Healthy Sweets!

I’m not going to lie,  I am super happy to be back to my vegan baking experiments. I love trying out new recipes using dates and bananas as sweeteners with extra dark chocolate and all the oats and seeds and nuts.

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I really love having a treat at night and not feeling like I am busting my sugar budget. It’s really amazing what you can make with some date paste and cocoa powder.

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A friend shared this DELICIOUS chocolate muffin recipe with me and I cannot believe I haven’t shared it yet.
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The best part is, all the ingredients are mixed together in the blender-how easy is that?! 

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I went home immediately after trying these muffins and had to make my own batch, they were gone in just a few days! They’re so good for you, you could even call these breakfast muffins. 

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Chocolate Chunk Muffins (guilt free)
gluten free & sugar free (except for sugars naturally found in fruit)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 c oats
  2. 3 egg whites
  3. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (I omitted)
  5. 1/2 cup greek yogurt ( I omitted)
  6. 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  7. 1 T vanilla
  8. 1 1/2 t baking pwder
  9. 1 1/2 t baking soda
  10. 1/2 t cream of tartar
  11. 1/4 t salt
  12. 1 cup hot water
  13. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together then pour in muffin tins and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
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I also made a vegan chocolate chip “cookie” last night using date paste I found at a spice market in Mobile and really enjoyed these. I am taking a batch with me to Memphis nosh on when my sweet tooth hits 24/7.

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These cookies are perfectly sweet from the dates and dark chocolate but do not have the texture of a traditional chewy chocolate chip.

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The oatflour used in this recipe makes these cookies more granola like than cookie but still equally satisfying! Leave a comment below if there is a healthy treat you love that I need to try!

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT COOKIES:

1 cup rolled oats

pinch salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla extract

6 tbsp milk

4 tbsp date paste*

1/2 cup chocolate chips 

Directions: In a coffee grinder or food processor, pulse oats until fine flour. Combine all dry ingredients then whisk in wet ingredients. You will need to thoroughly whisk (stir) in date paste:) Fold in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 7 minutes. 

Run/Bump Update: 21 weeks woohoo! Time’s starting to fly.  I’m still running just about everyday (everyday that I don’t cross train), Bowen and I ran four miles this am. He was WAY out ahead of me but I finished so that’s something 😉 Does anyone have experience with second trimester running? I am having serious leg fatigue and just overall find it MUCH harder than ever-leave a comment below if you have any tips! Have a sweet weekend! 

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look at our little friend that ran with me, don’t worry we found it’s rightful home..

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