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Vegan Banana Milk Oats

Vegan Banana Milk Oats

Oh oatmeal, you’re perfect served warm (or cold), you’re American Heart Association certified, filling, and very cost-effective! I heart you oatmeal. In fact, I made you taste even better with sweet, nourishing, and creamy banana milk. Oats, bananas, nuts, and maple syrup are a classic combination that warms my soul on a cold Ohio winter day. Forget those yucky artificial sweeteners and start cooking your oats in naturally sweet banana milk. It’s infused with dates and cinnamon, ummm heaven. Vegan Banana Milk Oats only take 10 minutes to cook and there’s not a microwave in sight, this is stovetop oatmeal :).

The suggested toppings I name for you include goji berries, pecans, pistachios (pictured are lightly salted), sprouted Granola (Go Raw brand), and bluuuuuuuuebs. Oh, and let’s not forget that oatmeal is not complete without a drizzle of organic maple syrup <3.

 

Vegan Banana Milk Oats
Serves 1
A delicious and creamy stovetop oatmeal recipe cooked in banana milk
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  2. Banana Milk Ingredients
  3. 1 small frozen ripe banana (make sure it's sweet!)
  4. 2 pitted dates
  5. 1 and 1/3 cups of water
  6. Pinch of cinnamon
  7. Other Ingredients
  8. Another 1/3 cup of water (added at 6 minute mark)
  9. Suggested Toppings
  10. Pecans, Pistachios (lightly salted)
  11. Sprouted granola
  12. Frozen blueberries
  13. Goji berries
  14. Maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Place Banana Milk ingredients in a nutribullet/blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Then, combine the oats and Banana Milk in a small pot.
  3. Side Note: Stir often to avoid burning on bottom of pot.
  4. Cook the oatmeal on medium-low heat and at the 6 minute mark, add 1/3 cup water. Stir, and let the oats cook another 4 minutes.
  5. Place the mixture in a bowl and top with your favorites!
  6. Enjoy!!
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Easy Vegan Bread Pudding

Easy Vegan Bread Pudding

HAPPY 2017 EVERYONE! Wow, 2016 went by fast and I really hope that 2017 is a better year in terms of peace, love, and unity. “I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy” (Mean Girls reference). There is one thing that continues to bring people together in the best of ways, which is food. We all enjoy it and we all need it. So I may have not baked a caked with rainbows and smiles but My Easy Vegan Bread Pudding will undoubtedly bring everyone together to the kitchen table. Serve this pudding as a fabulous dessert after dinner or for a yummy breakfast. Warning: pleasant smells of warm cinnamon and cream will wake everyone up. 

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In 2017, I want to eat more avocados than ever and start making my own kombucha. Reach for the stars Mar. #goals

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I’m so happy bread pudding is my first recipe of 2017 because it’s truly a beautiful dish that will warm your soul. 

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Easy Vegan Bread Pudding
Serves 5
A delicious and healthy vegan bread pudding that will warm your soul
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Ingredients
  1. Filling
  2. 6 cups of bread slices cut into medium cubes packed down (I used brown rice gluten free sliced bread)
  3. 5 pitted dates
  4. 2 cups toasted coconut milk (I used Califia Farms brand)
  5. 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk (I used Simple Truth Organic brand found at Kroger)
  6. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  7. Frosting
  8. 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  9. 1/3 cup Tofutti
  10. 4 pitted dates
  11. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Cut the sliced bread into medium sized cubes and place into baking pan.
  2. Combine the 5 dates, coconut milks, and cinnamon in a nutribullet or blender.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients over the bread and make sure the bread is fully coated.
  4. Cover the baking the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Bake bread pudding uncovered for 25 minutes.
  7. In the nutribullet or blender, mix the frosting ingredients until fully combined.
  8. Place a dollop of frosting on each piece of serving.
  9. Top with pecans if wanted.
  10. Enjoy!!
Notes
  1. I used a 13 x 9 baking pan
  2. *Pecans for topping if wanted
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Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies

I’m sitting in my big comfy red chair currently devouring two Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies…needless to say, I am content. I thought long and hard about my next blog recipe and I realized that I don’t have a lot of cookie recipes (shocking). Healthy and sweet cookies for breakfast sure do beat regular ole cereal, especially when they’re made with wholesome ingredients such as bananas, zucchini, and walnuts. These round chewy bites of deliciousness will be sure to brighten your morning!

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A little bit of almond butter or peanut butter on a cookie always sounds like a good idea, would you agree?

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Enjoy these nourishing cookies and quality time with family and friends. Happy Holidays to all of you!! 

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Healthy Zucchini and Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies
Yields 7
A vegan breakfast cookie recipe packed with banana, zucchini, and walnuts!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe medium sized bananas mashed
  2. 1/3 cup grated zucchini
  3. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  4. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  5. 1/3 cup 7 Grain Hot Cereal (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
  6. 1 tbsp organic coconut palm sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Mash the bananas and zucchini together before adding the other ingredients. Combine and fold in walnuts.
  2. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Form medium sized cookies and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!
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Overnight Lemon Mango Chia Pudding

Overnight Lemon Mango Chia Pudding

Chiiiaaaaaaah puddin’ time y’all. This is not your ordinary chia pudding either, it’s lemon mango! You’ll experience love at first sight after one bite of this fruity creation! It’s incredibly easy to make- all you need is your ingredients, a cup, nutribullet/blender, and a spoon for devouring! For those of you that love a refreshing breakfast, lemon mango pudding is a dream come true. Adding a little bit of full fat coconut milk takes the texture to a whole new level of creamy. The pudding is naturally sweetened with a ripe mango, however, if your heart desires more sweetness, perhaps a little bit of maple syrup would mix well with the flavors. I haven’t tried making the pudding with maple syrup, so please do tell if it’s a great fit.

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Chia pudding is great because everyone can make it and provide themselves with a healthy breakfast or snack. What an easy way to sneak in some Omega-3 fatty acids. Cheers to a healthy heart!

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Overnight Lemon Mango Chia Pudding
Serves 1
An easy overnight chia pudding recipe. Perfect for a fresh and healthy breakfast/snack!
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup mango (make sure it's sweet!)
  2. 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk ( I use canned simple truth organics brand)
  3. 1/3 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened but of course you could use sweetened if wanted)
  4. 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  5. 3 tbsp chia seeds
  6. Suggested Toppings
  7. Ripe Banana and mango
Instructions
  1. Combine the mango, almond milk, coconut milk, and lemon zest in a nutribullet or blender.
  2. Then, fold in the chia seeds and mix well to distribute them.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy!
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Gingerbread Smoothie Bowl & Holiday Rawnola

Gingerbread Smoothie Bowl & Holiday Rawnola

Oh the weather outside is not frightful (like70&sunny) and this recipe is so delightful…meaning it’s a good FriYAY! Yes yes YES, bring on the Holidays. This vegan chick is prepared this time around, tofurky and all. Just kidding about the tofurky, I have some way better stuff coming your way, like Millet and Veggies With Spicy Peanut Sauce aka the side dish of your plant based dreams. Anyways, I often go off on a tangent, so let’s get back to this one bowl wonder. Instead of being an exemplary law student and reading the 3493240 pages that were due, I found myself daydreaming about all things gingerbread, specifically this smoothie bowl. Well my dear friends, your smoothie bowl standards will never be the same. The smoothie mixture is refreshingly sweet but most importantly, you’ll feel wonderful afterwards since it’s healthy and light. Holiday Rawnola can satisfy the sweetest sweet tooth of them all and it’s made of dates, raw almonds, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coconut oil. If you’re a date skeptic, Holiday Rawnola will absolutely change your mind. 

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My Holiday Rawnola goes with just about anything and everything. I mean, you could put it on an avocado and it would still probably be delicious.

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Gingerbread Smoothie Bowl & Holiday Rawnola
Serves 2
A seasonal healthy smoothie bowl recipe topped with sweet Holiday Rawnola
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Ingredients
  1. Gingerbread Smoothie Bowl
  2. 1 can coconut milk (I use simple truth organic brand--you don't want one low in calories/watery)
  3. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  4. 2 ripe bananas
  5. 1 pitted date
  6. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger (I recommend grating yourself rather than using store bought)
  9. Handful of ice
  10. Holiday Rawnola
  11. 6 pitted dates
  12. 1/2 cup organic raw almonds
  13. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  14. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  15. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  16. Other Toppings if wanted
  17. Toasted Coconut Chips
  18. Dried Cranberries
Instructions
  1. For the smoothie mix, blend all ingredients in a nutribullet until a smooth consistency forms. To make the Holiday Rawnola, add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until the mixture sticks together. Refer to my pictures for the right texture.
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Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding

Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding

The chia seed pudding of your dreams has arrived! Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding is not only the answer to your pudding prayers but it also tastes like vanilla caramel, and it’s packed with yumminess. Count me in, please. Not to mention, all you have to do is put the ingredients into a blender or nutri bullet, mix in some chia seeds, and stick the pudding in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning, you get to devour a healthy breakfast full of creamy vanilla goodness. Yes, it’s just that easy peasy. I crave a breakfast that’s not only filling but one that’s also wholesome. Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding is that kind of breakfast.

You’re going to love this easy one bowl meal. My recipe will serve 1-2 people depending on how big of a portion you’d like! My personal fave toppings for this pudding are raspberries, slivered toasted almonds, and shredded unsweetened coconut. YUM. Cheeeahhh seeds are growing in popularity and I’ve hopped on the bandwagon. I kind of put them in everything, which is a good thing since they contain fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.

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Enjoy my friends!!

Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding
A delicious and creamy vanilla flavored chia seed pudding
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup raw cashews that have been soaked in water for 2 hours and drained
  2. 1 and 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  3. 2 pitted dates
  4. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  6. 3 tbsp black chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine everything but chia seeds in a nutri bullet or blender until a smooth consistency forms.
  2. Then, mix in chia seeds with a spoon and cover with plastic wrap if desired so that a film does not form on top layer.
  3. Leave in fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning!
Notes
  1. Serves 1-2
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