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Overnight Breakfast Puddings + Oats

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Welcome to my new favorite thing: overnight breakfast pudding and oats. Why is it my favorite thing? Well. let’s start with awesome. This is awesome!!! It’s super easy. Just put a few ingredients in a jar, stick it in the fridge before your go to bed and wake up to a yummy satisfying breakfast treat.

I’ve been playing around with chia pudding for a while. Chia seeds are really good for you and soak them in coconut milk and they expand and turn into heaven. Chia is a great source of fiber, calcium, protein, omega-3 fatty acid and more. So what better way to start your day, than with this kind of manna.

Oats are a personal favorite of mine. I like them raw or slightly cooked. I’m not a fan of mushy oatmeal. This overnight version is perfect. I added some cashews and cashew milk for this recipe. It’s pretty darn amazing!

I also came up with a version that combines chia, oats and hemp seeds with some cacao powder for a chocolate breakfast concoction. Why not?

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Coconut Milk Panna Cotta + Fresh Cherries

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I  ♥  panna cotta. But when I see it on restaurant menus, it’s almost never vegan. Panna cotta is an Italian dessert that’s a cross between jello and pudding. It’s typically made with cow’s milk and gelatin, neither of which are vegan. Gelatin, believe it or not, is made from cow or pig skins, ligaments, tendons and bones boiled in water. Disgusting. YUCK! Who wants to eat that? Not me…ever.

So I made a vegan version of this luscious dessert two ways: (1) with vegan gelatin powder (thanks to a little gift from my friend, Tessa) and (2) with agar agar flakes (a thickener derived from sea vegetables) to take the place of the gross gelatin. I like the agar agar version best, but try them both if you feel like it a decide which one you like. The texture for both is similar. The taste of the vegan gelatin version is a little tangy and the agar agar version is a bit richer.

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Raw Coconut Cheesecake with Sweet Mango

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So if you said, “Your favorite fruit? 30 seconds. Go.” I’d say, without hesitation, MANGOES! Oh my, oh yes, mangoes. Can you think of a sweeter, sexier fruit? No way. Nothing compares. Mangoes are in a class all by themselves. No wonder they are called the King of Fruits and the Love Fruit.

Uh huh, the love fruit, baby. Among their myriad of benefits, mangoes are also considered an aphrodisiac said to boost the libido and regulate hormones. So, with Valentine’s Day coming up, um, maybe you’ll want to give this little recipe a try.

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Little Lemon Tarts

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When life gives you lemons…I say make lemon tarts. That is, raw, vegan, gluten-free, amazingly delicious, lemon tarts. I found this recipe on a blog, just randomly search for lemony ideas. It’s a knock off of the Hail Mary Meyer Lemon Miracle Tart. I love this brand when I’m in the mood for a little treat.

Last week, it got a little cold here in Houston, we had a hard freeze and everything. So, I decided that I better harvest the last remaining lemons from the Meyer lemon tree in my backyard. I love this tree. It produces the most wonderful, juicy lemons. I treasure every single one.

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Coconut Chocolate Pudding

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Every year I make chocolate-covered strawberries for my boys for Valentine’s Day.  This is a tradition that really shouldn’t be messed with.  Chocolate + Strawberries = Love.  But I thought it might be fun to add a little something this year, so I made this to-die-for chocolate pudding.  It’s super easy and vegan!

I got a little crazy with the whole coconut thing and used coconut palm sugar, coconut milk and coconut oil in this recipe.  The result is actually a subtle hint of coconut which is a perfect compliment to the chocolate.

First combine coconut sugar (or brown sugar) with cornstarch in a saucepan.  Then gradually add non-dairy milk, your choice, I used coconut milk.  Heat over medium heat and whisk constantly. This smells really good, kind of like caramel.

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