snack

Mediterranean Toast

It’s Mediterranean Toast Tuesday!
This is like a little slice of heaven Greece!


Mediterranean Toast
Serves 1

1 slice whole-grain bread
1/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 Hass Avocado
2 Tbsp hummus
squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Toast the bread. Chop the tomatoes and cucumber. Cut the avocado and remove 1/4 of the “meat” from the skin and chop into cubes. Spread the toast with hummus and  top with tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado. Finish it off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and enjoy.

The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: cucumber & tomato
Whole Grain: slice of bread
Protein: hummus
Plant Based Fat: avocado

Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

I am always looking for the healthiest alternatives to my favorite foods. One of my favorite things to do with friends is bake. You know… typical girls! Most of my “girls baking nights” used to consist of Funfetti cake mix, a package of break and bake cookie dough, and more “sampling” than actually baking. I love doughs and batters, in fact I cannot get enough! When my sister and I used to make cookies and cakes with my mom, we would both argue over who got to lick the bowl and who got to lick the spoon. So glad we never ended up with salmonella! Yikes!

I have come to the conclusion that I love vegan baking because it’s challenging and fun, but really because you can eat all the batter you want without getting sick from raw eggs! On top of using only plant based products for baking (with the addition of natural salt), I try not to use any refined sugar, making my treats pretty much guilt-free.

While eating hummus the other day, something struck me. Why not use chickpeas as a base for a sweet treat? My friend and I made cupcakes from chickpeas before, so I thought it was worth a try to master another dessert. Not only is this a fun appetizer or dip for a party, but these fabulous little legumes are a great source of fiber and protein to keep you full and satisfied.

Now let’s talking about some dipping action!
Apple slices, whole-grain pretzels, graham crackers, toast, the possibilities are endless!
Question: What would you use to dip into your bowl of Chickpea Cookie Dough?

My recipe is an adapted version from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Cookie Dough Dip. To make the dip as healthy as it could possibly be, I made a few adjustments to the original recipe:

omit baking soda
only 3 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp rolled oats
no extra milk

Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip
Makes about 2.5 cups of dough
keep servings to 2Tbsp per person/snack

1 15oz can of chickpeas
1 + 1/4 cup pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup chocolate chips (of your choice, you could use carob chips for a vegan option)
3 Tbs almond butter
2 Tbsp rolled oats
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda

Remove pits from the dates and place in a bowl or jar with 1/2 cup of water. Cover the bowl or jar and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours (or overnight). Strain and rinse the chickpeas. After dates have soaked, combine the chickpeas, dates (including their soaking liquid), almond butter, oats, vanilla, and salt in a food processor, excluding the chocolate chips. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Remove dough from the for processor and gently mix in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Chocolate Tofudding

As you know, I love experimenting with vegan cooking & baking. I think that it’s a fun challenge to make versions of my favorite treats without any animal products. My latest experiment was a vegan Chocolate Tofudding, made from only 3 ingredients: tofu, cocoa powder, and honey!  Top it with some raw cacao nibs, and you have a gorgeous easy to prepare dessert or afternoon snack!

Chocolate Tofudding
Makes 4 servings

1 package silken tofu
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp honey

Remove as much water from tofu as possible. Combine tofu, cocoa powder, and honey in a food processor and blend until smooth. Tofudding can be eaten right away, but I suggest refrigerating the tofudding for about one hour until it thickens.

Fresh Avocado Multi-Grain Toast

Mmmmm, It’s Toast Tuesday again!

It is getting hot here in Los Angeles! Today I was craving some fresh avocado, and I just happened to have one chilling in the fridge. Fresh avo with a dash of lemon juice, salt, and pepper topped on a slice of multi-grain bread makes a delicious summer snack!

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Fresh Avocado Multi-Grain Toast
Serves 1

1 slice Milton’s Healthy Multi-Grain bread
1/2 Hass Avocado
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
dash of salt
dash of pepper

Remove half of the avocado from skin and cut into thin slices. Toast the bread, top with avocado slices, drizzle with fresh lemon juice, and sprinkle with a dash of salt & pepper to taste.

Broiled Grapefruit

Grapefruit can be quite tart, but once it is broiled and caramelized to perfection with a pinch of brown sugar, it makes a fabulous dessert!

Everyone gets the urge to cheat once in a while, so instead of going for a fattening slice of pie, this low-fat treat is a much healthier indulgence. If you’re going to cheat, this is the way to do it! Plus your kitchen will smell amazing!

I had a special guest photographer shoot my juicy grapefruit photo today! Jessica at Cardelucci, Inc. stopped by for a sweet treat and donated her photography skills to today’s post! Thanks, Jess!

Broiled Grapefruit
Serves 1-2

1 grapefruit
1 tsp butter (optional)
1 Tbsp brown sugar

Arrange the oven rack to the highest shelf, closest to the heat (grapefruit will sit about 2 inches from the heat). Turn the oven to “broil” setting. Cut grapefruit in half and place in an oven-safe pan. Divide the butter and spread along the top of each piece. Then divide and sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over each half. Place in the oven and broil for 3-5 minutes, or until the brown sugar melts and edges begin to brown. Remove the grapefruit from the oven to cool and enjoy warm.

Remember, you still have a few hours to enter my Chobani Giveaway for a chance to win a free case of Chobani Greek Yogurt!
You have until 11:59pm PST to enter, and one lucky winner will be announced on Monday, June 4!

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