Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Pies

Pumpkin cheesecake mini pies It’s been a little bit of time since I’ve made a pumpkin recipe! Maybe it’s because it’s nice, warm and super sunny here in California, and at the grocery store next to the pumpkins we still have strawberries! That’s the beauty of this state, you always get to mix it up.

We’re all looking for healthier version of everything, especially now that the holidays are fast approaching. First Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then we’ll have Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. I used to make this delicious chocolate cheesecake… so good, but not so good for you. I mean, I’m all about everything in moderation, don’t get me wrong, but I want to please everybody in the family. Now, when I look back, I made this dessert instead of the traditional pumpkin pie because I didn’t like pumpkin. Growing up I didn’t have this tradition and it wasn’t that big of a deal to me. But then, something happened… My friend is a pastry chef and she made it once for us. That was like heaven. I told her that I only tried it because I didn’t want to be rude and turned out to be the best pumpkin pie ever, period. Too bad she doesn’t sell them any more… I got spoiled!

Vegan Gluten-Free no-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Pies

Although amazing, it’s always fun to give healthier options a try, because just because they’re healthier it doesn’t mean they’re bad, right? Give this recipe a try. It’s gluten-free, vegan and no-bake pumpkin cheesecake cups (or I guess you could me a big pie out of it). We don’t have any food allergies, but again, it’s always good to learn about the classics and turned them into a healthier option.

Vegan Gluten-Free no-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Pies

Now to the recipe. There’s cauliflower!!!! What Eva? Are you crazy? I promise, you can’t taste it. The cauliflower gives you the extra fiber (win win) and texture, and its flavor is offset by the pumpkin, nut butter and the rest of the ingredients. My daughter LOVED it, and she can’t stand cauliflower. Of course, I didn’t tell her or my husband! I just said that it was a pumpkin cheesecake. Bottom line, they loved it.

Vegan Gluten-Free no-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Pies


So, here it goes:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Pies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 mini pies
  • Ingredients (for the crust)
1⅓ Cups gluten-free, vegan graham crackers (crushed)
  • 1 T coconut sugar
¼ Cup coconut oil
  • Ingredients (for the filling)
  • 1 Cup peanut or cashew butter (I used an 8 oz jar)
  • ½ Cup pumpkin puree
  • 1⅓ Cups cauliflower florets
½ Cup coconut cream
  • ¼ Cup lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup coconut oil
  • 2 T coconut sugar
 (no need to melt it first)
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp sea salt (I used Kosher Salt)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add cauliflower and boil for 15 minutes, until very soft. Rinse with cold water, drain and set aside.
  2. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor or blender until fine, then in a mixing bowl combine them with the 1 T coconut sugar and ¼ Cup coconut oil and knead until thoroughly combined.
  3. Line a muffin tin with baking cups and spray with non-stick spray.
  4. Place 1 T of crust mixture into each cup and press down with fingers so that it forms a smooth, even disc on the bottom of the cup.
  5. Place tin in the freezer to set.
  6. Add the cooked cauliflower to the base of a blender along with the coconut cream and blend until very smooth and silky in texture.
  7. Add remaining filling ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  8. Remove muffin tin from freezer and place ¼ Cup of filling into each baking cup, smooth the tops with the back of a spoon and place back into refrigerator for 3 hours, until firmly set. I found that the pies were difficult to get out of the muffin tin so I put them in the freezer and then took them a bit before we wanted to eat them. After that they stayed fine in the fridge.
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe from Autumn Calabrese, no way I could come up with this one! I can’t find a direct link but it was a live video in her Facebook.


What is Core De Force?

Core de force

Have you heard about Core de Force? I’m SUPER excited about it. This is the latest Beachbody at-home program that will be launched on October 31st. A 30-day total body MMA-inspired workout.

Core de force

mmm MMA inspired? What’s that Eva?

Well, it’s mixed martial arts so, pretty much you’ll be kicking booty doing combinations of kickboxing, Muay Thai, bodyweight training and cardio. I had the opportunity to try it a few weeks ago, and seriously Core De Force is fun, the time goes by really quickly, and you get a good sweat! You’ll get a total of 8 workouts and you exercise 6 days a week with a stretch on the 7th. Did I mention that there’s no equipment needed? Perfect for traveling too since the holidays are coming!


I have to say, that I’ve never ever done any kind of martial arts, but I’ve always wanted (instead I was sent to ballet classes… thanks mom). Anyways, this is the time for anybody who want to get a bit of an intro into this world to try it.

What about the food?

The meal plan is simple. It is based on the container system, Portion Fix, so there’s no specific foods to eat. What you’ll get with your pack is a list of foods that can be eaten with every color container; if they fit in it, you can eat it. It’s balanced nutrition that will fuel your body with the energy it needs. That simple!

What else?

One of the most important things you can do to stay on track with your workouts is having the support of your coach and a team of people going through the same as you. I know this because I’ve been there. I know how excited you can get when you decide on a program and purchase it. You start pretty strong, but a few days later you lose motivation. This becomes a snowball of several days and all of a sudden a month has passed and your program is deep inside a drawer. Have you been there? Our group is here to help you! I’ll be hosting an exclusive private 30-day group starting November 7th where we will have the support and accountability you’ll need to finish the program with results!

Core de force Before-after


Core de force Before-after


Core de force Before-after


Core de force Before-after

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Can’t wait to help you with your goals!

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Fall 2016 – Nail Polish Edition


Yup, I may be a little bit late to the nail fashion situation, but it’s kind of summer here so I’ve been wearing bright and white nail polish until now! You know, we have the seasons wrong here in SF. What’s a girl to do?

So, I finally decided to stop getting gel and going for a regular nail polish so I can play with it at home when I please. More reasons to have my own? Well, I had about 20-30 bottles completely expired, plus if you’re a busy mom like me, you don’t always have the time to go to the nail salon, right? I know it’s relaxing and all that… but when you get a call from your husband the second you sit down on the chair asking “when are you coming back?” the relax turns into stress…

Which brings me to the next question… How long can it possibly take to get your nails dry? That’s usually an inconvenience, and the reason why I love gel. BUT, fear not. I found Poshé top coat and used it twice before giving it a solid thumbs up. The advantage of it is that you must apply it when your nail polish is still wet to actually work. Win win. Nobody has time to dry every.sing.coat you put on! It also doesn’t have any of those weird chemicals, although it still smells like good old-fashion nail polish.

And, as for the colors of the season? Well, I don’t follow the trends that much but, here are the couple I just got…

  • I wanted to replace my favorite nude, it’s pricy but I LOVE it. It’s Yummy Mummy from Butter London. My favorite brand.
  • I think that you should always have a dark “vampy-ish” color, just because they’re cool, fun, and awesome. I picked Velvet Voyage from Essie.
  • And for the trendy shade, as per Harper’s, I got Now and Zen from Essie too. I love this one. I remember always wearing gray nails in college, and this one has a hint of sage which makes it different from what I’m used too.

At the end of the day, it’s just up to whatever fits our style and preferences! What are your favorite fall colors?



5 Reasons You’re not Losing Weight

5 reasons you're not losing weight

“Why am I not losing weight?”

This is a question I get asked a lot…

“Eva, I’m eating healthy (veggies, no bread, no fats), I’m working out, I’m not eating junk or drinking soda, and I don’t see any changes! What’s going on?”

If you’re one of the people scratching your head because the pounds, or kilos!, aren’t coming off, let me break it down for you. Here are the 5 reasons:

1. You’re overeating

Exercise is about 20% of the bigger picture, while 80% is all about nutrition. Have you been doing the same cardio and strength training you did when you first stepped foot in the gym? If you continue to do the same workout over and over again, your brain and body will adapt, which means you’re probably not burning as many calories as when you first started. You can’t be doing the same thing and expect DIFFERENT results. Take a Crossfit class, try an at-home workout program, incorporate high intensity interval training, just do something different that stimulates your body and brain to start using new muscles. Shock your body and the weight will come off!

Yup, there IS such a thing as overeating on healthy foods. For example, avocado is good, but a portion is about a quarter of an avocado, not half or the whole thing! I’ve seen so many people making this mistake. Just because it’s “good food” doesn’t mean that you can have an unlimited supply of it

2. You’ve been doing the same thing for 5 years

Exercise is about 20% of the bigger picture, while 80% is all about nutrition. Have you been doing the same cardio and strength training you did when you first stepped foot in the gym? If you continue to do the same workout over and over again, your brain and body will adapt, which means you’re probably not burning as many calories as when you first started. You can’t be doing the same thing and expect DIFFERENT results. Take a Crossfit class, try an at-home workout program, incorporate high intensity interval training, just do something different that stimulates your body and brain to start using new muscles. Shock your body and the weight will come off!

3. You don’t have any accountability

Accountability is the #1 thing that holds people back from starting and sticking to healthy habits. If you just tell yourself you’re going to go Paleo for a month, that little voice inside of you can easily convince you otherwise and get you off track in just a few days. But, if you commit to a plan with an accountability partner, gym buddy, or online Coach, you’ll be more likely to stick to a plan because you don’t want to let that other person down!

4. You’re not being patient enough

You didn’t gain those 5-15 lbs over one Thanksgiving dinner or one night out…it was a process of one day of bad eating, that turned into two, and so on. Same thing with your weight loss. You’re just not being patient enough to see the results. You’re motivated to get back on track on a Monday, you’re good for an entire week but don’t see any changes by Friday, and then tell yourself “well that was pointless” and eat like bad on weekends. Then, repeat the cycle. This bad cycle will stall your weight loss. Be patient and trust the process.

5. You’re focusing on the wrong things

This one is SO IMPORTANT. Way too many people who want to lose weight focus on the number on the scale. Let me say this loud and clear: THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE DOES NOT MATTER!!! 130 lbs of muscle looks SIGNIFICANTLY different than 130 lbs of fat. While I was doing Insanity pretty much my mornings getting at the office would come with a “what are you doing? You lost a lot of weight! How much” to which I responded “mmm maybe 2 pounds max? ” Let me repeat it again: The number on the scale DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING. How your body looks, and how your clothes fit are, by far, the best indicators of your progress. Please ditch the scale.

I hope these tips are helpful!



4-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

4 ingredient pumpkin pie pancake

Fall season is here! So, what better way to celebrate than with a super easy 4-ingredient Pumpkin Pie Pancake? I don’t know what it is but I LIVE for this time of the year. You would think that living in San Francisco with its constant “fall” weather, even in the summer (ahem ahem), I’d rather have another season… BUT fall is great. The change of colors, the leaves falling, and PUMPKIN EVERYTHING 🙂

4 ingredient pumpkin pie pancake

Probably, the first thing we think of when this season arrives is Starbucks Pumpkin Pie Latte, but those drinks are full of sugars, plus it looks like there’s no real pumpkin in them, so what’s the point?

4 ingredient pumpkin pie pancake Usually, the pancakes we make at home are either banana or plain ones, but these ones are worth a try for sure. You can use any kind of mix you like, but I like to use Kodiak Cakes because you can just add water (instead of eggs and oil) and they have more protein than regular mixes.

4 ingredient pumpkin pie pancake

As for pumpkins, well, they have lots of benefits:

  • They have more than 200% of the recommended vitamin A -> Aids vision especially in low-light conditions.
  • 3 g of fiber in just a cup (only 49 calories for those of you who count them) -> Fiber keeps you fuller, which means you eat less.
  • They have potassium -> Helps with blood pressure.
  • Beta-carotene -> A diet rich in it can help fight some types of cancer.
  • And did you know you can use the pulp as a face mask?

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Pancake
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Easy 4 ingredient pumpkin pie pancake
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6 pancakes
  • 1 cup Pancake Mix (I use Kodiak Cakes)
  • ¾-ish cup Water (you can probably use almond or coconut milk)
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Puree (don't use pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Garnish: Real maple syrup, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, nuts, figs, whatever fruit you like!
  1. Mix all ingredients together, except for garnish, in a bowl. Start with ½ a cup of liquid and then use more as needed. The pumpkin makes the batter thick so you'll need more water so add little by little until you get the consistency you want.
  2. Heat up a pan or griddle at medium temperature.
  3. Use a ¼ cup to pour the batter on a griddle or pan. Make sure you use non-stick spray. I used coconut spray.
  4. One side will be done when you start seeing bubbles popping up.
  5. Once they're done, cool them down on a cookie sheet rack. This makes them cool down evenly and keeps them fluffy. When they are warm and on top of each other they become soggy.

Now the question is, what should I make with the leftover pumpkin puree?

Comment below and let me know if you made it or if you have any ideas for more pumpkin recipes!