GT's x Lil Bucks SOUL BOWL

Few things can beat this setup: a smoothie bowl, plants, palo santo, a singing bowl and art. Here’s a recipe and a story for ya:

GT’s Kombucha x Lil Bucks ✨ SOUL BOWL ✨

Ingredients

Directions

1. Smoothie Part 1: blend 1/2 – 3/4 cup frozen mango pieces, .5 tsp ashwaganda, and 1/2 cup GT’s Mystic Mango Kombucha. Start with half cup of mangos and blend, add a few more to get it nice n thiq

2. Smoothie Part 2: blend 1/2 cup frozen raspberries and 3-4 frozen strawberries with half cup GT’s Unity Vibration kombucha (or can use Trilogy, a classic).

3. Where the magic happens: Pour the mango mix in one half of the bowl and the raspberry mix in the other half, then swirl 🙂

4. This smoothie has so much love and fruit-forwardness, I think it tastes best with the Original Lil Bucks for a slightly nutty flavor but mostly just complements this fruit-and-booch-forward smoothie bowl.

5. Top with Original Lil Bucks! I think this tastes best with this fruit-forward bowl, but Matcha would also be YUM.

To blend this, you may need to have some patience with your blender. I have a Vitamix which comes with a Tamper and is thus perfect for making thick smoothies, but you can do it with the weakest of blenders. You just have to blend a bit, pause, mix up with a spoon a bit, and repeat. You can try gradually add in the Kombucha just to soften it a bit when things REALLY won’t blend.

ALSO have to give a shout-out to my friend Riddhi (@artsyriddle) for these custom wood-burned coasters. 50% of the sales of her Indian-inspired art go to Shakti, an organization empowering under-privileged girls by giving them scholarships to complete their education. And the artist herself is a lovely human so if you love those beautiful Indian vibes Riddhi is your girl! Check out her Etsy shop here.

And thank you to GT’s Kombucha for the lovely singing bowl 🤗

Great vibes all around. Have a lovely week! 


Dreamy Recipes with @FeastingOnFruit

Have you ever seen a photo so stunning your jaw literally dropped and you immediately crushed the follow button? That’s what happened when we found @feastingonfruit! Natalie is a food guru and is also ahhhhmazing with a camera. She has featured Lil Bucks in some of her yummy recipes multiple times, so of course we had to feature all of her greatness on the blog! We always love finding new and unique ways to use Lil Bucks, and she kills the game every time! 

Natalie has a lot of recipes that we are IN LOVE with, and we wanted to share two that include Lil Bucks! Here they are below (with photos to show how beautiful they are):

 

Banana Free Blueberry Smoothie Bowl: 

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy yogurt 
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 4-5 coconut milk ice cubes
  • More coconut milk to blend

 

How to make it: 

1) Blend everything in a high speed blender. Adjust the amount of milk to desired consistency.

2) Scoop into a bowl. Top with @sunbutter, Cacao @lovelilbucks , and cacao nibs (or whatever you like).

3) Dig in!

 

Berry Pitaya Coyo Smoothie Jar:

  • 1 cup thick coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp freeze dried pitaya powder

Blend it all up (this is a tart one fyi!). Top with Original @lovelilbucks

 

We want to give a HUGE thanks to Natalie for loving Lil Bucks and using our products in her incredible recipes. We love seeing all of the different ways our Lil Bucks are being used in different places on different plates. If you have any beloved Lil Bucks recipes that you want to share with us, slide into our DM’s! Oh, and don’t forget to follow @feastingonfruit for some tasty content, and check out her website for these bomb recipes. 

@feastingonfruit

Banana Free Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

Berry Pitaya Coya Smoothie Jar


@PageAndPlate's Gluten-Free Sprouted Buckwheat Snickerdoodles

This wonderful recipe is a healthier, gluten-free twist on Snickerdoodles. The creative genius behind this is Laura of Page And Plate. Make sure to sign up for her newsletter for quarterly updates and more. She does book and meal pairings IS ANYTHING BETTER THAN THAT?! 📖🍝

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 cups of sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 TBSP of vanilla
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1 cup of Cacao Lil Bucks, ground finely
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tsp of cardamom

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400, and line a cookie sheet. In a mixer, beat together the butter, coconut oil, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.

2. Sift the almond flour and Lil Bucks into a bowl, then add all at once to the mixer with 1 tsp of cinnamon and the cardamom.

3. Beat together until a dough forms. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

4.Meanwhile, make the coating: mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon together. Form the dough into balls, then roll in cinnamon sugar. Flatten onto baking sheet.

5. Bake for 5 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 and bake for 10 more minutes.


Ora Organic THIQ Smoothie Bowl

Finally. I am sharing the THIQ smoothie bowl recipe so you can satisfy all your thick smoothie dreamz with a bowl of your own. This particular bowl is done in collaboration with one of my favorite brands, Ora Organic, a San Diego company who makes plant-based supplements from REAL food and chef-crafted recipes. This pre-workout powder is literally amazing, both in taste and the way it makes me feel. And it goes great with Lil Bucks (particularly the Cacao and Original sprouted buckwheat for this recipe).

Ingredients

  • 1 medium/large banana frozen, chopped up before putting in the blender
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 serving of Ora Organic pomegranate powder 
  • I tossed in a couple frozen strawberries for good measure but not required
  • A splash of unsweetened almond milk – added gradually to achieve desired consistency 
  • Topped with Cacao Lil Bucks and a few more frozen raspberries 😀

Directions

To blend this, you may need to have some patience with your blender. I have a Vitamix which comes with a Tamper and is thus perfect for making thick smoothies, but I’ve done this with something as weak as a Magic Bullet (sorry, throwing shade). You just have to blend a bit, pause, mix up with a spoon a bit, and repeat. Sometimes gradually adding in the milk of your choice just to soften it a bit when things REALLY won’t blend. Enjoy!


Julia's Power Protein Pancakes

This is a super simple recipe, but a genius, high-power combo of protein dense foods: Kodiak Cakes, RXBAR Peanut Butter, Lil Bucks Sprouted Buckwheat, and antioxidant-infused raspberries. 😋

The founder’s foodie friend Julia always comes up with creative ways to use Lil Bucks (tons of genius savory ideas… coming soon), but this one takes the cake (pun intended) for a fast, easy treat-yoself kind of breakfast.

See more from @jhlytle

Ingredients:

Kodiak Cakes Peanut Butter Pancake Mix (14g of protein per serving!)

RXBAR Peanut Butter (9g of protein per serving–the cinnamon one is so good with Cacao Lil Bucks!)

1/4 cup Cacao Lil Bucks, obvi

A handful of raspberries

Optional: Hemp seed and chia seed to sprinkle on top as well

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Kodiak cakes per their instructions
  2. Top with all the goods. Boom.


Vegan Ice Cream Cookie Bar

Honestly it was hard to come up with a name for this one… It really is a “Crunchy Vegan Ice Cream Adaptogen Cookie Bar” but that’s a mouthful. This recipe was developed in collaboration with two amazing female-owned San Francisco food brands – Completeats Superfood Cookies and  Goldmine Adaptogens. Both are seriously amazing. 

Ingredients:

4 CompletEats cookies in chocolate chia

2 cups soaked and drained cashews (soaked at least 30 minutes)

1 cup almond milk (I love Malk vanilla almond milk)

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup maple syrup

4 tsp GoldMine adaptogen powder 

2 tsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

1-2 tsp beet powder

1-2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 – 3/4 cups Cacao Lil Bucks sprouted buckwheat

Optional 

Dark chocolate melted to drizzle on top with more Lil Bucks 😋

 

Also, muffin tins are ideal for this recipe, but you can make in circle-shaped cups or tupperware too, whatever you can find. 

 

Directions:

  1. Cut the cookies in half and mold and press into the bottom of muffin tins – aim for the cookie layer to be able a quarter to a half inch thick (as you make these more you can adjust on preference – if you find big enough muffin tins you could put the WHOLE COOKIE on the bottom yum).
  2. In a blender, blend the cashews, almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, adaptogen powder, vanilla, and the pinch of salt. Blend until smooooooth.
  3. Split the cashew blend into two bowls. In one bowl mix with the beet powder to create a lovely pink color — feel free to add as much as you’d like for the taste and color. Then do the same in the other bowl with the turmeric powder.
  4. Spoon some of the beet mix into each muffin tin, either making it the first layer or putting the spoonful in half of the muffin circle. Then either top with the turmeric spoonful or put it in the other half of the circle, and swirl.
  5. Sprinkle a nice layer of Cacao Lil Bucks on top.
  6. Freeze for about 3-4 hours until solid.
  7. Once frozen I really enjoyed melting dark chocolate and drizzling over with some original Lil Bucks, and then the chocolate solidifies and it’s just so good.

When you take them out of the freezer you might want to wait 5 minutes to dig in so it’s not too hard. It’s worth the wait! 🙂 Enjoy!


Raw Lil Bucks Fudge

Ingredients:

1/2 cup virgin coconut oil melted
1/4 cup raw almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
pinch fine grain sea salt, to taste
1 cup Lil Bucks
option to add 2 scoops (about 1/4 cup) of Vital Proteins Mocha Collagen Creamer to make it a mocha fudge – this is seriously DELICIOUS!!!

Directions:

  1. With electric beaters or blender, beat together the coconut oil and almond butter. Make sure the coconut oil is melted or the texture won’t work out (learned from experience)
  2. Sift in the cocoa/cacao powder and beat again until combined.
  3. Pour in the maple syrup, vanilla, and salt and beat until smooth.
  4. Pour into a bowl if in a blender, and stir in the Lil Bucks with a spoon.
  5. Line a loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper. Scoop the chocolate mixture into the pan and spread out until even.
  6. Freeze for about 1 hour, or until solid. Slice into small squares and fall in loooove.


Lil Bucks Energy Balls

1 cup Lil Bucks
1/2 cup peanut butter (or another nut butter, or you can omit. This amounts to about 8 spoonfuls. I have gone overboard on this before and they became a little too melty/mooshy, so be careful)
1/3 cup RAW honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or 1/4 cup cacao nibs
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
1 tsp vanilla

Here’s what you do:

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate 45 minutes to an hour
Roll into small balls and keep refrigerated. I usually ‘frost’ with a little peanut butter on top because peanut butter… 😋


Signature Smoothie Bowl

Lil Bucks Signature Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are heavenly, but you must be careful of what goes in it! Some restaurants go over-the-top with sugary fruits and/or use fake juices or sugar-ed up acai, so it’s best to get it from a place who truly understands superfoods (Chicago: Hi-Vibe Juicery) or just know what to look out for in ingredients (we’ll expand on that eventually).

At home, you really can’t go wrong with this bowl:

  • 1 pack of sambazon protein acai or supergreens acai mix (only 5g sugar – watch out for their acai packets mixed with fruit… high sugar). You can also use their pure unsweetened acai
  • 1 banana (or half banana + half avocado for a creamy bowl)
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice) – start with 1/4 cup and blend, test the thickness, and then add more. I prefer a thicker smoothie bowl base
  • 1 scoop of spirulina – start with half scoop if you are just getting used to the taste – but eventually you’ll crave it!
  • If you’re really making this a meal – add a tablespoon of your nut butter of choice

Blend, and then top with Lil Bucks (yum), chia seeds and cacao nibs. <3