Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Behold the newest addition to the list of greatest hits.

This recipe is without a doubt one of the best to ever grace my kitchen. Perhaps any kitchen. I’m just very pleased with how delicious and healthy these are and I ate like three straight out of the oven and I’m really into superlatives right now.

The beauty of these muffins is that they’re completely flourless and the batter is made right in your blender! This means no work on your part and a super easy clean up. But do be careful around that batter though. It’s insanely delicious. I’m seriously considering creating another recipe just based on the batter. Okay I am definitely doing that.

My favorite kind of food is the type where I eat so much of it because it’s so darn good, but having it be fine because it’s so darn healthy. With these muffins, I devoured the entire batch in a day with zero skinny jean impact because they’re only 56 calories each. We have a winner.

While we’re adding things to lists, let’s talk about the one Santa has for you. (Yes. Thanksgiving is now over, therefore it’s Christmas.) The fabulous folks over at Blendtec sent me one of their Designer 725 models and I want to marry it. It’s not only the best blender I’ve had the pleasure of using by far, but it’s probably the best gadget in my kitchen period. And I play with kitchen gadgets for a living folks.

The blades in our trusty Blendtec are 10 times stronger and 80% thicker than those in regular blenders. Also, it is brilliantly designed. The blades are shaped and placed in the jar so perfectly that the food doesn’t get stuck.

No more stopping and stirring! No more tampers! Blending freedom as last!

And don’t even get me started on the touch screen. That’s right. It’s a blender. With a touch screen. It’s great for practical reasons in that there are no buttons to clean, but it’s also just pretty darn cool.

There are all these settings laid out intuitively for your various blending needs and it’s basically a dream come true. And to close the deal, IT’S DISHWASHER SAFE.

You should buy one now because, honey, you’ve earned it.

Even my cat agrees. She came over especially just to pose in hopes of convincing you.

Blend the filling in your Blendtec. I’ve named mine Raphael because he’s a member of the family now.

Chop up half an ounce of good dark chocolate. That’s really all you need! Chopping up chocolate makes it go so much farther. We’re talking bang for your caloric buck here.

Eat an insane amount of batter.

Devour batch.

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Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake + a Dark Chocolate Drizzle

It’s pumpkin time. Get excited.

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In the midst of pumpkin palooza, it’s safe to say this cheesecake is the holy grail. It’s 75 calories a slice, easy to make, and I can’t even begin to describe how delicious it is. It’s actually insane.

I was so excited to make this, eat a piece (or two, in the name of taste testing of course), and then bring it to school to impress the heck out of everyone. That did not happen. Between my momma and me, we ate the whole thing in two days. I guess I’ll just have to make another one “to share”.

Oh darn.

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I’m extremely proud of this recipe. I’m less extremely proud of the self-control I exhibited around it.

I could not. stop. eating. I gave up on any sort of restraint after the third slice. Luckily this decadent pumpkin cheesecake really does have only 75 calories a slice (ITS WIZARDRY I TELL YOU) and 7 grams of protein. Plus, it’s actually tastier than any sugar/fat laden pumpkin cheesecake I’ve eaten in restaurants. I kid you not.

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So here’s the deal. I used fat free yogurt in this recipe which is usually a HUGE no no in baked recipes. I know. I’m baking bad.

The issue with using fat free dairy products in baking is that it produces a cheesecake that has cracks on the top. Behold exhibit A:

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Eh, It’s still pretty darn pretty.

But how to fix a cracked cheesecake? Drizzle chocolate on top! (That’s actually how you fix everything.)

Cracks, be gone! This way you get a creamy cheesecake covered in chocolate with no fat and no visible cracks. It’s basically perfection you can eat.

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This crust is a little miracle. It serves as a fabulous base for the cheesecake, but it has only 150 calories total and comes together in about 27 seconds flat.

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And I decided to bring some chocolate and pumpkin to the crust party because really why not.

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Fill it up with the creamiest dreamiest pumpkin filling you can imagine.

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And bask in the glory.
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Now what could make this even better? Chocolate. Because chocolate makes everything better.

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As if it weren’t already perfect.

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Homemade Coconut Cashew Quest Bars

I admit I have a problem. First off, junior year of high school is insane. The topics covered are almost as mind-bogglingly complex as my procrastination methods. Exhibit A? I used the abundant free time I don’t have to replicate the gastronomic miracle that is the Quest bar. It only took forever. If you’re not…

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The Best Way to Make Tofu

Disregard everything you have ever heard about tofu. Just hear me out. Tofu can be one of the best or the worst things you will ever put in your mouth. And unfortunately, all too many people have experienced the latter. Guys. Tofu truly is incredible. It’s this wonderfully versatile, nutritious food that is full of…

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Homemade Speculoos (Biscoff) Cookies

So I’m way too excited about this. For those of you who have never enjoyed the miracle that is biscoff (it’s okay I still love you), let me bring you up to speed. Biscoff/Speculoos cookies are these buttery, spiced biscuits with the perfect crunch and a slight nuttiness. They’re like ginger snaps, but not really because…

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Healthy Cornbread

I really should have made this sooner. What was I thinking? I haven’t eaten a slice of cornbread in years, and it’s like discovering Netflix for the first time. There’s something so satisfying about a perfectly rich cornbread that’s delicately flavored with just the right amount of chew. It makes your soul happy. When I…

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

This is the crowning jewel in my cookie crown. From now on, this is the it cookie. We will accept nothing less. 1 cookie = 25 calories of rich, chewy yet slightly crunchy, sweet yet slightly salty, peanut buttery perfection.  This changes everything. And no words can do them justice.

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