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May is my favorite month! It always has been. Probably because it’s my birthday month…well, honestly, it is because it’s my birthday month;) but I also love the spring weather, flowers, and how the warmer temps and sunshine bring excitement and happy moods.

Hi May spelled out with fruit

I’ve been wanting to share a fun, simple picnic on the blog, plus I’ve been wanting a new picnic basket and blanket, so I stopped by Target and purchased my new picnic essentials as a birthday gift to myself {yes, I did!}. Obsessed with my new little basket and blanket.  I linked all of my picnic items plus some additional cute options at the end of this post for you! 

Picnic basket with sunflowers Pug and Picnic basket with sundlowers
What could be better than a Picnic with Mini Donuts & Strawberry Mimosas? I think not a whole lot! And what makes it even better is that there should be no guilt whatsoever when enjoying these! They are gluten-free, dairy-free, flourless, and made with my favorite natural baking sugar, coconut sugar. Also, you could call them superfood donuts because they are made with cacao powder, an antioxidant packed superfood. I threw this birthday picnic to enjoy with my hubs and little pug, Scarlett, and also to share with you for an easy spring entertaining idea! You could throw a donuts and champagne picnic for some girlfriends, enjoy with your love and dog like I did, or you could grab a good book and have some great alone time sippin’ on mimosas and eating healthy donuts!

Mini Donuts with sprinkles photo Mini Donuts with sprinkles on cake stand

Mini Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts

Makes 30 mini donuts

Donut Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 1 organic, free-range egg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup coconut milk {organic, unsweetened full-fat version in can, usually in baking aisle or Asian food aisle}
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup mini vegan chocolate chips {I like the Enjoy Life brand}
  • Coconut oil for greasing mini donut pan

Chocolate Icing Ingredients:


Mini Donuts with sprinkles on cooling rack

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, cacao powder, baking powder, flaxseed, cinnamon and sea salt in mixing bowl and mix together.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, combine coconut milk, egg and vanilla and whisk together.
  4. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Grease your mini donut pan with plenty of coconut oil.
  7. Spoon dough into each donut mold.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
  9. While donuts are cooling, make your chocolate icing.
  10. Melt chocolate chips using a double boiler.
  11. Drizzle melted chocolate over donuts.
  12. Top with sprinkles, pop the champs and enjoy!
Note: Keep donuts refrigerated in an airtight container.

Strawberry mimosas and Mini Donuts with sprinkles Detail photo of Mini Donuts with sprinkles

Strawberry Mimosas

Ingredients:

  • 2 cartons of organic strawberries
  • Your favorite champagne

Strawberry Mimosas with champagne bottle

Directions:

  1. Juice strawberries in your juicer.
  2. Pour ½ strawberry juice and ½ champagne {or whatever your preference!}.
  3. That’s it! Cheers!
 Candid photo of picnic basket, donuts and champagne

Here’s to mini chocolate donuts, pastel sprinkles + strawberry mimosas!
xoxo signature-silver

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I have to admit, I looked in my fridge and threw this smoothie bowl concoction together on a whim! I didn’t know how it would turn out with the addition of the lemon juice. I love lemon and add lemon juice to the majority of my juices, however, I’m not sure why I wasn’t adding it to my smoothies. Well, I did, and I love how it turned out. There’s just a hint of that fresh, citrus taste and then with the sweet cherries and acai, this bowl has quickly become a favorite of mine and my hubs! He actually said, “who needs ice cream when you have that?!” It was so cute he said that and said it with such enthusiasm. That means a lot especially because he does love ice cream! With that kind of encouragement, I knew I had to share on the blog! 

I posted my Cherry & Fig Acai Bowl recipe last summer and included some great info on what acai actually is and why it’s beneficial. Here’s what I shared: Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, this berry is a powerful superfood, packed with antioxidants {10 times more antioxidants than red grapes}, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A, B vitamins, omega fats, and electrolytes. These low-glycemic, dark purple berries look similar to blueberries.  You might be wondering why we don’t eat them as berries and instead consume them in a powder form. Acai berries grow on palm trees found in Central and South America, around the Amazon River regions. Once they are picked, they quickly start to lose their nutritional potency, therefore, they must be freeze-dried or frozen in order to maintain their exceptional nutritional profile and be available for us to enjoy. I love the Navitas 100% pure freeze-dried acai powder that is organic and non-gmo. This Cherry & Lemon Acai Bowl is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and healthy fats. It also provides plant-based protein from the hemp seeds. The ingredients can help boost your immune system and are anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. The natural melatonin found in cherries can also be beneficial to your sleep. It’s dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free. What I love too is that it can obviously be a wonderful, energy-boosting breakfast, but it can also replace ice cream;) and provide a much healthier dessert.

Acai bowl with granola photo

Cherry & Lemon Acai Bowl Recipe

  Servings: 1-2 {makes plenty if you want to share!}

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seed

Optional toppings:

Directions:

  1. Pour almond milk into high-powered blender.
  2. Add frozen banana and frozen cherries and blend well. You may need to use a tamper to help you blend as the smoothie will be thick due to frozen fruit.
  3. Add in the juice of ½ a lemon, acai powder and hemp seeds and blend well.
  4. Pour into your favorite bowl.
  5. Top with fresh raspberries, blueberries, granola and dark chocolate chips.  Note: You can add any fun toppings you’d like, such as coconut flakes, raw nuts, almond butter, bee pollen, and other fresh fruit.
Cherry and Lemon Acai Smoothie Bowl Photo Enjoy!!
xoxo signature-silver
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If you’ve been reading along for a bit or following me on instagram, it’s probably pretty clear that: 1. I love breakfast foods + desserts. 2. I love chia seed pudding {which can be either a breakfast or a dessert!}. 3. I love blood oranges. I play around a lot with different flavors of chia pudding and different fun toppings, and I encourage you to do the same! It’s a great way to experiment and figure out your favorite combos. I have several favorites, like my Blackberry Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding and now this pretty Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding. 

Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding with coconut and pomegranate seeds

Adding blood oranges to anything brings your dish to a whole other level, and adding them to a chia pudding makes this treat beautiful, classy and sophisticated. Aside from being pretty, it’s also healthy! Yay for healthy and beautiful foods! Blood oranges are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Eating these boosts your immune system, reduces cancer risk, and assists your body in absorbing iron. Not to mention how great vitamin C is for our skin, keeping it clear, young and glowing.

Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding with pomegranate seeds

Okay, so here’s the not so great news – blood oranges can be difficult to find. I usually find them at Whole Foods. So, make sure to keep an eye out for these and snag them when you can! Here’s the good news though – they are still in season until May! If it’s too difficult to find them, you can use regular oranges to still get that sweet, citrus taste. This chia pudding is full of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber.  It’s a perfect breakfast to keep you full and give you plenty of energy!  It’s also dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan.

Blood Oranges with flowers on Chia Seed Pudding

Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk {Here is my favorite brand!}
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 heaping teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons pure maple syrup grade B
  • 1 blood orange

Toppings:

  • Extra fresh blood orange juice
  • Blood orange slices
  • Coconut flakes
  • Pomegranate seeds
* * You may not be able to find pomegranates now, so top with any of your favorite berries or fruit.

Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding Detail photo

Directions:

  1. Combine almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla and maple syrup into a mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Juice blood orange in juicer or use a handheld juicer.
  3. Stir in orange juice.
  4. Cover the bowl with Saran Wrap.
  5. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. In the morning, take out your chia pudding and top with a little extra fresh blood orange juice (I just hand squeezed several drops), orange slices, coconut flakes and pomegranate seeds.
Blood Orange, Pomegranate, coconut flakes on  Chia Seed Pudding xoxo signature-silver
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First….Happy 2016!! Wishing you a year that’s full of health, blessings, love and laughter! And if you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen my photo of how I celebrated New Year’s Day {with confetti, flowers, fruit + pancake letters of course}…so in case you missed it, here it is again! Happy 2016 photo And speaking of pancakes, you probably know by now how much I love breakfast foods! From smoothies to chia seed pudding to good ol’ oatmeal. There’s nothing like a warm bowl of oats, especially during these cold, winter months! And especially when it includes warm apples + pumpkin pie spice! Baked Apple Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal This Baked Apple Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal recipe is dairy-free, vegan, and so simple to make! Also, pure oats are gluten-free, but not all brands provide gluten-free oats because their other products that contain gluten may cross over. If you are gluten-free, here’s a gluten-free rolled oats option for you!  keep reading
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Dairy-Free Gingerbread Martini Holiday parties call for sparkly dresses {or ugly sweaters!}, winter wonderlands, delicious food and festive cocktails!  This Dairy-Free Gingerbread Martini is perfect to cheers the season and is simple to make with just some spices, almond milk, a natural sweetener and a splash of vodka.  And a bonus…it’s healthier than most sugary holiday cocktails but is just as, if not more, delicious!  keep reading
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