Easy Almond Flour Crackers (vegan + grain-free + gluten-free + refined sugar-free)

I have been obsessed with Simple Mills Almond Flour Sea Salt crackers for over a year now.  I love how they taste and I love their clean ingredient list even more.  But, they are so pricey!  Right!?  I had to figure out a way to create my very own version so I could have them on demand whenever that salty crispy cracker craving hits.  After a half dozen attempts, I landed on this amazingly simple recipe that is full of wholesome ingredients: almonds, flaxseeds, avocado oil, pure maple syrup, water and flaky sea salt.  All you do is stir the

Homemade Vegan Pop-Tarts Stuffed with Raspberry Chia Jam (gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free)

A nutritious make-ahead breakfast or after-school snack with a flaky, "buttery" crust and juicy, fruity inside.  You'll love how delicious they taste topped with the tart and sweet raspberries and creamy coconut butter.  They are totally kid-friendly and evoke adult nostalgia too!  Best of all, they are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and refined sugar-free.  Yes!  This is possible (and still totally delish).  And I've got the pictures to prove it! When I think back to some of my favorite childhood special treats, pop-tarts definitely come to mind.  I loved going over to my friends' houses and snacking on them after school. 

Chia Seed Breakfast Bowls or Parfaits

A grain-free, refined sugar-free and plant-based breakfast loaded with different textures and incredible flavor.  And, best of all, I give you two ways to enjoy it: one for at home and one to-go!   I have been on a chia jam and chia pudding kick lately.  They are both no-bake, easy recipes that taste amazing and offer incredible nutritional benefits.  I started putting them together and adding creamy, nutty almond butter.  The almond butter pairs perfectly with the tart and sweet raspberry chia jam.  All that creaminess needs a crunch factor - enter the grain-free granola that I have been

Almond Pulp Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

I often get asked for recipe ideas that utilize the leftover almond pulp that results from making homemade almond milk.  There are so many ways to use it so that it does not go to waste.  I love to use almond pulp in baked goods or to make almond meal or almond meal crackers.  I'm going to keep adding recipes like these to the site to share my ideas with you.  Today, I'm starting with the easiest of all - a smoothie that uses all the almond pulp from making one batch of homemade almond milk.  It couldn't be easier

The Best Homemade Almond Milk (+ What to Do with the Leftover Pulp!)

This is my favorite recipe for easy almond milk that is flavored with vanilla and slightly sweetened with dates.  For me, this recipe is the ideal ratio of water to almonds for the perfect level of creaminess.   This homemade almond milk is incredibly creamy, naturally sweet, refreshing and has a perfectly mild flavor that works well in many recipes.  I use almond milk in smoothies, cereal, granola, oatmeal, lattes, chia seed pudding, soups or anywhere else you would use regular milk.  Almonds offer a lot of nutrition benefits.  They are low in carbohydrates and high in protein.  They also offer a good source

Healthy Birthday Cake Smoothie Bowl (vegan + refined sugar-free + gluten-free)

What better way to start your special day than a nutritious birthday cake smoothie bowl.  It is refreshing, thick, creamy and tastes just like vanilla cake batter.  Yum!  This is the perfect solution for all the summer birthdays out there.   You can have fun with the toppings and get creative.  Here, I used all-natural, dye-free vegan sprinkles, shredded coconut, frozen berries and coconut whipped cream.  You could also "ice" it with a drizzle of melted coconut butter.   And if you want to make a birthday wish to start your day, add a candle.  Why not, right!? For the past couple

No-Bake Birthday Cake Energy Bites (Grain-Free + Vegan)

When it comes to energy bites, I love to get creative and switch things up from time to time.  In honor of David's upcoming second birthday I turned his favorite snack (energy bites) into birthday cake-themed bites of pure joy.  These energy bites taste like yummy vanilla cake batter and are studded throughout with vegan, dye-free sprinkles to make them extra festive.  I drizzled melted coconut butter on top for the birthday cake "icing" and added even more sprinkles on top.  Fun, right!?  Each energy bite is like your own personal funfetti vanilla birthday cake, but totally nutritious.  They are

Creamy Pink Smoothie Bowl (vegan + paleo + refined sugar-free)

This time of year is perfect for big chilly smoothie bowls.  I love a super thick and creamy base loaded up with fun and delicious toppings.  This one is raspberry-themed and full of flavor and texture.  My girls go crazy over this one.  They think it almost too pretty to eat.  Almost.... For a base that resembles ice cream, I opt for frozen bananas.  To freeze bananas, slice into 1-inch chunks and place on a flat surface lined with parchment paper in your freezer for 6-8 hours.  Be sure the banana chunks are separated or they will freeze together and

Grain-Free Granola

  More and more I've been getting requests for grain-free recipes.  I have been experimenting with grain-free granola and I've nailed the perfect combo.  It involves sliced almonds, unsweetened flaked coconut, pepitas, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, salt, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract and blanched almond flour.  The almond flour helps it clump a bit more.   I was surprised that it tastes just as amazing as oat-based granola.  It is full of nutrients and is refined sugar-free.   I bake it at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes tossing halfway through.  It comes out perfectly golden brown this

July 19th, 2019|gluten-free, grain free|

Easy Raspberry Chia Jam (Refined Sugar-Free)

Homemade raspberry chia jam is simple to make and absolutely delicious.  It only requires four ingredients and a saucepan.  There is nothing complicated here at all.  Just cook down the frozen raspberries on your stovetop until they break-down and release their juices.  Then stir in chia seeds, maple syrup and a touch of vanilla extract.  Transfer to a glass container and allow it to sit in your refrigerator overnight to thicken up.  That's it!  The result is a sweet and tart jam that is spreadable and stir-able in your favorite dishes.  I love to use this jam on toast, parfaits,

Mango Sorbet (refined sugar-free)

This mango sorbet is my favorite hot and lazy summer day dessert!  It is super creamy, perfectly sweet and oh so refreshing.  Best of all, no ice cream maker or churning needed and it takes less than 5 minutes to put together. Because the mangoes are already frozen, no further freezer time is needed.   For this recipe you will only need three ingredients (and two are optional really): frozen mangos, an optional drop of maple syrup and an optional splash of your favorite plant-based milk.  Simply toss into your blender and blend until creamy.  Then, enjoy immediately.  This method is

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