Chocolate Banana Muffins (Vegan, Oil-free, Sugar free)

Do you ever have those days where you just really feel like chocolate or a baked good of some sort?.. I really hope I am not the only one

These muffins are my go to baked good because a.) they taste amazing and b.) any complex baking recipes = a huge fail for me. Let’s just say I am not the best baker in town

With a few ingredients and all natural sugars I am a little mad I didn’t come up with this recipe sooner. To make these muffins a little special I topped them off with a little bit of a a homemade “icing”

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Ingredients for muffins:

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 and a 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 4 tablespoons of cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or any other plant based milk
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • vanilla extract

Ingredients for “icing”:

  • 3 tablespoons all natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • cinnamon

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Instructions for muffins:

  • Preheat oven to 180 C/ 350 F
  • Mix the wet ingredients together in a large bowl (Bananas, almond milk and vanilla extract) and set aside
  • Now mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl (Spelt flour, cacao powder, baking powder and baking soda)
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
  • Line muffin pan with liners OR get a stick free pan and scoop approx 2-3 tablespoons of the batter into each pan
  • Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes (check on them)
  • Allow to cool

Instructions for icing:

  • Place the peanut in a bowl and mix in the cacao powder and cinnamon
  • Gradually add the almond milk to thin out the peanut butter until you get the frosting consistency (may need more or less depending on the brand of PB)
  • Place the icing into a corner of a plastic bag and cut a small hole at the end
  • Swirl, dot, spread etc on top of the muffin once it is COOL (very important not to add it when the muffin it hot)

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10 Vegan Desserts Made with Chickpeas

Because Chickpeas aren’t just for hummus!

Recently I received an email from Kris Carr sharing her valentines recipe, that being chickpea truffles. I have made chickpea cookie dough dip in the past so this didn’t seem as weird to me as some may think.

Chickpeas are such a fabulous thing to add to your desserts because it adds in extra protein and nutrients. You cannot even taste the chickpeas! It is seriously brilliant whoever came up with this idea

I wrote a little community piece for Buzzfeed on some awesome chickpea based desserts for you to try. So check them out here

Ariana x

Oil Free Vegan Granola

These last few weeks I have been craving cereal so badly! There is just something about it..the crunch, the refreshing cold almond milk and the sweet taste.

But I am always hesitant when buying cereal because the majority of store bought ones are filled with sugar, preservatives, oils or even worse BUTTER! There are only a few cereals that I can find that pass my checklist and these usually cost me an arm and a leg…seriously though $8 for a box of cereal seems a bit much no?

So why not just make your own!? I have been getting into this and it is really quite easy to do. This vegan granola is oil free, very low in fat and refined sugar free! You can jazz it up and add in dried fruit or nut’s if you want to add a bit more flavours into the mix.

Make sure to prepare the night before or a couple hours before eating to make sure it is nice and crispy!

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2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons bucktinis

Instructions

  • Mash the 2 bananas in a bowl and whisk in the maple syrup
  • Add the oats to the mix and insure that they are fully covered in the banana “syrup”
  • Place the oat mixture on a non stick pan and sauté on medium/high heat until it get’s super crisp
  • Once cooled add in the bucktinis and place the granola in an air tight container (I love using mason jars for this) overnight in the fridge to cool and get extra crisp

Chickpea & Quinoa Loaf

I am starting to finally get back into blogging as it has been a while and I am loving it ! I hope you are all enjoying these recipes 🙂 Please let me know if you have any type of recipes you would like to see more of …I love getting tips!

This past holiday season I have discovered one of the best dishes that makes a fabulous meal. This loaf is perfect for those who are transitioning to the vegan lifestyle and like the typical meat and potatoes type of meal. I love having this loaf along with roasted vegetables and a salad because the loaf is quite filling and provides protein and carbs to fill your tummy

All of the ingredients may seem daunting at first but when you make it once you get so used to making it and it is easy! You can even play around with the ingredients and swap some of the vegetables out for your favourite kind.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Tri Coloured Quinoa (Can be any type)
  • 2 Cups of water
  • 2 Cans (400 Grams each) of organic chickpeas
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Frozen peas
  • 4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons tamari (or soysauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce

Instructions:

  • Cook quinoa in two cups of water on medium heat until cooked (Look on package for specific cooking instructions)
  • Chop 1 onion and sauté with water on frying pan until they are translucent
  • Place Chickpeas in large bowl and lightly mash so they are no long full chickpeas
  • Add in the peas, carrots, nutritional yeast, tamari and hot sauce along with the cooked quinoa and mashed chickpeas
  • Mix thoroughly and pour into a non-stick pan
  • Cook for 30 minutes on 180 C until browned on top
  • Let cool for 10 minutes and cut into squares

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4 Ingredient Chocolate Oats

Often when you hear the word chocolate you most likely think of of the word unhealthy but this does not have to be the case as long as you are eating the real kind of chocolate.

Now you may be thinking what is real chocolate? Well to me real chocolate comes from Cacao nibs and is not the refined kind that you would find next to the cash register at the grocery store.. you know the ones I am talking about (KitKat, Oh Henry, etc). Real chocolate should be made from real ingredients from the cacao bean, including cacao powder, cacao butter, etc.

This oatmeal recipe is the perfect way to get in the real chocolate benefits and feel totally satisfied afterwards. When preparing this make sure you are using Cacao powder and not Cocoa powder, cacao is less refined and has all the lovely minerals such as magnesium, iron, and calcium just to name a few.

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Tahini ( I used Mayvers hulled tahini)
  • 1 tablespoon Oat milk

Instructions:

  • Place the rolled oats in a pot with the water and cook on medium to high heat for 3-5 minutes until water is absorbed and oats are cooked.
  • Place cacao powder in a small bowl with the tahini and mix through until the powder is mixed into the tahini, to thin the sauce out add in the oat milk until you get your desired consistency
  • Once the oats are done place them in a medium sized bowl and drizzle the chocolate sauce on top
  • Optional add fresh fruit, maple syrup or chia seeds for that extra flavour

So simple and the perfect treat to wake up to

 

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5 Ingredient Salad

I am not sure about you but chickpeas are one of my favourite legumes. They are so tasty and really versatile. I love roasting them in the oven for a crunchy snack, throwing them in my salad, pasta dishes and eating them plain.

This salad is the ultimate lazy girl (or guy) salad because you can pop it in the fridge and eat it plain, pop some in a wrap or add it with a whole grain such as brown rice.

You most likely have these ingredients in your fridge/ pantry making it super simple when you are stuck as to what to eat and are getting Hangry (Hungry + Angry = Hangry)

So before I bore you with my endless love for chickpeas let’s get into the recipe shall we?

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of organic chickpeas
  • 1 bell pepper
  • ½ cucumber
  • few sprigs of parsley
  • 1 package of cherry tomatoes
  • Grainy mustard (optional)

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Instructions:

  • Open can of chickpeas and rinse thoroughly
  • Chopped all of the veggies
  • Mix in a bowl and add in mustard if you would like more flavour

It is that simple!

Try it out and let me know if you add this to anything to make a new dish 🙂

-Ariana x

Are Smoothies bad for you?

To be honest with you I have been trying to cut down on my smoothie intake as I have been reading some articles lately on why you should eat the whole fruit instead rather than processing it. ( Check this short article for more information: http://nutritionstudies.org/are-smoothies-good-or-bad/ )

When you really think of it, it does make sense right? I personally could consume about 5 bananas, plus 2 cups of mango, and more within 5 minutes when drinking a smoothie but when eating that many fruits it would take me a lot longer and I most likely would not eat all that in one sitting.

I am by no means banning smoothies but I am aiming to have them twice a week now instead of everyday.

With that being said check out this killer green smoothie I made this morning 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Pear
  • 1 Cup mango
  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 1 Tablespoon of green powder (I used Happy Sol Food co)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1-2 cups coconut water (Depends how thick you like it)

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  • Just throw it all in a blender and blend blend blend.

** Tip: When sipping on your smoothie try to drink it slow (I know it’s hard) and chew on it this sounds weird but it allows an enzyme called Ptyalin that assists the digestive process.