Peanut Butter Blondies

Sometimes you need a little afternoon treat. I was going through one of my Pinterest boards, looking at saved recipes for inspiration. Luckily this one I had all the ingredients for. They were moist, delicious, and just the right amount of sweet. All thanks to a surprise ingredient….garbanzo beans. These are grain-free, gluten-free, vegan and perfect with an afternoon cup of coffee. I made a few small changes to the recipe but you can find the original recipe by Joy Food Sunshine here. I hope you enjoy them and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

1 15 oz can Garbanzo Beans

1/2 cup Peanut Butter

1/4 cup Blue Agave Syrup

1 TBS Vanilla Almond Milk

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add all ingredients except chocolate chips into a high power blender or a food processor to make the batter smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.

Grease a a glass pan (I used vegan butter) and pour batter in. Top with extra chocolate chips and sea salt. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

Vegan Caprese Appetizer

Looking for a quick and easy app for Happy Hour. Here it is. Make the cashew cheese ahead of time, all you need is fresh tomato slices and basil. Want to level it up? Add some balsamic vinager and an olive oil drizzle, some goid wine. Voila!

Cashew Cheese

1 cup soaked Cashews

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast (or to taste)

Sea salt

Drain and rinse cashews. Mix together with lemon and nutritional yeast in a blender or food processor. Refridgerate.

Slice tomatoes, add cashew cheese and a fresh basil leaf.

Taco Salad (Vegan, GF)

Leftovers are always awesome to make a quick and easy lunch. Last night I made Tacos so I had taco “meat”, cashew sour cream, home made salsa all on hand already. After teaching 3 fitness classes this morning, I was ready to refuel. This salad hit the spot.

Ingredients:

Lettuce, tomato, fresh corn cut from the cob, Beyond Meat crumbles , avocado, cashew sour cream, salsa. See below for recipes and tips

Beyond Meat Taco Filling:

You can find Beyond Meat crumbles in the freezer section. I found it at my local Wal-Mart. Cook to package direction then use your favorite Taco Seasoning packet and cook to directions on packet.

Cashew Sour Cream

Soak 1 cup Cashews, 20 minutes in hot water. Drain and rinse, add to blender or food processor. Squeeze in half a lemon, add salt to taste. Blend until smooth and store in refrigerator.

Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

Happy National Peanut Butter Day.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter are a match made in heaven. These cups are easy to make, only 3 ingredients, vegan, gluten-free, low sugar, paleo and all kinds of happiness.

Easy Peasy Directions:

Melt your favorite chocolate chips with coconut oil in the microwave in 20 sec increments, stirring each time until melted.

Spoon into bottom of candy or mini cupcake liners. Freeze until solid. (Approx. 30 min)

Add your favorite unsweetened nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew) and freeze again (Approx. 15 min)

Add melted chocolate to the top, freeze until set.

Then, Enjoy!

Try It Tuesday- Cauliflower Gnocchi

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I was excited when I saw another blogger post about this new Trader Joes find. It took me a few trips to TJ’s to find it in stock. Being gluten-free I have not found a replacement for gnocchi until now. It made for a quick, delicious filling lunch.

1/2 cup Cauliflower Gnocchi

9 Veggie Balls (Ikea- Gronsaksbullar)

!/2 cup frozen Green Beans

1/2 cup Tomato Sauce ( I used Summer Is Inside- Organic and BPA free)

1 tbsp. Nutritional  Yeast

3 large Mushrooms sautéed with garlic, salt and pepper

I followed the package directions for the gnocchi and added the green beans and veggie balls. I put them in a non-stick pan with a 1/4 cup of water and covered with a lid and cooked for 6 min. Then I removed from heat, stirred in tomato sauce and nutritional yeast. Then I sautéed the mushrooms and added to the top.

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Calories 340

Carbs 39g Fiber 10g Net Carbs 29g

Protein 14g

Fat 14.5g

Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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My favorite way to start Sunday, is brunch! Coming up with new, delicious recipes to share with my family, relax and just hang out in our PJ’s. Before I even got to try it I heard my son “this is really good”. I knew it would be a keeper. Super moist, delicious, and you would never know it is gluten-free, vegan and low sugar.

Recipe:

Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Oat Flour (ground oatmeal)

1/2 cup Buckwheat Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 Tbs Cinnamon

2 Tbs Chia Seed

3 Tbs Sugar (or coconut sugar or Stevia)

Dash of Salt

Mix all together in a bowl

2 Tbs ground Flaxseed (for flax eggs) add water and let sit 10 minutes

In another bowl mix together:

3 overripe bananas, mashed

1 grated zucchini (peeled optional)

3 Tbs Maple Syrup (can sub honey if not vegan)

3 Tbs Peanut Butter (can sub any nut butter)

add the flax eggs mix together, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix by hand, fold in 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips (your choice)

Pour mixture in greased pan, top with crushed pecan and raw sugar (totally optional) Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick come out clean. 

Let cool  slightly (the chocolate chips will be little lava pockets) and enjoy 🙂

 

 

Zesty Vegan Cheese Spread

This cheese spread is so good! A little bit of zip, creamy and cheesy. Great for sandwiches or as a veggie dip.

1/2 cup of soaked cashews

1 TBS Lemon Juice

1 1/2 TBS Nutritional Yeast

1 TBS Coconut Oil

1 1/2 TSP Chili Powder (or more to taste)

1 TSP Italian Herb Blend (dried)

Salt

UnSweetened Non-Dairy Milk (I used Almond)

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender, start with a tablespoon milk, blend, add more milk until desired consistency.

Asparagus Tomato Sandwich

Toast gluten-free bread. Spread cheese spread on each slice. Saute asparagus and green bell pepper in coconut oil over med-high heat for a couple minutes to lightly cook but retain slight crunch. Add tomato, salt and pepper. For non-vegan add salmon.