Vanilla Almond Cashew Milk

…By making our own nut milk we are saving big time in our food budget. This makes me more and more excited about making almond cashew milk from scratch. It’s easy, healthy, and tasty! I love having fresh frothy milk to drink…

How To: Make Almond Milk

This easy recipe will take you less then 5 minutes to prepare and is 4 times cheaper then purchasing at the grocery store (not to mention the time it would have taken to drive to there). You also know 100% whats inside your milk, no mystery necessary! This recipe produces 8 cups (2 quarts) of unsweetened almond milk which translates to about 40 calories a cup and 2% calcium (which comes naturally from the almonds). I bought my almonds from Costco and did my own price analysis. It is about…

Disney Dole Whip

It’s been really hot lately (California Dreaming was NOT written about the Inland Empire)! Recently the temperature clocked 105 degrees outside and my house was a nice and cool 89 degrees inside (I’m being sarcastic about the nice and cool part, it was a literal white-middle-class kind of hell). We had friends coming over for dinner and I had planned to make roasted peaches with cinnamon and nuts but turning on the oven wasn’t an option. Sorry guys! Instead we had something else for dessert. Something lovely, smooth, cold, and creamy. Have you been to Disneyland? Have you tried Disney Dole Whip? Ok, here’s a better question. Have you asked Dr. Google what Dole Whip actually is (or is that just little old nerdy me)? I falsely assumed it was actually fruit. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. So instead of waiting at the longest line in Adventure Land, try out this simple Disney Dole Whip. I promise your husband and kids will approve!

Whole Wheat Vegan Corn Bread

Who doesn’t like cornbread? everybody loves corn bread.
Especially with apple sauce and honey and almond milk (ok, maybe that’s just me). Northerners like their cornbread sweet! This honey-sweetened-cornbread recipe is from the north.

Turmeric Latte (Golden Milk)

Most people know that ginger and turmeric are really good for you and it’s recommended that you eat some everyday! Ginger is known to help with cramps, nausea, pain relief, IBS, migraines, viral infections, etc. Turmeric is known to be beneficial for things like inflammation, cancer, lupus, pre-diabetes, IBS, etc. Have you tried eating either spice plain? Not so good on their own, but they enhance foods in delicious ways! If you’re wanting a hot drink but don’t want that nasty sugar-coating left on your tongue (after drinking a Starbucks) or maybe you don’t want to spend 37 dollars at the local cafe (Lego Movie?) or maybe you’re not into the caffeine buzz well then, try out this Turmeric Latte and get your turmeric/ginger game on!

Vegan German Chocolate Cake (sugar and oil free)

Every year when I was growing up I asked for the same birthday cake. I wanted the German Chocolate Cake Frosting (and pecan glaze) on a yellow cake instead of chocolate! My mom faithfully made a Betty Crocker yellow cake mix and layered it with rich chocolate butter cream frosting and made that infamous coconut pecan dream to coat the top. Sweetened condensed milk, gobs of sugar, and a few very hyperactive children later… you get a birthday coma of happiness (and I loved my mom MORE for it). Flash forward a few years my sister said I should make a German Chocolate Cake that she could feel good about giving to her kids (what a good mommy). One day while killing time at Costco (as my husband went up and down each aisle excitedly searching for a specific extension cord he decide we needed ❤ I absolutely love my nerd) I started looking at the cooking magazines and after seeing a recipe for caramel chocolate cake I got an idea to use date paste as the binder and sweetener for the coconut pecan frosting (which means zero risk of burning the frosting because you don't have to heat it. Yes, I've done that before)!

Chocolate (Maple Syrup) Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes… Who doesn’t like a rich moist chocolate cupcake? Nobody. If you’re already planning on making a dessert for your Honey-Boo-Thang this Valentines Day, or maybe this Thursday (no judgment), why not bake them a treat that won’t cause their blood sugar to spiral out of control? Try it, it won’t kill you, it might even make you stronger… unless you eat 6… then you might feel sick… and could possibly get the runs, so maybe just eat one? 😉 Sure, it’s pretty healthy, but they are still cupcakes, so go easy on them.

Chocolate Chip Milk Shake

With dates for extra sweetness and hemp seeds for a nutty creaminess you will think about this shake for days. Blend it up in under 2 minutes, grab a straw or spoon, and be on your way!

100% Whole Wheat Pancakes

Some days are pancake days. Try out this 100% whole-wheat pancake recipe with zero sugar or oil added. If you have a hard-anodized pan then you don’t even need to use oil in the pancake frying process (we have a great pan from Costco)! This breakfast is high in fiber yet just as tasty as traditional pancake recipes. Eat these pancakes with berries, bananas, unsweetened applesauce, raisins, nut butters, date paste, or fruit compote for a special treat that is also good for you. Start (or finish) your day with a meal that gives you energy instead of zapping it from you! Make a double batch and store in the freezer for a quick meal or snack later on. Just pop one or two frozen pancakes in the toaster, spread with peanut butter and date paste (my favorite combo) and head out the door!

10 min Apple Pie Stovetop Oatmeal

The holidays are over and it is time to HIT those resolutions in the FACE, in a good way. I rarely make stovetop oats but this weekend I ate it twice. Sometimes you just want something hot for breakfast and you want it fast! I’m sure we all ate too much food this holiday and stayed up way too late last night but here is a breakfast to get you back on track. This oatmeal is full of walnuts, ginger, cinnamon, dates, and a few other optional super food toppings to kickstart the year. Go get em tiger!

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (Vegan)

Banana Smoothie recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Peach Ice Cream Wendy’s Copycat Vegan Frosty Chocolate Chip Milk Shake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Recipe Adopted From: Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bars Other similar recipes: King-Sized Vegan Snicker Bars Healthy Scotcheroos

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

If you’re feeling REAL fancy you can make coconut whipped cream with a bit of maple syrup and make your breakfast oats bonkers and all thanksgiving like… but try not to eat that everyday.