Banana Carrot Pumpkin Zucchini Bread (Vegan)

Fall is upon us and baking is one of my favorite ways to pass time! Pumpkin everything is all over the internet, stores and is even used in this bread! This bread is super delicious and moist; it is filled with a lot of fruit and vegetables even! I was so surprised with how simple this recipe was and it uses minimal ingredients; most ingredients you will probably even have on hand. This is the perfect recipe to make on one fall day!

Ingredients:

-1 cup shredded carrot

-1 cup shredded zucchini

-1/2 cup puréed pumpkin

-2 mashed bananas

-1 cup oat flour

-2 tbsp flax seeds

-2 tbsp pure maple syrup

-2 tbsp melted coconut oil

-1/2 tsp baking powder

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/4 cup raisins

-optional toppings: 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp rolled oats, 1/2 tbsp hemp seeds

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.

3. Top with the optional toppings.

4. Bake for 40 minutes and let cool. Enjoy!

Banana Bread (Healthy + Refined Sugar Free)

One ingredient I always have on hand is bananas so what better to make than banana bread?! Of course it is the best to wait until the bananas are ripe and spotty because it will be the sweetest! I realized I didn’t have a basic banana bread recipe so of course had to create one! The recipe requires ingredients that most people have at home and it is so delicious!

Ingredients:

-2 eggs

-2 bananas + 1 banana for topping

-1 cup rolled oats

-1/4 cup pure maple syrup

-1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp baking soda

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1 tsp salt

-optional: chopped walnuts or pecans & cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line your pan with either parchment paper or oil of choice.

2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and pour in the pan.

3. Cut a banana in half lengthwise and lay on top.

4. Bake for 45 minutes, let cool and enjoy!

Black Bean Granola Butter Brownies

I love sweat treats but making healthy alternative makes it even better! However, if you see a brownie and crave it then eat it: don’t deprive yourself! Brownies are delicious and I made a recipe using black beans! I know it may sound crazy but it actually turned out amazing. Also try not to eat all the batter before it goes into the oven because it tastes amazing. The nut butter I used was granola butter! It is a newer kind but I definitely suggest trying it out because it tastes delicious!

Ingredients:                                             -1 can black beans                                 -1/4 cup cacao powder                         -1/4 cup granola butter + 1-2 tbsp for topping                                                 -1 tsp vanilla extract                             -1/2 tsp baking powder                         -1/2 tsp baking soda                               -2 tbsp pure maple syrup                     -2 tbsp almond milk                               -dash of salt                                             -Optional add ins: cacao nibs or chocolate chips of choice

Directions:                                               1. Preheat oven to 350 F.                       2. Add all the ingredients to a food processor, except for the add ins.       3. Process until forms a texture like above and spray a 6×8 pan with coconut oil.               4. Pour in the batter and drizzle extra granola butter on top.                 5. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes before cooling! Enjoy like is or add a scoop of ice cream on top!

Chia & Flax Cashew Butter

It couldn’t be nut butter week without making a homemade one am I right? I have tried almond, peanut, sunflower, and even granola butter but could never find a cashew butter. Therefore, I just decided to make my own and even added some yummy super foods to make it even better. Making your own nut butter may take a while but it is worth it! Plus it may look weird and look like it won’t work at first but with a little patience it will form!

Ingredients:                                             -2 cups unsalted cashews                   -2 tbsps chia seeds                               -2 tbsps flax seeds                     Optional:                                                 -1 tsp cinnamon                                 -1 tsp vanilla extract                         -1 tsp cacao powder

Directions:                                               1. Put the cashews in a food processor.                                                2. Blend for about 20-30 minutes. May have to scrape down the sides and take a break in between so the food processor doesn’t overheat.                                                 3. Once it is a creamy consistency pulse in the seeds and optional add ins.                              4. Transfer to a glass jar and store in fridge or cabinet. Makes about 1 cup.                          5. Enjoy with fruit, toast, oatmeal, or right off the spoon!