Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts

Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts are the ultimate fusion of your favorite Fall treats…did I mention they’re no-bake…and gluten-free…and vegan?! Holy smokes! They’re pie-meets-cookies and you’ll totally fall in love with them!

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So here we are, smack dab in the middle of September. I am wearing a yoga tank top and some running shorts (my usual uniform these days), my hair is frizzed out to Frankfurt because of the humidity, and I’m ordering my first Pumpkin Spice Latte. Well, to be honest, I made the drink order quite a bit more complicated than that, but that’s just my Starbucks style.

Anyhoodle. I’m forcing Fall. I bought sparkly pumpkins to go with my glass pumpkins from TJ Maxx  and a couple strands of fake Autumn leaves garland because I was feeling super cheesy. Décor, check.

And now, pumpkin pie. Oh, and s’mores. Because, duh, smores. I swear, people call them a Summer food, but don’t you start throwing up more fires in the Fall and needing sustenance in the form of charred mallow in the Fall? I think so. It’s a year-round food.

This is probably the most simple pumpkin pie I’ve pulled off because I didn’t have to bake it. And, totally vegan (until you top it with a marshmallow…but they make those in “vegan” too so you should totally hunt those down if that’s your game!), because I creamed up some cashews and a date for sweetness, then blended it with my day-glow orange veggie-from-a-can. Tah-dah!

I used the base from my no-bake S’mores Bars as the crust here too, because you shouldn’t fix what ain’t broke. {getting’ all Southern on ya because I mentioned bonfires earlier…} Except! I added some nutmeg and cinnamon, because in the Fall, we take pumpkin spice shots. Hiyah!

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When it’s all done, not only did I quickly toast the mallow under the broiler, but then I drizzled it in whatever chocolate sauce I had in my fridge (but you can totally make your own or melt chocolate to do the same thing). So easy.

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Annnnddd…here ya go!

Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts
Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts are the ultimate fusion of your favorite Fall treats...did I mention they're no-bake...and gluten-free...and vegan?! Holy smokes! They're pie-meets-cookies and you'll totally fall in love with them! (makes 6 mini tarts)
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  1. 2/3 cup raw cashews
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla
  3. 1 Tbs. coconut oil
  4. 1 tsp. water
  5. pinch of sea salt
  6. ½ cup oats
  7. dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
Pumpkin Pie Filling
  1. ¼ cup cashews, soaked at least 20 min
  2. 1 date (I would soak it with the cashews)
  3. 2/3 cup pumpkin (I used Libby’s pumpkin)
  4. ¼ tsp. allspice*
  5. ¼ tsp. cinnamon*
  6. 1/8 tsp. nutmeg*
  7. 3 standard sized marshmallows
  8. chocolate sauce, for drizzling
  1. In a food processor (I used a mini food prep for the entire recipe), combine all of the crust ingredients except for the oats and spices. Blend until it becomes a thick, almost past-like consistency (there can be a few grainy nutty pieces throughout, but you want it pretty thick and pasty). Add the oats and spices then blend for a few seconds, until the oats are broken down but not completely blended away.
  2. Scoop 1-2 Tbs. of filling into each of your mini tart pans (6). Use your fingers to press the filling up and around the pans, making sure it’s even, adding more filling as needed. Place in the fridge to set as you prepare the filling.
  1. Drain your cashews and date from the water. Place them in your food processor (which you have cleaned quickly after making the crust in it). Start blending, and blend until well broken down. Add the pumpkin and blend until completely smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Once it’s smooth, add the spices, and blend. Taste your filling, and if you like more spices, add them now. If your filling isn’t smooth enough for you (I blended for quite awhile), you can press it through a wire mesh strainer.
  2. Add 1.5 Tbs. of filling to each tart pan, smoothing the top and making sure each tart is full (nobody likes a skimpy little pie!).
  3. Cut each of your marshmallows in half. Add a half of marshmallow to each tart. Broil until golden brown (I placed all of the filled tarts on a large cookie sheet, then into the oven under the broiler). This happens quickly, so keep a close eye on them!
  4. Drizzle them with chocolate sauce!
  5. Enjoy!
  1. *taste and adjust to your liking after it’s all mixed together
  2. Keep prepared tarts in the fridge for up to a week (though I’d eat them after 2…but that’s just me) or in the freezer to eat whenever your pumpkin pie whim strikes you.
Treats With a Twist

Simple Oat and Cherry Breakfast Cookies

Simple Oat and Cherry Breakfast Cookies are a quick grab-and-go treat that tastes like a hearty and comforting granola. They’re packed with oats, coconut, banana and dried cherries, making them almost sugar free (just a touch of maple), vegan and gluten free. Now, listen to my life revelations and have a cookie. 

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I have had one of the most hectic schedules lately, that getting into a simple breakfast cookie recipe just makes me feel calm.

Cookie therapy.

I don’t want to bog you down with my stresses, but I’ve been working a TON (pulling overnight shifts in my nanny-land and such), planning a 30th birthday party for my husband just the week before our first anniversary, and staring at the blank walls in my new house, my head swimming with fear and ideas.

I’ve been reading some design books (been LOVING this one and this one) that make me feel like I can do anything. As soon as I conquer the fear of being imperfect, I’ll be able to do it. Until then…I’ve purchased some glass pumpkins from TJ Maxx and will call that decorating just in case anybody stops in to see my progress (please don’t!).

I’ve had some realizations lately. I have realized, and I know this may sound dumb, that I can truly do anything I want to do. Silly, right? But so NOT silly. Because I’ve always looked at those women who treat their bathrooms like a spa, pampering their skin with masks and lotions every evening and stopping to brush their hair, like they have everything together and that I’ll be there some day. As if I have other things to do?

But I don’t! Why can’t I be that woman? Why can’t I take longer in the shower? Why can’t I watch Barefoot Blonde videos for an hour then braid my hair in a cool new way? Why can’t I actually put on my makeup in the morning and feel hella good?

Why can’t I paint the walls in my house whatever color makes me happy? And hang up photos then change them the next week? And paint the furniture that I’ve had since I was a child and just don’t

Well, there’s nothing that I can think of that should be stopping me. I know this isn’t groundbreaking news here, but I can be that person too.

Do you ever have those moments? The ones where things just start to click and you realize you’ve wasted so much time? I’m having those moments. And I know that I’m already happier, just a few days into them.

Terrible transition, but I’ve made you cookies too.

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They’re simple, and healthy, and inspired by What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today, because I adore her blog and these cookies spoke to me when she made them.

So here are some for you. Because I love you. And because you truly can do anything (even if its just swapping the cherries for craisins…). 

Simple Oat and Cherry Breakfast Cookies
Simple Oat and Cherry Breakfast Cookies are a simple breakfast. They're gluten free and vegan with only a touch of maple syrup for sweetness. (makes 6 large cookies)
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  1. ¾ c oats
  2. ½ c shredded coconut
  3. 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1 large banana, mashed
  5. 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  6. 1 tsp. maple syrup
  7. 1-2 Tbs. dried cherries, cut up in smaller pieces
  8. 5 Brazil nuts, chopped
  9. sesame seeds, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  2. In a bowl, mush together the banana, coconut oil, and maple syrup.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together until completely mixed.
  4. Place a round biscuit cutter onto the parchment where you'd like the first cookie to go. Scoop 2 Tbs of cookie mixture into the cookie cutter then use the back of your spoon to spread and press it all in there, compacting the mixture, taking up the whole inside of the biscuit cutter. Carefully lift the cutter straight up, leaving a round-formed cookie on the parchment. Repeat with the rest of your dough until all of your cookies are formed. Mine made 6.
  5. Sprinkle the cookies with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until nicely golden around the outside and middle.
  7. Let them cool on the parchment, then remove them.
  8. Eat and enjoy!
  1. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container. I keep mine in a Ziplock in the freezer then take a few on the go with me in the mornings.
Adapted from What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today
Adapted from What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today
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Homemade Oatmeal Packets with Chex Oatmeal

Homemade Oatmeal Packets with Chex’s new gluten free oatmeal is a fun, easy back-to-school project for you and your kids! You’ll save money and know you have a nutritious breakfast ready to go every morning. 

Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Chex and their new Gluten Free Oats/Oatmeal. Although this is a sponsored post, all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsored posts that allow Treats With a Twist to happen.

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Back to school! Can you smell the new Lisa Frank folders and freshly sharpened pencils?! I can! But that’s probably also because I’m a child of the 90’s, when you still bought pencils that could be sharpened.

I always love/hate back to school time. I don’t want summer to be over (ever!), but I love buying new school supplies (I’m sure I’ll need the glitter crayons sometime soon!) and I love seeing kids actually excited about school and seeing their friends. This is all, of course, before being in school hits them and they start whining everyday about how they never want to go back.

I’m one of those super plan-ahead organized people, so when it comes to school, packing lunches isn’t the only important meal to plan for! It all starts with breakfast!

The kiddos I nanny for during the week are starting pre-school, and as much as it breaks my heart to part with them for the afternoons, I love having new projects to work on, like making sure they have easy, quick breakfasts. This is why I was SO excited to team up with Chex! They have new gluten-free oatmeal!

Not only do they have packets of oatmeal, just like you grew up eating (my husband loves the Maple Brown Sugar, and I honestly thought he hated oatmeal up until now!), but they’re gluten-free, only contain 5 ingredients at most, and aren’t any more expensive than other oatmeal packets in the grocery store, but they ALSO have giant bags of their plain gluten free oats too! So now you can either bake with or eat gluten free oatmeal without paying a fortune! Huge plus for me.

With their bags of gluten free oats, I love to let the kids make their own oatmeal packets!

When you have picky kids, this is the perfect solution for breakfasts. Kids who “make” their own food are more likely to eat it. And when kids feel like they have a choice and they chose what is in front of them, they’ll actually want it. So, you basically set up a “no wrong answers” array of choices, let them make their own oatmeal mix, and when you cook it for them in the mornings, you can remind them that they “made” their own breakfast!

Like, I said, there are no wrong answers here. So here are my tips and tricks to making your own customizable gluten free oatmeal packets with Chex Oatmeal:

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  • Set up a table with add-ins your kids love and some that they’ve never tried before or may say they don’t like (I’ve heard that it can take a kid trying something up to 20 times before they like it! So just keep making the options available). My kiddos love nuts and seeds, but some they haven’t had before, and I know they don’t usually like dried fruit, so I made some of each available.

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  • I label everything, just to add another learning experience into the mix. They love to ask me what things say and love to pretend like they’re reading, so this is a great chance for an educational experience.
  • Have a large bowl ready with your base in it, which they’ll add their choice add-ins to. For each day, you’ll want 1/3 cup of dry oats per child. For a full school week (5 days), you’ll want 1 and 2/3 cup of oats per child. So, because I’m prepping breakfasts for 2 children, in my bowl there is 3 and 1/3 cup of oats.

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  • Also have plastic baggies or reusable Tupperware available, one for each day of the week, so you can divide out your oats. Label these too with the days of the week. (If you have picky kids that will each want a different flavor mix, then have extra baggies/containers. Because the kids I nanny eat pretty much the same things, I just made each portion a double-portion). 
  • Encourage your kids to try each item! If they don’t want to touch something, that’s fine too, but encourage them to sample each of the available options.
  • Let them choose as many nuts, seeds, and berries as they’d like! You’ll want 1-2 Tbs of add-ins per portion, so for a full school week you’ll want to aim for around 1/3-1/2 cup of add-ins. Don’t be too finicky here. It won’t make or break your bowl of oats if there is more or less. This is supposed to be fun, not fussy.
  • Make sure nuts are chopped into small pieces before adding them to the bowl.

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  • Once your kids are done choosing (G man here chose cashews and pepitas!), you can add more of the choices they made if you want to, and put the other ones away so they know you didn’t add anything to their breakfast that they didn’t choose. If your kids love cinnamon, add a couple teaspoons of cinnamon to your mixing bowl. Mix it all together (this is a fun part for the kids too).

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  • Use your 1/3 cup measuring cup to add a heaping scoop of your mixture to each labeled baggie (I was prepping for 2 kids, so I put 2 scoops in each baggie). And you’re done! You just prepped breakfasts for the whole week that your kid is actually excited about! Go you!

In the mornings, you’ll want to add 2/3 cup of liquid per portion (I have to double that because I did 2 portions in each baggie) to your bowl with a baggie of your oat mixture. Heat in the microwave for 1 min 30 seconds until done (or cook on the stovetop). Add fresh fruit and honey or brown sugar if your kid loves those things!

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Making your own oatmeal packets from Chex Gluten Free Oats allows you to be on top of things for the week, and know that your kids had a great breakfast to fuel their day! This is such a fun project to do on a Sunday to get your kids excited about the week…or at least get them excited for breakfast!

Have a good school year! 

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Acai Bowl

An Acai Bowl is the perfect way to enjoy an antioxidant-packed smoothie! It’s thick, slightly sweet and topped with lots of fun toppings! What a perfect summer treat!

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I had an AHmazing trip to Seattle this last weekend! I can’t wait to share with you everything I did. I don’t think I’ve been so happy since my Honeymoon!

We saw so many beautiful, natural sites and ate SO much good food, I had a stupid silly grin on the entire time.

Driving home from the airport was a bit of a terror, since we had to drive 5 hours (we fly in and out of St. Louis so my parents can dog-sit, which means we wake up at 3am and take the 6am flight) and a torrential downpour hit us with 70 (NO JOKE) miles-per-hour winds! It came down so rough and in sheets that you could NOT see through, that we had to come to a stop on the highway just to wait to see the lines on the road. Doesn’t take much more than that to wake you up!

Anyways! You may have noticed a little challenge I’ve been partaking in on Instagram. Thanks for not calling me a loser and unfollowing me, because I’m really a super cheesy person and it becomes SUPER obvious when I do challenges and have to explain my brain…which is why I tend to stick to artsy photos of things I love when I’m on Instagram. But, this one has been really making me focus on bettering myself. I love that it is very positive and about adding healthy habits into your life and making you feel more positive in general.

I resolved, after this crazy amazing birthday week, to cut down on sugar and do a sugar detox. I usually don’t have a problem, because a small treat here and there is usually plenty for me. Well, after all of the cake and treats from my birthday week and realizing that I tend to mindlessly chomp on anything chocolate-covered, I decided to make a conscious decision to scale back. I finished this last weekend feeling sick to my stomach, sluggish, grumpy, sick, worse skin than usual, and I’m pretty sure I have an ulcer (for serious). So, for the next few weeks, only deliberately planned treats, like wedding cake at an upcoming wedding or a special dessert date between my husband and me, are ok, which gives me balance and things to look forward to.

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That being said, I’m replacing sugar (and honey drizzles and maple downfalls) with natural fruit for treats. So, my Acai smoothie Bowl really hits the spot for me. Hopefully this will keep the sugar withdrawls at bay.

An Acai Bowl is so packed with antioxidants and nutrients, with so many possibilities to add even more, that you’ll feel glowing, happy and bright afterwards. Acai isn’t a very flavor-rich or sweet superfood, so adding the toppings is the fun part! I love adding slivered almonds, fresh blueberries or bananas, some hemp seeds for protein, and coconut flakes along with a bit of crunchy granola. Really the possibilities are endless. I would normally add a good drizzle of local raw honey, but you can do that on yours and I’ll take mine without for awhile.

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Enjoy! And wish me luck on this crazy idea to sugar-detox! You can follow me on Instagram and see the other crazy things I’m getting myself into (like doing yoga poses in public, because in my head I am much more graceful than I actually am). 

Acai Bowl
Acai Bowls are antioxidant-packed smoothie bowls filled with the superfood Acai. The toppings are the best part, so don't skimp on those! Enjoy this summer treat all year long and you'll be glowing. (makes 1 bowl)
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  1. 1 packet of frozen Acai (Sambazon)*
  2. ½ banana, frozen
  3. ¼ cup almond milk
  4. Toppings: homemade or store-bought granola (no dried fruit**), hemp seeds, almonds, fresh fruit, unsweetened coconut
  5. Optional add-ins: spinach, spirulina, frozen berries, a scoop of natural protein powder (like Vega)
  1. Blend the smoothie ingredients together until smooth. Push down the sides in your blender so it all comes together. You want it "spoonable" thick.
  2. Add toppings! Enjoy immediately!
  1. Notes: you’ll want this to be super thick, so just keep scraping down your blender until it’s all blended together.
  2. *If you don’t have frozen acai packets and want to use dehydrated acai powder, add 1 Tbs of the powder to your blender, along with ½ cup of frozen blueberries and the rest of the smoothie ingredients.
  3. **dried fruit will only turn rock-solid on top of this smoothie bowl, so it’s best to stick with fresh fruit and granola made of just oats and sees/nuts
Treats With a Twist

The Green Thing Smoothie

The Green Thing Smoothie is the most nutrient-dense, veggie-packed blended treat you can enjoy for snacks or meals, getting your veggies in without even trying! Be brave and customize it to make something all your own!

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First of all, thank you all SO much for the lovely, warm wishes you left for me Monday. I feel so loved. Between my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and right here, I felt surrounded by happiness on my birthday, and that was perfection.

Moving forward.

I’ve gotten really into smoothie making. I think it’s because I love my Vitamix blender so much. I get separation anxiety when I leave town and have to leave it on the counter (don’t worry, I think it’s coming with me on future trips…). I just love it.

Anyways, I’m getting more and more green with my smoothies. And I love being able to get a majority of my veggie servings down before lunch! Score. Point, me.

So, this is it.

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It’s The Green Thing.

I honestly call it The Green Thang…but I know that Thing is a bit more sensible for an official title. But, you say “thing,” I say “thang.” Just know that while you’re making your Green Thing, I’m making my Green Thang.

No biggie.

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It’s SO many veggies in one glass, you won’t even have to worry if you don’t see another vegetable for the whole day! 

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Here’s the best part! You can dramatically change the flavor with little tweaks, and not lose any of the valuable nutrients of the smoothie. You can drink it straight if you love it (woohoo), but if it’s too “green” for you, add a handful or two of honeydew melon, pineapple, banana, or berries! Just choose one, you can’t lose! You could even add 2 Tbs of cocoa powder!

What I love about making smoothies, is that they’re stress-free! You seriously just start adding what you know you love, and in the end you have an amazingly nutritious snack or meal. I like that the portion is so big, I can pour it into two jars and for snacks (and I usually add a little something extra to my snack time if I’m only drinking half), or I can add a scoop of protein (I prefer Vega or a plant-based protein) and enjoy it for a meal. Can’t beat that!

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Enjoy! And let me know what you love to add to your Green Thing! [Thang]

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The Green Thing Smoothie is a nutrient-dense smoothie filled with so many veggies, you won't have to feel guilty if you don't see another vegetable for the rest of the day! Customize it with the optional add-ins and change the flavor into a more fruity treat! (makes one large smoothie meal or can be divided into 2 snack portions)
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  1. ½ large cucumber
  2. 1 large carrot
  3. 2 celery stalks
  4. 1/3 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley
  5. 2 handfuls of spinach
  6. ¼ avocado
  7. ½ apple (I like red, but a green one would be bright and fab too)
  8. ½ frozen banana
  9. 1 Tbs. pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  10. 1 Tbs. flaxseeds
  11. 1 tsp. spirulina (optional if you can’t find it)
  12. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  13. ice, if desired
  14. Optional add-ins: ½-1 cup of honeydew melon, pineapple, or berries; 1-2 Tbs. cocoa powder; scoop of Vega protein powder (or your favorite plant-based protein)
  1. Chop any large veggies into larger chunks.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add more almond milk if you like a thinner smoothie, add ice if you like it thicker and icier.
  1. It's easier to blend a smoothie like this with a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtec. I've never used a Blendtec, but I've heard great things about them. I love my Vitamix and highly recommend it. If you don't have a powerful blender, try blending the almond milk and spinach together first, then add the other veggies and smoothie ingredients to blend until smooth.
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