Chocolate Mint Banana Shake

I feel like whenever I post a new smoothie recipe I always say it is my new favorite.  Well, once again this has been a smoothie I have been drinking a lot of lately!  It has 2 of my favorite ingredients in a smoothie, bananas and dates, but this smoothie also includes mint!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 dates
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1/8 tsp peppermint extract (a small handful of fresh mint will be better if available)
  • handful of spinach
  • Optional: 1 serving chocolate protein powder

Directions: Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

I’ve really been enjoying this smoothie in the morning at breakfast with the mint flavor.  Unfortunately, with the green spinach and the brown carob powder, it is not the prettiest so I didn’t take a picture.

Apple Pie Blizzard

No matter what kind of a smoothie I make, I usually add bananas.  So even though this is called Apple Pie Blizzard, it has more bananas than apples, which is fine by me!  This is such a sweet blizzard, naturally sweetened of course, that is perfect post workout or for a filling breakfast.  All the flavors in this blizzard work together so well!

This recipe is adapted from here.  I changed a few things around based on the amount I wanted and the ingredients I had on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 apple
  • 3 dates
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • handful of spinach
  • cinnamon
  • hemp seeds (for topping)

Directions:

  1. Combine all  ingredients except the hemp seeds in a high-speed blender.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with hemp seeds and extra cinnamon.  You can also chop the other half of the apple and add that to the blizzard if desired.

This recipe is pretty much a smoothie only a lot thicker.  In fact, it is kind of like banana ice cream with an apple and a few other flavorings.  If you would prefer to make this a smoothie, you can add more liquid.

I didn’t even think of taking a picture of this but will in the future 🙂

Thanksgiving 2014

This year for Thanksgiving, my family had a fantastic 100% cruelty-free vegan dinner!  Lately my family has been cooking SOS free, which means no added sugar, oil, or salt.  Everything was amazing!

Thanksgiving

I didn’t take any individual pictures of things, but this gives you a main idea.  Our dinner included:

There was also a Field Roast and Bread Stuffing that was not gluten free that my family enjoyed.

For dessert we made two amazingly delicious pies.  Both pie crusts were made using the crust recipe for the Pumpkin Pie.  (Sorry there isn’t a picture 😦 I was too excited to dig in!)

I loved how even the pies were healthier than the traditional kinds, but were still so flavorful!  I feel like with these pies, I get to actually taste the flavors of the pumpkin and the apple and not just sugar.

 

I haven’t been posting a lot lately because I have been mostly making smoothies (which aren’t always the prettiest) and eating raw, but now that it is starting to get colder out, I most likely will be cooking more and will start adding more recipes up here again.  And now that I am eating mainly SOS, expect MANY more of those recipes to come too!