Pumpkin Spice Creamer and Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Energy Bites and everything nice

Fall has finally come to Arizona and it is a beautiful 81 degrees today.

The new puppy woke me up at 6 am and I had a can of pumpkin, so what better way to start a Sunday then with a good cup of coffee and some protein packed energy bites to get me through the week.

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

1 TBS Canned Pumpkin

1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie spice

4 oz of Non-Dairy Milk (your choice)

Stevia or Monkfruit to desired sweetness

Place all ingredients in a small mason jar and shake until well mixed.

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Pumpkin Energy Bites

1 Cup Dates

1 TBS Molasses

1 TBS Maple Syrup or Honey

2 TBS Peanut Butter or Almond Butter

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Oatmeal

1 Scoop Protein Powder

2 TBS Hemp Seed

2 TBS Chia Seed

2 TBS Flaxseed (ground)

2 Tsp Pumpkin Spice

Salt (to taste)

2 TBS Dried Cranberries

2 TBS Raw Pumpkin Seeds

1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

In a blender or food processor mix dates, molasses, syrup, nut butter and vanilla. Then add dry ingredients and pumpkin, mix again. Scoop out into a bowl and fold in cranberries, seeds and chocolate chips. Roll into balls and refrigerate.

Cauliflower Rice Taco Bowl

Happy National Guacamole Day!!

Today I made a simple and easy lunch to help celebrate the beloved avocado but keep it low carb. Over the weekend I attended the Rockin Taco Festival and had my share of tacos, tortilla chips and margaritas. Which means its time to get back on the wagon with some healthier meals.

Here are the ingredients I used.

Directions:

Cook Cauliflower rice with your favorite taco seasoning and then add the Jackfruit (I used the microwave. “Rice” for 3 minutes, added the Jackfruit and cooked 2 more minutes) per directions on each package.

Top with lettuce, tomato, jalapenos and of course….your favorite guacamole.

South Dakota Day 1

Today my husband and me took our first flight together after 22 years of marriage and many more as friends, to see his mom. After a smooth landing in Sioux Falls, shopped at HyVee, and was pleasingly surprised at the mecca of healthy food choices. Stocked up on gluten-free and vegan choices for me, and plenty of food and drink for the next week, we headed to my mother-in-laws home. Sat and talked and snacked, a little wine, a little Komucha, listening to the rain. Lovely, relaxing start to our vacation here.

Pesto Veggie Pasta

1 package frozen Zucchini Noodles

2 TBS favorite Pesto

1 1/2 cup quartered Grape Tomatoes

2 Tbs Sundried Tomatoes

1 can rinsed, drained Cannellini Beans

2 handfuls of Baby Kale

Fresh Basil

Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Directions:

Cook Zucchini Noodles to package directions. Drain water out. Add all ingredients into pan and cook 3-4 minutes until flavors combine and heated through.

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.