Recipe: Dairy-free Hot Chocolate ☕

Ready for a treat that won’t take you off track from your new year’s goals? Enter a healthier hot chocolate made with less added sugar, plant-based milk, and with the warm spice of cinnamon.

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Ingredients

1 cup non-dairy milk (we used hazelnut but for extra creamy texture, try coconut milk)

1 tbsp cacao powder

1-2 squares of dark chocolate (85% or 90% cacao content for less added sugar)

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Heat 1 cup of non-dairy milk in a small saucepan. Whisk 1 tbsp of cacao powder in the hot milk and bring it to a boil. Then add vanilla extract and let it simmer for a few minutes on low heat. Pour into a cup and add 1-2 squares of dark chocolate. Stir and enjoy!

Recipe: Jackfruit Peanut Noodles

Our first instinct was to call this recipe “Jolly Jackfruit” for two reasons: the red and green vibrant colors are reminiscent of the holidays AND it’s a meal that promotes feeling jolly afterward, fueled with plant-proteins and bright vegetables. It doesn’t hurt that the peanut sauce is to-die-for delicious. Use this meal for your new year’s resolutions of eating healthier and/or more plant-based. Enjoy!

Prep time: about 20 minutes

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Ingredients

2 cans of young jackfruit

2 tbsp olive oil (coconut oil works too)

6 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cups kale, chopped

1 cup full-fat coconut milk

2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or use soy sauce or tamari)

2 tsp toasted sesame seed oil

1 Tbsp fresh ginger

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (1-2 limes needed)

1/2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional, to help provide a multi-dimensional flavor to the peanut sauce)

8oz rice noodles, prepared according to package instructions

Instructions

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat then add garlic, kale, and red bell pepper to cook for 4-6 minutes. Stir regularly. Drain the jackfruit and remove hard core. Use your hands to pull, or ‘shred’ the jackfruit. Add it to the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes.

Now it’s time to prepare the peanut sauce. In a blender, add the coconut milk, peanut butter, coconut aminos, lime juice, maple syrup, toasted sesame oil and ginger. Blend until smooth then taste and add seasonings or spice until it’s to your liking.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and then add the rice noodles and cook according to the package instructions While waiting, pour the peanut sauce into the skillet to coat the jackfruit and veggies with the peanut sauce. Stir and cook for about 2-3 minutes before removing mixture from heat. Serve by placing noodles in a bowl and topping with the jackfruit and veggies. Add cilantro, peanuts, or red pepper flakes for additional flavor and garnish, if desired. This dish is best served fresh but can be easily heated up the next day for a delicious lunch.

If you are allergic to peanuts, take heart – almond butter worked just as well for this recipe.

Recipe: Peppermint Eggnog & Vegan Nog

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Our first eggnog experience was rather unremarkable and with concerns about foodbourne illness from raw eggs, we’ve never pursued it…until now. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a tasty peppermint eggnog recipe for you which can be made safely with eggs AND we have an eggless, vegan version which is equally delicious. We love to be the bearers of joyous tidings, and this beverage is one of them.

Eggnog is technically stirred custard, very similar to ice cream.

Peppermint Eggnog

6 organic large eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 cups non-dairy milk (we used unsweetened almond milk, you can DIY here)
1/2 can or 6.5 oz coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of cloves, if desired

Instructions

Whisk eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together in large saucepan over low-medium heat until combined. Then pour milk in slowly while whisking to fully incorporate into mixture. Whisk ingredients over heat constantly, until thermometer reads 160 degrees, about 30 minutes.  This is an important step; should you leave the eggnog mixture to cook on its own, you’ll likely get an unappealing scrambled egg-in-milk, porridge-y mixture.

After cooking is complete, pour mixture through fine sieve over a medium bowl, cool for a few minutes, and stick in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. You can also do an ice-bath to help cool mixture down faster. You’ve made a custard; great job!

Remove custard from refrigerator and set aside as you put coconut milk cream in a bowl and mix well. Then fold into eggnog custard mixture until combined; fill cups with this delicious, creamy eggnog.

Option to add alcohol. To garnish beverage, sprinkle with finely crushed peppermint, nutmeg, cinnamon, peppermint or cinnamon sticks, or whatever strikes your festive fancy.

Vegan Peppermint Eggless Nog

The only real difference here in terms of ingredients is the fact that we’re using frozen bananas instead of eggs. Because of the natural sweetness they provide, you may want to consider decreasing the amount of maple syrup added or omit it.

4 bananas (peeled and frozen)
1/2 cup maple syrup, if desired
3 cups non-dairy milk
1/2 can or 6.5 oz coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of cloves, if desired

Instructions

Even easier! Put all ingredients in a blender and blend it until smooth. Garnish as above with your favorites.

Besides being delicious, eggnog is quite versatile and can be added to coffee, used in making french toast, quiche, and more! We hope you enjoy these egg- and/or dairy-free versions of eggnog with your friends and family over the holidays.

Recipe: Tropical Millet Breakfast

Feed your body wholesome, nutritious food to as an act of self-care. Start your day right with this delicious, tropically-inspired breakfast recipe:

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup millet
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 cup pineapple, chopped
1/4 cup mango, chopped
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, toasted
2 teaspoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons flaxseeds
3 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil (pinch of salt optional). Add grains and return to boil before simmering, covered, for about 30 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before adding on top non-dairy milk, pineapple, mango, coconut,seeds, and maple syrup.

Recipe: Raspberry Coconut Ice Cream

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Like so many delicious moments, this recipe combines some favorite foods and makes a healthy alternative to a craving for traditional ice cream. This recipe is dairy-free (gluten-free, vegan) and a cooling treat on a warm day! Try it on top of the Ultimate Black Bean Brownies for true decadence!

Prep time: < 5 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 can coconut milk (about 7oz)
1 1/4 cups red raspberries, frozen
1 banana, frozen
1/4 cup cashews
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:
Put all ingredients into a blender and have at it!

Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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It can take awhile to wrap one’s head around the idea that chocolate and avocado could taste good together. To be honest, we even had doubts. One bite changed everything.

This is a fantastic treat for quite a few reasons:

  1. Full of healthy fats
  2. Low sugar
  3. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan
  4. Kid-friendly (as in, they won’t know anything green was used in the production of this dessert)

Make this recipe because it’s healthy, or make it because it’s amazingly delicious – you’ll win either way!

Ingredients:

2 avocados, ripe and pitted
1/2 cup of unsweetened chocolate powder
1/2 cup of coconut milk (or other non-dairy alternative)
5 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of cinnamon

Instructions:

Cut avocado and remove the pit before scooping flesh into a blender. Add the cocoa powder, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve chilled, about 20 minutes.

Top with fresh raspberries, shredded coconut, and/or cashews.