Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
with ~4 billion probiotics per bar!!
To everyone out there who once said, “I LOVE CHEESECAKE” Look no further. Seriously.
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!
Makes 20 Bars. adapted from the incredible Feasting On Fruit ❤
- 20 medjool dates, pitted
- 6 oz raw pecans
- 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Line a 9×6 baking dish with parchment paper (feel free to try round spring cake pan, pie plate, or square pan!)
- Using food processor S blade, blend the crust ingredients until well combined and pressable texture for crust, nice and chunky, not paste or butter
- Press crust evenly into parchment lined dish
- 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
- Soak cashews overnight, drain and rinse.
- Blend cheesecake in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or use your food processor S blade again.
- Blend until super creamy and smooth
- Pour on top of crust
- Freeze overnight
- 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
Ahh hemp seeds! One of the most nutrient dense little foods out there. With anti-inflammatory omegas, packed with protein and iron. Look out world hemp milk is going to make a lean mean hulk outta you! 1 cup of this milk recipe has got about:
- Calories: ~130
- Protein: ~8 grams
- Fat: ~9 grams (essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids!)
- Iron: 15% DV* (*daily value based on a 2000 calorie diet)
- Fiber: 8% DV*
- 3 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1 pitted moist date
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Blend for 1-2 minutes on high until smooth and creamy
- Keep in the fridge for about a week
- Hug someone randomly, because you can
- ❤ smile.
The research I am doing for my graduate program is on plant foods and cancer- I am on cloud 8374378457 with all the EUREKA WHATT research that is out there!! Sulforaphane in broccoli, sweet potato protein, flavanols in cacao, cranberries, blueberries, tomatoes, the plant kingdom cures cancer!! Amazing! The best is to get organic and picked ripe because plants produce natural components called salvestrols to protect themselves from harm similarly to how the plant foods protect us. It. Is. Unbelievable. Potent cancer killers without harming the body, truly healing it. Mind, body, spirit, immunity, vitality, sustainability ❤ Eat the rainbow, reap the success, love, beauty, and happiness *starstruck*
Rainbow Citrus Zoodles
- 4 small zucchini, spiralized
- 2-3 medium carrots, spiralized
- 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
- 2 purple cabbage leaves, sliced thin
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
- 1/3 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup fresh scallion
- a quarter sized chunk of ginger
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. tahini
- Combine noodles in a large bowl
- Blend sauce ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth
- Drizzle over noodles, mix and devour with some people you love!
This peanut sauce though. Yum. !
I made these the weekend my beautiful friend Ally came to visit. She LOVED them! These rolls are STUFFED with nothing but veggies and whole plant foods in all their glory. I love this peanut sauce recipe because it tastes BETTER than the processed ish without all the preservatives, colors, oils, salt, sugar, or anything that might make me, you know, depressed! Only happiness fuel for every cell here ladies and gentlemen!
Vietnamese Soft Rolls + Peanut Sauce
Adapted from the Organic Garden Cafe ❤
- Rice wrappers stuffed with:
- Purple cabbage
- Red bell pepper
- Sweet potato
- Brown rice
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (1 ingredient only: PEANUTS)
- juice of 1.5-2 limes
- large marble to golf ball chunk of fresh peeled ginger
- 1 garlic clove
- 8 oz pitted moist dates
- 2/3 cup simmering hot water
- dash of chili flakes
Blend in high speed blender or food processor until smooth
Remember tollhouse chocolate chip cookies??? That feeling like dag, I just want to eat the raw douughh omgg.. Just wait till you try this cookie dough replica with peanut butter. Yup. It’s crack. You’ve been warned. These babes. Peanut. Butter. Cookie. Dough. Musical eating is allowed (moaning). BEWARE: may trigger binge eating.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
Adapted from the incredible Ambitious Kitchen’s Chickpea Blondies
Makes ~24 balls
- 1 1/2 cups boiled chickpeas (or canned, rinsed and drained)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter- the kind that only has 1 ingredient: peanuts
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (try using 1/3 cup of moist pitted dates instead!)
- 1 1/4 tsp maca powder (or vanilla extract, I don’t have vanilla and maca is like vanilla cupcakes)
- squeeze some juice from 1/4 of a lime
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger (ground powder would probably work too)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (or vegan dark chocolate chips)
- Cacao powder for dusting
- Put all ingredients except chopped nuts(or chocolate chips) in a food processor (S blade) or in a high speed blender like a Vitamix. Blend until smooth like cookie dough.
- Fold in chopped nuts with a spoon
- Using a tablespoon, form 24 balls and roll with your hands, set aside.
- Put about 1/4 cup of cacao powder in a small bowl and roll ~3-4 balls at a time in the cacao powder
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge and, normally I would say share with loved ones but this one you’re going to want to hide in the back and keep them all to yourself. *see no evil* Savor in good health!
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