Edible (Vegan) Cookie Dough

Raise your hand if you would rather eat the cookie dough instead of the actual cookie! *RAISES HAND* I recipe tested this several times to get as close to real raw dough as possible. This time around I added ground flax seed & it ended up being a game changer! My recipe is vegan, but…

Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Granola

    Ingredients: 1 c. rolled oats 1/4 c. ground flax seed 1 T. chia seeds 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/2 c. almond butter 1/3 c. pure maple syrup 1/4 c. raisins Instructions: Preheat oven to 325º & line a baking sheet w. parchment or a silicone mat. In a mixer*…

Apple Nachos

  an easy, delicious, healthy snack    Ingredients: 4 small apples of your choice, sliced into “grabbable” pieces 2 Tbsp. Nut Butter, slightly softened (I used Justin’s Maple Almond Butter)  Toppings of choice: I sprinkled my homemade granola & chopped dark chocolate on top!   Assemble all ingredients as you would regular nachos & Enjoy!  …

Guilt-Free Apple Hand Pies

    Makes approximately 8 pies : Ingredients : 2 sweet apples (I used 1 granny smith & 1 honeycrisp), peeled, cored, & diced 1/2 c. coconut sugar + plus more for sprinkling 1 T fresh lemon juice 2 T vegan butter + more for brushing (I used Earth Balance Soy Free) 3/4 tsp. pure…

Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

a vegan pizza w. homemade dough & topped w. vegan Ranch Dressing Ingredients: a head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces 4 tsp. avocado oil 1 tsp. garlic clove, minced & sautéed 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. black pepper 3/4 c. buffalo sauce (separated), heat of your choice (I use mild!) 1 medium white onion,…

Vegan Breakfast Scones

Ready in 20 minutes Makes 9-12 scones Ingredients 3 ½  c. flour (I use 1 ¾  all-purpose & 1 ¾ whole wheat) 6 tbsp. coconut sugar 2 tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. sea salt 6 tbsp. cold-cubed vegan butter (I use Earth Balance) 2 flax eggs* 1 ¼  c. Silk Protein Nutmilk 1 ¼  tsp. pure…

Homemade Lemon & Garlic Hummus

    Hummus is a family favorite in our house! My picky eater, anti-vegetable son will even dip veggies into this homemade hummus & gobble it up! A lot of store-bought hummus ingredients include additives & oils that are inflammatory fats, so I hope you’ll try this healthy, simple, & delicious hummus! Ingredients 1/4 c….

Enjoy Life© Snack Review

  First, a few facts about Enjoy Life© and these snacks: ALL Enjoy Life© products are certified gluten-free and are free from the top 8 most common allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish). All Enjoy Life© products are verified Non-GMO, certified Kosher and made with no artificial ingredients. These three…

Homemade Granola

a dairy & refined sugar free, delicious granola   Raise your hand if you love Granola! I’m always on the hunt for Granola that isn’t packed with sugars & other unhealthy ingredients. I decided to make it homemade & it came out great! My kids loved it on top of their yogurt & I enjoy…

Summer Sips | Tazo Passion Tea

a refreshing, caffeine-free summer beverage to enjoy in the sunshine!   Tazo Teas are my favorite! They are naturally sourced & caffeine-free which is helping my goal of quitting coffee (sigh!). They also partner with Mercy Corps to improve community wellness through education initiatives and increased access to clean water and health services! There are…

Vegan Banana Bread

a fluffy, delicious breakfast the whole family will love! Ingredients -3 ripe bananas, mashed -3 tbsp. pure organic coconut oil, melted -1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce -a dash of vanilla extract -1 1/2 tsp. baking powder -1/2 tsp. baking soda -pinch of sea salt -pinch of nutmeg -1 tsp. cinnamon -1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour…

Rainy Day Crafts!

  It’s been a gloomy few days here, so I decided some craft time was needed! I found all the supplies around the house & my kids spent hours creating & using their imaginations!       Craft #1: Textured Paint Brushes I found some random objects/materials around the house & attached them to clothespins….

PB & Chocolate Banana Sushi

a fun lunch kids will ask you to make again & again!   I’m back with a healthy, creative lunch for kids! In the words of my son, these are “SO NUMMY!”   You Will Need: -1 medium-sized banana (not too ripe) -Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter (or a nut butter of your choice) -a small…

Strawberry Sorbet

a dairy-free, clean eating, & refreshing sorbet perfect for summer!   Happy First Day of Summer! I wanted to surprise my kids with a healthy, yummy after-school treat to celebrate Summer! This sorbet is delicious, stores well in the freezer, & you can switch it up & make the sorbet in any fruit flavor! Ingredients…

Non-Perishable “Brown Bag” Lunch Ideas

ideas for fun Field Trip or Summer Camp bagged lunches!  My daughter has a few School Field Trips coming up as she nears her last weeks as 1st Grader (pause for a quick Mama Bear sob!). The students are required to bring a disposable, non-perishable lunch. Since this particular Field Trip is hands-on, active, &…

Homemade “Cheez-It” Star Crackers

a healthier twist on a classic snack cracker I’m back with another homemade kids snack! This recipe includes very few ingredients & is simple to make! You can get creative with the shapes….my kids chose a star this time! I made these vegan, but even if you substitute for regular cheese & butter, they would…

Almond Raisin Power Muffins

muffins packed with fiber & protein to get your “go” going in the morning!   Ingredients: 2 c. Kodiak Cake Mix 1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed 1/4 c. coconut oil, softened (NOT MELTED) 2 ripe bananas, mashed 1 large egg (For an egg substitute you can combine 1 Tbsp of ground flax to 3 Tbsp….

Freezer Meals!

time-saving, budget friendly meals you can make in just hours!  Freezer Meals will save you time, money & make your dinnertime prep simple & stress free! In this post, I will be sharing my Freezer Meals Pinterest Board with you & giving you helpful tips that have made the prep-process easier! Here is the link…

Protein Waffles 

the perfect breakfast packed with protein to jump-start your morning! We love homemade waffles in our house! Too add protein & fiber into my kids diet, I have been using Kodiak Cakes mixes! You can’t go wrong with 14g of Protein & 5g of Fiber! For my children’s age range, they should be getting 25g…

Homemade Cinnamon Teddy Grahams 

 a childhood favorite snack without the added “junk” I started recipe testing homemade versions of my kids’ favorite snacks in the attempt to limit as much processed food in their diets as possible. Some of the information I found on children’s snacks was disturbing…it’s crazy to me that cancer-causing ingredients are so commonly used in…

Lunch Box Favorites & Tips

  I personally love making school lunches for my kids so I know exactly what they are eating & that what they are eating is nutritious. To ensure she’s finishing her whole lunch, I allow my daughter to pick what fruits & veggies she wants me to pack! On special days or school holiday celebrations…

Peanut Butter & Jelly “Sushi”

If I present my kids with “creative plates”, they 99.9% of the time finish what is on them! These PB&J Sushi Rolls are simple & nutritious!  Ingredients Whole Grain Bread Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter Welch’s Natural Strawberry Spread (I love this spread because there is NO HIGH FRUCTOSE SYRUP! I have also used the yummy…

No-Bake Energy Bites

A quick, healthy snack your kids (and you) will love! Ingredients 1 c. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats 1/2 c. Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter 1/3 c. Pure Raw Honey 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract 1/2 c. Ground Flax Seed 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds 1/2 c. Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips…

Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Shake

A quick, simple, healthy on-the-go breakfast  Ingredients: -1 medium-sized frozen banana (If not using a frozen banana, add 4-5 ice cubes) -1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use the Silk brand) -1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use VEGA Vanilla Protein & Greens) -2 Tbsp. Organic PBfit Powder To make: Combine all ingredients in…

Sun-dried Tomato & Mozzarella Pressed Sandwiches

This is one of my go-to quick & delicious Summertime recipes  For this recipe, you will need: fresh Garlic Ciabatta Bread, sliced into 1″ pieces 8.5 oz jar of Julienne Cut Sun-Dried Tomatoes w. Herbs, drained Oil from drained jar of Sun-Dried Tomatoes 8 oz. fresh mozzarella ball 1 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard   Instructions:…

Berry-Topped Chia Seed Pudding

This is a quick, simple, delicious, clean-eating recipe that requires just a few ingredients! You will need: 1/2 c. chia seeds (I use Bob’s Red Mill Whole Seed Chia Seeds) 1 c. coconut milk (I use So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla CoconutMilk) Toppings of your choice! (I personally love how the raspberries & blackberries add a…