No-Bake Vegan Tim Tams (A Must Try)

The first time I tried a Tim Tam was six years ago. Yes, I specifically remember the day and I specifically recall the taste, texture and smell. My taste buds were blown away at this insanely good cookie. If you’re Australian, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’ve never had one or never even heard of them, well then it’s time you find out. (I just found out you can order them on Amazon — dangerous).

Last week for Sophie’s birthday (she’s our Social Media Coordinator!), I decided to make a healthier version of a Tim Tam. She’s from Australia, so this was a way we could make her feel right at home while standing in the Reboot Kitchen.  We did some research to figure out how this would be possible — how we could make something that’s so good in a healthier way, and with the help of Live Love Eat Raw’s Tim Tam recipe, we were able to make an amazing, delicious Raw Tim Tam biscuit.

Apple Pie Smoothie

While people are committing to healthier eating habits I always suggest if you have a certain craving see if you can attempt to turn it into a healthy juice, smoothie or a vegetable or fruit-based dish. You might surprise yourself and enjoy the healthier option more! If you have a pizza craving you could try something like our Quinoa Cauliflower Pizza or our Kale and Sweet Potato Pizza or our Pizza Chips, or if you may have a chocolate craving you can try our Raw Chocolate Mousse or one of our delicious chocolate smoothies. So when you are craving an Apple Pie this season, satisfy it with this comforting apple pie smoothie.

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting

Enjoy these rich, moist, decadent cupcakes that are loaded with delicious flavor. They satisfy everyone’s cupcake craving but are a much healthier treat and a great way to sneak in healthy fats from the nuts and avocado. If you’re heading to a party, bring this dessert and you can even try adding in shredded beets and zucchini to add in more nutrients.

4-Ingredient Blueberry & Mango Jellies

Gummy candies are a classic sweet favourite – you find tons on grocery store shelves, candy baskets in doctor’s office, and plenty in your child’s Halloween basket. Since most of these contain ingredients that we should try to stay away from, I went ahead and made my own. For this recipe you can use a silicon mould in small shapes. Gummy bears or any Halloween shapes would be ideal, I used hearts. Or you could pour it into a glass or small dish and set as a dessert jelly.

Agar (or Agar Agar), sometimes referred to as kanten, is a gelling agent coming from a type of seaweed. It is approximately 80% fiber and can be used as an alternative to gelatine. In Asia it has been used as a weight loss supplement due to its ability to fill you as it triples in size within the intestines and acts as an intestinal regulator, it is also said to enhance cholesterol excretion due to the fibre content. It has shown some promise in obesity studies due to this filling effect.

Hazelnut Chocolate Halloween Cookies

It’s National Chocolate Day. And it’s almost Halloween. So that calls for these nutty (tasting and looking!) textured cookies that are sure to please everyone. They are a healthier option to your standard chocolate cookie because almonds and hazelnuts are high in protein, healthy fats and fibre along with vitamin E, B vitamins, iron, calcium and magnesium. You can also adjust the sweetness to your preferred taste — I went light on the sweetness but feel free to add a little more if your sweet tooth is calling your name.

Raw Caramel Slice

This is one of my old favourite desserts but I always find the real version to be too sickly sweet. So I created my own. Here is a fantastic healthier version without all the unhealthy ingredients like excess sugar, unhealthy fats and processed ingredients. It is one of my absolute favourite Smart Sweets. The healthier versions are also full of nutrient goodness with only wholefood ingredients. So, it’s a win win!

 

No-Bake Pumpkin & Fig Mini Pies

Walk two feet into any grocery store in NYC right now and you’re faced with all of the seasonal temptations of pumpkin-flavored everything. Pumpkin soup, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies and even cute little pumpkin cookies (that I had to force myself to keep on walking by the other day). I can’t completely say no to all of this pumpkin, so I figured, why not make a combo of these goodies on my own…since I love pumpkin pie and I loved the looks of those cute cookies, why not make cute pumpkin pies?
A healthier version of course…

So I did. They combine pecans and coconut for the base with a creamy pumpkin and fig middle and are topped off for a perfect finish with my favorite cashew cream icing. And of course a dash of cinnamon (my favorite spice of all time).

This is how you do it…

 

7 Dairy-Free Smoothies that Taste Like Ice Cream

Do you ever have dessert for lunch? I’m guilty of it. Not in a eat-a-chocolate-chip-cookie kind of way, I’m talking smoothies that taste just like dessert — a creamy, decadent, rich, healthy treat right in your glass. It’s the kind of smoothie that makes it hard to believe that every sip is actually super nutrient-dense, fiber-rich, and filled with fruits, vegetables, and superfoods. Another plus side? It’s so cheap. Initially buying the goji berries, the chia seeds, the hemp seeds, etc. may seem like a slight dent to your wallet, but if you make a smoothie for lunch instead of buying your own (the juice bars around us sell their smoothies for at least $9), you’ll be saving money. A couple tips on saving for smoothie ingredients is to buy in bulk, purchase frozen fruit and even vegetables like spinach or kale, and just use water as your base. I still love using almond milk, but I find using water doesn’t change the consistency too much at all.

Here are a few of my favorite smoothies that taste just like the most common ice cream flavors, seriously.

If you like Chocolate (like Joe does!), then you’ll love:
Double Chocolate Smoothie

If you like Vanilla, then you’ll love:
Green Vanilla Shake (I promise you can’t taste the green)

If you like Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, then you’ll love:
Banana Mint Chip Smoothie

If you like Strawberry, then you’ll love:
Strawberry Coconut Shake
Strawberry Coconut Milk

If you like Sweet and Salty, then you’ll love:
Chocolate Almond Butter Shake 

If you like Nutella, then you’ll love:
Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

And lastly, if you prefer a lighter, Fruity Sorbet, then you’ll love:
Mango Ice Pop Smoothie

I think I’ll go for the Green Vanilla, today. What looks good to you?

Cacao Mint Bliss Balls

Cacao Mint Bliss Balls

Prep Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients



If you love the classic chocolate and mint combination, then you’ll love this healthy dessert (or snack)! These balls contain fibre, good fats, protein, calcium, magnesium, manganese and vitamin B2. If you prefer to make only chocolate balls, just leave out the peppermint oil. You also have the option of rolling them in extra cacao powder or nibs for extra nutrients, more flavor, and more chocolate.

Ingredients:
6 fresh dates
1/3 cup/50 g almonds
1/3 cup/50 g cashews
1/3 cup/50 g brazil nuts
¼ cup/30 g cacao powder
½ tsp Himalayan or sea salt
¼ cup/65 g almond butter
3-5 drops of peppermint oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cacao nibs & cacao powder, to roll balls in

Directions:

1. Remove the seeds out of the dates and chop.

2. Process nuts, cacao and salt in a food processor.

3. Add the dates, almond butter, peppermint oil and vanilla to the nut mixture and process.

4. Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll it into a ball then roll it in cacao nibs or cacao powder.

5. Store in the fridge for at least one hour to let the balls slightly harden before serving.

Substitutions:
Dates – dried apricots, raisins, sultanas (1/2 cup) (I suggest all natural sulphite and vegetable oil free)
Almonds, Cashews, Brazil nuts– any other nuts desired
Almond butter – any other nut butter variety