Chickpea Chocolate Cookies (Gluten Free)

Chickpea Chocolate Cookies PinThis Vegan Chickpea Chocolate Cookies recipe is so delicious! The cookies are moist and oh so chocolatey. They’re perfect for non-vegan potlucks. They’re also great if you’re suffering from an intense chocolate craving because you can have them ready to eat fresh from the oven in about 20 minutes.

There’s no flour in this recipe. The chickpeas do all the heavy lifting. That means it’s gluten-free as long as all the other ingredients don’t have gluten. The chickpeas also make these cookies a protein powerhouse with 4 grams per cookie.

The peanut butter combines with the cocoa powder to make a really rich chocolate peanut buttery taste. The vegan chocolate chips are optional since the cookies are already very chocolatey. By omitting them, you’ll cut the saturated fat in half and the calories by a third. Each cookie is 82 calories without the chocolate chips.

If you like moist chocolate desserts, you’ll also LOVE our Vegan Beet Brownies.

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Cooked Rolled Oats

Cooked Rolled Oats PinThis Cooked Rolled Oats recipe is a traditional favorite and a hearty breakfast that’s sure to keep you satisfied until lunch. Enjoy topped with your favorite fruit and/or berries.

We like our oats and eat them a lot. We especially like them raw in our Rolled Oats Breakfast, but on a cold winter morning, these Cooked Rolled Oats are hot and satisfying.

Whole grains like oats have gotten a bad reputation from the low carb communities, which may be contributing to the leading cause of death among those who eat very little them: heart disease.

Whole grains, especially oats, have been shown in numerous clinical trials to reduce heart disease, prevent strokes and help with weight control. In fact, eating 3 servings of whole grains per day may be just as effective at treating hypertension as taking prescribed medications.

If you’re still a believer in the low carb fad diets, it may be time to revisit your preconceptions to minimize your risk of preventable disease.

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Vegan Mashed Potatoes

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This Vegan Mashed Potatoes recipe is creamy and delicious. It’s also oil-free and the perfect topper for your Vegan Shepards Pie.

We used yellow potatoes, which gave the mashed potatoes a buttery color, but you can also use red or white potatoes.

We sauteed the minced garlic in veggie broth, but you can saute in 2 tbsp of olive oil to give the potatoes a little creamier texture. Or, you can also use vegan butter. We try to avoid oil in most of our recipes, but if these mashed potatoes are for a holiday treat, some vegan butter would be really tasty.

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Oven Fried Okra

Oven Fried Okra PinThis oil-free gluten-free Oven Fried Okra recipe is savory and delicious. We made it for Amelia’s non-vegan, southern family and they ate every last morsel! And then asked for more!!!

Cooking okra without oil means they aren’t quite as crispy (or greasy) as traditional fried okra, but they’re just as flavorful and oh so much healthier. You can actually taste the okra and cornmeal, not just the oil.

We served them with some Sweet and Spicy Sauce and our amazing Cajun Red Beans & Rice for a real taste of the south. Some Vegan Cornbread would make the perfect southern dinner.

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Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast

Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast Port PinAmelia got this Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast idea from her Plant-Based Certification program. We never thought to eat uncooked rolled oats before, but they’re absolutely delicious! They’re also very filling and last both of us all the way to lunch.

Think of this Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast as a hearty cereal. You wouldn’t cook cornflakes or bran flakes before eating them, and you don’t need to cook your rolled oats, either. We don’t recommend steel cut oats, though. They’re a little too tough to eat uncooked unless you soak them overnight using a recipe like our Vegan Overnight Oats.

We had blueberries, strawberries and bananas on hand, so we used those, but you could also use mango, papaya, raspberries, blackberries, dragon fruit, peaches, apples or your favorite fruit.

Dried fruit like cranberries or raisins are also good additions, especially if you’re out of fresh or frozen fruit. Some chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts would also taste great. And we also like to add maca powder, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds when we have them.

We use stevia to sweeten our oats because we don’t have a lot of healthy sweetener options here in Ecuador. Applesauce is a rare find. Maple syrup must be imported from Canada so it’s about 4 times as expensive here as it is in the states. Blackstrap molasses is unheard of here. So is U-Sweet. Sometimes we use agave syrup, but it tends to be bitter here, so we’ve started using stevia. We encourage you to use the smallest amount of the healthiest sweetener you can find, or skip it entirely.

We added both ground flax seeds and unground chia seeds. They’re both good plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are really important for vegans to consume since we don’t eat mercury and chemical laden fish. Greger recommends 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds per day as part of his daily dozen, so you’ll get the whole amount in this one meal.

It’s important to grind the flax seeds or they’ll pass right through you without the nutrients being absorbed. Greger recommends grinding the chia seeds, too. Some studies suggest your body will better absorb the omega-3’s contained within chia seeds if they’re ground. Sometimes we grind them. Sometimes we don’t. You can just add both seeds to your coffee grinder and grind them up together if you want to.

We’ve also started adding amla powder to our oats in attempt to lower my cholesterol. You can read about my ongoing battle in “Can Vegans Get Heart Disease?” Amla powder is Indian gooseberry extract that has been used for thousands of years in India to treat all sorts of ailments. More recently, it has been shown to perform as well as two leading statin drugs at lowering cholesterol so we decided to give it a try. It’s too early to determine if it’s helping, but we’ll keep you posted.

Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast

If you don’t have any non-dairy milk on hand, you can use water or juice. We got this trick from Dr. Esselstyn’s book, “Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease.” Ecuador hasn’t caught up to the states in the non-dairy milk category, so it’s not widely available. When we’ve travelled here, the hotels and B&B’s often have oats, but no non-dairy milk. They do have the most amazing fresh squeezed juice, though. I especially like fresh squeezed naranja, papaya and mango juice in my oats. Yum!

Despite the sheer volume of food contained in one bowl of this Raw Rolled Oats Breakfast, we sometimes still feel hungry after eating it. A glass of water takes care of that, causing all of the oats and seeds to expand in our stomachs, and makes this hearty breakfast last several hours without the need for snacking.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it should be the most filling while containing low glycemic foods that slowly release their glucose over several hours. That will keep your hunger at bay and prevent you from snacking before the next meal.

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend reading “Breaking the Food Seduction” by Dr. Neal Barnard. He goes into great detail about the benefits of eating oats for breakfast in terms of weight loss and overall health.

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Vegan Creamed Spinach

Vegan Creamed Spinach PinThis Vegan Creamed Spinach is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. A great side-dish on its own or a tasty base for your Vegan Sardou.

Spinach is loaded with iron and other healthy nutrients, but it can get tiresome eating it raw all the time. This is a nice alternative that’ll help you add more greens to your daily routine.

This recipe makes about 2 servings and doesn’t reheat well so you’ll want to finish it in one sitting. If you’re cooking for one, just cut the ingredients in half or double them if you’re cooking for four.

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Vegan Cornbread

Vegan Cornbread PinThis Vegan Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever, vegan or otherwise! It’s moist, flavorful and delicious! And it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

We used Bow & Arrow Yellow Cornmeal and it turned out great. Amelia veganized the recipe on the back of the cornmeal bag by replacing the egg with Ener-G Egg Replacer, the butter with Original Earth Balance Butter and the milk with Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk.

I really have no idea why anyone cooks the old way anymore when you can eat something this delicious without any cholesterol or cruelty. If you don’t tell people this recipe is vegan, they won’t know. In fact, they will probably ask for the recipe. It’s that freaking good!

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Vegan Artichoke Spinach Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip PinThis Vegan Artichoke Spinach Dip is a party favorite and one of my personal favorites. Instead of using sour cream and cream cheese, this recipe uses cashews and lemon juice to create that familiar texture and taste.

Before we went vegan, Amelia and I used to order artichoke spinach dip while sitting at the bar. It tasted great, but I never liked the greasiness of it and each bite was accompanied by a little pang of guilt from the spike it gave to my cholesterol. This vegan artichoke spinach dip is guilt free since vegan food doesn’t contain cholesterol.

Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, sliced veggies (carrots, red pepper, cucumber) or a baguette.

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Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake PinThis vegan gluten free chocolate cake is moist, chocolatey and delicious. There is no way you can tell this cake is both gluten free and vegan. It ranks right up there with the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever had.

If gluten isn’t an issue for you, you can probably use regular flour, but that’s not how we made it so we can’t attest to how it’ll turn out.

Using top-notch ingredients is important for any recipe, but none more-so than when baking. You can literally taste and see the difference so spend the extra money and buy high-quality, organic ingredients for your baking recipes. Especially if you’re going to feed them to non-vegans.

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Eggplant Fries

Eggplant FriesThese delicious eggplant fries are shaped like fries, but they have the taste and texture of Calamari. If you dip them in marinara sauce or vegan cocktail sauce, you might not know the difference. You can eat them plain, but we ate them with leftover Vegan Ranch Dressing.

Eggplant is a good source of fiber and potassium, as well as Vitamin B6. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Vitamin B6 in coenzyme forms performs a wide variety of functions in the body and is extremely versatile, with involvement in more than 100 enzyme reactions, mostly concerned with protein metabolism.”

We used half the eggplant for these fries and the other half for our Grilled Eggplant Sandwich. We ate the sandwich for lunch and the fries as a side dish with dinner. Nothing goes to waste in our house!

These eggplant fries pair well with our Chickpea Kale Salad Sauté.

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