Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes

Do you like pancakes? Do you like cookie dough? Well then, I don’t see why you wouldn’t love these pancakes! Soft and gooey with melt in your mouth chocolate, these pancakes are healthy, vegan and gluten free!

IMG_0032Many people ask the question: “are oats gluten free?”.  Anything that contains wheat has gluten in it. Luckily, pure grown oats are wheat and gluten free. Unfortunately some commercially processed oats have been contaminated during the growing and harvesting processing stages. If you don’t want gluten in your oats, make sure you read the label or buy gluten free oats.

These pancakes taste like soft chocolate chip cookies. The flax-seed meal gives them a gooey texture and when I was licking the bowl it tasted just like cookie dough. I rate these an A++ in taste.

IMG_0039Onto the recipe…

You will need: oat flour, flax-seed meal, coconut sugar or a substitute sugar, brown sugar, 1 ripe banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, and all natural peanut butter.

1.  In a large mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of oat flour, and 1/2 cups of flax-seed meal (make sure you buy ground flax-seed meal to get the full nutritional value)

2. In a blender or magic bullet, break up and add 1 ripe banana and 1/2 cups of almond milk

3. Blend it together really well, then pour it into your bowl.

4. Add 1/2 cup of water and stir in really well. You may need more water if your mix is too thick and dry. You want to make it liquidy

5. Add in 2 tbsp. of coconut sugar and 2 tbsp. of brown sugar. (If you don’t have coconut sugar you can just use 4 tbsp. of brown sugar)

6. Add in 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract and 1 tsp. of all natural peanut butter

7. Finally, add in 1 tbsp. of pure maple syrup.

8. Mix everything together really well, and like I said above, make sure it’s more liquidy rather than thick.

9. Add in vegan chocolate chips, stir mix them in well.

10. Grease your pan with coconut oil which should be set to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to turn up the heat a bit as they are cooking. Just make sure they don’t burn.

10. Cook them until they are brown and cooked. They will have a soft and flimsy texture.

This should make 10-12 regular sized pancakes. I topped mine with strawberries, bananas, and pure maple syrup.

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Healthy Banana Split

My dad always complains that I never make him any food. Since I eat a plant based vegan diet, I often am making tons of food for myself, and none for my family because they don’t always eat the same foods as me.

But lately I’ve been getting my family, especially my dad, to eat more of the foods I do. I love baking and cooking and making different foods for everyone! So since my dad had been complaining, I decided to whip him up something so he would no longer have anything to complain about.

IMG_0251What you’re looking at is a completely healthy, 100% vegan and gluten free banana split. I know right? Hard to believe such a gorgeous piece of food can be so nutritious. My dad sure didn’t think so when I presented this to him. “How can this be healthy?” he asked. Haha, well let me tell you.

IMG_0254All that is on this plate is simply banana, peanut butter, some fruit, nuts, and vegan chocolate. It’s seriously not as complicated as it looks. But oh boy was it delicious.

IMG_0272Here’s what you’ll need: 4 frozen bananas, 1 regular banana, all natural peanut butter, cacao powder, raspberries, strawberries, vegan chocolate chips, vegan brownies, almonds, cashews, muesli or granola.

Let’s begin with the ice cream.

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1. In a blender or food processor, add 2 frozen bananas. *remember to cut up and freeze your ripe bananas 4-5 hours prior to blending them. You get a better taste, temperature and texture.*

2. Add in a few raspberries, more or less depending on how pink you want it

3. Add in a bit of almond milk. I didn’t really measure, just poured a bit, blended it, poured a little bit more.

4. Once everything is blended and you have a smoothie/nana ice cream texture, put it into a tupperware container and stick it in the freezer. You will do this with both flavours for at least 4-5 hours to make ICE CREAM!

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4. In a blender, add 2 bananas, 1 tsp. of all natural peanut butter, and 1-2 tsp. of cacao powder.

5. Add a bit of almond milk, and blend everything together so you have a thick creamy smoothie texture.

6. Pour it into a container and freeze it with the other one.

IMG_0269*fast forwards 4-5 hours*

7. Remove your frozen ice cream from the freezer. It may not be frozen all the way. If not, freeze it for longer. Or if you’re impatient like me, you can remove them anyways (what I did) and just work with what you got!

8. Cut open one ripe banana through the center, put it on a plate and spread all natural peanut butter on both sides.

9. Scoop on some chocolate and strawberry ice cream.

10. Throw everything single healthy thing in your pantry on there. I’m talkin strawberries, almonds, cashews, vegan brownies, muesli or granola, and vegan chocolate chips!

11. Drizzle on some homemade vegan chocolate sauce.

VCSServes 1 person (or 2 if you’re cute like me and try to split it). Eat right away before your plate of deliciousnes melts.

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This morning I was in the mood for something other than my regular oats. I decided to whip together this delicious combo which reminded me of a sweet apple pie.

IMG_8717This combo couldn’t have gone together more perfectly. It has the wonderful flavour of apple, with that sweet dash of cinnamon. The oats were just so warm and gooey along with the almond butter, that it was melt in your mouth delicious.

What you’ll need: oats, brown sugar, peanut butter, almond butter, apples, strawberries, walnuts, cinnamon

1. Boil or cook 2/3 cups of oats, and bring them to the texture you like.

2. Put a tsp. of all natural Almond Butter in the center.

3. Cut up a Macintosh into small pieces, and drop them on.

4. Cut up 3 strawberries and add them as well.

5. Break a part a couple of walnuts, and toss them on there.

6. Finally, sprinkle cinnamon on top of everything.

Dig your spoon in and enjoy the entire bowl of this heavenly creation.

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Banana Bread Oatmeal

Okay, I am warning you right now, once you try this oatmeal, you will never want to have any other kind again. It is so soft and delicious that once I was finished my big bowl, i wanted more.

IMG_8776bI have never blended oatmeal before, but I saw The Blonde Vegan do it on one of her oatmeal’s, so I thought I’d give it a try.

What you’ll need: oats, brown sugar, banana, blueberries, cinnamon, peanut butter, a blender.

1. Cook your oats how you usually would and add 1 tsp. of brown sugar.

2. In a blender, add your cooked oats, and one ripe banana.

3. Blend it together for about 20-30 seconds, then pour it into a bowl.

4. Unlike regular cooked oats, these oats will be rich and fluffy.

5. I added cinnamon, all natural peanut butter, banana and blueberries on top of mine

IMG_8772I have never enjoyed oatmeal so much in my life. These oats were so fluffy and light, with the perfect mixture of banana inside, and peanut butter on top. It was perfect and I definitely plan on trying this again in the future, perhaps even with other fruit. Thank you to Jordan for this awesome idea, it was lovely!

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