Chocolate Chip Blondies

I am incredibly amazed and overwhelmed at how many of you made and enjoyed my Double Fudge Paleo brownies last month, so much so that I made them several different ways (vegan, oat flour, GF all purpose etc)! Well, several people reached out saying they didn’t have cacao powder on hand and didn’t want to go to the grocery store, which sparked the question, ‘could the brownies work as blondies?!’ Well, my friends, with a couple MINOR adjustments, YES they absolutely can!! And I can’t believe I am about to say this but… I think they are actually BETTER than the brownies!! If you liked my Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip cookies then you will absolute love these, too!

Without further ado…

What You Will Need:
1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
3/4 Cup coconut sugar
1/4 Cup melted coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 T almond milk
1/4 tsp Baking soda
Dash of salt
Dairy-free mini chocolate chips

What You Will Do: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine your Bob’s almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, whisked eggs, vanilla, and almond milk.
Pour bowl of wet ingredients into the larger bowl of dry ingredients and incorporate!
Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for extra fudge 🙂
Line a brownie pan with parchment paper, and pour batter evenly into the pan.
Top with chocolate chips.
Bake for 25 minutes, max! Stick a knife in, and when it comes out clean it is good to go!
*** IMPT *** Let it cool completely before slicing! It’s nice and gooey so you don’t want to slice it too soon.

ENJOY!! XX

 

Whipped Matcha

Also called, Dalgona! The wildest food trend I’ve seen this quarantine has to be Whipped Coffee. I mean, has it always been a thing?! Because it has seriously taken social media by storm! Well we all know I don’t drink coffee, and I’m a matcha fiend, so it was only a matter of days before I tried to make my own version.

Okay let’s be clear. I saw countless Whipped Coffee social posts, and even several Whipped Matcha posts, and everyone made it look EASYYYY. Fact check: it’s not. You must, I repeat MUST, use an electronic mixer! I thought I’d be able to whisk by hand but that was a total fail, and using a matcha frother was also a fail, although I did make a little bit of progress with it. Once I stepped up my game and found my electronic high-speed mixer, the recipe was a cinch!!

Not only is this recipe gluten-free, but it is also dairy-free and can totally be made vegan! The vegan version uses chickpeas, and sadly I’m allergic so I am not able to give it a go!

Get ready, everyone! You’re in for a treat.

What You Will Need:
2 Egg Whites
1/2 Tablespoon Matcha
1 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar

What You Will Do: 

  • Add two egg whites to a bowl. Using an electronic mixer, whisk on HIGH for 5-8 minutes. Before I go on, I want to note that I tried making this several times without the electronic mixer and it failed each time! People seem to make it work, but they must have magic arms or something! 
  • Once the egg whites are fluffy and foamy, set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, add 1 T of BOILED water, 1/2 T matcha, and 1 T coconut sugar (you can use monk fruit, cane sugar etc). Whisk together until all clumps of matcha and sugar are dissolved.

  • Slowly, I repeat, SLOWLY, pour your matcha mixture into the egg white bowl, mixing with the electronic mixer as you go. Once the two are incorporated, continue mixing for a few minutes more to maintain the foamy-ness/fluffy-ness of the Dalgona.
  • Fill a cup half way with ice, and pour in a nut milk of your choosing. Fill the glass about 3/4 of the way. Slowly, AGAIN slowly, scoop the whipped matcha on top of the glass, filling it to the top.
  • Sprinkle with a little more matcha on top and ENJOY!
  • Drink it as is, OR mix the whipped matcha into your iced nut milk and drink it combined.

Vegan Option:
1. Sub Egg Whites for the water from a can of chickpeas. Whisking chickpea water together is called aquafaba.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries

This post is sponsored by Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries!

Who else is SO excited for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season!? Every year I’m in charge of my family’s menu, and EVERY year my Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts grace the menu. This year, however, I have an exciting new twist on my classic recipe.  The twist? Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries! The cranberries are made with REAL fruit, #glutenfree, and add the perfect pop of flavor. I didn’t think my recipe could get any better! Without further ado, enjoy! 

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe:

½ lb Brussels Sprouts
2 T Cup Coconut Oil
2 T Maple Syrup
¼ Cup Pecans
¼ Cup Craisins® Dried Cranberries
Salt, pepper, CINNAMON

What You Will Do:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

To prepare the brussels sprouts- trim the stem end and remove the outermost leaves of the sprouts and cut in half. 

Add to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with 2T coconut oil and cook at 400 for 20 minutes and flip. Add 1 T of maple syrup, pecans, Craisins® Dried Cranberries, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cook for 15 more mins. TASTE. Add 1T more maple, cinnamon, etc. Cook for 10 more minutes, or until desired level of crisp. 

Serve!

 

OOEY GOOEY Chocolate Chip Cookies

Introducing the best recipe I have EVER made on NOBREAD. Bold statement, I know, but it’s TRUE. These OOEY GOOEY Chocolate Chip Cookies are PALEO, VEGAN, and GLUTEN-FREE! Like, what?! Without further delay, here is the recipe! Enjoy!

What You Will Need:

  • 6 T Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 T Almond Milk
  • 2 tsp  Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips Morsels (medium size)

What You Will Do:

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, coconut sugar, and salt.

In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla.

Pour bowl of wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients and combine.

Add chocolate chips… I go extra chocolatey!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with coconut oil. Take a spoonful of dough and place on parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 9 minutes. Remove and let cool! ENJOY!!
** as badly as you want to eat them STRAIGHT out of the oven, you have to let them cool so they don’t fall apart. They will still be super super gooey!!

Warning- These cookies will melt in your mouth and you WILL be addicted. xo

Plantain Chips – 2 Ways!

I LOVE PLANTAINS! I don’t say it enough and I don’t eat them enough. But when I am in Mexico, I AM a plantain. Ever since I purchased an air fryer, I am having a BLAST fryer all of my faves. And then it dawned on me… why purchase plantain chips when I can make my own?! And ensure they are healthy and delicious! This recipe is my new addiction. You’ve been warned…

What You Will Need:
1 medium sized plantain
1 tbsp coconut oil
dash of pink himalayan salt
avocado & vegan Chocolate to garnish

What You Will Do:

Preheat your airfryer to 390 degrees F
Cut off both ends of the plantain and take off the peel.
Cut the plantain into thin slivers with either a knife or a slicer. (I used a knife, but a slicer might be easier!)
Put the sliced plantains into a bowl and pour the melted coconut oil on top.
Put the plantains into the airfryer and top them with pink himalayan salt.
After the plantains have been cooking for 5 minutes, open up the fryer and toss them.
Close lip and cook for another 5 minutes or until the chips are at your desired level of crispiness.

For Sweet Plantains!
Sprinkle the plantains with cinnamon and a little more salt!
Melt your favorite chocolate and use as a dip! (You won’t regret this!)

For Savory Plantains!
Sprinkle a little more salt on the plantains.
Serve them with your favorite salsa or avocado!

Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie with Vital Proteins Collagen

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If you have followed me for a while… or even for just a few weeks… you’ll know that I. LOVE. SMOOTHIES. All of my smoothies are different, too! I use a creative mix of fats, proteins, and veggies to make my delicious masterpieces. Well there is ONE thing my smoothies have in common… I use Vital Proteins Collagen as my protein source! The vanilla coconut is my go-to when I want a little vanilla, but when I want classic I love using the marine collagen! Check out the making of this bad boy on my Instagram! Full recipe below…

Vital Proteins

What You Will Need:
1-1.5 Cup Unsweetened Nut Milk
1 Serving Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
2T Almond Butter
1 T Chia Seeds
Handful of Spinach
1/4 Cup Raspberries

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a nutribullet or Vitamix, starting with your liquid base. Blend on high until thoroughly mixed. (Add ice if you want a colder, thicker smoother). Serve and enjoy!

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Roasted Thanksgiving Vegetables

Yes Thanksgiving is all about the heavy (#glutenfree) stuffing, pies, and bread… but it is also the one holiday that features all of my favorite VEGETABLES!! Brussels sprouts, carrots, and butternut squash, OH MY! Today I am making my go-to Thanksgiving veggies and roasting them to utter Thanksgiving perfection.

What You Will Need:

5 Organic Long Carrots
½ lb brussels sprouts
1 lb cubed butternut squash
1/4 Cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp maple syrup
¼ Cup pecans
¼ cup dried cranberries
Salt, pepper, CINNAMON

What You Will Do:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Prepare vegetables as follows: Carrots – peel, then cut in half lengthwise. Cut into shorter lengths if you would like! Brussels sprouts – trim the stem end and remove the outermost leaves and cut in half. Butternut Squash- buy cubes, and cut into smaller cubes (better for cooking).

Add veggies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with coconut oil and ONE T maple syrup. Cook at 400 for 20 minutes and flip. Add your second tablespoon of maple syrup, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 more mins. TASTE. Add more maple, cinnamon, etc IF YOU WOULD LIKE.  Cook for 5 more mins.

Serve!

Hot Chocolate Made with Vital Proteins Mocha Creamer

I talk all the time about my obsession with Vital Proteins (blog, here!), and if you follow me on Instagram, then you will see Vital Proteins on my stories pretty much daily! I’ll save you my speech on why VP and collagen are a necessary part of one’s diet (hair and nail growth, heal leaky gut syndrome, clears skin) and instead, I will talk about their NEWEST addition, Mocha Creamer! For the coffee drinkers out there, this is TOTALLY for you! And if you don’t drink coffee like myself, then this creamer is MEANT for your hot chocolate!

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What You Will Need:
1.5 C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 T Maple Syrup
2 T Cacao Powder
1 Serving Vital Proteins Mocha Collagen Creamer
Pinch of salt
Gluten-free, dairy-free mini marshmallows
What You Will Do:
Boil unsweetened coconut milk and add to Vitamix.
Add maple syrup, cacao powder, salt, and collagen peptides.
Blend on high until fully mixed!
 Serve and top with mini chocolate chips and marshmallows!

Enjoy!!!

The ‘Refreshing’ Smoothie with Vital Proteins

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for my first time with the Vital Proteins team! A trip to Mexico and a healthy retreat sounded incongruous, but thanks to Vital Proteins collagen tubs everywhere, I made it work just fine! Mainly because I started each day with the smoothie recipe below. Enjoy!

What You Will Need:

1.5C Unsweetened Almond Milk
Handful of Spinach and Kale
Handful of Raspberries
3 cucumber slices
2 scoops @vitalproteins Marine Collagen
1/2 Avocado
Squeeze of Lemon

What You Will Do:

Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with your nut milk.
Blend on high until fully incorporated. Add a few ice cubes, too, for a colder smoothie!
Serve!

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Cacao Avocado Pudding

Growing up I had a pudding cup in my lunch bag every day. Which explains why I am a total chocaholic now! Since going gluten and dairy-free, I haven’t had pudding! Well, it dawned on me. I use avocados in my smoothies to make my smoothies extra creamy, so why not use them with a little cacao to make my dream pudding bowl. Four ingredients later, my dream pudding bowl had been made!
What You Will Need:
2 Avocados
1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
1/4C Maple Syrup
1/2C + 2T Unsweetened Almond Milk
Pinch of Salt
1tsp Vanilla
What You Will Do:
Slice two avocados and add to a blender or Vitamix.
Add Cacao Powder, Maple Syrup, Almond Milk, Salt, and Vanilla.

Blend on high, pausing here and there to scrape down the sides of the blender if need be.
Pour into a bowl, and add your toppings! I added Banana Slices and Cacao Nibs.
Enjoy!
 
I like my pudding as is, and use toppings as a way of adding sweetness to the pudding. But if you like things EXTRA sweet like my assistant, add a little more maple syrup on top and stir it in!
This recipe makes 4 servings! 

Matcha Latte made with Califia Farms Creamer

When people think of NOBREAD and I, they think of smoothies and MATCHA LATTES.

…And I don’t hate it. Funny enough, until I mastered making matcha myself, I always bought my lattes at cafes. I mean I tried to make them myself! But they never turned out as good as the ones from my favorite cafes. Well thanks to Califia Farms nut milks and creamers, this matcha addict has learned how to master the craft.

What You Will Need:
1.5C Unsweetened Vanilla Califia Farms Milk
1-2T Califia Farms Almond Milk Creamer
1tsp Matcha or Turmeric… whichever suits your mood!

What You Will Do:

Heat your nut milk on the stove or in the microwave for 3 minutes. Add to blender.
Add your creamer and matcha OR turmeric.
Blend on high for 20 seconds or so, and serve!

Note: The cute little cinnamon decorations on top that you see in the photo below are made with the help of a latte stencil!!

 

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Let’s talk about Turmeric. You’ve seen it in your lattes, you’ve seen it in your food, and you’ve heard everyone rave about its beneficial properties. Turmeric fights inflammation, it is a powerful antioxidant, is brain boosting, and protects your heart! For a few months now, I’ve been adding turmeric to anything and everything, but with its strong taste, I’ve had to learn how to add it to my food without making my meals too bitter. One of my favorite foods to add turmeric to is cauliflower! I was inspired by a meal I had in NYC at ABCV, and ever since then I’ve been dying to recreate the masterpiece.

Well, it’s taken a little time and experimentation, but I’ve developed a recipe that is just. right. Introducing my Turmeric Cauliflower Rice- it takes just minutes to prepare and only a few ingredients! I hope you enjoy!

What You Will Need:
2C Cauliflower Rice
1tsp Tumeric
Dash of Nutmeg
Dash of Salt + Pepper
3/4T Garlic Powder
1T Avocado Oil
Handful of Sliced Almonds and Goji Berries

What You Will Do:
Heat up 1T of Avocado Oil on a skillet.
Add your cauliflower rice to the skillet, and sauté it in the avocado oil.
Add your turmeric, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and garlic powder.
Stir cauliflower rice into the spices until fully incorporated… and YELLOW.
*If you want to add almonds and goji berries, do so here!
Cook cauliflower rice for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
Serve! If vegan, add avocado. If not vegan, add wild salmon or eggs!