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Chickpea Flour Breadsticks {vegan, grain-free}

Let the nibbling begin with a batch of my chickpea flour breadsticks! Easy-to-make in one bowl, they are vegan, grain-free, yeast-free, nut-free & gluten-free. Enjoy as a snack or serve with your favorite soups and salads. Easy Grain-Free Chickpea Flour Breadsticks Chickpea flour was made for breadsticks. Really, it’s true. It produces one of the …

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Chickpea Flour Naan {vegan, grain-free, easy}

Chickpea flour naan is the vegan, grain-free, yeast-free & gluten-free flatbread you have been looking for! Make it in minutes on the stovetop and serve warm alongside any and all of your favorite dinners and lunches. Make Naan At Home, with Ease Have you ever made naan? I love to eat it, but only starting …

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2-Ingredient Almond Flour Tortillas {vegan, keto, oil-free}

Easy to make 2-ingredient almond flour tortillas! Tender & flexible, they are vegan, oil-free, keto, Paleo, & only 2.7 grams net carbs each. By now, it is probably clear that I love creating recipes that are: super simple  versatile  made with minimal ingredients Equally obvious is my fondness for bread. As a native Californian, and …

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100% Coconut Flour Bread Rolls {vegan, keto, 4 ingredients}

My easy, 100% coconut flour bread rolls are (all humility aside) 4-ingredient miracles. Soft and fluffy, they are vegan, keto, oil-free, grain-free, nut-free, yeast-free, sugar-free & only 63 calories apiece. Vegan Keto Bread Made with Coconut Flour (No Other Flours) Typing while jumping up and down (for joy!) is tricky.  But that’s what I am …

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Vegan Gluten-Free Oat Sandwich Bread {oil-free, yeast-free}

Vegan gluten-free oat sandwich bread, made with ease! Hearty, delicious, and great with everything, it is also yeast-free and oil-free. As promised in my Gluten-Free Buckwheat Sandwich Bread post the other week, I’ve been busy testing other combination of flours to create additional easy, vegan, gluten-free breads. My kitchen is very sticky. But I would …

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Chocolate Almond Flour Oat Muffins {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Decadent (but healthy!) chocolate almond flour oat muffins that are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, fast & easy to make, & perfect for breakfast, snack-time, or dessert. January was my birthday month (I observe the whole month :)). So, while testing recipes for the website, I was making sweet treats behind the scenes, too. That’s what one …

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Gluten-Free Buckwheat Sandwich Bread {vegan, no yeast}

My crusty, high-rising, fine-textured, gluten-free buckwheat sandwich bread will please everyone! Easy to make, it is also vegan, oil-free, sugar-free, yeast-free and perfectly delicious. The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Bread That heading is quite a promise. But this recipe delivers! I’ve been squirreled away in my kitchen (thank you, January, for being cold, gray and drizzly–the …

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Italian White Bean Soup {vegan, oil-free, high protein}

This fast & easy easy Italian white bean soup is cozy, comforting & delicious! It is also vegan, oil-free, high in protein, & super frugal. Long before I had any specific thoughts or preferences about beans in general, I loved bean soup. Not just any bean soup, but Campbell’s bean and bacon soup. It was …

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Baked Crispy Cabbage Chips {vegan, keto, GF}

Baked crispy cabbage chips are a perfect salty nibble! They are vegan, keto, Paleo, gluten-free, and made with nothing more than cabbage leaves, salt, and a smidge of oil (although I have an oil-free version, too).  New Year, New Chips Is this a good time for a few confessions? It’s a New Year, so here …

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3-Ingredient Pumpkin Oat Cookies {vegan, oil-free, GF}

My 3-ingredient pumpkin oat cookies are perfect for snacking or breakfasts on the move. They are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, 31 calories each (for the basic version), and endlessly customizable with a variety of different add-ins. Eat More Cookies It snowed–SNOWED–here in Texas on Sunday! I get that this is no big deal for my cold …

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Flourless Millet Oat Bread {vegan, GF, 5 ingredients}

Flourless millet oat bread is the hearty, wholesome bread you need for toast, sandwiches & so much more. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free, & made with 5 ingredients (plus water and salt), it is incredibly easy to make & bake. Vegan & Gluten-Free Bread Made Easy New year. New Bread. I don’t know about you, but …

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Vegan Coconut Flour Cookies {4 ingredients, keto option}

Vegan coconut flour cookies! Made with 4 ingredients (coconut flour, sweetener, coconut oil & flaxseed meal), these easy, delectable cookies are also nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo, and keto-friendly (with 1 ingredient swap). An Easy Vegan Coconut Flour Cookie Recipe (at last!) This recipe is a long time coming. Ever since I posted the recipe for …

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Baked Split Pea-Nuts {nut-free, high protein}

Your new favorite nibble: 2-Ingredient Baked Split Pea-Nuts! Made from humble split peas, they are nut-free, vegan, high in protein, gluten-free, grain-free, frugal, and fabulous. ‘Tis the season to enjoy all kinds of snacks and nibbles, and I have a great one to share: baked crispy “nuts” made from split peas! I’m a nibbler. Always …

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Vegan Coconut Almond Flour Cake {grain-free, oil-free}

A dessert worth celebrating: vegan coconut almond flour cake, studded with chunks of chocolate! It is grain-free, gluten-free, & oil-free. An Almond Joy of  Cake I enjoy a jumble of random weekend baking rituals that feel exactly and effortlessly right—that inspire, especially when I’m in a mood (good or bad)–a feeling of “this is why …

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Vegan Oat Thumbprint Cookies {gluten-free, flourless}

These jam-filled vegan oat thumbprint cookies are a mouth watering and delicious treat, suitable for breakfast, snacks & dessert! They are gluten-free & easy to make. I have many friends and acquaintances, as well as one husband and one son, who have strict ideas about what constitutes the perfect cookie. It tends to be some …

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Oil-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies {vegan, grain-free}

With 1 bowl and 5 minutes prep, you can crank out a batch of these mouthwatering oil-free chocolate chip cookies whenever a craving hits! Vegan, grain-free & gluten-free, they are crunchy at the edges and soft at the center. YUM! Delicious, Nutritious Cookies that Love You Back As a blogger who focuses on healthy eating, …

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Chickpea Breadcrumbs (grain-free, oil-free)

Chickpea breadcrumbs, made with canned chickpeas, are grain-free, oil-free, & bread-free! High-protein, oil-free, frugal, and easy-to-make, they are every bit as delicious & versatile as traditional bread crumbs. I am a sucker for all things crunchy. Toasted nuts & seeds, crisp crackers, cold crudités, and crumb-coated anything–yes please, it’s all satisfaction to me. If you …

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1-ingredient Pepita Butter {vegan, keto}

Smooth 1-ingredient pepita butter you can make at home in a blender (or food processor). It is naturally vegan, keto, paleo, & more! An Easy & Affordable Alternative to Peanut Butter Back to school time is always a reminder of the need to create nut-free alternatives for packed lunches. Many districts have school-wide bans on …

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Chickpea Flour Flax Sandwich Bread {vegan, grain-free, oil-free}

Wholesome chickpea flour flax sandwich bread that tastes like whole wheat! Made with 5 ingredients, it is vegan, grain-free, oil-free & easy to make. Grain-Free Bread that Tastes like Whole Wheat  Your eyes are not deceiving you: the bread pictured above looks like whole wheat bread. It tastes like whole wheat bread, too. Yet it …

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Oil-Free Olive Tapenade {vegan, super-easy}

Oil-free olive tapenade is the perfectly piquant spread you’re craving for your sandwiches and snacks. This version is keto, paleo, low-carb & vegan, too. One of my favorite things about cooking in the summer is not cooking in the summer. Especially at dinner time.  The hot weather makes simple assemblages of this and that–cut fruits …

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2-Ingredient Coconut Flour Tortillas {vegan, keto, oil-free}

Incredible 2-ingredient coconut flour tortillas! Soft, fluffy, flexible & scrumptious, they are also vegan, keto, oil-free, easy to make, only 68 calories and 3.1 net carbs each. Well, you did it. You found the tortilla recipe you have been searching for since forever! What Makes These Coconut Flour Tortillas Special You need never have made–or …

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3-Ingredient Black Bean Chili {vegan, oil-free, high protein}

Dinner, made simple: thick, spicy, 3-ingredient black bean chili made in under 30 minutes! It is vegan, oil-free, high in protein, and so darn good. Oh, dinner. Haven’t I made you six thousand times in the last two months?  And yet, I can’t quit you. My hunger persists. I propose a compromise: a hearty dish …

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Cherry Tomato Chickpea Pasta {high-protein, grain-free, vegan, 5 ingredients}

Amazing, delicious and ready in 20 minutes: high protein cherry tomato chickpea pasta! It is also vegan, grain-free and made with only 5 ingredients. Umm, can we just call this a skillet full of happiness? Hints of spring (cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley), the midwinter comforts of pasta, and enough nutrients (protein, vitamin C, antioxidants) …

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Overnight Oatmeal Cookies {vegan, gluten-free, oil-free}

Easy-to-make, vegan overnight oatmeal cookies are just what your busy morning needs. Think of them as healthy and delicious overnight oats…in cookie form! Soft, cakey, and not too sweet, they are vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. Overnight Oatmeal, In Cookie Form After my last cookie post, I made all kinds of lists and plans to post …

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Cassava Flour Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies {vegan}

Perfect, scrumptious cassava  flour gingerbread cookie cut-out cookies ! They are naturally grain-free, Paleo, gluten-free, and easy to make, too. These are the best gingerbread cut-out cookies I have ever made. The texture is perfection–subtly crisp, yet tender– and easy to bake with consistent results for the entire batch. And the flavor? Gingerbread heaven, if …

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100% Flax Chocolate Cookies {vegan, oil-free, keto option}

Healthfully decadent 100% flax chocolate cookies ! Made in a muffin tin with only 5 ingredients, they are vegan, grain-free, oil-free, paleo and keto (with an ingredient swap). Flax Breakfast Cookies get a Double Chocolate Boost When I did a re-shoot of my popular 100% flax breakfast cookies last week, I realized I had made …

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Healthy Zucchini Oat Bread {Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Healthy zucchini oat bread! It is vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and and packed with both zucchini and nutrition! Zucchini Bread made with Oats & Coconut Flour We are on the brink of zucchini season, but I could not wait to get a running start with a new take on zucchini bread. I love zucchini bread. …

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Oat and Coconut Flour Biscuits {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Healthy, scrumptious, vegan oat and coconut flour biscuits ! They are gluten-free, nut-free, and can be varied multiple ways. Vegan Oat Biscuits with Coconut Flour I have been a carb-loading machine of late, in large part due to an uptick in my running miles. It explains why, between me, my scone-loving husband, and our growing-by-the-minute …

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Oat and Coconut Flour Scones {5 ingredients, Vegan, GF}

Perfect oat and coconut flour scones made with only 5 ingredients! They are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, easy-to-make, and healthy, plus they can be varied in endless ways. Perfect Gluten-Free Vegan Scones My husband is remarkably tolerant of my petty food complaints (it may also be selective deafness). Chief among my grievances is coffee shop scones. …

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Keto Vegan Coconut Flour Cookies {grain-free, gluten-free}

Easy, 1-bowl, keto vegan coconut flour cookies, made with almond butter. They are also grain-free & gluten-free. Coconut Flour Cookies that are Vegan & Keto Last month I shared an easy recipe for vegan coconut flour chocolate chip cookies. The results were delicious, surprising (used dates to help sweeten them, as well as add structure …

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Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Cups {oil-free, gluten-free}

Oil-free, and vegan baked oatmeal cups , your new favorite grab and go healthy breakfast! They are easy-to-make and studded with chocolate chips, too. Pumpkin for Breakfast Hooray for pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice season! People who know me well know that I have a major pumpkin obsession–year-round–so I am always excited when the season …

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2-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies {vegan, grain-free, flourless}

Crispy-chewy, 2-ingredient coconut banana cookies can be made from start to finish in less than 30 minutes! They are vegan, flourless, grain-free, and sure to please one and all (especially, you!). Healthy, Easy Cookies Worth Celebrating Happy Monday, everyone! I hope that you had a good weekend. I ran a half marathon with my early …

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle {grain-free, gluten-free}

Vegan chocolate chip cookie brittle that is a healthy snack as much as it is a dessert! It is naturally grain-free & gluten-free. Fall! It’s finally here! Or so the calendar indicates. It’s still muggy and hovering around 90 degrees in my corner of the world, but I don’t care; I’m ready for baking season, …

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Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream {vegan, 5 ingredients, keto option}

Creamy, super chocolate avocado ice cream that tastes indulgent but is healthy! Made with 5 ingredients, it is vegan, paleo, & keto (with 1 easy sub). Incredible Chocolate Ice Cream Made with Avocado Some things about me make little sense.  My siblings would say many things :). But topping my zany list are these gems: …

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Vegan Eggplant Pizza Slices {Gluten-Free, Fast, Easy}

Summer is here, and the options for delicious eating are too many to count! But if you insist on enumerating your options, do consider my vegan eggplant pizza slices! Easy, ready in under 30 minutes, and gobble-up-every-last-bit good, they are exactly what you want for dinner tonight (even if you did not know it until …

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Vegan Oat Soda Bread Biscuits {gluten-free}

Vegan oat soda bread biscuits for St. Patrick’s Day or any day! They are gluten-free and easy to make in no time at all. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you remembered to wear green today. I’m sipping a green smoothie, which I’m sure to spill on myself, somewhere, so I think I’m covered :). …

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DIY Sunflower Seed Butter {oil-free, easy, keto option}

DIY sunflower seed butter is a delicious and nutritious alternative to peanut butter. Learn how to make it with no added oil, little money and minimal effort! A keto option is available. Sunflower Seed Butter Instead of Peanut Butter This post is for my sister, Rebecca. Love you, sis. Rebecca is allergic to peanuts. When …

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Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread {easy, oil-free option}

Healthy, delicious vegan and gluten-free pumpkin bread that tastes like the classic! It is delicious, easy-to-make, & made without eggs, dairy or gluten. Classic Pumpkin Bread made Vegan & Gluten-Free Pumpkin bread needs a huge thank you. Specifically, to the to the person (a woman? My guess is yes!) who decided to throw pumpkin into …

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Chickpea Flour Broccoli Pasta Frittatas (vegan, grain-free)

My chickpea flour pasta broccoli frittatas are vegan, grain-free & so delicious! Chickpea flour batter and chickpea pasta make make these mighty muffins possible. They have 136 calories and 7.2 g protein each! Vegan & Grain-Free Pasta Frittatas Every once in awhile, I come up with a recipe that makes me pinch myself. Not because …

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3-Ingredient Banana Quinoa Muffins {vegan, oil-fee, GF}

3-ingredient banana quinoa muffins, made with bananas, quinoa and oats! They are vegan, flourless, oil-free, refined sugar free, and only 101 calories each. Happy Thursday, everyone! Today’s post is worthy of a leap of joy for their 3-ingredient ease (quinoa + banana + oats) and wholesomeness: A Modern Approach to Oil-Free Muffins They have a …

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Chipotle Cheese Bread Bites {Vegan, Oil-Free, GF}

Healthy & vegan chipotle cheese bread bites that taste like your favorite queso dip! They are oil-free, gluten-free, & have just 80 calories apiece. A perfect savory fitness snack! Queso  is on the menu at just about every Tex-Mex joint here in the Lone Star State, and no wonder: warm, gooey cheese, typically with a hot pepper …

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Flourless Apple Millet Muffins {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Flourless apple millet muffins are a delicious alternative to baked oatmeal! They are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and fruit-sweetened. Confession: I eat an average of three breakfasts. Every day. For years, I thought there was something terribly wrong with me. I’d get up, eat a healthy breakfast–for example, oatmeal, yogurt, whole grain toast with peanut butter, …

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Vegan Baked Oatmeal Cups {oil-free, GF}

Individual vegan baked oatmeal cups, made portable by baking in a muffin tin! The oatmeal cups are are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. In an age of ever-changing “it” ingredients, I give thanks for oats. Cheap, nutritious, easy-to-find, filling, satisfying, versatile, and loved by children and adults alike, oats are tried and true. Portable oat packets, and, more …

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2-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Tortillas {vegan, grainfree}

2-ingredient chickpea flour tortillas are the best and easiest grain-free tortillas! Made with chickpea flour and flaxseed meal (plus water and optional salt). They are vegan, grain-free, oil-free, and incredibly delicious and versatile! The search for great gluten-free tortillas is over. I was born and raised in California, and have been living in Texas for …

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Vegan & Gluten-Free Dutch Baby {5 ingredients}

My 5-ingredient  vegan and gluten-free Dutch baby (oven puffed pancake) is  a perfect fast food meal, whether for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Traditionally made with eggs, milk, and all-purpose flour, my version is free of eggs, dairy & gluten. They say that man cannot live by bread alone, but as far I know, they’ve never …

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Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies {vegan}

Crisp at the edges and chewy near the centers, my chickpea flour chocolate chip cookies will WOW you! They are grain-free, gluten-free, vegan, and irresistible. Chocolate chip cookie baking alert! I’ll grab just about any excuse to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and a chilly, gray, late-February Tuesday is a perfect one. Moreover, …

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Vegan Gluten-Free Oat Bran Muffins {oil-free, healthy}

So-satisfying vegan gluten-free oat bran muffins made with oat bran, oat flour, applesauce & cinnamon. They are oil-free, delicious, a cinch to make, and only 110 calories each! It’s high time for muffins to make a major comeback. Forget about the greasy, overblown, sugar-laden, crumbly versions at convenience stores, coffee shops and buffet lines. I’m …

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100% Oat Biscotti {vegan, flourless, GF}

You can’t pack a bowl of oatmeal to go, so grab a few of my healthy, 100% oat biscotti instead! They are vegan, flourless, gluten-free, nut-free, and 100% delicious! A Portable Bowl of Oatmeal I’ve figured out out many things throughout the years. Eating a bowl of oatmeal while running is not one of them. It’s …

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Good Morning Cheesecake Bars! (high-protein + low-sugar +GF)

Cheesecake. For breakfast. The time has come. These luscious cheesecake bars are about as close to perfect as January breakfasts come: High protein? Check. Gluten-free? Check. Low-calorie? Check. Make-ahead? Check. Portable? Check. Frugal? Check. Delectable? Check, check and check! The key components are classic breakfast foods–oats, eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese–reconfigured. Regardless of your feelings …

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4-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Mayonnaise (vegan, soy-free)

Say hello to the best ever vegan mayonnaise: it’s my 4-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Mayonnaise ! It is soy-free, cashew-free, frugal, and easy to make, too. The Best Ever Vegan Mayonnaise I’ve never been much of a fan of jarred mayonnaise (I avoided it like the plague throughout childhood), but homemade versions–whether you call them mayonnaise …

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Oat-Almond-Banana Workout Recovery Drink

I hope this post finds everyone happy and well! Too often, New Year’s resolutions feel like cruel tricks: exercise in the snow? Salads in mid-winter? Closet organization with a headcold? Crawling under the covers with a beloved book, hot cocoa on the bedside table, has so much more immediate appeal. So give yourself permission to rest this month, …

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Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl

  Happy New Year, everyone! Today is the perfect day for sharing a refreshing, nourishing breakfast option: Matcha Green Smoothie Bowls. It will jumpstart your well-being as well as revive your taste buds following the delicious richness of the previous month of holiday treats and meals. Smoothies are a regular part of my breakfast and …

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5-Minute Chickpea Flour Soup {gluten-free, vegan}

5-minute chickpea flour soup is a French mug-full of delicious, healthy eating! It is vegan, gluten-free, & made in a microwave (or on stove). Almost Instant Soup, Made with Chickpea Flour Raise your hand if you’ve ever grown weary of sweet power bars, granola bars, energy bars and other such snacks! I am all about …

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Double Chocolate Chickpea Flour Cookies {Vegan, Grain-Free}

Chocolate lovers, you have a new favorite cookie recipe: Double Chocolate Chickpea Flour Cookies! They are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and a cinch to make. It’s day 7 of the 7 days of Chickpea Flour Cookies! Chickpeas in chocolate cookies? Oh yes! What better way to top off a week of chickpea cookie ideas than with …

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Chickpea Flour Macaroons (Vegan, Grain-Free)

It’s day 6 of the 7 days of Chickpea Flour Cookies! Bye-bye sweetened condensed milk, eggs, sweetened coconut and refined sugar, and hello to decadently delicious, easy-to-prepare macaroons that are as good for you as they are good to eat! I am, admittedly, crazy for coconut macaroons, so it was a thoroughly self-indulgent task to …

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Merry Berry Butter Cookies made w/ Chickpea Flour {gluten-free + grain-free}

It’s day 5 of the 7 days of Chickpea Flour Cookies! If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, you may have spotted freeze dried berries in the dried fruit section. Perhaps you have tried them, too. They are exceptionally delicious; the flavor is intense and yet not too sweet, and the texture–crisp, light …

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Chickpea Flour Snickerdoodles {dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free}

It’s day 4 of the 7 days of Chickpea Flour Cookies! Snickerdoodles contain so many of my first independent baking adventures in my childhood home in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is one of the reasons I love them so much. The recipe I used was from the New Fannie Farmer Baking Book by …

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Chocolate Chickpea Flour Muffins {vegan, grain-free}

Rich and delicious (yet healthy!) chocolate chickpea flour muffins, perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. They are vegan, grain-free & gluten-free. I’ll cut to the chase: chocolate. Chocolate muffins, to be precise. Moist, rich, and delicious, they are just what your December mornings need.  Chocolate Chickpea Flour Muffin Benefits These muffins taste decadent, but they …

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Chickpea Flour Biscotti {vegan, grain-free}

Crunchy, vanilla and cinnamon-scented biscotti made without eggs, dairy or grains! It’s my Vegan Chickpea Flour Biscotti. It is vegan, grain-free & gluten-free. My First (Ever) Batch of Biscotti It was a gusty, snow-slosh of a day; I trudged 45 minutes from my apartment to campus (the buses were down) to arrive 10 minutes late to …

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Chickpea Flour, Chia & Oat Granola Bars (GF + V)

It’s day 2 of the 7 days of Chickpea Flour Cookies! Let’s face it: we all need plenty of energy this month. Visits from and with family and friends, wrapping gifts, decorating the house, baking, cooking, cleaning and celebrating, oh my! Add to that, it’s chilly in most parts of the country, including right here in …

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Lemon Cardamom Shortbread (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free)

Good morning, everyone! I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and, if you traveled, a safe journey home.  I spent Turkey Day with my husband’s family in Arkansas; it rained and rained, but we were cozy with lots of bustling with lots of extended family members and. of course, heaps of food. After a few days of …

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How to Make Cauliflower Rice {grain-free, keto, paleo, vegan}

A quick how-to for making cauliflower rice, a healthy replacement for grains that can be used in place of rice in all of your favorite recipes! It is grain-free, vegan, keto, paleo, vegan, and low-carb. Thanksgiving is days away, but not to worry! Options that are easy, healthy and delicious abound. Case in point cauliflower …

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Vegan Double Chocolate Oat Cookies {gluten-free}

Vegan double chocolate oat cookies that taste like pure decadence, but are healthy and gluten-free! Make them in minutes with what you have on hand. Cookies! And not just any cookies, but double chocolate cookies!  Caramel and butterscotch  flavors are definitely my number one flavor jam, but chocolate is a close second. And when a …

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Buttermilk Chickpea Flour Pancakes {Grain-Free, Gluten-Free}

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are off to a great week. It is thundering and pouring rain in my neck of the woods, which has me savoring my cup(s) of coffee all the more. I ran a half marathon on Sunday morning which was wonderful because it was right here in my town–the route …

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Chickpea Flour Banana Bread {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free}

Dear Power Hungry, I only have about 100 banana bread recipes. I need something new and exciting to add to the rotation. Any thoughts? Sincerely, B.A. Nana ****************** Dear Ms. Nana, Thanks so much for writing; it sounds like you are in quite a jam! But I do, indeed, have an exciting new option for …

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Fresh Apple Pie Granola {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Welcome fall with a bowl of fresh apple pie granola, made with chopped fresh apples baked right in! It is healthy, vegan, and gluten-free. The Perfect Autumn Cereal: Fresh Apple Pie Granola If I became a superhero, I would be The Muncher. I would defeat crime and keep citizens safe from evil by munching my …

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Goat Cheese Muffins made w/ Chickpea Flour {Grain-Free, Gluten-Free}

Of all the ways you can make muffins — and, heaven help me, I know firsthand that the ways are many — going savory is among the best. Part of it is probably the unexpected: try a word association game with anyone, mention “muffin!” and the answer (99% of the time) will be “blueberry!” or another sweet variation. …

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Creamy Vegan Zucchini Potato Soup {easy, 5 ingredients}

So satisfying, but still summery: my creamy vegan zucchini potato soup (the potatoes add creaminess, without cream!). The soup is vegan, gluten-free, and made with 5 ingredients! The other day, I mentioned that I am enjoying hot porridge and hot soup for breakfast and lunch, respectively, despite the Texas heat. Afterwards, some of you tweeted …

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars {vegan, 4-ingredients, GF}

Chocolate chip peanut butter banana oat bars are the perfect portable breakfast or healthy snack, anytime! Made with 4 simple ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and 80 calories each. Perfect 4-Ingredient Breakfast/Snack Bars I’ve come down with a tenacious strain of spring cleaning-itis. So yesterday, the refrigerator and floors were scrubbed, the cookbooks were …

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Coconut Cookie Dough Energy Truffles {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Every so often I have a day that feels like I’m playing volleyball with a shotput. It comes out of left field, sans any easy explanations such as lack of sleep, one too many glasses of wine the night before, or a Leviathan load of stress. Do you have such days? For some reason, they seem …

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust {Grain-Free, Gluten-Free}

Take a gander at this pretty pizza. It has a very special crust that is easy as can be to make comes together with a mere three ingredients. Yes, three  (I am refusing to count the salt, pepper, and smidge of oil used to grease the skillet). Moreover, not one of the three is flour or grains. This is …

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Chickpea Thumbprint Cookies {Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free}

Thumbprints are endearing cookies. Typically petite, round, and dolloped with something sweet in the middle, they are charming with a cup of Earl Grey tea, or perhaps a tall, cold glass of milk. Not these thumbprints. Say hello to power thumbprints! Sure, they are still as cute as can be, but their charm belies their powerful …

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Chopped Kale Salad {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

In many ways, my parents fit the 1970s, San Francisco bay area stereotype of hippy living. My dad drove a a VW camper (pop-up top), my mother made most of her own dresses, they bought groceries from the Co-op, and grew copious quantities of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in our backyard garden. But more than …

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Easy Protein Powder Power Crepes {Gluten-Free}

My husband considers himself the household expert on crepes. Granted, he lived and taught in Paris for a year, owns and uses this fancy crepe machine, and can twirl the batter into a perfect circle using his wooden rabot  (this), just like his favorite crepe guy in the 14th arrondissement. He’s pretty fancy. While I …

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Chocolate-Banana Teff Muffins {Gluten-Free + Vegan}

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s finally rain-free so it took less will-power than usual to get out the door and onto the road for a long run. Still, there’s nothing wrong with some added incentive to (quite literally) go the extra mile. For example, chocolate. I’m not kidding about these muffins providing extra stamina. Teff, an …

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Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins {Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free}

It’s a cold, wet and grey in my neck of the woods, so I have had plenty of incentive to head to the kitchen and bake. Yes, I love the results of what I prepare, but the sweetest moment is standing in front of the open oven door at the end of every baking session. …

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Vegan Cashew Cheesecake {Grain-Free, Easy}

The best vegan cashew cheesecake is also one of the easiest desserts you can make! No cooking required, it is grain-free, gluten-free, & Paleo, too. Cheesecake, Made with Neither Eggs nor Dairy Cheesecake. Vegan. These two things do not go together. Unless, that is, you blow up the rules for what a cheesecake should be. …

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3-Ingredient Teff Crackers {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

3-ingredient teff crackers are a wonder: made with whole grain teff and flaxseed meal, they are vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, and packed with great flavor and super-power nutrition! If you’re trying your darndest to avoid snacking between meals, you’re wasting your time. If you’re really serious about eating well, and feeling great amazing, you need to get …

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Vegan Almond Flour Waffles {Oil-Free, Grain-Free}

Make your morning more delicious with 1-bowl vegan almond flour waffles. They are super-nutritious, oil-free, grain-free, and easy to make. It’s a freezing, grey morning here in Texas. I am delighted. I’ve just put the kettle on to boil for a big pot of tea, and I am sitting on my secret weapon (heating pad) …

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Lemony Arugula Walnut Spread {gluten-free, vegan}

Lemony arugula walnut spread made in minutes with white beans Loaded with superfoods, it is naturally gluten-free, grain-free and vegan.   Arugula is one of my touchstone ingredients. If it is featured on a menu, I will invariably order whatever it is on, I throw handfuls of it on pizza (even ordinary delivery versions), and …

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Coconut Flour Banana Bread {Grain-Free, Paleo, Gluten-Free}

Good morning everyone! Today’s post is a special request from a reader who loved the coconut flour cupcakes post. She wanted to know if I might have a banana bread recipe made with coconut flour, too. I didn’t so I bought two extra-large bunches of bananas and left them to brown in order to begin …

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Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches {vegan, grain-free, gluten-free}

Today is the last day of my month of portable power food (I’ll do a round-up of all of the recipes in a separate post), all of which I designed for staying on track through January in particular, but all year round, too. I’ve written only one savory option so far (Paleo Almond Flour Mushroom …

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Almond Flour Graham Crackers {vegan, grain-free, paleo}

Almond flour graham crackers that are vegan, grain-free & paleo! A perfect energizing snack or treat, they are even better than the original.   I thought I might talk about graham crackers today. Perhaps you love them as much as I do? When I was little, my mother rarely bought sweets. A die-hard Co-op shopper, …

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Protein Truffles {vegan, gluten-free, nut-free}

It strikes me as entirely unfair to put away all of the cozy favorite of November and December because the calender we choose to follow mandates that it’s a new year! Meanwhile, it’s cold, gray and a wee bit dreary, especially on the days when your socks get wet and eyelashes freeze. Hence, pumpkin, cranberry, …

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Grain-Free Nut-Free Breakfast Bars {made with coconut flour

Grain-free nut-free breakfast bars made with coconut flour and flaxseed meal. They are also gluten-free & high in protein. Grain-Free Coconut Flour Breakfast Bars I love the idea of breakfast bars and breakfast cookies (or “biscuits,” as several manufacturers prefer to name them). The portability is a major factor of their appeal(even if I am only …

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Vegan Pumpkin Coconut Flour Biscuits {grain-free, gluten-free}

Oh me, oh my, these are some amazing biscuits. I developed these for my Vegan, Nut-Free Coconut Cookbook. It only took about 20 episodes of weeping and gnashing my teeth to get them right. I like to get very Old Testament when I am developing recipes. As I mentioned in Friday’s post, coconut flour can …

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Vegan Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake {gluten-free, grain-free}

Easy, amazing, vegan coconut flour chocolate cake made with coconut flour, coconut oil, and chickpea flour eggs (in place of regular eggs; a Paleo version with real eggs is also included). The cake is grain-free and gluten-free, too. Coconut Flour Cake without Eggs Coconut flour is such a delicious and versatile flour to bake with …

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Vegan & Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cookies {easy}

Decadent vegan & gluten-free double chocolate cookies are exactly what your next celebration need! Made in one bowl, they are fast & easy to make, too. Apologies for not letting all of you know that I’d be away from my desk for a few days; I have food adventures to report, but I’ll get to …

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Oat Almond Donut Muffins {vegan, oil-free, gluten-free}

Make a batch of oat almond donut muffins that are healthy, easy, and (you guessed it) taste like cake donuts! They are also vegan, gluten-free & oil-free. Celebrate National Donut Day with Healthy Donut Muffins In case you missed the announcement…tomorrow is National Donut Day! I almost missed it, because… I never heard of it. …

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DIY Coconut Butter {vegan, keto, paleo, 2 ingredients}

DIY coconut butter is a healthy, easy-to-make, and frugal alternative to nut and seed butter! It is naturally vegan, keto, paleo and sugar-free. If you like coconut, you need to make some coconut butter. The sooner, the better. Afterwards, spread it on to everything, fingers included. What is Coconut Butter? Coconut butter is a spread …

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5-Minute Microwave Mug Granola {healthy, easy, vegan, GF}

Shamelessly easy, 5-minute microwave mug granola is your busy morning bestie! Healthy, crunchy, cluster-ific, is is also vegan & gluten-free. Yum! Make a Mug of Granola in Minutes–in Your Microwave You could hang around the kitchen for 45 minutes to an hour, hand-crafting a jumbo batch of artisanal granola. Follow it up with 20 minutes …

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Coconut Flour Baked “Oatmeal” {vegan, oil-free, grain-free}

Coconut flour baked “oatmeal”  is a hearty breakfast porridge made without grains ! It is also vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and nut-free. Healthy Baked Porridge, Made without Grains This cozy breakfast bake has magical powers. It has the ability to make you feel warm, cozy and spoiled as you eat it (perfect for a lazy, chilly …

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Buckwheat Almond Shortbread Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

Swoon-worthy buckwheat almond shortbread cookies are equal parts treat and energy snack! Made with buckwheat flour, almond flour and coconut, they are vegan, gluten-free & low in sugar. Bake a Batch of Power Cookies I love my afternoon cup of tea; its a long-standing family tradition to stop everything and savor a cup…or two…or three. …

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Energy Renewal Green Smoothie {vegan, GF}

Ready for a reboot? Then blend up my energy renewal green smoothie for a delicious & satisfying power boost. Made with tropical fruit, spinach and avocado, it is a green smoothie to love. I know I am not alone when I say that I have low-energy days, pooped out afternoons, and slow-moving mornings. It happens, …

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How to Make Homemade Savory Power Bars {gluten-free, vegan}

I love to make homemade power bars. They are so much better than store-bought options–better quality ingredients, frugal, no wasteful packaging–and are perfect for quick, nutritious snacks and mini-meals any time of day. But as much as I enjoy my naturally sweet creations, I’ve long wanted to create a savory power bar, one completely absent …

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4-Ingredient Quinoa-Black Bean Chili (vegan)

One of the perks of being married to an academic–coupled with living in a college town–is that I can continue to follow an academic calender. At this time of year, that means one thing: Spring Break! I was never very excited about spring break as an undergrad. I wasn’t that kind of co-ed. In fact, …

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No-Bake Quinoa Protein Bars {vegan, gluten-free}

No-bake quinoa protein bars are a perfect alternative to store-bought bars. They are vegan, gluten-free, date-sweetened, and easy to make, too.   Based on the response to my Date-Sweetened Zee Bars post on Monday, it’s clear that I am but one of many interested in wholesome, naturally sweetened treats that simultaneously deliver a power boost. …

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Copycat ZBar Cookies {Vegan, Date-Sweetened, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free}

DIY ZBAR cookies that are just like ZBars! They are naturally vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and sweetened with dates. Homemade Healthy Snacks I am typically wary of any products specifically marketed as “kids food” as they are often loaded with sugar, sodium, preservatives, artificial color and flavors, and all other sorts of gobbledy-gook. Adding insult to …

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Detox Broccoli Soup with Ginger & Lemon {vegan, gluten-free}

I have the flu. It’s not pretty. I’m a terrible patient, largely because I am so impatient. Doctors’ orders annoy me, and since I am reluctant to see my general practitioner, the closest doctor is Kevin, so I take my irritation out on him. This particular bout of illness was following my usual cycle; it’s …

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Roasted Carrot Fries {Fast, Fit, Easy & Cheap}

I am sure Dr. Oz is a fine man, and probably an excellent physician, but I grow weary of the daily parade of superfoods advertised for his show (I suppose turning off the television would eradicate my chagrin, but…). It’s the vegetable suggestions that irritate me most, largely because they are obscure and expensive and, …

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100% Flax Breakfast Cookies {vegan, oil-free, keto option}

5-ingredient, 100% flax breakfast cookies are a perfect, portable choice, year-round! Vegan, oil-free and grain-free, they are  crispy, chewy, nutty, and made with ease in a muffin tin. A keto option is available, too! I was enjoying a stint of green breakfast smoothies to celebrate several sunny mornings (spring comes early to East Texas), but …

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Pumpkin Blondie Protein Bars {Gluten-Free}

Blondies? Pumpkin? Spices? A swath of chocolate? And packed with protein? Check, check, check, check, and check! I am all for oat-y and dried fruit-y power and energy bars, but  the taste and texture of these bars–mildly sweet, moist, and tender–is a welcome departure.  The chocolate is completely optional, but I highly recommend it, as …

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Vegan Ginger Cookies with Coconut Oil & Cardamom (GF option, too)

I have a terrible habit of posting recipes for special holidays and events after said holidays or events have come and gone. For example, I offer here a perfect holiday cookie…in January. Sigh. Lucky me, my birthday is in January. In sweet treat translation, that means I save any New Year’s resolutions until Lent and …

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Almond Butter Stuffed Dates {2-ingredients, Paleo, Vegan}

Almond butter stuffed dates are the perfect healthy dessert and power snack all in one! Make them in a minutes with just two ingredients for a decadent-tasting treat!   Hello, all! Well, I’ve done the math, and it turns out that I can get everything accomplished on my to-do list before heading to California for …

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Beet, Apple and Ginger Detox Smoothie {Vegan, Raw}

  This is a selfish smoothie. At a time of the year when food and cooking is all about hospitality, I’ve made something entirely for me, a concoction I knew from the start–with 100% certainty–that no one else in my house would desire except me. But, it’s ok for several reasons. First, because I need …

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Crispy Baked Amaranth Patties {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

                                I know, dear readers, that you likely have a cozy relationship with quinoa. But what’s your status with it’s itty bitty cousin, amaranth? Like quinoa, amaranth is technically a seed, not a grain (specifically classified as a “pseudocerreal”), and …

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Oil-Free Apple Quinoa Salad {vegan, gluten-free}

Oil-free apple quinoa salad is everything you want in a fresh, filling whole grain meal. It is perfect as a side salad at dinner, or as the star of your packed lunch. Shredded apples & lemon add sweetness and flavor. Hi friends! I have the perfect transitional (summer to autumn) salad for all of us …

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Vanilla Quinoa Pudding {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Healthy, vegan and gluten-free vanilla quinoa pudding, made with ease on the stovetop. Enjoy it for dessert, breakfast or dessert. Superfood Vanilla Pudding Made with Quinoa Happy National Vanilla Pudding Day!  I know, who knew such a day existed?  I researched (in a non-academic, google-y way) origins of this holiday, but came up blank. I …

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Sesame-Ginger Edamame Carrot Salad {high-protein}

Sesame-ginger edamame carrot salad is a fresh, vibrant and high protein option any time of the year. The salad comes together in little time and can be enjoyed as a side or as the main event. I had every intention of crafting and posting a blog entry yesterday, but I found myself in full-blown grumpy-pants …

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Lentil-Quinoa Frittata Bars {Gluten-Free}

I followed through on my promise to myself in yesterday’s post and have set about on a full-fledged cleaning tear. The pantry and refrigerator are scoured  to their bright and shiny sheen of yore, and now I’m on to the closets. Oh, the glamour! I especially need to finish going through Nick’s old toys and …

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Lemony Lentil and Quinoa Salad {gluten-free, vegan}

I’m back from a whirlwind of a trip to New York City to attend the annual conference for the International Association of Culinary Professionals. This year’s theme was The Fashion of Food and upon leaving, I feel like I have a fabulous new wardrobe, replete with dazzling accessories. So many amazing writers, chefs, bloggers, and …

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Persian Brown Rice and Cashew Salad {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

As promised, here is the grain salad I mentioned in yesterday’s post: an easy brown rice salad. I love rice salads, in large part thanks to my mother who has several in her repertoire. The cooked grains soak up so much flavor–whatever the dressing you choose, the results will be delicious (for days). It’s a …

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Koshari–Egyptian Chili {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Ready for an introduction to your new favorite go-to recipe? Meet koshari. Koshari is to Egyptians what chili is to Americans. Made of lentils, rice, tomato sauce and a kick of spice, it is a fast-food staple offered by street vendors in cities such as Cairo. And what a great fast food: combining lentils with …

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Sweet Potato Bisque with West Indian Spices {Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free}

I would not have guessed that I would be longing for a bowl of soup today; the temperature has been pushing 90 since the weekend and the humidity has been Texas with a capital T. But the wind was gusting last night, and the windshield sported a few sprinkles as Nick and I drove home …

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Cardamom-Cashew Thumbprints with Chocolate-Lime Ganache {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Merry Christmas everyone! To commemorate the day in delicious style, I offer you my latest cookie creation, an Indian-inspired thumbprint cookie. I developed this cookie for a recipe contest, but despite being utterly fabulous (all humility aside), it did not capture a prize. But all the better, because the recipe remains my own and I …

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Pumpkin Seed, Pumpkin Spice Homemade Larabars

  In my roasted pumpkin seeds post the other day, I mentioned that these golden-blond beauties can be used for countless enlightened uses beyond straight-up snacking. The key to creative usage is to think of the seeds as equals to nuts; with that mindset, the possibilities are vast. Case in point? My pumpkin seed, pumpkin …

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Quick Pumpkin Polenta with Kale {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Like my recipe today, this post is quick and easy. I spent a few hours this morning finishing up Nick’s Halloween costume. On a scale of 1-10 on craftiness, I am about a 2.5, but I nevertheless found a cute, and (seemingly easy) costume–a crocodile wrestler–that instantly became the object of Nick’s desire. It would …

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3-Ingredient Carrot & Red Lentil Soup {vegan, oil-free}

Cozy up to a bowl of velvety, 3-ingredient carrot & red lentil soup! It is vegan, oil-free, and decadent tasting, but only 108 calories per serving. When the going gets tough, the tough make soup for dinner. It’s been a long week for a variety of reasons, but a definite plus is that the weather …

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Quinoa Power Omelet/Frittata

Nick, Kevin and I went to the Texas State Fair this weekend in Dallas, a first-time experience for all of us. My favorite part was the petting zoo (especially the Scottish Highlands cattle–perhaps the cutest cows in the world–and the baby goats). Nick’s favorite part was the high-speed whippersnapper ride that left me nauseous for …

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Vegan Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

A favorite all-American cake gets a makeover: introducing my easy vegan gluten-free red velvet cake! It is moist, delicious, & decadent.   I love a blog post that requires little explanation, and this is just such an instance. Hence, an über-brief overview in place of prose. May the photos and recipe (largely) speak for themselves! …

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Easy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Whether you use quinoa frequently, or have a bag of the stuff gathering dust in your cupboard, then this recipe is for you. Despite the persistently warm (hot!) weather, I have been itching to make some cozy, comfort food to get me in an autumn frame of mind. These peppers came together after a long …

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Vegan Buckwheat Banana Bread (gluten-free)

Vegan buckwheat banana bread may soon be your favorite of all banana breads! It is naturally gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, as well as low in added sugar. Vegan & Gluten Free Banana Bread Made with Buckwheat Flour My whole grain flour obsession du jour is buckwheat. I’ve been using buckwheat flour in combination with wheat …

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Apple-Cinnamon Coconut Flour Muffins {Grain-Free, Paleo}

It has been a beautiful but quiet day here in East Texas. One word explains the quiet component: headcold. I was in denial the past few days, but it hit me hard yesterday at about 9:30. As I sat working at my computer, I began sweating like a heathen, and, keeping up my denial, my …

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Quinoa-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

< I would like to introduce you to these chocolate chip cookies. They have no butter, eggs, gluten, dairy, or wheat flour. But that’s beside the point. What makes these crisp-tender chocolate chippers extraordinary is their sublime flavor (vanilla with subtle hints of coconut), their ease of preparation (no electric mixers required), and the incorporation …

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Easy Mung Bean Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Aren’t mung beans pretty?   I know you’ve had mung bean sprouts in one form or another (perhaps an Asian stir-fry, Chinese take-out, or a Banh Mi sandwich), but it’s far less likely you’ve tried them whole. I couldn’t resist these jade beauties on one of my visits to Central Foods in Houston–I tend to …

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Quinoa Flour Biscotti (Gluten Free)

The months of 100+ heat have finally subsided; it was reaching the point where I could no longer imagine what it felt like to step outside without it feeling like a steam sauna. Literally overnight, the weather dropped almost 40 degrees, reportedly due to a Canadian cold front. Thank you, Canada! It seemed like the …

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Watercress & Walnuts (vegan +glutenfree + paleo)

My friend Kristen asked me if I could provide a brief tutorial for how to cut up and use cauliflower. I had made this very salad for her–roasted cauliflower with toasted walnuts–and she said  that, whle she loved it, she was completely intimidated by cooking cauliflower, especially cutting it up into pieces. So here goes (don’t …

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Vegan Chickpea Flour Pancakes (3-ingredients, grain-free)

3-ingredient vegan chickpea flour pancakes are almost too good to be true! They are naturally grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, and high in protein, too. A Pancake Survival Story I woke up sleepy this morning from staying up to watch the Top Chef All-Stars finale. That the Bahamas were for the finale location struck an ironic chord, …

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30-Minute Sweet Potato Chili (vegan + gluten-free)

I’ve been eating far too much cake the past week. It’s all in preparation for a new cookbook (!) coming out in the not too distant future. I’ll share more soon. I’ve been giving away as much cake as I can, and limiting my consumption to “test bites,” but in sum, it’s still a lot of …

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Garlic-Rosemary Parsnip Oven Fries

On occasion–and more times than I typically care to admit–the inspiration for my cooking, in general, and posts, in particular, generates from utter randomness. Case in point: a silly video (originally posted on Facebook by my friend, and fellow blogger, Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie) and thick-cut oven fries. Like many other days, I …

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Toasted Quinoa Porridge (gluten-free, vegan, high-protein)

Many of you may already know about making quinoa for breakfast, but just in case it has missed your radar (or even if it’s been awhile since last you made it), consider this post a gentle reminder. I was in recent need of such a reminder myself. Last week was my birthday–a happy, quiet day, …

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Overnight Brown Rice Porridge {gluten-free, made in a slow cooker}

Overnight brown rice porridge (made in a slow cooker) is an easy, delicious way to up your whole grains game first thing in the morning! It has everything you need to refuel after an early morning run or power you through a long day ahead! Brown Rice for Breakfast I rarely forget about food, but …

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Maple Tofu Cream with Berries & Almonds

Good morning everyone! Despite the heat, it is a beautiful day here in small-town Texas. It was made better still moments ago because I just finished lapping up a dish of vanilla tofu cream with toasted almonds and berries. I made it last night for dessert, but it made a heavenly (and filling) late morning breakfast, …

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Vegan Cashew Creme Brulee {soy-free, oil-free}

Vegan cashew creme brulee is your new favorite dessert! Made without eggs, dairy or soy, it is a healthy new take on a French classic. School’s out, and I’m celebrating with pudding. Or rather, fancy pudding. Creme brulee, to be precise. I may have left behind both my life as a student and as a …

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Macaroni & Cheese with Cashew Cheese Sauce {Vegan, GF Option}

For my entire childhood, I had a week’s notice of my dinner fare. Every Saturday morning, my mother plunked a pile of cookbooks and her overstuffed recipe box on the dining room table and mapped out a week of dinner menus before heading to the local co-op. It helped her manage her budget, shopping and …

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Oil-Free Chocolate Granola {vegan, gluten-free}

Oil-free chocolate granola is exactly what your morning (and snacking) routine needs! It is also naturally vegan and gluten-free. East More Chocolate for Breakfast Chocolate for breakfast. It’s so right. Beyond chocolate croissants, Nutella on toast, and Count Chocula, we simply need more options, right? The reason extends (far) beyond the heavenly taste of chocolate: …

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Chickpea Flour Gingerbread Bundt Cake {vegan, grain-free}

Chickpea flour gingerbread Bundt cake is a holiday miracle! It is vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and easy to make with pantry ingredients. No one will guess that is made from chickpeas. Chickpea Flour Gingerbread for the Holidays & Beyond It’s true: I fell off the holiday baking wagon. Life, work, Christmas shopping, and some croup-y junk …

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Vegan Almond Flour Brownies {grain-free, gluten-free}

One-bowl, vegan almond flour brownies (yum!). They are fudgy, grain-free, gluten-free, & only 146 calories each. Happy Friday everyone! Let’s talk chocolate. I’m dating myself, but does anyone else remember the commercials for Betty Crocker Snackin’ Cake from the 1970s? They worked on my pee-wee brain like magic: I wanted chocolate snackin’ cake, and I …

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Quinoa Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies {vegan, oil-free, gluten-free}

Easy and amazing quinoa flour chocolate chip cookies! They are naturally vegan (no eggs, no dairy), oil-free, gluten-free, & refined sugar-free. I know, it borders on cruel to write about chocolate chip cookies with tank top & swimsuit season right around the corner, but I’ve been itching to make a batch with my new favorite …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream {vegan, no-churn, 3-ingredients}

Healthy chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream made with 3 ingredients! No ice cream maker required, it is chocolate-peanut butter heaven. It is also naturally vegan and ready in minutes. Healthy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Hi all!  I’d like to say that I’m well-rested after taking several days off from posting. But this …

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1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream {vegan, no churn}

1-ingredient banana ice cream made with nothing more than frozen bananas! No ice cream maker required, it is the perfect healthy frozen treat. It is naturally vegan, gluten-free & customizable. Perfect Vegan Ice Cream Made with 1 Ingredient Homemade ice cream. Creamy, dreamy, home ice cream. My dad made it with an old-fashioned churn, involving …

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Strawberry Lemon & Greek Yogurt Fool

Happy April everyone, and in particular, April Fool’s! I can’t resist the opportunity to serve fool on fool’s day, but before I do, allow me to offer some seasonal folly to inaugurate a new month. For whatever reason (procrastination, perhaps?) I went on a mid-morning quest today, looking for April holidays pertaining to food and …

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Chickpea and Potato Masala {vegan + gluten-free}

When I was in graduate school, my California friends and acquaintances back home would invariably ask the same question with every return visit: “Remind me where it is you attend school? It’s one of the I states, isn’t it?” After years of replying “Indiana,” the abbreviated responses remained constant: in summer, “Ooh, Hot!” and in …

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DIY LaraBars {vegan, paleo, grain-free, gluten-free}

Apologies for this post being a few days late, but my love for LARA bars demanded several tries and multiple flavor variations before posting—I really wanted to get this as close to the real thing as possible. Whether you’ve heard of them or not, LARABARS are one of the very best energy bars on the …

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Vegan Cashew Chocolate Pudding {no cook, easy}

Silky smooth, protein-rich, vegan cashew chocolate pudding, made without cooking! Simply blend, chill and eat.   No-Cook Chocolate Pudding, Made with Cashews My grumpy inner child (I think her name’s Myrtle; she doesn’t come out often) longs to dismiss Valentine’s Day as the Madison Avenue-produced frenzy of fluff I know it to be.   But …

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Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles {Vegan, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free}

  A bittersweet chocolate truffle with a healthy profile? It sounds too good to be true. But it isn’t. Here’s how it all began. Over a one-month period last summer, I (willingly) slipped into an ice cream-making mania. If you’re wondering why I don’t weigh 500 pounds as a result of my frozen adventures, it’s …

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Chimichurri (5 minute wonder-sauce) Paleo + vegan

 Little time to make dinner. A limited choice of fresh herbs from the market or garden. A longing for big, bold flavors. It’s time to discover chimichurri. Chimichurri is an Argentine sauce traditionally used on grilled meat. Multiple versions of chimichurri exist, but the essential formula is always the same: a generous handful of fresh …

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Millet Pilaf with Dried Cranberries {gluten-free & vegan}

This simple millet pilaf with dried cranberries is a great vegan & gluten-free alternative to stuffing at Thanksgiving or anytime! Make Pilaf a Modern Meal Staple Hi, everyone! Today I’m posting about a tried & true dish worth revisiting: pilaf. Alas, pilaf has been marginalized (along with fricassees, stroganoffs, aspics and all things devilled) as …

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Edamame , Corn & Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

Cool, hip, and beautiful from every angle, edamame is the supermodel of the frozen vegetable world. People who shun all other frozen vegetables proudly display their edamame bags in supermarket carts and proffer it as a sophisticated nibble at dinner parties. Edamame is a specialty variety of soybean harvested while still green. Because they are …

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Almond Flour Carrot Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Frosting {Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free}

It’s my birthday weekend, which means the oven is on and this post will be short. Just managed to get Nick down to a nap, so I’ve got to type fast; I still have to make myself-semi-presentable for dinner out tonight (whoo-hoo!). Even though I’m heading out to dinner, I’m making my own cake. When …

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Buckwheat Flour Carrot Muffins (Vegan, Oil-Free, GF)

Vegan buckwheat flour carrot muffins that are gluten-free & oil-free! Made with buckwheat flour, carrots and nut or seed butter. Add Vegetables to your Muffins for Good Health I made it back from California and I’m ready to start the New Year, and, inspired by the beautiful produce I gazed upon (and subsequently gobbled) at …

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Easy Pumpkin Soup {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo}

I have not wrapped a single present…have been having too much fun cooking and writing blog entries. Plus, I’m excited about heading home to the bay area tomorrow. In addition to love of family, it is also about love of ingredients that I cannot get here, so it’s off to several haunts in the days …

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Spicy Rosemary Walnuts {Paleo, Gluten-Free}

So I had all sorts of great ideas and plans for my first substantive entry—perhaps some sparkling Christmas cocktails, holiday breakfast ideas, or some inspiring baking tidbits for the final countdown to December 25th. Instead, I offer a brief story of Ash Soup. It was not intentional. It began life late Wednesday afternoon as a …

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