Garbanzo Bean Burger

There a few meals I have that I title as "life-changing" and this one was one of them. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t?

A life-changing burger.

And, not just any kind of burger but a plant-based burger. Trust me, never in my life would I think of describing a burger as life-changing, but it’s happening. I am calling a burger “life-changing.” And it’s happening with a recipe.

It’s gluten and grain free, fully plant-based, nutty, flavorful, and delicious, and solves those Summer dietary conundrums that often have you feeling deprived of anything that remotely resembles crave-able guilty pleasures of Summer fare. Now, you can have that burger, and om-nom-nom your way to happiness. Problem solved, and life changed. See, I told ya so.

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What You'll Need

1/2 cup onion, minced
1 shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 cups garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp avocado oil + more for cooking shallot/burgers
1.5 tsp cumin
1 tsp ancho chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp hemp seeds
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 avocado
Little gem lettuce leaves
green chilis (optional)
Plant-based mayo (optional, i used Just Mayo brand)

What You'll Need To Know

Preheat oven to 359F.

In a medium to large skillet, heat oil and add in onion, shallots, and garlic, sauteeing until soft and translucent. Once ready, transfer to a large mixing bowl and add in garbanzo beans. Using a fork or pastry cutter, mash and mix together. 

Add in cumin, ancho chili powder,  cayenne, salt, pepper, lime juice, hemp seeds and sunflower seeds. Mix together until you have a moldable dough consistency. 

Mold out into 4 even patties. 

Heat skillet to medium heat and add oil. Add two patties and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Remove and add to oven for 15 minutes for extra crispiness. Serve on your favorite bun or lettuce wrap and top with mayo, green chilies, and avocado!

Golden Milk Chia Pudding Recipe + Giveaway

Ahhh! Golden Milk, Chia Pudding, and all the goods. Naturally, combining two of my favorite things was on my radar on my "Things To Make" list.  This Golden Milk Chia Pudding is so delicious and has so many great healing properties to it while being a healthy meal. 

Chia pudding is great because you can whip it up the night before and have it ready to go the next day. PLUS Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, and amino-acids - it is one of the best superfoods!  

I created this recipe as part of this fabulous giveaway I'm co-hosting with gr8nola, Natierra and Bounce!

Golden Milk Chia Pudding Recipe
Golden Milk Chia Pudding Recipe

Golden Milk Chia Pudding:
1/4 cup Natierra Chia Seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup golden milk (recipe)
2-3 drops stevia or to taste
1/4 cup water
1/8 cup gr8nola granola*
1 tbsp Natierra chocolate covered hemp seeds
1 Bounce Ball (I used the Coconut Macadamia flavor)

What You'll Need To Know

Add chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, stevia, water and cashew milk to a bowl. Mix vigorously to avoid clumping.

Let chia sit for at least an hour before topping and eating!


Recipe makes 1 serving.

* Use promo code 'valeriefidan' at checkout for 20% your order of gr8nola!


Sorbabes Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Snowballs

Since first discovering Sorbabes, I've been hooked! They are a gourmet sorbet that eats just like ice cream. Maybe even better! 

If you've never tried them, they are the first and only sorbet to mix in chunky, delicious, gourmet toppings with seven unique flavor combinations. My favorite flavor has been the Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate. It is so good!

These have been so perfect for summertime! I'm always looking for ways to recreate my favorite childhood desserts. One that I used to love was Ice Cream Snowballs! They're a delicious treat to beat the summer heat. I decided to create my favorite childhood treat using the Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate flavor. And, let me just tell you... the Raspberry-dark chocolate combo rolled in coconut flakes is so delicious! 

This is such an easy dessert idea. Making these snowballs is a fun way to dress up your favorite Sorbabes flavor for a fun Summer dessert. I'm pretty sure the next time I host a BBQ or Summer dinner party, I'm going to incorporate a Sorbabes snowball bar and let guests make their own snowballs using any of the 7 flavors and other toppings to roll them in! 

Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Snowballs
Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Snowballs
Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Snowballs
Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Snowballs
Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Snowballs

What You’ll Need

1 pint Sorbabes Raspberry with Dark Chocolate, softened
3-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut (about 10 ounces)

What You’ll Need To Know

Scoop ice cream into 12 balls. 
Place on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. 
Roll in coconut. 

Yield: 6 servings

The post was sponsored by Sorbabes. As always, all opinions are my own.