Mocha Java Breakfast Quinoa

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I posted this to my Instagram earlier but I figured there was no harm writing it up quick for the blog too!

Here are the ingredients/directions:

-1 cup uncooked quinoa
-1 cup fresh brewed coffee
-1 cup almond milk

(Bring all that to a boil & then let simmer)

Mix in:
-1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder (or 1 tbsp cacao)
I also added 1/2 packet of Starbucks Via instant coffee to give it some more coffee taste (optional)

Top with
– nuts (I used macadamia)
-cacao nibs or to give it a sweeter chocolate flavor use chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)

Grab a spoon & enjoy! 😄

Spiced Banana Protein Muffins with a Cinnamon Cashew Cream Spread

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Last week I posted a recipe for cinnamon cashew cream spread and different ways to enjoy it. One of the ways I suggested was on a muffin. I didn’t think it was fair just to suggest it without a recipe to accompany the spread so I decided to post a muffin recipe that I feel pairs very well with it!

These muffins are really quick to whip up & really tasty!

Spiced Banana Protein Muffins

Ingredients:
-2 cups oat flour (or make your own oat flour by putting GF oats in a processor)
-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Plant Fusion)
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-2 tbsp cinnamon
-1 tsp nutmeg
-3 ripe bananas, mashed
-1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
-2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately then combine. Once thoroughly mixed, spoon into greased or lined muffin pan.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes (maybe less depending on the oven). Check for doneness by sticking a toothpick through the middle of a muffin, they’re done if it comes out clean!

For the Cinnamon Cashew Cream Spread recipe click here .

I think they taste phenomenal together, I’m craving it right now actually!

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GET IN MY BELLY!

Sweet & Savory: Cashew Cream Cheese Two Ways

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I’m really not vegan but I tend to make a lot of vegan recipes and I follow a lot of vegan blogs. I even use vegan protein powder. I’m not entirely sure when or why I started gaining such an interest in vegan recipes but I love the idea of finding healthier alternatives for yummy foods that can be bad for you.

One of those is cream cheese. It’s not that I’ve ever loved cream cheese per say, but I love the idea of a super healthy and tasty alternative to it. Enter cashew cream cheese, I had been dying to try it to see what all the hype is about and recently I had some time to make it two different ways; one savory and one sweet.

Here are the two recipes I made and some different ways to eat them!

Sweet:

Cinnamon Cashew Cream Spread

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Ingredients:
-1 cup of soaked cashews (for at least an hour
– 1/2 cup of almond milk
-drizzle of raw honey
-splash of vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp of cinnamon
-1/8 tsp nutmeg

Blend all the ingredients together and viola, you’re done.

This could be used as a spread or even as a frosting! I spread it on a homemade muffin like this:

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Another way to use it is with a baked sweet potato! I kind of did a twice baked version like this:

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(Those are pecans on top)

Savory:

Herbed Cashew Cream Cheese

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Ingredients:
-2 cups soaked cashews (for at least an hour)
-1/4 – 1/2 cup of water (depending on how thick or thin you want it to be)
-1/8 cup lemon juice
-1 chopped green onion
-1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
-1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
-1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
-2 tbsp nutritional yeast (gives it that cheesy flavor)
-drizzle of olive oil

First blend the cashews with the water until they are the consistently you want it to be. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Add more water or lemon to taste or if the cashew cream is too thick!

I used this as a spread to replace cheese on a portobello “burger”.

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It’s just two portobello mushrooms with a piece of lettuce, tomatoes and the herbed cashew cream cheese spread on it.

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You can also just use it as a dip with crackers or with bread. Anything you can imagine really!

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It would even be a quick & tasty dip to whip up before a party and serve with veggies!

With either recipe just double or halve the ingredients if you need less or more of it.

So there you have it! A super tasty, super healthy alternative for cream cheese that you can just throw in a blender and have ready in no time!

Have you ever tried cashew cream cheese? If you have, what did you think?

Cookies N’ Creme Protein Balls

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I’m reluctantly posting this recipe because I’m not 100% satisfied with it. I really think it has room for improvement and by all means if you have a suggestion as to how to make it better, please let me know!!!

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Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup almond butter
– 1 scoop cookies n’ creme protein powder ( I used Plant Fusion)
– 1 tbsp maca powder
– 1 tbsp coconut flour
– 1 tbsp almond milk
– 2 tbsp cacao nibs
– 2 tbsp chia seeds

Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor, roll into tablespoon size balls (or larger if you please- pretty sure a few of mine varied) and stick ’em in the fridge or freezer!

My batch made about 10 balls but it all depends on the size you choose to make them.

Again, any suggestions are welcome!!! 🙂

Double Chocolate Crunchy Protein Cookies

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I had a bit of time this afternoon so I decided to play around with a chocolate protein cookie recipe I’ve been thinking about. I’m pretty satisfied with the results except I think I could have added a few more chocolate chips!

Here I present to you:

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They’re vegan, they have chocolate, they have protein and they’re a cookie. BOOM! 💥👊💪

Ingredients:
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/3 cup crunchy almond butter (or peanut butter if you prefer)
– 1/2 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder ( I used Plant Fusion)
– 2 tsp cacao powder
– tiny splash of vanilla
– 👀 eyeball amount of dairy free dark chocolate chips to your liking (I used Enjoy Life brand)

Mash banana then all add the ingredients up until the chocolate chips and mix together. Once thoroughly mixed, fold in chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. The amount of cookies the mixture yields will depend on the size of your banana. Mine was on the smaller side so my batch only had 10.

Let cool & enjoy!

Chocolate Almond Butter Bread

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I posted this recipe a while back on Instagram but since then I have thought of a few modifications so I figured I’d post it to the blog!

I originally used cacao powder for the chocolate flavor and it tasted pretty good but wasn’t overly sweet. I suggested adding dark chocolate chips and/or nuts to make it more dessert like. It just recently occurred to me though that chocolate protein powder would be a great substitute for the cacao powder and would give it that little extra sweetness too!

So here’s the recipe & suggested subs/modifications:

1 cup almond butter
2 tbsp cacao powder OR 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
3 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt

You can stop there or add:

1 serving of stevia (for extra sweetness)
Walnuts (top it or mix it in, whatever you fancy)
Dark chocolate chips (I’d say 1/4- 1/3 cup depending how much you like)

Pour into a small bread loaf pan or line a Pyrex with tin foil (that’s what I did and it worked out really well).

Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes or so depending on your oven. Try not to over bake or it’ll be dry.

If end up trying this recipe or make any fun changes, I’d love to hear!

Happy Friday Eve! 😉

*I just edited this post to include the vinegar in the recipe that I some how missed when typing up the post originally. I apologize for the error!!!

Banana Walnut Protein Bars

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I had some extra bananas sitting around and since we are leaving for the weekend, I wanted to use them up!

I actually HATE bananas. Like, absolutely wanna vomit, can’t choke it down type of hate. So just eating them or bringing them with me for a healthy & quick snack was out of the question. (If you’re wondering why I have then in the house in the first place it’s because they came in my CSA box). However, I actually like banana bread (that might make me weird but I don’t care).

Therefore, I decided to make some banana-type protein bars to bring along with me & this is what I came up with:

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Ingredients:

2 cups oat flour (or make your own oat flour by putting GF oats in a processor)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Plant Fusion)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 T maca powder
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)

Blend all the dry ingredients together then mix in the wet ingredients until it becomes smooth in consistency. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips.

You can also choose to add honey as a sweetener to taste but I wanted to keep these as clean as possible and I think the protein powder flavor in conjunction with the chocolate chips adds enough sweetness.

Pour into an 8×8 dish (for fatter bars) or a 10×10 dish (for thinner bars) and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12-15 minutes.

Once cooled, cut them up into bars. They are perfect for on the go or if you wanted to eat for a quick breakfast you could spread some peanut butter on top 🙂