Breakfast · Dessert · Snacks · Uncategorized

Carob Cookie Dough Blondies

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Anyone else not able to eat chocolate?! My hormones are so super sensitive that caffeine of any kind is off the table for me.  One thing that I’ve had the hardest trouble letting go of is chocolate chip cookies, blondies, & brownies.

This blondie mix from Namaste Foods is so delightful to make with carob for the ultimate healthy dessert.  It’s so versatile.  If you want to bake it with butter & eggs you can.  If you’re vegan & want to use oil & their fabulous egg replacer they’re just as delicious.  I opted for the oil & egg combo with a chopped carob bar to replace the chocolate chips.  Oh man!  They taste like cubes of cookie dough & I can’t get enough of them!

Bonus!  Their mixes are free of the 8 most common allergens!  This mix is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut free, tree nut free, & more.

 

Ingredients:

1 box Namaste Foods Blondie Mix

1 cup canola oil

3 eggs

1/2 cup hot water

1 carob (or chocolate!) bar chopped into fine chunks

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine eggs, oil, & hot water.

Whisk in blondie mix until all lumps are gone.

Grease a 9×13 inch pan with a little of your oil.

Bake for around 35 minutes (slightly underdone for cookie dough texture).

Let cool & enjoy!

Breakfast · Dessert · Snacks · Uncategorized

Vegan Pumpkin Cake Bars

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Autumn has been much too warm for my liking in Southern California!  I’m baking with as many fall flavors as possible to fool myself into thinking that I’m back in New England!

These cake bars are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, & low in fat.  They’re lightly sweet, making them perfect for breakfast or as a pairing with a cozy mug of coffee or tea.

They’re quite simple on their own, so if you’re looking for some tasty additions I would recommend adding either your favorite frosting or glaze on top, or mixing in a fun add-in like chocolate chips.  You can dress them up or down however you’d like!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2.5 cups oat flour (I like Arrowhead Mills)

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

a sprinkle of cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon olive oil

optional: chocolate chips, frosting, or glaze (see directions)

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together all the dry ingredients in one large bowl.

Stir together all the wet ingredients in a separate medium bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until batter is smooth, creamy, & fluffy.

Stir in optional chocolate chips.

Pour batter into a greased medium sized pan (9×13 works well).

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until it has cooked all the way through

Let cool, then top with your favorite optional frosting or glaze.  Plain works well as a light breakfast or snack, & the frosting or glaze works well as a more decadent dessert.  

Slice into about 12 bars.  Enjoy!

Dinner · Lunch

6 Ingredient Fried Rice

I’m not only all about whole foods and nutrition, but convenience is very high up on my list!  This dish is so easy & nutritious (not to mention gluten-free and dairy-free)!  It’s got a great balance of veggies, protein, and vitamins, and it’s one of my weeknight go-to dinners.

If you’re a vegan you could skip the eggs and add in more veggies to bulk it up!

These measurements make 2 large servings

Ingredients:

1 cup rice (plus 2 cups of water)

4 large eggs

2 heads broccoli (or other vegetables if you prefer…I bet cauliflower, bell peppers, or carrots would work nicely as a substitution or a medley!)

1 tablespoon canola oil

Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (or regular if you prefer)

Sesame Seed Flavoring Oil (I use the one from House of Tsang)

Directions:

Bring rice and water to a boil in a small pot, then lower heat until rice has been cooked thoroughly

Chop broccoli (plus any additional vegetables) into bite sized pieces

Beat the eggs in a small bowl

Heat up a large wok to a medium temperature and pour in canola oil

Pour in the beaten eggs & scramble them (don’t overcook)

Pour in a drizzle of soy sauce to lightly coat them

Add vegetables to wok, coating in another small drizzle of soy sauce, and cook until they soften

Add in cooked rice, and continue slowly adding soy sauce and mixing until all ingredients have taken on a light brown color.  (You can always add in extra soy sauce when serving, but be careful not to go overboard in the pan or it will get too salty)

Add in a couple drops of sesame oil and mix thoroughly

When serving, keep extra soy sauce & sesame oil at the table so that you can add in more flavor to taste (I like to add a hefty amount of the sesame oil since it has such a great flavor)

Enjoy!

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Breakfast · Snacks

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Granola

Here I go with the cinnamon again!

This granola base is unbelievably easy to throw together, and is very customizable.  From this base feel free to add whatever mix-ins you love like dried fruit or nuts.

The brown sugar and the cinnamon bake into little sweet clusters, which I love.  However, if your preference is to make some larger clusters with the oats, I would substitute some of the brown sugar for either honey or maple syrup as a stronger binder.

Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats

4 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 tablespoons saigon cinnamon

a couple sprinkles of sea salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 heaping teaspoon vanilla extract

any additional mix-ins (dried fruit, nuts, etc.)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

Mix together oats, sugar, cinnamon, & salt in a large bowl

Mix oil & vanilla (as well as a liquid sweetener if you’re replacing some of the sugar with that) into a smaller bowl, then mix into the dry ingredients

Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet, & bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from over, stir, then bake for an additional 10 minutes

Remove from the oven, and continue to stir every few minutes until it has cooled completely

Toss in your optional mix-ins (dried fruit, nuts, etc.), and transfer into an airtight container.

Optional – Sift granola through a mesh strainer to remove excess sugar that did not adhere

Enjoy!

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Breakfast

Dairy-Free Vanilla Blueberry Muffins

Who doesn’t love blueberry muffins?!

I typically skip them most of the time in a grocery or bakery due to milk being an almost guaranteed ingredient.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my fair share of dairy (yogurt & cheese galore!), but my skin generally stays much clearer when I avoid milk, so I try to bake without it if I can.

What I love about these muffins is that they form such a dense consistency, almost like a biscuit, but are chockfull of vanilla & blueberry flavor.

Depending on how intense you are about blueberries, you may not throw in as many as I did, but I just can’t get enough of them!

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Ingredients:

2 cups flour (I use a white-whole wheat or unbleached flour for added benefits)

3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2/3 cup water

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder

about 9 oz. blueberries

optional powdered sugar for dusting

optional enjoy with a pat of blueberry jam!

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375, and line the muffin tin with paper cups

Stir flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large in a large bowl

Stir in oil, water, eggs, and vanilla extract

Taking an electric mixer, beat everything together on a low setting

Mix in the vanilla bean powder

Using a spoon, gently fold in the blueberries

Spoon the batter info muffin cups

Bake for about 15 minutes

After removing them from the oven and letting them cool, dust powdered sugar on top or add a pat of your favorite blueberry jam (optional)

Note: After the first day, I recommend refrigerating any leftovers

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