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Banana Oat Muffins

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These are great grab on the go snack and there is NO SUGAR what­so­ever!  They are also lovely with a cup of tea. These can be made gluten free if you use gluten free Oats. (Added note: These muffins are not the sweet­est. If you desire a sweeter muf­fin, add a few table­spoons of maple syrup to your wet ingredients.)

Banana Oat­meal Muffins 

(Adapted from source)

Makes 12 muffins

Ingre­di­ents:

• 1 cup rolled oats

• 1 cup oat flour (grind reg­u­lar oats in a food proces­sor to make this)

• 1 tea­spoon bak­ing powder

• 1/4 tea­spoon sea salt

• 1/2 tea­spoon cinnamon

• 1/4 tea­spoon nutmeg

• 1 cup pureed over­ripe banana ( 2 large bananas)

• 1 tea­spoon vanilla extract

• 1 tea­spoon apple cider vinegar

• 1/4 cup of orange or apple juice

• 2 table­spoons vegan choco­late chips (optional)

Instruc­tions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Mix all the dry ingre­di­ents together in a bowl.

3. Blend banana in a food proces­sor until smooth.

4. Mix banana, and the rest of the wet ingre­di­ents together in a sep­a­rate bowl.

5. Add wet mix­ture to dry mix­ture and com­bine. Fold in choco­late chips if using.

6. Fill muf­fin tins 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15 min­utes or until golden brown and a tooth­pick inserted comes out dry.

Enjoy!

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Super Spring Smoothie

Spring is in the air! Well… kind of. Toronto has been pretty up and down temperature-wise over the past few weeks. It was warm­ing up and just when we thought we were in the clear and spring was upon us, it went down to –10 degrees Cel­sius. Oy!

That being said, I do believe that the worst of win­ter is over and am opti­mistic about the com­ing of warmer weather. My body must know it’s com­ing because I have been crav­ing fresh fruity smooth­ies! This is a lit­tle weird as I haven’t really been much of a smoothie per­son in the past. Because of that, I’ve been using very sim­ple ingre­di­ents. I find that fewer, bet­ter ingre­di­ents make for an ener­giz­ing, tasty, smoothie experience!

Here is one that I’ve recently been hav­ing for break­fast and some­times also as a snack.

 

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Mornin’ Sun­shine Smoothie

This smoothie is lightly sweet and fruity. The spinach adds lot of nutri­tional value and you can’t even taste it, which is nice for those who aren’t fans of tast­ing veg­gies in their drinks.

Makes a good 6–8 ounces of smoothie. You can add more almond milk if you are mak­ing smooth­ies for two.

Needed: a blender!

Ingre­di­ents:

1/2 cup of frozen mangos

banana (sub­sti­tute kiwi for a slightly dif­fer­ent flavour)

hand­ful baby spinach

1 tea­spoon chia seeds

1/4–1/2 cup unsweet­ened almond milk (any non-dairy milk is fine)*

Instruc­tions:

1. Throw all ingre­di­ents in the blender and blend until smooth

2. Enjoy!

* You may want to add more milk depend­ing on the con­sis­tency desired.

Oy Vegan!

 

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Non-Vegan Banana Rant

What is going on peo­ple? Why can’t we eat bananas when they are ready to be eaten? Must we arti­fi­cially extend their shelf-life using ani­mal prod­ucts? Now, a fruit that we’ve already genet­i­cally mod­i­fied beyond belief is going to be the cause of yet another severe allergy. What are we doing to our food?!?! Why are we deplet­ing our oceans? Have we all gone bananas?

That’s my banana rant.

To read more about the impend­ing non-vegan banana, check out  Shape Magazine’s arti­cle or one green planet’s arti­cle on this issue.

Oy vegan!

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