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the sexy sugar free vegan coobook!

oh boy oh boy, nancy chalmers from wolf and willow has just released her new cookbook, the sexy sugar free vegan! i’ve introduced this project to you before, and it’s been so fun watching it grow over the last year. nancy is one talented chef and it seems as though every recipe i try from her becomes my new favorite!

what is the sexy sugar free vegan project? if you’re familiar with nancy, you’ll know that she quit sugar last june, and shortly after started the sexy sugar free vegan project. at first, it was more of a personal project, but she started photographing her recipes and sharing them on wolf and willow. the response for more delicious sugar free recipes was overwhelming, so the project grew and grew until finally, an e-cookbook was born! inside you’ll find all the most popular recipes, as well as some new ones, along with some recipes collected from bloggers (like me!), fellow health coaches, vegan foodies and sugar free chefs.

why quit sugar? while nancy goes into depth on why (and how) to quit sugar in the cookbook, here’s the short and sweet of it: it makes you feel amazing! here are just a few things you’ll most likely experience from quitting sugar:

- a ridiculous increase in natural energy (no need for coffee anymore)
- a freakish increase in cognitive function and creativity
- radical improvement in immune function (never get sick anymore)
- gorgeous skin and hair (look younger)
- better, deeper sleep (have sweeter dreams)
- no more food cravings, like, ever

the sexy sugar free vegan coobook!

whether you’re ready to dive in head first, or just interested in trying out some delicious recipes, i know you’ll enjoy the cookbook tremendously. pictured above are just a few of my favorite recipes: 1) cacao, berry and coconut crunch ice cream 2) potato, rosemary and blackberry pizza 3) seared tofu, asparagus and macadamia nut salad and 4) roasted vegetable pot pies with a smoky ‘cheese’ sauce (contributed by yours truly).

the ebook includes:
* OVER 50 incredible sugar free + vegan recipes
* almost ALL of them are gluten free too!
* a handy list of pantry essentials
* tips on how to avoid hidden sugar
* sugar free + vegan ice cream, cakes and muffins
* vegan cheese, pizza and pasta recipes
* delicious raw food recipes

head on over to wolf and willow to grab your copy now!

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the ultmiate guide to non-dairy milks

happy monday, friends! as a follow up to my post on how to make your own almond milk, i just had to share with you this ultimate guide to making non-dairy milks from yumuniverse. heather crosby shows us step by step how to make just about every nut milk there is (22 in all)- using everything from amaranth to poppy seeds, and brown rice to coconuts! in addition to easy instructions, she includes optional add ins and nutritional benefits for each of them, as well as ideas on how to use their left over pulp. i think you’ll really enjoy it!

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lemonade
http://blog.iloveeco.be/2011/06/maak-zelf-een-fleurige-limonade/

it’s a little early yet for lemonade, but all this extra sunshine has me craving the comforts of summer already! i just love these ways to spruce up this summer staple from i love eco (discovered via brittany campbell – i’m obsessed with her boards!).

what’s your favorite way to make lemonade?

 
here are a few lemonade related posts i’ve done in the past:

lemonade lemonade  

 
 

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French Toast Latte

February 27, 2012

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ashley pahl

french toast latte

One of my favorite breakfast treats is french toast. I had been planning on cooking it for breakfast this past weekend after months of not having it when it occurred to me: french toast latte! There is nothing about the combination of espresso, milk/soy milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla that doesn’t go together. It tastes as good as it sounds!

french toast latte

The recipe isn’t difficult either – it still follows my basic simple syrup recipe for creating flavored lattes – this time we’ll just swap white sugar for brown sugar.

Serves 2

Ingredients

- 6 ounces brewed espresso

- 6-8 ounces steamed milk or soy milk, rice milk, etc.

- 1/2 cup water

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon OR two cinnamon sticks

- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup

Directions

Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. When it reaches a boil, add vanilla extract. Allow to boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Quickly and cinnamon and maple syrup, and stir well. If you used cinnamon sticks, remove them when the syrup has cooled. Pour your finished syrup into two mugs – 1/8 to 1/4 cup, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

french toast latte

When espresso or dark coffee is brewed, add to the mug. Stir coffee and syrup well, and add steamed milk, spooning any foam on top. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Raspberry Mocha Latte Recipe

February 6, 2012

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Hey all! It’s Ashley with a new latte recipe. This raspberry mocha latte is so rich and decadent – I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make raspberry syrup from scratch. This recipe serves two – it would be a perfect treat to whip up for your sweetie and yourself this Valentine’s Day.

Ingredients

- 6 ounces espresso

- 8 ounces milk, soy milk, or rice milk (I used soy)

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1/2 cup water

- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

- 6 ounce package of raspberries

- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

- optional whipped cream

Directions

Start by making the raspberry syrup. Combine sugar and water in a medium sauce pan; bring to a boil. Stir frequently. When a boil has been reached, add vanilla extract. Allow mixture to continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and add washed raspberries. Allow raspberries to steep in syrup for one hour.

Strain the raspberries from the syrup, allowing the syrup to drip down into a bowl. The leftover raspberries make a very sweet and delicious dessert on their own!

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder to the bottom of each mug. Pour as much syrup as you would like into your mug, up to 1/4 cup. This just depends on how sweet you like your drinks. Stir well to incorporate cocoa powder.

Brew your espresso of strong coffee. Froth your milk. Add 3 ounces of espresso to each mug, filling up the rest of the mug with steamed milk, and spoon any leftover foam on top.

1. add syrup and stir

2. add espresso

3. add milk and spoon on leftover foam

For a special occasion, top drink with whipped cream, and treats such as sprinkles, raspberries, cocoa powder, or chocolate chips.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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A Healthier Hot Chocolate

January 23, 2012

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I have tried so many homemade hot chocolate recipes in the past, and yet it is the healthiest recipe that might actually be my favorite! This recipe contains no added white sugar – the sweetness comes from the banana and the semi-sweet chocolate chips. While it is true that sugar is sugar, with this recipe, you aren’t getting empty calories: bananas contain potassium, vitamin B6, and some dietary fiber; semi-sweet chocolate has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Surprisingly, this recipe is also incredibly rich and sweet. I wrote the recipe fully expecting to need a drizzle of honey on top to sweeten it up, but it was so not necessary! In fact, it may border on too-sweet, so if you may find yourself adjust the number of chocolate chip tablespoons from four to three, or even just two tablespoons.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

1 cup of low fat milk, soy milk, or rice milk

4 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cocoa powder

pinch of chili powder*

dash of salt

1 small to medium banana, sliced

*The chili powder doesn’t add any actual spiciness, it just gives the hot chocolate a little bit of an edge. My husband and I weren’t able to detect any spiciness in our drinks, but if you really don’t like chili powder, it isn’t completely necessary.

Directions

Combine the milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, vanilla, chili powder and salt in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium heat until just before it begins to simmer. Stir often.

Meanwhile, slice a banana and place in a blender.

Once chocolate mixture is hot enough (you’ll start to see steam), remove from heat and pour into blender with bananas. Blend for about a minute, making sure all banana chunks have been smoothed out.

The end result will be very creamy. Pour into two mugs, and you’ll see some foam on top. The end result is a warm, deliciously sweet treat. Yum!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Vanilla Ginger Latte Recipe

January 16, 2012

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This was the perfect warm drink recipe for a cold winter day in Michigan – but I suspect it tastes just as good in warmer regions, too! I created this recipe when I needed a little spin on my go-to favorite drink: the vanilla latte. All it takes is a bit of ground ginger to give this drink a kick!

Serves two.

Ingredients

- 4 ounces brewed espresso or strongly brewed dark roast coffee

- 1/2 cup milk, soy milk, or other milk subsitute

- 1/4 cup water

- 1/4 cup sugar

- 2 tsp vanilla extract

- 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Directions

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan, stirring often.

When syrup has reached a rolling boil, add vanilla and ginger, continuing to stir.

Let mixture boil for another minute – this allows the alcohol in the extract to burn off. Remove from heat

Brew your espresso or strong coffee. Steam and froth milk or milk substitute. Pour espresso into a mug, followed by syrup, then milk

Spoon the leftover foam onto the top of the drink. Enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Iced Americano Recipe

January 2, 2012

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To start of the new year, I thought we’d start with a healthier drink recipe, as in, no milk or sugar! The Americano was actually my first taste of unsweetened espresso, and embarrassingly, I cried when I tried to drink it. It was strong and it was unexpected. I did not come from a coffee-drinking family, and the Americano is not for the faint of heart. I eased into my love for coffees and espresso with a bit of milk and mocha, but today I can gladly say I usually drink a bold roast or espresso, plain black. For me, lattes are just a treat, not on my daily menu.

Today’s recipe is actually an iced Americano, and contains nothing more than brewed espresso, water, and ice. It is refreshing in its simplicity, and a great way to cut unnecessary sugar out of your life without giving up the taste of espresso that you love.

Serves 1

Ingredients

2 ounces brewed espresso

6 ounces water

ice

Directions

Brew espresso. Fill a 12 – 16 ounce glass 3/4 the way up with ice.

Pour water into the glass, followed by brewed espresso, and stir.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

 

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