Vegan Oil-Free Refined Sugar-Free Banana Pecan Bread

I love a good, dense, soft, sweet, banana bread (can I get an amen?). The entire process of making it is therapeutic to me! We had 6 big bushels of super ripe spotty bananas sitting on our counter, so I froze half for banana ice cream, saved a couple bushels to much on, and used the rest to bake up some goods for the week. I love all the different ways you can manipulate a simple banana to create so many wonderful, delicious treats!

I wanted to come up with a recipe that was very low fat, no oil, no eggs/dairy of course, no refined sugars, but still FULL of flavor. I wanted something that tasted like dessert, that could also be eaten for breakfast. We finished the last of these off this morning and my husband is already begging me to make it again, which is always a good sign!

These are not a typical bread you buy from the store – definitely not a light and fluffly, slightly dry, make a sandwich with it kind of bread. These are dense and moist, creamy and filling, sweet and almost brownie-like. My favorite. Give me a big mug of my vanilla caramel chai tea and a warm slice of this, and you have a pretty perfect start to a day!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup fine oat flour
1/2 cup Vitacost gluten free multi-purpose flour (or buckwheat flour)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 very ripe sweet bananas
1 1/4 cups gooey pitted medjool dates (make sure they are super soft, if not soak them in hot water for 15 mins)
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup apple sauce
4 squirts vanilla creme stevia (Or 1 tsp pure vanilla)
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
1/4 cup chopped pecans (to top)

Directions:

Mix first 4 ingredients well, then separately mix the rest of the ingredients in your food processor until completely smooth. Combine wet and dry and stir well. Pour into your baking pan and cover with your chopped pecans.

Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let set in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up, then slice and serve.

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To store, I wrap them individually in paper towels and put them in ziplock baggies to store in the fridge.
Trust me when I say, these only get better the second and third day (if they last that long, which in our home usually doesn’t happen!). We take them out and heat them up in their paper towel for 20-25 second/until warm in the microwave.

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I hope you try, hope you enjoy. Have a great day everyone!!
xo Sarah

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Vegan Butternut Barley Risotto || Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Fat-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan

One grain I don’t see used too often is barley. I think it’s one of my very favorites and it’s really so easy to make. You can use barley in soups, salads, in place of rice or meat in just about any dish, or just by itself it is so nutty and delicious! Barley is high in fiber, and has been proven to help prevent type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and gallstones. It’s among the list of the world’s healthiest foods.

I came up with this recipe the other day playing around with a few of my favorite vegetables and flavors, creating a super creamy, savory, satisfying sauce to coat my cooked barley creating a “risotto”.

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Ingredients:

1 cup hulled barley
3 cups low sodium vegetable stock
1/4 cup steamed butternut squash
4-5 steamed baby carrots
1/4 cup drained rinsed chickpeas
3-4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1 clove mined garlic
1-2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup chopped steamed broccoli
parsley flakes (optional)

Instructions:

To cook your hulled barley, add 3 cups of stock to 1 cup barley in a large pot with a pinch of salt and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiling stir well and turn the heat down to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take off heat and cover for 10 minutes, then “fluff” well.

To make your sauce, add all ingredients to your high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour sauce over your barley and stir well.

Add in your chopped broccoli and mix well. Salt and pepper as desired!

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I also added parsley flakes on top. It would be great with fresh parsley mixed in! My husband enjoyed this so much, I think it will now be part of our Christmas meal.

I hope you all are able to enjoy this week and the holidays with the ones you love! I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

xo Sarah

Cinnamon Roasted Figs and Fuji Apples

How heavenly are figs? I have yet to meet someone who eats them and doesn’t respect their gooey creamy delicious sweetness! I love to really play these bad boys up by slow roasting them with my favorite apple (Fuji, of course!) and let the flavors intensify and melt together like the heavenly gifts from God that they are! If you think I’m being dramatic, you just need to try this. You’ll become a bit zealous for them too!

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Simply slice 3 organic figs and 1 organic fuji apple into bite size chunks and sprinkle with cinnamon
and a bit of organic Stevia (optional) – roast at 375F for 15 mins on foil.
Take out of the oven and fold foil over to steam them together. Eat warm. Eat slow.

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I hope you enjoy! God bless the rest of your day.
xo Sarah

Introduction – Vegan Zucchini and Squash Noodles with Cauliflower Sriracha Alfredo

Hello everyone! I’ve been wanting to create a new blog for awhile now – a space where I can connect deeper with the vegan community, and those of you who may have an interest in it. I have a genuine love for people and that’s where a lot of my passion to share this cruelty-free lifestyle comes from. I want each one of you to be able to exist in a way that gives you vitality and freedom, and a large part of that has to do with what you put in and on your body.

So for those of you who may not know me, I’m Sarah! My desire for this blog is not to be a place for one-way communication, where I share my recipes/thoughts and you read and go on about your day. I want to find inspiration from you as well! Please respond to me, by posts, by email, on instagram, facebook – anything! I love to connect and explore new ways of thought, new friendships.

I’ve been vegan for 2 1/2 years now, and I’m thankful for every day of it. It changed my body and my spirit in the best ways possible! I also raise my 3 year old daughter vegan, and she is the most full of life, healthy, vibrant little being I know. I am thrilled to share some of my family’s favorite meals, snacks, and tips to eating vegan in this fast-food world!

This recipe is one that is so fun to make! We eat zucchini and squash noodles ALL THE TIME. It’s a staple! If you haven’t already purchased a Vegettie (or similar device) it makes the process of making these “noodles” a complete breeze. You can purchase one here: http://www.amazon.com/Veggetti-Spiral-Vegetable-Slicer-Veggie/dp/B00IIVRB3W#

Vegan Zucchini and Squash Noodles with Cauliflower Sriracha Alfredo

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Ingredients:

2 large zucchini

2 large yellow squash

Cauliflower Sriracha “Alfredo”:

2 cups steamed cauliflower

1 tbsp sriracha (more if you like more heat!)

1 tsp liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp tahini

1-2 tbsp unsweetened original almond milk

1 clove minced garlic

salt/pepper

Instructions:

Noodle your zucchini/squash and lightly steam for 1-2 minutes. You don’t want them cooked – just softened a bit. Then be sure to drain them well, as they will release liquid.

Take all the ingredients for the sauce and pour into your food processor. Process until completely smooth and creamy!

Add to the sauce to your “noodles” and toss well. I sprinkled on some dried parsley flakes and a tiny bit of paprika.

This makes one very large bowl. You can easily double to make enough for a whole family!

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you have time, please feel free to introduce yourself and how you came across this blog. I am anxious to get to know more of you!

I hope your day is blessed.

xo Sarah