Monday Munchies: Clean Cinnamon Roll Recipe

cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

(For about 15 rolls)

Rolls:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbs. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. raw honey
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Filling:

  • 1 cup dates, soaked for 30 minutes and pitted
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a food processor, blend all ingredients for the filling until it reaches a thick, paste-like consistency. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cut in yogurt a little bit at a time until mixture gets crumbly.
  5. Stir in milk and honey until the dough is soft and stretchy. (You might need more or less milk to make the dough stretchable)
  6. On a floured surface, roll or shape (I used my hands) the dough into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick.
  7. Spread filling onto the rectangle.
  8. Tightly roll up the rectangle into a cylinder.
  9. Cut into slices of desired size. (This will make 16 small cinnamon rolls, but you can make larger ones)
  10. Place rolls onto a greased cookie sheet or cake pan.
  11. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they look golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven, and serve before they get cold!

The best part about these cinnamon rolls is how quick and easy they are to make! No yeast needed, so you don’t have to wait for them to rise. These are best eaten fresh out of the oven (just like any cinnamon rolls)! Even though there’s no frosting, don’t worry; these are sweet enough from the dates. These are so quick and easy to make, and everyone is sure to love them!

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Monday Munchies: Clean Pecan Pie Balls Recipe

I made this recipe completely on accident! I had some dates I needed to use up, so I was going to make some pastry crust for mini fruit tarts. But when I got done making the date and nut “crust,” I tasted a little and realized I just made the most delicious accident in my life! There aren’t even pecans in this recipe, but I swear these little balls taste just like pecan pie! I could eat the whole batch in less than 10 minutes.

pecan pie balls

Ingredients:

(For 30 balls)

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Put dates in a small bowl and fill it with lukewarm water, covering all the dates.
  3. Let them soak for 30 minutes.
  4. Put almonds on a cookie sheet and bake them for 5-8 minutes (until they smell nutty), stirring them halfway.
  5. Remove almonds from oven and pour them on a plate to cool.
  6. After dates are done soaking, dump out the water and pit the dates.
  7. Once dates are all pitted and the almonds have mostly cooled, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture has very small chunks and turns into a sticky dough.
  8. Roll mixture into 1″ balls and store them in the refrigerator. Unless you’d rather just eat all the dough with a spoon (it’s very tempting!).

And there you go! Pecan pie balls without any pecans! These are just as good (if not better) than my frozen cocoa peanut butter balls!

 

Monday Munchies: Clean Biscuits and Turkey Sausage Gravy Recipe

biscuits and gravy

Makes 6 servings, 2 biscuits each.

Gravy Ingredients:

  • 6 cups milk (I prefer unsweetened almond, but since it’s so expensive, I use skim.)
  • 6 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp.  rubbed sage
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Gravy Directions:

  1. Brown turkey in a large saucepan over medium heat until fully cooked. Remove from heat, and allow pan to cool slightly.
  2. Add salt, pepper, sage, ginger, and cayenne pepper to turkey and stir until it’s coated.
  3. Pour in milk.
  4. Stir in cornstarch.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until it comes to a boil.
  6. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  7. Let simmer until it reaches desired consistency or until biscuits are done.

Biscuit Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbs. raw honey
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Biscuit Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cut in yogurt a little bit at a time until a crumbly mixture forms.
  4. In a small bowl, beat together egg, milk, and honey.
  5. Add it to the crumbly mixture, and combine until a soft, sticky dough forms.
  6. Drizzle vinegar over dough, and stir a few times.
  7. Drop heaping spoonfuls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet. They won’t expand, so you can place them close together, but not touching.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the tops of the biscuits turn golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes before eating.

Once your biscuits and gravy are done cooking, slap two biscuits on your plate, coat them in gravy, and dig in! If you like a maple flavor with your sausage, drizzle a little pure maple syrup on top of your biscuits and gravy for a sweet treat!

Monday Munchies: Clean Rice Kripsies Treats Recipe

rice krispies treats

Ingredients:

(For 16 treats)

  • 3 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (or all natural peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat almond butter, honey, water, and vanilla for a couple minutes, stirring constantly, until it becomes syrupy.
  2. Remove from heat, and stir in cereal.
  3. Mix until all cereal is evenly coated with syrup.
  4. Pour cereal mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
  5. Pat it down and press it evenly and firmly into the dish.
  6. Let it cool, cut into 16 squares, and enjoy!

These don’t taste exactly like real Rice Krispies treats, but they’re still amazing! They’re completely clean since there isn’t any gelatin at all.

If you’d rather make these into little cereal balls instead of bars, just roll 1″ balls instead of putting the mixture in a dish. I used almond butter since it has a milder flavor than peanut butter, but peanut butter flavor is amazing, so either one will work just fine.

Monday Munchies: Clean Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

sweet potato fries

Ingredients:

(For 6 servings)

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1.5 Tbs. olive oil
  • Salt (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut potatoes into french fries, leaving peels on.
  3. Toss potatoes and oil in a large bowl until evenly coated.
  4. Put fries on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
  5. Sprinkle with salt if desired.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, turning fries after 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven.
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

Monday Munchies: Clean Fruit Popsicle Recipe

popsicle

Ingredients:

(For 6 small popsicles)

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/4 of a banana
  • 2 tsp. honey

Directions:

  1. Mash banana and strawberries (or blend in a blender or food processor).
  2. Add honey and milk and mix completely.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds.
  4. Freeze for a few hours until solid.
  5. Run molds under warm water to loosen popsicles.

These are a great summer treat! Try other fruit combos like strawberry-kiwi, peach-pear, pineapple-orange, blueberry-pomegranate, or any others you can think of. Just be creative!

What fruits did you use? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday Munchies: Clean Brownie Recipe

brownies

This week I’ve been craving brownies like crazy! Not only did I come up with a delicious, nutritious, totally clean, all natural, healthy, melt-in-your-mouth brownie recipe, but I also made 4 variations for you to try!

You can eat them plain (which tastes amazing! Even my sister liked them).

You can eat them with a peanut butter drizzle (my favorite way!). brownie with pb drizzle

You can eat them with sliced strawberries (for a fruity burst).

strawberry brownie

You can eat them with sliced nuts (I used almonds).

almond brownie

You can eat them with clean peanut butter frosting (it’s only two ingredients and tastes great!).

brownie with frosting

No matter how you like your brownies, I’ve got the perfect clean brownie recipe right here!

Ingredients:

(For 16 brownies)

  • 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2.5 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour brownie mix into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
  4. Top with nuts if you’re making the nutty version.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before cutting or they will fall apart.
  7. At this point, you can add your sliced strawberries, frosting (recipe below), or peanut butter drizzle.

Frosting:

Combine 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth) with 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt. Stir until completely blended and a fluffy consistency is reached. Spread on top! Be sure to keep them in the fridge if you frost them.

I hope you like these as much as I did! They’re great to take to a cookout to share with friends or just keep them all to yourself as a special treat!

Eating clean isn’t about counting calories, but I just had to share my findings on this! One of these brownies has about 67 calories, if you cut them into 16 servings. The average brownie has about 243 calories! Not only are these clean and healthy, but they’ll also save you a ton of empty calories.

Introducing Monday Munchies!

cookies

Today is the first ever Monday Munchies! I decided that every Monday I’d makeover a recipe for a food I’ve been craving throughout the week. Since I have a massive sweet tooth and like junk food, I usually want to munch on something that’s not very clean or healthy.

So, Monday Munchies will usually have a clean (or almost clean) version of a not-so-clean dessert, snack, or meal. Sometimes comfort foods have ingredients that have no clean alternative, like chocolate or cheese, but I’ll try my best to make them as healthy as can be!

The first food to ever be featured on a Monday Munchies post is almost clean chocolate chip cookies!! I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies for about a month or so. I love me some chocolate, but there’s not really a clean alternative. That’s why I have to call these almost clean.

It took some work to figure out how to make a good recipe, and I came up with this one for fluffy, chewy, chocolate chip cookies!

Ingredients:

(For about 2 dozen cookies)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Add applesauce, honey, vanilla, oil, and milk, and mix until it forms a dough ball.
  3. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F.
  4. Take little pieces of dough and roll them into little dough balls (about 1” diameter).
  5. Place small dough balls on a greased cookie sheet and flatten them to about 1/8” thick.
  6. Press a few chocolate chips into each cookie.
  7. Bake for 7 minutes, until golden brown.

Enjoy these with a big glass of almond milk or topped with some clean ice cream! These aren’t crunchy or crispy like some cookies, but more of a fluffy, chewy cookie that won’t crumble or make a mess.

I hope you liked the first Monday Munchies! Check back every Monday for another recipe makeover. I’m always open to recipe suggestions from all you readers!

What foods have you been craving lately? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see if I can clean them up!