Chickpea Crunch Bars

Just because Halloween is over, doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making healthier Halloween treats. These Chickpea Crunch bars are my new jam. They are super easy to make and the taste reminds me so much of classic ‘Crunch’ candy bars. You only need 5 ingredients to make this recipe and the ingredients I used are gluten free and dairy free. I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are gluten free and dairy free, but you can use any chocolate that you like. My favorite “healthier” chocolate brands are Enjoy Life, Hu Kitchen, and Lilys Chocolate. Lilys chocolate is sweetened with stevia so it doesn’t taste as sweet. I wanted this recipe to taste sweet so I used Enjoy Life because it is sweetened with cane sugar. Hu Kitchen makes really great paleo chocolate. Check my Discounts Tab for 15% off Hu Kitchen chocolate.

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Sweet Potato Nachos

I just got a mandolin slicer and love it. It slices vegetables super thin, which is ideal for making chips. Lately, I’ve been making beet chips and sweet potato chips in my air fryer and they come out so good every time! I love making Sweet Potato Nachos and my new mandolin slicer was the perfect excuse to make them. This recipe is a great healthy alternative to nachos. These nachos make the perfect Football Sunday snack or party snack.

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Crispy Chickpeas

I love crispy, seasoned chickpeas! They are crunchy and delicious and make the perfect savory snack. I eat them like chips or like topping them over a salad. This simple recipe only requires chickpeas, avocado oil, and spices. You do need an air fryer to make this recipe. Recipe is gluten free and vegan and can be made in less than 20 minutes!

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Apple Cinnamon Oats

Have you been apple picking recently? This past weekend, I went apple picking with some friends in upstate New York. I love apple season, so immediately started making some apple treats once I returned home to Brooklyn. I have personally been having my Apple Crumble (gluten free and dairy free) on repeat lately. It’s such a yummy treat, but full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. This week for breakfast I have been making Apple Cinnamon oats! This breakfast recipe is both gluten free and vegan.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

If you tasted this recipe, you may be wondering if its a chocolate peanut butter smoothie or a milkshake? You will be shocked to see that this smoothie is packed with fruit and vegetables, but tastes like an indulgent treat! Even better, it can be made with just five ingredients and in less than five minutes. If that sounds good, then you’re going to love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie!

Smoothies are a great breakfast option for busy mornings. I love making smoothies because they can be made in less than five minutes and you can take them with you on the go. Smoothies are also a great option because they can be made with frozen fruits and vegetables. Frozen produce lasts longer and tends to be less expensive than fresh produce. I personally love keeping frozen produce stocked in my freezer to toss into smoothies.

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Blueberry Basil Smoothie

I went to pick up basil from the grocery store the other week and they only had the basil plant. Because of this, I decided to pot the basil plant in an old, glass jar. I figured it wouldn’t last long in my windowsill since I have tried to grow basil plants multiple times in my windowsill and have so far been unsuccessful. Maybe because it’s quarantine and I’m home more 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 into an actual pot.. My new, thriving 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 and 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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