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Pumpkin Chia Pudding

It’s October, and as pumpkins line the grocery stores and homes on my street, it also fills my cabinets and refrigerator. I love making classic pumpkin dishes like roast pumpkin, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread, but it’s also fun to incorporate pumpkin into my everyday, year-round recipes! One of my favorite recipes to incorporate seasonal flavors into is my Chia Seed pudding! When you make the pudding parfait style you can play around with the different layers, and given the time of year, I figured a Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding Parfait sounded just right.

What You Will Need:
2 C Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk
6 T Chia Seeds
1T Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Pumpkin
Dash of Cinnamon
Handful of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

What You Will Do:
Pour maple syrup, chia seeds, and vanilla into your bowl of hemp milk and stir.
Place in a refrigerator for minimum 1-2 hours. I like making the recipe before I go to bed, and eating it in the morning!
When your pudding is done, pour half of the pudding in a jar. Add 1/4C pumpkin. Add the second half of the pudding, and the second half of the pumpkin. Top with chocolate chips!!
Mix it all together and eat up! Or, if you’re a purist like myself, eat it layer by layer!

This recipe serves 2 people and although it may not seem like it, it totally fills you up! Enjoy!

Apple Slice Toast with Enjoy Life Chocolate

I did it! I cored an apple without an apple corer, and didn’t cut off my fingers!!! The process was fairly simple, but I don’t recommend kids doing it! Anywho, I’ve been looking into healthier variations of (gluten-free) toasts, and recently I’ve seen a lot of people using apple slices as the base in place of toast! It’s pretty genius if you ask me. Apple and sunbutter/chocolate sauce are my go-to’s when I’m having fondue, so it was only logical to use the two as my ‘toast’ spreads. With a few bags of Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate and Mini Chips on hand, I knew exactly what I was going to do.

What You Will Need:
2 Apples
1 T Sunbutter
1/4 Bag Enjoy Life Mini Chocolates to melt
To Top: Enjoy Life Mini Chips, Baking Chocolate, Mini Sugar Cookies, Nut & Seed Mix

What You Will Do:
Core the Apple: 
To core the apple, first slice off a thin layer of the bottom of the apple so it sits flat on the surface.
With a knife, cut straight down into the apple, creating a square around the core. Trace your knife through the four marks to define the square.
Press your fingers on the stem of the apple, and push down. The core should come through the bottom!
Now rotate the apple on its side, and cut horizontal slices, making rings!!

The Fun Part:
Melt your Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate for 60 seconds in the microwave on high.
Spread your sunbutter or melted chocolate on the apple slices, and top with whichever toppings you’re in the mood for!

This is the ULTIMATE snack for kids, either while at school or when they are back home! They won’t even realize they are eating apples! And for the adults, this snack is great, too. I mean, adding nutrients without sacrificing flavor is a total win! Enjoy!

Avocado Marshmallow Cups with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Peanut butter cups, almond butter cups, COCONUT BUTTER cups; I love them all. But of peanut butter, almond butter, and coconut, there is still one food that for me, trumps them all. Avocado, of course! I make and buy these cups all the time so it occurred to me- why not use avocado as a filling, too? Or would the avocado filling go brown in just a day or two?

Introducing my Avocado Marshmallow Cups… because why just use Avocado when you have a spare bag of gluten-free marshmallows in your cabinet, too? I have to give my mom credit for scheming up this recipe… turns out she has a sweet tooth just like mine!

Regardless of filling there is one constant in all of my chocolate cups, and that is the use of Enjoy Life Foods mini chips!! The chips are gluten, dairy, nut and soy free, making them especially perfect for these cups, as no nuts are involved, either. This recipe requires just 4 ingredients and is so simple to make!

What You Will Need:

1 Cup Mashed Avocado (1.5 Medium Avocados)
1/2 Cup Melted Marshmallow
2T Coconut Oil
1 Bag Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
Optional: Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to top

What You Will Do:

  • In a bowl, mash your avocados. Portion out 1 Cup of Mashed Avocado and set aside (Likely ~1.5 Avocados)
  • In a microwave, melt a handful of marshmallows. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds. Set a half cup aside.
  • Combine your bowls of avocado and marshmallow and mix until thoroughly combined.

  • Place this mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • In a third bowl, melt half a bag of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
  • Line a muffin tray with baking cups, and pour a thin layer of chocolate into the cups. With a knife, spoon, or spatula, drag the melted chocolate up along the side of the baking cup, creating a small bowl of chocolate.

  • Refrigerate for ~15 minutes
  • Cut off a corner in the bag with avocado filling, and squeeze avocado paste into the now semi-solidified chocolate cups.

  • Place back in the refrigerator for 15 minutes so the avocado filling firms on the chocolate.
  • Melt the rest of your Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
  • Remove tray of baking cups from the refrigerator, and pour remaining chocolate onto the cups and cover the avocado filling completely.
  • Place back into the refrigerator until hard.

Once the chocolate shells have hardened, you can remove them from the baking cups and enjoy!! The cups will stay good out and/or in the refrigerator for at least a week, and you can freeze them, too!!

The consistency of these cups is much different than you are used to with nut butter cups. The filling doesn’t totally solidify the way nut butter fillings do. I actually prefer this though because the cups feel lighter!! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Avocado Banana Bread

Avocados. Bananas. Chocolate Chips. Need I say more?! This week’s NOBREAD Bread incorporates all of my favorite foods! Oh! And I can’t forget my favorite natural sugar, coconut sugar. I’m so curious to hear what y’all think; when I finished making it, I actually thought I did it all wrong! Turns out this unique bread has a ‘different’ outcome… but I love different, and this bread is no exception. It’s pretty amazing!

What You Will Need:

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 4T Coconut Oil
  • 1 avocado (1/2 cup mashed)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2T Dairy-Free Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • Dairy-Free chocolate chips

What You Will Do:

  • In one bowl, mash your banana. In another, whisk your eggs. In a third, mash your avocado. Combine all 3 in a large bowl.
  • Add coconut oil and dairy-free milk. I used almond.
  • In a small bowl, combine GF Flour, Coconut Sugar, and Baking soda. Mix together.

  • Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix.

  • Sprinkle in chocolate chips!
  • Pour batter in a bread pan, and top with a few more chocolate chips!
  • Cook at 350 for 40 minutes.

**NOTE: This is the one bread recipe where the good ‘ol check your bread with a toothpick trick WON’T WORK. The consistency of this bread is going to be more mushy!  The contrast of crisp bread edge to soft inside is heavenly!

Honestly, this is one of the better NOBREAD Breads I’ve made!! If you are concerned about ‘tasting’ the avocado in the bread… you really don’t! And if you are concerned that the mushier inside means the bread is undercooked… no again! Can’t wait for you to try it!

Enjoy Life Foods NEW ProBurst™ Bites

10% off with the coupon code PROBURST346. The coupon expires 3/31/17. Click here to purchase! 

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Introducing Enjoy Life Foods NEW ProBurst™ Bites! Protein-packed, chocolate bites that are not only good for you, but also super tasty! Packed with up to 7 grams of plant-based protein per serving, these chocolatey, truffle-like bites are the perfect, allergy-friendly snack. Enjoy Life Foods has long been my favorite brand for all things gluten-free (we all know about my Enjoy Life baking chocolate obsession), and I’m so excited they’ve added these protein bites into the mix. Like all Enjoy Life products, the bites are free of the eight most common food allergens and they are made in a dedicated allergy-friendly facility.

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The bursts come in 4 flavors: Cinnamon Spice, Mango Habanero, Cranberry Orange, and SunSeed Butter. My personal favorite is the SunSeed Butter, because I love all nut and seed butters, and the Cinnamon Spice is a close second. The bursts are the perfect pre- and post-workout snack, or breakfast if you choose to have three or four! Currently the bites are only available for purchase online, but they will start arriving in retailers on March 1st, 2017. I can’t wait to hear what you all think! #ProBurstBites

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Plentils

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Anyone who knows me knows that Enjoy Life Foods is my favorite brand of gluten free snacks. I eat the cereals for breakfast, the cookies with every meal (crunchy chocolate chip is my go-to), and the chocolate bars are my staple go-to post-dinner dessert. Recently, I discovered Enjoy Life Plentil chips! I’m always experimenting with different gluten free grains and legumes to diversify my diet and add nutrition. I’m also a salt-attic, and LOVE a good potato chip. So when I discoverd Plentils, essentially a lentil potato chip, I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

To start, Plentil chips are low in calorie and high in nutrition. Furthermore, like the rest of Enjoy Life products, they are free of the eight common allergens: gluten, dairy, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.  The sea salt Plentils are my favorite and they are simply made of lentil powder, potato starch, safflower oil, salt, and tumeric. I love making guacamole and eating it with my lentil chips, which are perfectly shaped for scooping. As much as I love french fries, I realize the importance of limiting my fried-food intake, and Plentils are the perfect, crisp replacement to accompany my meals.

Other Plentil flavors include Dill & Sour Cream, Margherita Pizza, and Garlic & Parmesan. If you haven’t tried Enjoy Life Plentils yet, you are truly missing out. But not to worry, the chips are sold in stores and markets nationwide, so go to your nearest Whole Foods/ Natural Market and pick up your first pack today!

Where to Buy: http://shop.enjoylifefoods.com/

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