Sooo I was totally going to make my next post an actually meal...but then these won me over. Sweets always win with me. Always. So here's another quick snack recipe that also functions as a healthy dessert. Oh, it's love. These taste like the insides of a fig newton + the divine, luxurious flavor of hazlenuts. This is a Wannabe Chef recipe...I simply added the coconut for a little flare :) These are more traditionally winter flavors...but WHO CARES?! I'd eat these all year long.
Please bare with me as I transition back to this wonderful world of food blogging. I am currently juggling three jobs so my priorities tend to lean toward food that is fast, filling, convenient, and healthy. These energy squares are a great example...When I'm leaving my first job at 3:30pm and heading to my second which runs from 4-8pm these will be a great, filling, energizing option to tide me over until I get off work :) In the near future you'll probably be seeing a whole lot of "quickie" recipes that produce great leftovers rather than extravagant, time-consuming fare. But heck, I'm sure you're all busy too, so this should be great for the both of us ;)
These aren't the prettiest things...but they sure are tasty! I should have followed the recipe's advice and added some water..my dates were dried out :( But it didn't affect the flavor!! If you want them to stick together better than mine...you may want to add water.
So in order to make this whole Thrive thing more long-term I have decided to admit to the fact that Brendan Brazier's idea of an entree is not very tasty. I mean, this diet is more catered to hardcore athletes (Ironman triathletes) than healthy vegans who like to workout (me). Soooo I have decided to follow Thrive for 5 out of 7 breakfasts a week, snack on Thrive-y smoothies and energy bars (great pre-workout fuel), and have a Thrive-y salad for either lunch or dinner each day. My other meal will just consist of regular vegan fare. I will try to limit dessert to 3 times a week.
Since I've gotten a bit more comfortable with the Thrive recipes, I have experimented a bit with similar energy bar and smoothie recipes so I can share them with all of you! I must say they both turned out very tasty!
This is just a little something I whipped up as a snack...no frills or anything. All measurements are approximate. I had some leftover garbanzo beans and lentils from salads I ate recently, and knew lentils were good in hummus, so why not?! I wanted to add an extra creamy texture and a good source of fat to use in place of olive oil so that's where the avocado came in. This recipe would also be good with some cilantro mixed in, I didn't have any on hand unfortunately.
That's all, just thought I'd share this simple and delish creation :)
I am a horrible person. I have neglected this blog for over a week (!!) and yet I have gotten the most views ever in my absence (!!!). I promise I have wanted to post something...but I've had a few attempts that fell short recently...
#1: Scarlett Orzo with Shaved Asparagus Salad --Orzo didn't fly with this recipe...I'm going to try it again with quinoa #2: Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing -- Didn't have all the veg I wanted to reeeally make it blog-worthy, but a good lunch nonetheless! #3: No-Bake Chocolate Torte -- According to my mom "not chocolatey enough"; and because I broke the news that it had avocado, everyone could taste it. Lame. I want to remake it and take that flavor down a notch, while enhancing the chocolate.
Are you all interested in any of these? Is it worth putting them on here or should I move on?
In the mean time..here's a sweet treat I've had up my sleeve for a while now. These chews can serve as a fantastic, filling snack or a nice sweet but light ending to a summer day : )
The realm of raw food dieting is way beyond my reach. I could never go without real baking or meals heated above 120F (or whatevs the limit is) on a cold winter day. During summer however, when a hot kitchen is less than desirable, raw food is perfect. Seee I'm not opposed to the concept, I just don't have the willpower! These raw blondies are a perfect example of an easy, raw summer treat.
The ingredients list is minimal and the preparations are super simple. And the flaaaavors...cashews provide a buttery taste and the combination of salty and sweet is divine. These also make great filling snacks that will give you long lasting energy. Try them out!
I know I know....I made it sound as if there would be no more dull periods in this blog yet there was another one! I promise I have been working my butt off to provided you with bombdotcom recipes, they just weren't up to par yet!
My first attempt at wheat thins came out more like pita bread...
My first two attempts at cinnamon rolls were just not good enough. Too dry...not enough cinnamon...I thought I could finally perfect it in my third try, however I accidentally used whole wheat instead of spelt flour! Dry again. Fail. Just doesn't cut it...those will be here soon enough though. Honestly.
The buckwheat tabbouleh was slimy. Yes, slimy. The instructions for cooking the buckwheat groats made them slimy...that or they just are when cooked... So I'm working on that second attempt now and I know it will be much better, I made a lot of awesome changes!
Two people asked for it...so I made it! Thank to the four oh so lovely people who voted in last week's poll. Other two, your treats are coming later : )
New poll is up and I would really love your input. Yes you. Please and thank you.
This dip is in a class of its own. The unique blend of flavors are a great accompaniment to veggies, pita chips/bread, or whatever your heart desires. It has a nice saltiness from the miso and a refreshing flavor from the cilantro and lime.
This will definitely be my go to snack all week. So convenient!
After finishing off my Apricot Almond Energy Bars, I was set on making more. They were super filling, delicious, convenient snacks for my busy schedule. Then I noticed a small handful of dried cranberries taking up a whole mason jar in my pantry and I knew just how to use them. And that is how these indulgent vegan treats were born! They don't have the most impressive nutritional profile, however if you're choosing between this and a processed, sugary, non-vegan candy bar...this wins hands down!
I hope this shows you how versatile this recipe is, and allows you to create your ideal bar : )