Banana Blueberry Muffins. Vegan.

I haven’t been posting anything for a while, so hopefully I am back on track and will try to post at least few times a month.

I like trying different ingredients in my recipes and replace them with non-dairy alternatives, so one of my task for a while was to find the perfect recipe for muffins.

I tried a lot of recipes and combinations but none of them worked as I wanted to. So few weeks ago I tried again to make the vegan banana blueberry muffins and finally they came out fluffy, moist and delicious.

The other thing why I like these muffins, they are: nut free, which let me pack it for my daughter preschool lunch.

I can definitely say that this is the best vegan muffins recipe I tried so far.

Banana Blueberry Muffins.

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Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

3/4tsp. baking soda

1/2tsp. salt

1tsp. cinammon

2tbsp. ground flax seed mixed with 5tbsp. water ( flax eggs)

3 large ripe bananas

1/2 cup coconut or turbinado sugar

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup blueberries ( I used the frozen one).

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Preheat the oven to 350F and grease the muffin pan with coconut oil.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinammon in a bowl.

Make the flax eggs and set aside. ( Mix water with the flaxseeds)

Peel the bananas and mash them with the fork. Add sugar, flax eggs and mix well. Add the coconut oil in a stream while whisking vigorously. When finished, you don’t want to see a clear film of oil on the edges. If you do, mix more. ( This is very important).

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until almost incorporated. Add blueberries and gently fold in.

Divide the batter between 12 muffin cups, filling to just about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the tops with more coconut sugar.

Bake 22-25 minutes, until a pick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then carefully remove to a cooling rack.

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Enjoy!!!!!!

 

Banana pancakes. Vegan, Gluten-Free Recipe.

I am trying to make something different for breakfast recently. Usually, my daughter asks for whole wheat toast with avocado, cucumber and hemp seeds; strawberries and bananas; or it might be the same toast with nut butter and banana, hard boiled egg and plum tomatoes.

So if I cook something for breakfast besides a toast, that means it’s a special breakfast.

Yes, we are busy in the morning and I don’t have time to spend an hour making breakfast for myself and my family, so I always look for easier ways to make their breakfast healthy and nutritional.

The recipe I am sharing today is simple and easy. You probably will spend around 20 minutes to make it, but it’s worth it. Healthy, vegan, gluten  and nut free banana pancakes are delicious and nutritional.

I substitute the eggs in the recipe with the flax seeds egg and it works great. Actually I am doing it now in more recipes and so far I am glad with the result.

Banana Pancakes. Vegan, gluten-free recipe.

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons golden flax, ground
6 tablespoons water
1/2 cup oatmeal flour ( gluten-free)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 medium banana, mashed
1/2 cup Almond Milk or any other dairy free milk ( coconut, hemp, soy etc.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons coconut oil

In a small bowl, combine flax and water. Stir to combine then wait until a gel consistency is achieved. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients except coconut oil. Fold in flax gel.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon coconut oil, then 3 tablespoons pancake mixture. Mixture will begin to bubble. After about 30 seconds-1 minute the bubbles will become hollow and it is time to flip your pancake. Allow the other side to cook for 1 minute, then remove pancake from heat. Do the same with the rest of the pancake mixture.

Serve warm with fruits, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup etc.

Enjoy!!!!

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Ice Cream Lovers

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The Start Of Every New Year Brings You Closer And Closer To Your Dreams And Aspirations. May This Be The Breakthrough Year That Your Dreams Finally Become A Reality. Wishing My Readers A Happy New Year 2014!

I hope everyone had a great time on holidays!!!!

I know it’s winter now, it’s cold and snowing today, that keeps us inside again.

This winter lets us enjoy snow a lot recently, but it won’t change our habit to eat icy treats in winter.

My daughter’s favorite dessert is ice cream. I remember when she tried it for the first time. She just sucked into it, and didn’t let it go. That’s funny, but she won’t eat any kind of ice-cream, it should be vanilla, chocolate or strawberry, no sprinkles, or toppings. Homemade one is the best one of course, especially if you put some peanut butter in it.

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This healthy homemade ice cream needs only a few ingredients and a blender. The main ingredient BANANAS. Sometimes I forget to freeze them, so it’s better to do it ahead. Freeze 5-8 bananas in case you want ice cream the other day again.

You can be creative with this recipe too, because when you add some ingredients to bananas, the ice-cream doesn’t taste like bananas anymore( strawberries, mangoes, cocoa, cherries, peanut butter, coconut flakes, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, any kind of nuts).

The best part: You don’t need to use any sugar, because it’s sweet already!!!!

Healthy Homemade Ice Cream.

4 large very ripe bananas

Optional add-ins:
1/2 cup frozen cherries

or any fruit
Peel bananas and slice into 1/2 inch pieces. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

Place the banana slices in a food processor. Puree banana slices, scraping down the bowl as needed, until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Mix in any of the optional add-ins desired and puree. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream or place in the freezer for a few hours for a harder ice cream.

Enjoy this super delicious, healthy, sugar free dessert.

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Barnana. Organic Healthy Snack.

Bananas? This is one of the most popular fruit in the world. You eat it raw, cooked, dry, frozen.
Bananas are a good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C. Banana is an excellent source of B6. They help combat diarrhea by replacing lost potassium, and their soluble fiber from pectin helps absorb liquid in the intestines, to better form and move stool. Bananas also contain inulin, a type of soluble fiber that functions as a prebiotic, promoting the growth of beneficial in the gut.
There are over five hundred types of bananas. The banana tree is not actually a tree, but a huge herb. It can grow as high as twenty feet tall-as big as a two-story house. They are thought to be the first fruit to be ever grown on a farm.
There is a new product on the market, that I got to review recently: Barnana. Original Chewy Banana Bites.
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These bites are:
1. 100% raw and unprocessed
2. Gluten Free.
3. Organic.
4. Vegan
5. GMOs free
6. Zero refined sugar.
7. No preservatives.
They taste as good as it sounds. Chewy, not too sweet delicious banana bites.

We got 2 packages: Original and Chocolate( covered in chocolate)
Which one I like more? Both taste great, but my love to chocolate won!!!! I like everything “chocolate”, that’s why the chocolate one tastes better to me. This can work as an occasional healthy treat, because the bites taste like candy.
My daughter loved the original ones.
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We even took some of them to share with her friends on the play date, and the kiddos approved it.
My idea is to use it as a treat for my daughter now. She doesn’t eat any candies, or chocolate, but Barnanas will work as a healthy treat.
I didn’t see them at them at our local stores, but their site says, you can find them in Fairway, or order on line.
I will definitely recommend to try this delicious healthy snack.

Healthy Banana Walnut Bread

IMG_6190I love banana bread. I love the smell in the house when it’s baking in the oven. And the most important thing it is very easy to make.

This recipe is healthy and delicious and you can even eat it when you are trying to loose weight( just one piece).

Ingredients:

1/4 cup +2 tbs coconut flour

2tbs ground flax seeds

3/4 cup baking stevia( I used the liquid one 10-12 drops), or other sweetener

1.5 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinammon

1tsp ginger (optional)

3/4 cup egg whites( I used extra flax seeds. 2 tablespoons mix with hot water and let it stand for a few minutes)

3 small bananas, mashed

2tsp vanilla extract

1tsp apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup chopped walnuts+ 2 tbs for decorating

Preheat oven to 350F

Line the loaf pan with parchment paper

In a bowl mix together the dry ingredients: coconut flour, flax seeds, sweetener, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger. In a second bowl mix together the wet ingredients: egg whites( or flax eggs), mashed bananas, vanilla and apple cider vinegar.

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Fold in 1/4 cup of walnuts

Pour batter into the lined pan and sprinkle with the rest of the walnuts.

Bake for 55-60 minutes.

Allow to cool before slicing.