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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

It is officially fall, and I know everyone says this, but it’s my favorite time of year. The chill in the air, the outfits, the colors of the leaves, the spookiness — I love everything about it. One of my favorite things to do each fall is to make a few new apple or pumpkin-flavored recipes. This weekend I tried out a new one that I absolutely loved and knew I had to share — it was love at first sip!

I’ve already shared my favorite pumpkin spice latte recipe and pumpkin spice chai latte recipe, and today I’m sharing another pumpkin spice drink: a fall festive hot chocolate. This is such an easy recipe, and is so, so tasty. It is perfect to have on chilly fall night, either curled up watching Hocus Pocus, having a little bonfire outside, or after you come home from a night of haunted hayrides. Give this a try, and let me know how you enjoyed it. Without further ado, here is my pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe…

/ W H A T  Y O U  N E E D /
(for two delicious cups of pumpkin spice hot chocolate)

  1. 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  2. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  4. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added in a tiny extra)
  6. Sugar (or other sweetener) to taste
  7. Vegan whipped cream

/ W H A T  Y O U  D O /

  1. Combine all ingredients other than sweetener in a blender, and blend on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Taste blended ingredients, and add sweetener to taste. Blend again to mix it in.
  3. Pour blended ingredients into saucepan and put over medium heat, stirring regularly until steaming.
  4. Pour into two mugs. Add whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice on top to garnish. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of my fall recipes! You can find them all here.

Are you going to give pumpkin spice hot chocolate a try? What is your favorite fall beverage?

My Favorite Post-Workout Snack

Coming home from the gym and making a post-workout snack is truly one of my favorite parts of the day. It feels so nice to have finished your workout for the day, and making a good snack that tastes great but also refuels your body is a win-win. So, today I’m sharing my personal favorite. It is delicious, filling, and the perfect combo of carbs and protein to rebuild muscles and give you a boost of energy. This snack in particular is also so sweet and tasty — it almost feels like a dessert!

I also feel like this is the perfect snack for the fall season, because it involves apples and cinnamon, which are two flavors I always associate with fall. Being from Upstate New York, apple season is a big deal! They are a New York staple because we grow so many, and every September I go apple picking. It’s a beginning-of-fall tradition that I love 🙂 The crisp apple combined with the warm cinnamon flavor is the perfect fall combo. Pumpkin spice who? I only know cinnamon apple. (For the record, I actually also really love pumpkin spice, lol).

So, here is how I make my favorite post-workout snack… I hope you enjoy!

There are two different ways I’ll slice the apple, depending on how I feel. Sometimes I cut them into bite-sized cubes — that’s usually when I’m feeling lazy and want to cut the apple up quickly. Otherwise, I’ll slice the apple into thin slices. Whichever way you choose, lay them out on a plate before the next step. Apples are filled with fiber which keeps you fuller longer, which is great for after a workout. Since they’re a fruit, they are also a carb which gives you energy — again, perfect for after a workout. This helps me maintain that post-workout energy boost!

I then like to take a little peanut butter; you could use almond butter or whatever you prefer. I take somewhere between one and two tablespoons if I had to guess a measurement… It’s not too much but definitely not skimpy either 🙂 I like to melt the peanut butter in the microwave so that it’s warm and melty. This part makes the snack feel much more decadent, which I like. Once the peanut butter is melted, I drizzle that all over the apple slices that are laid out on the plate. I like to have peanut butter after a workout because it has some plant-based protein, which is good to have after you’ve done any kind of weight training. This will rebuild and repair your muscles after working them.

Lastly, I like to take a bit of cinnamon and sprinkle it right on top. This adds a nice twist to the flavor, amping up your usual apple/peanut butter combo. Not only is it a great flavor, but it has plenty of health benefits. You’ll often see cinnamon in detox recipes, it helps lower blood sugar levels, and also can help lower the risk of heart disease — sign me up!

I also sometimes make this snack when I haven’t worked out but I just happen to be craving it. During those times, I will sometimes add a little granola and/or dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs (whichever I have on hand). These are just tasty additions that you can combine with the other flavors, but they definitely don’t add to the health benefits of the snack, lol.

 

What is your favorite post-workout snack?

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Recipe

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“Pumpkin spice and everything nice” (pretty much my mantra for the fall season). Every year I love to make a few homemade pumpkin spice lattes (they’re better than Starbucks’ — I swear!), but this year I decided to try something a little bit different. This is a recipe that I have been wanting to create for a few years now, but just never got around to it. I’m so happy that I finally made it, though, because I love it! It’s similar to the pumpkin spice latte, but swapping out the hot coffee for something a little spicier.

This is a pumpkin spice chai latte (if you couldn’t tell by the title), and it is perfect for any kind of fall day. It warms you up when there’s a chill in the air and is perfect for either bundling up with a blanket at home or taking it to go for a day of leaf peeping. I sipped a cup of this on my way to the pumpkin patch this weekend, and it was the perfect fall festive day. So, without further ado, here is a my pumpkin spice chai latte recipe…

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WhatYouNeed_2For the pumpkin spice base:
01. 
1 cup pumpkin puree
02. 3/4 cup light brown sugar
03. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
04. 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

For the chai latte:
01.
2 tablespoons of the pumpkin spice base
02.
1 cup milk (almond, soy, or coconut — I used almond)
03.
1 bag of chai tea

For garnishing:
01. Vegan whipped cream
02. Pinch of pumpkin pie spice (or nutmeg)

 

WhatYouDo_2

For the pumpkin spice base:
01. 
Mix all of the base ingredients together until evenly mixed and a dark color. You can store this in an air-tight container (like a mason jar) in the fridge for up to two weeks.

For the chai latte:
01. Pour four ounces boiling water over the chai tea bag. Let steep while you follow the next step.
02. Stir the pumpkin spice base and milk together in saucepan until smooth. Heat over medium-high heat until steaming hot.
03. Pour the hot milk mixture into the chai tea, then top with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg. Enjoy!

 

xoxo


check-these-out-too01. Pumpkin Spice Lattes
02. Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl Recipe
03. Fit & Fresh Fall Salad
04. Favorite Healthy Fall Breakfast

Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl Recipe

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You guys already know how much I love Buddha Bowls. If you’re not familiar with what they are, it’s basically a big bowl of plant-based deliciousness. They usually consist of some sort of grain (I always use brown rice), and then all different veggies, beans, etc. on top.  The idea is that it’s such a big bowl that the top has a rounded look to it, like Buddha’s belly. I mean… Who wouldn’t love that, right?

Today’s Buddha Bowl is a recipe that my mom made while I was home last weekend, and I couldn’t NOT share it — I loved it so much. This is a fall-version of my classic Buddha Bowl recipe, which I wrote about last year here. So, without further ado, here is my fall harvest Buddha Bowl…

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WhatYouNeed_201. Cooked brown rice
02. Broccoli, chopped
03. Chickpeas, rinsed and dried
04. Sweet potatoes, cubed
05. Kale, stems removed
06. Red onion, sliced in small wedges
07. Goddess dressing (or tahini, whichever you prefer!)
08. Salt and pepper to taste
09. 1 teaspoon cumin
10. 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
11. 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
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1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
13. Extra virgin olive oil

 

WhatYouDo_2

01. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
02. Spread sweet potatoes and onions out on baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top, making sure sweet potatoes are well-coated, then flipping them face down.
03. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove baking sheet from oven.
04. Flip sweet potatoes and add broccoli to baking sheet, drizzling olive oil and adding salt and pepper to the broccoli.
05. Bake for 8–10 minutes, then remove from oven.
06. Add kale, then drizzle olive oil and add salt and pepper to it.
07.
Bake for 4–5 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.
08.
Add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and toss with seasonings.
09. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tablespoon oil and chickpeas. Stir frequently. 
10.
Once browned, remove from heat and set aside. (1o minutes over medium heat was perfect for me.)
11.
Place brown rice in bowl, add in veggies and chickpeas over top, then drizzle dressing on top. Enjoy!

 

Have you ever tried a Buddha Bowl? What is your favorite kind? Let me know how you like this fall Buddha Bowl if you try it out!

xoxo


check-these-out-too01. Buddha Bowl Recipe
02. Fit & Fresh Fall Salad
03. Favorite Healthy Fall Breakfast

Fit & Fresh Fall Salad

I think many times people associate salads with the spring and summer months, but this does not have to be the case. I love a good leafy salad any time of year, and the flavors of fall are some of my favorite to incorporate in these fit and fresh meals. That being said, don’t ever get fooled by a “salad” label… Just because something is a salad doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. A lot of recipes weigh them down with unhealthy ingredients, like tortilla chips or ranch dressing. Load your salad up with healthy greens and other veggies, with a few fruits and nuts mixed in, too. And always, always, always remember to limit yourself to two tablespoons of dressing! Without further ado, here is my favorite fit and fresh fall salad…

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WhatYouNeed

  • Spinach (I think kale would be really yummy with this recipe, too!)
  • Apple or pear slices (I used apple this time)
  • Pecans
  • Cranberries
  • Light maple balsamic vinaigrette (2 tablespoons max!)

WhatYouDo

  1. Add all ingredients into bowl.
  2. Toss to mix all ingredients, before drizzling a little dressing on top. Enjoy!

 

What is your favorite fall salad recipe?
Check out my favorite healthy fall breakfast here.

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Autumn Sangria Recipe

Sangria reminds me of cozy nights in during the fall and winter months, warming up by the fire and relaxing with family and friends. I recently made my new favorite sangria recipe, and I think it will be perfect for any of your fall get-togethers (especially Thanksgiving). If you have any dinner parties coming up, make sure you get assigned drink duty so that you can bring this! Any red wine fans will love it. It has a delicious blend of apples and cinnamon mixed in, and the cinnamon-sugared rim is probably my favorite part. Without further ado, here is my autumn sangria recipe…

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sangria recipe

WhatYouNeed

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 chopped apples
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar

WhatYouDo

  1. To add cinnamon sugar rim to glasses: First, combine sugar and spices on flat plate. Then, dip glass rim in water and then into sugar mixture.
  2. Muddle chopped apples and apple cider in a pitcher.
  3. Add wine.
  4. Serve in glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Enjoy!

 

What is your fall drink of choice?

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XOEmily

 

Gourmet Caramel Apples

One of my favorite things about fall is fresh-picked apples. I love to go apple picking and find new ways to use up the bundles of apples that I bring home. Caramel apples are a staple for fall, but I don’t usually make them myself — I usually buy one at the apple orchard to eat while we’re there! This year, I decided to make them myself and add a little twist… Cue, gourmet caramel apples!

I’m so excited to share this post because this is such a fun idea that I just can’t get enough of. One of my favorite things about it is that it is fully-customizable, so you can mix and match toppings to get the exact flavor you want. I think this would be such a fun idea for any parties you may have this fall; you could set up a gourmet caramel apple bar so everyone could create their own. I know I would love it!

This recipe can get a little involved, but there are also ways to speed up the process and make it a bit easier. Start with washed and dried apples, and melt caramel to dip the apples in. Before you dip the apples, you have to make stems first! I used cinnamon sticks for the stems, but I think using little twigs would be just as cute! Then, dip one apple at a time, and then set them in the fridge to harden. If you are short for time, you can just buy premade caramel apples and move on to the next step.

Once the caramel is hardened, melt your chocolate(s) and dip one apple at a time. I chose to leave a bit of room at the top so that the caramel was still peaking through. Then, immediately roll the apple in your topping of choice, and put it back in the fridge. If you want to do a chocolate drizzle like I did on one of mine, use a squeeze tube with a very narrow opening and pour the melted chocolate in there to drizzle.

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gourmet caramel apples

gourmet caramel apples

gourmet caramel apples

I created three different combinations to share today, but there are so many different ones you could make. For mine, I did a milk chocolate layer with crushed Butterfingers. I love apples and peanut butter so that’s why I chose Butterfingers, but you could use any candy bar with it (I think toffee would be delish!). I also made one with white chocolate and sprinkles — I love the way this one looks! The last one is my favorite… I did a drizzle of the milk chocolate and then a drizzle of the white chocolate, and then sprinkled crushed Oreos onto the bottom half — yum!

What toppings would you choose for your gourmet caramel apples?

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XOEmily

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