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Apple Cranberry Crisp “Lookalike”

5 Nov

I won’t deny that I’m a lazy cook. I am. I want the quickest way in and out of the kitchen, my only criteria is using the best ingredients possible. And sometimes I just want to control my nasty sweet tooth with some sweet nutrition. So I present to you, the easiest and healthiest quick-fix snack. And hey it’s grain-free! Which makes it a lighter version of a fruit crisp.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 – 1 T coconut oil
  • 2 T shredded coconut
  • splash of lemonaide or orange juice
  • pinch of cinnamon
  1. Heat the oil in a small pan while you cut the apple in small sections. Add the apple and cranberries to the pan and mix to coat evenly.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon and the shredded coconut and mix again. You can eat it dry like this, or add the lemonaide or orange juice to create the ooey gooey factor, by mixing it up in the pan until the liquid absorbs and fruit is tender.

On another note, sorry I’ve neglected this blog this last month. I’ve realized it’s pretty hard to keep up a food blog when I literally eat the same thing for breakfast lunch and dinner everyday. But I want to dediicate a new devoted energy to maintaining this blog, because encouraging people to be healthier and happier in the slightest bit is what I’m passionate about. Someday I want to help people in a big way that can really transform their lives, starting with the taste buds 😉

Peace & love

Ginger Pear Pancakes with Plum Maple Syrup

12 Aug

Sweet fruity syrup atop tangy, refreshing pancakes. Utter perfection. Use up summer fruit while you can!

Ingredients for pancakes (serves 4):

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (or your fave flour)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs sugar (or 2 tsp stevia)
  • 2 cups soy or nut milk
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine, melted
  • 1 ripe pear, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and blend with a few swift strokes. Fold in the pear. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.
  3. On a griddle or large skillet, heat oil or spray over medium-high heat. Measure 1/4 cupfuls of mixture onto hot griddle.Cook until small bubbles appear on the surface, then flip until both sides are browned.
  4. Transfer cooked pancakes to a heat proof platter and keep warm in the oven while cooking the rest.

Ingredients for plum compote syrup:

  • 1 ripe plum, cored and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1/2 orange juice
  • 1/2-1 cup maple syrup
  1. In a small pot, heat the plum with the sugar and agave until starts to bubble. Pour (or squeeze fresh) orange juice over mixture and stir, let bubble for 2 minutes.
  2. Continue to stir, add more orange juice if it gets too dry. The juice should start to turn red and the plums should be very tender. Stir in the maple syrup and let simmer for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Coconut Banana French Toast

22 Jul

Need I say more?

Okay, I’ll say a little more. Like how awesome and easy this recipe is! I used Cinnamon and Raisin Ezekiel Bread which makes the result even sweeter, plus I like to eat sprouted grains for it’s health benefits. Pair this with a nice glass of orange/carrot/ginger juice and you’ve got yourself a fine brunch 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbs coconut creamer
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 tbs coconut oil (or EVOO)
  • 2-4 slices of bread
  • shredded coconut for garnish

Mix all the ingredients (except oil and bread) in a pan and soak the bread in the mixture for 30 seconds on each side. Meanwhile heat the oil on a large pan. Drain the bread a little before adding to the pan, then cook for about 3 minutes each side or until golden brown. I also caramelized a couple slices of banana and brown sugar next to them for the top of the french toast. Finish with shredded coconut, blueberries, maple syrup, whatever your heart desires! Enjoy 🙂

Raspberry Lemonade Sorbet

17 Jul

Want an easy, low calorie night-time snack?

Try simply turning this……

into this….

It’s tangy, its sweet, it’s everything you love about summer and will definitely help beat the heat! And may I add, extremely simple to prepare and make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lemonade (I used a low calorie version from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup raspberries (or any kind of berries)
  • sprinkle of sweetener (I used stevia)

Blend those ingredients a few hours before you want to eat it and put it in an ice cube tray to freeze. Pop it out and blend the frozen cubes in your blender. If yours can’t handle it (like mine) add a small chunk of watermelon or some fresh raspberries to help it blend. ~viola~! enjoy 🙂

Banana Pumpkin Spice “Shake”

4 May

Okay, I’ll admit it, I have full-blown Fall nostalgia. It’s my favorite season. The weather has been gloomy lately and it’s bringing it out in me, plus having canned pumpkin sitting in my cupboard is so tempting! So I give you the healthiest pumpkin pie “shake” you’ll ever find!

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3-4 tbs canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla coffee creamer
  • 3 ice cubes
  • Stevia extract to taste

It’s thick, creamy and delicious, and it’s healthy! It tastes like a shake but nothing evil in this recipe. I love to make “desert” drinks when I have a sweet tooth but can’t afford the calories that day. Pop all those ingredients in a blender, I have a Magic Bullet look-a-like, and ta-daa…. a great addition to a light lunch or a snack on it’s own 🙂 How can you not love this? Look at it!!