Category Archives: Sweet Treat

Getting a Bad Wrap

So last night, after a class of Bikram Yoga, I walked into the grocery store next door to pick up a few items. That’s when all of my dreams came true!

Okay, this may be a slight exaggeration, but this was still awesome!

No you are not reading that wrong… My FAVORITE hummus brand was buy one get one FREE…Where has this sale been all my life?!

If I weren’t moving out tomorrow, I am not kidding you, I would have probably emptied the shelf, but I used the strongest of my self control and just got two tubs – one 4 free!

It was around midnight when I got home last night (I took the 9:30 p.m. yoga class), and I am always pretty hungry when I get home from yoga, but oddly enough, I was not craving my newly purchased hummus. I was craving a little midnight salad: ( I really wanted something sour.. – as in the lemon in the dressing 🙂 )

Romaine, cabbage, tomato, cucumber nutritional yeast + lemon, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. And lots of pepper!!

And for dessert I had some salted chocolate/ nut butter covered popcorn: So GOOD! I still need to tweak this a little so I will post the recipe when it’s PERFECT! K?!

I just love pop corn!

I think the comfort of having two fresh hummus tubs in my fridge and a full tummy contributed to me sleeping like a baby hibernating bear last night. I am pretty sure I woke up in the same exact position in which I fell asleep – Love those nights of deep sleep!

This morning… I had a bad wrap (physically speaking)… It was all torn and broken, but I wanted to use it up! But I guess it’s not the physical appearance that truly matters in the end, it’s the way the wrap tastes that really counts…right?!

Out of this bad wrap I made a wonderful breakfast pizza:

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza!

For the crust: “bad wrap” brown rice tortilla.

For the sauce: 3/4 of a scoop SunWarrior Warrior Blend Vanilla protein powder + 1 heaping tablespoon sunflower seed butter + almond milk + a little maple syrup.

For the toppings: Thinly sliced Fuji apple, cinnamon, sliced almonds.

I love breakfast for pizza. 😉

Here are some questions that this post has brought up in my mind: feel free to enlighten me if you know….

Why is it that when you sleep really well you say “I slept like a baby?” – Don’t most babies wake up 2 or 3 times in the middle of the night?

Is it pop corn or popped corn? Or either?

Is it bad wrap, bad rap, or bad rep? I actually couldn’t resist in Googling the answer to this, and found a very detailed explanation of all these possibilities and why in the end it is bad rap. Click here to find out why!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday…

Today is one exciting day for me, I’m going to one of my favorite places of all time…

COSTCO!!!

🙂 Lata Gata,

Ellie

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How’d You Get So Smooth!?

Hey there!

It’s that day again, Monday!

And let me tell ya, I do not mind one bit!

Why, you ask?

Because of this:

The creamiest…

Most dreamiest…

Smoothiest… Smoothie EVER!

Now I know exactly why they are called SMOOTHies….

That smoothie may not look like much- but, it’s much!

Secret ingredient?!

Hint: It’s green!

And no, it’s not spinach!

Rymes with “mavocado” –

Yep, that’s right! There’s avocado in this baby!

I have been reading a few blogs that have posted smoothie recipes with avocado in them, and I decided that I just had to try it for myself!

In the mix:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop almond milk yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

And blend away!

What took it over the top was:

The blueberry muffin i crumbled over the top.

I highly recommend trying avocado in your smoothie if you haven’t!

Avocados are filled with healthy fats (which are highly benefecial!) And boat loads of potassium! (more than bananas!)

Plus they taste delicious…

You can EVEN put them on your face!

And let me tell you all, I thoroughly enjoy putting food on my face!

Pumpkin Puree Facial

And in my tummy, of course!

Speaking of facials – here’s a cutesy cartoon I found:

Haha, I thought it was quite funny!

If you want to make some other delicious non-smoothie recipes that include avocado, check these out:

But I can hardly go a post without talking about chocolate!

I made this recipe yesterday – DELICIOUS!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Are you an avocado advocate? A chocolate lover? Both? Neither?

Have a lovely Monday!

Ellie

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Fun With Prunes! (I Promise)

Good morning everyone!!

You get the point…How YOU doin?!? 😉

It’s no secret that I like prunes.

It’s no secret that I LOVE nut butters.

It’s no secret that I haven’t showered in three days.

Oh wait… That was a secret. SHH!

But back to the prunes and nut butters – did you know that they go fabulously together?!

And when I say fabulous. I mean FAB-U-LOUS.

I hope you all like prunes because I have a really easy to make frozen treat for you today. Are you as excited as I am?!?

Yesterday, I had fun with prunes. How about that. Who knew that fun and prunes are a match made in kitchen?!

Prune Nut Butter Freezies

Ingredients:

  • Pitted Prunes
  • Any nut or seed butter you like!

Optional Toppings:

  • Cacao nibs
  • Coconut shreds
  • Chocolate sauce (1 tbs melted coconut oil+1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder+liquid stevia)
  • Nuts/Seeds

Procedure: these are so easy!!

  1. Flatten a prune with the back of a spoon. (Or make a little bowl shape with the prune)
  2. Dollop a little nut or seed butter of your choice onto the prune.
  3. Add additional toppings if you like! (get creative!)
  4. Freeze for about an hour. Leave in freezer and enjoy at anytime!

These treats don’t actually freeze per se – but the prune and nut butter get kind of this yummy doughy texture. These are just so simple, but SO good!

For my prune freezie topping variations I did:

  • Sunflower seed butter topped with sunflower seeds.
  • Peanut butter topped with coconut shreds
  • Peanut butter topped with cacao nibs
  • Cashew butter topped with cashews
  • Sunflower seed butter topped with chocolate sauce and coconut shreds
  • Prune bowl topped with peanut butter and a hazelnut

Just go…

Make these!

You won’t regret it!

SEMI OFF TOPIC: (this prune post reminds me of how uncomfortable the feeling of prune-y fingers is after being in water for too long…) You know what I’m sayin’?

Okay back on track!

The making of this sweet treat contributed to the almost emptying of my peanut butter jar….

You do know what that means, right?!?!

Dum da da DUM…OATS IN A JAR!

My favorite! There is nothing better than oats in a jar (breakfast wise)… Scooping out the oats while getting a little of that peanut butter bottom is just divine…

Ha, peanut butter bottom makes me think of a peanut butter booty. (one can dream)

But don’t worry,  I am referring to the peanut butter bottom of the jar.

This morning my oats were:                          Raspberry Oats in a PB Jar

1/8 cup steel cut oats, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/2 tbs chia seeds, 1 cup water, 1/4 of a frozen banana, and some raspberries. Cooked the oats on the stove top, whisking constantly. Added the banana and chia seeds. Kept whisking - and finally, added the raspberries. Yum yum in my tum.

eaten with:

This frozen chocolate spoon I made with the left over chocolate from the Prune Freezies! Oh so yummy - chocolate, raspberry, peanut butter - might as well call it heaven (or my belly)!

Now this jar is EM-TEE!

Rest in peanuts peace.

Another empty nut butter jar – wonder if I can empty the rest of my jars before I move out?!? It’s a challenge I’m willing to eat take.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all you beautiful people!

Catch ya later,

Ellie

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Breakfast Chocolate Almond Mousse?!? YES PLEASE! + Non-dairy yogurt face off!

Hey all!

Look at that sunshine blazing through my window!! A lovely morning it is…

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, yesterday afternoon I went to the lovely market with my boyfriend. I LOVE going to the market! How lucky I feel to live so close! It’s one of my favorite places!

Walking + Picture Taking = Blurry Photo!

I just love all the fresh fruit available- Look at those ginormous grapes!!!

Fighting the temptation to buy all the gourmet chocolates and dessert was difficult, although made easier by our limited pocket cash!

Next time though, I am getting the FRESH pasta they had – Wow did it look amazing! Nothing beats fresh pasta!

We ended up picking up some baby carrots, rosemary, garlic, and a couple filets of fresh lemon ginger marinated white fish (I completely forgot what kind of fish it was) WOOPS!

Oh and we also wanted to get a little “freaky” at the market and pick up a new to us vegetable…

Enter: Purple Potatoes!

They were great! Plus, I learned they are packed with antioxidants due to their rich purple color!

We roasted them with the baby carrots, garlic, rosemary, and a little olive oil! DE-LISH!

The final product:

+ a green salad on the side (with some hummus!)

This was a really delicious dinner. I absolutely loved the idea of going to pick up a few ingredients and using them right away to prepare our meal…It’s great!

Is anyone else a frequent market goer?! What are your favorite market buys?

Now, onto my Chocolate Almond Protein Breakfast Mousse!

The reason I call it a “breakfast mousse” is because it is super filling, healthy, and packed with protein! This really keeps me full for a good while!

I have been enjoying making this deliciously easy mousse the past couple of days.

You see, I LOVE the texture of yogurt. But my lactose intolerance limits the yogurt I can have. My only options are non dairy yogurts. Though I really am not a fan of SOY yogurt at all – It is wayyy to0 sugary and cardboard tasting for my liking!

I recently discovered two new yogurt options though!

Cultured coconut milk yogurt, and cultured almond milk yogurt.

I love both of them. But they both have their pros and cons!

Cultured coconut milk yogurt:

Pros:

  • Tastes delicious
  • Smooth texture
  • Good source of fiber
  • Great source of magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin B12

Cons:

  • Added cane sugar
  • VERY thick
  • Not much protein

Cultured almond milk yogurt:

Pros:

  • Natural sugar from fruit juice concentrate
  • 3 g. protein per serving
  • Taste is good
  • Most authentic to dairy yogurt (in my opinion)
  • Contains probiotics
  • Great source of calcium

Cons:

  • Lumpy texture
  • Not much fiber compared to coconut milk yogurt
  • Not as much protein as dairy yogurt

In summary, both of these options are great! I prefer the almond milk yogurt though just for the fact that its added sugars are from natural sources and that the texture is more “yogurt” like. I prefer to use these with recipes, like the one you will see below – to add some more protein and nutritional value!

So here it is is folks!

CHOCOLATE ALMOND PROTEIN BREAKFAST MOUSSE

(Soy free, Vegan, Gluten Free, Delicious)

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup plain cultured almond yogurt (cultured coconut yogurt would probably work as well)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or a little more – as needed)
  • ¾ of a scoop of good tasting chocolate protein powder (I used Vega One Chocolate)
  • 1 tbs. smooth almond butter
  • 1 tbs. unsweetened cacao powder

 Procedure:

  1. Mix all the ingredients into a bowl. Stirring for a couple of minutes so all the ingredients are well mixed together and smooth!
  2. Enjoy right away, or refrigerate for a couple of hours for a more “mousse-y” texture!

Enjoyed as a snack, breakfast, dessert, and even a frozen treat!

BONUS – You can scoop this mousse into and empty ice cube tray, freeze for a couple of hours, and make it into individual mini frozen mousse bites! SO GOOD!

Click here for a printer friendly version of the recipe!

I have been loving dipping cinnamon apples in this too!!

Hope you have a wonderful and sunny Saturday!

Much love,

Ellie

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Oh MY Yummy Homemade Chocolate PB Banana Frozen Treats! Bonus: I get a little poetic…

Hello!! 🙂

How are you today?!?

I’m feeling full of energy!! WOOOOOO

I have an incredible healthy dessert recipe for you all today… it’s seriously amazing. I couldn’t stop eating these! (Thank goodness they’re healthy!)

First though, you’ll have to read about my sour breakfast adventures!

Last night, I just had this light bulb moment.. I thought to myself..”I love Oatmeal, I love lemons…Why not make lemon oatmeal?!?”

Sounds about as sour as it ended up tasting… Lemon and oatmeal just do not go together.. I tried to salvage this recipe by adding alot of maple syrup, but it just didn’t taste right…

My face did one of these after tasting it:

So unfortunately I had to throw out these lemon oats… (Now that I think back on it, lemon and oats just doesn’t sound like a good combination to begin with!)

I decided to make some overnight oats that went along with the theme of the frozen dessert recipe I’m about to post instead!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Steel Cut AND Rolled Oats

– I think I found the winning combo for overnight oats! Combing rolled and steel cut oats makes the absolute PERFECT consistency (In my humble opinion 😉 )

  • 1/8 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup peanut flour
  • 1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk

Mix all ingredients into a bowl, cover and refrigerate over night.

In the morning: Garnish with cacao nibs and maple syrup!

Yummidity yum yum!

Click here for a printer friendly version of this recipe!

Along with my oats I had some blackberries! (I rarely eat these, but they are so tasty!)

The other day, I was randomly looking through all my old Word documents… and I found a poem I wrote about food…

Ha, I have no idea when I wrote this! (Probably more recently than I’ll admit), but In my slight embarrassment, I’ll share it with you… It’s kinda appropriate, considering this is a food blog and all!

Here goes: (It’s untitled!)

Earth bound labor on my plate

Sensory explosions on my tongue’s blank slate

The world’s most soulful art

From birth to death, we will take part

From concepts to creations

Cooking for all situations

Beauty to the eye

Food for the soul

These incredible textures

Can I have another bowl?

haha… so there it is… (I think I’m asking for another bowl of oatmeal 🙂 )

I was also feeling adventurous today and decided to make some David’s Tea loose leaf tea again!

Sticking with the banana theme… I went with”snow bunny”

Really good, but I prefer the “alpine punch” from yesterday’s post.

Speaking of tea… I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO HAVE THIS!

The Afternoon Tea (Cup) Ring – So Cute! I love it…

Mom, Dad… You there?!? My birthday’s in October “wink ;), wink ;)”

The website has so many other cute and original rings…including a coffee lovers ring, if you’re more into coffee!

OKAY NOW IT’S TIME…. Time for the recipe for the

Oh MY Yummy Homemade Chocolate PB Banana Frozen Treats!

Gosh these are SO good and SO easy to make!

All you need is:

for the chocolate:

  • 1 tbs extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder
  • sweetener of choice ( I used a little stevia)

for the peanut banana filling

  • 1/4 cup peanut flour****
  • 1/2 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp salt

****(I assume peanut butter would work as well) – But peanut flour makes this packed with protein with less fat from peanut butter… get your peanut flour on iherb.com – so worth it! I use it ALL the darn time!

Procedure:

  1. Mix the coconut oil, cacao powder, and sweetener into a small bowl.
  2. Mix the peanut flour, banana, and salt into another small bowl.
  3. In an ice cube tray, pour a small layer of chocolate into three tray squares (leaving enough to top off the peanut butter filling at the end)
  4. Scoop the peanut butter filing on top of the chocolate, filling the square to the top. (You may have some left over peanut filling- feel free to eat the rest!)
  5. Pour the rest of the chocolate on the peanut butter filling.
  6. Freeze for a couple of hours (Until completely frozen)
  7. To pop treats out of tray, I just stuck a butter knife in one of the edges and they popped right out!

Click here for a printer friendly version of the recipe!

I really couldn’t stop eating these! SO good!!

Here are the approximate nutrition facts per square (provided you use peanut flour and stevia as a sweetener):

  • 94 Calories
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 5.5 grams healthy fats
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 4.5 grams natural sugar

This makes a great pre or post work out snack – and healthy dessert!

Okay so now onto some updates!!

I have fully updated my recipe page! -By clicking on the image of the recipe you will be redirected to the blog post of the recipe. By clicking on the title of the recipe, you will be redirected to a printer friendly version of the recipe!!

ALSO, I now have a Facebook page: Healthy Belly Ellie – Like me on Facebook to get updates on new posts, view photos from my recipes, and get links to all the recipes 🙂

That’s about it for today folks! Thanks for reading!! Let me know if you have any questions about the recipes/ recipe page or my new Facebook page!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Ellie

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Triple Threat Banana Nut Blueberry Muffin Bliss (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, and Vegan)

Hey there beautiful people!

Have I got a special post for you today!

Last night, I went on a little baking adventure in my kitchen… and it lead me to muffin heaven!

My very first attempt at vegan and gluten free muffin baking was quite successful if I may say so myself! I think you may want to make these ASAP!

Banana Nut Blueberry Muffin Bliss (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, and Vegan)

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe mashed bananas (I used frozen ones and microwaved them until soft!)
  • 1 ¼ cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  •  ¾ cup Almond Meal/Flour
  •  1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  •  3 TBS ground flax seeds (for flax egg)
  •  5 prunes
  •  9 TBS. unsweetened almond milk
  •  1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
  •  1 TBS. vanilla extract
  •  ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  •  1 tsp baking powder
  • maple syrup (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make flax egg mixture: Blend the almond milk and prunes together until smooth. Add the almond milk mixture with the flax into a small bowl. Stir and let sit while preparing other ingredients.

    The flax egg mixture should look a little like this!

  3. Combine the gluten free flour, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add bananas, vanilla extract, and flax egg into the mixture. Stir well!
  5. Finally, fold in the walnuts and blueberries into the mix.
  6. Scoop batter into a 12 muffin tin pan, and drizzle ½ tsp of maple syrup over each muffin.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until a toothpick/knife comes out clean) Remove and let cool –

Click on the link below for a printer friendly version 🙂

Banana Nut Blueberry Muffin Bliss (Printer Friendly!)

These muffins are not only moist, delicious, and nutritious, there is no added refined sugar! Guilt free goodie!

Why are they so healthy you ask?

Blueberries:

  • The highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit
  • Neutralize free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body
  • Aid in reducing Belly Fat
  • Promote Vision and Brain Health
  • Helps relieve constipation (TMI?) and aids in digestion (full of fiber!)

(Source)

Flax Seed:

  • Fights Cholesterol
  • Fights Diabetes
  • Fights Cancer
  • Fights Constipation
  • Fights Inflammation
  • Fights Menopausal Symptoms
  • Fights Heart Disease
  • Flax strengthens the Immune System
  • Flax fights “The Blues”

(Source)

Among other things!!!

Although they are healthy, they really do taste amazing!

My roommates totally approved and thought they were delicious. They were impressed!

How do I know? One of them said “Wow, I’m impressed!” 😉

My dinner last night consisted of:

and my semi- not so successful attempt at making sweet potato chips:

Still OKAY, but needs some work!

I’d say it was a pretty productive evening last night though!

I even had time to paint my nails! (They are getting a little longer 🙂 )

I succumbed to that “trendy” different color ring finger nail. I actually like it! Don’t know where that came from though… why paint one of your nails differently? Anyone know?!?

After a productive evening of baking and nail finger painting, this morning I had some more muffin!

Topped with almond butter! On the side: a blueberry smoothie!

If I keep eating so many blueberries I may end up like this:

The blueberry girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!! (the expression on her face is priceless!)

Love that movie!!!

Now I am fully fullified from my breakfast!

Just sipping on some delicious tea from David’s Tea:

I forgot how good this tea was!!! I am usually “too lazy” to make loose leaf tea…so I usually just go straight for the bagged tea… But this morning, I was feeling adventurous, I decided to take the extra .2 seconds and brew some Alpine Punch! Totally worth it!!!

Have an amazing day everyone!

You are all berry bluetiful!

xoxo

Ellie

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