Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Breakfast Muffins

These are a great back to school snack or sports snack.  Stock your freezer!

One of the first “treat” recipes I came across that the kids asked me to make after the first test was called Muffin Tops from Oh She Glows May have had something to with them liking to say the name ;)

There was a lot of researching cookbooks and recipes in the beginning of this journey. It was a great way to help start testing meals with the family.  Knowing I wasn’t even close to trying to come up with some of my own, I wanted to dabble in recipes to get some practice and ideas for the future.

Angela of  Oh She Glows  was the first food bloggers I came across and was quickly sucked into her recipes. Angela just made it all look easy. She was a real person. She not only shared her creativeness in the kitchen (that just made you drool when looking at the pictures), she shared who she was.  That is really what has kept me coming back to see what she is up to. I was inspired by her recipes.

I decided to update her recipe to fit our plant based lifestyle by omitting a few ingredients that I avoid.  Also after a couple tries, I found I didn’t need to use some of the other ingredients.  As well as discovering a few ways to slightly change ingredients.

You can use a muffin pan, but I found them to be fun (and the lazy in me finds it nice to just plop them on the baking sheet)  the way Angela’s recipe suggests to bake them.

To change things up, you can replace the banana with pureed pumpkin or diced apples (see Notes). They are so scrumptious.

This muffin recipe has no eggs, no added sugars, and it is soy free, oil free and dairy free!  You can also make it a nut-free option. AND always double the recipe so you can store them in the freezer!

 

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Prep Time: 10 minutes~ Cook Time:20 minutes~ Makes: 12ish
Recipe inspired by : Oh She Glows – click here for recipe

Ingredients:

2 large ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 cup packed pitted Medjool dates (be sure they are soft, if not ,soak for about 30 min in warm water then drain)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 cups gluten-free, wheat-free rolled oats, divided (I use Bob’s, but it is packaged in a facility that packages nuts, if you have a nut sensitivity, try GF Harvest)
1/4 cups non-dairy dark chocolate chips (nuts or raisins are an optional addition or replacement)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the peeled bananas, pitted dates, cinnamon, and vanilla into a food processor.  Process until smooth.

Add in 1 cup of the rolled oats, hemp and chia seeds, and process for a few seconds, just long enough to roughly chop the oats and combine the mixture.

Take the remaining oats and pour them into a medium sized bowl and add the mixture from the processor to the bowl.  Add the chocolate chips and stir until mixed in.

Spoon dough onto the parchment paper. No need to press down on the muffin to flatten, they do not expand when cooking. These can be placed close together.  They will end up looking like mounds.

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Immediately transfer onto a cooling rack to cool completely.  I always double the recipe and store in the freezer.  This kids just take out the muffin and eat them as is or pack them in their lunches.

Notes:

I have also made variations by replacing the bananas with 1 can of pumpkin while slightly increased the cinnamon and vanilla.  Along with adding pumpkin spice and turmeric.  Chocolate chips are optional, my family prefers to have them.

When I make it with apples, I will use 3/4 cup of applesauce. I slightly increase the vanilla and put 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.  Then about 1/4-1/3 cup diced and peeled apples. When replacing with the applesauce, I do not use the chocolate chips.

When adding the spices, I do it by taste.

 

 

 

Nut Butter Bombs

Clearly you know by now I like treats.  Dark chocolate and dates go hand in hand. That is why these naughty by nature treats are topping my favorite list!

Sinful, maybe.  Decedent, maybe.  Heavenly, maybe.  Down right freakin amazing, heck YAASS!

Most of all, these nut butter bombs are healthy and nutritious.  They are rich, gooey, sweet and salty (if you use it for a topping) and the ideal treat to keep stocked in your freezer for banishing those sweet tooth cravings. Not to mention, one of the easiest treats to make.

When it comes to treats, there has to be dark chocolate!   It is a requirement for whether a treat is made or not. Not always, but pretty darn close!

I don’t receive too many “no thank you’s” from the family or friends either.   When smooth, creamy nut butters and chocolate are combined, you feel like you can conquer anything!  Throw in a fiber rich, potassium filled, antioxidant power house date, and you’ve got a chocolate and caramel combo that just makes your eyes swoon and your mouth drool.

Hope you like these treats! These are:

Soft & Chewy
Fiber rich
Perfectly Sweet
Easy to make

Need I say more!

 

Ingredients:

•Dates (pitted)
•Almond Butter or nut butter of choice.  I do not use any with salt and oil and suggest to avoid any added ingredients.
•Optional toppings, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sea salt or cayenne.
•Dark chocolate of choice, I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips

 

 

Directions:

A plate to place the dates on. You can line with parchment paper.
Choose the amount of dates you want.
Slice down one side of the date.  If there are pits, be sure to remove them.
Spread in your choice of nut butter.  We prefer almond butter, but if you like peanuts, peanut butter tastes divine as well.

 


Place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Next, melt dark chocolate or chocolate of choice.  I used a microwave setting and it works fine.
Pull out the dates from the freezer and begin pouring the melted chocolate over the nut butter filled dates. At this time if you want to sprinkle some chia seeds, hemp seeds, sea salt or cayenne, now is the time

 

The chocolate will start to harden.
Once they are all covered, place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes or so and then enjoy!

I stored these in a glass sealed container in the freezer.  I would guess about 4 days is good, but they never last long enough to find out :)

 

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

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Sweet potato??? really??? was my first thought when I came across this ice cream recipe. I was very intrigued by it because of the ingredients… ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS!!! Now who wouldn’t want to make this??

I have had great success with Brandi at The Vegan 8 recipes which was another reason to test this one. Well we have been blessed with another heat wave :( and we want something cool and sweet. I typically do not use coconut milk, but with this being ice cream, I felt it would be necessary for the full creaminess effect.

After I had blended everything (which BTW, you just put it all in a blender, so easy!) I had to taste test. Um, well I could have kept taste testing, this stuff is seriously delish! so I can only imagine how it will be when it is ready to come out of the freezer… DEVINE!!

Yup, that is sweet potato and dark chocolate!

Yup, that is sweet potato and dark chocolate!

 

Even though the coconut milk adds fat, it isn’t very much compared to the cream in packaged ice cream.  The processed fat and dairy which comes with a price to your health.

Our bodies can digest this easier as it is plant based. The sweet potato is loaded with Fiber, Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene), Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and also has protein and carbs, all of which come from the natural source. All the more reason to splurge once in a while with a cold treat!

 

Waiting for the chocolate to melt.

Waiting for the chocolate to melt.

 

Ingredients you will need: Serves about 4 cups

Canned coconut milk (you can use light coconut milk) be sure to shake before opening
Dairy free chocolate chips I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels
Cooked mashed and packed sweet potato (not yams)
Pure vanilla extract
Sea salt

 

Recipe here: The Vegan 8 – click here for recipe

 

Directions:

Cook the sweet potato however you prefer. I used a microwave because I want to make this quick and I was excited to get it in the freezer :) If you choose to bake it, bake at 400 degree F with skin on until soft. Do not steam or boil it.

Once the potato has cooled, peel and mash it really well. No lumps or skin. Pack it into 3/4 cup and add it to the blender.

Continue with adding the vanilla, coconut milk and salt. But do not blend yet.

Melt your chocolate chips your preferred method. Be sure to not get the chips too hot as they will burn easy and will be useless. Also try not to eat all the chocolate ;) I used my setting on my microwave, heat for about 15 seconds then stir and heat again until about 90% is melted then remove and continue to stir until all chips are melted.

Add the melted chocolate to the blender, scraping every bit of chocolate you can from the bowl into the blender.

Adding the melted chocolate to the blender

Adding the melted chocolate to the blender

 

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Taste test, and adjust if needed. I didn’t add anything extra to it, it tasted amazing just as is and I could have kept tasting it!

I poured mine into an ice cream storage container as I do not have an ice cream maker. If you have an ice cream maker, use it! Using the storage container, be sure to return every 30 minutes to stir to get your desired consistency. Best to set a timer for 30 minutes as a reminder and it may take at least 2-3 hours to get it to set.

Now it may not last long enough to be in the freezer overnight, but if you do have some just take it out to thaw for about 20-30 minutes to soften. Also, remember every time the ice cream is removed, thawed, and then put back in the freezer, ice crystals form. My guess is that there won’t be much to worry about that. You could always pour it in individual containers for single servings.

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Creamy Fudgesicles

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It is hot and anything cold is being shoved in our mouths. The kids wanted to make popsicle’s. That typically means they make a smoothie and pour it in the popsicle molds.  Well I had chocolate on the mind, so I talked them into making fudgesicles and my sales pitch worked :)  These were super easy to make, like less than 10 minutes if you have all the ingredients handy.  Freezing time took longer than I expected so I advise making them early in the day for that evening or the night before. They were worth the wait, creamy rich chocolatey coolness.

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AmazeBalls

This is a re-post because I love these delightful little balls of decadence. They are the easiest and most enjoyed treats I make for get togethers, school/sports parties and just because, so give them a whirl and try to eat just one :)

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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As I have mentioned before, I like making treats and who doesn’t like eating them…?   I enjoy sharing most of them with friends, so my family is always asking if there will be any left for us HaHa!  There usually is, sometimes they get to taste test as I go.  Although this time, the kids were not around, but they will have a nice surprise when they return from their vacation.

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Vanilla Blender Ice Cream

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There is always room for ice cream, but not when it is full of artificial flavors and ingredients that don’t always settle well for everyone’s bellies.  Even better,  this plant based ice cream does not require an ice cream maker!!  I know not everyone likes bananas either, so I included one below, also check out this recipe , these options and these suggestions.  This vanilla ice cream is a quick and easy way to make a cool treat anytime.  It is delicious alone as well as a base to add in other ingredients to create some delightful flavors. There is prepping involved, freezing bananas.  Also, be sure any ingredients you add in are chilled as necessary.

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Easy No Bake Cookies

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Something I have learned from making meals from recipes that are not mine is that many of them are similar and sometimes it just takes looking at a recipe and then BAM, something hits me or a couple ingredients give me some ideas to create from it that isn’t exactly the same. The challenge, measurements!  I will add a little of this or a little of that until it tastes good and not make note of it. Also combining recipes will happen, as I may not have every ingredient for either recipe, but knowing what the family will eat and their tastes, I can figure something out.  Main dishes are not as easy as a snack or treat, therefore I take my chances on the treats :)

I may have mentioned it before, I have never been a shredded coconut eater.  I think it stems from my younger years when my grandma always gave me coconut macaroons because she thought I liked them, not sure, but I just haven’t really cared for it.  Lately I have used it in some recipes and do not mind it in there, kinda like cauliflower, never could eat it but now that I am older my tastes have expanded and I can eat it. So if you like coconut, then these are for you!  Even you are not fond of coconut, give them a try and reduce the amount and add more oats :)  They are a simple and easy treat to whip up and enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutes  Makes about 8-12, depending on the size

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsweetened cacoa or raw cacao powder (I did half & half)
2 tablespoons raw almond butter (cashew butter or sunflower seed butter works) *No added oil or sugars
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon unsweetened organic applesauce
2 tablespoon coconut oil *see note
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons rolled oats
5 tablespoons or 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut depending on preference
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Directions:

Use either a large plate or container and line with parchment paper.

Using a medium pot over med-low heat, add coconut oil and melt.  Now add in the almond butter, applesauce, cocoa, maple syrup and vanilla.  Whisk well until smooth and remove from heat.

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Add in the seeds, flaxseed, shredded coconut and oats.  Stir well until combined.  The mixture may look a little lumpy, gel like but that is from the chia seeds so all is good.

I took my tablespoon and scooped out the batter, so they were shaped like half rounds and placed each one on the plate, not touching but a little bit of space between them.

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Now place your plate in the freezer for about 15 to firm up. You can also place them in the fridge, but it takes about an hour.

Once they have firmed and you haven’t ate them all, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for about a week or freeze them for a few weeks.  They are definitely easier to eat right away from the fridge.

NOTE: I try not to use any oils but if you use oil, you can do 3 tablespoons coconut oil.  If you want a nut free option, sunflower seed butter works well. I make my nut butters but this recipe is best with nut butters WITHOUT oil or sugars.  You could also add peppermint to the mix.  You can reduce the coconut to 4-5 tablespoons and increase the oats with 2-3 more tablespoons.

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