Good morning and happy Tuesday! Coming atcha with a recipe for creamy strawberry almond milk from scratch that’s SO EASY! I have loved making the switch to dairy free milk and have been drinking only dairy free milk for about 6 years now. Dairy products often make me feel sick and bloated (I have a self-diagnosed lactose intolerance) but dairy free milks have allowed me to keep eating so many of my favorite foods and still feel great!
Strawberry almond milk:
1/2 cup almonds (soaked for at least 2 hours)
2 cups water
1/2 vanilla bean (seeds only)
3 large strawberries (can add more to make the strawberry flavor stronger)
Optional: Pinch of cinnamon & 1 packet of stevia
Blend for 2-3 minutes in a high speed blender and strain through a nut milk bag (I’ve linked the one I use below) or a cheese cloth. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and shake well before drinking!
Chia pudding is the perfect low sugar sweet treat for breakfast, a snack, or dessert! You can top it with fresh fruit like blueberries and mango then add other fun toppings like granola, yogurt, coconut whip, honey to make it your own.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of cinnamon
Put ingredients in container or bowl and mix together. Place covered in the refrigerator for at least two hours. and mix every 1-2 hours until set. Keep refrigerated. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and mix well.
I tend to stick to my go to avocado toast and eggs on a busy morning, but when I have the time I love to experiment with healthier versions of pancakes, waffles, French toast and all of those sugary breakfast comfort foods. Cold weather is coming and there’s nothing better than a warm plate of French Toast for those mornings when it’s hard to even leave your bed! This recipe is full of protein and immune boosting sweeteners to help your body fight the chill!
4 slices of sprouted bread or seed bread (I love Ezekiel bread, but you have to lightly toast it beforehand as it comes frozen!)
½ Premier Protein Shake Vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
1 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
Mix together protein, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup or honey in a wide shallow bowl. Place a piece of bread into the mixture and soak for at least 30 seconds on both sides. Cook in a pan coated with coconut oil on medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side or until the toast is golden brown and slightly crispy. Top with berries and pure maple syrup or raw honey.
Makes 2 servings
Tip: using pure maple syrup or raw honey is so important! They contain more beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Maple Syrup has nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Both raw honey and maple syrup can fight inflammation and raw honey has antibacterial properties which is why some people use raw honey in face masks or as a topical skin treatment!
4 cups watermelon
¼ cup lemon juice
1-2 tbsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a shallow pan (9×13 should work) and freeze for 2-3 hours. Use a fork to rake through the frozen watermelon mixture and spoon into cups or bowls to serve!
I LOVE banana bread. Pumpkin bread is good, I even have a special place in my heart for zucchini bread, but banana bread always takes the cake. Now typically I would add something basic like walnuts to my banana bread, but I didn’t have walnuts… what I did have was dried figs and let me tell you I’m so glad that I did. This combo is so yummy and different and the dried figs add a caramel-y flavor that’s perfect with chocolate chips.
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Foods Dairy Free Chocolate Chips)
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
Preheat oven to 350. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients and the coconut sugar. Mix the wet ingredients then slowly add in the dry ingredients mixing as you go. Dump in your chocolate chips and dried figs and mix them in (pro tip: lightly coat your chocolate chips with a little bit of flour to avoid them all sinking to the bottom of the batter). Pour into a loaf pan greased with coconut oil and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Can’t go wrong adding cinnamon to your pancakes… and you also can’t go wrong adding turmeric for extra color and anti-inflamatory and antioxident properties. These pancakes are healthy, beautiful, and delicious!
Blend all of the wet ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then add dry ingredients and mix or blend until fully incorporated. Heat coconut oil in a pan on medium heat and pour or scoop the batter onto the pan and brown on both sides
**I topped mine with pecans, chopped nectarine, warm berries, and honey**
These vegan cheesecakes are so creamy & have become a favorite treat in my house! There are tons of different variations you can make to the cheesecake filling with different fruits, nut butters, or spices and even fun toppings!
For the base:
1 c walnuts
1 c pitted dates
For the filling:
1 c cashews (soaked in hot water for 10 min)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c agave
1/2 c coconut oil
Juice from one lemon
Pinch of salt
**for the chocolate layer I added in chocolate hummus I found at my local HEB but you can find similar ones from Delighted by Hummus**
Blend base ingredients & filling ingredients separately, then press base mixture into the bottom of a cupcake pan. Pour filling mixture over base, add any optional toppings & freeze. Thaw for 8-10 minutes before eating.
These sweet treats are so refreshing for the summer! They don’t require any baking and have very few ingredients so they’re easy to make any time! They’re bright, pretty and you can share them with friends to cool off after a hot day!
1 bag of Purely Elizabeth granola (I used original but you could use any flavor including the grainless options)
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
1.5 cups soaked raw cashews
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
3 tbsp honey
1.5 tsp pitaya powder (totally optional!!)
Blend crust ingredients in a high power blender or food processor until crumbly but sticky then press into the bottom of a muffin tin/cake pan/8×8 pan and set in the fridge for later.
Add all ingredients for the cashew cream in your blender and blend for 2-5 minutes or until creamy! Pour over crust and top with fresh blueberries/strawberries/nuts/etc. freeze for 1 hour! (Let them thaw out a few minutes before eating them!)
Summertime = GRILLING EVERYTHING. Meat, veggies, & fruit are all awesome on a grill & you can get super creative with how you serve them up!
Granola of your choice
Slice nectarines & place on a grill (it’s best not to place them on the hottest part of the grill) cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the grill leaves dark golden brown lines on your nectarines. Remove and serve with yogurt, granola, & cinnamon.