Just because you choose not to eat gluten or animal products does not mean you can not enjoy delicious freshly baked muffins! These banana pecan mini muffins, are gluten free thanks to the Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten free baking flour I used (which you can get at Fresh and Natural Foods), and vegan, because they are made without eggs but still light and fluffy. Don’t worry though you can not tell that they are not traditional muffins because they are just as delicious! These make the perfect Saturday morning treat!
Just because you have decided to go dairy free or are vegan, it doesn’t mean you have to give up things like cream cheese. Not when you can make your own dairy free version at home! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for a super delicious jalapeno cream cheese that is good on savory bagels, or as a sandwich spread, as a veggie dip, or for with crackers. It is made from cashews and coconut milk and it tastes so rich and delicious you would never guess that it is vegan! It is really simple to make as well! If you are more of a sweet than savory person, you could leave out the jalapenos, pepper flakes and garlic and instead add 1 cup freeze dried berries plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup instead for a sweet berry cream cheese.
Skip the unhealthy pumpkin shake at the fast food restaurant and make your own at home instead for a healthier alternative that will actually leave you feeling good without a sugar high. The recipe I am sharing with you today doubles as a dessert, or a breakfast on the go. It doesn’t contain any refined sugars, or dairy. The base is bananas instead of dairy, and I add medjool dates for sweetness and it is just right. Also I have included protein powder, because I like an extra boost in my shakes so it is the perfect thing to keep you satisfied until lunch. It has a swirl of vanilla pumpkin and chocolate shake so you get two delicious flavors in one drink! Give this a try next time you are in need of a pumpkin shake! Of course if you are not a chocolate fan, just make it plain pumpkin and leave out the cacao powder.
Summer is the time when fresh berries are plentiful, at their most delicious and most affordable. But when the cooler months hit, and the berries go away, I like to enjoy some delicious berry jam that I made with Summer berries! It really is pretty easy to make, and it is the perfect way to be able to enjoy those Summer berries all year round! The recipe I am sharing with you today is a lower sugar recipe, as I try to limit my sugar intake. It is just as delicious as regular jam though! You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Fresh and Natural Foods, including the low sugar pectin!
Combining chia seeds and oats makes for a hearty breakfast that will keep you full and satisfied until lunch. Of course you can mix them and make overnight oats, but I also like to make a chia pudding and granola parfait with fruit. I love the crunchy texture of the granola with the creamy chia pudding and sweet fruit. It is not only delicious but it packs fiber, protein and heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids with the chia seeds. The chia pudding can actually be made days ahead of time, so you can assemble these quickly in the morning before school or work.
Making your own granola is fun and easy! Not only that, it fills your home with the most heavenly aroma, and you can choose what ingredients you want to go into it. Many commercial granola brands have a lot of sugar, but I like to add maple syrup to mine and use a little less. The recipe I am sharing with you today is high in fiber thanks to the oats, coconut and walnuts, and I have included freeze dried berries for little sweet bursts of flavor. This keeps well in an airtight container for a few weeks, or a month if kept in the refrigerator. It is good for snacking, or for breakfast with yogurt, or even as a crunchy topping for fruit!
A home made loaf of quick bread is always delicious for breakfast, or just snacking with some nut butter for a more satisfying treat. One of my favorites is a carrot cranberry pecan quick bread that has extra fiber thanks to the added fruit, veggies and nuts. It is easy whip up a loaf, and so good! I am sure it will become a favorite in your family as well. This bread reminds me of carrot cake, but it is so much more simple to make! I used gluten free flour in this, but if you are more of a fan of whole wheat flour, it can be swapped in for the gluten free flour.
Smoothies are a great way to start off the day if you are trying to get in a lot of nutrients from fruit at once. I like to add protein powder so it becomes a full balanced meal, and keeps me satisfied longer. The one I am sharing with you today is made from all berries, so it is packed full of heart healthy antioxidants. Although smoothies are great for pouring into cups for when you are on the go so you can drink them with a straw, if I have time, I like to make smoothie bowls, so that I can add delicious toppings to them and enjoy them with a spoon. Of course I blend them a little thicker with less liquid, so that they are almost like a healthy ice cream. If you top them off with things like healthy nuts and seeds, you can get some extra heart healthy ingredients in as well. But of course, feel free to be creative, you can top them off with whatever you have on hand!
There is nothing like warm fluffy Belgian waffles on a weekend morning! This is something I have loved since I was a child. Since then I have come up with a whole grain oat version that has a little more fiber than the original and it happens to be vegan (egg and dairy free) as well! These are easy to make, satisfying and of course delicious! Not only that, they are inexpensive to make, and they are wonderful topped off with whatever fruit is in season and a little maple syrup. If you make a double batch, you can freeze them for later, and just pop them in the toaster when you need them!
I love porridge in the morning, in fact I ate oatmeal every morning for most of my life! But now I like to switch it up sometimes and use other ingredients to make a porridge as well. Quinoa is one of my favorites. It has protein and fiber to keep me full. I like to add in some other ingredients as well to make it extra hearty, some hemp seeds and chia seeds. Not only do they add texture, but heart healthy omega 3s too. Lastly, although this porridge is good as it is with creamy coconut milk and a little sweetness, I like to serve it in a bowl topped off with goodies like fresh berries, nuts, and cacao nibs. It makes breakfast more exciting! Have this for breakfast, and you will be feeling good until lunch time!