I have just created my FIRST EVER Chegan Recipe & Lifestyle eBook!! If you’ve been following my instagram recently, you will see that I have made the shift to fueling my body with whole, plant based foods…. plus some animal/meat options. I call it CHEGAN! If you are interested in receiving this eBook, all ya have to do is share your email with me!!! You can email me at missdeclaireinghappiness.com, message me on instagram, contact me on this blog, or comment below… whatever you are comfortable with!
I’ve cut out dairy, grains, and sugar for the past three weeks and have felt FABULOUS I’m sleeping better, my acne/face is clearing up, I have more energy, and I just feel all together good with my body&soul. One question I feel is challenging for those that want to try this lifestyle is… WHAT. DO. I. EAT?! I thought the same thing too. However, in researching and creating this eBook, I found that there are SO MANY options. Rather than just posting the recipes/directions to my instagram, I wanted to share it with you all!
So I challenge you… try this “Chegan Lifestyle” for a day, three days, a week, three weeks, three months… a lifetime?! Try it and reflect on how you’re feeling physically, emotionally, and mentally. Keep a journal, keep a food log, keep a photo journey…WHATEVER! All I ask is that you KEEP ME UPDATED!
Feel free to reach out via email, my blog, or on instagram!! I would love to connect with you and stay in touch.
I hope you have as much fun making and eating these recipes as I had creating this eBook!! Thank you for your support:)
I guess one of the most searched things on Google during Quarantine has been Banana Bread Recipes. Well, here I am adding to the mix/trend!!
Yesterday, I modified two banana bread recipes to make them sugar-free, gluten-free, and without oils and butters. I made a Double Chocolate Banana Bread and a Snickerdoodle Banana Bread. I’m attaching Amazon links to the special ingredients that you may not have in your pantry so you can order them and get baking!!
When you see my recipe, you’ll notice I used unsweetened applesauce as a substitute for the oil/butter. If you don’t have applesauce and don’t mind the butter, you can just use melted butter or even coconut oil for the applesauce. I promise though, the applesauce does NOT give it an apple-y flavor.
Here are the recipes:) I hope you enjoy!
One of my favorite things to do over Quarantine has been taking classic dessert favorites and making them sugar-free/healthier. If you have any recipes that you would like “Sugar-Free”, PLEASE reach out and I’ll test it for you!! I’m deCLAIREing that sugar-free recipes make my mind and body feel good!!
Happy hmmmm what day is it??? Does anyone else feel that way?! Honestly, #quarantinelife has felt like when it’s summer vacation in a sense: you don’t know what day it is. All the days kind of mush together! So happy “whatever day it is”!
Recently, I saw a post online and couldn’t stop laughing:
Quarantine has taught me that:
1.) I go to restaurants a lot
2.) I go to non-essential businesses a lot
3.) I touch my face a lot
That could not be more true for me lol! Practically every weekend prior to quarantine, Joel and I would be going out to our fav restaurant or trying something new. I also would go shopping practically once a week. AND I guess I touch my face a lot…still working to stop that!
With all of this, I have found myself thinking of fun activities to do at night/on the weekends. I have been googling and pinteresting, “fun quarantine date ideas” or “quarantine night ideas” and I realllyyyy haven’t found anything. After trying to research and talking with a friend (**cough cough** Madeline ** cough cough**), I decided to make a list of at home ideas to fill your quarantine days. All of these ideas are perfect for date nights, family nights, and bestie nights! I guess I mean that you can do them with whoever you are quarantining with….. your quarantine buddies! (You can also do them by yourself and Zoom or FaceTime some buddies and do it with them virtually)
My ideas include food ideas, outdoor activities, and indoor games.
Cooking & Baking A Recipe You’ve Always Wanted To Try
Have you always wanted to make sushi but the long process for making sushi rice has scared you?! DO IT NOW! Do you want to make homemade pasta?! TRY IT! How about making homemade bread or pizza crust?! NOW IS THE TIME. What about ice cream??! No one is stopping you!
Now is the time to try those recipes. You have the time. You don’t have to rush off anywhere. Make it fun night with your quarantine buddies! You’ll have a fun experience of cooking and baking ANNNND you’ll have a *hopefully* yummy result.
Here’s some of the fun recipes Joel and I have tried! Comment if you want any of the recipes!
**Understandably, you might not have all of the ingredients to make some of these recipes. So, my tip for you is to check Amazon (you can find baking products and nonperishable foods), substitute/improvise orrrrr
Have A Cooking Challenge
Challenge your quarantine buddies to make a meal that only uses a certain number of ingredients, certain types of ingredients, or whatever you have leftover in the fridge/pantry that is about to go bad! Be creative with this 🙂 Maybe you’ll find a new favorite meal! My tip to you is to make sure you write all your ingredients down because HEY, maybe it’ll be the next big thing!
Another way to make your meals exciting and different is to add a theme to them! Cook food from a different country and decorate your eating space to make yourself feel like you’re there. Maybe you want to make some tropical cuisine, so you fry up some fish, grill some pineapple, wear Hawaiian shirts, place bright flowers around the room, and then put an ocean scene on your TV. OR maybe you want to have a Fiesta Night with tacos, homemade queso & tortilla chips, Mariachi music, and brightly colored “Papel Picado” that hang around the ceiling (throw in some margaritas too ;P ).
Joel and I are going to have Disney Movie Themed Dinner this weekend! We are watching Tangled (TYSM @Joel) and we are going to make homemade long linguine pasta with alfredo sauce to match Rapunzel’s hair! We’re also going to make homemade braided bread to go along with her hair too. We definitely will post updates!!! If you have any other ideas for what we could add to our meal that is “Tangled Themed” LMK!!!
If you like this idea, check out this site with other Disney Themed Dinner Ideas!
Ice Cream Bar Crawl
Now, this one you would have to hop in your car to do, but it’s social distancing friendly AND supports local businesses. With your quarantine buddies–or by yourself, no one is judging–map out some of your favorite ice cream/dessert places. Then, try a little bit from each store. Maybe make a goal of finding the best Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream OR try all different flavors at each place. Be creative with your “challenge”.
Now you might be thinking “uhhhhh Claire, you’re suggesting I get ice cream at each place?!”. UH YEAH!!!!! If you’re with your buddies, you can get one ice cream and lots of spoons to share OR just order a little at each place.
Take your meal from home to-go and go for a picnic! Go to a nearby park, forest preserve, or your backyard!! It hasn’t been the NICEST weather in the Midwest (it freaking snowed yesterday!!), so maybe your picnic can be in the trunk of your car. Picnicking is a sneaky way to make it feel like you’re eating out! BUT you’re doing it in a safe way with your quarantine buddies.
Sooo maybe enough about food… here are some ways you can get outside!
Driving Scavenger Hunt
Hop in your car and travel around your local community for a scavenger hunt. With your quarantine buddies, you can drive to places that start with every letter of the alphabet or find things that start with every letter:
B- Baker’s Square
…..T- Trash Can
Just some ideas… 😉 Take a picture when you’re there and make a fun book or gallery!
There are also a TON of “On the Road” Scavenger Hunts on Google. Check them out and give this a try!! And if you do it, please let me know how it goes! This is a fun idea to get out of the house.
Go On A Walk/Hike
With your quarantine buddies, venture to a new forest preserve or hiking location and just explore. Joel and I enjoy morning walks, afternoon walks, and night walks. We have been loving walking around our lake and my neighborhood, but we are ready for a change of scenery. You can look at some different areas to explore, but obviously staying #sixfeetapart.
Campfire!! And Make Fun S’mores!!
Have a campfire in your backyard! I think this would be a fun idea for us chilly midwesterners. Share stories, sing campfire songs, and make some fun s’mores. You can go with your classic graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow, ORRR you can make some of these courtesy of Pinterest:
In addition, if you’re feeling something sugar free and guilt-free, check out one of my past blog posts. I made sugar free graham crackers and marshmallows AND used sugar free chocolate to make this oh so yummy s’more!!
Now, my next couple of ideas are indoor activities!
What a classic!! Order some jigsaw puzzles on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target. Spend a night finishing one of these or doing it over the course of a couple of nights. ORRRR if you’re feeling adventurous, order a customized puzzle on Shutterfly! You can pick your own picture–family picture, couple’s picture, or your family’s dog and then complete the puzzle. You’ll have a fun activity to do and then something decorative to put on your wall.
Game Night! Board Game or Video Game Olympics!
Spend some time with your quarantine buddies and make it a Game Night! Raid your game closet and make it a tournament. See who is the ultimate champion of Monopoly, Wii Sports, Mario Kart, Yahtzee, and Go Fish! These quarantine nights are the time to pull out those long strategy games that take forever (don’t tell Joel I said that).
You can also play some of these virtually! I know Joel has played Settlers of Catan with my brother and friends on a site called Steam. You pay $5 and you have access to play online multi-player games. It was so funny watching!! Joel was talking to everybody on the phone and then used his computer to play the game!
Joel and I recently order a subscription box called “Hunt a Killer”… we also got one for my brother and his fiancé! This box is filled with clues, where you are the detective solving a murder mystery case! I am so excited for it to arrive! Try it out!!
THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!!!!!!! ONLINE VIRTUAL TRIVIA!!! My brother has a friend that usually hosts trivia in Indianapolis, but with the quarantining, they have moved this online. At 7:30pm Central Time Monday-Friday, you can play Hambone’s Trivia! Here is their Facebook Page and YouTube Link (subscribe). They also have a Family Friendly Trivia at 11:30 Central Time Monday-Friday! PLEASE give them a try…and if you do, chat “Dan” on the YouTube live Chat and tell him Claire sent ya 😉 They have their live stream or you can watch previous trivia games!
We have probably done this about 12901029 times since they started doing their trivia online! It is FREE (they have a paid-sponsored themed trivia on Friday nights at 5:30 Central Time BEFORE their free one at 7:30pm. Some examples of the sponsored-themed trivia have been NBA & The Office… they are having Friends this Friday). When we do the trivia, we have zoomed friends and family!
I hope these Quarantine Ideas find you well and help you make some great memories with your family and quarantine buddies. Please let me know if you have other ideas because we are all #BetterTogether.
I wish you safety, health, and happiness to you and your family!!!!
I am Miss DeClaireing Happiness and I am deCLAIREing some happy quarantine ideas that have kept me busy and joyful!
Happy Sunday Friends! Today is my last day of Spring Break before heading back to school tomorrow…however, it feels different. It feels like I’ve been on break for weeks. It is different. I’ll be heading back to school virtually tomorrow. How I wish that I would be having the #SundayScaries and actually be physically heading back to school tomorrow. I miss my students, my school, my colleagues, my classroom…life just feels different.
This was a Spring Break I most definitely will not forget. Although it did not go as expected–I was supposed to travel to Austin with my besties and have my Bachelorette party *sad face*–it still was very satisfying, rejuvenating, and relaxing. I want to share some highlights of my Spring Break in picture and comment form. Feel free to ask more questions about each of these pictures…maybe I’ll even dedicate specific blog posts for them if you’re interested. However, I’ll be speaking through pictures and captions today and deCLAIREing what made my Spring Break so happy!
New Baking Recipes
MY FAVORITE FOODS OVER BREAK
BECOMING *virtual* TRIVIA & GAME ADDICTS
Catching Up on Hobbies (New & Old)
Looking back, I am almost glad that my Spring Break was spent at home. I had time to do things I’ve been meaning to try and to complete things that have been on my to-do lists for ages.
Over these past couple of weeks, I know it has been overwhelming. I also know it has been emotional. We are so unsure on a lot of aspects. There are many events and activities that have been canceled. We’re not sure what is going to happen next.
I hope that though, with this extra time at home, you are able to find some things that make you happy:)
Definitely reach out and share some things that have made YOU HAPPY over these past couple of weeks! AND, also reach out if you would like me to expand on any of the recipes I made or activities I did over break. Just remember, we are #BetterTogether.
Happy Friday Friends! If you reside in the state of Illinois then you just heard the news from our governor about the “shelter-in-place” order. This is ALL so weird. So weird. I feel like I am in a movie or something. New things are happening by the hour and I feel as though it’s been hard for me to process. I was supposed to have a fun girl’s weekend up in Wisconsin (after I canceled Austin Bachelorette Party that was originally planned), but we had to postpone.
I’m looking on the brighter side of things–accepting the fact that events need to be canceled to ensure the safety and health of many. One thing that I do deCLAIRE is making me happy is this healthy, no sugar S’MORE recipe I made by baking homemade, sugar free, gluten free graham crackers and marshmallows.
I AM OBSESSED. And I also have leftovers to last me until the potential end date of “Shelter-In-Place” Order: April 7, AKA Joel’s Bday!!! If you have these ingredients or are able to find them at your store, I highly recommend making this recipe. It was very fun, took up some good time, and made me smile.
TO START, I made the graham crackers. I found the recipe for these graham crackers on All Day I Dream About Food (yeah me too!!!) For the graham crackers, you’ll need:
Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder. Then, add in the egg, melted butter, and vanilla. You will get a dough like consistency.
Put the dough on a piece of parchment paper and shape into a rectangular ball. You can flatten this dough a little with your handing. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into 1/4 thickness. You can use a pizza cutter or knife to shape it into a more perfect rectangle if you would like…I did not do this however.
With the pizza cutter–or knife–cut your graham cracker dough into square pieces. As I mentioned, some of them may not be perfect rectangles and that is ok! Using a fork, puncture each square about four times. This will give them their “graham cracker” appearance and help while baking.
I think the hardest part for this recipe is the actual baking…because you have to WAIT so long for them… and I just wanted to EAT THEM!!!! Once you are all done cutting and scoring with the fork, place the parchment paper and crackers on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.
WHILE THESE ARE BAKING, MAKE YOUR MARSHMALLOWS:) I don’t have pictures for this one…but I added lots of details in the recipe below:)
When your timer BEEEeeeEEEEEeePpppS, take out your graham crackers and turn off the oven. Do not separate the graham crackers yet. Let the crackers cool for 30 minutes. Then, after the 30 minutes, place them back into the oven. The oven should be off, but still warm. If it is not warm, put it on a low temperature (no warmer than 200 degrees). Leave the crackers in the oven for 30 minutes.
FINALLYYYY, take the graham crackers out and let them finish cooling. They will harden as they cool. BAM! You’re done! Taste one right after they cool and they taste like the real deal:)
Using these two recipes, if you want to make a s’more and you don’t have the luxury of a campfire, you can use your oven broiler!! Heat your oven on broil. Place two graham crackers on a baking sheet and place a piece of chocolate on top. To make it sugar free, I used Choc Zero Milk Chocolate Squares. Then, I placed a marshmallow on top of the chocolate and put it in the oven for about 1-2 minutes..constantly checking it.
I took them out of the oven and placed the other graham cracker on top. SMUSHHHH it together and you’ll get a S’MORE. Not kidding when I say this… it was the
BEST DARN S’MORE I’VE EVER TASTED IN MY LIFE.
The picture above doesn’t even do it justice.
SUGAR FREE + GLUTEN FREE= GUILT FREE! I have 23 more marshmallows and 24 more graham crackers SO I KNOW WHAT MY DESSERT WILL BE FOR THE SHELTER IN PLACE:))))
So amidst all the craziness, I found this recipe that makes me happy! I hope you all can find little joys over the next couple of weeks and when you do… please share them:) We are all #BetterTogether.
Raise your hand if you are D-O-N-E with the news?! Raise your hand if you are D-O-N-E with this “c” word virus that is going around?! Raise your hand if you need ways to distract yourself during these crazy times?! Then THIS is the blog post for you.
Throughout this week, we have entered uncharted territories. Schools have moved online, parents have started homeschooling, restaurants are not serving in-house, hospitals are busier than ever, and we are told to keep our distance. This has all been hard to navigate and I know it’s been very overwhelming.
Wednesday morning I came to the realization that most of the worries and anxieties that I–and others–are facing, are against our control. I knew I had to do SOMETHING when I had to turn off my favorite TV show–the Today Show. They had their 12395827240 segment on the Coronavirus. I thought to myself “What more is there to say?!”. The media was consuming me and it was not helping me feel any better.
Although this fear is understandable, it does not do any good to worry. After turning off the Today Show, I instantly received an email notification from K-Love. They were sending me my daily verse. This was the verse:
God was sending me a sign to not worry. HE is the only one who can control what is happening right now… and He is in control. God was literally telling me that when I put my trust in Him, I won’t feel so in the dark. I’ll see the light and realize that everything is going to be ok.
Right then and there I started making a list of ways I can distract myself from all this craziness. I wanted to share it with you all so that when the going gets tough, you too can find a way to distract yourself too. I created a Shareable Google Document where you too can add ideas of how you like to draw away from this virus talk while you’re staying at home. My goal is for this to be a working document that can be shared for everyone. Be as creative as you would like to be on the document. I am attaching a video on my slide to teach you how to add your own ideas without erasing others. Do not be afraid to be the first person to add to the slide:)
We are all #BetterTogether! We are all #InThisTogether! One positive that I have witnessed and experienced during this time is that families, friends, neighbors, and communities are finding new ways to be there for each other and that has made me happy:)
That’s all for now folks! Stay healthy and stay safe ❤
Happy Sunday Friends 🙂 WOW oh WOW. That is all I can say about this week. I am sure you have had a crazy week too. I will not even mention the “C” word that we have heard endlessly over the past month. I know this has been the talk of the town and the news. This blog post is all about deCLAIREing happy things so that is just what I’m going to do for you! Take your mind off of what is going on in the world and read about how I took my mom’s famous sugar cookie recipe andddd…. made it sugar free😱
Maybe with your extra time at home, you can even make these:) I would just recommend Amazon Priming two ingredients… and then I’m pretty sure you have everything else!
For today’s #SugarFreeSunday, I made some Sugar Free Shamrock Cookies:
You might be thinking, “Uh Claire? Isn’t the point of sugar cookies to have sugar in them?!”. Well, I used my favorite natural sweetener to replace the sugar. I have blogged about it before: Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener. Order it on Amazon NOW!!! They can bring it right to your door and you can make these yummy cookies while you are staying at home. This sweetener tastes 10 times sweeter than sugar and does not make your body feel gross. It’s zero calories!! Not sure how that is possible. Alsoooo, go and order Anthony’s Cassava Flour. I have blogged about this flour before too. It is a gluten free (and vegan) substitute that tastes like the CLOSEST thing to white flour. It’s amazing!!!
To start–like you do with any cookie recipe–you cream the butter and sugar. However, for this healthier recipe, I used coconut oil in replacement of the butter.
Next, you add your egg and vanilla and mix some more:) Then, add your baking soda and salt and keep on mixing!!! Lastly, you’ll add your flour a half a cup at a time, continually scraping the sides. You will get an AWESOME cookie dough texture. Feel free to try some… I won’t tell🤪
Next, decide how you want to shape your cookies! Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to be festive and make some shamrock cookies. I rolled out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick and used a cookie cutter to shape my pieces. There was a little leftover dough so I made circle cookies with the rest. This made about 20 shamrock cookies and 1 circle cookie lol.
**If you want simple circle sugar cookies, roll the dough into 2 inch balls. Then, you can do my mama’s secret trick. Take a damp paper towel and fold it in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of monk fruit sweetener to another bowl. Using the bottom of a flat glass cup, dip the cup in the paper towel and then the sugar to get a sugared bottom. Using the sugared bottom, flatten the dough balls.
Put your cookies on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 4 minutes at 375 degrees. Then, flip your cookie sheets (if you have two) and bake cookies for another 5 minutes…watching them closely so they do not burn. Take the cookies out and let them cool.
OKKKK I gotta tell you honestly. When these cookies first come out, they are REALLY spongy. This freaked me out the first time. Do not let it freak you out! The more time the cookies have on the warmed sheet to cool, the better. They harden so to speak. I let mine cool for about 15 minutes while I prepped my frosting😋
I used a recipe adapted from an instagram story of @choosing_balance! By using coconut butter, almond milk, and maple syrup, you can have a cookie frosting similar to royal icing. You can even use food coloring to dye it too!
Combine all the ingredients together and microwave for about 10 seconds! Let the mixture sit for five minutes and add your food coloring. I made mine green for St. Patty’s Day☘️💚 Then, I let it sit for another 10 minutes. By this time, my cookies were cool and firm AND the frosting was ready.
My tip for the frosting: DIP the cookie in the frosting. I tried using a frosting knife to apply the frosting and it was too runny. So instead, I dipped the cookie in the frosting and carefully pulled it out. I then lightly shook the cookie to get any excess frosting off. The texture of the frosting with the coconut butter made a really cool tint on the cookies! After cooling the cookies in the fridge for 15 minutes–they probably could have used more, I was just too excited–they looked like a tie-dye green effect.
Y’all… I am so excited for this recipe!!! Just ask my dad, fiancé, brother, and future sister-in-law!!!! I was jumping for joy making and tasting these because they are the #REALDEAL!!!!! While you are staying home this week try making this recipe with your family, I highly recommend it! Then, share some pictures with me🤩🤩
Since I’m going to be staying home the next couple of weeks, I am so excited to continue blogging. I’ll be sharing more recipes, more clean life tips, crafting ideas, and other hobbies (???? I feel like I might get a little cooped up lol). Thank you for following along in my journey! I hope you all stay healthy and find some things that you can deCLAIRE that make ya happy!
HAPPY MARCH Y’ALL!! How did you do with the time change? Are you missing that extra hour of sleep? I’m missing my extra hour in the morning. I slept until 7:00 today!! (Technically it would be 6:00 if we did not have the time change so I guess it’s all the same 🤷🏼♀️).
I am ready for Spring! It has been BEAUTIFUL here in NW Illinois. Today, it’s supposed to reach 60 degrees. AHHHHH:) This sun makes me SO HAPPY. You know what has also made me happy…I was able to take my mom’s famous Irish Soda Bread recipe and make it sugar free, gluten free, AND vegan. Her bread recipe was one of my favorites and I now found a way to continue to enjoy it that fits with my clean lifestyle. Soooo for the second edition of #SugarFreeSunday, here is my Healthy Classic Irish Soda Bread:
Something that makes me smile is that my mom was 100% Polish and made 100% the best IRISH Soda Bread. There was no Irish in her body, but her bread baking during the St. Patty’s Day season was THE BEST.
Now, how did I make this recipe sugar free, gluten free, AND vegan?! I had two special ingredients: Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener and Cassava Flour.
I purchased both of these supplies on Amazon (gotta love that #Prime), but I know that Lakanto can be bought at some local grocery stores. Just do your research on their website:) I used this brand of cassava flour, but any brand will do. Prior to making the recipe, I did some research in what flour I wanted to use. Some other vegan and gluten free options are almond flour and coconut flour, but personally, these flours have a distinct taste to me. I did not want their taste to overpower the Irish Soda Bread. With looking it up online, I found that cassava flour comes from a plant. This flour is the most similar to a wheat flour. I am hooked!!!
I am also hooked on Lakanto Monk Fruit products. Seriously, check out this company. All made from monk fruit, they have white sugar substitutes, brown sugar substitutes, powdered sugar substitutes, liquid sweetener, no sugar added chocolate, and no sugar baking mixes. I LOVE THEM!!! You know what’s also awesome. All of the monk fruit sweeteners are 0 calories. I don’t know how that’s possible considering how sweet their products are.
So back to the bread making…I combined all my dry ingredients (flour, monk fruit sweetener, baking soda, baking powder, and salt). Then I combined my wet ingredients (melted coconut oil, almond “buttermilk” made from almond milk and lemon juice, egg, and vanilla). Using an electric mixer, I mixed the dry and wet ingredients.
I should have taken a picture of the consistency, but it resembled a cookie dough. I placed this dough in my cast-iron skillet. Come on, ya HAVE to make it in the skillet. I feel like it makes it more authentic LOL. BUTTTT I understand that not everyone has this skillet pan, so a pie pan would work as well. I pressed the dough into the pan and then topped it with some extra monk fruit sweetener. (You can’t really tell, but it’s there in the picture on the right!!!!)
The bread needs to bake at 375 for about 35 minutes. You can use a toothpick to decide if it needs more time after the 35 minutes. Bake it for longer if the toothpick does not come out clean or if it is not browned on top. Once fully baked through, I let my bread cool for about 15 minutes before slicing. I COULD NOT WAIT TO HAVE SOME. The first of the season!!! I LOVE eating it warm and with some butter (Hence, when I eat the bread the next day, I make sure to either warm it in the microwave or toaster oven).
I can not emphasize how delicious this bread is!!! I am going to make another batch soon because #TisTheSeason☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️ It makes me SO HAPPY how I was able to alter my Mom’s classic recipe and made it clean and healthier!
I’m Claire, and I am deCLAIREing that making recipes clean make me happy. Please try this recipe to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, whether you are Irish or not!! Let me know what you think of it:) I hope you ALL have a beautiful Sunday!
HAPPY SUNDAY!! Man, do I LOVE Sundays! Sunday mornings are my favorite. I sleep in and by sleep in, I mean wake up at 6:30. I meal prep. I make a nice breakfast. Joel and I go on our “#SundayWalk”. I can just rest and relax ❤️
An additional event I want to add to my Sundays is sharing a new series to this blog–Sugar Free Sunday. As many of you have learned, I have developed a passion for eating clean. One of the aspects of eating clean is getting rid of artificial sugars. Over the past couple of weeks, I have loved trying and creating new recipes that are sugar free…but taste good. I get so excited when I can make an “unhealthy recipe” HEALTHY! Miss DeCLAIREing Happiness DOES have a sweet tooth, butttt, I am learning how to harness a natural sweetness in treats and recipes. I thought it would be fun and beneficial to share these recipes with you all!
Sooo for the first in the series, here is my #SugarFreeSunday recipe:
If you have been following my instagram (@missdeclaireinghappiness), you probably have learned my enthusiasm for the company “Magic Spoon” and their cereal. Their protein cereals are packed with 12 grams of protein and 110 calories per serving. They have a wide array of flavors from Chocolate, to Blueberry, to Frosted, to Fruity…. and I think Cinnamon (I haven’t tried this one yet!!). All of the cereals are keto, gluten-free, grain free, wheat free, soy free, and sugar free. THE. CEREAL. IS. AMAZING.
With my new passion for this product, I wanted to create a way to eat this cereal besides just in a bowl with almond milk. Thus, “Rice Krispies” came to mind!!
I did a little research and brainstorming of how I could create healthy, clean krispies without the added sugar… and marshmallows. Now, there are sugar free marshmallows, but I wasn’t interested in reading the ingredients to see what they were made of LOL. I thought of ways to add some extra protein: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Krispies were born!!!!
Below, you will see the specific ingredients I used in addition to Magic Spoon, coconut oil, and almond milk. I believe that any different brands will do. However, make sure that if you are adding the protein powder, you choose a “flavor” that would fit with chocolate and peanut butter. (**If you use a different protein powder, it might affect the nutritional facts of this recipe**)
I combined all of the ingredients–except the cereal- in a stovetop on low heat. I stirred the mixture for about 1-2 minutes, making sure it did not burn or thicken too much (if it does thicken for you, add extra almond milk to thin out). Then, I mixed the peanut butter mixture with the chocolate cereal.
Next, I sprayed a 9×9 pan with coconut spray and pressed the cereal mixture into the pan. I let this pan freeze so that the mixture could harden. After about an hour in the freezer, I cut cereal into bars 12 pieces. VOILA!!! The protein cereal bars were created and eaten!!!
I’m sooooo excited to snack on these throughout the week because they are yummy and protein packed! Let me know if you try this recipe and/or any modifications you make:)
The next recipe I hope to post about is a sugar free “Irish Soda Bread”. I’ll be channeling my roots and finding a way to enjoy one of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes in a clean way ☘️☘️
Good Morning!! Happy Monday to you all…especially ALL YOU TEACHERS OUT THERE WITH THE DAY OFF 🤩🤩🤩 I was able to make this post/experiment in the kitchen because I had the day off, so thank you, Presidents!
Whenever I complete a fulfilling workout and I extra time in the morning, I like to make a nice breakfast. Today, I used my Birch Bender’s Chocolate Chip Keto Pancake and Waffle mix for the first time! Check it out below and check it out at your local Whole Foods!
I made these yummy pancakes, topped with melted butter AND with strawberries and PB bananas on the side. I AM STILL DREAMING ABOUT THIS NOW. Please, go do yourself a favor and find this mix at your local store.
After devouring every yummy little bit, I started to get a little sad. I realized that as #worthit these pancakes are, I don’t have the time during the school week to make them. What to do?! What to do?! MAKE MUFFINS. Muffins are a PERFECT breakfast meal as you can easily pop them in your mouth after making them ahead. I decided to figure out a way to make these into a muffin and add some extra protein.
I did some research and found the PERFECT recipe to alter for my muffins! Here is the recipe that I modified.
So… I WAS READY!! 💪🏻💪🏻 I gathered all of my ingredients–mostly curtesy of Trader Joe’s lol.
Birch Benders Chocolate Chip Keto Mix
Creamy Almond Butter
Organic Maple Syrup
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Vanilla Protein Powder
In my mixer, I creamed together the almond butter and maple syrup….making sure to scrape the sides. It gets a little sticky! Then, I added in my protein powder, melted coconut oil, and egg. The mixture was VERY oily and liquidy *see below*
I put my mixer on HIGH and mixed for 2 minutes! Notice the change in the consistency in the picture below. It is so important to continue scraping the sides and put your mixer on high speed.
Once my mixture was blended, I added the Birch Benders mix. HAVE I SAID HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS?! Thank you for making a sugar free chocolate chip mix!!! The mixture turned into a cookie dough type consistency *see below*
Soooo, this is where the almond milk comes in to make it more batter like. I added the 1/2 cups of almond milk and kept the mixer on medium. I combined everything for about a minute. Then, it turned into that batter consistency I needed to make the muffins!!
Next, I prepared my cupcake/muffin pan with tins! I used an ice cream scooper to divide the batter evenly into twelve. I baked the muffins for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, letting them cool for 5 minutes afterwards before taste testing one 😋
THESE MUFFINS ARE DELICIOUS!!! I can’t wait to have them this week. They store for 3 days, room temperature, but if you want them for longer, freeze them! When I eat them, I’ll reheat them in the toaster and top with butter. YUM YUM YUMMMMMYYY