Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

Okay so as soon as October hit this year I got way too excited about pumpkin spice. Literally you guys I made pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Every day there was something new.

So I have been eating this unreal pumpkin spice smoothie bowl basically every day and I just now realized I forgot to post the recipe for it because I didn’t want to overload you guys with all my pumpkin spice recipes.

MY B DAWGS.

So here I have for you my most favorite smoothie bowl recipe to date. You are welcome. And my most sincere apologies for taking this long. Enjoy!!!!!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Bowl:

  • ½ cup frozen pumpkin puree
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ – ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Toppings Options:

  • fresh sliced banana
  • pecans
  • pumpkin seeds
  • dried white mulberries
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • chia seeds
  • almond butter

Directions

  1. In a high-powered blender, add all your ingredients for the smoothie bowl and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and top with whatever toppings you would like. I always go for all the toppings because I’m a toppings queen.

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Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

What is this, Bailey? Yet another breakfast recipe?!

YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT PEOPLE!

Or I guess it could be an anytime snack or dessert too, but I usually eat it for breakfast.

I will forever and ever post all the breakfast recipes because there’s just an endless amount of delicious options and I want you all to be able to share in that deliciousness! So here I bring to you the refined-sugar free goodness that is chia seed pudding topped with scrumptious homemade (and easssssyyyyy as can be to make) strawberry chia jam plus a lil extra toppings, obviously.

Holllaaaaaaaaaa!

I love chia seed pudding and I love jam even more, but PSA: most store-bought chia seed pudding and jam is LOADED with added sugars and additives which can be detrimental to your gut. Not to mention, refined sugar actually tricks your brain into thinking you’re still hungry long past the point of fullness. No bueno. It also kills the good bacteria in your gut which you need for proper digestion and to keep you feeling your best!

So moral of the story here is: when it’s at all possible, you should make your own versions of your favorite store-bought goodies so you know EXACTLY what’s going in what you’re putting in your bodies. Remember, you only have one body and you gotta feed it properly so it lasts as long as possible! Oh, and also you should make this Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding because it’s da bombbbbbb.

Have a wonderful Tuesday my peeps!

Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a mason jar or Tupperware container, combine all ingredients for the chia seed pudding and mix thoroughly. I usually put the lid on and shake to mix!
  2. Place the chia seed pudding mixture in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight to thicken up.
  3. Once your chia seed pudding is thick, pour half into a bowl or jar and then layer on half of the strawberry jam. Sprinkle on your toppings and enjoy!


Banana Nice Cream with Healthified Reese’s Crumbles

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*Sitting here waiting for Vitamix to sponsor me because I basically only eat smoothie bowls and nice cream*

Seriously though. The healthy dessert combinations you can make with some frozen fruit and toppings are ENDLESS!!!! When I first became intolerant to dairy I immediately mourned the loss of ice cream (previously one of my all-time favorite foods) BUT now that I have my Vitamix (or any high-powered blender works), I think I like smoothie bowls and nice cream even more than real ice cream if that’s even possible!

Just think about it. You’ve made it to tonight. You had a delicious, healthy dinner. You’ve had a good day of exercise. You’re sitting on the couch watching Wild, Wild Country (okay so you’re probably not all watching what I’m watching on Netflix right now, but if you like documentaries I strongly recommend giving this one a try!). You’re craving dessert. Do you:

  1. Undo all your healthy progress from the day by giving in to ice cream and having a bowl full of cream and sugar that will cause all sorts of health problems for you ORRRRRRRRR
  2. Whip up a quick bowl of banana nice cream with Healthified Reese’s Crumbles on top?

Option 2 DUHHHHHHHHH!!! Nothing bad’s going to come to your body from a bowl of bananas, peanut butter, and dark chocolate. Nope. Nada. You’re actually going to get tons of vitamins and nutrients. Instead of having a heavy, crappy feeling in your stomach you’ll feel light as a feather and be ready to binge a million episodes!

So boycott the ice cream cravings and break out the blenders!!!! And enjoy your healthy guilt-free dessert.

 

Banana Nice Cream with Healthified Reese’s Crumbles

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 6 ice cubes
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • dash vanilla extract
  • ½ Tbsp raw honey
  • 3 Bites By Bai’s Healthified Reese’s Eggs, crumbled (or you can drizzle peanut butter and add chocolate chips as a substitute)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the Healthified Reese’s Eggs to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. At this point you can either transfer straight to a bowl or place in the freezer for a bit to harden up and then you can scoop it out into a bowl.
  2. Crumble the Reese’s Eggs on top (or drizzle peanut butter and chocolate chips on top) and enjoy!


Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookie Crumble Blizzard

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Okay so you guys I’ve really outdone myself here. Like, this might be the best thing I’ve ever made. It’s so good that my boyfriend and I had one of these bowls three times each within 24 hours.

And it all started with a failed cookie recipe! Who woulda thunk.

I was attempting to re-create a coconut dark chocolate cookie recipe using no dairy, gluten, or refined sugar and in doing so I ended up creating a giant mega cookie that just crumbled apart as soon as you tried to pick it up. BUT, it still tasted magnificent so obviously I wasn’t just gonna throw it away.  No no no no no never would I throw it away. Obviously I was gonna use it as a topping because I am the Toppings Queen!!!! So now I just had to figure out what to put it on top of….

THEN I remembered I had brought back a bunch of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa from the States last time i was visiting my parents so duhhhhh dark chocolate cookie crumble healthified Blizzard time!!!!! And while this is so SO much like exponentially in a whole nother universe healthier than a normal Dairy Queen Blizzard, I’d say it tastes just as good if not BETTER (dare I say it, and I did). Aaaaaand it’s dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free. AND it’s made using real food, aka not full of chemicals and preservatives. So what is it made of exactly? Do you have any frozen bananas, coconut milk, and dark cocoa lying around? Oh good, then you’ve basically got the majority of stuff ya need here minus a few flavors here and there.

EASY AS PIE.

So instead of being lazy and driving through Dairy Queen for a blizzard that’ll set you back about 2389702938409234 calories, grab a blender and your fave cookies, crumble em up, and devour that delicious bowl of amazingness.

 

Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookie Crumble Blizzard

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas
  • 4 ice cubes
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • A drizzle of raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Your favorite cookie(s) crumbled up (I use a dairy and gluten free coconut oat cookie which I will post the recipe to once it’s perfected)
  • Optional peanut butter drizzle

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the cookie crumbles and peanut butter to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth, thick, and creamy. You may need to add a little additional milk to get things fully blended.
  2. Pour everything into a bowl and top with the cookie crumbles and peanut butter drizzle. 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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