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Cashew Cake Batter Fruit Dip {Vegan + Gluten Free}

With the summer produce starting to pop up in markets around town, I’ve been loving all of the fruit lately. Sweet cherries, strawberries, and peaches have been my favorite. Nature’s candy is the best!

A strawberry banana protein smoothie bowl topped with locally grown cherries, shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips & cinnamon oat granola clusters

So naturally with all of my fruit consumption in recent weeks, I had to make fruit dip. Dipping fruit into a decadent tasting dip is one of my favorite desserts, especially when it’s healthy like today’s recipe!

I’ve been making a lot of cake batter recipes lately, including a few batches of energy bites, smoothies, and now, this fruit dip. I also think that cake batter cookies may be in my baking future.

To get that cake batter flavor, I combined cashew butter with shredded coconut, maple syrup, vanilla dairy-free yogurt, vanilla extract and cashew milk.

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Lemon Cashew Cranberry Date Bars

Yesterday was one of those days when everything just goes well.

First, I got a lot of things checked off my to-do list for work. Then my time at the gym was a tough, sweaty workout. I switched it up and tried the rowing machine for the first time to get more of an arm workout in and really liked it! I’m definitely going to add rowing into my repertoire of cardio exercises, especially when my legs are sore and need a bit of a break. Have I mentioned lately how I love trying out new types of exercise?!

Last night I had a dinner date with a girlfriend of mine that I met living in San Diego, Tiffany. She was in town for work, so we had dinner together. I was excited to have see her and have some girl time — I’ve been missing that since moving to the Bay Area and not having any good girlfriends up here (yet). We decided to meet at an Italian place in the downtown Campbell area called Tigelleria, which wound up being a fabulous pick. I was a bad blogger and took zero pictures, but our dinner was awesome and I definitely plan to get back there for another meal ASAP! Afterwards we split vegan cupcakes for dessert, which were a perfect ending to a great meal.

While the day ended well, it started just as well with an early morning kitchen creation:

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These bars are a copycat of a BluePrint bar I recently tried. The bar was tasty and only contained 4 ingredients: cranberrys, lemon zest, cashews and dates. Can’t get much more natural of a bar than that!

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I decided to replicate the bar at home using the same ingredients:

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After pulsing the ingredients in my food processor, I determined that the mixture wouldn’t stick together as is, so I threw everything in a bowl and added some honey to the mix as a sticking agent.

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Lemon Cashew Cranberry Date Bars
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup cashews (salted)
  • ¼ TSP lemon zest
  • ⅔ cup dates, halved
  • 2 TBSP honey
Instructions
  1. Pulse first 4 ingredients in a food processor until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, then drizzle honey into mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. Pour mixture into a 6x9 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Press mixture firmly into the dish using the back of a spoon.
  4. Let the bars harden in the fridge, then cut into 6 bars.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar, Calories: 181, Fat: 4 g, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Sugar: 28 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 2 g

These 5-ingredient bars are great as an on-the-go bite and as a snack to stave off hunger, plus they’re super easy to throw together!

Cashew Crazed

Hi there!

It’s shaping up to be a nice Friday so far. After getting some work done and having a conference call, I took a break to go for a hike with Harley at the park down the street. It felt good to be outside! Today is a bit cooler and sunny – and by cooler, I mean that it felt like a lower 60 degree temp, because ya know, I’ve turned into a spoiled San Diegan…

Hey, anything between 60-85 degrees is a-okay with me. 😉

Onto food…. 

I used to shy away from eating things with high amounts of fat, but then I learned to differentiate between ”good” fats (monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3s) and ”bad” fats (saturated & trans fats). Nowadays I’m not afraid of using a tablespoon of olive oil, and I eat a serving of nuts, avocado, and peanut butter all the time, which brings me to my current obsession: cashews.

Besides eating a handful on their own, I’ve been finding ways to incorporate cashews into my smoothies, sprinkling them on top of my yogurts and in my salads. Here are four tasty ways I’ve eaten cashews in the past week:

Chocolate Covered Banana Cashew Protein Shake: That’s a mouthful of a recipe title huh? This one is very similar to my all-time favorite smoothie (the chocolate peanut butter shake, which I’ve mentioned many times on here) but with a bit of a cashew twist:


Chocolate Covered Banana Cashew Protein Shake
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Ingredients
  • ½ banana, preferably frozen
  • 1 cup chocolate soy milk
  • ½ scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 oz of cashews
  • 1 TBSP natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Throw all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until well combined.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 345, Fat: 18 g, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 22 g

Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Cashews and Goat Cheese:
Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Cashews & Goat Cheese
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • ½ oz cashews
  • 1 oz fresh goat cheese
  • ½ TBSP olive oil
  • ½ TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • A pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Slice the strawberries, then combine in a salad bowl with the spinach, cashews and goat cheese.
  2. Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar together, then pour over the salad. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 280, Fat: 20 g, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 11 g,

Chia Cranberry Energy Bites: I saw this recipe on the blog Nutrition Nut on the Run and thought they looked yummy. I modified her recipe a bit, which can be found here.
Chia Cranberry Energy Bites
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Serves: 20
 
Ingredients
  • 9 Medjool dates (180 g)
  • 2 oz cashews
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture begins to stick together.
  2. Roll into 20 balls, then store in the refrigerator to harden before eating.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 energy bite, Calories: 66, Fat: 2 g, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Protein: 1 g

Honey Cashew Smoothie: 
Honey Cashew Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ banana, preferably frozen
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 oz cashews
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth, then enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 340, Fat: 16 g, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Protein: 7 g

Question: What’s your current food obsession? Besides cashews, I’ve been eating a Greek yogurt pretty much every day, though that has been going on for awhile!