Chocolate Orange Muffins

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And now for dessert!

These Chocolate Orange Muffins actually have the taste of a chocolate orange; while still being healthy enough to eat for breakfast!

They are also:

  • plant-based
  • high in protein & fiber
  • bursting with flavor
  • sweet
  • filling

Chocolate Orange Muffins

  • Servings: 9 Muffins
  • Difficulty: medium
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Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 orange (whole including skin)
  • 1/4 c raw local honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 c non-dairy milk or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 c oats
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c cacao powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda


    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Spray 9 muffin holes with olive oil spray & set aside.
    3. Slice your avocado and orange into smaller pieces. img_7292-1
    4. Add all wet ingredients to a food processor. Process until everything is broken down and combined.
    5. Add in your dry ingredients. Process until everything is combined.* img_7293
    6. Distribute your batter among the 9 muffin holes. Smooth the tops with a spoon.
    7. Bake for 18 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pan.**

    *If your food processor is too small to hold everything, after processing your wet ingredients add in your oats and process again. Then transfer everything to a mixing bowl, add in the rest of your dry ingredients and whisk. img_7284

  • I topped mine with prepared powder peanut butter. And ate them after refrigerated because I think they taste best chilled. Allow a few hours for all the flavors to settle before eating.
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Enjoy the weekend!



Lunch / Dinner

Bucha Carrot Dogs

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Now, you’ve seen my carrot dogs before.

I’ve switched it up a bit to make them even healthier and more delicious by cooking them in kombucha!

I used Brew Dr. Kombucha’s new flavor, Vanilla Oak 🙂

Some things I would recommend:

  • Make sure you cook it until it is soft throughout. At my second attempt of the carrot dog I didn’t simmer it long enough.
  • I suggest marinating it for at least 4 hours. Some recipes say 2 hrs but I think the longer the better.
  • Have fun with it! I have used an eggplant, flatout & a sweet potato as a bun for it. All were delicious!

Bucha Carrot Dogs

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 large carrots
  • 1/2 c vegetable broth
  • 1/2 c kombucha
  • 1/4 c Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric


  1. Cut off ends of carrots.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (your marinade) to a large pot & stir. Add in your carrots and spin carrots in your marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight to marinate.


  1. After carrots have been marinated, place pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and let sit for 20 minutes or until soft through.
  2. Add carrots to a buddha bowl or serve in a bun of choice & add your favorite hot dog toppings. Enjoy!

Bun Ideas: I have used a roasted eggplant, Flatout’s Rosemary & Olive Oil flat, & a baked sweet potato. All were excellent!

Happy eating 🙂


Lunch / Dinner

Crispy Carrot Bacon

This recipe is similar to my ‘Carrot Dog’ recipe. Check it out here!


As for this ‘Crispy Carrot Bacon‘…. meat eaters, I don’t want to hear it. Say the word ‘carrot bacon’ to a meat eater & a common response will be, ‘ew’ or ‘why ruin bacon?’

Well my friends, no this is not going to taste like your meat bacon. Why? Because yeah duh it’s not made from meat cause it’s 2018 why are people still eating meat? But vegan or not just give it a try! My carrot bacon is: crispy, healthy, and full of flavor! I promise you will like it!


Crispy Carrot Bacon

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 large carrots
  • 2T Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp black garlic puree
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • dash of cayenne
  • dash of pink himalayan salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Add all of your ingredients, except the carrots, to a small bowl & whisk until combined.
  3. Use a vegetable peeler to peel carrots into thin strip. img_3004
  4. One at a time dip your carrot peels into the bowl, coating the entire peel, & place on your baking sheet.img_3005
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy. Serve with fresh dill. Enjoy!

Enjoy your Sunday Guys!



Whole-Wheat Chocolate Cinnamon Buns

Yes these are delicious 🙂

I could toast one of these up every day for a dessert & be extremely satisfied. These Cinnamon Buns are chocolaty, soft, healthy & sweet tooth satisfying.

One thing that makes this dessert healthier is that they are made with organic sprouted whole wheat flour.

I love sprouted grains because sprouting changes the composition of the resulting flour. It results in the creation of a vegetable & not a starch! There are many benefits to eating a sprouted grain over a non-sprouted.

So give these a try! I promise you & anyone you share them with won’t be disappointed 🙂 Who would pass up a healthier, warm chocolaty pastry??? 

Whole- Wheat Chocolate Cinnamon Buns

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 3 C sprouted whole wheat flour + extra for dusting
  • 1 1/4 C warm water
  • 1/2 C + 2 T raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 C chopped pistachios, optional*
  • 2 oz vegan chocolate, melted
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 2 T ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp pink himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

*I wanted to add these to my buns but didn’t have any on hand.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a small blow mix the yeast, water & 2 T of your honey or maple syrup.
  4. Wait 5 minutes for the yeast to activate.
  5. In a large bowl add your flour, salt, & yeast mixture. Start kneading with your hands or with your mixer’s dough hook.
  6. Adjust water/flour as needed. Your dough should be soft but not sticky.
  7. Knead the dough with your hands for an extra minute & then let sit for 20 minutes.
  8. In a medium sized bowl add the rest of your honey or maple syrup, melted chocolate, melted coconut oil, cinnamon & vanilla. Whisk until combined. Fold in your nuts if using.
  9. Split your dough into 3 small balls. Roll each with a rolling pin until flat.
  10. Distribute & spread your chocolate filling on each flat.
  11. Fold each flat in half & cut in half lengthwise. Now twist each piece up into a bun.
  12. Place each bun next to each other in your pan.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes.
  14. Enjoy warm right out of the oven after slightly cooled; or if eating later toast in your toaster oven for 1-2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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I think this recipe deserves a foot five!


Lunch / Dinner

Vegan Roasted Pumpkin Soup

I’ve taken the easy way out to make pumpkin soups before by using canned pumpkin puree. While it was indeed easier & saved time, the taste was not there. Roasting a pumpkin makes all the difference! Trust me, the extra 40 minutes to roast your pumpkin is going to be worth it in the end!

People like different kinds of soups. Some like their soups liquidy thin. Some like them chunky with lots of texture. I like my soup thick & creamy! My favorite soups are sweet potato, pumpkin & carrot because it’s so easy to get that thick & creamy texture. If that’s not your style & you are looking for a thinner soup simply add a little more veggie broth or almond milk at a time to this recipe until you reach your desired consistency.

I like this soup because it’s vegan, creamy & tasty without having to use coconut milk like most recipes would.

Pumpkins are packed with vitamins!


So let’s get to the recipe 🙂

Vegan Roasted Pumpkin Soup

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 small Pie Pumpkin
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red apple, de-seeded & chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of pink himalayan salt
  • 3/4 c veggie broth
  • 1/2 c Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice milk, or regular almond milk or more veggie broth
  • 2 tsp ginger


  • Goji Berries
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil or a silpat.
  2. Cut your pumpkin half lengthways, scoop out the seeds & scrape the sides. Then slice each half again to make quarters. Place pumpkin slices cut-side up on your baking sheet. Add the chopped onion on top & bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Once done remove from the oven, flip your pumpkin slices cut-side down & add your apple slice & chopped carrot to the sheet. Sprinkle it all with your garlic powder & salt & bake for another 20 minutes.img_4597
  4. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the pumpkin (discarding the skin) & transfer the flesh along with all other ingredients on the pan to a food processor. Add your veggie broth, pumpkin spice almond milk & ginger to the processor & process until smooth & creamy.
  5. Transfer mixture to a bowl, top with pumpkin seeds & goji berries if desired. Serve warm. Soup will keep in a container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Enjoy!


I’m in love with this soup & so was my dog 🙂 How would you adjust the recipe to your unique taste?!

Dessert · Snack

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

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So I went to Denver, my favorite city, this past weekend to visit my sister. Sun & mountains, what more do you need?snapseed-1

My sister is a coffee junkie & loves my baking. So I brought her a bag of my favorite local Milwaukee coffee, Colectivo, & made her some of my current favorite cookies.

She impressively downed them the first night, so the next day we went to the store to buy the ingredients to make more of them.

I have made these cookies a few different ways but I will share my basic recipe with a few alternative ingredients in there as well.

These cookies are:

  • Soft & chewy
  • Fiber & protein packeddd
  • Re-fined sugar-free
  • Low fat
  • Healthy
  • Delicious
  • Addicting

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 6 medium size or 3 large cookies
  • Difficulty: medium
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Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 c rolled or old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 c garbanzo bean OR whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 T egg replacer (mixed with 3 T water) OR 1 flax egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c raw local honey or agave
Fold ins:
  • 1/4 c cranberries or raisins
  • 1/4 c non-dairy choc chips (or any other fold ins of choice ie, nuts, dried fruit, berries, etc).


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. OR spray 3 small cake/tart tins with non-stick cooking spray – for a thick individual large cookie.
  3. In a large bowl whisk all dry ingredients.
  4. In a medium size bowl whisk all wet ingredients.
  5. Mix wet into dry until combined.
  6. Fold in craisins & choc chips.
  7. Shape into circles on your baking sheet. OR Distribute batter among your 3 small cake tins & press down.
  8. Bake at 325F for 14 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool before removing. Enjoy!


How do you like your cookies? Thin or thick like a cookie bar?!


Dessert · Snack

Fudge Protein Pudding


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  • USDA Organic
  • 100% Plant-based
  • Vegan
  • Soy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Made from clean & simple ingredients
  • They also have a meal delivery service


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And so with this package I came up with this awesome recipe that I am excited to share with you & hope you try.

This Fudge Protein Pudding is…

  • Thick & creamy
  • Chocolatey
  • Healthy
  • Low calorie
  • Low fat
  • High fiber & protein
  • Vitamin packed
  • Delicious 
  • Easy to make

Fudge Protein Pudding

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 scoop 22 Days nutrition chocolate protein powder
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c unsweetened plant based milk
  • 2 T pure maple syrupimg_3343



  1. Add all of the Pudding ingredients to a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until combined & smooth.
  3. For best flavor cover & allow pudding to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  4. When ready to eat, add it to a bowl & assemble! – 1) Scoop some chia pudding into the bowl. 2) Chop up one protein bar & place on top. 3) Drizzle on some almond or sunflower seed butter 🙂 YUMMMM!

What would you top your pudding with?

Breakfast · Dessert · Snack

Chai Pronuts

This weekend I went to Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was absolutely stunning & I highly recommend visiting.

As I knew I would be camping & hiking, I wanted to make some bars & other protein baked goods for the trip. I had received 5 products from Bob’s Red Mill that I had never used before & was eager to try some of them out. I used 3 of those new products & an old staple, Garbanzo Bean Flour of their brand.img_3172

  • Egg Replacer: Being an egg-free baker I was excited to see how their egg replacer would work. It is similar to making a flax egg, but I like the end result better. I found the egg replacer to be less watery & more thick than a flax egg, enabling it a better binder.
  • Date Sugar: I love replacing sugar with dates but the process of boiling the date & chopping it up can be quite a bit of work. It also still usually ends up chunky & not distributed well. I love this date sugar because it is the same texture as sugar so mixes better, is healthy & tastes great! They make their date sugar out of just 2 ingredients, dates & oat flour.
  • Chai Protein Powder: I really liked baking with this protein powder. I have made chai bread before where I had to cook chai tea & infuse it into the bread. Baking with this chai powder was much easier & still yielded the same great taste.

So let me share my Chai Pronut recipe with you!

Chai Pronuts

  • Servings: 4
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Dry Ingredients:
  • 3/4 c garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 c chai protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 T date sugar
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 T egg replacer + 3 T water
  • 1/4 c unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Spray 4 donut tins with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl & whisk.
  4. In a medium sized bowl mix the 1 T egg replacer with 3 T water.
  5. Add in the nondairy milk & apple sauce to the medium size bowl & whisk.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into dry & whisk until well combined.
  7. Distribute batter among the 4 tins.
  8. Bake at 350F for 13-15 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool before removing. I topped mine with plain yogurt, butterfly tea & bee pollen. Enjoy!


And don’t forget your veggie burgers next time you camp 🙂


Lunch / Dinner

Carrot Dog

So I know the concept of the ‘Carrot Dog’ sounds ridiculous. I am a veggie lover & even I didn’t try it when this first became a hit. I am here to tell you that it’s true, the Carrot Dog is amazing! It really tastes like a hot dog- in a good way 🙂

Some things I would recommend:

  • Make sure you cook it until it is soft throughout. At my second attempt of the carrot dog I didn’t steam it long enough & it was not as good.
  • I suggest marinating it for 24 hrs or overnight. Some recipes say 4 hrs but I think the longer the better.
  • Have fun with it! I used an eggplant, flatout & sweet potato as a bun for it. All were delicious!


Carrot Dog

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 large carrots
  • 1/2 c water
  • 3T Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 T dijon mustard
  • 3/4 water


  1. Cut off ends of carrots & peel.img_2939
  2. Place carrots into a pan with the 1/2 c water. Cover with a lid & simmer for 15 minutes or until very soft, like a hot dog.
  3. While that is cooking mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl or tupperware that will fit your carrots.
  4. Place your steamed carrots into the mixture. Cover & place in the fridge to marinate overnight.img_2948
  5. Before eating place everything, including the marinade back into the pan. Cover & simmer for another 15 minutes or until soft through. Enjoy!

Bun Ideas: I used a roasted eggplant, Flatout’s Rosemary & Olive Oil flat, & a baked sweet potato. All were excellent!


What bun will you use?!

Breakfast · Snack

Slow-Cooker Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

MMM… what’s that smell?img_3102

It’s Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal cooking in the Crock-pot & does it smell good!

This slow-cooker oatmeal is different than your average oatmeal because it’s thickened up while maintaining that creamy texture!

You won’t need a spoon for this oatmeal. Grab a fork & you’ll be good to go!

Why you will love this baked oatmeal:
  1. The warm pumpkin spice smell & taste.
  2. The thick & creamy texture.
  3. It makes for an excellent food prep.
  4. It is high in fiber & protein.
  5. It is low in calorie & fat.

Overall, it is healthy & delicious!

Slow- Cooker Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Note* This recipe uses rolled/ old-fashioned oats which is why the cooking time is so short. Steel cut oats would need a longer cooking time.

  • 2 c rolled or old-fashioned oats
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 3 c unsweetened plant-based milk of choice
  • 1/4 c pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 T pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of pink himalyan salt
  • 1/2 c muesli + more to sprinkle on top


  1. Add all ingredients, except the muesli, to a slow-cooker.
  2. Stir & cook on low for about 1.5 hrs.
  3. When the liquid is absorbed & texture is thick, stir in the muesli.
  4. Allow to cool slightly. Eat right away or transfer to jars, sprinkle with additional muesli, cover & store in the fridge. Eat cold or reheated. Enjoy!


Wouldn’t you get out of bed for the warm smell of pumpkin cooking?!