Vegan Toddler Muffins

Toddler Muffinsย is my most pinned recipe on Pinterest, and since I was doing some baking for the week, I decided to play around with the recipe and I created a yummy vegan toddler muffin. These muffins don’t just have to be for toddlers though, they were seriously soooo good!

This first thing I did was wash my blueberries, zucchini and apple. There are a lot of fruit and veggie cleaners on the market, but I just soaked them in 3 parts vinegar and 1 part warm water for about 15 minutes, then I rinsed them clean.

I chopped up the apple and sautรฉed it on medium-low in a tablespoon of coconut oil, to bring out their flavor and soften them up. You don’t have to do this step, and you could also saute them in something besides coconut oil. While the apples were sauteing I shredded the zucchini and mashed the banana.

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I put the fruit and zucchini in a bowl and stirred together. I had a baby food pouch on hand, and I thought the fruit and veggie combo would be the perfect addition to the muffins, I used the whole pouch since it equaled 1/2 cup.

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I measured out the rest of the ingredients and added it to the fruit and veggie mixture and combined it all. Then fill your muffin tin, either greased or lined.

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Bake at 350 for 12-15 mins. Makes 12 muffins.

Vegan Toddler Muffins

Vegan Toddler Muffins

1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pureed baby food
1 mashed banana
1 diced apple
1 cup blueberries
1 shredded zucchini

These muffins are so good and you feel good eating them! The banana offers the perfect amount of sweetness, the apples give a nice crunch and the blueberries are full of juicy goodness.

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Happy Baking ๐Ÿ™‚

Dairy-Free Sundae

Just a warning, this is not healthy at all, but who says dairy-free needs to always be healthy?

I had a box of Duncan Hines brownie mix sitting in the cupboard for a while and I finally broke down and made a batch of brownies.

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I followed the directions on the box but I used 1/4 cup of applesauce per egg. My bake time was about 10 minutes longer than the time stated on the box but they came out PERFECT!

These brownies are not only great for those who have adopted a dairy-free lifestyle but for the vegan lifestyle as well.

So, what do you do with a warm and delectable brownie? Well, top it with ice cream of course! Are you salivating yet?

I had entered a giveaway from The Greenbacks Gal and won $80 worth of coupons from EcoBonus! One of the coupons was for Coconut Bliss, so I went out and bought a container.

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Coconut Bliss is a great alternative to (dairy) ice cream and it comes in several flavors, I kept it simple with vanilla.

Drumroll please…

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Happy Baking!

Greek Style Yogurt Parfait

I think one of the things that I miss most about eating a diet rich in dairy is yogurt. I love a yogurt that is thick and creamy, and I was slightlyย obsessed with the Fage Greek yogurt. I’ve tried several dairy-free yogurts, but I just was not able to find one that was palatable to my or my toddlers taste buds. I do realize that some of the products that we eat contain soy, and there is a vast difference in opinions about the consumption of soy, but I don’t feel comfortable replacing dairy for soy, in other-wards, I try not to buy soy yogurts, milks and cheeses.

With that said, I was so excited when I was looking online and game across the So Delicious Greek Style yogurt. I searched for retailers in my area that carry the product and there was only ONE single store in a 20 mile radius and that store just happened to be about 15 miles away. Needless to say, I went and bought a couple of containers (the only available flavor was blueberry).

It has the slight coconut flavor since it is made with coconut milk, but it offers the creaminess that I desired. Unlike dairy Greek yogurt, it does not contain much protein but it is lower in calories and has 8g of fiber, plus it has 6 active and live cultures so its beneficial to our guts! High five for gut health!

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Greek Style Yogurt Parfait

So Delicious Greek Style yogurt (or you could use any type of yogurt you like)

Homemade Granola

Fruit (I used banana)

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I hope you like it as much as I do!

I was not asked to promote this So Delicious Greek style yogurt and I was not paid or given any incentive. All opinions are mine.

Homemade Granola

I’ve always been a granola fan, but since it’s a little pricey at the grocery store I don’t buy it too often. My favorite ways to eat granola is mixed in with a dairy-free yogurt, with cold almond milk poured over the top, or just munching on a handful of the good stuff.

Tonight I made a batch of homemade granola and it was so easy, so easy in fact that I wish I had an easy button to press when I finished [thanks to all those Staples commercials ;)]. It took about 20 minutes from start to finish and that includes bake time.

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

2 cups rolled oats

4 tbsp agave or honey

2 tbsp ground flax-seed

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla

Mix all of the ingredients together. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. When the granola is done it will be a golden brown color, you will also notice that it is a little chewy, as it cools it gets some crunch. Store in an air tight container or bag and enjoy!

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Happy Crunching!

Oat Bran Peanut Butter Cookies for Kids (and adults).

Ahhh! I’m so sorry that it has been a week since I have posted a new recipe…please forgive me! I feel like I have been extra busy lately, I’m sure you all know the feeling. Today I whipped up a batch of peanut butter cookies, is it me or does it seem like I am always talking about peanut butter and nut butter? Oh, and these cookies just happen to be vegan as well.

These aren’t your typical peanut butter cookies since they are very oat-y, with that said, I think these are great to throw in your child’s lunch box or for a treat; they will be happy to be eating cookies and you’ll be happy to know they are eating something healthy. I used oat bran in place of flour because it offers a good amount of fiber and protein. I also used agave in place of sugar, I personally think that all sweeteners are fairly similar, but the nice thing about agave is that it is lower on the glycemic index so it doesn’t cause as sharp of a spike in blood sugar.

 

Oat Bran Peanut Butter Cookies

Oat Bran Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup oat bran

1/3 cup agave

(if you would prefer to use brown sugar, then you may want to use 1/2 cup).

1/2 mashed banana

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

Mix all of the ingredients together and roll into balls, and press them down with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. My batch made about 15 small cookies.

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Happy Baking!

P.S. Stay tuned! In the next couple of weeks I will be holding a contest and the winner will receive some dairy free goodies ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Arts and Crafts: Painting with Cars

Happy Sunday!

We are having a lazy Sunday, partially because the washing machine is broken so I can’t do laundry and because the little guy has a cold and I think I’m coming down with one. I am trying to be positive about it, it has been a full 48 hours since I have washed a load of laundry, so I’m going to relish this time rather than think of the clothes and linens that are piling up.

Anyways, I have a great mommy friend who has inspired me to do more arts and crafts! She is always posting these great photos on Instagram of the things that her and her son are making and she also has a pretty excellent Pinterest board going of ideas.

I am planning on making a trip to the dollar store to find some materials, but today we went with what we had on hand. I found this idea on Pinterest.

I had the brilliant idea to put saran wrap on the table, to not only protect it, but save on dirty dishes and for an easy clean-up! I laid down a piece of white sketch-pad paper (you can use construction or whatever you’d like), set out some cars and squirted some paint onto the saran wrap.

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Then they took the cars and drove them through the paint and onto the paper. All the little cars had different tread patterns on their wheels.

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Drum roll please…

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Happy Painting!

Avocado Chocolate Pudding [Pie]

Say what? Avocado pudding! Sounds ludicrous. I am giving you a fair warning, this DOES NOT taste like Jell-O Chocolate pudding, at all. This pudding is very rich and chocolatey! I was perusing Pinterest the other day and came across these recipes, and later that day when I was on the phone with my dad he told me that he has actually tried it before, and it was GOOD.

I came across three different versions, one with peanut butter, one without, and one with dates (at least I think they were dates). I didn’t have any dates on hand so I decided to make the peanut butter version, and the version sans peanut butter. And because I can’t leave well enough alone, I turned it into a pie.

The first recipe I found over at the The Diva Dish. This is so simple and easy to make! You can just throw all of the ingredient into a food processor and viola, you have pudding!

Chocolate Pudding

  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup Agave Nectar
  • 1/8 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Medium Avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Dash of Salt

I actually doubled this recipe so I could stick it into a graham cracker pie crust. This is how I made my crust:

Dairy-Free Graham Cracker Crust

  • Graham Crackers – I bought my box from Trader Joe’s and I used on little plastic package, there was about 7-9 in the package. I would go count but they are gone ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • 6 tbsp melted Earth Balance
  • 1/4-1/3 Cup sugar

I crunched up the graham crackers by hand until they were in small crumbs, added in the melted Earth Balance and sugar and mixed together. Then I pressed it into my pie dish to form the crust and added the pudding on top and stuck it in the fridge to set.

Like, I said earlier, this is an incredibly rich desert, a little goes a long way. The peanut butter kicked up the richness and added a nutty flavor to the chocolate, and NO you can’t even taste the avocado.

The next recipe I tried was from The Garden Basket. This recipe is great too, it is rich and chocolatey, sans the richness and flavor of the peanut butter; the flavor has a more simplistic quality.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

  • 2 ripe avocados (med. size)
  • ยฝ cup pure cocoa powder
  • ย 1/3 cup raw unpasteurized honey or maple syrup ( I used Novo Mel brand)
  • ย ยฝ cup rice or almond milk
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: Freshly shaved coconut or store bought unsweetened (I used fresh โ€“ Thereโ€™s nothing like it!) Alternatively you can use the zest of an organic orange.

Side note: I used agave instead of the honey or maple syrup.

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Happy Cooking! Or, should I say mixing and mashing? ๐Ÿ™‚