How fun are these Plant-Based St. Paddy’s Day Shamrock Shakes! In honor of Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month in February and it being a green holiday, I thought why not share one of my favorite beverages – milkshakes! In partnership with Vitacost, I bring you this organic and non-GMO oat milk by Pacific Foods, which is completely natural. That’s right- 100% natural and the perfect dairy-free alternative! It’s a good source of Calcium and Vitamin D, promotes heart health, and sweetened with oats. I enjoy drinking this oat milk by the glass, in baking, and my recipes!
Although many of you know what “nice cream” is, there are some of you who probably have no idea what in the world this is- and that’s okay! Taking bananas that have been frozen overnight and blending them until it reaches a soft serve “ice cream” consistency is a great treat for anyone who is dairy intolerant, or looking for a healthier breakfast, after gym re-fuel, or even dessert! This nicecream however is blended with Maqui berry powder and naturally sweetened with dates. Thats right.. no added sugar or unwanted sweetness- its all natural! Feel free to give this recipe a change and add your own favorite fruits to the top.
What’s better than a homemade raspberry syrup for your bubbly on New Years Eve or Day? The answer to that is probably the champagne! Give your night some serious elegance with this flavorful and organic syrup. These Raspberry Bellini’s are surely going to be the life of the party. Simply spoon some of the raspberry syrup to the bottom of any champagne flute, add your champagne of choice and garnish with mint and a raspberry. It’s super simple and will make any New Year a berry good one!
What do you get when you mix almond milk, cacao powder, sugar and spice with everything nice? The best hot coco while rockin’ around the Christmas tree, that’s what! This spiced hot chocolate is easy to make and extremely creamy and decadent with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Warming up any cold day, top this with an almond whipped cream for an after dinner treat!
Yields 4 servings
4 cups almond milk
4 Tbsp. cacao powder
1/4 cup organic sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
In a pot on medium-high heat, add the almond milk. Once heated, add the cacao powder, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Heat until completely melted.
Serve with whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon on top.
Chef’s tip: For the adults, add a shot of vegan baileys!
Each year, I have really enjoyed making my own apple cider with fresh organic apples. There is always the added benefit when you are able to make something from scratch. Controlling the sugar level and what ingredients you are using are key elements in reducing a lot of unwanted processed additives. This recipe will be a fan favorite during the fall and winter months.
Yields 4-5 servings
3-4 cinnamon sticks
4 Tbsp. All Spice kernels
3/4 cup sugar
To prepare apples, decor and cut into slices.
Place into a large stock pot and cover with water. Add sachet of cinnamon and all spice. Place on high heat and bring to a rolling boil for an hour-uncovered. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 2 hours covered.
Remove from stove and pour mixture into blender or use a potato masher. After you blend for a minute or mash it, use a fine mesh strainer to remove all of the pulp.
Serve with vegan whipped cream on top and cinnamon.
Chef’s tip: For a smoother cider, you can use a cheese cloth to strain to remove any further pulp or spices.
I don’t know about you all, but there is something about peanut butter, chocolate, and bananas that resonates deep within! Morning’s can sometimes be dull or basic since we are usually rushing out of the door to conquer our daily duties. Thus leaving little to no time for us to focus on our most important meal of the day, breakfast. This is a great start to any day or even a great post-workout snack! In whatever you decide, you can always personalize this bowl and add any fruits, seeds, or powders of your choice.
Enjoy this quick and easy way to start incorporating homemade juice into your routine. Rich in water, watermelon is a personal go-to when it comes to making healthy sips on the fly. Simply blend the sweet fleshy insides until you’re left with a slushy-like liquid and strain the pulp. What you do next with your fresh watermelon juice is up to you. But my favorite additions to make this refreshing beverage even more nutritious include citrus and herbs. Get the full recipe below for instant revitalization!
Did you know that when you buy pre-cut watermelon from the store its usually more expensive because someone is cutting it for you? Buying the entire watermelon can actually save you some money, if you are willing to put in a little elbow grease. Im only teasing, watermelons are actually not as difficult to open up- but just remember to be careful! To make fresh juice from a whole watermelon, you will need a blender and some mint leaves (if you’d like to infuse the two flavors). Otherwise, you will only need 1 ingredient- how simple! After cutting and dicing the watermelon up, blend the pulp into a liquid consistency (without the rind). Just make sure you strain the juice before pouring it into your glass with mint leaves. I like to refer to this refreshing and rehydrating drink as “Nectar of the gods” because its so delightful!
1 large watermelon
1 bunch mint
In blender on highest setting, blend cubed watermelon for around two minutes (if using Vitamix, use tamper to push fruit down).
Pour juice through small mesh strainer to remove pulp.
Store into a large container with mint leaves and enjoy.
Chef’s tip: You can also add some lime juice to this for some added flavor.
If you like mangos, you will have to try this! Being both refreshing and nutritional, this is a perfect way to get in added fruit and other vitamins. The best part is you can either use freshly frozen fruit (if you have the time) or you can do store bought cubed frozen mangos. Accompanying your mango on the swirl-wind of a ride in your blender will be your freshly squeezed orange juice. This natural source of Vitamin C is perfect to boost your immune system and keep you healthy. Your body will thank you, so go ahead and pull that blender to make an amazing creamy mango-orange smoothie.
Almonds are a great source for an abundance of different nutritional benefits. To highlight a couple, almonds are filled with antioxidants, magnesium and it is non-dairy! Making your own almond milk is really easy and only needs a few ingredients. The best thing is that you can make this in big batches to last you for your week of smoothies, oats, sauces, and more!
Combine almonds, water, salt, dates, and vanilla extract. Blend for 1 minute, or until thoroughly emulsified.
In a fine strainer, pour almond milk to catch the pulp. Press as much liquid from pulp as you can. You can place this on a greased baking sheet to dry- bake at 175 degrees or lowest oven temperature until dry, place into food processor to make flour or meal.
Chef’s tip: For Chocolate Almond Milk- add 2 Tbsp cocoa powder. For Strawberry Almond Milk- add 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, blend till smooth.