Vegan & Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s that time of year again-Thanksgiving. Many people with certain dietary restrictions may feel stressed out about what they can make that will please not only themselves, but their guests. These recipes are great for anyone who is or isn’t gluten-free and vegan because they are both delicious and healthy. I would choose them over traditional Thanksgiving foods any day.

http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2014/10/pumpkin-maple-vinaigrette/

This vinaigrette is perfect to make any salad Thanksgiving worthy. It won’t take you more than five minutes to make either! 

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/quinoa-stuffing-recipe-quinoa-butternut-squash-cranberries-pistachios/

This recipe is a play on a traditional Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. The quinoa is a great source of protein and the other ingredients have so many beneficial nutrients. You will have no need to feel guilty after chowing down on this. 

http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/balsamic-kale-cranberries/

This is an easy and fresh salad that only takes a few minutes to throw together. 

http://minimalistbaker.com/the-best-damn-vegan-mashed-potatoes/

These are the thickest, fluffiest, and creamiest mashed potatoes without any of the milk or cream. 

http://thehealthyfamilyandhome.com/raw-vegan-pumpkin-mini-cheesecakes/

I don’t know about you, but I love a good pumpkin pie. If you want to go with something more non-traditional though these raw vegan pumpkin mini cheesecakes are great to bring to a large gathering. Since they are mini they really help with portion control. 

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Raw Chocolate Energy Balls

Wake up. work out. class. rehearsal. study. hang out with friends. go to sleep.

That is my schedule everyday and I always find myself start to drift around that time of day that people call the mid-afternoon slump. My energy drops and paying attention in class is the ultimate struggle. Yes, an almond milk latte might perk me up for 30 more minutes, but these raw chocolate energy balls give me what I need to stay productive. They contain healthy fats, carbs, protein, and superfoods. Spend 20 minutes at the beginning of your week making these and you will thank yourself later.

 

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Author: adapted from Yummy Addiction

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 + 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 almond flakes

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, cacao powder, 1/3 cup coconut, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, chocolate, salt.
  2. In a small bowl, melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil in the microwave in 10 second increments (stir after each) until smooth and combined. Stir in vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir together.
  3. In a small shallow bowl, stir together the almond flakes and 1/4 cup coconut. Using wet hands roll the oat mixture into balls then roll them in the bowl of coconut and almonds for the outer coating. Place in refrigerator to set.
  4. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

The Truth Behind Peanut Butter

I am a huge believer that everyone should read the labels on the food they buy in the grocery store. So of course peanut butter is naturally included in this. Consumers do not realize that sugar, oil, and extra salt are often hidden in what they consider to be a healthy snack. The only ingredient in peanut butter should be PEANUTS. Yes, it is ok for a little extra salt to be added, but you definitely do not need any of the extra junk companies often sneak in.

Ingredients to avoid:
sugar (this will spike your blood sugar levels)
palm oil (is high in saturated fat and promotes heart disease)
hydrogenated vegetable oils (contains trans fat that is bad for cholesterol)

Ingredients that are ok:
peanuts (high in protein)

Some of my favorite brands that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating:

-Teddie Peanut Butter

-Once Again Organic Peanut Butter

-Trader Joes Organic Peanut Butter

Just remember to read the label and you will be golden!

 

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(one of my favorite ways to eat peanut butter is in a big bowl of oatmeal with banana, chia seeds, and granola)