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!

Blondie Bars with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

I’ve tried making blondies for years, but have yet to develop the perfect recipe. Well my friends, that all changed TODAY. Not only did these blondies come out just as I wanted them to, but they were delicious and totally allergy-free!! Feast your eyes on my new favorite recipe, courtesy of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Minis! 

You’ve seen me post Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate for YEARS now, and there is a reason for it. I am absolutely OBSESSED with it! The mini chips, dark chocolate morsels, and mega chunks are staples in my cabinets, and not only are they incredibly delicious, but the chocolate, as well as the entire Enjoy Life Foods brand, is entirely allergy-free.

I’m known to grab a handful of chocolate chips after each meal, but I also use the chocolate in just about every recipe I make. (i.e. the topping on my Classic Banana Bread and as the necessary coating for my Chocolate Avocado Marshmallow Cups)

What You Will Need:

  • 1 1/4 cup Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour 
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 Chia egg, (1T chia powder to 3T water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate

What You Will Do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix your GF flour, baking soda, salt and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, mix your chia egg, HALF of the vegan butter, and vanilla.
Combine the two bowls and stir/whisk until totally blended.
**We added the second half of the vegan butter AS IT WAS NEEDED. I was hoping to only need 3/4 C, but I finally got the consistency I wanted after I used the full cup. 

Add your Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate minis!!
Lay parchment paper on a baking sheet or brownie pan, and dab with remaining vegan butter so the blondies don’t totally stick.
Spread dough on the parchment paper. We opted for a thin blondie versus thick.
Bake at 350 for ~17 minutes. Check in at the 15 minute mark. They COULD have been taken out then, but I wanted the bottom to be a little bit more crisp.

Let your blondie cool for ~15 minutes and then slice into bars!
Melt more Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate in the microwave, and drizzle it on top of the bars for more chocolatey goodness!

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! 

Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl made with Blender Bombs!

SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE BOWL! Made with probably the coolest little creation ever, Blender Bombs by Hushup And Hustle!! Helen’s Blender Bombs are packed full of protein, fat, and fiber, so all you do when making your smoothie is take a ball, add some nut milk, and add your veggies! WATCH IT GO DOWN ON MY STORIES! My smoothies usually have 6-7 different ingredients in them, so using these bombs cuts down the amount of ingredients I need and the time it takes to make!

What do Blender Bomb’s consist of? My go-to is the classic flavor which consists of pecans, dates, local raw honey, flax seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, chia seeds, walnuts, and bee pollen!

Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl: 

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
1 Medium Sweet Potato (~3/4 Cup Mashed)
1 Blender Bomb by Hushup and Hustle!
To Garnish: Cinnamon, Pecans, Cacao Nibs, and Coconut Shavings

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a blender/vitamix etc, starting with your nut milk.
Blend on high until fully incorporated.

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!

Vegan Smoothies Made with Califia Farms

I asked a few friends this weekend, “When you think of my brand, what do you think of?” The answer was unanimous. SMOOTHIES! I start every morning with a smoothie, and often have them for dinner or lunch, too! And no it doesn’t get boring! With so many inclusions available and varieties of proteins, fats, greens etc, no two smoothies are the same. Well, one thing is the same. Each smoothie incorporates one of Califia Farm’s nut milks!

The plant-based brand is not only vegan but GMO-free, and all ingredients are sustainably sourced. I’m kind of obsessed with the Toasted Coconut AlmondMilk, and other favorites include the Chocolate Coconut AlmondMilk and Vanilla AlmondMilk. Califia also has the BEST creamers for your coffee’s and latte’s, and their on-the-go AlmondMilk Matcha’s are my life.

BLUEBERRY VANILLA:
1.5 Cups Califia Farms Toasted Coconut AlmondMilk
3/4 Cup Blueberries
1 Scoop Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder
½ Banana
1T Coconut Butter
1T Chia Seeds
1C Frozen Cauliflower
TOPPINGS: Blueberries, Straberries, Raspberries, Blackberries

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER:
1.5 Cups Califia Farms Chocolate Coconut AlmondMilk
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 Banana
1T Peanut Butter
1T Chia Seeds
1/2 Frozen Zucchini
TOPPINGS: Cacao Nibs, Coconut Shavings, granola

MATCHACADO BANANA:
2 Cups Califia Farms Toasted Coconut AlmondMilk
2 tsp Matcha
1 Scoop Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 Avocado
½ Frozen Banana
1T Chia Seeds
1C Spinach
Toppings: Avocado, Coconut Butter, Banana

Vegan Sweet Potato Cookies

At NOBREAD we are constantly looking to develop recipes that satisfy both our gluten-free AND vegan followers. We’ve made smoothies and pancakes out of sweet potatoes, and the recipes have been some of our favorites, so this week we decided to turn our favorite root into cookies! These addicting little cookies satisfy all of our needs. They are also super kid friendly! Because sweet potatoes are sweet to begin with, we didn’t even have to add that much (NATURAL) sugar! Enjoy our latest obsession!
What You Will Need:
 2 cups of boiled sweet potatoes
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup almond flour
1T coconut oil
A dash of cinnamon
A dash of nutmeg
1 tsp of Vanilla extract
Handful of chocolate chips
What You Will Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel sweet potatoes.
In a large pot, bring 3 cups of water to boil, add sweet potatoes, and cook for five minutes.
Mash sweet potatoes until smooth.
In a food processor combine everything but the chocolate chips.
Pulse until smooth, periodically using a spatula to mix.
Roll a tablespoon-size ball of dough in your hands, and place onto a lined baking sheet. Press the ball down a bit so it flattens. *Mix will stick to your hands a bit.
Sprinkle chocolate chips to the top of each cookie.
*DON’T put the chocolate chips IN the cookies… the warmth of the batter will cause them to melt instantly! 
Bake for 20 minutes, then broil on high for one-two minutes.
Let cool for 15 minutes, then enjoy!
The cookies are SO delicious and the best way, in our opinion, to incorporate vitamins into your dessert! Packed with Vitamins A, C, B, and fiber, there is no over-doing on these healthy cookies!

MatchaCado Banana Smoothie!

New smoothie alert!! Last year when I did the keto diet, I always struggled with the concept of having a bulletproof matcha for breakfast (as many mathca-drinkers do on the diet).

When it comes to breakfast, I need something a bit more filling (aka my smoothie)! But we all know how much I love my matcha. So I decided there must be a way to incorporate the two!! Introducing my MatchaCado Banana Smoothie!

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
.5-1T Chia Seeds
1/2 Avocado
1 Scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
1C Spinach
1/2 Frozen Banana

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a Vitamin or NutriBullet, starting with the nut milk.
Blend on high until fully incorporated.
Pour into a bowl, and top with toppings of your choice. I topped mine with the other half of  my banana and coconut flakes!

Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce

A few weeks ago, I posted a pasta recipe using Avocado Basil Pesto Sauce and I was AMAZED at the response. I’ve posted pasta pictures in the past, and from them I’ve learned that nobread diners still love their (gluten-free) carbs! But moreover, I learned that you guys are super interested in plant-based, unique sauces! So this week I used Butternut Squash to make a vegan cheese sauce!

In doing my research I saw most people incorporate cashews into their cheese sauce. As much as I wanted to do this, cashews are the ONE nut I’m intolerant to! I know… it sucks… and it seriously limits my vegan ice cream selection! Well, although I’ve never had a butternut squash/cashew cheese sauce and I can’t make a comparison, I can say that my cheese sauce turned out pretty darn good!

What You Will Need:

  • 1.5 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened nut milk
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (1T was used in sautéing the squash! 1T was added after)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 or 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice from half a lemon!
  • Gluten-free pasta!

What You Will Do:

Steam/Boil your butternut squash cubes for 10 minutes on the stove
Drain and add your butternut squash to a blender or Vitamix.
Add nut milk, olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast.
Blend on high until all ingredients are totally incorporated.
Taste with a spoon! And add any of the above ingredients until your desired taste is achieved. I added one more squeeze of lemon and a dash more salt.
Pour over your favorite gluten-free pasta, nachos, veggies, etc., and serve!

Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

What makes a good smoothie? Well this answer will be different for everyone! For me, a good smoothie is a smoothie that is creamy AF. It makes me feel fuller, and when you’re having a liquid as a meal, it can be tough to feel full after! My new Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie, which is a take of my Vanilla Avocado Smoothie, is my creamiest smoothie yet thanks to a special ingredient: cauliflower!

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Nut Milk
1/2 Avocado
1 Scoop Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder (the top two photos here use chocolate protein, the last photo uses vanilla)
1/4 Cup Blueberries
1T Chia or Flax Seeds
1/2-1Cup steamed then frozen Cauliflower (the more cauliflower florets the creamier)

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a blender starting with the nut milk and ending with the frozen cauliflower.
Blend in a Vitamin or NutriBullet on high for 40-50 seconds.
Finish with toppings of your choice and serve!

Adding frozen cauliflower FLORETS, not cauliflower RICE, to this smoothie is the key to making it creamy AF. Next up I will be trying frozen zucchini… stay tuned!

Chocolate Avocado Coconut Cups

Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Butter Cups, Coconut Butter Cups… why not Avocado Cups!! Last year I made Avocado Marshmallow Cups and they were super tasty! But the filling was more liquidy than your typical nut butter cup. And although I still HIGHLY recommend making them, I decided to give this recipe another go, except this time I opted to use coconut butter in place of marshmallow to give me the nut butter cup consistency I was craving. The result? HUGE SUCCESS. Top 5 recipe of the year right here!!!

What You Will Need:
1/2 Cup Mashed Avocado (1 medium avocado)
1/3 Cup Coconut Butter
1/4 Maple Syrup (or alternative paleo sugar)
Pinch of Salt
Half Bag of GF/DF chocolate Chips
1T Almond Flour

What You Will Do:
In a small bowl, add mashed avocado, coconut butter, maple syrup, salt, and almond flour.
Mix until combined and smooth.
Line a muffin tray with Cups, and add 1T of batter to each cup.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (add coconut oil if need be)
Top each avocado cup with a thin layer of chocolate.


Chill in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 30 minutes, and serve!


PRO TIP: FREEZE your cups!! They LITERALLY taste like ice cream when you do!!!

Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

It’s winter. Your skin is starting to dry and let’s be real, you’re flat out COLD. We may not be able to do anything about the temperature, but we CAN do something about our food and our bodies. Introducing my Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl, the ultimate, hearty winter smoothie bowl that will keep your skin feeling fresh and moist, and your stomach feeling full.

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
1 Medium Sweet Potato (~3/4 Cup Mashed) (High in Vit A and C with collagen boosting properties to delete the bags under your eyes and keep your skin feeling healthy)
1-2T Almond Butter (High in fiber and good fats to keep your skin nice and moist)
1T Chia Seeds (same as above!)
Optional: 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
To Garnish: Cinnamon (anti-inflammatory and metabolism booster), Pecans, Cacao Nibs (anti-oxidizing properties)

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a blender/vitamix etc, starting with your nut milk.
Blend on high until fully incorporated.

Garnish with cinnamon, cacao nibs, and pecans, and serve!