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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Square Bar Review

Over the years I have tried many different granola bars and energy bars that are labelled as healthy and nutritious. I now know that those bars are quite the contrary. Companies label and sell their bars as nutritious, but really they are packed with tons of additives and GMO’s that make them so bad for you. The reason they sell is because they are advertised as nutritious, and they are packed with refined sugars that make them so sweet and addictive.

Since switching to a whole foods plant based diet, I haven’t came across any great nutrition bars. That is until I heard of Square Bar.

IMG_9964Square Bar is a company run by husband and wife Sarah and Andrew Gordon. Sarah battled asthma for most of her life, and it was only after she cut out inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy and processed sugars that she began feeling better.

They created these bars that are vegan, free of refined sugar, and GMO free! I was so thrilled to hear about a company that promoted such a whole, organic product. I couldn’t wait to try it – so when Sarah sent me over these bars, I tried them right away.

2014-04-05 005 2014-04-05 008All three flavours were light and sweet! They are all made with cocoa so if you like that, you’ll love all the flavours. My favourite was Cocoa Coconut which had both hints of cocoa and coconut, two amazing flavours.

The thing I like most about these bars is that they are all natural. They contain all plant based ingredients so they are safe for vegan’s, and they don’t use any artificial flavours or additives. Now a days people believe it is impossible to create something so good without any of those things, but Andrew and Sarah did it!

2014-04-09 001 2014-04-09 018“Squarebar launched March 2012 at Natural Products Expo West and is now nationally distributed… growth built on the notion that #IngredientsMatterMost. Don’t get us wrong, we love balanced nutrition facts as much as the next food label reader… we just believe in knowing where those facts come from, because they’re not all created equal. Best to start with nutrient-dense, sustainable, and let’s not forget yummy, whole food ingredients for happier snacking!”

Thanks so much Andrew and Sarah, these bars were awesome! For more information visit their site: http://www.squarebar.com/

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Spinach Pancakes

You could say one of my favourite things to do is experiment in the kitchen – especially with pancakes. I have so many different pancake recipes now, I have a hard time choosing which one I want to make in the morning. But oops, I did it again. I created yet another pancake recipe. And like the sweet potato pancakes, these ones contain a vegetable as well; a leafy green.

IMG_9672Spinach is awesome. Spinach is one of the best super foods for your body. It contains almost every single vitamin and nutrient you need, and gives you so much energy for your day. So when I thought about making pancakes, I thought, what better way to make healthy pancakes than with none other than the world’s best super food – SPINACH!

IMG_9634Spinach pancakes everybody. Take it all in. I know what most people are thinking – mostly because my brother was one of those people. “Ew, spinach in pancakes? That’s disgusting” or “Pancakes …. why are they green!?”

Well fear not my friends, I assure you that you can’t even taste the spinach. I use spinach all the time in my smoothies, and it doesn’t have a distinct or gross flavour. It just adds colour – and a ton of vitamins and nutrients. So don’t let these pancakes scare you – they’re awesome.

IMG_96511. Start off by preheating your stove top of skillet to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a magic bullet or blender, add 1 ripe banana and 1 handful of spinach.

3. Add 1/2 cups of water and blend it together for 30 seconds

4. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 and 1/2 cups of oats

5. Pour the green smoothie contents from the blender into the bowl and stir it in

6. Add 1/4 coconut sugar and 2 tsp. of peanut butter

7. Add 2 tsp. of pure maple syrup and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

8. Add 1/2 cups of almond milk. If your mix is too thick, simply add more liquids to get it to a thinner consistency.

9. Grease your pan with coconut oil

10. Cook until they look ready.

The batch should make about 10 regular sized pancakes. I topped mine with banana, strawberries, vegan chocolate chips, and pure maple syrup.

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Kale and Quinoa Salad

I think I’ve said this before but.. salad’s are my favourite. When you tell people you had salad for dinner, they either think you’re depriving yourself, or you’re boring. Well I am here to tell you that my salads are never dull, small, or boring!

2014-04-06 007 2014-04-06 006This Kale and Quinoa salad is packed with vitamins, nutrients, and tons of flavour. Not to mention I get super full after I eat it, so there goes the myth that salads never satisfy you.

For this salad you need quinoa, kale, mushrooms, red pepper, carrots, cucumber, dried cranberries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.

2014-04-06 003 2014-04-06 0021. First start off by washing your kale and putting it into a bowl.

2. Cut up your veggies into small pieces.

3. Pour 2 cups of water into a pot, and boil on high. Add in 1 cup of quinoa. Once it starts to boil, turn it down to medium, and cook until your quinoa is soft and fluffy looking. You may or may not need to add more water depending on how it absorbs it and cooks.

2014-04-06 003 2014-04-06 0034. Pour your quinoa into your salad and mix it together.

5. Add in all of your veggies, along with dried cranberries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.

6. Top with your favourite kind of dressing. I used mixed berry vinaigrette.

I ate my salad with a side of broccoli, asparagus, and sweet potato fries. Enjoy! 🙂

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Maple Cinnamon Pancakes & Sweet Spreads Review

I recently received a sample package from Mel over at Sweet Spreads. They are a company based in the United States that makes healthy all natural nut butters. As soon as I got the package, I quickly opened each jars (there’s 6) and tried each flavour, and they were amazing to say the least. The six flavours they have are: Maple Pancakes, White Chocolate, Cinnamon Roll, Dark Chocolate Mint, Vanilla Cupcake, and Chocolate Brownie.

IMG_9225I love chocolate… so much. So when I saw the chocolate brownie flavour, I knew I’d be in love; and sure enough, I was. My second favourite is vanilla cupcake because it tastes so sweet and delicious. I had my mom try the flavours with me and she loved vanilla cupcake and cinnamon roll. All of their flavours are so good, it’s hard to believe they’re all healthy! You can spread these nut butters on toast, put them on your oatmeal, or just eat it with a spoon and you won’t even feel guilty! What I chose to do with two flavours in particular was put them in my pancakes. Best idea I’ve ever had.

IMG_9385The other morning I decided to make pancakes, and I thought to myself: “which flavours can I add in here that will be incredibly tasty together?” Then the idea popped into my head; Maple Cinnamon Pancakes. I used the flavours Maple Pancakes and Cinnamon Roll, along with many other ingredients to create the perfect healthy and vegan breakfast.

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  1. Start off by preheating your stove top or skillet to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup of oat flour
  3. Add in 2 tbsp. of coconut sugar
  4. Add in 1 tsp. of Maple Pancake nut butter and 1 tsp. Cinnamon Roll nut butter
  5. Add in 1 tsp. of regular cinnamon
  6. In a separate smaller bowl, mash up 1 ripe banana
  7. Add in ¾ cups of almond milk
  8. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. Add 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  10. Add 1 tsp. of raw honey or agave and mix it together really well
  11. Pour the contents from the smaller bowl into the larger bowl, and mix everything together well
  12. You may or may not need to add more almond milk, depending on how thick your mixture is. If it is too thick, just keep adding little amounts of almond milk until you get a fairly liquidy (but not too liquidy) texture.
  13. This is optional, but I also added a few vegan chocolate chips to my batch because well.. I love chocolate.
  14. Grease your pan with coconut oil or any other kind of oil
  15. Cook them until they are a nice golden brown colour
  16. The batch should make 8 small pancakes

Toppings:

  1. In a small bowl, put 1 tsp. of Maple Pancake and 1 tsp. of Cinnamon roll nut butter
  2. Microwave them for 20-30 seconds and stir it around
  3. Pour it on top of your pancakes
  4. Peel and cut up an apple and cook the slices for a few minutes in your pan.
  5. Put the apples on top of your pancakes and sprinkle them with cinnamon.

IMG_9390These pancakes were soft, gooey, and straight up delicious. I always make pancakes for my mother and I and she loved these ones. For more information about Sweet Spreads and to see the delicious photos they post, check them out on Instagram: http://instagram.com/sweetspreads#

Hope you guys enjoy the recipe!

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Tropical Paradise

Imagine the tropics. Imagine that feeling when you’re sitting on the beach, with the sun on your skin, watching the waves wash in, and sipping on a refreshing fruity drink. What is the drink you’re thinking of? Why, it’s a Tropical Paradise of course. If you’re thinking this smoothie tastes as good as its name sounds, you are 100% correct. This smoothie is light, refreshing, healthy and delicious.
IMG_8655 All my other smoothies are thick and sweet, and yes they’re delicious and I enjoy them, but I thought I’d change it up a little bit, especially cause you guys probably want to see more variety.

IMG_8668I don’t know about you, but personally I adore sweet smoothies; like my Chunky Monkey Chocolate Vegan Shake, or my Peanut Butter Paradox. Everybody has their certain kind of smoothies they like, and when I gave this one to my mother to try, she said it was my best smoothie yet! I think that’s because she prefers the fruity, tropical taste, rather than chocolate/sweet flavour.

IMG_8657Okay, so you’re probably yearning for the recipe by now, and it’s really quite simple, so here it is.

1. Two ripe frozen bananas

2. One mango, cut up

3. 1 cup of cut up pineapple

4. 6 strawberries

5. ½ cups of water

Blend it all together for a few seconds, and pour it into a glass, and you are all done! Mine wasn’t super cold right away, so I stuck it in the freezer for 5 minutes and it was perfectly cool and refreshing.

Enjoy guys!

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PB&J Oatmeal

What do you get when you combine two of your favourite breakfast combinations into one thing? Complete and utter awesomeness.

IMG_8791I decided to try the same idea I used with the banana bread oatmeal, and blend some fruit with my oats, and boy oh boy was that a marvelous idea.

Everything from the taste to even the smell of baked strawberry pie was just wonderful. Just like the banana bread oats, these were so fluffy and light – perfect for the morning. And they tasted so delicious, it feels like I’m eating dessert for breakfast.

What you’ll need: oats, brown sugar, strawberries, a blender, peanut butter, almonds

1. Cut up 5-6 strawberries, and microwave them for 20 seconds

2. Cook your oats how you usually would, add 1 tsp of brown sugar, and stir in the strawberries.

3. Pour your cooked oats along with the strawberries into a blender, and blend it for 30 seconds

4. You should have a bright pinky/purple colour

5. Pour it into a bowl, and add peanut butter, strawberries, bananas and almonds

And there you have yourself a perfect bowl of peanut butter and (strawberry) jam oats. Enjoy!

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Sneak Peek into my E-book

As you know, I always post photos of my food on my Instagram and have the recipe for it here on my blog. But in the case of my E-book, i don’t post those recipes because that sort of defeats the purpose of having it.

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Banana Chocolate Loaf

The reason i created this my E-book was so that anybody could use it as a guide for healthy living. I spent hours working on different recipes to add into it. Not only does it have recipes, but it also has a 10 page description of my personal workout, ideas for vegetarian and vegan meals, healthy foods that i buy, meal plans, and behind the scene photos; and the best part is, it’s only $4.00.

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Mini Apple Pies

I understand that some people may not want to pay money for recipes, but if you think about it, people buy cookbooks from stores for way higher prices. I tried to make it cheap and affordable for everyone so that they could buy it and enjoy it. I want to help you guys on your journey to a good life. I want you to know that i understand that there is a struggle, but if you work hard, you can achieve your goals. Eating clean is easy, and working out can be fun! I want you guys to know all of this,  but i also worked really hard on this, so that is why it has it’s (little) price.

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Anyways, i post most of my simple recipes here on my blog, but what you don’t see are the fun baked goods i make! In my E-book, you not only get all the things i listed above, but 25 healthy recipes that you can use every single day to help you on your journey. Some of these things include pancakes, french toast, granola bites, overnight oats, brownies, muffins, chocolate loafs, healthy peanut butter cups, chocolate smoothies, strawberry ice cream, and many more!

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Mini Apple Pies

I’m not saying you have to buy my E-book, but if you are on a journey to a healthy life, or you just want to try some new desserts to bake, i highly recommend putting that $4.00 to a good use. The link is below!

https://payhip.com/b/Bz0e

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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Quinoa Stir-fry

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Chocolate Banana Loaf
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Vegan French Toast

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A Veggie Delight

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

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Granola Bites

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Vegan French Toast

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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