Banana Oat Bites – Sugar, Dairy & Gluten Free!

Banana Oat Cookies

I first made these cookies over a month ago and have made them 3 times since in order to try out different things to perfect the recipe. These are not really cookies at all, more like oatmeal in a cookie form. Feel free to eat them for breakfast, as a snack or as a dessert. Now, I know these would be good with some chocolate chips but I was trying to give people a no added sugar option :). However, I would love to hear your modifications so please comment below with additions you tried. Happy healthy baking!… 

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Crazy Sexy Kale Salad + a little extra!

Kale and Sprout Salad

For those of you who are not familiar with Kris Carr, you should become familiar…quickly. Her story is incredible! She was diagnosed with a very rare and incurable form of stage 4 cancer which encouraged her to make a total lifestyle upgrade inside and out. She focuses on a nutrient dense, plant-based diet and her books (and now her recipes) are so much fun. Her cookbook came out not too long ago so it’s no surprise that my girlfriends thought it would be the perfect hostess gift for me – thanks ladies of WC! The reason I like this kale salad so much (other than the fact that I am obsessed with kale) is that it uses avocado to give it such a great texture. It a modified version of her salad in the book and is oh so yummy (and super easy to modify to make your own)!

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Crazy Sexy Kale Salad + a little extra!
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of kale, shredded by hand (I prefer dino)
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1½ avocados, pit removed and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp flax oil
  • 1½ Tbsp lemon juice (fresh is best!)
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (I prefer orange, yellow or red over green)
  • 1 cup pea shoots, chopped in half
  • 2 cups of sunflower sprouts, chopped in half
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Cucumber, sliced (for serving, see picture)
  • 2 Tbsp pepitas
Instructions
  1. Combine kale, parsley, avocados, flax oil and lemon juice in a bowl. Massage and mix with hands to wilt the kale and cream the avocado.
  2. Add the bell pepper, pea shoots, sunflower sprouts and salt and mix to combine.
  3. Serve on a plate and wrap with cucumber slice.
  4. Top with pepitas.

Your Guide to Any Vinaigrette

VinaigretteI always make my own salad dressings and the reason for that is that it is super easy and it allows you to avoid any hidden ingredients. I’d say my most common is a flax oil apple cider vinaigrette.  I prefer flax oil for mixing dressings because it has 50 to 60 percent omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and are helpful in preventing chronic diseases like arthritis and heart disease. Whereas olive oil contains mostly omega-6 fatty acids, which are important, but can actually promote inflammation. I prefer apple cider vinegar over other types because it does have alkalizing properties whereas most vinegars are acidic. But that being said, below is your guide to making any vinaigrette.

Your Guide to Any Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 1.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (or ½ cup olive oil and ½ cup flax oil)
  • ½ cup vinegar of choice (apple cider, balsamic, red wine, etc.) or lemon, lime, orange juice , etc.
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper (and/or other herbs: basil, cumin, rosemary, ginger, paprika, etc.) to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Whisk until thickened or place in food processor and mixed until smooth.

Serving Suggestion: Add a Tbsp of tahini for a creamy texture, or honey for sweetness

Harvest Bread

Harvest BreadA big congrats to my friend Stephanie for starting a blog! Check it out here. And a big thanks to her for sharing this yummy fall recipe! It is loaded with extra goodness like chia and flax seeds. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Harvest Bread
 
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Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or vegan substitute, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs or egg substitute
  • 1½ cup flour (I used ¾ Pamela’s multi-purpose gluten-free flour and ¾ buckwheat)
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In one bowl cream together butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time and beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together all dry ingredients well. Add pumpkin and flour mixture alternatively to creamed butter mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a greased 9 by 5 inch pan. Bake for 55-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.