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The Best Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe

This apple cinnamon pancake recipe is easy, healthy, and delicious. WIth the sweetness from brown sugar and maple syrup to top; you're kids will barely know they are eating something that's good for them during breakfast! #apples #pancakes #pancakerecipes #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

The Best Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe

What’s better in the fall than apple cinnamon pancakes?

Or, really, apple cinnamon anything?

Maybe I got it from my mom, but I love anything that’s apple cinnamon flavored or scented. It reminds me home, fall, and new beginnings with the school year starting. I know, we’re a few months into that season by now. But, that doesn’t mean the apple cinnamon food has to!

A version of this recipe used to be a favorite of mine when I was younger and my mom still made my food. She used to make a ton of apple pancakes, enough for leftovers in a household of 6, and then keep the leftovers in the fridge. (It wouldn’t take long for them to disappear.)

Though, her recipe wasn’t vegan. And, not quite as healthy as I make mine. I’m a bit obsessed with making sure the food I feed my two girls have plenty of nutrients in them!

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If you’d like to check out my other apple recipes, I’ve compiled all of them I have on this blog (up to the date I publish this post) below:

And, I assure you, there are more to come, such as the apple nachos that I make my girls for snacks occasionally and they can’t get enough of!

About these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

When I first made these pancakes, I simply made them with only all purpose flour. And honestly, I had no hope of them turning out well since I barely had a skeleton of a recipe when I started putting ingredients together. (And because I didn’t have any oat flour ground up.)

Once I started cooking these, though, I knew they were going to be a hit. My picky eater 6 year old asked me if I was making cookies, because that’s what she honestly thought they smelled like when cooking.

You know something that smells that good when cooking can’t taste all that bad!

My girls and I loved them. They were so good that I decided to experiment with different amounts of all purpose flour and oat flour, to make them a bit healthier and more filling with the fiber from the oats. Turns out, half and half is perfect. So, be assured that this recipe has be tested and tried quite a few times to make it just right.

Let’s Make Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Possible prep work to make Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

To start off, you’ll want to make sure you have oat flour and flaxseed meal. You can buy these already ground, or you can grind them yourself. I like to grind them myself because it tends to be cheaper in the long run, when using them all the time, and because I get to choose the fineness.

Use either a nutribullet or a food processor (s-blade) to grind oats into oat flour. I’ve been using my food processor lately because it can grind more at once, making life easy! I save the leftovers in a glass container in my cupboard. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be stored in the fridge or not, it tends to get used pretty quickly in my home, so I don’t bother having it take up space in my fridge.

To grind flaxseed into flax meal, I use a coffee grinder. It helps with making it more fine, which is what I prefer. I save whatever leftovers I have in a glass jar in the fridge.

Onto making the batter of these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Once you’re done with the prep work, or if you bought oat flour and flaxseed meal to save yourself some time, it’s onto actually making these pancakes.

Start by making the flax egg, to give the flax meal time to absorb the water and turn into and egg-like consistency.

Then measure out all the dry ingredients and adding them to a mixing bowl. Stir well.

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Add in the soymilk (or other non-dairy milk of choice). Melt the coconut oil and add that. And, add in the flax egg. Stir everything together until there are no dry ingredients that are still ‘dry’.

Next, peel and dice the apple. Or, peel the apple and slice off small parts of it right into the bowl or other ingredients. This could potentially save time if you don’t care that all the pieces are different sizes. Fold the apple pieces in til mixed well.

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Place a pan on the stove, turn on medium heat with about a tablespoon of coconut oil.

Once completely heated and the coconut oil is melted, measure out about a quarter cup of batter, slightly less, and add to pan.

When the batter starts to bubble, flip it over and cook on the other side.

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They should be a light golden color when done.

Continue cooking the pancakes this way til you’re out of batter.

Once done, top with maple syrup, serve, and enjoy!

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*These freeze well, too. So, go ahead and double or triple the batch for an easy make ahead breakfast for the week!

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Healthy and delicious apple cinnamon pancakes that your kids won't even know are good for them, because they taste that good!

Servings 15 pancakes
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cup soymilk
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil 1 tbsp for pancakes, 1 tbsp for the pan
  • 1 flax egg 1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 2 ½ tbsp water
  • 1 large apple diced
  • maple syrup for the topping

Instructions

  1. Make the flax egg by combining 1 tbsp flaxseed meal with 2 ½ tbsp water. If you don't have ground flaxseed, do that first. 

  2. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.

  3. Add all wet ingredients in with the dry and mix well.

  4. Peel and dice the apple and add into the mixture, making sure it's all through out.

  5. Add some coconut oil to a medium pan, turn the heat on medium. 

  6. Once the coconut oil is melted add about a quarter cup of the batter to the pan.

  7. Once the batter starts to make small bubbles, flip and let it cook on the other side.

  8. Continue this process of cooking the batter til there is no more batter.

Recipe Notes

*You can sub in maple syrup for the brown sugar, just make sure to add it in with the wet ingredients, not the dry.

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new year's resolution

Why You Need to Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early

Are you one of those people who signs up for a gym membership at the beginning of a new year?

Or, someone who will plan on starting to eat healthy, goes to the grocery stores and buys all of the beautiful produce; just to let it go to waste because your cravings kick in?

You may plan on getting in shape or eating well this new year. But, if the ‘New Year’ is the only motivation you have to become and stay healthy; then you’re not going to have an easy time sticking with it.

Our country’s weight is growing; and it’s not from a lack of new gym memberships at the beginning of every New Year. It could be from the lack of actually using those memberships all year round, though.

If you need the New Year to help keep you motivated to stay healthy, then go ahead and enjoy the extra motivation; but, that shouldn’t be your only motivation.

You need more than just motivation to keep healthy and fit; you also need self discipline, for when you lack  motivation. Go here if you need help with finding or strengthening your self discipline. If you’re self discipline is not the problem and you’re just looking for some better reasons to start your healthy lifestyle New Year’s Resolution NOW, then keep reading.

To Feel Ahead of the Game Before it Even Begins

Even if you can just get all of the planning done and prepare for your New Year’s Resolutions now; you’ll be ahead of everyone else. And, yes, you’re not supposed to compare yourself to others. But, wouldn’t it make you feel good if you know you have a plan and know how you can succeed this next year before this next year even starts?

It would feel awesome!

So, get out a pretty notebook and start a plan of action for everything you want to accomplish this next year. And, once you’re done with that; start.

Don’t wait for the New Year, start when you have the momentum and your plan. Do what you can before the next year starts. Get ahead, and then stay ahead as long as you can; it’ll help keep you moving forward simply to know how far you have come. Plus, if you slip up for a few days, or even a month, you’ll be much more likely to get right back to it, knowing you had some built in buffer time from starting early!

Check out The Ultimate Guide to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution All Year Long! for help planning out your resolution to be healthy this next year.

You Can Start Fresh Every Day

If new beginnings and fresh starts are what motivates you at the New Year; think of how each and every day can be a fresh start for you.

Start working towards a goal, and if you have a bad day and feel like you can’t get back into the groove of things; remember, it’s just one day. Simply go to bed and then wake up the next morning knowing that it’s a new day; start fresh and get back into the groove of things.

There’s no mistake so big that you have to wait a whole year for a fresh start. Take everything day by day. Or, hour by hour or moment by moment; depending on what you want accomplished. (Moment by moment may work well with a goal of becoming a better parent or person.)

This is also your reminder to not let one bad day ruin a streak of good days. Life can get rough sometimes; remembering that everyday is a fresh start can help ease the rough times. There’s always a better, brighter future ahead!

You’re More Likely to Keep on Track

If you start working towards your New Year’s resolutions now instead of waiting for the new year; you’ll be more likely to actually stick with it and stay on track. Starting before hand usually means that you’re not making up excuses or waiting for motivation to come to you.

You have more self discipline, and you strengthen your discipline by not using a motivator, like the New Year, to start working on your goals. This is why you will be one of the very few people to keep on track all year round, instead of giving in and quitting when the new-ness of the New Year wears out.

Plus, if you’re able to start now, that really shows some self discipline. It can be tough to start working towards new goals this time of year with the holidays; especially if those goals pertain to becoming healthy.

Set Realistic Goals

Many people set unrealistic goals and resolutions for the new year; thinking that anything and everything is possible because of this new start.

Unfortunately, not everything is possible to do in a single year. And, using the fresh start of a New Year as the motivator to accomplish these unrealistic goals; you’re just setting yourself up for failure.

Starting now can help you set goals without the pressure of having to share your goals, or New Year’s resolutions with anyone else. There’s no pressure setting goals now; if you try them out for this week and decide you want to change your goals, then go ahead. No one is going to be nagging you about keeping your New Year’s resolution at this time of year.

Feeling extra motivated? Check out The 12 Week Year and get more done in 3 months than most people do in a whole year!

Think of How much closer you will be to your goal

On the same note about setting realistic goals before the New Year; you will also be that much closer to your goal even by the time the New Year rolls around!

If you want to become fit this next year, an extra week can make a huge difference in your progress.

Or, if your goal is eat healthier, even if you don’t start eating healthier til the New Year; you can still find healthy meals, recipes, and snacks to make. You can start meal planning and prepping so that the transition to eating healthier goes a lot smoother.

Or, if you want to start being a better person this next year; there is no better time to start than Right Now!! There is so much good that can be done during the Holiday Season.

Just imagine how much you can accomplish between now and the New Year if you get to work on your resolutions NOW!! You may even impress yourself!

And, Adjust the Goals when the New Year comes (if need be)

If you start now and realize that your goal, or resolution, is a lot harder to do than you thought; adjust your goals so that they’re more realistic. That way when people ask you what your New Year’s resolution is and you tell them, you’ll feel more confident that you’ll actually accomplish it.

And, that’s pretty impressive; to actually stay strong and hold onto your New Year’s resolution.

It will show other’s just how disciplined you are and that you actually do what you say you will. It’s a win-win.

Or, on the other side of things; if you try out your resolution now and it’s too easy then go ahead and adjust your goal to challenge yourself. You need to make a resolution that’s challenging enough to change you and motivate you to change, but not too challenging that you simply won’t stick with it.

This balance is hard to find, and the sooner you start, the easier it will be to find the balance and adjust your goals accordingly. Maybe make smaller goals that lead up to a large one and reward yourself along the way. Use some positive reinforcements as motivation!

If NOW isn’t the Best Time, what Makes the New Year the Best Time?

One of the biggest reasons to start now instead of waiting is because there will never be the ‘right time’ or ‘best time’ to start. If you can’t motivate yourself to start now, or even prepare to start now; what’s going to make it so you start at the New Year and actually stick with it the whole year?

If you don’t have the self discipline to start now; will you have the self discipline to start the first day of the year?

Sure, it may seem like it would be easier to start working towards your resolutions at the New Year, when everyone else does. But remember, everyone else does not stick with their resolutions for the year and do not accomplish their goals.

Only the people who have enough self discipline will actually stay with their New Year’s resolutions. And, those people with enough self discipline are probably still working on their resolutions from last year and adjusting their goals for this next year; and getting a head start on them right now!

Don’t you want to be one of those people, who actually gets things done and accomplished? Don’t you want to be where they are now, next year at this time; and not feeling like you failed last year’s resolutions? Start now, and show yourself who’s boss and in charge of your life!

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If you need a quick workbook to help you plan out your goals (and eat healthy- because I’m a little bit of a health nut) then you can sign up to get my workbook How to have a Healthy and Productive Day!!

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The Ultimate Guide to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution All Year Long!

Beet Smoothie Recipe

Need a smoothie recipe that is perfect for pregnancy or hiding veggies in your kids food? Check out this delicious beet smoothie, with spinach, frozen strawberries, and more! #beets #smoothies #smoothierecipes #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

Beet Smoothie Recipe

Are you looking for a nutrient dense smoothie?

One that has vital nutrients in it for pregnancy, such as folic acid, iron, protein, omega 3’s, and more.

Or, maybe you just need a smoothie that will help get more fruits and veggies (and nutrients) into your kids. You know, because they absolutely refuse to eat them.

Either way, this beet smoothie recipe will be perfect for you and your kids!

The beets alone provide many nutrients, such as:

  • folic acid (vital to help prevent birth defects)
  • vitamin C (to boost immunity in you and your kids)
  • fiber
  • iron (to help prevent anemia)
  • potassium
  • manganese

And then add in the spinach, banana, strawberries, chia seeds and flaxseeds; and you have plenty of protein, omega 3’s, vitamin A, calcium, and more! You really can’t beet this smoothie when it comes to nutrition.

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My Opinion on Beets

Beets are an acquired taste (and smell).

The first time a tried roasting beets, haha, about six months, our whole home filled up with the smell of roasted beets. No one was happy. It literally smelt like we were roasting dirt.

From then on I’ve opted for canned and sliced beets. It’s easier and less smelly. (Our home isn’t that big, so the smell of roasting, or even boiling them, takes over the home pretty quickly.)

My girls and I had tried 3 to 4 beet smoothie recipes before I decided to simply make my own recipe. And I’m so I did, too!

My older daughter still doesn’t like beets, even in smoothies, and even though they turn everything pink. But, my almost 3 year old and I drank this whole smoothie within minutes of making my beet smoothie recipe.

Need help getting your kids started with developing healthy habits, grab these free healthy habits worksheets for kids here!

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Healthy Vegan Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
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Making This Beet Smoothie Recipe

If you’re using canned beets, like I do, then this recipe can’t get much easier to make.

Fill your blender, nutribullet, or nutrininja with all the ingredients except for the ice cubes.

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Blend til smooth.

Pour into a glass, or drink right out of the cup you made it in. Put a few ice cubes in it, and enjoy!

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Related Post: Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

Beet Smoothie Recipe

Perfect for getting in a ton of nutrients all at once! From folic acid, iron, fiber, and more; this would be a great addition to your diet while pregnant, or when trying to get some veggies into your little ones diet!

Servings 20 oz
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach packed
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup beets cooked (or from a can)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • ice cubes add in after blended

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together, except for ice cubes.

  2. Add as many ice cubes as you'd like.

  3. Serve and enjoy!

Make sure you share this recipe with others who will enjoy it!

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Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

Looking for a quick and healthy homemade recipe for breakfast that your kids won't refuse? You have got to try this blueberry oatmeal! It's 100% plant based and so delicious you may need to double the recipe! #blueberry #blueberries #oatmeal #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

When blueberries aren’t in season, they’re a treat in our home; and usually bought frozen. My two girls will go through blueberries like they’re candy. So, I was not surprised when they told me they loved this blueberry oatmeal!

Coming from a picky eater, who claims to hate most food I make, and an almost 3 year old; that’s saying something. If I ever plan to save any of this oatmeal for another day, I have to double the recipe.

The recipe below is gone in less time than it takes to make it! Which is quite impressive, seeing as how it only takes about 10 minutes to make it, with hungry kids at my feet.

What makes this recipe even better than other oatmeal recipes I make is that is has absolutely no add sugar, not even brown sugar. It uses the sweetness from ripe, mashed bananas and a little bit of maple syrup. So, it’s not only vegan and healthy, but also 100% plant based.

It is full of antioxidants, with the oats and the blueberries, and is perfect for any busy morning. Or, really, any morning at all, because it’s quick to make and will make eating breakfast taste like a treat. Kind of like these blueberry muffins.

Click here to get a free copy of this mother approved recipe ebook!
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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

 

Let’s make this blueberry oatmeal!

After finding out how healthy this oatmeal is, I’m sure you’re ready to get started and just make it. And, it’s really not that hard, either. It’s almost as simple to make as my simple homemade applesauce.

First, measure and cook the oats on the stove on medium to high heat. Stir occasionally to make sure none stick to the pot.

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Mash the banana while the oats cook. Or not, it really doesn’t matter.

Add  the blueberries, maple syrup, and bananas to the cooked oats. Stir well, making sure to mash up the banana even more.

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If using frozen blueberries, make sure all of the ingredients are warm before serving.

Serve and enjoy!

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Blueberry Oatmeal

Delicious and perfect for a cold fall morning! Plus, it's quick enough to make on a busy school day morning. You're kids will love it!

Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 ripe banana mashed (can be mashed in pot with rest of oatmeal)

Instructions

  1. Cook oats in water.

  2. Once oats are mostly cooked, add in blueberries, maple syrup and banana.

  3. Mash banana in oats if not already mashed.

  4. Stir everything together well and make sure all ingredients are warm.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You may want to double this recipe, it tends to disappear pretty quickly, especially with little ones around.

**The 10 minutes to make this recipe was tested with two kids 5 and under in the kitchen with me, asking questions and trying to 'help'. So, it may not take as long for you.

Make sure you share this blueberry oatmeal recipe with anyone who loves blueberries, or who has kids!

And, feel free to pick up a free copy of my recipe ebook here, it’s mother and child approved!

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What YOU Really Want: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

Wondering what in the world to ask for, for yourself, for Christmas? As a stay at home mom it's hard to know what we want. Check out this gift guide for some ideas you'll love! #giftsformom #giftguide #gifts #christmas #momlife #stresslessbehealthy

What YOU Really Want: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

Being a stay at home mom, you don’t get to think much about what you want.

You’re too busy worry about the wants and needs of everyone else in your family; your kids, pets, husband, parents. Basically, anyone you’re related to or see often enough to care for.

Oh, you’re on the list somewhere, way at the bottom. That’s why it’s so difficult for you to come up with what you want whenever anyone asks you.

I get it.

It’s hard to think about your own wants or needs when you’re so preoccupied thinking about others.

That’s why I’ve created the list below with some things us stay at home moms could really appreciate in our non-self-centered lives. From items that we need, things that you could certainly use but may not have thought of, to things that you actually want and will enjoy!

Just in case you do need some ideas for you kids, as well:
The Best Gifts for 2 Year Old Girls This Year!
Gift ideas for 3 year old girls
Gift Ideas for 5 Year Old Girls
Gift ideas for 6 year old girls

 

Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

Items we NEED: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

You know that there are things you need that you just can’t think of when asked, like new socks because all of yours have holes in them. But, the ideas below are a little more unique than just socks!

(But, in all honesty, if all your socks have holes in them, just get them for yourself already. This is your sign if you needed one. I know I’m due for some new socks!)

Slippers

Ok, so you don’t have to ask for these unicorn slippers. But, slippers are very useful as a stay at home mom. We’re on our feet more often than others think we are; with hard wood floors, it can be rough on our feet and slippers are advised.


 

A Nice Coffee Mug

I love this coffee mug! If only it were true; my toddler is quite strong, my coffee can’t even begin to compete. I still love the coffee mug my mom got for me right after I had my first daughter. It said “Mommy’s Sippy Cup”. I haven’t been able to find it online anywhere, but it was one of the taller travel mugs; perfect for moms who like to enjoy their coffee.

I just have one suggestion, especially for any new stay at home moms out there, make sure the coffee mug you ask for is microwave safe. This is vital, as half the life of your mug, it’ll be sitting in the microwave waiting to be heated up…again. (The one above is microwave safe, I already checked!)


 

Things Use Could Use and Appreciate: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

One step up from asking for what you need, is asking for things that you can appreciate more and could use for yourself! Not just new slippers because yours got worn out.

An ‘I will watch the kids for a few hours’ Gift Card

What a great idea! Just have whoever wants to get you a gift make you a ‘gift card’ that gives you a number of free hours that they will watch your kids. This gift doesn’t cost any money for the person giving it, simply time. And, I can’t think of a single woman I know, who’s a mom, who will deny the chance to get a break, or time to themselves for a few hours, or even a single hour!

Living Well Planner

Maybe it’s just me, but I need a planner; a nice one, too. Ever since I got my first one in middle school, I was addicted to staying organized with a planner. Finding the right planner can be difficult, if you haven’t already found one you’re in love with. The Living Well Planner is perfect. It has a place to plan each day (by the hour), a place to meal plan, and a place to set goals for yourself. It also has a section for you to budget, but I use my own budget sheets, which are a bit simpler and more customizable to use.

 

Things YOU Actually Want: Gifts for Stay at Home Moms

Then, there’s the things that you actually want, not ‘want’ because you ‘need’ them. Unless, you haven’t gone shopping since before you had your first child, or you’ve gone shopping, but it’s never for you. If that’s the case, then you really need the gifts below, don’t be afraid to ask for them!

Gift Cards

Ask for a gift card for a store where YOU can buy YOURSELF something, whether it be clothes or something else you enjoy. Just make sure you don’t ask for a generic gift card, like for Walmart, where you’ll be tempted to buy groceries or stuff for your kids with.

This is supposed to be a gift for you, not your fridge or your kids. Don’t worry, your kids will get enough presents over the Holidays, and if they’re anything like my girls, they really don’t need any more toys, anyways.

Yoga Pants

Alright, maybe this is just me again, but I like wearing yoga pants; they’re better than sweat pants because it’s completely acceptable to go pick your kids up from school in them. Plus, they’re comfy, and no one can tell that you didn’t just come from working out! The pair above even has a hidden pocket, perfect for holding keys while carrying a tantrum throwing 2 year old while picking up your older child. Oh, wait, maybe that’s just me…

Something for a favorite hobby

Whatever you favorite hobby is, I’m sure there’s something that you’d love to have for it, but maybe haven’t thought of yet. Whether you like to read and just want a few new books, like to cook and need something new or unique for the kitchen, or maybe you’re like me and blog and would prefer something for that, like this for taking photos.

Whatever you ask for this year, just make sure it’s actually for YOU and something YOU would enjoy.

As moms, we tend to ask for things that our children want or to make our children or family happy. Which isn’t bad, it’s just we deserve to get something just for us. Not for us to make our family food, unless of course baking or cooking is a passion of yours.

And, of course, this Holiday season and gift ideas above are not all about being selfish and only worrying about yourself; you’re a mom, you can’t even if you wanted to. But, you deserve to feel special, just like everyone else that you buy gifts for. Simply think like a kid and think of what you would want for Christmas; ask for it, and believe in the magic of Christmas this year!

Wondering what in the world to ask for, for yourself, for Christmas? As a stay at home mom it's hard to know what we want. Check out this gift guide for some ideas you'll love! #giftsformom #giftguide #gifts #christmas #momlife #stresslessbehealthy

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

Looking for a quick and healthy homemade recipe for breakfast that will remind you of fall? You have got to try this apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe! #apples #applerecipes #oatmeal #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

What’s better than some nice warm apple oatmeal on a cold fall morning?

Not much!

Just imagine, waking up to clean dishes. Throwing together a few simple whole ingredients into a pot and letting them cook; making your home smell like fall with the scent of apple and cinnamon flowing through out.

And, in just about 15 or so minutes, you have a healthy home made breakfast ready and on the table as the chaos of your day begins!

Between the delicious cinnamon lure into the kitchen in the early morning (you know, for your kids, because you’re probably the one making it), to all the health benefits this breakfast serves up; it’s no wonder this is a favorite in my household. Even my picky eater will ask for this in the morning!

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Why Oatmeal?

This oatmeal recipe is a go to breakfast in my home. Why?

  • it’s super easy to make, I’m sure my six year old could make it herself if I cut up the apples
  • it’s cheap ($3 for a large container of oats, $3 or 8-9 apples, $2 for a thing of cinnamon, $2 for a bag of brown sugar- all of these ingredients could potentially last up to a month or longer)
  • it’s filling, no ‘mom, I’m hungry’ as you start to walk out the door to take your kids to school
  • it is super healthy for you and your kids!

Oatmeal claims many health benefits for those who eat it. In contains quite a few nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and even protein.

Since it’s so filling, it’s known for helping people lose weight because they are satiated and don’t need to keep eating. I even grind oats into flour for some Christmas cookies so they last longer and my girls and I don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting!

Apples and cinnamon have their health benefits as well, such as additional antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Let’s Make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!

Start by measuring out your oats and water; put them in a pot on the stove. DON’T turn the stove on yet.

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Peel and chop up two apples and pour into the pot. You can dice these, or simply slice them into the pot as to not dirty a cutting board. That’s what I like to do.

I’ve experimented before with adding my simple homemade applesauce in with the oats and extra cinnamon, but the slight crunch of fresher apples makes this oatmeal the best. So, just cut up and add the apples when you make this.

Add half the cinnamon.

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NOW, turn the burner the pot is on onto medium heat and let it cook. You don’t need a cover on the pot, just let it cook and stir occasionally. Don’t let it stick to the bottom.

Once it’s thickness is to your liking, go ahead and turn the heat off.

Add in the rest of the cinnamon, raisins, and the sugar.

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Stir, serve, and enjoy!

See, super simple!

I hope you and you children enjoy this healthy recipe as much as my girls and I do.

Feel free to leave out the raisins if it’s not to your liking. I feel like they get omitted every other time I make this depending on what type of mood we’re in, and whether we have them or not.

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Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

This is my families 'go to' oatmeal; it's cheap and easy to make!

Servings 5 cups
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 apples diced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Pour oats into pot.

  2. Dice both apples; about 1/4 cubes and add in. Or, simply slice them into pot.

  3. Pour in water and start to cook.

  4. Stir in 1 tsp cinnamon, and let cook.

  5. Once cooked, add in raisins, the rest of the cinnamon, and brown sugar. 

  6. Stir everything together, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can replace the brown sugar with the same amount of maple syrup.

Make sure you share this delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe with anyone who may need a little autumn in their lives. Or, who simply wants a healthy homemade breakfast that’s quick to make and will feed the whole family!

Looking for a quick and healthy homemade recipe for breakfast that will remind you of fall? You have got to try this apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe! #apples #applerecipes #oatmeal #veganrecipes #healthyrecipes #stresslessbehealthy

christmas traditions

christmas traditions

7 Christmas Traditions to Start with Your Family This Year!!

This Holiday season is upon us!

Thanksgiving was a few days ago and Christmas music is on the radio.

Decorations for Christmas started to plague all the stores a few weeks ago. And, although a lot of things we do for Christmas costs money, there are still some family traditions that are basically free (or, at the very least, affordable).

The traditions I’m talking about aren’t abnormal or even really different from ones that you probably have.

But, they are the essence of Christmas for your kids!

Some of the traditions I had when I was younger, other’s I started myself for my own little girls. Either way, they are important enough for me to write about, so they’re pretty important!!

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1. Decorate As A Family

My family and I did this when I was a kid. And, even after having kids of my own, there hasn’t been a year in my life where this tradition was skipped.

As soon as your child reaches the toddler stage; they can start helping with the decorating, even if it means hanging up the non-breakable ornaments at the bottom of the tree. You may have to spend more time evening out the ornaments after your little one goes to bed. But, it’s completely worth it letting them join in on this holiday tradition!

A few things to decorate:

  • Christmas Tree
  • Fire place (if you have one)
  • Your Kitchen (you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time in here with all the holiday baking- might as well look like the holidays, too!!)
  • Entry way
  • Windows
  • Railings for indoor stairs
  • Anything else you can imagine- you could even create a Holiday Display on a table!! (My mom always did this with a mini Christmas village.)


2. Make Christmas Presents

This is a great tradition, especially if your budget is real tight this year. My 2 girls, who were both under 5 two years ago, made the mugs below for their grandparents for Christmas!

Well, my older daughter and myself made them. My younger daughter was less than a year old so she didn’t help much.

However, we also made non-toxic clay-like ornaments and painted them, my 11 month old at the time, had a blast with that!! We had so much fun last year, that I’m hoping we can do this every year as a tradition. Not the same presents over and over again, but the DIY presents, even if my girls are just making presents for each other or myself and husband.

holiday mugs

There’s a ton of other presents you or your children could make as well this year. Such as:

  • Ornaments (clay, puzzle piece, paper, glass, beaded, embroidered, etc.)
  • Picture Collage
  • Cookie Ingredients in a Jar
  • Hot Cocoa Gift Package
  • Personalized Candles (look up how to get a picture on them-it’s supposedly as easy as aiming a hairdryer)
  • Christmas Cookies
  • Coasters

Simply check out DIY Christmas Presents on Pinterest for plenty of ideas! Don’t forget to follow my Christmas Board on Pinterest for more Christmas ideas!

3. Watch Christmas Movies as a Family

Ever since I could remember I have been doing this, whether it’s been watching Christmas movies before Christmas (like Rudolph or How the Grinch Stole Christmas), or on Christmas day with the new movies that Santa brought myself or siblings.

I still love watching Christmas movies before Christmas and make it a point to do so with my husband and 2 girls, now.

This is the best tradition to have, especially with little kids. It gives them a chance to wind down, and calm down, for an hour or so, if we’re lucky. It also gets them in the holiday mood and excited for the magical time of year that most of us call Christmas!!

It also has us adults remembering the simpler times of when we were kids and starts to bring back a little bit of that magical Christmas feeling. Along with giving us some peace and quiet from our childrens non-stop talking. Here are some essential movies to watch before Christmas:


4. Bake Christmas Cookies Together

I have always loved baking Christmas Cookies, ever since I can remember. I even remember one year, probably when I was a teenager or almost a teenager, I made most of the Christmas cookies myself. Or, at least it felt like I made most of them myself. Either way, I made quite a few dozen cookies!

It was a tradition to always make what felt like an obscene amount of Christmas cookies every year. We’d take them to Christmas Parties at my grandparent’s houses on both sides of the family, every year. We would also eat quite a few of them before they made it out the door. And, I also remember my mom staying up late almost every year on Christmas Eve making even more cookies; we could never have enough!

Even after having my own kids; I continue to make a ton of Christmas cookies every year. My older daughter has been helping me with this since she was two. My younger daughter joined in on this tradition last year, right before she turned two!

I may have created some of my own cookie recipes; taking my favorite Christmas cookie and making it healthier and vegan!!

Here are some must have Christmas Cookies to make this year:

  • Peanut Butter Balls (also known as buckeyes)
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • Sugar Cookies (this is the only time of year I allow white sugar to be in my home, all other times it is practically banned)
  • Chocolate-Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
  • Ginger Bread Cookies

5. Stay Home on Christmas Day

Staying home on Christmas Day is another one of the best traditions you can have, especially with kids.

Do this for as long as you can; one day your kids may move out and then you may not have them home for Christmas anymore. Most kids probably won’t mind this tradition either; they get to stay in their pj’s all day long and play with their new toys and watch their new movies.

What more can a kid possibly ask for?

Even teenagers can enjoy this; playing with their new electronics. Plus, with all the social media out there for our consumption, it’s not like teenagers will really be missing much anyways. When I was a teenager, MP3 players were a big thing. One year I spent most of Christmas day filling my new device up with a ton of songs; transferring them from CD to my MP3 player. (Do they even make MP3 players anymore?)

Staying home also reduces the stress of having to get kids ready to go places, even if it is to a relatives.

It makes the whole day just that much better. Also, there’s not many places even open on Christmas, so you can’t exchange that one present your child doesn’t like anyways.

No going anywhere, no stress, just a relaxing day with your immediate family!

6. Leave Out Cookies for Santa

If your children still believe in Santa, then help them leave out some cookies and milk (or soymilk) for Santa. Even if you have younger kids who do believe in Santa and older kids who don’t; don’t let your older ones spoil the magic of Christmas for the younger ones.  And, if all your kids are old enough and don’t believe in Santa; make them leave milk and cookies out for Santa.

This is where part of the magic of Christmas comes from, and a necessity on the list of Christmas traditions families need in their lives.

You’r child leaves out milk and cookies for Santa, and in the morning they’re half gone; you’re child believes that Santa actually came to leave them presents and toys in their stockings, and you get some extra Christmas cookies. It’s a win-win, if you ask me!!

7. Write a Letter to Santa (if your child is old enough, but not too old)

Actually, having your child write out a list of things they want would even be a great tradition to teach, on a few different levels.

My older daughter is just starting to write, so this year is going to be the first year I have her try to write out a Christmas list for us. Who knows, she may even want to write a letter to Santa when I bring it up. (I’ll just need to tell her how to spell every single word she writes.)

One reason this is a great tradition is because year after year they are going to be asked what they want for Christmas; might as well get them in the habit when they’re young.

Writing a Letter to Santa also helps them with their writing skills; whether it be spelling, grammar, or learning to write in the style of an actual letter, and not just scribbles.

This little holiday exercise even helps with the skill of decision making. That is a huge skill to learn, and an important one. Honing in on it with a simple list of what they want for Christmas is an easy and fun way to start building up that skill for little ones!!

Why Holiday Traditions?

Holiday traditions have been around forever and they are what make the holidays The Holidays.

They bring the holiday feeling to life, help us enjoy and appreciate family more (and cookies). They bring hope and joy into our lives. And, they end with a New Year; a chance to start again. To start the New Year right, and surrounded by those who are most important to us.

For Christmas, it’s not the presents that matter, or even the food.

What matters is being with our children and strengthening the bond we have with them. One of the best ways we can do this is by creating, or instilling, Holiday traditions in our homes that are meaningful and that everyone will enjoy and participate in.

This Holiday season start some of your own with your children. Share this post if you found it useful, or leave a comment to let us know some of your holiday traditions!!

Happy Holidays!!

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The Best You Can Get: 7 Presents for 3 Year Old Daughter

Looking for the best presents for 3 year old daughter? Well, come check out these 3 year old approved Christmas gifts that your daughter will love!

The Best You Can Get: 7 Presents for 3 Year Old Daughter

Ever wonder what presents you can get for your 3 year old daughter that they will actually appreciate, and not forget about 5 seconds later?

Well, my younger daughter will be 3 right after Christmas this year and I’ll tell you what toys she has and loves, or points to and would love to have either at the store, or on my computer screen (with sticky fingers and all).

They’re not quite toddlers at this age, but they also are just getting big enough for some more of the kid toys that they actually want. It seems like kids always want the toys that are just above their age level. Which, I guess is a good thing, right?

If you’ve been buying presents at the stores with your little girl with you, hoping to goodness that she won’t remember what was put in the cart; now may be the time to either find a sitter for her, or simply shop online. Three year olds will remember and may ask for ‘their’ toys that you tried to sneak past them in the check out line.

All the links below will redirect you to Amazon, I am an affiliate for them, but love their selection, ease of purchasing items, and the fact that my 3 can’t grab a toy she wants and chuck it into the cart hoping we don’t put it back on the shelf before checkout (true story). Plus, it’s the most trusted place to buys kids toys, or anything else for that matter, online!

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Barbie Bakery Chef Doll

So, not too long ago, this Barbie doll set ended up in our shopping cart at Walmart and neither my husband or I put it in, our 6 year old didn’t either. Our almost 3 year old daughter snuck it in the cart, maneuvering it behind other items, to ensure we didn’t see it until unpacking the cart to check out!

She knew exactly what she was doing, and my husband couldn’t tell her no, so she ended up getting the set. She has played with it everyday since she has gotten it and even tucks her Barbie in at night. The set is kind of neat, too! The cupcakes and bread ‘pop up’ while in the ‘oven’, and if you get the little sponge at the end of the frosting holder wet and then ‘frost’ the cupcakes, it looks like you’re actually frosting cupcakes.

(I’d highly recommend getting this item on Amazon rather than at the store; we went to Walmart, and the set is actually cheaper on Amazon. Especially with the free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get a free trial here for all your Christmas shopping!)


 

Baby Rapunzel Doll

 

Sometimes three year olds’ just want to enjoy their baby dolls and pretend they’re mommies. Both of my girls do this; they treat their dolls like they’re alive and helpless little babies that need their mommy to take care of them. This is the one my six year old likes, and this is the one my almost three year old wants! You can’t go wrong with baby dolls at this age, especially if they’re made in the image of their favorite Disney Princesses.


 

Stuffed Animals

What little girl doesn’t want a stuffed animal for Christmas?!

My husband and I have had to limit our girls to getting one stuffed animal per year to not have their room turn into a stuffed animal zoo!

This specific brand of stuffed animal, Aurora, is one of my favorites; other than T.Y. of course. (I was born in the 90’s, so I may be a bit biased.)


 

Blocks

Building blocks are the perfect gift for little girls. My almost 3 year old daughter is always so proud when she builds anything with these blocks and then comes to show me what she made!

These help with hand eye coordination, building skills, and logic. Plus, kids love to build things.



Grab these free Christmas Activity Printables for your 3 Year Old TOO!

Little Kitchen

I cannot recommend getting your little ones a little kitchen enough! Whether you have a little girl or a little boy, they could benefit, and have fun, with this toy.

This is one of both of my girls favorite toys, and it was a huge hit with all the kids in my moms home daycare when she was running one over 10 years ago. This classic toy, and learning resource, will never go out of style! Get one here, so you don’t have to lift it into your car or hide it from your little one.


 

A Doctor’s Set

My girls are obsessed with Doc Mcstuffins! My 6 year old would rather an older kids show, but my almost 3 year old absolutely loves this show.

She dresses up as Doc and gives me a weekly check up! (Every week.) Get a check up set for your child here.


 

Play-Doh

Little kids love play-doh, and it’s a great sensory activity for our kids!

My almost 3 year old loves squishing it in her hands and making fun shapes with it. Rolling it out and then asking me to make a custom butterfly shape out of it. Her favorite thing right now is butterflies! She will literally only wear a shirt if it has a butterfly on it.


 

There are literally 100’s of other gifts that could go on this list! Three year olds aren’t usually that hard to shop for, unless trying to find the perfect gift; in which case, you’ll find above.

At this stage, they are generally still in the happy go lucky phase and won’t take much to please. Just wait til next year, they’ll be a bit more picky!

 

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Top Gift Ideas for 6 Year Old Girls

 

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Top Gift Ideas for 6 Year Old Girls

Curious what six year old girls are into this year?

YES

That’s what I thought.

Just so happens, I have a six year old girl and she was not shy, not even for a moment, to tell me EVERYTHING she wanted for Christmas. We went on Amazon and looked around…I don’t think that there were 5 seconds that went by without her saying she wanted something. It can be too easy sometimes to get our kids to tell us what they want for Christmas.

The tough part is sticking to our Christmas spending limit and getting the toys that they will cherish all year long, not just Christmas day.

There are tons of toys that they will point out to you, especially at six years old, but most may be chintzy, or toys that will be forgotten or easily broken. And, sure, you could buy them a ton of chintzy, breakable, and forgettable toys for them for Christmas and stay in budget. Or, you could get them less toys, that may be a bit more expensive, but completely worth it.

This year, for my six year old girl, I’m opting for toys that she will cherish and care for and that she actually wants.

To make sure this list doesn’t get too long, I put a limit of the 10 best presents that any six year old girl would love to get for Christmas! Starting with her favorite toys she got from her birthday last week.

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These tiny American Girl Dolls, which are cheaper than regular American Girl Dolls, are wonderful for mature 6 year old girls. My daughter just turned six and received the one above as a birthday present, she LOVES it. She treats it like her own little girl, plays with her, bakes cookies in her easy bake oven with her, and even tries to read to her. It’s so cute. I’m sure your daughter would love one, too! Check out all the dolls here.


 

Popular Girl Toys: Easy Bake Ultimate Oven

If your daughter loves to bake with you, is capable of being patient, and willing to let you help when needed; then she’ll LOVE an easy bake oven for Christmas! It does suggest your child is 8 before using this, so adult supervision will be required. But a mature 6 year can absolutely use this as long as they can follow your direction, and of course, have patience. Get it here!


 

Imaginative Toys for Girls: Play Kitchen & Cafe

If you daughter has an imagination and loves serving you ‘coffee’, then she’ll love this little cafe. My six year old has been playing ‘cafe’ or ‘bakery’ on and off for the whole past year, with no end in site. She’s made signs to put on her door letting us know that her little cafe is open 24/7. She’s made a ‘menu’, where she drew out everything that she serves, including my blueberry muffins and healthy chocolate chip cookies that she loves so much. Honestly, I would’ve been surprised if she hadn’t found this online!


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Disney Toys: Baby Belle Doll

Sometimes six year olds’ just want to enjoy their baby dolls and pretend they’re mommies. Both of my girls do this; they treat their dolls like they’re alive and helpless little babies that need their mommy to take care of them. This is the one my six year old likes, and this is the one my almost three year old wants! You can’t go wrong with baby dolls at this age, especially if they’re made in the image of their favorite Disney Princesses.


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Educational Toys: Books

Books are always a great present to give children for Christmas. Sure, it may not be the most exciting thing, but watching the excitement on my daughters face as she’s starting to be able to read to me; it’s priceless! So, whether you buy them books to wrap up under the tree, or stick them in their stocking when being ‘Santa’, I hope you can experience the excitement on your childs face as they are learning to read.


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Princess Toys for Girls: Princess Tent

And, of course, they’re going to want a place to read their new books…in peace and quiet. What better place than their own little tent! My daughter actually got this as a present last year for Christmas, but still uses it as often as possible. She loves to play with her dolls in it and even shares with her little sister. If she didn’t already have it, she told me she would put it on her Christmas list this year! Help your little girl feel like a little princess, like my daughter does, with this tent.


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Practical Toys for Girls: Table and Chair Set

With this being your childs first or second year of school, they may start asking you for a desk. Why not get them a table and chair set instead, so they can use it for more than just homework. And, yes, some kids get homework in Kindergarten; my daughters homework is called ‘home fun’, which I thought was adorable and helps with her wanting to do it every night! This table and chair set would be perfect for her. She can use it to set up in her ‘cafe’, take the middle section out of the table and push her small cafe toys in it, and then focus on her homework. Or, use the middle section, with the net under it, to help keep a few of her school supplies hidden from her sister. (Not sure how that would last, haha.)

 

Imaginative Toys for Girls: 8. Pastry Tower

Of course, for any six year old girl who wants to open her own cafe, or simply play tea party; this will be the perfect gift! It’s quite affordable, as well. This will probably be what get’s tucked away in the net under the table above when it’s ‘home fun’ time!

 

Popular Girl Toy:  Barbies and Dream House

I was always against the idea of my little girls getting Barbie dolls, because of the social standards (and body type) that they portray of girls and women that are impossible to live up to. Luckily, with the introduction of their show on Netflix, they’ve introduced new dolls with different body types, and personality types that aren’t ‘perfect’. My 6 year old did not leave this classic girl doll off her Christmas wish list this year.


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 Musical Jewelry Box

Give them something they will treasure for the rest of their lives. It doesn’t matter if your 6 year old has tons of jewelry, or none, they’ll still appreciate this musical jewelry box to help keep their treasured possessions safe. Plus, by this age, they should be able to keep this in good condition for years to come!

 

Being 6 at Christmas time is a special year; they still believe in Santa and love their baby dolls with no shame (and should never feel shame for playing with dolls). However, I feel your struggle with trying to figure out what to get for little girls at this age. They’re still pretty little, but they are also growing up and wanting to act like a ‘big girl’. Which is why there are toys on this list that are suitable to younger girls, and ones that older girls would love as well. A happy medium, if you may.

Use this gift list, that my 6 year old helped me create, as a guide for buying for the six year old girl in your life!

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

Super easy healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe! Your kids will love this and so will you; it has plenty of protein, it's vegan, great for breakfast, and tastes like milkshakes!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

Do you ever just crave a Reese’s peanut butter cup but you know you shouldn’t be eating them?  For one reason or another.

Whether you’re vegan, simply trying to eat a more plant based diet, and less processed food, or trying to get your kids eat veggies; you’ll all love this healthy smoothie!

I created it out of desperation, cravings, and not wanting to leave home to go to the store! This was created before I even became vegan, yet it’s naturally vegan, kid friendly, and delicious!

Plus, if you’re looking for a way to get some veggies into your little ones without them fighting you; this is the way to do it. My two little girls, my picky eater included, can’t even tell there’s kale in this smoothie. Which in all honestly, ends up tasting more like a frosty than a healthy smoothie!

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What do you put in a chocolate peanut butter smoothie?

In general, you need peanut butter, some type of milk, and some type of chocolate.

In this smoothie you’ll also add in some frozen bananas to up the potassium content, and to make it taste more like a Frosty.

You’ll also add in some curly kale; it’s hard enough to get our kids to eat veggies, why not include it in a recipe that they’ll end up begging you for after their first sip! My girls must have asked me to make this for them everyday this past week, no joke. We had it for breakfast a few days, then after dinner for a couple of the other nights, and for an after school snack!

For the milk, make sure you choose a dairy free kind for a vegan smoothie, we used chocolate almond milk for this. However, plain soy milk with a table spoon of cocoa powder works just as well, and will give it additional protein. We don’t get chocolate almond milk too often, so the girls wanted to make something special with it!

Super easy healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe! Your kids will love this and so will you; it has plenty of protein, it's vegan, great for breakfast, and tastes like milkshakes!

How to Make this Super Easy Smoothie

So, this smoothie isn’t only delicious, will crush your chocolate peanut butter craving, and get veggies into your kids; it’s also super easy to make.

You’ll need something to blend it in, such as a nutribullet, nutri ninja, or just a regular blender. My girls love how smooth the nutri ninja auto IQ makes this on the Auto IQ Blend setting, which is just a fancy way to say which 1 single button you push once the cup locks into place.

Fill the cup, or blender, the way you’re supposed to according to it’s directions. Using the nutri ninja, I add the kale, then frozen bananas, then peanut butter, and then the chocolate almond milk. Put the top on with the blades. Lock it in place, and blend. Simple as that!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Craving Reese's but don't want to eat something so unhealthy? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie will calm your chocolate peanut butter craving, just like a reese's, but provide you with some health benefits and fill you up! Kids love these , too; they'll think you're giving them a special treat.

Servings 3 Small Servings
Author Shawna Clapper

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Handful  Curly Kale
  • 2 Frozen Bananas slice before freezing
  • ¼ cup  Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Chocolate Almond Milk

Instructions

  1. Blend everything in a blender (or nutribullet, or ntutri ninja)  til smooth. 

  2. Serve and Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

*You can sub in 2 tbsp cocoa powder and regular almond, soy, or another type of plain milk, if you don't have any type of chocolate milk.

I hope you and your kids enjoy this smoothie as much as my girls and I do. It really helps with getting some fresh leafy greens into their diets to improve their health, and energy. Not that they need any more energy, as they’re already running circles around me before I give them this healthy dessert. But, it does help with my energy levels, too. So, that’s always a plus.

Super easy healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe! Your kids will love this and so will you; it has plenty of protein, it's vegan, great for breakfast, and tastes like milkshakes!

If you’re interested, I’ve put together an ebook with 15 “mother approved” recipes that my girls love! You can sign up to get it sent right to your email here. Don’t forget to sign up to receive weekly email from me too by pushing the button in the email sent!

 


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