Recipes

Vanilla Protein Sugar Cookies


vanilla protein sugar cookies

Make the best sugar cookies...ever. Without refined sugar.


Every holiday you bake sugar cookies for your kid’s holiday party.  Mmm...the oven-fresh smell is amazing. An entire class of third graders’ mouths water in unison as the tray of cookies enters the room, but there’s just one problem. The teacher’s no-sugar policy. We all know too much sugar is frowned upon, especially for kids, but what are sugar cookies without their sugary deliciousness?

The great news is you can avoid refined sugar and still turn out the best sugar cookies ever. The Vanilla Plant Protein Powder in this recipe is not only healthier, but it will delight your taste buds. It’s a win-win. Even the most health conscious teacher will enjoy them as much as their students will.

This recipe is a protein-packed, gluten-free take on traditional sugar cookies without the refined sugar. The coconut flour gives these cookies a soft, chewy texture, while the sanding sugar adds a little crunch as a garnish. If you want to skip sugar altogether, there are also sugar-free sprinkles. In the end, if all you have in the pantry is “real” sugar, you can substitute the same amount - and you’ll be happy to know they’re still healthier than most cookie recipes.

Note: A medium star cookie cutter was used, but cooking times and the number of cookies produced will vary depending on the shape and size of the cookie cutter you decide to use.

Makes about 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 scoop Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup monk fruit powder
  • 1 large egg, cracked
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sanding sugar (optional garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Add the almond flour, Vanilla Plant Protein Powder, and coconut flour; whisk; and set aside.
  3. Add the coconut oil and monk fruit powder to a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or handheld mixer and cream for three minutes until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for one more minute.
  4. Add the dry ingredients slowly until just combined.
  5. Roll out the cookie dough with a rolling pin to 1/2-inch thick on a large parchment-lined sheet to avoid sticking to the counter. Chill the dough on the parchment paper in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Carefully cut with a cookie cutter. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough. If it gets too warm and stops holding its shape, place it back in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Place the cookies two inches apart on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with sanding sugar (about 1/4 tsp. per cookie).
  8. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until puffy and cooked through.

Note: They will be soft, so don’t move them. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 20 to 30 minutes and store in an airtight container for three days or freeze for up to three months.

Enjoy!

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A Superfood Recipe That’s Super Tasty


superfood dip with Greens Blend

Instead of tons of calories in an onion dip, try our tasty superfood recipe.


Don’t want to be stuck eating 5,000 calories-a-scoop onion dip at your best friend’s holiday soiree - yet fear being made fun of when you bring your favorite gluten-free, sugar-free, fun-free hors d'oeuvre? Add this flavorful superfood dip featuring our delicious Greens Blend to the potluck table and you’ll be the star of the party.

This dip is not only easy to make, it contains some of the most nutrient-dense foods out there - like spinach, garlic, beans, red peppers, and avocado. Not up on the latest benefits of these superfoods? Read below so you can school the mini-hotdog lovers scowling at the “health food”, they think, you’re trying to pass off as tasty. 

Beans are loaded with fiber and plant protein to help keep you full. They’re also an under-the-radar antioxidant hero - protecting your heart, improving your skin, and preventing heart disease.

Spinach is your leafy green BFF; it’s filled with antioxidants, most of its calories come from protein, and it’s one of the best sources of dietary potassium and iron. Plus, the Vitamins A and C it contains will help boost your immune system in these cold winter months.

Avocados contain over 25 essential nutrients and are one of the tastiest ways to get in some much-needed healthy fat and fiber. They’re loaded with monounsaturated fat, known to improve cholesterol and help you lose belly fat. They also contain the compound glutathione, which blocks the absorption of unhealthy fats. 


woman holding an avocado cut in half

Did you know? Avocados contain glutathione which blocks the absorption of unhealthy fats.


Garlic
is best known as the ingredient to avoid if you plan on getting face-to-face, it should be touted for its main disease-fighting compound, Allicin. Not only does it create healing in the circulatory, digestive and immune systems, it also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties. 

Red Peppers contain beta carotene, lycopene, and skin-repairing Vitamin A, but their most impressive stat is the amount of the powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C, they contain - twice as much as an orange. 

Rosemary has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries; traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth - fresh Rosemary tastes best. 

Around the Life’s Abundance office, we believe you shouldn’t have to choose between deprivation and all-out gluttony. We know that in order to get anyone, whether it’s our kids or our friends, to get on the superfood bandwagon, we need to make them taste good, or there’s no getting them to take a second bite.

Whip up this 5-minute dip and guests will be overjoyed by its taste, plus the fact that they can now indulge in an extra cookie or two.

Recipe: 

  • 1 scoop Life’s Abundance Greens Blend
  • 1 15.5 oz can cannellini beans
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • Juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ red pepper finely diced (reserved)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a food processor or high-speed blender, puree all ingredients except the red pepper, until smooth. Stir in diced pepper, and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with crostini or sliced colored peppers and assorted veggies. Makes 1 ½ cups or about 8 servings.

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The Ultimate Smoothie Recipe


ultimate smoothie

Looking for a smoothie that’s delicious, nutritious and affordable? Packed with protein, antioxidants and nutrient-dense greens, this smoothie not only gives you incredible energy, but it’s simple to make. Just combine three of our delicious supplements and a few of your favorite fruits. Best of all, it costs less than your daily pick-me-up.

Ditch the morning coffee and muffin and start your day off feeling great!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mixed, frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1 scoop Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein
  • 1 scoop Life’s Abundance Cherry Minerals and Antioxidants
  • 1 scoop Life’s Abundance Greens Blend
  • Optional: a handful of kale or spinach to amp up the green factor

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Puree until smooth
  3. Add more milk if the blend is too thick
  4. Enjoy!

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Cherry Lemonade Recipe


cherry lemonade with minerals and antioxidants

Staying hydrated for the summer doesn’t have to be boring! Amp up your H2O game by making this delicious lemonade recipe using our Minerals & Antioxidants - packed with all the nutrients your body needs and none of the sugar it doesn’t. Follow along for a refreshment that’s perfect for sipping poolside.

What We Love About Minerals & Antioxidants:

  • Contains 74-plant based, naturally chelated trace minerals as well as antioxidants from 10 nutrient-rich superfruits including acai, cranberry, goji, maqui and pomegranate
  • It’s got a high ORAC value, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and it's a way of measuring the free-radical fighting antioxidant level.
  • No harmful chemicals. Our formula is made with coconut water and aloe vera and it does’t contain any added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
  • Gives you sustained energy for the day.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min 
Total Time: 10 min 

Ingredients:


Preparation:

  1. Combine lemon juice and maple syrup in a pitcher.
  2. Stir in water. Add more water or maple syrup to achieve your desired taste.
  3. Add four scoops of Cherry Flavored Life’s Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants
  4. Add your mint and lemon slices.
  5. Enjoy!

Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

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Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe


chocolate protein pudding

Looking for a creative, healthy recipe to add to your sweet and chocolate-filled snack options? You might say “impossible,” but we created this chocolate ‘pudd-tein’ recipe with our Chocolate Plant Protein so you can have a quick and easy protein-packed snack, any time you’re craving one.

About Our Chocolate Plant Protein:

  • Contains 15 grams of high-quality plant protein including pea, chia, pumpkin, hemp and quinoa
  • Cacao sourced from the Dominican Republic, (where some of the world’s best chocolate comes from)
  • Free of gluten, soy, dairy, and grain (great for people with sensitivities)
  • Silky smooth texture, you can blend into any smoothie or add to breakfast or snack recipes - just like this one

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add ingredients all together into a blender
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth
  3. Pour into container and chill for at least 1 hour
  4. Top with your choice of toppings
  5. Enjoy!

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Vanilla Pro-tains Recipe


vanilla protains

Who said that a sweet breakfast can’t be healthy? Plantains are a staple in many tropical countries, and although they’re known as “dessert bananas”, they make a great breakfast side, and they’re packed with nutrients!

Why we love plantains:

  • They’re a great source of complex carbohydrates, which digest slower and keep you fuller, longer - helping you curb unhealthy snacking throughout the day.
  • They aid in your digestive health since they’re high in fiber.
  • They’re great for heart health as they’re full of potassium as well as antioxidants from Vitamin C.
  • They’re a non-seasonal crop, making them available for delicious recipes all year round.
  • They’re versatile! They can serve as a healthy side dish, be made into soup, or fried for breakfast - as in the recipe below!

Try this quick and easy plantain-inspired recipe today!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Peel the plantains
  2. Slice into 1/4" thick slices on a diagonal
  3. Coat each slice in Vanilla Plant Protein
  4. Shake off excess powder

Stove Top Instructions:

Preheat coconut oil in a sauté pan or skillet on medium heat. Once hot, add the plantains in a single layer. Cook for about 30 seconds on each side. Serve immediately.

Air Fryer Instructions:

Preheat the air fryer to 300 degrees. Add the plantains in a single layer and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Strawberry Protein Smoothie


person putting strawberries into a blender

Looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas to make your sweetie on Valentines Day? Look no further than this delicious, strawberry smoothie. It’s not only packed with vitamins and protein, it’s also sugar free and gluten free for those who have allergies. Plus it only takes about 2 minutes to make, and is totally portable if you need to take it to go. If you want to kick the nutrients up a notch, you can make it a green smoothie by adding a handful of frozen spinach or kale - just know it will lose it’s pretty, pink color. Enjoy!


strawberry protein smoothie

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend for 60-120 seconds until you get a smooth and creamy texture.
  2. If it’s too thick, add more milk.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately. You can store in the fridge for up to 24 hours, but it definitely tastes best fresh.

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Banana Bread Protein Breakfast Cookies


banana bread protein breakfast cookies

You’ve heard it 1,000 times, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” yet you still struggle to find the time to eat it, let alone make it. Although there’s a whole niche market of grab-and-go breakfast items, most of them are full of ingredients you can’t pronounce, let alone would want to eat - not the way you want to start your day. 

We’ve got the perfect solution. Say hello to our Banana Bread Protein Breakfast Cookies. These “cookies” not only taste great, but are full of healthy ingredients and pack a protein punch - thanks to our Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein.

Ingredients (Makes about 12 cookies): 

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil, melted, plus more for the pan
  • 3 medium, ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1 scoop of Life’s Abundance Vanilla Plant Protein
  • 3 cups gluten-free oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


banana bread protein breakfast cookies recipe

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with oil and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flaxseed meal and 2 tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes to thicken.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the bananas, vanilla, oil, sugar, maple syrup, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and flaxseed meal-water mixture. Add the almond flour, protein powder, and oats. Stir until combined. Fold in the walnuts.
  4. Using a small ice cream scooper, scoop out the batter and put on the cookie sheet, until all the batter is used.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the cookies feel firm and the tops have turned golden brown.
  6. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days, or put in a container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.


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Pumpkin Protein Cookies Recipe


pumpkin protein cookies recipe

Pumpkin spice is in the air! Here we are in the beginning days of Fall and we are absolutely loving all things pumpkin. Especially our warm Pumpkin Protein Cookies made with our nutritious Chocolate Plant Protein.

These cookies make for a quick breakfast on the go for the whole family, or simply when you need to add a little sweetness to your day.

Servings: 8 large cookies

What you’ll need:

  • Large cookie sheet
  • Coconut oil to grease the baking sheet, if not using parchment paper
  • 2 mixing bowls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of almond butter
  • 1/2  cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4  cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups plain rolled oats
  • 1 scoop of Life's Abundance Chocolate Plant Protein
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup almond flour or gluten-free flour of choice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds (to sprinkle on top)


pumpkin protein cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, pumpkin puree, honey, vanilla, and egg.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, Life’s Abundance Chocolate Plant Protein, baking soda, almond flour, chia seeds, and pumpkin pie spice.
  5. Combine the oat mixture into the almond butter mixture.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  7. Use an ice cream scoop, fill it halfway, and set cookies one to two inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Press them down slightly with the back of the scoop and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Keep them covered in the fridge, for up to 1 week.


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The 24 Carrot Mocktail Recipe

carrots and carrot drink

With summer here, who wouldn’t want to indulge in a simple and refreshing mocktail? This easy recipe only needs four ingredients, so you can take the rest of the day to soak up the sun and lounge by the pool.

This 24 Carrot Mocktail is the perfect blend of nutritious and delicious. With carrot juice being one of the main components, you’re treating yourself to tons of vitamins and a whole bunch of benefits.

Benefits of carrots:

Carrots are low in calories and carbs, but definitely don’t skimp on vitamins A, C, K and potassium. Speaking of vitamin A, it’s vital for eye health. And with over 250% of the DV for vitamin A in just one cup of carrot juice, it could potentially benefit your eyes.

Vitamins A, B6, and C also help out your immune system. These vitamins protect your cells from damage, plus amp up your immune response. Carrots are also great for your overall heart health due to the antioxidants and dietary fibers. These same antioxidants also fight against free radicals that can cause damage to your cells, which helps prevent the possibility of developing cancerous cells.

The potassium in carrots can help in keeping your skin looking young and healthy, too. It works to protect against dryness, improve your skin tone and reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars. Carrots also maintain your cholesterol and blood sugar and can often be used as a pre or post workout food, so feel free to enjoy this mocktail after a quick swim.

Plus, the addition of our Minerals and Antioxidants mix gives you that nutritional boost! It’s made with a variety of freshly harvested sea vegetables and contains approximately 74-plant based, naturally chelated, trace minerals. It also contains antioxidants from 11 nutrient-rich super fruits like acai, cranberry, goji, maqui and pomegranate.

24 carrot mocktail drink

Ingredients (Serves 1):

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker, mix all the ingredients and add ice. Shake, serve and enjoy!


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