Salted Caramel Apple Cider Budino

Who here is a fan of rich, dense, custardy dessert? How about salted caramel? Yessss, and yessss! I thought so!
There is something about super creamy, egg-y desserts that is irresistible this time of year. I know this isn’t what comes to mind when you think of plant-based clean eating, but you can indulge in custard-esque treats without the dairy, sugar, or eggs! Case in point, this Salted Caramel Apple Cider Budino.

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No Bake Oat Bars (Vegan and Gluten Free)

I have a new snack idea for you today.  This one is No Bake Oat Bars.  For this recipe, I was inspired by my homemade nutri-grain bars.

I wanted to make a similar recipe that requires less work and ingredients.  This easy oat bar recipe only call for a few simple ingredients.  I love that. So you probably have the ingredients to make them already.  You can use whatever flavor jam you like.

This recipe is also nut free.  If you like fruit bars, you may also like my blueberry oat bars.

 

No Bake Oat Bars - My Whole Food Life

 

In addition to being nut free, these bars are also oil free, vegan and gluten free.  You can make them up in minutes.  They also freeze well, so make a big batch if you like.

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Healthy Blueberry Crisp

I know what you are thinking.  Why the heck am I making a blueberry crisp in the fall?  Well it’s because I am reviewing my friend Miryam’s new cookbook, The Healthy Matcha Cookbook – Green Tea Inspired Meals, Snacks, Drinks and Desserts.  Miryam is the creator behind the blog, Eat Good For Life.  If you have been wanting to try matcha, this book is for you!

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Have you heard about matcha?  It’s a concentrated, powerful powdered form of green tea.  Matcha has been named one of the most potent superfoods. Matcha is full of antioxidants, helps fight free radicals, boost metabolism, lower cholesterol and so much more!  I have done a little cooking with it in the past, see my matcha truffles, but Miryam has come up with all kinds of creative ways to use it.  For example in this healthy blueberry crisp.  I would have never thought to add matcha, but it really adds a nice flavor.

Blueberry Crisp - My Whole Food Life

This crisp is vegan and gluten free.  I even made my version oil free by using applesauce in place of coconut oil.  In the recipe, Miryam states that any fruit can be used, not just blueberries.  I can’t wait to try more of the recipes.  They all look so easy!  Next on my list is the lemon coconut bites.  Yum!  I should state, that not all of the recipes are vegan, but many are.

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Raspberry Macaroons (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Raspberry Macaroons that are vegan and gluten free.  I am loving all the spring produce!  I picked up some raspberries to make these Raspberry Vegan Macaroons for you guys.

They are super easy to make.  Just a handful of ingredients and no cooking required!  I think this might work with other berries as well.

These Raspberry Macaroons are vegan, gluten free and also paleo approved!  If you liked my 4 ingredient macaroons, then you will love these too.

If you like healthy desserts, you may also want to check out my post about 20 healthy desserts with 5 ingredients or less.

 

Raspberry Macaroons - My Whole Food Life

 

These take about 5 minutes to whip up.  Then you just need to let them chill in the fridge.  This recipe is also nut free for those that have kids with nut allergies.

I added chocolate chips to mine, but you can omit those if you like.  I just love the flavor combo of raspberry and chocolate.

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Coconut Berry Fudge Cups (Vegan)

You guys!  These Coconut Berry Fudge Cups are so good!!  If you like my coconut almond fudge, or my lemon coconut fudge, then you will also love the coconut berry fudge cups.  They best part?  They are super easy and only take 4 ingredients!

Only 2 tablespoons of added sugar in the entire batch.  I made mine in standard sized muffins pans, but you can also do these in mini muffin pans for a bite sized treat.

 

Coconut Berry Fudge Cups - My Whole Food Life

 

These little bites of fudge are vegan, gluten free and paleo.  I know it’s kinda early to mention this, but as I was making them, I thought they would be great for Memorial Day or 4th of July parties.

Don’t you think?  These fudge cups literally only took a few minutes to make!

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Peach Chia Jam (No Refined Sugar)

Peach Chia Jam.  I made you a chia jam!  Are you seeing the peaches show up at your grocery store?

We are well into summer here in Texas, so I thought I would make some peach chia jam.  It turned out so good.

The best thing about this peach chia jam, is that there is no canning, boiling or pectin involved!  The chia seeds do all the work.  This chia jam is made in the refrigerator.  Super easy!

 

Peach Chia Jam

 

Another great thing about this jam is that it contains no added sugars.  Peaches are so sweet on their own, so I didn’t feel the need to add anything extra.

However, if you like things a little sweeter, you can probably add a couple teaspoons of maple syrup or raw honey.

This jam needs to be stored in the fridge and it should last a couple weeks.  It’s great on toast, on top of yogurt, or even as a pancake topping!

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