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Brit Wolfe

  • Updates

    Changes are Coming…

    Hello, friends. It’s been a minute!

    I figured a post was in order instead of a few words on Twitter or a super annoying Instagram story (does anyone actually read those?). I’ll get right to it: Panthers & Peonies is getting a makeover! Well, not a makeover on the surface, since I just recently updated my theme and love it. But the content will be changing drastically to be more creative and photography-based, and just generally more… me. I don’t know why sharing anything about myself (literally anything, even something stupid like my favorite type of pizza) makes me feel so vulnerable, but I feel that it’s necessary. Here we go.

    My entire life, I’ve loved photography. Throughout high school, I’d go on walks and just take photos, hundreds of photos, of everything. College was spent taking photos of friends, artsy photos of myself & my apartment, and making tons of stop-motion videos. Pastry is my life, but photography is what keeps my soul happy.

    Changes are Coming...

    Changes are Coming...Hello, angsty college photos.

    I love food photography, and I love every single recipe I’ve posted, but it hasn’t been as fulfilling as I had hoped it would. I sort of lost my creativity and passion over the last two months. It’s crazy, because this is my personal blog and I should be able to write about anything I want, but I’m so terrified of showing the “weird” parts of my life (tattoo flash on the walls! an all-black wardrobe! a girl who likes video games! gasp!) that I completely took myself out of it, which means every post is lacking any form of personality. No more of that! I’m saying goodbye to the old way of doing things! It hasn’t been making me happy, and this year is all about trying to do what makes me happy.

    Changes are Coming...

    So… in a nutshell, Panthers & Peonies is evolving and will be turning into a photography blog (with some recipes thrown in). I’m not talking about oversharing (because I don’t share a lot, even with my own family), and I’m not talking about suddenly only posting tattoos and cosplay photoshoots, or talking more like “myself” (that’s what Twitch is for). But more just a place to share real life and snippets of every day, even the boring stuff. Life isn’t always perfect, and I’ve realized (very recently) that’s ok.

    Changes are Coming...

    The bottom line is that this blog hasn’t yet become a career, so changing things will cause no loss in my life (financial or otherwise), only gain. I’ll be posting travel diaries and photos, plus random photos with little stories or song lyrics or angsty captions, just like I did through college. I’ll be opening a print shop, and not only that, but I’m going to (somehow) make it so you can actually buy any photo you see on the blog, which I think will be super cool.

    Thank you guys so much for hanging in there. I feel really good about this change, and I hope you guys enjoy it too!

  • FOOD Misc. Dessert

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes –  Crunchy, chewy peanut butter cookies layered with rich, creamy banana ice cream. Perfect for summer!

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream SundaesThis post may contain affiliate links, which means that I earn a commission if you purchase through those links. These are all products I use daily and highly recommend. Thanks for the support that makes Panthers & Peonies possible!

    Happy Sunday! I don’t usually post recipes on Sundays, but the last 2 weeks have been all sorts of crazy and I’m still trying to play catch up. So today we’re talking about ice cream. Sundaes, specifically. On Sunday. It all makes sense to me.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Ice cream is not something I’ve ever been a huge fan of. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious and I love it, and I used to go to town on some Golden Spoon. But once I went vegan, it’s not something I ever thought about, until I started dating a guy who is literally obsessed with ice cream and it kind of hit me, like man, I think I sort of miss ice cream now.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    But I’ve always been really picky about ice cream, so trying to find vegan ice cream that fit my specifications (rich, super creamy, not icey, scoopable even when frozen, and did I mention CREAMY) has been challenging to say the least. Ben n’ Jerry’s and Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy are my favorites, but Soy Creamy takes the lead because the name doesn’t lie, it’s the creamiest nondairy ice cream I’ve ever had. It’s literally incredible.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    But honestly whenever I’m craving ice cream, I almost always go for banana ice cream (aka ‘nice cream’, but I refuse to call it that). Banana ice cream is so smooth and creamy, and if you add anything chocolate to it, it’s heaven. So since I’ve been craving ice cream during this borderline unbearable heat wave, it’s only natural to make a big batch of banana ice cream so it’s readily available in the freezer. I also made a batch of peanut butter cookies, because duh, sundaes are always better.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Plus, it’s bananas which means it’s healthy, which means I can eat it for breakfast. It’s a win-win-win-win.

    Here’s What I Used:

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time20 mins
    Total Time40 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Servings: 4
    Author: Brit Wolfe - Panthers & Peonies


    Peanut Butter Cookies

    • 1/4 cup vegan butter
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 1 1/2 Tbsp. water
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

    Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

    • 2 cups sliced bananas frozen (about 4-5 bananas)
    • 1-2 Tbsp. nondairy milk
    • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
    • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder


    To make the ice cream:

    • Add the frozen banana slices, peanut butter, and cocoa powder to a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth. If your blender isn't high-powered, you may need to add 1-2 Tbsp. of nondairy milk to get it going.
    • Pour the ice cream into a plastic or metal container and place in freezer until set, about 2 hours. You can freeze it up to 24 hours, but the longer the banana ice cream sits in the freezer, the icier it will get.

    To make the cookies:

    • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    • Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the flax and vanilla.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt) and add to the mixing bowl. Mix until just combined.
    • Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press the top of the cookies down with a fork twice in a criss-cross pattern, then sprinkle with granulated sugar and a small pinch of salt.
    • Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

    To assemble:

    • Break the cookies into chunks and pile inside a parfait glass or small bowl. Top with scoops of chocolate banana ice cream, slices of fresh banana, and chocolate sauce.

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Sundaes


    © PANTHERS & PEONIES. All text, recipes, and photographs on this site are my own. Please do not use my images without permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please link back to this post.

  • FOOD Recipe Roundup

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Happy Sunday!

    I don’t know about you, but breakfast/brunch is absolutely my favorite meal of the day. I tend to like sweet over savory when it comes to brunch (but savory over sweet when it’s breakfast, is that weird? Idk), so I’m always on the hunt for new cinnamon roll, donut, and pastry recipes.

    Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite (vegan) brunch recipes that the whole family will love. These are all recipes I’ve served to my family in real life, and all 10 of them got a “there’s no way this is vegan!”, which is like, the highest rating in my book. I hope you enjoy!

    1. The Best Vegan French Toast… Ever

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    This seems like a good place to start! This french toast is made with ground chia seeds, which coats the bread in a way that’s identical to eggs. So delicious, and perfect for Sunday brunch!


    2. Coffee Cake Donuts

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Despite the name, this recipe makes an awesome regular coffee cake as well (just pour into an 8″x8″ baking pan and let bake longer).


    3. Sweet & Salty Coconut Rice

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    I’m obsessed with this coconut rice for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and everything in between.


    4. Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Obviously blood orange is the best citrus ever, but you could totally substitute regular oranges or lemons and this recipe will be just as delicious.


    5. Mini Cinnamon Roll Loaf

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    An entire loaf made of miniature cinnamon rolls is kind of my dream come true.


    6. Black & White Banana Bread Donuts

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    These donuts are the perfect combination of moist banana bread and a black and white cookie (literally my two favorite foods ever).


    7. Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Swirl Bread

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Toasted, this bread tastes just like a cinnamon roll, which is awesome. But making it into french toast takes it to a whole different level. Trust me.


    8. Chrissy Teigen’s Banana Bundt Bread (Vegan-ized)

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    This banana bread was created by the absolute legend Chrissy Teigen, and it’s so incredibly delicious. Moist, full of banana flavor, and packed with chocolate and coconut.


    9. Coffee Cake Muffins… like muffins made with coffee

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Sort of like coffee cake, except that it has actual coffee in it. Double caffeine boost is always a plus.


    10. Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    Sweet and cinnamon-ey, with a nice undertone of sourdough. Plus if you bake them in a muffin tin (like I did), they look absolutely beautiful.

    10 Vegan Brunch Recipes That The Whole Family Will Love

    © PANTHERS & PEONIES. All text, recipes, and photographs on this site are my own. Please do not use my images without permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please link back to this post.

  • Animals & Veganism LIFE

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!

    So… I wrote a book.

    An ebook technically, but it still counts. I’ve been working on this book for the past month or so, and I’m really excited about it. Here it is:

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!

    It’s called The Ultimate Guide to Going Vegan, and it’s all about the transition into veganism and how to make it easier, staying healthy, and how making small changes in your everyday life can help the planet. It’s a good read for new vegans, anyone considering a plant-based diet (or just eating a little healthier), or even a longtime vegan who needs a little brush-up on their vitamins and minerals.

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!    Going Vegan: My First eBook!
    It includes tons of super useful pages and diagrams, such as:

    • An Introduction to Veganism
    • 10 Reasons to go Vegan
    • Plant-Based Benefits
    • How to Stock a Vegan Pantry
    • Eating on the Go
    • How to Make the Transition to Vegan Meals
    • How to Go Completely Vegan in 2 Months
    • The Vegan Plate (AKA What You Should Be Eating)
    • An Extensive List of Necessary Vitamins and Minerals

    And so much more. It’s a non-preachy way to explain veganism without any graphic images or descriptions, and I hope you guys love it!
    Going Vegan is available in my Etsy shop, which is linked here and also down below. And because I love you guys so much, I’m offering 10% off everything in my Etsy shop until July 26, all you have to do is enter coupon code GOINGVEGAN.

    Going Vegan: My First eBook!
    This is the first of a few ebooks I have planned, and the first of many vegan materials that I’ll be releasing throughout the next few months (I’ve had a few people ask about ecourses… so be on the lookout for that too!). Enjoy! ♡

  • LIFE Some Things on a Sunday

    Some Things on a Sunday, 9

    Some Things on a Sunday, 9Image via Google

    Welcome to my series, Some Things on a Sunday!
    Every Sunday, I like to share my random thoughts & cool things I’ve found, along with a weekly recap and some photos from the week. Enjoy!
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    • First of all, shout out to my new website layout! I’m so excited about it. I had a lot of problems with my old layout, so I finally took the leap and bought a new one. It took about 6 hours to back up, transfer, and customize everything, but it was so worth it.
    • Speaking of the new layout, lots of new exciting things are coming to Panthers & Peonies… including a shop. Shhh.
    • If you’re only going to watch one video this week, please make it this one: Camouflaging Myself into a Chair.
    • I’m obsessed with these floral Vans.
    • So I listen to The Beatles like, a lot. Like I’m a little bit obsessed with them and have been for many many years. But I have this bad habit where every time I watch Across the Universe, all I want to listen to is the songs from that movie specifically (sang by The Beatles, not the actors duh), on a loop, for hours and hours.
    • Although that Jim Sturgess is pretty fine.
    • Speaking of The Beatles, many years ago I got to see the Cirque du Soleil Love show and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.
    • I’m planning on making Cassie a homemade cat bed this weekend because she’s beautiful and wonderful and she deserves it. Also, she’s never had a pet bed (she always just lays on the couch), and I don’t even know if she’ll like it, but I’m making it anyways.
    • It’s been so hot (literally 110F every day), so these no-bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Graham Sandwiches are on repeat.
    • I’ve been looking for a new bedspread and honestly this Anthropologie duvet cover is everything.
    • Ok, this shimmer velvet duvet cover from Nordstrom is also everything.
    • Forever obsessed with Buddha bowls.
    • Everything Le Creuset makes is perfect, but this heart cocette is perfection.
    • PS did you guys know I have an Etsy shop? I sell tons of printables and planners, check it out!
    • Last thing, I’m completely obsessed with this cow bracelet.

    Posts from this week:
    Lamington Donuts
    Strawberry Pie Bars

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    I hope everyone has a great week! ♡