Dairy-Free Huckleberry Cheesecake

What better way to celebrate #nationaldessertday than with this delicious vegan & gluten-free cheesecake! Made with Navita’s cashews and Goldenberries. You can’t go wrong.

Holy. Crap.

It is currently National Dessert Day & we all know I’m celebrating.

Cheesecake is probably the reason most people would never want to commit to a healthy diet. Fear not, I am not asking you to give up cheesecake and I am DEFINITELY not asking you to go on a dam… dang diet. Healthy living is what it’s all about because, unlike a diet, a lifestyle has no end date. Here is a delicious dairy-free cheesecake recipe that will rock your socks off. This cheesecake is packed with delicious flavor, superfoods and has only 6 ingredients!! I don’t think you can beat that.

This cheesecake creation is dedicated to my sweet husband who turned 22! I don’t know about you but after this cheesecake he’s feelin’ 22.

Tools you need.
springfrom pan
food processor
parchment paper
rubber spatula – for licking

Crust –
6 Medjool dates (soaked)
(1) 8oz. bag pecans
2 T. hard coconut oil
dash of cinnamon

Filling –
(1) 8oz. bag Navita’s Cashews (soaked)
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 T. hard coconut oil
1/4 cup Navita’s Goldenberries (soaked)
**optional 1/8 c. pure maple syrup

Topping –
1/2 c. fresh huckleberries
1 T. hard coconut oil

What to do.
-prepare a springfrom pan with parchment paper
-process crust ingredients & press into the pan (in an even layer)
-process all filling ingredients & puree until smooth
-pour & spread over the crust ingredients
-process all topping ingredients & pour over the filling
-sprinkle with Goldenberries & freeze for at least 4 hours

Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Navita’s Organics. They provided me with my favorite cashews and golden berries so I could bring you this post. As always, the opinion are mine! Opinions are too priceless to sell 😉

What occasion are you going to make this delicious cheesecake for? I can’t wait to hear what you think. Be sure to share the love and Pin this recipe and share it on Facebook! Here is the link to Nativa’s website with tons of recipes, products and amazing inspiration.



Defiant Coffee (Cancer Fighter, Immune Booster, Edurance)

Have you ever wanted to experience that Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar action sports branding without all the garbage? Defiant Coffee is filled with grass-fed collagen and medicinal mushrooms that will take your adventure to the next level.

Have you heard the hype about mushroom extracts or collagen? I know I have and I have done my fair share of research prior to the bandwagon explosion. I am not a fan of bandwagons or fad diets but if they result in people making healthy decisions, I can get over myself. Collagen and mushrooms deserve every bit of publicity they are getting. You are in the right place because we are talking all things shrooms, collagen and coffee. Ah-hah, if all the mushroom talk didn’t get you, the coffee did. Let’s get started.

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Have you ever come across a brand that totally blew your mind? You know, those brands that make you question if you have been living under a rock since you didn’t know about them? That’s how I felt whenI came across Defiant Coffee. They are a PNW local brand with a history of actions sports and defiance. I love it. Their coffee is different than any I have ever seen because it contains medicinal mushrooms and collagen. All organic, all fair-trade, all out of this world. Seriously, these guys are legit. They didn’t want just another coffee on the shelf. They wanted something that could increase health while energizing you throughout your busy day.

My favorite thing is when I find a product that contains ingredients I already take daily. If you are 99% of people in America (probably), you most likely drink coffee in some way shape or form. Whether that’s black, sugary or shots, admit it, you love coffee! I personally don’t drink coffee and there is no particular reason other than I don’t. My husband, on the other hand, loves his GOOD coffee and has gone gaga over their coffee. While I don’t sip a cup a’ joe a’ day, I bake with it, add it to smoothies and make body scrubs with it. The fact that you don’t have to add mushroom extracts to your coffee turns out to be a huge money saver and who doesn’t love to save money? Especially when its simultaneously giving us life.

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the ingredients.
Living a healthy life in this unhealthy culture may prove difficult at times. Luckily, God has given us amazing herbs and crops like medical mushrooms and collagen to boost our health. Cordyceps, Chaga and Lions Mane are the three mushrooms found in Defiant Coffee. Defiant Coffee sources only organic mushroom extracts that are from the fruiting body of the mushroom. Here’s a little bit about them and what they are good for.

Lion’s Mane – Improve brain functions, support a healthy heart and circulatory system, decreases inflammation, potent antioxidant, immune stimulator, manage diabetes

Chaga – Prevent/treat cancer (yeah, for real) [1], stimulate the immune system, antiviral, lower inflammation, increase physical endurance and stamina

Cordyceps – fights cancer, clear up respiratory problems, prevent asthma, prevent/assist healing in liver disease, support Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, increase stamina and athletic ability, aphrodisiac (bow chica wow wow)

You can see that, by putting these three extremely potent antioxidants together, you are setting yourself up for success. Not mention a better sex drive, less aching, more endurance and a smaller chance of cancer. It really is a no brainer, you have to try this stuff .

“Never give up – Never give in!”

-Founders Ronnie & Jeremy

So, you thought it has been good thus far, huh? It is about to get even better. Defiant Coffee takes it to the next level by sourcing only 100% organic, ethically sourced and grass-fed ingredients. Each batch of coffee is locally roasted in small batches to ensure that you are getting the best of the best. Their beans come straight from the Farmers of Grapos in Chiapas, Mexico. Their beans are fully washed without chemicals and other crap and later dried in the sun. These families in Mexico commit their lives to handwork so you have have a good cup of coffee. How cool is that.

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more ingredients.

The next ingredient we will focus on is the hydrolyzed collagen protein from grass-fed bovine. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies but as we start to age it decreases. Things like natural hormones changes, drugs, alcohol, environmental pollutants, stress, white sugar, hydrogenated oil, excess sun exposure and nutritional deficiencies can cause these levels to drop quickly. Type I and III collagen are found in Defiant Coffee and those types of collagen make up hair, nails, skin, teeth, blood vessels, muscles and bones. Collagen helps to repair gut health, speeds up muscle healing and makes your skin nice and fancy. All forms of collagen are great but hydrolyzed is 90% more absorbable than others found in food.

where to get it.
Flour Mill Natural Foods – Hayden, ID
Barney’s Harvest Foods – Spokane Valley, WA & Pinehurst, ID
Online – the easiest way

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how to use it.
We recommend you use a french press because although some companies claim the extracts can get through the filters of pour overs, chemex, etc. we aren’t 100% positive and don’t want you missing out on any of these goods.

Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Defiant Coffee. As always, the opinion are mine and the science is true! Opinions are too priceless to sell (:

[1] https://draxe.com/chaga-mushroom/




Sending Off Summer With Smoothies.

With fall right around the corner I have to squeeze in as many smoothies as I can. Come see my roundup from the Blissful Bites community!

In Ecclesiastes 3 it says there is a time to mourn and that time is right now. You can join me in this time of mourning our beloved summer. I am a summer girl like a lot of you and when the mornings get chilly and the sun looses its intensity I find myself a little bit bummed! Trust me, I could sit around all winter and mope around but that will get me nowhere so, let’s mourn for a moment and then soak up that fall air. While we still have a few moments of summer left, here are a few delicious smoothie recipes from my ladies over on the Blissful Bites Facebook Group. I swear, these ladies are magic with their blenders.

Golden Mango Smoothie


Low FODMAP Green Smoothie


Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie


Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie


Blueberry Spinach Protein Smoothie


Cold Brew Cacao Smoothie


Cecilias Favorite Berry Smoothie

Click on any of the pictures to get to these amazing bloggers’ websites for the recipes. Be sure to tag me @simplholistic with all of your creations.

I have a special going on for my ultimate guide right now and you don’t want to miss it. Click here to get yours now!

Locally Owned: The Wellness Bar – Superfood Stop.

The Wellness Bar is a locally run and operated health spot in Northern Idaho. They serve local goods, smoothies, acai bowls and MORE. Let’s go on a date here sometime.

I am so excited to be sharing this AWESOME place with you guys today. Whenever I find a new place (or new to me) the first thing I think, after eating, is that I need to share it with my people. So, here we are today with a new place for you to go and make healthy choices.

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The hot topic of the day is The Wellness Bar. The juice bar is a husband and wife run juice bar in Northwest Idaho, right over the Washington/Idaho state line. I want to emphasize that they are locally ran and operated. No franchise, no chains, just them, sweet and simple. After battling with her own health issues, owner Monica, was ready to make a change for her own health and the health of her community. Being raised in Northern Idaho, she wanted to make an impact in her close knit community because what better place to make a change than where your roots are. She took a liking to preventative wellness and gets to share that everyday through her menu and stress-free environment at The Wellness Bar. By creating the juice bars, North Idaho Wellness Magazine and the annual Wellness Fair they are able to educate thousands of people each year. Talk about impressive.

the deets. 

The Wellness Bar is the sweetest little spot you will ever find. Seriously. They have vibrant yellow chairs, wooden tables, fireplaces, punny produce prints and local art on the walls. Each of their (three) locations has its own feel and community so, there is a spot for everyone. The first location opened up in Coeur d’Alene three years ago. The second shop opened in Hayden 2 years ago. Just last year they opened up their newest shop in Post Falls. That is three shops in three years, I’d say they are doing something right! Want to know something even better? Their Post Falls and Hayden locations have a drive-thru. You can get all your acai and smoothie delights with the convenience of staying in YOUR CAR! I spent the day at the Hayden shop and the regulars have been coming in since opening day and depend on clean eats for their daily fuel. Kids, business men, elderly couples and teenagers all shared the commonality of health. It was awesome.

the menu.

At The Wellness Bar you have a large variety of options to choose from. Whenever possible, they source organic but if berries cost $8 for a small clamshell, they most likely won’t be organic. In this case, I opt to leave the blueberries off since they are high up on the dirty dozen list. You  can exchange them for something else as well. They have seasonal goods and well as items that are on the menu year round. The items range in price from $3 to $14 and you can get a little bite or a whole meal. Their smoothie menu has options like their most popular CDA Athlete (blueberries, kale, almond butter, chia seeds, banana, almond milk, protein powder and cinnamon) and the Green Goddess (kale, spinach, avocado, pear, honey, chia seeds, coconut water). Fresh juices like the Lemon Refresh (lemon, mint, honey, coconut water) are on the menu as well. Acai bowls are another menu items and you can choose from several different bowls like the Pitaya Bowl and the Harvest Bowl (seasonal perfection!). Espresso, hot drinks, tea, avocado toast, salads and protein bites are on the menu for your crunch-craving desires. They use locally roasted Doma Coffee and Winterwoods Tea.

what i get.

When I visit, I get the bomb.com acai bowl without granola or honey. I replace the granola with a variety of seeds/nuts and the honey isn’t necessary because the bowl is already sweetened with bananas and other fruit. Leave off the extra sugar when you can! If I am feeling something warm get the matcha latte with cashew milk and top it with cinnamon and nutmeg. When I want a smoothie, I build my own, of course: avocado, cashew milk, vegan protein, mint, peanut butter, greens, cacao, blueberries and vanilla. Maybe they will put this on the menu and call it the Simplholistic? What do you think 🙂

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All photography: Katya Higgins Photography 
Disclaimer: This post in sponsored by The Wellness Bar but all opinions are, of course, my own. I only work with businesses that I frequent, love and believe in.