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Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites

Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites

Since the weekend is almost here, it’s only right that I post the best snack bite recipe that ever existed. Ladies and gents, I present to you: Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites made with FRESH bluebz. That’s right my friends, it’s all about real and fresh food, and that’s what upbeetandkaleingit stands for. I refuse to count calories! I’m just making wholesome food with clean ingredients, and Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites are a perfectly nutritious snack. The coconut chips, coconut oil, and nuts are a healthy fat dream. I’ve been eating more healthy fat lately and I’m loving the results! These beautiful bites are a perfect combination of deliciousness and simplicity. Did I mention they taste amazing? Think about a decadent slice of lemon blueberry cake. Well these bites taste just like lemon blueberry cake, except they’re in a cute little snack ball form, even better!

Hungry? Hangry? Need something sweet? Want something with healthy fat to keep you full? LEMON BLUEBERRY HEALTHY FAT SNACK BITES ARE CALLING YOUR NAME. Sorry for the caps, I just get really excited about these.

Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites
A delicious, easy, and fabulous snack bite recipe.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips (I used Simple Truth Brand)
  3. 7 medium-large pitted dates (organic medjool)
  4. 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  5. 3 tbsp coconut oil (make sure room temp and I used refined)
  6. 1/3 cup almond butter
  7. 1 cup raw cashews
  8. 6 ounces fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Process everything but the blueberries in a food processor until everything is combined and a dough forms.
  2. Transfer dough to a bowl and gently fold in blueberries with your hands-be careful not to break them and make sure blueberries are dry.
  3. Form the dough into medium size snack balls.
  4. Stick the snack bites in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving and store them in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy!
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1 Hour Healthy Fat Chia Pudding

1 Hour Healthy Fat Chia Pudding

1 hour, 1 bowl, and 1 happy stomach. Woooo, happy Monday! I say that as if we are all thrilled that it’s Monday. Well, whether it’s Monday or Friday, one thing is for sure, a yummy breakfast that includes healthy fat is a great start to the day. I LOVE that this pudding is super easy to make, packed with healthy fat, and quick! I don’t eat a ton of fat in my diet but I adore me some avocado, nuts, and coconut oil. 1 Hour Healthy Fat Chia Pudding will keep you full longer and it’s not high in sugar. If you need a bit more sweetness, then add more maple syrup to the mix or drizzle some on top. Also, ripe bananas and granola are great ways to incorporate more sweetness without creating a sugar overload.

Fresh sweet berries and some healthy vegan cookies were my toppings of choice. Also, I did add a little extra drizzle of maple syrup for my fiancé’s portion. He has a bigger sweet tooth than I do! Fuel your body with the right things and it will reward you :).

1 Hour Healthy Fat Chia Pudding
Serves 2
A delicious, easy, and quick chia pudding that is loaded with healthy fat!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup raw soaked cashews (soak in warm water for at least 1 hour and drain)
  2. 1 and 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used MALK brand)
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1.5-2 tbsp maple syrup or however much wanted
  5. 1 tbsp coconut oil (I used refined coconut oil)
  6. 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips (I used simple truth brand)
  7. 4 tbsp black chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Blend 1 cup almond milk, soaked cashews, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a nutri bullet until it's fully combined.
  2. Then, mix in the coconut chips and chia seeds with a spoon.
  3. Cover the bowl or cup with plastic wrap and let it set in the fridge for at least 1 hour (pull out and stir at the 30 minute mark).
  4. When the pudding is ready, add 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk to rehydrate the mixture.
  5. Top with your favorites and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Serves 1-2 depending on how hungry you are lol
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Vegan Cashew Butter Pecan Cookies

Vegan Cashew Butter Pecan Cookies

Mondayzzzzz. They’re ALWAYS better when cookies are involved. So I do have quite a nice treat for you today- Vegan Cashew Butter Pecan Cookies. Guys, I have yet to come across silkier or creamier nut butters than Georgia Grinders. I used their Cashew Butter for the cookie filling and topped them with Pecan Butter. Verdict? Equally heavenly. Georgia Grinders uses NON-GMO nuts, which is a huge plus in my book. Also, they slow roasts the nuts and oh em gee the most decadent texture and flavor forms. Vegan Cashew Butter Pecan Cookies are also special because I used a can of chickpeas! It’s always a wonderful feeling when you can take healthy ingredients and make them taste like a rich and decadent dessert. I fed the cookies to the fiancé and fam, and they are obsessed, which is always a great indication of a successful recipe. Between the cashew butter, pecan butter, dates, a little bit of maple syrup and more, I know that you too will fall in love with these amazing cookies.

A little bit of nut butter and cookies are good for the soul. What does cookie monster say? “Today we will live in the moment, unless it’s unpleasant, in which case, we will eat a cookie.” I just love that <3

 

Enjoy your Monday and every other day! It’s always what you make of it. So go out there, believe in yourself, work hard and make it happen today. Also, don’t forget to eat some cookies.

Thank you Georgia Grinders for sponsoring this post and supporting upbeetandkaleingit!

 

Vegan Cashew Butter Pecan Cookies
A delicious and easy healthy cookie recipe!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can chickpeas (rinsed, drained)
  2. 3 tbsp oat flour
  3. 5 pitted dates ( I used Natural Delights Organic Medjool Dates)
  4. 1/3 cup cashew butter (Georgia Grinders)
  5. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  6. 1/2 tsp non-aluminum baking powder
  7. 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Add everything but the pecans to a nutribullet or food processor and process until a very thick and smooth consistency forms.
  3. Then, transfer to a bowl and fold in the chopped pecans.
  4. Lightly grease your baking tray and use an ice-cream scoop to scoop the dough. Fill the ice cream scoop until its about 3/4 full.
  5. Lightly press down on the cookies so they're not too thick.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. I drizzled pecan butter on the cookies and topped them with chopped pecans.
  8. Enjoy!!
Notes
  1. Makes 7-8 cookies
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Baked Pasta and Vegan Pecan Parmesan

Baked Pasta and Vegan Pecan Parmesan

Want to take your work/school lunch to the next level? Make Baked Pasta and Vegan Pecan Parm (insert heart eyes emoji). I made this recipe for my fiancé as a birthday dish but I was also thinking about a recipe that holds up well as leftovers for the work week. Welllllll, this is it guys, it’s a perfect dish. I made this recipe very easy for you because I bought organic store bought marinara sauce and dressed it up with some fresh basil leaves and garlic. This saved me time and even money because I did buy the cheapest organic marinara I could find without sacrificing quality. Back in the day when I was a dairy eater, I used to love parmesan cheese and sprinkled some on just about everything I ate. Honestly, I didn’t know that it could be veganized and taste so much better than its dairy counterpart. The key? Nuts, nutritional yeast, FRESH garlic, and some sea salt. How cool is that? 

The topping truly makes this dish. Everyone loves noodles, marinara, and veggies but really, the pecan parm is the star of the show. Together, the pasta filling and parm will impress any guest you serve it to. Also, this recipe makes a lot! It can easily serve 6-7 as a side dish. If you’re anything like me, when pasta is served at any event, you shovel it onto your plate. Oops, did anyone else get to try some?

Pic of the pasta pre-bake and without the Vegan Parm! Clearly not as perfect without the parm, but oh em gee, I could definitely eat the pasta just like this too.

Baked Pasta and Vegan Pecan Parmesan
Serves 6
A delicious, easy, hearty, and healthy pasta recipe topped with a decadent vegan pecan parmesan
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Ingredients
  1. Filling
  2. 1 bag of brown rice noodles (I used Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta 12 oz)
  3. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  4. 2 cups zucchini (cut zucchini circles in half)
  5. 16 oz white mushrooms cut in half (I like to rinse mushrooms with water and pat dry)
  6. 3 handfuls baby spinach
  7. 1 can marinara sauce (25 oz and I used Simple Truth Brand)
  8. Handful fresh basil leaves
  9. 1 garlic clove
  10. Pecan Parmesan
  11. 1.5 cup pecans
  12. 1 clove garlic
  13. 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  14. Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions and drain them.
  2. In a separate pan, sauté mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach in 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil on medium heat for 7 minutes. Let the veggies cool and drain them to get rid of excess water.
  3. Combine the canned marinara, basil, and garlic in a nutribullet.
  4. Mix the noodles, veggies, and marinara in large bowl and combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into a round lightly greased baking pan (I used EVOO and pan dimensions: 14 x 10 in)
  6. For the Pecan Parmesan, combine the ingredients in a nutribullet and mix until a texture emulating parmesan cheese forms.
  7. Top the pasta mixture with the Pecan Parmesan.
  8. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!!
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20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwiches

20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwiches

20 minutes. Yep, that’s it! 20 minutes and you’ve got yourself a fantastic, filling, and yummy plant based meal sitting on your table. Oh happy day. Eating well is not always convenient but it’s important, and that’s why I love creating recipes that you can whip up in no time. My 20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwich filling tastes a lot like pizza sauce with mixed with mushrooms, bell peppers, tempeh, and pinto beans. Yay for fiber, protein, and deliciously bold flavors! You really can have it all.

This is a great meal to take to school or work. Also, I love 20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwiches because they’re filling!! It’s so important for me to make nutrient dense meals that are satisfying because if I don’t, then I’m prone to snacking on junk food. 

 

 

20 Minute Hearty Vegan Sandwiches
Serves 6
A deliciously filling vegan sandwich recipe that will be loved by all!
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 large bell peppers
  2. 227 g mushrooms
  3. 16 g of tempeh
  4. 1/3 cup onion
  5. 1 can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  6. 3 tbsp coconut avocado oil blend for sautéing
  7. 1 can organic tomato sauce
  8. 1 cup vegetable broth (add more as needed)
  9. 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  10. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  11. dash of nutmeg
  12. Fresh chopped cilantro if wanted
Instructions
  1. Cut the veggies and tempeh into small pieces.
  2. Saute the veggies and tempeh in the avocado coconut oil blend on medium heat for a few minutes (sautéed mine for 3 minutes). Stir often.
  3. Then, add the tomato sauce, vegetable broth, and spices.
  4. Cook the mixture on medium heat for another 17 minutes and stir periodically.
  5. Add the cilantro at the end.
  6. Top your favorite bread with the mix and enjoy as an open or closed sandwich!
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No Bake Vegan Carrot Cupcakes

No Bake Vegan Carrot Cupcakes

Friday and cupcakes?!?! I can’t contain my excitement. The weekend+ tasty vegan treats = pure bliss. Earlier this week, my man and I were craving something sweet after dinner but we didn’t want to buy anything premade because many times, store-bought desserts are loaded with yucky ingredients. I just happened to have dates and carrots in my fridge, and coconut flour in my pantry, so voila! Easter is this weekend and No Bake Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes are PERFECT for dessert. These gems are sweet, beyond delicious, easy to make and you can pronounce every ingredient :).

Let’s talk about the beloved frosting. I wish I could fully express my fondness for the “cream cheese” frosting. Between the soaked cashews, dates, and vanilla almond yogurt, you’ll be putting a dollop of this stuff on everything from donuts to oatmeal. 

That bite!!!

No Bake Vegan Carrot Cupcakes
Serves 8
A clean and easy no bake carrot cake cupcake recipe!!
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Ingredients
  1. Cupcake Ingredients
  2. 1 cup pitted dates ( I used Pitted Deglet Noor Dates)
  3. 1 cup finely grated carrots (packed down)
  4. 1 cup raw cashews
  5. 4 tbsp coconut flour
  6. 2 tbsp peanut butter (I used Earth Balance Natural Peanut Butter and Flaxseed Crunchy)
  7. 2 tbsp avocado oil
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  10. Cupcake Frosting Ingredients
  11. 1/2 soaked raw cashews (soak overnight)
  12. 1/2 cup yogurt (I used Amande Plain)
  13. 5 dates (Pitted Deglet Noor Dates)
  14. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Process the carrot cupcake ingredients in a food processor until everything is well-combined (refer to pictures for what texture should look like).
  2. Fill baking cups with cupcake filling and the "dough" should yield 8 small cupcakes.
  3. Place the cupcakes in the fridge and let them set overnight.
  4. In the morning, combine cupcake frosting ingredients in a nutribullet and process until a cream and smooth consistency forms.
  5. Top the cupcakes with the frosting, pop them in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then enjoy!
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