Chewy Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies  [plant based]

Chewy Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies [plant based]

Chewy Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies [plant based]

Plant based chocolate chip cookies that melt in your mouth.

Cookies so good, my husband asks for them by name. Specifically because they’re made with tahini.

Adding the tahini to this recipe adds more plant based goodness to this cookie and makes it crave-able because of the added chewy texture.  I’m 100% team chewy cookie, how about you?

I will always strive to make my cookies soft and, sink your teeth in, good! Don’t hesitate to make these, they’re filled with fiber, protein, and healthy fat. There is never any guilt when you bake your own goodies and especially these because they are loaded with so much goodness. 

 

Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies [ Plant Based ]

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Servings: 19

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg 2 tablespoons of ground flax 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate or semi sweet chips

Instructions

  • In a small bowl mix the ground flax seed with the water and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the maple syrup, tahini, and avocado oil to a large mixing bowl and whisk well.
  • Next add the vanilla and flax eggs and mix well.
  • Mix the almond flour, sea salt and baking powder in a small bowl.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix combine with a spatula until a wet dough forms.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and enjoy.

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Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

Wait until you taste this simple two ingredient salad. It’s sweet and creamy and full of simple, fresh flavor.

Mango Avocado Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack

Ingredients

Salad

  • 3 ripe avocados diced
  • 2 ripe mangos diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped

Dressing

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or more to taste
  • 1/2 lime lime juice
  • 2 pinches sea salt or more to taste
  • pinch pepper

Instructions

  • Peel and slice the mango, then dice it into small cubes. Add to a bowl
  • Open the avocado and remove the pit. Slice and then cut the avocado into cubes. Add to the bowl with mango.
  • Slice the onion and add to the bowl with mango and avocado.
  • Measure the oil and vinegar and add to the salad. Add the salt and pepper.
  • Toss the salad gently to incorporate the dressing and mix the ingredients.
  • Top with cilantro.

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Sparkling Watermelon Lime Cocktail

Sparkling Watermelon Lime Cocktail

Sparkling Watermelon Lime Cocktail

If this isn’t the summeriest of drinks, I don’t know what is. 🍉

This Sparkling Watermelon Lime Cocktail is  simple to make and allows you to do more with a whole watermelon.

Watermelon is one of the most hydrating fruits there is, and it’s no surprise that it’s in season during the summer.

There’s no added sugar in this semi hydrating beverage. 😉

Make it without the spirits for the whole family to enjoy. This recipe can be quadrupled to fill a pitcher. 

 

Sparkling Watermelon Lime Cocktail

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Servings: 1

Equipment

  • Half or whole watermelon
  • blender
  • Strainer

Ingredients

  • 2 oz fresh watermelon juice *see notes
  • 2 oz sparkling water I used watermelon kombucha
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 oz silver tequila optional

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a rocks glass with ice and stir to blend.

Notes

Watermelon Juice - Cut half of a watermelon into cubes. Using a blender blend about 2 cups of the cubes on high for about 45 secs. Pour the juice into a strainer over a glass. 

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Cucumber Summer Salad

Cucumber Summer Salad

Cucumber Summer Salad

This Cucumber Salad makes for the perfect summer salad.

It’s light and refreshing, and bursting with flavor.

I have my husband to thank for creating this salad after he was inspired by how I dressed some plain cucumbers one day.

This salad can be added to another salad or eaten alone or with your favorite cut of fresh fish. It’s a delightful blend of cooling, water filled veggies (fruits) that you’ll want to pile high.

Cucumber Summer Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Snack

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 large cucumber diced
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatos diced or halved
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1/3 red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds optional

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions

  • Peel the cucumber (optional) and dice into cubes. Add to a medium sized bowl.
  • Cut the tomatoes in halves or quarters, add to the bowl with cucumbers.
  • Remove the seeds from the pepper and cut and dice into small pieces. Add to the bowl.
  • Dice the onion and add it to the bowl.
  • Add the sunflower seeds. (optional)
  • Measure the oil, vinegar, and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and add to the bowl with the salad. Toss gently to mix the salad with the dressing. Serve or chill and serve.

 

 

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Hi, I'm Melissa

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 I help women feel good about food and their bodies without the constant battle of dieting. Your body wants you to feel good and is your best health advocate. Let's hang out and discover how to be well without dieting ever again. Thanks for being here!

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All Season Kale Salad

All Season Kale Salad

All Season Kale Salad

What’s your take on kale? 

 

I recently made my famous kale salad for a super small dinner party the other day, and it was a hit. 

I make this salad a few times a year especially for get togethers and BBQ’s because it’s a crowd pleaser. Plus, you get a mighty dose of greens, flavor, and it’s super easy to make. 

I call it the All Season Kale Salad because it’s flexible. You can add or takeaway ingredients based on the season.

Print the recipe and watch the video to learn how I make this super simple kale salad. 

 

All Season Kale Salad

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 10

Ingredients

Kale Salad

  • 2 heads of organic kale - rinsed ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • 2-3 cups shredded organic carrots
  • 12 oz organic blueberries
  • 1 cup unsalted whole cashews gently crush into pieces
  • 1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

Dressing

  • 4 oz balsamic vinegar
  • 2 oz olive oil
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp honey/maple syrup
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Salad

  • Rinse and drain the kale, then remove the ribs from the kale until you are left with the leafy pieces. Next chop (rough chop) the kale into bite sized piece.
  • Add the kale to a large bowl (if you're making the salad a day early, I like to drizzle olive oil on the kale and toss it and let it sit) next add the shredded carrots, blueberries, cashews and sunflower seeds.
  • Mix gently to combine all of the ingredients.
  • Add the dressing and toss gently until the kale leaves are coated with the dressing.

For the Dressing

  • Measure out all of the ingredients and add them to a bowl or mason jar.
  • Whisk together or shake until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. *If you have a salad dressing bottle, add the ingredients to the bottle and shake well.

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Apple Chia Muffins [Gluten Free]

Apple Chia Muffins [Gluten Free]

Apple Chia Muffins [Gluten Free]

Do you wait until the weekend or until after you workout to eat a cheat meal or sweets?

Maybe it’s because after limiting your carbohydrate and sugar intake during the week, you lose a little self-control around gluten free muffins and cookies.

If that sounds familiar then, I have two great tips for you.

  • Try to make or bake sweet treats yourself so that you know exactly what’s in it and you can control how much or how little sugar you put in it. Plus, there are many grain-free baking flours and natural sweeteners to choose from that won’t cause inflammation or your sugar to spike. And, you can really increase the fiber and nutrient content of your baked goods and sweets using alternative flours and seeds.
  •  
  • Eating one treat or sweet during the week won’t derail your good eating habits. It’s not realistic to think anyone eats 100% clean. I want to help you open your mind to the idea that you can change and not stay stuck in the “I’m good or bad” mentality that keeps you losing weight and then gaining it all back.

I made a special sweet treat that you can enjoy as a snack or as breakfast, guilt free, because it’s made with a natural sweetener and a low glycemic, gluten-free flour.

 

Apple Chia Muffins [ Gluten Free ]

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3.5 oz avocado oil
  • 2 flax eggs flax eggs: 2 tablespoons of ground flax plus 5 tablespoons of water. Add the ingredients to a small bowl and mix together. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Then add to your recipe when it calls for eggs.
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups apple chopped, about two small apples
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk or any milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder aluminum-free
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt ground

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin pan with silicone cups, paper cups, or grease with coconut oil.
  • Blend the maple syrup and avocado oil in a large mixing bowl. Then add the flax eggs and mix or blend. Add the vanilla and mix.
  • Next, add the apples, cinnamon, and nut milk and mix well.
  • In another bowl mix the oat flour, chia seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.
  • Next, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until the flour is blended with the apple mixture.
  • Scoop the batter about 2 tablespoons each into each muffin cup.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Cool on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

To make a 2 flax eggs: 2 tablespoons of ground flax plus 5 tablespoons of water. Add the ingredients to a small bowl and mix together. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Then add to your recipe when it calls for eggs.
Enjoy as-is, with ghee, or your favorite nut butter.

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