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.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

I love smoothies as much as the next basic betch, but rarely do I feel satisfied when I drink one alone for breakfast. It’s not that they can’t contain all the goodies you need for a healthy breakfast, it’s just that I haven’t chewed anything. Cue my obsession with smoothie BOWLS. Exact same ingredients just with a little granola on top and a spoon—makes all the difference. Try this peanut butter protein acai bowl the next time you want to eat your morning smoothie.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen pack acai (I use 100g packs from Sambazon that you can find at Whole Foods)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (I like my bowls thick so I usually do frozen)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (+1-2 tbsp to reach desired consistency)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 handful spinach (optional)*
  • Topping of choice (granola, fresh fruit, shredded coconut, peanut butter drizzle, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. If you have an older blender, it can be helpful to break the acai pack up into chunks beforehand. Start with 1/4 cup of almond milk and if the consistency is too thick, add 1 tbsp at a time until it's at your desired thickness.
  2. Get creative with your toppings. Granola, fresh fruit, dried fruit, shredded coconut, etc.

Notes

*Adding spinach will slightly dull the vibrant purple color of your smoothie bowl. Don't be alarmed if it doesn't look like mine does in the pictures—it'll still be delicious (and have that leafy green nutritional boost!).

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Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

For the protein powder, I use this raw, plant-based one from Garden of Life. I add protein to smoothies and drinks maaaaybe once a week, if that, so I certainly don’t have an expert opinion on brands, but I do think this one is really yummy if you’re looking for a recommendation! You could also totally make this peanut butter protein acai bowl without the protein powder.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

Some other acai recipes from the archives:

Any time I do a gallery of images like this, I always laugh at how bad my photography skills used to be. I’m no pro now, but jeeze, it looks like I took those early pictures with a throwaway camera in a dark basement (lol).

Happy Sunday, friends!

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie + Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by my friends at MegaFood. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the wonderful brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

So is it chia seed pudding or is it a smoothie? Both! I’ve mentioned before that sometimes—as delicious as they are—smoothies don’t fully satisfy me as a meal because I haven’t chewed anything. I’ll finish my smoothie then reach for something to eat. So the other day the idea popped into my head to just top my smoothie with something I could dig a spoon into. Duh. Friends, meet my delicious Frankenstein creation: the raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie.

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

You slurp down the smoothie portion with a straw as the chia seed pudding inches its way to the bottom of the glass, picking up streaks of yummy smoothie as it goes. When the last slurp gets stopped short with the thick pudding clogging the straw, your reach for your spoon and dig in.

One of my favorite smoothie add-ins is a scoop from one (or several) of MegaFood’s Daily Nutrient Booster Powders. You might remember these two recipes I posted last year using them:

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

For today’s raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie, I’m adding in a scoop of Daily Energy. This whole food powder is “mindfully crafted” to support a healthy, active lifestyle.* I love that phrase—”mindfully crafted”—and it really does sum up the way in which MegaFood approaches all its products. Daily Energy contains Eleuthero, Ashwagandha and Bacopa, herbs that have been celebrated through history for supporting a healthy stress response. It also contains FoodState® Chromium and Green Tea to help enhance mental alertness, focus and healthy metabolism.*

For those thinking, “What the heck is FoodState?”: MegaFood’s FoodState Nutrients are made with whole foods to provide essential vitamins and minerals. They’re gentle on the body and easy-to-digest, which is why you can take MegaFood supplements even on an empty stomach. I try to take my vitamins with breakfast, but some mornings I’m racing off to teach at the crack of dawn and it just doesn’t happen. I love that I can still take my multi without getting a stomach ache!

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ heaping cup fresh raspberries
  • 1-2 tbsp packed fresh mint leaves (if you just want a subtle mint flavor do 1—I love mint so I usually do 2)
  • 1 banana, frozen*
  • 1 scoop Daily Energy
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk, plus more if needed to reach desired consistency
  • Toppings of choice: I used frozen raspberries (so the pictures would be pretty—in real life, I like fresh) and bee pollen. Granola or a little peanut butter would also be yummy!
  • For the chia seed pudding:
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3-4 raspberries, muddled (optional—this is just to give it a pink hue)

Instructions

  1. Stir together the chia seed pudding ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes (until gelled and thick).
  2. Blend smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender. If too thick, slowly add coconut milk.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a glass then top with the chia seed pudding. Finish with desired toppings.
  4. Enjoy with a straw … then a spoon!

Notes

*If you only have fresh bananas on hand, you could use frozen raspberries instead of fresh. Just make sure one or the other is frozen so you get a good, thick smoothie texture.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/06/23/raspberry-mint-chia-seed-pudding-smoothie-giveaway/

Slurp down this raspberry mint chia seed pudding smoothie with a straw ... then a spoon!

You’ll notice in the above recipe that the chia seed pudding portion is really simple and plain. That’s because you’ll have smoothie remnants and toppings at the bottom of your glass to mix into it with each spoonful.

Daily Energy Instagram Giveaway

Before you run off to make your own chia seed pudding smoothie, hop on over to Instagram to enter to win a jar of Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder for you and a friend! Post is embedded below as well to make things easier.

To enter:

  • Follow @nicoleperr (that’s me) and @megafood on Instagram
  • Tag a friend in the comments section of my giveaway Instagram post (below)

That’s it! I’ll randomly pick a winner tonight and you and the friend you tagged will both receive some Daily Energy to take your smoothies to the next level.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.