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  • Cakes & Cupcakes FOOD

    Chai Breakfast Cake (Vegan)

    Chai Breakfast Cake – Moist spice cake made with bananas and real chai tea. Delicious for breakfast or dessert!

    Chai Breakfast Cake (Vegan)

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    Ok, breakfast cake might be a bit of a stretch. But it’s got bananas! And it’s made with tea! You know what, it’s totally a breakfast cake. End of story.

    Chai Breakfast Cake (Vegan)

    This cake is like everything I love in the world came together to make the perfect recipe: cake, cinnamon, chai tea, banana, powdered sugar. It’s super moist from the bananas, and flavorful from the tea and spices. It’s delicious on its own, but with a cup of coffee? Even better.

    Chai Breakfast Cake (Vegan)

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    Chai Breakfast Cake (Vegan)
     
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    • ½ cup nondairy milk
    • 1 chai tea bag (I used Tazo Chai Vanilla Caramel)
    • ¼ cup vegan butter
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed + 3 Tbsp. water
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 2 medium bananas, mashed
    • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
    • ½ tsp. baking soda
    • ½ tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • pinch of ground nutmeg
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    Instructions
    1. Add the nondairy milk to a small saucepan and heat on low, covered, until steaming and bubbles form around the edges of the saucepan. Remove from heat, add the tea bag, cover, and steep 20 minutes. Once steeped, discard the tea bag and set the milk aside to cool.
    2. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
    3. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, 5-7 minutes.
    4. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    5. Add the flax egg and vanilla.
    6. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt).
    7. Pour ⅓ of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, and mix until just combined.
    8. Add ½ of the steeped milk and mix until just combined.
    9. Continue adding the wet and dry ingredients alternately, ending with dry.
    10. Gently fold in the mashed bananas.
    11. Pour the cake batter into a greased 6" cake pan. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
    12. Dust with powdered sugar right before serving.

    Chai Breakfast Cake (Vegan)

    Chai Breakfast Cake (Vegan)

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  • Cookies FOOD

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies – Rich cookies packed with chocolate protein powder, marbled with a rich chocolate hazelnut spread. The perfect mix of healthy and indulgent!

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    These cookies may be the quintessential Panthers & Peonies recipe: slightly healthier than a regular recipe, but still rich, chocolatey, and delicious.  Ultimately a mix between good-for-you foods and indulgent foods, which I guess my blog is kind of all about.

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    These cookies are for any of my protein-deficient friends out there (insert vegan joke here), because wouldn’t you rather be consuming your protein in cookie form? I know I would. And fun fact, eating these with a scoop of Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream actually doubles the amount of protein you get. True story.

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    You guys know I’m just joking. But I am a huge fan of sneaking healthy things and superfoods into dessert. It just makes you feel a little better, you know?
    If you’re going to eat dessert, please let it be these. They’re packed with chocolate protein powder, flaxseeds (to get those omega-3s), and healthy fats from the hazelnut butter (btw I used Justin’s because it’s natural with a short list of ingredients, please please please don’t use Nutella or any of those other junk “chocolate spreads”).

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

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    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)
     
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    Recipe type: Cookies
    Serves: 12
    Ingredients
    • ¼ cup vegan butter
    • scant ½ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
    • 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 7 Tbsp. water
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1¼ tsp. baking soda
    • 1 tsp. cornstarch
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • scant ½ cup chocolate protein powder (I used Vega)
    • ¼ cup applesauce, plus an extra 1-2 Tbsp. if needed
    • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
    • ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread (I used Justin's)
    • cinnamon for sprinkling
    Instructions
    1. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    2. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add the flax and vanilla and mix well. The dough may look broken or clumpy at this point, but that's ok!
    4. Sift together the flour, protein powder, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch and add into the mixing bowl all at once. Mix on low until the flour is just incorporated.
    5. Add the ¼ cup applesauce and mix until just combined. The dough should form into one big ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If the dough looks super crumbly or dry, add an additional Tbsp. of applesauce.
    6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
    7. Add the chocolate hazelnut spread all at once, then quickly turn the mixer on and off a few times so that the spread is just starting to get incorporated. You can also fold it in by hand (which will give you more control over the marbling), but it's a little harder to do.
    8. Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, then chill in the fridge until cold, about 10-20 minutes. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350º.
    9. These cookies will puff up in the oven, so I like to smash them down. This step is totally up to you, but I think smashing them gives a much better texture. You can smash the dough before you put them in the oven, but I like to bake the cookies and let them cool for about 5 minutes, then smash them afterwards. They don't look as pretty as they do if you smash the dough before you bake it, but I think they taste better!
    10. Sprinkle the cookies with cinnamon, then bake 13-15 minutes until the cookies are set and slightly golden around the edges.

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

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  • Breakfast FOOD Home LIFE

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    Every morning, we wake up with a whole new day in front of us. It’s exciting, but more often than not we’re tired, groggy, and hitting that snooze button. If that sounds like you, it’s ok! Waking up stressed and groggy is actually something our brain naturally does: it’s called the negativity bias, and it can be super difficult to control. But waking up early and sticking to a morning routine can help you overcome it, in addition to setting your whole day on track.

    Waking up early has tons of benefits for both your brain and your body: it enhances your productivity for the day, helps your mental health, kicks your body into go-mode earlier (which can lead to losing weight and having more energy), and can even prevent certain diseases.

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    Here are 5 tips for better mornings:

    Drink some water.
    Drinking water first thing in the morning is one of the healthiest things you can do: it instantly raises your metabolism, gets your system working, keeps you hydrated, and flushes out toxins from the day before. If you can’t drink a whole glass of water, it’s ok! A few sips is better than nothing.
    I also take a minute in the morning to fill up a gallon-sized water bottle for the day. If you have a full glass of water next to you during the day, it makes it a lot easier to stay hydrated.

    Make breakfast work for you.
    I’m one of those people who eats right when they wake up, usually before I even shower or get dressed or anything. But not many people are like that. In fact, only about 30% of the US population eats breakfast every day, and over 31 million people (about 10% of the US population) don’t eat breakfast at all!
    Yes, they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day: it gives you a boost of energy and gets your system working. But if you’re not hungry in the morning, don’t force yourself to eat. If you’re a little hungry, grab a granola bar. And if you’re really hungry, sit down and eat breakfast.

    Get up and move.
    It doesn’t have to be a full workout, but try to go for a 15 minute walk, do some light yoga, or just stretch to wake yourself up for the day.

    Make a brain dump list.
    I usually find it best to write my to-do list the night before, but writing in the morning is helpful too. Write down everything you need to do for the day and everything that’s on your mind, either in a planner, journal, or on a scrap of paper. Just take a minute to get everything out of your head and onto the paper!

    Take a moment to be grateful.
    Taking a moment before you fall asleep at night and a moment right when you wake up to say thank you is something that we should all be doing. Feeling grateful will put you in a good mind set for the day, and it’ll help you to start thinking more positively (a good step towards overcoming negativity bias!).

    But my top tip for a productive morning? Coffee. Here’s my favorite dirty chai recipe that really kicks my brain into overdrive. Enjoy!

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    My Favorite Dirty Chai
     
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    Recipe type: Drinks
    Serves: 1
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup nondairy milk
    • 1 chai tea bag (I like Tazo Chai Vanilla Caramel)
    • 1 cup freshly-brewed strong coffee
    • Sugar to taste
    Instructions
    1. Add the milk to a small saucepan, set over medium-low heat, and let warm until the milk is steaming and small bubbles start to form around the edges of the pan.
    2. Once steaming, remove the pan from the heat. Add the tea bag, cover, and let sit 15-20 minutes.
    3. Pour the milk into your favorite mug, top with freshly brewed coffee, and enjoy!
    Notes
    If you want your drink sweeter, add sweetener of your choice to the milk after you pour it into the mug.

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

     

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  • Donuts & Cinnamon Rolls FOOD

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts – Moist banana bread cake donuts covered with a dark chocolate and vanilla glaze

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

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    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    Here’s something not many people know about me: I love love love black & white cookies. I don’t know why I love them so much, I just do. In fact, I love them so much that I dyed my hair half black half white, right down the middle.*

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    When I was going to culinary school, I lived in an apartment right on top of a little health food store, which was super convenient, and also super awesome because they had a huge deli section. I didn’t care too much about the meat or cheese case, but they had a big pastry case with tons of desserts, and most importantly they had black & white cookies, so needless to say I ate a lot of them.

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    For anybody confused, a black & white cookie is exactly what it sounds like: a shortbread cookie frosted with half vanilla and half chocolate frosting, split right down the middle. They’re super simple, but always delicious, and they have a super confusing history in that no one really knows where they came from. Fun fact.

    I made these donuts for National Donut Day, which is a holiday that we should treasure greatly. The recipe is adapted from my Salted Caramel Pumpkin Donuts, and the glaze is my tried-and-true, foolproof glaze that I use for pretty much everything.

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

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    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 12
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    Banana Bread Donut
    • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 cup nondairy milk
    • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
    • 3 medium bananas, mashed
    Vanilla Glaze
    • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 3 Tbsp. nondairy milk
    Chocolate Glaze
    • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 2 Tbsp. nondairy milk
    Instructions
    To make the donuts:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    2. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon), add the brown sugar and mix well to make sure there are no lumps.
    3. Fold in the wet ingredients (milk, vanilla, coconut oil, and mashed bananas) and mix until just combined, making sure to not overmix.
    4. Pour batter into the wells of a greased donut pan. Bake 14-15 minutes until golden brown.
    5. Let cool completely before decorating.
    To decorate:
    1. Mix the glazes in two separate bowls, whisking well to make sure there's no lumps.
    2. Place donuts on a wire rack over a baking sheet, then pour glaze on each half of the donut. I suggest using a small spoon or knife to make sure the glaze is evenly spread. Once the glaze is poured, gently tap the baking sheet to get the excess glaze to drip off.

    *Yes I did actually dye my hair like that, but not because I’m obsessed with black & white cookies. I just thought it looked cool.

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

    Black & White Banana Bread Donuts (Vegan)

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  • Brownies & Bars FOOD

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats – Crunchy Rice Krispies and cinnamon cereal marshmallow treats drizzled with peanut butter and cinnamon. A delicious twist on a classic!

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

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    I’m not usually someone who chooses a Rice Krispie treat over other desserts, but trashed-up Rice Krispie treats are a whole different story. You bet your butt my bakery is going to have a full menu of trashed-up Rice Krispie treats.

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

    These flavors all work so well together: the chewy marshmallow, the crunchy cinnamon cereal, the creamy peanut butter, and the sprinkle of cinnamon on top. I know I always ramble on and on about how peanut butter and chocolate are the perfect combination, but I think I might have found peanut butter’s new partner: cinnamon.

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    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats
     
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    • 6 Tbsp. vegan butter
    • 10 ounces vegan marshmallows (I used Trader Joe's)
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 4 cups cinnamon cereal of your choice (I used Annie's CinnaBunnies)
    • 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
    • cinnamon for sprinkling
    • peanut butter for drizzling
    Instructions
    1. In a large soup pot, melt together the butter and marshmallows.
    2. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, remove the pot from the heat and add the vanilla.
    3. Pour in the cereals and mix until totally combined.
    4. Pour the mixture into a parchment-lined 8" square baking pan and using a sturdy spoon or your hands, press down the mixture firmly into the pan.
    5. Let set overnight (or at least 2 hours).
    6. Drizzle with melted peanut butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

    Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats (Vegan)

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