Fudgy Chai Blender Muffins (Vegan)

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

In one of my monthly Favorite Things posts, I mentioned the Flourless Banana Blender Muffins recipe from the Chocolate Covered Katie blog. I’m obsessed with them and I can’t recommend trying Katie’s recipe highly enough. These fudgy chai blender muffins with a vanilla glaze are my twist on her original delicious muffins.

The one (non) issue for me with the original recipe is that I seriously eat the entire batch in one day. Something about the added chai spice of today’s version makes it a lot easier to have just one or two and then be done. Don’t get me wrong—these chai blender muffins are DELICIOUS—but it’s like comparing chocolate chip cookie dough to gingerbread cookie dough. I’m satisfied with a finger lick of the latter. I could eat the entire bowl of the former.

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

The vanilla glaze drizzle is totally optional. These are delicious with or without it. The glaze is a nice touch when you plan to eat these as a healthier dessert, but if you want them for breakfast or a make-ahead snack, you could definitely skip it.

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

Fudgy Chai Blender Muffins (Vegan)

Yield: 8-9 muffins

Fudgy Chai Blender Muffins (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana (over-ripe)
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Optional Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp almond milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin (you can also oil if you don't have tin liners on hand)—you'll need 8-9.
  2. Drain, thoroughly rinse, and pat dry the beans. Place all muffin ingredients in a blender or food processor and combine until smooth.
  3. Fill the muffin tins about 3/4 the way with the muffin batter.
  4. Bake for 16-20 minutes. Let sit for 20 minutes before enjoying. If you're going to add the vanilla glaze, mix the three ingredients together in a bowl (add small amounts of the almond milk at a time, you may not need the full tsp) and wait until muffins are fully cooled to drizzle it on or else it'll just drip off.
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These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze. These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

If you’re expecting the fluffy, bready texture of a traditional muffin, know that these are a bit different. The tops will have a satisfying hardness to them while the insides with be dense and fudgy. I can’t get enough of the texture!

These fudgy chai blender muffins are vegan and gluten-free. Make them with or without a vanilla glaze.

If you give these a try, let me know what you think! And be sure to check out Chocolate Covered Katie for the original recipe.

Fall Activewear Trends I’m Eyeing

I know we technically have another full week of summer left, but I’m all about these fall activewear trends right now. I go through phases where I won’t even think about buying new clothes and then other times when I can. not. stop. the online shopping. Luckily for my bank account, I’m a big Wishlist and Add-to-Cart girl but I usually hold off on checking out (online window shopping, if you will).

To take this train of thought on a tangent, I actually read somewhere that your brain has the same pleasure response to adding clothes to on online wish list as it does when you actually purchase the items. A free shopping high? I’m into it.

Anyway, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items and trends from my recent activewear (window) shopping sprees. Happy scrolling!

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Fall Activewear Trends

Lace-Up

1. Ideal Long Sleeve Top by Alo Yoga / 2. Interlace Tank by Alo Yoga / 3. ENZO Hoodie from NSF / 4. Tied Up Leggings by Blue Life / 5. Lace Up Sweats from Monrow / 6. Marissa Sweatshirt by Chichi

I love this trend—especially a top with a big chunky lace-up like the Alo Yoga one above (#1). The side lace-up of the NSF hoodie (#3) is another twist on the trend I can’t get enough of.

Metallics

1. Ground Anorak Jacket by KORAL / 2. Surrender Bra by Chill by Will / 3. Rose Leggings by Carbon38 / 4. Takara Leggings by Carbon38 / 5. Lustrous Legging by KORAL / 6. Metallic Woven Jacket by Alala

I’ve been seeing a ton of leggings with a metallic sheen lately. And because the moto style is always a favorite, I especially love the Rose leggings (#3).

Cropped Sweatshirts

1. Logo Boxy Cropped Hoodie by Ivy Park / 2. Where I’m At Hoodie by Free People / 3. Dry Top Long Sleeve by Nike / 4. Stance Hoodie by Alala / 5. Oversized Crop Hoodie by Monrow

Throwing a cropped sweatshirt over a tank and high-waist leggings is perfect for walking to and from the gym. Bell sleeve are another fall trend I’m loving so the Stance Hoodie (#4) is a standout for me.

Cut-Out Elbows & Knees

1. Axel Hoodie by LNA / 2. Ajax Legging by Olympia / 3. Open Elbow Cardigan by LNA

LNA is the king of cut-outs and I’m especially loving them around the elbows and knees. I’m curious how functional cutout knees are during a workout (can anyone confirm if it’s comfortable?) but in long-sleeves and sweaters I’m all-in.

What fall trends are you loving?

Life Update & September Wellness Events in Boston

It’s been forever since I’ve posted to the blog and I just wanted to stop by good ol’ Pumps to say hello and assure you all that I haven’t been abducted or suddenly decided to quit blogging. In fact, things will be back to normal around here starting next week!

I had way too much going on between the blog, teaching, my aromatherapy course and moving into a new apartment and I quite frankly just couldn’t maintain everything. The aromatherapy course is self-paced, but needs to be completed within a year’s time and I was *extremely* behind. I’d spot my textbooks on the shelf above my desk each day and a wave of anxiety would rise up in my chest. Tomorrow. I’ll dedicate all of tomorrow to studying. But then something would come up with the blog or teaching and I’d put it off yet another day.

That constant nagging stress of being behind on my studies finally led me to take these last couple weeks off from blogging to just focus on the course. I work best when I’m not dividing my time and instead focused solely on one task, so it was the best decision I could have made. I’m now pretty much caught up and absolutely loving learning about essential oils and aromatherapy. I can’t wait to share my new knowledge with you all once I’m certified! You can look forward to lots of blog posts sharing blend recipes for specific issues, moods and ailments; general info on how to incorporate essential oils into your every day life; and anything else on the topic that might interest you. I’m also thinking of offering private consultations to create blends personally crafted for an individual’s needs.

As for the move, it went as well as moving on September 1st in Boston could go. In other words, it was a complete shitshow but hey, we survived! This move was unexpected, which added to the stress, but I could not be happier with our new apartment—it’s wonderful! If you follow me on Instagram you got a pretty good idea of how weird our old building was. It was extremely loud (still haven’t confirmed what in the hell our upstairs neighbors did every day but our best theory was bowling while wearing tap dancing shoes and dragging dead bodies across the floor). It was also extremely sketchy. The basement storage units looked like a scene from that abandoned hospital episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? 

Adding to the sketchiness was the fact that most the units were operated by a third party as airbnb rentals. So there was a constant transient flow of strangers in and out of the building (all with the access code to the front door). Sometimes it’d be fine, but other times there would be some SHADY characters staying next door. I could write a novel of all the ridiculous things I witnessed/heard while living in that building.

Our new place is so NORMAL. We’re obsessed! I still have lots of unpacking, organizing and decorating to do but you’ll get to see it soon enough in workout videos. 🙂 (I don’t know why I’m acting like it’s some Extreme Makeover: Home Edition reveal—it’s just a standard one bedroom apartment haha).

September Wellness & Fitness Events in Boston

Fall is always a fun time in Boston with lots going on, and I wanted to share a couple local events that I think you guys would be into. If I hear about any others, I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

Tone It Up Tour – Sat 9/9

This Saturday, the Tone It Up Tour comes to Lawn on D. There’ll be workouts led by the Tone It Up girls, Jillian Michaels and CorePower Yoga, rosé tents, healthy food, beauty bars, swag bags and more fun. It’s essentially a big fitness festival. GA tickets are $110 BUT I’m giving away five pairs of free tickets over on Instagram for you and a friend. I’m picking the winners this afternoon so hurry on over to enter if you’re interested!

Fit University’s Back to School Blowout – Sat 9/9

This is a *free* fitness festival for college students (and non-college students!) with lots of different workouts to choose from going down in Copley Square. Details here.

Wellness Meet Up with @nobread: Turning Your Passion into a Career – Mon 9/18

If you’re a local influencer/blogger or in the wellness industry, I think this event would be right up your alley. Nicole from @nobread will be talking about how she left her full-time job at JP Morgan to pursue her passion and will be offering advice for those looking to do the same. Event details and tickets here. You can take 15% off with the code NICOLE15.

TRAIN360 Charity Class at Everybody Fights for UNICEF – Sat 9/23

Workout for a good cause! If you follow a lot of Boston fitness peeps on Instagram like I do (shameless stalker over here), you might know @baddiedae. My girl is running the NYC marathon for UNICEF and raising money with a charity class at EBF. After your circuit-style TRAIN360 workout, you’ll be treated to free Dig Inn. Details and tickets here.

Wellness Collective Panel with @balancewithb and @ebaily_fitness – Mon 9/25

Speaking of people I stalk on Instagram, the Wellness Collective is having their inaugural event this month, teaming up with @balancewithb and @ebailey_fitness. There’ll be a panel discussion about living well; thriving mentally, physically and emotionally; and turning a passion for wellness into a career. Juices and smoothies will be provided and everyone will receive a gift bag filled with wellness goodies. Details and tickets here.

photo by Nick Cosky