Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Avocado Chocolate Frosting

Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free, refined-sugar free, oil-free, healthy and delicious?  Seems impossible, right?  Wrong! And what's more?  An entire can of white beans is hidden in this recipe.  And would you completely faint if I told you the frosting is made from avocado?  (gasp) It all seems so wrong for a cupcake.  I know. [...]

Purple Haze Smoothie

This vibrant and nutritious smoothie is bursting with chocolate flavor.  So much that it is hard to believe there is a vegetable in it (and 2 cups of blueberries).  It is date-sweetened and completely refined-sugar free.  Plus it contains flavanoid-rich cacao nibs and cacao powder. It is raw, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free. Purple [...]

Red-Wine Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Parsley-Pesto

Pasta drowning in red wine.  What is more Valentine's Day than that? I never thought to cook pasta in wine until I saw a recipe in Food & Wine magazine that featured this cooking technique.  It gives the pasta such a unique flavor and pairs well with garlic and parsley.  It is a great alternative [...]

Beet Hummus

Adding a raw vegetable to hummus is a great way to boost the nutrition of this already healthy dip.  This hummus features beets which add a vibrant pinkish-red color.  Most beet hummus recipes require you to roast the beets in advance.  I simplified things by using a raw beet with the skin on in my high speed [...]

3-Ingredient Fudgy Sunflower Crispies

Rich and decadent chocolate combine with creamy sunflower seed butter and brown rice crisp cereal to create a fudgy and crispy treat.  This quick, easy, no-bake dessert is perfect for a nutritious Valentine's Day chocolate fix. These fudgy sunflower crispies are nut-free, soy-free, vegan and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy.  You can feel good knowing each [...]

Vegan Warm Nacho Dip (nut-free)

Warm. Nacho. Dip. Yes! Score big this Super Bowl (or any day) with this crowd-pleasing (and super healthy) nacho dip.  No one will know it is entirely vegan and filled with one cup of veggies and 1 cup of tahini.  Many vegan cheese dips contain cashews, but this one is nut-free and features tahini as the [...]

Green Lentil Hummus

Sometimes you gotta mix things up.  When you a bored with chickpea-based hummus, try lentils instead.  Lentils add a completely different flavor and richness to the dip.  They are still super creamy when pureed (just like chickpeas).  But they add an earthiness and a peppery note to the dip.  Go for it - variety is the [...]

Beet Me Up Smoothie

Feeling beat up this winter already?  When I need to detox, feel energized and give my body a fresh start I turn to this cleansing smoothie.  It is sweet, refreshing and creamy and doesn't taste like you are downing raw vegetables.  It is easily the most vibrant smoothie I have ever made.  It's bright pinkish-red color says it [...]

Almond Butter Cup Smoothie

Who wouldn't want an almond butter cup smoothie for breakfast?  What if I told you that this smoothie is rich in antioxidants, protein, healthy dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals?  This smoothie makes me feel like I'm a total superfoodie and a kid all at the same time.  It is really a magical chocolate experience. This smoothie [...]

Green Protein Tropical Smoothie (vegan, soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free + naturally sweetened)

This smoothie HAS. IT. ALL. Is it possible for a smoothie to make you feel like you can conquer the day?  Well this one does (for me).  It offers 3 cups of raw greens and more than 10 grams of plant-based protein.  Plus, it provides antioxidants and iron.  In fact, the raw spinach combined with the vitamin [...]