Coconut Pineapple Berry Punch

*If you are looking for a refreshing drink to satisfy that thirst during the hot summers, this one is perfect! It’s made with fresh pineapple and blackberry juice, a hint of coconut and mint for a refreshing taste, and just the right amount of sweetness!*

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Summer Break, Day 5.

Get me out of here.

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Every year I count down the school days until summer break, hopelessly waiting for the lack of schedules and rushing out the door to be late for school once again. The papers start piling in from the past 6 months of school projects that weren’t sent home. I quickly must black trash bag that crap before my daughter is convinced I don’t love her and her 4 pages on writing words with a long U sound.

The last week of school is Hell Week because you have to be 3 places at once every day, and if you miss one well then you are like a horrible person. It’s also the one week a year where I have to get dressed and do my hair every day.

So hard.

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But it’s exciting to know that freedom is near, schedules and homework is no more, and lunches don’t have to be impressive…

That is until your a week into summer break and you are ready for school to start again. Then what do you do?

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Establish a chore chart and become the meanest mom ever. Check.

Limit TV time so the kids can play with their toys instead and become the meanest mom ever. Check.

Have your kids do some type of learning activity at least a few time a week and become the meanest mom ever. Check.

Wish you didn’t spend so much money at Target so you could book yourself a vacation and become the meanest mom ever for leaving them with daddy. Check.

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Don’t you just love summer?

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If all else fails, make a delicious and refreshing pineapple punch drink and pretend you are on that vacation all by yourself, when really you are just standing behind a shower curtain trying to hide.

Check.

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Coconut Pineapple Berry Punch
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ of a pineapple, cut into slices or chunks
  • 6 oz blackckberries
  • 1 c. light coconut milk mixed with 2 TB. honey
  • 10-12 mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Run ¼ of the pineapple through a juicer. Next add the blackberries, ¼ of the pineapple, then the mint leaves, the rest of the pineapple, and lastly the coconut milk.
  2. Pour juice into glasses filled to the top with ice.
  3. Drink and enjoy!
  4. Makes 2 large juices, or 4 small.

 

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Pineapple Coconut Berry Juice from The Diva Dish

Lastly, go back to Target and buy $1 slime which will end up keeping your kids entertained for a miraculous amount of time.

AND THEN start saving for a vacation…

 

A Day In The Life-Saturday

 6:20 a.m.

Find a little person cuddled next to me.

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6:30 a.m.

Little girl #2 climbs on the bed.

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6:35 a.m.

3 littles in the bed watching Mickey Mouse.

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6:45 a.m.

Make Breakfast with lots of little helpers and 1 hungry baby lacking patience…

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Kodiak Cakes + 1 Egg + Milk + Blueberries.

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7:15 a.m. 

Sneak a few bites, or more, of waffles off the kids plates. Fill a water bottle up, start Shayloss workout #7.

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8:00 a.m.

Get the girls ready for soccer, plus baby ready. Hair spray + tight pony’s + some tears.

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8:30 a.m. (Not Pictured)

10 minutes to rinse off, shave legs, look presentable. Use 1/3 bottle of dry shampoo.

8:40 (ish)

Grab some toast and a banana for a quick mama breakfast, add lots of peanut butter. Drive to soccer kind of late

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9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Soccer games.

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All of those ballet lessons came in handy when kicking the ball!

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11:00 a.m.

Our turn to help clean our church building :).

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12:00 p.m.

STARVING. Run home and make lunches for everyone. Shove random food and tortilla chips in my mouth while making lunch because I could die of starvation.

Kids Lunches:

Grapes, Raw Broccoli + Ranch (yum), Monkey Sandwiches.

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Mama Lunch:

Chipotle Black Bean Veggie Burger (Costco), Roasted Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, Lots of ketchup, Dijon. And more tortilla chips.

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12:30 p.m.

Baby Nap Time.

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Sometime after 12…

Dishes, sweeping, checking Instagram, (3 times), cleaning, trash TV. (In no particular order.)

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Girls Playing ‘Mom’.

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2:45 p.m.

Baby wakey wakey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efEoiZ2erD0

3:00

Tell the girls to get their swimsuits on for the splash pad at the park.

3:10

Remind the girls again to grab their bathing suits.

3:15

Repeat what I said 5 minutes ok.

3:20

Find one child getting ready for an evening on the town instead of water splashing at the park.

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3:30-3:45 ish p.m…

Finally get all the kids suited up, hats on, sunscreen applied and ready to go!

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4:00 p.m.

95 degrees out and water feels nice, except the baby isn’t too sure ;).

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5:00 p.m.

Come home, make a quick dinner.

For my husband and kids:

Grilled turkey, avocado, and turkey sandwich + Roasted Broccoli  (The kids said, “WE HAD BROCCOLI FOR LUNCH THOUGH?!) Bribed the kids with dessert.

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For my grilled cheese, which fell on the floor…

Avocado, tomatoes, goat cheese, balsamic drizzle. Yum! Minus the floor taste…

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5:30-6:00 p.m.

Clean up dishes from dinner, dreaming of dessert to come later.

6:00 p.m.

Dessert.

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Shari’s Berries!

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A little fighting over the striped strawberry, even though there was more than one…?

Husband chose pink + White chocolate. I bet you can’t guess which on I choose?!

Thank you to Shari’s Berries for sending us a delicious box of chocolate covered strawberries! After a long day of running around, it was nice to come together and enjoy dessert!

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6:30 p.m.

Tire the kids and my husband out by doing tricks and silly things.

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Playing with water bottles…?

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7:00 p.m.

Quick bubble bath! Easy on the bubbles…

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7:30

Delaying bed time.

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7:35

Prayers

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7:45

All 3 kids asleep, mommy and daddy are ready to party!!

Except.

ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

 

*I was not paid to write this post. Shari’s Berries sent me a box to sample :).

 

Croissant French Toast

*If you are looking for the perfect ‘tradition’ breakfast, this Croissant French Toast is the perfect recipe!*

I know how it is friends. You try and make one meal for the whole family, and all of the sudden everyone turns into food critics/has an opinion/all of the sudden hates their favorite food called mashed potatoes.

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Usually on the weekends we will make a more grand breakfast, like pancakes or waffles. Trust me…It’s not all fancy cakes and smiley pants. One child doesn’t want a pancake, they prefer a waffle. The other child enjoys the pancakes, but only takes two bites. The baby throws hers on the floor, and my husband doesn’t care for the fact that they are whole wheat. He decides he would rather have toast and chocolate milk. Cool.

I’ll just be here in the kitchen all day guys, DON’T WORRY!

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Over the years I’ve obviously learned to tell my family how much I adore them, and if they don’t like it well, that’s too bad. But it still doesn’t mean they turn in to the Leave It To Beaver family around meal times and say, “Gee Mom, this was delicious. You are the best cook.” June had it so easy.

Sadly, I don’t remember the last time I wore pearls and I rarely vacuum. I’ll never be June Cleaver, but I would like to hire her once a week.

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That being said, I like to share recipes that everyone enjoys, because WWJD? What would June do, right?

This Croissant French Toast was a tradition I started a few years back. If you read the list of ingredients, it’s not the healthiest. In fact, it’s not healthy food wise at all. But we eat this traditionally 2 times a year during LDS Conference, or when we have special guests in town. It brings everyone together, and it’s something that EVERYONE enjoys! In my opinion, it’s definitely a part of living a healthy lifestyle.

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This didn’t go down without a fight though, I might add. It all started when the family wanted french toast, but we had no bread. Only a box of croissants, because we are fancy and sophisticated. My husband, who apparently is a  french toast connoisseur, said this was a mistake and would never work. Although my husband made me french toast in college one time when we were dating making him master french toast chef, I had to ignore his suggestion and go with my gut.

The rest is history, because we look forward to this breakfast every conference!

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Croissant French Toast via The Diva Dish

Croissant French Toast
 
Ingredients
  • 10-12 mini croissants, halved
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup milk, half and half, or heavy cream (If you want it really rich!)
  • 2 TB. vanilla
  • 2 TB. brown sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • Butter for the pan/skillet
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish, wish together the eggs, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, and salt.
  2. Heat griddle on low/medium heat, and coat with butter.
  3. Dip halved croissants in egg mixture, coating and soaking both sides.
  4. Place them on the griddle, and cook on each side a few minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Don't press on them with a spatula.
  5. Serve immediately and top with butter, fruit, powdered sugar, and/or pure maple syrup.

 

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Here is the deal friends, I’ll share something with you if you promise to share something with me…

1-If I find a meal that everyone enjoys, I will share it.

2-If you know where June Cleaver might be, would you give her my digits?

Thanks, you guys are the best!

Green (Spinach) Banana Peanut Butter Blender Muffins

Holidays have become a big deal in our household. Thanks to the outstanding moms everywhere, my kids expect elf on the shelf to basically buy them a car, and a leprechaun to leave them an actual real pot of gold. None of that chocolate covered crap. Real pirate gold. Thanks Pinterest.

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All joking aside, I do have to admit that it is fun to make the holidays exciting for my kids. Granted my efforts are little, and who would have thought adding green food coloring into the toilet would have been something they would talk about for years!

I remember being younger and my brothers and I setting up a camera and leprechaun trap in order to catch the little guy. We were so excited to wake up and watch back the footage! As we sat there and watched, we saw a little stuffed leprechaun (the lucky charms guy) walk around in the video and set our trap off. My brothers and I FREAKED out! I still have that video clear as day in my head!

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My parents always went the extra mile, and now they do it with my kids so I don’t have to. Pretty sure that’s what the circle of life is all about!!

Green Peanut Butter Banana Muffins! KID approved! From The Diva Dish

When I had the idea to make green muffins from the leprechaun, I had a few things in mind but mainly, it has to taste good. If i’m going to get my kids to try them, they at least have to taste magically delicious! (Is that the lucky charms saying?) Then I thought about the first time I ever made a green smoothie. I was so nervous at the thought of drinking spinach! But with the right ingredients, it turned out to be one of the classic best green drinks of all time!

Bananas + Spinach + Peanut Butter

Magically Delicious!

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Green (Spinach) Banana Peanut Butter Blender Muffins
 
Have no fear! These muffins may be green, but the kids will love them! Whether they are green monster muffins or a trick from the leprechaun! They are moist, light, and fluffy!
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats-can use GF oats
  • 2 bananas (medium), ripe
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar, or coconut sugar (coconut sugar will change the color slightly)
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ c. peanut butter
  • 2 c. or 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • ¾ c. dark chocolate chips + more for toppings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a blender, add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. **Update: When blending all of the ingredients at one, the bater becomes quit thick. If you don't have a high powdered blender, this might be a little more difficult to blend. Start blending the dry ingredients first, then add the rest. If needed, use a few TB. of milk to help it blend. **Blend until creamy. Add the chocolate chips into the blender and stir with a spoon.
  3. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and pour batter into muffin holders, about ¾ full. Top with 2/4 additional chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops bounce back when lightly pressed.

 

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Green Peanut Butter Banana Muffins! KID approved! From The Diva Dish

I just asked my daughter what she thinks the Leprechaun is going to bring her tomorrow if we don’t catch him and she replied, “An American Girl Doll.”

Awesome.

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Muffins, Sweetened w/ Honey

 *These are the perfect breakfast or snack muffins, as they are made with whole grains and naturally sweetened with honey! Add a little butter and honey to a warm muffin, or top with honey peanut butter for breakfast!*

My daughter LOVES muffins. Whenever I make them, she can easily eat 2-3 in one sitting, and then request them at her next meal.

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She’s also my candy child, and some days I wonder if she will turn into a blueberry like Violet from Willy Wonka. I have a ‘secret’ stash of candy, and I usually have to find a new hiding spot for it each day. When I’m not looking, I’ll find her climbed up onto the counter, almost on top of the fridge just so she can have a jelly bean.

Jelly bean?…Broken leg?…

Totally worth it.

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She’s also the first child awake, the most opinionated, wears her headbands on her forehead, and loves to wear bright red and pink lipstick every single day!

Life is never dull with her.

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Which is why I dedicated these muffins to her. They are never dull, naturally sweet with burst of tartness, and perfect for very early early mornings :)!

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Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish

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Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Naturally Sweetened
 
This is the perfect breakfast muffin, as it's made with whole grains and naturally sweetened with honey!
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2¼ c. white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ c. melted coconut oil
  • ⅔ c. honey
  • ⅔ c. non dairy milk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ⅔ c. blueberries, plus more for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, milk, vanilla, and honey. Once whisked together, slowly whisk in the coconut oil. Add wet to dry, and mix until combined. Don't overheat.
  4. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. In a prepared muffin tin, scoop batter into 12 regular sized muffins. Top the muffins with 1-2 blueberries.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating the pan halfway though.

 

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They would also taste good at say…9:30 in the morning…in case you happen to start your morning then…

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

 **Homemade bread is probably one of my all time favorite things in this entire world, besides my family obvi! This Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread is hearty and filling, and best with butter:).**

I’m the type of person where I have to have a really belly filling breakfast. I’ll never understand people like my husband who are good with a class of milk and a granola bar. I’m just…I mean, like aren’t you hungry 30 minutes later? Don’t you feel shaky like you haven’t eaten in 4 days and start to  have a better understanding of those hungry snicker bar commercials?

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My staple as of late has been toast and runny eggs. I could eat it everyday, unless the runny egg makes me gag. Let’s talk about this for a second. When it comes to runny eggs, the only part I want runny is the yellow yoke. No joke.

But if there is white running on my toast, gag. Barf. I’m done. I can’t look at a runny egg for at least a week out of being traumatized.

(Light Bulb Moment: Now I see where my kids get it…#diva)

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Back to this bread. Due to the fact that bread is a staple in my life, I really try my best to make sure it’s a healthier bread. Obviously I would LOVE a sourdough bread with the yellow yoke only runny egg  breakfast…And I’m sure I’ll make that sometime soon…But the majority of my days are spent with hearty whole wheat bread.

I find that it’s more filling, and I’m not hungry again 9:30. (9:45, different story.)

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Homemade bread is scary, especially when whole wheat is involved. There are chances the bread turns to brick, or simply doesn’t rise. Getting that water temperature just right for the yeast was my biggest problem. Here are a few things I’ve learned:

-Get a candy thermometer.

I know that sounds weird, but if getting the yeast to rise is your problem, fill your glass cup with hot water, stick the thermometer in, and when it cools down to 110 degree, whisk in your yeast mixture. I’ve got it down to where I don’t need one, but a thermometer helped so much in the beginning.

-Buy Vital Wheat Gluten.

I know a bag is expensive, but you only need a few TB. per recipe. It really helps when baking breads with Whole Wheat, that way you don’t get that ‘brick’ texture!

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Now, let’s get to the recipe shall we. All this bread talk/pictures is making me hungry :).

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Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
 
This is a hearty and filling bread!
Ingredients
  • 3½ c. warm water
  • 3 TB. honey
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 5-6 c. 100% whole wheat flour
  • 3 c. bread or white flour
  • 1 c. wheat germ
  • 2 TB. salt
  • 4 TB. sugar, or coconut sugar (optional)
  • 3 TB. vital wheat gluten
  • 4 TB. plain greek yogurt
  • Oil for greasing the bowl
  • Butter for topping the bread
Instructions
  1. Mix the honey and yeast with the warm water. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the wheat flour (start with 5 cups), bread flour, wheat germ, salt, sugar, and vital wheat gluten.
  3. Using a stand mixture, add the yeast mixture and greek yogurt. Mix together, then gradually add in the flour mixture, ½ c. at a time.
  4. Add enough flour until the dough isn't sticky to the touch. You might not use all of the flour mixture. If you need more, add the rest of the whole wheat flour gradually, using only the amount you need.
  5. Remove the dough and form into a ball.
  6. Rub olive oil on the dough as well as on the inside of the bowl.
  7. Return the dough to the bowl, cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  8. Once doubled, punch down. Cut the dough in half, roll into a loaf. Add loaves to greased loaf pan, and set in a warm place until doubled.
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  10. Bake bread for 20-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Brush tops with melted butter.
  12. Enjoy!

 

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If getting your kids to try ‘brown bread’ is a challenge, just simply ask if they want warm bread with butter and honey. So simple.

Kids are so easy.

Also, simply ask what vegetables they would like for dinner too. I’m sure they will simply tell you a list of their favorites…

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Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish

Have you made homemade bread? Do you have a tried and true recipe?

Also, runny egg thing? Just me?

Spiced Chocolate Banana Muffins

I’m trying my hardest to type this blog post all about the most delicious Chocolate Spiced Banana Muffins, but my daughter has Peppa Pig on in the background, and now I’ve somehow developed a British accent with pig snorts shoved in-between. You want to know what’s worse than regular writers’ block? British accent pig snorts writers’ block…

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So about these muffins…

Ever since I started decorating for Christmas in October last week, I’ve been fully embracing the holiday baking season. I also started going back to the gym to counteract all of the calories I’ve been eating baking. In fear that my maternity pants may have to make their way back out of the garage, I’ve decided to start distributing baked goods out early this year to our friends.

They win and I don’t look pregnant.

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Although, I’ve always wanted to be the friend who dropped off kale salads to the neighbors during the Christmas season because that’s what everybody really wants! Right? Yup.

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The second these came out of the oven, my girls each had two and then didn’t eat their dinner. I’d say that means this recipes is a winner and I’m a top notch parent! Snort!

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Chocolate Spiced Banana Muffins
 
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2¼ c. white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ c. cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¾ c. softened butter, can sub room temp coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ c. coconut sugar
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 5 mashed bananas
  • 1½ c. dark chocolate chopped, or dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients including flour, baking soda, and spices.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Next add in the eggs, slowly beating one after the other. Then the vanilla.
  4. Next add in the bananas and combine.
  5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients, and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Try not to over beat.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and scoop batter into the muffin tin using a medium ice cream scoop to create even baking.
  8. Bake for 18-22 minutes, depending on oven.
  9. Makes 24 muffins.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

 

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Sidenote: These are probably a ‘healthier’ treat than other Christmas treats, so it’s basically like dropping a kale salad.

What would you guys do without me?

Watermelon American Flag Sheet ‘Cake’

I cannot believe the 4th of July is tomorrow! It feels like I just took my Christmas tree down, when in reality, it’s almost time to put it back up again!

4th of July Watermelon Flag Cake

I really wanted to make a fun dessert for tomorrow, but wanted to keep it pretty healthy and light. I’m sure many of you have seen those watermelons cut into the form of a cake and then frosted with whipped cream right?

So let’s pretend that watermelon cake had a baby with a patriotic flag sheet cake, and well..

This is what I came up with! 🙂

First thing, cut your watermelon. I cut mine into rectangular strips so they would be easy to assemble in the baking dish.

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4th of July Watermelon Cake

First you add a layer of watermelon, and then frost it with a layer of whipped cream. You can make this vegan by using Coconut Whipped Cream if you would like.

4th of July Watermelon Cake

Then add more watermelon…

4th of July Watermelon Cake

And then a nice generous spread of more whipped cream.

4th of July Watermelon Cake

Then using blueberries and raspberries, assemble the good ol’ American Flag!

4th of July Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Flag Cake
 
It may look like your typical 4th of July sheet cake, but it has a nice 'healthy' surprise that's used instead of cake! Fresh Watermelon!
Ingredients
  • (This recipe makes an 8x8 or 9x9 size sheet cake)
  • ½ watermelon, cut into strips
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 8TB. powdered sugar
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • Blueberries, raspberries
Instructions
  1. Make the whip cream by beating the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla until peaks form. Set aside.
  2. Assemble the cake by first adding a single layer of watermelon over the entire bottom of the pan.
  3. Frost the watermelon layer.
  4. Then add another layer of watermelon.
  5. Then top it off with another layer of whipped cream. Be sure to cover the entire watermelon so it doesn't show through.
  6. Make an American Flag with the berries.
  7. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve!

 

4th of July Watermelon Cake

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Happy Fourth of July friends!!

The BEST Acai Bowl

From the age of 16 through 20 I worked at smoothie businesses.

One might think this is where my love of ‘healthy living’ developed…But when a pizza place next door starts exchanging you breadsticks for smoothie, well…

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Also, did you know the majority of smoothie chains make their smoothies with sugary juice and frozen yogurt ice cream? It makes them taste oh so delicious! But it also kind of cancels out the fact that drinking a smoothie is a healthier option.

Does that mean pizza bread sticks could have been a healthier choice?!

I’d like to think so.

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Hands down one of my ALL TIME favorite smoothies are Acai bowls, which are becoming quite popular.

(Let it be known that I totally like Acai Bowls before they were cool.)

But unlike so many others, I won’t toss my beloved smoothie bowls to the curb when it gets popular. I won’t think of it any different even though it has become quite the media whore.

No. I will love them forever. Why? Because when Acai Bowls are tomorrows news and another health craze becomes the star…I’ll still be there. Just like I was for Kale.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

One smoothie place I worked for used apple juice and strawberry juice with acai ice cream.

Another used almond milk, vanilla ice cream, and acai smoothie packs.

With the knowledge I have and for the love of all things healthy, I came up with is what I think the BEST Acai Bowl ever.The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

But seriously, what makes them so popular? Besides the looks, it’s a great way to make a meal out of a smoothie. You can add fruit, crunchy granola, and a drizzle of funny and eat it all up with a spoon!

It’s mad I tell you, MAD. But once you do it, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. Then before you know it, you will dream about it, and then well…

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Then you will make an acai bowl i guess.

Or you will drive to the nearest juice bar and have them make it for you because most likely they will know you by name and exactly what you want. So in order to avoid that embarrassment you will have to make it at home sometimes.

You’re welcome.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

The BEST Acai Bowl
 
Ingredients
  • 1 acai smoothie packs, I found mine at Costco
  • Handful of frozen strawberries and blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • a little bit of non dairy milk-I used cashew or almond
  • (opt. a little bit of apple juice)
  • 1 TB. agave
  • handful of ice
  • Toppings:
  • chopped fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, sliced bananas, and a drizzle of honey
Instructions
  1. Add all smoothie ingredients into a blender and add a splash or two of liquid (milk and apple juice.) The less milk, the creamier.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Add toppings to smoothie and dig in with a spoon!

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Would I trade this acai bowl for a box full of breadsticks now a days? I mean…No, but I love bread sticks so…halfsies?

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts

*My kids request donuts often, and I love baked donuts that I can make from home as a healthier alternative! These are made with pancake mix, so half the work is already done for you! Enjoy these Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts with your kids anytime without the sugar overload!*

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We live somewhat close to a donut shop, and every so often on a  Saturday we will walk over with the kids and get them their favorite chocolate donuts! There is also a green juice place next door, so usually I’ll grab my breakfast there and then stare them down with jealousy as they eat.

It’s a wonderful family tradition.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

I’ve made quite a few baked donuts at home, but I always seem to have a problem with the texture. Especially if I have used bananas in the batter, then I just feel like I’m eating a circle sized banana bread. But lately I’ve been baking with pancake batter, and for some reason the texture has been just perfect!

Light, airy, but still cake like. All that’s missing is a rich chocolate frosting with 1/4 cup of chocolate sprinkles on each donut.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Even better, these things bake up in a little over 10 minutes, and you don’t have to wait in a long line only to find out the parent in front of you took the last chocolate donut that would have belonged to your 4 year old. Thank goodness for a game of rock, paper, scissors with your husband to see who has to relay the message to her…#firstworldtoddlerproblems

Speaking of my husband, he ONLY eats glazed donuts. I just. I can’t. It’s all about the cake donut my friends. Am I right?

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Also, I’ve talked about my love for Kodiak Cakes before, and I swear they aren’t paying me to say this, but they have been my favorite pancake mix to use! I just LOVE the ingredients, so if you haven’t ever tried it, definitely do so!

And while you are at it, drizzle some good quality melted chocolate over the top of your donuts. When the chocolate hardens on the soft donut it’s OH SO GOOD!

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

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Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. pancake mix-I used Kodiak Cakes
  • 2 TB. cocoa powder
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TB. melted coconut oil
  • ½ c. milk of choice
  • ¼ c. mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Whisk the pancake mix, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar together.
  2. Then add the egg, coconut oil, and milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease a donut pan.
  5. Add the batter in a large plastic bag, and then cut the corner off.
  6. Pipe the batter into each donut, filling almost all the way to the top.
  7. (This should make about 5 regular sized donuts.)
  8. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.
  9. Let cool and then remove from the pan.
  10. Top with desired toppings~I drizzled some melted white chocolate over and it was delicious!

 

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

In the spirit of Valentines, feel free to sprinkle a touch of pink love on each donut. It appeals to little eyes even more! No pink box needed ;).