Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Treat yourself to one of these Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re soft and tender and filled with tons of chocolate goodness submerged in subtle notes of rich and buttery peanut butter.

Treat yourself to one of these Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They're soft and tender and filled with tons of chocolate goodness submerged in subtle notes of rich and buttery peanut butter.

So I had a major craving for a good chocolate chip cookie… Being fairly new at this whole vegan baking thing, I had to scour the Internet in search of ideas and inspiration, so I could whip me up a batch.  

One thing I quickly came to realize is that “vegan” isn’t necessarily synonymous with “healthy”… There are TONS of really yummy looking vegan dessert recipes out there, but as soon as you start to read the ingredient list, they quickly loose their appeal! Indeed, a lot of them call for standard ingredients, such as vegan butter or margarine, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, etc.  

Hmpft. While I understand that there is no real way to create a truly healthy chocolate chip cookie, I still wanted to indulge in a somewhat healthier treat. So I went ahead and crafted my own recipe. And while I’m still new at this, I think I managed to whip up a pretty decent batch of vegan cookies, seriously! 

Those cookies are loaded with flavor, super soft, tender, slightly chewy, and all kinds of yummy! And while they do contain peanut butter, the peanut taste is very subtle and not at all overwhelming… it just contributes in making the cookies taste super rich and buttery

One thing’s for sure: they totally, positively took care of my craving!  

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Vegan Banana Bread – Whole Wheat and No Added Sugar

Despite being made with whole wheat flour and containing no added sugar or animal products whatsoever, this Vegan Banana Bread is so moist, so soft, so sweet, so rich and buttery and so deliciously yummy, it’ll have everyone completely, positively bamboozled!

Despite being made with whole wheat flour and containing no added sugar or animal products whatsoever, this Vegan Banana Bread is so moist, so soft, so sweet, so rich and buttery and so deliciously yummy, it'll have everyone completely, positively bamboozled!

I’m getting more and more comfortable with this vegan / plant based thing… it’s been 3 full months now and I’m really starting to get the hang of it. I no longer have panic attacks at the idea of not eating meat ever again and find it easier by the day to cook “normally” using unfamiliar ingredients, such as tempeh, tofu and the likes… I’m getting more and more inspired to come up with new recipes for this place, too. 

But for now, the easiest way for me to acclimate to this new lifestyle is byveganising” some of my regulars. Banana bread would definitely be on top of that list! I probably make a loaf every week, and if not, at least every other week. Funny fact of my life is I don’t even like bananas; You’ll never catch me eating one unless it’s fluorescent yellow going on green. Yet I buy bananas almost every time I hit the grocery store, just so I can eventually make banana bread. Cuz I simply can’t imagine life without banana bread! 

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Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake

Cakes don’t get much healthier than this Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake. On top of being completely vegan, it also happens to be free of gluten and refined sugar. Of course, it’s also absolutely delicious!

Cakes don't get much healthier than this Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake. On top of being completely vegan, it also happens to be free of gluten and refined sugar. Of course, it's also absolutely delicious!

This Buckwheat Apple Ring Cake I originally created ages ago, in March of 2012 to be exact, after a friend had challenged me to “heatlthify” an apple cake recipe he’d found on the Internet.

I’d readily accepted his challenge and practically reinvented the thing… Not only did I manage to keep it vegan, like the original, but also made it gluten and refined sugar free. Indeed, the only ingredients in charge of bringing sweetness to this gorgeous ring cake are apples and raisins. Yet, it tastes plenty sweet to be enjoyed as dessert!

HA! I’m telling you, cakes don’t get much healthier than this one. Especially not cakes that taste this good! This one has a really dense yet surprisingly moist texture, and offers very pleasant and distinct notes of buckwheat, which remind me of my childhood’s breakfasts, when my dad used to make buckwheat pancakes for us. Paired with apples, it’s like a match made in heaven!

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Vegan Carrot Bread – No Added Sugar

Made with nothing but wholesome ingredients such as carrots, dates, applesauce, raisins, whole wheat flour and flax, this Vegan Carrot Bread might be healthy, but no one will ever know. Even kids will love it!

Made with nothing but wholesome ingredients such as carrots, dates, applesauce, raisins, whole wheat flour and flax, this Vegan Carrot Bread might be healthy, but no one will ever know. Even kids will love it!

Here’s a carrot bread that contains nothing but wholesome ingredients and no added sugar or animal products whatsoever… some may think that it must taste and feel like pure cardboard in your mouth, but trust me, nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, this cake has even more flavor and texture than any carrot bread or cake I’ve ever eaten.

It’s crazy moist, dense, plenty sweet, slightly spiced… tasty enough to pass for dessert, but healthful enough to eat as a snack, or even as part of breakfast!

One of the things that I’m most excited about with this carrot bread recipe is the fact that it doesn’t even contain eggs. I’ve only just started experimenting with vegan baking and quite frankly I am totally impressed with the results I have been getting. To be honest, I’d been reading about using ground flax seeds as an egg replacement for years, but for some reason I was extremely skeptical that it would work all that great… plus, I never really bothered because I’d always been a firm believer that eggs were good for me. Now I’m not so sure anymore… 

After experimenting with flax egg replacement it for a little while, I have to admit that I absolutely love it! In fact, I think I even prefer flax eggs to the real deal. It’s consistently produced baked goods that had a perfect texture, were extra moist and held super well, too.

I’m definitely a fan. A super excited fan! And I think the chickens are, too! 

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Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins

Despite them being made with nothing but wholesome ingredients and containing no refined sugar whatsoever, these Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins taste so delicious, you’ll never believe how healthy they actually are!

Despite them being made with nothing but wholesome ingredients and containing no refined sugar whatsoever, these Butternut Squash Apple Spice Muffins taste so delicious, you'll never believe how healthy they actually are!

‘Tis the season, right? Pumpkin season, that is… everywhere you look is pumpkin this, pumpkin that! To be honest, I think I’m getting a little bit fed up with pumpkin…

Can butternut squash be the new pumpkin please? Is there a petition we could sign, or some kind of a vote that we could take to make it happen?

Personally, I think that butternut squash possesses just as much aptness but is so much more accessible! It’s easier to find, easier to handle, peel, dice and cook! 

Coalesced with apples, I think that butternut squash is the ultimate autumnal flavor! And I’m pretty sure that you will agree with me when you get to taste those phenomenal muffins! To me, they are perfect in every possible way. Not only are they made with good wholesome ingredients, they are also low in fat and free of refined sugar. Taste-wise, they are agreeably sweet and perfectly spiced, with a well balanced, dense and slightly chewy texture. 

All in all, I think they are the perfect little autumn treat, snack, or on the go breakfast… 


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