Tag Archives: cashews

Paleo & Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

It’s that time of the year again! The Shamrock Shake is out in time for St. Patrick’s Day. There was a time when I used to make a trip to McDonald’s every Spring, and revel in the sugar high I would get from it. This was back when my health was in a less than ideal state with ongoing digestive and skin issues from all the crap I was eating.

I mean, have you see what’s in Shamrock Shake? Beside the obvious ingredients like milk, sugar, and cream, here are some of the worst offenders: high fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids, dextrose, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, carrageenan, and so many other more obscure additives. There are actually a total of 54 ingredients which is mind-blowing to me. You don’t need that in your life, trust me.

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Making your own version with clean ingredients is much healthier and soooo delicious. And it takes minutes to whip up! This paleo and vegan shamrock shake tastes really similar to the real thing and I’m a bit obsessed now.

One of the best features of the Shamrock Shake is how crazy thick and decadent it is. Using cashews and a frozen banana, I’m so happy that I was able to recreate that creamy texture. I actually ate half of this with a spoon!

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

This year, instead of heading to McDonald’s and drinking up bunch of harmful chemicals and inflammatory additives, make this paleo and vegan Shamrock Shake at home. It’s easy, fast, and tastes pretty darn close to the real thing. If you have kids, they’ll love the fun green color and they’ll have no idea it’s filled with nutritious greens!

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo & Vegan Shamrock Shake
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk of your choice (I used almond)
  • 1 banana, frozen and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (Omit for sugar detox)
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frothy.
  3. Pour into 1 large glass or 2 small glasses, and serve.

Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 Shamrock Shake is a healthy and delicious alternative to your favorite St. Patrick's Day drink!

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Oh man, I’ve had a looooong weekend. We moved out of our apartment yesterday, without a permanent new place. We are still staying in the same area but at an Airbnb until we figure things out. So this past week was a whole lot of putting crap in boxes, driving around in a U-Haul, lifting heavy things, and lugging things into storage. I’m so so tired today so I’m taking it easy. Luckily, our Airbnb is so nice and gorgeous, and I’ll probably share a few photos on Instagram.

Right before the move out day, I prepared by putting together snacks that I could munch on during and after the move. Of course, this consisted of thinking of ways to use up whatever food I had left in the kitchen. This was basically the process of how I came up with this easy but SUPER ADDICTING recipe: spiced bacon cashews.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

I don’t know why I never thought to put cashews and bacon together before. I mean, even the thought about it sounds amazing! Crispy, salty bacon and creamy cashews. What’s not to love? I had to portion this out a handful at a time, because I know I can just finish the entire thing in one sitting. However, it’s actually quite filling so it held me over between meals when I was exerting a lot of energy during the move.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Also, since it’s coming up, this could also be an amazing Super Bowl snack! If you don’t know, it’s this weekend, and I’m excited to munch on all the game day foods. Plus, if you are in a hurry, these spiced bacon cashews literally comes together in less than 10 minutes. What’s not to love about that? Hope you try out this amazing combo, because it’s just the best!

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Ingredients
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
  • ⅓ cup chopped thick-cut bacon, sugar-free
  • ½ lb raw cashews, about 2 cups
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together sea salt, cinnamon, and cayenne, if using. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook the bacon in the skillet for 4-5 minutes, until they are crispy.
  4. Add the cashew and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes, until toasted evenly.
  5. Add the mixed spices and stir together for 1 minute until evenly coated.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Spiced Bacon Cashews

Paleo Horchata

paleo horchataHappy Cinco de Mayo! I love any good excuse to feast on Mexican food, my favorite cuisine, and that’s what this day is for me. Back in college, it also meant getting copiously wasted on shots of tequila and endless amount of margaritas. These days, it’s mostly about the food… but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a little bit of a spiked cocktail now and then, right?

I first tried horchata when I used to live in New York City. My friends and I went to a Mexican restaurant and I saw it for the first time on the menu, and decided to try it out. This was before I found out about my dairy sensitivity, and while I truly joined how creamy and sweet it was (it was like a delicious, cinnamon-y milkshake!), my stomach did not at all later that night. Needless to say, I haven’t tried it again since.

paleo horchata

paleo horchata

paleo horchataWell, I thought it was time to introduce horchata back into my life without the dairy part. Because 1) it’s Cinco de Mayo and 2) I think a rum-spiked creamy cocktail that won’t make me sick is a good thing to add to my life. Them’s the facts. This paleo horchata feels so decadent but it’s made with all clean, healthy ingredients, and sweetened with a touch of honey. You can even make it for the entire family and add the alcohol at the end for the adults. I highly encourage you make this and enjoy it with a side of tacos, guacamole, and sombreros!

paleo horchata

Paleo Horchata
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 tbsp raw honey, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish
  • ½ cup rum (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews and cinnamon sticks in 4 cups of water for at least 3 hours at room temperature.
  2. Place the mixture in a high-powered blender and blend for several minutes until smooth.
  3. Strain through a cheesecloth into a pitcher.
  4. Stir in honey and vanilla extract. Add rum if using, then chill in the refrigerator.
  5. Serve over ice, garnished with ground cinnamon, if using.

Paleo Dairy Free Vegan Horchata