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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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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Vegan French Toast

Okay, so my E-book Journey to a Good Life has been out for quite a while now. It includes a 10 page description of my personal workout from home, 25 healthy recipes, foods to buy, meal plans, vegan and vegetarian meal ideas, and behind the scene photos. I haven’t released any of the recipes that are in my E-book onto my blog because well, that would defeat the purpose of having it. One of the recipes in my E-book is vegan french toast. It’s healthy, gluten free, and ever so delicious. I think that it’s time for me to share this one.

IMG_9746Ladies and gentlemen… here is the recipe for my vegan french toast, exclusive right from my E-book.

What you’ll need: Almond milk, 2 ripe bananas, cinnamon, whole grain brain or bread of choice, fruit, pure maple syrup, and a blender.
Prep time: 10 minutes.

1. Preheat the stove or skillet to 350 degrees.

2. Break up and put 2 ripe bananas into a blender or magic bullet.

3. Add in 1/2 cups of vanilla almond milk.

4. Add 2 tsp. of vanilla extract

5. Add 1 tsp. of cinnamon

6. Blend everything together so there’s no chunks, and pour it into a bowl. You may or may not need more almond milk, depending on how much base you want to use. If you want more base, add more almond milk.

7. Grease the pan with coconut oil.

8. Dip whole grain bread (or bread of your choice) into the mix, and put it on the skillet or pan.

9. Cook until it’s brown and no longer soggy, and flip.

10. This should be enough to make 6 pieces of french toast.

Top with fresh fruit such as strawberries, banana, kiwi, pineapple and blueberries, and add pure maple syrup for best results.

Hope you guys enjoy it! For more recipes in my E-book, click here.

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Green Pineapple Smoothie Bowl

I have created yet another green smoothie recipe. I first tried this out as a drinkable smoothie, and then within a few days, changed the recipe just slightly to make a thick, creamy smoothie bowl.

2014-03-27 001 2014-03-27 023You can use the recipe to make either a smoothie or a smoothie bowl, it all depends on how much liquids you put in it. This smoothie is slightly different from my other green smoothie because I altered the ingredients slightly. They both taste delicious though.

IMG_9509That’s the thing I love about green smoothies. They don’t have to be the exact same every time. You can switch up the ingredients by adding more or less, or even adding in a new ingredient, and it will still taste awesome. For this green smoothie, the new ingredient was pineapple.

1. In your blender, add 3 frozen bananas

2. Add 1 cup of spinach, and 3/4 cups of water (you can add more or less depending on how liquidy you like it)

3. Add 1/2 cups of pineapple

4. Add 1 tsp. of all natural peanut butter

5. Blend it all together for 30 seconds, or until it’s all blended up

This recipe makes a drinkable smoothie. If you want to make a thick smoothie bowl, simple add less water, perhaps 1/3 cups, but you can experiment and see how much you need while you’re making it.

IMG_9515Pour it into a bowl and add muesli, pineapple, banana, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and strawberries!

Or pour it into a glass to sip on.

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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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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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