Pumpkin is so delicious. It's especially delicious in this recipe. You can taste the vanilla flavor but I love the pumpkin flavor bursting through. I had this for breakfast today and it was a super simple recipe.
. Have you ever baked with flavored protein powder? I have and I've never liked the taste. Some protein powders just aren't meant for baking, the final product tastes...off. I have tried quite a few plant-based protein powders over the years and I haven't settled on one...until now. And the particular flavor I use in this bread replaces actual bananas. It's a strong, delicious banana flavor. I think the banana flavor is stronger than the peanut butter flavor. This post contains an affiliate link and I may receive commission on purchases made through the link. I only recommend products I love and use myself. If you've followed my journey, you know my posts containing affiliate links are less than 5 in total. I prefer to try different brands and only recommend brands that I use for a long time I've made this bread so many times, with a few changes here and there but it always turns out to be moist and delicious. If you don't have flour, no worries, use oats to
This fall, I began counting my macros and focusing on increasing my protein so that I could start to really build muscle. I hadn't sat down and concentrated on planning out protein filled meals so it took some getting used to. And I also realized that if I didn't think about what I was eating, I would reach for sugary, carb heavy foods. Plant-based protein...that's what this blog post is all about. I'm going to give three meals as an example and list some of my must-have protein-filled foods.
When I crave sweets, I look for ways to minimize my sugar consumption while also getting that sweet fix. I recently discovered monk fruit sugar so my coffee and sweets have never been the same. It's a great substitute for regular sugar but it has no impact on your blood sugar and has no carbs. I didn't use monk fruit sugar for this recipe, though, so go out and get it because my next recipe will have it.
I'm always and forever trying to make rice like they make at Indian or Persian restaurants. It's so delicious, fluffy and flavorful and I love the texture of basmati rice. So, I was talking to a friend who makes rice alot and he helped me with the recipe. The idea is to sautee the rice first and add ingredients that will give it flavor such as garlic, onion, spices etc. I serve the rice with beans or tofu, either sauteed or in a curry sauce. Rice is just so amazing, it's simple but nutritious and is a great alternative to bread or other grains.
Hey readers! It's been a while, I know. I have been so busy between the holidays and the new year, my yoga studio and some other things. What have you been up to? I want to get back to posting more recipes and taking lots of pictures so my goal for 2019 is to write for you more! I made this new recipe yesterday for breakfast and these are just the yummiest before-a-workout treat or a quick breakfast. I didn't add any maple syrup or sweetener but these end up being so sweet due to the raisins and raspberries.
Ok, ALMOST homemade, I used store bought dough from Trader Joe's. The filling and the icing is homemade, though. These are so delish, I can't even tell you and when you make them at home, you can control what ingredients go into them so they are somewhat healthy. These were inspired by the cinnamon buns sold at Trader Joe's-I buy them all the time when I go home and me, my mom and my niece chow down on them. Next up: homemade pumpkin cinnamon buns!
5 ingredients, easy to make cookies sweetened with veggies and fruit. These cookies are vegan and gluten-free and perfect for breakfast or a snack. All ingredients are wholesome and probably in your pantry!
I wasn't buying oats for a while because I needed a break from them (I know, crazy right?). Sometimes when I have a copious amount of oats, I bake and bake and make loads of oatmeal and then I'm all sugared out. I figured I would take a break from buying them for a while so I can chill with the sugar. I bought some oats the other day again and I decided to make these muffins last night. They are so delish and ended up perfect and I had one this morning for breakfast.
I saw a chocolate pound cake at the farmers market this morning and was about to get it. It was a small piece and it was $5 and I wondered if all the ingredients were organic and non-GMO so I put it down and decided to make my own. I had all the ingredients at home except for enough sugar so I had to use a little confectioner sugar and maple syrup instead of coconut sugar. I always use maple syrup or coconut sugar because they are more natural, not as processed sources of sweetener. But you gotta use what you have!
I think it's pretty obvious that I love chocolate bites. They are wonderful when you want to make something sweet and you don't have alot of time and you want something that will render leftovers. I was home over the weekend and I brought back some food including raisins. I can't say I tend to snack on raisins so I used them for this recipe. Also, I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT PROTEIN POWDER! I came home to a brand new container and I'm pretty psyched.
I haven't made snack bites or snack bars in a while because I devour them with no thought whatsoever. This time I made these bites and ate them over the course of three days, which is good for me. They are high in protein, though, because I didn't use dates, I had to use more of the liquid sweetener than I wanted to but oh well. Speaking of dates, not one has passed through my lips since February. They are just too many calories to deal with and very binge-worthy for me.
*This is not a sponsored post* I just love Forager Project cashew yogurt. I really need to break into the yogurt and cheese arena and just make my own. It would be cheaper and I can expand my skills in the kitchen but I haven't yet and end up buying yogurt and cheese. It's cool though because I get to try different brands, check out ingredients and get inspiration for my own recipes. I actually just ordered a vegan yogurt starter kit on Amazon so I'm going to try to make yogurt first.
I'm running low on dried fruit which is essential for making raw crusts so tonight I said good bye to my bag of dried cranberries with this amazing recipe. These bars are delish, sweet and full of vanilla flavor with the added fiber of oats. There are very few ingredients and in no time you will have a very cool snack.
I have tried pancakes in 100 different ways, it seems, so I'm just going to add to the list today. I usually make pancakes with a mushed banana but I had tofu last week and I replaced the banana with tofu....and it was so delish. And high in protein. Tofu is cool. You can make tofu scramble, bake with it or even make tofu cheese.
I am pretty obsessed with yogurt; I guess because I love that I love the unsweetened yogurt. The unsweetened yogurts are great because they still have that yummy, creamy yogurt taste but without the added sugar. I'm trying to branch out and not buy the same brands and tonight I bought a cashew milk yogurt that I'm psyched to try. Tomorrow morning is going to be a pretty epic yogurt bowl.
When I do compilation posts, it's always a wonderful trip down memory lane. I love to see how my photography improved or how different I lay out my posts. I also love to see how my cooking has changed and what foods I was obsessed with two years ago. I love to see how I've grown and I start planning ways to improve my blog even more.
Every time I crave cereal, I think of how much healthier it would be if I made my own. Thus, how this granola recipe came to fruition. I think you are aware of my obsession with brown rice syrup, a super low glycemic alternative to sugar so that has definitely made an appearance in this recipe. The best thing about granola is you can dress it up or make it as plain as you wish. It's great to eat as cereal with milk or just bring it with you as a snack to munch on in the middle of your day. It doesn't have to be a sugary mess; it can be quite nutritious, full of fiber and healthy fats.
I've had three recipes in my head since coming back to the city after Thanksgiving but I'm low on leafy greens (I know!!) and my new hot chocolate recipe did not photograph well this morning. I have a cool summer roll recipe that I'll post when I stock up on kale. I'm on a sugar detox! My only sugar source has come from dates, other fruit and veggies. I tucked the coconut sugar away and the chocolate chips. I'm also measuring out the fat. I already feel better!