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Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Rise and Shine with these healthy and delicious Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies. Made with the wholesome ingredients you need to jump-start your day! A perfect grab and go breakfast that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. 

Cookies for breakfast how can anyone turn that down! I think my kids may have been the most excites, ha! So you may be wondering why fall flavors in January… well obviously cause pumpkin can never really go out of season! Let me introduce you to the best Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies around!

pumpkin breakfast cookies

So mornings are NOT my thing, I’ve tried multiple times to be a morning person but I am a tired and true night owl ūü¶Č. During the week I like a quick and nutritious breakfast. One the kids can eat in the car on the way to school drop off if needed! These Pumpkin  Breakfast Cookies are the perfect make-ahead breakfast to have on hand. 

I love the versatility of these breakfast cookies, you can leave in the chocolate chips take them out, or sub them for any nuts or seeds. Adjust them to your liking you can’t go wrong with Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies!!

How To Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a medium mixing bowl mash 1 ripe banana.
  3. Add in pumpkin, flax egg, almond butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix till combined.
  4. Stir in almond flour, oats, baking soda, and cinnamon till combined. 
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, drop balls onto parchment paper. Flatten tops to desired thickness the cookies won’t flatten when cooking. 
  7. Bake cookies for 15 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.
  8. Enjoy!

Love breakfast, also try Banana Cinnamon OatmealGluten-Free Yogurt Banana BreadSweet Potato Pie Parfaits, and Maple Pear Baked Oatmeal. 

Yield: 18 cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

Rise and Shine with these healthy and delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies. Made with the wholesome ingredients you need to jump-start your day! A perfect grab and go breakfast that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 flax egg, 1 tbsp ground flax + 2.5 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
    In a medium mixing bowl mash 1 ripe banana.
    Add in pumpkin, flax egg, almond butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix till combined.
    Stir in almond flour, oats, baking soda, and cinnamon till combined. 
    Fold in chocolate chips.
    Using a cookie scoop, drop balls onto parchment paper. Flatten tops to desired thickness the cookies won't flatten when cooking. 
    Bake cookies for 15 minutes. Let cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 30mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

Tuscan Kale Salad with Apples

Tuscan Kale Salad is the perfect Fall salad full of sweet, crisp, and savory flavor! A simple salad to make and healthy too!

Do you love Fall salads!? I sure do!! This big bowl of kale salad will make you a kale lover! This year and every other year I get asked to bring a salad to my in-law’s Thanksgiving lunch. Every year I make a different one and this year, in particular, I haven’t decided yet! I know it is in 2 days…ha! It’s a toss-up for me between kale salad or arugula beet and goat cheese! I really love salad and am terrible and making choices! 

My husband and Kale salad have come along way! Their relationship started when we met, haha! We did have a good 3-year vegan run together in what feels like forever ago! Sometimes I feel like people have to acclimate to the taste of kale, I get it its not for everyone but I do believe it becomes an acquired taste! In fact, hubs actually ask me for kale salads! Especially this one it’s just so good!!

The flavor in this salad is amazing, you get a little bit of everything! I used a mix of granny smith apples and honey crisp. I kept this salad super-low maintenanceūüĎĆ and used candy pecans from traders also snagged my dried cranberries there too! 

The dressing I made was absolutely delicious and really brings all the flavors together. The blend lemon poppy seed is one of my favorites! This kale salad is easy to make and full of incredible flavor, I just love it so much!

How do you make Tuscan Kale Salad

  • Start by washing 2 heads of latticinio kale and pulling the leaves off the stems. To do this start and the bottom of the stem with you figure tips around the stem and pull it all the way to the top, dispose of stems. The Stems can be rather rough so do not skip this step
  • Chop kale and place in your salad bowl
  • Slice your apples and avocados and place them on top of your kale.
  • Sprinkle with croutons, dried cranberries, parmesan, and candy pecans.
  •  In a mason jar or a small bowl combine your salad dressing ingredients. 
  • Pour your dressing over your salad, toss, serve, and enjoy!

Leftovers

This is not like other salads that become a wilted mess overnight! Latticino Kale is a tougher leaf and will keep 1-day before it starts looking very sad. The longer you let the kale sit in the dressing the more flavorful your salad will be. 

If you make this Tuscan Kale Salad, please leave this recipe a rating!! I absolutely love hearing and engaging with you! 

Love recipes with kale, also check out Kale, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche.

Yield: 10

Tuscan Kale Salad with Apples

Tuscan Kale Salad with Apples

Tuscan Kale Salad is the perfect Fall salad full of sweet, crisp, and savory flavor! A simple salad to make and healthy too!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 heads kale, shredded
  • 1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 honey crisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium avocados, thinly sliced
  • 1 5 oz bag candied pecans, I used Trader Joes brand
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of unexpected cheddar Trader Joes brand, shredded (or sub parmesan)
  • 1 cup croutons
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced ( 2 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp agave ( if you like a sweeter dressing you can always taste and adjust by adding more)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

Start by washing 2 heads of latticinio kale and pulling the leaves off the stems. To do this start and the bottom of the stem with you figure tips around the stem and pull it all the way to the top, dispose of stems.
Chop kale and place in your salad bowl.
Slice your apples and avocados and place them on top of your kale.
Sprinkle with croutons, dried cranberries, parmesan, and candy pecans.
 In a mason jar or a small bowl combine your salad dressing ingredients. 
Pour your dressing over your salad, toss, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

If you prefer a sweeter salad dressing, add in a little more agave, taste and adjust to your desired level of sweetness.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 | 8 freestyle points |

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 172mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 15g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Easy Greek Pasta Salad is the perfect easy side and the ultimate potluck hit that everyone will enjoy!! With a beautiful blend of crisp juicy veggies and feta tossed in greek dressing make for the perfect pasta salad.

There is something so wonderful about greek salad seems like I always have the ingredients on hand. With an extra box of pasta chilling in the pantry I thought hey why not try a greek pasta salad! The combination of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, bell pepper, red onion, feta and olives tossed in Greek dressing makes for a crazy good meal.

Of course, I recommended making the dressing but if you find yourself short on time toss in a store bought dressing. The salad will hold up in the fridge for up to 5 days. It is perfect for packed lunches, BBQ’s and potlucks.

To make it is so simple!

  1. Cook your pasta according to package and rinse with cold water to stop cooking
  2. Wash and chop your veggies while the pasta is cooking.
  3. Combine everything in a large bowl and toss in the dressing. Chill and serve!

Yield: 8

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

An easy side dish, perfect to bring to a potluck or BBQ. A dish everyone will love!

Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb short pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 zucchini's spirulized (4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cup cucumber diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 oz sliced black olives, drain juice from can
  • 1 cup feta crumbles

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinager
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water.
  2. While pasta is cooking prepare your dressing then wash and chop your veggies.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss in dressing. Chill in fridge and enjoy!

One Bowl Peach Crisp

Light and healthy with the perfect blend of oat and pecan crisp topping. One Bowl Peach Cris is the ultimate summer comfort food that is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.

The end of sweet summer fruit is upon us here. Peach season its been real and I am not ready for you to go! I urge you to make this absolutely delicious peach crisp before the peaches disappear from our markets. Peach crisp is one of the desserts that make the house smell amazing, everyone will be coming straight to the kitchen!

Peach Crisp is excellent when served with your favorite ice cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt! You can’t go wrong with this crisp!

Yield: 5

One Bowl Peach Crisp

One Bowl Peach Crisp

The most peachy perfect summer treat!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

Peaches

  • 4 1/2 cups peaches, peeled (optional), cored and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • pinch of salt

Crisp

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup raw pecans chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil softned

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350¬įF¬†and greese a 8x8 baking dish.

Peaches

  1. In a medium bowl combine the peaches, maple syrup, almond flour and salt. Mix well and coat the peaches evenly.
  2. Transfer peaches to you baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Crisp

  1. While the peaches are baking prepare your crisp. In the same bowl mix your oats, almond flour, chopped raw pecans, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. Mix with a spoon until mixture is crumbly. You can also use your hands for this part.
  2. Once peaches have baked 20 minutes sprinkle the crisp mixture evenly over the top. Bake the crisp for 20 more minutes until the crisp golden brown and the peaches are bubbling. Let cool 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy with your favorite ice cream or a dollop of greek yogurt.

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

Easy no-fuss Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls that are perfect for meal prep, lunch and dinner. Prepare these bowls and have a healthy lunch or dinner for the week!

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

After a week of all-inclusive eating tacos and drinking margaritas in Mexico, its time to get my clean eating back on track. Craving all the hearty vegetables now!! Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls are my favorite to eat during the week. Once you make this bowl you will find yourself wanting more, healthy eating does not have to be gross or boring.

Before we jump into the recipe I don’t think of these bowls as a “recipe” they are customizable and easy to make. You can put different veggies in your bowl every time or just stick to your favorites. 

Love easy and healthy meals, also try Easy Tofu and Vegetable CurryNutted Wild Rice Pilaf, and Easy Take-Out Style Chicken.

Yield: 4

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

Hearty nourish bowls perfect for lunch, dinner or meal prep!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Roasted Vegetables

  • 2 cups cabbage (purple or green) cut in thin strips
  • 1 zucchini sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup Brussels sprouts cut in half
  • 1 bell pepper sliced core and seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • garlic powder, salt, and black pepper

Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • pinch of salt

Toppings

  • 1/4 cup feta crumbles
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400¬įF. Spread out and evenly place veggies on your baking sheet. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and toss till veggies are evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake for 25 minutes or until veggies is tender but crisp on edges.
  2. While veggies are roasting prepare your quinoa. In a small saucepan combine water, quinoa, and salt. Bring to a boil then turn down heat and cover. Cook for 15 mins then turn off the heat, keep covered for 7 minutes while heat is off. Fluff with fork before serving.
  3. Assemble bowls by adding quinoa and an assortment of veggies. Sprinkle liberally with feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts. Enjoy!
  4. Note- if you are meal prepping you can place everything in containers and microwave when you are ready to eat.
  5. Optional but totally recommended to add avocado chunks!

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

The most perfect Gluten, Refined Sugar & Dairy free Brownies! They are so fudgy, rich, and chocolatey with a crispy exterior. This is a one bowl mix!

I have fallen in love with Almond Flour! Its become my favorite flour to bake with. It is no surprise that I have a sweet tooth. Baking a brownie that taste like a brownie but is so much healthier than your average brownie brings me pure joy! I don’t like feeling icky after eating junk, so here you have my healthified brownie babes!

Brownies have always been my favorite chocolate fix. I love the simplicity of them! The fudgier the better in my opinion! You won’t even notice they are gluten, refined sugar or dairy free! Store them in the fridge, they won’t last long!

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5 from 2 votes

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Rich, supremely dense, crinkly outside thick and fudgy inside! Refined sugar, Gluten, and Dairy FREE!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chocolate
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + more for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350¬ļF. Grease and line a 8-inch square pan.
  • In a medium bowl combine apple sauce, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, salt, coconut sugar. Mix till alll ingredients are well combined.
  • Mix in the cocoa powder and almond flour and baking powder.
  • Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Mexican Quinoa Salad

The most delicious and fresh Mexican Quinoa Salad of all time. Full of things you most likely already have on hand! This is a complete meal, but also goes great with your favorite choice of protein. The salad is vegan friendly, gluten and refined sugar free. Filled with protein rich black beans, fresh veggies, and creamy avocado all tossed in  tangy lime dressing. It is the perfect vegetarian meal to add to your weekly menu rotation.

Quinoa, like I said before, so NOT 2018. It slowly has been pushed aside by queen cauliflower. In my opinion quinoa is way better.  I incorporate quinoa into my weekly lunch rotation on the regular. Did you know that quinoa is a complete protein? It is healthy, very easy to make and relatively cheap when you get in from the bulk section. I always try to get all my nuts and grains from the bulk section to help keep grocery costs down.

Full of fresh corn, cilantro, avocado chunks, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, black beans, a touch of cumin and oregano, all dressed in tangy lime juice… It will make your taste buds sing, so dang delicious!

If you use this salad for meal prep just leave out the avocado and store in the fridge. This is a great dish to bring to a summer party or potluck! The flavors are amazing and combine so well. If you can’t find fresh corn just use thawed frozen corn kernels.¬†I used white quinoa with mine but tricolor would work great too. If you want to pack a little heat in your dish add in a dash of cayenne.

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5 from 1 vote

Mexican Quinoa Salad

The most delicious and fresh Mexican Quinoa Salad of all time. Full of things you most likely already have on hand! This is a complete meal, but also goes great with your favorite protein choice. The salad is vegan friendly, gluten and refined sugar free.
Prep Time15 d
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: salad

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup quinoa (1 cup of dry quinoa cooked)
  • 3/4 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, cut into small squares
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, loosly packed
  • 2 limes juiced, about 5 tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil can sub avocado oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl, gently toss. Taste for seasoning and enjoy!

 

LIGHTENED-UP CHICKEN SALAD

This easy chicken salad has the perfect blend of flavors and add-ins. It makes the very best sandwiches and wraps! It is simple and makes a great lunch. This salad can be spread out throughout the whole week. This chicken salad is made with a Greek yogurt base instead of mayonnaise. It combines so much flavor you are sure to enjoy every bite.

My days are busy, and time seems to fly around here. I spend a lot of time carting my kids around to school and sports practices. I’m starting to think a laptop is a good investment for work since I can’t seem to find more than two hour stretches at my desk. Some days it can be so hard to find the time to prepare lunch. It is in the moments I am not prepared and will go straight to the pantry for a snack which will turn into the entire package! As Brittany Spears would say, “Opp’s I did it again.” I really like to have this chicken salad on hand for times when there isn’t a lot of time. I heat a low carb flat wrap, scoop the chicken salad in and go about my day! I feel like there is a lot of mamas out there that can relate to lunch standing up, ha! This is one of those recipes you can use over a few days and it tastes amazing, doesn’t break the calorie bank and is so convenient!

So now that we have established that this is one of my favorite make ahead lunch recipes, let me give you some ideas how to eat it. Its versitle you can serve it on bread or croissants, in a wrap, or even stuffed in a tomato or piece of lettuce. I like to top mine with some chili flakes for some extra spicy goodness – its so good!

If you’re in the mood for a sandwich I highly recommend layering up the toppings, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and avocado. Always go with your favorites!

LIGHTENED-UP CHICKEN SALAD

This easy chicken salad has the perfect blend of flavors and add ins. It makes the very best sandwiches and wraps! This chicken salad is made with a greek yogurt base instead of mayonnaise. It combines so much flavor you are sure to enjoy every bite.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Author: Kay

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed 1 lb chicken
  • 3 stalk celery cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 2 tbsp diced chives
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo, I like trader joes brand
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Stir together the greek yogurt, mustard, and mayo.
  • Toss in the remaining ingredients.
  • Serve on top a salad, on some bread, in a tomato or a wrap! 
    Enjoy!