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Creamy vegan nice cream - #ChallengeMe Day 2

Creamy vegan nice cream - #ChallengeMe Day 2

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Happy June! This is my latest and most favourite recipe. Creamy vegan nice cream is low-cal and so delicious during the hot summertime. You can add whichever toppings you like, and it's completely gluten free and vegan! You can even add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to add some protein (I was just in a rush so I didn't add any this time around). The consistency of vegan nice cream is just like ice cream and it tastes SO rich! It's filled with fiber and potassium from the bananas, anti-inflammatory properties from the cinnamon, and some protein from the nut milk. Creamy vegan nice cream - The G-Free RD

CREAMY VEGAN NICE CREAM

Ingredients:

Creamy vegan nice cream - The G-Free RD

Directions:

  1. Blend first 4 ingredients in a high powered food processor until blended well. Then, slowly add in almond milk TBSP by TBSP until mixture has reached a more smooth, yet still thick consistency (like ice cream :) )
  2. Blend until well blended, then spoon mixture into serving bowl.
  3. Top with granola and drizzle with date syrup.
  4. Enjoy!

Creamy vegan nice cream

Liked this creamy vegan nice cream? This is part of a series of recipes from PumpUp member @fit_caroline. Follow her blog, the G-free RD, here.

Vegan protein cookie dough bites

Vegan protein cookie dough bites

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How do I keep my body lean? I make homemade healthier versions of my favorite desserts! These are the BEST tasting cookie dough balls made from all pure, healthy ingredients. Free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy as well! These are super delicious fresh and only have about 140 calories for 2 balls. All you gotta do it throw the ingredients in a food processor and form into balls! Seriously though...once you try these you'll never want anything else! You could even warm them up for more deliciousness. These are snicker doodle flavored but you can always play around with different ingredients.

Vegan protein cookie dough bites

Ingredients:

raw vegan gluten free cookie dough bites

Instructions:
  1. Melt coconut butter in microwave.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a high powered food processor until blended well.
  3. Slowly add in 1 TBSP of water at a time, until forming a more dough-like consistency. (I ended up using 2 TBSP)
  4. Form individual golf ball-sized dough balls and place on a plate or tray.
  5. Eat at room temperature or let chill in fridge.
  6. ENJOY!

Liked these raw vegan cookie dough bites? This is part of a series of recipes from PumpUp member @fit_caroline. Follow her blog, the G-free RD, here.

 

Protein-Packed Cookie Dough Dip

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Protein-packed Cookie Dough Dip

This is part of a series of recipes from PumpUp member @carolinewaters35. Follow her blog, the G-free RD, here

This protein-rich recipe is really easy to make and tastes amazing. You do need a food processor, but trust me: food processors are worth investing in as they make it easy to prepare tons of healthy recipes! 

The protein in this recipes comes from the greek yogurt-like product called Elli Quark. It’s lower calorie and higher protein than greek yogurt and its technically a cheese, but its amazing and tastes exactly like greek yogurt! If this product is hard to find, you can just sub in regular vanilla greek yogurt. The other source of protein comes from the chickpeas. These give it a cookie dough-esque flavor as well as a smooth finish with TONS of good quality, plant-based protein. Flax also supplies essential omega-3s, a good source of essential fatty acids that help keep your brain stay strong and healthy! Oats are an amazing source of complex carbs, whole grains, and fiber to help keep you full. I used gluten free oats since I have a gluten intolerance, however normal oats work fine too! Next time you’re craving cookie dough, whip up this healthy alternative instead! Perfect for dipping graham crackers and fresh fruit.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups chickpeas, drained and patted dry
  • ¼ cup flax
  • ¼ cup gluten free oats
  • 1 container vanilla Elli Quark (can be found online, at the Fresh Market, or Whole Foods)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon to your liking
  • 1 TBSP raw cacao powder (optional)
  • ⅛ cup sweetener of choice (I used truvia)
  • 1 TBSP agave nectar
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil, liquid
  • 2 TBSP PB2 powder (or ¼ cup nut butter of choice…I just didn’t have any on hand…shocker I know!)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients except chocolate chips into a food processor and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Add in chocolate chips and stir to mix well.
  3. Dip away! Graham crackers, apple slices, pita bread, pretzels, bananas, strawberries, whatever floats your boat! Or use as a topping on oatmeal, muffins, toast, etc.

Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with BBQ Coconut Bacon

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Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with BBQ Coconut Bacon

This is part of a series of recipes from PumpUp member @carolinewaters35. Follow her blog, the G-Free RD, here. 

I never ate brussels sprouts growing up. I used to hate them! But now, trying different recipes and flavors, I have come to ADORE brussels sprouts. This recipe is so simple, and tastes amazingly decadent, without the fat from bacon, yet without skimping on any flavor! You can totally use bacon or pancetta in this recipe, but I kept it simple and tried a vegan version with BBQ flavored coconut bacon (which is AMAZING). This recipe is low fat, gluten free, vegan, and full of flavor, nutrients, vitamins, and fiber! You’ll want to try this ASAP!

Ingredients: 
  • 2 TBSP EV Olive Oil
  • 1 large bag of Brussels sprouts
  • 1 TBSP Earth balance vegetable oil butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ⅛ cup BBQ Coconut Bacon (Phoney Baloney’s brand)
  • 1 TBSP balsamic glaze (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
Directions:
  1. Wash brussels carefully.
  2. Chop off ends of each brussels sprout and discard.
  3. Slice brussels in half, and place all brussels in a large frying pan with the olive oil.
  4. Keep the brussels pieces that flake off, as they will fry into perfect crispy bites.
  5. Sprinkle brussels with salt, pepper, and garlic.
  6. Start heat on medium heat and add butter.
  7. Stir brussels until butter is melted and all is mixed.
  8. Leave on medium heat and let cook for 5-8 minutes with lid on.
  9. Check brussels and stir throughout.
  10. Add coconut bacon, mix throughout, and cook under lid for 5 more minutes or until brussels are browned but not burnt.
  11. Let brussels cool once done cooking, and add to serving dish.
  12. Drizzle balsamic glaze as desired on top of dish.
  13. Enjoy!
  14. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Try a new veggie this year! Brussels sprouts taste incredible when made in a flavorful way. :)
-Caroline Waters