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Healthy Chocolate Breakfast Cake

Hi there! I haven’t made many new recipes lately because this household has been battling some nasty colds over the past month. We’ve resorted to lots of chicken noodle soup, miso soup, and pizza (because pizza make everyone feel better, right?). Smile I’ve also been dealing with toddler eating (or lack thereof). I think S’s eating has been all over the place due to cutting her 2-year molars, not feeling well, and overall sporadic eating patterns.  Now that we are all on the mend, I’m trying to get a little more creative in the kitchen.

This morning I searched the internet for  some healthy dessert like breakfast recipes. I found one that looked amazing. When I clicked on it, I was excited to see that it was actually written by one of my favorite bloggers, Amanda, from “Running With Spoons”. I knew it would be delicious! I pretty much followed her recipe, but made just a few modifications. I didn’t realize we were out of vanilla extract, so I omitted it. I also added just a few more chocolate chips and I used old-fashion oats rather than quick oats. You can check out her original recipe (and beautiful pictures) here.

Healthy Chocolate Breakfast Cake

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Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make 2 cakes:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp. mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray ramekins with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a blender, blend together the oats, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Blend until oats become a flourlike consistency.
  • Add remaining ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) to the blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and pour batter into 2 ramekins.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the comes out clean). Let sit for about 5 minutes to cool.
  • Enjoy!


Look at how delicious & gooey this cake is! Yum! Toddler & mommy approved, too! Smile

Easy Valentine’s Day Treats

Hey there! How’s your week going? Can you believe it’s already Thursday?

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you might be looking for a fun treat to make. I went into my archives and pulled some ideas for you. Click on the links for the full recipes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles


Chocolate Strawberry Cups


Strawberry Stuffed Chocolates




Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

Hey! How’s your week going? Are you snowed in or are you reading this where it’s nice and warm? We are having a snow day here in Maryland. I think almost every school in our state is closed today. I do love a snow day, but I’m really ready for warmer weather.

Today was a planned cardio day and I wanted to make sure I burned a decent about of calories because I tend to have a bigger appetite on snow days (wonder why that is?). Instead of my usual HIIT, or running on the treadmill, I helped my husband shovel snow. I planned on this being my cardio workout for today. Now, I knew this would be a decent calorie burner, but didn’t realize I’d burn this many:

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Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make a special treat for my husband. Some of his favorite sweets are: cheesecake, chocolate covered pretzels, and snicker doodle cookies. Since I am limited with ingredients in the house (and didn’t want to attempt to drive in almost 10 inches of snow), I went with these chocolate peanut butter pretzel truffles (they are like chocolate covered pretzels, only with peanut butter and in truffle form). This recipe was inspired by a similar one posted on Running With Spoons.

These were really easy to make and they have a delicious sweet & salty flavor.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

Servings: 16
Serving Size: 1 truffle
Calories: 84
Fat: 5 g
Carbs: 8.6 g
Protein: 2.5 g

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for about 16 truffles:
Recipe adapted from Running With Spoons

  • 3 large sourdough hard pretzels; coarsely ground into fine crumbs
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used dark)

In a blender or food processor, pulse the pretzels until coarsely ground. In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter and coarsely ground pretzels.

Form into balls (I used 1/2 tbsp. to make the balls). Place in freezer for about 20 minutes. This allows them to harden up which makes coating them with chocolate much easier.

Place chocolate chips in a coffee cup. Microwave for about 1 minute (or until chocolate is completely melted).

Dip truffles into melted chocolate. Use a spoon to help coat entire truffle. Place back into freezer for about 20 minutes (or until chocolate hardens).


Luckily, we don’t have plans for tomorrow night since they are calling for more snow. Looks like it’s going to be a home cooked Valentine’s dinner and some Netflix. That sounds like a nice plan to me!

Do you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?

Chocolate Strawberry Cups

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a nice weekend! This past weekend was my birthday, so we did a lot of celebrating (and cake eating).

It’s crazy to think that February is right around the corner (and so is Valentine’s Day). I wanted to create a fun Valentine treat that is not only delicious, but also low(er) in calories. That was when these delicious chocolate strawberry cups came to mind. They certainly didn’t disappoint!


Chocolate Strawberry Cups

Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1
Calories: 45
Fat: 2.4 g
Carbs: 6.4 g
Protein: 0.6 g

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for 6 servings:

  • 4 large strawberries; cut into small pieces.
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 6 Mini cupcake liners

Cut strawberries into small pieces.

Melt dark chocolate in microwave for about 1 minute (or until chips are completely melted).

Pour equal amounts of melted chocolate into cupcake liners.

Using a spoon, spread mixture evenly in cupcake liner while making sure you also spread it slightly up the sides. Place in freezer for about 5 minutes (or until chocolate sets).

Carefully peel the cupcake liners off of the chocolate. Fill your chocolate cups with strawberry pieces.

Melt white chocolate in microwave for about 1 minute (or until chips are completely melted). Drizzle over top of the strawberries. Enjoy!

Here are a couple more pictures of these delicious treats: (I’m continuing to practice with my camera settings and the lighting).




No-Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars

Happy Saturday! What a busy week this has been! My work had a parent/teacher/student social event on Tuesday after school, so I didn’t get home until almost 8:00 pm. Luckily, I did my workout at 5:00 am because I wouldn’t have had any energy left that evening. Then on Thursday we had Back-To-School Night. It was another late night for me. For the most part, I stuck to my planned workouts (except for Thursday). My body was exhausted, so I listened to it and took a rest day.

After falling asleep at 7:00 pm last night (yes…on a Friday night. I’m a real party animal Smile ) I am feeling well-rested and ready to go today!

Even though it was a very busy week, I did manage to make an amazing recipe that I want to share with you.

This recipe was created by Amanda from Running with Spoons (one of my absolute favorite blogs…be sure to check it out). She created a recipe for No-Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars (just the name alone told me that I needed to make these). I followed her recipe exactly (with the exception of the pan size and using old-fashioned oats) and they turned out perfectly! She knows her stuff!

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No-Bake Almond Fudge Protein Bars

Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 bar
Calories: 222
Fat: 9.1 g
Carbs: 29.8 g
Fiber: 2.4 g
Protein: 7.1 g

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for 8 bars (serving size is different from original recipe due to using a different pan size):
Recipe from
Running with Spoons

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal (I used Rice Krispies cereal)
  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I use Metabolic Drive protein powder)
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips for melting

Prepare an 8x8x2 dish by spraying it with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients and stir together.

In a small pan over medium heat, add almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir until the almond butter is completely melted. Remove from heat and pour into the dry mixture. Stir until everything is fully combined.

Pour mixture into prepared dish (should be a dough-like consistency). Be sure to spread the mixture evenly in the dish (I used the bottom of a glass to help press the mixture down firmly).

Place chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds (or until chocolate is completely melted). Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the top of the bars.


Place dish into refrigerator and allow to cool (about 30 minutes).

Cut into 8 bars & enjoy!


Chocolate Covered Blueberry Protein Shake


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Ours was filled with lots of cookouts and time with our friends. It was great!

I was so excited to receive these healthy products from Sunwarrior in the mail the other day. I have tried both the chocolate and vanilla protein powders. I am in love with both of these.


I have tried many different brands of protein powders and have never cared for the “chalky” taste of them. I heard that Sunwarrior’s raw vegan protein powder not only tasted delicious, but is also very nutritious.

Everything that I have heard proved to be correct. With Sunwarrior protein powder, there is no weird chalky taste and no funky aftertaste. In fact, both flavors are a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I am so excited to have found a protein powder that I enjoy eating!  Yum!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make 1 chocolate covered blueberry protein shake:


    • 2 cups of spinach
    • 1 cup of almond milk
    • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
    • 1 banana
    • 1 scoop of Sunwarrior protein powder
    • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Blend ingredients together. Enjoy! 


Nutrition information: This protein packed shake has 320 calories. It is high in dietary fiber, potassium, vitamins A, B6, and C. This shake is a healthy way to start your day! Go here to read more about the nutritious benefits of Sunwarrior’s protein powder.

I cannot wait to try Sunwarrior’s barley and super greens! Stay tuned for my review of those products!

Have you tried Sunwarrior products before?

Frozen Fruit Skewers

Frozen Fruit Skewers

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a nice healthy weekend. Before I give you the next Super Bowl recipe, I just want to say that I am so happyto officially be a part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher Program! They are an amazing community and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. Thanks Foodbuzz!

Okay, as promised, here is another healthy idea for your Super Bowl party. These are sure to be a crowd pleas-er! They are juicy, sweet, and full of nutrients! It can’t get much better than that! 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need:

Pictured here (for 4 servings) is:

  • 8 strawberries
  • 1 banana cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/8 cup of unsweetened coconut
  • 1/8 cup of almonds
  • 1 semi-sweet baking chocolate bar
  • You will also need wooden skewers (not pictured)

First, take the almonds and grind them up in a food processor, or a Magic Bullet (I use mine all of the time) 🙂

Next, using a cheese grater, grate chocolate bar, but be very careful not to get your fingers….ouch!

Place the honey in a bowl.

Now, line up the coconut, chocolate, and almonds on plates in an assembly line fashion.

Next, dip the fruit into the honey and coat it completely. Then roll the fruit into any of your desired toppings. You could roll it in the coconut, chocolate, almonds, or a mixture of all.  The possibilities are endless!

Continue this until all of the fruit is covered. Then place the covered fruit on the wooden skewer. Freeze for about an hour. Enjoy!
Nutrition information: Each skewer has only 110 calories and a ton of juicy sweetness! Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C. The bananas are a great source of potassium!

What foods will you be eating at your Super Bowl party?

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