Avocado Alfredo Pasta

Wow! That’s all I have to say about this super-simple recipe.

A creamy, flavorful sauce made with avocado, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, nutritional yeast (or Parmesan cheese). Yes, I know it’s green, but I’ve got to tell you, it totally fulfills the role of “comfort food”.

I chose to serve it over Banza Chickpea Pasta, a gluten-free pasta that offers a nice amount of protein and fiber compared to traditional wheat-based pasta. 

In case you’re wondering, nutritional yeast is not the same thing as baker’s yeast. Known for its cheesy flavor, it’s made by culturing yeast for several days in a nutrient growth medium (often glucose from beet molasses or sugarcane) and then deactivating it with heat. Just like sauerkraut and other cultured foods, the final product contains no sugar. A wonderful addition to a vegan diet, nutritional yeast is full of B-vitamins, minerals and complete protein (8 grams per 1 1/2 tablespoons). 

Because it’s so rich, Avocado Alfredo Pasta is best served as a side dish.

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Avocado Alfredo Pasta
A creamy, flavorful sauce made with avocado, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, and nutritional yeast (or Parmesan cheese). On the table in 15 minutes or less! 1 Earthfood per serving: ❤️
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. (1 box) Banza Rotini pasta
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (or grated Parmesan cheese) Red Star or Bragg brand of nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. lemon or lime juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. (1 box) Banza Rotini pasta
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (or grated Parmesan cheese) Red Star or Bragg brand of nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. lemon or lime juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to the package. Drain well.
  2. While pasta is cooking, place the avocado, olive oil, nutritional yeast or cheese, garlic, basil, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and blend until creamy.
  3. Toss cooked pasta with sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with additional cheese and basil ribbons if desired.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 270Total Fat: 16 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 100 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 26 g; Dietary fiber: 8 g; Net Carbohydrates: 18 grams; Sugar: 3 g (no added sugar); Protein: 12 g

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles

August 29th, 2018 | no comments

I love cake. Frosting? Even better! I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too.

You know me- this isn’t some cake out of a box. Actually, it’s just as easy and, although it’s not a “healthy” cake, it’s quite an upgrade from your traditional cake loaded with crappy chemicals (that’s an industry term 🙂 ) and slathered with trans fat-laden frosting. 

The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting…well, I lied a little bit, the frosting is on the healthier side because it’s made with avocado, coconut oil and raw cacao powder, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I swear they won’t know it used to be green. For the sprinkles, I just tossed about a half cup of unsweetened coconut flakes in the food processor with half of a strawberry and processed until the flakes turned pink. Then I let them sit out to dry for a bit. 

Happy birthday to me! 

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles
I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too. The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting made with avocado, coconut oil, raw cacao powder and pure maple syrup. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Instructions
Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2-four ounce ramekins with coconut oil.
  2. Place butter, honey, and chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds, then stir until smooth. Cool completely (you can place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to speed up the process).
  3. Add almond flour, egg, vanilla, and salt to cooled chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Spoon batter into prepared ramekins and place on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely and gently remove by turning ramekin upside down on a clean plate.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. Process avocado in food processor until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape the sides with a spatula.
  2. Frost the top of one cake with a thick layer of frosting. Place remaining cake on top and frost the top and sides of entire cake. You will have about half leftover, so just store remaining frosting in refrigerator and have a spoonful here or there for a sweet treat.
Pink Sprinkles
  1. Add coconut flakes and strawberry to a food processor and process until flakes are pink. Sprinkle all over top and sides of frosted cake!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 400; Total Fat: 28 grams; Saturated Fat: 13 grams; Sodium: 175 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 35 grams; Dietary Fiber: 6 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 26 grams; Protein: 6 grams

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