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    Chewy Grain-free Banana Bread Granola with Clusters

    The Best Chewy Banana Bread Granola with Clusters made with all grain-free and refined sugar-free ingredients!

    The Best Chewy Banana Bread Granola with Clusters made with all grain-free ingredients and sweetened with only banana and chocolate chips!

    The Best Chewy Banana Bread Granola with Clusters made with all grain-free and refined sugar-free ingredients!

    More granola is HERE my friends.

    There is no such thing as too much granola in my opinion. An absolute staple in my daily life (not kidding) and on most mornings you can find me shoveling this into my mouth as I nurse Ezra and patiently wait to eat my breakfast.

    Usually I am all about the crunchy granola and I even keep it in the fridge 99% of the time. But today, we are switching things up.

    We are making CHEWY granola for the first time on the blog!

    For some reason the word “chewy” really is just one of those words that kind of grosses me out. Similar to how “moist” may bother some (but not me), “chewy” is something that makes me kinda of like “uhhh..”.

    But truthfully there is no other word to describe the texture of this granola. It really turned out so chewy and I am pretty sure its from the mashed banana added to the mix.

    Did I mention there is no sugar added to this granola besides banana and the chocolate chips?! It is insane. And usually it’s the sugars the give the granola the extra clusters. Continue Reading

  • baking / bananabread / breakfast / dairyfree / dessert / egg free / glutenfree / nutfree / vegan / vegetarian

    The Dreamiest Vegan Banana Bread Crumb Cake (gluten-free)

    The Dreamiest Vegan Banana Bread Crumb Cake made with all gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients for an easy and healthy crumb cake twist!

    The Dreamiest Vegan Banana Bread Crumb Cake made with all gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free ingredients for an easy and healthy crumb cake twist!The Dreamiest Vegan Banana Bread Crumb Cake made with all gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients for an easy and healthy crumb cake twist!

    Friends, hi! Welcome to September everybody. I hope we all had a great Labor Day Weekend wherever you are!

    Mind boggling to me that it is already September. These months are flying by. Ezra is growing like crazy and I’m over here trying to catch my breath and get ready for the busiest month of the year for us. Between travel, Jord’s birthday, Jewish holidays, anniversaries and a few other family birthdays – September is insanity.

    But not to worry! I still have you covered in the recipe department. In fact this Banana Bread Crumb Cake is one of my absolute favorite recipes to date. Likely because it was a complete mistake and I didn’t think it was going to turn out edible whatsoever. The crumb topping looked weird when I baked it. I didn’t even pay attention to the ratios or bake time then once I slice it and ate some a couple hours later, I was shocked. And also hated myself for a quick minute because I didn’t write anything down. This led me to remaking it again (no complaints) and actually paying attention this time.

    The best healthy banana bread crumb cake is waiting for you..

    I use all vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free ingredients in this recipe. I promise it still tastes delicious and so flavorful. It is also refined sugar free so you won’t be in a sugar coma after like the traditional crumb cake. Not like there is anything wrong with that but if you want to eat cake everyday like I do, ya gotta find the healthier options ya know?! Continue Reading

  • bananabread / breakfast / chiapudding / chocolate / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / smoothies / vegan / vegetarian

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding (vegan + gluten-free)

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding made with a few vegan and gluten-free ingredients for a healthy banana bread pudding recipe!

    Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding

    Remember when I shared this recipe this morning and there was no text in the blog post?

    …mmkay! That is a sign that I need to get my ISH together. And by ISH I mean sh!t.

    I have been going a million miles a minute lately between blog work, book work and caring for my bubba. I am by no means complaining and I know there are many many other people who are in situations much more hectic and stressed than mine but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have been feeling pretty blah.

    High cortisol has been a struggle of mine in the past and I already feel it creeping back in. I’m going to start doing everything I can do slow down and manage them a bit better, but I would love to hear from you guys if any of you struggle with this too. If so, I will definitely make an effort to share more about this journey and how I am handling it. Also would love to connect with anyone else in a similar boat.

    But now let’s get to the real reason why you are probably here..

    The EASIEST banana bread pudding!

    Yup, you’re new go-to breakfast option ready in about 5 minutes flat.

    I am all about the easy food options lately. Not even because of Ezra (although that does minimize my food prep time), but also because I don’t want to spend 10 hours a day in my kitchen making food everyday. It is summertime here and I want to enjoy the outdoors and soak in every ounce of vitamin D that I can before the winter hits. Continue Reading

  • baking / dairyfree / dessert / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / paleo / snack / vegan

    Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (gluten-free)

    Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars made with gluten-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy cookie bar recipe!

    Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars made with gluten-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy cookie bar recipe!

    Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars made with gluten-free and grain-free ingredients for an easy and healthy cookie bar recipe!

    True life this recipe was fully intended to be a blueberry lemon crumb cake pie bar. But after recipe testing for a couple hours and using up way too many ingredients, I hit the pause button on that idea and went with some cookie dough bars instead.

    And to be honest, I’d rather eat cookie dough bars anytime over some pie bars.. just sayin’ 😉

    You’d never guess these cookie dough bars are actually healthy…

    These Vegan Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars melt in your mouth and pretty much taste like you’re eating raw cookie dough in the center. Except they have a crunchy cookie crust that is absolutely delicious and each bite has a mix of tarty blueberries and melted chocolate – too GOOD.

    I love that these cookie dough bars only dirty up one bowl in the kitchen and they’re ready in just 20 minutes. There are no frills here friends, just some basic baking ingredients and combination of both blueberries and chocolate because it is the most underrated flavor combo in my opinion. I love the subtle tartiness the blueberries add and that melted chocolate sweetness with them. Continue Reading

  • baking / bananabread / bread / breakfast / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / nutfree / snacks / vegan / vegetarian

    Vegan Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread (gluten-free + nut-free)

    Vegan Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy and delicious healthy lemon bread

    The dreamiest Vegan Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients

    Vegan Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients for an easy and delicious healthy lemon bread

    This won’t come as a surprise to most but, I have made and eaten a lot of sweet breads in my life.

    There my go-to when I am in the mood for baking something and they’re my favorite to keep around for breakfast, sneaking and dessert. It’s like the trifecta over here.

    Today’s bread is one that has been requested for what feels like forever. I shared a Paleo Lemon Berry Pound Cake last year and since then, many of you beautiful humans have been asking for a vegan and nut-free version. And today is the day, friends!

    This healthy bread tastes like blueberry muffins and lemon poppy seed muffins in one!

    We have a healthy Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread that is gluten-free, nut-free and plant-based. It is extra cakey and “moist” and full of flavor, but just the right amount of lemon. I’m not a huge fan of when lemon overpowers a recipe and prefer just the subtle splash of it in each bite. If you do like things more lemon-y just add a couple more tablespoons of lemon juice or zest.

    I use ingredients for this that you likely already have in your pantry if you are used to baking recipes from the blog. We can use either gluten-free oat flour, spelt flour, brown rice flour and probably even an all purpose flour if you prefer. I haven’t tested grain-free ones here (this recipe is grain-free though). Instead of using eggs in this, we are making flax egg using Garden of Life’s Organic Flaxseed – an absolute staple in my pantry along with their coconut oil. Continue Reading

  • chocolate / dairyfree / egg free / glutenfree / grainfree / nutfree / snacks / vegan / vegetarian

    The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars (nut-free + gluten-free)

    Sharing The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars made with all nut-free, gluten-free and vegan ingredients for an easy no-bake dessert!

    Sharing The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars made with all nut-free, gluten-free and vegan ingredients for an easy and healthy no-bake dessert.

    Sharing The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars made with all nut-free, gluten-free and vegan ingredients for an easy no-bake dessert!

    A couple years ago I shared my Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Crack Bars. Since then they have become one of the most popular recipes on the blog. And they’re always a crowd pleaser when I make them for friends and family!

    I have been meaning to make a few changes to the original recipe to help them stay together a bit longer (aka not melt). And I also wanted to make a nut-free option for those that have a nut allergy or just prefer using grain-based flours instead. I know nut-based flours tend to get really pricey for anyone on a budget and I want to make sure al of my recipes are feasible for anyone to make.

    With that being said.. allow me to introduce to you “The Best Ever Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars”.

    Made with simple and healthy ingredients that you guys likely already have on hand in your pantry.

    I combine a mix of sunflower butter and creamy tahini for the usual nut butter addition in a recipe. This helps make the cookie dough base extra “doughy” and mixed with Garden of Life’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

    For the flours and dry ingredients, I use gluten-free oat flour and Garden of Life’s Organic Ground Flaxseed and we use some coconut sugar for the sweetness. It’s of course optional to use coconut sugar if you’d prefer to keep things lower in sugar.  Continue Reading