Bananas are a staple in my kitchen. I probably have at least one a day. And my philosophy has always been to err on the side of caution and buy enough for more than 0ne a day. However, some weeks this leaves me with two or three overripe bananas that are no longer good for regular consumption or the creamy component in my smoothie. Obviously, the only solution left is to bake them into something! The sweetness of these overripe bananas lends itself perfectly to baked goods and hot oatmeal. I don't have any of my own recipes for you today, but click on the title below the picture to go to the original recipe :) These are both ridiculously delicious and easier to make than you'd think!
Fair warning: this will be a long post...but I promise to incorporate oodles of pictures and only share good recipes ;) ...five and a half to be exact.
How was your Christmas? Did you get any good pressies? Here are the most amusing of my gifts ;)
Onto the food. I know that's all you people care about anyways ;)
Breakfast was the Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls you previewed yesterday.
They were fantastic and required little adaptation. Hands down one of the best vegan recipes I have ever had the pleasure of making. I made a half batch but did not halve the pumpkin pie filling because last time I made these no one could not they had pumpkin in them. It made a difference. The recipe can be found here and I will post the chocolate icing recipe below.
Christmas dinner started with salad topped with red grapes, toasted walnuts, dried figs, and a balsamic reduction.
Then we dug into the real feast...for me, it was mashed potatoes and gravy, wild rice pilaf, green beans, and rolls. The family had prime rib (and creme brulee for dessert).
Now, I am not a rice person, especially when it comes to pilaf. It has never been a palate pleasing dish for me but I would have to say as far a pilaf's go, this one is the best I've had. The dried fruits and wild rice are wonderful together and extremely filling. You can find this recipe on Oh She Glows. I omitted the onion and celery but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Enjoy :)
The Tahini-Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe came from Whole Foods. The vegan gravy was also from Oh She Glows. These two complimented each other well and the potatoes were wonderful but I look forward to trying the high-protein mashed potatoes recipe on OSG next year.
I believe there are a few different names for this style of dessert...I just don't know what they are. Good story right?! Aaaaanywho. Whatever you may call it, it is freaking delicious. It is also surpisingly low in calories...185 per serving! It pairs wonderfully with a bit of vanilla coconut milk ice cream. Heaven. This is also a suuuper simple weeknight dessert to throw together! So impress your family or roomies tonight : ) Annnnd thats all I got. Just enjoy!
I have about 12 overripe bananas in the kitchen right now. Yes...that is after I used 3 in this recipe...obviously more banana recipes to come! This coffee cake is one I have enjoyed since last year when my mom and I went on a search to find a recipe similar to the Starbucks Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. However it was only yesterday I veganized it. Suprisingly...the first try worked perfectly! I wouldn't say this is exactly like the Starbucks version...but it is equally good with the extra treat of cinnamon sugar in there as well : )
Please don't think this is a healthy breakfast...it is a treat ; )
As long as people are still silently looking at my website and not giving me any feedback...I will continue to post whatever the heck I want! No one spoke up for or against some of my previous offers...so here's the torte you previewed wayyy back when...
This torte may not be for the diehard chocolate fanatic. If you only eat treats with "triple chocolate" in the title...you have some work to do if you want to make this. However, for people like myself who get sick at even the thought of too much chocolate, this torte is fantastic! Aaaannd despite it's elegant presentation, it is super easy to make! Even people with minimal cooking skills can handle this recipe and impress guests : )
I'm not a huge chocolate fan, but when I do crave it, you can bet I'll be making these cookies! They have just the right amount of chocolate and an irresistable chewy texture. Plusss, these gems are gluten free!
I have a confession to make. If I could only read one food blog for the rest of my life...it would be Oh She Glows. Angela is so personable, has an effortless way with words, and a gift for baking (and cooking!). I think I have made more vegan recipes from her blog than any other blogs combined. I guess I can add this to my list!
What food blog would you choose if you could only read one?
Annnd lastly, make sure you vote in the poll to the right, I'll be putting up a new one in a couple days! Thanks : )
I know I've put a lot of breakfast foods up lately, especially with oats and parfait qualities, but guess what? This is my blog! And I'll post my breakfast if I want to. And the past couple days I have had THE most phenomenal overnight oat parfaits. Ohmygoshyouguys.
What's an oatie you say? Well...its a smoothie with oats in it! Waaaait wait don't go! It's not as weird as you think. Unless you decide it's a good idea to sip it... I have come to accept that many of the things I eat, other people think are totally bizarre. But I'm okay with that. If you're willing to give these things a chance (because I wouldn't dare share a gross recipe with you) I appreciate you and you wont regret it : )
Note the spoon dearies...this is like a thick shake. Delicious, cool, and still tastes like breakfast.
I love(d) Almond Joys. Obviously I can't have them any more but I don't have to miss them now that I have this!
I have wanted to put up this recipe ever since I dreamt it up about a week ago. I've had it at least four times since and I'm not tired of it yet! Today I added granola and banana soft serve to make a VOO Parfait, OSG-style. It was sooo fantastic and healthy and filling, this may never get old...
For those of you that are new to overnight oats, they are oats and chia seeds soaked in almond (or other nondairy) milk overnight. By the morning the mixture has thickened up and viola, cold (but delicious) oatmeal! From that basic recipe you can incorporate so many add-ins: protein powder, sweeteners, nuts, nut butter, fruit, granola...the list goes on my friends. I hope you will give overnight oats a try, even if you aren't interested in my version.
That day has finally arrived lovies...the day I present to you the best cinnamon rolls I can come up with. Let me tell you they are divine. Because it took me so long to get them to you and 4 tries to get them right, I have also included 4 different (and all wonderful) icing recipes!
Whether it be too much butter, not enough cinnamon, the wrong kind of flour...you name it, I wasn't satisfied with it. I'm only bringing you the best...but so they don't totally go to waste, here are a few snapshots of my failed attempts:
Attempt #1: too dry because I used whole wheat flour
Attempt #2: Not enough cinnamon...
...I wonder where it all went, oh yeah! All over my counter.
My third attempt should have been successful but I accidentally grabbed the whole wheat flour again and couldn't be sure if the final changes would make for a successful cinnamon roll. I also baked them in a muffin tin which I don't recommend.
These treats are far from healthy, but a fantastic, vegan baked good you should indulge in every once in a while. I'm sure you deserve it! So without further ado...here's the final, beautiful, melt in your mouth product!