Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

These energy balls definitely tick all the taste bud boxes. You have a little saltiness and you also have the sweet flavor. They are a favorite in our house and do not last very long. I discovered them when I was looking for a low FODMAP snack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
FODMAP Everyday
Makes about 18 and the serving size is 2 balls

1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
1 cup old-fashioned oats ( I use gluten-free oats)
1/3 cup rice malt syrup (brown rice syrup)
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
2-1/2 ounces dark chocolate ( I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips)
1/4 tsp kosher salt


1. Combine all the ingredients really well in a bowl with your hands, a sturdy wooden spoon or silicone spatula. It’s going to take some elbow grease because the rice syrup is very sticky. You can also mix them in a stand mixer fitted with a flat paddle.

2. Roll mixture into small 1-inch to 1-1/4-inch balls. The mixture needs to be compressed firmly using your fingers and palms. I refrigerate before eating. Store in airtight container or freeze up to a month.


Pickle Pizza

I know it may sound crazy but try it, you will love it! A friend of mine posted this on Facebook so I figured out the recipe and it has become one of our favorites!

Pickle Pizza
The Sweet Plant Life
Serves 4-6

Your favorite pizza dough
Vegan ranch dressing (I use Daiya)
Your favorite plant-based mozzarella cheese
Dill pickles

Prepare the pizza dough according to package directions. Next top with the ranch dressing. Place mozzarella cheese on top then top with pickles.

Bake according to your pizza crust directions. I placed it under the broiler for a bit to melt the cheese and brown it a bit.

You can add as many pickles as you want depending on your taste. Hope this becomes one of your favorites!

Dreamy Potato Salad

With Father’s Day and picnic season right around the corner I decided to share my favorite potato salad recipe.  You can use it with either red potatoes or small potatoes but if you use small ones you may have to adjust the recipe some.  

Dreamy Potato Salad
The Sweet Plant Life
Serves 4

6 red skin potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
3/4 cup veganaise
3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Cook potatoes until tender.  Let cool.

When the potatoes are cool add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.  Refrigerate.

If you like onion in your potato salad you can also add that. Last time I made it I added green onions. Serve with your favorite plant-based burger or perhaps carrot dogs and watch it disappear!

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Lighter (And Better That Way) Cauliflower Fettuccini Alfredo

I love pasta and one of my favorite dishes was fettuccini Alfredo before I became vegan. This recipe is the closest I have found to regular fettuccini Alfredo.  This recipe is from the Fuss- Free Vegan Cookbook which happens to be my favorite cookbook. I’m always looking for a quick nutritious recipe and this cookbook fits the bill.










Lighter (& Better That Way) Cauliflower Fettuccini Alfredo
Serves 4-6
For the Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce:
1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup Heavenly Heavy Cream (page 206) or full-fat coconut milk
2 tsp white miso paste
1 1/2 tsp salt

For the pasta:
1 lb fettuccini (gluten-free, if preferred)
Parmesan (page 204)
Handful of parsley, chopped
Black pepper

For the cauliflower alfredo sauce, place the cauliflower, garlic gloves, vegetable broth, and Heavenly Heavy Cream (I used coconut milk) in a large frying pan or sauce pan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until the cauliflower is very soft and falls apart when pierced with a fork.  Add the white miso and salt.  Using an immersion or stand blender, blend the cauliflower and its cooking liquid.  If you use a stand blender, do this is batches, being careful not to fill the blender too high, so the hot liquid doesn’t explode out the top.

In the meantime, cook the pasta according to the package directions, then drain.  Return the pasta to the pan, then pour the cauliflower Alfredo sauce over the top.  Toss to heat through.  To serve garnish with a sprinkle of parmesan and parsley, and freshly cracked black pepper.

I hope you try this recipe. It is really easy to make and delicious!

#vegan #plantpowered #plantbased #veganfettucccinialfredo #veganblog #itdoesnttastelikechicken

Raw Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

I found this recipe years ago when I was searching for a biscotti recipe. I make it weekly and love it as a snack or dessert. The preparation is how I have found it works best for me.

Raw Chocolate Pecan Biscotti
Pure 2 Raw

2 cups pecans
1/2 cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted *
3 tbsp maple syrup


Place pecans and coconut in food processor and process mixture until finely chopped.

Add the cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon and process until combined.

Next add the vanilla, coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix until it sticks together. Spread the dough on parchment paper, and form into a log. Cut into desired sized cookies and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  Keep refrigerated.

*When it is humid out, I find I need to add an additional 1/2 tbsp coconut oil as the biscotti crumbles.

I hope you try these and they become one of your favorites!

#vegan #rawbiscottis #plantpowered #plantbased #veganbiscottis

Tomato Pie

Tomato pie is kind of a spin-off of pizza. I always loved pizza with a lot of sauce so this to me is the best of both worlds!

Tomato Pie
The Sweet Plant Life

Pizza dough – either homemade or store bought
Crushed tomatoes or your favorite pizza sauce
Cashew Parmesan cheese, optional


Prepare the pizza dough. I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free kit and partially baked the dough prior to adding the sauce and the cheese. Next add a good amount of sauce. Sprinkle with cashew Parmesan cheese. I baked in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. It may take longer if you do not prebake the crust.

This is a quick recipe if you have prepurchased pizza dough. You could also top with fresh tomatoes on top of the sauce. It is great as an appetizer or a main course with a side salad. Enjoy!

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Sunday Dinner

I remember when I was a kid having a big Sunday dinner, the one day where everyone came together. This recipe is worthy of that gathering whether it be friends or family.

Cauliflower Parmesan
The Sweet Plant Life
Serves 4

One head Cauliflower
Bread crumbs (regular or gluten free)
Seasonings ( I used Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper)
Dairy-free milk ( I used unsweetened coconut milk)
Crushed tomatoes or pasta sauce
Dairy free mozzarella cheese
Spaghetti or salad or both


Preheat oven to 375. Place coconut milk, about 1-1/2 to 2 cups in bowl. Place bread crumbs and seasonings in another bowl.

Try to cut the cauliflower into pieces so they lay flat. Dip cauliflower in “milk” then coat in seasonings. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all pieces of cauliflower are coated. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 49 minutes.

Take out of oven and top with tomato sauce and “cheese” then bake for another 20-30 minutes. While this is baking, prepare spaghetti.

When the cheese has melted, it is ready to serve. If the cheese is not melted after 30 minutes you could place it under a broiler for a few minutes to melt it. Enjoy!

#vegan #cauliflower #cauliflowerparmesan #plantpowered #plantbased


I’ve done a 3 day juice cleanse a few times and it is amazing the way I feel by day 3. So much energy and clarity. I have been having juice everyday for a little over a year and love how the way it makes me feel. Here are a few of my favorite creations.

Watermelon Juice

1/2 to 1 lime
10-15 mint leaves

Green Juice

1 cucumber

Prepare the ingredients according to your juicer instructions and juice.

I put generic instructions as it really depends on your juicer and the water content of the fruits and vegetables as to how much juice you will get. I love the watermelon juice on a hot summer day – it is so refreshing and hydrating!

#vegan #juicing #plantpowered #plantbased #veganblog

Tofu Scramble

If you are vegan and missing eggs, this recipe is for you. From time to time I crave eggs and found this to be a good substitute. Growing up my mom made eggs with cream cheese and ham. I added cream cheese to this to add a little extra flavor.

Tofu Scramble
The Sweet Plant Life
Serves 3 – 4

Coconut oil – About 1-2 tbsp.
1 block extra firm tofu
About 2 tbsp vegan cream cheese
1 Green onion, chopped
Smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp miso paste
Salt and pepper to taste


Melt coconut oil in pan. Add tofu to pan and mash up with fork so it resembles scrambled eggs.

Add cream cheese, green onions, turmeric powder (so it looks egg colored), smoked paprika and mustard powder. Heat over medium heat for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients. *Note: miso paste is salty so I would do a taste test before adding salt.

You could serve this with vegan sausage or potatoes. You could make an egg sandwich with the tofu scramble and add some cheese – my favorite is Chao creamy original or enjoy as is!

#vegan #tofuscramble #plantpowered #plantbased #veganfood

Banana Oat Cookies

This recipe is a very versatile one and there are many versions that can be found on the internet. It’s another easy recipe but you do need ripe bananas.

Banana Oat Cookies
The Sweet Plant Life
Makes about 6-8 cookies depending on the size

2 bananas, mashed
1 cup rolled oats (can use gluten free)
Dash of cinnamon
3 tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips or raisins or dried cherries

Optional add-ins: walnuts, pecans, coconut.

Preparation: Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Mash the bananas and add in the remaining ingredients. Mix until combined. Drop onto spoonfuls on cooking sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven about 15-20 minutes until light brown. Try not to eat all at once!

I like adding walnuts, cinnamon and coconut to the cookies. I think adding in some dried cherries would also be a great addition with the chocolate chips. Experiment and see what tickles your taste buds!

#vegan #plantpowered #plantbased #cookies #bananacookies