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Double Chocolate Strawberry-Banana Protein Muffins. Vegan + GF

vegan chocolate protein muffins, gluten-free
These Double Chocolate-Covered Strawberry-Banana Protein Muffins are the perfect blend of treat meets healthy snack. Each fluffy, rich chocolate bite is loaded with whole grain oats, bananas, a hint of berry, cinnamon, rich virgin coconut oil and an extra dose of chocolate. Plus, I've added some vegan brown rice based protein powder and a scoop of optional maca powder too. Bake these babies and get your chocolate fix!..


Scenes From a Celebrity Gifting Suite: 365 Vegan Smoothies

Last Friday I popped over to the Montage Hotel, a gorgeous hotel located around the corner from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. I was there to attend a celebrity gifting suite to promote my book 365 Vegan Smoothies. This event invited actors, producers and media in and around the television industry to mingle, celebrate the Emmy Awards and collect a boatload of free goodies. Events like these are always more fun with friends, so I invited Sophie from Philosophie to help me blend smoothies and chat with the guests. Check out my Scenes From an Emmy Awards Celebrity Gifting Suite..


Easy Curried Carrot Slaw with Smoky Maple Tempeh Triangles

Bold in flavor and dense in nutrition, this crunchy-nutty-sassy-savory-sweet meal is a golden delight you will make again and again! Whip up my Easy Carrot Slaw with Smoky Maple Tempeh Triangles and you'll be swooning over veggies and plant-based protein. This is an easy recipe with cravable flavors. Make-ahead meal approved!

And moms, dads and college students, this is totally back-to-school perfect for a weeknight meal...


Travel. Santa Barbara Girls Getaway: 10 Things to Do!

A few weeks ago I spent the weekend in Santa Barbara for a friend's bachelorette party. My party-planning superstar friend, Jen planned the whirlwind girlie getaway, and cheers to her because it was amazing. Here are some photos of the trip as well as 10 Things to put on your to-do list / places to eat list on your next Santa Barbara Weekend Getaway! (Including my researched list of vegan-friendly wineries!)..


Warm Ginger Curried Lentil Dip. Spicy-Sweet.

You know that feeling when you bite into something and your brain is like, "OMG. This is so good. I cannot believe I know how to make this. I rule." Well that was exactly how I felt when I dove my toasty pita triangle into this epically golden dip and took a taste of the ginger-curry-spicy-sweet flavor in this crazy-good-for-you recipe. This Warm Ginger Curried Lentil Dip is the spicy-sweet lentil dip of my dreams. And hopefully yours as well..


Fresh Nectarine Summer Custard Pie. Walnut-Oat Crumble. No-Bake.

This Fresh Nectarine Summer Custard Pie is a no-bake, dairy-free treat that is truly healthy enough to eat any time of day. I should know, as I enjoyed it for breakfast this morning. Plus I am giving away one ticket to an event I am speaking at..


4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies. Gluten-Free + Vegan Treat.

These simple 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies bake up moist and chewy with loads of nutty flavor in each nibble. Pair one warm cookie with a glass of chilled non-dairy milk for a blissful sweet treat experience. Grab the recipe and chat a bit about coconut sugar..


Creamy Vegan Alfredo Pasta Bake. Fast. Easy. Lemon-y. Cheezy.

My fast and easy Creamy Vegan Alfredo Pasta Bake has accents of lemon, pepper and is loaded with dairy-free cheezy flavor. Dairy free Alfredo, put it on your menu this week!..


Delicious Frosty Sweet Green Smoothie. Protein-Infused. VIDEO

Green smoothies are popular chatter on the wellness blogosphere for very good reason. 1) They are incredibly healthy and brimming with nutrient density. 2) They taste amazing when blended with ingredients you love. Today's recipe, my Thick and Frosty Sweet Green Protein Smoothie, puts a thick and frosty spin on my green smoothie. I add in frozen bananas to chill things down and pack plenty of leafy greens into my blender. In my latest YouTube video, watch me blend up this protein and nutrient-packed shake and then pop into your kitchen and try it for yourself!..


Raspberry-Mint Lemonade Fruit Salad + Avocado. For Brunching.

My Raspberry-Mint Lemonade Fruit Salad with buttery avocados, perky lemon juice and crunchy walnuts is bursting with sunny-sweet flavor. This is not a shy and quiet fruit salad. It is packed with bold flavor that will leave you coming back for seconds. This fruit salad is boosted with savory accents that give it a wide variety of wellness benefits.

Raspberries are of course in the berry family - and we should all be eating more berries for their fiber, antioxidants like vitamins C and E, manganese, copper, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and wellness enhancing properties from their unique berry phytochemicals. Berries are hydrating and satisfying since they contain a good amount of fiber. Also in this salad: healthy fats galore from the avocado and walnuts. And to add even more vitamin C, I've added in plenty of lemon juice. The sweetness of the berries combined with the lemon really does make this salad taste like raspberry-mint lemonade! Serve this fruit salad at your next beautiful brunch feast..


Mint Chocolate Chip Blender Ice Cream, made with Fresh Mint.

So I had this giant bag of fresh mint. Fresh, amazing, fragrant, bright green mint. Now what to do with it all? Do I make mojitos? Or maybe my favorite summer Watermelon "Tofu Feta" Mint Salad? Or maybe some mint-lemon iced tea or spa water in a giant pitcher? Try fresh mint in my fave minty cookies? Or these fun cucumber-mint tea sandwiches? Or make a favorite fruit salad: avocado, strawberry, lemon and mint? Yes, lets stay seasonal. I mean, it is too hot out for minty-cocoa. So something cool...

Minty Decisions. I stood in my kitchen inhaling the blooming aroma of the fresh and cool mint, debating what to do. As per usual, I decided to let my pantry and fridge make the decision for me. What else did I have on hand?? Aha! Fresh berries, loads of them, and a nicely chilled can of coconut milk, frozen bananas (always) and a fresh bag of vegan chocolate chips. Ding ding ding! We have two winners + some blender ice cream tips...


Seven Layer Santa Barbara Veggie Sandwich. Picnic.

Meet my Seven Layer Santa Barbara Veggie Sandwich. This picnic-approved bite is a hearty meal-sized feast that is perfect for lunch or dinner. Pair with some cheezy-lemon spiced roasted potatoes for even more mealtime bliss.

Travel Inspired. Last weekend I visited Santa Barbara with a fun group of girls for a bachelorette party weekend. We danced, sang, drank and basically had the best time ever. And one of the highlights of the trip was wine tasting via a limo. And when one is tasting delicious wines, one needs to eat. Our lunch was prepared by a small sandwich shop called Panino. I had an amazing (veganized) veggie sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes, avocado and layers and layers of other flavorful ingredients. I devoured the delicious dish and was reminded of how AMAZING a basic "veggie" sandwich can be when you add inspiring components. So here is my spin on that delicious picnic lunch I tasted in SB wine country! (And in my next travel post I will share more about my trip and name a few hot spots in Santa Barbara that are not to be missed!) But first, this sandwich!..


That Time I Met Grumpy Cat.

This is just too much fun not to share with you guys. As a kitty fan, Twitter user and basic huge fan of pop culture, I obviously have a huge crush on the one and only fluffy sweet thing, miss Grumpy Cat. So when an email popped in my Inbox saying that she was making a tiny book tour appearance in my neck of the woods, at Kitson Santa Monica, I simply had to pop over and say hi...


Lemon-Pepper Cheezy Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Cozy. Flavorful. Multi-talented. Easy. This is one of my favorite side dishes. Tiny taters become Lemon-Pepper Cheezy Tiny Crispy Roasted Potatoes in a flash. The flavors are lemon peel, black pepper, cheezy nutritional yeast, rich extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, smoky spanish paprika and some heat from a hint of cayenne. Roasted potatoes are a very fuss-free side dish that pair so well with sandwiches, salads, just about anything really. And the whole house will smell amazing with these little gems roasting in the oven...