Banana Cacao Pancakes

Have you ever added avocado to your pancakes….? Let me introduce you to this rich, chocolately stack of Banana Cacao Pancakes. These pancakes taste so creamy and delicious, but are made with all clean ingredients! This recipe is gluten free and vegan.

Continue reading “Banana Cacao Pancakes”

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie Bowl

Does this remind anyone else of straight elementary school?! Orange Creamsicle popsicles definitely take me back to summertime as a kid. Try this healthy twist on your favorite childhood treat! Recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and packed with fruits and veggies.

Continue reading “Orange Creamsicle Smoothie Bowl”

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Apple Crumble

Who doesn’t love healthy twists on dessert? This Apple Crumble recipe is made with all real food ingredients! It tastes like a treat, but you are actually eating real, whole food, nourishing ingredients. This recipe is gluten free, vegan, and also contains no refined sugar. This recipe is simple, doesn’t require many ingredients, and you probably have all or most of the ingredients already in your fridge/pantry!

This Apple Crumble recipe is not paleo as it does contain rolled oats. However, you can easily make this recipe paleo! Just one easy swap of the oats for almond flour and you have a simple and delicious paleo dessert!

Continue reading “Gluten Free, Dairy Free Apple Crumble”

Chocolate Chip Tahini Balls

Coming at you with another recipe to repurpose almond pulp! If you are unfamiliar, almond pulp is what is leftover part of the almond when you make your own almond milk. If you haven’t yet seen it, check out my  previous post on how to make almond milk.  Making your own almond milk is very simple, avoids the use of thickeners and preservatives found in store bought almond milk, and tastes delicious! It also reduces waste by not purchasing store bought almond milk in single-use containers.

Repurposing almond pulp reduces food waste by using all of the almond when making almond milk. When I first started making my own almond milk, I had no idea what to do with the leftover almond pulp. Now that I’ve been making almond milk for some time, I’ve found several easy, delicious, and healthy ways to repurpose nut pulp! For more idea, check out my tab of nut pulp recipes.

Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Tahini Balls”

Rasberry Cucumber Smoothie

Is it me, or does this smoothie just look like a spa?! Celebrating this AMAZING weather in Brooklyn with a Raspberry Cucumber Smoothie Bowl! That’s right, cucumber. Cucumbers are one of my favorite summer smoothie ingredients because they are super hydrating and taste soo refreshing! See recipe details below.

Continue reading “Rasberry Cucumber Smoothie”

Gluten – Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Are you a sweet potato or a regular potato person? I personally love sweet potatoes! You can make them savory, you can make them sweet – they are such a delicious add to meals! My favorite type of pasta is gnocchi but I don’t eat regular gnocchi too often because I generally avoid gluten. I’ve found cauliflower gnocchi to be a great substitute but I personally like making foods from scratch as often as possible in order to control what ingredients and how much of each ingredient are put into my food.

I’ve made this sweet potato gnocchi a few times now and it is great! It’s a lot easier to make than you would think. This recipe is gluten free – it uses cassava flour as the flour. If you haven’t heard of cassava flour it is a root vegetable and a staple in my kitchen. This recipe is also dairy free and vegan. It makes about 2 servings. See details below!

Continue reading “Gluten – Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi”

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

I love veggie burgers. They are so delicious and versatile. You can eat them on a bun with some sweet potato fries or throw them into a salad salad. What I don’t like about most veggie burgers is that the are typically highly processed, containing several preservatives, and packed with gluten. This recipe makes veggies burgers healthy, delicious, and exactly what they should be – made of veggies!

Continue reading “Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers”

How to Make Your Own Almond Milk *Update*

I’m really passionate about eating real food. I believe (and feel my best) when I eat fresh, real foods in the purest forms and minimize the amount of processed foods that I’m consuming. In my opinion, we don’t need all of those additives found in many processed foods today and its not doing our digestion any favors. For the past several months, I’ve started to make my own almond milk. Making your own almond milk is super easy and only requires two ingredients- almonds and milk. It is super simple and devoid of any thickeners and preservatives found in many store bought almond milks. I wrote an entire blog post on making your own almond milk and the benefits linked here.

I recently tried using blanched, sliced almonds to make my own almond milk vs. regular raw almonds. It was a complete game changer! This almond milk comes out naturally sweet and so so delicious! The recipe is very similar to the one I recently posted using regular, raw almonds just replaces them with blanched, almonds. See recipe below!

Continue reading “How to Make Your Own Almond Milk *Update*”

Fresh Gazpacho 💃🏼

When the weather gets warmer, I crave all of the hydrating, fresh foods. I love this gazpacho dish because it’s super hydrating and refreshing – perfect for summer! I paired it with Sakara Life chia tortillas to dip. This recipe is made completely with real food ingredients and is raw, vegan, and gluten free. All you need is a blender to make!

Continue reading “Fresh Gazpacho 💃🏼”

Vegan Pistachio Pesto

If you follow my Instagram account (@wellbymel_), you know that I LOVE Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. It is gluten free, dairy free, and only made with 5 ingredients- cauliflower, cassava flour, potato starch, olive oil, and salt! And it tastes great- it tastes like actual gnocchi! This is one of my go- to easy dinners because it is frozen and so easy to make! All you need to do is cook it on a skillet for a few minutes until fully thawed and crispy and then top with the sauce of your choice. Note: do not follow the package instructions to cook the gnocchi or else they will turn out mushy.

Today, I chose a pistachio pesto sauce. I have had a bag of pistachios in my pantry for a few months and wasn’t sure what to do with them. I’m trying to be more conscious of food waste so I decided to re-purpose them to make pesto. It was super yummy and really easy! This pesto is dairy free and uses nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. See full recipe below!

Continue reading “Vegan Pistachio Pesto”