Yummy Banana Bread! Vegan, sugar free, oil free.

19 Feb

Moist, chewy, and super filling!

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Sugar Free, Oil Free Banana Bread

Dry ingredients:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice

Wet ingredients:
3 1/2 bananas
2 cups prunes or dates + 8 tbsp water
1 tbsp flax seed + 3 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla

To make:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8×8 cake pan with no-stick cooking spray.

2. Whisk flax seed with 3 tbsp water and set aside.

3. Using a food processor or high-powered blender, blend prunes with 8 tbsp until smooth.
In a medium bowl, mash bananas. Add flax seed mixture, prune puree, and vanilla. Stir until
incorporated.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.

5. Add wet mixture to dry and stir until just combined. Pour into cake pan and bake for 40 minutes.

Enjoy!

Healthier Puppy Chow

6 Feb

Healthier Vegan Puppy Chow
(adapted from PETA.org)

4 1/2 cups Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls cereal

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6 tbsp Better n’ Peanut Butter

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1/2 cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips

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1 tsp vanilla
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1/2 cup powdered sugar

To make:
Microwave chocolate chips and peanut butter for 30-45 seconds, stopping to stir every 15 seconds. Stir in vanilla.

Pour cereal into a large bowl and pour the chocolate/pb mixture over the cereal, stirring very gentle until all cereal is coated.

Lastly, slowly pour powdered sugar over everything, stopping to stir around some more until coated nicely. Then place the puppy chow in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Voila!

This is one of my favorite desserts to make because it’s quick and easy and satisfies my taste buds easily with the chocolatey-salty-crunchiness. However, this may be one of the most un-healthy recipes I’ll be making for a while. Lately I’ve really been staying away from added sugar (which I thought was impossible for me) and the results have been incredible. My skin is clearer, I have way more energy – in fact, I’ve upped my usual workout time and have even been going to the gym in the mornings! – and i’m more focused because I don’t “crash” on extra sugar in my diet. Just as exciting, it’s given me a lot of creative ideas for healthier desserts! That’s not to say that I won’t have my healthy puppy chow sometimes, but probably much less frequently.

I’m really hoping to devote more time to this blog, now that I feel like I’m getting a better hang of it. I want to reach out to other vegans out there, or anyone who is interested in being healthy. And I want to share more tips on how I use my health to get through college in one piece.

So that’s my plan for now! Stay healthy and happy, my friends. 🙂

Sugar free blended vegan coffee

30 Jan

Take that, Starbucks!

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1 cup brewed coffee
1 cup almond milk
2 dried, pitted dates
1 frozen banana
A few dashes ground cinnamon

Blend everything together! I suggest blending up the dates with almond milk first if you have a weaker blender, like mine.

Sugar free, low fat, guilt free!

My fat free, no yeast, vegan pizza!

18 Jan

I must say I’m pretty proud of this post. Late last night I suddenly got a huge craving for pizza. It was probably still early enough to order from Domino’s, but 1) I didn’t have the cash and 2) I hardly do that anymore because it’s higher fat than I’m used to eating.

I tried searching online for a vegan, fat free, yeast free pizza dough recipe but had no luck… So I thought I’d throw caution to the wind and see if I could create my own. This is basically new to me – creating completely my own recipes – so I was overjoyed when it turned out amazing!

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So, I thought I would share. 🙂

Fat Free, Yeast Free, Vegan Pizza

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
1 1/4 c. White whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
Few dashes Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 c. non-dairy milk (I used Silk soy original)
2-3 tbsp water

Topping:
Canned tomato sauce, as needed
Nutritional yeast, as needed
Fresh veggies of choice (I used sliced bell pepper and spinach leaves)

To make:
Whisk together all dry ingredients, then add non-dairy milk and water and stir until a ball forms. Add a little more water if dough seems too dry.

Knead 5 times, then roll out on a greased cookie dough sheet and spray dough with cooking spray. Spread tomato sauce on top, sprinkle nutritional yeast, and add veggies!

Bake 20-25 minutes. It took 23 for me.
Enjoy!

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Chocolate (Green) Smoothie!

13 Oct

I’ve been eating way too many sweets lately (homemade chocolate chip vegan cookies will be the death of me). So I’ve been feeling a little more sluggish lately, and started to have a breakout for the first time since I started juicing my fruits and veggies. Usually I make a juice when I feel gross, but tonight I wanted something a bit more substantial. Thus, my favorite chocolate green smoothie! I’ve found the exact combination that allows me to fully enjoy it while also getting lots of goodness. 🙂

Chocolate-Kale Dessert Smoothie

3/4 cup almond milk
2 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 handfuls of kale (sometimes I use spinach. Usually 1.5 handfuls)
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 tbsp agave syrup
1 tbsp chia seeds (or flax seeds)
Handful of ice

To make: blend the kale in the milk. I start by pulsing a few times, then blending on low for about a minute and high for about a minute (I don’t like any chunks).

Add rest of ingredients, following the same pulse and blend method.

Enjoy! I love making this. I’m drinking it while taking an online quiz for my nutrition class, then time for yoga I’ve been having to put off all day!

New stuff!!!!

30 Sep

Today I received two AWESOME presents in the mail for me…. bought by me! I had a little extra money from some babysitting I did recently, and naturally I went straight to Etsy.com. If you haven’t seen this site before, I highly recommend checking it out. There are all kinds of homemade, hand-crafted items to buy on there, which makes them so fun and unique. There’s just something very cool about knowing you’re receiving something that has been made with love and care by someone passionate about their art. You should see how many items I have added to my “favorites” list… I want them all!

So after a few days of looking through everything I loved, I finally decided on these items:

The wallet is handmade by ApRi and made from old coffee bags, and the bag (which I plan to use for school) has an image transfer of a vintage picture of a baby french bulldog, done by BucktoothedBunny. Aborable, right!? I guess you could say I’m a little partial to any type of bulldog…

I also ordered some really cute buttons from Vegancraftastic that I’m still waiting on but I’m sure will be here soon!

Use the links above to check out these stores! I found them by searching “vegan” in the handmade section on Etsy.com. I’m always very impressed by how friendly all the sellers are too. I’m hoping someday I’ll figure out something to sell on there as well!

(Cheat) Green Smoothie

29 May

When I first started eating vegan, I consumed many homemade green smoothies. Banana, frozen berries, kale leaves, almond milk, and flax seed… Mmmmm.

Unfortunately, I don’t currently own a high quality blender (I’ve heard Vitamix is the way to go), so my smoothie kick slowly diminished as I got tired of the little-too-lumpy texture of the smoothies I’d make myself. So lately I’ve been opting for a more instant, smooth, yet still green drink.

Delicious. I try to drink 8 oz. every morning.