zucchini carrot cake breakfast farro.

Craving a hearty, heart-healthy treat for your Valentine?  This recipe combines whole grains, veggies, and yummy goodness all in your crockpot.  An easy, vegan, delicious Valentine’s Day Breakfast.  Yes, please, and thank you!

zucchini carrot cake breakfast farro

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Use a medium sized bowl. Add:

  • 2 carrots, finely shredded
  • 2 zucchini, finely shredded
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup farro (used pearled or semi-pearled)

Lightly oil your crock pot to prevent sticking.

Pour into the crockpot:

  • Carrot/zucchini/farro mix
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk

Set on low overnight (6 to 8 hours).  In the morning, scoop it out and top with chia seeds and walnuts.  I found that a little extra honey was needed, and that adding a banana made it much more delicious.

Serve with love!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Not sure about farro? Me either, until I read this article by NPR’s Laura Weiss.  Make sure to check out her delicious recipe for Tuscan Soup and Kale Salad.

Snow Day vegan (power protein) chocolate chip cookies.

baking cookies on a snow day is a MUST. an absolute MUST tradition.

if you are trying to: power your snow-shovelling, stay vegan, and also reduce your gluten intake, try these cookies!  they are bite-sized, power protein and whole-food wonders.

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photo cred EMA

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Combine in a large bowl:

  • 2 c Almond Meal
  • 1 Tbs flax seed
  • 1 Tbs chia seed
  • 2 tsp 100% cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c softened coconut butter or vegan margarine
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of salt
  • 1/3 c carob chips (or chocolate chips if you aren’t eating vegan)

Mix, roll into balls, bake on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (these cookies do not spread out, so you can fit 10 cookies on one sheet) for 8-9 minutes.

Makes about 22 cookies.  (Or 21 if you sample too much dough before baking.)

Enjoy these cookies cuddled up your couch, watching the snow fall!

If you loved this, you may want to check out detoxinista.com, for some more paleo/vegan recipes.