Dessert · Snack

Pumpkin Brownies (2 ways)

Don’t forget to follow my Instagram, @thekellydiet, for more recipes not posted on the blog! Like these ‘Soft, Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies!’

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Now for some brownies!

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I made two Pumpkin Brownie versions.

1) One is fluffier, lower in sugar and a good healthy option even for breakfast!

2)The other is fudgier and more dessert like.

Both are:

  • 100% vegan
  • Rich in nutrients from the pumpkin 
  • Filling
  • Protein & fiber packed
  • Delicious!

You can add chocolate chips or nuts to your batter. Top these baked brownies with nut butter or non-dairy whip cream. However you like your brownies, make them your own!

Breakfast Pumpkin Brownies

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Ingredients:
  • 1 c organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 T raw local honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 c garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 c raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • dash himalayan salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray an 8×8 pan with olive oil spray & set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl & whisk
  4. Add your wet ingredients to a medium sized bowl & whisk.
  5. Pour your wet into dry & mix until combined.
  6. Pour batter into tin & bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool before removing from pan. I ate mine drizzled with almond butter for breakfast and as a snack. Enjoy!

The more dessert like brownies I used whole wheat flour. I finally found a whole wheat flour that has just as much protein & fiber as other coconut and garbanzo bean flours! It’s Prairie Gold Whole Wheat Flour. I found it at Sprouts. It can also be bought on Amazon.

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Fudgey Pumpkin Brownies

  • Servings: 18
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Ingredients:
  • 1 15 oz can organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 c pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 c melted coconut oil
  • 1 c + 2 T whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 c raw cacao powder
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice
  • dash himalayan salt
Additional:
  • non-dairy chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray an 9×12 pan with olive oil spray & set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl & whisk
  4. Add your wet ingredients to a medium sized bowl & whisk.
  5. Pour your wet into dry & mix until combined.
  6. Pour batter into tin. Sprinkle the top with a small handful of chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool before removing from pan. I like them best eaten cold after refrigerated. Enjoy!

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Happy Sunday!

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Dessert

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Don’t forget to follow my Instagram, @thekellydiet, for more recipes not posted on the blog! Like this ‘4 ingredient, Spaghetti Squash Bowl!’

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Now for some pie!

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You’re hungry. You don’t want to make something that requires 1,000 ingredients you don’t own. You want something sweet but not loaded with butter & sugar. It’s fall so, pumpkin is a must. Well…. here is the perfect solution!

This Crustless Pumpkin Pie is….

  • 100% vegan
  • Rich in nutrients from the pumpkin 
  • Lower in sugar than regular pie
  • Sweet
  • Filling
  • Contains flax which is good for your hair & skin
  • Delicious!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

  • Servings: 45
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: thekellydiet.blog @thekellydiet

Ingredients

Ingredients:
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 c organic coconut sugar (I used Now Foods Official)
  • 1/2 c plain, non-dairy greek yogurt (I used Ripple.)
  • 3 T ground flax
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Toppings:
  • Dairy- free whipped cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a pie tin or 3 small tart tins (bottom & sides) with olive oil spray & set aside.
  3. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl & whisk until combined.
  4. Pour into tin & bake for 35-40 minutes.
  5. When done baking, place pie in freezer for 20 minutes before removing from tin.
  6. Top with non-dairy whip cream. I suggest keeping any leftovers covered & refrigerated. Enjoy!

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Happy Baking 🙂

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Breakfast · Lunch / Dinner

Chia Socca

 

Before we get to the socca,  here is a recipe for “No Bake PB 🍌 Bites” that I posted on my Instagram this past weekend: @thekellydiet.

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1️⃣In a large bowl mix with a fork

🔹2 c rolled oats

🔹1 tsp cinnamon

🔹 1 tsp vanilla

🔹splash of almond milk

🔹1/4 c raw 🍯  or pure maple syrup

🔹1 large ripe mashed 🍌

🔹1/2 c natural peanut butter or almond or 🌻 butter 🔹1/4 c mini morsels or cacao nibs

2️⃣Use an 🍦 scoop to spoon batter 2️⃣roll into balls & 3️⃣refrigerate. Enjoy!

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K now to socca!

This was my first time trying/making Socca & it turned out great!

So what is Socca?

  • It is a type of thin, unleavened pancake or crêpe made from chickpea flour.
  • It is a great source of fiber, protein & has a slew of vitamins & minerals.

I added just a bit of chia seeds to my socca for extra nutrients & to help absorb more of the liquid in the batter.

This recipe is easy to make & lets you be creative by choosing your own toppings.

  • You can top it with nut butter & fruit for a healthy dessert, or
  • with veggies & a homemade sauce for a yummy & nutritious meal.

Chia Socca

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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*This makes one socca so double recipe as need.

Ingredients

Socca:
Toppings I used:
  • Roasted brussles sprouts
  • Baked sweet potato chunks
  • Sauteed peppers
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Tomato
  • Organic white wine vinegar
  • Italian seasoning
Avocado/ yogurt sauce:
  • 1/3 of an avocado
  • 1/4 c cilantro
  • 1/4 c plain greek or non-dairy yogurt
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Directions

Socca:
  1. Add all the socca ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Whisk & set aside for half an hour to allow seeds to soak & mixture to thicken.
  3. Heat a small sized skillet on medium heat & spray with non stick spray.
  4. Once pan is hot & mixture has set, spoon batter into the pan & make sure it is evenly distributed (the benefit of using a small pan is that you can smooth the batter among the whole pan for an even distribution & perfect circle).
  5. Let batter cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Use a spatula to carefully lift sides, then flip.
  7. Allow to cook on the other side an additional 3 minutes.
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Toppings:
  1. I first roasted my brussels sprouts & sweet potato, without any oil, & sprinkled with Flavor God’s Italian Seasoning.
  2. I sauteed the mushrooms & peppers in organic white wine vinegar.
Avocado/yogurt Sauce:
  1. Add all avocado/yogurt sauce ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. I added the sauce to a clear squirt bottle to distribute evenly on top.

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What will you top your socca with?!

 

 

 

Breakfast · Dessert · Snack

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

It is Monday… but I hope everyone had a fun weekend & are ready to take on the week. The featured image above are all the recipes that I will be posting this week!

img_2168Did anyone do any food prep yesterday? I made a big batch of these Brownie Batter Overnight Oats for snacks & a big pot of Peach Cauliflower Oatmeal for breakfast this week. I also re-stocked my fridge with veggies to cook up for dinners.

I think you will enjoy these overnight oats as they are easy to make, chocolaty, creamy & protein & fiber filled.

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I’ve eaten these for breakfast, a snack, dessert & even a big portion for dinner alongside some steamed veggies. So there really is no bad time to eat them 🙂

I’m excited to share this recipe with you!

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 1 c unsweetened plant-based milk of choice
  • 1/2 c plain greek or non-dairy yogurt
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop plant-based chocolate protein powder (I like Orgain)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 ripe banana*, mashed
  • Cacao nibs (optional)

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*The banana adds not only taste, nutrients & creaminess but provides a natural sweetness instead of using other sugars or unnatural sweeteners.

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mix together until well combined.
  3. Cover with cling wrap & refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. The time allows for liquid to absorb & flavors to soak in.
  4. In the morning*, unwrap, garnish with desired toppings, serve chilled & indulge! – I like these chocolaty oats sprinkled with cacao nibs.

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*You can also transfer the batter to individual jars, cover & refrigerate for some yummy & healthy food-prep. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

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What recipe do you want to try this week?!

 

Breakfast

Zoatsss 2.0 :)

A few staples I ALWAYS have on hand in my home:

  • All of the veggies (of course), more specifically always carrots, tomato, peppers, kale & snap peas.
  • Unsweetened plant based milk, either cashew or almond (My go to brand is Silk)
  • Organic plain greek yogurt
  • Halo Top- b/c we all have our problems
  • Coconut, almond, & chickpea flour
  • Fruit
  • Black beans, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, couscous
  • Frozen veggie patties
  • Either tempeh, tofu or seitan, anddd
  • Old-fashioned or rolled OATSSSS

And I am talking the big boy oats. The biggest box or bag of organic oats you can get, I buy. My local, natural grocery store, Fresh Thyme has a machine in store that mills their own oats that I am obsessed with. I have also gotten great oats at Farmer’s Markets.

Why do I buy in such bulk? Because of their versatility. I use oats for so many recipes in all meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinners & desserts).

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For breakfast, people usually think to add fruit to their oatmeal. Make it even healthier by adding shredded zucchini, shredded carrots, or cauliflower rice instead!

Here is a recipe to add a few more veggies to your morning 🙂

Zoats 2.0

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Zoats:
  • 1 c old-fashioned or quick oats
  • 1 3/4 c unsweetened plant-based milk of choice (can use water if out of milk)
  • Half a zucchini, grated
  • Half a carrot, grated (for this I used a purple rainbow carrot)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp maple or vanilla extract
Bowl Idea #1:
  • Organic plain greek or non-dairy yogurt
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Bee pollen (not vegan)
Bowl Idea #2:
  • Organic plain greek or non-dairy yogurt
  • Homemade Cherry Chia Jam*

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Directions

  1. Add plant-based milk to a small saucepan & bring to a boil
  2. Stir in the oats & reduce heat to a simmer
  3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients
  4. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Make a bowl out of it! Enjoy 🙂

*Easy & healthy, Cherry Chia Jam: 1) In a small sauce pan add 2 c organic frozen cherries. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, mashing the cherries with a wooden spoon. 2) Bring mixture to a low-boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer & let sit for 10 minutes. 3) Turn off heat, stir in 2 T chia seeds4) Allow to cool & keep stored in an air tight container or jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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TB to this homemade Multigrain Struan bread I made. It takes 2 days to make but is totally worth it! I topped it with almond butter & the cherry chia jam… perfection. What fruit would you make your jam with?!

 

 

 

Breakfast

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

This week on the blog I am going to share some of my favorite breakfast bowl recipes. All are simple to make, require only a few ingredients & are easily adjustable to your taste & dietary needs.

Let’s start with the one I most recently ate, the ‘Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl.’ You have warm sweet potato paired next to cold yogurt that truly makes you feel like you are eating a sweet cinnamon dessert.

*NOTE: See Sweet Potato Toast post for nutrition facts & health benefits of sweet potatoes

img_1747It drives me crazy when people eat donuts, bagels loaded with cream cheese, or other unhealthy breakfasts at work. What bothers me almost as much, is when someone doesn’t even breakfast at all! Is this just me?

4 Reasons To Never Skip Breakfast:

  1. It improves your focus & memory
  2. It prevents you from overeating later
  3. It lowers your risk of heart disease & diabetes
  4. It’s yummy!!!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized sweet potato
  • Cinnamon
  • Organic plain greek or plain non-dairy yogurt
  • Blackberries
  • Bee Pollen (not vegan)
  • PB2

Directions

    1. Wash the sweet potato, leaving the skin on*
    2. Cut in half & poke with a fork several times
    3. Bake on a baking sheet for about 50 minutes or until soft**
    4. Cut & mash the sweet potato in a bowl with a generous amount of cinnamon (I use at least half a teaspoon, but adjust to your liking).
    5. Add to a bowl along with yogurt & toppings of choice!

    Other topping ideas: Any nut butter, pomegranate seeds, other fruit on hand, cacao nibs, nuts, seeds, goji berries, coconut flakes

    *Eating the skin adds more nutrition such as fiber & potassium. In addition, baking or toasting a sweet potato preserves more nutrients than boiling.

  • To save time & food prep, can bake a few potatoes in advance, mash, cover, refrigerate & microwave in the morning for a quick meal.

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Whose hungry for the next bowl?!

Breakfast · Lunch / Dinner

Sweet Potato Toast

Why to love this recipe:
  1. It really could not be any easier to make
  2. It lets you be creative & use what you have on hand to make a yummy meal
  3. It’s filling & yummy
  4. It can be a quick breakfast or you can really dress it up & make it a complete meal for lunch or dinner
Image result for sweet potato nutritionWhy to love sweet potatoes:

They have a mighty nutritional punch!

  • One medium sweet potato contains over 400% of your daily needs for vitamin A
  • as well as an abundant of fiber & potassium.
  • They have more nutrients than regular potatoes, with fewer calories.

Sweet Potato Toast

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • One large sweet potato

Some Topping Ideas:

  • Plain greek or non-dairy yogurt, sliced blackberries, fresh mint
  • Organic pizza sauce, pre-roasted & sliced beets, nutitional yeast/nooch, fresh basil
  • Nut butter, banana, cinnamon, goji berries

It’s toast so be creative! Avocado, hummus, scrambled tofu, mashed beans, salsa…..

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Wash & dry your sweet potato. Leave the skin on.*
  3. Cut your potato lengthwise into 1/4” thick slices.
  4. Pierce each slice with a fork to help steam escape & improve the texture.
  5. Lay slices flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat.
  6. Bake for about 15-20 minutes at 400F. **
  7. Allow to cool slightly & add desired toppings.

*Eating the skin adds more nutrition such as fiber & potassium. In addition, baking or toasting them preserves more nutrients than boiling.

**Note: You can also make sweet potato toast in a toaster. Toast on the highest setting of your toaster until tender when pierced with a fork.

What toppings will you use?!