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CINNABUN Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

The Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi QUEEN is back at it again! And this, my friends, might be my best yet. For all who are like me and drool over gluten-free, dairy-free Cinnabun recipes online, but don’t have the time to make them (they’re tough to master!!) this is the perfect, and HEALTHIER, alternative!! Savory meets sweet, and I cannot wait for you all to try it!

What You Will Need:
1 Bag Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
1.5 T Coconut Oil (melted)
2 T Coconut Sugar
Cinnamon

What You Will Do:
Melt 1 T coconut oil in a bowl and toss in 2 T coconut sugar. Stir!
Add the other .5 T coconut oil to the heated skillet.
Add the coconut oil/sugar mixture to the heated skillet.
Add bag of FROZEN TJ’s Gnocchi.
Let is cook for a few minutes until it starts to brown. Flip and mix.
As both sides start to brown, add cinnamon! Amount is up to you… I went pretty heavy!
Let the gnocchi sauté until it is the desired crispiness and serve!

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!

Coconut Cacao Pancakes made with Califia Farms Almondmilk

PANCAKES! Do you remember when I was the queen of #glutenfree pancakes?! Two-ingredient, three-ingredient, FOUR and more… I made them all! Until I discovered my smoothie obsession and put my pancake game on pause. WELLLL, it’s time to spruce up my pancake collection… and what’s a better way to do so than by adding a little cacao into the mix?! Introducing my Coconut Cacao Pancakes! With a special thank you to Califia Farms for saving me on a day-to-day with their incredible dairy-free Almondmilk.

What You Will Need:

1 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 C Coconut Flour
1 T Honey
2 T cacao powder (TRY 2T to start!)
1/4 Cup + 1 T Unsweetened Vanilla Califia Farms Almondmilk
4 Eggs
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp Vanilla

What You Will Do:

In a bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, combine Califia Farms Almondmilk, eggs, honey, and vanilla.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until totally combined.
Add cacao, and stir!
Spray a heated skillet with coconut oil spray.
Pour batter into 3″ diameter circles on your skillet (should be able to make 4 at a time). Let the pancakes cook for ~1 minute, or until they start to bubble/firm on top and are firm on the bottom. Flip and cook for ~30 seconds!
Stack your pancakes and top with melted chocolate chips or chocolate sauce (NECESSARY), and more toppings of your choosing! (I added more honey!)

Enjoy!

 

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!

Order your Vital Proteins, here! 

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!!!

My Go-To Smoothie Made with Vital Proteins

If you have followed me for long then you know that I am the queen of smoothies! Yes my title may be self-proclaimed, but I have tested and tried every kind of smoothie at every time of day, and my addiction isn’t because of their great flavor and taste, it is because I have discovered a way to make my smoothies nutrient packed! Oh, and because I am LOVING reaping the benefits!

Today I introduce you to my go-to smoothie made with the help of my go-to brand, Vital Proteins. I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides EVERY. DAY. in my smoothies. Why? Well collagen is known to heal leaky gut, improve hair and nail growth, improve skin elasticity, protect from heart disease, and protect your brain from Alzheimer’s and more! Since adding VP to my diet, not only has my digestion improved, but I’ve noticed SIGNIFICANT hair growth and my nails and bones are stronger than ever. TRUTH.

And if you’re not a smoothie person that’s okay!! You can simply add Vital Proteins to 8oz of water and drink it straight! The classic flavor has no taste, but the flavored lines including Vanilla Coconut, Melon Mint, Cucumber Aloe, and more will give your drink the perfect touch of taste. Vital Proteins started with their collagen peptides, and I’ve LOVED seeing their business develop to now include collagen creamers, bone broth powders, greens and veggies, beauty collagens, and more!

(use this post’s hyperlinks for your Vital Proteins purchase!)

The NOBREAD… aka My Vanilla Avocado Smoothie!

What You Will Need:
1.5 C Unsweetened Vanilla Nut Milk
1 Scoop Vanilla Coconut Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Handful of Spinach
Handful of Blueberries
1T Chia Seeds
1/2 Avocado

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a Vitamix or NutriBullet starting with your nut milk.
Blend on High for 30-45 seconds, or until the smoothie is totally blended.
Pour into a bowl and top with cacao nibs, coconut shavings, and a little almond butter or with fruit!
Serve and ENJOY!

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

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!

Unicorn Smoothie

You’ll notice that most of my smoothie recipes are fruit-free. That is because I tend to avoid fruits that are high in sugar! But I also recognize that most people love bananas in their smoothies… I mean, bananas are the ultimate way to make a nice, creamy smoothie. And hey, I’m not a robot! Every once in a while it’s nice to have a banana smoothie! Recently my friends at Pearl Butter sent me their multi-color coconut butters (the colors are thanks to different adaptogens and superfoods used in each), and I decided the butters would be AMAZING in a smoothie. Both visually and taste-wise! And I was RIGHT! Introducing my Unicorn Smoothie…

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Original Coconut Milk
1-2T Beauty Butter (I got it from Pearl Butter, and the pink is thanks to Pitaya!)
1 Scoop Vanilla Coconut Collagen (Primal Kitchen Brand or Vital Proteins)
*Sub vegan vanilla protein for vegan smoothie
1T Chia Seeds
1 Banana
1/2T Brain Octane or MCT Oil (Optional)

What You Will Do:
Add all items to a Vitamix, starting with the nut milk. Blend on high for 40-50 seconds.
Pour into a jar or glass, and add your toppings! I added Adaptogenic Butters from Pearl Butter (yellow is turmeric and blue is spirulina). Enjoy!!

No Bake Chocolate Almond Bars

I first started making no-bake recipes because whenever I cook, I tend to eat half the batter before baking! And when a recipe has egg in it this isn’t the smartest idea. Does anyone else agree that the batter is the best part of a recipe?? With this No Bake Chocolate Almond Bar recipe you can indulge in the batter, guilt-free!

What You Will Need:
For the Almond Bake:
1 Cup Almond Butter (or other nut butter)
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar (or alternative natural sweetener)

For the Chocolate Spread:
1 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips for melting
1/2 Cup Almond Butter (or other nut butter)

What You Will Do:
In a bowl, combine almond butter, coconut sugar, and coconut flour. Stir until totally mixed.


Line a 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper, and pour batter into the pan. Spread until the batter is even throughout.
Place in the refrigerator to cool.
In a separate bowl, melt your chocolate chips in the microwave. Add almond butter and mix!
Remove batter from the refrigerator, and pour chocolate over the batter. Spread evenly!
Place back in the refrigerator and cool for 1-2 hours before cutting.
Slice and serve!

For even firmer results, place in the freezer! You can also do a double chocolate layer and pour the chocolate spread under and on top of the almond batter.

NOTES:
This recipe can also be used to make peanut butter cups!
If you want to eat immediately, refrigerate and eat after an hour or two. But it will melt quick! For best results, FREEZE!!

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

It’s October, and as pumpkins line the grocery stores and homes on my street, it also fills my cabinets and refrigerator. I love making classic pumpkin dishes like roast pumpkin, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread, but it’s also fun to incorporate pumpkin into my everyday, year-round recipes! One of my favorite recipes to incorporate seasonal flavors into is my Chia Seed pudding! When you make the pudding parfait style you can play around with the different layers, and given the time of year, I figured a Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding Parfait sounded just right.

What You Will Need:
2 C Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk
6 T Chia Seeds
1T Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Pumpkin
Dash of Cinnamon
Handful of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

What You Will Do:
Pour maple syrup, chia seeds, and vanilla into your bowl of hemp milk and stir.
Place in a refrigerator for minimum 1-2 hours. I like making the recipe before I go to bed, and eating it in the morning!
When your pudding is done, pour half of the pudding in a jar. Add 1/4C pumpkin. Add the second half of the pudding, and the second half of the pumpkin. Top with chocolate chips!!
Mix it all together and eat up! Or, if you’re a purist like myself, eat it layer by layer!

This recipe serves 2 people and although it may not seem like it, it totally fills you up! Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Smoothie

IT’S FALL! IT’S FALL! Which means it’s butternut squash and pumpkin season! Every September through November I go wild cooking all-things butternut squash and pumpkin, and given this year I’ve become a smoothie addict, I figured it only made sense to incorporate the veggie into my breakfast routine. Introducing my Butternut Squash Smoothie topped with cinnamon; it tastes like Fall!

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Butternut Squash: Steam then freeze
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Primal Kitchen Vanilla Coconut Collagen)
*Use Vegan Vanilla Protein for a vegan smoothie
1T Flax Seeds
1 T Coconut Oil
1.5 C Coconut Milk (Vanilla Unsweetened)
Dash of Cinnamon
To Top: Purely Elizabeth Granola, Coconut Cult Probiotic Yogurt, Spread the Love Peanut Butter

What You Will Do:
Steam then freeze the butternut squash cubes.
Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with the nut milk base.
Blend until smooth.
Pour the smoothie into a jar or bowl, and top with your toppings!
Indulge!

Blue Banana Smoothie Bowl

Ever since ‘Unicorn Food’ became cool, I’ve admired how the different colors in the food were made. Beet for pink, matcha for green, and blue algae for blue. Yes, I said blue algae. You know, that thing you learn about in 3rd grade science class…! I bet you didn’t know that organic blue-green algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! When I learned this, it was a no-brainer. I needed algae in my life, and smoothie bowls would be the perfect place to experiment.

What You Will Need:
1.5C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1/2 Frozen Banana
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Vanilla Aloha– Code NOBREAD20 gets you a discount!)
1.5 tsp Blue Spirulina (I used Blue Majik)
1T Chia or Flax Seeds
1T Coconut Oil
Optional: up to 1T Bulletproof Brain Octane.
Steamed then frozen cauliflower.

What You Will Do:
Add all items to a blender, starting with your nut milk.
Blend on high for 1 minute or until totally combined.
Pour into a bowl and add your toppings!
I added Purely Elizabeth granola, coconut butter, and blueberries!

The more Blue Majik you add, the more blue your smoothie bowl becomes! I settled on using a teaspoon and a half, and the taste of the spirulina wasn’t overpowering. I also only used a half banana, and you can totally use a full banana to add more creaminess and banana flavor. I didn’t add any veggies to this smoothie, but next time I plan to add 1C frozen cauliflower for added nutrients and texture!