PB Banana Nut Muffins (Vegan, DF, GF)

You babes already know my obsession with banana bread and how much I LOVE the flavor combination of peanut butter with banana, but these babies take my love of PB and banana to a whole nother level!

I’ve been so busy lately, eating my banana bread in the car wasn’t the easiest task. I wanted to make something more portable without compromising the flavor.

These muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go, I can attest to that!

If you need a healthy breakfast idea, this is a great option! It is full of healthy fats, fiber, and a good amount of protein to start the day.

Not to mention, it’s also vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

*I personally don’t subscribe to any diet but I thought I’d include recipes that can serve everyone that are equally delicious.*

Let’s get to the recipe!

PB Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 brown spotted bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts

How to make…

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl cream together the bananas, vanilla, almond milk, and peanut butter. Set aside.

Step 3: In a small-sized mixing bowl stir together the flax meal and water. Put this mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes or until it thickens to an egg consistency.

Step 4: In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the remaining ingredients. This includes baking powder, baking soda, pink salt, oat flour, coconut sugar, and cinnamon.

Step 5: Add the flax egg to the wet ingredients, mix well.

Step 6: Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Once thoroughly combined add the walnuts.

Step 7: Add the mixture to the greased muffin tin. (It made about 12 muffins.)

Step 8: Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a fork comes out clean, and the tops are golden brown.

Enjoy babes!!


Healthy PB Banana Bread Granola

I make banana bread nearly every week so I decided to switch things up and make granola!

Well…pb banana bread granola.

I can’t resist the flavor combination!

But, who can?

Banana, walnuts, dark chocolate, peanut butter…there’s nothing better!

And can we just talk about these clusters?!

I think I’ve died and gone to heaven…oh nevermind, I’m just three handfuls in…

Healthy PB Banana Bread Granola

Ingredients:

PB granola base-

  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 2/3 cups all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Banana Bread add in’s-

  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup dried banana slices or banana chips
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks

How to make…

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Step 2: In a medium bowl combine the oats, cinnamon, and pink salt. Set aside.

Step 3: On low heat in a large saucepan mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Let melt until smooth. Remove from heat, and add the dry ingredients.

Step 4: Once all the wet and dry ingredients are combined firmly pat down the granola onto a greased (or lined) cookie sheet.

Step 5: Bake for 10 minutes. Take it out and gently stir/flip the granola over leaving some pieces in large clusters. Then bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

Step 6: Let cool for at least 30 minutes to allow the granola to harden.

Step 7: In a large mixing bowl combine the walnuts, dark chocolate, and dried banana slices. Add in the granola. (Gently mix together without breaking up the clusters.)

Make sure to store your PB Banana Bread Granola in an airtight container on your counter and enjoy!!


Jade Rolling 101

Do you want a spa-like experience every morning in the comfort of your own home and in your pajamas?

Good news, you CAN!


I’m a homebody through and through so leaving my house for anything other than coffee or food miiiight not go over that well.

I’m kidding.

Well, half kidding.

Jade rolling is everything I could ever want in a self care product.

You get a free facial massage every morning at home while supporting lymphatic drainage, combating signs of aging, and promoting overall wellness?!

Sign me up!

Why Use A Jade Roller?

Girl, there are so many reasons why jade rolling is effective.

  • increases blood circulation
  • reduces signs of aging
  • aids in lymphatic drainage (draining fluid and toxins built up under the skin)
  • helps complexion
  • reduces inflammation
  • reduces puffy eyes
  • jade stone is naturally cooling on the skin

Not gonna lie, knowing this makes me feel better about my mild obsession.

How To Use A Jade Roller?

  • In the morning.
  • After using a cleanser.
  • After using a serum.
  • Jade roll starting from the inside of your face to the outside. (i.e. You would start at the middle of your chin rolling to the outside of your face towards your jawline.)
  • Roll up the nose and middle of your forehead.
  • Roll down your neck.
  • Be gentle, don’t tug on the skin.

Tips + Tricks

  • Place your jade roller in the fridge for more of a cooling and rejuvenating experience.
  • Use the smaller side for near your eyes and breaking up tension in your jawline caused by clenching when you sleep.

“Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift yourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health – body, mind, and spirit.”

Laurie Buchanan

Easy Crock Pot Turkey Chili

There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of chili on a cold winter day.

Am I right?!

It’s such an easy well rounded meal I make it at least once a week during the cold months…

I live in Maine so that’s basically 80% of the year.

This turkey chili is mild but extremely flavorful and packed with fiber and protein!

If you’re in a pinch this recipe is perfect because you can set it and forget it!

Easy, healthy, and delicious?!

No wonder this recipes a staple in my house, it will be in yours too!

Easy Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz frozen corn
  • 8 oz canned creamed corn
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • (2) 14.5 oz diced tomato
  • 16 oz canned (reduced sodium) kidney beans
  • (2) 16 oz canned (reduced sodium) black beans
  • 2 tbsp stevia
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 diced sweet yellow onion
  • 16 oz cooked ground turkey

How to make…

Step 1: Turn the crock pot on and set it on low.

Step 2: Add all the ingredients into the crockpot.

Step 3: Cook for 6-8 hours stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Top with avocado, cheese, greek yogurt, sour cream, etc.

Enjoy!!


The BEST Homemade Brownies

Do you love fudge brownies? Cake brownies? Both?

I got you covered! These brownies are the perfect mix.

Don’t tell me you still use that brownie mix from your grocery store…

This recipe is just as easy!

No, really! It’s fast, just as delicious (if not more), and uses ingredients you probably already have around the house.

All I’m sayin’ is your classic brownie recipe just got an upgrade!

Let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter (softened)
  • 1/3 maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 semisweet chocolate chips

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8×8 pan.

In a medium bowl mix together all your dry ingredients. This includes the unbleached white all-purpose flour, pink salt, baking soda, coconut sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

In a separate larger bowl beat together the butter, maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and eggs.

Now add the dry mixture a little at a time folding it into your wet ingredients.

When combined it should look as pictured below.

You will need to take your greased 8×8 baking pan and add the batter to it. (The batter will be thick, that’s what you want.) Make sure you take the back of a spoon to level out the batter or your brownies won’t bake correctly.

Lastly, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the batter before putting the brownies into the oven. Bake them for 30-35 minutes (less if you like them more on the fudgy side) or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Take them out and allow them to cool completely.

Enjoy!!


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The combination of chocolate and banana are like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter… you can’t go wrong!

I make this exact recipe EVERY week so I never have to go without it.

I wish I was kidding, but it’s just too good not to have!

If you want a moist and filling banana bread with a decadent chocolate chip topping that will leave you wanting more with every bite you take, you’re in the right place. This recipe is made with wholesome ingredients so you’ll be left satisfied with how it tastes and how it makes you feel.

Let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • *optional* 2 scoops unflavored collagen powder
  • *optional* a sprinkle of old fashioned oats on top (garnish)

First, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease a loaf pan.

In a bowl cream together the butter and coconut sugar.

In another bowl beat or mash the bananas until there are no clumps.

Once there are no clumps stir the bananas into the butter and sugar mixture.

Then add in the egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pink salt, and cinnamon. (If you want to add the collagen this would be when you add it.)

Then, slowly fold your dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until they’re completely combined.

Pour the batter into the previously greased loaf pan topping with the chocolate chips and a sprinkle of oats (if desired).

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy!!


Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Skillet

Are you looking for a cookie recipe that is healthy AND delicious?

Well, look no further!

This soft and gooey peanut butter skillet is a little piece of heaven with every single bite…

Peanut butter and chocolate, is there a better duo??

I don’t think so.



Looking at this masterpiece of a dessert you’d never guess it’s healthy…and neither did my husband.

My hubby isn’t usually into the “healthier version” of something, like NEVER.

To my surprise when he saw this sitting on the counter he couldn’t resist trying a bite…or two…or five.

I couldn’t believe it.

This is a husband approved recipe. I repeat this is a husband approved recipe!!

There’s no doubt in my mind that if he loves it, so will you.

The best part of this recipe is that you can throw all the ingredients into a food processor, and BAM just like that you’re almost done.

Seriously, it’s that easy.

Let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of pink salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 5-inch skillet. (You can do a skillet that is slightly larger simply adjust the cooking time as necessary.)

Then, add all of the ingredients besides the chocolate chips to a food processor.

Blend until the batter is smooth. This may require scrapping the sides of the food processor until all the chickpeas are broken down completely.

Now, add the chocolate chips folding them into the batter.

Pour the batter into the greased skillet.

It should look something like this.

Put the cookie skillet into the oven for 30-35 minutes, then enjoy!

I like to eat mine all by itself but I’m sure it’d pair lovely with some vanilla bean ice cream…

This is what dreams are made of.