birthday banana milkshake

My little smoothie lover woke up to a Birthday Banana Milkshake today!

Birthday Banana Smoothie ~vegan~

I have no idea where the 3 years have gone since he was born, but I do know that every day is better than the one before with him in our lives.  It’s truly spectacular to watch him development into a little gentleman, I couldn’t be more proud of him!  Noah has brought more joy and laughter into our lives than we could have ever imagined possible.  I am one lucky mom :)

Birthday Banana Milkshake

birthday banana milkshake
 
Makes 1 large smoothie
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk of your choice (rice, soy, hemp, etc.)
  • 1 frozen banana (or one banana and a few ice cubes)
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ⅛ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • whipped topping of your choice (soy or rice whip) and sprinkles for topping
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until milky.
  2. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles and enjoy!

As most kids are, Noah is mesmerized by sprinkles.  Although not my favorite thing to include in a recipe, I can’t deny him on his birthday!

Birthday Banana Milkshake

Happy Birthday my love :)

fruit kabobs with vanilla dip ~vegan~

School’s out for the summer, yay!!!

Here is the perfect summertime snack or pool-side party treat!

Fruit salad on a stick with a vegan vanilla dipping sauce….

Fruit Kabobs with Vanilla Dipping Sauce ~vegan, gluten free~ No sugar added, kid-approved and fun!

Kid approved, no-sugar added and fun!

Serve assembled or let the little ones build their own!

Fruit Kabobs with Vanilla Dipping Sauce ~vegan, gluten free~ No sugar added, kid-approved and fun!

The sauce is made with cashews, bananas and a hint of vanilla.  No added sugar or cream was used, making this a clean and healthy sweet!

Next time you need to bring a dessert to the party, bring these…both the kids and parents will thank you :)

Fruit Kabobs with Vanilla Dipping Sauce ~vegan, gluten free~ No sugar added, kid-approved and fun!

Use any fruit you choose!  I used honeydew melon, grapes, cantaloupe and berries.

More colorful options include:

Kiwi

Orange slices

Apples

Mango

Watermelon

fruit kabobs and vanilla dip ~vegan~
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Ingredients
  • honey dew melon
  • cantaloupe
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • green grapes
  • red grapes
  • For the Vanilla Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked and drained
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk (or milk of your choosing)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut fruit into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Assemble fruit onto wooden skewers and set aside.
  3. To Make Vanilla Dipping Sauce:
  4. Place raw cashews in a bowl and cover with water, let sit for at least an hour and drain.
  5. Add cashews, bananas, almond milk, lemon juice, vanilla and sea salt in a high-speed blender. Puree until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately with fruit skewers.

Note:  The dipping sauce is best served soon after it is made.  The lemon juice acts as a natural preservative to prevent the bananas from turning brown however, the dipping sauce will take on a darker color the longer it is exposed to the air.  If made ahead of time, store in an air-tight container.

Fruit Kabobs with Vanilla Dipping Sauce ~vegan, gluten free~ No sugar added, kid-approved and fun!

Have a wonderful weekend :)

steel cut oats ~two ways~

Yup, another morning of snow…

Need a little warming up on these cold winter mornings?

Try a bowl of steel cut oats!

Two ways:

Cranberry Orange Flax 

my new favorite :)

Cranberry Orange Flax Steel Cut Oats ~two ways~vegan/gluten free~

Coco Banana Cashew
Coco Banana Cashew Steel Cut Oats ~two ways~vegan/gluten free~

Yes, steel cut oats take more time to cook than old-fashioned oats, and even more time than quick-cooking oats.   But…they are better for you and in my opinion, taste better too!  They are a bit chewier than regular oats and when dressed up with spices, nuts, fruit and maple syrup, they make for a perfect winter breakfast!

Steel Cut Oats ~two ways~vegan/gluten free~

Steel Cut Oats

(for 4 servings)

4 cups water

1 cup steel cut oats

-Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.

-Stir in oats, reduce heat to low.

-Simmer uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally for 25-30 minutes or until oats are tender.

Cranberry Orange Steel Cut Oats ~two ways~vegan/gluten free~

Cranberry Orange Flax Oatmeal

~Add dried cranberries, orange zest, ground flax seeds, dash of cinnamon and drizzle with pure maple syrup~

Coco Banana Cashew Steel Cut Oats ~two ways~vegan/gluten free~

Coconut Cashew Banana Oatmeal

~Top with sliced bananas, cashews, toasted coconut, dash of cinnamon and drizzle with pure maple syrup~

(would taste great with cacao nibs too!)

Helpful Hint:  To make mornings flow a little faster, cook a batch of oats the night before, separate into small containers and heat when needed.