Absolutely delicious chocolate mousse pudding

In need of a quick dessert for the Thanksgiving table? Have no fear! Vegan chocolate mousse pudding is here!!

It’s made with my favorite ingredient ever ….avocado! 🥑 I know what you may be thinking but look at this beauty… 😍

(Oh and it has been picky sweet tooth Father-in- law approved! 😏)

What You’ll Need

2 ripe avocados

1/2 cup of organic unsweetened cacao powder

1/4-1/2 cup of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it. I used 1/4 and it was sweet enough to me)

1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (I️ recommend almond or coconut milk)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Optional: 1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries to blend in or use for garnish

1/4 cup of mint leaves to blend in or use for garnish

Nuts for garnish

What To Do

1. Blend together all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Enjoy! 😋😉

Sweet Potatoes for dessert… who knew? 😏

I would have never believed it if I didn’t try it for myself– sweet potatoes make a damn good brownie! 😋

I’ve read about mishaps with sweet potato brownie recipes, and I was so hesitant to try it when the delicious smell filled my kitchen, but 🤷🏼‍♀️

… loved it!

It will make a great addition to the vegan Thanksgiving desert table next week! Bonus, it can be made with left over sweet potatoes and you won’t feel so bad when the kids OD on brownies 😂

Let me know how yours come out!

Sweet Potato Brownies
I
f cooked and chopped sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup of peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of organic, melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1+ cup of dark chocolate chips (I️ used Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips)

To make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix up a flax egg with the ground flaxseed and water. Set aside while you whip up the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Using a food processor, blend all the other ingredients except the chocolate chips.
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Grease a rectangular pan and pour the mixture in being sure to top generously with more chocolate chips!
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 🎃

I️ love pumpkins just as much as the next basic babe, but PSL are just too sweet for me! (and filled with things you’d never want to put in your body anyway!) Here is a quick and easy recipe for some pumpkin spice goodness!

Did you know pumpkins have lots of vitamin A- essential for cell renewal & repair, keeps your skin glowing and an important immune booster? Clearly no coincidence that pumpkins are best at a time of the year people need an immune boost! 😜🙃

Also- those little seeds inside…. AMAZING nutritional perks! Copper (supports healthy skin, hair & nails!), Iron (strong hair & nails, necessary for red blood cell production & energy), Magnesium (calms nervous function & muscles), Phosphorus (supports strong teeth, bones & immune system and helps maintain electrolyte balance), & Zinc (fights inflammation & redness, collagen formation & tissue healing) .

Convinced of pumpkin goodness yet? 😏

Enjoy!

* Please, Please note: always use non- BPA lined cans when using any canned products!

1 can of chilled organic light coconut milk

3 organic bananas (I️ used frozen)

3/4 cup of PURE organic pumpkin purée (do not use mix)

1 tablespoon organic real maple syrup

1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract

Optional: Pumpkin seeds and cinnamon for garnish (and a delicious bonus!😋)

1. Blend bananas until they crumble in the blender, the add the coconut milk. Blend again until smooth.

2. Add all the rest of the ingredients and blend together until smooth.

3. Top with pumpkin seeds & cinnamon, if desired. ENJOY!

Cinnamon- Vanilla Smoothie

Okay, okay… so I promised myself I wouldn’t get too excited for fall until September 22- the first official day of autumn…

Buuuuuttttttttt…..

I can’t help falling in love with everything cinnamon!

Around here the weather is just getting to the “ooh, may need to bring a sweater with me” point, which means this smoothie is perfect! Still a cold smoothie but with just the slightest hint of fall in there.

As always, I’m the queen of smoothie approximations. Feel free to add or decrease your amounts for your preferences. Recipe below! Continue reading “Cinnamon- Vanilla Smoothie”

A bit of Paradise with Papaya

Whenever I eat papaya, I instantly feel like I’m sitting on a beach in Hawaii. Since papaya isn’t grown locally for me, I forget how much I love it until I make the point of buying it & pop one of those bad boys open.

Besides transporting me to a sandy beach, there are more reasons to love this fruit. Papaya is not only low in calories but packs a punch with the amount of fiber it contains and is a great source of beta carotene, folate, and vitamins A, C and E!

Don’t throw away those seeds either!! There are tons of benefits to these icky looking seeds.

Papaya seeds contain an anti-parasitic property called carpaine and have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects on the digestive system aiding with IBS, constipation, ulcers, indigestion, acid reflux, and even cramps during that time of the month! High levels of oleic and palmitic acids in the seeds are believed to help protect your body against cancer and aid in detoxifying and strengthening the liver and kidneys. Flavanoids found in the seeds are said to help boost the immune system.

PLEASE NOTE: I have seen warnings against taking papaya seeds during pregnancy and for breastfeeding mamas- so make sure you consult your doctor before starting a papaya seed supplement or making papaya seeds a part of your daily routine.

In the mean time, enjoy that papaya with some lime juice squeezed on top or whip up one of the recipes below…

 

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Quinoa love…

My love of quinoa runs deep.

 

I jumped on this spiraled grain band wagon shortly after I was put on an elimination diet and quite literally ran out of food that I could consume safely. (More on this in a future post!) It was allergy safe and at a time when cardboard was looking pretty appetizing to me, I happily ate this bland tasting superfood.

After doing my research, I realized that quinoa was the EASIEST ingredient to work with in terms of flavor, not to mention heath benefits like crazy! (High in protein, minerals, antioxidants, provides energy, aids in weight loss, lowers triglycerdies, blood sugar and insulin levels…I’m sure you need more convincing ;)) Quinoa takes on the flavors of whatever you are cooking with meaning it could be paired with any spices or vegetable to pump up the flavor! This beautiful grain works for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I posted below one of my favorite go-to quinoa meals. Just like quinoa… Mexican bowls will always have my heart!

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