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Kid-Friendly Chocolate Energy Balls

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Energy Bites | Naturally Sweetened, Vegan, and Gluten Free

Sometimes I feel like I am constantly mixing up batches of “cookie dough balls” for my kids. They have truly been a God send for  (particularly my pickiest princess…). My two kids go through a single batch in just about 3 days, I swear. And if I would let them, they’d probably finish it off sooner! Haha. Definitely a staple in our household since becoming vegan.

Fortunately, these “cookie dough balls” I’m referring to are SUPER good for them! So, sure it gets annoying making them every few days…. but it’s a total win-win for my kids nutrition and I would never argue with that.

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Energy Bites | Naturally Sweetened, Vegan, and Gluten Free

I’ve made a few different types and variations so far: Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes, Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls, Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Crunch Bars, Chocolate Cookie Dough Freezer Fudge, Chocolate Coconut Cream Bars, and Chocolate Chip Almond Pulp Cookie Balls.

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Energy Bites | Naturally Sweetened, Vegan, and Gluten Free

I seem to have the most success with the ones made from nut butters and maple syrup rather than those made from nuts and dates in the food processor. Mostly because of the textural difference. Scarlett has a very obvious preference for things with a smoother, cookie dough-like consistency, rather than the semi-crunchy nature of the ones made from whole nuts. [click to continue…]

Vegetable Pineapple Fried Rice

Vegetable Pineapple Fried Rice- a lightened up version of an Asian favorite! #vegan

Being vegan, I don't go out to eat a lot. But when I do I almost always end up at an ethnic food restaurant- usually either Asian or Indian. Well, a few weeks ago I got some take-out from a local... Read More

Fudgy Vegan Avocado Brownies

Ultra Fudgy Vegan Avocado Brownies | Naturally Sweetened

Have you ever used avocado to make something sweet? For the longest time I thought it only had savory purposes like for guacamole or in sandwiches or topping a taco. But now I know better. Now I know avocado is... Read More

Citrus-Tahini Millet Bowl

Sweet Potato Millet Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing | thegreenforks.com #vegan

Now that the Holidays are over and the New Year is officially here, it's time to start cracking back down on our diets. I know that I was sure easy going with what I was eating. I almost forget what... Read More

Thick & Rich Vegan Hot Cocoa- 2 Ways

Rich & Thick Vegan Hot Cocoa- 2 ways!

I know that Christmas is officially over and all, but seeing how it is still very cold out... I didn't think it would be completely inappropriate to post a couple great recipes for homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate, right?? I really wanted... Read More

Pumpkin Truffles

Pumpkin Truffles- made with pumpkin purée, coconut oil, almond butter, and maple syrup!

Here is a nice healthy treat for you this Holiday season. Who doesn't want that, right?? This is the type of dessert you can have and truly not feel guilty about. They are made with 3 of my favorite healthy... Read More

Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cookies- made with oat flour, almond butter, and coconut oil! #vegan

These. Were. Ah. Mazing. Ohhhhhhh, my goodness. I LOVE chocolate and Peppermint!! Truly one of my favorite flavor combinations. That and chocolate-coffee. Really, you can't go wrong with chocolate anything.... And putting together a delicious cookie that is made from... Read More

Chocolate Crunch Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Crunch Pie | 100% naturally sweetened with only maple syrup!

Pumpkin Pie is easily my favorite Holiday dessert. And luckily for me, it is SUPER easy to veganize! Last year I made this Pumpkin Pie. A very traditional pie- a lightly sweetened pumpkin custard in a pie crust. To be... Read More

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Sage Burgers

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Sage Veggie Burgers | thegreenforks.com #vegan

I am a big squash advocate. Squash in all forms- acorn, spaghetti, pumpkin, delicata, jester, and naturally, butternut. And all its relatives as well- sweet potato included. Being able to eat squash for months on end really helps me get... Read More

Sweet Potato Biscuits

AMAZING vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits with coconut oil | TheGreenForks.com #vegan

Biscuits were practically a foreign food to me growing up. If on the extremely rare occasion we did have biscuits, they always came from a tube. My family was definitely a processed food household. 'From scratch' wasn't a real concept to... Read More

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

I've been having serious cravings for a nice pumpkin cake lately. Specifically Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.... Mmmmmmmm!! Alas, my days with cream cheese are long gone :( But, I can still enjoy a nice fat slice of fluffy... Read More