3-Ingredient Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam

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Anyone out there love a good jam? (Everyone should be raising their hands cuz it’s impossible not to love jam, amiright or am I right?) WELL THEN do I have the recipe for you!!!!

Last week I happened to purchase a very large container full of strawberries that was marked down to 30% off because no matter how hard I try, I can’t ever resist a good sale. Who could possibly eat a giant container of strawberries in a day? Not me. But did I still buy it knowing full well it would be impossible to eat them all before they went bad? You bet I did. Can’t stop won’t stop.

So now I was in a bit of a conundrum. I have all these strawberries. Now what? What could I possibly do with all of them. And then I made some oatmeal and I knew what to do. I love a good PB&J inspired anything so what could be tastier than PB&J oats with homemade strawberry chia seed jam? Mmmmm-mmmmm delicious. I love jam but I always struggle to find a good jam that isn’t super processed or loaded with added sugars. So if I made my own jam I could control exactly what’s going into it and therefore know exactly what I’m putting into my body.

Aaaaaand, the best part about this recipe is you only need 3 ingredients (plus water), one pot, and 10 minutes! Seriously, could not be easier. And oh man is it tasty. There are very few things on this earth that top fresh, sticky, warm homemade jam.

*Droooooooool*

So next time you can’t resist a sale and happen to buy a very large quantity of berries on hand, you’ll know exactly what to do. TIME TO JAM.

3-Ingredient Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup of chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener of choice
  • 1 Tbsp water

Directions

  1. Heat a small pot over medium-low heat. Add all ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally for about 7-10 minutes until your strawberries have broken down and you have a sticky, jam-like consistency.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

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Maple Pecan Protein Bars by Spin and Spice

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Ever since I was a wee little babe I have been completely obsessed with maple flavored everything. More specifically maple flavored donuts, but those are now a thing of the past since they’re probably one of the worst things you could put into your body (sigh). So now I have found found new outlets in which to exercise my maple sweet tooth in healthier ways, and one way that I’ve found is pretty common is a maple flavored protein bar!

I’m absolutely lovin’ this Maple Pecan Protein Bar by the lovely Spin and Spice so I though I’d share it with y’all on this lovely day. It’s so simple to make with just 6 ingredients (plus water), it’s DE-LISH, and it takes basically no time at all so I don’t know why we aren’t all making our own protein bars that are: 1. healthier 2. less processed and 3. SO MUCH CHEAPER. The link to the original recipe by Spin and Spice can be found here and the recipe with my modifications is below. Enjoy, my peeps!


Maple Pecan Protein Bars by Spin and Spice

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 Pitted dates (I used Medjool dates)
  • 2.5 servings MRM Natural Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (I used 2 scoops Vega Vanilla Protein and Greens to make the recipe dairy free)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 ¼ tsp Maple flavoring (I only ended up using about a teaspoon)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the pecans to a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until a dough forms. If things are looking too dry, add a little extra water until a dough forms.
  2. Add the chopped pecans and pulse to combine with the dough.
  3. Remove the dough and press it into a wax paper lined Tupperware, baking sheet, or whatever you have on hand.
  4. Cut into 4-6 bars (depending how big you like your bars, I cut mine into 6 but Kendra originally cuts them into 4) and enjoy!

 


Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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WHO WANTS COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST?!

I really, truly hope all of you reading this raised your hands for that because every human should want cookies for breakfast. It’s only natural. And I get it, you’re thinking, “But Bailey, cookies are not healthy and they are not a good, nutritious breakfast. Stop trying to drag us down.” Oh, but I’m not draggin’ ya down. Oh no. Far from it, actually. I’m here to tell you that these cookies are so good for you that you could literally eat them for breakfast. But don’t feel obligated to restrict yourself to just eating them for breakfast, they’re really an any-time-of-the-day-cookie too.

Say whaaaa?! Gimme some of those right now!

See, I would never lead you astray from the path of healthiness. These babies are super simple, contain all-natural whole ingredients, and are basically just a bowl of oatmeal baked into a cookie. Here’s what you’re looking at getting from one of these delicious little devils:

  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Vitamins
  • Nutrients
  • Minerals
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants

Talk about a balanced breakfast, amiright? That’s baaasically everything you could ever ask for in a breakfast besides maybe missing out on a veggie or two. So all I’m trying to say here is you’re welcome for providing you with such a wonderful amazing cookie and you should make some right now. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 12 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter plus a little extra for drizzling
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 free-range organic egg
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 dark chocolate bar

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients except for the dark chocolate bar to a high-powered blender and blend until everything is thoroughly combined.
  3. Scoop your dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and then press into a cookie shape as the cookies will pretty much retain the shape that they go in the oven with.
  4. Bake for about 8-10 minutes and then allow to cool.
  5. While the cookies are cooling, melt your chocolate bar at about 30 second increments in the microwave, giving it a good stir after each 30 seconds.
  6. Once the cookies are cool enough to handle, dip half of them in the dark chocolate and then return them to the parchment paper to cool and solidify.
  7. Drizzle the cookies with a little peanut butter and enjoy!
  8. * I would store them in the refrigerator so the chocolate stays nice and hard and doesn’t get melty and messy on ya.


Strawberry Coconut Acai Bowl with Almond Butter and Coco-Cacao Granola

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*can’t type because can’t stop staring at how beautiful and delicious this freakin’ smoothie bowl looks*

DROOOOOLLLLLL.

K. So I visited my family back in Arizona last week and I was  honestly having Vitamix withdrawals because of the lack of blender power I had in AZ. Apparently once you go Vitamix, you never go back because woweeee did I miss that thing. Thankfully there are a million and one places in Scottsdale to get smoothies bowls or I would have had an absolute fit without them for a WHOLE WEEK.

P.S. if you’re ever visiting Scottsdale and are looking for the best smoothie bowl, I HIGHLY recommend The Original Chop Shop Co. They da besttttt.

Anyways, I’ve now been reunited with my precious Vitamix and am happily back to my smoothie bowl ways. So the other day I was at the store and I thought, “Ya know what Bailey? You’re pretty great. You deserve some self love today so you go ahead and TREAT YOSELF.” So what exactly did that mean? Buying some frozen acai packets, DUHHHH. And I just so happened to snag the last pack of unsweetened Sambazon frozen Acai so it must have been fate. Okay so it’s not exactly an unhealthy treat yoself moment, but sometimes acai packets can be a little pricey so I try to limit myself to only the occasional acai bowl which makes it that much more special when I do treat myself to it.

Thus came this spectacular creation. Acai. Strawberry. Banana. Coconut water. Honey. All the toppings. Add that to a warm, sunny day lounging out on the patio and you’ve got yourself one heavenly day right there.

Gonna side track from that dream here for a sec. I’m sure many of you all have probably heard of acai, but how many of you actually know what it is? Don’t know? Don’t worry, I gotchu! So acai is actually a tiny little purple-y berry which comes from certain palm trees in South America. Okay so it’s a berry, so what? Why is it so much more special that we can only buy it in frozen packets in many areas of the world? Well that would be because these lil babies are HEALTHY AF. Like wow, so much health in such a tiny little berry. It’s overwhelming really. Talk about a superfood. Let me just list SOME of the health benefits for ya because I would lose you if I went through them all.

  1. Acai berries are super high in anthocyanins (like red wine) which are a type of antioxidant that helps to balance cholesterol levels and promote a healthy heart.
  2. These anthocyanins as well as high levels of polyphenols in acai berries have also been shown to help stop bad cell proliferation which means they prevent bad cells from growing out of control.
  3. Consuming acai has been shown to reduce total body fat, skin folds, and insulin sensitivity.
  4. The high amount of antioxidants give your skin health a tremendous boost, promoting radiant, naturally glowing skin.
  5. The acai berry seeds are high in fiber plus the antioxidants are powerful detoxifiers which help to maintain a properly functioning digestive system.
  6. The high level of phytochemicals in acai berries have some serious anti-aging effects by helping to slow or even reverse the aging processes caused by oxidative damage.
  7. Acai berries have many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which boost your energy levels and libido.
  8. High levels of phytochemicals and anthocyanins can improve your mental function, including healthy brain aging as well as short and long term memory. Some studies have even shown acai berries can help to protect against neurological disorders such as dementia!

So if you weren’t already drawn in by how beautiful I presented this tasty treat to you (which is highly unlikely cuz, I mean, just look at it), you HAVE to try it now after all that knowledge I just dropped on you. Make a quick trip to the freezer aisle, bust out that blender, and get your smoothie bowl on. And enjoy, of course!

Strawberry Coconut Acai Bowl with Almond Butter and Cacao Granola

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place the frozen fruit, honey, and coconut water in a blender and blend until thick and smooth, scraping the sides as needed.
  2. Spoon your smoothie into a bowl and top with fresh berries, granola, hemp hearts, and almond butter. Enjoy!


Cinnamon Maple Baked Pears

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Happy World Baking Day you guys!!!!!

Wow, what a day to celebrate. Baking has honestly changed my life in many ways (mostly because I LOVE eating baked goods, like honestly who doesn’t?) and I couldn’t be happier to potentially inspire others to get their bake on in a healthier way!

First of all, let me just tell you guys that my brain is very math and science oriented. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and was the president of the calculus club in high school sooooo basically I’m a math and science super nerd. Creativity and abstract things were far from my strong suit, but then I began baking. I loved that it was basically science. I could take a recipe and add things in a certain way (just like you would in a lab) to create something entirely new and spectacular. So cool!!!!! And it also helped me to be a little more creative, but just a little bit.

I also used baking as a way to relieve stress growing up because you can get lost in it. So if you’re not a baker, I definitely recommend using this day as an excuse to give it a try. Not to mention this recipe basically requires zero skill or effort whatsoever so it’s the perfect thing to get started with!

BUT. Guys. Don’t get lost in this. Baking can quickly turn into a long downward spiral into the tantilizing wormhole of sugary processed foods. No bueno. Remember this: bake HEALTHY. I try to take my favorite baked goods (for example, chocolate lava cake or chocolate chip cookies, or basically anything with chocolate) and turn them into healthier versions of themselves using coconut and oat flours, natural sweeteners like maple syrup, raw honey, coconut sugar, or dates, or subbing butter with coconut oil or a nut butter. As long as I have whole, natural ingredients going in I feel much better about putting it inside my body. (And I’ll continue posting all of my healthy baked goods as I perfect the recipes so keep an eye out!)

I also tend to crave dessert every night so I know if I’m putting something terrible in my body every night after dinner, I’m going to feel terrible all the time. That’s what makes these pears so great! They take 2 seconds of preparation, 5 ingredients, 1 oven, and voila, you have yourself a warm, sweet treat that’s GOOD for your body instead of something you’d definitely be feeling in the morning. No regret, no guilt, no problem.

So it’s time. Warm up those ovens. Get your pears ready. Aaaaaaand GO!

 

Cinnamon Maple Baked Pears

  • Servings: 2 Halves
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 pear, halved (I used a Bartlett Pear)
  • 2 Tbsp of your favorite granola
  • ½ Tbsp chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (give or take) plus an extra sprinkle
  • ½ Tbsp maple syrup
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Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil or a silicon mat.
  2. Cut your pear in half and scoop out the seeds using a tablespoon scooper. Drizzle each half with half of your maple syrup.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together your granola, chopped almonds, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Spoon half of the mixture in each pear.
  4. Place the pears in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the pears are soft and a nice golden color.
  5. Remove and allow to cool.
  6. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and enjoy! I like eating this plain, but it also tastes super good with yogurt or some ice cream.
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