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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Vegan Cacao-nut Cookies sans refined sugar

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

Enjoy!

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