1.28.2015

Skinny Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins


For an afternoon activity, my daughter begged to bake muffins. Not any kind of muffin but with LOTS of chocolate! I found a recipe from Pinterest and changed some of the ingredients: white sugar to coconut sugar, white flour to whole wheat flour, butter to applesauce, and milk to almond milk. Feel free to make the original version, but my kids declared they were great, even the healthier way.



Skinny Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins- yields 12 muffins

Ingredients:

¾ cup coconut sugar
1 egg
 1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1.)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.)  Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Add chocolate chips last.
3.)  Bake 20 minutes.

1.26.2015

Sesame Quinoa with Chicken and Broccoli


Looking for something different to cook this week? Here is a healthy and easy chicken quinoa dish that your kids will love! My daughter was excited about making the sauce, and my son gave it a thumbs up at dinnertime.



Sesame Quinoa with Chicken and Broccoli

1 cup uncooked quinoa- cook according to package directions (you can also use brown rice instead of quinoa)
2 cups bite size broccoli pieces
1 lbs chicken breast cutlets- cut into bite size pieces – use cooking shears (Thanks Elana!) this makes cutting the chicken so much easier.
1/8 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp dark sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp creamy PB
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp brown sugar
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 green onions, chopped
cooking spray- I prefer olive oil or coconut oil sprays

Directions:

1.)  Cook quinoa and steam broccoli. Set aside.
2.)  Season chicken with salt and pepper and then add cut pieces to pan with cooking spray on med high heat.
3.)  While chicken is cooking, in a bowl, mix together vinegar, sesame oil, PB, 1 tsp sesame seeds, sugar and red pepper flakes.
4.)  In a large bowl or pan, combine cooked quinoa, steamed broccoli, cooked chicken and pour in mixture and stir.
5.)  Sprinkle with 1 tsp sesame seeds and green onions. 

1.19.2015

Green Granola Smoothie


Welcome to the new Healthfull Ever After AKA The Jolly Oak Blog! Because of Healthfull Ever After, Jolly Oak, a Chicago start up, was born. The transition from food blogger to food entrepreneur has been an exciting and challenging journey.

With less time to blog, I figured I would tie business into my continued passion for cooking and baking easy, healthy and delicious foods. I’ve brought on board my business partner, Kim, who also loves to cook and bake. We hope you enjoy trying our recipes and thanks for following us along on this new adventure!

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Green Granola Smoothie Recipe (makes 2 servings)

Looking for a quick, healthy and delicious smoothie anytime of day? Try this simple Green Granola Smoothie. It provides all those good for you nutrients in one yummy shake: protein, fiber and healthy fats.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk (or nonfat or soymilk)
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1 banana- peeled and sliced
1 tsp almond butter
1 Jolly Oak Blueberry Crunch Granola

Directions:

1.)  Add the milk first, and then add the rest of the ingredients.
2.)  Blend until desired smoothness.

1.11.2015

Homemade Banana S'mores Sorbet


Banana S’mores Granola Sorbet



Ingredients:

4 medium ripe bananas, peeled, cut into pieces and frozen
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 package Jolly Oak S’mores Granola
4-8 tbsp almond milk or soy milk 

Directions:

1.)  Place peeled, frozen bananas, coconut oil and 4 tbsp almond milk into a blender. Add more almond milk,1 tbsp at a time, if needed for smoothness.
2.)  Once smooth, blend in Jolly Oak Granola by hand using a spoon.
3.)  Transfer sorbet to a safe freezer dish and freeze for at least 2 hours. If sorbet is too hard when it comes out of freezer, give it 10-15 minutes to soften before serving.

This creamy dessert is diary free and guilt free! With 4 clean ingredients and 3 simple steps, you can create a yummy yet decadent dessert. Kids will have fun making the sorbet and eating it! And it will be our secret that this is a good for you dessert full of fruit, protein and fiber.