Tag Archives: Banana

Banana “Sushi”

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Delicious raw vegan banana “sushi” made by my little vegans! Almond butter spread onto a banana, sprinkled with raw hemp seeds, & made with love…

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Empower your little ones to create healthy superfoods. Children learn not only about healthy eating and wanting to eat what they made, but it also gives them an opportunity to be creative, develop motor skills, count, problem solve, & so much more. You never know what your little “chefs” might create.

What are your favourite raw and healthy vegan snacks?

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{Gluten-Free & Vegan} Mini Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

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vegan chocolate{Gluten-Free & Vegan} Mini Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Vegan Sprinkles
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We had a very special 1st birthday party this past weekend. One of my best friend’s little girl turned 1. Amazing how fast the year has gone!

We have been talking about the party for awhile now, and as usual, they are so considerate of what we eat. I was not too worried as it sounded like there were lots of yummy options, especially Zaedyn’s favourite: Avocado sushi!

I knew that I would probably make some cupcakes or something that wouldn’t interest Zaedyn, but he sometimes surprises me and thought it would be a nice option or alternative for others, too. We were in a bit of a rush, and I was using a different gluten-free flour, but I thought I would make some chocolate banana cupcakes that I have previously made. However, I usually make them bigger with walnuts and chocolate chunks! I had some vegan sprinkles that we have never used though so I was excited to use them for our special cupcakes.

Again, a Pinterest find from Love and Olive Oil, except of course a few adjustments :). I used almond milk instead of coconut milk, coconut oil instead of canola oil, gluten-free flour, and less vegan sugar. The icing seemed to set a bit better after being in the fridge than when we used it straight away. Topped with vegan sprinkles, these were beautiful little cupcakes. The banana is a huge flavour in these though so if you don’t care for banana, then this might not be the recipe for you. Some little vegan fingers seemed to enjoy poking at the icing. Personally, the icing is a bit much for me just because I am not used to it, but I was told that they were yummy.
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Oh, and I am pretty sure the birthday girl had a lovely day with all of her friends and family around, full of smiles, and a beautiful set up thanks to her Mummy and Daddy.

Smoothie a Day #20 Mango

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This smoothie was way too yummy! Zaedyn was not that interested in sharing with me so I had to find my own straw, but then he decided that he could drink from two. Cheeky!

We have not had mango for awhile and wanted to make sure that we could taste it. This was a very simple smoothie, but you could easily add greens or a few more ingredients.

Tomorrow’s smoothie a day is nut butter in case you want to join in or see what we decide to make. If you haven’t noticed already, check out the Smoothie a Day quick link page at the top that I added. Oh, and something else really exciting. We received some fluffy mail from the Nappy Lady today! If you want to find out what nappy we have added to Zaedyn’s nappy stash, I will be posting a photo later. I love the print!

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MANGO SMOOTHIE

-1 mango

-1/3 cup pineapple,

-1/3 cup coconut water (I used freeze dried powder this time)

-1 banana.

Adjust with more pineapple or coconut water if needed.

Chocolate, Banana, & Cinnamon: A Collection of Gluten-Free Vegan Baking

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Just a few photos of some gluten-free vegan baking before I began this page. Actually, the first photo is chocolate cupcakes I made for Valentine’s Day in 2011!

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gluten-free organic cocoa vegan cupcakes

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gluten-free vegan banana bread

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gluten-free vegan chocolate banana walnut cupcakes

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gluten-free vegan double chocolate coconut

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gluten-free vegan cinnamon rolls

Smoothie a Day #9 ~ Citrus

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Smoothie a Day #5 ~ Orange

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ORANGE SMOOTHIE

~Juice of two oranges

~1/2 paw paw

~2 bananas

~1/2 cup almond milk

~handful of ice

Blend & drink

I was so excited when David came home with a paw paw yesterday. I knew that I was going to use oranges in my smoothie today, but paw paw was a great addition to make today’s smoothie recipe. I had no plan for what was going into this smoothie, and it blended together to make a delicious drink. This made enough for both Zaedyn and I. He is loving smoothies a day so much that I have to make sure I make enough, or I won’t get any!

Still with another half, I have not yet decided whether I will be eating the rest of the paw paw or adding it to tomorrow’s smoothie. Paw paw reminds me of Rarotonga as their was endless amounts of paw paw, coconut, and fresh fruit that I looked forward to every morning. Can’t wait to go back again one day!

Tomorrow’s smoothie ingredient is nut milk. I better go and soak some nuts. Check out a previous post on Fresh Raw Almond Milk, and you can follow the recipe with another type of nut to make a dairy-free milk. Hope you will join in on our Smoothie a Day ~ November. Feel free to share a photo of your smoothie on Facebook.

Smoothie a Day ~ November

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Smoothies are full of goodness! They are packed with lots of nutrients. Fruit, Veggies, and superfoods: there are endless ways to make a different smoothie every day. This actually made it extremely hard in choosing only 30 ideas, but I tried to choose a variety as well as a few that I know will be a bit more challenging. I also tried not to use too many ingredients that not everyone stocks in their pantry, but with only one ingredient listed you can feel free to get creative. I am going to be creating smoothies that I have never made before, and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s creativity.

If you are following us on Pinterest, there is a new Smoothies board which I will be adding lots of pins to as I come across them. I will post this photo so that you can re-pin. Please like and share this photo on Facebook as well so that as many people as possible can be involved in creating and drinking smoothies this month. Each day we welcome any way you wish to contribute whether it is a photo, recipe, or your thoughts. If you post a photo on our wall, you can re-share on your own. Thanks for all of your support, and I look forward to all of the smoothie bliss in November.

Smoothie Challenge

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Are you up for a smoothie challenge? With the cold weather, we have not been very consistent in making our smoothies. As summer is coming and lots of new fruit is in season, I was thinking about smoothies. I asked David if he would be up for a bit of a challenge, and surprisingly he is keen. He is usually not that impressed when he sees me with spirulina! However, Zaedyn and I love it. You can read more about the benefits of Spirulina in Nutritional Discovery.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to smoothies. They can be a great way to combine a lot of ingredients, and it can often be  easier to drink than to sit and eat the amount of fruit and vegetables compared to drinking them. You can pack a lot of greens into your green smoothies. For children, this can also be a great way to fill them up with a lot of nutrition and add in fruits and vegetables that they may not eat whole. Nuts and seed milks, LSA, chia seeds, and spirulina also add nutrition. What else do you add?

On the other hand, I love to sit and eat fresh fruit. Over the past few years, I have really come to love eating lots of raw veggies as well although they usually must be paired with hummus. There are also some ideas that different types of fruit should not be eaten together. So if you decided that you wanted to eat watermelon, you would eat as much watermelon and only watermelon until you were full. I have also often had my fair share of smoothies where I packed as much as possible into one and realised that too much can make them not taste very yummy.

Anyways, we have decided to take on this smoothie challenge as it adds a lot of nutrition into our bodies. I often find it hard to come up with exact recipes for smoothies as I often add in what is around or what I think at the time. Everyone also has their own preferences with consistency. I am more than happy to share estimated measurements if people show interest though. We may not always have something new or exciting to share as our basic smoothie with spirulina, banana, and almond milk is often a favourite, but I will be looking to make sure we benefit from lots of veggies and fruit and will keep you updated on anything interesting. Zaedyn does not seem to eat as much fruit as veggies so smoothies are a fun way for him to sip his fruit.

Who else is keen to join in our smoothie challenge? The challenge is not based on an exact amount of time as smoothies should always be a part of lives, but we are challenging ourselves and you to take part in making more smoothies on a regular basis. Please feel free to comment below or share feedback with us on Facebook. We would love to hear about your favourite smoothie recipes or photos of smoothies you make. Do you have a main base that you use in your smoothies, or a superfood that you use? Keep in touch through our Smoothie Challenge: drink your fruit and greens. As inspiration, we might even have a smoothie theme challenge next month…

Vegan ABC Banana Cookies

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1 cup Almonds, 1/2 cup Brazil Nuts, 1/2 cup Cashews

Process Nuts

Continue to process until nuts have released oils to make your ABC Spread.

Vegan ABC Banana Cookie Batter using 1/2 cup of ABC spread

Spoon onto tray.

Vegan ABC Banana Cookie

Yum

     A vegan cookie with coconut and chocolate. Must be good! Inspired by Mum’s Pinterest posting Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Egg-free Peanut Butter & Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Rather than using peanut butter, I decided to process Almonds, Brazil Nuts, & Cashews to make Zaedyn’s favourite ABC Spread. Although it can take a bit of time, make sure to continue to process the nuts until the oil is released. Yum! Follow the link to the recipe above & replace peanut butter with ABC Spread. Sometimes oats can be questionable as to whether or not they are gluten-free so check the label. I bought organic oats. What a great way to use up some ripe bananas. Plus, I can’t say that I have experimented much with vegan cookies, but these are really yummy. Definitely worth making again.