Pumpkin Cheezecake Bars | Vegan, Probiotic, Gluten Free, Date Sweetened, Oil Free, AMAZING

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

with ~4 billion probiotics per bar!!

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To everyone out there who once said, “I LOVE CHEESECAKE” Look no further. Seriously.

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These babes are so delish, and are actually full of ingredients for sustained calm energy, mood, and even improve digestion and immunity! How!? Well, using healthy foods like dates, pecans, and cashews of course. But also! I am a huge fan of the Lavva Yogurt company.

Their yogurt is pili nut based with 0 (zero!added refined sugars, and 50 billion! Yes 50 billion probiotics.  Probiotics are amazing for of course digestion and beautiful perfect snake poops, (yay!), but did you know that most of our serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) is produced in the gut? Plus, our GI is an open vessel to the outside world, and is lined with inflammatory and immune cells ready to fire to protect us from invaders.  It makes sense if the biota is thrown off, our immunity and inflammation would be all over the place.

I love how this yogurt tastes and makes me feel so much that I got it for a yogurt parfait bar at one of The Shift retreats that I chef at.  The ladies 1. loved it and 2. Were floored with how amazing their digestion was after just one weekend!  Granted, my whole foods plant based cuisine helps peoples digestion, but honestly often people will complain of discomfort and gas due to so much fiber they are eating all of a sudden.  With the addition of this effective delish yogurt, it really helped!

 

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Makes 20 Bars. adapted from the incredible Feasting On Fruit

Crust:

  • 20 medjool dates, pitted
  • 6 oz raw pecans
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Line a 9×6 baking dish with parchment paper (feel free to try round spring cake pan, pie plate, or square pan!)
  2. Using food processor S blade, blend the crust ingredients until well combined and pressable texture for crust, nice and chunky, not paste or butter
  3. Press crust evenly into parchment lined dish

Cheesecake:

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in the fridge overnight and drained
  • 7 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 container Lavva Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1/2 container Lavva Original Yogurt (save the other half to top your oatmeal or smoothie bowl!)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Soak cashews overnight, drain and rinse.
  2. Blend cheesecake in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or use your food processor S blade again.
  3. Blend until super creamy and smooth
  4. Pour on top of crust
  5. Freeze overnight
  6. Let thaw for 10-20 minutes, slice into 20 bars and keep in the fridge for ~5 days or freezer for up to 2 weeks. DEVOUR IN ECSTASY

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Chai Chickpea Superfood Cookie Dough Balls | Vegan, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Date Sweetened

Fall is! Well, here in Venice, CA it actually still feels like Summer… BUT the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) is back at Starbucks sooo therefore it’s time to throw pumpkin spice, pecans, and chai gingery goodness in absolutely everything.

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I am a huge fan of drink mud.  The founders are basically neighbors of mine, local here in Venice. They have a great mission to help get people feeling energized and thriving without overstimulating the adrenals from coffee.  Their product drink mud has medicinal mushrooms, cacao, turmeric,  and Indian Chai spicee. It does have a tad of caffeine, making these superfood balls the best pick me up that ever happened!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 8-10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1-2 Tbsp Drink Mud Powder: https://www.mudwtr.com/ . (option to use your favorite mix of spices and superfoods like pumpkin pie spice, spirulina, maca, hemp, cinnamon, cacao, etc.)
  • 1-2 thumbs fresh ginger, grated (optional)
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of pink salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice powder
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut

Steps:

  1. Food processor S blade: blend chickpeas, dates, tahini, nut butter, vanilla, mud powder, ginger, and salt until smooth
  2. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin spice powder, cinnamon, coconut, and pecans
  3. Using a tablespoon, create balls of dough and roll them into the separate bowl to coat with pecans, coconut, and more spice
  4. Keep in the fridge for about a week or freeze for about a month
  5. Warning: you will feel like LIFE IS AMAZING after eating these and you may want to run 15 miles or something. Do your best not to eat them before bed 🙂

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5 Favorite Vegan Thanksgiving / Holiday Recipes | Katie Reines, MS, RD.

Ahhh Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday. Take the stress away and leave nothing but joy to saturate your friends and family. Which is really what Thanks. Giving. is all about, isn’t it?  Sometimes, these family occasions can be looked at as a burden.  I invite you to challenge that.  Let’s put in an effort out of love. It is worth it.  And maybe even take it to the next level- provide your family a truly compassionate dish option 😛

  1. Apple Pie

This is the gourmet recipe from the incredible healing cafe, Organic Garden Cafe in Beverly, MA where I’ve been working at seasonally since high school. Jacob Massey is an amazing raw vegan pastry chef. This pie: UNREAL. You have to believe me, seriously you must try it <3. I’m obsessed. Maybe its the already delicious food it’s made out of. Or maybe it’s all the joy he puts into his work. I’d say both. Anyone who has it tastes and feels the incredible-ness.

Makes 6 Pies:

Crust:

  • 10 cups walnuts
  • 7 1/2 cups pitted moist dates or coconut date rolls
  • 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 2 1/4 Tbsp coconut oil
  1. Line spring form pans with parchment paper
  2. Pulse and blend in food processor until well combined and a little chunky, not too smooth
  3. Distribute crust evenly into pans and press to smooth

Filling:

  • 10 quarts chopped into 1/2 inch cubes apples
  • 4 cups soaked dried apricots
  • 2 cups soaked raisins
  • 3/4 cup psyllium
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger (not peeled but washed)
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Blend soaked fruit, psyllium, ginger, cinnamon, and salt in food processor until smooth
  2. Combine with chopped apple and mix well. The juices from the apple will release and the dried fruit mixture will distribute nicely
  3. Distribute filling evenly on crusts and press to smooth

Crumble:

  • 8 cups walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp clove
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  1. Pulse in food processor until well combined and forms a nice crumble texture, not too smooth like butter
  2. Distribute crumble over pie fillings evenly and smooth gently
  3. Freeze pies overnight and thaw in the refrigerator. Freezing and thawing gives the apples a delicious cooked texture and releases all the wonderful juices.
  4. Try your best to share with someone 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!

2. Holiday Kale Salad

Inspired by the Quinoa Medley (#4 below). Use whatever herbs you like and have so much fun! This dish has wowed so many people and honestly, you can’t go wrong. A sweet tangy dressing, epic freshness and beautiful colors with the pompom. Mmm mmm!

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  • 1-2 bunches of kale
  • 2 pomegranates
  • 1 bunch green onion (half chopped half blended)
  • 1 large bunch dill (half chopped half blended)
  • 1 bunch mint (half chopped half blended)
  • 2 Tbs tahini (I used 2 Tbs hemp seeds)
  • 2 cups currents or raisins (I didn’t use raisins at the demo)
  • ½ cup pure lime juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 4 dates
  • 2 cups walnuts
  1. Wash, de-stem, and schiffinade kale
  2. Chop using either a food processor S blade, or a knife and cutting board, half of the bunches of scallion, dill, and mint
  3. Deseed pomegranates (with a large spoon, banging on the outside of 1/2 of the fruit so the seeds just fall into your palm)
  4. chop walnuts
  5. Blend juice, dates, and the other half of the bunches of green onion, dill, and mint
  6. Massage dressing into kale thoroughly with gloved or very very clean hands
  7. Using tongs, mix in nuts and pomegranate seeds
  8. Serve chilled❤

3. FullyRaw Pumpkin Pie

I made this pie many times in Indiana where little local persimmons are all over the place.  There were two local persimmon trees at Purdue where I would frequently sit under, wait for the wind to blow, and eat all of the fruit that fell to the ground! The samples I made in the video below could not have gotten better reviews.  It is amazing how people think healthy food won’t taste redonk. And when it does, the light in their eyes! Priceless.

FullyRaw Kristina’s Pumpkin Pie:

Crust

  • ~1 lb dates
  • 1.5-2 cups pecans
  • 1-2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Pie Filling

  • 2-3 cups pie pumpkin
  • ~2 lbs dates
  • Ginger, thimble sized piece
  • ~168grams persimmon pulp
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Crust

  1. Using food processor S blade, put pecans in first, then dates and cinnamon, and pulse and blend until desired crust texture
  2. Take out the blade
  3. Press all around pie crust

Pie Filling

  1. Put pumpkin chunks and then dates, persimmon, cinnamon, ginger, and spice in vitamix, or food processor S blade
  2. Blend until completely smooth
  3. Rubber spatula into pie crust
  4. Freeze to set (about 2 hours)

4. Quinoa Medley

I’m actually obsessed with Chef AJ and The Plant Based Dietitian, Julieanna Hever.  I got to meet Chef AJ at Chicage Vegan Mania when I went with the club that I helped to create, “Be Veg at Purdue”. She made this quinoa medley at her demo and everyone was like. HOMINA. No oil? No salt?? So much flavor?!! Howw does she do it. A must make dish for every occasion.  Both Chef AJ and Julieanna Hever have the best recipes.  Definitely check them out!

Time: 25 minutes. You will need: large pot, knife, cutting board, large bowl, large spoon, measuring cups. Serves: ~20. (½ cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz dry quinoa (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 bunch scallion
  • ½ bunch cilantro
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • ½ – ¾ cup lime juice (about 8 limes)

Steps:

  1. Rinse quinoa and then bring to a boil in 5 cups of water. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. (cook to manufacture’s instructions on box)
  2. Allow quinoa to cool. Chop herbs using a food processor S blade, or by hand. Juice limes.
  3. Combine ingredients in large bowl. Serve chilled. Keeps well for about a week in the fridge.

5. Butternut Squash Brussel Sprout Stuffing

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My roommate in Texas made this twice for a project and guess who ate it all.  GUILTY (well, you know, ate most of it). It is so amazing! Food52 is a great resource for reliably bomb vegan recipes.

I hope this helps you to bring something healthy and delicious to your table. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

 

6 Ingredient Pancakes: Pumpkin. Chocolate Chip. Vegan. Amazing.

These pancakes are out of this worrrlldd!! Inspired by Deliciously Ella:

Makes about 9 pancakes:

1 cup pumpkin
1 cup plant milk
1 1/4 cup brown rice flour (or ground oats / any GF flour)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)
Use non-stick pan preferably or use light coconut or avocado oil for greasing

  1. Mix together wet ingredients and cinnamon
  2. Gently stir flour until well combined
  3. Fold in chocolate chips
  4. On medium heat, place about 1/3 cup of batter for a pancake and spread into pancake shape with a spoon
  5. Flip after about 2 minutes
  6. Serve warm with berries and real maple syrup 🙂

FullyRaw Pumpkin Pie

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I want you and your family to fully enjoy your pumpkin pie this year!  That means full of life, health, color, nutrients, sustainability, vibrancy, and delicious, decadent, simply divine satisfaction.  From FullyRaw Kristina on YouTube.  Cholesterol free, salt free, dairy free, gluten free, guilt free, nutrient dense, AND rediculuously delicious!! Don’t believe me??  Go ahead, see for yourself!

 

I calculated it out on the USDA’s Supertracker!  One slice of this pie has easily absorbed vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus, fiber and only 221 calories!  All that orange color from the pumpkin and the persimmons is what makes it a great source of vitamin A.  Ever heard that eating more carrots is good for your eyes?  I have read that vitamin A deficiency is the most common cause of non-accidental blindness worldwide!  According to the National Institutes of Health website, “Vitamin A also supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs”.

 

So yes, that recommendation to “eat the rainbow” makes sense!  Colors offer different essential vitamins and minerals!   This pie is also at 498.83mg of potassium per slice!  Potassium is on the “list of foods and nutrients to increase” list in the USDA guidelines.  Turns out, dates have a lot of it!!  This perfect pie, also has 5.83 grams of dietary fiber.  Recommendations for a 2000 calorie diet are 25g of fiber, so one slice of pie has got you 23.32% of the way!

 

 

FACT: Anything that is marketed as “high” in a nutrient must be over 20% recommended daily intake of that nutrient!  So, I can say that this slice of pie is high in fiber, and high in vitamin A.  For something to be marketed as a “good source of” it must be between 10-19% of recommended daily intake.  So, a slice of this pie, on a 2000 calorie diet, is a good source of potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus!

 

Makes 1 Powerful Pumpkin Pie!

Serves approximately 12

Equipment: Food Processor with an S blade, strainer, pie plate

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups raw pie pumpkin, seeded and cubed
  • about 3lbs of dates, pitted
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • thimble sized piece of ginger, or ginger powder
  • 1.5- 2 cups pecans
  • 168 grams of local persimmon pulp (persimmons are now in season!)* (or one medium sized Thai persimmon)
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • LOVE! ❤

 

*How to get persimmon pulp?! Take the stems off of your persimmons, put them in a screen strainer over a clean bowl and mash them against the screen with a spoon.  The seeds will be left behind in the strainer while the delicious caramel sauce pulp will be in your bowl! Measure by tarring out a food scale! J

 

Crust

Using a food processor S blade, pulse and blend pecans, about 1lb of dates, vanilla, and about 2 tsp of cinnamon (eyeball it!). Press crust into pie pan and refrigerate while making filling.

Filling

If you have a Vitamix blender, use that! I used the food processor S blade again.  Thrown in your pumpkin chunks, 2-3 lbs of dates (if dates are hard I would soak them in warm water a little to soften before using in the creamy filling), persimmon pulp, ginger, and 1-2ish tsp (up to you!) pumpkin pie spice! Pour over crust and let it chill for about 2 hours.  Savor and serve with plenty of love ❤ !

 

I am so confident that you will enjoy this pie as much as I did, that I just had to share it with you!  I hope you have fun with your family experimenting in the kitchen!  No wait for anything to cook!  No being scared of undercooking anything in fear of salmonella or any other deadly microbe! No scrubbing and fussing cleaning up, just a quick rinse will do the trick!  Perfect for kids, elders, and lazy college students!  Happy Thanksgiving!