Sunday, September 6, 2015

My Birthday Chocolate Smoothie with Brownie Bites!

It's my birthday and I can eat chocolate if I want to, chocolate if I want to...

Yup, that is what I am singing today
This chocolate smoothie is seriously indulgent and the brownie bites really take it over the top.
You need to make this. And don't worry it doesn't need to be your birthday to have it, but it does make your day a whole lot better. So enjoy it any day of the week.
Chocolate Smoothie
1 cup ice
4 TB frozen pumpkin puree*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TB cashew butter**
1 1/2 - 2 TB cocoa powder
1-2 TB pure maple syrup or 1-2 pitted dates
1 cup milk of choice
1/2 tsp xantham gum (optional)

*The night before I scooped out tablespoons of pumpkin puree onto a pan and froze. I then used four of them for this smoothie. Also, if pumpkin sounds too crazy for you, frozen banana will work great here. I just did not want any banana flavor in this smoothie.
**You can use any nut butter of choice or do without. The nut butter adds creaminess.

Put all the ingredients into the blended and blend till smooth.
To make the smoothie thicker you can add in the xantham gum. I couldn't locate mine, but I am sure it would help to make the smoothie thicker. Also add in the milk slowly so it does not become too thin.

Brownie Bites
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup almonds
1 cup pitted medjool dates
pinch of salt, if nuts are unsalted
2.5 TB cocoa powder
1/2 TB water, if needed to bind

In a food processor, blend the cashews and almonds till they are small almost fully ground up pieces. Add in the dates, salt (if using), and cocoa powder. Blend again till combined. If it is still crumbly add in the water. When you pinch a small piece of the dough together and it holds without falling apart, it is ready.

Roll into small ball shapes or just push down into a small pan.
Place in the freezer or fridge to firm up.

To Assemble:
Place a few brownie bites into the bottom of your cup. Pour in the chocolate smoothie half way and then add a few more brownie bites. Top with more smoothie and finish with even more brownie bites.
I enjoyed this with a spoon.

The combo of the brownie bites and the smoothie was amazing.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

I love green smoothies. You can easily put spinach into any smoothie you make and as long as you add the right other ingredients, you cannot tell it's in there. Except for the fact that the smoothie itself is green! My kids found it very funny to be drinking this green drink. They liked it so much, that I needed to give them more from my own cup! Luckily I am a good sharer :)

Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

1 cup spinach (I used frozen)
1.5 cups milk of choice
2 cups frozen sliced banana
1 TB ground flaxseed
2 TB natural peanut butter
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional, but recommended)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of ice
water to thin, if needed

Blend the spinach with the milk till it is blended well.
Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the water.
Blend and if it is too thick, slowly add in the water.
Serve and Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

The other day I bought some beautiful bags of frozen fruit and got super inspired to make a smoothie.
My first smoothie came out so good that I decided I will be making a "Smoothie A Day" Challenge!
I will be making a smoothie (almost) every day this month and will be sharing the recipes here and on my Facebook Page.
Are you going to join?
It is a great way to get in some fruits and we may even sneak in some veggies for an added boost of healthiness! Of course every recipe will be super delicious and I encourage you to share pictures of the smoothie you make!

Today's Smoothie: Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

2 cups frozen blueberries
.5 cups frozen sliced bananas
2 TB ground flaxseed
3 TB oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups milk of choice
water, to thin if needed
Blend till smooth and Enjoy!
This recipe makes a lot so feel free to use less ingredient's if only making it for yourself.
My husband, kids, and babysitter loved this one!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Crispy Baked Potato Latkes

Last year I tried and tried to make no fry latkes. They came out tasting nothing like latkes.
Then I had this great idea to put the latke batter in a cupcake pan and voila- perfect latkes every time!
These have the crispy exterior and tastes just like fried latkes, except you barely use any oil here.
You also don't need to stand over a pan of oil frying every latke.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative with the same taste as a fried latke, look no further.

Crispy Baked Potato Latkes
Makes 24 latkes
5 potatoes
1 onion
1 tsp olive oil
1 large egg
pinch black pepper
1 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
Olive oil spray or any non stick cooking spray

Preheat your oven to 375F.
Grate the potatoes and onion. Add in the olive oil, egg, salt and pepper and mix.
Spray your cupcake baking pan well with the oil. Use a tablespoon to distribute the mixture. Do not use all the liquid in the bowl, You should have just a little, otherwise squeeze out most of it.
Do not fill the cupcake pan too high. You want them to be flatter just like regular latkes.
After they are all in, press them down a bit then spray the tops with the oil.
Bake in the oven for about 30-40 minutes until the tops are browned a little.
Time needed may vary so keep an eye on the oven.
When they are done take them out of the oven to cool. After cooling a bit, use a spoon to go around the edges and then under the latkes to lift each easily out of the pan.

We like to serve them with unsweetened applesauce.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

30 Minute Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

These rolls are just too good. Whenever I make these I seem like the best housewife in town, but little do they know it took just minutes to put together. These are also perfect for Rosh Hashanah since they are sweetened and topped with honey, which makes them extra special.

30 Minute Honey Whole Wheat Rolls
Makes 12 rolls
1 cup warm water
2 Tb dry yeast 
1/4 cup honey, plus extra for coating
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for forming
1 egg
1 teaspoon sea salt
3.5 to 4 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13 pan with oil.
In a bowl mix together the warm water, yeast, and honey. Let sit a few minutes till it starts to bubble a bit.
Next, add in the oil and egg. Mix.
Add in the flour and salt and mix till the dough is well combined and only a little sticky.
Add more flour if you feel it is too sticky. Do not add too much or the rolls will be dry.
Oil your hands and separate the dough into 12 pieces. 
Roll them into balls and place in the pan.
Let them sit for about 5 minutes. You can egg them but you do not need to.
Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Once they come out brush honey over the tops.

These rolls are best fresh out of the oven. If you want to make them in advance that should be fine, but I recommend you warm them up before serving.

Hope you enjoy this recipe.
Shana Tova Umesukah- Have a Sweet New Year!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Butternut Squash Kugel (whole wheat/naturally sweetened)

Wow, I have been off this blog for quite some time. Did you miss me?
This summer has been a busy one for us. We moved to a different neighborhood and between a new home and new schools for my kids, life got too busy to work on healthy recipes. I am still not fully settled in, but with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) in just a few days I thought i'd stop by to share some great healthy recipes perfect for the holiday.

Some great ideas are:
Creamy Carrot Zucchini Soup
Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup
Real Honey Cake
Healthy Apple Pie

And a new favorite here- Healthy Butternut Squash Kugel

Butternut Squash Kugel
1 heaping cup of butternut squash puree
2 TB melted coconut oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 medium eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 TB nondairy milk of choice
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, divided

Preheat oven to 350F. 
Mix together all the ingredients just using half of the cinnamon. Pour into an oiled 9x6 pan. Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon on top.
Bake for 30 minutes until firm. I like to serve this warm. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Oh, and you will want to probably double this recipe.
I hope to be back with another recipe soon ("hope" is the key word here!).

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Winner of the Protein Powder Giveaway

The previous winner of the giveaway did not respond and since I have allowed enough time to respond, I am now going to announce the new winner!

The Winner of the Growing Naturals Protein Powder Package is....
Blima N.

Congrats! Please be sure you email me at nowaythatshealthy at with your address. This needs to be done within the next 3 days or I will need to choose a new winner.

Thanks everyone and I plan to have new posts up this week so stay tuned!