Must Try Homemade Vegan Nutella
MUST TRY Homemade Vegan Nutella!

Must Try Homemade Vegan Nutella!

Absolutely love Nutella but tired of all the crap that lies inside the delicious taste? Yep. Me too.

So, we decided to make our own. This recipe is sure to please and, as always, taste test and adjust to YOUR liking. You may need extra chocolate, extra medjool dates, or even an extra pinch of salt. Do what works for your own taste buds with this perfect Nutella base recipe!

 

homemade vegan nutella

The key to making the creamiest vegan Nutella is to roast the hazelnuts first but you do not have to. If you are raw vegan, simply process until nice and creamy. It will still taste amazing and will pair beautifully with anything you wish to use it on!

For those who will be roasting the hazelnuts, I do recommend soaking them first, patting dry, and roasting. Using a kitchen towel, rub as many skins off as you can (no need to be perfect) and then blend up. Enjoy!

Must Try Homemade Vegan Nutella

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In search of a Food Processor to make all of your vegan dessert dreams come true? Here are our top 3 picks:

Our Current Processor: The Magimix

  • Now, listen. I LOVE my food processor. But I did not purchase this until I was already a recipe creator for 3 years and, in those three years, I saved up a heck of a lot of pennies. Once my original food processor died (you will see it below!), I decided to upgrade to this absolutely magnificent machine. Is this necessary for your kitchen? Probably not. BUT, if you are serious about creating recipes and have the budget, this is one that cannot be beat. P.s this has a THIRTY year warranty.

Magimix Food Processor

The Cuisinart 14-cup Food Processor

  • Brushed stainless steel, 720-watts, large capacity….this is an absolute gem of food processors! I love how it all detaches like our magimix and makes creating AND removing easy. If you have ever had a food processor where the blades do not detach, then you know the struggle.

Cuisinart Food Processor

Cusinart 7 Cup Food Processor

  • So, sadly, our original food processor is no longer being sold (I find this a bit odd!), but this one is the closest that I could find for the price range, brand name, and quality. I always recommend going for the higher cup size (10-14 range), but this is a wonderful option for small families/singles/students. If budget is a concern and you are a larger family, go for the refurbished items before going down in size (I promise, a small cup size will drive you INSANE and you will kick yourself for not going bigger and refurbished!). So this has a stainless steel detachable blade, compact cover, spatula, extra large feed tube, and a 5 year motor warranty.

Cuisinart food processor
 

What you will need to make Homemade Vegan Nutella:

Ingredients Required:

Hazelnuts

Vegan Chocolate Chips (Can also use cacao/cocoa powder)

Medjool Dates

Vanilla Extract

Sea Salt

 

homemade vegan nutella

Homemade Vegan Nutella

Love nutella but not a fan of all the added oils and sugar? Give this a try!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Dip, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy vegan nutella
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 276kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

If needed

  • Non-dairy milk as needed

Instructions

  • Add the hazelnuts to a large jar and cover with water. Pop into the refrigerator to soak overnight. We want these to soak for at least 8 hours!
  • Come the next morning, rinse the nuts well and pat dry with a kitchen towel. If you see any bad hazelnuts in the mix, toss those out now.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F/200C and roast the hazelnuts for 13-15 minutes, until fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool just for a minute.
  • Add the warm hazelnuts to a food processor with all of the remaining ingredients
  • Process on high until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  • If the mixture is too dry, add in 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk at a time as the food processor is running. Do not over milk it!
  • Once nice and smooth, transfer to a mason jar with a tight lid. Store in the refrigerator. Will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Notes

**Feel free to sub the vegan chocolate chips for vegan dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cacao powder, or a mixture. Add as it blends and just continue to taste test until it reaches your goal!

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

Compostable Parchment Paper
The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love. Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

Plant based wax wraps
Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

glass Tupperware
Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!

Find more healthy vegan recipes like this Homemade Vegan Nutella when you join The WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership!

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Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

Sustainable, Ethical & Handcrafted Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are honoured to feature the handcrafted & organic textiles from the women of Zuahaza.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainable and ethical brands from fashion to home decor. I am beyond thrilled to share this company with you all today.

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

 

ORGANIC COTTON TEXTILES HANDMADE IN COLOMBIA

ZUAHAZA honours the makers, culture and craft.

Collective Sisterhood.

Social Enterprise.

Always ethical and sustainable.

 

In today’s sustainable home goods highlight, we are going to break down everything that makes Zuahaza one of our absolute favourites. We will chat about sustainability, production, faces behind the brand, and ethics.

Let’s get educated on the Ethical & Sustainable textiles by Zuahaza!

A Brief Overlook of Zuahaza

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Handmade: The organic cotton textiles by Zuahaza tell a story of Colombia through thoughtful craftsmanship. Many of us adore slow fashion, and this practice is also brilliant in home goods. The quality, style, and love put forth towards each item is unlike any other.

Sustainable: Zuahaza respects Earth and her resources with the highest regard. Organic materials and processes are only the base of this company. We have watched in their stories and highlights all of the fantastic ways they are using nature to dye their fabrics – it’s truly inspirational.

Social Enterprise: As a social enterprise, Zuahaza strives to embody a sisterhood between the women in Colombia. Zuahaza translates to “my sister” in the Muisca language of the Cundiboyacense people.

Women supporting Women: Zuahaza strives to connect women from across Colombia. The goal is to create unique products that reflect the Columbian culture, history and craftsmanship. The bond between the workers and their crafts is evident in the high quality.

Fair Trade and Fair Wage:  The folks behind Zuahaza go beyond fair trade and fair wages by supporting the dreams of each and every team member.

Responsible: Zuahaza assumes responsibility for the environment and those living within. Choosing to work with organic and biodegradable materials saves water and eliminates the harsh chemicals in the soil.

Zuahaza Founder: Tatiana

Tatiana is the founder of Zuahaza as well as the head designer. She has a lot of experience in the artisan field throughout Latin America and also a background in textiles from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Natural dyes and organic fibres are a big part of Tatiana’s advocacy for sustainable production. Having Colombian roots herself, Tatiana holds so much admiration for the indigenous artisans and her favourite part of her job is the interchange of knowledge with her artisans.

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

Shopping on the Zuahaza website is such a breeze. The artisans work together to create one focal collection (slowly and sustainably) and this collection will be featured for quite a long time. Their first ever collection is called the “Roots” collection and this is what is featured in our blog post today. Be sure to snag the last few items on their current sale going on: 25% off the roots collection with discount code: ZUAHAZASUMMER20

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

When browsing through the website, you will notice the minimalistic menu that features some of our favourite topics: Approach, Artisans, Values, Process, and Materials. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, companies can never give too much information when it comes to who makes your products, where, why, and how. These are key points of information that allow consumers to make conscious decisions.

 

How does Tatiana & ZUAHAZA stay committed to their values?

With the help of 7 beautiful and talented women….the artisans.

One of the first things that I noticed about Tatiana and her company was the love she held for her artisans. We began working together at the beginning of the Covid-19 spread and I was blown away at her dedication to helping her artisans make it through the hard times. It has truly been an honour to witness the love shared here.

Zuahaza Artisans

(Left to right in order!)

  • Mariá: Mariá has been a part of the cooperative for 4 years and is a very talented seamstress. She is thrilled to have a job that she loves and also provide for her family.
  • Ana: Ana has been a part of the cooperative for 24 years and is a master weaver and teacher. She is a big believer in preserving ancestral techniques.
  • Graciela: Graciela has been a part of the cooperative for 20 years. She is the administrative head of the co-op as well as sewer and designer. Graciela believes it is very important to teach the history of her ancestors to new generations as a way of preserving the columbian heritage.

Tatiana is in the middle!

  • Martha: Martha is the youngest of the group and has been in the cooperative for 2 years as a weaver. Her skills are far beyond her years! She holds so much love and respect for the artisanal work.
  • Otilia: Otilia has been a part of the cooperative for 8 years. She is an administrative secretary as well as a weaver. She loves to carry on the traditions of her people.
  • Esther: Esther has been an artisan for over 20 years and is a wonderful weaver and spinner. She truly stands behinds this company and believes that the artisan cooperative has rescued the traditions of the Guane culture.
  • Inés (not shown in photo): Inés has been a part of the cooperative for 18 years and is an incredible weaver and spinner. For her, working in the cooperative as an artisan means participating in changing her community, in preserving their cultural heritage, and believing in economic stability for both men and women.

 

organic cotton textiles by Zuahaza
 

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza: Values & Philosophy

To create sustainable employment for women artisans in Colombia by revitalizing the craft of making textiles and collaborating to innovate in product and design

Equality of Opinion 

Zuahaza is all about collaboration and equality of opinion from start to finish in the design and production process. The dreams, careers, and families of each and every artisan is valued. The folks behind Zuahaza truly believe that each artisan has the vision and skills to participate in the important decision making. Everything is done as a team.

“Collaboration is truly the soul of Zuahaza, as we come and work together as Colombian sisters to create unique sustainable treasures for your home.”

— TATIANA ORDOÑEZ

 

Honouring the Craft

It has become harder and harder for artisans like those in the Zuahaza team to earn enough money to support themselves and their family. This company wants to change this. These artisans deserve to be recognised and highly respected for the magnificent work that they do. Zuahaza believes in elevating the craftsmen to a much more dignified person in society. I love this!

 

Waste Happens but Zuahaza is dedicated to reducing and up-cycling as much as possible.

As with every production, waste happens. Even though Zuahaza is dedicated to using 100% organic and natural materials, a bit of waste is produced. To counteract this waste, the artisans create small one of a kind pieces made from scraps to sell such as small purses and bags. They are truly dedicated to become a zero waste production company in the near future and it has been a joy to watch. You can watch along with us on their instagram stories here.

 

Here are a few of my favourites from the Roots collection:

25% off until September 15th with code: ZUAHAZASUMMER20

Salento Zuahaza Pillows
 

Salento Pillows: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 18″ x 18″

 

Iza Reversible Zuahaza PIllow
 

Iza Reversible Pillow: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 20″ x 30″ | Reversible

 

Charalá Zuahaza Blanket
 

Charalá Zuahaza Blanket: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 60″ x 80″ | MADE TO ORDER

 

As a sustainable & ethical researcher and consumer, I cannot express how excited I was to work with Tatiana and the Zuahaza team to share their products with you all. These pieces of art are decorating our bedroom and living room and they are an absolute dream. Super soft, nice and thick material, the absolute highest quality, and beautiful design of these pillows have transformed our rooms into relaxing havens. I am so exited to see the next collection!

They are currently making room for the next collection and all of the ROOTS collection is 25% off until September 15th with code: ZUAHAZASUMMER20. If you are looking to support a woman owned business, a women supporting business, a small business, or an all around sustainable and ethical business – you cannot get any better than this one!

**Thank you to Tatiana and the amazing artisans for gifting us the amazing pillows featured in our blog post and social media posts. This collaboration is definitely not over – we will have these pillows for life and they will be present in so many family photos and future work.

 

Chat with you all soon!

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Antioxidant Boosting Smoothie
Antioxidant Boosting Smoothie (Vegan!)

Antioxidant Boosting Smoothie

This powerful antioxidant smoothie is perfect for any day of the week and any season. I couldn’t recommend adding naturally occuring antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables to your plates enough for a healthy and happy body ♥️.

In the beginning, I was pretty confused on what antioxidants were and why I needed them on my plate. I hope I can break it down for you as simply as possible.

There is a process in the body called oxidation that produces unstable chemicals. These chemicals are called free radicals. These free radicals damage cell membranes and other important structures in our body. Free radicals have been linked to many diseases including heart disease and certain cancers.

The amazing antioxidants are compounds that scavenge and neutralize the free radicals. Magic!!!

 

Antioxidant Boosting Smoothie

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In search of a High Speed Blender to make all your smoothie dreams come true? Here are our top 3 picks:

Our Current Blender: The Vitamix Explorian Blender
  • It took me 3 years to choose this blender haha. I’m not even joking. I was so afraid of the price. So, instead, I purchased two other blenders in those 3 years that, low and behold, BROKE. The plant based lifestyle will wreak havoc on most blenders so you must choose a high quality one with a WARRANTY. The Explorian is one of the most inexpensive vitamix options but it still works great. I use it multiple times a day, every single day, and all of the recipes are from this beauty! Check out deals around Black Friday – you can usually snag one of these for under 200USD. For my European followers: Get ready to pay MORE than North America. I’m not sure why, but vitamix in Europe is double the price (which is actually more than double because we pay in euros/pounds/etc).

Vitamix Blender
 

Blendtec Classic Fit Blender
  • I have never owned a Blendtec, but I did live with someone who had one and it was pretty amazing. Never understood why it didn’t come with a tamper (?) but it does work beautifully. I am pretty biased with my years of experience with the vitamix over the Blendtec, but the price point is fantastic and there are TONS of videos out there comparing the two.

Blendtec
 

Nutri Ninja
  • I had a Ninja blender for years and years before I found the plant based lifestyle (or it found me). Prior to going plant based, I loved to make smoothies on a daily basis (still do today!). However, my smoothies were much *kinder* to the blender than today. While having owned both, I could just (and never would) compare a Ninja to a Vitamix – the difference is staggering. However, if you are just looking to blend up some oats, make light smoothies, or create epic dressings? Then go ahead and choose this one!

Ninja Bullet

What you will need for this delicious smoothie!

Ingredients Required:

Blueberries

Banana

Oranges

Chia Seeds

Non-dairy Milk

Water

 

Antioxidant Boosting Smoothie

Powerful Antioxidant Blueberry Smoothie

This is the perfect smoothie to start any day!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast, smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 257kcal

Equipment

  • High Speed Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana peeled
  • 2 oranges peeled
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Blend in a high speed blender until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 644IU | Vitamin C: 93mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 1mg

 

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

Compostable Parchment Paper
The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love. Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

Plant based wax wraps
Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

glass Tupperware
Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!

Find more healthy vegan recipes like this Antioxidant Boosting Smoothie when you join The WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership!

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Vegan Stuffed Peppers with “Goat Cheese”

Vegan Stuffed Peppers with Vegan Goat Cheese!

My vegan journey has been pretty smooth over the past 7 years, but one thing that I sure do miss is the taste of goat cheese. I was a BIG fan of goat cheese and have been working on different recipes to kick those cravings. I am so thrilled to have finally found it and share it with you all!

Not going to lie – I have been eating these every single day for a week now as my afternoon snack. Just hits all those right spots! Baking is an option here but I do highly recommend them as a raw snack.

 

Vegan Stuffed Peppers
 

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In search of a Food Processor to make all of your vegan dip and sauce dreams come true? Here are our top 3 picks:

Our Current Processor: The Magimix

  • Now, listen. I LOVE my food processor. But I did not purchase this until I was already a recipe creator for 3 years and, in those three years, I saved up a heck of a lot of pennies. Once my original food processor died (you will see it below!), I decided to upgrade to this absolutely magnificent machine. Is this necessary for your kitchen? Probably not. BUT, if you are serious about creating recipes and have the budget, this is one that cannot be beat. P.s this has a THIRTY year warranty.

Magimix Food Processor

The Cuisinart 14-cup Food Processor

  • Brushed stainless steel, 720-watts, large capacity….this is an absolute gem of food processors! I love how it all detaches like our magimix and makes creating AND removing easy. If you have ever had a food processor where the blades do not detach, then you know the struggle.

Cuisinart Food Processor

Cusinart 7 Cup Food Processor

  • So, sadly, our original food processor is no longer being sold (I find this a bit odd!), but this one is the closest that I could find for the price range, brand name, and quality. I always recommend going for the higher cup size (10-14 range), but this is a wonderful option for small families/singles/students. If budget is a concern and you are a larger family, go for the refurbished items before going down in size (I promise, a small cup size will drive you INSANE and you will kick yourself for not going bigger and refurbished!). So this has a stainless steel detachable blade, compact cover, spatula, extra large feed tube, and a 5 year motor warranty.

Cuisinart food processor
 

What you will need for these Vegan Stuffed Peppers:

 

Ingredients Required:

Cashews

Garlic

Lemon Juice

Apple Cider Vinegar

Sea Salt

Green Onions

 

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

"Goat Cheese" Stuffed Vegan Peppers

These are my current obsession and I know you are going to love them too! Enjoy these raw or baked!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, easy vegan snack
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 195kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 Mini Sweet Peppers
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked for a few hours or overnight
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh is best
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 green onion diced thin

Instructions

  • Blend together the cashews, garlic, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt until smooth. Taste test and adjust to your liking.
  • Wash and slice the mini bell peppers in half, remove the seeds and add a nice big scoop of the cashew cream inside. Top with sliced green onion. Enjoy!
  • If you would like to bake (I do recommend trying the raw first!), pop into the oven for 15 minutes at 425F/218C. Add the green onions once baked. Enjoy!

Notes

**These can be eaten with any pepper you wish - big/small/spicy!
**To save money, feel free to sub for 1/2 cup sunflower seeds with 1/2 cup cashews. You can also opt to use 1 cup sunflower seeds but be sure to add just a bit of sugar for the bitter taste :). As soon as I get my hands on some sunflower seeds I will make a new recipe for this. 

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1126IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 2mg

 

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

Compostable Parchment Paper
The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love. Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

Plant based wax wraps
Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

glass Tupperware
Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!

Find more healthy vegan recipes like these stuffed peppers when you join The WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership!

 

Check out our meal plans here!

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healthy vegan brownies
Healthy Vegan Brownies

Healthy Vegan Brownies in 30 Minutes!

Craving something as decadent and moist as brownies but don’t feel like dealing with the sugar/oil/processed crap high afterwards? Don’t worry, I got you covered! These healthy vegan brownies are a beautiful mixture of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and almond butter that mesh together like you wouldn’t believe. Enjoy!

Bonus: These are 100% cruelty-free!

 

healthy vegan brownies

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In search of a High Speed Blender to make all your pancake/smoothie/dessert dreams come true? Here are our top 3 picks:

Our Current Blender: The Vitamix Explorian Blender
  • It took me 3 years to choose this blender haha. I’m not even joking. I was so afraid of the price. So, instead, I purchased two other blenders in those 3 years that, low and behold, BROKE. The plant based lifestyle will wreak havoc on most blenders so you must choose a high quality one with a WARRANTY. The Explorian is one of the most inexpensive vitamix options but it still works great. I use it multiple times a day, every single day, and all of the recipes are from this beauty! Check out deals around Black Friday – you can usually snag one of these for under 200USD. For my European followers: Get ready to pay MORE than North America. I’m not sure why, but vitamix in Europe is double the price (which is actually more than double because we pay in euros/pounds/etc).

Vitamix Blender
 

Blendtec Classic Fit Blender
  • I have never owned a Blendtec, but I did live with someone who had one and it was pretty amazing. Never understood why it didn’t come with a tamper (?) but it does work beautifully. I am pretty biased with my years of experience with the vitamix over the Blendtec, but the price point is fantastic and there are TONS of videos out there comparing the two.

Blendtec
 

Nutri Ninja
  • I had a Ninja blender for years and years before I found the plant based lifestyle (or it found me). Prior to going plant based, I loved to make smoothies on a daily basis (still do today!). However, my smoothies were much *kinder* to the blender than today. While having owned both, I could just (and never would) compare a Ninja to a Vitamix – the difference is staggering. However, if you are just looking to blend up some oats, make light smoothies, or create epic dressings? Then go ahead and choose this one!

Ninja Bullet

What you will need for these Healthy Vegan Brownies

Ingredients Required:

Chickpeas

Almond Butter

Maple Syrup

Cocoa Powder

Vanilla Extract

Baking Soda

Sea Salt

Vegan Chocolate Chips

Fun Options to Add In!

Walnuts

Sprinkles

Pecans

 

healthy vegan brownies

Healthy Vegan Brownies

These brownies will shock your taste buds with tastiness and also nourish your body with much needed nutrients!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 197kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup almond butter any nut/seed butter can be substituted
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips 85 grams dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup can sub for packed medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract alcohol free options available
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Line a baking sheet or baking dish, as you wish, with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Blend all ingredients together. Taste test and adjust. If adding nuts or sprinkles, add these after the blending has completed. Simply stir in.
  • Pour into the baking dish and spread out with a spatula until even.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

 

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

Compostable Parchment Paper
The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love. Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

Plant based wax wraps
Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

glass Tupperware
Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!

Find more healthy vegan recipes like these Healthy Vegan Brownies when you join The WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership!

 

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Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-browns
Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-browns

 

Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-browns

I have a few key memories from my childhood: Splashing around in the backyard pool with my brother, cuddling with my dog for hours on end, and grabbing hash browns from our local McDonald’s with my Dad every single weekend. Gosh…just smelling hash browns takes me back in time.

Nowadays, McDonald’s isn’t on the menu anymore, but I still do love some good ol’ hash browns. These here are a healthy version of the McD’s famous hash browns and I do hope you like them. They are oil free, so they will not have that greasy (albeit yummy) texture/taste, but they still fill me with lots of warmth, tastiness, and my arteries are thankful for the homemade version! Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-browns
 

Love these Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-browns? Check out these other amazing treats!

 

Goji Berry and Mixed Nut Energy Balls

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Cranberry Vanilla Energy Bites

 

What you will need for these Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-browns

Ingredients Required:

Potatoes

Onions

Garlic Powder

Dried Oregano

Paprika Powder

Sea Salt

Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-browns

Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-browns

Craving some good ol' hashbrowns? Give these baked ones a try!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 100kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb potatoes (yukon, idaho, russet) peeled and grated
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
  • Scrub the potatoes. If you wish, peel them before grating. Grate the potatoes directly into a large bowl lined with a kitchen towel.
  • Allow the grated potato to sit in the kitchen towel for 10 minutes. Come back and squeeze out all of the excess juice out.
  • Pour the potatoes back into the bowl. There should be starch sticking to the kitchen towel from squeezing - be sure to scrape that back into the potatoes. This will help the potatoes to stick!
  • Add the seasonings and gently toss together.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and loosely scoop out the mixture with a spoon or using your fingers. You do not want to flatten or squish the potatoes. Lay them gently onto the baking sheet and lightly form with your fingers or a utensil. Keeping the potatoes loose will help them to cook much better - but be sure to form the mixture into a circle or oval to avoid burning edges.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Fip over and bake for an additional 15-20. Enjoy!

Notes

**I love to serve these with ketchup, hummus, avocado, or even grilled veggies
***If there is no starch in the kitchen towel, you could opt to add in 1 tbsp of corn starch or flour to the mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 518mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

 

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

  • The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love. Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

Compostable Parchment Paper

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

  • Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

Plant based wax wraps

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

  • Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!

glass Tupperware

 

 

Find more healthy vegan recipes like these Healthy Baked Breakfast Hash-brownswhen you join The WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership!

Our Whole Food Plant Based Meal Plans have been created for families that are looking to stop stressing in the kitchen and get healthy the easy way! Our recipes are always kid-approved and you will be able to explore hundreds of recipes instantly when you sign up and be able to get prepping right away.


Vegan Meal Plans

Check out our membership here!

 

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5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes
5 Ways To Repurpose Old Clothes

5 Ways To Repurpose Old Clothes

Written by the amazing Rhea of @helpingtheenvironment

Hi there! I think we’ve all been in this situation before: having a bunch of old clothes in your closet and not knowing what to do with them. That’s why today I want to show you how to make use of old clothes instead of throwing them away.

Ethical motivation

Now, why is it so important to be resourceful with the clothes we already have? Well, more often than not, western fast fashion companies exploit workers in developing countries, who are willing to work for lower wages and in unsafe factories. These workers lack workplace protection, are oftentimes abused by employers and work extremely long shifts.

Environmental motivation

From an environmental standpoint, fast fashion also spells disaster. According to Oxfam, it would take 13 years to drink the water needed to make one t-shirt and a pair of jeans! A single cotton t-shirt uses up to 2,700 litres of water during production. And just the UK alone sends 11 million items of clothing to landfill every week.

Get your old clothes ready!

This means that only by repurposing our old fast fashion clothes can we make up for the labor and emissions that went into their production! Throwing them away would furthermore add to the waste problem we already have. So, without further ado, here are five ways to repurpose old clothes and give them new life!

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

 

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Crop Tops

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • old shirt, scissors, optionally a sewing kit

Especially in summer, short clothes are a life-saver for hot weather. You can make your own crop tops out of old shirts or blouses!

First, put the shirt on and use a pen to mark a line along which you want to cut.

Make sure you straighten it out before cutting, and use appropriate scissors!

Alternative crop top idea

Another awesome idea is to cut a shirt or blouse into a crop top that you can tie into a knot at the front! Instead of cutting a straight line, you leave two triangles of cloth along the front, which can then be tied.

For some pieces of clothing, I would recommend to hem them afterwards in order to prevent the edges fraying, but it isn’t always necessary.

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Hair Ties

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • old socks, scissors

How to:

Cut off a few stripes at the opening of a sock! Socks have the right size for hair ties and you can choose ones with nice colors and patterns.

Considering hair ties often go missing the moment we buy them, they’re pretty expensive.

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Denim Shorts

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • old jeans, scissors, optionally a sewing kit

Old jeans that don’t fit that well can easily be made into cute shorts by simply cutting them. Raw denim edges are a trend right now, but if you don’t want your shorts to fray too much, you can do a basic stitch along the edge. Alternatively, you can simply cuff your shorts, which also looks pretty cool.

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Kitchen Towels

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • any old clothes, scissors

This one isn’t an outfit idea, but still useful. Any old piece of clothing can be made into a reusable kitchen towel very easily by simply cutting it into equal-sized squares. This way, you’re also reducing your kitchen waste!

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Makeup Wipes

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • old clothes, scissors

Another easy way to repurpose old clothes is to cut them into equal-size round pieces and use them as makeup wipes. It’s especially ecofriendly because
disposable wipes take very long to biodegrade, and this is a quick reusable alternative.

 

About Rhea

@helpingtheenvironment

My name is Rhea and I live in Germany. A few years ago I started taking an interest in the environment and ways to protect it. Since then I’ve changed my lifestyle in a lot of ways, for example by becoming vegetarian and eliminating a lot of plastic from my life. That’s why I started an Instagram account in 2018, sharing ways to help Earth, information about climate change and tips to reduce waste. If you’re interested in sustainability, why don’t you check it out? @helpingtheenvironment.

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Homemade Vegan Energy Bars
Homemade Vegan Energy Bars

Homemade Vegan Energy Bars

Let’s cut right to the chase. How much money have you spent on energy bars, protein bars, raw vegan bars, etc? If you are anything like me, it’s A LOT. I went to the shop yesterday and ONE raw vegan brownie bar (I’m sucker for brownie bars) cost 1.98 euros. If I was in Chicago, it’d be more like $2.50 USD.

That is a ton of money spent on little bites of heaven that you can 100% make yourself! Today we are going to show you how to make an epic brownie like chocolate energy bar that is packed with protein and healthy fats. The medjool dates and figs are there to give you a HUGE burst of energy. If you haven’t already jumped on the medjool date train, I urge you to do so. Just magical!

Homemade Vegan Energy Bars

Love these Homemade Vegan Energy Bars? Check out these other amazing treats!

 

Goji Berry and Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Vegan Carrot Cake Bites

Cranberry Vanilla Energy Bites

 

In search of a Food Processor to make all of your vegan dessert dreams come true? Here are our top 3 picks:

Our Current Processor: The Magimix

  • Now, listen. I LOVE my food processor. But I did not purchase this until I was already a recipe creator for 3 years and, in those three years, I saved up a heck of a lot of pennies. Once my original food processor died (you will see it below!), I decided to upgrade to this absolutely magnificent machine. Is this necessary for your kitchen? Probably not. BUT, if you are serious about creating recipes and have the budget, this is one that cannot be beat. P.s this has a THIRTY year warranty.

Magimix Food Processor

The Cuisinart 14-cup Food Processor

  • Brushed stainless steel, 720-watts, large capacity….this is an absolute gem of food processors! I love how it all detaches like our magimix and makes creating AND removing easy. If you have ever had a food processor where the blades do not detach, then you know the struggle.

Cuisinart Food Processor

Cusinart 7 Cup Food Processor

  • So, sadly, our original food processor is no longer being sold (I find this a bit odd!), but this one is the closest that I could find for the price range, brand name, and quality. I always recommend going for the higher cup size (10-14 range), but this is a wonderful option for small families/singles/students. If budget is a concern and you are a larger family, go for the refurbished items before going down in size (I promise, a small cup size will drive you INSANE and you will kick yourself for not going bigger and refurbished!). So this has a stainless steel detachable blade, compact cover, spatula, extra large feed tube, and a 5 year motor warranty.

Cuisinart food processor
 

What you will need for these Homemade Vegan Energy Bars

Ingredients Required:

Medjool Dates

Dried Figs

Mixed Nuts

Cocoa Powder

Sea Salt

Homemade Vegan Energy Bars

Homemade Vegan Energy Bars

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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan energy bars, vegan snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 325kcal

Ingredients

  • 13 Medjool Dates Pitted
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Remove the pits from the medjool dates and add to a food processor with rest of the ingredients. Process until a dough is formed.
  • Grab a small baking dish and line with parchment paper. Pour the dough into the pan and press down to flatten. Be sure to press down until fully packed and even. I like to use the bottom of a glass.
  • Set in the refrigerator overnight. Slice into bars the next day. You can individually wrap these or simply slice and remove as you wish.

Notes

**If you would like to add rolled oats to this recipe, I would go with 1/4 cup.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 624mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg

 

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

Compostable Parchment Paper
The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love. Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

Plant based wax wraps
Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

glass Tupperware
Plastic Free. Sustainable. Non-toxic. The bamboo lids are strong, durable and beautiful. They’re plastic free, BPA free, phthalate free, biodegradable and recyclable! They also double as portable cutting boards!

 

 

Find more healthy vegan recipes like these Energy Bars when you join The WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership!

Our Whole Food Plant Based Meal Plans have been created for families that are looking to stop stressing in the kitchen and get healthy the easy way! Our recipes are always kid-approved and you will be able to explore hundreds of recipes instantly when you sign up and be able to get prepping right away.

Check out our membership here!

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Eco-friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies
30 Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

Welcome back to the blog everyone! Today we are super excited to have a guest contributor by the name of Alexandria Winner (from Ecoist) to share her advice on eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies. My school days may be over, but I need all the help I can get with my two children heading off to school in the near future! I love the thought of carefully choosing each and every school supply piece, with not only my children in mind, but with mother earth and the future state of our world in mind.

Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution

Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

 

The typical American school uses about 250,000 pieces of paper per year.

This equates to over 35 Billion sheets of paper JUST in the K-12 schools in the United States.

When you add in the school supplies that the children and teens are bringing into their classrooms, these numbers can easily be multiplied by well over 56 million – which is the number of children and teenagers in school this year according to the National Centre for Education Statistics. And this is “just” paper that we are talking about here, folks. Don’t even get me started on the plastic situation. The numbers are staggering and changes need to be made.

If you are looking to fill those school backpacks with responsible, well-made, eco-friendly, and zero waste items, then you have come to the right place!

 

psst….Short on Time?

Here are the quick links for our list of Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies:

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Pens & Pencils

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

Before ordering a bunch of pens and pencils for school, take a look around your house in your drawers and pen cups to see if you have a bunch of old ones lying around. Who doesn’t, right?! Use those first.

Once those are all used up, then choose one of the many eco-friendly options:

  • OHTO/JPT Pencil/Ball Pen
    • Natural Wood Pencil Ball Pen – 1.0mm
  • OHTO/JPT Stainless Steel & Ceramic Roller Ball Pen
    • Stainless steel pen with a ceramic roller ball, 0.5mm
  • Sprout World Plantable Pencils
    • The plantable Sprout pencils can grow into plants like luscious flowers, fragrant herbs and fresh vegetables once they’re too short to use.
  • Recycled Newspaper Pencils
    • These exquisite pencils are made from old newspapers and not from cut trees. Newspaper is tightly rolled over graphite. The high-quality graphite is strong and does not break when sharpening. A regular sharpener can be used with these pencils. It’s cool to see shavings of newspaper when sharpening!

The Accessories for your Pens & Pencils

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Crayons & Markers

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Whether you are shopping for the first days of kindergarten or high school, everyone is going to need some color in their lives!

Here is our list of eco-friendly crayons & markers!

  • Vegan & Toxic Free Butterfly Crayons
    • These beautiful butterflies are the larger of our crayon shapes, but still perfectly sized and textured for little hands. Handmade in the UK from Soy wax, carnauba wax, cocoa butter and coloured with natural occurring earth pigments they are suitable for veggies and vegans too (Crayola and other many other crayons contain beef tallow).
  • Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 Crayons
      • The STABILO woody 3 in 1 is perfect for kids to draw and paint and ideal for parents too – it washes off windows and is suitable for many surfaces besides just paper or cardboard.
  • Eco-Friendly Recycled Permanent Markers
    • The tubes of these earth-friendly permanent markers are made with recycled paper, reducing the use of plastic by 60%. The markers feature polyester fiber tips that are filled with non-toxic, alcohol-based ink and contain NO Xylene, Toluene, or other VOCs.
  • Eco Text Marker Highlighter
    • The stock consists mainly of the renewable raw material sugarcane. The bright color is water-based, solvent-free and odorless.
  • Eco White Board Markers
    • Ethanol-based ink, free from aromatic or chlorinated solvents. Marker body made from Recycled Paper & wax instead of aluminium or plastic.

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: All the Paper

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

Even with the digital world that we live in, paper use in schools is still quite high, especially for the little ones. Choosing 100% recycled paper is a wonderful way to help support Mother Nature while also teaching valuable lessons to our children. Each time they see the recycled paper stamp, you will have left a little stamp of inspiration for their future choices.

Here is our list of eco-friendly paper products!

  • A5 Handcrafted Stapled Recycled Notebooks
    • The covers are made from reclaimed and recycled materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Since each book is personalised, you can pick what type of material your cover can be made from cardboard to PVC.
  • PrintWorks 100% Recycled Copy Paper
    • 100 percent post-consumer recycled printer and copier paper for everyday use at an affordable price
    • Made in the USA from recycled food and beverage containers and other paper-based printed materials
  • Natural & Recycled Drawing Paper
    • Natural Recycled 9″ x 12″ Drawing Paper – 500 Sheets. Crayons, pencils, markers and paints show up brilliantly on this natural unbleached paper.
  • 2-pocket Notebooks by Naked Binder
    • These Folders are sustainable eco-friendly folders made from 100% recycled, 100% post-consumer waste 22-pt. chipboard.
  • 3-Ring Binder by Naked Binder
    • EXTREMELY DURABLE. Made with one solid piece of heavy-duty binders board. The hinge has been tested (opened and closed) 250,000 times and it did not fall apart!
  • Handcrafted A5 Weekly Planner
    • cream 100 % recycled paper (Clairfontaine)
    • 80 gsm plain recycled boards with printed monstera leaves
  • Naked Binder 3-Ring Tab Dividers
    • 100% post-consumer fiber, and FSC certified Neenah Conservation Paper. 100% recyclable.
  • Yamama Memo Pads
    • Four Side Colored Memo Pad.  180 sheets
  • Yamama Metallic Sticky Notes
    • Metallic Sticky Notes. 33 sheets

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Accessories

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

All those little accessories add up, don’t they? I gotta tell ya, I have no idea where all those paper clips, staplers, staples, scissors, etc ended up. Well….I think I do…they all ended up in the trash. So, let’s try our best to fix that!

Here is our list of eco-friendly accessories

  • Yamama Bamboo Paper Clips
    • These innovative bamboo paper clips project positive impressions for all of your presentations. And they are beyond eco-friendly, they’re 100% work-friendly!
  • Onyx & Green Scissors
    • These 5″/127 mm scissors have stainless steel blades and a rounded tip. The handles are made from corn plastic.
  • Staple Free Stapler
    • Easy to shred and recycle papers without the worry of staples getting jammed. Without staples just drop in the shredder or recycle bin. It’s environmentally safe.
  • Midori Storage Boxes
    • 11″x7″x5″ ht.  100% Recycled Paper Storage Container
  • Cork Desk Organizer
    • This desk organizer is a simple zero waste product.  It is made of cork and designed to hold cell phones, pens and note pads.
  • Vegan Recycled Felt MacBook Sleeve
    • The colorful felt is made of multi-color fabric. The waste textiles have been cut into tiny pieces and then transformed into a new fabric – colorful felt from recycled textiles.
    • The felt made of vegan fabric is non toxic, health and environmentally friendly (European Union REACH Certificate of Compliance).
  • Cell Phone Covers by Pela Case
    • COMPOSTABLE PHONE CASE: Pela cases are made of a combination of flax straw ‘waste’, plant-based biopolymers and contain organic ingredients that meet rigorous standards for compostability in municipal and industrial composting facilities.

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Backpacks

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

What better way to finish off the school supplies guide than with the amazing bags to hold all your goodies?! Here are a few of our favorite environmentally friendly backpack options. Just remember, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own. If you already have a backpack, please use it!

Here is our list of eco-friendly backpacks

  • TerraThread Backpacks $
    • The Earth Backpacks are made using heavy-duty 14 oz organic cotton canvas. These fairtrade backpacks are spacious and feature one large exterior pocket, one small interior pocket, and a laptop compartment. The organic backpacks can be used for school, outdoor activities, traveling, and more!
      Each purchase of this backpack contributes 20 MEALS to children, families, and seniors in need in the United States through Feeding America.

      • Made with 100% Organic and Fairtrade Cotton
      • Processed and Manufactured per Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
      • Color dyed using low impact GOTS Certified Dyes
      • Manufactured at a Fair Trade Certified Factory
      • Hang Tags are made using recycled kraft paper
  • United By Blue Backpacks $$
    • 100% recycled polyester with water repellent finish
    • Padded laptop sleeve accommodates up to 17″ laptop
    • Interior zippered pocket and open pockets
    • Exterior flap pocket with magnetic closure, zipper pockets and side pocket
    • Adjustable, padded shoulder straps, haul strap and cross sternum strap
    • Water bottle sleeve fits bottles with a diameter up to 3.75″
    • Equipped with a Lifetime Guarantee
  • Kathmandu Backpacks $$$ (Children to Adult Options)
    • When it’s time for your kid’s first pack or to upgrade their current one, the Cotinga Kids’ Pack will be a welcome surprise. With an ergonomic harness and sizing to specifically fit kids, your growing child won’t want to remove it. There’s also a spacious front area for lunches – because books and bananas don’t mix. Made with 15 recycled plastic bottles.
    • Outer fabric contains REPREVE™ – polyester created from recycled plastic bottles
    • kidsFIT technology – an ergonomic harness with adjustable shoulder straps
    • Elasticated sleeve in the main compartment – for your kid’s books or portable device
    • Grab handle and reflective detail for safety

 

Use what you already have!

After all of our research and digging, I was so shocked by just how many companies are in support of sustainable school supplies. This is such great news!

Like we always say here at WonderMamas, please use what you already have first. Even if you have a drawer full of plastic supplies, I beg you to use those first before buying anything new. If you are on a tight budget and cannot afford the pieces listed above, please check out your local second hand stores, second hand online shops, or even second hand swaps. Join facebook groups in your area for second hand school supplies, yes they exist!

In the end, being a conscious consumer is so much more than buying the latest and greatest eco products. The first step is to evaluate what you got, extend its life, and then replace when necessary. I am so honoured that you have chosen us to help you on this journey. Have a beautiful school year!

 

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