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  • Breads & Muffins FOOD

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – Rich, moist banana bread packed with fresh blueberries and dark chocolate. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

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    I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it a thousand more times. I’m a banana bread addict, and I’d like to think I’m a banana bread connoisseur as well. It’s usually the first pastry I’ll grab when trying a new bakery (along with a croissant), because those 2 things really show whether a bakery is hot or not.

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

    I love banana bread that tastes homemade, classic chocolate chip and walnut being my favorite. But sometimes I want something a little different, a little weird, a little interesting. This is one of those times. Obviously bananas and chocolate are a match made in heaven, but did you know that blueberries and chocolate are another?

    This banana bread is rich, moist, packed with banana flavor, and full of bursting blueberries and rich dark chocolate. Plus it’s got all-natural sugar and no oil, which means it makes it a great breakfast!

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

    Here’s What I Used:

     

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)
     
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    Recipe type: Bread
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • ¾ tsp. baking powder
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1½ cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
    • scant ½ cup agave
    • ¼ cup nondairy milk
    • ¼ cup applesauce
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • ½ cup fresh blueberries
    • scant ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon).
    3. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (agave, milk, applesauce, and vanilla).
    4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until almost fully combined.
    5. Add the mashed banana and fold together gently.
    6. Fold in the blueberries and chocolate chips.
    7. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake 40-50 minutes until golden brown.
    Notes
    Because of the high moisture content, this banana bread is best eaten within 1-2 days. It also freezes well!

    Recipe adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie – “Blueberry Banana Bread

    Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Vegan)

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  • 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!

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    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
     
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    Serves: 4
    Ingredients
    Peanut Butter Cookies
    • ¼ cup vegan butter
    • ½ cup peanut butter
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ½ Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 1½ Tbsp. water
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
    • ½ tsp. baking soda
    • ¾ 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
    Instructions
    To make the ice cream:
    1. 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.
    2. 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:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    2. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    3. Cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    4. Add the flax and vanilla.
    5. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt) and add to the mixing bowl. Mix until just combined.
    6. 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.
    7. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
    To assemble:
    1. 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

     


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  • 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


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  • Brownies & Bars FOOD

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

    Strawberry Pie Bars – Gooey, rich strawberry jam filling sandwiched between a crumbly, buttery crust and a coconut streusel on top. Perfect for summer!

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

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    Hello friends. I hope you’re all having an incredible holiday week(end?). I know I am.

    It’s cheesy, but I really love the Fourth of July. Not just because I get to eat vegan hot dogs and s’mores to my heart’s desire and drink during the day without judgment, but because it’s one day where everyone comes together and the chaos of the country ceases to exist for a moment.

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

    It’s a dumb thing to love, but it’s one day where everyone seems to get along. The Fourth of July provides a moment of peace, and that’s good enough for me. I’m not saying it makes up for all the crap going on the rest of the year, but I try to think positively and see the good where I can.

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

    ANYWAYS. I’m totally in love with these pie bars, because they taste exactly like what I want my summer to taste like: fruity, crumbly, chewy, coconut-y. They’re perfect to bring to a family BBQ, and they’re perfect to eat a little bite of before breakfast. It’s a great “anytime snack”, really.

    You start by boiling down fresh strawberries until they’re pretty much the consistency of jam, then pour it over a buttery, flaky crust, and top it with a buttery coconut streusel. They’re so easy to make, and beyond delicious.

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

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    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

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    Strawberry Filling
    • 2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
    • 2 tsp. lemon juice
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tsp. cornstarch
    Crust & Crumble
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ tsp. baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • ½ Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 1½ Tbsp. water
    • ½ cup vegan butter, cold
    • ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
    Instructions
    To make the strawberry filling:
    1. Add the strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar to a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and cover. Let the strawberries heat and begin to break down, about 7 minutes.
    2. Once there's a good amount of liquid in the saucepan from the strawberries, add the cornstarch and mix in well to make sure there are no clumps.
    3. Bring to boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and let heat, covered, until the strawberries are thick and almost jelly-like consistency.
    4. Remove from heat and let cool.
    To make the crust:
    1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
    2. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    3. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt), then add the sugar and mix well.
    4. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour, mixing well to incorporate it until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. I always do this step by hand, but you can use a pastry cutter or two forks if you prefer.
    5. When the butter is almost fully incorporated, add the flax egg.
    6. Press about ⅔ of the mixture into a parchment-lined 8"x8" square baking pan, and press it down firmly into an even layer.
    7. Pour the strawberry mixture over top of the crust. It's ok if it's still a little warm!
    8. Add the shredded coconut to the remaining crumb mixture, mix well, and sprinkle over the strawberry layer.
    9. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown along the edges.
    Notes
    Before pouring the strawberry mixture over the crust, I used a fork to mash the strawberries so it more resembled a jelly, but that's totally optional.

    Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

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  • Donuts & Cinnamon Rolls FOOD

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

    Lamington Donuts – the classic Australian dessert in donut form! Moist vanilla sponge cake filled with raspberry jam, topped with a chocolate glaze and shredded coconut

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    Hello friends. I’ve got another donut recipe for you. This time in the form of a classic dessert, a lamington. This post may cause a lot of problems with my Australian readers, not because I’m making a lamington donut or “reimagining” one of their favorite desserts, but because I had no idea that the jam inside lamingtons was such a point of contention.

    I chose to put jam simply because it’s delicious and I felt like it, but if you feel with everything inside you that lamingtons aren’t supposed to have jam, then no worries, I won’t be offended if you leave it out.

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

    I’ve been seeing Australia literally everywhere lately, like every time I get a new follower on Instagram, they’re from Australia, or it’s a pastry company in Australia, or I’m getting ads to come visit Australia. So I gave into it a little bit and made these donuts, which I’m in love with, but it kind of backfired because now I feel like I need to go visit and eat one in person.
    Anybody want to host me? I’ll bring donuts.

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

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    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 12
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    Vanilla Cake Donut
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • ¼ tsp. baking soda
    • pinch of salt
    • ⅔ cup nondairy milk
    • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted
    • scant ⅓ cup brown sugar
    • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
    • ¼ cup jam (I used raspberry)
    Chocolate Glaze
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp. milk
    • sweetened shredded coconut for topping
    Instructions
    For the donuts:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    2. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt), then add the brown sugar and mix well to break up any clumps.
    3. Mix together the wet ingredients (milk, butter, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar), then add to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Don't overmix; clumps are ok!
    4. Grease the wells of a donut pan, then fill the wells a little under halfway with the batter. Using a piping bag or small spoon, add a small layer of jam on top of the donut batter. Add the remaining batter on top, making sure to completely cover the jam.
    5. Bake 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely.
    To decorate:
    1. Mix together the glaze ingredients and stir until completely smooth.
    2. Carefully dip the top half of the donuts into the chocolate glaze, and gently move back and forth to get all the excess glaze to drip off. Set aside and let the glaze start to harden, about 2 minutes.
    3. Once the glaze is starting to set (but isn't hard yet), dip the glazed part of the donut into the shredded coconut and roll around to make sure all sides are coated. Gently shake the donut above the bowl to remove any excess coconut.

    Recipe adapted from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken – “Classic Vegan Chocolate Glazed Donuts

    Lamington Donuts (Vegan)

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