Zucchini and Heirloom Carrot ‘Noodles’ with Avocado Alfredo Pasta

This vegan zucchini and heirloom carrot “pasta” with creamy avocado alfredo sauce will fool you everytime!! Tastes just as good as your favorite pasta dish, without all the calories and carbs.

  • 2 large zucchini
  • 2 large heirloom carrots
  • 1 avocado
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne

Spiralize the zucchini and carrots – Bed Bath and Beyond sells the vegetti spiralizer for $15. My favorite way to do this is to use my spiralizer Cuisinart attachment. Set ‘noodles’ aside.

In a food processor (or by hand if needed), mix the avocado, olive oil, lemon, salt and cayenne until smooth and creamy. Depending on the size of your avocado, you may need to add a tiny bit more oil, but don’t go over 2 tablespoons. Set aside.

Lightly spray a non-stick pan (non toxic is best if possible) with olive oil spray. As long as you have a good non-stick pan, only a little bit of spray is needed. If you don’t have an olive oil spray, use a teaspoon of olive oil, just enough to lightly coat the pan. Heat the oil to medium high, and add the zucchini and carrots in the pan. Stir the ‘noodles’ just until heated throughout, but not more than 5 minutes or so. You don’t want them to get too soft. Put into a bowl and add the avocado sauce and stir. Serve warm. I always serve mine with a side of my favorite veggie burger. You can also add tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, etc.

Serves two – enjoy!

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PB&J Mini Muffins

These muffins are made with peanut/almond butter and fruit, so they taste like a bite-sized peanut butter and jelly sandwich 🙂 They are gluten free, paleo and refined sugar free too. Great for kids!!

RECIPE:

* 3/4 cup peanut or almond or peanut butter (I use creamy all natural unsalted Trader Joe’s almond butter)
* 1 cup of almond meal/flour – best if sifted first but will work great either way (Bob’s Red Mill blanched almond flour is awesome and less gritty than the regular almond flour)
* 3 eggs whisked
* 1/4 cup honey
* 1/3 cup room temp coconut oil
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
* pinch of cinnamon
* 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce
* frozen strawberries or blueberries for the filling

Mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls and then combine.

I coat the mini muffin pan with a bit of coconut oil spray instead of using muffin papers. Pour mix into muffin tins and top with frozen fruit and a pinch more cinnamon. I slice the strawberries and stick them all the way through the muffin batter, so the fruit gets baked into the center.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes (for muffins) or 20-30 minutes (for bread).

These are great with butter, jam or both! I keep in the fridge to help it stay fresher longer.

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(super healthy) Peanut Butter Cups

You don’t have to wait until cheat day for these sweet treats! They are vegan, raw, organic, gluten free, refined sugar free peanut butter cups! Completely from scratch, but so simple to make! Let me know what you think of them!

PEANUT BUTTER CREAM FILLING:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut BUTTER (raw and unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut BUTTER (I use Nutiva – can usually be found in the peanut butter aisle at any health food store)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (I use Nutiva – should be room temperature, not liquid)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (the creamy spun kind)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 soft pitted dates
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder (ground vanilla bean – also found at any health food store)

Blitz all ingredients in a food processor until completely incorporated. You may need to scrape down the sides of your food processor a few times. Store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes – the longer they are refrigerated, the easier to handle.

CHOCOLATE:

  • 1/2 cup vegan/refined sugar free chocolate cacao chips (I use allergen fee Pascha – the higher the percentage of cacao, the better)
  • If you are using 70 to 100% cacao, you can sweeten with 1 or 2 tablespoons raw honey until desired sweetness. Semi sweet cacao chips will not need to be sweetened.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted, or in a stovetop double broiler. Once melted, add in the honey and stir until incorporated.

(If you are following a fully raw diet – you can also mix 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of cacao powder and 2 tablespoons of honey and stir)

Fill a candy/silicone mold with half of the chocolate mixture (only fill each HALFWAY).

Take the peanut butter cream mixture out of the refrigerator, roll dime sized amounts into balls, then flatten the balls with the palm of your hands. Drop into each half-filled mold. Continue filling each mold with the rest of the melted chocolate until level with the top of the mold. Refrigerate for approx 2 hours or until solidified.

tip: if you added honey to your chocolate chips or use coconut oil and cocao powder, the chocolate will melt pretty quickly and best served right out of the fridge.

 

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Zucchini Fries!!

Crunchy, healthy, easy, vegetabley snack!

RECIPE:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 425. Beat two eggs and minced garlic in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Quarter the zucchini into slices. Dunk the slices in the egg mixture (let excess drip off), then into the dry mixture. Cover each slice fully. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes (or until crunchy). Serve with a dipping sauce. I chose a side of homemade guacamole for these!

 

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Peanut butter caramel stuffed baked apples!

Start with 6-8 mini crabapples. Wash and slice the tops off. Scoop the inside of the apples and all the seeds out carefully, just enough for room for a good amount of peanut butter. Save the insides of the apples for the stuffing!! 🙂

Peanut butter caramel:

  • 1/2 cup peanut or almond butter (I prefer crunchy)
  • 1/4 cup of almond flour (I prefer Bob’s Red Mill blanched)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Apple stuffing from above (no seeds)
  • walnuts for topping

Mix all ingredients and stuff each apple with a heaping spoonful. The peanut butter caramel should fill the apples just over the tops.

Place the apples on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Top each apple with a walnut and drizzle with honey!

These apples taste best when fresh!

 

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Vanilla Raspberry Cupcakes (mini version)

I used a silicone mini muffin pan for these. No cupcake papers needed, just spray the pan quickly with coconut oil spray and they’ll pop right out!

CUPCAKE:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 2/3 cup blanched almond flour (blend in the food processor to make it extra fine!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I always use pink Himilayan salt)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup butter (I use vegan Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup raspberries (fully emulsified in food processor)
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla by Califia)
  • 2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls. Make sure the almond flour is as fine as possible (sifting helps a ton!) and that the raspberries are fully emulsified. Combine and mix until incorporated.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until cupcakes are FULLY cooked. It’s very easy to under cook or over cook these. They should be slightly crispy on the outside. Even if a knife or toothpick comes out clean, they could still be under cooked. They should be a little crispy on the outside. Take a bite of one and put back in the oven if needed. 🙂

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

  • 1 cup of vegan cacao chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk (must be canned, full fat only)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Fresh raspberries to top the cupcakes with

Bring a saucepan with about 2 inches of water to a boil. Place a large flat glass bowl over the saucepan (the bowl should sit on TOP of the saucepan, not touching the boiling water). Add the chocolate chips and stir until they start to melt. Add in the milk and vanilla and continue mixing until it becomes a melty chocolatey bowl of awesome.

I put the bowl of chocolate into the fridge to slightly cool. Once it’s firmed up a bit, spread onto the cupcakes and top with a raspberry!

Keep the cupcakes in the fridge and don’t leave them outside (the chocolate melts easily!!).

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bundt Cake!

For these bundt cakes, I used a silicone bundt pan and sprayed it first with coconut oil spray. This recipe makes 4 medium sized cakes. It’s refined sugar free, dairy free, paleo and gluten free!! So delish!!

PUMPKIN CAKE:

– 1 cup canned pumpkin (look for bpa free cans!)

– 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup

– 1/4 cup of honey

– 2 eggs

– 1/2 cup coconut milk (must be canned, full fat only)

– 2 tablespoons cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1/4 cup vegan cacao chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all ingredients by hand in a bowl only until incorporated. Don’t overmix – a little swirl of the pumpkin is magic! Add in the chocolate chips if preferred.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 minutes, or until a knife in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE:

– 1 cup of vegan cacao chocolate chips

– 1/2 cup of coconut milk (must be canned, full fat only)

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Bring a saucepan with about 2 inches of water to a boil. Place a large flat glass bowl over the saucepan (the bowl should sit on TOP of the saucepan, not touching the boiling water). Add the chocolate chips and stir until they start to melt. Add in the milk and vanilla and continue mixing until it becomes a melty chocolatey bowl of awesome.

I put the bowl of chocolate into the fridge to slightly cool. Once it’s firmed up a bit, spoon the chocolate into a ziplock bag and then cut the tip of the bag off. Gently squeeze and drizzle over the cake!!

Keep the cake in the fridge (the chocolate melts easily!!).

 

 

 

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Super moist brownies with chocolate ganache

Get ready for the best brownies you’ve had in a while, and pretty healthy for you too!

This brownie recipe is from Eat Drink Paleo, passed on from Canadian Karen. 🙂 The best part, they are made from sweet potatoes!

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Fully melt the coconut oil. It has a very low melting point, so it just takes 10 seconds in the microwave. Add the cacao, vanilla and honey and mix well. Put into the fridge to set while the brownies are baking.

BROWNIES:
  • 1 medium sweet potato – 2-3 cups grated
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup honey (I cut down to 1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2½ tablespoon coconut flour (I cut down to 1 tablespoon for extra moistness)
  • pinch of salt (I used Himalayan pink salt)
  • 1/4 cup pecans (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour mix into a parchment paper lined brownie pan. Bake in a 365 degree preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. I fully cool the brownies, or if you’re in a rush, put the brownies in the refrigerator to cool before adding the chocolate ganache. The chocolate is very easily melted, so it helps if the brownies are not warm if you want them to hold. Enjoy!

 

 

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Poached eggs

At a young age, my parents taught me a skill that every kid should know – how to master the poached egg. 🙂 Add white vingar to the water, boil and lay the egg into already boiling water with a big ladle. Swirl the water around the egg in a circular motion to create a round poach. Fairly simple with a big of practice. But if you don’t have time for all that, you can use the greatest egg-vention ever created – the Cuisinart Egg Central machine!! Under 10 minutes to the perfect poach, you can’t mess it up. Worth every one of the $40 it costs. https://www.cuisinart.com/products/specialty_appliances/cec-10.html

Place the eggs in the machine, and by the time your bread is toasted, your eggs are ready. Peel and eat atop your favorite cheese and greens! In this dish, I used Heidi Ho’s vegetable based chia cheeze, which was definitely the best part of this breakfast!!

 

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Pumpkin pie bites

I adapted a recipe I found from the My Natural Family blog. Easy and delish!

CRUST:

  • 1 heaping cup pecans, walnuts or cashews (I used cashews for the pictured version)
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 8 soft pitted dates
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt (I used Himalayan pink salt)

Blitz all ingredients in a food processor until it starts clumping together (don’t overmix, you want the nuts to be a bit chunky). Press the mixture into molds. Spray your tin with a cooking spray (I use Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray). I put mine into a mini muffin tin, but you can use a cake tin or brownie pan. Make sure you really press the crust into the pan to make it firm. Place in the fridge.

PUMPKIN PIE FILLING:

  • 1 ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 10-12 soft pitted dates
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk (canned)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ tablespoon honey

Blitz all ingredients in a food processor until super creamy. Pour on top of the crusts and place in the fridge overnight. These are best cold, straight out of the fridge!!

 

 

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