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Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This berry banana baked oatmeal is such a treat! It’s naturally sweetened with banana and applesauce, and full of heart-healthy fiber. This recipe is a simple and delicious dish to serve for brunch, and will please everyone.

berry banana baked oatmeal

If you are an oatmeal lover like me, you have to try baked oatmeal. It took me years to finally try it, and I wish I hadn’t waited so long! Baked oatmeal feels more decadent than a bowl of porridge. It has the texture similar to bread pudding, so you get chewy, soft, and creamy in every bite.

Baked oatmeal can be served warm or cold, and tastes delicious either way. It’s the perfect recipe to meal prep for a grab and go breakfast if you have a busy week coming up. This berry banana baked oatmeal is much more filling than a granola bar or piece of toast, since it contains plenty of fiber.

berry banana baked oatmeal

Why you’ll love this berry banana baked oatmeal

  • It’s so easy. This recipe requires one bowl and simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
  • Feeds a crowd. A single batch of this recipe serves 6. You can easily double (or triple!) this recipe and bake it in a larger pan.
  • Meal prep winner. This banana berry baked oatmeal is simple to prepare, keeps well in the fridge, and is easy to eat cold on the go. Make a batch to have for the week.
  • Naturally sweetened. The only ingredients used to make this recipe just sweet enough are mashed bananas and unsweetened applesauce. With the chocolate chips, it’s really all you need!
slice of baked oatmeal

How to make berry banana baked oatmeal

  • Combine wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl: flax egg, mashed bananas, applesauce, almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix dry ingredients into the wet: oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
  • Then, fold in fresh berries and chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Finally, dig in! Enjoy immediately or save it for later in the fridge.
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Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

This berry banana baked oatmeal is such a treat! It’s naturally sweetened with banana and applesauce, and full of heart-healthy fiber. This recipe is a simple and delicious dish to serve for brunch, and will please everyone.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed well
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 10″x 10″ baking dish with cooking oil.
  3. Whisk together flaxmeal and warm water into a flax egg in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add mashed bananas, applesauce, almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine everything.
  5. Stir in oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
  6. Fold in the berries and chocolate chips.
  7. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes until edges just start to brown. 
  9. Serve warm immediately, or save it for later!


Notes

  • This recipe would be delicious with other berries – get whatever ones look best!
  • If you’re don’t need this recipe to be vegan, you can sub 1 large regular egg for the flax egg.
  • This recipe keeps well in a sealed container for up to 5 days in the fridge. 

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Greek Quinoa Salad with Lentils (Gluten Free)

This Greek quinoa salad recipe is so easy to make! It’s a perfect recipe for a warm summer day or meal prep, and is sure to please a crowd.

Greek quinoa salad

If I had to choose one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, I’d pick Greek. It has pretty much everything I love – tons of veggies, cheese, olives, grains, nuts, legumes, seafood, yogurt, and fruit. Oh, and I can’t forget baklava!

This Greek quinoa salad with lentils is basically the most delicious hodgepodge of Greek flavors all mixed together. And since it’s mid-July, I got to use only the freshest, most flavorful produce that really makes this salad pop. Have you seen a more beautiful array of colors in a salad before?!

Greek quinoa salad ingredients

How to Make Greek Quinoa Salad with Lentils

This recipe is super simple to make. The only cooking you need to do is for the quinoa and lentils. The rest is just chopping and mixing!

  • Cook quinoa and lentils according to package instructions.
  • Chop up all the veggies and herbs: cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, olives, basil and parsley.
  • Whisk together lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, oregano, and garlic powder to make your dressing.
  • Toss everything together in a large bowl with feta cheese.
  • Enjoy immediately or stick it in the fridge for later!
Greek salad with quinoa and lentils

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Lentils: Lentils are a super healthy food to include in your diet. They are part of the pulses family, which also includes beans, chickpeas, and peas. Lentils are one of the best plant-based protein sources! Half a cup contains about 12 grams of protein. Lentils also are an excellent source of fiber. You can read all about the benefits of fiber here!
  • Quinoa: Quinoa is a pseudo-grain, and is a delicious replacement for rice. It’s gluten free and another good source of plant-based protein. One cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein. Unlike many protein sources from plants, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
  • Olives: You’ve heard of the health benefits of olive oil, and olives are just as nutritious! Olives have the same healthy monounsaturated fats as olive oil, which is protective against heart disease and inflammation. They are also high in vitamin E and other antioxidants.
  • Bell Pepper
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Red Onion
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Feta Cheese
Greek Quinoa Salad

I love to meal-prep this Greek quinoa salad at the beginning of the week. I’ll add a heap to a bed of Greens for a quick and filling lunch. This recipe is also perfect to make for picnics, barbecues, or potlucks!

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Greek Quinoa Salad with Lentils (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish

Description

This Greek quinoa salad recipe is so easy to make! It’s a perfect recipe for a warm summer day or meal prep, and is sure to please a crowd.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup dry green lentils
  • 1 cucumber, quartered lengthwise and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 of a red onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese (can eliminate for to make vegan)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil

Dressing

  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp honey (sub maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa and lentils on the stovetop according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, chop all the veggies, olives, and herbs. Set aside.
  3. Make the dressing by whisking together all dressing ingredients except olive oil in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking, until dressing is cohesive and creamy looking.
  4. Let lentils and quinoa cool to room temperature. Then, mix them together with the veggies, olives, and herbs in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Pour dressing into the bowl and continue to mix salad until everything is well coated.
  6. Serve immediately, or save it for later! 


Notes

  • Keeps very well in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
  • Can easily be made vegan by using maple syrup instead of honey in the dressing, and by eliminating the feta cheese. If you eliminate cheese, consider adding a little salt to taste!

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10 Plant-Based Protein Sources to Add to Your Diet

Want to eat more plant-based? Find out some of the best plant-based protein sources you should be eating regularly for good health.

kale caesar salad plant based protein sources

One of the greatest misconceptions in the nutrition world is that plant-based diets do not provide enough protein. As an RD, I’ve heard this time and time again. But, a well-planned and thoughtful vegetarian or vegan diet can provide all the nutrients we need for good health, including protein from plant-based protein sources.

Benefits of A Plant-Based Diet

Nutrition research has consistently pointed to a plant-based diet to provide numerous health benefits. Whether you’re vegan or just experimenting with Meatless Monday, we can all benefit from eating more plants! Here are a few of the amazing health benefits of a plant-based diet:

  • Decreased risk of chronic disease, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, and some cancers (1)
  • Promotes weight management, prevention of overweight/obesity, and beneficial for weight loss (2)
  • Lower environmental impact than a diet that includes lots of animal protein

Plant-Based Protein Sources

Protein is an important macronutrient, as it is the building block for body tissue. Our protein needs vary by individual based on age, activity level, health status, etc. Including a variety of the following foods in your diet daily will meet the protein needs of most people, with the added health benefits of these ingredients!

Beans

roasted chickpeas

Beans of all kinds – black, kidney, chickpea, etc. – are one of the world’s healthiest foods. They are a starchy protein, as they also contain some carbohydrates. Because of this, beans are a great source of dietary fiber. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron!

Protein in Beans: 15 grams in 1 cup

How to Add Beans to Your Diet:

Lentils

coconut curry red lentil soup

Lentils are similar to beans, in that they are also a starchy protein source. One cup of lentils has a whopping 16 grams of dietary fiber! Lentils have a hearty texture that holds up well as a replacement for meat in dishes like stews and sauces.

Red lentils tend to break apart when cooked, so they are great in soups and stews. Green, black, and French lentils will hold their shape when cooked.

Protein in Lentils: 18 grams in 1 cup

How to Add Lentils to Your Diet:

Peas

peas plant-based protein sources

Peas are a versatile ingredient that have plenty of plant-based protein. They are similar to beans and lentils in that they also contain carbohydrates, and therefore fiber. Also, peas contain good amounts of several vitamins and minerals, notably vitamins A, C, K, and B-vitamins.

Protein in Peas: 8 grams in 1 cup

How to Add Peas to Your Diet:

Tofu, Tempeh, and Edamame

crispy baked tofu

Tofu, tempeh, and edamame are all foods coming from the soybean. Edamame is immature soy bean, and tofu and tempeh are products made from soy. In many Asian cultures, soy is a staple protein source.

For years, there has been swirling controversy around the safety of soy in our diets, but the research has consistently shown that soy is safe and very healthy for us.

Protein in Tofu, Tempeh, and Edamame: 20 grams in 1 cup

How to Add Tofu/Tempeh/Edamame to Your Diet:

Quinoa

quinoa plant based protein sources

Quinoa is technically a seed, but it tastes, cooks and acts like a grain. Unlike other grains though, quinoa is a good source of protein. Not only that, quinoa has all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. This sets quinoa apart from other plant-based protein sources!

Protein in Quinoa: 8 grams in 1 cup

How to Add Quinoa to Your Diet:

Nuts

popcorn trail mix

Almonds, walnuts, macadamia, pistachios, and more are nutrition powerhouses. They are rich in energy, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Nuts are one of my favorite on-the-go snacks to have on hand.

Protein in Nuts: 5 grams per 1/4th cup

How to Add Nuts to Your Diet:

  • Make popcorn trail mix for a healthy and filling snack (pictured above)
  • Add a dollop of nut butter to oatmeal or smoothie bowls
  • Sprinkle nuts on top of salad for a crunchy addition
  • Add nuts to homemade granola
  • Make your own mixed nut butter

Seeds

seeds

Like nuts, seeds contain an abundance of heart healthy fats. They’re also good sources of minerals, like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and copper. Some seeds to add to your diet include sesame, pumpkin, and flax.

Protein in Seeds: 10 grams in 1/4th cup

How to Add Seeds to Your Diet:

  • Sprinkle seeds on top of salads and grain bowls, such as on this Asian Cucumber Salad
  • Try using tahini in baked goods: these Tahini Brownies and Tahini Cookies by Kale Junkie are delicious!
  • If you bake your own bread, experiment with adding seeds to the dough for a hearty texture
  • Top yogurt or oatmeal bowls with pumpkin seeds

Chia Seeds

chia seeds plant-based protein sources

Chia is a seed, but it gets its own category! Chia seeds are a good plant-based source of iron and calcium. What makes them extra special is they are a good plant-based source of essential omega-3 fatty acids. We can’t produce these on our own, so it is important we get adequate amounts in our diet. So, since omega-3 fatty acids are mainly found in animal products, chia seeds are a great way to get these good fats if you are following a plant-based diet.

Protein in Chia Seeds: 5 grams in 1 ounce

How to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet:

  • Try chia pudding for breakfast
  • Add a spoonful to your oatmeal
  • Make easy two ingredient chia jam
  • Bake some into homemade granola

Hemp

Hemp hearts are another good source of plant-based protein. Just like chia, they are rich in heart healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. Similar to quinoa, hemp is a complete protein, as it contains all nine essential amino acids.

Protein in Hemp: 6 grams in 2 tablespoons

How to Add Hemp to Your Diet:

  • Sprinkle hemp hearts over your morning oatmeal or yogurt bowl. They have a mild, nutty flavor.
  • Try hemp protein powder in your smoothies
  • Make this hemp seed pesto by Walder Wellness
  • Add hemp to cookies or baked goods

Nutritional Yeast

nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast, and is sold in flaked form. It is full of nutrition benefits, including B-vitamins and protein. In fact, it’s one of the only plant-based sources of Vitamin B12. Like quinoa and hemp, nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids, making it another plant-based complete protein source.

Nutritional yeast has a savory, cheesy flavor that is delicious in pasta dishes!

Protein in Nutritional Yeast: 10 grams in 2 tablespoons

How to Add Nutritional Yeast to Your Diet:

  • Sprinkle over popcorn for a cheesy flavor, from Nutrition Stripped
  • Add to pasta dishes as a vegan replacement for parmesan cheese
  • Make a vegan Butternut Squash Risotto from Simple Vegan Blog

There you have it! As you can see, these delicious plant-based protein sources are full of other amazing nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Have you tried them all?

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Cold Sesame Noodles and Zoodles: Healthier than Takeout (Vegan)

This cold sesame noodles and zoodles recipe is perfect to make in a heatwave! This vegan, no-oven meal comes together in just 15 minutes.

cold sesame noodles and zoodles

When there’s a heatwave, the last thing you want to do is cook or eat something hot. Quick recipes that don’t require an oven are the way to go when it’s pushing 100 degrees outside.

For those times when it’s hot but you don’t feel like a salad, this sesame noodles and zoodles recipe is a perfect choice! It’s light, refreshing, and deliciously flavorful.

cold sesame noodles and zoodles

Why You’ll Love This Cold Sesame Noodles and Zoodles Recipe

  • Easy to make. This recipe requires minimal cooking, chopping, or prep time. Just combine ingredients in a bowl and toss with sesame dressing!
  • Healthier than takeout. Half the noodles in this recipe are replaced with zucchini noodles, making a lighter, veggie-packed meal. The homemade sesame dressing contains no refined sugar and less sodium than standard recipes.
  • Refreshing and flavorful. These sesame noodles and zoodles are served cold, so they are perfect when the weather is hot.
  • Easily customizable. These noodles are absolutely delicious on their own, but also make a wonderful side dish. Feel free to add your favorite protein like shrimp or tofu, or experiment with different vegetable add-ins!
sesame noodles and zoodles

How to Make Cold Sesame Noodles and Zoodles

  • Cook soba noodles according to package instructions.
  • While the soba noodles cook, spiralize zucchini into zoodles. (See my tips for spiralizing here).
  • Whisk together sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, chili paste, honey, garlic, ginger, and peanut butter to prepare the sesame dressing.
  • Toss soba noodles and zoodles together in a bowl with the dressing.
  • Serve cold with sliced green onion, sesame seeds, crushed peanuts, and red pepper flakes.
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Cold Sesame Noodles and Zoodles: Healthier than Takeout (Vegan)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: serves 34 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This cold sesame noodles and zoodles recipe is perfect to make in a heatwave! This vegan, no-oven meal comes together in just 15 minutes.


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Ingredients

  • 8 oz soba noodles
  • 2 medium zucchinis, spiralized
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili paste
  • 1/2 tbsp manuka honey
  • 1/4 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Cook soba noodles according to package instructions.
  2. While noodles cook, spiralize zucchinis.
  3. Prepare sesame dressing: whisk together rice vinegar, sesame oil, tamari, chili paste, honey, ginger, garlic, and peanut butter until smooth and cohesive.
  4. Drain noodles and run under cold water until cool. Toss with zoodles and the sesame dressing until every strand is coated.
  5. Serve with a garnish of sliced green onion, sesame seeds, peanuts, and red pepper flakes.


Notes

  • Keeps well in an airtight container the fridge for 1-2 days.

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Honey Baked Peaches with Yogurt and Granola (Gluten Free)

These healthy honey baked peaches taste like peach pie for breakfast! Paired with yogurt and granola, this breakfast will keep you full for hours.

honey baked peaches

Are you a sweet or savory breakfast person? I definitely prefer a sweet breakfast, which is why I love oatmeal and yogurt bowls so much! These honey baked peaches with yogurt and granola are the sweet breakfast of my dreams.

While I adore fresh fruit, I also love cooking fruit before eating it. Baking, sautéing, or poaching fruit really brings out its natural sweetness. In this honey baked peaches recipe, the dollop of honey is more than enough added sweetener – you could even leave it out!

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How to Make Honey Baked Peaches

These peaches are quickly seared in a cast iron skillet before baking, so they get a nice caramelized crust on top. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can skip this step, and just bake in the oven.

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Heat coconut oil in a cast iron skillet and add halved peaches, cut side down.
  • Once peaches are browned, flip them over and add a dollop of honey in the center of each peach.
  • Place cast iron skillet in oven, and bake until tender and soft.
honey roasted peaches

Ingredients you need to make these honey baked peaches

  • Peaches
  • Manuka Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Blueberries

A Few Recipe Notes

  • Choose only slightly ripe peaches for this recipe. It will help the peaches hold their shape when baked.
  • You can use nectarines instead of peaches in this recipe for a similar result.
  • You can use maple syrup instead of honey and non-dairy yogurt to make this recipe vegan.
  • These peaches can be prepared ahead of time and reheated when ready to eat. They also taste great straight from the fridge.
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Honey Baked Peaches with Yogurt and Granola (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

These healthy honey baked peaches taste like peach pie for breakfast! Paired with yogurt and granola, this breakfast will keep you full for hours.


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Ingredients

  • 3 semi-ripe peaches, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp manuka honey
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups yogurt of choice
  • 3/4 cup granola 
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet. Add peaches, cut side down. Cook peaches for 3-5 minutes, until flesh is browned and caramelized.
  3. Flip peaches cut side up, sprinkle evenly with cinnamon, and add a dollop of manuka honey to the center of each peach.
  4. Place skillet in the oven, and bake for 30-40 minutes, until peaches are soft and tender.
  5. To serve: place two peach halves on a plate and top with shredded coconut, yogurt, granola, and blueberries.


Notes

  • Peaches will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat before serving, or enjoy cold!

Keywords: honey baked peaches, healthy breakfast, yogurt bowl, granola, gluten free

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Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

This farro salad is the most delicious easy and healthy grain salad! It’s filled with roasted vegetables, creamy feta cheese, and crunchy walnuts, and is perfect for meal prep.

farro salad with roasted vegetables

I love experimenting with different whole grains in my kitchen. There are so many delicious options! Quinoa and brown rice are my usual staples, but lately I’ve been obsessed with farro. It has a nice chewy texture and slightly nutty flavor that I love!

Whenever I’m in a meal prep rut, I’ll make a big grain salad. I cook a big batch of grains, roast a few different veggies, and mix them all together. I love to add something creamy to the salad, such as avocado, tahini, or a soft cheese. So simple, healthy, and delicious!

farro salad with roasted vegetables

This farro salad features some of my favorite summertime veggies: asparagus, corn, and cherry tomatoes. There is also lots of garlic, fresh basil, and chickpeas for a boost of protein. My favorite part of this salad might just be the walnuts, though! They add such a great unexpected crunch.

How to Cook Farro

There are a lot of instructions out there about how to cook farro. My favorite method that has never failed me is the pasta method. Honestly, this is also the easiest method, and works every time for me!

  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil (just as if you were cooking pasta).
  • Add your farro and reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes until desired consistency is reached. I prefer a slightly chewier farro.
  • Drain the excess water from the pot.
  • Fluff farro with a fork, then use any way you’d like!
farro salad ingredients

Main Ingredients Of This Farro Salad + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Farro: Farro is a type of wheat grain. It’s an excellent source of fiber, and has more than most grains! It is also higher in protein than other grains like brown rice.
  • Asparagus: Asparagus is a good source of many vitamins, including A, C and K. It’s also an excellent source of folate, which is very important during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes have many antioxidants, including lycopene. This antioxidant, which gives tomatoes their red hue, is actually more abundant in cooked tomatoes, like the ones in this farro salad!
  • Corn
  • Basil
  • Feta Cheese
  • Walnuts
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Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

This farro salad is the most delicious easy and healthy grain salad! It’s filled with roasted vegetables, creamy goat cheese, and crunchy walnuts, and is perfect for meal prep.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends removed, and chopped
  • 12 tbsp avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 ear corn
  • 1 can low sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 410 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add farro, reduce to simmer, and cook for 25-30 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Drain excess water.
  3. While farro cooks, roast the vegetables. Toss cherry tomatoes, garlic, and asparagus with avocado oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 20 minutes, until tomatoes are burst and wrinkly.
  4. Toss cooked farro, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, and basil together in a large bowl with lemon zest, lemon juice, and a generous drizzle of olive oil. 
  5. Sprinkle with feta cheese and walnuts.
  6. Serve warm or cold – it tastes delicious either way!


Notes

  • Farro does not expand as much as other grains like rice, so if you sub another grain, reduce the dry measurement to 1/2 or 2/3 cup.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Keywords: farro salad, roasted vegetables, grain salad

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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Parfaits (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These chocolate banana cream pie parfaits are full of rich chocolate and banana flavor. This recipe is vegan, gluten free, and easy to make!

chocolate banana cream pie parfaits

If you’re a banana lover, then banana cream pie is a must try! It’s full of creamy banana filling, fresh sliced bananas, and fluffy whipped cream. If you’re like me though, you know that banana is always better when chocolate is involved!

These chocolate banana cream pie parfaits are filled with all the banana and chocolate goodness you could ever want. They are made with good-for-you ingredients that won’t let you feeling weighted down after. Can you guess what makes these parfaits extra creamy?

chocolate banana cream pie parfaits

How to Make these Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Parfaits

These pie parfaits are made up of a few different elements, each of which bring something delicious to the table. Here are the steps you’ll take:

  • Bake some vegan, gluten free crust “cookies”, which you will crumble into your pie parfaits.
  • Prepare the creamy chocolate filling by blending together bananas, avocado (the secret creamy ingredient!), peanut butter, maple syrup, cacao powder, melted chocolate, and a little sea salt.
  • Make coconut whipped cream.
  • Thinly slice a banana, then layer everything in small jars – crust cookie crumbles, chocolate banana filling, banana slices, and whipped cream.
  • Sprinkle with cacao nibs and dig in!
crust cookies

What Do You Need to Make These Pie Parfaits?

These are the main ingredients you’ll need to make these delicious pie parfaits.

  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Almond Flour
  • Oat Flour
  • Coconut Oil
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cacao Powder
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Flax Meal
  • Coconut Milk

A Few Recipe Notes

  • You want to have very ripe bananas and avocados for this recipe. The bananas will be sweeter if they are spotty and beginning to brown.
  • You can sub a different liquid sugar for maple syrup, such as agave or honey.
  • If you are not vegan, you can sub regular whipped cream for the coconut whipped cream.

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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Parfaits (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: dessert

Description

These chocolate banana cream pie parfaits are full of rich chocolate and banana flavor. This recipe is vegan, gluten free, and easy to make!


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Ingredients

Crust Cookies

  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal + 3 tbsp warm water to make 1 flax egg
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Filling

  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar

Toppings

  • 1 large banana, sliced into coins
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Make a flax egg using the flaxmeal and warm water by whisking together in a small bowl. Let sit until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine crust ingredients in a food processor, and blend until everything is the texture of a fine meal.
  4. Form crust into a ball, then roll into a 1/4 inch thick layer using a rolling pin.
  5. Use a cup or cookie cutter to make 12-13 round cookies from the crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bottoms are browned and cookies are crunchy.
  6. While the cookies bake, prepare the filling by blending together all filling ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. Place in fridge.
  7. If making the coconut whipped cream, scoop the coconut cream from the top of the chilled coconut milk can into a mixing bowl. Use a stand or hand mixer to whip the coconut cream with powdered sugar until light and airy.
  8. Crumble the cookies into chunks, then layer everything in 4 small jars – cookie crumbles, chocolate banana pudding, whipped cream, and banana slices. Sprinkle with cacao nibs. 
  9. Enjoy right away, or cover and refrigerate until eating.


Notes

  • Recipe will keep well, covered in the fridge, for up to 2 days.

Keywords: banana cream pie, chocolate banana cream pie, healthy desserts, vegan, gluten free

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