As the year comes to an end, I am always curious to look back and see which recipes were my most popular. I can see the website traffic for each blog post regardless of when it was originally posted. It is always so interesting to me to see what people are loving on my site. It reminds me how important it is to check in with you all on what you are wanting/needing in terms of recipes.
So, with that, please feel free to comment at the very bottom of this post below, message me privately on any of my social channels or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know any recipe requests you have for 2019. As you think about your 2019 wellness/health goals you may be needing help with meal planning, cooking family meals, eating healthier breakfasts (or eating breakfast in general) or creating healthier work lunches. Maybe you want more pressure cooker/Instant Pot recipes? More freezer friendly recipes? Healthy desserts? Easy snack ideas? Hearty soups? If you think about what you need in terms of recipe support this year please take a moment to share with me. After all, this blog would not be possible without each of you. I'm forever grateful for your readership and your trust in my recipes. I'm always elated to see you making my recipes on social media when you tag me. It brings me such joy - you have no idea!
So with that, here are my most viewed recipes in 2018 (note: not all were created in 2018). There were a lot of surprises on this list for me! I hope this top ten list inspires you as we head into 2019. During this special time of year, I want to sincerely send my love and gratitude to you guys across this big wide internet! See you back here in 2019!
All recipes are gluten-free and vegan (animal free including eggs and dairy). Many are also nut-free or provide a nut-free option.
#10 Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles
Just five ingredients and a pinch of salt! Blend it all up in your blender and pour into popsicle molds. These pops are vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free!
The recipe includes a live video of me making these with my two daughters about two years ago! Looking back I'm feeling like that was a pretty brave/bold move going live with two toddlers on Facebook with chocolate involved!
#9 The Creamiest Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed pudding makes a creamy, satisfying and nutritious treat, pre-breakfast nosh or mid-morning snack. This is an overnight recipe similar to overnight oats where you stir everything together the night before, pop it in the fridge and wake up to smooth, milky pudding deliciousness the next morning. Top it off with a swirl of jam and a couple berries and you have yourself a fun and satisfying bowl of goodness. For a more filling meal, you could pour the prepared pudding into a larger bowl and top with my homemade Easy Pecan Granola, your favorite nut or seed butter and even more fresh fruit.
#8 Healthy Raw Cookie Dough Energy Balls
This instant, no-bake recipe is freezer friendly making these energy balls perfect for grab-n-go snacks that adults and children both love. Just mix, form into balls and enjoy! They actually taste like raw cookie dough (and who doesn’t love that!?) but they are full of whole grains, dietary fiber, healthful fats and plant-based protein. They come together in under 10 minutes and require only 7 ingredients that you likely have on hand. This recipe includes a video of me pregnant with my second child and making them with my oldest daughter!
#7 Two-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet
This refreshing and smooth strawberry sorbet could not be more simple. No ice cream maker or churning needed. This method is quick and simple. And you only need two ingredients. Toss both into your blender and enjoy immediately, or freeze for about an hour if you want that perfect looking sorbet scoop. It is sophisticated enough for adults but also a crowd pleaser with the kids.
#6 No-Bake Quinoa Energy Bites
This recipe is as easy as it gets. No baking or cooking required. Just mix, form into balls and freeze. Energy bites make the perfect sweet and nutritious snack and are incredibly satisfying. They are loaded with whole grains, fiber and plant-based protein. They are gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and nut-free.
#5 Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub
This winter, treat your skin to this luxurious homemade sugar scrub. It moisturizes and exfoliates all at once. I use ½ tablespoon on both my hands rubbing them gently together for 20 seconds. Then I rinse with water, pat them dry and my hands feel like silk.
It could not be easier to make yourself with just two main ingredients that you likely have on hand already. This sugar scrub doubles as the perfect DIY gift.
#4 Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
This ultra-simple recipe doesn’t require that you peel or chop the butternut squash. In fact, it only takes minutes to prep. This oh-so-comforting soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter. This recipe is also nut-free.
#3 Easy Instant Pot Vegan Butternut Squash Soup (+ Stove Top Instructions)
This version is kept simple by using frozen butternut squash that is pre-cubed and pureeing with an immersion blender to make clean-up easier. I have included three different options for cooking it (stove top, Instant Pot/pressure cooker and slow cooker).
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to three months. If you do not own an immersion blender you can blend the soup in batches in your blender.
#2 No-Bake Fudgy Quinoa-Chia Bites
A fudgy bite of chocolate heaven that is soy-free, gluten-free, vegan and nut-free. They are naturally sweetened and loaded with healthful ingredients like quinoa, chia seeds, cacao powder and sunflower seed butter. It is easy to make and requires no baking skills.
#1 One-Pot Sweet & Spiced Quinoa Lentil Salad
This flavorful salad is perfect for meal-prep and can be served warm or cold (making it great for a to-go lunch for work or travel). It is incredibly satisfying and loaded with plant-based protein and fiber. The fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, green onions, red onions, fresh lime juice, maple syrup and ground spices provide loads of flavor. There is absolutely nothing bland about this colorful dish!
And there you have it! 2018 was a pretty delicious year! I cannot wait to develop more healthful recipes for you all in 2019!
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