Happy Saturday, everyone & welcome to day 5 of blogging every day in January! Not going to lie, I love checking in on the blog every day, and may up my blogging game permanently. Kyle and I are staying at Wild Dunes Resort in the Isle of Palms this weekend, so I wanted to make this blog post a bit shorter and straight to the point that way we could go out and participate in some activities. I’m sharing ten of my favorite gluten-free & vegan recipes that’ll surely cure your sweet tooth. Some of these recipes are perfect for on-the-go snacking! We made the no-bake energy balls for our trip this weekend, and they have become a staple for us! Hope you guys have a great weekend.
HOMEMADE SIX-INGREDIENT COOKIE DOUGH PROTEIN BARS
If you like cookie dough, you’ll LOVE these. These bars pack so much protein and are great for on the go moments. Plus, they’re fun to make! These protein bars only have six ingredients: plant-based vanilla protein powder (Orgain), dates, almonds, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk, and no sugar added vegan chocolate chips (Lily’s)
HEALTHY VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER & DARK CHOCOLATE CRISPY TREATS
These healthy vegan crispy treats are made with almond butter and finished off with a no sugar added dark chocolate drizzle! They are perfect with a cup of coffee, an after-dinner dessert, and healthy enough for breakfast! This recipe only has five ingredients, and you can totally make swaps! It has almond butter, organic rice cereal, brown rice syrup, coconut oil, and no sugar added vegan dark chocolate.
THE BEST VEGAN CARROT CAKE (GLUTEN FREE & NO ADDED SUGAR)
I can confidently say “this is the best carrot cake I’ve ever had in my entire life.” I brought it over to my parent’s house, and they were blown away. Carrot cake is my dad’s favorite dessert, and even he said it was “out of this world.” This cake is fluffy, full of spice, dense, and the frosting just melts in your mouth.
NO-BAKE LEMON & CHIA PROTEIN ENERGY BALLS
I made these lemon & chia no-bake protein energy balls for a hiking trip. They turned out awesome! I also made a batch for my mom, and she was obsessed. I had about fifteen text messages from her the next day begging for the recipe, and asking if I’d make a batch for her office. It was the cutest. All you need for this recipe is coconut flour, cashew butter, chia seeds, vanilla protein powder, white chocolate (or vegan white chocolate), juice from one medium lemon, agave, and cashew or almond milk.
PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT MUFFINS
These muffins are incredible! The first time I made them, I used eggs, but once I tried them out with a flax-replacement, I’ve made them vegan ever since. They fluff up so perfectly, and the flavors are on point!! These are great for breakfast, or a post-workout treat! (the vegan version is at the bottom of the linked blog post)
4-INGREDIENT, NO-BAKE, PROTEIN BREAKFAST BALLS (VEGAN &GF)
These peanut butter & chocolate oatmeal breakfast balls are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and vegan! If you want, use nut-free peanut butter if there are any allergies. Not only are these great for breakfast or on the go snacks, but they are also an excellent source of energy for workouts. These are also ideal for road trip snacks.
NO-BAKE APRICOT CRANBERRY NUT BARS
These apricot cranberry nut bars were a fun experiment in the kitchen. I was showing my mom how to make the chocolate hazelnut protein bombs, and then we came up with this one right after. I don’t know why, but they taste like cherry pop tarts. I can’t explain it, but they are delicious. I think the almond extract was the perfect addition. These bars pack a ton of healthy fats and energy for your day or activity! If you’re looking for a great travel-friendly snack, these are a great choice!
BERRIES & CREAM COCONUT PRETZEL DESSERT
One of my favorite desserts in the entire world is my mom’s strawberry pretzel dessert. She makes it every Christmas and on the 4th of July. We’ve been eating it and hiding it in secret spots in the fridge for over twenty-five years. Her recipe inspired me to create this tasty gluten-free vegan berry pretzel dessert treat. It’s a healthy spinoff that you may want to add to your holiday menu. This recipe is so easy to make and doesn’t call for a ton of ingredients. I love that this recipe is super customizable. If you don’t like berries, use a different fruit. If you can’t find non-dairy cream cheese, you can use regular cream cheese, regular pretzels instead of gluten-free ones, or honey instead of agave. The best thing about recipes is that you can get creative and play around with them. You don’t have to stick to the ingredients or directions.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES
These cookies are packed with healthy ingredients like coconut oil, peanut butter, cocoa powder, oats, and cashew milk! Even though they look like they are loaded with sugar, they have ZERO added sugar. I used the Lily’s no sugar added vegan chocolate chips, Swerve, a no added sugar chunky peanut butter, and unsweetened applesauce. They are so good and perfect for traveling!
HEALTHY CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHUNK OATMEAL COOKIES
These are the best chewy chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies! They are gluten free, dairy free, made without butter, soy free, low sugar, and vegan! These cookies are super healthy, but taste sinful. You won’t even be able to tell the difference between this recipe and your grandma’s chocolate chip cookies! They are that good. The ingredients in this recipe are super simple. These cookies are made up of gluten-free baking flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cashew milk, sea salt, swerve, applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla, and my egg replacement.
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