Alright folks, this recipe for chocolate pudding made with avocado is a good one! It was my brother’s birthday this past Friday (Happy Birthday Zeshan!) and so I wanted to make healthy dessert (God knows there was going to be a sugar-filled cake). Irfan, my partner in life and crime, is also currently on a paleo-ish diet. I say “ish” because he’s a vegetarian and so he’s doing paleo without the meat but with the addition of beans and lentils. I wanted to make something that he could eat as well.
I bought avocados, cocoa and added some maple syrup. BAAM! A delicious avocado pudding! My brother, who is not known for his healthy eating ways loved it! So did my 11 year-old nephew. A healthy dessert for all friends! 🙂 So many exclamation marks!!!
Ingredients for Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado
Meat from 2 large avocados (or 3-4 small)
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup maple syrup
optional: tsp of vanilla, tsp of cinnamon
a few splashes of dairy free milk if needed (I used almond milk)
Directions for Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado
Throw all ingredients into your food processor and go to town!
Add more maple syrup if desired (1/2 cup maple syrup was the perfect amount of sweetness for me, but you may like more)
This vegan apple crisp coconut oil recipe is a keeper friends! My cousin Saarah, aka my sista from another motha (my aunt actually!) came over during the winter holidays for our annual sleepover.
Seeing as Saarah is my cousin, I’ve known her for her whole life (I used to change her diapers!). She is 10 years younger than me and so we have only recently become close. The deal was sealed when me, my Mom, Saarah and my aunt (Saarah’s Mom) all took a mother daughter trip to Dubai. It was so much fun!
Saarah and I shared a hotel room the for the whole 2 week duration of the vacay and so we basically learned everything about each other. She is super cool! Way cooler than I was at 20. Anywho, Saarah and I learned that we love each not only because we are family! Woohoo! It’s always a pleasure when you genuinely like your family.
I genuinely like Saarah. 🙂 Haha, this post is basically devoted to my love for Saarah! You’re welcome Saarah. 🙂
Anywho, back to the sleepover and the vegan apple crisp. Saarah is currently in her 3rd year of undergrad at McMaster University, in Hamilton, ON. She studies way to hard if you ask me (just joking! 😛 she will do something amazing in life!) and so we barely see each other during the school year. She was off for the winter break and so we had a sleepover. This is how our winter sleepovers go: make fire, make food, eat food, drink tea, make more food, eat more food, drink more tea. 🙂
For dinner we had my Vegan Tempeh Sandwich and had this vegan apple crisp for dessert. It was a hit! Super quick, easy and incredibly satisfying! Some vegan coconut ice cream on top would also be a super delicious addition. 🙂
Ingredients for Vegan Apple Crisp Coconut Oil – Apple Filling
6 apples, cored and chopped
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Ingredients for Vegan Apple Crisp Coconut Oil – Crumble Topping
pinch of salt
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
Directions for Vegan Apple Crisp Coconut Oil
Preheat oven to 350
Combine all apple filling ingredients in one bowl
Combine all crumble topping ingredients in another bowl
Oil an oven safe pan with coconut oil
Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the crumble is browned.
Sigh, vegan winter salads….the best type of salads! I love salads and eat them all year round. Eating salads is the summer is super easy and refreshing. Having salads in the winter though is not always awesome. My criteria for vegan winter salads: it has be warm and complete with protein (and, of course, delicious and easy).
I was invited to a potluck a couple of weeks ago and decided to bring a salad. In my search for vegan winter salads, I came up with so many delicious options that I decided to bookmark and share with you. 🙂
See below for my roundup for the best vegan winter salads.
All of the salads are complete with protein. The first section of salads calls for lentils, the second section has tofu and the last section has some other type of veggie protein.
This simple gluten free pie crust recipe is just want the name suggest, super easy! It’s been my mission to find the perfect gluten free pie crust ever since whipping my diet into shape and this crust may just be the winner! Not only is it super easy to make, but it is incredibly tasty and flaky. Your family and guests won’t be able to tell that it’s gluten free :P. You can adapt the recipe to make a savoury or sweet pie. I’ve used this to with with my How To Make A Curry Pie recipe and my Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe Coconut Milk.
This green smoothie recipe with spinach & almond butter is ah-mazing! This is how the creation came to life: I was at home, hard at work and, as per usual, I forgot to eat lunch and it was 2pm – yikes! I didn’t have a lot of time and needed something to fill up my belly quick. I had the following ingredients in the fridge: spinach, almond milk & almond butter. I whipped them together and voila! So simple and SO SO VERY delicious!!
The combination of apple and almond butter is the best! My body doesn’t like peanut butter so I always use almond butter in anything that I would use peanut butter in and it never disappoints! (Aside: apple + almond butter also makes a super quick and protein packed snack).
If you are nut free though, use sun butter (or any other nut free “peanut” butter). My nephew is severely allergic to peanuts so nuts are a big no no at my brother’s house. Whenever I’m at their place, I eat sun butter as my almond butter replacer and it tastes great! (I think almost exactly like peanut butter). So, in case you are nut free, feel free to replace the almond butter with sun butter and I’m sure it will taste super. I’ll be trying this recipe with sun butter instead of almond butter the next time I go to my bro’s house.
I’ll definitely be making this again and again. 🙂
Ingredients for Green Smoothie Recipe Spinach Almond Milk
1 cup almond milk
1 apple, cored
2 handfuls of spinach, washed
2 tbsp of almond butter (or a nut free version, like sun butter)
1-2 tbsp of maple syrup (or any other sweetener), optional
1-2 tbsp hemp seeds (gives an extra 10.6 grams of protein!), optional (if you have it handy)
Directions for Green Smoothie Recipe Spinach Almond Milk
Throw all the ingredients into a blender (I used a Blendtec) and mix it up!
I love me some real simple quinoa salad. It’s the perfect quick, yummy and nutritious weekday meal.
I’m lazy and so I need meals that are complete and packed with protein. Adopting mostly a plant-based lifestyle this isn’t always so easy and so I’m always on the look out for quick, delicious and complete meals. I’ve curated the best real simple quinoa salad recipes that are both vegan and are complete meals with protein.
See my roundup below for the the best real simple quinoa salad recipes.
All of the recipes are vegan but I have also indicated whether they are:
This is by far the best tandoori tofu recipe. I have tried many over the years and this one takes the cake! (or tofu, hehe).
My aunt who is a fabulous cook uses this recipe for chicken, I just replaced the chicken for tofu and it was delicious! Not only that, but it was incredibly easy to make – the perfect quick weekday meal.
Ideally, you will want to prep this the night before.
Ingredients for Tandoori Tofu
1 block extra firm tofu, sliced
1 cup yogurt (use vegan yogurt if you’re vegan)
2 tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2-2 tsp red chilli powder (I use 2 but I like it spicy!)
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Directions for Tandoori Tofu
Combine all the ingredients, except the tofu, into a bowl
Add tofu slices to the sauce mixture and ensure that all the tofu is covered with the sauce
Marinade overnight in the fridge (or a couple of hours)
Pre-heat oven to 400 on bake
Oil a baking tray and place tofu onto tray (you will have excess sauce, use it as a dip if you please!)
Cover baking dish with foil and bake for about 40 minutes
Remove the foil paper and broil each side for about 5-10 minutes
This breakfast kale smoothie is one of my staple detox breakfast recipes. Not only is it incredibly nutritious, packed with kale and other superfoods, but it is also so delicious! I look forward to this breakfast from the moment I wake up. I throw a lot of things into my breakfast kale smoothie but feel free to use the recipe as a template and eliminate/add whatever else you fancy. 😉
I think a good baseline for the breakfast kale smoothie would be kale, apple, almond milk (or any other type of dairy free milk) and some protein like nuts/nut butter. After that, it’s fair game!
Serves 1-2 (one large glass, or 2 smaller glasses, as shown in the picture above)
Ingredients for Breakfast Kale Smoothie
1 large or 2 small kale leaves
1 small-medium sized apple, cored
handful of walnuts
1 tbsp of almond butter
1/2 cup almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)
1 tsp flax seeds/ground flax
1 tsp chia seeds/ground chia
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp spirulina (I’m low in iron and spirulina helps me with my daily intake of iron)
4 apricots (also high in iron and naturally sweet)
sometimes I also add a tsp of macha powder / maca powder
Directions for Breakfast Kale Smoothie
Throw all ingredients into a high powdered blender (I use my Blendtec) and blend until smooth.
Let me know if you adapt the smoothie and how it turns out – I love hearing about cool kale smoothie ideas! 🙂
This vegan chocolate bar recipe is absolutely perfect. My aunt made this for a famjam (a family jam!) and it hit the spot so well! She was kind enough to give me the recipe which I am, in turn, sharing with you. 🙂
I try to limit sugars whenever I can. Although, I like sweets just as much as the next guy (though not as much as my partner Irfan, I’ve never seen anyone inhale cookies like he can!).
Sometimes even we (by “we” I mean healthy nutty people) want chocolate bars. What’s better than a regular chocolate bar recipe you ask? A vegan chocolate bar recipe of course! Here you go, have your vegan chocolate bar already. 😉
If you have a sweet tooth, this will definitely satisfy it. It’s a great travel food that’s packed with protein and free of refined sugar. 🙂