Category Archives: Vegan

Chocolate mint smoothie

This is a great afternoon snack/pick-me-up

2 cups milk of choice ( I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp hemp seeds
3 dates, pitted
2 acidophollus capsules, opened
2 spirulina tablets
4-5 mint leaves
1/2 an avocado

Blend till creamy. Add maybe 7-8 ice cubes and blend again. Enjoy!

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Bluberry honey smoothie

I’m still trying to fight my way to feeling good by drowning my sorrows and sore throat in smoothies and puddings. I’m not winning the fight, but I am coming up with some good power-packed recipes.

Blueberry honey smoothie
~2 cups water (I started with about 1 1/2 cups but kept adding more as it was a bit thick. Probably ended up a little over 2 cups)
2 big chard leaves, greens picked off the stems, stems not added to blender
~1 tbsp honey
cinnamon
1 tbsp flax seed
~2 cups of frozen blueberries

Blend till smooth and fabulously purple. The drink, not you. If, however, you are smooth and fabulously purple, rock on with your purple self!

Blueberry pudding

This one is pretty light, but tasty, and loaded with all things good.

1 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1 tbsp So Delicious French Vanilla coffee creamer
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 avocado
1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries – you could easily bump up the blueberries a bit more here.

Blend till creamy and purple. Stir in chia seeds and cacoa nibs.

Pumpkin strawberry brownies

Take 1 package gluten-free brownie mix (I used a choc truffle mix that includes choc chips)
Substitute 1 can pumpkin puree in place of all eggs, oil, and liquid

Mix together, pour 1/2 of the batter into an oiled 8×8 pan
Spread a layer of all-fruit jam on top of the brownie layer (I used a strawberry jam)
Add the rest of the brownie mix

Bake for about 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or until knife comes clean during testing

Let cool.

These are seriously amazing, and so moist, and you get a nice flavor from the jam

Lately, i’ve been making plain oatmeal, cooked with milk, and then mixing in a small piece of the the brownie, breaking it up and stirring, you get melty brownie in every bite

Tropical pudding

This one is really light, really refreshing, ridiculously healthy, and oh yeah, awesome.

1 1/2 c milk – I used a combo of unsweetened almond and coconut milk
1/2 tsp ground Ginger
1/2 tbsp lime juice
1 avocado
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 1/2 cup frozen mango
1 tsp maple syrup

Blend on high till creamy.

I think I’m making this again tomorrow, it was so good!

Taste of the tropics smoothie

If you can’t get away to the tropics right now, you can at least make this smoothie and have a little taste of island life.

1 cup lite coconut milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup coconut water
2 handfuls spinach
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
2 tsp lime juice
1 cup frozen mango

Chocolate Gingerbread oatmeal

Make this now. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did! Not only is it super yummy, but it is jam-packed with tons of good for you bits – iron, protein, good fats, antioxidants.

1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened coconut milk beverage)
1/2 cup oats
1 tbsp unrefined molasses
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds

Put 1 tbsp chocolate almond butter in bottom of bowl and pour on cooked oats.

Mix well and dive in.

Choc-packed full of chocolate smoothie

Want some chocolate, but don’t want to cheat too much? This was a super yummy shake, and gave me some good fuel before a run.

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage (or milk of choice, but this makes it very creamy)
1 cup water
1 1/2 – 2handfuls spinach
1 tbsp unsweetened chocolate powder
1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut butter
1 tbsp hemp seeds
4 dates
3 tbsp vanilla “ice cream” – I used So Delicious coconut milk ice cream
2 tsp maple syrup

Blend till you have a rich, creamy drink of awesomeness. No one would suspect it had hidden greens in it.

Fall into spring smoothie

Sad and shocking confession: The queen of spinach and green smoothies is out of greens at home. Le dramatic sigh!

Back to smoothie basics instead!

This one might seem more fall-like because of the pumpkin and apple, but it is light and refreshing.

1 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage (or milk of choice)
1tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 dates, pitted
1 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp molasses
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
4 tbsp plain applesauce

Blend, and serve over ice. I actually thinned it with a bit of water.

The world’s happiest oatmeal

The days are starting to warm up a bit here finally, but the mornings are still CHILLY for the most part!

I come home from hot yoga a drippy, puddly, sweaty version of me (Husband loves when I try to give him a hug when I get home…or maybe he actually runs away in terror…), throw on my FABULOUS pajamas and take the wonderpup out for a walk.

By the time I get back, I’m starving and freezing.

Oatmeal to the rescue!

Lately, all of my oatmeal concoctions have featured chocolate nut butter of some sort, this week it is Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut butter, last week it was his Chocolate Almond Butter.

Below are some of the recent (and very yummy!) variations:

Creamy chocolate oatmeal (the base is the same for all):

Base:
1 cup unsweetened “milk” of choice (I use almond or coconut)
1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill GF oats
1 tbsp ground flax seed
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

When cooked, put 1 tbsp chocolate nut butter on bottom of bowl, pour the cooked oats on top, and top with 2 tbsp plain yogurt (I use So Delicious Coconut milk yogurt).
Stir and try not to lick the bowl when you are done!

Pumpkin Chocolate Oatmeal:
When oats are cooking according to base recipe, stir in 2 tbsp canned pumpkin. When done, put in 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut butter on the bottom of the bowl and mix in. It gets all nice and melty this way! We had some canned cherries in the house this week, and I topped the oatmeal with a few of the cherries and stirred in. Yum!

Reese’s Peanut butter cup oatmeal (but healthier!):
Cook oatmeal according to base.
When done, add 1 tbsp chocolate nut butter and 1 tbsp natural peanut butter to the bottom of the bowl and pour hot oats on top. It’s like having dessert for breakfast!