Vegan and crumble are two words that don't usually go together. Or if you do see them together, it typically means using a vegan butter substitute. But, that, I will not cook with since vegan butter is full of saturated fat and other ingredients I try to avoid. However, it is really difficult to make a crumble topping without butter or some other high saturated fat ingredient. It can sort of work with olive oil, but it just doesn't come out quite right...at least for me.
That's why I was so excited when I came across this vegan crumble recipe. It only has "real" ingredients, no refined sugar and no vegan substitutes. To top it off, it is seriously and utterly delicious! I am not kidding, it took all I had not to eat it all in one go. So far, I have only tried a blueberry lemon combo, but I bet raspberries, strawberries or even apples with cinnamon would be delicious.
Blueberry Lemon Crumble Recipe
vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, refined sugar-free
Blueberry Lemon Filling:
Base and Crumble Topping
Blueberry Lemon Filling:
Base and Crumble Topping:
The combination of carrot, orange, and ginger is one of my favorite drink blends. I usually get this mix at the juice bar, and I wanted to try to recreate the flavors at home, but as a smoothie since I don't have a juicer (however, by making a smoothie you get all the fiber from the fruit and veggies ;)).
This smoothie turned out to be such a refreshing drink for a warm summer day; it is light and sweet, with a hint of tang from the ginger. And of course, smoothies are a great way to get lots of nutrients and they are easy to do.
Carrot-Orange-Ginger Smoothie Recipe
vegan, plant-based, refined-sugar free, gluten-free
The idea of roasting a whole head of garlic came from a friend of mine. She told me about a party she attended where a roasted head of garlic was served as an appetizer, and that it was one of the best things she has had. The best part is that it was amazing just spread on bread. Since I am a big fan of garlic, I had to try this out. This is also a way to prepare a shareable dish that looks fancy and tastes great but can be prepared really fast with just two ingredients. For those of you who are sensitive to garlic just keep in mind that roasted garlic has very different characteristics compared to raw garlic and roasting turns the cloves into creamy, buttery goodness!
Roasted Garlic Head Recipe
vegan, plant-based, gluten-free
Amanda Windhof, PhD is an MS lifestyle advocate who wants to ensure a healthy diet is accessible to everyone.