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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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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