German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.
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German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.

They’re a filling snack or treat to enjoy throughout the week or share with friends. Did we mention they’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened?

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Decadent Chocolate Overnight Oats

If someone asks us if we want chocolate, the answer is always YES, where do we sign up?! Enter chocolate overnight oats (a.k.a. the perfect excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast). 
Not only are these overnight oats creamy, nutty, perfectly sweet, …

Decadent Chocolate Overnight Oats

If someone asks us if we want chocolate, the answer is always YES, where do we sign up?! Enter chocolate overnight oats (a.k.a. the perfect excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast). 

Not only are these overnight oats creamy, nutty, perfectly sweet, and undeniably delicious, but they’re SO easy to make! They come together with just 8 ingredients you probably already have around. It’s chocolate o’clock, so let us show you how it’s done!

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal (Instant Pot Friendly!)

Who doesn’t want cake for breakfast?! This Carrot Cake Oatmeal has all the flavors of carrot cake, but in breakfast form! It’s undeniably creamy, hearty, and spice-infused perfection!
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Carrot Cake Oatmeal (Instant Pot Friendly!)

Who doesn’t want cake for breakfast?! This Carrot Cake Oatmeal has all the flavors of carrot cake, but in breakfast form! It’s undeniably creamy, hearty, and spice-infused perfection!

Enjoy as a quick, comforting breakfast, or make ahead to enjoy throughout the week (it reheats beautifully!). These oats can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop and require just 30 minutes and 9 ingredients!

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Dark Chocolate Amaranth Bars (6 Ingredients!)

Anyone else have fond memories of those irresistibly crispy chocolate wafer cookies? Well, these no-bake chocolate amaranth bars are kind of like those, but made vegan, gluten-free, whole grain, and…maybe even better! They’re crispy, chocolaty, delicio…

Dark Chocolate Amaranth Bars (6 Ingredients!)

Anyone else have fond memories of those irresistibly crispy chocolate wafer cookies? Well, these no-bake chocolate amaranth bars are kind of like those, but made vegan, gluten-free, whole grain, and…maybe even better! They’re crispy, chocolaty, delicious, and require just 6 ingredients and 15 minutes of active prep time. Basically, they’re flawless!

Inspired by our Easy Vegan Protein Bars, this chocolaty version is rich enough to satisfy that post-meal sweet tooth but balanced enough to enjoy as a healthier snack.

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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

This chocolate strawberry smoothie tastes like a treat, but it’s made with healthy ingredients! Blend up this tasty puree in…

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This chocolate strawberry smoothie tastes like a treat, but it’s made with healthy ingredients! Blend up this tasty puree in 5 minutes.

Chocolate strawberry smoothie

Here’s a smoothie for when you’ve got a chocolate craving: the Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie! Because what’s more fun than chocolate covered strawberries, in drinkable form? This tasty recipe features strawberries, banana, almond butter and cocoa powder, blended up into a lusciously creamy puree. It’s rich, fruity flavor made it an instant hit over here! We gobbled it up like it was a milkshake. It’s the ideal healthy treat!

Ingredients in this chocolate strawberry smoothie

This chocolate strawberry smoothie is made with just a few natural ingredients that you may already have on hand. It’s dairy-free when you use non-dairy milk; we recommend oat milk for smoothies because of its creamy texture and neutral flavor. Here’s what you’ll need for this smoothie (or jump to the recipe below for quantities):

  • Frozen strawberries
  • Banana
  • Old Fashioned oats: optional, but adds a hearty dose of whole grains
  • Cocoa powder
  • Almond butter
  • Milk of choice: dairy, oat milk or almond milk
  • Pure maple syrup or honey or agave syrup
  • Ice

Blend it up and give it a taste: you can add a splash more milk to get it to blend. The fruity rich chocolate flavor was a big hit over here.

Chocolate strawberry smoothie

Step it up with a garnish

This chocolate strawberry smoothie tastes incredible as is: but here’s a little trick for stepping it up if you’re making it as a treat. Top it with a sprinkle of dark chocolate! You only need about 1 tablespoon, and when you stir it in it makes for tasty occasional chocolate chunks. It’s optional, but a fun way to take it up a notch!

Ways to add protein

Almond butter brings protein to this chocolate strawberry smoothie without overwhelming the flavor! But you can add more protein especially if you’re using this as a meal replacement. Here are a few options:

  • Chia seeds. You can add plant-based protein and fiber with chia seeds: 2 tablespoons chia seeds adds 4 grams protein and 11 grams fiber.
  • More almond butter. Add another 1 tablespoon nut butter to add an additional 4 grams protein.
  • Vanilla or chocolate protein powder: Protein powder works well here: we use this protein powder that has natural ingredients and a flavor that’s not too artificial.
Chocolate strawberry smoothie

Variations on a chocolate strawberry smoothie

Once you’ve made the chocolate strawberry smoothie recipe below, try it with a few variations! Here are some ideas:

  • Substitute frozen raspberries for strawberries. Instant chocolate raspberry smoothie!
  • Use dark chocolate cocoa powder. Substitute Dutch process cocoa powder for the regular cocoa powder for a dark chocolate flavor! You should be able to find it at your local grocery. If you can’t find it, you can buy it online: try Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder or Ghiradelli Dutch Process Cocoa Powder.

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Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This chocolate strawberry smoothie tastes like a treat, but it’s made with healthy ingredients! Blend up this tasty puree in 5 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • ½ cup Old Fashioned oats (optional)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ¾ cup milk of choice (dairy, oat milk or almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup ice
  • For the garnish: 1 sprinkle chopped dark chocolate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary and adding a splash more milk if necessary.
  2. If desired, top with 1 tablespoon chopped dark chocolate (it makes for a nice mix in but it’s totally optional). Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 2 days.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie

Keywords: Chocolate strawberry smoothie

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Breakfast Cookies

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Magic Breakfast Cookies

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These healthy breakfast cookies are amazing: no flour, refined sugar or dairy, yet they taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie! Morning win.

Breakfast Cookies

The path to healthy breakfast ideas is difficult, especially for meals on the go. So here’s a make ahead breakfast that fits in the palm of your hand: these Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies! Yes, it’s magic: oats, nut butter, applesauce, and maple syrup transform into cookies that you can eat for breakfast. There’s none of those traditional cookie ingredients: no flour, no butter, no oil, and no refined sugar. How is it possible? You’ve got to taste. Read the post for some important pointers.

Ingredients in breakfast cookies

Eating cookies for breakfast? Breakfast cookies are a handheld cookie made with healthy ingredients intended tp be eaten for breakfast or snack. They’re similar to a granola bar, but the texture is softer like a cookie. Breakfast cookies are conveniently easy to make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for meals on the go.

These healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies have no flour and no oil, opting for healthy alternatives. They also make both a vegan breakfast idea and gluten free breakfast option! Here are the 8 ingredients you’ll need:

  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Creamy peanut butter or creamy almond butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • Raisins
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies we created for a friend who asked us for healthy breakfast ideas for on the go (hi Chelsea!). She had particular dietary considerations, resulting in these cookies being vegan, gluten-free, and full of nutrient-dense ingredients. Here are a few notes on calories and serving the cookies:

  • The recipe yields 11 to 12 cookies. You’ll get 11 cookies if you make ¼ cup scoops, or 12 cookies if you make them slightly smaller.
  • The cookies are either 270 calories or 247 calories, depending on whether you made a batch of 11 or 12.
  • Serving size is 1 cookie. The cookies are fairly sweet so we’d suggest another item if you want a more filling breakfast. Add an apple or other grab-and-go item.
Healthy Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are not like a traditional cookie! There are a few things that are a bit different and pointers to note:

  • The dough is very wet. It’s not like a normal cookie dough, so don’t expect it to be! It’s very wet.
  • You’ll have to form the dough into the cookie shapes with your hands. Again, it doesn’t shape like you expect it to: but that’s ok!
  • They also don’t spread when baking like a normal cookie. When you shape it, that will be the final shape of the cookie when baked. You can press a few extra raisins into the top before you bake if the cookie looks a little sparse on top.

Storage info

The best thing about breakfast cookies? They’re easy to make ahead and store for on-the-go breakfasts! Here’s what to know about storage:

  • Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for 3 months. Then grab them on your way out the door.
  • You can also store at room temp for about 5 days. They get very soft when stored at room temp (and delicious!).
  • The cookies become softer when stored. You’ll notice they’re a little crisp at the edges after baking, but they hydrate more during storage.

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Breakfast cookies

Magic Breakfast Cookies


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 11 to 12 cookies
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These healthy breakfast cookies are amazing: no flour, refined sugar or dairy, yet they taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie! Morning win.


Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter or creamy almond butter
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, maple syrup, and peanut butter. Stir in the oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix very well to combine into a dough. Add the raisins and stir until combined. The dough will be wetter than you expect, but it’s as intended.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out 1/4-cup portions of dough and use the palm of your hand to gently shape it into a cookie to about 3/4-inch thick. The cookie won’t spread while baking, so make it the shape you’d like the final cookie. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. If it doesn’t pop right out of the cup, you can remove it with your hands, form it into a ball and then flatten it into a cookie shape with your hands. Again, the dough will be wetter than a normal cookie dough. Repeat to make 11 ¼ cup sized cookies or 12 slightly smaller cookies. Press a few extra raisins into the tops of any cookies that seem sparse.
  4. Bake until the cookies are golden and firm, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. The texture becomes softer during storage. Leftover breakfast cookies will store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, and in the freezer for up to 3 months (you can wrap individually in foil if you like or place in a freezer proof container).
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Breakfast cookies, breakfast cookie recipe, oatmeal breakfast cookies, healthy breakfast cookies

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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Friends, you won’t believe how much these creamy overnight oats taste like actual pumpkin pie. It’s nuts! Oh, and there are actual nuts — candied pecans on top, which add a crunch that simulates crust. Swoon! And in place of whipped cream? Yogurt, natu…

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Friends, you won’t believe how much these creamy overnight oats taste like actual pumpkin pie. It’s nuts! Oh, and there are actual nuts — candied pecans on top, which add a crunch that simulates crust. Swoon! And in place of whipped cream? Yogurt, naturally. Plus, these vibrant oats are naturally sweetened, subtly spiced, and incredibly satisfying. Let us show you how it’s done!

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

These dreamy, plant-based beauties start with mixing almond milk with pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla for classic pie flavors.

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Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Friends, we have another sumptuous overnight oat recipe for you, this time apple pie inspired! We are both oat and apple obsessed, so the combination of the two was inevitable. This simple, 9-ingredient recipe is perfect for fall and meal prep for busy…

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Friends, we have another sumptuous overnight oat recipe for you, this time apple pie inspired! We are both oat and apple obsessed, so the combination of the two was inevitable. This simple, 9-ingredient recipe is perfect for fall and meal prep for busy mornings. We went for cooked apples to really highlight a pie-like texture. And it’s naturally sweetened to keep things on the wholesome side. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Coffee Smoothie

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Wake up to this frosty coffee smoothie recipe! The fragrant coffee flavor is paired with banana, oats and almond butter.

Coffee Smoothie

Are you a coffee lover? Here’s a way to drink your cup of joe with a few healthy ingredients in the mix. Try this Coffee Smoothie! Because if you’re going to drink coffee, why not add bananas, oats and almond butter to the mix? This puree has just the right bittersweet flavor without lots of added sugar, and smooth, creamy texture. Drink it as a tasty afternoon snack (tastes like a milkshake!) or add protein to make it a morning meal. You choose!

Ingredients in this coffee smoothie recipe

This coffee smoothie recipe has taken us a while to hone to perfection: because it’s hard to get just the right coffee flavor and icy texture! Luckily, we finally found the combination that gets it to the consistency of a Wendy’s frosty, but using healthy ingredients. The recipe is similar to a drink at a local coffee shop in town: there they call it the Healthy Elephant (so you can call it that, if you like!). Here’s what you need for this recipe:

  • Frozen bananas
  • Espresso, cold brew or strong coffee: see notes on the methods to use below!
  • Oats
  • Almond butter
  • Milk of choice: dairy or non-dairy
  • Honey
  • Ice
Coffee Smoothie recipe

Coffee methods to use

The key to this coffee smoothie recipe? Strong coffee. You must use a very strong coffee or espresso to get just the right coffee flavor, otherwise it’s much too weak. This is key to making a great coffee smoothie, so don’t skimp here! Here’s what to use:

Coffee banana smoothie

How to freeze bananas

The other necessity for this coffee smoothie recipe? Frozen bananas. This is important because you want to get an icy, creamy texture without watering down the flavor with too much ice. For most of our smoothie recipes we try to use non-frozen bananas, but in this one it is key.

  • How to freeze bananas? Slice them into rounds and place them on a baking sheet so they don’t clump together. For this smoothie, you can just throw the slices into a sealed container if you’d like.
  • How long to freeze bananas? The shortest time you can get away with is 1 ½ hours. Or just freeze them overnight!

Sweeten to taste!

What we like about this coffee smoothie recipe is that it’s not too sweet! It lets the bitter coffee shine through, with just enough sweetness from the banana and honey. But keep in mind: you can sweeten this coffee smoothie to taste! The sweetness definitely depends on the bananas, so if they’re not as ripe you may need more honey.

Want to make a vegan coffee smoothie? No problem! Use maple syrup or agave syrup to sweeten, and of course your favorite non-dairy milk (ours is oat milk).

Coffee Smoothie

Adding protein to this coffee banana smoothie recipe

Want to drink this coffee banana smoothie as a breakfast? You’ll probably want to add a little protein for staying powder. The best way to add more protein here? Protein powder. We don’t often use it, but it’s a nice way to pack in quite a bit without affecting the overall flavor too much. Here’s how to find a healthy protein powder:

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this creamy coffee smoothie in the comments below.

More coffee drinks

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Coffee smoothie

Coffee Smoothie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small or 1 large smoothie
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Wake up to this frosty coffee smoothie recipe! The fragrant coffee flavor is paired with banana, oats and almond butter.


Ingredients

  • 2 medium frozen bananas (sliced and frozen at least 1 1/2 hours)
  • ¼ cup Old Fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ¼ cup milk of choice (dairy, oat milk or almond milk)
  • ¼ cup espresso, cold brew, Moka pot coffee, or strong coffee (brewed double strength)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey, plus more if desired (agave syrup or maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Protein adder: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional

Instructions

  1. If you haven’t already, slice the bananas and freeze them for at least 1 ½ hours until solid.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Taste and add additional sweetener if desired.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: Coffee smoothie, coffee smoothie recipe, coffee banana smoothie

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