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Banana Nut Bread: Vegan friendly, no refined sugar + no oil!


It makes me so flippin’ excited to see so many amazing, healthy versions of our favorite snacks/meals/desserts!

I absolutely love banana bread + crave it quite often but never give into that craving because it’s really not that good for you.

And then I found Sara Hargo’s recipe. This girl is the real deal when it comes to HEALTHY, Vegan options (remember those delightful snickers??). There is NO oil, NO refined sugar + NO animal products in this. WINWINWIN♥

The only change I made to Sara’s recipe was using walnuts instead of pecans. I’m saving the pecans for a lil vegan, oil-free, refined sugar-free pecan pumpkin bread. YUM.



Banana Nut Bread:

♥ 1 1/2 cups fine oat flour

♥ 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

♥ 2 1/2 TSP baking powder

♥ 1 TBS cinnamon

♥ 1 TSP pink himalayan salt

♥ 2 very ripe sweet bananas

♥  1 1/4 cups gooey, pitted dates (soak in hot water for 15 minutes to get them super soft)

♥ 1 cup almond milk

♥ 1/4 cup applesauce

♥ 1 TSP pure vanilla

♥ 1/2 cup coconut sugar

♥ 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (1/4 cup into the mix + 1/4 cup on top)



Combine the first four ingredients in a medium bowl + mix well. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor or blender until completely smooth. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients in your bowl. Pour into your baking pan + top with remaining walnuts. Bake at 350• for 30-40 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Once it is done baking, let it set in your fridge for 30 minutes.





Seriously guys, this was gone in about 24 hours. We even had a friend make us some homemade banana bread around the same time…+ it’s still sitting on the counter waiting to get eaten.


Vegan Cacao-nut Cookies sans refined sugar


Soo my roomies + I used to make these quite often whenever we had those intense sweets cravings. We were all fitness junkies living in Solana Beach, CA + super into healthy eats + healthy sweets. One in particular had some amazing self control + helped me fight off those flaming hot cheeto + froyo cravings. Oftentimes, we would sit at the dinner table together scrolling through Pinterest to see what other “healthy” dessert we could make. Such a blast we all had. I was so lucky to end up with such great roomies after my previous experience with a male roommate named Rufio (what my gfs + I called him). The story of that fiasco needs to be saved for a whole other post because it is drama. Total creepo, ew.

Anyway, back to happy things like these amazeballs cookies. This recipe is super simple to follow + can be whipped up in 5 minutes.



Cacao-Nut Cookie:

♥ 1 cup almond meal

♥ 1/4-1/2 TSP of salt (I use pink himalayan salt + it’s a little stronger so I stick to about 1/4 TSP)

♥ 1/8 TSP baking soda

♥ 1/4 TSP cinnamon

♥ 3 TBSP coconut oil, melted

♥ 2 TBSP pure organic maple syrup

♥  1 1/2 TSP pure organic vanilla

♥ 1-3 TSP water (if needed)

♥ 1/4 cup cacao nibs

♥ 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut



Preheat oven to 350•. Combine almond meal, salt, baking soda + cinnamon in medium bowl. Stir in melted coconut oil, maple syrup + vanilla. Add in water as needed to bring everything together. Stir in cacao nibs + coconut flakes. Line baking sheet with parchment paper + spoon onto sheet (I like to kinda ball them up). Bake 10-11 minutes or until edges are golden. Remove from oven + let sit of 5-10 minutes. <<- this part is important because they need to firm up!




So OBVI you don’t want to eat all of these in one sitting. They are healthy but not thattt healthy. Share with your friends + family! They store well for a short period of time. They do get a little soft after awhile so you can always pop them in your toaster oven for a few minutes!