Salted Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

These cookies are what I call Pegan=paleo and vegan!  It can be tough to find a recipe (that actually tastes good) that is devoid of gluten, dairy AND eggs but this one is a winner!!  I tweaked the sugar to be as low as possible but you may be able to alternatively sub a small amount of monk or stevia sweeteners if you prefer.  Also-I’ve included my recipe for making a flax egg as well-this is an easy egg substitute for baking recipes for those who don’t do well with eggs.  Enjoy!

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What you need for cookies:

  • 1 flax egg (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup softened (not melty) coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • 2 T coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

For Flax egg

  • 1 T ground flax
  • 2.5 T warm water

How you do it:

To make Flax Egg: Whisk ground flax + warm water in a small bowl, let sit for 10-15 minutes

  1. Preheat oven to 350S
  2. Sift (you can just use a whisk) together almond flour, tapioca starch, baking soda and salt
  3. In another bowl blend together nut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla until smooth
  4. Add flax egg into wet mix
  5. Add flour to wet mixture and mix just until a dough forms
  6. Fold in chopped walnuts and chocolate chips
  7. Chill mix in the fridge for 15 minutes
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment and preheat oven to 350
  9. Scoop onto baking sheet and flatten tops slightly
  10. Bake 13-15 minutes until just turning golden brown (should still look a little soft)
  11. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet before serving, sprinkle with a touch of salt
  12. Serve with steamed almond milk 🙂

Makes roughly a dozen cookies

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Vegan Broccoli Cheddah Soup

Vegan Broccoli Cheddah Soup

Yes-you heard that right! No dairy here!  Despite the lack of cheese this still has the creamy, cheesy-flavored goodness of this classic creamy soup without the heaviness of adding cream or cheese. It contains a healthy dose of fiber thanks to all the veg and is even keto-friendly! I also love this recipe because it uses both broccoli stems and florets to reduce food waste 🙂 Please make sure to use fresh dill-the flavor is necessary and it packs a punch of immune boosting trace minerals like zinc-this herb is small but mighty!

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What you need:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 large stalks of celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 tsp miso (gluten free)-optional
  • 1 small yellow potato (about golf ball size)
  • 4-5 cups chopped broccoli/broccoli stems-separated (I used ~3 heads)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews-soaked in hot water at least 10 min
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast – optional but recommended!
  • small handful of fresh dill
  • squeeze of 1/2 of small lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 slices gluten free sourdough (I used Bread Srsly brand (this is BY FAV the best GF bread I’ve ever tasted; Schar would also likely work well)
  • avocado oil

How you do it:

  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Wash/chop onion, celery, carrot and mince garlic
  3. Drizzle about a tablespoon of avocado oil into a large soup pot, heat on low/medium
  4. Add chopped onion/garlic; cook until translucent
  5. Add chopped celery/carrot and stir in miso; cook until soft ~3-4 min
  6. Chop potato and broccoli into florets (also cube up broccoli stems)
  7. Add chopped potato and broccoli stems with a splash of broth to the pot and cover to cook on low/medium until soft ~8-10 minutes (check that it is soft enough with a fork)
  8. While that is cooking-chop the bread into cubes, toss in plenty of avocado oil and herbs of choice (I used garlic powder and fresh parsley/rosemary but use whatever you have on hand!)
  9. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven until golden and crispy ~13-15 minutes; remove from oven and set aside
  10. In a high powered blender or vitamix add 16 oz of broth, cooked/cooled veggies from pot, drained raw cashews, apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast-blend until creamy
  11. Reserve a large handful of broccoli florets to the side and add the remainder to the blender-pulse to blend so that some of it remains chunky
  12. Pour the soup back into the pot with the remaining broth and reserved broccoli
  13. Cook the soup until the broccoli is cooked (bright green/tender) ~10 more minutes
  14. Add lemon juice, fresh dill and sea salt to taste (likely will need 1-2 tsp); add black pepper
  15. Ladle into bowls and garnish with croutons and fresh dill!

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Makes roughly 6-8 servings

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Sweet n Spicy Cauliflower

Sweet n Spicy Cauliflower

Why do I like using monk fruit when trying to avoid added sugar?  It is a natural sweetener derived from a fruit-not an artificial sweetener like sucralose or splenda.  It also doesn’t trigger blood sugar spikes or reactions in your gut as other sweeteners or sugar alcohols can.  My favorite thing about it?  There’s some cool new research supporting that it helps improve insulin response in the body-this is a GOOD thing as we WANT insulin to respond quickly and adequately!  A little goes a long way..it tastes sweeter than maple syrup or regular sugar on it’s own so use it in small amounts!  I used Lankanto brand of monk fruit maple syrup for this recipe but you could also try subbing just liquid monk fruit + maple flavoring if you don’t have that!

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What you need:

  • 1 head of organic cauliflower
  • 2 T olive or avocado oil
  • 2 T sriracha
  • 1.5 T monk fruit maple syrup (Lakanto brand)
  • 1 T tamari/gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos (for paleo/whole 30)
  • pinch of salt and pepper

How you do it:

  1. Oven at 400
  2. Whisk all sauce ingredients except cauliflower together in a bowl
  3. Wash and chop cauliflower into small florets
  4. Pour sauce into a large stasher bag or plastic baggie and add cauliflower
  5. Mix well until cauliflower is fully coated
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment and pour coated cauliflower on top-make sure they have room and aren’t too crowded!
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until desired crispness and enjoy immediately!

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Creamy Vegan Alfredo Pasta with Crispy Kale & Roasted Mushrooms

Creamy Vegan Alfredo Pasta with Crispy Kale & Roasted Mushrooms

Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of pasta? 

As a GF gal it can be hard to find the right pasta to fit the bill but I personally have loved using lentil pastas as a replacement!  I have had Banza chickpea pasta and that is less of a fav…I personally love Ancient Harvest POW lentil pasta, Chickapea brand pasta (chickpea and lentil) and this newer brand Cybele’s that I just ordered to try from Thrive Market (they only use lentils and veggies!)  I like that I’m getting a punch of fiber and protein from the lentil varieties vs. the typical rice/corn based GF ones and find that they have a good bite.  If you just can’t get on board with a lentil pasta try DeLallo-their GF pastas are the real deal and you wont notice the difference!  

This alfredo has all of the creamy, dreamy, richness of a typical alfredo without the stomach ache after!  Tip: You can DIY a healthier vodka sauce by blending roasted tomatoes into this recipe or roasted red peppers!

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What you need:

Alfredo Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk (doesn’t need to be canned, just unsweetened)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 T olive oil or vegan butter (can use grass fed butter if tolerated)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt + more to taste
  • pinch of black pepper
  • optional: lemon zest (~2 pinches)

Other Ingredients:

  • box of GF pasta (see above for recommendations; I used Chickapea brand here)
  • 1 pint of shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped lacinato/dinosaur kale
  • optional: fresh/dried chopped parsley or basil to garnish
  • avocado oil

Preparation:

For the sauce:

  1. Boil water, pour over raw cashews and let soak for at least 30 minutes
  2. While soaking: add 1 T vegan butter to a large saucepan with minced garlic and onion, saute on low ~ 5-10 minutes (just until golden, not browned), add red pepper flakes
  3. Add 1/2 cup cashew soaking water + cashews to a vitamix or blender, add coconut milk, sauteed butter/garlic mixture, salt and pepper, lemon zest
  4. Blend on high until smooth and creamy; taste and add more salt as needed

For the accompaniments:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Roughly chop mushrooms and kale, lay out on parchment paper on a baking sheet and spray with avocado oil spray (I like Primal kitchen brand) or oil of choice
  3. Place veggies in the oven and set timer for 15-20 minutes, check and toss halfway through; remove once kale is crispy (basically kale chips) but not overdone (It will sound crispy when you shift it around)
  4. Boil water and cook pasta according to box instructions, do not overcook!
  5. Add cooked/drained pasta back into saucepan and pour alfredo sauce all over, spoon into a bowl and sprinkle with mushrooms,crispy kale and a dash of parsley.

 

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Vanilla Sea Salt Cashew Butter

Vanilla Sea Salt Cashew Butter

THIS. STUFF. IS. SO. GOOD.

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Why it took me so long to DIY my own cashew butter is beyond me.  This was oh so simple and tastier than any store-bought brand I’ve ever had!  Be patient with your food processor though…it does take time and the creaminess will come, I promise 🙂  

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What you need:

  • 1 cup raw organic cashews

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • ~1/2 tsp himalayan pink sea salt

  • optional: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, pinch of cayenne

How you do it:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy. This will take time people, be patient! Depending on how powerful your gadget it may go for 15ish min but it will happen!  I used a NINJA food processor and it took about 7-8 minutes (I stopped it intermittently to scrape down the sides).

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Store in a glass container in the fridge for 1-2 months- if you don’t eat it all first 🙂

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