Kale Salad with Blackberries and Toasted Coconut-Pecan Clusters (v/gf)

Kale Salad with Blackberries and Toasted Coconut-Pecan Clusters #vegan #glutenfree (F)

I used to think kale was only used for garnish. I mean, really, who eats that stuff?! I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of plain ol' raw kale. It's bitter and tough and has a terrible aftertaste. Fortunately, it doesn't take much to transform this super nutritious leafy green. A little lemon, a little olive oil, some salt/pepper and of … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (vegan, gf)

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free)

Happy World Vegan Day! That's right, November 1 marks this annual occasion, followed by a month-long celebration called World Vegan Month. If you're thinking of testing the waters, check out this excellent article on tips for going vegan. It's full of really great, practical advice from several vegan experts–and it was written by my cyber-friend, … [Read more...]

Russian Tea Cakes (vegan, gf, raw) + COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

Practically Raw Desserts by Amber Shea Crawley #vegan #cookbook #giveaway

Hold onto your hats, folks. That's right, I'm doing two cookbook giveaways in a row. I'm blowing your mind, I'm sure. In case you missed it, the first was Kathy Hester's Vegan Slow Cooking for Two (or Just for You). Today, I'm introducing you to Amber Shea Crawley's Practically Raw Desserts, which you can win by entering below. When Vegan Heritage … [Read more...]

Nutritious Strawberry Breakfast Cookies (vegan, gf)

delicious, healthy, hearty #breakfast #cookies  (#vegan, #glutenfree)

Bust out your party hat and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to 86 Lemons!!! Today marks the one year anniversary of my first blog post. It's kind of fun to look back and see how far I've come. While I'm still learning and always will be, my photos have come a long way. In fact, just yesterday I was teaching two friends how to use the manual settings on their … [Read more...]

Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix (vegan, gf)

Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix #vegan #glutenfree #recipe #snack

A few times a year, Hubs and a few other guys (the so-called "Back 40 Sportsman's Club") venture up to the U.P. where they act like idiots for an entire weekend–shooting off guns, playing paintball–you know, real "manly" stuff. If I have time, I make cookies or some sort of snack for him to take along. This year, when I mentioned making a spicy nut … [Read more...]

Blueberry-Oat Breakfast Squares (vegan, gf)

Blueberry-Oat Breakfast Squares #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast #recipe  86lemons.com

Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend who I hadn't seen in a while. She was asking how the "vegan thing" was going and I was commenting on how much more energy I have now. Looking back on the past week, it's crazy how much I've managed to get done. So much more than I ever used to. I wish I was disciplined enough to keep a journal. It would … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites (vegan, gf)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites  86lemons.com #vegan #glutenfree #dessert #grainfree

I kept seeing this recipe all over Pinterest. That ooey-gooey, melty chocolate photo finally got the best of me and I decided to see if these grain-free little devils tasted as good as they looked. Unfortunately, I noticed that there have been a few other bloggers who have made this recipe, then stolen the original photo, which they posted … [Read more...]

Banana-Apple Buckwheat Muffins (vegan, gf)

Banana-Apple Buckwheat Muffins  86lemons.com #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree #healthy #recipe

Remember the Get Balanced course I wrote about not too long ago? It's a 15-day course focused on balancing your cortisol levels (that would be your stress hormone), which is intricately linked to everything from weight to mood to energy. I'm 11 days in and going strong. You would not believe the amount of substance to this course. Nutritionists, … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Corn (vegan, gf)

Salted Caramel Corn #vegan #glutenfree  86lemons.com

Before going vegan, microwave popcorn (usually the 94% fat-free kind) was pretty much a staple in our kitchen. In fact, I thought of it as a healthy treat. Now that I read the ingredients before the nutritional info, microwave popcorn is out. We can do without the artificial flavoring, the trans-fats and toxic diacetyl. Instead, we do it old-school … [Read more...]

Lemon Bars (vegan, gf)

DELICIOUS Lemon Bars #vegan #glutenfree  86lemons.com

I know, I know - ANOTHER dessert post. Believe me, I'm well aware. I'll be sure to get back to more entrée recipes soon. A while back, I mentioned a Lemon Bar recipe I found, tested and loved. I promised to share the recipe and finally, here we are. Actually, what I found was a Grapefruit Bar recipe which I converted to Lemon Bars. … [Read more...]