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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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What I Eat in a Day

What I Eat in a Day

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” My Greek ancestors had the right idea! I truly live by this quote and ensure that my body is fueled with lots of vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruit every single day. Preparing meals for the next day is essential for me because then I’m less likely to eat out and reach for junk food. Take that extra 30 minutes when you get home from school or work to make some yummy planty eats. Your body and your mind will thank you lots :).  I’ve been meaning to upload this post for quite some time, so please let me know if you enjoy it and I can post more!

Breakfast was a smoothie and it was awesome! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I switch between oatmeal, smoothies, and avo toast for breakfast. I’ve started to put frozen riced sweet potato in my smoothies and I’m tellin’ ya, it’s a game changer (the new riced cauliflower?). I have an obsession with avocados, so of course I threw 1/2 of one in there. Other ingredients included 1/2 of a banana, toasted coconut milk, a little bit of raw kale, frozen bluebs, nutritional booster, and golden milk (not pictured). 

I had to bring some carrots and hummus with me to school. I’m actually a rabbit. The only thing that would have upgraded this snack would have been some crackers.

I didn’t forget my water bottle this time (happens often). Hydration is so important and it really helps beat the bloat. 

Ah yes, lunchtime finally came and I devoured some veggie hash with potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and zucchini. Hummus and walnuts completed the meal. A little banana on the side was the perfect treat!

I was hungry again at this point. No, I was hangry. Combine accounting (not my fave) with hunger and it’s not a pretty sight. Not to fear, kale chips are near. A handful of kale chips was the perfect snack to tide me over until dinner. These are SO good dipped in hummus or guacamole. 

I worked out after class and I knew it wouldn’t be long until I craved a bowl of carbs. This was my favorite meal of the day and for the right reasons. First and foremost, it was pasta mixed with dairy-free Kite Hill cream cheese, hummus, and beans. Second, it was nourishing for my body since the pasta was made from brown rice and also gluten-free! The beans added some necessary protein. 

Lastly, I finished my long day of eeeeeats with some dark chocolate dipped in a tiny bit of dairy-free plain cream cheese. I always opt for a high % of cacao when I buy dark chocolate. 

 

Vegan Banana Milk Oats

Vegan Banana Milk Oats

Oh oatmeal, you’re perfect served warm (or cold), you’re American Heart Association certified, filling, and very cost-effective! I heart you oatmeal. In fact, I made you taste even better with sweet, nourishing, and creamy banana milk. Oats, bananas, nuts, and maple syrup are a classic combination that warms my soul on a cold Ohio winter day. Forget those yucky artificial sweeteners and start cooking your oats in naturally sweet banana milk. It’s infused with dates and cinnamon, ummm heaven. Vegan Banana Milk Oats only take 10 minutes to cook and there’s not a microwave in sight, this is stovetop oatmeal :).

The suggested toppings I name for you include goji berries, pecans, pistachios (pictured are lightly salted), sprouted Granola (Go Raw brand), and bluuuuuuuuebs. Oh, and let’s not forget that oatmeal is not complete without a drizzle of organic maple syrup <3.

 

Vegan Banana Milk Oats
Serves 1
A delicious and creamy stovetop oatmeal recipe cooked in banana milk
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  2. Banana Milk Ingredients
  3. 1 small frozen ripe banana (make sure it's sweet!)
  4. 2 pitted dates
  5. 1 and 1/3 cups of water
  6. Pinch of cinnamon
  7. Other Ingredients
  8. Another 1/3 cup of water (added at 6 minute mark)
  9. Suggested Toppings
  10. Pecans, Pistachios (lightly salted)
  11. Sprouted granola
  12. Frozen blueberries
  13. Goji berries
  14. Maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Place Banana Milk ingredients in a nutribullet/blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Then, combine the oats and Banana Milk in a small pot.
  3. Side Note: Stir often to avoid burning on bottom of pot.
  4. Cook the oatmeal on medium-low heat and at the 6 minute mark, add 1/3 cup water. Stir, and let the oats cook another 4 minutes.
  5. Place the mixture in a bowl and top with your favorites!
  6. Enjoy!!
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Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

I’m sitting in my big comfy red chair currently devouring two Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies…needless to say, I am content. I thought long and hard about my next blog recipe and I realized that I don’t have a lot of cookie recipes (shocking). Healthy and sweet cookies for breakfast sure do beat regular ole cereal, especially when they’re made with wholesome ingredients such as bananas, zucchini, and walnuts. These round chewy bites of deliciousness will be sure to brighten your morning!

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A little bit of almond butter or peanut butter on a cookie always sounds like a good idea, would you agree?

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Enjoy these nourishing cookies and quality time with family and friends. Happy Holidays to all of you!! 

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Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies
Yields 7
A vegan breakfast cookie recipe packed with banana, zucchini, and walnuts!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe medium sized bananas mashed
  2. 1/3 cup grated zucchini
  3. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  4. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  5. 1/3 cup 7 Grain Hot Cereal (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
  6. 1 tbsp organic coconut palm sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Mash the bananas and zucchini together before adding the other ingredients. Combine and fold in walnuts.
  2. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Form medium sized cookies and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!
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Overnight Lemon Mango Chia Pudding

Overnight Lemon Mango Chia Pudding

Chiiiaaaaaaah puddin’ time y’all. This is not your ordinary chia pudding either, it’s lemon mango! You’ll experience love at first sight after one bite of this fruity creation! It’s incredibly easy to make- all you need is your ingredients, a cup, nutribullet/blender, and a spoon for devouring! For those of you that love a refreshing breakfast, lemon mango pudding is a dream come true. Adding a little bit of full fat coconut milk takes the texture to a whole new level of creamy. The pudding is naturally sweetened with a ripe mango, however, if your heart desires more sweetness, perhaps a little bit of maple syrup would mix well with the flavors. I haven’t tried making the pudding with maple syrup, so please do tell if it’s a great fit.

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Chia pudding is great because everyone can make it and provide themselves with a healthy breakfast or snack. What an easy way to sneak in some Omega-3 fatty acids. Cheers to a healthy heart!

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Overnight Lemon Mango Chia Pudding
Serves 1
An easy overnight chia pudding recipe. Perfect for a fresh and healthy breakfast/snack!
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup mango (make sure it's sweet!)
  2. 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk ( I use canned simple truth organics brand)
  3. 1/3 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened but of course you could use sweetened if wanted)
  4. 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  5. 3 tbsp chia seeds
  6. Suggested Toppings
  7. Ripe Banana and mango
Instructions
  1. Combine the mango, almond milk, coconut milk, and lemon zest in a nutribullet or blender.
  2. Then, fold in the chia seeds and mix well to distribute them.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy!
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Millet & Veggies With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Millet & Veggies With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Happiest of Fridays my dearest friends! I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent my holiday in Detroit and it was great. I actually got really hungry mid-roadtrip, so we stopped at a random organic market and I bought quinoa veggie sushi, which was all documented on my Instragram story, naturally. My mom and dad are the best and super accommodating when it comes to my vegan diet, which is very much appreciated. It can be HARD being a vegan in a meat-eater’s world, especially on Thanksgiving, yikes! But whenever we go on vacation, my mom googles vegan/vegetarian restaurants to dine at-so nice :). Speaking of vegan food, we should talk about this nutrient dense vegan dish that’s packed with millet, veggies, and spicy peanut sauce, oh my! Spicy sesame oil is a mild-spicy sauce lover’s dream and let me tell ya, it’s hard not to fall deeply in love with my Spicy Peanut Sauce (probably end up dousing any sort of rice or pasta in it). Millet & Veggies With Spicy Peanut Sauce is budget-friendly and makes healthy eating fun, it’s definitely a dish you’ll have on repeat!

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You can eat this as a main course or as a yummy side dish! May I suggest pairing it with some crispy tofu if you’re going to use it as the latter? SO GOOD.

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Millet & Veggies With Spicy Peanut Sauce
Serves 6
A quick and easy hearty vegan dish that's pack with wholesome foods!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of cooked millet (follow cooking directions according to package)
  2. 1 lb of brussels sprouts (trim off the hard part at the very bottom and quarter them into small pieces for faster cooking time)
  3. 1 bunch of asparagus (trim off end of stalk and then cut into smaller pieces)
  4. For cooking veggies
  5. 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  6. 2 tbsp olive oil
  7. Sauce
  8. 1/3 cup +2 tbsp spicy sesame oil (I use Chosen Foods brand)
  9. 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  10. 3 tbsp peanut butter (I used a creamy brand with 3g sugar in it per serving)
  11. 1/4 tsp jarred minced garlic
Instructions
  1. Whisk the sauce ingredients in a bowl with a fork until a creamy texture forms.
  2. Saute the veggies in the olive oil and vegetable stock for 8 minutes on medium heat.
  3. While the veggies are still warm, add the millet and sauce and mix it all together.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This recipe will serve 6 people if it's used as a side dish.
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