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Almond Butter Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

This zucchini bread is a more nutritious version of your favorite summertime baked treat. It’s filled with whole grain flour, almond butter, and one whole zucchini! Bake up a loaf (or two!) today if you’ve got zucchinis to use up from the garden.

almond butter zucchini bread

Zucchini bread will always remind me of sweet summer days. I grew up going to Martha’s Vineyard every summer, and my family would frequently have a loaf of Morning Glory Farm‘s zucchini bread around. Their version is the best – it’s not too sweet, super moist (sorry), and incredibly soft.

I’ve been on a baking kick lately, and have made a few recipes using almond butter that I’ve loved. I decided to test out an almond butter zucchini bread recipe. It’s instantly become one of my new favorite recipes! Ben and I polished off the loaf in a matter of days, so I think another loaf needs to happen ASAP.

almond butter zucchini bread

This zucchini bread is healthier in a few ways. White flour is replaced with whole grain spelt flour. Instead of oil, almond butter provides moisture and healthy fats. While I’m usually not the biggest fan of nuts in my quick breads, the walnuts in this recipe are a MUST. The toasty flavor and crunch are so good!

I also used Bolthouse Farms new Plant Protein Milk! This milk alternative is SUPER creamy. It’s made with pea protein, so it has 10 g of plant-based protein per 8 oz serving (plus, 50% more calcium than a serving of dairy milk)! This is definitely becoming a new staple in my kitchen. Check out their store locator to find some near you.

slices of zucchini bread

How to Make Almond Butter Zucchini Bread

  • Mix together dry ingredients – spelt flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and apple pie spice.
  • Mix together wet ingredients – egg, applesauce, maple syrup, Plant Protein Milk, and vanilla.
  • Grate zucchini and squeeze out excess water.
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry. Fold in zucchini, then chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
sliced zucchini bread

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Zucchini: One of my favorite summertime veggies, zucchini is super versatile and full of nutrients. It is high in antioxidants, including vitamin C, plus vitamin A. It’s also a hydrating vegetable as it is high in water. Zucchini contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps bind cholesterol in our bodies, and it also feeds the good bacteria in our gut!
  • Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk: This plant-based milk alternative is one of my new favorites! It’s got 10 grams of pea protein per 8 oz serving. Pea protein is one of the most easily digestible plant based protein sources. It is high in Branched Chain Amino Acids, which may promote muscle growth. This milk alternative also contains 50% more calcium than a serving of dairy milk, which is wonderful for those who cannot or choose not to consume dairy.
  • Walnuts: I recently wrote about walnuts in this post, but they are a wonderful nut to include in your diet. They are high in ALA omega-3 fatty acids – higher than any other nut. These anti-inflammatory healthy fats are essential in our diet, because we cannot make them ourselves.
  • Spelt Flour
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Egg
  • Cinnamon
  • Almond Butter
  • Maple Syrup

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Almond Butter Zucchini Bread

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: baking

Description

This zucchini bread is a more nutritious version of your favorite summertime baked treat. It’s filled with whole grain flour, almond butter, and one whole zucchini!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large zucchini, finely grated
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Grate zucchini and use a clean tea towel to squeeze out excess moisture.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine spelt flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and apple pie spice.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together almond butter, plant protein milk, maple syrup, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined.
  6. Fold in zucchini, then chocolate chips and walnuts.
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan. Top with additional chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool before slicing and serving.


Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Almond butter can be replaced with other types of nut butter, but the flavor may be slightly altered. 

Keywords: zucchini bread, healthy zucchini bread, whole grain

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Blueberry Matcha Avocado Popsicles (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These blueberry matcha avocado popsicles are a cool and creamy summer treat. They’re full of good-for-you ingredients like healthy fats and antioxidants. You just need six simple ingredients and a few hours of freezing time to make these pops!

blueberry matcha avocado popsicles

Nothing feels quite like summer more than frozen treats! I decided to ring in my favorite season with a delicious new popsicle recipe. These blueberry matcha avocado popsicles taste like a decadently creamy version of matcha latte.

All you need are six simple ingredients to make these popsicles. I used blueberries, coconut milk, matcha powder, maple syrup, lemon juice, and California Avocados. Putting avocado in a dessert may sound a little strange, but they actually give homemade frozen treats the creamiest, dreamiest texture! Their mild flavor blends beautifully with the coconut milk, matcha, and blueberries.

blueberry matcha avocado pops

Nutrition Notes About Avocado

I love using avocado as ingredient not just for the creamy texture, but also for the amazing health benefits.

  • Avocados have nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamin K, and B-vitamins.
  • 1/3 of a medium avocado contains 3 grams of fiber, which has a host of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
  • Avocados are rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fats. The fat in avocados actually helps us absorb fat soluble vitamins better (Vitamins A, D, E and K)!
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How to Make Blueberry Matcha Avocado Popsicles

  • Heat blueberries in a pan with water until their juices release, and stir in maple syrup.
  • Blend avocado, coconut milk, matcha powder, maple syrup, and lemon juice in a high powered blender or food processor.
  • Spoon blueberries into popsicle molds, then fill them to the top with avocado matcha mixture.
  • Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 3+ hours until solid before removing.

If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can still make popsicles! Try using paper cups, ice cube molds, or a muffin tin. You can also use a loaf pan and slice into popsicles once frozen.

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Blueberry Matcha Avocado Popsicles (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 popsicles 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Description

These blueberry matcha avocado popsicles are a cool and creamy summer treat. They’re full of good-for-you ingredients like healthy fats and antioxidants.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp maple syrup, divided
  • 1 ripe California Avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat blueberries and water in a shallow pan over medium heat. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until juices release. Stir in 1 tbsp maple syrup and remove from heat.
  2. Blend remaining maple syrup, avocado, coconut milk, matcha powder, and lemon juice in a high speed blender or food processor until creamy.
  3. Spoon blueberries evenly into popsicle molds. Then, fill the remaining space of molds with the avocado matcha mixture.
  4. Place popsicle sticks in molds and freeze for at least 3 hours until hard.
  5. Remove from molds when ready to serve.


Notes

  • If using a silicone popsicle mold, you can remove the popsicles easily by pressing up on the popsicle from the bottom of the mold.
  • These will keep well in the freezer for up to one month.

Keywords: matcha, healthy dessert, healthy popsicles, avocado popsicles

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Watermelon Feta Salad with Cucumber and Mint (Gluten Free)

This watermelon feta salad is the most refreshing summer side dish. It’s the perfect post-beach or 4th of July Barbecue treat! All you need is five simple ingredients, one bowl, and 20 minutes to get this on the table.

watermelon feta salad

Raise your hand if you could eat an entire watermelon in one sitting…I know it’s not just me! This summer fruit is the most refreshing in my eyes, especially after a day in the sun.

I love combining sweet and savory ingredients in salads for flavor contrast. Some of my favorite salad combinations are strawberry + avocado, berries + goat cheese, and watermelon + feta. The salty, briny feta is surprisingly delicious paired with sweet and crunchy watermelon. If you’ve never tried fruit in a salad, you’re in for a surprising treat!

watermelon feta salad

How to make watermelon feta salad

This recipe couldn’t be easier. Just cut up all your ingredients and combine everything in a bowl!

  • Cut a watermelon into cubes.
  • Slice cucumber into half moon pieces.
  • Chop up a handful of fresh mint leaves.
  • Toss watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a large mixing bowl with feta cheese, zest of 1 lime, and a generous squeeze of lime juice.
  • Serve nice and cold!
watermelon feta salad

Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Watermelon: Watermelon is one of the most hydrating fruits, as it is made of over 90% water. Eating hydrating fruits and veggies can actually count towards your daily water intake, so eat up! Watermelon is high in potassium and vitamin C and A. It’s also rich in antioxidants, including lycopene, which is important for eye health and fighting inflammation in the body.
  • Cucumber: Just like watermelon, cucumber is an incredibly hydrating food so it’s perfect for a warm day. It’s also a good source of vitamin K.
  • Mint: Using fresh herbs like mint in your recipes can replace sodium without compromising on flavor. Mint is actually high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It can also help relieve an upset stomach!
  • Lime
  • Feta Cheese

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Watermelon Feta Salad with Cucumber and Mint (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: side dish

Description

This watermelon feta salad is the most refreshing summer side dish. It’s the perfect post-beach or 4th of July Barbecue treat!


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Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into half moons
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of half a lime

Instructions

  1. Toss watermelon, cucumber and mint together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with feta cheese, lime zest and lime juice.
  3. Serve cold.


Notes

  • Will keep in an airtight container in fridge for 1-2 days.

Keywords: watermelon feta salad, healthy salad recipes, summer salads, watermelon feta mint

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Shrimp Scampi Zoodles and Noodles (Gluten Free)

This shrimp scampi zoodles and noodles recipe is the perfect light and easy pasta dish. It’s full of fresh summer flavors like basil, lemon, garlic, and zucchini. This recipe takes 30 minutes to make and will please everyone!

shrimp scampi zoodles and noodles

This recipe is a twist on classic shrimp scampi. It still has tons of garlic flavor plus lemon and white wine, but it’s paired with fresh summer basil and served over a combination of pasta and zucchini noodles (zoodles).

Zucchini noodles are a great addition to your diet if you are looking to eat more vegetables. I love to add them to whole wheat or brown rice pasta to add volume, fiber, and nutrients to some of my favorite recipes. They pair really well with spaghetti because the noodles and zoodles all get tangled up together!

shrimp scampi zoodles

How to Make Zucchini Noodles

There are a few methods you can use to make zucchini noodles, depending on which kitchen tools you have.

  • Vegetable spiralizer machine. Just cut off the ends of the zucchini and push it through the machine This method allows you to also spiralize other vegetables, including harder ones like sweet potato. You can also make different sized noodles! But, it takes up a lot of cabinet space, and is a little difficult to clean.
  • Handheld spiralizer. This tool is a little cheaper and takes up less room than the tabletop vegetable spiralizer. It’s a great option to purchase if you have a small kitchen or are new to spiralizing! You won’t be able to spiralize as many types of produce with this option, though.
  • KitchenAid mixer attachment. If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, you can purchase this attachment to make zucchini and other vegetable noodles! It’s more expensive than other options, but will take up less room than the full spiralizer machine.
  • Julienne peeler. This method is the most simple and requires just a simple julienne peeler. While your zucchini noodles won’t be as long and stringy, the julienne peeler method will give you thin strips of zucchini to add to your meals.
zucchini noodles

Once your zoodles are prepared, all you need to do is cook your pasta and shrimp. The shrimp is sautéed right from frozen with plenty of garlic, fresh lemon juice, and white wine for that classic shrimp scampi flavor. When the shrimp is done, toss the pasta and zoodles in the pan to coat everything in the scampi sauce, and serve!

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Zucchini: Zucchini is a super hydrating vegetable – it is made of over 90% water! It’s also a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Just like all veggies, it’s packed with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Shrimp: Shrimp is a high quality source of lean protein – one 3 oz serving has 18 grams! Shrimp is also one of the best food sources of iodine, which is a nutrient essential for thyroid health. While shrimp is high in cholesterol, it will not greatly affect body cholesterol levels, because it is low in saturated fat.
  • Garlic: Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for ages. It contains sulfur compounds, which may help prevent and lessen the severity of illnesses like the flu or a cold. It also contains antioxidants that may promote brain health and prevent dementia.
  • Lemon
  • White Wine
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Rice Pasta
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Shrimp Scampi Zoodles and Noodles (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: Main Dish

Description

This shrimp scampi zoodles and noodles recipe is the perfect light and easy pasta dish. It is full of fresh summer flavors like basil, lemon, garlic, and zucchini. This recipe takes 30 minutes to make and will please everyone!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 large frozen shrimp
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 pound brown rice or whole wheat spaghetti 
  • 2 large zucchinis, spiralized
  • 1 large handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large skillet.
  2. Add garlic, shallots, and salt and pepper to taste, cooking 1-2 minutes until fragrant, stirring and being careful not to burn.
  3. Add shrimp to the pan in an even layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until pink and opaque. 
  4.  Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and white wine. Simmer shrimp in wine until it has reduced by half.
  5. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package instructions. 
  6. Reduce pan with shrimp to low heat, and toss in zoodles until they start to soften, about 1 minute. 
  7. Remove from heat and toss in cooked pasta, using tongs to evenly coat each strand.
  8. Serve immediately, and garnish with plenty of fresh basil, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese. 

Keywords: healthy shrimp scampi, shrimp scampi zoodles, zoodles, zucchini noodles, gluten free

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Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese (Gluten Free)

This corn, avocado, and tomato salad just screams summer, with plenty of fresh produce, tangy goat cheese, and fragrant basil. It’s the perfect easy side dish to accompany your next dinner al fresco.

corn tomato avocado salad

Summer, can you please stay forever? I love the longer days, warm breezes, evening walks, and the bounty of summer produce. Ben and I are in some (semi) serious talks about moving to San Diego so we can live this life year round. Who’s coming with?

This corn, tomato, and avocado salad basically has all my favorite summertime flavors dumped into one bowl together. Cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, creamy avocado, fresh basil, goat cheese, and juicy strawberries – it’s like a party with every bite!

corn tomato avocado salad

Tips for Making Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

  • Choose firm avocado for this recipe. The cubes will hold their shape better if the avocado is not super ripe.
  • Use whole fresh corn. I love the big chunks of corn kernels you get from slicing fresh corn right off the cob in this salad.
  • Sub another berry or summer fruit for strawberries. Are strawberries sold out? No worries! Sub another fresh summer fruit for this recipe and it will still be delicious. Blueberries, blackberries, and peaches would all taste amazing.
salad ingredients

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Strawberries: Berries of all kinds are some of the greatest sources of antioxidants in the diet. Antioxidants fight free radicals in our bodies to prevent cell damage and inflammation. Diets high in antioxidant-rich foods have been linked to health benefits such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, more favorable cholesterol levels, and much more.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are one of the best sources of the antioxidant lycopene. Including sources of lycopene in the diet has several health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic disease and better skin health.
  • Basil: Use fresh herbs like basil in place of salt when you cook to reduce sodium intake without giving up flavor. Basil, just like leafy greens, is a good source of vitamin K, and contains antioxidant compounds.
  • Corn
  • Avocado
  • Goat Cheese
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Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish

Description

This salad just screams summer, with plenty of fresh produce, tangy goat cheese, and fragrant basil. It’s the perfect easy side dish to accompany your next dinner al fresco.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 quart strawberries, washed and halved
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 large handful fresh basil, chopped

Dressing

  • 1 tbsp minced shallot
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Husk the corn and boil for 3-5 minutes, until kernels are bright yellow but still crunchy.
  3. Remove corn from water, and run under cold water until cool enough to handle. Slice off kernels with a sharp knife.
  4. Combine strawberries, tomatoes, corn, avocado, goat cheese and basil in a large bowl and mix together.
  5. Prepare dressing by whisking together shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, mustard, and salt in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle olive oil into the bowl and continue to whisk with your other hand until emulsified.
  6. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine, until ingredients are evenly coated.


Notes

  • Will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Keywords: corn tomato avocado salad, strawberry avocado salad, goat cheese, gluten free recipes, summer salad recipes

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Avocado Key Lime Bars (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

These key lime bars are a no-bake, vegan version of one of my favorite summertime desserts – key lime pie! They’re full of healthy fats and pastel green color thanks to avocado (nope, you can’t taste it). Grab a fork and dive into one of these creamy, dreamy treats!

key lime bars

While it might not be the most patriotic, key lime pie reminds me of the 4th of July. My mom, an excellent baker, has made one for the holiday for the past five years or so. When you really think about it, it truly is the perfect summer dessert! It’s served cool, full of fresh, zingy flavor, and feels light enough to eat after an afternoon of barbecued food.

As a Registered Dietitian who loves sweets and baking, I love to experiment with more nutritious versions of my favorite desserts. I view these recipes as additions to my diet, rather than substitutions to the the original. Creating a treat that tastes delicious, and provides me with important nutrients at the same time? Such a win! But, life is all about BALANCE and living in the moment, so I’ll never pass up a slice of my mom’s key lime pie on the 4th of July. (PS – this is the recipe she uses, if you’d like to try that)!

key lime bars

The avocado in these key lime bars may sound strange, but I promise, you can’t taste it! Avocado makes these bars thick, incredibly smooth, and creamy. Plus, it adds that beautiful green hue!

Why These Bars are the Perfect Summer Dessert

  • No oven required. These key lime bars are no-bake and no-cook, because they are raw and set in the freezer!
  • Easy to make. All you need to do is throw ingredients into a food processor and pour them into a baking pan.
  • They’re cool and creamy. These bars are served chilled, so they’re wonderful to serve after an afternoon in the sun. Plus, they’re super creamy – just like ice cream!

How to Make Key Lime Bars

  • Combine crust ingredients – dates, nuts, coconut, molasses, cinnamon, and salt – in a food processor and blend until crumbly.
  • Squish down crust ingredients into a pan in an even layer.
  • Clean out food processor and blend together lime filling layer ingredients – coconut milk, avocado, lime zest + juice, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  • Freeze, then slice and serve with (optional) coconut whipped cream.
key lime pie bars crust
key lime pie filling

Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes

  • Avocado: One of my all time favorite healthy fat sources is avocado. It’s high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, and potassium. Replacing saturated fat with mono- and polyunsaturated fats can lower cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Walnuts: Almonds get all the glory these days, but walnuts are where it’s at! They’re higher than any other nut in alpha-linolenic-acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid. These anti-inflammatory compounds are mostly found in animal products (primarily fatty fish), and are essential for our diets, because our bodies do not produce them. Include walnuts in your diet for a good plant-based source of omega-3s!
  • Lime: Just like all citrus fruits, limes are an excellent source of Vitamin C! In fact, British Royal Navy sailors were called “limeys” in the 1800s because they were given lemon and lime juice to prevent scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) on the ships. Limes are also full of other antioxidants – plus they have such a zingy flavor!
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Coconut Cream
  • Molasses
  • Dates
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Avocado Key Lime Bars (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert

Description

These bars are a no-bake, vegan version of one of my favorite summertime desserts – key lime pie! They’re full of healthy fats and pastel green color thanks to avocado (nope, you can’t taste it)


Scale

Ingredients

Crust

Filling

  • 1 can coconut cream (or full fat coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours)
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Coconut Whipped Cream

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

Instructions

  1. Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor. Blend until ingredients are crumbly and stick together easily, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Line a 9″x9″ baking pan with parchment paper, and pour crust “batter” into pan. Use your hands to press crust firmly into the pan, forming an even layer. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse out the food processor (or use a high speed blender), and combine all filling ingredients. Blend until very smooth and creamy, until avocado is fully pureed. 
  4. Remove crust from freezer, and pour filling on top. Smooth into an even layer.
  5. Place pan in freezer, and freeze for at least 1 hour, until filling is hardened enough for slicing.
  6. Remove from freezer when ready to serve. You may need to let it sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing to soften a bit, depending on how long it was in the freezer.
  7. If using, make coconut whipped cream right before serving bars. 
    • Place metal mixing bowl in the freezer to chill.
    • Scoop the thick layer of coconut cream from your refrigerated can of coconut milk into the chilled bowl. Beat on low for 30 seconds, then increase speed and beat for 1-3 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Add powdered sugar in the final 30 seconds or so of beating.


Notes

  • Keeps well covered in the freezer for up to 1 month

Keywords: vegan, gluten free, key lime pie, raw key lime pie, vegan key lime pie, healthy desserts, , key lime bars

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Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten Free)

These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are a vegetarian dream meal! The sweet potatoes get super creamy and caramelized when roasted, and their flavor pairs beautifully with Mexican spices. Plus, learn some easy ways to increase your vegetable consumption!

Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes

These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are so fitting for Meatless Monday! As a Registered Dietitian, few things bring me more joy than helping people fill their plates with more vegetables. The USDA recommends we eat at least three cups of vegetables per day, but a majority of Americans (about 90 percent!) do not meet this recommendation.

Good nutrition is a proactive practice for better health outcomes throughout the life cycle. Plant focused diets have been associated with a plethora of health benefits, such as weight control, longevity, and reducing the risk of several chronic diseases. One of my favorite parts of my job is to educate people about this, and get them excited to eat more vegetables!

Benefits of a Plant-Focused Diet

  • Fruits and vegetables are full of powerful vitamins and minerals that we all need, as well as antioxidants for anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Plant foods are naturally low in calories and fat and rich in fiber, so they fill us up without consuming excess energy. This helps greatly with weight control!
  • Dietary patterns that are high in plant foods, like the Mediterranean diet, are associated with lower risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
  • Eating mostly plants is better for the environment! Plants use far less resources and produce lower emissions than animals. Take it one step further, and seek out locally grown produce to have the lowest environmental impact.
Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes

My favorite veggie burger company feels the same way about good nutrition! They are just as passionate about vegetables as any dietitian I know. They just created an incredible resource, called the Veggie Tracker, to help people adopt good nutrition habits for a lifetime.

The Veggie Tracker provides a platform where you can easily log your daily vegetable intake, with a goal of eating three cups of veggies per day. The website also includes tons of veggie-forward recipes and resources to help make these positive changes stick! When you sign-up, you’ll also receive a free e-book, a seven day meal plan, and have access to a private Facebook group monitored by a nutritionist! Plus, you’ll be eligible for some awesome prizes 🙂

Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Easy Ways to Increase Vegetable Consumption

  • Swap out half your spaghetti for zucchini noodles
  • Add spinach to a fruit smoothie
  • Use vegetables as a base for soups and stews
  • Try using cauliflower rice in stir fries, or use cauliflower pizza crust for pizzas
  • Make a vegetable omelet or frittata
  • Try baking with different vegetables
  • Swap out bread, wraps, or buns for collard greens or lettuce
  • Dip crunchy veggies into a delicious homemade sauce or dip
  • Add vegetables to traditionally meat heavy dishes, like lasagna
  • Make stuffed peppers
  • Or, make these delicious stuffed sweet potatoes!
Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes

These stuffed sweet potatoes are a super easy way to turn any veggie skeptic into a veggie lover! The sweet potatoes are roasted to caramelized perfection, then stuffed with a delicious mixture of corn, bell pepper, green onion, and Dr. Praeger’s. These are AMAZING, and one of my absolute favorites! Add some quick guacamole and cilantro, and you have yourself a perfect plant-based meal.

Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes

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Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: main dish

Description

These Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes are a vegetarian dream meal!


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Ingredients

  • 3 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup corn (about 1 ear)
  • 2 Dr. Praeger’s black bean quinoa burgers
  • 1/2 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Use a fork to poke several holes in each sweet potato. Roast for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until fork tender.
  3. While sweet potatoes cook, prepare the veggie burgers according to package instructions.
  4. Heat avocado oil on medium heat in a large skillet. Add bell pepper, green onion, cumin, and chili powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes. 
  5. Chop cooked veggie burgers into small bite size pieces, and add to the skillet, along with the corn.
  6. Remove from heat, and stir in enchilada sauce.
  7. Prepare the quick guacamole by mashing together avocado, garlic powder, lime juice, cilantro, and salt to taste until smooth.
  8. Slice cooked sweet potatoes in half. Top each half with about 1/3 cup of the filling. Serve with scoop of guacamole and extra cilantro if desired.

Keywords: mexican stuffed sweet potato, vegan, gluten free, plant based

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