Caramel Cashew Spread (Vegan)

I had some dates that were kind of getting dried out.  When that happens, I try and soak them to use them up asap.  That is how this Caramel Cashew Spread came about.

All you need is 2 ingredients to make it and it’s so delicious.  I can see it being used for so many things.

For example, a spread for pancakes or waffles, drizzle over ice cream, swirl some in overnight oats, or just eat it off the spoon!  You can even add some sea salt for a salted caramel taste!


Caramel Cashew Spread - My Whole Food Life

This healthy spread has zero added sugars.  It’s just sweetened with dates.

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Red Lentil Hummus

One of the things I love most about my job, is all the cookbook reviews I get the opportunity to do.  Today my review is of Dreena Burton’s latest cookbook Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes.


You may already be familiar with her blog, Plant Powered Kitchen. Today I am sharing a recipe from the book.  Red Lentil Hummus.  What a great idea, right? I love lentils and hummus, but I never thought to make hummus with lentils.

Red Lentil Hummus - My Whole Food Life

Dreena has been vegan for almost 20 years.  She also raises her 3 children vegan.  In fact, Plant Powered Families has over 100 recipes that have been tested and approved by her 3 children.   I love that these recipes are easy and kid friendly.  In addition to the hummus, some of the other recipes include: Cinnamon French Toast, Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Sneaky Chickpea Burgers, Apple Pie Chia Pudding, Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies, Creamy Fettucine and No Bake Granola Bars.  I can’t wait to make more of the recipes myself.    In addition to the recipes, Dreena shares tips on dealing with picky eaters, packing school lunches and stocking a vegan pantry.

I am also giving away a copy to one lucky reader.  Make sure you enter via the Rafflecopter widget below the recipe!

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Guest Post: Clean Eating Sesame Chickpea and Carrot Spread

Hello, guys. I’m filling in for Melissa while she spends some time with her family. My name is Olena and I am an author of Clean Eating Recipes blog – iFOODreal. Although I’m not vegan, our family’s meal focus is plant based with meat or fish once per week and limited amount of dairy products. We also strive to eat organic and local as much as we can.


As you know, when eating whole foods deli meat is not an option anymore. Frankly, even few natural and organic ones I was able to find do not fit my understanding of eating clean. That is when quick and easy spreads come in handy.

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Dairy Free Pesto (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Dairy Free Pesto is the recipe for today!  Pesto is one of my favorite sauces.  It’s great on zucchini noodles and pizza.  It also makes a great dip or sandwich spread.

This healthy vegan pesto sauce is very versatile.  It’s also super easy to make!  I only used 6 ingredients.  My dairy free pesto recipe is also oil free.

If you like to make your own dressings and sauces,  you may also like this post full of sauce and condiment recipes.


Dairy Free Pesto - My Whole Food Life

You can whip up this healthy pesto in just minutes.  I added spinach to mine, but kale or chard will work too.  No need for dairy and oil in this recipe.

I added the nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor, but it actually will give you a nice dose of B vitamins too!  This dairy free pesto recipe is vegan, gluten free and grain free!

You can keep it paleo, but omitting the yeast.  If you are wondering what the heck nutritional yeast is, check out this post.

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Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe

This Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe is super easy to make!  Homemade guacamole is kind of like homemade hummus.  It’s so easy to make, but it’s often bought because many people don’t realize how easy it is to make!

Once you try this easy guacamole recipe, you will never buy it at the store again.  It literally takes only a few minutes!  Plus you can control the ingredients.



We have chips and guacamole at just about every family gathering we go to, so it would be perfect for your holiday parties too.  I don’t know of a single person that doesn’t care for guacamole or avocados in general.  This recipe is so simple.

All you need is one bowl.  No food processor or anything else.  Unless you prefer to make it that way.

We love to eat this with fresh veggies or Beanitos.  Yum!  This guacamole should last about 3 days in the fridge.

Ours is usually gone the first day though!  This guacamole would go perfect with my homemade Mary’s Gone Crackers.

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Pumpkin Coconut Butter (Vegan)

Pumpkin Coconut Butter is awesome!! Have you tried coconut butter?

It’s so amazing.  It’s melt in your mouth delicious.  I use coconut butter in a lot of my raw desserts.   So I decided to create a Fall inspired coconut butter recipe.

That is how this pumpkin coconut butter came to be.  It would make a great spread for toast, you could swirl it in overnight oats or even melt is and drizzle on pancakes or ice cream.  Yum!


Pumpkin Coconut Butter - My Whole Food Life


Of course if you don’t want to use this dreamy coconut butter in all of my suggestions above, you could just eat it with a spoon!  I’m not gonna lie.  I had a few spoonfuls of this in the process of making it.

Hey, I got to taste test right? 🙂  This coconut butter is vegan, gluten free and paleo.  Just about everyone can enjoy it.  You can whip it up in minutes!

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