Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado (with Video)

Recipe for Chocolate Pudding Made with Avocado

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!!!

Serves: 4-6

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

  1. Throw all ingredients into your food processor and go to town!
  2. Add more maple syrup if desired (1/2 cup maple syrup was the perfect amount of sweetness for me, but you may like more)

Enjoy!

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Vegan Apple Crisp Coconut Oil (Grain free)

Vegan Apple Crisp Coconut Oil

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. 🙂

 

Serves: 2-4

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

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine all apple filling ingredients in one bowl
  3. Combine all crumble topping ingredients in another bowl
  4. Oil an oven safe pan with coconut oil
  5. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the crumble is browned.
  7. Serve with some vegan ice cream, optional.
  8. Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Vegan Winter Salads (with protein)

Vegan Winter Salads | Happygut.ca

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.

I’ve indicated whether the salads are

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

A few of the salads call for some dairy but I have provided options to veganize.

Let me know if you try them out, and how you like them. 🙂

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Yam & Brussel Sprout
Lentil Salad | In Pursuit of More
Lentil Salad | In Pursuit of More

By In Pursuit Of More

Ingredients: 8
Main items:
lentils, yam, brussel sprouts, balsamic vinaigrette

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

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Spinach & Mushroom
Lentil Salad | Tales of a Kitchen
Lentil Salad | Tales of a Kitchen

By Tales of a Kitchen

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
mushrooms, spinach, carrot

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

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Spinach & Quinoa
Lentil Salad | Simply Quinoa
Lentil Salad | Simply Quinoa

By Simply Quinoa

Ingredients: 14
Main items:
fennel, quinoa, spinach, pine nuts

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

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Potatoes & Pickles
Lentil Salad | Vegan Insanity
Lentil Salad | Vegan Insanity

By Vegan Insanity

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
potatoes, capers, dill pickle

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

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Roasted Veggies & Apples
Lentil Salad | Green Evi
Lentil Salad | Green Evi

By Green Evi

Ingredients: 16
Main items:
lentils, beetroot, sweet potato, apple, almond

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

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Carrot, Leek & Arugula
Lentil Salad | Craving Something Healthy
Lentil Salad | Craving Something Healthy

By Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
carrot, parsnip, leek, arugula

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has honey)
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

Note: Replace honey with maple syrup to make vegan. 

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Squash & Tahini Sauce
Lentil Salad | Coconut & Berries
Lentil Salad | Coconut & Berries

By Coconut & Berries

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
lentils, squash, tahini

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

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Kale & Indian Spices
Tofu Salad | Happygut
Tofu Salad | Happygut

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 14
Main items:
kale, cilantro, green onion, indian spices

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ *Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

*Note: Remove nuts if nut free. 

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Brussel Sprouts
Tofu Salad | Vanilla & Spice
Tofu Salad | Vanilla & Spice

By Vanilla & Spice

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
brussel sprouts, sweet potato, pecan

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

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Kale & Sriracha
Tofu Salad | Vegetarian Gastronomy
Tofu Salad | Vegetarian Gastronomy

By Vegetarian Gastronomy

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
kale, carrots, sriracha, vegan mayo

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)

Get recipe here.

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Kale & Peanut Sauce
Tofu Salad | Get Off Your Tush & Cook
Tofu Salad | Get Off Your Tush & Cook

By Get Off Your Tush & Cook

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
kale, onion, carrots, cucumber, peanut butter, peanuts

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*has agave)

Get recipe here.

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Mushrooms
Tofu Salad | Lady & Pops
Tofu Salad | Lady & Pups

By Lady & Pups

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
mushrooms, greens, miso

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ *Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

*Note: Replace mayo with vegan may to make vegan. 

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Eggplant & Zucchini
Tofu Salad | Greek Vegetarian
Tofu Salad | Greek Vegetarian

By Greek Vegetarian

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
eggplant, zucchini, arugula, pistachio

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ *Vegan
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

*Note: Remove feta to make vegan. 

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Kale & Northern Beans
Bean Salad | Fat Free Vegan
Bean Salad | Fat Free Vegan

By Fat Free Vegan

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
kale, bok choy, carrots, cabbage, northern beans

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

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Black Beans & Sweet Potato
Bean Salad | Oh She Glows
Bean Salad | Oh She Glows

By Oh She Glows

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
black bean, sweet potato, onion, cilantro

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

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Tempeh & Vegetables
Tempeh Salad | Vegan Yack Attack
Tempeh Salad | Vegan Yack Attack

By Vegan Yack Attack

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
tempeh, red onion, baby bella, romain lettuce, cherry tomato

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

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Simple Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe

Simple Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe

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.

Simple Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe
Serves 3
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sorghum flour (I think rice flour would also work though I haven't tried it yet)
  2. 1/3 of a cup vegan shortening (or butter if not vegan)
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1 tbsp ground chia + 3 tbsp of water (or 1 egg if not vegan)
  5. for savoury crust, add a pinch of paprika, optional
  6. for sweet crust, add a dash of maple syrup, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add the ground chia + 3 tbsp of water into a bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the salt, plus any other spices you are using, to the flour and mix well.
  4. With your hand, crumble the shortening and add to the flour mixture.
  5. Add the chia mixture (and maple syrup if using for sweeter dishes).
  6. Work the dough with your hands until it forms a balls.
If using the crust on top of the pie do the following
  1. Take 2 large sheets of parchment paper. Lay one sheet down and sprinkle with flour.
  2. Place the dough ball onto the parchment sheet and sprinkle with flour.
  3. Place the other piece of parchment paper on top.
  4. Carefully roll out the dough with a rolling pin until you reach the desired size and shape.
  5. Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and carefully flip over the crust onto the pie.
  6. Gently remove the top sheet of parchment paper and gently pat down the edges of the crust so that they stick to the edge of your pie pan.
  7. Poke a few holes into the crust with a fork (if your filling needs to be baked) and bake for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
If using the crust on the bottom of your pie, do the following
  1. Place the dough ball into your pie pan and use your hands to pat it on the bottom and the sides of your pie pan.
  2. If your pie filling does not need to be baked, pre-bake the crust for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. If your filling does need to be baked, poke a few holes in the crust, add the filling and bake according to filling directions.
Notes
  1. This makes either the top or bottom crust. For both, double the recipe.
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Green Smoothie Recipe – Spinach & Almond Milk

Green Smoothie Recipe Spinach Almond Milk | Happygut.ca

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. 🙂

Serves: 1

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

  1. Throw all the ingredients into a blender (I used a Blendtec) and mix it up!

Enjoy! 🙂

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Real Simple Quinoa Salad – 12 Vegan Recipes Packed with Protein

Real Simple Quinoa Salad

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:

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Real Simple Quinoa Salad with chickpeas and…

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Tomato
Quinoa Salad Cilantro, Tomato, Cucumber | HappyGut.ca
Quinoa Salad Cilantro, Tomato, Cucumber | HappyGut.ca

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 11
Main items:
chickpeas,
tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Full disclaimer, this is my recipe. 🙂 If you like zesty loaded with garlic and lemon, you will like this one! It’s one of my go-to staple weekday meals.  

Get recipe here.

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Cauliflower
Quinoa Salad | My Darling Lemon Thyme
Quinoa Salad | My Darling Lemon Thyme

By My Darling Lemon Thyme

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
chickpeas, cauliflower, almonds, jalapeno, lime

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: the combination of almonds, jalapeno and lime sounds so delectable!   

Get recipe here.

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Zucchini
Quinoa Salad | A Cedar Spoon
Quinoa Salad | A Cedar Spoon

By A Cedar Spoon

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
chickpeas,
zucchini, onion, parsley

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: with turmeric, cumin, zucchini and chickpeas, this sounds like the perfect weekday hearty meal. 

Get recipe here.

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Edamame
Quinoa Salad | The Girl Who Ate Everything
Quinoa Salad | The Girl Who Ate Everything

By The Girl Who Ate Everything

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
chickpeas, edamame, corn, cranberry, bell pepper, almonds

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: An incredibly hearty and protein packed salad with beans and cranberries, a fabulous combination. 

Get recipe here.

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Real Simple Quinoa Salad with black beans and…

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Kale & Sweet Potato
Quinoa Salad | Cookie & Kate
Quinoa Salad | Cookie & Kate

By Cookie and Kate

Ingredients: 14
Main items:
black beans, sweet potato, avocado, jalapeno, pumpkin seeds

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: This nut free version of this southwestern style quinoa salad sounds so appetizing. 

Get recipe here.

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Kale & Red Onion
Quinoa Salad | The Glowing Fridge
Quinoa Salad | The Glowing Fridge

By The Glowing Fridge

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
black bean, kale, red onion, corn, cilantro, lime, hot sauce

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: no quinoa salad round-up would be complete without a spicy version. 😛 Plus, it has kale! 

Get recipe here.

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Sweet Potato & Cashew
Quinoa Salad | Simply Quinoa
Quinoa Salad | Simply Quinoa

By Simply Quinoa

Ingredients: 16
Main items:
black beans, sweet potato, avocado, cashews, cilantro

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Sweet potatoes with chilli powder and avocado cashew dressing? Yes please!!! 

Get recipe here.

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Orange & Bell Pepper
Quinoa Salad | Damn Delicious
Quinoa Salad | Damn Delicious

By Damn Delicious

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
black beans, orange, bell pepper, jalapeno, corn, onion

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: another zesty recipe with orange, orange juice and apple cider vinegar. 

Get recipe here.

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White Bean
Quinoa Salad | Kelley & Cricket
Quinoa Salad | Kelley & Cricket

By Kelley & Cricket

Ingredients: 11
Main items:
white bean, tomato, red pepper, onion, basil

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: I’m always looking for ways to use white beans – this one looks delicious! 

Get recipe here.

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Kidney Beans
Quinoa Salad | Renee Clerkin
Quinoa Salad | Renee Clerkin

By Renee Clerkin

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
kidney beans, carrot, celery, corn, bell pepper

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: A hearty quinoa salad packed with so many veggies! 

Get recipe here.

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Three Bean
Quinoa Salad | Domesticate me
Quinoa Salad | Domesticate me

By Domesticate Me

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
chickpeas, black beans, edamame, red onions, lemon, garlic

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: An ultra simple and protein packed salad. 

Get recipe here.

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Tofu
Quinoa Salad | Craving Something Healthy
Quinoa Salad | Craving Something Healthy

By Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients: 20
Main items:
tofu, edamame, cabbage, carrots, tahini

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: A delicious sweet and spicy tofu quinoa salad recipe. 

Get recipe here.

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Easy & Delicious Tandoori Tofu

Tandoori Tofu | Happygut.ca

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

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the tofu, into a bowl
  2. Add tofu slices to the sauce mixture and ensure that all the tofu is covered with the sauce
  3. Marinade overnight in the fridge (or a couple of hours)
  4. Pre-heat oven to 400 on bake
  5. Oil a baking tray and place tofu onto tray (you will have excess sauce, use it as a dip if you please!)
  6. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for about 40 minutes
  7. Remove the foil paper and broil each side for about 5-10 minutes

Enjoy! 🙂

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The Best Breakfast Kale Smoothie

Breakfast Kale Smoothie | Happygut.ca
Breakfast Kale Smoothie | Happygut.ca

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

  1. Throw all ingredients into a high powdered blender (I use my Blendtec) and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy! 🙂

Let me know if you adapt the smoothie and how it turns out – I love hearing about cool kale smoothie ideas! 🙂

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Spicy Stir-Fried Tofu with Kale

Spicy Stir-Fried Tofu with Kale | happygut.ca

This spicy stir-fried tofu with kale is the perfect quick, spicy and delicious week day meal!

For a nut free option, omit the cashews.

Ingredients for Spicy Stir-Fried Tofu with Kale

  • 1 block firm or extra firm tofu (I use sprouted), drained and chopped into small cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1-2 fresh chilis
  • 1/4 tsp salt (add more if you like to taste)
  • small bunch of kale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for stir fry + 2 tbsp olive oil for kale
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews

Directions for Spicy Stir-Fried Tofu with Kale

  1. Drain tofu (I usually do this by placing it between 2 plates, putting something heavy on top, and letting it sit for about 10-20 minutes).
  2. Mix all of the spices in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add garlic and heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add all of the spices and combine well with the garlic, add a little bit of water if necessary.
  6. Add the tofu and green onions and coat well with the spices.
  7. Cook for a couple of minutes over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  8. Wash kale and chop into bite sized pieces. Steam kale for about 2-4 minutes. Remove from heat and drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Top the kale with the tofu and the cashews. Add the lemon juice and garnish with the fresh cilantro.

Enjoy!

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Vegan Chocolate Bar Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Bar Recipe

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. 🙂

Try it for yourself and see!

Ingredients for Vegan Chocolate Bar Recipe

  • 1 & 1/3 cups crushed vegan (and gluten free if you’d like) biscuits
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil or earth balance
  • ½ cup Maple syrup
  • ¾ cup ground Flax seeds
  • 1 ¾ cups slightly roasted, then ground  Pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup slightly roasted, then ground Sunflower seeds
  • 1tsp. orange rind
  • 1tsp.Vanilla extract
  • 1 package vegan Chocolate chips

Directions for Vegan Chocolate Bar Recipe

  1. On a greased  9×14 pan, spread a layer of crushed biscuits.
  2. In another container, mix rest of the ingredients except chocolate chips.
  3. Once well mixed, spread it evenly on the biscuit layer and press down well.
  4. In a double boiler or microwave, carefully melt the chocolate chips.  Spread this melted chocolate evenly on the seed mixture.
  5. You may have to put it in the fridge for half an hour to set.
  6. Once set, cut into bars or squares.
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