BLUEBERRY HILLS SMOOTHIE- Vegan & Gluten-Free

I don’t think that I’ve posted a recipe for a good two years now…and then I made THE BEST smoothie I have literally ever had and I just had to share it! I know, I know “THE BEST” is quite the statement, but honestly I took a sip of this smoothie and gasped in shock over its deliciousness. I haven’t fed it to the hubby yet, but not because he won’t like it…because I love it too much to share and I only have 1/2 a banana left (aka. only 1 smoothies worth). The picture doesn’t do it justice, obviously. But what’s a girl to do when you discover absolute deliciousness 5 minutes before you’ve got to run off to work?

blueberry hill smoothie; siftstirandsavour.com

Blueberry Hills Smoothie

Sweet blueberries mixed with fragrant cinnamon, creamy almond butter and hormone helping maca root powder. This smoothie will keep you smiling for hours!

Adapted from this recipe.

Ingredients

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 banana

2 tbsp rolled oats (GF as needed)

1 tbsp smooth almond butter

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp maca root powder

1 tbsp vegan vanilla protein powder*

1 cup of unsweetened cashew milk (of less, if you like a thicker smoothie)

*if you don’t have, or don’t want to use, protein powder- feel free to substitute with 1 tbsp of hemp seeds and a splash of vanilla extract

Instructions

1.) Throw it all in the blender

2.) Blend away and be happy

 

xoxo Erin

 

Crazy for Carrots…in Cake!

One thing that I enjoy about this time of year is all of the carrot cake. It’s one of my favourites and I think that it is completely appropriate to eat for breakfast….lunch….or dinner. I mean come on, it’s a cake based on a veggie 🙂 Anyway, I’ve spent far too much time drooling over carrot cake treats on Pinterest tonight so I thought that I would share all of the deliciousness that I have stumbled across:

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot cake smoothiephoto credit: Vega

Carrot Cake Raw Buckwheat Porridge

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Quinoa

carrot cake quinoa

photo credit: Kiss My Broccoli

Carrot Cake Muffins– shameless plug alert 🙂

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies (use egg replacer to make vegan)

carrot cake oatmeal cookie

photo credit: Amy’s Healthy Baking

Carrot Cake Bars

carrot cake bars

photo credit: Our Four Forks

Vegan Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Popsicles

Dairy-Free Carrot Cake Ice Cream

dairy free carrot cake ice cream

And of course, since it is Easter weekend…

Easter Pups-label

xoxo Erin

 

Hey Gluten-Free: WIN a LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION

I have emerged from my winter hibernation to share something with you that is coming this spring and that I’m super excited about! Hey Gluten-Free is a brand new subscription that will deliver a box of delicious and healthy gluten-free treats right to your door each month! What I love most about this new service is that Hey Gluten-Free promotes small businesses by advertising their products in their boxes. I cannot wait to receive a box of surprise goodies that are completely gluten-free certified, non-GMO, low/no sugar and low in sodium. Being able to sample a whole bunch of gf products so you’ll know which ones you actually want to buy a larger quantity of is AMAZING and oh so friendly to your wallet. How disappointing is it to find a new product, buy a big ole bag of it, and then realize that it’s only “meh”? Stop that cycle and sign-up for Hey Gluten-Free!!!
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I don’t know when the official launch date is but you can sign up HERE to be notified of the launch date and also for a chance to WIN a free lifetime subscription! How crazy amazing is that? Clearly I’ve already signed up…a lifetime of free goodies delivered right to my door? YES PLEASE!!! So like I said, SIGN UP HERE!!!
In other news…look how cute my pup is! I’ll post again soon with pictures of our newest family addition. Have I mentioned that we got another pup? I can’t remember…but we did!!! Pictures soon 🙂
Wayne
xoxo Erin

SPICED PECAN COOKIES- (Gluten-Free, Vegan & Refined Sugar-Free)

I don’t think that there’s a better treat on a warm winters night than freshly baked cookies.

Spiced Pecan Cookies

Especially when they’re as delicious as these cookies are!

Gluten-Free & Vegan Spiced Pecan Cookies

Soft and fragrant cookies filled with crunchy pecans and pumpkin pie spices. No butter, no eggs, no gluten and no dairy make these cookies a treat for almost everyone!

Adapted from this recipe.

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar should work)
  • 1 1/2 tsp egg replacer mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract (it’s vegan- go figure!)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour mix (I used Bob Red Mill)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the coconut oil until it softens. Add the coconut sugar and continue to beat until the sugar crystals dissolve into the oil.
  3. Mix the egg replacer powder with the 2 tbsp of water and add to the oil/sugar mixer. Beat until combined.
  4. Add the extracts and non-dairy milk and beat until combined.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the pecans, and beat until a dough is formed.
  6. Fold in the pecans.
  7. Drop cookies onto lined baking sheet. Flatten cookies to desired thickness.
  8. Chill cookies on baking sheet for 20 minutes.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for another 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

xoxo Erin

BANANA PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP OATIES- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

I cannot believe how long it has been since I’ve posted a recipe here. I wish I could say that I will start posting recipes frequently again, but my recipe notebook is packed in a box somewhere and I don’t know when I’ll be unpacking. My fiance and I are currently staying at his parents house while we finish up renovations in our new house. So not only do I not have my recipe notebook, I also don’t have my own kitchen to experiment and make a mess in. One day in the near future I will though and it will be glorious!

In the meantime, I’m sharing a recipe today that I have memorized because I’ve made it THAT many times. And yes, it is a cookie recipe. What other recipe would I make that often?

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oaties

I love these cookies because they’re naturally sweetened with banana and they’re packed with protein thanks to our friend Mr. Peanut Butter. These cookies are healthy enough to enjoy frequently but they don’t taste like it. The richness of the peanut butter mixed with the decadent chocolate makes these beauties a real treat!

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oaties

Decadent cookies that are naturally sweetened and healthy enough to enjoy everyday!

Serves 12-15

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • arrowroot starch for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl mix together rolled oats and ground flax seeds and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl cream together the mashed banana, non-dairy milk and peanut butter.
  4. Add the oat mixture to the medium bowl and mix until combined.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and then portion the dough onto the lined baking sheet.
  6. Use a fork dipped in arrowroot starch (to prevent sticking) to flatten the cookies to your desired thickness, remembering that they will NOT spread while they bake.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool on baking sheet for another 5 minutes before enjoying!

xoxo Erin

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BLUSHBABY SMOOTHIE- Vegan, Grain-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

Ever wanted something that tasted like a dessert but was filled with veggies?

Blushbaby SmoothieWell you’re in luck because Leanne Vogel’s newest cookbook Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook (that I introduced the other day) is filled with juice and smoothie recipes that are absolutely delicious. There’s even an entire chapter in the book dedicated to dessert smoothies. Now that’s my kind of chapter! I’m honestly drooling just thinking about all the recipes I cannot wait to try!

Leanne was kind enough to let me share a recipe with you. This recipe is fantastic because it’s a smoothie made with fresh juice. A bit more labour intensive than just a smoothie or just a juice, but the flavour is unbelievable. It’s definitely worth the extra effort. I would suggest making a double serving when you make this. Believe me, you won’t regret it.

Blushbaby Smoothie

Shared with permission of Leanne Vogel. 

Serves 1 (Makes 500ml)

Ingredients:

1 orange, juiced

4 carrots, juiced

1 golden beet, juiced

8 frozen mango chunks

6 strawberries

3 ice cubes

Directions:

Juice the orange, carrots and golden beet.

Pour the juice into the jug of your high-powered blender, followed by remaining ingredients in the order they are listed.

Blend on high for 1 minute, or until smooth.

Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.

To store: pour into a glass container and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. Alternatively, pour into a plastic container and freeze for up to 1 month.

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Grab your copy of the cookbook here and after you do, immediately flip to the dessert smoothie chapter!!! Just do it.

xoxo Erin

Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook!!!

Feeling sluggish? Lost your mojo?

Before you officially cancel today and crawl back into bed, I have just the thing: My pal, Leanne just launched her new book, Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook.

Cover

I’ve posted about Leanne’s magnificent work before and you can check out my posts about her other two cookbooks here and here. Leanne is not just a cookbook author, she is also a holistic nutritionist and the mastermind behind Healthful Pursuit. She has dedicated her career to creating delicious recipes that are healthy, nourishing and allergy friendly . That’s right, all of her recipes are gluten and dairy-free. She’s also got a tone of recipes that are vegan and a tone that are grain-free.

But this cookbook is different. And special. This cookbook is focused on juices, smoothies and cleansing. I rarely follow cleansing programs when I come across them because I find that they are usually too strict for my liking. I like choice. I don’t like being told what I can or cannot have. Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook is different though. This book has over 55 juice and smoothie recipes that are all vegan and gluten-free and it has cleanse programs that let you decide what smoothie or juice you’re going to enjoy. That’s right, Leanne has organized her smoothies and juices into categories and the cleanse programs are based off of the categories, not specific recipes. But not to worry, if you are someone who prefers cleanses to be created fool-proof with grocery lists and all, her cookbook also has some of those too!

Sample Cleanse

Like all of Leanne’s cookbooks, Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook is filled with beautiful, mouthwatering photographs. I honestly did not know it was possible to make smoothies and juices look like Leanne does. Healthy food porn at it’s finest, no joke.

Inside-The-Book

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy HERE! And stay tuned because later this week I’ll be sharing a smoothie and a juice recipe from the book 🙂

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xoxo Erin

Note: I am an affiliate of Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook and receive a percentage of the sales that are generated from this blog. I would NOT have agreed to be an affiliate though if I did not 100% believe that this cookbook is high quality and worth every penny 🙂

Minimal Ingredient Mondays: Beet & Gogi Berry Smoothie and Seeded Maca Milk

Minimal Ingredient Mondays is here again! And here for the last time. I’ve decided that this will be the last time I host this weekly link-up party. I don’t really have a specific reason other than life is getting busy and it’s only going to get busier. My fiance and I bought a house at the end of January and we’ll be moving in and renovating at the beginning of April. I was hoping to continue running Minimal Ingredient Mondays until we moved but I’ve been feeling very tired lately. I’ve decided that I need to take time everyday to relax and that means doing whatever it is that I need on any given day. Feeling obligated to write a blog post every Sunday doesn’t seem to fit with this new way of caring for myself. I still plan on posting but I will post when I feel like writing a post, not because I feel that I need to.

If you are a blogger and are interested in talking over Minimal Ingredient Mondays, please email me (siftstirandsavour@gmail.com) and let me know! It would be great if this weekly link-up could continue 🙂

Now that that’s taken care of, let’s talk food. Last week we had some lovely submissions. You can check them all out here. My favourite submissions from last week were beverages. I love a good, satisfying drink and these look exactly like that!

Can’t Beet Love Gogi Berry Smoothie from Gluten-Free Cat:

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Seed/Coconut and Maca Milk from Apples and Ginger:

maca milk

This week I’m submitting my Almond Orange Broccoli:

Almond Orange Broccoli

There’s my submission to Minimal Ingredient Mondays, what will yours be this week?

Please review the following guidelines before linking up:

  1. Recipes should contain a minimal amount of ingredients. Remember, minimal is however you define it. Your recipe may have few ingredients or it may have less ingredients than it’s more traditional counterpart. Your recipe may even have a decent size list of ingredients but most of them are kitchen staples. All of the above are welcome!
  2. Recipe must be gluten and dairy-free. Bonus for recipes that are also plant-based.
  3. Lastly, please leave a link to your own recipe that goes to that week’s Minimal Ingredient Monday post, not on this static page.

Your recipes don’t need to be from this week, but it does need to be your own recipe. I will sometimes share photos of the recipes with links back to your blog, so by sharing your recipe, you are giving me permission to use your photo and link back to your recipe. 

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xoxo Erin

ALMOND ORANGE BROCCOLI- Vegan, Gluten-Free & Oil-Free

I sat down with the intention to write my next review of Happy Herbivore Light & Lean. But as soon as I looked at my computer screen I felt exhausted. I spend about six of my eight hour work day sitting at a desk writing an assessment. Turns out that’s enough to make me not want to write anything else today!

Almond Orange Broccoli

Almond Orange Broccoli

Crisp broccoli smothered in a sweet and salty sauce. 

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 tbsp sliced almonds

Instructions:

  1. Heat frying pan over medium-low heat and add broccoli florets.
  2. While the broccoli cooks, add orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar and almond butter to a blender (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend until combined.
  3. Once the broccoli is cooked to your liking (I cook mine just until it starts to turn a brighter green), pour the sauce over the broccoli and sprinkle with the sliced almonds.

Almond Orange Broccoli

xoxo Erin

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DONUTS- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free & Oil-Free

I’ve seen lots of red desserts floating around the internet lately. Some coloured with food colouring, some with raspberries or cherries and some with beet juice. Even though all of these valentines treats look amazing, I’ve had an aversion to foods that are unnaturally red for a long time. When I was younger I would break out in hives whenever I’d eat a little too much of something with red food colouring. I expect that I would still break out in hives but I’ve been avoiding red food colouring since I realized what was causing the hives.

Donuts

But this valentines treat won’t be causing any hives. These peanut butter and chocolate goodies are decadent enough to make for your sweetheart on valentines day and healthy enough to make again and again for no reason other than they taste like a little piece of heaven. Sweet peanut butter and chocolate heaven, mmmm! Oh, and if you’re looking for more delicious non-traditional valentines recipes, check out The Healthy Maven. Davida has been baking up some ridiculously amazing treats…lemon swiss roll with coconut cream frosting, banana fosters cinnamon rolls and double chocolate cherry cookies kind of amazing! Excuse me while I drool a little…and by a little I mean a lot 🙂

Donuts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

Soft and decadent chocolate peanut buttery donuts smothered in sweet and creamy peanut butter glaze. 

Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

Donut- 

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar will work)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Glaze-

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar will work)
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and set aside a donut baking pan.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to the non-dairy milk and let stand for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Mix the ground flaxseeds with the water and also let stand for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together brown rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, coconut sugar and baking powder.
  5. Add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, non-dairy milk mixture and flaxseed mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over the dry mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Use an icing piping bag to fill the donut pan with batter.
  7. Cook for 9-11 minutes and let cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing the donuts to a cooling rack.
  8. While the donuts are baking and cooling, add the coconut sugar and tapioca starch to a blender and blend until the sugar is powdered.
  9. Combine the powdered sugar with the rest of the glaze ingredients and mix until combined. Spread the glaze over the cooled donuts and enjoy!

xoxo Erin

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UPDATE: This recipe has been shared at Vegan Mondays Roundup, Gluten-Free Fridays, Potluck Party and Healthy Vegan Fridays.