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Delicious and Gooey Vegan Brownies

Delicious and Gooey Vegan Brownies

Tthese vegan brownies are the perfect way to satisfy your cravings. Why?

  1. They're healthier for your body. This vegan brownie recipe is full of healthy fats from avocado and dark chocolate
  2. They're healthy for your mind. Rather than resisting your cravings and bingeing later on, it's better to indulge on healthier substitutions. Plus, chocolate makes us plain happy (they stimulate the release of endorphins)!

If you're cringing because you heard the word avocado and chocolate together in the same sentence, don't be scared. Try these vegan brownies - I promise you'll love them. I used to be the biggest skeptic whenever I saw avocado on the ingredient list for dessert recipes - they aren't so bad!

5 Simple Ways to Avoid Sugary Sweets This Holiday Season

5 Simple Ways to Avoid Sugary Sweets This Holiday Season

Whether it’s Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pie or Christmas cookies, the holiday season is sure to bring one thing: temptation. And, while you may have indulged on everything in sight in years past, this year will be different. There are countless reasons to do so, too; aside from the fact that over-eating can cause notorious seasonal weight gain, sugar has been proven to be an addictive part of a person’s diet. In fact, some research shows that it has the same addictive effect on the brain as drugs do. Avoid the sugar highs and lows this holiday season with the following 5 tips, designed to help you steer clear and feel great every single day of November and December this year.

4 healthy recipes that will satisfy any sweet tooth

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This post is part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

  • Healthy Sugar-Free Frappe
  • Homemade Almond Milk
  • Mango Dressing
  • Baked Apple Cinnamon Slices

Hola Amigos!

Some of you may have noticed that I share more posts about my food than pictures of myself when I’m working out on my pumpupapp profile. One (slightly dumb) reason why I don’t post sweaty selfies is because I turn red when I exercise. Really red.  

Though this doesn’t exclusively happen to me, I still find it quite embarrassing when other red-faced people confront me at the gym, asking whether I am okay. Do I really look that bad?  Anyway, a really good reason why my posts are mostly pictures of my food is because I LOVE food, I love eating and I love snacking. I typically eat a little bit every 2 to 3 hours during the day. I am the definition of a food lover.

The other day, after eating a delicious salad with mango dressing, I was working on an assignment for university and I felt like I needed coffee. I usually don’t drink coffee, but on that day, coffee was so necessary. 

Lucky for me, I found some of my homemade almond milk in the fridge (don’t worry, I will show you how to make it :D). From there, I created a healthy, sugar free frappe. It’s an incredible way to feel like you are eating something totally naughty, when, in reality, you are just eating a banana, nuts and coffee. While we’re on the subject, I’ll just mention four words: Baked Cinnamon Apple Slices. THESE will leave you satisfied, but without hungering for more. All of these recipes will satisfy your sweet cravings in a snap!

Healthy & Sugar free “Frappe”

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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup macadamia  
  • 1 shot of espresso (cold)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ice 

Directions 

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Homemade Almond Milk

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 cups water, plus more for soaking

Directions

Soak the almonds overnight (The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk.) Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. Let them stand, uncovered, overnight. Drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water. Place the almonds in the blender and cover with 2 cups of water. Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes. So you can drink this without straining if you like rustic whole milk. (This is the way I drink it). But if you would like a smoother milk, strain the milk with a nut bag, fine mesh strainer, or fine mesh knee-high hosiery.

Mango Dressing

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Ingredients

  • 1 large mango-peeled and  seeded
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsps honey
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

In a blender add all the ingredients (except the salt and pepper). Blend until smooth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. (If dressing is too thick you can add a bit of water.)

Baked Cinnamon Apple Slices

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Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp water 

Directions

Cut the apple into slices. Place in a microwaveable dish, add the water and honey.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, and place a lid on top. Nuke 4-5 minutes, depending on your microwave.  Serve and enjoy!

Note*  You can add some dried cranberries or raisins if you want. (I added Goji berries  ’cause that was the only thing I had that day at home)

With Love,

Valentina

The most delicious jam tart ever

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The most delicious jam tart ever

Happy National Dessert Day! Here’s a resplendent recipe from @lovelystrawberry, PumpUp’s resident baking expert. Check out her Instagram @claudiazamboni!
I’ve always loved jam tarts, because I think they are way healthier than chocolate cakes and creamy cakes, so I decided to make one of my own.
I guarantee this cake is delicious, also my grandmother Vittoria appreciated it. 

Ingredients:
  • 250 g flour (about 2 cups)
  • 50g ground almonds 
  • 8 g baking powder
  • 100 g powdered sugar (I used powdered sugar because it makes the cake more soft)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Lemon zest (about half Lemon)
  • 1 egg
  • 80/100 g (about 1/3 cup) melted butter
  • 250 g of jam (I used the apricot one, from Zuegg, 100% fruit)
Process
Put the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, sugar and a pinch of salt into a bowl and blend it all.
Put the lemon zest, the egg and the butter and blend it all with the help of your hands until you create a ”ball” of pastry.
Now line a cake tin with some baking paper and put 3/4 of the pastry into the cake tin.
Put all the jam on the pastry and leave a small border around the cake.
Now, with the 1/4 of the pastry, create long strips and arrange them as you like over the jam.
Put the cake into the oven for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees. 
Hope you like it, and ‘buon appetito’ (the italian way to say enjoy your meal).