Healthy Bites: Vegan Double-Chocolate Cookie

This recipe makes one giant cookie, but you can double it as many times necessary to make a whole batch of cookies instead. It definitely curbs a sweet tooth craving. Tip: best eaten gooey and warm straight out of the oven!! 

-1/3 cup of rolled oats (blend until flour consistency)

-4 tbsp. cacao

-2 tbsp. brown sugar

-2 tbsp. honey

-1-2 tbsp. of any nut butter or seed butter 

-almond or coconut milk (as much necessary to moisten the batter)

-dark chocolate chips (as many as you desire)

-1 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil 

-1 tsp. vanilla extract 

1. Combine all of the ingredients together using a whisk. 

2. Shape into a cookie, and place on a baking tray that has been greased using coconut oil.

3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Healthy Bites: Vegan Cauliflower Mash

A healthy and vegan alternative to mashed potatoes:

-1 head of cauliflower
-2 tbsp. coconut oil
-2 cloves of minced garlic
-sea salt
-pepper
-1 sprig of fresh rosemary
-crushed red pepper flakes

1. Boil the cauliflower for 15 minutes or until tender.
2. Blend the cauliflower in a food processor or blender until creamy consistency.
3. In a pot, brown the minced garlic in the coconut oil.
4. Once golden, add the mashed cauliflower to the pot and incorporate with the rosemary that has been finely chopped.
5. Season with as much salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes as you like.

* I paired the cauliflower mash with chicken baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. It had been marinating for 24 hours in freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh basil, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper. 

Healthy Bites: Vegan Quinoa & Vegetable Burgers

After making a visit to the farmers market I needed a recipe to use up the vegetables I bought. Feel free to use any you have in stock instead. 

-1 cup of cooked quinoa
-handful of fresh brocolli
-handful of fresh spinach
-1/2 of a sweet potato
-sprig of fresh rosemary
-2 cloves of minced garlic
-2 tbsp. of tahini
-2 tbsp. of hummus
-extra virgin olive oil
-salt

1. Combine all of the ingredients together after chopping up the vegetables into bite size pieces as shown in the picture below.
2. Season with as much salt and olive oil as you desire.
3. Mold into hamburger patties and bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes on an aluminum lined baking sheet.

Healthy Bites: Spicy-Cheezy Vegan Kale Chips

My take on a kale chip recipe I’ve been seeing around lately. I like to store them in a container I leave out on the counter, and then snack on them throughout the week.

-1 bunch of fresh kale
-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
-1 tablespoon of a spicy dry seasoning mix (mine was garlic, onion, red bell pepper, peppercorn, coriander, paprika, chili, orange zest, & cayenne)
-1/2 a fresh lemon
-extra virgin olive oil

1. Place the kale in bite size pieces on a baking tray lined with aluminum foil.
2. Drizzle the kale with enough oil to evenly coat each leaf.
3. Mix the remaining ingredients together and top the kale with the mixture.
4. Coat each leaf with the dry mixture using your fingers.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes or until crispy
6. Let cool. Eat right away or place them in a container to store.

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