Sweet Potato Yogurt Bowl

I’m sure you’ve added all the fruits to your yogurt- bananas, strawberries, blueberries… but have you tried sweet potato?! Well, @cacaoforcoconuts_ has and it looks DELISH. Next time you roast some sweet potato for dinner, set aside a few pieces for breakfast!

Fun fact: Japanese sweet potatoes are actually sweeter and firmer than your usual sweet potatoes! Their flavor and texture pairs perfectly with the creamy vanilla yogurt and rich almond butter in this dish.

Sweet Potato Yogurt Bowl

Sweet Potato Yogurt Bowl

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This simple yet unique yogurt bowl is a must-try!

Ingredients

  • 1 5.3 oz jar of non-dairy vanilla yogurt
  • Handful of roasted Japanese sweet potatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Nut butter
  • Original Lil Bucks

Instructions

    1. Transfer yogurt to a bowl (option to stir in protein powder!)
    2. Top with sweet potato, blueberries, cinnamon, OG Bucks, and nut butter

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Superfood Hot Cereal

Switch up your morning oats with this seedy alternative by Danielle from @cacaoforcoconuts_! Loaded with flax, chia, and pumpkin seeds, this breakfast is jam-packed with protein and fiber.

DROOLING over how good all these toppings look. The juiciness of the frozen blueberries as they warm up, the bright yellow bee pollen, the crunchy bucks, and that BEAUTIFUL pink beet cashew butter. Seriously need to get that stuff ASAP.

Superfood Hot Cereal

Superfood Hot Cereal

Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A protein-packed, fiber-filled seedy alternative to your morning oats.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp ground seeds (I used flax and pumpkin)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/4 cup ground chia
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • Toppings: Original Lil Bucks, frozen blueberries, bee pollen and beet cashew butter

Instructions

    1. Bring seeds, flax, chia and water to a boil. Stir to avoid clumping.
    2. Reduce heat and simmer. Stir in maca.
    3. Transfer to a bowl and top with blueberries, bee pollen, cacao nibs, OG Bucks, beet cashew butter, and a splash of oat milk!

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Strawberry Matcha Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl by @cacaoforcoconuts_ is packed with good-for-you ingredients like cauliflower, sweet potato, strawberries, and seeds… and it’s the first recipe to feature our new Matcha Cookie Crunch Clusterbucks!

Danielle uses matcha protein powder in her smoothie, but we recommend also tossing in a teaspoon of your fave matcha for an extra energy boost. Topped with berries, Matcha Cookie Crunch, and almond butter so that you can experience all thins sweet, crunchy, and creamy.

Strawberry Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Get your day started RIGHT with this delicious and energizing smoothie bowl topped with our newest flavor of Clusterbucks.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen steamed sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp ground sesame and sunflower seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp sea miss gel
  • 1 scoop matcha protein
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 Tbsp date syrup
  • Toppings: Matcha Cookie Crunch Clusterbucks, hemp seeds, berries, and almond butter

Instructions

    1. Blend everything up, adding more liquid if needed.
    2. Transfer to a bowl and top!

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Cinnabuck Crunch Peach Cobbler

April 13th was National Peach Cobbler Day and OF COURSE we had to celebrate! 🎉 Our founder, Emily, whipped up this healthy peach cobbler recipe by Nutrition in the Kitch but added a Lil Bucks twist. Warm peaches, crunchy bucks, and vanilla ice cream… now THAT’S what dessert dreams are made of. 😋💭

We sliced up some fresh peaches for this recipe, but we know it’s not *technically* peach season yet, so frozen peaches would work too! Just defrost them most of the way before starting your peach filling.

After you’ve sliced your peaches and combined them with the rest of the filling ingredients, set everything aside so you can start working on the buckwheat crumble.

Now it’s time for the fun part: making your own buckwheat flour! We took most of the Cinnabucks and added them to a blender until they were ground to a flour consistency. Then we mixed in the remaining bucks.

We combined the Cinnabuck flour with the rest of the cobbler ingredients and poured on top of the peaches. We decided to sprinkle some Cinnabucks on top (can never have too many) right before popping the dish in the oven!

And about 25 minutes later… the Cinnabuck cobbler is done! Be sure to serve while still warm (and with ice cream of course) for the optimal cobbler experience. 🍑🥮🍨

Cinnabuck Crunch Peach Cobbler

Cinnabuck Crunch Peach Cobbler

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Our take on the Easy & Healthy Peach Cobbler Recipe by Nutrition in the Kitch!

Ingredients

Peach Filling

  • 4 cups sliced peaches
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cinnabuck Cobbler Topping

  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup ground Cinnabucks
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 whole egg or flax egg
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • dash of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine peach slices, maple syrup, cornstarch, and cinnamon in baking dish.
  3. In another bowl, mix together all purpose flour, Cinnabuck flour, baking powder, coconut sugar, salt, and egg.
  4. Make crumble by adding the vegan butter and cutting it into mixture.
  5. Mix in milk and pour crumble mixture over the peach filling.
  6. Top with some extra Cinnabucks of course!
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until cobbler is browned and filling is bubbling.
  8. Add warm peach cobbler to bowls and top with a vanilla ice cream!

Notes

Makes 6 servings

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Meet our new Recyclable Pouches ♻️

From the Founder, Emily

If you’ve been a Lil Bucks fan for some time, you know we’re always working to be a brand for the new generation of food–one that puts values like sustainability and nutrition at the forefront. These tenets are NEVER an afterthought, even if it’s more expensive and inconvenient, especially as a small business.

You’re probably wondering, “if you’re so into sustainability, why are your pouches plastic???” I’d be wondering that too as a consumer. I spent almost two years researching compostable pouches, and continue to do so. I detail that journey here, but long story short: we haven’t yet found pouch technology that is compostable but still protects our products shelf life for at least 8 months. We did however just come across pouches made from sugarcane and are excited to test them out! I believe in the next five years we’ll have pouches that could be composted. 

In any case, we also need to change our consumer behavior as a whole, to normalize composting and proper recycling so all this effort isn’t for nothing.

One step closer to sustainable packaging

In the meantime, we did find pouch technology that is store-recyclable. Many food wrappers and pouches are made from 2-3 types of plastics, with thin layers of different plastics melded together, making them more difficult to separate and properly recycle. About a year ago we came across a pouch made from mono-material plastic, meaning only one type of plastic, so it can be recycled! 

On our new Clusterbucks pouches and Lil Bucks single serve pouches, you’ll now notice a little “5 – PP” in the recyclable symbol:

The number in the recycle arrows triangle is called the “resin number” and this indicates to recycling facilities what type of plastic it is so it’s properly sorted. 5 / PP stands for polypropylene plastic. This is a pretty common plastic, often found in medicine bottles, straws, bottle caps, syrup bottles, and some yogurt containers. PP plastic can generally have “four lives” of being remade into new plastic products, before no longer being usable (source). 

Again, it’s still plastic, and the goal is to eliminate the use of plastic as much as possible. I list below some things we’re doing to continue plastic reduction, so in the meantime, I challenge everyone (and myself) as consumers to better educate ourselves on how to recycle and compost! Waste Management is a good resource to start, and then your local city will have rules on how they recycle things like food containers and pouches like ours! Some cities even have compost pickups where they bring you a new bucket on a cadence you decide – Chicago has Healthy Soil Compost – they’re amazing! 

The most important thing: THIS IS STORE DROP-OFF RECYCLING

I WISH you could just toss our bags in the recycling bin, and some cities have good sorting processes to find these recyclable materials, but most do not. Please resist the urge to throw these in your recycling bin. You need to recycle our PP bags, along with any other PP materials you get, at stores. 

If you do not have a drop off in your area, we can send you a free label you can print off and send them back to us, and we can recycle them for you. Just ask for one at hola@lovelilbucks.com  You can also ask your local grocery store manager if they would accept them — sometimes stores aren’t listed on the website but they do actually accept PP bags for recycling.

Continuing Plastic Reduction

We are working with RePurpose Global, our plastic-neutral partner, not only on offsetting our plastic carbon footprint by supporting a waste management project in Kenya, but also on our reduction strategies. Some things we are hoping to achieve this year:

  1. Having our new warehouse use biodegradable tape. Our old warehouse didn’t allow us to use custom tape but now we are able to do this!

    • Tip: Generally, if there is still tape on your boxes when you recycle, they will still be accepted at the recycling centers. Look at your local recycling info to confirm this, of course. But having biodegradable tape that can be recycle with the boxes as well, as it’s made from similar fibers, is even better! 
  2. We send out a lot of pallets of product at a time to grocery stores like Whole Foods, and previously the pallet wrap wasn’t counted in our plastic neutral donation, so we will be adding that moving forward. 
  3. Moving our Lil Bucks 6oz pouches to recyclable the next time we need to order… unless we find the sugarcane pouches are ready for us! 
  4. This doesn’t have to do with plastic, per-se, but we are doing some exciting work on the regenerative agriculture front that we’re excited to share. 
  5. What else? We want to hear from YOU any ideas you have for becoming a more sustainable company. It’s an imperfect road and we will always work to improve. You are on this journey with us! hola@lovelilbucks.com