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

Nutty Granola

Hey guys! I have another granola recipe for you today because as you know, granola is one of my true loves. This one is actually really simple, it only uses one…two…three…four ingredients! Just had to count em up in my head there. Plus you don’t need any oil, unless you count peanut butter as an oil. I count it as spreadable gold.

There are also loooots of nuts in this granola, because who doesn’t love a nutty granola? I used almonds and pecans from a jar of mixed nuts. Why not use all of the mixed nuts, you ask? BECAUSE I”M ALLERGIC TO CASHEWS AND PISTACHIOS AND I’M REALLY MAD ABOUT IT! They make my mouth all itchy which is really inconvenient, because like every vegan cheesecake or creamy pasta sauce recipe ever has cashews in it. (Except for my Creamy Mushroom and Hummus Pasta which is an awesome alternative for my fellow cashew allergen people). But anyways, I love me some almonds and pecans so it’s all good. I know you might be running short on supplies right now, so if you absolutely positively cannot get your hands on almonds and pecans, you can use other nuts or even some seeds if you’re super desperate. I’m sorry, but nuts are just superior to seeds. Like would you rather have some peanut butter or like, pumpkin seed butter? I’ve never actually had pumpkin seed butter but based on my experience with peanut butter I’m going to say that it’s better.

Back to the granola. It’s sweet and nutty and crunchy, and you’ve also got some nice big clusters in there. If you’re not using salted nut butter, you could top it off with a little sea salt at the end for an extra hit of perfection. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

Nutty Granola

Serves: 3-4

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped almonds and pecans (you still want some nice chunks in there)
  • 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix together the nuts and oats in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, add in the peanut butter and maple syrup and microwave for about 30-45 seconds, until the peanut butter is nice and melty. Mix together until smooth.
  4. Add the maple syrup and peanut butter mixture into the oats and nuts and stir until everything is evenly coated. Spread the granola out onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the granola from the oven and give it a little stir, trying not to break up any clusters that are forming (because lets be honest, those are the best part). Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 5-8 minutes, until the granola is golden brown.
  6. Take out the granola, let cool and enjoy!

Hope you enjoy this nutty granola! See you soon;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

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

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;)))