Blender Black Bean Brownies (V + GF)

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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 🙂

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Minty Matcha Protein Smoothie

Minty Matcha Protein Smoothie

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 🙂 ).

Minty Matcha Protein Smoothie

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Peanut Butter Chickpea Energy Balls

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.

Not these.

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Simple Green Smoothie (sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan)

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 :).

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Cinnamon Spice Steel-cut Overnight Oats

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These past two weeks have been quite packed for me, and I needed a basic, no-fuss breakfast – that’s preferably seasonal too!   Cinnamon spice overnight oats is as simple as it gets, even more than cereal and milk; all you have to do is mix and refrigerate, and you have yourself breakfast for the next 5 days.  And before you discard this recipe because you think it’ll be mushy, I can assure you that with steel-cut oats, it keeps its hearty qualities.  With just a three ingredient base, you can add anything you want – peanut butter, vanilla, pumpkin puree – the options are endless.  Plus, you don’t need an exact recipe 🙂

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Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe (with bonus Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Coconut Yogurt)

Perhaps one of the best food related things about Fall is the beverages: the coffee cups warming your hands on your way to work, the pumpkin spiced latte on your break, the list goes on.  Sometimes, instead of entering out in the cold to get your fix of these beverages, make it at home and make it better health and taste wise!  All you need is a coffee creamer base to transform it into your favorite beverage.

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Delicious, Easy Chocolate Pudding (Vegan & Refined Sugar Free)

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Summer is officially here, and for those that hope to stay healthy during the heat, I have the perfect recipe for you – vegan chocolate pudding.  You can make within 5 minutes because there are only 5 ingredients: cocoa powder, maple syrup, salt, vanilla, and… avocado.  Before you judge this snack based on the avocado, I assure you that you will not even taste it.  Proof: my brother’s friends loved it, and asked for seconds.  Also, the chocolate flavor masks any trace of avocado.  Overall, it’s an extremely healthy alternative for the summer, and it actually cools you down.  Snacks in the summer often include heavily color-died popsicles, or ice cream sandwiches – but this pudding is guaranteed to make you feel more satisfied, and stay full longer.  Avocados contain a high amount of  potassium, monounsaturated fatty acids (aka “heart healthy fat”), fiber, and antioxidants which help combat aging.  Aside from all the health benefits this pudding may offer, it is incredibly easy to make, and within several times of making it, you’ll notice that you don’t even need to measure out each ingredient.

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It’s creamy, velvety, and is quite addicting for chocolate lovers!

Enjoy!

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Delicious, Easy Chocolate Pudding (Vegan & Refined Sugar Free)
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Recipe type: Snack/Dessert
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium-sized ripe avocados
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup (add to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Notes
Based on your avocado's size, you will have to adjust the amounts of cocoa and maple syrup, and according to your level of sweetness, you can adjust the amount of maple syrup you put in.