Healthy Pumpkin Donuts

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If you were sitting across the table from me right now, you would be able to smell my hot cup of coffee with just a hint of that salted caramel creamer i picked up yesterday. You would probably hear my Bear (our 125lb dog/baby) rustling around somewhere in the house trying to find a comfortable spot to get another hour or so sleep. You also wouldn’t be able to ignore the strong and welcoming smell wafting from the grates above my oven. That smell my friends….is pumpkin. Yes, i know that it is almost August, and those crisp fall morning haven’t even begun to crept into our lives; but i can’t help it. I am obsessed with all things pumpkin. So here is my go to choice for healthy pumpkin donuts. DISCLAIMER: These donuts are so delicious and healthy, you may find yourself consuming two or three at a time. πŸ˜‰

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What is a pumpkin dessert without pumpkin?? Of course to make it even fresher and healthy, you could go grow some pumpkins and make your own puree. For my purposes i use canned puree. Because I couldn’t get anything to grow to save my life.

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I used melted coconut oil as a “butter” substitute. You can also opt for almond butter.

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To cut some of those pesky grams of sugar, fat, and calories, I used light almond milk.

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The spices of life. Nothing better than some vanilla and cinnamon.

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Of course there needed to be chocolate. Cause. Duh. I used milk chocolate here (shame on me) but its best to go for some dark chocolate morsels.

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This should be what the batter looks like before hitting the oven.

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Here they are, fresh and warm from the oven. Enjoy with some coffee or tea at anytime of the day.

xoxoxox,

Lil’ Pineapple

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Β 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil OR 4 tablespoons almond butter*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 and 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon/ a dash of nutmeg (if desired for extra fall-ness πŸ˜‰
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350Β°F and then grease or line a donut tin.

Starting with the wet ingredients first (pumpkin, maple syrup, eggs, etc.) layer everything except the chocolate chips into a blender and blend for about 30 seconds, or until smooth.

Using a spoon, gently stir the chocolate chips into the batter. Spoon the batter into the donut tin, filling each about all of the way full. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until light golden.

 

 

Good Morning Green Smoothie

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When it comes to waking up in the morning and functioning like a normal adult, I’ll be the first to say that coffee does the trick 150%. Although that dark, hot, brown cup of liquid can act as a motivator to tackle the day, it lacks nutrients and vitamins that are essential for a productive and healthy you. Here is a “green” protein smoothie that is guaranteed to deliver the good stuff you need to keep your body happy.

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I started with a little chunk from this fresh ginger root. However, use caution, as it is very strong! So maybe start with just a little bit and go from there. Ginger has long been know to help the digestive system, relax your body, and stop nausea. Studies also show it helps with inflammation.

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Spinach. One of the ultimate green power foods.This healthy green is full of vitamins, antioxidantsΒ and minerals. Β It is a good source of vitaminsΒ A, B2, C and K, and also contains magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calciumΒ and potassium. So throw 1-2 handfuls in your smoothie for a great boost to your body’s health!

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I probably opt for fresh fruit most of the time in smoothies, but the convenience of frozen fruit just makes me that more inclined to make a quick and easy smoothie. Easy being one of my favorite words when it come to recipes. πŸ˜‰

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I add a splash of orange juice to some of my smoothies as a liquid base. It has lots of calcium and vitamins! Plus, theres nothing like the fresh tang of orange juice to say good morning to the day.

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While there are LOTS and i mean LOTS of protein powers out there, i find GhostΒ proteinΒ to be the most versatile when making recipes. Its low in calories, sugar and fat, but high in the protein department. The cereal milk flavor has to be one of my favorites. The rich creamy vanilla goes with anything, from muffins and cookies to smoothies.

Ingredients

1/4-1/2 of a ginger knuckle (peeled and chopped)

1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach

1 cup fruit of your choice

A generous splash of orange juice/water (8oz)

One scoop of vanilla protein powder

Combined all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Β XOXOXO

Lil’ Pineapple

 

Guilt-Free Banana Muffins

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When it comes to sweets I’ve got a problem. A biiiiiiiig problem. I’d reach for a strawberry frosted donut over a carrot stick any day. My sweet addiction proves to be a problem when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Those little grams of fat and sugar tend to add up so quickly and we don’t even realize it!! So here is a guilt-free banana muffin recipe that will leave you wanting more than one with that hot cup of coffee in the morning.

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What better way to use those super ripe (AKA almost ready for a kick to the trash can) bananas than in a delicous little muffin tin of sweet, rich goodness.

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This is the yogurt I decided to use; fat free but, oh so thick and creamy. You can also opt for Greek yogurt, which will give the muffins a little more of an acid tang.

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Good ole farm-fresh eggs. Need I say more?

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You can use either old fashioned rolled OR quick oats for this recipe, but i find that quick oats give a smoother texture to delicate pastries.

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Ah, that perfectly round, tightly-packed scoop of brown sugar. Its a beautiful thing. To make this even healthier, try replacing the brown sugar with coconut sugar. Bananas and coconuts are a match made in heaven.

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Baking staples. Have them in your kitchen at all times to avoid baking disasters and unplanned trips to the store when your in the middle of making that birthday cake you need ready in an hour. Yikes.

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The finished product? A few bites (or for me, just one πŸ˜‰ of banana-chocolate heaven. What better way to wake up in the morning?

Recipe

Ingredients

 

  • 1/2-1 cup (225 g) plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas (200 g or 1 cup mashed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (160 g) rolled oats (old fashioned or quick)
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (85 g) chocolate chips, mini or regular
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (204C) and prepare a muffin pan by spraying the cavities with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners**. Set aside.
  2. Add all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender or food processor and process on high until the oats are broken down and batter is smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cavity until it is about 3/4 full. Optional: sprinkle a few chocolate chips over the top of each muffin.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of your muffins are set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan for ~10 minutes before removing. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Friday Finds

IMG_3548Lets be honest, when it comes to Friday’s, i think they were meant for shopping and Starbucks runs, am I right?? I set out today to buy a few things i needed, but i didn’t want to break the bank. So here a a few items that will leave you feeling classy, sassy, and super refreshed and ready to hit the weekend.

Nude cropped tank

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I picked this baby up at a local boutique called Apricot Lane Boutique. It has been my new favorite spot for pieces that are timeless, comfy, high quality, fashionable, and SUPER affordable. This is a one size fits all, and because of the stretchy material, it is oh so comfy. Score.

Cropped Keyhole Tee

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Ok, so i have a thing for cropped tops! Can you blame me??? Some high waisted bottoms and cropped tops seemed to be all the rage right now, and the combo is so flattering. So i couldn’t resist picking this up for just $6.99 at T. J. Maxx. The material is so soft and stretchy, and the neck comes down, but not so far down that I feel uncomfortable. Again, a major win in my book.

Mirrored Sunglasses

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I have had the same aviator sunglasses for about a year now, and if you know anything about aviators, thats about 6 months too long. Aviators have a tendency to get scratched and bent very quickly. I picked these up at Charming CharlieΒ for $9.99, and let me tell you!!! They are the most durable aviators I’ve ever found. Plus the mirrored effect is cool. Charming Charlie wins again.

Face Mask Samples

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Ok, i have to admit, this is my favorite find of the day. Of the month. Maybe of the year! I have been wanting to try out his products for so long. A jar of his masks comes in at about $60.00, so getting six samples for only $25.00 at UltaΒ made me drool. Let me know if you would like an individual review of each mask!!

Spa Amenities

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So while i was an Ulta, I decided to just go ahead and pamper myself. We all deserve a little bit of that every now and then! I picked up these eye pads for $7.99 and this foot scrubber for just $3.99! Spa day here i come!!

 

So, needless to say, it was a very successful shopping trip. I love finding good deals on quality products!!!! What are some of your favorite deal “spots”?? Until next time!!

 

xoxoxo,

Lil’ Pineapple