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Breakfast Gluten-Free Smoothies Snack Vegan

Gingerbread Smoothie

The holiday season turns me into a cookie monster! Everywhere I turn there are cookies and sweet treats: our office, holiday parties, ahhh! Give me aaaaall the cookies.

Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe - Vegan and Gluten-Free

But seriously, I have little self control around dessert, so I make an effort not to keep any in the house during the holidays because there are enough temptations elsewhere.

That means, when I have a sugar craving or need something sweet after a meal, I have to get creative. That’s why I LOVE this Gingerbread Smoothie! It’s deliciously creamy and it has the same flavor profile of your favorite gingerbread cookie recipe.

Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe - Vegan and Gluten-Free

The Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk blend makes this smoothie a bit creamier than using regular almond milk (however, I am sure that would work fine, as well).

I also added a couple tablespoons of plain greek yogurt for added protein and creaminess, but that’s totally optional.

Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe - Vegan and Gluten-Free

Now don’t skimp on the molasses and spices here – that’s what makes it taste like gingerbread.

Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, as a mid-day snack, or whenever a sweet craving strikes. Happy Holidays!

 

Gingerbread Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1 Large or 2 Small
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 3 large ice cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons plain greek yogurt (optional for additional protein)
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • Dash each cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and drink immediately.
 

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Breakfast Smoothies Vegan

Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie

Turmeric is going to be the hot new health trend this year — I promise you. This powerful spice detoxes your liver, has the ability to kill cancer cells in the body, and protects your brain from Alzheimer’s disease. Betchya didn’t know all of that, did you?

Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Turmeric is most commonly used in curry and other ethnic dishes, so it might be a bit surprising for some of you to see it used in a smoothie. When Williams-Sonoma reached out to me to participate in their “Not Your Typical Smoothie” week, I knew turmeric would be the perfect ingredient to change things up.

Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

On its own, turmeric has a fairly bitter taste, so if using it in a smoothie you really have to mask it with other yummy ingredients. The dominant flavors in this smoothie come from mango, banana, cinnamon, and ginger. The turmeric and chia seeds (healthy fats, antioxidants, and protein galore!) are hidden in there for an extra nutritional boost.

Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is great to drink right when you wake up in the morning – especially if you are looking for something to cleanse your system. It really couldn’t get healthier than this!

 

What’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve put in a smoothie?

Chia Seed and Turmeric Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 3 large ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Stevia (optional)
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the almond milk, ice cubes, banana, mango, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger in a blender and blend until almost smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the chia seeds and blend for an additional 15 seconds until smooth. Taste the smoothie and add stevia and coconut flakes as desired.
 

This post was inspired by Williams-Sonoma, but the recipe and all opinions are my own. Thank you for your support.

Bread and Muffins Breakfast

Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is on the horizon, so I thought it would be a good idea to bake something festive this weekend. It is customary to eat apples and honey together on Rosh Hashanah because it represents a “sweet new year.” I was definitely in the mood for something sweet yesterday morning, so I decided to bake these apple honey muffins in honor of the holiday.

Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins Recipe

Sadly, I am unable to celebrate the New Year with my family this year, but I will be thinking of them as I dig into these yummy muffins every day this week.  I will seriously miss my mom’s traditional brisket and matzoh ball soup, as well as my brother’s rave-worthy kugel (Dave freeze me a piece of that, would’ya!?)

Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins Recipe

These muffins are made with whole wheat flour and are packed with chunks of sweet apples. I added a light cinnamon streusel topping that gives every bite an addictive crunch. Although it’s not required, I highly recommend this extra step.

Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins Recipe

I know I’ll be making these muffins regularly throughout the fall. They’re perfect for a weekend brunch and your guests will be shocked that they are secretly healthy! You can also freeze any leftovers you have. Just make sure to wrap them tightly in tin foil and then place them in an air-tight freezer bag.

Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins Recipe

Happy New Year to those of you celebrating, but very importantly, happy EATING to all of you!

 

Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
Muffins
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced into ¼ inch cubes
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon +1/4 cup honey (divided)
  • ⅛ teaspoon + ½ teaspoon cinnamon (divided)
  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • 4 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Streusel Topping
  • 1 Tablespoon white whole wheat or regular whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, cold and chopped into 4 pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard 12 cup muffin tray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the diced apple with the lemon juice, ½ Tablespoon honey and ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl whisk together the additional ¼ cup honey, egg whites, oil, applesauce and vanilla extract. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Stir in the diced apples. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. In a small bowl combine the streusel ingredients. Use your fingers to pinch the butter pieces and form the crumbly topping.
  5. Divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle each muffin with the streusel topping. Place the muffin tray on the center rack of the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool for at least 20 minutes and then remove them from the tray and place on a wire rack to continue to cool. Store the muffins in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
 

Breakfast Tips and Tricks

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins

Holy Moly, I just made the best darn granola.

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins Recipe

Basically every day at work I snack on Greek Yogurt. Usually I just add some berries with a pinch of stevia and cinnamon to sweeten, but recently I’ve been craving some crunch.

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins Recipe

After scouring the web for new granola recipes, I wasn’t finding anything that suited my needs. I wanted to keep this version low-sugar, but not lose a lot of sweetness and flavor.

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins Recipe

In one recipe, I spotted cardamom on the ingredient list and thought that was very unique. Most granola recipes stick to the usuals: maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon. I love cardamom, but I find it stays in my spice cabinet more often than it should, so I decided to pull it out for this batch of granola.

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins Recipe

I like my granola chunky, and I recently learned a great tip from America’s Test Kitchen to help keep it that way.

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins Recipe

Don’t stir the granola! Every granola recipe I see says to stir the mixture once or twice throughout the baking time. ATK says for chunkier granola clusters, don’t stir the mixture and just wait to break it up once it is completely done baking.

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins Recipe

ATK, you’re a genius…again! My granola turned out chunky – just the way I like it. Now I get spoonfuls of delicious granola clusters with every bite, which is a great contrast against the smooth Greek Yogurt.

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins Recipe

It is also packed with spice from the cardamom and cinnamon, so I don’t find myself missing the added sugars that you see in typical packaged granola.

I hope you try this granola. It could quite possibly be the best I’ve ever tasted.

 

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins
 
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup raw, unsalted almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup raw, unsalted pistachios
  • ⅛ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt*
  • ¼ cup real honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins (or any other dried fruit)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. In a small microwavable bowl add the honey and heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Add the olive oil and vanilla to the honey and stir to combine. Pour the honey mixture over the oat and nut mixture. Stir so that honey coats the oat mixture.
  3. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then add the raisins. Carefully stir the granola a few times to break it into desired sized chunks. Allow to cool completely and store in an air-tight container.
Notes
*If you only can find salted nuts, omit the salt from the recipe.
 

Cookies Dessert

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies

I really want you to trust me on this one.

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

I am fully aware of how weird these cookies sound. I am telling you to put sweet potatoes into cookies. It’s completely bizarre. I get it. But hey, we’ve done weirder things before: put black beans in brownies. Avocados in our smoothies. (Ahem, maybe that is just me…)

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

When I told Travis he was coming home to cookies made with sweet potatoes, he said, “Is this going to be like the time you made those terrible coconut things, but you tried convincing me they were good?”

Well, umm….hopefully not.

(At least he has such great faith in me…)

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Okay, I experiment. Sometimes things don’t work out. But these ones are GOOD. I sweaaaaaar.

And now after tasting them, Trav thinks so too!

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Why did I think to put sweet potatoes in my cookies? Well, I had all of these sweet potatoes on my counter that were begging to be used. I was going to bake them into muffins, only to realize that my muffin tin was nowhere to be found (moving problems).

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

So out came little sweet potato cookies.

I think these taste like oatmeal raisin cookies. The sweet potato gives the cookies a softer texture but they are FULL of perfect fall flavor.

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

I wolfed down three of these babies right out of the oven. In fact, I liked them SO much that as I continued taking pictures, the cookies just kept disappearing one by one. Oopsies!

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

 

Fall Sweet Potato Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato (from about one large sweet potato or 2 small) *
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ stick unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Roll the dough into the size of golf balls and place on the baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch of space between each ball. Using a large spoon, press down on each ball to flatten. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Then use a spatula to remove the cookies onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
*To mash your sweet potatoes, poke a few holes into the top of the potato and put it in the microwave for about 5 minutes (more or less depending on the size of your sweet potato). Remove the sweet potato from the microwave (WARNING: It will be HOT!) and let cool for a few minutes. Slice it open and the sweet potato should be completely soft and fall away from the peel without any effort. Discard the peel. If you do not have a microwave, this can be done in the oven as well. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Wrap the sweet potato in aluminum foil. Bake in the oven for 40-60 minutes depending on the size of the potato.