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

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

This super patriotic and festive fruit salad is perfect for upcoming July 4th parties.  It is loaded with juicy watermelon, tart cherries, sweet strawberries, plump blueberries and slightly crunchy jicama stars!  I dressed it with a lime, mint and maple syrup sauce that takes it over the top in terms of deliciousness.  The sauce reminds me of a mojito - it is so fun and refreshing and pairs well with the sweet and juicy fruit salad.   To make the white stars, I sliced a jicama into 1/4 inch rounds and used my vegetable cutters to make the stars.  I haven't

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

This healthier version of the classic dark chocolate truffle is rich, creamy and so easy to make!  They are dairy-free and each truffle ball is simply divine.  You would never know that heavy cream was swapped for heart-healthy California avocados! This recipe requires just two main ingredients (California avocado and melted dark chocolate) plus fun stuff to roll them in!  It is perfect for summertime since no baking is required.  You simply combine the truffle ingredients in a food processor, chill for ten minutes in your refrigerator and then roll into balls.  Each ball can then be rolled into a

Dye-Free Red, White and Blue Smoothie (vegan)

This patriotic and healthy smoothie is the perfect way to start your July 4th.  The vibrant colors are super festive and will have everyone singing "I'm Proud to Be an American!" This smoothie is made with frozen riced cauliflower which I love using as a creamy, neutral base in smoothies.  It has no flavor and adds great texture.  It is perfect for the white layer.  You can buy a bag of it in the frozen section of your supermarket and toss into any smoothie really.  It is an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C and is low in calories.  It

How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream (refined sugar-free + vegan + paleo)

This airy whipped cream with perfectly soft peaks is quick and easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious!  I love to dip fresh berries in it, use in parfaits or use as a garnish for smoothies or vegan/dairy-free desserts. How to make paleo and vegan refined sugar-free coconut whipped cream from a can of coconut milk.  It is simple and easy to make!   Chill a can of full fat coconut milk in your refrigerator for 8 hours (or overnight).  This allows the solid cream to separate from the liquid.  It conveniently will float to the top so don't shake the

Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge Blizzard

This decadent chocolate fudge blizzard is ultra creamy with the perfect balance of sweetness and richness.  The base is a thick, creamy sweet vanilla milkshake that is studded throughout and topped with chocolate fudge frozen dessert bar chunks.  It is such an ideal summertime treat for any chocolate-lover.  And, it a great way to sneak in some plant-based protein and a vegetable too!  Yup, that's right, there is a vegetable in this blizzard.  This is not your typical dessert.  This one is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and much more nutritious than a standard blizzard.   The base of this blizzard is a

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Frozen Lemon Bars

Creamy, tangy lemon bars are the perfect summertime frozen treat.  They are infused with bright lemon throughout and have the perfect melt-in-your-mouth texture that make it difficult to stop at just one!  I call them my little squares of sunshine!   I have been wanting to make a vegan, allergy-friendly lemon bar for some time now.  I'm proud to say that this version is both of those things plus so much more!  This version is much healthier than a typical lemon bar recipe.  Plus, it is no-bake and couldn't be easier or quicker to make!  This is one of those recipes

Dole Whip (aka Vegan Pineapple Soft Serve)

This dairy-free and refined sugar-free whipped pineapple soft serve is the perfect healthy frozen treat to help cool you off on a hot and sunny day.  It is similar to the famous Dole Whip sold at Disney World that everyone waits in insanely long lines for.  It basically has celebrity status at Disney World and a cult-like following to boot!   My kids absolutely love this dessert and I love that this easy homemade version only requires three ingredients,  Plus, it can be made in less than five minutes in your blender.  No ice cream maker needed!  How to Make Homemade

Crispy Quinoa Falafel Bowls (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free & Vegan)

These falafel bowls are like a deconstructed falafel pita.  The base of the bowl is mixed greens and crispy quinoa.  I then topped it off with fresh veggies, olives, creamy homemade hummus and incredibly flavorful falafel.  The falafel is made from chickpeas, hemp seeds, pepita seeds, oats, herbs, shallot and spices.   You simply combine everything in a food processor and then form into balls to lightly pan-fry in olive oil.  They are full of amazing flavor and loaded with nutrients.  They have that perfect crispy crunch on the outside with a soft and satisfying inside.  My family absolutely loves when

Crispy Socca with Avocado Mash

I'm completely in love with this simple, plant-powered, grain-free recipe.  I make it as a before-dinner nosh all the time.  The super crispy thin and slightly nutty warm socca pairs perfectly with the creamy, cool avocado mash.  It is loaded with protein and fiber from the chickpea flour and then topped with healthy fat and more fiber from the avocado for an incredibly satisfying pre-dinner snack.  It also makes a fun appetizer when entertaining.  It is like gourmet street food and will make your kitchen smell amazing when it comes out of the oven.  Your guests will want to dive

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