Category: Foods

Ginger Hazelnut Protein Granola Bars

Granola bars save lives as long as you don’t have sweet stuff like chocolate in them. This is especially true when you make them yourself and know exactly what is in them that made them so lovely and healthy. They can be made days ahead of time and package up perfectly when traveling and frolicking. But being that I am a gluten-intolerant vegan, venturing away from home can be a bit difficult at times. Thankfully I am well-prepared and want you to be as well!

My favorite thing about having skipped out on ol’ Manhattan is that winter is absolutely no where in site. The forecast for tomorrow in Los Angeles is 90F. It is perfectly appropriate to take a stroll to the farmer’s market down the street, go on a midday hike up into Runyon Canyon, and even take the ferry to Catalina Island for a day trip. I might never go back.


Yesterday, backpack empty, my roommate and I skated around West Hollywood. We found a farmer’s market and filled our bags with the most beautiful produce. I brought home some colorful baby heirloom tomatoes, raw almonds and hazelnuts, honeycrisp apples, golden beets, and fresh flowers to make my temporary apartment feel more like home. I then got to the baking.


Ginger Hazelnut Protein Granola Bars
vegan and gluten-free

5 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup warm water

5 medjool dates
1/2 cup hot water

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup brown rice protein powder
1/4 cup each roasted almonds and hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, diced
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 banana, mashed
1/4 cup almond milk

Preheat oven to 350F and grease a round or square 8-inch baking pan.
In a small bowl, stir the chia seeds and warm water together and set aside. In another small bowl, soak the dates in warm water so that they are fully submerged.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Drain the water from the soaked dates and coarsely chop them on a cutting board. Combine the chia seed gel, dates, banana, and almond milk in one of the small bowls and incorporate into the dry ingredients. Mix well so that no powder remains at the bottom of the bowl. Press mixture into the prepared baking dish and place in preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp at the edges.

Wrap in plastic and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies

So after my delicious banana almond ice cream I wanted to bring you another great recipe on my favorite foods list that I really like.

You’re gonna need to lay down after one of these. But make sure you’re within arm’s length of another because they are truly that good. It is so freezing, snowy, and cozy in Manhattan right now that all I feel like doing (have the energy to do) is bake, eat, and sleep. Peanut butter and chocolate and Harry Potter are all that my days consist of. It’s wonderful.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies
(gluten-free and vegan)

1.5 cups of peanut butter (not the fat-free gimmicks!)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet. Mix all ingredients in one large bowl. Plop rounded tablespoonfuls on the prepared sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Cook for 10-12 minutes and let cool before transferring to a wire rack. They will be heavy and a bit crumbly but so great.

Banana and Vegan Almond Ice Cream Recipe

Here is a quick recipe for making a delicious and healthy ice cream based on bananas and almonds.

5 very ripe bananas

4 cups almond milk
2 tbsp soy lecithin
1 tbsp arrowroot powder
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp each almond and vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lightly grease. Peel and slice all 5 bananas in 1/4″ pieces and lay them in a single layer on the prepared parchment. Bake for 10 minutes, flip each piece over and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

In a large bowl, blend remaining ingredients with a hand mixer for a few minutes so as to break up any clumps and to thoroughly incorporate the thickeners with the almond milk. When bananas have cooled, coarsely smash them with a fork and add them to the almond milk.

Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Then eat!