winter recipes

first let’s state the obvious: i have been gone far too long. this post was supposed to go up the week after thanksgiving but hey, it’s still cold out!!

pumpkin smoothie bowl


ingredients: 2 frozen bananas, 1 ripe banana, 1/4 can pumpkin puree, water if needed

toppings: molasses, coconut, chia seeds, buckinis

directions: blend all ingredients (try blending the ripe banana and pumpkin first!!), then pour into a bowl and arrange toppings. this is a simple, healthy winter breakfast with a classic flavor that can be enjoyed in both warm and cold climates!!

marinated salad


ingredients: baby carrots, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, black olives, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, black pepper

directions: chop all veggies into small pieces and add to large bowl. in a smaller bowl, mix vinegar and olive oil to taste (i try to use as little oil as possible) and drizzle over veggies. crack pepper over veggies and tossed. keep in the fridge (if you haven’t eaten it all already!).

sweet potato mash


ingredients: large sweet potatoes, maple syrup, brown sugar, earth balance, cinnamon

directions: bake sweet potatoes for 30 mins at 400 degrees fahrenheit. peel, chop, and mash with fork. melt desired amount of earth balance in small dish, then stir in maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon to taste. drizzle over potatoes and stir. this has been my favorite treat since i was a little kid and i still love having it every thanksgiving and christmas!!


chocolate chunk brownies

who says veganism has to be restrictive? check out these chocolatey treats my mom and i made today.


– 1 bag vegan brownie mix (i used pamela’s, which already had chocolate chunks in it – if yours doesn’t come with chocolate chunks, try ‘enjoy life’ semi sweet ones)

– 1/2 cup oil (veggie oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil works best)

– 1/4 cup water

– egg replacer equal to one egg (boxed egg replacer, applesauce, banana, etc.)

directions: mix ingredients in a medium size bowl. pour into 8×8 baking pan and bake as directed.