Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Hey guys! You know it’s fall when it gets too dark to take good food pics after dinner… yesterday I made these AWESOME muffins but taking pictures of them in the semi-darkness would not have done them justice. But don’t worry, today you get the recipe.

This was my first fall baking project, and I’m really happy with the way that it turned out. When you need an easy, healthy fall treat, hit up these muffins. They’re mixed in a blender, so it’s actually a zero bowl recipe, and they have SO much cinnamon-y apple flavour. I used the rest of my Homemade Applesauce that I had frozen, as well as all of the fall spices, and maple syrup to top it off. There is zero refined sugar in these, and they’re also gluten free if you use gluten free oats. I haven’t tested this recipe with a flax or chia egg, but you can definitely try it out if you’d like to make these muffins vegan.

These kind of remind me of an apple cake, and are GREAT for breakfast or a quick snack. They might be some of my favourite muffins- I love my original Sugar-Free Muffins recipe, and my Mini Protein Muffins, but I’m a sucker for these fall flavours. Hope you enjoy!!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Serves: Makes 9 Muffins

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats (I used quick-cooking steel cut, but rolled work too)
  • 1 small egg
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add all of the muffin ingredients, except for the diced apples, into a blender or food processor. Blend until mostly smooth; if you can see some oats still that’s all good.
  3. Using a spoon, mix the diced apples evenly into the batter.
  4. Grease 9 holes in a muffin tin with some more coconut oil. Scoop out the batter and fill the holes about 3/4 of the way using a tablespoon.
  5. Bake the muffins for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside, and cooked through on the inside; you shouldn’t see any raw batter.
  6. Let the muffins cool completely and enjoy!

These muffins are so tasty! You can make a big batch and freeze them for a handy snack anytime:) Enjoy!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Applesauce

It’s pretty much fall now so all of the apple and pumpkin recipes are going strong. I’m going to have to buy some canned pumpkin, but thankfully my grandma has an apple tree in her backyard, so we’ve got LOTS of apples. Apples are great! I have one literally every night with peanut butter. There are so many things you can do with apples, and I’ll be posting more apple recipes, but today we’re just going simple with some applesauce.

I’m a sucker for some good applesauce. You know those little applesauce pouches you got as a kid? Yep. The best. I recently learned that my family doesn’t actually like it that much, but hey, more sauce for me. It makes a great snack, and can be used in a ton of fall desserts. Or just heat it up and add a little nice cream and you’re set. Anyways, applesauce isn’t very hard to make. You just cook down the apples with some cinnamon and water, and then blend em all up and then boom. Applesauce. No sugar, no preservative thingies, just the good stuff.

I ate about half of this batch, then froze the rest for later so I can bake something tasty with it. That’ll probably be my next fall apple recipe. Or I’ll just defrost it and eat it plain because it’s great like that too. So many options! Anyway you like your sauce, you should just go make some because it’s delicious and autumn-y and good for you. Check out the recipe!

Applesauce

Serves: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of peeled and chopped apples (I’m not sure what kind mine were because they came from my grandma’s tree. If you like your sauce sweeter use sweet apples like Fuji or Gala, and if you like it less sweet, use varieties such as Honey Crisp or Red Delicious.
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Bring the water, cinnamon, and apples to boil in a large pot. Lower to a simmer and cook until all of the apples are soft, about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Scoop out a 1/2 cup of the boiling liquid and set aside. Then strain the rest of the apples and add them to a blender along with the 1/2 cup of liquid.
  3. Blend the apples until smooth, then let cool and use in baking, eat it by itself, or freeze for later use.

Hope you enjoy this simple and versatile recipe! It’s perfect for fall:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))

Rosemary and Pumpkin Seed Quinoa Thins

Hey guys! I have a really unique recipe for you today👌 These aren’t quite crackers because they still have a bit of a chewy texture, so I’m calling them thins, because they are thin! They’re also GREAT for dipping and make an awesome snack! Personally I love them with hummus, but they’d work well with my Roasted Carrot and Onion Dip too.

I made these thins using quinoa flour, which I recently found out is just ground up quinoa. I don’t know what I thought it was before, but apparently it’s really easy to make😂 I mixed up the flour with some garlic powder, dried rosemary, pumpkin seeds, salt, baking soda and water, and then spread the mixture on a baking sheet. Fifteen minutes later I had something to eat my hummus with!

I love the simplicity of these thins, not to mention how healthy they are. Plus, they’re an easy on the go snack for school! Enjoy this recipe😉

Rosemary and Pumpkin Seed Quinoa Thins

Serves: Makes about 15 Crackers (plus the edges)

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup quinoa (I used tricolour)
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a blender or food processor, grind up the quinoa until a fine flour forms. Dump it into a bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the quinoa flour and stir to combine. Scoop out the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread very thinly (about 1/16 of an inch) into a sort of rectangular shape.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, until hardened and browned.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool, then peel off the baking sheet and transfer to a cutting board. Cut the rough edges off so that you’re left with a clean rectangle. Then cut out 15 even thins.
  6. Enjoy with dip or on their own!

Can’t wait for you to try this recipe!! See you Friday:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))

Peanut Butter Cluster Nice Cream

It’s summer so bring on the ice cold treats! Nice cream is one of my favourites because it’s super fast, tasty, and CREAMY, all without any dairy or refined sugar. I’ve made Neapolitan Nice Cream in the past, but today I made PEANUT BUTTER CLUSTER NICE CREAM. There are actual PEANUT BUTTER CLUSTERS in here. Summer, here we come.

All nice cream is is basically blended up frozen bananas. It has an amazing texture and is also really good for you:) Because of this magic, I ALWAYS include a frozen banana in my smoothie bowls. From now on I might throw these peanut butter clusters on my smoothie bowls too cause they’re pretty darn delicious. I made them using oat flour- which is just ground up oats. So yeah, you’ll be needing a good blender to make this recipe. The peanut butter clusters also contain peanut butter 😋, maple syrup, vanilla, and some dark chocolate chunks. I DEFINITELY recommend using crunchy peanut butter for these, because then you get some peanut pieces in there. I’ve actually been converted from team creamy to team crunchy, cause I love those peanuts❤️ If you don’t feel like making nice cream, these clusters would make a greet breakfast with some almond milk or yogurt, or a nice snack on their own.

Once you have the nice cream made and the peanut clusters rolled and frozen, you fold the two together and BOOM! A super delicious summer treat. Let’s be honest though, I will probably be eating this all year long. Hope you enjoy this recipe, and be sure to let me know some other nice cream flavours that you want me to make a recipe for!

Peanut Butter Cluster Nice Cream

Serves: 3

Total Time: 210 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Peanut Butter Clusters:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp runny or melted crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chunks

For the Nice Cream:

  • 3 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Splash of water

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the peanut butter cluster ingredients together in a bowl. Roll into 1/2 tsp sized balls, then put into a container and freeze for about 2 hours, so that they’re easier to mix in with the nice cream.
  2. Once the peanut butter clusters are ready, throw the frozen banana, vanilla and SPLASH of water into the blender. You don’t need to much water, or else you’ll miss out on that creamy texture. Use the tamper to push the bananas down and blend until smooth. You want a nice swirl like this:

3. Scoop the nice cream into a parchment lined loaf pan, and mix in about half of the peanut butter clusters. Place in the freezer for another hour until the texture resembles ice cream. Serve with the rest of the clusters on top!!

This stuff is legit SO good and you should for sure make some ASAP. Perfect for a hot day!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

3 Flavours of Crispy Chickpeas

Chickpeas are just the best. They have to be one of the most versatile ingredients out there. You can make hummus, falafel, edible cookie dough, cookies, or blondies from them, and you can even make meringues if you whip up the water or aquafaba from the can. But today we are celebrating the humble chickpea by just crisping them up in the oven- one of my favourite methods of preparing them.

These crispy chickpeas are the PERFECT addition to your salads, bowls, and wraps, plus they make a great snack on their own. Also, have you ever tried a chickpea salad sandwich?!!? Mix up your roasted chickpeas with some mashed avo and green onion, throw it in between two pieces of bread, and you’ve got yourself a LUNCH!

While just roasting chickpeas with salt and pepper is pretty delish, I’ve come up with three spice combos that take them to the next level. We’ve got taco-spiced chickpeas, curry-spiced chickpeas, and some soy-maple chickpeas. I think the soy-maple ones have to be my favourite, but the other two are pretty darn good as well. You could use the taco-spiced ones as a replacement for beef in tacos, and the curry-spiced chickpeas are a great snack by themselves. Make sure you try all three and let me know which one is your fave!!

3 Flavours of Crispy Chickpeas

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

Taco-Spiced Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Curry-Spiced Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Soy-Maple Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In three separate bowls, mix together the chickpeas with the spices and oil for each flavour. Dump the chickpeas onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake the chickpeas for about 30 minutes, until they’re nice and crispy. Remove from the oven and enjoy!!

Have fun with this simple snack recipe!!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))