Jolly Llama Ice Cream Review

IMG_3811If you know anything about me, then you know I love ice cream. There is just something so refreshing about it, and since I pretty much don’t eat dairy, I wanted to find some good alternatives. I love the cashew milk ice cream from So Delicious, but I wanted to find some good ice cream cones and sandwiches. I tried Jolly Llama which is both gluten-free and vegan. I have tried 3 of their products, the two ice cream cones in Vanilla Fudge Sundae and Caramel Chocolate Chip and their Cool Mint Chip ice cream sandwich.

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I loved the vanilla cone, it has a nice layer of chocolate on the top and mini chocolate chips. It wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet, it had a nice balance between the chocolate and the vanilla. The cone is amazing considering it’s gluten-free, some gluten-free cones tend to seem a little stale, and this wasn’t like that at all. It has a nice crunch to it, but it wasn’t crumbly. It has also has a nice layer of chocolate coating the inside of the cone. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Caramel Chocolate Chip cone, it was a little to sweet for me, but if you like your ice cream to be sweeter, this would be perfect for you. The Mint Chip sandwich was amazing!! Mint Chip ice cream has always been one of my favorites, and this was so good I almost forgot it was dairy free. Overall I would give Jolly Llama a 10/10. If you’re looking for a good dairy and gluten-free alternative to ice cream cones and sandwiches, I would definitely give them a try.

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!

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.