie that is packed full of heavy fats and sugars and transforms them into this chocolatey and chewy brownie filled with things that are good for you!

Sweet Potato brownies…. I questioned the idea myself when I was introduced to them for the first time but I promise you- they are SO yum and a MUCH healthier alternative to the regular brownie. If I gave you this brownie blind folded you would never even know I secretly snuck in some added antioxidants. I welcome you all to try it out and share with me your experience!

Here’s what you’ll  need:

  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla
  • 1 cup of cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 c cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Pre-heat over to 350 degrees and line a rectangular baking pan. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together brown sugar and egg until the sugar has evenly mixed and dissolved. Add in your yogurt and vanilla. At this time you can add in your cooked sweet potato if it has cooled down enough that it wont cook your eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  When all the dry ingredients are mixed together, mixed them into your wet mixture.

Use a spatula and place all your yummy brownie mixture into your lined baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. (Depending on your oven, baking time may vary). Remove from oven and let cool before you cut out a piece to enjoy 🙂

Bon Appetite !

xx Bella

In EATS on
January 26, 2016

afternoon delight

Sweet & Spicy Moroccan Hot Chocolate moroccan hot chocolate

Let me start off by admitting two of my major addictions. 1. I love coffee and I’m addicted 2. I love chocolate and I’m addicted. Lately I’ve been trying to cut down my coffee consumption by drinking more herbal tea, and… feeding my other addiction, chocolate.

Making your own hot chocolate can be a “healthier” alternative and can spice things up from the normal hot chocolate. This recipe will sure do so! I’ve created the yummiest combination of sweet and spicy with this Moroccan hot chocolate where you wont have to worry too much about the calories.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 4 tbsp of agave nectar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper
  • 1 square semi-sweet bakers chocolate (if desired)
  • cinnamon sticks (if desired)
  • whipped cream (if desired)
  • orange zest (if desired)

Directions:

Bring milk to a simmer.  Add agave, and stir through.  Slowly, while stirring add cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and chili powder. Turn down to a low heat, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes until the ingredients blend together. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.  Serve; garnish with cinnamon sticks, whipped cream, semi-sweet chocolate shavings and zest of orange peel, if desired.

Bon Apetite!

xx Bella