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Super Easy Superfood Latte Mix

I’m a huge coffee drinker. I actually drink about 6 cups a day (or more) while I’m at school, just because I wake up early for class and it’s kind of go-go-go until 10 or 11 pm. A girl needs energy. Plus, there’s unlimited coffee in the dining hall, so while my darling boyfriend is eating his 9th plate of food, I can load up on caffeine.

I could probably talk for hours (or pages, I suppose) about why coffee is the best thing in the world. For example, the global switch from drinking beer or water mixed with wine (using the alcohol to kill off bacteria) to drinking mainly tea and coffee (using boiling to kill off bacteria) essentially took the world off of depressants and gave it a swift kick. No wonder we love so quickly these days!

Anyway! I love coffee. So do a lot of people. Let’s make coffee work for us.

While I was in Hawaii last year, I fell in love with a superfood chai at a local cafe. I can’t remember the exact blend, but I distinctly remember it having turmeric, and thinking “wow, I thought I hated turmeric! This is amazing!”

I also drank many, many expensive protein shakes at the Kauai Juice Company, and I because enchanted with a certain Island Protein shake, that tasted like vanilla cake batter. All of the ingredients were familiar- in fact, things I used in my own protein shakes- except maca. Its a wonderful, butterscotch flavored root with lots of fiber. And it’s delicious.

So here is my accidental ode to last year’s vacation, a simple mix to add to your coffee for a little boost of taste and energy. It’s really great for those of us who realize that breakfast isn’t always a good idea (if I eat a full breakfast, I either feel nauseous or incredibly hungry for the rest of the day. It’s a bit of a lose-lose).

Superfood Latte Mix

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1/4 cup stevia in the raw

1/4 cup raw cacao powder (I love this)

2 tbs maca powder

2 tsp organic turmeric

Directions:

Whisk all ingredients together and transfer to a clean jar. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons to a cup of coffee, along with a splash of almond milk or cashew milk.

May this grant you delicious coffee and lots of energy. Happy baking!

Almond Butter Chia Bars

Vacation time! The slower (yet still very busy) part of my summer is over, and from now on is pretty go go go, and the go go go-ing. I’m typing this on a boat on my way to Canada from Seattle.

Yay, airports. Traveling. New places. Always tons of vegan options, right? And all fairly priced? Yeah. No. So you kind of have to plan a little bit. On Monday I threw together these super easy bars, just four ingredients, vegan, paleo, and no added sugars. This was my breakfast this morning 🙂

You only need four ingredients:

  • Dates
  • Almonds
  • Almond butter
  • Chia seeds

For this recipe, I used one package of dates (around 12 oz), 1/2 cup of almonds, 4 tbs almond butter, and 1/4 cup of chia seeds to make 8 bars.

To make:

  1. Put all ingredients in your food processor.
  2. Process until you have a soft, crumbly dough.
  3. Press into an 8 by 8 pan- you may want to line with parchment paper. Use the bottom of a cup to compact the bars as much as possible.
  4. Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes.
  5. Cut bars, store in beeswax wraps. Keeps best in the fridge- otherwise, they’re still fine but a bit crumbly.

Happy baking!!!

Vegan at College: How to Hack It

  1. MIX UP YOUR SALADS
    • add beans, salsa, chickpeas, guac, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, whatever is available
    • take advantage of the salad bar- there are probably delicious raw veggies you can eat plain, or with hummus, guac, peanut butter, etc
  2. PROTEIN POW(D)ER
    • if your protein options are limited, you can always keep some protein powder on you (I love Orgain Chocolate Fudge). Just add water or nondairy milk; or, make my favorite protein smoothie bowl (recipe soon to come!)
  3. SPICE IT UP
    • when the steamed green beans and broccoli start to get old, mix it up! Add soy, sriracha, lemon pepper, curry powder, paprika- use your imagination!
  4. MEAL PREP
    • if you have a fridge and microwave, you’re all set. Buy canned soup (I love Amy’s kitchen), and pre-portion veggies and hummus for grab-and-go dining
    • if you have access to a dorm kitchen, even better! Spend some time during the weekend roasting veggies, cooking up soup, or making peanut butter cookies
  5. Speak up!
    • petition for more choices, ask for items to be made vegan, maybe even start a vegan club!

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • DON’T start eating all the vegan junk food you can; it’s hard, especially when you suddenly have new freedom. Avoid the Oreos, Sour Patch Kids, veggie burgers and fries- they won’t be your friend for long
  • DON’T ignore nutrient needs. Track your proteins, fats, micronutrients, etc. Make sure you take a vitamin supplement of some sort for those important B vitamins!
  • DON’T give up. It may seem difficult, but remember that you are not a potato, you are a coffee bean: when you’re put in hot water, change your surroundings, don’t let them change you!

Peanut Butter Cookies

I love cookies. I think everyone loves cookies- it’s part of human nature. But traditional cookies have problems. Butter. Eggs. FLour. Sugar. You know, the main ingredients? The ones that make cookies tasty? Yeah. They’ve got to go.

When I first went vegan, I didn’t care about nutrition- I was what I call a ‘fun vegan’- I ate Oreos, Sour Patch Kids, Ben and Jerry’s almondmilk ice cream by the pint (note: my last meal on earth will be a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a 44 oz Coke Slurpee). Essentially, I didn’t care what I was putting into my body, as long as no animals suffered.

Then I started college, and my mental health took a nose dive. Could it have been constant access to coffee? Maybe. Co

uld it have been stress from new classes? Maybe. Could it have been getting dumped- twice- within the span of a few months? Yeah, that definitely didn’t help. During my winter break, I began watching as many food documentaries as I could. They all seemed to conclude the same thing: a vegan lifestyle is better on the body, environment, and mind.

I thought it was so unfair! I was already vegan! Why wasn’t I happy and healthy? Oh. Maybe it was all the Oreos, and Diet Coke, and french fries…

I started creating and changing recipes to cut out white flour, refined sugars, process oils, everything nasty and artificial. These cookies were my first major success, and I always keep the ingredients on hand. Fluffy, chocolatey, peanut-buttery goodness- I could probably eat a whole batch.

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (I use Smuckers)
  • 2/3 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 4 tbs organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 tbs coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Combine all ingredients except cacao nibs until a soft dough forms. Stir in cacao nibs. Refrigerate dough for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll dough into 1 to 1.5-inch balls, placing on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment par. Gently flatten with a fork. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for at least five minutes before serving. Eat of freeze within five days.

Nutrition: 119 calories, 6.6 g fat, 10.2 g carbs (1.5 g fiber, 7.1 g sugar), 3.2 g protein

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Bars

I used to be the Protein Bar Princess. The Clif bar Queen. The Lady of Lärabars. Her Grace of Granola… you get the picture. They’re tasty! They’re convenient! They’re vegan! And they’re healthy, right? Right? Okay, maybe not. Maybe they’re full of sugar, and super wasteful.

I started looking into different recipes for homemade protein bars, but they were either expensive and tasted disgusting, or tasted amazing but comprised primarily of dates, nature’s sugar overload. Not quite what I was looking for. So, with hard work, determination, and some work from my valiant taste tester, I found a tasty, no-bake style bar that’s almost perfect. It can (and will) use some tinkering, but the results are still post- worthy.

I like to wrap these in my small abeego beeswax wraps and store them in the fridge like that, so they’re ready to go to class (even when I’m not).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Bars

  • 2 tbs cacao powder
  • 1.5 tbs chia seeds
  • .25 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 13 pitted dates
  • 3 tbs natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbs PB2 powder, prepared
  • 1 tbs raw honey

In a food processor, mix all ingredients until a dough forms press into 8 individual muffin tins. Let sit in fridge until set, at least an hour. Store in the fridge.

Nutrition: 120 calories, 14.5 g carbs (4 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 5.6 g fat, 4 g protein

Chocolate Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I have corrupted the chocolate chip cookie. Seriously. I have removed every semblance of a cookie ingredient and reconstructed it completely. And it’s delicious.

My family loves my chocolate chip cookies- you know, the regular, non-vegan, buttery, sugary kind. The kind I don’t eat. I had to find my own recipe, and I had to make it better.

Calling these “chocolate chip cookies” isn’t accurate. There aren’t actually chocolate chips. In fact, there’s not actually chocolate- just raw cacao nibs and powder. So really, it’s not a dessert, it’s a superfood packed energy snack. At least, that’s what I tell myself as I eat a whole batch at 2 a.m. while rewatching The Great British Bake Off for the third time. Spoiler alert: Nadiya still wins.

Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Bites:

(Makes 7 servings)

For the dough:

  • 6 tbs organic coconut flour
  • 6 tbs organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • stevia, to taste (I use around 4 packets)
  • 8-9 tbs unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • 1-2 tbs raw cacao nibs, chopped

For the chocolate topping:

  • 4 tbs coconut oil, melted
  • 4 tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbs pure grade A maple syrup

To make the dough, mix all ingredients except cacao nibs together until it forms a dough- it won’t look like a normal dough because there’s nothing fat like oil or butter. Add in chocolate chips.

Press the dough into a silicone mould or form into flat disks. You have a few options here: microwave the cookies for 1-2 minutes to set them; OR immediately put into the freezer. If you microwaved them, let cool before freezing, at least one to two hours.

To make chocolate, melt the coconut oil until liquid. Stir in other ingredients- you may want to sift the cacao powder beforehand to get out any lumps. Dip cookies in chocolate and return to fridge or freezer to harden. Eat right from the freezer or let them thaw a few minutes before eating, and enjoy!

Notes:

  • I have not tried an oven version yet, I will update the recipe when I do
  • If you don’t want to use stevia (and don’t mind the cookies being a little higher in calories), replace with organic coconut sugar to taste, about two tablespoons

Nutrition (using stevia):

153 kcal, 13g carbs (4.5g sugar, 5g fiber), 10g fat, 2.5g protein