Posts tagged Vegan
Apple Ginger & Spinach Smoothie

The other day, I decided I needed a good smoothie recipe. Like not an average one … a super yummy but still very healthy smoothie recipe. I haven’t done a lot of experimenting with smoothies in the past as my digestive issues prevented me from using a large variety of ingredients. It was basically just veggies, select variety of fruits and water. 

My usual go-to is a green smoothie with veggies, ginger, lemon, apple and water. This makes it easier to consume large amounts of veggies without my digestive issues flaring up. However, now that my gut is doing so well, I thought I needed to up my smoothie game. 

This smoothie recipe is awesome! It takes fruits and veggies that are readily available to us in Canada or the U.S. and turns them into an extremely tasty breakfast or snack beverage. It is very green when it comes out but don’t let this fool you…it is creamy, flavorful and very refreshing. It is also a nice change up from the traditional berry and spinach smoothie. Added hemp and flaxseeds provide fiber and healthy omega-3 fatty acids benefits. This helps to stay full longer and manage blood sugar levels. If you would like more protein, feel free to increase the amount of hemp seeds or add a scoop of collagen protein. 

Happy Blending!

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Pumpkin Cake Cookies (Gluten, Dairy & Grain Free)

Ok it is officially October, so I can post all of the pumpkin and fall items now right? 

I love fall, mostly because of the amazing food that we get to make and EAT! I love pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin loaf, pumpkin coffee variations and any kind of soup. I am so excited to get onto the soup train.

Ok … I am getting side tracked. Back to the cookies… these pumpkin cookies are so soft and are totally grain free. If you are looking for crunch these are not for you, they have more of a muffin or soft cookie texture. They are a nice change and are fabulous with a cup of tea.

These are traditionally a paleo recipe and are made with one egg. However, you can easily make it a vegan recipe by substituting the egg for 1 Flax Egg (1 Tbsp of ground flaxseed mixed with 2 ½ Tbsp of water – that has been set aside for 5 minutes).

I hope this gets you into the fall spirit. I would love to know your favourite fall recipes??? This helps me to get creative in the kitchen. 

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Granola Bar Energy Bites " School Safe"

I love quick and easy snacks that are full of flavor and packed with nutritious ingredients. I also prefer to make snacks that my whole family can enjoy, so this energy bite recipe has become a go to in my house. 

These nut-free granola bar energy bites are easy to make, a healthy snack for kids to bring to school as well as a fast and easy and snack for adults too! 

These energy bites are a great choice for those with intolerances. They can be made using gluten and dairy-free ingredients and vegan by replacing the honey with maple syrup or your favorite liquid sweetener of choice. 

Including them in meal prep allows you to stock up on snacks you can take when running out the door, or enjoyed with a warm beverage. Just make a double batch and place them in the freezer.

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Homemade Marinara Sauce

Oh yes – say hello to my homemade marinara sauce. You can literally get all of the ingredients for this recipe at the market or out of your garden right now.

Spaghetti was a staple in my house growing up! And I still love it.  It is such a great comfort food and I have learned that marinara sauce tastes great on all types of noodles like brown rice, quinoa, butternut squash, yam or zucchini. They even taste good when the sauce is poured over pre made butternut squash or yam fries. Yes – I like my sauce. 

This sauce is loaded with fresh ingredients and is a great vegan or paleo dinner option. To make it vegan, just use coconut sugar instead of honey in the sauce (it helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes) and place over any noodles that work for your. For the paleo option, you can add the optional meat and then enjoy with zucchini, butternut squash and/or yam noodles (shredded works just great as well).  

Feel free to add mushrooms, carrots, celery, spinach (I like the arugula in this recipe even more than spinach – as it creates such an amazing flavor) or whatever veggies you like. My kids gobbled this down so I am glad the recipe makes a ton. This recipe is enough for 4 servings, plus 2 full mason jars and leftovers for the next day. So make it once and you will eat for days. If you doing meal prep, this is a great recipe.  It keeps fresh for 4 days in the fridge and freezes extremely well. 

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Avocado and Hemp Seed Icing

Have you learned how to make some pretty incredible gluten free, vegan or paleo baking but are looking for a great icing to go on top that does not contain icing sugar? Do you have a child that is very sensitive to processed sugars, cannot have dairy or you just do not want to use store bought icing? I have you covered. This icing will take you 7 minutes with all of the prep included. Once you make it a few times, I bet you can shave that down to 5 minutes. My only suggestion is to try not to eat it all before it goes on your dessert. 

Adding the coconut oil to this icing makes it ‘peak’ and spread like traditional icings do. We all know that avocados are a wonderful source of healthy fats but the added hemp seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids and are also a wonderful source of fibre. It is also homemade and contains zero dyes or preservatives.  So, you can feel pretty great serving this to your guests.  For the full recipe, the link is in my bio. 

If you would like a suggestion for something delicious to pair the icing with, check out my Grain Free Avocado Brownies (link in bio or my website www.juliewalton.ca). If you add just a little extra coconut sugar, this recipe turns into a cake.  Spread some of the avocado & hemp seed chocolate icing on top and you are left with a full on birthday cake or dessert for guests that they will love. 

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Creamy Berry and Avocado Sorbet

Do you want instant sorbet or ice cream that contains all of the ingredients you would place into a smoothie? This sorbet recipe will be perfect. It is an extremely refreshing summer afternoon or evening treat. It is vegan, paleo and absolutely delicious. Oh and did I mention it was incredibly easy. It is also a great way to use some of your fresh summer berries. 

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Summer Time Chunky Guacamole

Who is in need of some guacamole? Oh man, I love the combination of lime and cilantro. It is one of my favourite taste pairings. And who doesn’t like a good avocado. 

With summer here there are a lot of friends and family gatherings and camping trips. So, here is a great paleo, vegan, but mostly delicious recipe that is super easy to make. The best part though – there is no cooking. Also, this recipe leaves a lot of room to personalize it to your taste. With any of my recipes – I love it when people take them and make it their own. We all have different tastes and food preferences. You can omit the cilantro if you do not like it – my husband cannot stand cilantro – so we leave half aside for him without it and it still tastes great! (I LOVE cilantro though… so I feel like it needs it ;). If you do not like heat, just omit the Serrano or jalapeno peppers.  Make this your own and enjoy!

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Oat & Seed " School Safe" Granola Bars

Are you looking for a quick and easy “school safe” nut free snack? This granola bar can be a wonderful kid and adult friendly snack or breakfast. It is nutrient dense and can  be crumbled like granola to top yogurt (to make the recipe more versatile). It is also gluten, dairy and egg free. 

I have been looking at how much it costs to buy quote on quote “healthy” nut free snacks for my kids and I was blown away. I also noticed that these snacks are devoid of nutrient dense foods in these snacks. Most of the processed school safe snacks at the store are composed of oats, sugar, sunflower oil and preservatives. So, I decided to come up with this delicious alternative recipe to save money and provide our little ones with a great nutritious snack that you can feel good about and want to eat yourself. 

I am also making a few variations of these – so stay tuned. 

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Julie's Steak Marinade

If you are looking the most mouthwatering chicken and steak marinade you have ever had? Look no further. I make this gluten free and diary free marinade in the summer almost once a week. It makes the chicken and steak so tender due to the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and your end result will taste like one from a restaurant. It is truly my go to recipe when we have company over and it is easily prepared a head of time so you have more time to spend with your guests. The flavor is absolutely outstanding!  Give it a try and let me know what you think – I cannot wait for your reaction. This recipe can also be made completely “Paleo” by substituting the gluten free tamari for coconut aminos. 

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BBQ Chicken Marinade

If you are looking the most mouthwatering chicken and steak marinade you have ever had? Look no further. I make this gluten free and diary free marinade in the summer almost once a week. It makes the chicken and steak so tender due to the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and your end result will taste like one from a restaurant. It is truly my go to recipe when we have company over and it is easily prepared a head of time so you have more time to spend with your guests. The flavor is absolutely outstanding!  Give it a try and let me know what you think – I cannot wait for your reaction. This recipe can also be made completely “Paleo” by substituting the gluten free tamari for coconut aminos. 

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Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

I love a creamy Caesar salad at a BBQ in the summer. Ok – really whenever. I had to give up eggs for a period of time and I cannot eat dairy. A delicious Caesar salad was something I really missed. This salad dressing is vegan, gluten and dairy free and can be made for a paleo diet. It is creamy, full of flavor and is easy to modify to your individual taste. You can make it more like a ranch dressing or a delicious Caesar salad dressing. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and start playing around with this recipe. Enjoy your creamy Caesar salad with your next BBQ dinner. 

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Extra Zesty Garlic & Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer is coming and that means so is salad season! A great way to save money is to make your own salad dressings.


This is such a versatile salad dressing. It is gluten free, paleo and can be made vegan. It is suitable for all veggie salads and with the 3-4 tsp of honey or coconut sugar, it makes a great dressing for salads containing fruits such as apples or strawberries (perfect for summer). I also love pouring it on sliced up avocados for a quick and yummy snack (my kids love this). 

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Julie's Monster Cookies

Are you looking for a traditional oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with a nut butter twist? I have you covered. These cookies are so tasty and just so happen to be vegan, and free of gluten, dairy and refined sugars. They were inspired by one of my client who is embarking on a re-introduction diet and needed some deliciousness in her life. They make your house smell amazing and are so delicious when they are fresh and warm right out of the oven. However, I have to say, I think I like them just as much frozen as a treat right after dinner. 

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Magic Cacao Energy Balls

Are you craving chocolate? But, you also want a quick and healthy nutrient dense snack? Don’t worry - I have you covered. These energy balls are not your average energy balls. You don’t need a food processor, you don’t need a million ingredients and they are just magic. The combination of these ingredients makes them taste like a real treat. But...they are packed with healthy fats (almond butter, omega 3 fatty acids from flax and chia seeds) and complex carbohydrates from the oats. These energy balls are a wonderful balance of healthy fats (almond butter chia and flaxseeds), fiber (oats, flaxseeds and chia seeds) and protein (almond butter). This means they will help keep you full and satisfied while you get your chocolate fix. The Magic Cacao Energy Ball recipe uses raw cacao, which is the original form of chocolate. It is packed with magnesium to help with muscle and nerve function.  It also helps stimulate specific neurotransmitters to help enhance our moods.  Oh and did I mention they were super easy? So what are you waiting for? Go get the ingredients, whip them up and enjoy!  

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Fast Food SIBO Chili

Why do I call it fast food chili you ask? I make most of my recipes from scratch and do not use many canned or processed foods. When I was on the SIBO diet - it was extremely limiting and sometimes you need a meal that is quick and easy but still contains REAL and wholesome ingredients. In search for a recipe like this – my creativity  ran wild and inspired me to create the “Fast food SIBO Chili” recipe. This chili can be made quickly in the morning before work and will cook in the slow cooker so you can come home to a warm meal. It is also a perfect weekend meal. You can quickly make it in the morning and then go out and enjoy your day. You will then return home to a warm SIBO friendly, nourishing meal.   

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Julie's Ultimate Granola Cookies

Is there ever enough cookies? I think not. These vegan granola cookies are literally my favorite recipe. I have been working on them and adapting them for years. They are a perfect mid-day snack or dessert and in a pinch they can totally work for breakfast on the run. They have a wonderful combination of chocolate mixed with dried cranberries along with a bowl full of wholesome ingredients: GF Rolled oats, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, almond & sorghum flour and coconut. Every time I take these cookies somewhere I get asked for the recipe.

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