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Chocolate Chip (Lentil!) Granola Bars

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Most of us tend to love chocolate chip granola bars. They are quick & easy to grab on the go, and sort of look healthy, right?

The problem with most granola bars you can buy is that they are really don't have that much nutrition in them. What they DO have is lots of sugar, refined/processed ingredients and chemicals, with some added oats and maybe some nuts thrown in for good measure. 

These granola bars have loads of protein, real food ingredients, and only uses natural sugars. Plus they have chocolate chips, so your kids will love them too. 🙂

PS - they won't taste the lentils at all - either will you!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup flour (I used whole grain)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine water and lentils in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer (uncovered) for 20-25 minutes. Drain excess liquid and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F
  3. Combine oats, flour, flax, coconut, almonds, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until well blended.
  4. In a separate large bowl, combine lentils, peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, and vanilla. Blend with a hand blender or manually with a whisk.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Add chocolate chips and mix well.
  6. Transfer the mixture into a greased 9″ X 13″ baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top
  7. Allow to cool, cut into bars and serve!

Courses Snacks

Egg Roll In A Bowl

Egg Roll In A Bowl

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No need to order in when you can make this delicious & healthy meal in just minutes from start to finish! 

Serve it with a salad, or all by itself. 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps Coconut oil
  • Yellow Onion (medium, diced)
  • 5 stalks Green Onion (diced)
  • Garlic (cloves, minced)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Pork
  • 6 cups Coleslaw Mix (I used kale coleslaw mix)
  • 2 cups Bean Sprouts
  • 1/4 cup Tamari Sauce

Instructions

  1. .Heat the avocado oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the yellow onion, green onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft.
  2. Add the pork and break it up as it cooks. Cook for about 7-10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. Stir in the coleslaw mix, bean sprouts, and tamari sauce. Stir for 5 minutes, or until veggies have softened. Transfer to bowls and enjoy!

Notes

No meat: Replace the ground meat with scrambled eggs 

Courses Supper

Double Chocolate Cookies (with black beans!)

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Most of the women I meet are not getting enough good quality protein in their diet each day. 

Not enough protein = unhappy hormones, so it is essential that you find some delicious ways to get it in more often.

What is more delicious than chocolate cookies?! Maybe it's just me, but I can't think of many 🙂

Black beans are one of my top 10 weight loss foods since they are high in both protein & fibre - and relatively low in calories.

Give these a try, even my 2-year-old loves them!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Black Beans (cooked, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tbsps Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsps Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsps Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup Raw Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Organic Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

1.Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.Measure out 1.5 cups black beans (or 3 cups if you are doubling the recipe). Combine black beans, almond milk, peanut butter and coconut oil together in a food processor. Blend until smooth.

3.Add in flour, cacao, honey, cinnamon and sea salt. Process again until creamy. Use a rubber spatula to gently stir in the chocolate chips.

4.Measure out even amounts of dough onto the cookie sheet (we use 2 tbsp per cookie) and use your hands to form into cookies. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on each cookie and press down gently for good measure. Bake in the oven for 15 (chewy) to 20 minutes (crispy).

5.Remove from oven. Let cool and enjoy!

Notes

No Cacao? Use Cocoa powder instead!

Courses Snacks

Chocolate Lentil Muffins

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Lentils in muffins?!

Yes, chocolate + lentils in a muffin = delicious!

I literally couldn't get these off of the cooling rack before my kids were devouring them. They are high in protein, easy to make, and chocolatey - definitely a win for a snack in our home. 

Give them a try for yourself and find out!

Ingredients

  • 1 can lentils, rinsed well
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large over-ripe banana (or two small)
  • 1⁄4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1⁄3 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers
  3. Place banana(s), lentils, eggs, honey, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and vanilla extract into blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and stir gently using a wooden spoon.
  4. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely (if you can wait that long) and enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

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It's time for spaghetti squash again, and this is definitely one of my favourite recipes to make with it!

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti Squash (medium)
  • 1 1/2 tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided)
  • 1/2 lb Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • Red Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsps Oregano
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion (finely diced)
  • Tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 Avocado (cubed)
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 Lime (sliced into wedges)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Using a sharp knife, very carefully split the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Brush the inside surface with half the olive oil, and place face-down on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake squash for 40 minutes, until it is easily pierced with a fork.
  4. While the squash is baking, heat remaining olive oil in a skillet. Add the turkey and cook until it begins to brown. Break it up with a spatula as it cooks through. Add the diced pepper, spices and salt. Continue cooking for about 10 minutes, or until turkey is thoroughly cooked.
  5. Spoon the turkey filling into the each half of the spaghetti squash. Top with diced red onion, tomato, avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.

Notes

  • Use black beans instead of ground meat.
  • Refrigerate in an air-tight container up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

Applesauce Muffins

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This is a great time of the year to make anything apple, so why not a yummy applesauce muffin?

My kids love these muffins, and they are a great treat to send in their school lunch box.

Check out my Slow Cooker Applesauce recipe if you want to make your own applesauce too.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Spelt or whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, add wet ingredients and whisk until combined.
  2. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Evenly scoop mixture into a greased or lined muffin pan, filling about ⅔ of the way full.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

These are great with walnuts or pecans in them too, but leave those out if you are sending them to school.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

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It's apple season!

Who doesn't love the smell of applesauce cooking? Especially with cinnamon!

This is an easy way to have healthy applesauce for your whole family.

Ingredients

  • 12 Apple (large, cored and diced)
  • 4 servings Cinnamon Stick
  • 1/2 Lemon (juiced)
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions

1.Add chopped apple, cinnamon, lemon juice and water to the slow cooker and stir well to mix. Cook on high for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. (Note: Peeling the apples is optional but not necessary as they will be pureed in step 2.)

2.Remove the cinnamon sticks. Use an immersion blender to puree the applesauce, or transfer to a blender.

3.Divide into bowls, add your preferred toppings and enjoy! Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.

Notes

  • Storage:  Refrigerate in an air-tight container up to 10 days, or freeze up to a year.
  • Leave it Chunky:  Skip Step 2. You may want to peel your apples before cooking.
  • Extra Toppings:  Add any combination of nuts, seeds, toasted oats, coconut or dried fruit.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

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Blueberry muffins are always a hit, but these ones have loads of flavour without all the sugar!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt (whole milk or 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter 
  3. Stir in egg, yogurt and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Add flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon and stir until just combined.
  5. Gently mix in berries, reserving a tablespoon or two.
  6. Scoop in greased or lined muffin tins. Fill the tins most of the way full - you should get 7-8 muffins.
  7. Press a few berries into the top of each muffin 
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean

Enjoy!

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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These muffins are a HUGE hit in my house! My kids love them, I love them, and they are also high in protein and safe for school! Plus they are chocolate, so you can't go wrong with chocolate 😉

I slightly under bake ours so that they are incredibly soft and moist. 

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of grated zucchini, squeezed of excess liquid (you can also substitute carrot for half of this)
  • 1 cup pumpkin seed butter (could also use sunflower seed butter, both are school safe)
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put coconut oil or olive oil in cups to stop sticking.

  1. Add all ingredients except for the grated zucchini and chocolate chips to a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. This took a few times in my Vitamix. I stopped it and stirred it in between, but it was fairly easy to do.
  2. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips (I did this in a separate bowl, but you could probably do it in the blender itself if you want).
  3. Bake for 15 minutes (they may need another 3-4 minutes if not cooked fully) until fluffy (but when you press down, the bounce back). 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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With September here now, it brings with it pumpkin everything! I am a big pumpkin fan, and these muffins do not disappoint! They are easy to make, and my kids keep asking for more.

Give them a try for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (or 1 cup spelt flour + 1 cup whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup packed coconut sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (look for BPA-free canned pumpkin)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup cultured milk (such as kefir, buttermilk, or non-dairy alternative) I used plain kefir

TOPPINGS

Dark chocolate chips (just 1-3 on each will do!)

Pecans

Pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Whisk together the flour through nutmeg in a medium bowl.
  3. In another, larger bowl, mix together the coconut sugar, maple syrup, oil, and eggs. Whisk well to combine. Add the pumpkin and vanilla and whisk.
  4. Add half of the flour mixture to the sugar-pumpkin batter. Whisk until combined and then add the cultured milk and the rest of the flour. Mix until just combined.
  5. Using a spoon or a small scooper, scoop the batter into the muffin pan. Add a chocolate chip, pecan, or a few pumpkin seeds to the tops of each muffin, pressing them in slightly with your fingers.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Courses Snack

Chocolate Chip (Lentil!) Granola Bars

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Egg Roll In A Bowl

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Double Chocolate Cookies (with black beans!)

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Chocolate Lentil Muffins (high protein and flourless!)

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Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

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