Posts tagged healthy desserts
Baked Apples

One of the reasons I love to bake, especially pies, is that I get to make it a date with myself, my music and my kitchen. I take my time, measure out ingredients, think of a creative new combination for fillings, get my hands in the dough, do a little dance when a Beck song comes through the speakers. It's like a meditation in motion, only I get to have a piece of pie or cake afterwards. Win-win!

As much as I love these baking dates with myself, sometimes I want to make a sweet treat that requires almost no active cooking time. Something that I can just pop in the oven and have it do all the work for me. That's the recipe I'm teaching you how to make today.

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Oat Coconut Cranberry Bars with The Nomadic Vegan!

I can't tell you how excited I am about today's video and recipe since we had a very special guest in the Brownble kitchen to film it! It was none other than the top expert in vegan travel out there, Wendy Werneth from The Nomadic VeganThe go to place for anything related to vegan travel tips and how to enjoy the local traditions of any place you go to, try their local specialties while being vegan. I call it the cliffs notes of vegan travel because she quite literally does ALL the homework for you! She tells you what local foods are vegan or can be easily made vegan, she guides you through the spots you just don't want to miss, and she even teaches you the words you need to learn to explain your dietary needs in the local language! I mean... right?!

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FROM OUR KITCHEN TABLE

Full time doggie nurse, recipe testing burgers, healthy chocolate cake and more!

This week was rough to say the least. Our dog Nala woke up in the middle of the night on Thursday completely disoriented, dizzy, throwing up, unable to walk, with her head tilted to one side, and as you can imagine, completely nervous because of what was happening to her. We rushed her to the vet and although we'll know more in the next few days as she continues to recover, we suspect she got something called vestibular disorder which apparently is typical in senior dogs. Imagine having problems in your inner ear that completely mess up your balance and gives you the worst case of vertigo. Poor thing. She's been so sick these past few days and my heart and stomach have been in knots! We stayed home with her every single day, kept her company, gave her all her medications and even had to spoon (and syringe) feed her since she was refusing to eat. Thank goodness everything turned around on Sunday and she woke up so much better! I'´ll keep you posted on how she's doing as she continues to recover. This is why we've been a bit absent from social media these past few days and why some of our meals and pics for this week's recap today are a little simpler than usual. My whole mind, heart and soul were completely on getting Nala better. Yet another example for me of how important being healthy is. When you're sick nothing else matters. Here's the little patient with her dad. This was the day before she really started feeling better. Please keep her in your thoughts so she can make a quick recovery.

Are your ready for our favorites from the past week? I hope these help inspire some of your meals!

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Chickpea Crepes with Nut Butter and Banana

It's finally time for me to share one of my go-to healthy weekly snacks with you. I'm talking about delicious and high protein crepes made with... wait for it... chickpea flour! That's right! These are refined flour free, and we're adding some healthy fats in the form of nut butters for that perfect protein+healthy fats combo that is so important for feeling satisfied and especially for hormonal health in women. 

I simply love these crepes because they totally hit the spot when you're craving something sweet but you want to avoid a richer dessert. These can be made sweet with the nut butter, banana and a drizzle of agave or maple syrup, or you can also make them savory! At the end of the video I'm giving you a ton of delicious ideas for serving these, from tacos to hummus and veggie wraps and more.

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FROM OUR KITCHEN TABLE

Mini recipe for the perfect eggplant side dish, how to make quick pickled onions and a burger date with friends

Happy Monday everyone! This week was filled with delicious goodies and a little "spring cleaning" at our house. Yes, we always do our spring cleaning in January to start the year off clutter free. I'm always amazed as to how much of a difference putting things in order makes in my cooking and eating habits. We actually gave our kitchen a total makeover and built a sort of open pantry where all our staples are visible and organized. I can't tell you what a difference this made! I promise I'll have pics for you soon (as well as a little surprise for your kitchen!). Ok, so on to the highlights of what we ate this week in the hopes that it inspires you to create some plant-based dishes of your own! I'm including the steps to make two of my favorite little additions to our meals this week.

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Avocado Chocolate Pudding with a Pecan Coconut Crumble

This recipe has four of my absolute favorite things, chocolate, avocado, pecans and coconut. When trying to make healthy versions of traditional desserts, you really want something that's good to your body, but that also has great flavor and texture. This quick dessert does exactly that. You wouldn't believe that even though this recipe is refined sugar free, gluten free and oil free, that it is as decadent and delicious as it is. It seriously packs a chocolate punch and will satisfy any sweet or chocolatey craving you might have with whole plant based foods that are packed with nutrients. What could be better?! Oh yeah... this dessert is also raw which means there's no cooking involved!

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PB and J Roll Ups

Peanut butter and jelly are still one of the most classic and delicious pairings in food, and although you can never go wrong with the simplest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, we've changed the concept ever so slightly in the recipe we have for you today. These roll ups are the perfect snack, and in the simplest preparation you're getting a healthy dose of protein (did you know that peanuts aren't nuts but actually legumes?!), some whole grains, fruit, more protein as well as powerful antioxidants in the little surprise we're adding inside, and the sweet and yummy taste of jam. I always prefer to opt for a natural jam, sweetened only with fruit itself, and all-natural peanut butter without any added sugars or fats.

Kids love these roll ups and you can cut them and serve them on a plate, or eat them burrito style like I like to do. Serve them with some fruit or my favorite way, with a cold glass of your favorite non-dairy milk. You won't believe how delicious they are and how simple they are to make. Enjoy the video, printable and recipe below! 

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