Creamy You’d Never Know it’s Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

For those of you who don’t already know, the three main food groups of my childhood were Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese, Lucky Charms, and Ice Cream. SO. When this whole “no more eating dairy or your stomach will kill you from the inside out” thing came to be in my life, I was a little upset to say the least. Granted once I moved out and began university my eating habits began to healthify and I moved a bit away from those three foods, mac ‘n’ cheese was and always will be my favorite food of all time.

I have since been searching the world high and low for a solution to my mac ‘n’ cheese cravings that are seemingly endless that won’t make me sicker than you’d like to know AND after almost 3 years of searching, I’ve finally found my solution!!! I recently discovered a local Edmonton vegan cheese company (who woulda thunk) called For the Love of Cheese and I’m not even kidding you guys, it legit tastes like real cheese. Seriously I’m not even affiliated with them I’m just obsessed with their stuff. ANDDDDDDDD they make the most bomb delicious vegan cheese sauce I have EVER tasted in my entire life of living. I may even like this cheese sauce more than real cheese. Maybe. And it’s entirely plant based and healthy like it’s made from potatoes, carrots, and nutritional yeast.

K anyways so I discovered the cheeze sauce and have since had this healthified mac ‘n’ cheese recipe every day for the past three days and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Sooooo I suggest if you’re in the Edmonton or Calgary area you go get some of this cheese sauce or grab your favorite vegan cheese sauce and make some mac ‘n’ cheese because you guys it’s good for the soul and it will make you happy. Enjoy!

 

 

Creamy You’d Never Know it’s Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. container of your favorite vegan cheese sauce (I use For the Love of Cheese’s Vegan Cheeze Sauce)
  • 1 16 oz. package organic brown rice pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast to flavor (optional)
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Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add your pasta and cook according to package directions.
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  3. Meanwhile, add about ½ cup water to a pot and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli, turn the heat down to a simmer, and cover with a lid. Steam for about 3 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.
  4. Once the pasta has been cooked and drained, return it to the pot and add the broccoli and cheese sauce. Heat on low while stirring until everything has reached optimal serving temperature (usually about 2 minutes).
  5. Serve and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast if you feel so inclined! Enjoy!
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Gluten Free Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes

I’m slowly realizing that with the amount of breakfast recipes I post I probbbbably should’ve just been a breakfast blog instead of all meals, but whatever, who doesn’t love breakfast? Especially pancakes.

I could probs eat different versions of pancakes for every meal the rest of my life. Seriously. They’re so freaking versatile. Between the flavor of the pancakes themselves to the limitless toppings options, the pancakes are endless! The limit dos not exist (Mean Girls reference for all my chick flick fans out there). I aspire to try as many new pancake combinations as possible in my time on this planet.

So, what’s so great about these pancakes? WELL. Let me tell ya. They areeeeeeeeee:

  • gluten free (duh)
  • dairy free
  • refined sugar free
  • you don’t even have to mix anything, just dump everything in a blender
  • 5 ingredients
  • made of real, whole foods
  • TASTY AS HELL
  • also healthy as hell, you’re welcome

K so now that I’ve convinced you to try these magical pancakes, please go ahead and do so right now. And have a spectacular Wednesday!!!


Gluten Free Maple Walnut Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 4 pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp maple extract
  • chopped banana, blueberries, walnuts, and/or maple syrup to top!

Directions

  1. Add 1 banana, rolled oats, eggs, baking soda, and maple extract to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat and pour approximately 1/3-½ cup sized amounts of the batter onto the skillet and let cook until the tops of the pancakes are pretty bubbly (about 2 minutes).
  3. Flip the pancakes and cook until the pancakes firm up a bit, about another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the griddle/pan and top with fresh banana, blueberries, walnuts, and/or maple syrup. Enjoy!


Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie Bowl

Dessert for breakfast anyone? Okay so it’s not actually dessert but I bet it’d fool just about anyone if they didn’t know better.

K so it was leg day today and ya girl went HARD soooo I decided to treat myself with a little Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie bowl. Rootz is the only protein powder that doesn’t make me feel any ill effects afterwards so bless you Rootz for making such an amazing all-natural paleo protein powder. ILYSM. Rember to use my discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off at checkout!

 

Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Rootz Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • Toppings:

  • buckwheat
  • coconut flakes
  • cacao nibs
  • 4 strawberries, sliced
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Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients except for the toppings to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Pour into a bowl and add your toppings. Enjoy!
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Healthy Maple Cinnamon Pecan Apple Crumble

K any of you out there who say you aren’t dessert people are straight up lying cuz dessert is life. There’s nothing I love more than a healthified dessert, which is why I’ve been making this Healthy Maple Cinnamon Pecan Apple Crumble (plus a lil scoop of coconut nice cream for funsies) on repeat instead of crushing apple pies this holiday season.

SO FREAKIN EASY AND DELICIOUS PEOPLE!!! Not to mention it’s dairy, gluten, and refined-sugar free!!! AND it’s basically just like eating some apple and oatmeal. So break out your apples and get to chopping because you’re about to be hooked on this holiday season staple. Enjoy!!!

Healthy Maple Cinnamon Pecan Apple Crumble

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 apples, cored and diced (I like using Macintosh apples)
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • Bites By Bai Dairy-Free Coconut Nice Cream to scoop on top (optional)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch pie tin with coconut oil (or your oil of choice).
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add your apples, tapioca starch, and 2 tsp cinnamon. Mix together until all your apples are coated and then spread in the bottom of the pie tin.
  3. Mix together your oats, almond flour, pecans, ½ tsp cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut oil, and maple extract. Then, press it lightly on top of your apples.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until top is firm and golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes until serving. Serve with a scoop of coconut nice cream (optional).


Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

OK so usually when I have smoothies I’ll basically throw all things healthy that I can possibly think of into a blender in order to get the max amount of nutrients possible out of that shake. So for example I’ll throw in some greens, spirulina powder, turmeric root, ginger, Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder, etc. and it just makes one giant cluster frick of brown flavored smoothie. So maybe not the best in the way of taste, but not the worst.

BUT I’ve discovered a new way to get a majority of those healthy nutrients into my smoothie AND have it taste like an absolute dream. I’m not kidding. Rootz Protein has literally changed my life. It tastes so freakin good and it’s entirely paleo friendly aka it’s made entirely of natural ingredients. Nothing artifical, no chemicals, no preservatives, just things you would find lying around the kitchen. Amazing. Seriously. Just click that little link above (or right here.) and look at the ingredients in there.

AND because I love you guys, you can use the discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off your entire order at any point in the year BUT as a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal you can use the code “BFCM” for 20% off your purchase from November 23-27th!!!!!

The most beautiful thing about this shake is that all the deliciousness of the Rootz Protein Powder, dark cocoa, banana, and almond butter TOTALLY takes away the taste of the spinach so you really have no idea you’re secretly getting your greens in there too (except for the fact that you put them in the blender so you know they’re in there). So what are you waiting for?! Treat your tastebuds and your body right and get to making this shake!!!

Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1 shake
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew (or any non-dairy) milk

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!