Vegan Red Velvet Protein Bites

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Red Velvet Protein Bites (Makes 8-10). Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I use sun warrior, warrior blend)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour*
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup beet puree (I used this recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • about 2 tablespoons almond milk (if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia

Directions:

  • Add all dry ingredients into a bowl until mixed together.
  • Combine the beet puree and (melted) coconut butter together and add that mixture into the dry ingredients.
  • If needed, add the necessary almond milk into the bowl until the mixture becomes a thick batter and is easily formed into balls.
  • Form the mixture into balls and store in the fridge or freezer to easily grab for a Snack.
  • * Note: You could probably use all coconut flour if you’d prefer – just don’t add as much almond milk.

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Instead of using the usual red food coloring to make a classic red velvet color, I opted for beet puree as a more natural and healthy alternative. Please don’t think I’m too crazy for doing this, I mean if you can add spinach to brownies…I’m pretty sure beets are a bit more normal compared to that.

So if you’re feeling ballsy, (get it?) try these out for your next Snack. It’s hard to believe these delicious bites are healthy, vegan, and gluten free, but I swear they also taste amazing too.

What are your favorite no bake recipes?

Strawberry Muffin Smoothie

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Strawberry Muffin Smoothie In A Bowl

  • 1/3 cup oats (I use gluten-free)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 a cucumber**
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I use sun warrior – warrior blend)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour (optional, for added thickness and a cake-like texture)
  • a few drops liquid stevia

**(Sounds odd, but it compliments the strawberry so well and you get a little veggie kick in there-you could use spinach, but if you eat green smoothies daily, remember it’s important to rotate your greens!)

Mix everything in a blender for a few minutes, until thick and creamy.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Do you like adding veggies to your smoothies?

Vegan Banana Bread

For the recipe, I wanted to get the most bang for my buck and combine 3 flours. This way there are more nutrients added between the different flours, and I love creating unique textures, tastes, and nutrition profiles that each flour contains.

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Banana Pumpkin Bread (gluten-free, vegan)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour* (I used gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I used sun warrior, I recommend a vegan protein powder – it does best in baked recipes)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (this may sound like a lot, but it’s a must for vegan and gluten-free baking)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed (grind the chia seed into chia seed powder, using a coffee grinder or replace with flax seed)
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (this helps the bread rise, so it won’t come out flat)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 full dropper of vanilla stevia + 1 teaspoon stevia

* alternatively, you could use a mix of flour that equals 1 1/2 cups.

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix your ground chia seeds with the 3 tablespoons of warm water and set aside for ~5 mintes until it thickens up into an “egg like” texture.

3. Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.

3. Mash banana, melt the coconut oil (separately), and add the rest of the wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

5. Once the batter is all combined and smooth, place the mixture into a lightly greased or tinfoil covered loaf pan.

6. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

7. When fully cooked, allow bread to sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

What’s your favorite type of quick bread?

What’s a meal or food that reminds you of your childhood?

Random Acts of Kindness

Performing random acts of kindness is a great way to show the world that we have the power to bring kindness to other people, and have the opportunity to make someones day a little bit brighter.

This isn’t a new concept, it’s been around for a while. It feels better when I put my intentions out there, this way maybe more people would like to get involved as well. It couldn’t come at a better time. Next week, starting on February 11th is the kick off to National Random Acts of Kindness week.

Sometimes, it’s nice to do things for other people, even if they have no knowledge of who performed this kind act. I think this kind of activity can help bring awareness to how our behaviours effect other people. Are you doing things with a kind and open heart? Or a negative one?

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Often, we get caught up in the mindset that things “never go our way” or we “don’t have enough”, I’m always a firm believer in gratitude and being grateful for the blessings I have in my life.

What better way to take that focus off “me, me, me” and start thinking about others. I want to use this week to bring more gratitude in my heart and be able to make other people smile.

It feels great to contribute more to society, be a compassionate and loving person, and show my appreciation for simply being blessed in life. I believe random acts of kindness are a great way to show this.

Random Acts of Kindness

These things don’t have to be difficult, just little acts that can truly change how someones day is going. We may have experienced these random acts before.

There are many things we can do:

  • Buy coffee for the person in line behind you
  • Donate old clothing or canned food items
  • Bring blankets to a homeless shelter
  • Bring in treats to work
  • Fill someone’s parking meter, volunteer,
  • Give someone a compliment
  • Be more thankful to those around you.

These are just a few ideas, but there are way more out there. A simple thank you and a kind smile can do wonders. Whatever you do, it doesn’t have to cost money. Just know it will benefit someone, even in a small way.

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Remember it’s not all about you. If your in a bad mood, it doesn’t mean you have to drag others into your bad state. Try putting on a smile and give someone a compliment, or buy a persons meal. I guarantee this will make your day at least a bit better. You have the power to change your attitude and show others kindness.

I want to end that post with my appreciation. I appreciate you all for reading, even if you don’t comment. Thank you for just showing up to my blog, blogging truly boosts my happiness each day.

Would you think about participating in Random Acts of Kindness week?

Have you ever experienced Random Acts of Kindness yourself?

How do you spread kindness in your life?

Feel free to share your stories!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!