PB&J Smoothie

Happy Monday everyone!

I’ve been craving a good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a while (as well as Thai duck noodle soup, but that’s a different story…). Luckily, it’s so easy to imitate the flavors in a smoothie!

This may be one of my all-time favorite breakfast smoothies. It’s filling because of the peanut butter and oats, but still packed with fruit and other good stuff. Plus, it’s so easy to whip together because it requires only a few ingredients! I like tossing in a handful of spinach since its so taste-neutral but still packed with vitamins, and sometimes I add extra protein powder after workouts. But even without these additions, I would definitely put this smoothie in my top ten.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut-almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cold green tea (I always have some sitting in my fridge)
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  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries (frozen work too, but I tend to prefer fresh)
  • handful of fresh spinach
  • if desired, some fresh or frozen blueberries

As usual, add everything to a blender, give it a minute or so, and enjoy!

 

(* I blend the oats before adding any wet ingredients so I have an “oat flour” because I like nicely blended smoothies, but if you prefer a chunkier smoothie, you can just blend everything at once!)

Coconut Beer Bread

Two posts in one day – and I’m just getting started!

A week ago, I decided to have a quiet night in and catch up on some recipes I have been wanting to try for a while. I had found this bread recipe a while back on another blog and was dying to try it, but of course wanted to tweak it some.

I’m a huge fan of coconut and was in a sweet mood that evening, so I decided to substitute the butter for coconut oil. I also halved the salt from the original recipe and added some toasted coconut flakes (both in the batter, as also on top) and maple syrup for some extra sweet coconut flavor.

It tasted GREAT on its own, but adding mango, cayenne pepper and avocado on top made this a great dinner!

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Ingredients (adapted from http://loveinajar.weebly.com/) :

  • 3 cups flour (I used plain old white flour, but whole wheat would probably be tastier)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • One 12 oz bottle of beer (I used Becks just cause it was on sale, but different beers will give you different tastes!)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, coconut flakes, and salt.
  2. Add in the maple syrup, sugar, and beer
  3. Mix, but don’t worry – some clumpiness is fine!
  4. Pour the dough into a greased (coconut oil) bread pan
  5. Brush the top of the loaf with the coconut oil and sprinkle some coconut flakes on top (they’ll toast in the oven and be extra tasty!)
  6. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes, let it cool off, and enjoy!

 

 

Vanilla-Turmeric-Latte

This morning, I went for a short run in Riverside Park and was really craving a vanilla latte afterwards. I’ve also been a bit sick for the past few weeks, and a friend of mine always tells me to eat some turmeric as soon as I start feeling ill.

So I thought to myself – why not try something completely new! I always have coconut/almond milk in my fridge, as well as some cold-brew coffee (no, but seriously, buying an iced-coffee maker was the best investment of the year so far). Adding some spices and post-run protein powder: voilà, my vanilla-turmeric latte!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups coldbrew
  • 0.5 cups coconut/almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (currently I use plant fusion)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne pepper to keep my metabolism going

I added everything to my roommate’s NutriBullet, blended it for about a minute and enjoyed my iced vanilla latte!

Hello – and welcome to my world of dairy free cooking!

Recently, I found myself sharing pictures and recipes of my smoothies, dinners, and desserts across social media, with friends, and even compiling recipe lists for those interested. I love finding recipes online to try out, and if you know me personally, you probably are aware of the fact that I have become obsessed with smoothies. I’ve been dairy-low (I cheat sometimes when eating out, but always cook dairy-free) for over a year now, and while there are a ton of vegan recipes online, it’s often hard to find good dairy-free ones (although not impossible).

So I thought… Why not make a collection of everything I have cooked and post it online, recipes and pictures included? My rules are simple – only post recipes I’ve tried, rate them honestly, and when possible include pictures. In the beginning this blog will most likely be very smoothie heavy and the picture may not be top-notch quality, but I’m learning, so please be kind with me.

I don’t even know if anybody is going to read this blog, and in a sense it will probably be more of a collection of recipes for me than anything else. So don’t expect a super fancy food blog or “correct” kitchen terms; I’m doing this for fun!

Happy cooking and baking!

 

– Alyssa

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(yes, this is me cheating… that is NOT dairy-free mousse)