Growing up as the only true health enthusiast in my family, I got pretty used to cooking all my meals for myself. I would meal prep on the weekends so I had all my food prepared for breakfast, lunch, snacks, afternoon sports, etc. When I came home, the one thing that I wanted more than anything was some HEALTHY DESSERT (and one that I could whip up FAST)!
And then…drumroll please…the mug cake was born! The easiest way for me to satisfy my sweet tooth without wasting any time at all! Seriously less than 5 minutes to prepare + make and 100% worth every bite. I swear that mug is absolutely magical (and even better when you’re exhausted and hungry). Easiest healthy dessert!
So naturally, I made sure that my mug cake was delicious, yet still completely filled with the good stuff and made out of whole food ingredients only. This mug is gluten free, dairy free (always), refined sugar free, and paleo–aka JUST how I like it 😉 Recipe below!
3 tbsp almond flour
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
1-2 tbsp chocolate chips
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, then transfer to a mug (or microwave-safe bowl).
Microwave for 2 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Add more chocolate chips and a drizzle of almond milk.
OKAY I know that I’m a bit late to the game with the whole pumpkin thing, but I mean, pumpkin recipes should be a year-round thing…right?! It’s just TOO GOOD to limit to one time a year in my opinion.
So–late or not–I bring to you, my Pumpkin Almond Butter Cups!!! These are seriously the most delicious, yet healthy version of homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but with an EXTRA pumpkin boost! Not to mention, they’re vegan, dairy free, refined sugar free…the whole bit. What’s not to love?
If I haven’t captivated you yet, just LOOK at the ingredients. They’re all real, whole foods, and they combine to make the most delicious dessert (hint: they’re pictured above)! I’m a firm believer that when you’re eating healthy you should NEVER have to compromise! I promise you, these certainly don’t compromise in the flavor department 😉
1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup nut butter (I used almond butter but up to you!)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
2 tbsp vanilla protein (sub: almond flour and add more maple syrup)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Line a 12-muffin tin with muffin liners and spray with non-stick spray.
- Melt the chocolate in a double broiler or in the microwave in 30-second intervals (so the chocolate doesn’t burn).
- In a small bowl, combine all filling ingredients and set aside.
- Once the chocolate and filling are ready, fill them muffin cups in layers. Add 2 tsp of melted chocolate to the bottom of each cup. Then add 2 tsp of filling to the center of the cups (make sure it doesn’t touch the sides). Then coat the filling with an additional 2 tsp of melted chocolate.
- Store the muffin cups in the fridge to harden.
I’m an overnight oats addict. I said it, but for good reason! Overnight oats are a quick and easy way to get in all the components necessary for a good breakfast. You can pretty much spice them up with whatever you desire, add protein, nut butter, and *BAM!* you’ve got a balanced meal.
When prepping a breakfast, it’s essential to hit all if the macros for proper fuel. That’s why I supplement the carbs from oatmeal with protein power and nut butter for healthy fat. I’ve found that three of these combined is the ONLY thing that keeps me full for hours at a time. Nothing too crazy or expensive, but it’s a miracle food if ya ask me.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp protein powder
1 tbsp nut butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp matcha
In a sealable jar, combine all ingredients.
Store in the fridge overnight, and in the morning, add desired toppings (I did my grain-free granola, coconut, and almond butter)!
Take it to go, OR enjoy it in the comfort of your home. Your choice 😉