Lazy Berry Smoothie

This is super simple to make (kind of a cheat recipe, if we’re being honest) and has tons of vitamins; this is a great way to start the day or as a sweet dessert. 

I have just finished my first semester of college, and I’m exhausted. Exhausted and a little chubby. Not chubby, honestly, but I put on a few pounds during finals week and on my recent trip to New York. Side note: I tried two new vegan flavors of Ben and Jerry’s and they were FANTASTIC. So no regrets. But I feel a little sluggish and bloated, so I’m trying to feel better, no matter what the scale says.

This was actually one of my favorite cheats at school because you can make a really pretty smoothie with just two ingredients: Naked juice and Vitamin Water. I told you, it’s a cheat. But those were two things I could buy with my meal plan, and you have to get creative sometimes.

DSC08993.JPGPersonally, I prefer XXX Zero + Blue Machine. The flavors compliment well and they’re both packed with vitamins B6 and B12, which are really difficult for vegans to get sometimes. Plus, the taste is amazing.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz vitamin water, vitamin water zero, or other liquid of choice
  • 8 oz Naked juice, or other similar juice

Freeze the juice overnight, pop both into a blender, and enjoy! That’s it! I add chia seeds for a little extra umph.

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Simple Chocolate Nicecream

DSC08909Sometimes, you need ice cream. Or, really, you want ice cream, something cold and sweet and indulgent and full of chocolate. You probably never need ice cream (but I’m not a nutritionist or God, so I really couldn’t say for sure…)

In my tiny college town, there’s one place to buy vegan ice cream. The selection is slim and full of sugar, and the store closes at 8 pm, which doesn’t help when those 10 pm cravings hit. I am also much more mindful of what I eat now, so a pint of sugar-laden, fatty coconut milk ice cream just isn’t very appealing. Enter nicecream.

You’ve all heard of it. Frozen bananas, blended up. I used to shudder at the thought. My aunt an cousin did a Whole30 cleanse and swore up and down that frozen bananas and cocoa powder tasted just like ice cream.  They’re wrong. This won’t taste like a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. But it’s still good, and good for you.

Ingredients:

1/2 banana, chopped and frozen

1 tbs cacao powder

1 tbs almond milk

1 tsp maple syrup or other sweetener

add ins: cacao nibs, cinnamon, almonds, pecans, chocolate chips, flaked coconut

Mix all ingredients (except add ins!) in the blender, stir in your toppings, and enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I have corrupted the chocolate chip cookie. Seriously. I have removed every semblance of a cookie ingredient and reconstructed it completely. And it’s delicious.

My family loves my chocolate chip cookies- you know, the regular, non-vegan, buttery, sugary kind. The kind I don’t eat. I had to find my own recipe, and I had to make it better.

Calling these “chocolate chip cookies” isn’t accurate. There aren’t actually chocolate chips. In fact, there’s not actually chocolate- just raw cacao nibs and powder. So really, it’s not a dessert, it’s a superfood packed energy snack. At least, that’s what I tell myself as I eat a whole batch at 2 a.m. while rewatching The Great British Bake Off for the third time. Spoiler alert: Nadiya still wins.

Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Bites:

(Makes 7 servings)

For the dough:

  • 6 tbs organic coconut flour
  • 6 tbs organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • stevia, to taste (I use around 4 packets)
  • 8-9 tbs unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • 1-2 tbs raw cacao nibs, chopped

For the chocolate topping:

  • 4 tbs coconut oil, melted
  • 4 tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbs pure grade A maple syrup

To make the dough, mix all ingredients except cacao nibs together until it forms a dough- it won’t look like a normal dough because there’s nothing fat like oil or butter. Add in chocolate chips.

Press the dough into a silicone mould or form into flat disks. You have a few options here: microwave the cookies for 1-2 minutes to set them; OR immediately put into the freezer. If you microwaved them, let cool before freezing, at least one to two hours.

To make chocolate, melt the coconut oil until liquid. Stir in other ingredients- you may want to sift the cacao powder beforehand to get out any lumps. Dip cookies in chocolate and return to fridge or freezer to harden. Eat right from the freezer or let them thaw a few minutes before eating, and enjoy!

Notes:

  • I have not tried an oven version yet, I will update the recipe when I do
  • If you don’t want to use stevia (and don’t mind the cookies being a little higher in calories), replace with organic coconut sugar to taste, about two tablespoons

Nutrition (using stevia):

153 kcal, 13g carbs (4.5g sugar, 5g fiber), 10g fat, 2.5g protein