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Three GREEN Smoothies I love right now!

If there is one thing to know about me, it is that I love smoothies. Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner; I could have smoothies for them all! If you’ve been following me for a while, then you are quite familiar with my extensive smoothie recipe selection. Well, there are THREE, yes THREE, GREEN smoothies I have been enjoying all summer and they NEED to be added to your smoothie menus. I know summer is pretty much over, but better late than never, right? xx Nicole

  1. Collagen Packed and Refreshed 

1.5 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 scoops Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
1/2 Avocado
Handful of Spinach and Kale
1/4 Cup Raspberries
3 cucumber slices
Squeeze of Lemon

  1. Daily Harvest Cup- Banana & Greens

ADD:
Fill Daily Harvest Cup with Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 Scoop Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Collagen

Use Code NOBREAD at Checkout on Daily Harvest for 3 free cups with your first order! 

  1. Hip, Hemp, and Vegan

1.5 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (I use Califia)
2T Vanilla Hemp Protein (I use Nutiva)
Handful of Spinach
1T Chia Seeds
½ Avocado
1/4 Cup Blueberries

L to R: Daily Harvest, Hip Hemp, Collagen Packed

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!

Enjoy Life Foods New Packaging!

Did you know May is National Celiac Awareness Month!? Well if you didn’t know before, you know now! And to celebrate, my friends at Enjoy Life Foods and I are having our own little cookie/chocolate party!

We all know my love for Enjoy Life Foods products, specifically their chocolate chip cookies (crunchy and soft) and their mini chips and baking chocolates. ELF mini chips are in each recipe I create that uses chocolate chips, and I’ve had an ELF cookie as a dessert every. single. day. for the last 9+ years. Not only am I forever loyal to the brand (the only true GF brand out there when I found out I had Celiac almost ten years ago) but the cookies are genuinely DELICIOUS.

Back when I had to go gluten-free, there were NO good gluten-free options on the market. The GF products out there were bland and boring, or products that were naturally gluten-free. Enjoy Life Foods was the one brand offering allergy-friendly baked goods, and the brand that got me through my difficult dietary transition. As their product line has grown, their morals and values have stayed the same and they are dedicated to providing allergy-friendly food to our community. It was Enjoy Life Foods who made me realize I was still going to be able to enjoy my life.

Recently the team came out with their teal packaging!! And I invite you all to embark on some #TealSpotting with me!! Snap a photo of the teal packaging on the shelf, tag Enjoy Life, the retailer and #tealspotting for a chance to win a free product coupon!

OH, and what’s a celebration without a gift?! By clicking THIS LINK you can ‘enjoy’ (lol, get it!?) 15% off your order!! See more details below!!

  • Promotional Code: ENJOYNB
  • Discount: 15% off (minimum order $10)
  • Restrictions: One time use
  • Live date: May 1 – June 8

Plant Snacks

Introducing a new favorite snack, Plant Snacks’ cassava root chips! The chips are not only VEGAN, but they are GLUTEN-FREE, free of the Big 8 Allergens, non-GMO, paleo friendly and free from added sugars, grains, corn, trans fat, artificial flavors and preservatives. Oh, and most importantly, they taste INCREDIBLE. The chips come in four flavors: Sea Salt, Super Seeds, Vegan Beet with Goat Cheese and Vegan Cheddar, and each only has 140 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat per serving.

Whether I need a handful of crunch to satisfy a craving, or I am packing up snacks for the beach, Plant Snacks’ cassava root chips have become my go-to. When I went gluten-free and I needed a snack to replace my gluten-filled bread cravings, chips were my savior. The Plant Snacks flavors are so unique and provide much needed variety to my snacking routine… and you have to love when variety comes from a healthy root!

I have so many good things to say about EACH flavor I don’t know where to begin! I’ll start with the Vegan Beet with Goat Cheese, because this flavor caught my eye from the start! This variety combines cassava flour with beets and vegan goat cheese, the perfect mix of sweet and savory. It’s RARE to find a vegan goat cheese that isn’t made out of nuts, plus the clean ingredient list is amazing!

For the old-school Dorito or Cheeto lovers, Plant Snacks’ Vegan Cheddar cassava root chips are for you – you won’t even know they’re vegan, I promise! My favorite flavor is Super Seeds, which is a blend of pumpkin, sunflower, flax and sesame seeds. This packed chip is incredibly satisfying and FILLING.

I’m tired of artificial flavors, cheap ingredients, and poor nutrition, and the team at Plant Snacks is, too! Plant Snacks source their cassava directly from Brazil. And if I don’t have you sold at this point, did you know that the benefits of cassava (a root veggie also known as yuca or manioc) include: an amazing source of fiber, folate, vitamin C, and potassium, and it boosts immunity and has beneficial properties for your skin?!

To find Plant Snacks at a store near you, click here!

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!

Pyure Organic Stevia

When it comes to sugar, I like to say, “I can’t live with it, but I really can’t live without it.” What do I mean? Well, I know deep down, sugar is my number one culprit when it comes to stomach problems and not feeling well (or number one now that gluten has been removed 😉 ), but sugar just makes everything taste better!! In recent months, I’ve started using Stevia in my recipes and drinks/cocktails, as a way of indulging in the sweet, without having to give in and use actual sugar, and I’m a total supporter of it.

Introducing Pyure Organic Stevia. An organic, Non-GMO, sugar free, calorie-free, vegan, gluten-free sweetener! Pyure‘s unique formulation only uses the sweetest part of the Stevia leaf so it tastes great, and it’s easy to use! Each product has a conversion chart making it easy to swap out sugar from any recipe. It’s great for baking, creating beverages, savory sauces, and healthy snacks…any recipe that needs a little sweetness! Pyure comes in an all-purpose blend, liquid Original & Vanilla flavor, Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and Sugar-Free Honey alternative, with more to come.

I’ve used Pyure’s classic blend Stevia for a while now in my matcha lattes, and it totally does the trick and gives my matcha the extra sweetness it needs. But like you all, I was most curious about the maple and honey flavored varieties! I mean, could it really be possible to taste like maple/honey, but not have the sugar? The answer is yes! First of all, I can have the Pyure Maple Stevia by the spoonful it is just so good! To test the power of Pyure’s flavored Stevia, I decided to make one of my favorite recipes, my Paleo Cacao Avocado Bread, but sub in Pyure Honey for actual Honey.

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Mashed Avocado (~1.5 small avocados)
3 T Melted Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 T Pyure Organic Stevia: Honey
2 Eggs
2 Cups Almond Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Cacao Powder
Dash of Salt

The verdict? Just as delicious and flavorful as I expected it to be!

This weekend at Expo West I had the opportunity to sit down with Pyure’s Founder, Ben Fleischer, and chat more about his brand. He too, enjoys using Pyure in his drinks, but also brought up such an interesting point! Remember your childhood days when you drowned your pancakes in maple syrup? And then subsequently drove your parents crazy because you were on a crazy sugar high? Pyure’s maple stevia is a parent’s dream! Kids can experience the taste and flavor of maple syrup, all without the sugar rush, making this product totally parent approved.

Ben mentioned new flavors are on the horizon, as well as product expansion outside of the stevia blends. I’m super excited for Pyure to continue making its impression on our health and wellness community (can you believe they’ve been around for 10 years?!), and I’m excited to create awareness for this awesome company.

To learn more about the product and to purchase, visit Pyureorganic.com!

PS- my new favorite “Mocktail” recipe: Club Soda, Mint, Stevia. A Mock Mojito!

 

Beet Pancakes

Valentine’s Day is HERE, so we decided to make the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast! Beets are FULL of nutrients, and their beautiful pink color made the root a no brainer to create a recipe with. These bad boys are also vegan, and super allergy-friendly! And not to mention, they are quick and easy and perfect to make on this special morning. Happy Valentine’s Day!

What You Will Need:
1 1/4 cup oat flour
1 chia egg (1 tablespoon chia seeds, 3 tablespoons water- refrigerate for 3 minutes)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup juice from boiled beets
1 tablespoon vegan butter
1 1/4 cup hemp milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Vegan chocolate chips sprinkled on top (or in the batter, too!)

What You Will Do:
Boil beets in water for 5 minutes, or until water is red!
In a large mixing bowl combine oat flour, salt, and baking powder.
In a separate bowl combine chia egg, water from boiled beets, vegan butter, hemp milk, vanilla, and maple syrup.


Pour your dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until all the ingredients are combined.


Heat up skillet on the stove, pour batter onto griddle (4 at a time) and cook till golden brown (don’t forget to flip!)


Optional: add maple syrup and chocolate chips on top!

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!