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The 10 Best Recipes to End Summer

Savor every bite of summer.

By: Lexy Parsons

We’ve rounded up the top 10 recipes from August, featuring summer favorites and recipes for every eating plan! From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, these refreshing meals will make healthy eating easier (and tastier) than ever.

10 Best End of Summer Recipes You Must Try 

#1 Overnight Oats Five Ways

Busy mornings made easy with the tastiest meal-prep breakfast recipe. These Overnight Oats are every bit as indulgent as they are healthy, so we’re giving you five yummy ways to enjoy them. 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk of choice 
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla yogurt 
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Directions:

Step #1: In a small jar with a lid, combine all ingredients and stir.

Step #2: Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight (at least 6 hours).

Step #3: Before eating, add enhancements to make your oatmeal tasty and satisfying. 

Start with our base recipe above, then spice up your cup with the following flavor add-ins:  

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats: mix in 2 tablespoons of creamy natural peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup. After the oats, refrigerate overnight, top with sliced bananas, and enjoy.

Pumpkin Overnight Oats: mix in ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spices, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon pureed pumpkin, a pinch of sea salt, and 2 tablespoons chopped pecans. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy.

Banana Bread Overnight Oats: mix in ½ mashed banana, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of sea salt, ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy. 

Very Berry Overnight Oats: mix in ¼ cup mashed combo of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Refrigerate overnight. Top with berries and sliced banana.

And when that chocolate fix is calling, we’ve got you covered with this 2-Step Chocolate & Peanut Butter Overnight Oats. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this low-sugar, protein-rich breakfast!

#2 Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer 

Whip up this decadent coconut coffee creamer in minutes. No soaking, straining, or prepping required! Keep your cool with coconut cold brew for summer, or cozy up to fall flavors with a creamy coconut PSL twist.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can lite or full fat coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup 
  • 1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch Himalayan sea salt

Directions: 

Step #1: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender.

Step #2: Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until well combined.

Step #3: Pour into an airtight jar, cover, and store in the fridge. Enjoy!

#3 Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars

These Plant-Based Peanut Butter Protein Bars are creamy, decadent, and full of nutritious ingredients to keep you satiated and fueled whenever hunger strikes. Enjoy them post-workout or whenever you’re craving a protein-rich snack!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 tbsp filtered water

Directions:

Step #1: Line a small baking dish with baking paper.

Step #2: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined.

Step #3: Spoon the mixture into the baking dish and gently press down to cover the base evenly.

Step #4: Drizzle the bars with extra peanut butter.

Step #5: Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Cut into 8 bars and serve chilled.

#4 Healthy Fried Rice 

Love fried rice but want to avoid the added sodium? We’ve got you covered with a Healthy Fried Rice recipe that serves up some serious flavor without the hidden ingredients.

  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups kale, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • Spring onion and chili flakes for serving 

Directions:

Step #1: Cook the brown rice according to the packet instructions. Set aside.

Step #2: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Step #3: Add the onion, and sauté for 4-5 minutes until it softens and becomes translucent. 

Step #4: Add the garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes. 

Step #5: Add the kale and stir until it has wilted.

Step #6: Add the cooked rice and sauté for another two minutes.

Step #7: At this stage, you may choose to add 1-2 organic eggs. If so, crack two eggs into a separate bowl and whisk slightly. Then add to hot saucepan with rice, stirring the egg through the mixture until completely cooked.

Step #8: Add the tamari and stir to combine. Divide into two bowls, top with sesame seeds, spring onion, and chili flakes, if using.

#5 Banana Nice Cream 

Summer’s not over just yet! Want a cool, creamy, and customizable dessert? Try this Dairy-Free Banana Nice Cream! This crowd-pleasing tasty treat can be whipped up in minutes with just a handful of ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large spotty bananas, frozen and sliced 
  • ¼ cup of oat milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1-2 Medjool dates, pitted (or 1 tbsp. sweetener of choice, optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

BONUS Mint Chocolate Chip Flavor: Add 2-3 tablespoons of unsweetened cacao nibs or pure dark chocolate chips with ⅛ tsp peppermint extract to the above base recipe. Summer is served! 

Directions:

Step #1: Peel and slice spotty bananas into 1-inch chunks and freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet or platter (to prevent banana from sticking together).

Step #2: Once frozen, add bananas to a high-speed blender or food processor with optional sweetener of choice and vanilla.

Step #3: Blend the frozen banana until smooth (be patient! This may require stopping the blending process and scraping down the sides or stirring the base with a spoon as needed).

Step #4: Add 1 tablespoon of non-dairy milk as needed to blend (don’t add too much at one time to avoid making your nice cream runny). 

Step #5: Once smooth, add in any other flavors or toppings and blend until well combined. 

Step #6: Serve immediately, or transfer the mixture into a freezer-safe storage container and freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.

Step #7: Thaw for 5 minutes before serving and serve with your favorite toppings!

Click to Watch How to Make Mint Chip Banana Nice Cream

#6 Lime & Paprika Guacamole 

The ultimate snacking dip for whatever you’re craving! Serve this Guac with veggies, crackers, or as a savory side for your back-to-school lunch or snack.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large avocados, halved and pit removed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp red onions, finely diced
  • ⅛ bunch coriander leaves, finely chopped (optional)

Directions:

Step #1: Place the avocado flesh into a mixing bowl and use a spoon or vegetable masher to mash the flesh. 

Step #2: Add the lime juice, paprika, red onion, and chopped coriander if using, and stir to combine. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. 

Step #3: Guacamole is best served fresh but it can also be kept stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

#7 Low Sugar Acai Bowl

Soak up the last of summer’s seasonal berries with a bowl full of benefits. This Low Sugar Acai bowl is rich in antioxidants, low in sugar, and tasty any time of the day.  

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz frozen acai
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ⅓ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1½ tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • ¼ cup almond milk

To serve:

½ cup strawberries, sliced 

Directions:

Step #1: Place all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until they reach a smooth, creamy consistency. 

Step #2: Pour the mixture into a bowl and decorate with your preferred toppings.

#8 Fudgey Brownie Post Workout Bites

Brownies for post-workout fuel? You heard right! After you work up a sweat, you deserve to refuel with something sweet. Soothe sore muscles with this tasty treat that makes adding plant-based protein to your diet easier than ever.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts 
  • 1 cup chopped cashews 
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 10 pitted Medjool dates
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cacao nibs 
  • Water as needed until the dough comes together 

Directions:

Step #1: Start by adding the walnuts, cashews, and flaxseeds to a food processor and blend until chopped. Add the dates cacao powder, vanilla, and the sea salt and blend again, adding 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time or until the mixture comes together. 

Step #2: Add the cacao nibs and pulse until combined. 

Step #3: Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and set in the fridge for 15-20 minutes and then roll into bite-sized rounds. 

Step #4: Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy 1-2 as a delicious post-workout snack! 

Click to Watch How to Make These Post Workout Bites

#9 Protein Pancakes 

Long day’s spent in the hot sun calls for extra fuel! And these fluffy Protein Pancakes will keep you energized all day long. Top them with seasonal berries, a dollop of yogurt, and a drizzle of raw honey or maple syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp baking powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

To serve:

  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt 
  • Berries 

Directions:

Step #1: To make the pancakes, place all of the ingredients, except the coconut oil, in a bowl and whisk until combined. 

Step #2: Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and melt the coconut oil.

Step #3: In batches, pour the batter into a pan until you’ve reached your desired pancake size. Cook one side until you see little bubbles starting to form. Flip carefully and cook the other side until the pancakes are golden and cooked through. 

Step #4: To serve, divide the pancakes between 2 plates and top with berries and Greek yogurt.

#10 10-Minute Lentil Curry 

This 10-minute Lentil Curry is the perfect way to transition from summer to fall. Serve it up on a chilly night while simmering the last of summer’s flavors. Plus this one-pot meal makes cooking and cleaning a breeze. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ medium eggplant, cut into cubes
  • ½ tbsp tamari
  • 14 oz canned lentils, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup baby spinach

Directions:

Step #1: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat.

Step #2: Add the diced red onion and season with sea salt, pepper, and curry powder. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.

Step #3: Add the chopped tomatoes, eggplant, and a drizzle of tamari sauce. Sauté the vegetables until they start to soften.

Step #4: Add the lentils, baby spinach, and a remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil. Stir until heated through and combined.

Step #5: Serve into two bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Seasonal Summer Favorites for Every Eating Plan

Serve up summer with our top ten August recipes! Head into the fall season feeling fueled by nutrient-rich recipes full of flavor with everything from creamy nice cream to post-workout bites and hearty dinners.

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