Now that the crisp fall air has moved into So Cal one of our favorite fall activities is apple picking with the kids! While we haven’t been able to make it back out to the Apple Farms in Oak Glen, CA just yet, we hope to
soon because we’ve got apples on our mind!
This week we indulged in a little autumn cinnamon apple treat and we couldn’t wait to share this protein filled energy bite with you. Can apple pie and healthy go in the same sentence? YES, it sure can! It’s perfect for a grab and go breakfast, school lunches or after work-out energy snack. It’s filled with the goodness of oats, chia seeds, almond butter, and fresh apples! Did we mention that it’s so easy to make too?
An alternative to fresh apples in this recipe is dried or dehydrated apples, but we love using the freshest raw ingredients whenever we can. We should also mention that there’s no limit to what you can add to these energy bites, so go ahead and be creative! There’s no right or wrong in this recipe.
Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites
2 cups organic old-fashioned oats
2 TBSP chia seeds
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
½ cup almond butter (or any nut butter)
2 TBSP Bee-free honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and ½ medium apple (grated)
1. Stir together the dry mixture ingredients in a large bowl.
2. In a smaller bowl, mix the almond butter, bee-free honey and vanilla
3. Add the almond butter mixture to the dry ingredients bowl and thoroughly
mix until fully coated.
4. Stir in grated apple.
5. Scoop a small handful of the mixture and roll it into a ball.
6. Serve immediately or refrigerate for a healthy snack over the next few
During the warm summer months we like to eat cooler foods and this chia pudding with tropical puree is perfect! It’s easy to make the night before so you don’t have to rush in the morning. In fact, chia pudding will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, so make a few of these to have on hand! Not only is it easy to make, but chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart and joint health and aid memory.
Tropical Puree over Chia Pudding
Coconut Chia Pudding:
¼ to ½ cup of Chia Seeds
¾ cup Coconut Milk
½ cup Coconut Water
1 tablespoon Beefree Honey
A drop of Vanilla Extract
In a large bowl mix thoroughly all of the above ingredients. Stir until well combined. Cover bowl and let chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
Tropical Fruit Puree and Toppings:
1 Passion Fruit
Dice mango into bite size cubes.
Slice passion fruit in half. Use ½ of the passion fruit (juice of passion fruit or include the seeds) for puree and half for topping.
Blend ¾ mango, ½ passion fruit, ½ banana and ice cubes to a smoothie-like puree.
Ready to serve: Layer tropical puree and coconut chia pudding in layers. Add chunks of fruit in between layers or on top. Scoop passion fruit bits seeds and all on top and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
The beginning of Autumn brings temperamental weather. Some days are crisp and perfect for scarves and boots and other days are hot and still require tank tops and shorts. Luckily, in the early days of Fall, the farmer’s market still abound with fresh berries and on warmer days, this Layered Breakfast Jar is not only a great way to start your day, but it can also be the perfect treat any time of the day.
This dish is also packed with healthy ingredients and contain 2 superfoods that have become a staple in our diet and we hope will become a staple in yours as well.
Chia Seeds: This superfood is known for boosting energy, is easy to digest and nutrient dense. The seeds also promote healthy skin, reduce signs of aging, support the heart and digestive system, build stronger bones and muscles.
Acai Powder: This super food is made from freeze-dried acai berries. Acai berries have more antioxidants than almost any other fruit and contain high levels of essential fatty acids, amino acids, and dietary fiber.