chocolate, dessert, recipe, snack

Treat Tuesday–Chocolate Power Balls

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So here’s the thing: I can’t help but to ALWAYS sing Chef’s Chocolate Salty Ball song from South Park whenever I make these! South Park fans… this one is for you! lol 

These little power balls are the perfect snack when you are feeling sluggish or are needing an extra burst of energy! Packed with oats, peanut butter and chocolate, they are healthy and delicious!

But anyway… (And now that song is TOTALLY in your head now!) here is the recipe!

Chocolate Power Balls
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 serving of your favorite chocolate superfood protein powder (I used vegan Shakeology)
1/3 cup honey
A few tablespoons of chia seeds and hemp seeds
Dash of cinnamon
1/3 cup carob chips (or your favorite chocolate chip)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

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Combine everything in a bowl and stir until well combined. Roll into 1/2 in balls. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy! XxOo Tasha

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Clean and Simple Breakfast Cookie

What if I told you you can have cookies for breakfast? Awesome, right?! Well these cookies are nutritious, full of fiber and completely good for you! Waaaaay better for you than store bought cookies that are full of artificial ingredients, preservatives and GMO’s.  Instead they are full of oats, bananas, nuts and seeds… and chocolate, if you would like.

And yes, I eat these cookies for breakfast. And snacks. And dessert. They are guilt free, animal product free, gluten free and 100% good for you!

And this is just ONE of my many recipes in my Clean Eating 101 Guidebook, too! ❤

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Clean and Simple Breakfast Cookies

– 1.5 cups of rolled oats
– 3 ripe bananas, smashed
– 1/4 cup each of nuts or seeds of your choice ( I used unsalted sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and raw almonds – I only used a few tablespoons of flax seeds)
– 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, if desired
– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

You can use whatever ingredients you have on hand! Dried fruit, chia seeds, walnuts, or just leave it with banana and oats! Experiment with other spices – nutmeg, pumpkin spice, etc.

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

Spoon out a large tablespoon of mixture and place on a cookie sheet that’s lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Flatten out and shape into desired thickness and shape. I use my hands for this part and ditch the spoon!

Bake for 13-15 minutes. Once done place on a cooling rack to cool. They will be thick and chewy and completely irresistible!

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Clean and Simple Breakfast Cookies

What if I told you you can have cookies for breakfast? Awesome, right?! Well these cookies are nutritious, full of fiber and completely good for you! Waaaaay better for you than store bought cookies that are full of artificial ingredients, preservatives and GMO’s.  Instead they are full of oats, bananas, nuts and seeds… and chocolate, if you would like.

And yes, I eat these cookies for breakfast. And snacks. And dessert. They are guilt free, animal product free, gluten free and 100% good for you!

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dessert, gluten free, raw, recipe, vegan

{Recipe} Power Date Balls – Raw, Gluten Free

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I have been making date balls for years now. I just love them! I started making them when I had my first LaraBar – I loved the idea of dates and nuts all mixed together. It is a food marriage that is a match made in heaven!

I normally add chocolate and coconut… because anything with chocolate and coconut is a winner in my book! For this batch I simply combined medjool dates, almonds, coconut flakes and cocoa nibs. Simple perfection.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds, or toasted
  • 1 1/12 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 3/4 cup raw, unsweetened coconut – or toasted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs or dark chocolate chunks

Directions
In a food processor using the “S” blade, pulse the dates until they are medium sized chunks ( about 30 seconds ). Add almonds and pulse until a paste ( about 1 minute ). Add coconut and chocolate. Pulse until combined ( about 30 seconds ). You will have to scrape the sides of the food processor down as the date will become a paste and will not want to blend. I like larger chunks of almonds and coconut in my date balls so I wont over process.

Once the dough is the consistency of your liking, roll into balls. It is much easier if you wet your fingers before doing this. Place in a container and store in the fridge/freezer. I will have a few as dessert or crumble up over yogurt or as an afternoon snack.

Here is another recipe I created but this one is loaded with chocolate goodness 🙂

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XxOo Tasha

clean eating, dessert, recipe

Crispy Rice PB Treats

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I think it’s safe to say Rice Crispy Treats were one of my favorite treats as a kid. Unfortunately I never make them as an adult because of all the sugar and chemicals in the ingredients. However, I was able to re-create a treat that is sooooo similar you wont be missing any of the flavor or fun!

There are only 3 simple ingredients for this recipe:

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Crispy Rice Cereal – I used Natures Path Organic Crispy Brown Rice cereal
Natural PB – no added sugar and preferably fresh ground
Wild, local honey
Pinch of sea salt
* full recipe is below *

In a small sauce pan, heat 1/2 cup PB and 1/2 cup Honey on medium heat until bubbly.

In a separate bowl, mix 4 cups of crispy rice cereal with the PB mixture. Stir stir stir! Add a pinch of sea salt, too.

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After all of the rice cereal and PB honey mixture are well incorporated, pour into a non stick baking pan. I only have a large one so I only used half of the tray.

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I was feeling CHOCOLATE when I made these so I melted half of a regular bag of semi sweet chocolate chips with a teaspoon of coconut oil. This is totally option but they taste amazing with chocolate!

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Spread melted chocolate over your crispy treats… lick the spoon, too! This makes it EXTRA fun! 😉

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I popped the entire tray into the freezer for a few hours so I could easily cut them into squares. I kept them in the freezer after cutting, too. We don’t eat a ton of sweets in out house so this way I knew I had treats for play dates or as a dessert.

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Crispy Rice PB Treats
Makes one 9-inch square pan
Ingredients:
4 cups organic rice cereal
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup creamy unsalted, no-sugar added peanut butter or almond butter
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup organic dark chocolate, optional
1 teaspoon coconut oil, optional
Directions:
In a small saucepan over medium heat, gently bring the honey to a boil and allow it to boil for one minute. Remove the boiled honey from the heat, then stir in the peanut butter and salt until smooth. Add the rice crispy cereal, a pinch of salt and stir!
Press into a small pan. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler. Once melted spread on top of the crispy treats. Pop into the freezer for an hour before cutting.

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Have fun making these super simple treats!!

XxOo Tasha

dessert, peanut butter, recipe, vegan

{Recipe} Easy Peanut Butter Balls

I am ALL about making EASY and HEALTHY treats! And these Peanut Butter Balls are just that! Oh – and they are dangerously yummy! Oats, peanut butter, cinnamon… Yes please!

PS – They are healthy enough to eat for breakfast! #yesplease

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  Easy Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup natural, no sugar added peanut butter {or any other nut butter}
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
cinnamon to taste

Stir oats in peanut butter with melted coconut oil, honey and cinnamon. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll into balls and store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Easy peasy!

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XxOo Tasha

 

 

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{treat monday} Pumpkin Pie

Happy TREAT Monday!

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Do you love pumpkin pie? I SURE DO!

I made Angela’s (Oh She Glows) Vegan Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving in 2009 and it was AMAZING! Since then, she has created 3 different variations of her famous pumpkin pie!

These are vegan pumpkin pies – I love baking vegan recipes because they are normally lower in calories and fat and usually cleaner than normal recipes. Plus, I think they taste BETTER! 🙂

Here are 3 vegan pumpkin pie variations – all equally AMAZING!

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Classic Flakey Crust Variation

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 Gluten Free Variation

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Rustic Spelt Pumpkin Pie ( the one I made )

 

Question:

Do you like pumpkin pie?

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{Treat Monday} No-Bake Pumpkin Balls!

 Happy Monday Friends! I hope each and every one of you had a blissful weekend!

It was my Birthday weekend!! The BIG 3-0!! Unfortunately I spent it cooped up on the coach with a mug of tea. The sick bug finally caught up to me and I have been nursing a swollen throat and aching ears since Friday morning. Booo!

But while I was laying on the couch I did a lot of internet surfing and found this amazing recipe for no-bake Pumpkin Balls! It’s TREAT MONDAY!

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I have a huge weakness for ANYTHING pumpkin! And when I saw this amazing recipe over on the Adventures of MJ and Hungry Man, I KNEW I had to share with all of you!

Head on over and check out this amazingly EASY recipe!

Question: What is you favorite pumpkin recipe?

XxOo Tasha

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ToFurkey Day 1

I have never eaten Tofurkey. But it is definitely on my bucket list! Thumbs up

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I don’t think there is ever enough inspiration when it comes to Holiday dishes and recipes. Whether you are feeding a small family or an entire houseful, food should be cooked with love and enjoyed by all. I receive many emails this time of year asking how to deal with families who do not eat clean or practice in veggie living. I always say the same thing: DON’T STRESS! Just enjoy yourself! And when in doubt, bring a dish or two that you love and be sure to share with others!

With so many mouthwatering recipes, I am planning on doing a series of recipe roundups. Hopefully it will inspire you to cook, create and share!

 

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Sourdough stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples and Sage by Two Peas and Their Pod

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Roasted Maple Cinnamon Chickpeas And Squash by The Wannabe Chef

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Quinoa with Leeks and Herbs by A Couple Cooks

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Avocado and Cilantro Vinaigrette by Food Fitness Fresh Air

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Tart Cranberry Sauce by The Food Lovers

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Holiday Soup by Oh She Glows

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Raw Pie by Nature Insider

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie by Healthy. Happy. Life.

 

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dessert, recipe, vegan

Vegan Berry Cobbler

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Ingredients:

For crust

  • 1/2 cup vegan, non dairy butter
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 3/4 cup unbleached white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk of your choice

For berries

  • 1 1/2 cup frozen or fresh berries, I used a mixture of raspberries-blueberries-blackberries
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray an 8 X 8 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Cream together butter and 1/2 cup of sugar. Add vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Then add half of the flour, half of the milk, rest of the flour and then the rest of the milk. Beat until smooth.
Add batter to the dish. Then scoop berries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar on top of the berries. Slowly pour 1/2 cup milk over the berries. 
Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, or until crust is a medium dark golden brown.

Serve with your favorite non-dairy vanilla ice cream and a hot cup of coffee. Perfection.

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