Dark Chocolate Brownies with Tahini Drizzle

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Tahini Drizzle

Treat yourself! You’ve made it halfway to the weekend. Celebrating hump day with dark chocolate brownies with tahini drizzle.

Brownies:

1/2 cup cocoa

1/3 cup shredded coconut (blended in a food processor until super fine)

1/2 cup coconut sugar

2 sq melted dark chocolate

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 eggs

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 tsp Vanilla

Pinch of salt

Tahini drizzle:

3 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

Add almond milk, eggs, coconut sugar, melted chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and coconut oil to a bowl and mix well. In another bowl mix together coconut, cocoa, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring as you go. Transfer to a greased 8×8 brownie pan and bake at 350 for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Strawberry Almond Milk

Strawberry Almond Milk

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Coming atcha with a recipe for creamy strawberry almond milk from scratch that’s SO EASY! I have loved making the switch to dairy free milk and have been drinking only dairy free milk for about 6 years now. Dairy products often make me feel sick and bloated (I have a self-diagnosed lactose intolerance) but dairy free milks have allowed me to keep eating so many of my favorite foods and still feel great!

Strawberry almond milk:

1/2 cup almonds (soaked for at least 2 hours)

2 cups water

1/2 vanilla bean (seeds only)

3 large strawberries (can add more to make the strawberry flavor stronger)

Optional: Pinch of cinnamon & 1 packet of stevia

Blend for 2-3 minutes in a high speed blender and strain through a nut milk bag (I’ve linked the one I use below) or a cheese cloth. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and shake well before drinking!

All-Natural Nut Milk Bag

Basic Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Basic Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Chia pudding is the perfect low sugar sweet treat for breakfast, a snack, or dessert! You can top it with fresh fruit like blueberries and mango then add other fun toppings like granola, yogurt, coconut whip, honey to make it your own.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup chia seeds

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of cinnamon

Directions:

Put ingredients in container or bowl and mix together. Place covered in the refrigerator for at least two hours. and mix every 1-2 hours until set. Keep refrigerated. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and mix well.

Flourless Chickpea Blender Blondies

Flourless Chickpea Blender Blondies

These only take 30 minutes to make including bake time and they are so so yummy! Could be made vegan if you sub the egg for a flax seed egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flax seed and 2 tbsp water)

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas (drained & rinsed)

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Dark chocolate chips

Chopped pecans

Instructions:

Blend chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, egg, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon & salt in a blender or food processor until it forms a thick batter. Stir in chocolate and chopped pecans and spread evenly into a greased brownie pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Collagen Donuts

Collagen Donuts

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Donuts are yummy, fun and super cute for the ‘gram… AND they can be made with whole food ingredients baked to fluffy perfection that won’t ruin your hard work in the gym. These donuts are low in sugar and have collagen to add a little bit of protein and keep your hair, skin, nails, and joints super healthy!

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 scoops collagen

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 eggs

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp almond extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350º. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until it forms a batter. Spoon the batter into a greased donut pan (only fill it about half way so it has room to rise!) and bake for 8-12 minutes.

Arctic Zero’s New Light Ice Cream Review

Arctic Zero’s New Light Ice Cream Review

Hey guys! Time for a little product review because Arctic Zero sent me all SEVEN of their new light ice creams!! I was so excited when they contacted me because ever since I was little, ice cream has been my absolute favorite sweet treat (I’m not kidding I ate ice cream almost every night for a WHILEEE…). The problem is, when you’re trying to stay healthy and fit, ice cream doesn’t necessarily get to be a nightly routine anymore. The good news is, Arctic Zero is changing the game. Their new line of light ice creams range from 280-360 calories and are made with real milk and cane sugar. I have to say that if you’ve ever tried an Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Dessert in the past, these Light Ice Creams are so different and are much more creamy like an ice cream as opposed to the icy texture of the Fit Frozen Desserts. I had a few hiccups in the making of this post, including the fact that my refrigerator broke the day after I recieved these and I had to run them down the street to my boyfriend’s house to keep them from melting! But at last here we are, with a full review on these seven awesome ice creams that were gone too fast because I just couldn’t keep my dad and brother out of them!

Cookies & Cream-creamy vanilla flavor with chocolate sandwich cookies

You can’t go wrong with Cookies & Cream. This flavor was crammed with chocolate cookies which is exactly what you want in a Cookies & Cream flavor. The vanilla flavor wasn’t overpowered by the cookies, so the ratio of cookies & cream was pretty perfect.

Chocolate Chunk- creamy chocolate with dark chocolate chunks

I’m more of a vanilla girl when it comes to ice cream, but this flavor was great and I love texture in my ice cream so choosing to make a chocolate flavor with dark chocolate chunks was the right move in my opinion. Even my boyfriend, who isn’t the biggest chocolate fan either, totally dug in when I handed him this pint to try.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies- creamy peanut butter with chocolate cookies and rich peanut butter swirls

I’ve never been someone to pick the peanut butter flavored ice cream off the shelf, but woah. The peanut butter swirls and chocolate cookies added that special something that made the peanut butter ice cream so much more fun! Sometimes when you dig into similar flavors from other brands the mix ins are sparse, but there were no shortage of chocolate cookies or peanut butter swirls which made every bite so delicious!

Mint & Chocolate Cookies- creamy mint flavor with chocolate cookies and dark chocolate chunks

Mint and Chocolate Cookies was so stinkin’ good. The peppermint flavor was rich, and the cookies and dark chocolate chunks are perfect if you love texture and crunch in your ice cream. Mint & chocolate ice cream has always been one of my favorites and they got this one SO RIGHT. 

Vanilla Bean- creamy vanilla with real vanilla beans

A classic done right. Nothing beats the richness of real ground vanilla beans, period. Not their most exciting flavor if you love a good mix-in, but so great for topping off a Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet which is how I chose to devour most of this pint.

Cookie & Brownie Dough- creamy vanilla flavor with cookie dough and brownie dough

This was my favorite flavor. Cookie dough ice cream is okay… but cookie dough AND brownie dough ice cream is the freakin’ BOMB. Sometimes I find that cookie dough in other ice creams has kind of a grainy texture, but I didn’t have that problem with this pint at all. Again, the ratio of mix-ins to ice cream was on point. Not much more to say about this flavor other than it’s absolutely amazing and you HAVE to try it.

Toffee Crunch- creamy vanilla flavor with toffee chunks and caramel swirls

Toffee crunch came in as a close second to Cookie & Brownie Dough and it was my dad’s favorite flavor by far… I was lucky to get a few bites of this flavor before he tore through the pint because it’s just that good. There were plenty of sweet and crunchy toffee chunks and caramel swirls so I didn’t find myself digging through the vanilla ice cream to get to the mix-ins which was awesome.

What I buy at Trader Joe’s

What I buy at Trader Joe’s

I did a poll on my insta stories a little while back asking you guys if you wanted to see a Whole Foods shopping list, or a Trader Joe’s shopping list. Although Whole Foods beat out TJ’s I’ve decided to do a post on both (partially because it’s a really good excuse to do two major shopping hauls with all my favorite goodies). Anyways, let’s get to the good stuff…

Fig Butter- I’m not a huge fan of fresh figs, but I really truly love dried figs, and TJ’s fig butter. So good on toast with almond butter, on crackers, etc. I’ve also been eating mine with Kite Hill almond milk cream cheese… Amazing.

Falafel Mix- This one was new to me. I’ve made falafel at home before but putting everything through a food processor takes a little work so I was excited to try out this falafel mix.

Wheat Pizza Dough- HOLY GUACAMOLE. I loved this item. It took me 25 minutes to make the pizza including washing, and cutting my veggies it was so so easy. I topped mine with organic tomato sauce, arugula, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, shallots, and drizzled it with TJ’s green goddess dressing.

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning- If you’ve ever seen avocado toast on my instagram feed, you have seen this product. It has become a staple and since I tried it last Fall avocado toast has never been the same. It’s addicting and I’ve seen people use this to make homemade bagels, put it on pizza, in dips, on eggs, crackers… you can really get creative with this.

Acaeí Packets- these are so handy for smoothies. I love acaí, but people tend to think that any acaí bowl or smoothie is the same and it’s just not true. I would love to believe that any restaurant selling acaí bowls is healthy, but most of the time those bowls and smoothies are LOADED with sugar and you might as well buy a milkshake. I prefer to make acaí bowls at home with one of these packets from TJ’s with no added sugar, a frozen banana, a handful of spinach and almond milk. If you need it a little sweeter, add some honey, but making them at home is so easy and you control how much sugar you’re actually getting.

Raw Mixed Nuts- I usually end up buying nuts in the bulk section and walk up to the register with 5-6 bags of different nuts for various recipes, but when I want to make a fruit and nut snack mix or my homemade granola, the mixed nuts from TJ’s are so handy! My favorite mix has cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, and pecans.

Ghee- For those of you that don’t really know much about ghee, let me explain. Ghee is butter that has been cooked to separate out the milk solids. It is a healthy fat that can decrease unhealthy cholesterol levels and is better for people who have dairy intolerance’s because it doesn’t contain lactose or casein protein. It is also great for cooking at higher temperatures because it has a high smoke point. My TJ’s always has a great price on their ghee and I use it in my coffee, baking, on toast and I even cooked the cauliflower gnocchi with it!

Popcorn with Herbs and Spices- You guys. This popcorn is actually so stinking addicting. I always have to portion it out in a bowl and make sure I put away the bag because I know for a fact that if I don’t I won’t be able to stop myself. Not much more to say about this other than it’s amazing.

Olive Tapenade- I love tapenade. Dipping veggies or crackers in hummus and salty tapenade is a favorite combo of mine or you could serve tapenade on top of baked fish or chicken, on avocado toast, or even on top of pizza! I ate mine with homemade buckwheat crackers.

Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry- I actually just tried this for the first time specifically for this post, but I am impressed. I would like to state my opinion that homemade is better and I did add more veggies, a fried egg, chicken and coconut aminos to mine

Cauliflower Gnocchi- this is CLUTCH. Don’t get me wrong I’m not afraid to eat pasta or regular gnocchi, but if I’m looking for something lighter this gnocchi is “75% cauliflower, as well as cassava flour, potato starch, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt… no wheat, sugar, dairy, or eggs are included” according to the Trader Joe’s website. I paired mine with bilinski chicken sausage and Trader Joe’s quinoa pesto.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust- To be completely honest my favorite way to do a cauliflower pizza crust is made from scratch at home, BUT it takes a little more work than these pre made crusts from TJ’s. You just pop these in the oven for a bit, add your toppings, then put them back in the oven and youre finished!

Hope you guys have enjoyed this little overview of my favorite TJ’s products! If you end up trying any of these or have suggestions for new products to try and review please let me know in the comments or send me a DM on instagram!

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