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Vegan Thin Mint Bars

Vegan Thin Mint Bars

YES the filling is made with avocado, but you’d never know it!  The flavor of the peppermint extract hides any flavor of avocado, but the light creaminess of the avocado gives these bars a heavenly texture!

Even though these are technically dessert bars, they are packed with protein and superfoods.  Just like the avocado is hidden, so is the “healthy” flavor and nutritional benefits!

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Vegan Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

Vegan French Toast
I recently visited an adorable little café in downtown Geneva, IL where my parents live called Moveable Feast. I came across this brand of extremely good looking nut butters, called Big Spoon Roasters. Flavors like Chai Spice, Peanut Cocoa, Almond Ginger…enough said?!  My mind was automatically overcome with all of the recipe possibilities with these innovative flavors!
I created a recipe with breakfast on my mind this morning and decided to test out a vegan French toast. It then hit me… the peanut pecan nut butter from Big Spoon Roasters I had in my pantry! Lets do a stuffed French toast piled high with berries.

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Raspberry Matcha Smoothie Bowl

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What is this whole Matcha craze? Matcha tea is a powder of stoneground whole tea leaves, that provide valuable minerals and antioxidants.  Matcha tea holds powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can. Actually, a fun fact, 10 cups of green tea equals one cup of Match tea in the amount of antioxidants you receive!

This easy to make smoothie bowl is something that you can change up and get creative with every morning. A small scoop of Match powder in your smoothie every day is a tasteless way to add several key vitamins and minerals to your diet.  It’s so import to start your day off with a filling, but also vitamin packed breakfast, and a smoothie is probably the quickest way to make sure that happens! Read more

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