Basil Balsamic Dressing

This is my perfect basil balsamic, it is always a hit! Basil is an excellent tonic food good for your heart, mind, and stamina.  Enjoy!

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup oil
1/2 cup fresh basil
4 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp  agave nectar
2 tsp garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Easy Morning Parfait (Vegan, GF)

Change up your morning routine and add a little fun (and nutrition).  I love these parfaits, they are so versatile.  An extra bonus is a link to a great granola recipe!

Power Parfaits

2 cups of your favorite gluten-free granola (link below)

1 ½ cups vegan yogurt

2 bananas

1-2 Tbsp. chia seeds

fresh fruit chopped

Toppers (pomegranate arils, chopped nuts, granola, coconut shreds, spirulina,  pumpkin seeds etc…)

Method

In 3 containers that are approx.. 1 cup in size, layer the bottom with 1/2 cup granola each

In a bowl mash 1 ½ banana and mix with yogurt and chia seeds.  (if using unsweetened yogurt you may want to add some agave nectar or sweetener to taste.  I also add a bit of vanilla extract to plain yogurt)

Split the yogurt into the three bowls

Top with fresh fruit, banana, and toppers

Let sit overnight in the refrigerator to allow the chia seeds to soak

Easy Granola Recipe (make sure to get GF oats if this is your diet!)

https://cookieandkate.com/2015/healthy-granola-recipe/

 

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Vegan Cacao Power Balls

Are you on the go?  These are the perfect quick to make, easy to store go-to snack for those on the run!  Just be careful they stay cool!

Cacao Power Balls Recipe
A deliciously rich chocolate protein power ball perfect for a pre- and post-workout for energy and refueling.
Ingredients
1 cup raw cashews, unsalted
1/3 cup agave nectar (or liquid sweetener to taste)
1/2 cup almond butter, unsweetened

1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/2-3/4 cup coconut oil (Soft, but not melted, the more oil there is and the hotter it gets, the more difficult it will be to form a ball))
1/4 cup hemp hearts, or sunflower seeds
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp Cacao nibs (sweetened)

Optional: Maca, protein powder, or any powder supplement
Instructions
Process the cashews on high in a food processor for 20-30 seconds until they are finely ground
Add in all the remaining ingredients into the container and pulse until a dough/batter has formed.
Different products can produce different results, so if the mixture is crumbly, add more butter, if too soft, refrigerate slightly.
Transfer batter to another bowl (taste the batter to make sure sweet enough for your liking)
Measure out approximately 1-2 Tbsp size of the batter and roll into a ball that is compact. Roll in coconut shreds.  Store in either the fridge or freezer