I have a sweet tooth. Specifically after dinner it likes to come out and test my willpower to the ultimate extent.

Basic candy (aka: leftover halloween snickers, lollipops and twix) genuinely don’t do it for me anymore. I’ll eat it and be like, that was dumb why did I do that, I didn’t even enjoy it…I feel like these days my palate is craving real chocolate or dark berries with a drizzle of maple syrup, things along those lines. I’m even eating dried figs over candy these days. WHO AM I?

I had a really intense dark chocolate craving recently, but also a craving for something that I could chew (hi my name is Amanda and I’m a recovering gum addict…) and savor. So, dark chocolate protein date balls it was. I added protein powder to this because it helps keep me fuller longer, and also because these can come in handy before or after a workout if I don’t want a big snack.

Side note: these would be great gifts during the holiday’s if you wrapped them up really cute. 

These took me about 25 min total and I put them in the freezer to get that reeeaallly nice chewy effect.

(I also eye’d a lot of this stuff so have fun with it!)


2 cup dates (hello fiber for healthy bowel movements in the morning!!)

1/2 cup Almond butter (melt just a little beforehand)

1 Scoop of Vegan Protein powder (I love this brand)

1 Tablespoon each of Maca, Cacao, Cocoa (different from cacao!) and hemp Seeds

Tsp Melted coconut oil

1 cup Walnuts

1/3 cup dried coconut flakes

Several dashes of cayenne pepper

1.5 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

A little salt and cinnamon to taste

 

Hey look another generic pasta sauce recipe!!! #SORRYNOTSORRY.

Currently liv.ing. for the tomatoes that are abundant in Southern California right now. So juicy and sweet I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t make a pasta sauce.

I came up with something on the whim when I noticed I had a ton of these tomatoes that were about to go bad that turned out SO savory and sweet. The combination of herbs I put in it this time were a bit different than usual which definitely attributed to its friggin incredible taste this time around. Now go make this bombass sauce:

Ingredients:

5-6 (juicy AF) heirloom tomatoes

1 can organic diced tomatoes

1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Small handful of fresh parsley + cilantro + basil

1 Green Bell Pepper

Tsp Cayenne pepper

Juice of 1 lemon

2 shakes of cumin powder + dried oregano

1/2 cup of chopped red onion

Organic no-salt seasoning

Salt & Pepper to taste

The trick: Don’t be afraid to keep adding in basil, cilantro and parsley. The more the better!!

Directions:

  • Heat up the tomatoes, canned tomatoes, garlic, basil, parsley, cilantro and lemon in a pot until bubbling.
  • Stick into blender with everything else (might have to do in halves if too much for your blender)
  • Stick into mason jars, let cool outside of the fridge for an hour.
  • Once cooled, THEN stick into fridge/freezer. MASON JARS WILL CRACK IF STUCK INTO FREEZER IF YOUR TOMATO SAUCE IS STILL STEAMING.

 

 

 

Alright so I had an absurd amount of veggies leftover after my parents left for Kauai a few days ago, and  I was trying to figure out what I could make in bulk that could incorporate a lot of what I had in the fridge. PLUS, I had just run out of hummus, soooo I created this throw-everything-you-have-into-the-blender-with-garbanzo-beans-and-hope-it-tastes-good HUMMUS.

And it turned out suuuuuh good. I’ve made hummus previously but this batch was better than anything i’ve ever done. Now go and make it yourself!:

Ingredients:

– Handful fresh basil

– Fresh Parsley (about half a handful)

– 1 can organic garbanzo beans (rinsed)

– 1 Tbsp fresh grated garlic

– Juice of 1 lemon

– pinch of cayenne

– Salt and pepper

– 1/2 Green Bell Pepper

– 1/2 Poblano pepper

– Tsp Cumin

– Tsp Dried Cilantro

– 2 Green Onion stems

– Drizzle of Avocado Oil

Really not sure what to call this recipe but I think “scramble” will do it justice.

So I was craving something hardy, nourishing and spicy with lots of flavaaa the other day and saw we had some cauliflower we needed to use up before it went bad. So, I decided to play around and see what kind of concoction I could come up with.

It ended up coming out SOO freaking good and satisfying which is exactly what I was aiming for. It’s also super healthy and light which makes it that much better. I personally would put this over some zoodles or quinoa/rice. You could easily eat it on its own as well. Perfect for a chilly day in my opinion.

Fun Facts: 

Consuming 100 g of cauliflower provides 80% of your vitamin C daily needs.

Cooking for thirty or more minutes reduces health benefits of cauliflower by 75%.

Why not start Monday off with a dessert recipe?? Currently sippin’ on my coffee while it pours here in San Diego. Thinking about working out, then heading over to the cafe down the street to do some more Australia planning in a bit. Seriously relishing these quiet, stress-free mornings before I’m working full time, or whatever it may be that doesn’t allow me this luxury. Womp womp. Can’t wait to come home exhausted every day from walking everywhere and doing things day in and day out when I’m traveling. The best feeling ever. Oh and the Oscars were last night!. No big deal that they messed up the most important oscar of the night. That was insane. Karma for constantly bringing politics up throughout the show? Good entertainment otherwise haha. Anyways, on to the recipe:

I made this treat a couple of weeks back as a healthy alternative to hold me over whenever I’d  need something sweet. I’ve seen different variations of this recipe because it’s so simple and popular these days and you can kind of tweak it to your liking. Also hashtag: gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, for those of you who are wondering.

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Ingredients:

1 cup cashews
1 cup walnuts
2 1/2 cups medjool dates (pitted)
3/4 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt

Important note: Make sure you’re specifically using medjool dates AND that they aren’t hard (from sitting in the fridge-like mine). Medjool dates are really sweet, meaty, and moist which is important for this. I wish I had let mine sit out and sort of soften for a while before making this recipe because they didn’t have as much “caramel-y” texture as I’d wanted. Still came out nice though!

Directions:

I had to cut the recipe in half because my food processor isn’t very big, so just a side note for anyone without a large food processor out there.

Process the nuts until crumbly. Set aside.

Process the dates, then add in the salt + cocoa, blend.

Add in the nut mixture into the date/cocoa mixture and blend.

Place the final mixture into a parchment paper-lined dish/pan (however you want them to be shaped) and place in the fridge for about 15 minutes or until hard and you’re done!

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