Grapefruit Granola Parfait

This combo is MADNESS! I remember eating grapefruit as a child but I'll admit, it's been a while! But after this parfait recipe... I'm back on the citrus train! This combination of yogurt, granola, and grapefruit is absolutely perfect; flavour, texture, nutrition - all good things! The dairy free yogurt offers necessary bacterium; granola for protein, iron, and fibre; and grapefruit for vitamin C, fibre, and weight loss promotion!  

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Prep Time:   5 min  Cooking Time:  4 min  Total Time:  ~10 min Servings: 2 Parfaits

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 Grapefruit (Peeled and Sliced)
  • 1 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 1 Teaspoon Shredded Coconut 

Directions: 

Step 1:  In a small mason jar or glass, layer granola, yogurt, and grapefruit 3 times.

Step 2. Top parfait with agave nectar and coconut. Enjoy right away or leave in the fridge for 1 hour to soften the granola!

Banana Granola Pops

A part of me wants to promote these bad boys as a kid friendly snack, but hell, I'm 23 and I'm in love! Banana granola pops are like the superhero of dessert. Super simple, super tasty, and super healthy! These guilt free frozen treats have the power to impress dinner guests, fill an afternoon with fun, and if you're feeling like a night in - they'll keep you company while you binge watch Netflix! Needless to say I'm a fan. 

Prep Time: 10 min  Cooling Time: 30 min  Total Time:  40 min Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bananas 
  • 6 Popsicle Sticks/Fondue Sticks
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Dark Chocolate
  • 1/8 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 1/8 Cup Crushed Pistachios
  • 1/8 Cup Shredded Coconut

Directions: 

Step 1: Peel bananas, and cut into halves. Insert sticks halfway.

Step 2: Melt chocolate (approximately 3 minutes in a pot over medium heat). Dip bananas in chocolate, and set on a tray lined with parchment/wax paper. 

Step 3: Drizzle peanut butter over chocolate on as many pops as desired. Top with granola, pistachios, and coconut - in whichever combinations you prefer! 

Step 4: Place pops in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

On the Go Energy Bites

On the go energy bites are one of my favourite snacks! They're a perfect alternative to store bought energy bars that are at often times, a little overpriced. Recreating your own version of those energy bars is extremely simple so don't be intimidated! Plus, they can last a long time in your fridge or freezer! Try keeping for them snacks, for entertaining guests, or decorating smoothie bowls in the AM!

               Prep Time: ~ 25-30 min      Cook Time: 2 min      Total Time: ~30 min

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 Cups Pitted Dates
  • 1 Cup Peanuts
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/3 Cup Hemp Hearts
  • 1/4 Cup Agave Nectar 
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Matcha Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate 

Directions:

Step 1: Blend dates in food processor for ~3 minutes until you reach the consistency of a single ball of dough. Remove blended dates and place in your mixing bowl.

Step 2: Blend peanuts for ~2 minutes or until you reach a grainy consistency. If you blend for too long, your peanuts will start to reach a peanut butter consistency, and become too oily to form energy bites. Empty peanut grains into your mixing bowl.

Step 3: Pour chia seeds and hemp hearts into your mixing bowl, and with your hands, mix ingredients together evenly. Now pour in your agave nectar, again mixing evenly.

Step 4: Lay your parchment/wax paper down over your baking sheet. Roll your energy bites into balls, ~ 1 inch in diameter. Your mixture should create ~38 bite size balls. Because we are working with agave and dates, you may need to wash your hands halfway through your mixture, as it can get fairly sticky!

Step 5: Fill each of your 4 small bowls with coconut, cocoa, matcha, and chocolate. Start by coating your coconut, cocoa, and matcha energy bites, and set on your baking sheet. In order to heat your chocolate, you can either microwave for 30 second increments for ~1.5 minutes, or you can melt in a small pot on your stove top on low for ~ 3 minutes. Coat your remaining energy bites, and place on your sheet.

Step 6: Place your energy bites in the fridge for ~30 minutes to allow the balls to harden slightly, and for the chocolate to settle. Energy bites can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for a few weeks, or in the freezer for long term storage.

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Roasted Garlic & Lemon Hummus

Roasted Garlic & Lemon Hummus

When practicing a vegan diet, it is essential that you find protein sources that work for you. This lemon garlic hummus is a simple and flavourful recipe that I like to incorporate into so many of my meals. In just half a cup of chickpeas, you consume 19.5 grams of protein!

Prep Time: ~ 5 min                  Cook Time: ~ 25 min                    Total Time: ~ 30 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Drained & Rinsed Chickpeas (2 Cups)
  • 1/2 Cup Grape Seed Oil
  • 1  Bulb of Garlic
  • Pinch of Table Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Lemon Squeezed
  • 1 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Drain and rinse chickpeas in a strainer, and empty into food processor. Add oil and blend until contents are somewhat smooth.

Step 2: Slice off the top of your garlic and place on a sheet of tinfoil facing upward. Lightly drizzle grape seed oil on openings, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Wrap garlic in tinfoil, folding sides upwards and pinching at the top to close any openings. Place on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.

Step 4: Squeeze one whole lemon into a separate bowl. I used a fork to insert into each lemon half and twisted until I had gotten a majority of the juice out. Be sure to sift through the juice to remove any seeds. Add juice to the food processor and blend.

Step 5: Once garlic has finished baking, remove from the oven and unwrap the tinfoil. Your garlic bulb should be browned (and smell amazing). Let sit for a minute or so to cool down before handling.

Step 6: Carefully open up the bulb and remove each clove; they should pop out fairly easily without you having to pull off layers of the skin. Just be sure to remove any skins before adding your garlic to the processor.

Step 7: Add Himalayan salt and blend until smooth. Feel free to add more salt or other herbs and spices depending on your personal preference!

Hummus is a great source of vegan protein! I like to add it to wraps, sandwiches, on stir-fries, with crackers or cut up veggies!

Roasted Garlic & Lemon Hummus recipe
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