Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie | A Vegan Whole Food Meal on the Go

vegan | wfpb | easy | quick | gluten-free | refined sugar-free | 10 minutes or less | 10 ingredients or less

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Coconut Lime Energy Bites

This recipe is:

vegan | wfpb | easy | quick | gluten-free | refined sugar-free | oat-free | ready in 15 minutes or less | 10 ingredients or less | lunchbox-friendly 

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Easy Chocolate Pistachio Date Caramels | Just Three ingredients

VEGAN | QUICK | EASY | GLUTEN-FREE | 5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS | 30 MINUTES OR LESS | DESSERT

Recently, my middle schooler approached the last lesson in his World History class unit on Islamic culture: making a Middle Eastern dish or treat.  He was enthusiastic; he enjoys learning about different parts of the world, the variety of ways people live - rituals, celebrations, values, food.  He's liked this unit and likes to cook.  At first, baklava was chosen (ok, with some encouragement from me - I love baklava!), but thawing the phyllo dough properly was a missed step (24 hours!), and now the project was due the next day.  Agreeing to make baklava another time soon together, we began checking the pantry to see what I had on-hand for his project. 

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Raw Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce

RAW | VEGAN | WFPB | REFINED SUGAR-FREE | GLUTEN-FREE | EASY

Remember the Pear Spice Muffins from the last post?  Well, they are delicious.  They taste like autumn.  They disappear very quickly when I make them just as they are.  There are days, though, when I crave something extra sweet - ooey-gooey and rich kind of sweet.  Caramel sauce kind of sweet, to pour over these delish muffins.  Thankfully, my goal of eating more produce and less junk food doesn't mean having to turn away from an ooey-gooey sweet treat like caramel sauce.  Especially when that caramel sauce is made of only fruit, nutmeg, sea salt, and vanilla.  (For an "adult version" we have a bourbon option, too.!)  This caramel sauce recipe is super easy, with no actual cooking required!  

I have two delicious versions for you.  Both caramels have a bite of salt, accentuated by finishing with a sprinkle of pink or sea salt.  Both have a smoky caramel-like flavor, brought forward with nutmeg.  The differences have to do with the texture you prefer, how you would like to apply the caramel, your mood, and your mixing method.  

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