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Triple chocolate zucchini muffins {gluten free}

Happy Friday friends!
I am so thankful it is Friday! It has been a bit of a busy week in every area of my life! There are some things brewing that I can not wait to share with you all, and I hope I can share within the next week or so 🙂

Last week began with a fun and crazy event at my gym.  The fitness instructors put on a showcase of many of the Les Mills classes and the members who participated were able to vote to see what new classes they will bring to the gym! It was so much fun to try new classes and get out of my comfort zone!  I was a bit wiped out from that, but it didn’t stop me from picking up the bed for our guest room! It is coming along and I hope it will be all finished soon! Amazing how this last room in the house is taking SO long! Hah
img_4631I joined a CSA last week, and I received my first batch of fruits and veggies! They are so delicious and fresh! I love how different they taste and how I know I am supporting a local organic farmer!
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With all the veggies I received plus a few things I had gotten at Costco I had 2 items that were overtaking my kitchen! It worked out perfect to use many of them up for our Foodie Friday theme today!

Today I am linking up today with Farrah from Fairyburger and  Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for kitchen cleanse themed week!

I LOVE zucchini, and I have been making zucchini recipes all week but I still had some left.  I love adding them to so many dishes to add an extra dose of veggies! They go so well with so many recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 5 extra ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut sugar depending on the level of sweetness you enjoy
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 large zucchini, shredded and chopped into small peices
  • 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 1/2 enjoy life dark chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Line 2 muffin pans with silicon cups (you can also use paper wrappers)
  2. Peel bananas and place in a large mixing bowl (I used my kitchen aid, but you can also mix these by hand). Mash bananas fully.
  3. Add in the coconut oil, mix well.
  4. Add in the coconut sugar, mix well.
  5. Add in the sprinkle of salt, baking soda, cacao powder & cinnamon, mix well.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together and blend in the vanilla.  Add those to the banana mixture, mix well.
  7. Add in the flour until just incorporated.
  8. Gently fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips
  9. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full
  10. Bake for 20 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. You may have leftover batter, and if so, make additional muffins or you can use a small bread pan and make a loaf, bake about 20 min also.
  12. Enjoy

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May you be filled with joy and health!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle 

Happy Friday friends!
Another week is coming to a close! We have ventured into a new month, and the beginning of several of my favorite holidays! This time of year seems to be filled non-stop with sweets, desserts, drinks and food galore!  Do not fret, this time of year can be enjoyed even with so many indulgences staring you in the face. This week we have designed some yummy treats to keep you on track this holiday season while still enjoying some treats!

I also have to say that I have been really enjoying working on some new recipes for you all! And it gets a little messy at times, but that is part of the fun!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our healthy treats themed week!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Trifle

{This recipe can be made into a single serving or for a group.  The ingredients are for 1 serving, so just increase accordingly for additional servings!}

Ingredients

Layer 1
1 pumpkin spice Chobani yogurt

Layer 2
1/4 cup quick oats, ground up
1/4 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp pumpkin
1 medjool date, pit removed
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides (optional for extra protein)

Layer 3
2 tbsp Organic pumpkin purée
1/2 TBS Cocoa powder
1 Medjool date, pit removed

Layer 4
EnjoyLife chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients for layer 2 in a blender, till smooth. Let sit about 5 min for ground oats to soak and become soft.
  2. Mix ingredients for layer 3 in a blender, till smooth.
  3. Layer 1/2 the ingredients in a cup or bowl, layer 1, layer 2, layer 3, layer 4, then repeat.
  4. May be stored in the fridge or served immediately.

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May you be filled with joy and health!
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Baked Apple Smoothie 

Happy Friday my friends!
Today is April Fool’s day, and honestly I have never really been a big fan of the day.  Most of the jokes I have experienced have not been that funny.  So today I have something a little different for y’all today!  A delicious recipe with a surprise ingredient that until this week I would have never thought to use in a recipe.
Thanks to my partnership with Fit Approach I have been able to try several different Manitoba Hemp Hearts.  This time I received a few of their new Hemp Heart Bars to try! Can we say yes please!!  I have been a fan of Manitoba Harvest products since I first tried them a few years ago!  These bars are no exception! The bars come in 3 flavors: vanilla, chocolate and apple cinnamon. The bars contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas.  Sounds pretty good right?  On top of that, they taste really great too!  I was able to taste the chocolate and apple cinnamon one, but I am sure the vanilla one is equally yummy!
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I enjoyed the chocolate one on a super busy day, and it kept me fueled up and going!  The apple cinnamon one I used as my secret ingredient for the recipe I am sharing today!  I really don’t know how I got the idea, because I have never thought about using a bar in a smoothie before, but it seemed to work well 🙂  It even came out tasting like a dessert, but with a healthy vibe to it 🙂

A little bonus from Manitoba Harvest! If you use discount code hhbarlaunch1015  from now till April 31, 2016, will get you 15% off!
They are also running a photo contest (oh yeah, fun fun) for your chance to win a free box of Hemp Heart Bars. Enter today for your chance to win this month!
Contest details:

Tag @manitobaharvest and use the hashtag #fuelledbyhemp to be automatically entered to WIN your favorite hemp food product each month. You may also be featured on our social steam below. Good luck! Please note – Our monthly draw is open to anyone submitting photos that is over the age of 18, residing in either Canada or the United States and that does not work for Manitoba Harvest (currently or previously). No purchase necessary.


I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our surprise ingredient themed week!

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Baked Apple Smoothie
Ingredients

Baked Apple

  • 3 organic apples, washed, peeled and cut into semi-this slices
  • 2 TBS clarified butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TBS organic brown sugar

Smoothie

  • 1 baked apple
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla milk
  • 1/2 apple cinnamon Hemp Heart bar
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • dollop of whipped cream (optional)

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Directions

Baked Apples

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350* & line a baking sheet with foil
  2. Place prepped apples in a large bowl
  3. Add in butter and spices
  4. Spread evenly on baking sheet
  5. Bake for 40ish min, or until apples are soft
  6. Enjoy in a smoothie (or in oatmeal or alone 😉 )

Smoothie

  1. Place apple and milk in blender and mix very well.
  2. Add in Hemp Heart bar and blend again very well.
  3. Mix in protein powder.
  4. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream and/or cinnamon sprinkled on top!

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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Be filled with joy and health!
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Energizer Smoothie!

Happy Friday my friends!
It has been another fun filled week including several nights with little sleep and allergies in full force!  Thankfully I found a bit of a solution for my allergies last night and have had some relief.  {Yahoo for essential oils!!}

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for an energized recipe themed week!
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Many of you probably look to coffee or some other form of caffeine to help stay energized throughout the day.  Sadly, coffee doesn’t do anything for me in that area, so I have had to get creative at times to help me.  Many times, smoothies are my jam!  And since I am Chocolate Runner Girl, I tend to add in some chocolate to keep me going!

  
Energizing Chocolate Smoothie
Ingredients

  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 cup organic almond milk
  • 1 TBS raw cacao powder
  • 1 TBS organic almond butter
  • 1 TBS organic chia seeds

 Directions

  1. Add all ingredients in a blender. 
  2. Blend till desired consistency. 
  3. Enjoy!! 

    
    

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  • Join us next week for some Heirloom themed recipes!

Be filled with joy and health!! 

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Foodie Friday: Flourless Chocolate Blossoms

Happy Friday friends!  I have been a little MIA on here…planning a massive update soon 🙂
Last week I ran into all sorts of technical issues and some power outages due to the crazy weather here in Houston.  By the time it was all sorted out it was Monday night.  So sorry for missing last week.
This week the kiddos and I have been experimenting with cookies!  Perfect because that is the theme this week!  And cookies are just so fun to make 🙂  We had a blast!
I was looking for a super simple recipe with gluten free ingredients.  I found this on Pinterest, and it inspired me.  I tweaked it a little and made some pretty awesome cookies.
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I am linking up again with my favorite Foodie Friday ladies to share some amazing recipes with y’all!  Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by BLING, and Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats!

Flourless Chocolate Blossoms
Ingredients
1 cup favorite nut butter (I uses sunbutter)
1 cup sugar plus a little extra to roll cookies
1 egg
1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chunks)
1/2 TBS coco poweder
Parchment or baking paper

Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 350*
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
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3. Roll dough into 1 inch balls then in the sugar if desired.
4. Place balls 1 inch apart on cookie sheet lined with paper.
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5. Press down on each cookie till it is a little more flat.
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6. Bake 10-12 min
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Foodie Friday: Healthy Snacks!

Happy Friday, and welcome once again to Foodie Friday!! I am once again am linking up once again with my Favorite Foodie Friday ladies, Farrah from Fairyburger, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING! Today our theme is Healthy Snacks!

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If you are anything like me, you are always on the go!  This week was even more nutty than normal!  Along with my normal work schedule, I had some extra tutoring sessions, date night at the Rockets game, a massage and some errands!  Each day was different and on-the-go more than usual, so I had to plan my meals a little more than carefully.  That also meant planning some snacks to bring along!  I love to have healthy snacks ready to go at a moments notice!  Usually they involve nuts, fruit, chopped veggies or a protein bar (like Luna, KIND, or Larabars).  I wanted to branch out a little and my recipe from last week (Chocolate Almond Butter Pie) inspired me!

Chocolate Almond butter
Ingredients
1. 2 cups raw almonds
2. 1/2-3/4 c organic coconut oil
3. 1/4 c Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life semi sweet mini chips)

Directions
*This works best in a food processor, but a high quality blender would also work!*
1. Place the almonds in the food processor, place on high speed 1-2 minutes
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2. Add the coconut oil, about 1/4c at a time till it is the desired consistency. Blend on high speed for another 2-3 minutes
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3. Add in chocolate chips.  Almond butter should be warm and chocolate chips will melt easily.  Pulse on high speed until all chips are mixed in.
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4. Place in an airtight storage container.
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*You can keep in the refrigerator, but it is not necessary.  It will make the almond butter more firm.*
I LOVE to eat mine with fruit.  Apples, pears and bananas are my favorite!
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Foodie Friday: Chocolate Almond butter pie

Happy Friday!  I have to say I am extra thrilled it is Friday today!  Not only do I get to share a fun recipe with you, but tonight is date night with The Hubs!  Our schedules have been a little nutty lately, and we have been like ships passing in the night, so we are STOKED we both have Friday night off work!   We are heading to a movie later, and I think we know what we are going to see, but have you seen anything good lately?  Need some recommendations!

I am linking up once again with my Favorite Foodie Friday ladies, Farrah from Fairyburger, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING! Today our theme is Healthy Pies!
foodiefridayWhen I think of pie, healthy is not the first word that comes to mind.  So as I was thinking about how I wanted to change a pie recipe, I kept thinking about some of my favorite healthy snacks, almonds and dark chocolate!  I became inspired by THIS recipe from the Pioneer Woman and adapted it!

Chocolate Almond Butter Pie (Gluten Free)
Ingredients
1. 1 Gluten free pre-made chocolate crust
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2. 1 cup chocolate almond butter (I made mine, recipe soon, but my fav from the store is Justin’s)
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3. One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
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4. 3/4 cups powdered sugar
5. One 8-ounce package truwhip, thawed
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Directions
1. Mix the almond butter and softened cream cheese together till smooth.
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2. Add in the powdered sugar.  Mix until smooth.
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3. Add in the whipped topping.  Mix until smooth.
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(I LOVE this mixer! Still so happy that I was able to get it for an amazing deal!)

4. Pour into the pie crust and smooth it with a knife or spatula, then cover it.
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5. Chill.  You can chill in the fridge for an hour or more, or for a quick freeze place it in the freezer for 20-25 min.
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6. Enjoy!

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Have a happy and healthy day!
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