M&M Monster Cookies

IMG_2763We are back with another fall/halloween inspired recipe for you! This one features an ingredient that seems to be quite abundant once the first signs of fall hit: pumpkin spice. At the food store, I eyed a new Chobani seasonal flavor in you guessed it – pumpkin spice! This yogurt is very spicey on its own but put into these delicious cookies there is less of a strong taste to it.
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These cookies were inspired by Yeah…Immaeatthat‘s healthier m&m cookies. We changed a few ingredients mostly based on the fact that we never seem to have eggs in our house. As a side note, why is it that when you buy eggs you never use them until they go bad, but when you decide to not buy any eggs you always need them? Or so that’s how it goes in our house. Instead of eggs we added more Greek yogurt and an extra dash of coconut oil. The added Greek yogurt definitely gave the cookies that unmistakable Greek yogurt taste, but it also made them more cakey as well. So if you don’t like the taste of Greek yogurt, then these cookies may not be for you. But, if you like pumpkin spice and m&m’s and everything nice then give these cookies a try!

IMG_2428We couldn’t resist buying these M&M’s when we first saw them at Target a few weeks ago. Since then we have been munching on them and adding them to our cookies. They are so delicious! I usually don’t like just plain M&M’s, but when they come out with any seasonal flavor, I gotta buy and try them all! Don’t even let me get started on the Easter carrot cake M&M’s… we’ll get there when easter comes around. We also bought, but haven’t opened, the candy corn flavor. I’m sure we will end up trying to feature those in a fun fall recipe as well.

IMG_2742 IMG_2744So instead of using plain M&M’s like the original recipe called for, we just had to sneak these guys in there. I mean how can you resist? Double pumpkin spice M&M cookies – too good to be true! Plus they are healthy enough to not feel bad after eating a lot of them in one sitting. Which may or may not have happened… Yum!IMG_2785

Okay, enough rambling about pumpkin spice flavored things. Now onto the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin spice greek yogurt
  • 2.5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A splash of vanilla almond milk if the batter is dry and the ingredients won’t mix easily*
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin spice M&M’s (or if you are like us, just pour as much as you want in!)

*this batter is a more dry batter, so don’t add too much milk, just a splash or two to get everything to mix together

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 ºF. Also, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour to baking powder) in a large bowl. Mix together evenly.

3. In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (greek yogurt to vanilla extract) and mix together.IMG_2705

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until a big dough ball forms. You may need to add a splash of almond milk at this point if the mixture is too dry and not combining.IMG_2708

5. Add in the M&M’s and mix together!

IMG_27096. Roll the dough into roughly tablespoon sized balls and place on the baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

IMG_27207. Enjoy with some ghoulish friends!

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Fall Crockpot Turkey Chili

IMG_2628 IMG_2629Hello!

Happy first day of fall to you all! Over here in New England fall has already started to show itself; a few trees are beginning to change colors and the weather is certainly much cooler. Not to mention we have been burning the fall collection of Bath and Bodyworks’ candles since mid August… We just can’t get enough of their scents! Banana bread pudding, yum! We have restricted ourselves from going back there until it is at least October. Let’s see if we make it…IMG_2628
Anyways back to talking about how glorious fall is. I think fall has slowly become my favorite season. There are always fun activities to do in the fall and yummy foods to be eaten, not to mention cute boots to buy. Since we both love fall so much over here on Popcorn and Chocolate we have decided to create a Fall series; all throughout fall we will be posting different recipes, crafts, and goodies all centered around, well, the fall. In the middle (or like in a few days because we are way too overly excited for it) we will also be having a Halloween series. Get excited for all things Fall/Halloween, we sure are!IMG_2611 IMG_2614 IMG_2615 IMG_2617

To kick of this season we decided to make one of our favorite chili recipes. This recipe is done in the slow cooker and takes about 4 hours on high. We like to prepare it right before lunch and then you get to smell the chili cooking all day long. We followed Skinny Taste‘s Kid Friendly Turkey Chili recipe. She always has the best recipes! We tried this recipe last year sort of as a joke because I wasn’t sure how much I would actually like chili. Since it is a kid friendly recipe, we thought that sounded appropriate for a starter chili. Good thing we did make it because it is delicious! Plus it is adaptable by adding any sorts of extra ingredients you want. We decided to put some kidney beans in ours, but you can also go for sweet potatoes, squash, anything you like in your chili!

IMG_2478Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef if you prefer)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen corn
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 15.5 oz can of kidney beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin*
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

*be generous on the spices, they add good flavor!

IMG_2455Toppings:

    • avocado slices
    • shredded cheese
    • tortilla chipsIMG_2621

Directions:

1. Start by hitting up a skillet and then adding the ground turkey to it to cook before putting it in the slow cooker.

IMG_24822. While the turkey is cooking, chop up your onion, pepper, and garlic and add it to the slow cooker.IMG_2487 IMG_2492 IMG_2496 IMG_2499

3. Add in the rest of the ingredients and then the turkey once it is done.IMG_2505 IMG_2510 IMG_2511 IMG_2522 IMG_2516 IMG_2519 IMG_2528 IMG_2531 IMG_2534

4. Cook for 4 hours on high or for 6 hours on low, stirring occasionally.IMG_2547 IMG_2551

5. Serve in giant bowls and top with anything you please. We added fresh avocado and some shredded cheese, and maybe a few sneaky crackers.IMG_2565 IMG_2586 IMG_2578

This chili recipe is seriously delicious, you should give it a try. If you do not have a slow cooker, do not let that deter you, instead you can let everything simmer together in a large pot on the stove until the veggies are cooked. We hope you enjoyed the first post in our Fall series! Except lots more of fun fall time activities and DIY’s to come!IMG_2630 IMG_2631 IMG_2636 IMG_2637

Happy first day of fall!