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3 Healthy Fall Recipes I Can’t Live Without: Sweet & Savory

Hey babes. Ok, just so ya know, this isn’t your normal, run of the mill, give you exact measurements type of situation. I am more of the believer that eyeballing things is always best, and if I have a specialty, it’s fashion, not cooking! Plus, tastebuds are so different…you could want something sweeter, bitter, or a little more savory. So my go-to advice is eyeball it, make it yours and of course, enjoy the yumminess that is about to happen. I have loved making these 3 recipes for fall and I hope you will too. Happy cooking!

1. Easy 3-Step Banana, Chocolate Chip Cookies

You read right….these are so EASY to make. Here’s what you’ll need. 

  1. 1 -2  Bananas (not too aged and not to ripe…think: perfect for eating on its own)
  2. 1-2 cup of Oats (I prefer minute oats for texture)
  3. Add chocolate chips to taste (I prefer mini chocolate chips for texture)
  4. Bonus: *Add cinnamon for extra flavor

Pro- Healthy -Tip: Use raisins instead of chocolate chips. 

Pro- Party Tip: Top these babies off with Nutella for hosted parties or gatherings.

Pro- Healthy -Tip: Top with a “healthy-ish” version of Nutella. 

Instructions: Set oven to 350 degrees, mash banana first with a fork in a bowl until it’s chnky, add oats and other ingredients and keep mashing until there is a consistent texture. NOTE: If you feel the banana is overpowering, add oats until the texture is more firm. 

Use a sheet of baking parchment (no oil needed) and bake for 15-17 minutes. I personally like the texture to me a bit more crispy, so I watch the edges until they brown. 

2. Cup of “Cold Cacao” Textured -Smoothie

True, we love a warm drink to feel cozy during fall, but for a cold treat that still feels hearty and filling (especially on the west coast where the weather stays warm, longer) this is my go-to.

  1. Use Frozen Organic (or regular) Bananas
  2. 2-3 cubes of ice
  3. Pour in a plant based milk (almond or oat) and don’t over pour the liquid, to maintain thickness
  4. Add a spoon full of Cacao powder
  5. Add two spoon fulls of chia seeds to enhance the texture in the smoothie
  6. Add Sweet Cacao nibs for CRUNCH
  7. SWEET BONUS: Blend in a square of a dark chocolate bar if you’re aiming for “dessert vibes”
  8. GREEN BONUS: Add a hand full of spinach! (you won’t even taste it, but your body will thank you.)
Power it Up: Add a scoop of collagen powder, vegan pre-fermented protein and a scoop of flax. (I do this daily.)
Top it Off: If you’re hosting or serving guests, leave out the powders and go with toppers & a cute glass.. Nothing says “dessert” like adding a few chocolate chips on top.

3. Fall For You Salad

I love a hearty, nutritious and also very colorful salad. Nothing looks more stylish than a salad full of  vibrant greens and orange and nothing screams FALL to me like the below recipe, it’s my go-to:

Here are some of my favorite things to toss together.

  1. Spinach
  2. Arugula (or mix both)
  3. Sweet Potato (cut into cubes, drizzle garlic salt & olive oil & pop your squares into an air fryer at 370 or an oven at 350)
  4. Gorgonzola (or goat) Cheese
  5. Walnuts
  6. Cranberries
  7. Balsamic
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Add your Protein (if desired)
To Make it Vegan: Remove the cheese & add avocado for a similar texture that ties it all together!
To make it “Hardier:” Smear your plate with hummus before adding salad for both aesthetics and taste.