Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Seed Cookies

So, we have a lot of pumpkin seeds. Like A LOT. We got the 1.2 kilogram bag from Costco. I wanted to make some pumpkin seed butter out of them, because I don’t really like to eat them by themselves. But halfway through the blending process, my vitamix quit on me! This happens sometimes because it’s pretty old, and seeds are a pretty intense thing to blend. So I was like, now what? What can you make out of half-blended pumpkin seeds? It turns out that you can make something pretty fricking amazing.

I added some maple syrup to the seeds, pressed em into cookies, and TRIPLE DIPPED them in chocolate. That’s right. TRIPLE. DIPPED. These cookies are legit amazing. They’re so rich and nutty and sweet and just awesome! You only need four ingredients to whip them up, and if you have a really old blender no prob! It only needs to work for about two minutes.

My go-to chocolate dipping sauce is maple syrup, cocoa powder, and coconut oil. Super simple and so good. All you have to do is melt the ingredients together and you’re good. This sauce could also be used for pretty much anything else, like oatmeal, strawberries, other fruits, nice cream; the list goes on and on. On these cookies, it lends another hit of richness that is definitely welcome. If you’re not feeling the chocolate though, you can always omit and just eat the cookies by themselves. HA! That was a joke! DEFINITELY include the chocolate. I don’t know why you clicked on this post if you don’t like chocolate.

That’s my spiel for the day! I really hope you give these cookies a try because they will change your life. For the better.

Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Seed Cookies

Serves: Makes 10-12 cookies

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups shelled and roasted pumpkin seeds (I used salted)
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • I’m not kidding that’s it

Directions:

  1. In a STRONG blender or food processor, blend the seeds until they start releasing oil but aren’t too loose. You want the mixture to be something you could form a ball with.
  2. Transfer the blended seeds into a bowl and stir in 2 tbsp of the maple syrup.
  3. Scoop the pumpkin seed mixture by heaping tablespoons and form into balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or pan, and press down to make cookies about a centimetre thick.
  4. Place the cookies in the freezer for at least half an hour. You want them to be pretty frozen so that they’re easy to dip.
  5. Make the chocolate sauce right after you pop the cookies in the freezer. Melt together the cocoa powder, coconut oil and maple syrup in a small pot over low heat. Remove from the burner and let stand until the cookies are ready.
  6. After thirty minutes has passed, take out the cookies and dip them one by one halfway into the chocolate mixture, placing them back on the baking sheet. By the time you’ve reached the last cookie, the chocolate on the first cookies should be hardened because of the cold. Dip all of the cookies halfway again, and then once more to ensure optimal coverage.
  7. Place the cookies back in the freezer for another 10 minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Enjoy these little bites of deliciousness!

Yours Truly,

Olivia

My Top 10 Favourite Recipes

Hi people! You showed up at a great time. To celebrate my 200th post, I decided to compile a list of my top ten favourite recipes. This is the stuff you really need to pay attention to right here! These are my best offerings, the cream of the crop, the A-list of blog recipes. Going through all of these recipes made me want to make so many of them:) I’m usually trying to come up with new stuff all of the time, but I’m definitely going to remake some of this food because it’s so good. The recipes I that I post have definitely changed over the course of my blogging career, and they’re getting more tasty and creative;) There are definitely some OGs that made this top ten list though! I’m proud of myself for numbering them all off, because it was super hard to rank them. I want to hear from you guys though; what’s your favourite recipe at mydayisbooked.com? Here’s my list!

10. Coconut and Lentil Curry

I love curry so much because it’s warm and comforting, and the coconut milk in this one gives it so much flavour and richness. It’s super easy, is made in one pot, and packs in a ton of protein with all those lentils! You can check out the recipe for this Coconut and Lentil Curry here.

9. Mango Salsa

This mango salsa recipe was given to me by my aunt and is SO fresh and delicious! I could literally eat it on or with anything, or just by the spoonful. Click here for the recipe!

8. Hearty Vegetable Chilli

I think that this is the one blog post that I don’t have a picture for! I’ll definitely have to make this recipe and post one. I think that chilli is super underrated, but it’s do tasty and is a great staple recipe that you can make in a pinch. I love all of the veggies in this version! Take a look at the recipe here🙂

7. Scrumptious Sugar Free Muffins

Here’s an OG recipe that I clearly made before I was good at naming things! Seriously, who says “scrumptious”? Anyway, these muffins are awesome, and I haven’t really tried another muffin recipe since. (Except for my carrot and apple muffins but those aren’t as good). You FOR SURE need to try these! Click here to have your mind blown:)

6. Rainbow Bowls

When I look at this bowl I just think that it embodies what this site is about, which is making healthy food exciting. Also, it’s all of my favourite things in a bowl. Sweet Potato? Yep. Avocado? Yessir. And a delicious peanut dressing to tie it all together? YOU’D BETTER BELIEVE IT! Check it out right here.

5. PB Banana Creamsicles

These are one of the first dessert recipes that I posted, and I absolutely love them! They’re the perfect refreshing summer treat because they’re creamy and peanut-buttery and just YUM! I need to make these in the near future. The link to the recipe is right here.

4. Walnut Brownies

Coming in at number 4 we have my Walnut Brownies. These are super addictive, chocolatey and rich, and still healthy(ish). I keep repeating this, but it’s very important that they actually tricked my brother into thinking that they were the regular kind of brownies. He promptly spit them out after he figured out that they were my recipe because he’s supportive like that, but it’s fine I already had validation that these brownies are FREAKING awesome. I’m using capital letters a lot in this post;)) The recipe link is here.

3. Veggie Sandwich

I think this recipe legit changed my life. Anytime you put stuff between two pieces of bread it’s awesome, but throw some hummus, avocado, balsamic red onions, chickpeas and carrot in there and it’s next level people. I mean, just look at that. That is a bad ass sandwich right there. Click here RIGHT NOW because you’re making this for lunch.

2. Chocolate Saskatoon Berry Pie

Now it’s getting really serious. Are you ready? You sure? I’m going to take a deep breath because THIS PIE IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND AND YOU NEED TO MAKE IT ASAP BECAUSE IT IS HEAVEN ON YOUR TASTE BUDS. Whew. That was quite the run on sentence! I just had to get that out there. In all seriousness, this pie is pure awesomeness. A chocolate crust? Get out of here! Click here to make your mouth happy;)

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Bars

While it was really hard to choose, the number one spot goes to my Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Bars. They’re just so easy to make and so darn good. I don’t have many words to describe them other then delicious, chocolatey, and I want them. That didn’t really make sense but I can’t talk coherently while I’m thinking about these bars, ok? Their lengendary-ness can’t be conveyed by using all caps, but just trust me, click here and you won’t regret it.

That is one EPIC list right there! Let me know what your favourite recipes are, and I’ll see you guys soon!

Yours Truly,

Olivia

Lemon French Toast

Hey there! I’m kind of starting to settle into a rhythm of schoolwork and just hanging out, which usually means that I make some toast or a yogurt bowl for breakfast. But sometimes I’m in the mood for something more fun, which calls for some French Toast! French Toast is so tasty and super simple, and to make it even better I added some lemon to mine. This version is vegan, but if you don’t have any plant milk on hand feel free to just use regular milk. Anyways, what’s really special about this breakfast is the carameliaztion that happens because of the bananas in the batter. Do you call it a batter? I guess it’s more of a dredge or a dip….. I just looked it up- it’s a custard. Yeah, the bananas in the custard give it some nice sugar that’s just DYING to get all brown and crisp. And the lemon just gives it some interest and zing. Some blueberries and maple syrup would be perfect with this French Toast. Give it a try and break up your monotonous breakfast cycle!

Lemon French Toast

Serves: 2

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of sprouted grain bread (or any kind of bread you like)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mash the banana in a medium sized bowl. Mix in the almond milk, vanilla, lemon juice and zest.
  2. Heat a small pan over medium-low heat. Soak both sides of a piece of bread in the almond milk mixture, making sure that it’s fully coated, but don’t soak it for so long that the middle becomes mushy.
  3. Cook the bread in the pan until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes, and then flip, doing the same on the other side. Check the French Toast every so often to make sure that it doesn’t burn.
  4. Soak and cook the remaining slices of bread, then serve warm with more lemon zest, berries, and maple syrup:)

Enjoy!

Yours Truly,

Olivia;)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle Cookies

Hi guys! Hope you’re all doing well;)) It’s been steady desserts for the past little while, and I’m not complaining! I have a pretty big sweet tooth. And, as always, I need to find a way to satisfy my peanut butter addiction. So, I present to you (insert drum roll here) Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle Cookies! They’re sweet and so chocolatey, and make the perfect snack. Then there’s that PEANUT BUTTER DRIZZLE. I mean, don’t even get me started. This is a match made in cookie heaven. Also, I tried using raw brown sugar, which isn’t as processed as white sugar, for the first time, and I actually really like it! You can probably sub normal brown sugar or coconut sugar if you want though. Excuse my rambling, I understand if you just want to get to the cookies already. Scroll down for the recipe!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle Cookies

Serves: Makes 10-12 cookies

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup raw brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • Peanut butter, for drizzling (or dipping, I won’t judge)

Directions:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add in the mashed banana, vanilla, and egg, and stir until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Sometimes you can be a rebel and skip steps like this, but I would not recommend that unless you want to spend ten years trying to form nice balls.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Scoop out heaping tablespoons of the dough and form into round balls. Place them on a baking sheet and make a criss-cross pattern with your fork to flatten them out a bit.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and let them cool completely.
  5. To make the drizzle, spoon a little bit of natural peanut butter into a small ziploc bag, and cut a little hole in the corner. Use it as a piping bag, and drizzle away. PS. THIS STEP IS NOT OPTIONAL. THE PEANUT BUTTER DRIZZLE IS ESSENTIAL TO THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF THIS COOKIE.

So yeah, there you go! Let me know if you make these beauties and how they turned out;)

Yours Truly,

Olivia

Baked Apples

I’ve been craving a lot of sweet stuff recently, probably because of Easter, but I don’t feel like eating something heavy. If you’re in the same boat, then these apples are about to change your life! They’re rubbed with spices and then baked until soft and sweet, making them the perfect light snack or dessert. Also, I love how simple they are. You won’t need to run out to the grocery store for these babies! If you have a little nice cream or yogurt on hand, then that’s a bonus because it would pair well with a steaming hot apple right from the oven…. did you hear that? It sounded like angels were singing from heaven as I described these apples. I don’t blame them. Here’s the recipe!

Baked Apples

Serves: 4 (but lets be honest here; you’re going to want at least 2 halves so the legit number of servings is 2)

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples (I used gala but I think any kind would work)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the apples in half, remove the stems, and use a spoon to remove the cores. Put aside.
  3. Mix together the spices and coconut oil in a small bowl. Rub the 4 apple halves with the mixture until they’re evenly coated.
  4. Place the apples skin down in a glass baking dish, and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Once 15 minutes have passed, raise the oven’ s temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and continue baking for another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the apples from the oven and serve with hot with nice cream or greek yogurt;))

Enjoy these apples!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))