Pumpkin Creme Bars

OMG!  These Pumpkin Creme Bars are amazing!  Since it’s technically September, it’s okay to start rolling out the pumpkin recipes.  One can never have too many pumpkin recipes right?  Especially when they are healthy pumpkin recipes.  Since it’s still in the 100’s here in Texas, I thought my first pumpkin recipe of the season should be a frozen treat.  So I am starting with these pumpkin creme bars.  These bars are so easy to make and the recipe only contains 9 ingredients!

pumpkin creme bars

These pumpkin creme bars are vegan, gluten free, dairy free and even paleo friendly.  If you needed a nut free option, I suppose you could use pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds in place of the pecans.   I love everything about this recipe.  Starting with the cinnamon pecan crust, then the creamy pumpkin center and it’s topped with creamy chocolate.  If you are a lover of all things pumpkin, you may also enjoy this post.   I used vegan chocolate chips for my chocolate topping, but you can also probably use my 3 ingredient chocolate bar recipe.

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Vegan Pad Thai

I just love Pad Thai.  Now that I am vegan, I wanted to make a Vegan Pad Thai.  This vegan pad Thai came out really yummy!  In addition to being vegan, this healthy pad Thai recipe is also gluten free and grain free!  I used zucchini noodles to make this healthy pad Thai recipe.  I just love my spiralizer.  That is what I used to make the zucchini noodles.  Totally worth getting in my opinion.   This super easy recipe can be made up in no time at all.  If you like to use your spiralizer, you may also like this and this.

Vegan Pad Thai 1 - My Whole Food Life

I highly recommend keeping the sauce and the vegetables separate until you are ready to eat.  The zucchini noodles can release moisture that can make the sauce seem a bit watery.  I actually spiralized my zucchini the day before I went to use it in the recipe.  I just stored it in a strainer with a bowl underneath to catch the excess water.  It seemed to work well.   We actually ate this meal cold, but I am guessing you can heat it up as well.  This may not taste exactly like traditional pad Thai, but it is a great option for vegans. Very yummy!

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

You guys!  This blueberry muffin smoothie is so good!  If you have been following this blog for awhile, you know I prefer to add real food to smoothies instead of protein powder.  I think protein powder is too expensive and I also prefer to eat things the way nature intended.  This is my latest healthy smoothie recipe.   This blueberry muffin smoothie contains 8 1/2 grams of protein.  It is a breakfast that will keep you full for some time.  If you can’t eat oats, quinoa flakes would be a good substitute.   1/4 cup of quinoa flakes contains about 4 grams of protein.  You can whip this healthy smoothie up in just minutes!

blueberry muffin smoothie

Another great thing you could do with this smoothie recipe, is make popsicles or smoothie pops with it.  I like these molds.  My kids love them too! You could probably even sneak some greens in here.  The blueberries would mask the color and the banana would mask the flavor of the greens.   Trust me.  I fool my kids all the time. :)

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