Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes

Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes

These customizable “breakfast” baked oatmeal cupcakes are great on-the-go fuel for those days when you have zero time in the morning to prepare anything for breakfast!

They are portable, freezable…AND you can easily change up the flavor by choosing different spices and add-ins for endless breakfast cupcake variations!

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Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes
Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 23 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 23 Minutes
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Diet Level:4
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 F, and line 24 cupcake tins.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine and stir all wet ingredients (including banana).
  4. Mix wet into dry, then pour into the cupcake liners and bake 21 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes (optional).
  5. These oatmeal cakes can be eaten right away, or they can be frozen and reheated for an instant breakfast on a busy day. Hint: If you let them cool overnight, they’ll no longer stick to the liners.
Recipe Notes

Optional add-ins: Cinnamon, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts or other nuts, ground flax, raisins, or other dried fruit.

For recommendation on sugar-free maple syrup and stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, go to the CHALLENGED APPROVED FOODS page.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

It’s PUMPKIN TIME! This cheesecake is sugar-free and no-bake and all pumpkin!  Moreover, it’s even healthy with all the dates and nuts included in this recipe!!!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Hours
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6" Cake
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Crust ingredients:
White Layer Ingredients:
Pumpkin Layer Ingredients:
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Hours
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6" Cake
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Diet Level:5
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Instructions
  1. Place all crust ingredients into a food processor and process into a sticky crumble. Transfer into a 6″ spring form pan and shape into a crust {either by flattening it entirely to the bottom, or pushing it up the sides a little for a taller crust effect}. Set aside.
  2. Place all white layer ingredients into a high-speed blender and process until mixture is smooth. Scoop out about ¾ cup of this mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add pumpkin layer ingredients to the blender to the remaining mixture and blend until mixture is smooth and uniform.
  4. Pour pumpkin cheesecake mixture into the crust in the spring form pan. Smooth out the mixture a little using a spatula. Pour white layer ingredients (that were set aside earlier) on top of the pumpkin layer, being careful not to mix the two layers in the process {it helps to freeze the pumpkin layer for about 20 minutes first to help it firm up, which makes adding the white layer without having the two layers mix up a lot easier}. Gently smooth out the surface.
  5. Freeze the cheesecake for 4-5 hours {or overnight} to set, and then transfer and store in the fridge until ready to serve. You can also have it straight out of the freezer as a pumpkin ice-cream cake, but when you have it out of the fridge it has the consistency, texture, and flavor of a real cheesecake.
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

These cookies are SUPER easy to make. No fancy mixers, just a large spoon. Add the dry ingredients with wet ingredients, stick them in the fridge for about 10 minutes, form them into small balls, and dip them into a cinnamon mixture. You will want the balls to be about the size of a ping-pong ball. They are YUMMY. Now, these have coconut sugar in them, so they are only for those DIET LEVEL 6-er’s out there!!

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
Diet Level:6
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
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Diet Level:6
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix together until wet and sticky. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes (this allows the dough to get a little more sticky and firm).
  5. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and coconut sugar.
  6. Form dough balls that are about 1.5 inches in diameter. Roll dough into cinnamon mixture. Place on a cookie sheet. Using a jar or glass, flatten cookies to about ½ inch thick.
  7. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes (depending on oven and thickness of cookies). Cookies should feel firm on the top, but may be soft in the middle. They will continue to get firmer once out of the oven.
  8. Cool completely on the cookie sheet.
Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Cinnamon buns are tempting, but one large roll from the mall is a whopping 880 calories, 17 grams of saturated fat, and 59 grams of sugar! If you’re craving all the flavors of the classic, then try blending up this fiber-and fruit-filled smoothie that’s less than a quarter of the calories, with hardly any saturated fat.

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Cinnamon Bun Smoothie
Diet Level:6
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Category Breakfasts, Smoothies
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Category Breakfasts, Smoothies
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Diet Level:6
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, and add more almond milk if necessary.
  2. Pour into a tall glass, add the cinnamon stick for garnish (optional), and enjoy.
Flourless Banana Pancakes

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Here’s a great way to use up those ripe bananas. You know the ones…no one wants to eat them because they are just a little too ripe, but you can’t quite make yourself toss them in the trash? Yeah…those:) You’ll actually get best results with this recipe if you use those ripe bananas: go for the ones that already have brown spots.

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Flourless Banana Pancakes
Diet Level:6
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Category Breakfasts
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Category Breakfasts
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Diet Level:6
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Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk them.
  2. In another bowl, lightly mash the bananas with a potato masher or a fork.
  3. Add the egg, the baking powder, the vanilla, and the cinnamon to the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
  4. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the batter at a time onto a skillet placed over a medium-low heat and cook until the bottom appears set (1 to 2 minutes). Flip with a spatula and cook another minute. NOTE: With just eggs as a binder, you’ll also find it easier if you make smaller pancakes, as big ones have a tendency to break apart when they’re flipped.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup, if desired.
Recipe Notes

The recipe calls for vanilla extract and cinnamon, but you could add whatever spices you like. Bananas make a great vehicle for just about anything. The instructions also give amounts for one person, but it’s easy to modify for a group; just use the ratio of 2 eggs:1.5 bananas. For example, for four people, you would use 8 eggs and 6 bananas.

To make this a sugar-free Diet Level recipe, simply use sugar-free maple syrup. You can go HERE to find my recommendation for a brand without additives.

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

This lemon pound cake is just as rich and lemony as the one you get at Starbucks! However, it is sans the flour, sugar, butter, or oil!  This clean eating and grain-free treat has the perfect balance of tart and sweet. It is a great dessert dish to bring to a family gathering, baby shower or potluck.

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Lemon Pound Cake
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Optional Frosting
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Optional Frosting
Diet Level:5
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, and add the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour into loaf pan.
  4. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. (Bake first 20 minutes covered with foil, then uncover and bake 20-25 minutes longer.)
Optional Frosting
  1. To make the optional frosting, mix ingredients for frosting and spread over loaf just before serving! (Leftovers can be stored in the fridge.)
Recipe Notes

Go HERE for a link to purchase Sweet Leaf Baking Stevia for this recipe. There are other brands available at HEB and Whole Foods.

Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt can be found at Whole Foods.

You can freeze slices of this cake and thaw out one slice at a time for a treat!

Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

Gluten-free! Grain-free! Refined sugar-free! What do these yummy cookies have? Healthy fat from coconut oil, antioxidants from cinnamon, and protein from hemp seeds.

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Sweet Potato Pie Cookies
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Soak all 12 pitted dates in very warm water for at least 10 minutes to soften.
  2. In food processor or large bowl (if using immersion blender), combine the mashed sweet potato, coconut oil, 8 of the softened dates, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Add egg, flours, salt, baking soda and spices and combine until a soft dough forms (it may be sticky). If using a food processor, scoop dough into a mixing bowl. Fold in chopped walnuts, additional 4 chopped dates and hemp seeds (optional).
  3. Place bowl with dough in refrigerator, covered, and chill for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350° and begin to scoop tablespoon-size balls of dough, evenly spaced, on parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each ball so that it is roughly 1⁄4 inch thick.
  5. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or store in the refrigerator. May also freeze to enjoy later.
Recipe Notes

For a 40-Day Challenge Approved Vanilla Bean Powder, go to this link: CHALLENGE APPROVED FOODS

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