Sriracha Avocado Toast

Just when you think your spicy mouth may ignite… Cool + creamy avocado saves the day! The story of Sriracha Avocado Toast is a feisty one!

Do you ever get on a kick where you eat the same thing everyday for like, weeks? I’m a serious creature of habit so when I find something I like, I stick to it until I’m completely burnt out. Evidence: I’ve eaten my Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie every morning for the past few months. (Not burnt out! …yet.) I once went on a nearly year-long spree of raisin snacking- I put them in everything, on everything, and munched on them for a daily snack. I can’t touch the things anymore…

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There’s one obsession I doubt I’ll ever get sick of… Avocado toast. Sometimes, when I don’t feel like thinking up dinners for the week, we’ll buy a loaf of bread and a half dozen avocados and eat toast all week. No shame in that lazy dinner game.

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While I usually enjoy my smashed avocado toast with just a squeeze of lemon and a bunch of flaky sea salt, it can be fun to switch things up a little! Sometimes I’ll add a smear of vegan mayo, a heaping pile of sprouts, or some strawberries for that sweet and salty combo. The possibilities are truly endless! The one thing I hadn’t tried yet was adding both crunch + spice to my creamy toast…

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Adding a crispy texture and a pop of spice makes this toast nearly explode in your mouth! There’s so much happening on one piece of bread! All thanks to the powerhouse Toasted Hemp Seeds from Manitoba Harvest. When Manitoba sent me some products to sample, I had never tried the crispity crunchity toasted guys. At first bite, I was hooked on the crunch but couldn’t quite put my tongue on what they reminded me of… I finally concluded that they’re a bit like teeny sunflower seeds- except you eat the shell!

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I’m a big hot sauce fan but I have to admit, my bottle of sriracha often gets lost in the back on my pantry. I dug it out because I just knew a drizzle of the good stuff would pair perfectly with the sriracha-flavored toasted seeds. Weeeeooo! I’m so glad I was right about that one. Because the avocado and bread cool down the spice level so much, you’re left with a great flavor and perfect crunch.

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Not only will Toasted Hemp Seeds knock your flavor socks off, they pack the same healthy punch as Manitoba’s hemp hearts. If you missed it, I shared some of the many health benefits in my Matcha Hemp Energy Bites post. Long story short, they’re great for you, ok?

 

Crunchetize me (and the toast), captain.

Sriracha Avocado Toast

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Just when you think your spicy mouth may ignite… Cool + creamy avocado saves the day! The story of Sriracha Avocado Toast is a feisty one!

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of your favorite bread (GF if necessary)
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Sriracha
  • 2 Tbs. Sriracha Toasted Hemp seeds
  • Chives, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Toast the bread until browned to your liking.
  2. Mash the avocado with salt and pepper and then spread on bread. Garnish with hot sauce, hemp seeds, and chopped chives.
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Matcha Hemp Energy Bites

Energy bites are the cutest little breakfast or snack on the go! Including energy-boosting ingredients make Matcha Hemp Energy Bites fuel for your fire!

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If you follow me on social media, or read my last What I Ate Wednesday post, you may remember that I eliminated coffee from my diet last week. This is not a permanent change, but rather helped me gauge how the coffee made me feel. I definitely noticed a difference in my stomach discomfort and energy levels throughout the day. I’ll drink coffee again. In fact, I had a small cup this weekend. But for now, I’m going to continue trying out some more natural energy sources.

Enter, energy bites. Little nuggets of fuel-providing goodness. You can pack them full of healthy fats like nuts and seeds, natural sugar like dates or honey, and add as many powders and potions as your heart desires. They’re about as perfect as perfect gets, plus, they’re shaped like balls so there’s also that…

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I have another energy bites recipe that I loooove to have on hand for sudden snack attacks! But, alas, it has espresso. This time around, I chose to go with a more natural caffeine source… Matcha. If you’ve never had it before, this green powder is just the ground up version of green tea leaves. By consuming the whole leaf and not just steeping it in water, you get the full antioxidant value. You also get the amino acid L-Theanine, which prevents jitters and has a calming effect.

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Now that we’ve selected our preferred caffeine source (I should mention, you definitely don’t have to add caffeine to energy bites!), it’s time to pack these balls full of healthy fats! For this recipe, I snuck in a whole slew of Omega 3’s and 6’s, as well as a ton of protein, by adding Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds. Yes, you read that right, we’re talking about the seeds of everyone’s favorite mile-high plant. And these babies are definitely going to get you high… on energy! 😉

But seriously, industrial hemp foods contain less that 0.003% THC and will not give you a buzz or cause you to fail a drug test. What they will do is fill you up with all 10 essential amino acids, 10g protein per serving, and an array of other vitamins and nutrients. That’s a lot of plant power!

Manitoba Harvest is arguably the largest name in the hemp hearts industry. They have a full line of products, are committed to quality, and provide the public with robust hemp-ucation through their Hemp Academy. That kind of transparency is exactly why I choose to invest in their products above others. Oh, and they make good shiz!

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Make some Matcha Hemp Energy Bites and get your booty moving!!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8-10 bites

Energy bites are the cutest little breakfast or snack on the go! Including some energy-boosting ingredients make these Matcha Hemp Energy Bites fuel for your fire!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds, plus more for rolling
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs. coconut butter, or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. matcha powder
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until the mixture is somewhat smooth and clumps together when squeezed.
  2. Roll into 1” balls, then in additional hemp seeds, and chill until firm. Store in the fridge or freezer in an air-tight container.
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I was provided with products to review for this post, but please note that all opinions are my own and I would never share a product I didn’t actually love!

Magic Vegan Waffles

 Made with a surprising ingredient, Magic Vegan Waffles are truly spellbinding! Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and sure to please the whole family!

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Waking up with my sweetie and whipping up a fat stack of waffles is one of my favorite parts of every week. John and I have been having these every single Saturday and it’s just such a treat. While the waffles cook up, we make coffee, pick up the house, and get settled into the couch for some hygge.

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Huuhh-what?? In both Danish and Norwegian, hygge (hoo-guh) refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow.” (Wiki) Some say it loosely translates to cozy, but it’s basically a comfortable, relaxed togetherness. And it’s wonderful. We used to get up and immediately hit the gym and get our day moving because I have an insatiable appetite for productivity. But now I find that moving slow, relaxing, and enjoying some fellowship with my teeny family sets me up for a day of much more happiness and satisfaction.

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Speaking of happiness… These waffles legit put a huge grin on my face every. single. time. They’re THAT good! I can’t take credit for this idea, I stumbled upon it while looking for a solid, reliable, vegan waffle recipe. I didn’t really care if it was healthy, but I was totally over the heavy, dense waffles that I usually seem to produce. So when I saw this vegan waffle recipe on Food 52, I figured it would be a classic batter of flour, liquid, sugar. You know, the good stuff. What I saw shocked me…

TOFU.

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WAIT! Don’t leave!! I know it sounds koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs, but tofu makes a fantastic substitute for eggs. The silken variety is very soft and squishy and gives these waffles not only their body and structure, but also their perfectly soft insides. Because the proteins in silken tofu are already denatured and won’t get any firmer, these waffles take longer to cook than ones with eggs. There’s just a lot of liquid that needs to burn off.

I found that using a waffle maker that makes thinner waffles (as opposed to the thicker Belgian variety) is more successful, but either will work. If you do use the Belgian-style maker, just keep the waffles in the oven a little longer so they have time to dry out. This is the thin one that I prefer, and this is the Belgian one I use for other recipes. I got mine at a local resale shop for suuuper cheap, but they’re both reasonably priced to begin with.

And as far as other equipment goes… All you need is a blender! Because the last thing anyone wants to do when they’re trying to get their snuggle on [or ever…] is dishes. Amiright?!

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So grab your loved ones, whether that be a spouse, your kids, your cat, a teddy bear, or your quirky neighbor and spend some quality face-to-face time. Preferably while stuffing said faces with vegan waffles.

Magic Vegan Waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-7 waffles

Made with a surprising ingredient, Magic Vegan Waffles are truly spellbinding! Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and sure to please the whole family!

Ingredients

  • 1 16oz carton silken tofu, excess liquid drained
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Juice of half a lemon (~2 Tbs)
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose or spelt)
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 heaping tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200F or warm setting. Set a cooling rack on a baking sheet and place in oven.
  2. Blend the tofu, lemon juice, and water in a blender until completely smooth. Leave the machine running and slowly drizzle in the oil. Add vanilla and pulse until just combined.
  3. Half at a time, add the dry ingredients into the wet and pulse until combined. Do not over mix but be sure everything is incorporated.
  4. Heat a waffle iron to medium heat. Once hot, brush lightly or spray with oil.
  5. Scoop 1/3-1/2 cup batter into the iron and cook until golden brown. This may take longer than the manufacturer instructions; mine take about 4 and a half minutes each.
  6. Use a fork to remove the waffle from the press and move it to the baking sheet. Keep the cooked waffles in the oven while the others cook. Serve immediately.
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