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Healthy vegan chocolate chip cookie

Feel Good Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Oats Almond Butter and Banana (Vegan)

Now that my baby is almost a year old, a shocking amount solid food is passing through those tiny lips. He seems to always be hungry so I thought I better start working on some healthy snack food recipes. These cookies really fit the bill. They’re made with a few simple, nourishing ingredients, and are vegan and gluten-free. They’re also really quick to make, which is a big bonus since time has never felt so precious to me as it does now. These cookies are perfect… anytime you want a healthy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth. when you don’t have time to sit down for a full meal. They’re even healthy enough to eat for breakfast! as a lunch bag treat to take to school or the office. Nutritional Highlights: Eating oats regularly can help lower your risk for heart disease. Oats contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Studies have shown the beneficial effects of this special fiber on cholesterol levels for decades. Almonds are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, …

7-Grain Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes with Orange Blossom Honey and Coconut Butter

Big juicy blueberries are in season right now and there’s no better way to enjoy them than first thing in the morning with these moist and fluffy Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes. I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic 7-grain Pancake mix mix which uses stone ground whole grain flours and whole ground flaxseed meal to create a delicious earthy blend. You can find it at natural food markets or online. Fresh rosemary adds a fragrant herbal element and orange blossom honey adds a sweet floral note. Finish them off with creamy coconut butter and you have next-level blueberry pancakes that you can make in just minutes. They are made perfectly moist and fluffy thanks to aquafaba – the liquid from canned beans that can be used in place of eggs in lots of recipes. If you are unfamiliar with aquafaba you can check out this Facebook page to learn more about it and check out all of the crazy inspiring things people are doing with it. These Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes are perfect for: when you need a quick, but extra …

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats (Vegan)

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats

This Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats recipe is my favorite that I have come up with so far during my new overnight oat obsession. The flavors are inspired by those chocolate-coconut candy bars that I used to love as a kid, but made with pure healthy ingredients that make it a deliciously nutritious way to start the day. I love that it really fills you up and satisfies any morning sweet tooth. Since it has a great balance of whole-grain carbohydrates, plant proteins, and healthy fats it keeps you feeling strong and energized all morning! It takes only a couple of minutes to throw together at night and in the morning you have a nutty, chocolatey breakfast to enjoy at home or on the run. These chocolate pecan overnight oats are great fuel for a workout and also make a fabulous healthy snack or dessert. They keep a few days in the fridge so it’s nice to double or triple the recipe so you have them ready to enjoy anytime. Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats Ingredients: Serves 1 1/4 …

Golden Green Goddess Overnight Oats

These overnight oats are full of so many feel good ingredients, you can’t help but feeling all powerful after eating them! Both spirulina and hemp seeds are plant-based sources of complete proteins, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs to repair tissue and to keep running like a well oiled machine. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that comes in powder form and has been used as a superfood dating back to the ancient Aztecs.  It is about 60% protein and has a earthy, green taste. Hemp seeds are one of the best balanced sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and have a rich nutty flavor. Both can be found in the superfood or supplement section of your health food market. The  savory flavors are balanced with the sweetness of banana and honey and the tartness of  golden berries. Indigenous to Peru, golden berries have recently gained wide popularity thanks to their high nutrient and antioxidant content, tangy sweet flavor and chewy texture. If golden berries are not available you can …

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Peanut butter and jelly are one of those flavor combinations that is never a bad idea! I love them together so much I ate PB&J sandwiches for lunch every day for years growing up. There’s no reason such a classic pairing should be limited to the confines of a brown paper bag. Here they move into the morning sunshine to dress up a hearty and heart-healthy serving of overnight oats.   Once I posted this on my Instagram it quickly became a breakfast staple for my whole family not only because it is so tasty, but also because it’s so easy to make. In fact, you may even have all of the ingredients on hand, so why not put it together tonight? I promise you’ll have something delicious to wake up to in the morning. Enjoy! Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats Ingredients: serves 1 1/3 cup Old- Fashioned Rolled Oatmeal 2/3 cup Cashew or Almond Milk 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds 1 Tbsp Raisins Pinch of cinnamon Toppings: 1 heaping tsp Peanut Butter 1 heaping …

Healthy Vegan Shamrock Shake

Minty Feel Good Shamrock Smoothie

With St. Patty’s Day coming up I was hit with a touch of nostalgia today. I was remembering my days as a kid when March was a particularly exciting month because it meant I got to get a Shamrock Shake at my weekly trip to Mc Donald’s. I haven’t had fast food in years, but the memory left me craving a cold minty-vanilla beverage with a preternatural hue. So, of course, I decided to create a version using all natural feel good ingredients. It turned out to be so  delicious, it was hard to stop myself from drinking it all before I took pictures! Below you’ll find the recipe for this sweet, creamy, Shamrock Smoothie. It’s vibrant color looks all the more beautiful when you know it’s not made with a bunch of artificial food colors. Instead we use a touch of blue-green algae called Spirulina that is quite possibly the most nutritious food on the planet. You can find it in the supplement or superfood section of natural food markets and health food stores. …

Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Coconut Butter

Real Food Fast- Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Coconut Butter

French toast is a deliciously decadent treat that is usually reserved for Sunday Brunch or special occasions. This version, however, is so much more nutritious than your typical French toast recipe, and so quick and easy to make, you’ll want to add it to your regular breakfast rotation. We make it with whole grain Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin Bread (available at most Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s) because it’s high in protein and doesn’t have any added sugar, but the raisins and cinnamon give it a nice touch of natural sweetness. With the added protein from the eggs and the rich creamy coconut butter on top, it’s a great energizing breakfast that will keep you going strong all morning. I only recently discovered coconut butter and it’s a new favorite substitute for regular butter. It’s wonderful to use in baking or spread on muffins, toast, pancakes or (best of all!) French toast. Made from pureed meat of the coconut, it is as rich and creamy as dairy butter with a smooth nutty flavor. It’s kind of like if …

Lemon-Thyme Blackberry Crumble

Lemon-Thyme Blackberry Crumble

Blackberries are just so delicious in the summer and they’re even better when baked with a crunchy crumble topping. This recipe adds a touch of maple sweetness to the berries without covering up their natural goodness with piles of white sugar. A little lemon adds brightness and the thyme gives it a subtle herbal flavor that makes it a step above your ordinary crumble. It took several attempts to get it just right, but the result is well worth it! A sweet-tart filling that is just the right consistency, not too watery or too thick and jammy, and a delicious topping made with ingredients you can feel good about like oats, almonds, and coconut oil. The key is cooking it partway on the stovetop to allow some of the berries to release their liquid. This is wonderful for breakfast topped with coconut yogurt, but in my humble opinion even better as dessert served with your favorite vanilla ice cream (mine is  Vanilla NadaMoo!). Make it for your next BBQ or family gathering and trust me, you will put …

Orange-Ginger Creamsicle Dream Smoothie

This smoothie is so simple to make and ridiculously delicious!  It tastes so good, you’ll think it must be bad for you, but actually it’s filled with fiber, vitamin C and a dose of healthy fats. Ginger is known to stimulate the metabolism, boost the immune system, and soothe the tummy, so it’s a wonderful thing to drink in first thing in the morning. The creamy orange flavor always brings me back to childhood and puts a smile on my face, which is a very nice way to start the day. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1-2 Servings 2 Navel Oranges, peeled and broken into segments 1 heaping tsp Ginger, chopped 1/4 cup Cashews, preferably soaked 2-4 hours 1 Medjool Date, pitted 6 Ice Cubes (about 2/3 cup) Blend everything except the ice until smooth in a high-speed blender*. Add ice and blend again.   *If you don’t have a high-speed blender you can add 1/4 cup water to get the blades to turn, omit the fresh ginger and use a pinch of powdered ginger instead. The texture will …

Strawberry Mint Pudding with Vanilla Cashew Cream

Spring  is in the air which means it’s time for gorgeous fresh strawberries! Make the most of these sweet beauties with this refreshing pudding. Mint can help aid digestion making this a great light dessert, but it’s also wonderful in the morning as a breakfast pudding. It’s a thick and creamy change of pace from your typical breakfast smoothie.  Mint is also full of potent antioxidants and a natural stimulant, even the smell is uplifting! So this nutritious whole food pudding will put a smile on your face and a pep in your step.    This recipe makes more vanilla cream than you’ll need for your pudding, but you have to make that much to get the blades of your blender to turn. Good thing it’s so rich and delicious that you’ll be happy to have leftovers! You can use it as a topping on oatmeal, desserts or in smoothies later in the week. Enjoy! xJacq Ingredients: 1-2 servings Pudding: 1/2 large or 1 small Avocado 1 cup Strawberries, sliced 1 Medjool Date, pitted 1 1/2 tsp …