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MCLV Mange | Apple Spice Cake

There are two things that say Fall to me in the kitchen – Pumpkin and APPLES!

Stemlit Farms just sent me some of their amazing SweeTango apples and I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen. Last year I did a healthy twist on a traditional Apple Crumble, so I wanted to try something different this season. Enter – The Apple Spice Cake. A yummy, spicy, Fall treat filled with sweet apple chunks. It’s gluten-free and vegan.

Apple Spice Cake Vegan Gluten-Free San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food FItness LIfestyle Blogger Recipe

{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free} 

Apple Spice Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil {you could also do 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of applesauce}
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 apples {cored & chopped}
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts {I recommend walnuts or pecans}
  • Optional: Shredded unsweetened coconut is a yummy addition as well

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 and spray & lightly flour a 9 inch bundt pan, a 9 inch round pan, or an 8×8 baking pan
  • Mix together sugar and oil, then add in the eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. I used an electric hand mixer, but you could also use a stand mixer or mix by hand.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  • Next, slowly mix the flour mixture into the bowl of wet ingredients. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the mixture.
  • Fold in the nuts and chopped apples. If needed, you can add non-daily milk to reduce thickness of the mixture, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Pour the batter into your baking dish and put in the preheated oven. Baking time is between 45-60 minutes, depending on thickness of the mixture and the size of your baking dish. Check the bake at 45 minutes and each subsequent 5 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes prior to removing from the pan.
  • Enjoy!

Apple Spice Cake Vegan Gluten-Free San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food FItness LIfestyle Blogger Recipe

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MCLV Mange | Healthy Baked Oatmeal

While trying to come up with some fun new ways to enjoy my oats, I stumbled on the idea of baked oatmeal! It’s a healthy dish that you can add any toppings you want to, plus you can make it in advance and eat all week. I do love my meal prepping. Also – It’s so delicious and decadent tasting that you could definitely make it into a dessert.

Healthy Baked Oatmeal Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Vegetarian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free} 

Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipe {5 servings – Meal prep}

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Optional: If you want this more dessert-y, you can add 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 and spray an 8×8 baking pan
  • Mix together dry ingredients. Then add in mashed banana, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Fold in blueberries.
  • Pour into greased pan and bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes {until golden brown}
  • Serve warm or cold, it’s delicious either way!

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MCLV Mange | Morning Detox Shot

While this isn’t exactly a recipe, I do get lots of questions about my morning detox shot. I generally take this shot three mornings a week, alternating with taking my supplements the other two days.

Just to give you some background on the ingredients, here’s some of their benefits:

  • Lemon Juice – Promotes digestion
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Helps lower blood sugar
  • Ginger – Reduces nausea and inflammation
  • Cayenne – Boosts metabolism
  • Turmeric – Potent anti-inflammatory agent & antioxidant
  • Spirulina – High in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, Copper, Magnesium & Potassium

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{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free // Paleo} 

Ingredients:

  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar {I’m extremely loyal to Bragg’s}
  • 1/4 teaspoon of powdered ginger or ginger root
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina

Directions:

  • Mix together
  • Add a bit of warm or cold water to dilute
  • Drink up!

Note: Apple Cider Vinegar is very strong and may take some getting used to. Diluting the solution down will help if you have trouble drinking it.

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MCLV Mange | Nourish Bowl

I’m not sure what the technical definition of a nourish bowl is these days. Or if there is in fact a hard and fast definition. But for me, a nourish bowl is similar to a kitchen sink salad – It’s throwing some healthy, delicious foods into a bowl and enjoying the shmorgishborg.

My favorite way to enjoy this meal is a mixture of raw and cooked vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and/or grains. There are an endless number of combinations to try out and an endless number of ways to top your bowl. Plus, if you’re not veggie inclined, you could easily add a non-plant based protein of your choice.

Rather than go through the countless variations, I’ll just tell you what I ate in the bowl below. Enjoy!

Nourish Bowl Buddha Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Vegetarian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Recipe

 

{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free // Paleo} 

Nourish Bowl:

Ingredients:

  • Roasted veggies – Here I went with broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes
  • Raw veggies – Mixed greens & purple cabbage
  • Toppings – Hummus, avocado, sunflower seeds & balsamic

 

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Wash & chop desired veggies
  • Spread vegetables on a lined baking sheet and put into the oven at 450 for 10-13 minutes per side, mixing them at the halfway point. Here I roasted broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes. Spray/coat with olive oil or coconut oil and add your favorite spices and herbs. I tossed these with olive oil, chopped garlic and shallots, cumin, and sea salt.
  • Once your veggies are roasted, throw them over a bed of greens, add in any other raw veggies you’d like, and decide how to top. I like to keep my bowls simple and healthy, so I usually add hummus, avocado and balsamic, then sprinkle with some red pepper flakes and Go Raw sunflower seeds.
  • Other options? Add tofu or simply top with your favorite salad dressing. Simple can be delicious!

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MCLV Mange | Chocolate Protein Oats

I’ve been playing with new breakfast recipes lately as I cycle through different food preferences and trying different things to see how my body reacts. I’ve been LOVING my savory vegan breakfast scrambles, and still make them on weekends, but I’m been craving something sweet lately so I decided to try some new recipes. Protein oats is a longstanding favorite of mine and I decided to add a tasty little twist by adding a scoop of Detox Organics along with protein oats.

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{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free} 

Chocolate Protein Oats {1 serving – Adjust as needed for meal prepping}

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Directions:

  • Basic version – Mix ingredients and pop into the microwave until you achieve the desired consistency
  • Overnight oats – Mix the ingredients together, add a tablespoon of chia seeds, and leave them in the fridge overnight. You can eat raw or heat it in the microwave the next morning!

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