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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Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Vegan Chocolate Sauce

At last – the long awaited post about vegan chocolate sauce; and the delectable fruit I decided to dip it in – strawberries. One of the most common desserts that people love, and I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. The idea kind of just sprang about when I was experimenting in the kitchen. So you can enjoy this dessert guilt free.

IMG_1055Ever since I began eating a vegan plant based diet, I realized that the regular desserts and foods that everyone loves are actually SO easy to create vegan versions of.

This chocolate sauce is sweet, gluten free and delicious. I do this thing where I serve my desserts to my family, especially my brother who loves chocolate, and if he approves, I can say my treat is “brother approved”. That’s a big deal. So when I tell you my mom, dad, and brother all loved these, you can be assured they are good.

IMG_0466What you’ll need: Vegan chocolate chips or a vegan chocolate bar, coconut oil. (I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips; dairy, nut and soy free)

1. Put a small saucepan on your stove and turn it to low.

2. Add in 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate, and 2 tsp. of coconut oil

3. Stir in the chocolate as it melts. You have to be careful to keep an eye on them and continuously stir them so that they don’t burn.

4. Pour your melted chocolate into a small deep container or cup so that it will be easy to dip your strawberries into.

IMG_09485. Wash your strawberries and dry them well.

6. Get a small wooden or medal stick and stick it into your strawberry.

strawbs7.  Dip it in, let it drip for a moment, then place it on wax paper to let them dry.

IMG_09188. You can leave them at room temperature for an hour or so, and once they are dry, stick them in the fridge to cool and harden.

Serves the whole family, and is guaranteed to be finger licking good.

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Brownie Batter Blizzard

I’m sure everyone has heard of a Brownie Batter Blizzard. It was my favourite blizzard back when Dairy Queen had it. And since it was my favourite, I was heart broken when they took it off the menu. But last night I was thinking of what kind of smoothie I wanted to make, while also thinking of the fresh batch of brownies I had just made, and all of a sudden an idea was formed.

bbThis right here is a Vegan Brownie Batter Blizzard. And it is so simple to make, it only takes 3 ingredients. Well, 4 if you include the brownie. I literally took SO many photos of this because well, look at it; it’s gorgeous. Oozing with thick creamy chocolate, and topped with decadent vegan brownie chunks. It’s just marvelous. I don’t know how I didn’t think of this sooner.

IMG_9886What you’ll need: frozen bananas, peanut butter, cacao powder, brownies.

1. I guess the first thing you need to do is bake or buy vegan brownies. I used a secret recipe that will be coming soon in the near future.

2. Next you need to make your blizzard; easy peasy. Cut up and freeze four bananas 4-5 hours prior to making your blizzard.

3. When your bananas are frozen and you are ready to make the blizzard, add 4 bananas into a food processor, as well as 1 tbsp. of all natural peanut butter, and 1 tsp. of cacao powder.

4. Blend for a few minutes until it’s really thick, and then add 1/2 cups of almond milk. You may need more or less depending on how thick you want it.

5. Blend again until you get a thick creamy texture and add in chunks of your vegan brownies of choice throughout the mix.

6. Pour into a glass and top with your beautiful vegan brownies and chocolate sauce. (I melted vegan chocolate chips with a bit of almond milk and just stirred it together to make a sauce)

IMG_9899I just can’t over how delicious this looks – and even how delicious it tasted! It was so cold and sweet, but not too sweet that you’d feel sick after as you would when you have dairy. It was a perfect combination of bananas and brownies. And it’s not even unhealthy! You’re talkin a fruit(banana), a great antioxidant(cacao), protein(peanut butter) and calcium (almond milk). I just don’t know how a dessert can get any better than this.

This could serve 1-2 people depending on how much you want. Eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Enjoy!

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Coco Nutty Oatmeal

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, this oat combination is perfect. It has everything you know and love about breakfast; oats, chocolate, and nuts. I was feeling really tired this morning, but after having this chocolate nut combo, I was ready for the day.IMG_8725

What you’ll need: oats, cacao powder, brown sugar, a banana, almond and peanut butter, cashews, almonds, walnuts and museli.

1. First I boiled my water, and poured it on my oats, eventually mixing in 1 tsp. brown sugar and 2 tsp. of cacao powder.

2. Once it was to the texture I like, i cut up half a banana and added it on

3. Next, I put a little bit of almond and peanut butter in the center.

4. For the nuts, I just sprinkled almonds, cashews, and walnuts around

5. Finally, I finished off my sprinkling a little bit of museli on top

This oatmeal not only looks good, but it tastes delicious, it’s all healthy, and gives you a great amount of protein to give you an energetic start to your day.

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