Fruit Squares

Fruit SquaresThese Fruit Squares remind me of a Nutrigrain bar, only better. They have a coffee cake or fruit cobbler feel to them. Regardless, they’re rich and delicious and would be a great dessert to serve your non-vegan friends with a side of nice-cream. They’ll never know it’s vegan.

You can add a tbsp of hemp or chia seeds for extra nutrients. You can also use 2 cups of one kind of berry or try different combinations using different berries.

This is a high calorie recipe with lots of sugar so it’s not a diet food by any means. This is a special occasion treat or a party snack.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant based eating.

Roasted Edamame

Roasted EdamameThis Roasted Edamame recipe is “chewy and delicious,” so says Amelia. They have a bit of a salty taste so they’re good if you have a salt craving. Quick and easy to cook, they’re good to prepare on the weekend so you have them for a snack during the week.

I like them crunchy and Amelia likes them chewy so we eat them chewy. Happy wife, happy life. If you like them crunchy, cook them a little longer than 45 minutes.

These babies pack in 21 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber in one serving so they’re also a nutritious snack.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant based eating.

Vegan Hummus

Vegan Hummus PinVegan hummus is a mainstay on our snack list. You can make a batch and eat it throughout the week with pita chips, bread, carrots, celery, sliced peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, or any other veggie of choice. It even works well as a condiment for your veggie burgers and sandwiches.

Classic hummus is made with chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), which are packed with protein and fiber. One serving of this recipe has 9 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. When you pair it with raw veggies, you’ll not only get tons of healthy nutrients, you’ll also feel fuller from all of that fiber.

In addition to protein and fiber, hummus is packed with other healthy nutrients like calcium and iron. It has even been shown to lower cholesterol and sugar levels, reduce your risk of cancer, help with weight control, and many other benefits. Check out “15 Health Benefits of Hummus, According to Science (+8 Delicious Hummus Recipes)” over at JenReviews.com for more info on this super delicious food.

Hummus tastes great with pita chips or bread, but if you’re trying to lose weight, you might want to stick with the raw veggies for awhile. In fact, hummus is very high calorie so you might want to skip it until you’ve reached your weight loss goals. This recipe has over 200 calories per serving including the veggies used for dipping.

This vegan hummus recipe is super easy and very tasty, but you will need a food processor.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant based eating.

Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Peanut Butter Banana BitesThis Peanut Butter Banana Bites are a delicious treat that Amelia loved as a child, but I just had my first one today.

I told her, “These are amazing! Who knew banana and peanut butter went so well together?!” And she replied dryly, “Elvis.” I guess that’s an inside joke because I have no idea what she’s talking about.

This is a great pre-workout snack. It has healthy complex carbs from the banana to give you an energy boost. Plus protein from the peanut butter to slow down the absorption. It’ll give you a nice slow burn.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant based eating.

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Roasted Garbanzo BeansTo quote Amelia, “These Roasted Garbanzo Beans are a simple, satisfying, salty snack to satisfy your salty cravings.” You just mix a few things together and bake until they’re brown and crispy.

Garbanzo beans, also called chickpeas, are a great source of protein and fiber. Each serving of theseRoasted Garbanzo Beans has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber with only 110 calories. They’re delicious AND nutritious.

You can add other seasonings to mix this recipe up, like chili powder, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, etc. Be creative with it and see what you like best.

The hardest part of this recipe is removing the shells from the garbanzo beans. The easiest way to remove the shells is to put the beans on half of a large dish towel, fold the other half of the towel over to cover the beans, and rub the towel over the beans back-and-forth vigorously with both hands. This loosens the shells making them much easier to peel off.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant based eating.