Simple Vanilla Cupcakes from Scratch

Learn how to make Simple Vanilla Cupcakes from Scratch! Light, moist, and fluffy, these cupcakes have the perfect balance of flavor and are topped with a heavenly buttercream frosting.

Learn how to make Simple Vanilla Cupcakes from Scratch! Light, moist, and fluffy, these cupcakes have the perfect balance of flavor and are topped with a heavenly buttercream frosting.

I feel like every baker, whether they’re a beginner or a veteran, should have a trusty dusty (the recipe, not the cupcakes ;) ) basic vanilla cupcake recipe under their belt.

There something about cupcakes that’s just so timeless—a mini cake with a smear or swirl of frosting. 

When it comes to special occasions, I tend to lean more towards cupcakes than cake for dessert for a couple of reasons. For one, I don’t have to worry about cupcakes coming out of the pan nicely (because it’s almost always my luck that cakes won’t). 

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4 Ways to Curb Late Night Cravings

4 Ways to Curb Late Night Cravings | Natural Chow

I can’t be the only one who’s constantly struggling with cravings. Especially cravings that strike in the middle of the night like a ninja. Lately, I’ve gotten really close with the oh-so popular midnight snack. 

But I often find myself feeling guilty for it later. And, you guys, I don’t dig guilt. So I thought today I would share with you 4 ways to curb late night cravings! 

I don’t want to you to feel overwhelmed by all this, so if taking this is small steps (or baby steps, if you will) is easier for you then I’d much rather you do that then burn yourself out trying to gain self-control overnight. Because I can tell you from experience that it just won’t happen.

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Double Chocolate Coconut Granola

Get double the chocolaty goodness in every bite with this easy-to-make healthy double chocolate coconut granola! With its intense chocolate flavor and light coconut notes, you’d never think this indulgent granola was good for you.

Get double the chocolaty goodness in every bite with this easy-to-make healthy double chocolate coconut granola! With its intense chocolate flavor and light coconut notes, you'd never think this indulgent granola was good for you.

I think I might be obsessed with the idea of chocolate granola.

Or maybe I’m just obsessed with chocolate and I’d go to any lengths to make sure it shows up in my breakfast. Probably the latter. 

But who wouldn’t want chocolate for breakfast? Especially in the form of healthy, delicious granola that you can feel good about eating. A crazy person, that’s who! (But I’m sure even a crazy person would go for this double chocolate coconut granola.)

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Mint Chocolate Almond Energy Bites

These mint chocolate almond energy bites are a great way to refuel after a long day at work or an intense workout. Bursting with mint chocolate flavor and naturally sweetened, you’re sure to love this raw, indulgent treat!

These mint chocolate almond energy bites are a great way to refuel after a long day at work or an intense workout. Bursting with mint chocolate flavor and naturally sweetened, you're sure to love this raw, indulgent treat!

Can I be honest?

I used to think that energy bites took FOREVER to make. But once I got finished making the first batch, I was wowed at how quickly I was able to put it all together.

Of course, if you don’t have a food processor, it might take a couple of hours to get these mint chocolate almond energy bites juuuuuust right.

Anywho, if you like the mint + chocolate combo and if you like for your taste buds to headbang when something heavenly is placed on them, you need these energy bites. Period. End of story.

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Triple Berry Coconut Acai Bowl

This beautiful, colorful, fruity triple berry coconut acai bowl is the perfect way to start your day! It’s vegan, healthy, and it has freeze-dried acai powder in it, a superfood loaded with antioxidants and essential amino acids.

This beautiful, colorful, fruity triple berry coconut acai bowl is the perfect way to start your day! It's vegan, healthy, and it has freeze-dried acai powder in it, a superfood loaded with antioxidants and essential amino acids.

Working out is tough.

I’ve been trying to get more fit lately and having a post-workout is crucial for me. I hop in the shower, get dressed for the day, and then make a refreshing smoothie, or in this case, an acai bowl.

Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it’s also SO delicious. There’s nothing like cooling down and refueling after a long workout with a fruity, berry-licious bowl of heaven. And you’ve got endless topping possibilities—chia seeds, berries, pineapple, coconut shreds, bananas, kiwi—I could list ‘em all day.

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