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Healthy, No Bake, Holiday Cookies And Christmas Plans

Hello, all! I woke up extra early today, but my daughter must have felt that because she is up an hour before she typically wakes up haha. Getting her out of bed is my favorite thing in the world. She gives the biggest smile, runs around in her crib, talks to the cats because they follow me, all with her curly hair in her face. Gosh, I love that kid so much!! Speaking of her, I am off to get her so this will be delayed until at least naptime lol!

Picking up and moving on. Christmas is right around the corner, which is crazy! I am super sad to be missing out on our typical extended family-filled evens, but also excited to be spending time with my family at home.

On Christmas Eve it will just be me, my husband, and K. We plan on spending the day in PJ’s, baking all the things, watching a family Christmas movie, and opening our stockings! Dinner will be takeout.

On Christmas day, we will get up, have coffee and breakfast, then open our gifts. Later in the day, my mom and my husband’s immediate family are coming over. It should be so fun! I LOVE hosting.

Let’s move on to some cookies, shall we?

K and I have been making some recipes together and this one turned out so good! She enjoys stirring and taste testing. I love egg free recipes because we can dig in while we stir.

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups of oats, 3/4 cups of almond butter, 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 TBSP chia seeds, 2 TBSP almond flour, 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of craisins, 1/4 cup of shredded coconut, pinch of salt

NOTES: I used bake believe white chocolate chips-this brand is keto and allergy friendly. I also used 50 percent less sugar craisins.

TO MAKE: Mix everything well and flatten onto a baking sheet. Once on the sheet, place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Mommy’s taste tester. These are definitely toddler approved!

TO MAKE CONTINUED: Remove from fridge and use your favorite cookie cutters to make shapes. These can also be formed into protein balls. We did both!

These are so yummy! My husband even loved them and he tends to stay away from healthy sweets!

I hope you enjoy! I hope you all have a wonderful week and Happy Holidays!

All my love,

Carly

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Protein Balls

Hello, all! Once again, I have failed at consistency on my blog. Keeping up with an almost 2 year old and taking care of our new home keeps me busy. One of these days I will get a better schedule on here!

Anyway…

Today, K and I made some yummy protein balls this morning! Healthy, tasty, and toddler approved! I have certainly eaten more than I care to admit. Haha!

My official taste tester!

INGREDIENTS: *2 cups of oats. *3/4 cups of almond or peanut butter. *1/4 cup of melted coconut oil. *1/4 cup of honey. *1 tsp. of vanilla. *1 TBSP. of chia seeds *dash of salt. *add ins of choice: I used dark chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut

TO MAKE: 1) Mix everything together and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. 2) Roll the dough into balls and enjoy! 3) Store extra balls in the fridge

So yummy!

I hope you enjoy!

My goal is to catch up on my reader and wrap the Christmas presents by this weekend!

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Healthy Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

Hello, all! Happy hump day! I hope the week is treating you well. I am keeping busy with my active, fun toddler. The weather has been incredibly warm, but sadly the rest of the week looks chilly. I already miss the warm weather and outside time. On a huge plus, we get the keys to our new home a week from Friday! I have SO much excitement about it!!

Anyway…

Last week, I saw a recipe for healthier donuts. I barely had the ingredients I needed, so I decided to throw some together and hope for the best. Sometimes this fails miserably, but not this time. These donuts were so yummy!! We have already finished 2 batches, and I plan on making more today. They are mom and toddler approved!! Plus, K loves to help stir the batter.

INGREDIENTS:

*1 cup of GF (or regular) pancake mix. *1/4 cup of almond flour. *1/2 of a banana. *1/4 cup of almond butter. *2 TBSP of honey. *Almond milk. *Topping: 1 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 1 tsp of truvia or sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon.

TO MAKE:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2) Meanwhile, mix the first 5 ingredients together. 3) Add in almond milk-a little at a time, until the batter is smooth. 4) Pour batter in a greased mini muffin tin (this makes 12 ) and bake for 13 minutes. 5) While baking, make the topping by mixing the sugar and cinnamon with the coconut oil. 6) Pour topping over your mini donuts (or muffins) and enjoy warm!

There you have it! Super easy, healthy, and yummy!

Enjoy!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday-My Favorite Eats This Week

Hello and happy Friday!! Did the time change throw anyone else off? The whole past week has been rough on me and my daughter’s sleep. My husband seemed unfazed though! I have been waking up incredibly early, and falling asleep early as well. I finally feel like my body has regulated. Last night I fell asleep at 8 and didn’t wake up until 6 this morning. I missed a class that I teach unfortunately, but my body needed it!

Moving on, let’s talk food. Starting off, I have to share my newest obsession. Weeks ago, I was at Sam’s Club and had a sample of these dried mushrooms. I didn’t know I would like them, but OH MY GOSH they are amazing!!!! I can’t stop eating them!

Seriously….go get these!!!

Moving on to some dinners…

Chipotle bowl, but I put all of my toppings on cauliflower rice that I made at home! YUM!!
Farmhouse Chili with homemade almond flour cornbread muffins. They were fantastic!
A huge salad from Core Life Eatery!
Chicken, veggies, and avacado over cauliflower rice.
Spaghetti Squash with sautéed spinach, pesto, cheese, and garlic. SO yummy!!

Now onto baking and breakfast…

Healthy cinnamon sugar mini donuts!! GUYS…this is my own recipe and it turned out amazing! I will share it soon!
Banana egg pancakes with almond flour, Criobru grounds, topped with melted coconut oil and almond butter.

Such a great week of eating!! I hope you enjoyed this lighthearted food post. Sending hugs to you all!!

With love,

Carly

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Fall Baking Favorites

Hello, all!! I hope you are well. Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the cool air, the activities, and best of all…the baking!! I have been doing a lot of baking lately…with a little help stirring from my sweet girl! I just wanted to share some favorites so far.

Almond flour apple muffins. I used the apples we picked from Lynd Fruit farm! They were so yummy!
This apple crisp was a traditional one because my husband didn’t want my healthy version haha. He devoured it!
Roasted pumpkin seeds! These have olive oil, salt, pepper, and a little seasoning salt.
Almond flour pumpkin muffins with dark chocolate chips! These are my favorite!!
This is a healthy apple crisp made with almond flour! It was so delicious, I ate half of it for lunch the day I made it!

Most of these recipes I found on Pinterest! I also made pumpkin pancakes and plan on making some pumpkin pie overnight oats next!

If you have any fall recipes please share!! Have a wonderful rest of the week.

With love,

Carly