Homemade Hummus

Hi guys! 

Today I am sharing one of my absolute favorite recipes! Homemade hummus! Fun Fact about me: I loveee hummus. Chickpeas are one of my favorite foods. Blend them into creamy goodness & I can eat a whole plate! I’ve been known to go to restaurants and order the hummus & veggie appetizer as my meal because it’s just THAT good. But also sometimes the only vegan thing on the menu…

Anyway, I started making this recipe last year when my dad pointed out how much money I was spending on hummus & he had a point! I love Sabra, but I would eat it so often that I was buying about two containers a week! Making my own has been wayyy cheaper & the taste is still amazing. It literally only takes a few minutes & a few ingredients! 

Ingredients: 1 can of chickpeas

Garlic clove 

Lemon juice

Tahini or sesame seed oil 

Paprika

Salt

Olive oil

Cumin

Water

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Serves: 6

I didn’t include any measurements because I’ve found it tastes best with a little bit of this, & a lil’ bit of that! You can find the original Pinterest recipe here if you want exact measurements. I normally use 2 cans of chickpeas because I like to make large quantities, & I think it blends better with more. I would suggest using a food processor because chopping the chickpeas is important for creating the creamy, smooth consistency. 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi guys & happy Monday! 

I made the most delicious chocolate chip cookies last week because I was in the mood to bake & I just had to share the recipe! I posted about them on my Instagram story & got so many replies requesting the recipe so here it is 🙂 

These will definitely become a staple dessert for me when I’m craving something sweet or need to bring something to a party! Even my non-vegan friends approved of these sweets 😉 Honestly, you can’t even tell they are vegan! The original recipe on Pinterest calls for cornstarch, but I didn’t have any so I left it out & they turned out fine. I also replaced the flaxseed with applesauce & it worked out great. I added a little bit of almond milk to the batter because it was too crumbly, so that’s why it’s listed as optional.

Also, for thicccc cookies make sure to let the batter sit in the fridge for about half an hour! 

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter 

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda 

1 1/4 cups brown sugar 

1 1/2 cups non-dairy chocolate chips 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

1 tbsp flaxseed or applesauce

almond milk (optional) 

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Makes about 24 cookies 

Directions:

1.) In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the softened vegan butter for a minute until creamy. Now add in the brown sugar and mix for 1-2 minutes, until fluffy.

2.) Add the vanilla and the applesauce and mix in.

3.) Next, stop the mixer and add 1 cup of the flour, baking soda and salt on top of the flour. Turn the mixer on low speed, and mix until just combined.

4.) Add the other 1/2 cup of flour and mix until crumbles form, then use your hands to form a large ball of dough. The dough should be easy to handle, not too wet or dry. If the dough is too wet to handle, add a few tablespoons more flour at a time. If the dough is too wet, your cookies will be totally flat. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of almond milk.

5.) Add in the chocolate chips, either by hand or with a spoon until they are evenly distributed.

6.) Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate/chill for at least 30 minutes.

7.) Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and let sit on the counter for about 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

8.) Roll the dough into balls, about 1-2 tablespoons each. Bake for about 10 minutes, until they are barely golden around the edges.

Healthy Vegan Pancakes


Happy Monday guys!! I am super excited about today’s post because breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love the combination of sweet & salty options. On weekdays, I usually throw something quick together, but on weekends I like to take the time to experiment with healthy brunch recipes! You can probably guess where I got this idea – Pinterest. The pancakes are so easy to make & taste like banana bread! I added the vegan sausage & raspberries on the side, but feel free to add whatever else you want.

Ingredients: 1 Banana

1 cup instant oats

3 cups Almond milk ( or any non-dairy milk of your choice)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

For the pancakes, put 1 cup of instant oats in the blender & grind them. Next, add a chopped up banana and 3 cups of milk. Blend together until smooth.

Place some batter on a heated skillet with some oil or vegan butter. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until somewhat brown.

Vegan Diet at my Local Grocery

As some of you may know, I went vegan a couple of months ago! So far it’s been really good. I want to do a whole post about it, but I want to wait & keep at it for longer because although I have seen some improvements, I really want to make sure I know what I’m doing & talking about!

This post is basically going to be my shopping list since I’ve gone vegan. I wanted to show you guys that it’s possible to have a certain “high-maintenance” diet without spending a ton of money. One of the main reasons I went vegan was to try & save money! But I think sometimes people think that when you eat vegan, you can only shop at places like Sprouts or Whole Foods or all those other specialty grocery stores. I love those stores, but they are sooo expensive! And that is totally not the point of eating vegan! So I’m going to give you guys a break down of what I buy at Safeway & some of my favorite vegan brands that can be found there.

PRODUCE – Vegetables & fruit are the basis of my diet. I literally eat a salad for at least one meal a day, if not two. I don’t eat organic, so that saves me money, but I try to stick to the veggies that I eat on a regular basis in my salads or with hummus. (I would eat hummus for breakfast, lunch & dinner if I could.) My go-to’s are: peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, & apples. I also get frozen broccoli. I’m allergic to a lot of fruit unfortunately, so I rely on vegetables for my fresh food. I might get seasonal fruit if it’s not too expensive though!

DAIRY – So I don’t actually eat any dairy because that was another main reason I went vegan. I love cheese, but it’s so expensive & just really not healthy, at least for me. I also hate milk, so almond milk is not a problem for me. I usually get unsweetened vanilla. I can’t drink coffee without creamer though & I was so worried I was going to have to give that up or spend a ton on an alternative, but luckily my favorite brand is already dairy free! Coffeemate is my go-to & I think they are all dairy free, but I can’t be sure of that! I just know my favorite flavors are. (Hazelnut & vanilla in case you were wondering…)

CANNED GOODS – Canned goods are so cheap, but they can have a lot of added sugar & salt, which brings down the health factor. I always buy beans for my protein, & I recently discovered that pinto beans are the best. I will usually get tomato sauce because spaghetti is another quick easy meal I love that doesn’t necessarily need meat to be good. I’ll get non-creamy dressing to avoid dairy, & then mustard for the hummus wraps I live off of. I’m also totally digging beets these days – I am Dwight Schrute.

GRAINS – I just recently discovered that my favorite bread has milk & eggs :/ so I switched to Thomas’s Everything bagels, which are just as good if not better! I also get tortillas to make wraps & stuff.

SNACKS – The most important meal of the day if you ask me haha. I always get popcorn, & nuts are also a healthy choice.

FAVORITE VEGAN BRANDS –  Okay, so ever since going vegan I love finding new brands that are dairy free & meatless. Gardein makes the best meatless meat haha. I recently tried their “chicken sliders” for the Super Bowl & they were so good. I’m always skeptical of stuff that isn’t “real” meat, but these aren’t even that bad. But they are expensive. I also already mentioned Coffeemate, but their creamer is the best. I also already talked about my fave bagels, but Thomas’s Everything bagels are basically everything to me.

This post is longer than I thought it would be, but I eat a lot, okay! I really want to do a grocery hall or a what I eat in a day, but I think those would be better as videos. I figure if I talk enough about making a YouTube channel & making videos, I’ll get the bravery to do it. Speak it into existence.

I hope you guys liked this post because it was so much fun to write! Grocery shopping is one of my favorite chores, as you guys can probably tell! If you eat vegan or even vegetarian, what are some of your favorite brands? Let me know in the comments or DM me on social media!

P.S. Oreos are vegan, so if you weren’t already convinced…

with love,

jazz