Time for Something New: Recipe Makeovers!

Hello Readers!!

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted! I’ve been so busy.. I know, excuses excuses, right? Well, I’m trying to make more time for blogging because I really don’t want to quit! I want to keep writing and sharing with all of you.

Lately, it’s been hard for me to find the time to experiment and make new recipes. So, I think it’s time for something new! I’m going to start doing some easy recipe makeovers for you!

I’m currently working two jobs, and my boyfriend works full time. We rarely have time to sit down and have a nice meal together, so lots of our recipes have to be quick, cheap, and easy to make. Well, unfortunately, quick, cheap, and easy foods are usually highly processed frozen meals, boxed mixes, or other unhealthy foods. I’ve been trying my best to make our meals healthy while still keeping them cheap, quick, and easy.

Most of my recipe makeovers just swap a few not-so-healthy ingredients for healthier ones. These makeovers aren’t really my recipes; rather, they are someone else’s, and I’ve just made a few substitutions. I haven’t done a recipe makeover in a few days, but I’ll post each time we have a made-over meal.

If you have any ideas for recipes I can makeover, let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new ideas; even Pinterest leaves me wanting more!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Healthy Gourmet Oatmeal Combinations

Here’s a handy chart to help you create amazing gourmet oatmeal combinations! Just mix and match, add what you want, stir in some goodies, and eat up! Oatmeal is a great breakfast. It’s quick and easy, and you can even make it the night before, keep it in the fridge overnight, and grab it in the morning as you’re walking out the door.

So print out this chart, stick it up on your fridge, and make some fancy combinations!

Comment below and let me know what combinations you came up with! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy my oats!

oatmeal combinations

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Clean Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

apple cinnamon muffins

Ingredients:

(For 12 muffins)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup chopped apple

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ÂșF.
  2. Place paper liners in 12 muffin tins, or grease them very well.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and set aside.
  5. In another small bowl, combine almond milk, olive oil, vanilla, and honey until smooth.
  6. Fold egg whites into the wet mix.
  7. Add wet mix and apples to dry mix and stir until combined, but don’t over mix!
  8. Pour batter into each muffin tin, about 2/3 full.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the muffins turn golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool a little. These taste great while warm!

Clean Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

pumpkin pie cookies

Ingredients:

(For 2 dozen cookies)

  • 1.5 Tbs. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 Tbs. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbs. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ÂșF.
  2. Whisk together all wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (The first 6 ingredients, not pumpkin)
  3. Add all dry ingredients except oats.
  4. Add pumpkin puree and mix until completely combined.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and enjoy!!!

Clean Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bars Recipe

pumpkin bars

This is the perfect fall recipe! It’s easy and delicious, and the best part is it’s clean! I got the inspiration for this recipe from The Oven Diaries. Thank you! View her original recipe here.

Ingredients:

(For 16 bars)

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ÂșF.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended.
  3. Pour batter into a greased 8″x8″ baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Top with drizzled honey, peanut butter, maple syrup, pecans, walnuts, almonds, or raisins! I used sliced almonds and they were great!

 

Clean Honey & Peanut Butter Protein Bars Recipe

protein bars

Ingredients:

(For 16 bars)

  • 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup oat flour, packed
  • 1/4 cup all natural vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 Tbs. water

Directions:

  1. In one bowl, combine puffed rice, oat flour, protein powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla, peanut butter, and honey.
  3. Gradually stir the dry mix into the wet mix. I used my hands for the most part.
  4. When the wet mixture starts to get crumbly, gradually add water to keep it sticky.
  5. Continue adding dry mixture and water until it is a sticky consistency (kind of like cookie dough).
  6. Put the dough into an 8×8 baking dish.
  7. Using the back of a spoon, press the dough firmly to flatten it into the dish.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars.
  9. Store in refrigerator.

These are great for an afternoon pick-me-up, some pre-workout fuel, a post-workout snack, a quick breakfast, or a midnight snack! You can always roll these into balls instead of putting them in a dish and cutting them into bars. Enjoy!!

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 400ÂșF.
  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 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.

Clean Peanut Butter Fudgesicle Recipe

fudgesicle

Ingredients:

(For 10 small fudgesicles)

  • 2 tsp. raw honey
  • 4 tsp. all natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth will work)
  • 1 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and insert stick.
  3. Put in the freezer for a few hours until frozen.
  4. Run molds under warm water to loosen fudgesicles.
  5. Eat them!!!

These are so good! And they’re easy to make AND they’re healthy! It’s a win-win-win summer snack food!