Nosh on healthier holiday-inspired snacks through the holidays! Nutritious and festive, this Gingerbread Granola will have the entire family clamoring for more!

Gingerbread Granola

Ingredients

4 Cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 Cups of raw pecans
1 Teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/2 Scoop of VeganSmart Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 Cup of melted coconut oil
1/2 Cup Molasses
3/4 Teaspoon of vanilla (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
1/3 Cup of chopped, dried cranberries
1/3 Cup of chopped candied ginger

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Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, pecans, salt, VeganSmart Vanilla, cinnamon, and ground ginger into a mixing bowl. Stir mixture thoroughly.

Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla to the mixture. Continue to mix together until fully combined.

Turn the granola mixture out onto your prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the granola from the oven and stir to make sure the granola cooks evenly. Place the pan back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

While the granola cooks, chop the dried cranberries and candied ginger.

After 10 minutes is up, remove the pan from the oven, add the chopped cranberries and candied ginger to the granola and mix to combine.

Let the granola cool for about 10 minutes before eating. As the granola cools off, it will continue to cook and may be wet at first, this is normal.

Enjoy gingerbread granola on-the-go or around the house as you celebrate the holidays this season!

*Recipe and image courtesy of VeganSmart.*

For Labor Day weekend, these healthy 3-Ingredient Nocciolata Fudge Cups are the perfect treat to whip up in minutes! This decadent, smooth, melt-in-your mouth fudge has NO dairy, refined sugar or butter…but you’d never tell, making it a delicious snack or dessert! It is vegan, gluten free, and paleo.

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The star of the show in this 5-minute fudge is Nocciolata Dairy Free – an organic chocolate hazelnut spread made from all natural ingredients. Completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Rigoni di Asiago’s Nocciolata Dairy Free combines hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor. Nocciolata Dairy Free is made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats.

3-Ingredient Nocciolata Fudge Cups (Dairy Free / Vegan / Gluten Free)
[Adapted from thebigmansworld.com]

Ingredients

2 cups Nocciolata Dairy Free
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Sea salt, to top (optional)

Preparation

Line a 12-count muffin tin with six-muffin liners.

In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt Nocciolata Dairy Free with coconut oil. Remove from heat and stir in pure maple syrup.

Divide mixture evenly among 6 lined muffin cups. Place in the freezer for 2 minutes to allow fudge to firm up.

Store fudge in the fridge.

*Recipe courtesy of Rigoni di Asiago as adapted from thebigmansworld.com.*

March is National Nutrition Month, and what better way to kick off the first weekend of the month with this energizing Radiance Juice from EAT WITH INTENTION by Cassandra Bodzak, a gorgeous healthy living cookbook that combines daily meditation with plant based recipes!

Roald Dahl famously said: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” I couldn’t agree more. Beauty starts from within and permeates outward. Thinking thoughts that nourish your soul and eating foods that nourish your body are more effective than the most luxurious makeup money can buy. You can’t fake true radiance. This juice is packed with nutrients that will get you glowing from the inside out! Pineapple juice promotes healthy skin and helps prevent acne; watercress is also great for your overall health with its high levels of vitamin C; and cucumber has cooling and moisturizing properties.

Radiance Juice

Ingredients

½ cup (17 g) watercress
2 cucumbers, peeled
2 limes, peeled 1 cup (166 g)
Pineapple chunks

Preparation

1. Starting with the watercress, juice all the ingredients into a large glass.
2. Lightly stir and serve immediately.

Yield: 1 serving

*Recipe and image courtesy of Eat with Intention by Cassandra Bodzak.*

Cassandra Bodzak is a holistic lifestyle guide and host of the online cooking show, Eat with Intention. Discover more with:

http://cassandrabodzak.com/

https://www.instagram.com/cassandrabodzak/

As if you can’t tell, “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is into smoothies this summer! Summertime is HOT, especially in Florida, and hydrating smoothies are always a good idea! They make tasty popsicles, too, which the kiddos really like after a day spent in the pool!

Summer Dream Smoothie

Ingredients

8 ounce coconut or almond milk (“Mom” prefers Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk)
1 scoop Berry Warrior Blend
½ cup diced cantaloupe
½ cup diced watermelon
1 to 2 teaspoons lime juice
Few mint leaves
Handful ice

Preparation

Add all ingredients except the mint leaves to blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into glass, garnish with fresh mint leaves, and enjoy!

*Recipe and image courtesy of SunWarrior.*

With both strawberries and mangoes being on sale right now, this is the perfect opportunity to create this delightful smoothie! An excellent way to get you revved up in morning using plant-powered nutrition, this Tropical Paradise Smoothie is made using the new Berry Warrior Blend from SunWarrior, as well as “Mom’s” favorite almond milk by Orgain!

Tropical Paradise Smoothie

Ingredients

8 ounces coconut or almond milk (“Mom” prefers Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk)
1 scoop SunWarrior Berry Warrior Blend
1 frozen ripe banana
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen mango

Preparation

Add all ingredients to blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy!

*Recipe and image courtesy of SunWarrior.*

The smell of fresh, baking bread in the comfort of your own kitchen is a scent like no other! Warm, inviting and delicious, this gluten free, vegan sandwich bread made using Blends by Orly is a true treat! It can be enjoyed immediately or frozen to save for a later date.

Orly’s Gluten Free Vegan Healthy Seeded Sandwich Bread

Ingredients

2 tsp (7 grams) or 1 packet of instant yeast
1 cup (230 ml) lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups (300) grams Blends by Orly Tuscany Blend
1/4 cup (50 grams) vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons (34 grams) honey
1/4 cup (20 grams) chia seeds (“Mom” prefers Carrington Farms)
1/4 cup (20 grams) flax seeds (“Mom” prefers Carrington Farms)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional garnish; “Mom” uses SuperSeedz)

Preparation

Mix: In the bowl of you stand mixer with a paddle attachment or in a bread machine, combine all the ingredients, and mix together to make a soft, smooth, slightly sticky dough.

Proof: Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow it to rise in a warm temperate (approximately 90 degrees F) untill it’s almost doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.

Lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. Flour your work surface and the surface of your dough with Tuscany Blend or white rice flour. Gently shape the dough into a smooth log, and place it into the pan, smooth side up.

Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap or with a warm towel, and allow the loaf to rise till it’s raised over the rim of the pan by about 3/4″, about 45 minutes. For a faster proof time, let your loaf sit in an oven set to a warming temperature of about 90-100 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

Bake: Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. If you don’t mind that the bread is not vegan, adding an outer coat of egg-wash will give your bread a glossy and crusty finish. Otherwise, brush the top of the dough with water-wash and sprinkle it with pumpkin seeds. Bake the bread for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the tops are a golden color and makes a hollow sound to the touch. Remove the loaf from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Slice the bread in advance and freeze for up to 9 months. Makes 1 loaf.

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About Blends by Orly

Blends by Orly are made with the highest quality wholesome gluten free ingredients, and are also OU Kosher certified, nut free, vegan and corn free. Blends by Orly provides a simple way to prepare baked goods that are so delicious that people would have no idea they are eating something that is gluten-free. Blends by Orly allows you to make your exact favorite recipes by just replacing the wheat flour with one of the Blends by Orly. Blends by Orly are sold in stores throughout the USA on Amazon and online. http://blendsbyorly.com/

*Recipe and image courtesy of Blends by Orly.*

What’s sweeter than a cruelty free, heart shaped treat made with Dandies Marshmallows for V-day? A fresh strawberry buttercream frosting in the middle sends these treats over the edge, into heaven, and back down into your stomach. Make them for your special valentine.

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Dandies Classic Crispy Treats

Ingredients

1 10oz bag of Dandies Mini Marshmallows or Dandies Marshmallows
5 cups crisp rice cereal (“Mom” uses Nature’s Path Crispy Rice Cereal)
2 tablespoons Earth Balance Buttery Spread
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Frosting Ingredients

3 fresh strawberries, finely chopped (“Mom” prefers organic)
1/2 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread
4 cups powdered sugar (“Mom” prefers organic)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)

Preparation

For the Dandies Classic Crispy Treats
In a microwave safe bowl, combine Dandies, margarine, and coconut oil. In 30 second intervals, with a quick stir between each, microwave until marshmallows are fully melted. Mix in cereal and stir until evenly coated with marshmallow cream.

On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, evenly spread the rice crispy mixture using a spatula or hands. You want your treats to be about 1/2 inch thick. Let cool. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, begin cutting out your treats.

For the Frosting
Using hand mixer or stand mixer, combine all ingredients and beat until you have fluffy frosting.

For the Assembly
Frost one crispy treat and make a sandwich by pressing another crispy treat on top. For garnish, you can roll the sides with colored sugar crystals or vegan sprinkles. It’s up to you on how adorable you want them to be. We used crushed pink and red jolly ranchers, because they look like rubies and gems. Have fun and don’t be afraid to get creative!

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About Dandies

With a traditional texture and flavor that melts and tastes just like the marshmallows we grew up with, Dandies are the first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows on the market. Made with all-natural ingredients and completely free of gelatin, artificial ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup, the products are produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts. Dandies’ light and fluffy marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, 100% vegan, and certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Dandies.*

Pure Bar Founder, Veronica Bosgraaf, has developed a delicious recipe for eggnog this holiday season – made without eggs! Rich, creamy, and full of spice, the recipe below serves 4 people. Yum! The recipe can be found in her cookbook, Pure Food.

Vegan Eggnog

Ingredients

2 cups almond milk, homemade or store-bought (“Mom” prefers Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk)
¼ cup spiced rum (optional)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon sea salt
½ to 1 cup ice

Preparation

1. In a blender, combine the almond milk, rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, salt, and ice. Blend on low speed until smooth and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of Pure Bar and cookbook author of Pure Food.

This adorable “pear” of turkeys makes a wonderful activity for the kids to make (and eat!) on Thanksgiving Day! Easy to assemble, Mom or Dad will want to help little ones with cutting and paring, of course!

A “Pear” of Berry Turkeys

Ingredients

2 firm but ripe pears of any variety (“Mom” chose organic)
1 package (6 ounces each) Driscoll’s Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries (“Mom” chose their organic variety)
1 package (16 ounces) Driscoll’s Strawberries
1 small carrot

Preparation

Gently wash and dry all of the above ingredients.

Gather the following tools: 24 short (approx. 6 inches long) bamboo skewers, several toothpicks, a paring knife, and a cutting board.

Thread berries onto skewers by starting with a blueberry (to anchor the end of the skewer), then adding raspberries and blackberries until all but the last inch of skewer is covered. You’ll need approximately 12 per bird, depending on the size of your pears.

Insert your berry skewers across the back of the pear in arcs to mimic a turkey’s tail feathers. As your pear gets waited down on the back, insert skewers at a lower angle to keep the pear standing upright. Once your tail feather skewers are inserted and your pears are steady, it’s time to work on the faces.

Using a paring knife, carve two cone-shaped beaks from the carrot (alternatively, you can use the very tips of two whole carrots). Depending on the firmness of your pears, you may be able to attach the “beaks” just by pressing them into the pears. Otherwise, break off a toothpick tip and use it to attach the carrot beak to the pear.

Use similar toothpick tips in order to attach two small blueberries for eyes. If trying to avoid the use of toothpicks for care-free consumption, use a plastic drinking straw to carve out holes that are large enough to implant the eyes and beak.

For the turkey’s waddle, slice a thin sliver of strawberry and place with the cut side against the pear, just below the beak. The natural moisture of the cut edge will be enough to hold the waddle in place.

For the feet, remove the calyx of a strawberry and slice berry in half lengthwise. Use the tip of your paring knife to cut away a few wedges from the thick edge to form claws. Place the strawberry “feet” up against the base of the pear, cut-side down.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Driscoll’s.*

This deliciously simple recipe for Superfood Pesto is a staple in “Mom’s” house! It can be made ahead and stored for use, or eaten immediately – we love it served over pasta or salmon, as well as swirled into soups or spread on fresh bread! “Mom” started adding in flax and chia seeds as a great way to sneak in some extra nutrition unnoticed by her little ones – Carrington Farms has made it even easier to add in with their convenient Flax Chia PAKS.

Superfood Pesto

Tiny Green Mom’s Superfood Pesto

Ingredients

2 cups fresh organic basil leaves (“Mom” prefers Trader Joe’s Organic Basil)
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 fresh garlic cloves
2/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil (divided – see below)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably organic
1 package Carrington Farms Flax Chia PAKS

Preparation

Combine the organic basil, pine nuts, fresh garlic and parmesan cheese in a blender or small food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process the mixture until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with the salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

If you plan to serve the pesto immediately, add in all the remaining oil, incorporating until smooth.

If you plan to store the pesto, place the remaining extra virgin olive oil over the top of the pesto in the container. “Mom” prefers to place a layer of Press’n Seal over the top of the pesto, and then placing the lid of the container on top to help keep it fresh.

Enjoy!

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About Carrington Farms Flax Chia PAKS

Combination of Carrington Farms’ popular sliced Organic Milled Flax Seeds with Carrington’s Organic Chia Seeds. Excellent source of energy and nutrients for lasting heart health and boosted metabolism. Rich in Omega-3’s, Fiber, Antioxidants, and Protein. Packed in a portable and convenient single serve packet with a pre-measured daily dosage, FlaxChia Paks answer all needs for the health conscious, on the go consumer. No refrigeration necessary. Available at grocery stores nationwide and online at www.CarringtonFarms.com; MSRP: $9.79. / 12-pak box

*Images and samples of Carrington Flax Chia PAKS courtesy of Carrington Farms.*