Hi everyone! Hope all is well with you all. It’s still quite cold and damp in my neck of the woods. The rain and dampness has made me crave comforting baked goods so I’ve been revamping my banana bread. It’s just a cold, cold Spring!
I’ve enjoyed baking and creating lots of cozy meals lately. It’s all about the comfort meals this time of year. I have so many recipes to share with you all this year and I’m hoping to get them posted soon. I’ve been recipe testing and trying my best to create healthy versions of my favourite meals. Many of them have been a huge success but a few still need to be tweaked a tad.
I’ve recreated my original banana bread and made it as healthy as possible without sacrificing the taste of this epic treat. I’m so very happy with the result! This is the most often made treat at my house. It’s easy to make, includes staple ingredients that pretty much everyone has on hand and it’s guilt free. It’s healthy and delicious! No need to have any guilt about indulging in this banana bread. You’re fueling your body with nutritious ingredients instead of the typical store bought version that’s full of sugar and fat.
I also love using this recipe for mini muffins and mini loafs. Just bake them for a shorter period of time. I love how versatile this recipe is.
I really tried to break this recipe down to minimal ingredients so that everyone can feel like they can make it easily. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is in the kitchen either. This recipe is so easy that anyone can make it, and end up with a perfect snack. I also like to create meals that children can make as well. My son is usually my assistant in the kitchen. I want him to learn the importance of making home cooked meals and desserts. My recipes are easy enough for him to help me with and learn some skills. If you have little ones too, then you can definitely make this recipe with them!
My recipe is less calorie rich than my original version. I decided to eliminate the nuts and oil to save on calories. I realized that they were honestly unnecessary ingredients in the recipe. Any type of oil is still refined and not healthy by any means. It provides no nutritional benefits and makes baked goods very calorie rich. I know the hype right now is eat all the fat you can because it’s said to be healthy for us in our diet. The reality is, it’s not. Yes we need some fat in our diet but it really should be from the whole food source such a yummy avocado.
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Ok so let’s get to the good part …
Here is probably one of my most favourite recipes that I’ve ever created! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Healthy Guilt Free Banana Bread
2 cups of oat flour
1 cup of oats
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 cup hemp hearts (optional)
2 Tbsp. Ground Flax
Optional : 1/4 – 1/3 cup Vegan Chocolate chips/chocolate chunks or cacao nibs
6 Tbsp. Warm Water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 of a cup of plant-based milk
3 regular sized spotty bananas, mashed
1/3 of a cup of sugar. I use coconut sugar, brown sugar, or maple sugar.
* Preheat oven to 350 F *
1. In a large bowl place 2 cups of oat flour and 1 cup of oats. Next add in 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/3 cup sugar of choice. Combine well. Toss in the 1/4 cup of hemp hearts if you are using them in your banana loaf.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of flax meal to a small bowl with 6 tablespoons of warm water. Mix well and allow to thicken up
3. In another large bowl mash three spotty bananas well. Add in 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and the 1/2 cup of plant-based milk. Mix well.
4. Add the flax egg into the wet ingredients. I use a fork to mix it well.
5. Next add the wet ingredients into the dry and combine everything very well.
6. Transfer your batter into your baking dishes or loaf pans. Bake at 350° for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
Let me know if you try my recipe out in the comments below! Have a wonderful week everyone!
Here is a super easy snack recipe that you can make anytime. It’s a protein rich snack which will also keep you full and satisfied. I currently have a chickpea obsession and have been adding them to so many dishes. I love them in my green salads as well as my pasta salads.
If you want a yummy snack on the go then these crispy chickpeas are awesome. You can add whever seasonings you like best and play around with the flavours you enjoy best. They can be stored in mason jars which is great for healthy snacking on the go! I even bring these to my childrens swim class. The kids enjoy them which makes me super happy. Let me know what seasoning combinations worked well for you in the comments below. Happy Healthy Snacking!
2 cans of chickpeas
3-4 tbsp. of olive oil
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp.Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Things you will need:
2 cookie trays
Paper towel or a dry dish cloth
2 medium sized bowls
Preheat oven to 400 F
Line your cookie trays with parchment paper and set aside
Open your cans of chickpeas, drain and rinse them
Pat dry the chickpeas well
Transfer chickpeas to a bowl
Add 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil and salt to the chickpeas and toss well
Divide the chickpeas and add them to the cookie trays
Bake for 35 minutes, making sure to give them a mix a few times during the baking process
After removing them from the oven place them into a bowl with all your seasonings and toss well
Transfer to mason jars or containers
Baking time may vary so keep an eye on them in the last 10 minutes.
As far as seasonings go you can add whatever you prefer or have on hand.
You can use less olive oil if you prefer but your chickpeas may not be as crunchy
These can store well for a week in your mason jars
Other Seasoning Suggestions:
Lemon Pepper seasoning & Himalayan salt
Habanero pepper salt & chili powder
Cinnamon, cane sugar or coconut sugar and using coconut oil instead of the olive oil
I made one of my favourite cheesecakes earlier this week … raw vegan peanut butter cheesecake! Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a PB and over all nut freak. PB makes everything perfect! This was my 1st try making this cheesecake and I’m really happy with the outcome. So happy indeed that I’m sharing my recipe with you all right away. I’ve had many people ask me for this recipe once I posted a picture of it on Instagram. My new years resolution was to try and put pen to paper and actually write down my recipes so I did just that when I made this cheesecake. I’m not a fussy person and I love to bake and cook so I’ve become the queen at winging my recipes. I barely measure and don’t fuss about exact measurements. When people ask me for recipes, ask me to please consider writing a cookbook or teach cooking classes this becomes a problem however. I blame the way I am because of my mom (just joking) because she never used measurements when I used to cook/bake with her as a child. She intern leaned the a little of this and a bit of that type of measuring from her mother as well. I’m breaking the cycle now and these days I’ve made a conscious effort to try and write down the measurements that I’m using when I’m cooking or baking. So going back to this awesome raw cheesecake I didn’t overly sweeten mine so if your a major sweet tooth then add more sugar to your cheesecake. I’m a sweet tooth who has converted to an almost sugar free lifestyle so I try and limit how sweet I make my desserts. It’s really difficult sometimes but I just try and use dates and stevia when baking in order to make my desserts as healthy has possible. I love the natural sweetness that dates bring to desserts and what’s even better is they have many nutritional benefits. Hooray!
Here is my very simple recipe …
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cheesecake
You will need:
1 spring form pan ( I use a 9″ pan )
1/3 cup Pure organic coconut oil
1 400 ml can of coconut milk ( you will only use 1/2 of the can however)
5 cups Raw cashew halves
1 TBSP Maple syrup
2 cups Medjool dates
3 Powdered Stevia packets
1/3 cup vegan mini chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup Unsweetened natural peanut butter
The 1st step which is the most important step of all is soak your cashews for at least 4 hours before making this recipe. I prefer to soak mine overnight. I just put the cashews in a glass bowl and cover them with fresh water the night before I’m making any cheesecake.
Soak your dates in very warm water for 10 – 15 minutes so they can soften and become really plump. I also pop the can of coconut milk into the fridge while my dates soak. I find when the can is cold the cream becomes a little thicker and easier to scoop up after.
You are going to start off with making the crust for the cheesecake by adding 2 cups of the raw cashews into the food processor with 7 pitted dates. Process until the dates have been incorporated well.
Lightly oil your spring form pan with a little coconut oil
Transfer the crust mixture into the spring form pan and press down well and evenly distribute it around the base of your pan.
Now you can go ahead and make your filling by adding the following ingredients into the food processor: The remaining 3 cups of the the raw cashews, 1 TBSP of maple syrup, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 3 packets of stevia, 1 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 of the can of coconut oil (skim the thickening coconut cream from on top as you don’t want the liquid for this recipe) and the remaining pitted dates. Process very well. Make sure to scrape down the processor’s bowl in order to make sure everything is combining well.
Once combined well and it’s a nice creamy consistency then add your filling into the spring form pan and smooth it out evenly.
Top with mini vegan chocolate chips
Pop it into the freezer to set for at least 4 hours so the cheesecake can set nicely.
Remove it from the freezer about 20-30 minutes before your want to slice it up and serve it. You can keep any left over slices in the fridge in an air tight container.
So incredibly easy to make right? The only thing you have to remember to do is soak your nuts and your dates so that your cheesecake turns out wickedly good! 🙂
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A lovely slice of VeganMommyDee’s Raw Vegan PB Cheesecake!
I love making healthy apple chips! They are a guilt free snack or treat and they are so easy to make! I have found that the best way to slice the apples is by using a mandolin so that they are super thin. If you don’t have a mandolin don’t sweat it, you can just slice them as thin as possible. The thinner they are the faster they will cook. If you use a knife to cut the apple slices just remember to allow some extra time for cooking so they turn out perfect. I like to sprinkle cinnamon op top of my slices but if you’re not a cinnamon fan then just don’t use it. I love cinnamon because of the wonderful flavor it adds but it also helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Ingredients/things you will need:
1 large baking sheet or 2 smaller ones
1 tbsp. Coconut oil
Apples (I use 4-5 organic Gala apples)
1 tbsp. Lemon juice
Mandolin or sharp knife
Preheat oven to 250 F
I usually use 4-5 Organic Gala Apples when I make apple chips. I use the mandolin to slice them up thinly. Place in a medium-sized bowl.
Squeeze 1 tbsp. of lemon juice on top of the apple slices and give them a careful toss. If you mix them too much they will fall apart so be gentle!
Melt 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
Line 1 large baking sheet or 2 smaller baking sheets with parchment paper.
Add the apple slices to the baking sheet. Try not over lapping them and lay them out in one single layer.
Using your silicone brush you can now lightly brush the apple slices with coconut oil and sprinkle them with cinnamon.
Pop them into the oven for about 45 minutes.
Just continue this process until you have baked all your apple slices.
Allow to cool off once cooked and ENJOY! 🙂
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I look forward to this time of year not only because I’m a Christmas-a-holic but I also LOVE Chestnuts! I grew up eating them and they bring back so many great memories. Memories that mostly contain my wonderful grandfather who was like a second father to me. He passed away 11 years ago and I still miss him terribly. I do however have these awesome memories and I truly cherish them.
As per Portuguese custom my grandmother would boil the chestnuts and my grandfather would peel them for me. Yep I had the life eh? 🙂 YUM! I now prefer to roast my chestnuts these days. They are so easy to peel once roasted too which my kids really appreciate! Chestnuts are super fast to cook up and they are a fantastic snack to have this time of year. They are low in calories, have protein, minerals, vitamins, are gluten-free and contain less fat than other types of nuts. They are rich in vitamin C and 100 g provide 43 mg of vitamin C!
Here is how to make this tasty & healthy snack …
Preheat your oven to 400 F
Line a baking pan/cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper
Cut a slit into each chestnut so that the steam can escape when your roasting them. Use a small sharp knife or a chestnut cutter. Don’t skip this step or else your chestnuts will explode in your oven!
Pop them into your oven for 20 minutes.
* Below is a picture of the chestnut cutter if you’re not sure what it looks like. I’ve wanted one for years but never bought one. This year I finally treated myself to one! The one I’ve pictured is the one I bought but many different types are available to choose from. *
My quinoa berry bake is so incredibly easy to make! You can put this berry bake together in about 5 minutes! Yes that fast I swear! I use frozen or fresh berries for this bake. It’s not a fussy recipe so use whatever you prefer. I sometimes buy a frozen berry variety that also has cherries in it and it turned out really yummy too. I only add 2 tbsp. of pure maple syrup to my berry bake but most people will not find it sweet enough so I suggested 3 – 4 tbsp. You might have noticed that I make a lot of fruit bakes or crumbles. I like how by making them I can enjoy a sweet treat without feeling guilty about eating it! I have a sweet tooth so I’m always trying to create healthy yet satisfying treats. My sweet tooth is happy with this simple berry bake!!! 😀 I’ve had some people ask me for the recipe so here it is ….
QUINOA BERRY BAKE
You will need:
1 1/4 cup Organic Quinoa Flakes
1 tsp. Cinnamon
3 tbsp. Flaxmeal
1-2 tbsp. Hemp Hearts
3-4 tbsp. pure maple syrup, agave or other sweetener of choice
1 baking or pie dish
2 cups mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and I also threw in cherries)
1 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
Preheat oven to 350 F
Grab your baking or pie dish and add the 1 1/4 cup quinoa flakes, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1-2 tbsp. hemp hearts and 3 tbsp. of flaxmeal.
Next throw in your mixed berries of choice and also add the maple syrup. Give it a good mix.
Even it out in your baking dish and then pour in your 1 1/3 cup milk. You don’t even need to mix it because your quinoa flakes will start to absorb the milk.
Pop it into the oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes.
Allow to cool off a bit once baked in order to cut neat slices.
Almost every week I make banana chocolate chip muffins because they are my kids favourite type of muffin. It get’s kinda boring sometimes so I sometimes make a banana chocolate chip cake instead. Hey why not switch it up a little? Right? We go through a lot of bananas at my house! That’s ok though because these energy powerhouses have many health benefits such as containing potassium, fiber, vitamin C, B Vitamins, iron, they are a mood enhancer, and are good for the heart and nerves. I incorporate bananas in a variety of ways from my morning smoothies, muffins, and in hot breakfast cereals and oatmeal. 🙂
Here is my super easy recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip cake …
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
You will need:
3 medium-sized bananas
1/4 cup coconut or sucanat sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup mini vegan chocolate chips, or regular sized vegan chips
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Preheat your oven to 400 F
Mash your bananas in a medium-sized bowl.
Add the coconut oil and sugar to the mashed bananas.
Next add the vanilla extract and give it a good mix.
In a large bowl add the brown rice flour and baking powder and mix well. I use a fork to make sure my baking powder is incorporated well.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry and also add in the almond milk into the bowl.
Combine well and add the vegan chocolate chips to the mixture.
Grease a baking pan with coconut oil and add the mixture into the dish. Even it out and pop it into the oven.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes, ovens vary.
Once baked allow the cake to cool completely before slicing it!
Mmmmmmm Blueberry Muffins!!!!! Healthy Blueberry muffins of course! 🙂 I make blueberry muffins often but usually use flaxmeal as my “eggs in my recipes. I played around with using Chia seeds as my “eggs” the last couple times I baked blueberry muffins. I love chia seeds and use them often in baking, smoothies and in my breakfasts. Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition such as omega3 , protein, calcium and iron! They make me feel energized and they help me stay full longer so they are a staple in my kitchen. I use organic coconut oil in my muffins because I like the slight coconut taste it gives to the muffin and of course the health advantages but veggie oil can be substituted instead if needed. I usually use brown rice flour when I bake but I have also used spelt flour to make these muffins. Either way they turn out super yummy! As far as sugar goes I either use sucanat or coconut sugar in my baking. My kids prefer when I use the sucanat however. Anyway, as always this recipe is super easy to make!
Blueberry Chia Muffins
1 1/2 cups Flour ( I use brown rice flour or spelt flour)
1 TBSP Chia seeds
1/2 cup Water
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1 1/4 cup Blueberries
1/3 – 1/2 cup Sucanat or Coconut Sugar (I use 1/3 cup)
2 TSP Baking Powder
pinch of Himalayan salt
In a medium-sized bowl add 1 TBSP Chia seeds and 1/2 cup water to it. Mix and let it sit to thicken for 20-30 minutes. Give it a mix every now and then in that time period.
Preheat the oven to 400 F
In a large bowl add flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Mix well.
Add the coconut oil and milk into the chia mixture. Combine well.
Place the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
Gently fold in the blueberries into the mixture.
7. Line the muffin tin with paper liners or grease the baking tin.
8. Fill the muffin tin evenly with the mixture and pop it into the preheated 400 F oven. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. I find that mine are done at 25 minutes but every oven varies.
9. Once baked let them cool off in the muffin tin or they can also transferred to a cooling rack to cool off. Place in an airtight container once they have cooled down.
Healthy and so simple to make … Enjoy!
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One of my favourite things to whip up are these easy to make Banana Oat Breakfast Bites!!! Many people make similar cookie versions to this recipe but the great thing is that everyone can make it their own way using ingredients that work for them. The great thing about this recipe is that you can tailor it to your own tastes and preferences! I find that they are a great idea for a fast breakfast when you’re in a hurry which really saves time. Have them with a healthy green smoothie and your good to go! I always have organic bananas on hand as well as oats so this recipe is made very often in my home. I also add dried sulfate free cranberries and walnuts sometimes too. The recipe I’m posting will be this version. 🙂 My kids like my vegan chocolate chip version best of course but then they are a treat and no longer a super healthy breakfast bite! LOL You can also make them into cookies if you want but I like making mine smaller so that’s why I call them “bites”. I find that they are the perfect size to pop into a little container and pack them into a lunchbox or throw into a purse. They are a great on the go healthy snack. I always make sure I have healthy snacks in my purse because I’m vegan and it’s not always easy to find healthy vegan snacks on the go. Hey non vegans you should definitely be trying to bring healthy homemade snacks with you so you’re not tempted to buy sugary & fat filled treats while your on the run too!
Banana Oat Breakfast Bites with Cranberries & walnuts
Healthy Breakfast Bites
2 regular sized Bananas
1 TBSP Cinnamon
2 cups Oats
1 1/2 tsp. pure Vanilla extract
1 TBSP Sulfate free Cranberries
Handful of chopped Walnuts
In a medium-sized bowl mash both bananas with a fork really well.
Add the vanilla and mix.
Throw in the 2 cups of Oats and the 1 TBSP of Cinnamon. Combine well.
Now you can go ahead and add the cranberries and walnuts. Give it another good mix.
Shape into small round balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. Flatten the balls down slightly with the back of a teaspoon.
Pop them into the oven for 10 minutes. If you want to make them bigger or into cookies then they will bake between 12-14 minutes.
After removing them from the oven let them cool down on the pan. Transfer them to an airtight container once they have cooled off.
Other Versions of my Banana Oat Breakfast Bites:
Vegan Chip: My kids favourite version has 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips thrown into the banana and oat mixture. They are such a tasty treat!
Plain Banana & Oat: I also make these banana bites without adding any dry fruit and nuts and they turn out great as well. Simple and super fast!
Protein Boost: I also make a version of these breakfast bites with peanut or almond butter added to the oat mixture! YUM! Just add 2 TBSP nut butter to your mixture. Be sure to combine it well I bake them 10-12 minutes depending on their size. *I omit the cinnamon, chopped nuts and dried fruit for this version.*
Coconut & Almond: Toss in a handful of chopped almonds as your nut for these banana bites and instead of adding the cinnamon I throw in 1 TBSP of shredded coconut in it’s place.
*ENJOY your yummy & fast to make Banana Breakfast Bites! Have fun with them and try out different combinations to suit your needs*
*Makes 12-15 Banana Bites depending on their size*
My kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Banana Vegan Chip Muffins!!! I have many recipes that I use but this recipe is their favourite one! It’s very fast to make and they taste super yummy and moist. It’s loaded with ground flax seeds (flaxmeal) and even my very picky 6-year-old gives these muffins the thumbs up. By the way she doesn’t even like bananas and eats these muffins! I make these muffins and almost all my baking period with brown rice flour. It has many health benefits such as its rich in fiber, manganese, selenium, zinc, calcium and B vitamins. I also add healthy oats to these muffins but it would work with wheat germ as well. These muffins are made so often that when we don’t have them the kids ask me “mommy where are the muffins???” LOL I’ve also made them without the vegan chocolate chips and they are still super good! I add in the chips to make the kids happy! I do however sometimes only add in 1/4 cup of them instead of the 1/3 cup and they actuallynotice! Then they ask me why there are less vegan chips in the batch of muffins when that happens. Sheesh! This is why I put 1/3 cup in the recipe below! I also added a picture of them cooling off on the wire baking rack but sadly it’s not the greatest picture. Oh well you get the idea …
Yummy Banana Vegan Chip Muffins!
Banana Vegan Chip Muffins
3 Bananas, mashed
1/4 cup coconut oil or oil of choice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 TBSP ground flax (flaxmeal)
6 TBSP water
1/2 cup oats or wheat germ
1/4 cup sucanat sugar or other sugar of choice
1 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
3/4 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened)
1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
2 muffin tins
paper muffin liners
2 medium-sized bowls
Preheat oven to 400 F
Place 3 TBSP of flaxmeal in a small bowl add add the 6 TBSP water to it. Mix well and set aside for a few minutes.
With a fork mash 3 ripe bananas in a medium-sized bowl.
add 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup sugar to banana mixture. You can add more sugar if you like sweeter muffins but I think 1/4 cup is enough for us.
In another medium-sized bowl add the 3/4 cup brown rice flour and oats.
Add the baking powder to the flour mixture and combine well.
Add the flaxmeal mixture into the wet ingredients and mix well.
Next add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Now add the 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk. Combine.
Toss in the vegan chips and give it another mix.
Line 1 12 muffin baking tin with paper liners and fill them half way for medium-sized muffins. Grab another muffin tin and place 4 more paper liners in it. Fill those suckers up too! You could also just do 12 larger muffins and bake them for 25-27 minutes. We prefer medium-sized muffins however.
Pop them into a 400 F oven for 23-25 minutes.
Once they are baked I let them cool off inside the tins for about 5 minutes. Then I transfer them to a wire baking rack and let them cool completely before placing them into a air tight container.
*Makes 16 medium-sized muffins or 12 large muffins*