Smoothie of the Day #8

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Handful of Strawberries
  • Maca Powder
  • Chia seeds

I used 1 tsp. of maca powder & 1 tbsp. chia seeds
I put everything in a blender & added a frozen banana to make the smoothie creamy!

Amazing! This is truly my favorite color! ๐Ÿ™‚

Health benefits of Maca Powder:

  • Increases energy
  • reduces oxidative stress
  • improves memory
  • helps balance hormones
  • Supports thyroid health
  • improves cognative function
  • High in iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium โค

 

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

What do you do when you have leftover ripe bananas AND zucchini? Make this delicious zucchini bread of course! I made two batches last week and they are already gone (in my belly). This is the perfect breakfast, toasted and slathered with almond butter, or the easiest snack to just grab and go!

This zucchini bread is made with spelt flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil and dairy free chocolate chips! It is so simple to make, and very delicious. Oh, not to mention spiked with cacao powder for that double chocolate-y goodness.

Baking with zucchini is a really great way to get veggies into your diet without even trying! You wont taste the zucchini because it has such a mild flavor, but you will see little green specks. I highly recommend keeping the skin on because that is where a lot of the nutritional benefits are.ย For those of you who have never used zucchini before in your baking, get ready to be amazed! ย Shredded zucchini ย makes your bread (or cake) super moist.

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • 1 cup speltย flour
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 1/2 cup of shredded zucchini
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconutย sugar (maple syrup or honey also works)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1) combine mashed banana, coconut oil, shredded zucchini, eggs, vanilla and coconut sugar in a large mixing bowl

2) add spelt flour, cacao powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt: stir until barely combined

3) add chocolate chips and walnuts!

4) pour batter into a greased loaf pan (I used coconut oil) & top with more walnuts and chocolate chips if desired ๐Ÿ™‚

5) bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Let it cool completely before slicing!

6) enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Zucchini health benefits:

  • helps improve digestion
  • reduces blood pressure
  • helps maintain eye health
  • good source of antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium!
  • anti-inflammatory
  • rich in B vitamins
  • reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • aids in weight loss

Cacao powder health benefits:ย 

  • high in antioxidants
  • rich source of magnesium
  • helps build strong bones
  • detoxifies the liver
  • regulates blood sugar levels
  • anti-aging properties
  • improves your mood (due to the phenethylamine)

Vegan Falafel Recipeย 

I’ve been craving falafel recently so I decided it was finally time to make some! I grew up eating Mediterranean food but if you are unfamiliar with falafels, I would describe it as a crispy, chickpea fritter. They are so delicious and unbelievably easy to make! This was my first attempt, and I am happy to announce it was very successful. Healthy, protein-packed, vegan, gluten free deliciousness. Please give these a try!

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • 1 cup of chickpeas (canned or dried & soaked for 24 hours)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (or parsley)
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. of millet flour (or spelt flour for non-gluten free option)
  • squeeze of lemon

Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you get a crumbly – wet sand consistency

You can use any kind of flour, but I chose organic millet flour. Millet is nutrient dense; it has B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium – all essential for good health.

Taste for salt. Seriously, these will be sub-par if they are under seasoned!

If you squeeze the mixture, it should hold its shape. If not, add more flour as needed.

Form into balls or patties and pan fry in olive oil until crispy. It should take about 3 minutes per side. Don’t be afraid of frying! People have done studies measuring the amount of oil before and after frying.When done properly, itโ€™s remarkable how little oil is actually absorbed. Having said that, you can also bake these at 350 for 20 minutes.

Mmmm…. I put them on some salad and drizzled with tahini! Sooo amazing!

The inside should be nice and fluffy, with a crispy outside. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Smoothie of the Day #7

  • Handful of spinach 
  • Frozen mango chunks 
  • 1 frozen banana 
  • Fresh pineapple chunks 
  • Hemp seeds 
  • Almond milk 

Overnight oats:

  •  1/4 cup of steel cut oats
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • pinch of cinnamon 

-Combine ingredients in a sealable container and store in the fridge overnight for the perfect oatmeal! 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

This is my favorite chocolate chip muffin recipe! I always make it when I have too many ripe bananas that are past their prime.This recipe is easily adaptable, and you can use the same batter for making banana bread. Here are the ingredients that you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (or walnuts)

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line muffin tins

2)ย In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, coconut oil, eggs, cinnamon, almond milk, coconut sugar, salt and vanilla extract

3) Add spelt flour, baking soda and chocolate chips (I used dairy free) and mix until well incorporated.

4)ย Fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way full, and bake for 12-15 minutes. Feel free to top with extra banana, walnuts or chocolate chips.

5)ย Let cool completely before serving. Makes 18-20 muffins

6)ย Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookiesย 

I made these amazing chocolate chip cookies! They use whole, healthy ingredients and definitely satisfy a sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup organic butter or coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used dairy free)

Preheat oven: 350 degrees F

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, combine. In a small mixing bowl, blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Combine with creamed mixture. Fold in chocolate chips (I usually start with 1/3 cup)

Form into balls, line greased sheet pan, bake: 10 mins

Enjoy!

 

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Breadย 

Dear reader, this is seriously the best banana bread I have ever made. I am so excited to share this recipe with you because it turned out amazingly! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been interested in baking lately so I went to Whole Foods and picked up some ingredients to make this delicious vegan banana bread. Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • 2 + 1/2 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

1) Mash 2 and a half bananas – set aside

2) Combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, flour, baking soda, maple syrup, cinnamon and almond milk in a large mixing bowl

3) Add mashed bananas and stir until combined

4) Add chopped walnuts and dairy free chocolate chips

5) It should look something like this ๐Ÿ™‚

6) Line a loaf pan with coconut oil and/or parchment paper

7) Fill and garnish the top – I added more chocolate chips, walnuts and the other half of the banana

8) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake for 35-40 minutes

9) Cool completely before cutting and serving

10) Enjoy

Health benefits of spelt flour:

  • Good for digestion (soluble and insoluble fiber)
  • High in vitamin B6, niacin, manganese, folate and magnesium
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Supports immune health
  • Low gluten

Health benefits of coconut sugar:

  • Low glycemic index (slow absorption of sugar into the bloodstream)
  • Builds strong bones
  • Regulates blood sugar levels and blood pressure
  • Prevents and manages hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • Supports brain health
  • Aids in weight management
  • 16 vital amino acids

 

Kale, Avocado and Basil Pestoย 

We had an abundance of kale and basil in our garden this year so I made this delicious, super simple pesto! It was absolutely amazing and so versatile. You can put it on anything: pasta, zucchini noodles, sweet potato, eggs – the possibilities are endless! I am so excited to share this recipe with you. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 stalk of kale
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/3 cup of basil
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (or any nut)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 a lemon, squeezed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

1.First, I spiralized one zucchini to make “zoodles”

2. I put all the ingredients in a food processor and combined until smooth.ย I added a couple tablespoons of water to thin it out. Feel free to adjust accordingly!

3. I tossed the pesto sauce with the noodles! This recipe make two servings
4. I took this with me to work! I topped it with tomatoes from our garden and more walnuts. Enjoy!