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Vegan Banana Pancakes

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I have attempted (and failed) several times at making vegan pancakes. I tried different recipes out on my own and experimented with different ingredients to try and replace milk, eggs, and butter from the traditional pancake recipe. Somehow, I never could get the pancakes to turn of fluffy, or sweet enough, so I finally I thought I would do a little research and find out how different ingredients work together and which ones I could combine to make the perfect vegan pancakes. After reading up on baking and which ingredients can be used to replace animal products, this is the list of ingredients that I ended up using to create super healthy pancakes that are also delicious: oat flour, almond milk, a ripe banana, baking soda, vinegar, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.

The first couple of times that I tried making pancakes I didn’t use any leavener (such as baking soda or baking powder) and my pancakes ended up looking like watery crepes. Another time, I tried to substitute baking soda for baking powder- because I am lazy and cheap, and that’s all I had at my house. Apparently this is a big no-no, and my pancakes ended up tasting a little bit like soap LOL.

So after reading about leaveners, I found out some pretty useful tips about what they are and how to use them to make your baked goods more fluffy. What I learned was that

  • having a leavener is essential if you want your pancakes to be fluffy
  • there is actually a pretty big difference between baking soda and baking powder.

I don’t want to get too into the details of how they are different, but the most important things I took were that baking soda is a base and, when using it, you also need an acid (which is why I use vinegar in my recipe) if you want it to react and make whatever you are baking rise and have a fluffy texture. The second thing that I learned is that baking soda is a lot stronger than baking powder. This is why when I used a tablespoon of baking soda instead of baking powder when the recipe called for it, my pancakes did not end up tasting very good and had a bitter and soapy taste (1 tablespoon of baking powder is equal to about 1/4 tablespoon of baking soda).

The rest of the ingredients weren’t so complicated. I used one ripe banana instead of an egg. As a general rule, you can use one mashed ripe banana to replace one egg in a recipe. I also love using bananas because they are a great natural sweetener that can be used instead of sugar.

I made oat flour by mixing some old-fashioned oats in my blender. I used oat instead of regular flour because oats have a lot more nutrients.

I also used plant milk (my favorite is unsweetened vanilla almond) to make the mixture less thick, and some natural maple syrup is optional, but I used some because it made my pancakes even sweeter.

Here are the exact ratios I used to make these healthy and delicious refined sugar free, vegan pancakes!

Vegan Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: Makes about 6 small pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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*Using a nonstick pan makes flipping the pancakes really easy and eliminates the need to use oil.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of oat flour
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional (but delicious): 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions

  1. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Let the batter sit for about 5 minutes. This allows for the batter to thicken and the pancakes to be fluffier.
  3. Pour your desired quantity in your nonstick pan and cook for a 1-2 minutes on each side.
  4. Top with fruit and maple syrup.

Enjoy:)

Perfect Vegan

Super Simple Banana Chocolate Ice Cream

IMG_2295If someone told me two years ago (before I knew all the awesome, healthy desserts you can create with bananas) that you can make delicious chocolate ice cream without any dairy, sugar, or other unhealthy ingredients, I probably wouldn’t believe them. But once I started freezing my bananas and creating different smoothies/banana ice creams, I figured out it’s really not that hard at all!

I know that there’s a ton of really awesome brands that have dairy-free ice cream, but they also use a lot of added sugar and artificial flavorings, and I wanted to make a recipe that doesn’t have any of that.

Not only that, but I wanted to use super healthy ingredients that are full of nutrients. For this reason, I used bananas, cacao powder, almond butter and cacao nibs. Here is why:

Almond Butter: Almond butter is so so delicious and full of protein and healthy fats. I love it because it’s super filling and it makes the ice cream creamier, which is awesome. However, many brands add sugar and oil to their almond butter, so I always read the ingredients and make sure the buy the kind that has almonds listed as their only ingredient.

Bananas: Bananas are one of my favorite foods because they are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways in baking. Their naturally sweet flavor is a great way to replace sugar in many recipes, and they are a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C. I like to let them ripen and get a little spotty before I freeze and eat them or use them for baking, because that’s when they are the sweetest.

Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is the purest form of chocolate and it’s a super healthy food (in fact, it is considered a superfood). It is full of antioxidants and is an amazing source of magnesium, as well as iron, potassium, calcium, and others. Unfortunately, it’s not found in every grocery store, but I do find it in health stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. I personally order mine off of Amazon because I find that it’s cheaper.

Cacao Nibs: Cacao nibs are cacao beans that are broken into small pieces. They are a little bitter, but have an awesome chocolatey taste and have the same great benefits of cacao. I love to top my chocolate ice cream with them to make it more crunchy.

Here are the portions I use when I make my chocolate ice cream:

Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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A healthy, sugar free treat, perfect for summer.

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*Before you begin, freeze a ripe banana for at least 1 hour.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs

Directions

 Blend the banana, cacao powder, cinnamon, and almond butter in a blender, and top with cacao nibs.

Enjoy:)

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Healthy Vegan, Sugar Free, Oil Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If I had to pick one food that I could eat for the rest of my life, I think I would have to pick chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe is not exactly vegan-friendly or very healthy either.. For awhile now I have been trying to find the perfect recipe for a chocolate chip cookie that is vegan, free of refined sugar and unhealthy ingredients, and most important of all- still delicious. I messed around with several different recipes, using a variety of different sweeteners, and I think that I have finally found the one I love.

I know the title makes them sound totally unappealing LOL… but I promise, they turned out delicious!

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  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor and blend until it looks like cookie dough.
  3. Add chocolate chips.
  4. Shape into balls (I made mine really small, about 1/2 inch in diameter) and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

If you make them into about the same size as I did, you will have about 30 cookies. I know that some people like knowing calories, so I decided to calculate the calories incase anyone is interested. The whole batch is about 1,270 calories (you may not want to eat the whole thing all at once, but hey I’m not here to tell you how to live your life;), and when you split that by 30 small cookies, it comes out to about 42 calories each. I’m not big into counting calories, but I figured since it’s a recipe it’s good information to include!

Let me know if you try these out! I made them twice last week because I just really love chocolate chip cookies that much. Of course it’s also awesome that they are super healthy too. Overall it’s a perfect healthy, guilt free snack whenever I have a craving for sweets!

Enjoy:)

Vegan- Sugar Free- Oil Free

The Perfect Green Smoothie

For my birthday last year, my aunt (one of the few other health nuts that I know) got me a Nutribullet blender and honestly it has been a game-changer. I use it all of the time, and I usually find that no matter what I end up putting in it, it turns out delicious LOL.

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For awhile, I have really wanted to get into the whole green smoothie craze, but I could never find the perfect ingredients and ratios to create a perfect green smoothie that is both super healthy and nutrient dense, and also satisfies my sweet tooth.

I thought, who better to ask for advice than the smoothie queen herself, my aunt! So here is the green smoothie recipe my aunt gave me that I have been loving for awhile now, with just a couple of modifications to make it a tad sweeter;)

Super refreshing and energizing, and no added sugar!

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  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • a pinch of ginger
  • 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Mix it all up in your blender and add some ice if you would like, and you are all set!

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Sugar Free Superfood Oatmeal

Here goes my first recipe post!

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This sugar-free superfood oatmeal has been one of my favorite breakfasts to have for over a year now. It is super healthy and so energizing; every single ingredient is packed with nutrients and there are no unnecessary added oils or sugar. Although I love to change up my breakfast and try different things every morning, whenever I don’t have a lot of time in the morning and know that I have a really busy day ahead of me, this is my go-to breakfast. It takes just five minutes to make and it is so delicious.

Even though there is no added refined sugar, it still tastes so sweet because of the banana and goji berries, and the pumpkin and chia seeds give it the perfect amount of crunch. It contains protein, fiber, vitamins, calcium, iron, and more, which help you feel energized throughout the day!

So without further ado, here is the recipe and steps to making this delicious and nutritious breakfast!

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  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia
  • optional: top with fresh berries if you have them!
  1. First, mash up the ripe banana using a fork.
  2. Add the banana, almond milk, and oats to a small saucepan and cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Pour in a bowl and top with goji berries, pumpkin seeds, chia, and optional berries.
  4. Enjoy!

Vegan, Superfood Oatmeal

Welcome to Veggie World

Hello world!

My name is Gaby and I am a 21 year old food lover, college student, and model. I am always busy and on the go, either running around to castings, classes, or photoshoots. I love being busy and staying active, and all of the recipes I share are healthy and full of nutrients, which helps me have enough energy and stay in shape to maintain my busy lifestyle!

Two other things I really love are animals and the environment, which is why all the food I eat and share is vegan. I think there are small choices and changes we can implement in our lives each day to make the world a better place, and for me being vegan is one of them.

Whether you are vegan or not, I hope you find these recipes as delicious as I do and they help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

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