Blueberry Basil Smoothie

I picked up basil from the grocery store the other week and they only had the basil plant. I decided to pot it in an old, glass peanut butter jar, thinking that it wouldn’t last long in my windowsill. I have tried to grow basil plants multiple times in my windowsill, but every time have been unsuccessful. Maybe because it’s quarantine and I’m home and my basil plant is getting the TLC it needs, but it is thriving in my windowsill! Now, I’m going to have to think about re-potting it in an actual pot..

My new basil plant as well as the warmer weather inspired me to make this Blueberry Basil smoothie. This recipe is gluten free, vegan, paleo, and whole 30. It only requires 4 ingredients to make!

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Chickpea Cookie Dough

I have another pantry staple recipe for you this week, using chickpeas: Chickpea Cookie Dough. If you missed my post last week, I posted a variety of Pantry Staple Recipes using popular pantry staple items.

I’ve seen a lot of sweet chickpea recipes- anything from chickpea cookies to chickpea blondies. I decided to put my can of chickpeas to use and make a sweet dessert! This chickpea cookie dough is made with 6 simple ingredients and is gluten free and vegan. The best part is it can be made in 5 minutes or less!

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Black Bean Brownies

I’m not gonna lie, I had seen Black Bean Brownies before and was a bit skeptical about how they’d taste. Since it’s quarantine time due to COVID-19 in NYC and I have some extra cans of black beans, I decided to give it a try. I was honestly so surprised how easy it was to put this recipe together and how much the batter tastes like brownies! Only this recipe is gluten free, vegan, contains no refined sugar, is rich in fiber, and made with real food ingredients!

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Lentil “Meatballs”

I have been making these lentil “meatballs” for years and it is hands down one of my favorite recipes! These “meatballs” are a plant-based take on Italian meatballs and they make the perfect healthy, comfort food. I like topping the lentil “meatballs” over spaghetti squash or zucchini zoodles with nutritional yeast.

This recipe is rich in plant foods and packed with nutrients and fiber. It is gluten free, vegan, and grain free.

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Carrot Cake Muffins

It may be a little early, but I’m so excited to share my Carrot Cake Muffins recipe! These Carrot Cake Muffins are my favorite spring treat. Like all of my dessert recipes, these muffins are super easy to make. All you need to do is blend the ingredients, place the batter into muffin tins, and bake for 15 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool, and top with the coconut cream “icing”, which can be made with just two ingredients.

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Low Sugar Chocolate Chia Pudding

Looking for a low sugar breakfast idea? Look no further! Even if you’re not looking for low sugar recipes, this chocolate chia pudding makes the perfect breakfast or little desserts. The best part is they are super easy to make! The main preparation step is allowing the chia seeds to sit overnight to form a chia “pudding.” I like making multiple chia seeds at once, that way I have breakfast prepped for multiple days. This recipe makes 2 chia puddings.

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Apple Cinnamon Scones

Caramelized apples are one of my favorite healthy treats. By caramelized apples, I mean apple slices that are sautéed in cinnamon and coconut oil. They get so fragrant and taste incredible! Apple Cinnamon is one of my all time favorite combos.

I wanted to make a healthy apple cinnamon flavored breakfast recipe and came up with these apple cinnamon scones. They are gluten free, vegan, and contain no added sugar. They are very easy to make and make the perfect breakfast on the go.

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Dessert Dates

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of dates. They taste so sweet and delicious all by themselves. I like to use dates as sweeteners in recipes instead of any form of added sugar. Unlike straight sweetener such as cane sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup or even honey, dates are sweet but contain fiber. Fiber is the indigestible are of food that are associated with several potential health benefits. Fiber also helps keep you feeling full and satisfied.

These stuffed dates are my favorite little dessert pieces. They take about 10 seconds to make and offer the perfect amount of sweetness after a meal. After dinner, I always crave something sweet, but I don’t typically have a lot of sweets around. These desserts are perfect to satisfy this sweet craving because they can be assembled quickly and provide just the right amount of sweetness.

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