#FruitSoHard - Chocolate PB Banana Ice Cream Bites

Monday, February 27, 2017

I think you can take a guess as to how this story starts out. Bananas. So many ripe bananas! So I took to my Pinterest page (where I have vegan breakfast, lunch/dinner, dessert, and snack/beverage pins GALORE! Even Instant Pot recipe pins!) to find something that could help use up these bananas. Something that preferably wasn't muffins or bread. I make enough of those as it is. So I found these on One Green Planet! They're super easy and really yummy. And they last in the freezer for quite a while! So I don't have to worry about eating them all right away. Hahaha. ;) Enjoy!

Chocolate PB Banana Ice Cream Bites
(Vegan, GF)

Ingredients:
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (I prefer crunchy with this recipe)
  • Pinch of salt
Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients well.
  2. Add a rounded tbsp to each of 12 muffin cups. Freeze 3-4 hours or overnight.
  3. Enjoy immediately or store in freezer for up to 1 month. 

Yummy, right? And you can play around with mix-ins. You can add oats, puffed rice, dried fruit, chocolate chips... It all depends on what you want. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

#FruitSoHard - Fudgy Brownie Oat Cookies

Friday, February 24, 2017

So it's safe to say I'm obsessed with fudgy brownie oatmeal. Like, seriously obsessed. Like, eat-it-every-single-day obsessed. Can't-get-enough obsessed. It's so freaking good. :) And, just like the fudgy brownie baked oatmeal, it's super customizable! You can add applesauce instead of maple syrup for sweetness. You can add nuts or chocolate chips for more crunch. And you can easily freeze these instead to make no-bake cookies. Seriously, so easy. Do whatever you want with these. It's your life. LIVE IT. Because chocolate is the way to live. :) 

Fudgy Brownie Oat Cookies
(GF, vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups oats
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter (I used powdered) (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix bananas, maple syrup, sea salt, and water.
  3. Add oats, cacao, peanut butter, turmeric, and flax and mix well.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes so they firm up a little more. Then enjoy!
For no-bake cookies, don't preheat oven and bake. Pop the baking sheet into the freezer or add batter to a muffin tin and freeze those. Yum! :)




#FruitSoHard - Fudgy Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Thursday, February 16, 2017

You guys. I'm obsessed with this oatmeal. It's baked, which makes it super brownie-like. And it's so chocolaty and delicious! Plus, you can totally customize it. Use applesauce or avocado instead of a banana. Add chocolate chips or any of the optional mix-ins I list below. Do whatever ya want with this gorgeous, scrumptious breakfast-that-tastes-so-much-like-dessert. Honestly, I feel like I'm being naughty in the morning when I eat this because it's so sweet and yummy. But it's all good! So enjoy this one. :) 

Fudgy Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Splash of vanilla
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional) 
  • 1 tbsp (powdered or regular) peanut butter (optional)
  • 4-5 crushed walnuts
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients. 
  3. Then add everything else to bowl except the walnuts and mix well. 
  4. Add mixture to ramekin and top with walnuts (or mix them in during step 2). 
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy. 





*Inspired by The Oatmeal Artist


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