Black beans and chocolate. Probably not the first combination that comes to mind. But these decadent black bean brownies are the perfect vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free dessert (and no one will ever guess that they’re packed with awesome, healthy ingredients… including beans)! Plus, you can make them using simply a blender. This is what I call a win-win-win situation 🙂
Summer is all about relaxation and restoration. With constant pool and beach activities – not to mention the crazy heat – a delicious and healthy treat is well deserved. That’s why I’ve created this minty matcha protein smoothie. Refreshing with its minty flavor, energizing with matcha, and satisfying with protein, this is the ideal smoothie to get you back on your feet (or chez, whichever one you prefer 🙂 ).
This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach English of some children in a small fisherman village in Southeast Sicily called Pozzallo. I wanted to approach this task innovatively, and, as always, food came to mind. How could I weave in English and cooking together, and what are some of the benefits of doing so?
Inspired by the classic ingredients of Sicily, I decided it was about time I made a real savory dish. Don’t get me wrong – I love to bake, but this time, I wanted to challenge myself by incorporating Sicily’s produce with an enjoyable, and healthy twist. What did I come up with? Rolled eggplant with quinoa filling. It’s simple, healthy, and maybe more importantly, chilled. Continue reading
After finals, all I wanted to do was eat comfort food. And after seeing one of my friends enjoy their french toast at a bakery, I realized that I hadn’t eaten french toast in the longest time… So, I realized that it was time for me to make french toast (vegan and gluten-free) with an innovative coconut twist and a 5-ingredient salted caramel sauce to top it off.
I love making homemade nut milks. Not only because it’s super easy and so much healthier than your typical store-bought type, but because you can take a simple recipe and make it your own… like making Chocolate Hazelnut Milk – or what I like to call it – “Nutella” milk. Imagine: liquified Nutella, but 100 times healthier. No junk allowed! Continue reading
When my cousin’s birthday was approaching, I knew that I had to make a “wow” dessert – one that could stand by itself, and every one would enjoy. Inspired by my cousin’s everlasting love for coffee and cheesecake, as well as my family’s obsession with chocolate, I decided to combine these key foods to make a mocha cheesecake. And did I mention that it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free (and they didn’t even notice!)?
Vanilla, hazelnuts, chocolate; these are a few of my favorite things.
So when it came to creating a cheesecake recipe, I wanted it to involve all of these ingredients in the most harmonious way possible while tasting like an actual, real cheesecake. These vanilla bean hazelnut cheesecake bites are decadent, smooth, creamy, and not to mention gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free (oh, and no-bake!).
Both peanut butter and chickpeas are fantastic sources of protein, but together in sweetened bites may not sound the most appetizing. That is, until now with the most delicious Peanut Butter Chickpea Energy Balls! I was tired of those store-bought energy bars whose taste resembled that of a cookie: I needed something that would fill me up, with ingredients as simple as possible. Typical energy foods have a long list of weird dehydrated vegetables, and the sugar levels can exceed 20g easily.
Hello soon-to-be-smoothie lover! You may have already seen all over Instagram cute pictures of leafy smoothies, and wonder to yourself why anyone would drink that. I have to admit, that was my reaction to them until this month. Going from activity to activity, you need something that’s quick and will power you through – and smoothies are the perfect way to do so. They’re easy, and the most convenient way to pack in your fruits, veggies, protein, and healthy fats. For smoothie skeptics like me, along with smoothie enthusiasts, this simple smoothie recipe is the tastiest there is :).