Oatmeal Cookie Dough Protein Bites

These oatmeal cookie dough protein bites are the perfect afternoon snack to power you through a busy day and curb any cravings! They are ready in less than 20 minutes and make for a healthy and delicious grab and go snack all week long.

One of the best parts of being vegan has to be the fact that you can always eat the cookie dough. As a kid, I remember always trying to sneak bites of cookie dough when my mom wasn’t looking, even though it was absolutely forbidden, it was just too good to not! Little did I know, the same cookie dough taste that every kid craves could be easily accomplished without the use of animal products and in a bite sized, healthy, safe-to-eat treat. These bites totally satisfy your child-inspired cookie dough craving using whole, healthy ingredients for a dessert you can feel good about enjoying.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Protein Bites

A poppable power-packed gluten free, vegan snack that tastes just like oatmeal cookie dough, but is packed with health boosting ingredients and protein!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Course: Snack
Keyword: energy ball, energy bite, gluten free snacks, gluten free vegan baking, healthy dessert, protein ball, protein bite, vegan snacks
Servings: 24
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Equipment

  • 1 Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates make sure your dates are quite soft, if they are too hard or dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup hemp seed
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-3 tbsp water
  • Optional mix-ins: sugar-free vegan dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, dried goji berries, dried cherries, raisins, flax seeds, chia seeds

Toppings

  • 1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free, vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

  • Begin by adding the dates, pecans, cashews, oats, almond flour, hemp seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S-blade. Process on high for 30-60 seconds until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides if needed.
  • At this point the texture may be a bit crumbly. Add 1 tbsp of water at at time, securing the lid and processing on high again until the perfect doughy texture is achieved. Trust me when I say you will know that it’s right and the change happens fast. It will suddenly change from a crumbly texture to a firm ball of moist dough. It should stick together without being wet or sticky to the touch. The amount of water you need depends on the moisture level of your dates, but I typically use between 1 and 3 tbsp.
  • Once the right texture is achieved, add in optional mix-ins and stir with a spoon to combine. Use a spoon to scoop out 1 ½ tbsp sized balls of dough and roll between your palms to achieve a perfectly smooth ball shape. Set aside on a clean plate or tray.
  • Add the three different toppings to 3 separate bowls, and roll each ball into the various toppings to coat.
  • Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to one week or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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Rainbow collard wrap

Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Have you tried rainbow collard wraps? This delicious vegan meal is filled with fresh veggies, creamy avocado, and crispy tofu. Complete the meal with a perfectly sweet, perfectly salty, oil-free, vegan peanut sauce for dipping and this recipe is SURE to please. These wraps are also amazing for meal prep and actually almost taste BETTER day two. The fresh veggies are incredibly nutrient rich, the tofu provides an abundance of plant protein, and the collard greens are an amazing low carb alternative to tortillas! If you’re trying to spice things up in the kitchen with fun plant based options – add this to your menu for an amazing meatless meal. 

What You Will Need to Make Rainbow Collard Wraps:

  • Fresh Collard Greens: Look for extremely large collard leaves (bigger than your head, for reference) that have few holes or tears
  • Lettuce: Romaine, iceberg, or butter lettuce will be perfect to add some extra crunch
  • Carrots
  • Bell Pepper: I like to use red, but any color will do
  • Red Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Vermicelli-Style Noodles: Rice noodles, shirataki noodles, or heart of palm noodles are great options
  • Peanut Butter or Powdered Peanut Butter: I usually use powdered because its a lower calorie, lower fat option and I can better control the saltiness and texture of the sauce
  • Limes
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Chili Garlic Sauce: Gochujang or Sriracha are both great
  • Maple Syrup: Option to substitute with any sweetener of your choice
  • Coconut Aminos: Option to substitute with soy sauce, tamari, or liquid aminos
  • Chopped Peanuts

Where You Can Find Collard Wraps:

Almost every grocery store will have this hearty green right in the produce section. I find it right next to the kale and mustard greens at the Whole Foods I go to.

Other Varieties of Filling For These Wraps:

The opportunities for what you can put in collard wraps are truly endless, but if you loved this recipe, be sure to check out my Buffalo Chickpea Collard Wraps.

Rainbow collard wrap

Rainbow Collard Wraps with Thai Peanut Sauce

Crisp and tender collard leaves packed with fresh veggies, creamy avocado, and crispy tofu paired with a sweet and savory Thai peanut sauce.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: collard wraps, rainbow wraps, thai peanut sauce, veggie wraps
Servings: 4
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

Rainbow Collard Wraps

  • 6-8 large collard green leaves look for leaves larger than your face with very few holes/tears
  • 2 C chopped romaine
  • 2 carrots julienne peeled
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow mango sliced
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 C red cabbage finely chopped
  • 1/2 english cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1/2 C cilantro chopped
  • 1 C noodles of choice cooked and cooled (I like to use shirataki, hearts of palm, or vermicelli rice noodles)

Thai Peanut Sauce

  • 1/4 C water
  • 1/4 C powdered peanut butter (can substitute for regular peanut butter if desired. If using regular peanut butter, reduce water to 1/8 C)
  • 1/4 C lime juice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp peanuts, chopped

Instructions

  • Cut broad stems off base of leaves. Bring a large pot water to a boil. Submerge each leaf into the boiling water for 10-15 seconds and transfer immediately to an ice bath. Set aside to dry.
  • Lay one leaf with spine horizontal on a clean, dry surface. Layer toppings in the middle – I like to start with avocado and mango and end with lettuce. Fold in sides and roll tightly away from you keeping the seam side down. Repeat.
  • Make dipping sauce by adding all ingredients to a bowl and whisking with a fork. Season to taste.
  • Serve wraps chilled with dipping sauce! Can be stored in air tight containers for up to 5 days for easy lunches!
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30 Minute Vegan Chana Masala

This colder weather has me craving cozier dishes, and this Vegan Chana Masala TOTALLY hits the spot. Chana masala is a combination of chana (chickpeas), tomatoes, and masala (a blend of north Indian spices). These ingredients are cooked together with onion, garlic, and ginger for a flavorful tomatoey stew. I was inspired to make this dish after having an authentic version at a local Nepalese restaurant, and I’m so glad I did. My recipe is simple, fast, easy to make, and full of flavor, and delicious alongside basamati rice, veggies, or toasted naan.

vegan chana masala

What is masala?

Masala is a very warm, fragrant and earthy blend of spices originating from northern India. This blend can be used in a variety of dishes including roasted veggies, tomato and cream based stews, stir frys, and more. The main components can vary but typically of masala seasoning is made with:

  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Coridander
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon

You can make a masala seasoning by combining these spices yourself, or use a chaat masala or garam masala blend.

ingredients for chana masala

I love this recipe because it is hearty and filling, full of plant protein, and high in fiber. It is absolutely delicious any time of day. I have even had the leftovers for breakfast with avocado and steamed spinach. Chana masala can also be served inside a wrap or you can add vegetable broth to enjoy as a soup.

What do I need to make Vegan Chana Masala?

  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeno or Chili Pepper
  • Cumin Seed
  • Mustard Seed
  • Ground Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Garam Masala
  • Canned Chickpeas
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cilantro
  • Basmati Rice
  • Naan
chana masala one pot easy

Chana Masala can be served in a variety of ways. Traditionally, it is served with basmati rice and naan, but I also love it with massaged kale, fresh greens, or roasted veggies, like cauliflower!

chana masala recipe

30 Minute Vegan Chana Masala

30 minute, one pot chana masala made with tomatoes, chickpeas, spices, and herbs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian, Nepalese
Keyword: chickpea curry, chickpea masala, one pot vegan dinner, vegan indian food, vegan recipes
Servings: 6
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP ginger, minced
  • 1 jalapeno or chili pepper, finely diced adjust for desired spice
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 TBSP garam masala
  • 2 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish

To Serve

  • basmati rice, cooked according to package
  • garlic naan, gluten free if desired

Instructions

  • Heat 1 TBSP of oil or water (if oil free) in a large skillet over medium low heat.
  • Add in onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeño and sauté for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and tender. Add in seeds and spices and cook for another minute or so, adding additional water or oil if needed to deglaze.
  • Pour in chickpeas, tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered for 15 minutes until desired thickness is reached. Season to taste and stir in cilantro.
  • Serve hot alongside rice, greens or veggies and top with fresh cilantro.
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vegan shakshuka made with mina

10 Minute Vegan Shakshuka

Vegan shakshuka is the ultimate one-pan, nutrient-rich dish that can be enjoyed any time of day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or my favorite… brunch! I love to serve it for brunch because its a total crowd pleaser and with Mina Shakshuka sauce it is so easy to make.

vegan shakshuka

Shakshuka is a rich and flavorful tomato sauce that is typically used to poach eggs, but this delicious vegan version swaps the eggs for tofu. A traditional shakshuka recipe includes tomatoes, roasted red peppers and spices and can take over an hour to prepare from scratch! While its worth the wait, I know many of us do not have time for that! I love to use Mina Shakshuka sauce because its just as delicious as the recipes I’ve made from scratch, but I can enjoy authentic, flavorful shakshuka in just 10 minutes.

vegan mina shakshuka

How to make Vegan Shakshuka

As I mentioned, traditional shakshuka recipes can take over an hour, but follow the few simple steps below for a recipe thats just as tasty, full of authentic flavor, and ready in no time.

mina shakshuka
shakshuka recipe
vegan shakshuka made with mina
vegan shakshuka traditional
  1. Start by scrambling your tofu. For an easy step-by-step guide, check out my tofu scramble tutorial here. Set aside.
  2. Heat a small cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Optional to spray with a light coat of olive oil.
  3. Pour in your jar of Mina Shakshuka and bring to a gentle simmer.
  4. Make 4 little wells, and spoon your tofu into each one. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and garnish with vegan feta, fresh avocado and cilantro.
mina brunch tofu

How to serve Shakshuka

One of the best things about shakshuka is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can enjoy it by itself, alongside toasted bread or naan for mopping up the tasty sauce, or with salad, mixed greens, or my favorite: massaged kale. The bold and vibrant sauce pairs so well with the refreshing and tender kale and makes the perfect light and healthy, plant based brunch. As the weather gets cooler, we make shakshuka even more frequently because its so warm and comforting.

10 Minute Vegan Shakshuka

This authentic shakshuka is an authentic, easy to make one-pan dish made with Mina Shakshuka sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: moroccan
Keyword: shakshuka, tomato stew, vegan brunch, vegan shakshuka
Servings: 4
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 8 oz extra firm tofu
  • 1 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp kala namak indian black salt
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric (for color)
  • 1 jar Mina shakshuka sauce
  • 2 TBSP vegan feta
  • 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
  • crusty bread or naan, toasted

Instructions

  • Heat a small amount of oil or water in an 8" cast iron skillet over medium low heat.
  • Crumble your tofu into the skillet and season with nutritional yeast, salt and turmeric. Scramble for 3-4 minutes until golden. Transfer to a plate and wipe out your skillet.
  • Return to heat and pour in jar of Mina shakshuka sauce. Bring to a gentle simmer. Use a wooden spoon to make 4 small wells and spoon your tofu into each one. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with vegan feta, avocado slices and fresh cilantro. Spoon into bowls alongside fresh greens (optional) and serve with crusty bread or naan for dipping.
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mini vegan cheesecake

Mini Vegan Cheesecake Bites (Gluten Free)

‘Tis the season for baking, and these Gluten Free Mini Vegan Cheesecake Bites are the perfect treat for your next get holiday together. The recipe includes a few shortcuts to make these bites simple, fun and easy! One secret shortcut? The gluten-free vegan dough is actually store-bought!

mini vegan cheesecake bites

To be honest, I’m a cookie dough snob. I never thought I would cut corners with a store-bought dough, but this ready-to-bake dough from Sweet Loren’s is amazing. Not only are the cookies incredibly tasty, they’re also made with clean, non-GMO, plant based and gluten-free ingredients. This means everyone at your holiday party is able to enjoy them. Personally, I love that its TOTALLY safe to eat raw! Perfect for those nights when you don’t want to bake but you’re craving a sweet treat or fresh-outta-the-oven baked goods. Bake them as-is, snack on the dough, or use as the perfect shortcut in your holiday recipes like these delicious mini vegan cheesecake bites.

easy vegan cheesecake

These mini cheesecake bites are so versatile! Keep them plain, add raspberry or pumpkin like I did here, or get creative and add toppings of your choice.

vegan raspberry cheesecake

What makes these Mini Vegan Cheesecake Bites Vegan?

  • Crust: The simple cheesecake crust is made with store-bought, ready to bake, gluten free, vegan dough from Sweet Loren’s! All of their products are made with high quality, clean, non-GMO, plant based and gluten-free ingredients that you will love.
  • Filling: The silky smooth, creamy filling is made with raw cashews and coconut cream for the perfect cheesecake texture.

How to serve:

Keep these vegan cheesecake bites frozen until right before serving. Because they are frozen, their texture is best after thawing for 5-10 minutes. Pull them out of the freezer and plate just before its time for dessert. Pair them with champagne, coffee, or wine for the perfect after dinner treat!

Mini Vegan Cheesecake Bites (Gluten Free)

A gluten-free vegan no-bake cheesecake recipe that is the perfect holiday treat! This recipe is made simple with a clean, non-GMO store-bought cookie dough.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cashew cheesecake, easy holiday baking, fall baking, gluten free vegan desserts, mini vegan cheesecake, thanksgiving baking, vegan cheesecake bites, vegan desserts, vegan holiday baking
Servings: 48 mini cheesecakes
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Equipment

  • 2 Mini Muffin Tins
  • Food Processor

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 C raw cashews, boiled for 30 minutes and rinsed with cool water
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C coconut cream (solid part from the top of full fat canned coconut milk)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C coconut oil, melted and cooled

Salted Caramel Pumpkin

  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 4 pitted medjool dates, soaked in hot water until soft
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBSP full fat coconut cream
  • 24 pecans, toasted
  • flaky salt, for topping

Cran Raspberry

  • 3/4 C fresh or frozen raspberries, plus more for topping
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp tapioca flour or corn starch mixed with 2 tsp warm water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325. Lightly coat 2 mini muffin tins with oil.
  • Divide each section of pre-cut sugar cookie dough and oatmeal cookie dough into 4 sub sections. Place one in each muffin tin cup, using a small glass like a shot glass or your fingers to press down. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and use the same small glass to flatten again. Set aside to cool.
  • Add all ingredients for cheesecakes to a food processor and blend on high for 60-90 seconds until totally smooth. Pour half of the mixture into a separate bowl.
  • Add pumpkin and pumpkin spice to the food processor with the cashew mixture and pulse until combined.
  • Prepare your raspberry topping by adding raspberries and syrup to a small saucepan and simmering for 5-10 minutes. Slowly mix in the tapioca flour + water to thicken. Set aside to cool.
  • Spoon the pumpkin filing in to the cups with sugar cookie base, and the plain into the oatmeal cookie base. Fill to the top. Spoon a small amount of raspberry jam onto each plain cheesecake and swirl. Place on a flat surface in the freezer to chill for at least 2-3 hours.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your date caramel by pureeing dates, vanilla and coconut cream until smooth.
  • After 2 hours, remove cheesecakes from freezer. Top pumpkin cakes with a spoonful of date caramel, a pecan and a sprinkle of flaky salt, and top raspberry cheesecakes with a spoonful of jam and a frozen raspberry. Return to freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer 5-10 minutes before serving and use a knife to carefully pop out each bite.
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*Recipe created in partnership with Sweet Loren’s

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies (GF, Vegan)

I don’t know about you, but the second the fall weather hits I am in the mood to BAKE. These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies definitely hit the spot! They combine the texture and taste of your favorite peanut butter cookie with a hint of pumpkin spice for seasonal flare. They are delightful alongside a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and perfect for cozying up by a warm fire this fall.

peanut butter pumpkin fall cookies

Peanut butter cookies are a year-round staple, but adding some pumpkin and fall spices make these the perfect seasonal treat! They are subtly sweet, soft, chewy, full of pumpkiny flavor and finish with a burst of fall spice. The texture is also to die for and you would never know they are gluten free and vegan.

gluten free vegan peanut butter pumpkin cookies

What you need to make these gluten free vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies

A few simple ingredients are all you need to make these delicious gluten free vegan peanut butter cookies, and chances are you already have them in your pantry! With so few ingredients, these cookies are incredibly easy to make. I like to make a big batch and store the dough in the freezer for easy thaw and bake cookies!

  • Unsweetened Natural Peanut Butter: I like to use crunchy peanut butter for this recipe as it adds a little texture, but creamy peanut butter would work great as well! Make sure your peanut butter is unsweetened with zero additives. The only ingredient on the list should be peanuts (and maybe salt).
  • Vegan Butter: Opt for sticks over spreadable for this recipe.
  • Grade A Maple Syrup
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Gluten Free Oat Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Pumpkin Spice: If you don’t have pumpkin spice on hand, make your own by combining 1 TBSP cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp all spice and 1/4 tsp cloves.
  • Salt
vegan gluten free peanut butter pumpkin cookies

Along with making the dough ahead of time, you can also bake them in advance. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months!

chewy gluten free vegan peanut butter pumpkin cookies

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies (GF, Vegan)

A delicious, gluten free, vegan fall cookie made with peanut butter and pumpkin spice.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: fall baking, fall cookies, gluten free vegan baking, gluten free vegan cookies, peanut butter cookies, pumpkin cookies, vegan baking, vegan peanut butter cookies, vegan pumpkin cookies
Servings: 30
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 C peanut butter natural, unsweetened
  • 1/2 C vegan butter, softened
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 2/3 C coconut sugar, plus more for topping can substitute brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/3 C pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 3/4 C gluten free oat flour or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Add peanut butter, vegan butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla and pumpkin puree to a bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on high for 1-2 minutes until well combined and fluffy.
  • Add in all remaining ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Roll into 1.5 TBSP sized balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use a fork dipped in water (to prevent sticking) to flatten the balls in a crosshatch pattern. Sprinkle with coconut sugar.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden on the bottom.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to parchment paper.
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