Gluten-Free Acai Bowl

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I want to start this off by saying, that I know it’s cliche to put an Acai bowl recipe on a blog with vegan recipes, but they really are so good! This is something that I definitely consider a treat, because Acai bowls are usually full of sugar, and Acai is not cheap. That being said, when I do make these I always use the Sambazon unsweetened Acai, and I will usually use homemade granola if I have it around. One of my favorite ways to make an Acai bowl is to mix fresh and frozen fruit,I add fresh fruit to make it sweeter, but I add frozen fruit because I want the coldness of the frozen fruit so that I get a thick smoothie like texture. I personally don’t add a lot to my smoothie bowls, I will usually just use what frozen berries I have on hand, add hemp milk, and then top it off with more fresh fruit, granola, and nuts. The fun thing about making a smoothie bowl though, is that you can really add whatever you want, you could add yogurt to make it sweeter and thicker, or you could add vegetables, flax seeds, and protein powder to make it healthier. I personally try to keep it a bit healthier to make sure I really absorb the nutrients in the Acai. Acai is full of antioxidants, it’s high in fat and low in sugar, and it might even help boost brain function.

 

The first thing you should do is let the Acai thaw, you can either leave it out on the counter for a little while which works really well on a hot day, or you can run it under hot water until it melts. After doing that I add all of my ingredients to my blender, and blend until smooth. If you have a food processor you might find it easier to get a thick, smooth consistency.

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After everything is blended add it to a bowl and add your toppings. I always add granola, nuts, and fresh fruit, but you can add whatever you want.

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Ingredients:
1 cup fresh or frozen fruit
1 ½ cups hemp milk
1 Acai packet

Preparation:
1. Thaw Acai packet.
2. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
3. Add smoothie to bowl and add toppings.
4. Enjoy!

Vegan Strawberry Acai Protein Smoothie

vegan acai smoothieOne of my favorite things about summer, is to be able to make as many smoothies as I want and not get cold like I do in the winter. I have tried many different variations of smoothies over the years, and I never felt like I could make a smoothie that was both healthy and delicious, but I think I finally figured out the perfect recipe. This smoothie is full of great nutrients, it’s refreshing, and it tastes amazing.

I like to start by going through my spinach and making sure everything is fresh and clean. After I’ve done that I add my acai, strawberries, protein powder, and hemp milk. I would recommend using unsweetened acai, with all of the fruit in this you really don’t need the extra sugar, and it’s healthier without it.IMG_2908

Hemp milk is one of the best dairy free milk’s to use in a smoothie, it makes it smooth, creamy, and it doesn’t leave a weird aftertaste like almond milk does.  After I’ve added everything to the blender, I blend it all together until it is nice and smooth. Then I put it in a glass and enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 ½ cups spinach
1 ½ cups hemp milk
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1 frozen acai pack

Preparation:
1. Thaw acai.
2. Add all ingredients to blender.
3. Blend until nice and smooth.
4. Enjoy!

So Delicious Dairy Free Cashew Milk Ice Cream Review

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When I had to go gluten-free and then decided to go mostly dairy-free, I knew I had to find a delicious alternative to my favorite dessert, ice cream. I haven’t tried very many vegan ice cream’s, but so far my favorite are the So Delicious cashew milk ones. Most of the So Delicious ice cream products are also gluten-free, so if your like me and need to eat gluten and dairy free, this is a great option. Just make sure it says gluten-free on it before purchasing.  My favorite flavor from their cashew milk ice cream, is the salted caramel cluster.  The cashew milk gives this a creaminess similar to dairy ice cream, and it has a nice combination of cashew bits, chocolate, and caramel.IMG_2868

My favorite way to eat this is with chocolate syrup, I use Hershey’s which is surprisingly both vegan and gluten-free. I know it’s not the healthiest, but it’s delicious, and ice cream is a treat. This is also great with vegan whipped cream, my favorite is the Reddi-wip almond milk whipped cream. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, so this is a great alternative. Once you’ve added your toppings all you have to do it enjoy!

 

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Easy Almond Milk Iced Latte

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On a hot day in the summer, nothing is better than an ice cold drink. While a glass of lemonade is delicious, sometimes you need a little pick-me-up, and an iced latte is perfect for that. This recipe is super easy, it’s vegan, and it’s naturally gluten-free. All you need for this delicious iced latte is two shots of espresso, almond milk, and ice.

The first thing you need to do is make your coffee at least 2 hours before you are ready to make your latte. You can chill your coffee overnight too.

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Once you’ve chilled your coffee, pour it over ice, and add your almond milk. I probably used about half a cup of almond milk, but just pour until it’s right for you.

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Ingredients:
2 shots of espresso
Almond milk

Preparation:
1. Chill espresso at least two hours before serving.
2. Pour espresso over ice, and add almond milk until it’s right for you.

Easy Nutritious Vegan Oatmeal

Vegan Oatmeal

Growing up you always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for a lot of us, we end up going for something that is easy, like cereal. While cereal is delicious, it isn’t very nutritious, and because breakfast boosts your metabolism and energy, it is important to make sure that you eat a balanced and nutritious breakfast.  One of my favorite breakfasts lately has been oatmeal, it gives me a ton of energy, and keeps me full for for the entire morning. I never used to be the biggest oatmeal fan, but since I started experimenting with adding different fruit and nuts, I’ve been loving it. What’s great about this oatmeal is that it has flax seeds, hemp seeds, and nuts. Flax seeds are loaded with nutrients,  and provide you with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Hemp seeds are even better than flax seeds, they’re loaded with omega-3 and omega-6, protein, and fiber. Both of these are great for heart health, PMS symptoms, and they’re also great for your hair, skin and nails.

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Start by measuring out your oatmeal and almond milk, for my oatmeal the measurements on the back of the box say that for one serving I need 1/2 cup of oatmeal, and 1 cup of water or milk. I choose to use almond milk, because it makes it creamier and adds more nutrients. After measuring out my oatmeal and almond milk, I add it all into a small pot, put it on the stove, and turn it to medium-high heat. Make sure you stir it often, or it does stick to the bottom. I put it on high heat so I can make it faster, but you can put it on any heat that works for you.

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When it’s done it should have a nice creamy consistency.

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After it’s done, I add either fresh or frozen fruit, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and cashews. You can add any seeds or nuts you want, I just prefer this mix.

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This is the finished product, it’s delicious,  nutritious, and only takes about ten minutes to make.

Vegan Oatmeal

 

Ingredients:
½ cup gluten-free oatmeal
1 cup almond milk
fresh or frozen fruit
2 tbsp flax seeds
3 tbsp hemp seeds
cashews

Preparation:
1. Prepare the oatmeal following the instructions on the back of the container.
2. Put the oatmeal in a bowl, and add fruit, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and cashews.
3. Serves 1.
4. Takes 10 minutes.

Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Gluten-free vegan chocolate chip pancakes

Pancakes are something many people will go for when at a restaurant, or when making breakfast on the weekend. If you don’t love pancakes, you can go check out my vegan gluten-free french toast here. Pancakes are delicious, but they tend to be full of eggs, dairy, and of course wheat. Because I can’t eat gluten, and I don’t want to eat eggs or dairy, I decided to make my own gluten-free vegan version, with vegan chocolate chips to mix things up a bit. I love chocolate, and what could be better than eating chocolate for breakfast?

 

After mixing up all of my ingredients, I put my skillet on the stove and turned it to medium heat. It’s important to let your pan heat up for a minute when making pancakes before adding the batter, so that you have consistent heat. I started out without any butter or oil, but then I added Earth Balance butter because my nonstick pan is a little worn out and the pancakes were sticking . If you have a nonstick pan, then you don’t need to use any oil or butter, but if you don’t I would recommend using something.

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Once my pancakes were finished I topped them with Redi Whip almond milk whipped cream, slice strawberries, and blueberries. I know this picture doesn’t really show the pancakes, but I promise they were great.

Gluten-free vegan chocolate chip pancakes
Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
½ cup white sugar
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp avocado oil
1 cup almond milk
½ cup vegan gluten-free chocolate chips

Preparation:
1. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Put a skillet on medium heat, melt about a tablespoon of vegan butter.
3. Add a heaping tablespoon of batter to the skillet about three times, or as many times as you can.
4. Flip when you start to see the pancakes bubble.
5. Put them on a plate, and then add your preferred toppings.
6. Makes about 11.
7. Takes about 20 minutes.

Vegan Gluten-free French toast

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so most of the time I eat a nutritious bowl of oatmeal, or avocado toast. Every once in a while I feel switching it up and having a fun breakfast, like French toast or pancakes. Iv’e always loved french toast, so I decided to make a gluten-free vegan version of it. If you’re not a french toast person, you can check out my  Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes. This recipe is amazing, because the toast itself isn’t too sweet, so when you add your toppings it’s nice and balanced.

 

The first thing you want to do is mix together all of your ingredients in a bowl that big enough for you to lay your bread flat. I used a glass pie pan which worked really well, but you could even use a plate if you wanted too. Then after making sure both sides of the bread were coated with the mixture, I melted a little bit of Earth Balance butter in my pan on medium heat, and then added my bread. Flip your toast every minute of so for about 10 minuted until golden brown.

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I wanted to mention that I used Schar bread, which is not vegan because it has honey in it, so if you guys and have any vegan gluten-free bread recommendations, please let me know in the comments.

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This is what my french toast looked like when it was done. After I put it on a plate, I added some powdered sugar, sliced strawberries, and blueberries. You could also add some vegan whipped cream.

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This was my finished product, like I said before, it wasn’t too sweet, and the flavor and texture were perfectly balanced.

 

Ingredients:
½ cup almond milk
1 tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
2 pieces gluten-free vegan white bread

Preparation:
1. Mix together all ingredients in bowl large enough to lay bread flat.
2. Coat each side of bread in mixture.
3. Put a large pan on medium heat, and melt a little bit of vegan butter.
4. Add bread to pan, and turn every 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
5. Add toppings of your choice, and enjoy!
6. Takes about ten minutes.
7. Serves 1.