Cherries are in season right now and insanely delicious. Try this recipe with any seasonal fruit for a personal and delightful summer dessert! Cherries offer many health benefits, including help with insomnia, gout, and joint pain!
1/2 cup pitted cherries (about 10)
1 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp cornmeal
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
1/4 tsp corn starch
Pinch of salt
Dash of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mason jar (about 4 oz), combine fruit, 1/2 tbsp honey, and cornstarch. Mix to combine. In a small bowl, combine oats, cornmeal, the other 1/2 tbsp honey, butter/coconut oil, dash of cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Mix with your hands until you get a crumbly texture. Top fruit with cornmeal mixture. Bake for 15 minutes until browned on top and fruit is tender. Enjoy!
Tip: Swap the cherries for peaches! Yum!
I was exposed to the acai bowl at a recent trip to Hawaii and now OBSESSED and determined to make my own. The antioxidant-rich acai berry comes from the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. Açai bowls are simply frozen açai pulp topped with anything your heart desires, and eaten like a big bowl of ice cream… but with health benefits. You can find acai pulp at Whole Foods- the brand I prefer is SAMBAZON. With the recipe below, you can pump up the protein with almonds, walnuts, or chia seeds.
1 acai pulp packet
1/2 cup almond milk
Toppings- blueberries, strawberries, unsweetened coconut, sliced bananas, and granola
Honey drizzle (optional)
Combine frozen acai pulp, banana, and almond milk in a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into a bowl. Top with your favorite toppings and honey drizzle.
TIP: Blend spinach into your acai bowl for a veggie boost!
There's nothing like nostalgic treats during this holiday season (that's why I created this recipe!) It's important to remember to recharge and fuel your body with plant-based ingredients, but there is always a way to do so in a festive fashion. These bars resemble Lara Bars- if you have time, definitely add that "fruitcake" flare.
1 cup nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, peanuts...)
1 cup dried pitted dates
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup dried fruit and nuts of choice- we used apricots, crystallized ginger, and pecans
In a food processor, process the pitted dates until mixture resembles a sticky ball. Add nuts and cinnamon to food processor, and pulse until a meal forms. In a plastic wrap lined container (we used a 5X5" plastic tupperware) press mixture well until flat. Slice the dried fruit and nuts into strips and create design of choice on bars. We sliced apricots and crystallized ginger to create a flower/star design. Place bars into freezer until firm (about 30 minutes). Remove from pan, and slice into squares. Enjoy!
Makes 9 bars- 160 calories, 20g carbohydrate, and 5g protein