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Fun and festive, these delicious 4th of July red, white and blue berry cake parfaits will be the stars of the dessert table! With berries in season right now, this is a winning combination!

This recipe uses Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Cake Mix and Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, plus lots of fresh berries, which makes for easy baking, assembling and cleaning.

We love that all of Miss Jones’ mixes and frostings are vegan-friendly, so everyone can enjoy this festive, patriotic dessert! Plus, they are perfectly portioned and ready to serve!

For this recipe, Miss Jones’ used parfait glasses & drinking glasses, using the rim of the glass to cut out circles from a sheet cake, but you can also use crumbled cake to fill mason jars for a dessert on-the-go if you are spending the day at a picnic or someone else’s home.

Red, White and Blue Berries and Cream Cake Parfaits

Ingredients

1 box Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Cake Mix
1 jars Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
3 eggs (“Mom” prefers cage-free eggs)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted (“Mom” prefers organic)
6 oz raspberries
6 oz blueberries
6 oz blackberries

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 in pan with parchment paper and spray with oil.

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, butter and milk together until combined.

Pour batter in prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes. Cool completely.

Use the rim of the glass to cut circles out of the sheet cake. Push the cake circle to the bottom of the glass. If it’s too tight, use a knife to trim a little around the edges.

Fill piping bag with frosting. Pipe some frosting over the cake layer and add some berries. Place another cake circle on top and layer with frosting and berries. Keep layering until you reach the top of the glass.

Serve and enjoy!

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35-45 minutes
Total Time: 50-65 minutes

*Recipe and image courtesy of Miss Jones Baking Co.*

I am always on the lookout for a healthier treat for my family, and these little bites of organic goodness definitely fit the bill! I have seen Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies tucked in the bins at Starbucks and have always wanted to give them a try… so when asked to try all 4 of their delicious flavors, I jumped at the chance!

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Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies are made with clean, organic ingredients like fair trade cocoa powder, and contain zero artificial ingredients or coloring! They are certified USDA organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and paleo-friendly, making them an ideal little snack!

Available in flavors like Dark Cacao, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, Lemon Ginger and more, these superfood snacks are great atop smoothies, yogurt, or as a yummy bite straight from the bag.

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Emmy’s are also the perfect size for summer travel and can be found at Starbucks stores nationwide — making them an ideal on-the-go vegan or paleo option!

We loved the simplicity of the vanilla flavor, which reminded me of traditional shortbread with a hint of coconut! If you have little ones like I do, make sure they eat those over a plate as they are soft and can be a bit flaky.

To learn more about Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies, visit emmysorganics.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

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.*

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.*

Filled with 12g of Vegan protein, this superfood bowl is great for breakfast, as a healthy snack, and as an after workout pick-me-up! Suggested toppings are below, but feel free to get creative with your own favorite fruits, superfood additions such as chia seeds or hemp hearts, too!

Performance Protein Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

2 Sambazon Performance Protein Superfruit Packs
½ Banana
1 scoop Vegan Protein Power
1 tbsp Nut Butter
¼ c Almond Milk
1 tbsp Cacao Powder

Toppings: Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Sliced Bananas, Granola, Goji Berries, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Mulberries

Preparation

1. Allow the superfruit pack to soften in room temperature for 2 – 3 minutes.
2. Peel a banana and break it up into the Magic Bullet cup.
3. Break up the frozen pack with your hands into smaller chunks, then cut off the top of the pack and drop contents into the Magic Bullet cup.
4. Add Vegan Protein Powder, Nut Butter, Almond Milk and Cacao Powder and blend on low until smooth.
5. Pour into a bowl and top with Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Sliced Bananas, Granola, Goji Berries, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Nibs and Mulberries
6. If not serving right away: place bowl in the fridge or cooler. Blend again for a few seconds before serving.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Sambazon.*

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.

For those seeking an alternative to dairy milk, but wishing that they did not have to give up the protein, there is now a new, plant-based option! Typically, a glass of dairy milk contains 8g of protein per serving, and Orgain’s Organic Protein Almond Milk boasts an impressive 10g of protein per serving! “Mom” was floored by the fact that this Vegan almond milk not only contains more protein, but it is USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, and contains no carrageenan, a common ingredient in dairy milk alternatives. Besides enjoying Orgain’s Organic Protein Almond Milk in a glass with your meal, you can use it in smoothies, on top of cereal or granola, or in baked goods!

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The almonds used in Orgain’s Organic Protein Almond Milk are grown on organic, dry farms with no run-off and planted alongside organic olive and citrus groves to ensure diversification to help protect bees and the environment. This is one company to love!

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Orgain’s Organic Protein Almond Milk Product Features

Available in Unsweetened Vanilla and Lightly Sweetened Vanilla varieties
10g organic, plant-based protein from brown rice, pea protein and almonds
10 times the protein of leading almond milks
Plant based calcium and vitamin D
USDA Certified Organic
Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, soy free and non-GMO
Lower sugar (Lightly Sweetened Vanilla variety has about half the sugar of other vanilla almond milk brands)

You can purchase Orgain’s delicious new high-protein almond milk at most Walmart, Whole Foods Market, and The Vitamin Shoppe stores across the US, as well as at many local natural food stores. Learn more at http://orgain.com/.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article.*