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Delicious & Easy Vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas Cookies – Only 6 Ingredients

Delicious & Easy Vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas Cookies – Only 6 Ingredients

Last Christmas I wanted to make some vegan Christmas cookies and found that initially a bit intimidating. I quickly realized that there is no need and there are a few cookies that are easy to make vegan. Turns out one of my all-time favourite Vanillekipferl 

8 Great Meal Prep Ideas For The Busy Family

8 Great Meal Prep Ideas For The Busy Family

In order to slow down your life, you need to find out where you can save time. These meal prep ideas will help you do just that. Spend less time on chores around the house and spend it more on activities that are more meaningful. 

Overripe Bananas – 10 Easy Recipe Ideas

Overripe Bananas – 10 Easy Recipe Ideas

The first thing that comes to mind when you have overripe bananas is to make banana bread. It is easy and quick to make and this banana bread recipe is absolutely delicious and moist. But what to make with overripe bananas if you already made banana bread and still have lots of bananas? I collected my favourite ideas in this blog post. If you have any other ideas please leave a comment with your idea and I will add it to this post.

1. Freeze Overripe Bananas

If you have enough space in your freezer then freeze them. There are different ways to freeze bananas and they all work well.

If you want to freeze the banana in slices: peel the banana, cut it into even chunks, place these chunks on a cookie sheet or similar and put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then store the frozen banana slices in a container or freezer bag. Then when you need them you can use either frozen or defrosted.

You can absolutely freeze the bananas whole. I’ve done that before and had no issues. You can peel them or not. Either works. Just put the bananas in the freezer and if did not peel them thaw them before peeling when you use them. If you peeled them before freezing the bananas you can use them either frozen or thawed.

2. Smoothies

Smoothies are such a great breakfast alternative if you have a blender! Just use the overripe bananas (frozen or fresh) and add some fruits of your choice. You can also add soya yoghurt, chocolate powder or anything else that takes your fancy. I like to experiment and add whatever I have in the kitchen.

overripe banana smoothie

3. Make A Chocolate Treat

You can also make a little treat with the bananas. They go really well with chocolate – so why not freeze the banana in even chunks on your cookie sheet and add some vegan chocolate on top? This is such a nice little treat and so easy to make!

4. Banana Chips

If you have a dehydrator you can make banana chips easily. Just slice in even thin slices and dehydrate! This makes an easy and healthy snack for the whole family! If you feel like it dip the chips in chocolate for an extra special snack!

5. Sorbet/Icecream

If you decided to freeze your bananas why not make banana sorbet out of them for those warmer days? Just add the frozen bananas, frozen blueberries and a little peanut butter in a blender and mix well. You could also add additional ingredients like walnuts of chocolate chips after making the sorbet.

Alternatively, if you have frozen fruit you don’t have to freeze the bananas! Use 1 bag of frozen fruit of your choice, 2 bananas (more if you don’t mind the flavor), half a cup or so of plant milk and then place all ingredients in your blender. Blend until it’s sorbet/sherbet texture and enjoy.

6. Breakfast Drink With Coffee

For this yummy breakfast drink, you will need a blender and use 1/2 cup of whatever milk you like, for example, oat milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee or espresso, 3-4 cubes of ice. Then you just blend everything together and enjoy a special breakfast drink with a coffee kick!

7. Make A Cocktail

Take your frozen bananas, add some strawberries, some orange juice & ice cubes and put all of these in your blender. Blend until well mixed and then add as little or much vodka as you wish. Cheers!

Obviously you can also leave out the vodka for a mocktail version.

8. Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

Use 1 cup of oat flour (or blend up 1 cup of quick oats if you don’t have oat flour), add half a mashed banana, 2/3 cup of your preferred plant milk, add vanilla and/or cinnamon to taste. Then use the mixture as you would normally for pancakes. You could also add some cocoa powder if you want a chocolate version of these pancakes.

9. Fried Bananas

Cut the banana in slices of about 1 inch and dip them in cinnamon. Then fry on each side for a few minutes. You can eat as they are or at these fried bananas on porridge or chia pudding.

10. Cookies

Fancy making some cookies with your bananas? Mash up the bananas and then mix with oats and pat out to form little cookies. These will not spread like normal cookies so make desired shape and size. Bake at 350°F for about 10-15 min to your desired crunch. Add peanut butter, nuts, vegan chocolate chunks or dried fruit.

These are my favourite ideas for overripe bananas. If you you have a great idea that is not listed please leave a comment so I can add it to this list.

I’m sure you will find one idea you like and you won’t have to waste those overripe bananas you have in your kitchen at the moment! Enjoy and let me know how you liked the ideas!

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Classic Vegan Paella Recipe – Delicious and Filling Meal For A Family

Classic Vegan Paella Recipe – Delicious and Filling Meal For A Family

Easy recipe for delicious vegan paella like in Spain. All you need is a cast iron pan and a few ingredients. Add veg acoording to your own taste and make it your own family paella!

Best Vegan Waffles – 2 Easy Recipes

Best Vegan Waffles – 2 Easy Recipes

Two easy recipes to make the best vegan waffles. Take your pick of a recipe with aquafaba to replace the eggs in a traditional waffle recipe or a recipe that has no aquafaba in it. Both result in delicious waffles that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Best Vegan Empanada Fillings – 5 Recipes

Best Vegan Empanada Fillings – 5 Recipes

I love making empanadas and have started recently to make them vegan. My partner is vegan and I just wanted to come up with a few new vegan empanada fillings so I can vary the fillings.

In this blog post, I am going to share my favourite empanada filling recipes. I love how creative you can get with fillings and the choice is huge. If you want to try some new recipes try the ones below and share in the comments how you liked them. If you made any alterations please share that as well!

Best Vegan Empanada Fillings

Vegan Empanada Fillings

I used to like making empandas with cheese so I always wanted to try make them with some kind of vegan cheese. Preferably homemade of course. Previously I just chopped some veg and used that as fillings but I think fillings work better if they are in spread form. Especially for the small empanadas that we like. They work well as an appetizer or a small snack. I keep them in a freezer for when we need them.

Spinach Pesto Empanada Filling

This was one of my first tries and I loved the flavours. This spinach pesto recipe is easy to make. All you need is a food processor. I made it y bit coarser on purpose but you could always blend it a bit more if you prefer a smoother consistency.

Sundried Tomato Filling

This filling idea was inspired by my partner’s roots in Spain. Tomatoes are a staple in our household and I just had to try and make something special. Again, this filling is easy to make and we also use it as a spread on sourdough which is absolutely delicious.

Tomato And Mushroom Filling

Mushrooms are one of my favourite ingredients. I love them on pizza and as a side so I had to incorporate them in an empanada filling. I chopped them very fine and combined them with the sundried tomato spread and they are divine. If you love mushrooms this is the filling for you!

Vegan Cheese

This was my first time making vegan cashew cheese spread and I am so pleased with the result! It is creamy and complements the empanadas so well! You can also use any bought vegan cheese of course but if you want to try to make it yourself try this recipe.

Vegan cheese and sourdough crackers.

Vegan Cheese and Olives

This idea was again inspired by my partner. The vegan cheese and the olives work well together. Just chop the olives very fine and mix them with the spread. You can also just add them on top as I did.

What are you favourite fillings? Have you tried any of these vegan empanada fillings? Leave a comment below and share your ideas.

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Easy Vegan Chocolate Brownies Recipe

For my birthday, I really wanted to make something with chocolate so I tried this vegan chocolate brownies recipe. It has taken me some time to explore baked treats on my journey to eat more vegan foods. I used to bake all the time and 

Simple Vegan Food List For Beginners

Simple Vegan Food List For Beginners

When you are starting out on your vegan journey you will ask youself what you should eat. I want to help you on this journey, so here you can find my vegan food list for beginners. Vegan Food List For Beginners Confession time, I am 

Easy Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Easy Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread is one of my favourite sweet treats. It is not too sweet and can easily be mixed with other ingredients like chocolate or blueberries. This recipe shows you step by step how to make a wonderfully moist vegan banana bread. It is so easy you can even get the kids involved! Nothing more satisfying than making your own banana cake from scratch!

Vegan Banana Bread

What makes banana bread so great is its versatility. You probably heard of chocolate banana bread, add some cocoa or chocolate chips in to give it a wonderful chocolate flavour. Are you more the type that adds nuts to everything? I hear you, maybe add some walnuts or pecan nuts and it will also have a nice crunch to it! Fancy some berries? Add a handful of blueberries!

We had a lot of blueberries and exactely two overripe bananas at home and I fancied a treat. So I adapted my usual banana bread recipe to incorporate the blueberries and it was a big success! It was delicious and so moist as banana bread should be.

How to make banana bread from scratch

Luckily you won’t need many ingredients besides the bananas. Most likely you will have them at home already if you bake regularly. The best part is mashing up the bananas – a job I am sure your kids would like to help you with. You will need a bowl to mix all the ingredients and a baking sheet.

Traditionally, banana bread is baked in a loaf pan and it’s what I used in the past but currently, I like making a flatter version on a baking sheet. Works a treat and cuts down your baking time. Give it a go!

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Follow the below steps for this delicious banana bread. You will need:

Equipment

  • Small baking sheet or a 9 inch loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup plant-based milk (60 ml)
  • 1/3 cup oil (75 ml)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (115 g)
  • 1 tsb vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Grease and line a baking sheet or a 9-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. There should be some overhang on both sides.

In your bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix well.

Mash the bananas with a fork and add them to a bowl with the non-dairy milk, oil, sugar, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar. Whisk all ingredients together.

Now pour this mixture into the flour and stir until just combined.

Fill your batter into the prepared baking sheet or pan.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the dough comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely and then remove it from the pan.

Enjoy your banana bread!

Yield: 12 servings

Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

Easy to make and a great way to use up overripe bananas. The combination with blueberries makes this banana bread extra moist and delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup plant-based milk (60 ml)
  • 1/3 cup oil (75 ml)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (115 g)
  • 1 tsb vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Grease and line a baking sheet or a 9-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. There should be some overhang on both sides.
  2. In your bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  3. Mash the bananas with a fork and add them to a bowl with the plant-based milk, oil, sugar, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar. Whisk all ingredients together.
  4. Now pour this mixture into the flour and stir until just combined.
  5. Fill your batter into the prepared baking sheet or pan.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the dough comes out clean.
  7. Let the cake cool completely and then remove it from the pan.
  8. Enjoy your banana bread!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Why is my vegan banana bread dry?

Most likely because it was overbaked. Try taking it out of the oven a bit earlier next time and your banana cake should be lovely and moist.

How do you best store banana bread?

As banana bread is a very moist it is beast eaten within a few days of baking. You can store it in the fridge for up to seven days or consider freezing it for up to three months. If it actually lasts that long. In our household it hardly makes it to the fridge after baking.

How do I make chocolate banana cake?

Oh this is very easy! Just add about 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to your mix and you have a lovely chocolate banana cake. Maybe sprinkle some chocolate on top.

Should I use a loaf tin or a baking sheet?

The choice is yours! Classic banana bread is baked in a loaf tin but if you don’t have a loaf tin just get creative and use a baking sheet. I actually prefer a flatter banana cake as you see in the pictures. Adapt the baking times and reduce by 5 – 10 minutes. Remember to do the toothpick test to find out when your banana bread has been fully cooked.

Is banana bread healthy?

You can swap the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour. The sugar is easy to replace by maple syrup if you want to make the banana bread that is even healthier.

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Best Family-Friendly Vegan Pizza Dough Recipe

Best Family-Friendly Vegan Pizza Dough Recipe

Have you ever wondered if you could make your own pizza from scratch? The answer is yes and it is so easy! The ingredients are probably already in your pantry so why not give making your own vegan pizza dough at home a try? Pizza