Lemon Blondie Bars

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This whole baking with beans-concept is definitely here to stay. Not that we typically search for reasons to justify eating sweets (we just eat them), but as the devoted legume lovers as we are… well, we need no persuasion. If we can get some of you on board as well, then even better! This recipe balances the line between lemon bar and lemon flavored blondie, and in all honesty, it doesn’t really know where it belongs. But that’s ok! It tastes delicious regardless, and packs some extra nutrients on top of that. We have some whole grain goodness from oats, besides the white beans obviously, which means you can count on these holding you over for a good while. A refreshing lemon flavor, perfect amount of sweetness and chewy consistency added to the mix and we can’t possibly ask for anything else (except another piece, that is). If you’re interested in more recipes for baked goods where beans are used, have a look at these Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies and Black Bean Brownies.

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Morning Ginger Shot

We’re a few days into the new year today, and us humans usually use this time to feel guilty for what didn’t happen last year and shame ourselves into promising we’ll adhere to a whole set of new ‘healthy’ habits this new year. Whether this sounds familiar to you or not, I want everyone to go into 2019 with a little more love and compassion – towards themselves, towards each other, towards this planet. Easier said than done, I know. And while I tend to stay away from typical ‘resolutions’, I do enjoy and find it useful to set intentions for the new year. I like to sit down and ponder what I want the coming year to hold – for me personally as well as on a more global scale. I find that dreams come true at a much higher rate if you verbalize them and put them in writing than if they’re just floating around in your head. What about you?

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Vegan Lemon Cheesecake

I’ve never been a huge fan of classic cheesecake, to be honest. If we hadn’t already moved away from NYC, they sure would have kicked me out by now, headfirst. You know how a lot of things (read: sweet treats) fall into that category of perfectly acceptable in dire times but nothing you would waste stomach space on if given other alternatives? A distinction as important as any, if you’d ask my beloved mother a.k.a. our indisputable expert on all things sweet. Anyway, cheesecake falls into that category for me. But this one, everyone. This one has somehow sailed to the very top of my list of favorite desserts. It gracefully balances that precious line between sweetness and tartness, its consistency is nothing short of velvety AND it has a rather generous amount of nutrients packed into the mix. There’s no wobbliness, there’s no getting overly stuffed. There’s really just plenty of enjoyment, from the simple how-to all the way to licking the last bits off your spoon.

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