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Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
 

Perfect for the holidays or as a side dish! Bonus - vegan, gluten-free and naturally lower in sugar.

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Let’s be honest, the only time I think about eating sweet potato casserole is during Thanksgiving; amiright?! Like a complete cooked turkey, it seems like sweet potato casserole only falls within a Thanksgiving side dish category.

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Maybe after you make this, you can see that this side dish can be made year-round! I’m thankful for that because when recipe testing a month before Thanksgiving, I was glad this could be eaten with most any dishes. For example, we had this casserole with my pecan crusted spiced salmonand broccolini and it was amazing!

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When it comes to sweet potato casserole, I have noticed the toppings can fall within two categories: marshmallows or with a crunchy texture. I fall in the crunchy texture category 100%! Personally, I am not the biggest fan of marshmallows (I know, I know -- crazy, right?). If you enjoy marshmallows, you can still go that route.

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What I love about this recipe and what sets this casserole apart from the rest is the secret ingredient: oranges. After watching Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix, she made a good point that many Thanksgiving dishes lack acid which is why cranberry sauce is often served. With that in mind, I knew I needed to change that! I’m so glad I did because the orange zest and juices completely elevate the spices and sweetness in the sweet potatoes perfectly!

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The rest of the ingredients are pretty standard for a traditional sweet potato casserole sans butter and heaping cups of sugar. To make them naturally sweeter without adding so much sugar, I simply baked the sweet potatoes instead of boiling them to maintain their natural sweetness.

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With Thanksgiving in mind, I would bake the sweet potatoes a day before the big day so that when you are at the point of cooking all your casseroles/side dishes, you will just need to prepare the mixture and topping and pop them in the oven 23-30 minutes. It’s that easy.

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Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with a crunchy nut topping - Perfect for the holidays or as a side dish! Bonus - vegan, gluten-free and naturally lower in sugar.

ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup plant based milk

  • 1/4 cup orange juice (1/2 orange)

  • Zest of 1/2 orange

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp allspice

  • 2-4 Tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 1/2 tsp salt

Crunchy Nut Topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds

  • 1/3 cup GF old fashioned oats (regular is fine)

  • 1/3 cup GF all purpose flour (regular is fine)

  • 1/2 cup light organic brown sugar (coconut sugar is fine)

  • 4 Tbsp cubed coconut oil

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Use a fork to poke holes in sweet potatoes and place potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet.

  3. Roast for about 45 min to an hour or until fork tender. Allow potatoes to cool for 5-10 minutes before discarding the skin.

  4. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees while potatoes are cooling. Spray an 8x8 inch pan or a 1 ½ quart to 2-quart oven safe baking dish with nonstick cooking oil. Set aside for later.

  5. Place sweet potato flesh in a large bowl and add milk, seasonings, orange juice and zest, and maple syrup. Use an electric mixer or potato masher to beat mixture until smooth and creamy.

  6. Pour mixture into a prepared baking pan and smooth top.

  7. To make the crunchy nut topping: Whisk together nuts, oats, flour, sugar and oil.

  8. Sprinkle topping all over the sweet potato mixture.

  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Notes

  1. You can make this casserole ahead of time! Cover and place in the fridge. When ready, bake as directed.

  2. If you do not have coconut oil, you can use vegan or regular butter.

  3. Don’t make the mistake I did and use quick oats! First bake is crunchy but reheating will make the topping mushy so use old fashioned oats!

 
Chai Latte Donut Holes
 

Made with nutrient dense filling and a coconut butter glaze, you will soon fall in love with a healthier take on donut holes...bonus - no bake!

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Starting out as a new blogger, it can be easy to follow seasonal trends. For example, my Instagram feed was filled with pumpkin spice this and pumpkin spice that for a month! Now, in all genuineness, I truly love pumpkin and all things pumpkin spice, but I know not everyone feels the same way!

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So I went back to what life was like before pumpkin spice, chai spice! When I was in school, I would have collections of chai teas from coconut chai teas to dark chocolate cayenne chai tea; I was obsessed! Now that I have perfected the chai spice mix, I think this nostalgia will never leave!

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I’m chasing rabbits here, the focus lies on these chai latte donut holes that are out of this world! Probably my favorite “energy balls” to date! The reason why they are called donut holes is because of the mouthwatering glaze! The glaze is made with coconut butter and coconut oil that hardens at room temperature. It provides the perfect shine while cracking just as you take a bite!

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The “donut holes” are made with nutrient dense ingredients that are nothing like a real donut. Unlike a fried donut hole, you will feel satisfied eating one or two. Bonus, these donut holes are naturally sweetened with medjool dates!

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The DIY chai spice mix really takes you down chai latte heaven in these bad boys. With a cup of coffee or tea, these chai latte donut holes are the perfect match!

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ingredients

Donut Holes

  • 1/2 cup walnuts

  • 1/2 cup cashews

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 12)

  • 1 tsp chai spice mix

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 Tbsp water

Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp coconut butter

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

  • pinch of cinnamon

instructions

  1. In a food processor, add all donut hole ingredients and pulse until desired consistency (picture for reference). You should blend until a tacky dough forms. You may need to add more water if the mixture is too dry.

  2. With a tablespoon or cookie scooper, scoop about 1 Tbsp per ball to create 14 round balls.

  3. Place balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet and put in the freezer for up to 10 minutes.

  4. While the balls are in the freezer, make the glaze by adding all ingredients to a small bowl and warm in the microwave in 30-second increments until mixture is melted. (separation is natural - just stir well before glazing).

  5. Take the balls out of the freezer and roll each ball into the glaze mixture using a spoon. Place back onto the parchment paper and put back into the freezer for 30 minutes.

  6. Repeat the previous step again and put back in the freezer for 30 minutes or until glaze is set. You can repeat this step up to three times (or until mixture is used up) but I have found the glaze is perfect in two rounds.

  7. Store donut holes in a storage container for up to two weeks or freezer for up to 1 month.

Notes

  1. Even though the glaze is the best part, the chai latte donut holes will still taste just as good if you omit the glaze; they will just be chai latte balls!

  2. If you would like a single serving amount of chai mix and pushed for time, simply add 1 tsp cinnamon, scant ¼ tsp cardamom, ¼ tsp ginger and a pinch of cloves. Just start slow with each seasoning and taste as you go since these spices are naturally strong.

  3. With that said, if using chai is new to you or you're worried about the donut holes being too spicy, start by adding a ½ tsp of chai spice mix and gradually increase to the desired flavor.

 
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
 

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding - Simple, six-ingredient chia pudding that’s thick, creamy and nutritious!

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Whether you are tired of hearing about pumpkin spice or can’t get enough, this recipe is perfect for both parties! The only reason why I know this is a fact is that my husband says so! Haha.

Usually, after photos have been taken, Michael will stick one ear out of the room to wait for those magic words: “Honey, would you like to eat this?” This time, he ate the entire jar before I could tell him what the special ingredient is in my chia pudding! For the record, he despises pumpkin pie spice everything!

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See, I say this to tell you that pumpkin spice is here to stay! Not because of the spice, but because of the pumpkin that usually follows it! Pumpkin is an awesome fruit that is highly nutritious! Two of my favorite health benefits of pumpkin is that pumpkin is a powerful source of fiber and contains beta-carotene.

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Have you ever wondered how orange vegetables and fruits have vibrant colors? It’s because of this powerful antioxidant called beta-carotene! Our body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A which is an essential vitamin for our bodies. We need vitamin A for healthy skin, a strong immune system, and good eye health. That is why I love pumpkin so much!

Enjoy this pumpkin pie chia pudding for breakfast, as a snack or even as a dessert. I’m sure chia pudding would be good warm but I have only tested this chilled. You can also use the leftover pumpkin puree in pumpkin pie protein smoothie or the elevated pumpkin spice latte recipe found on my Instagram.

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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding - Simple, six-ingredient chia pudding that’s thick, creamy and nutritious! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp heaping pumpkin puree

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice seasoning

  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small mason jar or container, combine all ingredients until fully combined.

  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.

  3. Eat chilled and top with your favorite toppings like pepitas, coconut flakes, bee pollen, pecans, honey, nut butter, or pomegranate seeds.

 
Dark Chocolate Chip Protein Bites
 

If you are looking for a classic protein ball, then look no further! These dark chocolate chip protein bites are perfect for treating a sweet tooth, perfect as a pre-workout snack, or to cure that 3pm crash!

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In light of the team series and various competitions my CrossFit gym has been doing this past month, I thought it would be fitting to make protein bites. Although I am not competing, I do want to make sure that I have the energy and stamina to complete my workouts successfully. That is why I incorporate this recipe into my weekly meal prep so that I always have a quick go-to snack right before my workout every time.

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It can be so easy to purchase protein bars instead because of the convenience but most protein bars are loaded with artificial sweeteners, preservatives and can be high in calories. If it’s convenience you are looking for, these protein bites are super easy to make! Added bonus: if you do swap these out for your regular protein bars but miss the flavor, these taste just like Larabars!

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These dark chocolate chip protein bites are made with plant-based ingredients that are nutrient dense and worth every little calorie. They are naturally sweetened with Medjool dates which contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and calcium to name a few.

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Medjool dates are great workout fuel since they are packed with slow-burning carbs (about 66 calories and 15 grams of sugar). These carbs are in a low glycemic form which means that glucose is released into the bloodstream slower which allows for steady energy during a workout.

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If you are looking for a classic protein ball, then look no further! These dark chocolate chip protein bites are perfect for treating a sweet tooth, perfect as a pre-workout snack, or to cure that 3pm crash! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups GF oats

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan)

  • 1 cup (packed) or 12 medjool dates

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

  • 1/4 cup almond butter

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • Couple dashes of ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak medjool dates in warm water for 10 minutes.

  2. To a food processor or high powered blender, add soaked dates, oats, protein powder, almond butter, chia seeds, cinnamon. While pulsing on low, slowly add the water until the mixture is evenly combined but not overly processed. (may need to use more water for desired consistency)

  3. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add the chocolate chips. Fold in the chocolate chips until combined.

  4. Using a cookie scoop or 1 Tbsp measuring spoon, roll into 1-inch balls.

  5. To set, place balls onto parchment paper lined baking tray and place into the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes or eat right away! Will keep for about a week in an airtight container or you can freeze them for longer term storage.

NOTES

  1. Makes 22-24 protein bites

*Protein is derived from plant based vanilla protein powder

 
Lavender Scones and Lavender Latte
 

Lavender scones and lavender latte, need I say more! Lavender scones are flaky and buttery without the guilt. Lavender latte made with lavender-infused coconut milk that is sure to wake you in the best way!

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I’m not quite sure why I don’t make scones enough. They’re super easy to make, with simple ingredients, and they taste amazing! Let me show you how!

I have tried many lavender baked goods in my time and what I have found is that it is too easy to use too much lavender! It seems as though the flavor is overpowering, “soapy” tasting, or just nonexistent. The best way to use lavender is to use it sparingly so it adds the perfect hint of flavor and aroma. In this recipe, I simply infuse the milk with the dried buds, resulting in just the right amount of the lavender flavor.

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On the subject, it is best to cook with dried culinary lavender rather than fresh. I love using lavender for many uses so I purchase this bulk dried lavender brand from Amazon.

The next thing you need to know is that scones are not like most pastries. The dough doesn’t require a lot of kneading and doesn’t need to rise. Actually, the less you mess with the dough the better!

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These lavender scones are healthier than the typical scone as some of the classic main ingredients are swapped for healthier options. For example, a scone cannot be a flaky, buttery scone without cold cubed butter. I have tried this recipe with cold vegan butter but what I have found to be healthier and actually better tasting is using cold coconut oil. I also use 100% stone ground whole wheat pastry organic flour which I have found is the best base for this scone. Bob’s Red Mill brand is what I use for this recipe.

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Before putting the scones in the oven, you’ll need to use your leftover infused lavender milk mixture and brush the mixture over the top of each scone.  Sprinkle coarse sugar on top and dried lavender to pretty them up! The lavender milk and sugar will help create a crunchy outer layer which pairs great with the flakey, butteriness of the scones.

If you have leftover lavender milk mixture, why not make a lavender latte to pair with your scone!? It's super easy -- just add some to your choice of coffee!

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You really don’t need a glaze for these scones as they stand on their own but if you must, I love drizzling honey over them. If you have been following me on Instagram, you’ll see that I love putting lavender honey over my scones to take it to the next level. Savannah Bee Company is what I use!

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Lavender scones and latte, need I say more! Lavender scones are flaky and buttery without the guilt. Lavender latte made with lavender-infused coconut milk that is sure to wake you in the best way! |Dairy Free|

INGREDIENTS

Lavender Scones

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry organic flour

  • 1 Tbsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 Tbsp organic cane sugar

  • 6 Tbsp cold coconut oil ((small cubed))

  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  • 2 Tbsp dried lavender flowers

Lavender Latte

  • 8 oz hot coffee

  • 1-2 Tbsp lavender coconut milk*

  • 1-2 Tbsp sweetener (honey, maple syrup, cane sugar)

DIRECTIONS

Lavender Scones

  1. *In a small saucepan, combine coconut milk, vanilla, and lavender flowers and heat until boiling. Just when the mixture boils and the lavender is fragrant, turn the burner off and let steep for about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture using a fine strainer and let cool to room temperature.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, powder, salt, and sugar.

  4. Add the small cubed coconut oil and cut into the pastry using your hands or two knives moving in opposite directions resulting in a crumbly dough mixture.

  5. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add 1 cup of the room temperature lavender milk mixture. Gently mix using your hands until the dough is fully incorporated (do not over knead!)

  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and form into a circle just under 1-inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges and transfer them to the parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the tops of each scone with the lavender milk mixture and sprinkle with pink organic cane sugar.

  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the scones rise and turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.

  8. Once scones have cooled, eat right away or drizzle honey over them and enjoy!

Lavender Latte

  1. To a Vitamix blender or milk frother, add 8 oz hot coffee, 1-2 Tbsp lavender milk mixture, and 1-2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup.

  2. Blend until fully incorporated, showing signs of milk froth.

  3. Enjoy right away with a scone or two!

NOTES

  1. I prefer making the lavender coconut milk mixture a day before and keeping it in the fridge until I am ready to make the scones. It’s best to have the milk on the cooler side as coconut oil melts very quickly.

  2. Must use cold coconut oil because if the oil melts when kneading the dough then your scones will be very hard and dry.

 
The Best Spicy Vegan Cheese Sauce
 

A delicious and super addicting spicy vegan cheese sauce that’s perfect for mac and cheese, dips, baked potatoes and more! 

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Ever since I found out that I was intolerant to dairy, my world crumbled before my eyes (pun intended)! So, you are trying to tell me that I cannot have mac and cheese, cheese on my pizza or queso from Mexican restaurants!? Are you trying to kill me!?

Since then, I have been scouring the web for the best dairy-free alternatives! To be honest, it’s hard finding alternatives that are not overly processed or inexpensive. But even though grocery stores are getting better at providing alternatives, it’s nice to know I can make something quick at home with staple ingredients that are always on hand. And I can do it on the cheap!

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This is where I bring you to my most favorite recipe of them all, spicy vegan cheese sauce! When I was making a batch to take photos, I literally ate half the macaroni and cheese and the entire dip with chips within two hours; it is that addicting!

What makes this my favorite is that it’s crazy how easy and fast it is to make it! You see all these vegan cheese recipes with a million ingredients and the direction list are fifteen steps long and you're sitting there like, “Who has time for that?”

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That’s why this recipe is easy. Simply boil the potato and carrots until mushy, transfer them to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Boom, that’s it! Double boom because the sauce is already hot so no need to transfer it to a skillet or oven to heat up.

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Even if you are not vegan or dairy free, this recipe is great to serve to your kids or that picky eater that struggles with incorporating veggies into their diet. Even better, you can get away with hiding them in popular dishes like mac and cheese, baked potato and chips and dip!

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You could also use this recipe on a few From the Roots classics like kale and pesto cauliflower rice,  Verde carne asada tostadas, turkey meatballs, and sweet potato hash breakfast skillet.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


A delicious and super addicting spicy vegan cheese sauce that’s perfect for mac and cheese, dips, baked potatoes and more! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large russet potato (skin off)

  • 2 large carrots

  • 1 can (10 oz) low-sodium rotel (spicy)

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 Tbsp juice of fresh lemon

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut potatoes and carrots into cubes and add to boiling water. Boil until vegetables are mushy.

  2. Drain vegetables from water and transfer to a high powered blender. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

  3. May add additional salt if bland or more nutritional yeast for desired “cheesy flavor.”

  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to a week.

NOTES

  1. If you are making this into a dip, garnish with smoked paprika, diced green chilies or jalapenos!

  2. For a more spicy taste, simply add hot sauce or green chilies for that desired taste.

  3. Warning: if you use a regular can of Rotel, this sauce will taste "tomato-y" and not like a cheese dip flavor.

 
Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cinnamon Cashew Cream Cheese
 

A healthy take on the classic carrot cake, made into pancakes that are sure to please everyone! I pair it with an irresistible cinnamon cashew cream cheese that you can’t help but lick right out of the bowl! Best of all, these pancakes are oil-free, gluten-free, and entirely vegan.

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Carrot cake has got to be in my top 5 favorite cakes.

From the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg to the textures of walnuts and carrots, there is nothing that will stand in the way of me and carrot cake.

Nothing.

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That is why I have decided to try and incorporate carrot cake into my life in an innovative and healthy way. Now that I’m getting older, I am more aware of how many sticks of butter it takes to achieve the perfect taste of carrot cake. After experimenting, I have found a way to not only indulge my desires completely guilt-free but to also do it for breakfast.

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You’ll need a few key ingredients for that classic carrot cake taste, such as carrots, of course! I prefer starting with fresh carrots so I can medium grate them to get more of a crunchy texture, but if you prefer to have a well-blended batter then you can finely grate your carrots or put them in a processor. Be sure to pat your grated carrots with paper towels or a kitchen towel to absorb excess liquid so it doesn’t make your batter too liquidy.

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Another key ingredient is the spices. Now, you can go about this either two ways: You can mix a ratio of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, or you can simply use a pumpkin pie spice mix. Both seem equal in flavor, I just had leftover pumpkin pie spice from the fall days and I basically use it in all my pancake batters!

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Prepping for the pancake batter is a breeze. Just add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and then use a spatula to fold in the walnuts and grated carrots. It is important that you let your batter rest for at least 10 minutes so that the starch molecules in the flour can absorb the liquid in the batter. This causes them to swell and gives the batter a thicker, more viscous consistency. This allows time for the air bubbles to slowly work their way out.

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Now, onto my favorite part… The cinnamon cashew cream cheese! It really takes the cake in this recipe (no pun intended)! The cashew cream cheese tastes almost like confectioners sugar to me. It has the perfect amount of sweetness thanks to the pure maple syrup. It’s so addicting that I will literally make an extra batch of this and sneak it in the fridge to take a spoonful (or three) out of the jar when I need to satisfy my sweet tooth!

*Updated - You can make this recipe into waffles! (notes below)

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Vegan, gluten free and oil free take on a classic carrot cake pancake that is sure to please everyone! Paired with an irresistible cinnamon cashew cream cheese that you can’t help but lick right out of the bowl!  

INGREDIENTS

Carrot Cake Pancakes

  • 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts

  • 1 cup (loosely packed) shredded carrots ((2 medium carrots))

  • 1 cup non dairy milk ((I used unsweetened almond milk))

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix or (2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger and 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg)

  • 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup almond flour (not almond meal)

  • 1 cup GF baking flour

  • 1 Tbsp sweetener of choice (I used pure maple syrup)

  • Dash of salt

Cinnamon Cashew Cream Cheese

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews drained (soaked overnight with warm water)

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup non dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

  • squeeze of small lemon wedge

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. To prepare the batter, in a medium bowl, add both flours, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and a dash of salt. In a separate bowl, add applesauce, milk, vanilla, and sweetener and mix until combined. Add your dry ingredients to your liquid ingredients and mix until combined.

  2. Gently fold in the walnuts and carrots and let the batter sit for at least 10 minutes.

  3. Lightly coat your skillet with vegan butter or coconut oil over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, add about ¼ cup of the pancake mixture to the pan. Cook for 2-3 min or until the bottom of the pancake is brown and bubbles have formed on the outside. Flip and cook for 2-3 min or until brown and fully cooked through.

  4. While pancakes are cooking, add cashews, maple syrup, milk, lemon and cinnamon to a processor and pulse on high for about 4 minutes or until mixture is smooth and creamy in texture. Add additional maple syrup for a sweeter taste.

  5. Layer pancakes with cream cheese and top with walnuts and maple syrup!

  • Make sure to grease your skillet in between batches as well as to keep a consistent strain of heat. If you let your skillet get too hot, then the pancakes will be crispy and brown on the outside but mushy and raw on the inside.

  • Since the pancakes are vegan, an egg is not present, so let your batter rest is key to get that perfect fluffy texture.

  • If you are short on time, you can actually boil the cashews! Just cover cashews with water in a small saucepan and boil over medium-high heat. As soon as the water boils, turn the oven off and let the cashews sit in the saucepan covered for 1 hour.

NOTES

  1. Ingredients trusted brands: GF Baking Flour, Almond Flour, and Pumpkin Pie Spice

  2. Can be easily made into waffles! If eggs are not an issue, I would recommend substituting applesauce for 1 egg and omitting almond flour.

 
Lemon and Coconut Energy Balls
 

Filled with fiber, plant-based protein, and healthy fats, these are the perfect choice when you need a little pick-me-up snack! They are great to make as a “911 snack” as it only takes 5 minutes to make and uses only 6 ingredients!

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I have to be honest - life can be hard and stressful for me at times.

I juggle school, work, this food blog, and my personal life all while searching for grad schools. In everything I do, I strive to be intentional in every moment and hour in my life.For example, if I take a class and pass by the skin of my teeth then what have I gained from the experience? With every new practice, patience and persistence are tested as we don’t always get it right the first time. In the midst of the busy times, I have to continuously remind myself that this is only temporary and that I should be proud of myself for getting this far.

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As easy as it sounds to be intentional, you need the energy and willpower to actually do it! That’s why I lean on to these amazing lemon and coconut energy balls. Lemon and coconut is an excellent pairing as they are both sweet and refreshing. This flavor-packed combination is great with the caramel undertones of pitted dates; the creamy texture provided by cashews and almonds is also a big plus!

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Cashews, almonds, and dates are magnesium-rich foods that actually boost energy and prevent inflammation. Magnesium is key in creating energy by activating ATP; (adenosine triphosphate) which is an energy carrying molecule found in the cells of your body. Ultimately, when you have an adequate amount of magnesium in your system, your body is primed to function at its peak.

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Not only are these lemon and coconut energy balls great for providing energy and preventing inflammation, they’re nutrient and calorically dense. Filled with fiber, plant-based protein, and healthy fats, these are the perfect choice when you need a little pick-me-up snack! They are great to make as a “911 snack” as it only takes 5 minutes to make and uses only 6 ingredients! I recommend making a couple of batches so that you can store half in the fridge for immediate use throughout the week and the other half in the freezer for a later time.

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Filled with fiber, plant-based protein, and healthy fats, these are the perfect choice when you need a little pick-me-up snack! They are great to make as a “911 snack” as it only takes 5 minutes to make and uses only 6 ingredients!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw cashews

  • 1 cup raw almonds

  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes

  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 8 pitted dates

  • half one lemon *plus more for preference

  • Zest of one whole lemon *plus more for garnish

  • Dash pink Himalayan salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak dates in warm filtered water for at least 10 minutes

  2. After dates have properly soaked, remove dates and set date water aside.

  3. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed processor until desired texture. If the consistency seems dry, add a little bit of the reserved date water.

  4. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of the mixture, and form into balls.

  5. Roll into your favorite toppings! I like to use lemon zest and coconut flakes.

NOTES

  1. These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to a month. Make large batches to store snacks ahead of time.

 
Kale and Pesto Cauliflower Rice
 

Cauliflower rice is cooked with kale and pesto for a low carb, gluten-free, easy and healthy dish! 

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Cauliflower rice has become the new “it” vegetable. Not a day goes by where I don’t see a new cauliflower rice recipe being passed around by all the low-carb, veggie lovers. Even though it may seem like a trend, I am not so sure it will fade away anytime soon. I believe cauliflower rice is here to stay and I am perfectly okay with that! It has become a staple for my dinners as it lowers my carb intake. I also use cauliflower rice when I batch cook since it is so easy to prepare!

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So, what’s with the hype for this smelly vegetable? Here are some quick facts about cauliflower:

Despite knowing how healthy it is to eat cauliflower, the taste sometimes discourages me from eating it. There is just something about the taste of plain cauliflower that my taste buds do not agree with which is why I have created this recipe in such a way that adds zest and boosts the nutritional value. The wonderful thing about cauliflower is that it’s a vegetable that will take on whatever flavor you add. In this cauliflower rice recipe, I have combined it with my quick and easy 5 ingredient pesto sauce. Kale is used to amp up the veggie and fiber intake, and finally, I add lemon to complement the pesto sauce and bring out the savory taste of kale.

You can use cauliflower rice to substitute your typical heavy carb sides. Here, I have made kale and pesto cauliflower rice for dinner along with grilled chicken, roasted cherry tomatoes, and steamed broccoli.

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Cauliflower rice is so easy and quick to make that I often prepare it when I batch cook on Sundays!

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Cauliflower rice is cooked with kale and pesto for a low carb, gluten-free, easy and healthy dish! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cauliflower head ((or 16 oz bag frozen cauliflower rice))

  • 1 large bunch fresh kale ((stem out))

  • 1-3 Tbsp pesto (less or more depending on preference)

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 1/2 lemon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Begin by bringing about ¼ inch of water to a boil in a large frying pan.

  2. Add ½ tsp fine sea salt and cauliflower florets* (or frozen cauliflower rice)

  3. Cover and steam for about 3-8 minutes until desired tenderness

  4. Drain the cauliflower rice and add back to the frying pan with 1 tsp of coconut oil on medium-high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes.

  5. Add kale, pesto sauce, and S&P. Stir and cook for about 5-10 minutes until rice is crispy, kale has wilted and rice is fully coated with pesto sauce.

  6. Take off heat and garnish with freshly squeezed lemon.

NOTES

*If using fresh cauliflower, cut into florets and then briefly pulse in the food processor until they are the size of grains of rice.

  1. This recipe will make four servings. With that in mind, if you would like to use this in meal prep, divide up your protein, roasted cherry tomatoes with avocado oil and basil, and steamed broccoli. 

 
Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Smoothie Bowl
 

Creamy and nutritious protein smoothie bowl with spinach, banana, berries, protein powder and a secret ingredient! A healthy breakfast or great post-workout treat that tastes just like PB&J!

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HAPPY NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY.

Did you know there existed a day just for us peanut butter lovers? I certainly didn’t. There really is a national day for everyone!

In high school, a PB&J sandwich was my go-to meal as that was the only vegetarian option back in the day during lunch. Obviously, I am not a vegetarian anymore, but thinking about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches make me nostalgic and reminisce about the good ol’ days. It’s definitely a classic staple.

When I was in undergrad, I would go to Smoothie King to get the Peanut Power Plus Strawberry smoothie when I needed to satisfy my peanut butter craving. It was quick and convenient, not to mention that it also literally tasted just like a PB&J sandwich!

Now that I am older and wiser, I have created a smoothie bowl recipe that is not only healthy but still has the same flavor PB&J flavor that I love. This peanut butter & jelly protein smoothie bowl is a recipe that I have been using for years now. Every other morning, I whip up a batch for breakfast in a tumbler so I can bring it to work. For the weekends, I like to transform this smoothie into a bowl so that I can jazz it up with superfoods like goji berries, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and coconut flakes.

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Would you have guessed that zucchini is the secret ingredient for keeping this smoothie super creamy and thick? Zucchini is great for amping your smoothie with amazing vitamins and nutrients as well as being naturally lower in carbs and calories. If you drink smoothies in the morning like I do, zucchini is great for digestion and provides energizing B vitamins. B vitamins are important for cognitive health as it maintains an upbeat mood and prevent fatigue.

Regardless of how you choose to create this smoothie, whether you present it in a bowl or choose to put it in a tumbler to take with you, the ingredients are just as flexible. I usually amp this smoothie up with two heaping handfuls of spinach along with a green powder scoop if I feel that I want to incorporate more greens into my diet. Like I said, this recipe is flexible -- it’s up to you if you want to add more veggies or superfoods!

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Interested in more smoothie recipes that are nutritious and delicious? Check out my recipe for (starburst smoothie). Yes, you read that right -- it tastes like pink starbursts!

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Creamy and nutritious protein smoothie bowl with spinach, banana, berries, protein powder and a secret ingredient! A healthy breakfast or great post-workout treat that tastes just like PB&J!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small handful fresh organic spinach

  • 1 frozen ripe banana

  • 1 cup frozen berry medley (I used strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries)

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1/2 zucchini

  • 1 scoop protein peanut butter/ chocolate powder

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until creamy yet thick. If making this into a smoothie that you can take with you, add more milk or water to thin out the mixture.

  2. Add your favorite toppings! I used coconut flakes, cacao nibs, banana slices, blueberries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, goji berries and warm almond butter drizzle!

NOTES

  1. I use is this protein powder brand

 
5-Ingredient Vegan Pesto
 

This vegan pesto will soon become a fridge staple as it uses 5-ingredients in less than 5 minutes!

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Pesto has got to be my most favorite sauce of all time!

But unfortunately, since I am lactose intolerant, it can be very hard finding a vegan version of pesto in grocery stores and in most restaurants since parmesan plays a major role in the sauce.

Well, what do I do?! What can I do to resolve this issue!?

Create a super easy vegan version of pesto with just 5-ingredients is what I can do! (That’s a mouthful!)

You will probably have most of these ingredients on hand except maybe nutritional yeast. For my vegan and vegetarian subscribers, I know it can be hard to incorporate vitamin B12 into your diet, and often plant-based eaters end up deficient since B12 occurs naturally in animal foods. Nutritional yeast is a great way to get your daily recommended amount of vitamin B12! See source for more information.

Adding nutritional yeast will not only help with vitamin B12 but will also give the pesto a “cheesy” flavor.

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Pesto is a great everyday sauce that can be used in many dishes such as pasta, appetizers, chicken and/or potatoes. Pesto is great in the fridge for up to a week or stored in the freezer (in an airtight container) for up to 1 month. One of my favorite things to do is to pour pesto sauce into an ice tray. All you need to do is heat up a skillet, pop out a pesto cube or two, and let it melt! Add chicken breasts or tempeh to the skillet and you will have a very simple and easy side dish!

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What do you like to put pesto on? Please let me know in the comments section and if you tried this super easy 5-ingredient vegan pesto! Don’t forget to subscribe and share! :)

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This vegan pesto will soon become a fridge staple as it uses 5-ingredients in less than 5 minutes!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups packed fresh organic basil

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 5-8 raw almonds

  • 3 large cloves of garlic (peeled)

  • 1/3 cup EVOO (oil free version-water or veggie stock)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a food processor, pulse almonds and garlic until finely chopped.

  2. Add basil, yeast, and S/P on high until loose paste forms.

  3. While the processor is on low, pour the oil through the feed tube gradually. Scrape down the sides and add more if necessary to achieve the desired sauce consistency. (Oil-free version* add water or vegetable stock gradually until desired consistency)

  4. Taste and adjust if necessary, adding more nutritional yeast for that cheesy flavor, salt for overall flavor, garlic for that “bite” or almonds for a nuttier flavor.

  5. Best stored in the fridge for up to one week or freezer for up to 1 month. 

 
Classic Vegan Truffles
 

These truffles are rich, creamy smooth and just melt in your mouth! Literally, as I am writing this post, my mouth is watering! 

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Classic vegan truffles are to die for!

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Valentine’s day is coming up, so truffles are a great safe option to make for that special someone or just for you! Truffles are great to make the day before as the flavor consistency tastes best when chilled overnight. 

As most of you know, a classic chocolate truffle includes a ganache that is composed of heavy cream and bittersweet chocolate. You can dip the truffles in chocolate or dust them off with cocoa powder.

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I am lactose intolerant, so I haven’t been able to eat a classic truffle in quite some time. Through countless recipe testings, I am finally at a point where I can eat a truffle and not be sick!

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While this recipe follows the traditional approach on making a classic truffle, the special ingredients that are orchestrated in these special little balls are what makes them stand out the most.

Check out below on how to make these amazing bad boys!

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These classic vegan truffles are made with ingredients that are naturally lower in sugar while maintaining the classic creamy ganache texture!

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz good quality vegan dark chocolate ((60% or higher))

  • 1 can coconut cream

  • 1/4 cup coffee

  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, heat coconut cream, coffee, and pure maple syrup while whisking consistently. Just as it starts to boil, take the saucepan off the burner.

  2. Cut the chocolate bark into pieces (can use small chocolate chips too) and place into a medium bowl.

  3. Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate. With a spatula, fold the cream mixture with the chocolate until fully incorporated.

  4. Let the mixture sit until room temperature and place into fridge to chill for up to 2 hours.

  5. When the ganache is firm, use a small scooper or spoon and form the ganache into balls. Roll them in your favorite toppings like cocoa powder, coconut flakes, or melted chocolate with clean, cold hands.

  6. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve!

NOTES

  1. Before setting your ganache mixture in the fridge to chill, cover the top layer with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from developing as well as to keep the ganache away from dirt and fridge odor.

  2. Best when chilled in the fridge overnight. If you are putting it in the freezer to speed up the "chilling process", set the ganache out until room temperature before scooping into balls. If you try to scoop when the ganache is really firm to frozen, then the ganache will fall apart and it will be hard to form balls.

  3. If you find the balls are melting in your hands as you are forming them, wash your hands and keep an ice packet or frozen bag of peas at bay to lower your hand's body temperature.

 
Pink Starburst Smoothie
 
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February Motto:

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Does anyone else think it would be great if you could just take all of the pink starbursts and drink them? No? Just me? Well…

This. Smoothie. Literally. Tastes. Like. A. Pink. Starburst!

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I am not kidding -- it’s pretty amazing! As a health and wellness blog, do you really think I would blend an entire bag of pink starbursts and tell you to drink it?!

Maybe.

Haha, hard no…

But once you see the ingredients, you will notice that you may already have these things on hand! With the month of February, this smoothie couldn’t have come at a perfect time, just look at that gorgeous pink color!

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The ingredients provide not only a beautiful pink color for Valentine’s Day; it also provides high levels of vitamin C that will boost your immune system and keep the common cold at bay. While we are on the topic, here are some facts about vitamin C:

  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that captures free radicals and neutralizes them.

  • Apples, berries, broccoli, red bell peppers, and citrus fruits contain a high level of vitamin C.

  • Vitamin C helps to absorb iron.

  • It also helps to prevent damage to our bodies from pollutants and toxicities.

Since Valentine’s day is coming up, I would definitely replace your morning orange juice for this smoothie and make a wonderful breakfast in bed with yourself or with your significant other!

But, as always, be sure to consult your healthcare provider before starting any new nutritional supplement. I’m not a doctor just a nutrition student!

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A sweet and refreshing smoothie jammed pack full of vitamin C and antioxidants! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 blood oranges (peeled)

  • 4 carrot stalks

  • 1 red apple (cored (any red will work))

  • 1 frozen banana (ripened)

  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

  • 1 small knob of fresh ginger root

  • 1 cup coconut water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth -- that’s it!

NOTES

  1. It is best to use a high powered blender like Vitamix or Blendtec. This is what I use!

  2. If the smoothie is too tart, start by adding 1 tsp of pure maple honey and increase to your likeness for a more sweeter taste.

  3. You can add 1 cup of ice if you want to use fresh fruit instead of frozen.

  4. This smoothie can have a grainy texture so if you prefer a smoother texture, then turn this into a juice by filtering through a milk bag or cheesecloth.