Healthy Brownie ~ Recipe

Finding a healthy brownie recipe can be tough. The problem is that when you are craving brownies nobody really wants a ‘healthy-tasting’, ‘grain-free’, version of their favorite treat. So I set out to find a ‘healthier’ brownie recipe that still had pretty healthy ingredients but did not sacrifice taste! I was sooooooo pleased and slightly proud of this recipe because it truly tastes just as good as an ‘unhealthy’ brownie without all of the guilt! Another plus is how simple and easy this recipe is to make ❤

This recipe was inspired by this recipe: Healthier Brownies

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Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 cup goats milk yogurt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 cup wholemeal spelt flour

Recipe:

  1.  Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper (the only way you will be able to get your brownie out of the pan without it breaking) and preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Add a cup of water to a medium size pot and get it to a boil. Once it is boiling place a glass bowl (or any heatproof bowl) on the top of the pot. In the glass bowl add the chocolate chips and melted coconut oil. Make sure the boiling water does not touch the glass bowl. This process is known as a Bain-Marie.
  3. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Make sure to continuously stir to prevent burning.
  4. Once the chocolate has melted completely take it off the pot and turn the stove off. Add the yogurt, salt, baking soda, and coconut sugar into the melted chocolate. Stir until everything is well incorporated.
  5. Measure out your flour and then pour it into the ‘chocolatey’ mixture. Stir until you can’t see the flour anymore.
  6. Pour the mixture into the pre-prepared pan and bake in the oven for 28-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out with a few stray cake pieces.
  7. LET THE CAKE COOL. The brownie batter was very liquids based so the brownie will break apart easily. Let the brownie sit for at least 30 minutes before removing it from the pan. The brownie will probably still pull apart at the edges but despite this, the taste and moistness of the cake make it worth it.
  8. Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed this healthy-ish brownie recipe!

-Phi ❤

 

 

Pumpkin Apple Muffins ~ Recipe

Pumpkin Apple Muffins!! My favorite type of muffin after blueberry! I really wanted to make a ‘healthier’ recipe so I adapted my recipe from this one: Apple-Pumpkin Muffins

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1-1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples

 

 

Recipe: Makes 18

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop and peel 2 cups worth of apples.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the spelt flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt and ground nutmeg.
  4. In a separate small bowl mix together the eggs, pureed pumpkin and coconut oil.
  5. Pour the liquids into the large flour bowl and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Add the chopped apples and mix together until apples are even in the mixture.
  7. Spray and line a muffin tray. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups. Filling the mixture until the top of the cup.
  8. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes and then enjoy!

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Enjoy!

-Phi ❤

Homemade Spiced Granola ~ Recipe

Granola is one of my favorite breakfast options… but what I notice often with store-bought granola options is how high it is sugar 😦 So I set out on a mission to make some homemade granola and this is what I came up with!

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 heaping spoonful agave nectar or maple syrup

 

Recipe:

  1. Mix all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl adding in the agave nectar or maple syrup in last.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius or 400 Fahrenheit
  3. Put parchment paper on a tray and pour the granola mixture onto it.
  4. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown!
  5. Enjoy!

I like to add almond milk to this granola and top it off with tons of fruits ❤

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

 

-Phi ❤

What I Eat in a Day

I loveeeeee to watch and read these types of posts! I think they are such good food inspiration to get on a healthy eating track. Fair warning… I don’t eat like this every day!! This is an ideal day of healthy eating!! What I am eating in this post is also Vegan and plant-based! Hope you enjoy and get some inspiration to add some healthy meals and snacks to your everyday diet!

Breakfast:

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Okay… I basically do eat this every morning… I am always having oatmeal during the cold wintery season! I am currently loving adding frozen mixed berries on top of unsweetened oatmeal with a tablespoon of maple syrup and almond butter. It is sooooooo good 🙂 I like using the frozen berries because they instantly cool down the oatmeal. I also like to either have green tea in the morning or on in this case coffee with almond milk ❤

Lunch:

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I try to have some sort of protein in every meal and for this meal, that source came from the black beans and quinoa hidden in the bowl. I love to have some sort of grain (like brown rice or quinoa) and then I like to add some beans and veg (today’s was tomato and cucumber). I typically just season with salt and pepper and sometimes I add red pepper flakes and oregano. Yum!

Dinner:

 

I tend to switch up dinner a lot… I feel like dinner is when I usually get stuck… but I do tend to have a giant smoothie for dinner quite often. I blend 1 cup almond milk, a serving of frozen mango, a serving of frozen mixed berries, a frozen banana and a handful of spinach. After it has become a smooth and ‘icecreamy’ consistency I like to add my toppings. Often it is more fruit… like blueberries… but I also like to add chia seeds, coconut flakes, and other yummy bits.

Dessert:

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When it is cold outside I love to have a warm treat for dessert… and if I am feeling particularly healthy and I like to chop up an apple and put it in the microwave for 1 min and 30 sec I then add cinnamon and mix it all together!

Snacks:

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I loveeeeee my snacks!! I am constantly snacking… I usually eat them between lunch and dinner and after dinner hahaha. Some of my favorite basic snacks include roasted seaweed, carrots and hummus, grapes, Lara bars, frozen mango, air-popped popcorn and mandarines (just to name a few <3).

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you would like to see more of these types of posts then leave a comment and a like ❤

Also if you are a fan of nutritional info and food recipes follow my food Instagram!! the name is @plantsandbenefits  check it out!!!

Thanks so much for taking a moment to check out this post! See you soon 🙂

 

-Phi ❤

The Beginning​ of a Story… on Magic

Little Lucy looked up from her morning toast with a strange look on her face. Well, at least Charlie thought it was strange. This was because he knew why she was making such a weird scrunched up face. As she put it… Lucy was ‘concentrating’ but why? This all had to do with Charlie.

“Lucy please stop doing that face. You are going to get wrinkles,” Miss Nellie said as she wiped her frizzy brown hair away from her face. She then grabbed all the empty dishes from the wooden table and headed over to the kitchen sink.

“Please, please, please teach me how to do it!” Lucy whispered in a desperate manner.

“I promise I won’t tell…” she added with a quick glance to Miss Nellie.

“We have already tried Lucy, please stop,” Charlie said exhausted by her continuous asking. Annoyed with Charlie, Lucy resumed with her ‘concentrating’. She stared intently at the water glass in front of her… squinting her eyes, scrunching her hands and turning her face as red as her fiery hair.

“Okay, okay Lucy one more time. This is the last time we are going to try and if it does not work then you will stop doing it. Okay?” Charlie asked. He was secretly worried that she might pop a brain vessel if she concentrated too hard or maybe explode.

“Yes, of course!” Lucy screamed in a high-pitched voice. “Show me now, show me, show me,” Lucy chanted her tiny fists hitting the table with an offbeat rhythm. Charlie stared at the water glass on the table. He closed his eyes and glanced back at the glass to find a small droplet of water levitating above the full glass. Lucy didn’t make a noise, she just watched, enamored with Charlie’s abilities.

“Magic,” she whispered under her breath, her dark blue eyes sparkling in the morning sun.

“Don’t use that word,” Charlie snapped, the floating water droplet quickly falling back into the pool underneath.

“That is what it is Charlie, deny it all you want, you have magical powers!” her voice slowly becoming faster and louder as her excitement trembled the table. Charlie saw Miss Nellie returning from the corner of his eye and mouthed a ‘shhh’ before she got to the table.

“Not thirsty Lucy?” Miss Nellie asked, slightly concerned.

“Oh no, I am very, very, very thirsty. I was just admiring the water,” Lucy said with an exaggerated tone and a chuckle. A sharp and worried glance from Charlie stopped her. Miss Nellie looked at her two foster children. She always thought they were strange. With their quick glances and whispers, almost as if they had a secret.

 

How To: Be a Morning Person

Okay first off… I too have been known to sleep in… Who doesn’t need a good lay in some days? But I also do love to get up in morning and start my day off early and well. If that last parts sounds like something you would like to do then read on 🙂

These are just somethings I think ‘help’ me to get up in the morning … they might not work for everyone but I hope they help!

Tip #1:

Prep your breakfast! Plan ahead to have a delicious breakfast the following morning… maybe some hot waffles and coffee or some other yummy dish you want to prepare.  Doing this might actually encourage you to get your booty out of bed! I tend to be food motivated so if I know I have some waffles awaiting consumption in the freezer I tend to want to get up earlier and faster 😉

Tip #2:

Plan for how long it takes you to wake up. If you like to lay in bed for a while how about planning something to do with that time (other than scroll on your phone…). Maybe have a school book next to your bed that you have to read so even though you are up early you are still in bed and being productive. It makes waking up early a little less daunting.

Tip #3:

Sometimes the best tip to being a morning person is to master your nighttime routine. Before you go to bed make sure you have set your alarm and make sure that you have a deep, calm and long sleep 😉 get those 8 hours… if you can.

Tip #4:

When your alarm goes off don’t press snooze! This is a basic one but it is an important one nonetheless. What has become a habit of mine is immediately when my alarm goes off I turn on my bedside lamp on. It is a little annoying to try to go asleep with a light on so it instantly motivates you to get up.

 

I hope some of these tips help ❤

If you have any that you think would be beneficial to anyone leave them in the comments down below!! The end of the school year can mean that sometimes we get a little less motivated… so perhaps following these tips can get you back in the groove.

-Phi ❤

 

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Recipe

It’s been a while… how about I share my lovely vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe and make it all better?

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spelt flower
  • 1/4 cup softened coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • large pinch of vanilla powder (or tsp or vanilla extract)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 5 tbsp sweetened almond milk
  • handful chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Dark chocolate bar (for top of cookies)

 

Steps: Makes 20

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 175 C.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in one bowl.
  3. Make about 20 tablespoon sized balls on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place a piece of the dark chocolate bar on top of the cookie dough balls.
  5. Bake in the oven for 8-10 min (they will be soft when they come out so let them sit 10 min before eating).
  6. Enjoy!

 

Hope you try out these cookies and love them just as much as I do!! If you want more of my recipes or what I eat in a day check out my food Instagram account which is @plantsandbenefits !!

I will be back to my normal scheduling soon (one post a week!)

 

See you soon!

 

-Phi ❤