edamame hummus

I love hummus, the beans keep you powered with protein and fiber, and the tahini is an excellent source of calcium.  It’s insanely easy to make, it’s cheap and turns a so-so snack of veggie sticks into something wonderful!

I found this chart on pinterest, it is from Shape magazine.

(click on photo, it will bring you to the recipes!)


 Trader Joe’s sells an edamame hummus that is SO good and my whole family loves it!  This edamame hummus recipe is just as good!  Plus, I didn’t have to drive 45 minutes to Trader Joe’s to get it…score!  I will definitely be referring to this chart in the future and look forward to trying out all the variations!

edamame hummus ~vegan, gluten free~ So simple to make!

Edamame Hummus

1 3/4 cups edamame (cooked and shelled)

1/3 cup tahini

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 garlic clove

~blend and enjoy~

(I added 2 tablespoons of water to give it a “whipped” consistency and a little sea salt for extra flavor!)


peanut butter and jelly overnight oats

Overnight oats are such a great grab-and-go breakfast!  Simply prepare them at night before you go to bed and voila they are ready to eat in the morning!  I was getting a little sick of plain old oats so I thought I would kick it up a notch!  I added peanut butter to the almond milk before I poured it on  the oats and topped it with fresh strawberries.  The protein from the nut butter and the fiber from the oats will keep you fueled all morning long!

peanut butter and jelly overnight oats ~vegan, gluten free~

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup soy or almond milk

1 heaping tablespoon peanut or almond butter

2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

1/2 cup strawberries

peanut butter and jelly overnight oats ~vegan, gluten free~

-Place oats in a small bowl, set aside.

-Blend together milk, nut butter and maple syrup until well combined.

-Pour milk/pb mixture over oats, stir, cover bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight.

-In the morning, top with diced strawberries, add a pinch of hemp seeds, flax seeds, chopped nuts or raw cacao nibs and enjoy!


great grains granola

I’m not going to lie…this recipe wasn’t originally intended to be a granola recipe.  I set out to make a no-bake granola bar which flopped, literately!  They flopped, fell apart, crumbled into pieces!  The mixture of peanut butter, spices and vanilla tasted so good I couldn’t let it go to waste!  Instead, I threw it all on parchment paper and baked it until it was a perfect golden crisp granola!

This is the first time I have used uncooked quinoa in a granola recipe.  Since quinoa is technically a seed it makes sense to eat it uncooked similar to chia or sesame seeds.  It adds a nice crunch!

great grains granola ~gluten-free~

Great Grains Granola

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raw slivered almonds

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raisins

great grains granola ~gluten free~

great grains granola ~gluten free~

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.   Place sunflower seeds and almonds on baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden, stirring occasionally.  Remove and set aside.

-Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

-In a large saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla, maple syrup and honey.  Stirring until well mixed.

-In a large bowl, mix together uncooked quinoa, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, toasted sunflower seed/almond mixture,  sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir until combined.

-Add wet and dry ingredients and stir well to combine.

-Evenly distribute onto two baking sheets and place in 300 degree oven.

-Bake for 50-60 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning and to create an even golden color.

-Remove from oven, let cool and add raisins.

-Serve with almond milk and berries or yogurt, enjoy!

great grains granola ~gluten free~

Enjoy with sliced berries and almond milk or on top of yogurt!  Chock full of  fiber, protein, omega 3’s, vitamins and minerals it’s a great way to start your day!