banana pancakes.

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Here is a simple banana pancake recipe that turned out really great and you can whip up in no time! Its adapted from this recipe here.

    • 1 ripe banana
    • 2/3 cup almond milk
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamonOptional: Chocolate chips or blueberries.

Instructions

  1. In a blender or food processor, puree the banana with the almond milk.
  2. In a separate medium sized bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Pour the banana/milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently stir in the blueberries or chocolate chips if going this route.
  3. Grease your skillet over medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the pancake batter into the pan. Flip when bubbles form in the batter (about 1 minute). Let the second side cook for about 30-60 seconds and remove from heat.
  4. Serve pancakes with maple syrup and enjoy

banana bread bites.

bananaWe were having a little sweets craving the other day, and these seemed to do the trick. Not quite a cookie, not quite banana bread – but definitely a combination of them both!  Good stuff!

Found the recipe over here.

2 very ripe medium bananas
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch sea salt
2 Tbsp flax seed
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup  flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup semisweet dairy-free chocolate chips

  1. Preaheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, mash the banana then add baking soda, baking powder, salt, flax seed, vanilla extract, peanut butter, agave nectar, olive oil and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  2. Add in the flour and rolled oats and stir.
  3. Add  the semisweet chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
  4. Scoop slightly rounded 1 Tbsp measurements of the batter and drop onto a prepared baking sheet  Space about 1 inch apart, then slightly press down with back of spoon.
  5. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until they appear set. You aren’t going for brown edges – you want them moist and just cooked. Let cool slightly on cooling rack and serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

peanut butter muffins.

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Peanut butter, chocolate and bananas are like the ultimate baking trifecta.

Here they are in muffin form. I found the original recipe here, and modified it a bit to my liking. You can probably use any oil, but I especially love the sweet coconut-y flavor that coconut oil brings to the mix.

These muffins are so good served right out of the oven with a smear of peanut butter in the middle.

dry ingredients:
1 1/4 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/3 cup rolled oats

wet ingredients:
1/4 cup almond milk + 1 1/2 tspn flax meal
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 cup agave syrup
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

warmed:
2-3 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
4-5 Tbsp peanut butter

fold in: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, vegan

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mash the banana. set aside. Combine the flax seeds and almond milk and let sit for a few minutes.
3. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add in the wet ingredients.
4. Warm the oil and peanut butter in the microwave until soft and liquid in texture. Pour into your batter and fold well. The batter should be about room temperature at this point – you don’t want it too warm or it will melt the chips.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Pour into muffin cups.
7. Bake for about 18 minutes at 350 degrees.

500th post! chai smoothie.

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So this is my 500th post on this blog! Hard to believe it!  That sounds pretty crazy!! I wish I had something a little more exciting than a smoothie to share with you for this milestone, but I was traveling this weekend. But I can promise you this is a delicious smoothie and it definitely helped me turn my ordinary daily smoothie into something a little more extraordinary!

I love chai tea, but I tend to stay away from it because it has caffeine. I found some decaffinated kind recently, from tazo, and I’ve been drinking it like its going out of style. Vega makes a chai protein powder that I sometimes use in my smoothie, and its pretty good, buuuuut it still tastes like a protein powder.

This is a great way to mix up my daily smoothie and bring the spicy-ness of a chai tea. You can make the chia mix ahead of time and store it in a little jar for when you need it.

chai spice blend
2 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground allspice

3/4 cup almond milk, or any other nut milk
1/4 cup coconut milk (this will make it kind of creamy – you can just do one cup almond milk if you dont have any coconut milk)
1 frozen banana
1 heaping spoonful almond butter (or peanut butter)
1-2 tsp chai spice1/2 tsp maca powder
1 tbsp flax seed

*additions – adding an apple and/or some oatmeal would really help make this a power-packed winner!

chocolate baked donuts.

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One night while scrolling through pinterest, milo saw these and said “back up! I want to see those…..OOOOOOH. Can we make those?!!”

He was having his friend sleepover for the first time this weekend, so I thought this would be the perfect occasion to bust out the donut pan and give these a go.

I have been on the fence about these donut-pan baked donuts. They always taste ok to me, but not like a donut. These are the closest to real donuts I have ever had. They are rich and chocolatey and the glaze sets very nicely.

These were gone in no time!

This recipe made 10 full size donuts.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup almond milk, mixed with 1/2 tspn apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tspn egg replacer powder mixed with 3 T water
4 tablespoons earth balance, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 to 4 tablespoons almond milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

sprinkles!!!

Preheat oven to 325  degrees F.  Spray a doughnut baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar.

In a small bowl, whisk together almond milk with the vinegar mixed in, egg replacer, melted earth balance, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold together until all of the ingredients are well combined.  Use a small spoon to portion batter into the prepared doughnut baking pan.  Each doughnut mold should be about two-thirds full.  Bake doughnuts for 11 to 13 minutes or until a skewer inserted into one of the doughnuts comes out clean.  Remove from the oven.  Allow to rest for five minutes before inverting doughnuts onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Allow doughnuts to cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze, in a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, and cocoa powder.  Add 2 tablespoons of almond milk and all of the vanilla extract.  Whisk to combine.  Mixture may be thick.  Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is thick but still pourable.

Dip each doughnut into the chocolate glaze.  Shake off some of the excess glaze.  Return to the wire rack and sprinkle with color jimmies.   Allow to rest a few moments for the frosting to harden slightly.

vegan french toast.

veganfrenchtoastFrench toast without eggs? How is it so?? Oh, the magic wonders of chickpea flour!
This recipe comes from one of my cooking/baking bibles: Vegan with a Vengeance.

Loaf of italian or french bread, or slices of bread, preferably stale.
1 cup soymilk
2 T corn starch
1/4 cup chickpea flour
Dash of cinnamon

Slice bread into 1 inch rounds, if using loaf bread. Pour the soymilk into a large, shallow bowl. Mix in the cornstarch and stir until dissolved. Add the chickpea flour and dash of cinnamon until mostly absorbed.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray the pan with a little bit of oil.  Soak the bread slices in the mixture and transfer to the pan. Cook each side about two minutes, or until starting to brown. Serve immediately, topped with bananas, sugar, powdered, sugar, maple syrup, etc! Enjoy!

muesli.

muesliThis is kind of like making your own cereal! Its similar to oatmeal, but its not warmed up. I really enjoyed it, and it was a nice departure from my normal breakfast routine. I can think of numerous ways to customize this and make all kinds of versions of it. You can serve it with almond milk, or on top of yogurt. I ate mine with some almond milk and chopped dried figs and apples. Yum!

Recipe adapted from Real Simple magazine.

3 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup roasted pistachios
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup seasame seeds
2 tspn pure vanilla extract
1/2 tspn ground ginger
sprinkle of sea salt

1/4 cup toasted coconut chips ( i used dang coconut chips)
dried figs
apples
almond milk or yogurt (for serving)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the top ingredients together in a bowl and toss around until evenly coated. Bake on a rimmed cookie sheet for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Stir and rotate one time, half way through baking.  When cool, add the toasted coconut chips. Store in airtight container. serve with almond milk or yogurt, and top with diced apples and dried figs.

pumpkin snickerdoodle bread.

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Fall is officially here! Let the pumpkin party begin!

Recipe adapted from here

Makes two loaves

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbs cinnamon
15 oz fresh pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup almond milk
FOR THE TOPPING:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs cinnamon
2 tbs vegetable oil

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350.
Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.

In a large bowl mix flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon. In a separate bowl mix pumpkin, oil, maple syrup, and almond milk  together. Combine the bowls together.

Pour into prepared pans.

In a small bowl using a fork mix all of your topping ingredients together until slightly crumbly. Sprinkle over the tops of each loaf.

Bake for 1- 1 hour 15 minutes.Or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean.

Allow loaves to rest for 20 minutes before removing from pans.

biscuits.

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After seeing this post, I knew we had to have biscuits for breakfast!

I’ve only tried making biscuits once, a long time ago, and they turned out like tough little rocks. That said, I had never had the desire to do it again. Until I saw this recipe. These took 25 minutes start to finish and were light and fluffy. We served them with a little earth balance and blackberry jam and they were the perfect weekend breakfast treat. Try them for yourself!

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp sea salt
4 Tbsp non-dairy, unsalted butter (I use Earth Balance)
1 cup unsweetened PLAIN almond milk + 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Add cold butter and use fingers or a pastry cutter to combine the two until only small pieces remain and it looks like sand. Work quickly so the butter doesn’t get too warm.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and, using a wooden spoon, stir gently while pouring in the almond milk mixture. Stir until just slightly combined – it will be sticky.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, dust the top with a bit of flour and then very gently turn the dough over on itself 5-6 times – hardly kneading.
  6. Form into a 1-inch thick disc, handling as little as possible.
  7. Use a 1-inch thick dough cutter or a similar-shape object ( I used a mason jar)  and push straight down through the dough, then slightly twist. Repeat and place biscuits on a baking sheet in two rows, making sure they just touch – this will help them rise uniformly. Gently reform the dough and cut out one or two more biscuits – you should have 7-8.
  8. Next brush the tops with a bit more of melted non-dairy butter and gently press a small divot in the center using two fingers. This will also help them rise evenly, so the middle won’t form a dome.
  9. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until fluffy and slightly golden brown. Serve immediately. Let remaining biscuits cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or bag.

peach muffins.

peachmuffins

Not only did I make pie with all these peaches I got at my neighborhood farmers market, I also made some muffins! Brown sugar and peaches?! Yes please. These turned out great!

I found the recipe here., and made them as is! I think the addition of blueberries would be really tasty!

2 1/2 cups spelt flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup almond milk (or soy milk)
1 teapoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chopped peaches (leave skins on or not, whichever you prefer)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a muffin tin.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. Make a well in the center and add the applesauce, almond milk, vinegar, canola oil and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until mostly combined. Add the peaches and combine until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.

Scoop batter into muffin tins, they will hold their shape a little bit if you use an ice cream scoop. The batter should almost fill the entire tin. Sprinkle one or two teaspoons of brown sugar on top of each. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes, or until a toothpick or butter knife inserted through the center comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes in the tin then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely, or just flip them up in the tin to cool, as shown above.