Man oh man, it’s been a crazy few days since I last posted! First off, Corey and I went to our friend’s wedding out in Indio this past Saturday and it was majorly adorable, plus a lot of fun. We definitely took advantage of the photo booth that was there, where Corey proceeded to flash the camera. Plus, I can’t go without mentioning the election. Man, what a crazy day yesterday was! Did you go out and vote? Either way, I think everyone was sweating bullets at one point, last night.
Due to all of the errands, events and some assignments, I haven’t had a lot of time to put together awesome meals and such. BUT, one thing that I did accomplish was making this fantastic recipe for apple pie chia pudding. It’s like taking the essence of an apple pie and stirring chia seeds into it, and a pinch of salt gives the illusion of a buttery crust flavor. I’m not going to lie, it is pretty awesome.
The only thing is, if you were to ask me if I liked the Pumpkin Pie chia pudding or this one better, well, I wouldn’t be able to answer that. Okay, I’m lying, the Pumpkin Pie one of course! But, that’s only because I like pumpkin pie more; this apple pie chia pudding certainly gives it a run for its money, though!
Let me start this post out by saying that this recipe is not for the faint of heart. I am one of thousands, possibly even millions, of people who adore Sriracha. Do you remember in Elementary School when you said that you loved a condiment so much that you could put it on anything? Then some smart-ass kid would say, “Even on ice cream?”. Now, you can say, “YES!”
I haven’t mentioned this month’s bloghop theme because I couldn’t host it (unfortunately), but now I have a chance to participate in the Ice Cream-themed month of June! Try out this delectable recipe to keep your summer cool AND spicy, this year. With such few ingredients and the help of my new ice cream maker it’s insanely easy to make.
I won’t get into the details of this past weekend at Expo West, because I’ll have an entire post dedicated to it later this week. Long story short, it was insane and I can’t wait to tell you all about the new products and companies that I met and tried out. But, before Jill and I were swept up in all of the madness, we started out our first day with a delicious breakfast of crepes!
I had never made crepes before, so I needed some assistance from a recipe. I was able to find a highly rated vegan crepe recipe at All Recipes and I followed the directions nearly to a T. They turned out great, but I thought that they were a little too oily; so, instead of using a 1/4 cup of Earth Balance I would suggest using closer to 2 tbsp. of coconut oil. Because I was sort of short on time I didn’t chill the batter for 2 hours, instead I put it in the freezer for roughly 30 minutes.
Even with this being my first crepe-making experience, they turned out really good; I think that Jill agrees with me. I would recommend following the recipe for the crepes that I linked to, but I will give you the details for all of the other pieces to this wonderful breakfast.
Great sauces to fill and top your berry crepes with. A rich chocolate sauce paired with a creamy vanilla cashew cream and fresh berries. Yum!
¾ Cup Raw Cashews, Soaked 2 Hours
⅓ Cup Water
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
¼ tsp. Vanilla
¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Pinch of Sea Salt
⅓ Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Coconut Milk
½ tsp. Coconut Oil
1½ Cups Fresh Blueberries
1½ Cups Fresh Raspberries
In a high-speed blender or food processor blend together the soaked cashews, water, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt. Place to the side or in the refrigerator while you make the chocolate sauce.
Using the double boiler technique, with a water-filled pot and empty bowl, melt the chocolate chips down.
Once the chips are starting to melt, introduce the coconut milk and oil into the mixture and stir until they are fully combined and have a sauce-like consistency. Let it cool for a couple of minutes.
When your crepe wraps are done cooking in the pan, put about a tbsp. or so of the cashew cream in the center, top with berries and close them.
Each serving is two per-person, so plate them accordingly; then drizzle the cashew cream and chocolate sauce over the top. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Now, I’m not scared to make these again in the future! Plus, I have a little something extra for you. Because it was just the two of us eating this breakfast, we had some crepe “wraps” left. I found a very good solution for this and turned it into a dessert. Just place the crepes on top of small, oven-safe bowl that are coated with a thin layer of oil and bake them at 400°F for 10 minutes or until they start to brown and get crispy. Fill them with fruit and extra cashew cream/chocolate sauce and you have a delicious treat that you could serve for breakfast or dessert!
I’m a little late, but Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you all had a fabulous and safe New Years, with plenty of good food and drink (if you’re into that kind of thing ). Thinking about the past year in detail is not something that I’m really big on, but 2011 was full of many dramatic changes for me. I started out the year in a job that had an uncertain future, right before my co-workers were laid off I was able to move on to another job… that I absolutely hated. I met a few great people and then made some crazy decisions to quit my job, visit family and work on the road for a little bit; all while trying to figure out what I truly want to pursue.
I have some new ventures on the horizon, and couldn’t be more excited for the future; albeit I’m also very anxious at the same time! I’ve learned so much over the past year, and will continue to learn as much as I can, whether it comes to food and health or entrepreneurial endeavors. You can’t talk about the end of the year without recapping all of the food you may have eaten during the holidays, good or great (but bad for you, perhaps?), which is the situation that I find myself in. Back to some healthy foods, this month, and to start it off I have a delightful breakfast that will fill you up and keep you going for hours! This is something anyone can make, even if you haven’t gone to a culinary university online; I mean, it’s not rocket science!
I made some delicious Almond Butter the other day, and have been wanting to use it in oatmeal. Combining banana with the almond butter was a no-brainer, but adding cinnamon really took it to the next level.
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Banana, chopped
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
1/4 Cup Water (or more Non-Dairy Milk)
1 1/2 Tbsp. Almond Butter
1/2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Place rolled oats, banana, non-dairy milk, water and almond butter in a small pot over medium heat. Stir ingredients together for 3-5 minutes, add in maple syrup to sweeten and cinnamon.
Stir continuously, for another 2-3 minutes or until the oatmeal is to the consistency that you prefer. Serve warm with an extra drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
Nutrition Information: 474 calories, 19g Fat, 112mg Sodium, 57g Carbohydrates, 10g Fiber, 24g Sugar, 9.5g Protein, 633mg Potassium, 23.5% DV Iron, 22% DV Calcium, 15% DV Vitamin C
What kind of healthy recipes are you starting off your New Year with? Do you have any dishes that you’d like to see a recipe for to help you out? Let me know in the comments below!
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