Sooo I was totally going to make my next post an actually meal...but then these won me over. Sweets always win with me. Always. So here's another quick snack recipe that also functions as a healthy dessert. Oh, it's love. These taste like the insides of a fig newton + the divine, luxurious flavor of hazlenuts. This is a Wannabe Chef recipe...I simply added the coconut for a little flare :) These are more traditionally winter flavors...but WHO CARES?! I'd eat these all year long.
This pumpkin bread is not for the faint of heart...it is adapted from my grandma's recipe and is jam packed with sugar, spice, and everything nice. Seriously. This bread is dense, super sweet, and full of amazing fall spices. I did my best to make it slightly healthier but it is still decadent...I've never heard any complaints ;)
The recipe makes a huge amount of bread...so you may want to cut the recipe in half if you're not giving any of it away.
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!
I knowwww, I KNOW. I haven't posted anything in what seems like forever. I am sorry for that. I won't make any promises that you will be getting oodles of recipes in the coming months, but I will most certainly make an effort to post more often :)
Today, I have decided to share quite the treat. I will most likely be focusing on the vegan athlete's diet in the next couple weeks. I have decided to try and stick to Thrive to the best of my ability for the next two weeks in an attempt to enhance my training ability for a 5K I'll be doing. I know 3.1 miles isn't much to some of you...and I did run my first 10K in May...but I am out of shape people!! I have yet to lose any of the weight from this summer. No excuses, it's just time to clean up my act!
Once the 5K is over, I intend to alternate between Thrive and regular vegan foods and see where that takes me. My roomate is going to try to do the Whole 30 around that time so hopefully we can support each other by not tempting each other with unhealthy, over-indulgent fare. Has anyone tried the Whole 30 or Thrive diet? Anyone have any opinions? Some of you could probably guess my opinion of the Whole 30....but I'll keep it to myself ;)
So before we get to this divine recipe...want to know what else is going on in my life?! Okay, so you probably don't, but I'm going to type it out anyways for those of you that care. I recently moved back to my college town to gain some independence and hopefully have a little fun before I go back to school. I am applying to the master's programs at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and Wake Forest University. I am currently working as a server in a senior living community and also as a tutor for Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition. I may be a flat-broke college graduate working in something not even close to my field of study...but from where I stand, life is good :)
Is it really that time of year again?! ...What time of year you ask? Valentine's Day. I don't know how you feel about this holiday...but it is not my fave. Of course I have not had the opportunity to celebrate with a significant other, and maybe that would change my mind, but I see it as a Hallmark holiday and a ridiculous reason for guys to spend too much money showering their ladies with gifts. And ah...the mushiness of it all...no thanks.
Annnywho, just because I prefer Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or basically any other holiday than this one, doesn't mean I won't bake for the occasion! And the timing was so perfect because I was asked to bake the cakes for my dear friend Lillian's Bridal Shower. I happily obliged with the condition that one of the cakes could be vegan. Of course I have no cake decorating experience....but why let that stop me?! It was a great success and I am excited to hopefully share pictures of those cakes once they are posted (if I'm lucky).
Back on topic...golly jane. These cupcakes are made up of all the same components as the vegan bridal shower cake, minus the fondant. If you would like that recipe too, please let me know! The best thing about this recipe is that almost all of the ingredients are used in non-vegan baking! The only things which are vegan subs are earth balance and a splash of non-dairy milk, which you can purchase at practically any grocery store! Perf.
Well, I think that's enough talk...on to the romantic sweets!
Due to my crazy work schedule, I will not be able to test run my Thanksgiving recipes before the holiday to share them with all of you. Luckily, some other fabulous bloggers have done it for us! Here are the recipes I plan on making for Thanksgiving. I will share with you the results and (hopefully) drool-worthy pictures with you soon after.
I am so terribly sorry. As usual, I made two failed attempts at a vegan cheesecake bar...don't ask me what went wrong; I have no clue. They just don't compare to dairy-based cheesecake. And that just won't do. And theeennn I got a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad case of bronchitis. Ten days of painful, hacking coughing...lightheadedness...and shortness or breath so bad they should have stuck me in pulmonary rehab.
But I'm all better now other than the occasional bark! And to celebrate I would like to share with you a recipe I have made multiple times, but just recently veganized. These cookies are a little twist on regular snickerdoodles (find that recipe here!). They are less sweet and more rich and creamy. This particular batch tastes a bit graham cracker-y in flavor...but I think that is just because of the almond butter I used, which has a distinct flavor. If you are willing to do the extra work, I would recommend using maple cinnamon almond butter!
I just had a fresh cookie with some Silk Nog and it was a divine combination. Yes indeed, 'tis the season dearies!
PS: Pleeease do me a favor and comment on this post, it will only take a second!
I am posting some recipes I have made recently with just a picture and a title; please tell me which ones you would like to see on the blog. You are most certainly allowed to say "All of the above" : ) PS: I'm only posting the good ones! I've had some major flops recently : / PPS: New poll on the right! I would love it if you participated.
A. Zucchini Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
B. Buffalo Tofu Mac N' Cheez
C. Apple Streusel Cake in a Jar
D. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Filling and 2 different frostings
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!
Well...it technically starts tomorrow...but I won't be able to post this tomorrow and I'm just too excited to wait! I have made this recipe multiple times at the beginning of fall and it never fails me. I only had to make one small change to veganize it (love when that works out!).
The sweet blend of fall spices, molasses, and orange zest are perfection. These are also some of the healthiest [legit] cookies I know of. They stay nice and soft for up to a week in an airtight container too! (Not like they will last that long...lol)