Healthy Happy Life

Vegan Walnut Brownies

These were our Saturday night in. Vegan Walnut Brownies are always a good idea. They bake up swiftly and pack a big chocolate punch. They also pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla vegan ice cream or even some sliced strawberries and coconut whip. Or drizzle some warmed peanut butter on top. Or just spoon dive right into the dish!

These brownies are rich and chewy and fluffy and just what you need when a chocolate craving hits. I also love that they keep very well in the fridge for a few days. You can even wrap the brownies and store in the freezer. I plan on chopping up my leftovers and folding them into some chocolate ice cream for some DIY Brownie Fudge ice cream! Get today's brownie recipe!...


Vegan Meal Plan Sundays: Week 3, Smoothie + Salad Challenge

Hey guys, it is late Sunday and I am about to pop on Game of Thrones, but I am feeling awful because I haven't posted this week's plan yet! This weekend just seemed to zoom by in a mix of sunshine, tennis, cat naps and cooking projects and playing. But it hasn't all been rainbows and sunshine, I can assure you! But I like to focus on all the good stuff. And there was a whole lot of good stuff this weekend just like any week, if I look closely. I mean, looking to my right there is the fuzziest kitten muffin ever curled up on my leg and off to my left, my awesome husband finishing dinner. Good stuff.

The Plan: Smoothie + Salad Challenge. This week I am doing something a bit different, as I will from time to time. Instead of a straight up plan I am challenging you! For each day, I have one of my favorite salads and a fave smoothie. For each day, I challenge you to try at least one of those items! And no, I don't expect most of you to nail down all 7 days, but if you can do even one or two new recipes this week, you get a big fat gold star from me! Check out this week's recipes...


D23 in Review. (And the best salad recipe!)

disclosure: This post is sponsored by DOLE but all opinions are my own.

Last Saturday I did something really exciting. Scary. Exhausting. But mostly really exciting! I was given the opportunity to present three cooking demos with DOLE at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim. The D23 Expo is Disney's annual convention, also known as the ultimate Disney fan event. And since you guys might know by now that I am a big Disney fan, this was a pretty cool opportunity.

In today's post, I get to share that day with you! Along with the salad recipe I made during the demo. And seriously guys, this salad recipe from DOLE is soooooooo good. Seriously, I devoured the big bowl in the photos right after shooting. I couldn't stop eating it! YES, salad. Let's go!..


Coconut Milk Matcha Ice Cream

*disclosure: this post is part of my Encha Organic Matcha brand ambassadorship

Vegan ice cream is right up there with carrot cake and chocolate chip cookies and maple donuts when it comes to my favorite desserts. And even though there are SO many awesome dairy-free ice cream brands on the market these days, I just love making my own because I can get creative with flavors and customize the texture and sweetness.

Up until now, I have been pretty loyal to using cashews for my dairy free ice cream recipes, but I was challenged to try a coconut milk base for this recipe. And oh-my-goodness I love it! Super creamy, luscious and sweet with the perfect blend of rich coconut milk and lovely Encha organic matcha. Coconut Milk Matcha Ice Cream is ready for you..

Oh! And I bring you another matcha chat video and giveaway. This month's Kathy's Matcha Chat video is getting back to basics, chatting about some options for sweeteners for your matcha latte. Check it out and enter the monthly giveaway ahead!..


Easy Energy Almond Banana Shake!

This summer I have been having some fun updating the photos on some of my older popular posts. And this Easy Energy Almond Butter Banana Shake was a favorite early on! It is so simple to make and blends up rich and creamy, tasting like almond-banana ice cream. It is packed with good stuff like fiber, potassium and healthy fats. Those healthy fats help to provide you with sustainable energy for your busy day. I like to think of it as the smoothie version of almond butter banana toast!

So today, a few updated photos to this recipe, a new video and I share some summer smoothie tips..