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).

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Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

Did daylight savings hit anyone else like a brick? Cuz it definitely hit me like one. Between the darkness, the cold, work, and school, I’ve been crunched for cooking time lately.

BUT.

That will never stop me from getting my healthy meals in. Especially when I’ve got this recipe in my toolbelt.

I’m absolutely OBSESSED with making carrot noodles lately because literally all you do is take a giant carrot and peel it up until there’s nothing left. Then, throw it all in a pan, pop the lid on, and a few minutes later: BOOM. Noodles. Anddddd, pair them with this vegan garlic cream sauce (that also takes 2 minutes to make) and you have an instant delicious and nutricious meal. Need I say more?

And who doesn’t love a good vegan cream sauce? I can never pass it up. I always make extra and keep it in a jar in the fridge so whenever I’m hungry but feeling lazy I’ll just pour it on whatever veggie noodles I have on hand that day! Easy. As. Pie.

Enjoy, my peeps, and have a spectacular Tuesday!

Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 large carrots, peeled
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • pinch paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp tapioca flour
  • sliced tomato and basil (optional)
  • Sliced chicken (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the carrot noodles, I use a carrot peeler and just peel the carrots until I have nothing left to peel.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add your carrot noodles and cover. Allow them to steam and cook for about 2-3 minutes (until tender). Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a high-powered blender, add your cashews, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Blend for about 30 seconds, until completely smooth.
  4. Transfer the sauce to a pot and whisk in the tapioca flour. Heat over medium-low while whisking until it barely comes to a simmer. It should have thickened by this point. Remove from the heat.
  5. Add your sauce to your carrot noodles and top with tomatoes, basil, and/or chicken if you’d like. Enjoy!


DF and GF Peanut Butter and Banana Chunk Pancakes

Today my morning consisted of a sprint workout, weights, yoga, laundry, and cleaning my entire apartment top to bottom SO yes I made the most massive breakfast of all time and YES I’m gonna eat every last bite cuz ya girl deserves it.

Breakfast is what motivates me to get through my morning every day (since I don’t eat until noon usually, check out my post on intermittent fasting for more deets on that) so this morning to treat myself I made scrambled eggs with avocado, sliced strawberries, and peanut butter banana oat pancakes. Breakfast. Of. Freakin. Champs. And it did not disappoint.

These pancakes, more specifically, were the actual bomb. I might make them again for dinner because yeah, I deserve breakfast for dinner too! Anyways, they’re tasty, filling, good for ya, and dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free so it doesn’t get much better than that!!

Happy Tuesday my peeps!

DF and GF Peanut Butter and Banana Chunk Pancakes

  • Servings: About 4 Pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 smashed banana, still kinda chunky
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour (plus more if batter seems runny)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • Extra peanut butter and/or banana for on top (optional)
  • Maple syrup for on top (optional)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat a large non-stick pan or non-stick griddle over medium high heat.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add your banana, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla together until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine your oat flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the batter in your ideal pancake sized amounts to the pan or griddle and cook until there are lots of bubbles on top (about a minute) then flip and cook for another minute or so on the other side.
  6. Remove to a plate once the pancakes are fully cooked and add your toppings if you choose to. Enjoy!


The Easiest Pickled Veggies

Okay you guys. If you all are mostly plant-based eaters like me, I know you have the same struggle I do of using all my veggies up before they go bad in the fridge. Whenever I’m grocery shopping, I’m always SO over eager to buy allllllllll the veggies (I can’t help it, I love them all) and inevitably I end up with some unused little guys in the bottom of my crisper drawer feeling left out and worthless.

BUT. I’m putting an end to the unloved veggies right freakin’ now because ya know what you can do with those stragglers right before they’ve reached the end of their shelf life?

PICKLE THEM.

That’s right people!!! Pickled veggies are like the easiest thing ever andddddd did I mention the gut health benefits? Uh, ya. Happy gut galore here guys. Since pickling is a form of fermentation, during the pickling process good bacteria breaks down the cellulose and natural sugars thus creating probiotics. AND you get the health benefits of whatever veg you’re pickling, too, whether that be vitamins, antioxidants, preventing blood sugar spikes, you name it. Pickling also keeps the food from spoiling so it saves you lots of moolah since you don’t have to waste those veggies that were otherwise destined for the trash can.

Okay, so now that I’ve convinced you that pickling is something you just HAVE to do now, you may be asking, “But Bailey, what the heck do I do with my pickled veggies?”

Good question. While I personally think these guys are good enough to just be eaten straight outta the jar, they can also be used as the ultimate topping. Throw ’em on a sandwich, in a salad, or even in tacos (or whatever you’re eating that could use a trip to flavortown) and BOOM instant deliciousness. You can even use the leftover brine as a tasty, vinegar-y salad dressing! I’m telling ya, the options are endless here. There’s no down side.

So head on over to that fridge, pull out those leftover veggies that are being neglected, and get to pickling!!! You’ll be a pro before ya know it. Happy pickling my peeps!

The Easiest Pickled Veggies

  • Servings: 4 Jars
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 500 ml white wine vinegar
  • 500 ml water
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 4 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 cup dill
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 4 sterilized mason jars
  • 4 cups total of whatever veggies you’d like to pickle (I did 1 cup each of radishes, carrots, red onion, and cauliflower)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, bring the vinegar, water, honey, and salt to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, split the red onion, mustard seeds, peppercorns, dill, and garlic cloves evenly amongst your jars. Then fill them with your veggies.
  3. Once the salt and honey has dissolved, pour your brine into the mason jars and seal. Place them in the refrigerator for at least a week before using.


Sweet Massaged Kale Salad with Vegan Parmesan

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This is 100% my favorite salad of all time (currently). I’ve literally been eating it night and day for the past two weeks and I still can’t get enough of it!

Anddddd, besides being leafy green and delicious, it takes two seconds to make (you can even pre-make the dressing and keep it in a bottle for easy access then all you have to do is make the vegan parm and you’re set). It’s the perfect way to have a delicious healthy side salad/meal in minutes. AND IT’S SO GOOD. I made the Oh She Glows Butternut Squash with this nutty parmesan substitute and ever since I’ve just been putting it in everything.

I hope you enjoy, my peeps!

Sweet Massaged Kale Salad with Vegan Parmesan

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped coarsely and massaged
  • ¼ c golden raisins
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Oh She Glows Almond-Pecan Parmesan

  • ¼ c almonds
  • ¼ c pecans
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional Yeast
  • ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch sea salt

Directions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add your kale and give it a few squeezes to “massage” it. This breaks it down a bit and makes it less bitter. Add the golden raisins.
  2. Meanwhile, combine 2 Tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, and pepper and whisk to combine.
  3. Place all ingredients for the Oh She Glows Almond-Pecan Parmesan in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are in tiny chunks.
  4. Add the “parmesan” and dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy!