Vegan Toffee Mugcake (gluten free)

Single serve vegan toffee mugcake made in 1 minute with just 5 ingredients? Yes – you don’t have to do the math to know that this sugar free, vegan, gluten free recipe is an all-around winner. Simple, fluffy, and absolutely delicious!

vegan toffee mugcake

I found myself conversing with…myself…right before diving into this mini cake celebration. Which…isn’t too different from any other day hahah.

Me, party of 1? Me, party of 1? Your mugcake party is ready”

“Oh thanks, Me!!”

“Enjoy…”

“Oh I will!”

I talk to myself daily; I’m rather easily entertained.

But really, I had this strong urge to just celebrate the day by adding this into my afternoon. It certainly worked and made me smile. :) I’ve actually been making this recipe often this last week! I’ve had it decked out for breakfast or an afternoon snack repeatedly, hence the decreased posts lately… Which. Let’s talk about that.

I’m still stranded at home without a car. It’s been 3 weeks since the crash :( and the car is ALMOST fixed up… That means Pesto has been with the babysitter 3 weeks too and I misss himmmmm. You’d think I’d have a lot of free time to just stay at home and bake new recipes, but no. First limiting factor is getting to the store for ingredients. And second limiting factor is…I’m just kind of in a funk. Nothing serious, just feeling unmotivated by staring at the same walls every day. I’ve got a nice routine of work, chiropractor, bike, sleep, but doing the same thing over and over without my car or dog is just sad. Plus I’m still in a lot of pain so it’s hard to really sit at a computer and do anything other than laying on my bed with a laptop to watch movies. Meh.

So sorry about the laziness. It’ll come back, I swear. I can feel things surging with this vegan toffee mugcake!! I’m also working on a load of recipes to release at once, so it’ll all hit you like BAM!! Don’t pass out please, I’ll try not to hit too hard.

I have been switching up the flavors here and there since the recipe is so simple, but I just love toffee the most!! This stevia makes it so easy to add flavor. I topped my personal cake with vanilla soy yogurt, a peanut butter drizzle (2 tbsp crazy Richards peanut butter powder, 2 tbsp water, and stevia drops – discount code “pbeechie” gives 10% off crazyrichards.com), coconut banana Too Sum Foods bar, sliced banana, and shredded coconut. Such a tasty combination!

I love the fluffy texture and simplicity of this vegan toffee mugcake recipe. Give it a go and let me know what you think!!

vegan toffee mugcake

Vegan Toffee Mugcake

Serves: 1

  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 7-8 English toffee liquid stevia drops

Mix everything in a mug or small bowl. Microwave for 45-60 seconds, and that’s it!!! So so easy. Top with whatever you want!


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Cherry Cheesecake Pancakes (vegan, gluten free)

These healthy cherry cheesecake pancakes will have you questioning whether you’re dreaming or in reality. Definitely in reality… These pancakes are soft and sweet with a creamy icing that make them almost too delicious to be true. Not only are they satisfyingly sweet, but these pancakes are completely vegan, gluten free, and sugar free as well!

Look at this stack!! I think if I stacked them a single pancake higher, they would have fallen over. I had a hard enough time as it was with this stack – had a few “OH DEAR NO DON’T FALL” saves in the process as it well! I’m literally pancakin til I can’t pancake no more.  They are springy, soft, and sooo great!

cherry cheesecake pancakes

I love that the actual pancake part is lightly sweet, but overall wholesome. Not too overwhelming in sweetness, that way the sweet topping can really shine and do its part! I was worried this icing would end up still just tasting like plain cream cheese. But I was wrong! Just a few additions and the flavor and texture ended up addictively delicious. I want to add it on everything! Like oatmeal, toast, more pancakes…. And I probably will!

And you can’t forget the cherries! I like to use frozen cherries and halfway melt them to create a sauce/syrup on top, but this time I just left them as they are. Both options absolutely fantastic. I also added a bit of an oat bar and some almonds, mostly for that touch of crunch that I love dearly. You know what I mean??

cherry cheesecake pancakes

My neck and back have been slowly rehabilitating. I was feeling like it’s taking such a long time to heal considering I’ve already been to the chiropractor for 4 treatments. But I finally saw my xrays on Friday… and wow. I started to panic and almost have an anxiety attack just seeing how bad the structure is. I felt like I was looking at someone else’s neck – like surely that can’t be mine. But…it makes a lot of sense now why I’ve been feeling so much pain and other weird body effects like nausea. I feel a lot more justified in having to take off work. My chiropractor said it takes 90 days to fully recover from whiplash, isn’t that crazy!?

The car…..still no car. Kinda sad, but I mentally prepared myself for this. They estimate I should have it by the end of this week, making it over 2 weeks without a car. It’s not as awful as I thought it’d be…just inconvenient because I can’t really do errands or go to the gym, but maybe it’s best this way since I’m forced to take it easy. I’ve still been cycling on my trainer, just not as intensely. I think the hardest part of having no car is that I haven’t had Pesto to love :( he’s at the dog sitter until I have my car since I have no way to drop him off and pick him up while I’m at work. It’s better this way for him…because he can be happy and busy. I just miss my best friend. :( Can pancakes be my best friend? Actually, I think they can be.

Try these healthy and absolutely delicious cherry cheesecake pancakes. They are completely vegan, gluten free, and sugar free as well!

 cherry cheesecake pancakes

Cherry Cheesecake Pancakes

Serves: 1

Batter

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 TBSP ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 stevia packet
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cherry Cheesecake

  • 2 TBSP vegan cream cheese (I use Tofutti)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 stevia drops
  • splash of almond milk
  • 5-6 cherries

Mix the dry ingredients for the batter. Then slowly mix in the wet ingredients until even. Spray a large pan with nonstick spray. Cook each pancake on low/medium heat. Flip when they lightly bubble. Cook another 2-3 minutes, then remove from pan.

For the topping, whisk the cream cheese with vanilla extract, stevia, and enough almond milk to be creamy. Once evenly mixed, pour on top of the pancakes. Slice the cherries and add on top, too. Enjoy!


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Orange Creamsicle Nice Cream (vegan, gluten free)

Goooood morning! Loving this ORANGE CREAMSICLE nice cream that I topped with buckwheat groats and raspberries. This recipe is just 2-3 ingredients and is such a unique, deliciously satisfying flavor! This recipe is all natural, gluten free, vegan, and has no added sugar, woo!

I see why swirls are so satisfying to make. They’re like little ocean waves of joy! I definitely need that these days. Incase you’re a blog reader that doesn’t follow my other social media, it’s news to you that I was in a car accident last Thursday. I posted a youtube video the day of…that explains the details of the crash really. Since then, the most update I have really is the side effects I’m having. First, I have to say, I am SO THANKFUL for the outcome of the crash. I fully recognize that the outcome could have been a million times worse; I definitely have new value to life. But that does not diminish the very really symptoms I’m experiencing now since the crash.

I do have whiplash. I got to the chiropractor immediately; I am going 3 times a week until the doctor sees fit, and they took x-rays to provide adequate care. I had debilitating neck pain 3 years ago when I started working in a lab/office, and they fixed me up amazingly then. So I have full faith that they can fix everything once again, especially since I was able to get treatment within 48 hours of the crash.

Other than the neck pain that causes burning headaches, 2-3 days after the crash I started experiencing extremely nausea and anxiety. Yes, I am an anxious person in general. But this anxiety is so unwarranted. It thunder stormed for the first time 3 days after the crash, and I started to enter an anxiety attack. The entire day I had this…final destination type of mindset and I convinced myself I was going to die alone in my apartment. Everything was making me afraid and I enter random bouts of crying out of fear. Yesterday I had the choice to go back to work or not…and I decided it would be better for me to feel like more of a productive person to go to work. It was rough, but I am glad I did. I almost had an anxiety attack at work, but I was able to calm myself down. I am pretty proud of how I’m getting better at that skill….

Anyways. The day back at work was just…so. much. nausea. And like the urge to puke at the idea of food has literally never happened in my life XD food is always first. So it’s scary. I’ve been having to find foods that are simple and light in taste or else I get so sick. I just need to eat what I can. I’ve had a lot of dates, bananas, and figs. Good thing I was stocked up well on bananas! Things will get better for sure. Still no word on how long the car will take to get fixed…or the cost… Just a little setback but life will go on. I can already tell the chiropractor treatments are slowly working, and my fingers are crossed that the trauma symptoms will slowly subside.

I’ve frozen a lot of the bananas I had for banana ice cream. This orange creamsicle banana ice cream is just so uniquely tasty, but not too overwhelming or strong in flavor! I love the texture most. Is it just me, or is the texture of ice cream the single most satisfying texture when you’re sick or sad? I’m pretty sure there’s some sort of science behind it, or else why would kids always get ice cream after the doctor when they’re sick?! #science

If you’re looking for a new version of banana ice cream, or a good first recipe to try, this is great for you!! The recipe is extremely simple, unique, and makes you feel great about it! It is all natural, gluten free, vegan, and paleo if you omit the stevia!

orange creamsicle nice cream

Orange Creamsicle Nice Cream

Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender (I prefer the food processor because it comes out most thick). Top with whatever you’d like!

 

I topped mine with buckwheat groats (the crunch is perfect) and raspberries.


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Espresso Caramel Swirl Banana Bread (vegan, gluten free)

I’ve got this espresso caramel swirl banana bread all to myself. You read that right; this luscious banana bread is perfectly sweet and moist with bursts of bold flavor that make you melt. Even more unbelievably, this healthy recipe is completely vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free (but believe it!).

caramel swirl banana bread

My world is very delicious right now. But my world is also very BUSY! I was at MomoCon all weekend, and now the real life has hit me. What is MomoCon, you ask? Wellllll… A fun convention for all things video games, comics, board games, anime, animation, and general nerdiness. It’s basically a giant weekend-long party for inner nerds. I looooove it. There’s always so many people to meet. When you go for years to cons, you definitely form a con family that you almost exclusively just see at cons XD so I rushed around all weekend to make sure I got to see everyone. :3 I think I did! Plus meeting tons of awesome new people!!

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There were a ton of really cool things I saw. For one, the arcade room was so fun to watch people! A lot of super skilled people just use wizardry, I swear. There’s this game similar to Dance Dance Revolution…but four people can play on two pads at once?!? It was insane… Here’s a short clip I took but this wasn’t even the hard part…

I also went to an interesting panel called “working with Disney” and people shared their stories and answered questions. The voice of Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) was there, the voice of Belle (Paige O’Hara), Jim Cummings, and some illustrators. They had the coolest stories as well as some that made me cry. Another cool panel was an interactive game where the celebrity guests played along with us in the audience because we could vote on our phones. It was soo funny. The voice of Stephen Universe was there (Zach Callison) and he was funny XD My friend got to interview him and he said he’s so nice it’s scary…like unrealistically nice. But I also had a similar experience from meeting an illustrator and voice actor named C Martin Croker! He worked on a bunch of adult swim shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but he is best known for voicing Zorak and Moltar on Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Just really refreshing to know everyone is really nice and not arrogant or bored with being at the con.

Of course seeing cosplays are a very exciting part of the con. I went to a contest and just…was so blown away. I think…what got me most excited all weekend was a group of girls titled “Eveellutions” for the evolutions in Pokémon. The picture doesn’t do them justice; the outfits were all so elegant and the fabric was fantastic. Overall such a great concept. And I know Halo cosplays are done so so often (with a lot of people failing..bad…) but the red cosplay was great. His presentation was so funny and, it’s hard to see, but those are RAINBOW lights that cycled through it! Mindblown – I felt like a moth to a light.

Unfortunately, I was so excited all weekend I forgot to take many pictures. :( I sowwy. But just know that means a ton of fun was had hahah. At night, the con actually closed (unlike AWA and other cons) but the courtyard was perfect for gathering to play music and dance and party. I didn’t go to the rave (which I heard was fantassstic) buuuttt there were more than enough places to party. I really don’t know how I didn’t die when I stayed up until 5 am… I can’t even remember the last time I was up until 2 am. I’m old. But that just shows you how serious cons are to me hahaha.

caramel swirl banana bread

AnyWHOOO.. Thank goodness for the timing of the holiday this Monday because I got time to catch up on work, life errands, and just remember the real world before going back to work today. I ended up using the holiday to work all day on blog stuff and things I’ve been slacking on. I even got time to BAKE!! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this is the first actual baking recipe involving an oven that I’ve used in my new apartment. What a way to start it off because WOW. This espresso caramel swirl banana bread is absolutely killer.

I actually messed up the recipe a little bit from what I had planned. I’m gonna blame the tired-ness. But I think it turned out even better this way. It’s so moist, yet very filling and satisfying. I wasn’t sure how the bold espresso flavors would turn out in such a sweet recipe, but it is perfect. Not too much, not too little. I’m just gonna toot my own horn here. *toot toot*

Do yourself a favor and make this espresso caramel swirl banana bread!! It is completely vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free (banana sweetening powah)! It does contain 2 TBSP of brown rice syrup, but you can choose to use IMO fiber syrup or sugar free maple syrup if you desire.

When you try it, just know that I warned you to sit down before you melt from deliciousness.

caramel swirl banana bread

Espresso Caramel Swirl Banana Bread

Makes: 10 slices

Batter

  • 3 medium bananas, very ripe and mashed
  • 1.5 cups raw oats, ground into a flour
  • 1.5 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 TBSP baking powder
  • 1/4 cup baking stevia (Optional)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 dark chocolate espresso crunch Raw Rev Glo Bar

Espresso Caramel Swirl

  • 1 TBSP cashew butter (or other nut butter)
  • 2 TBSP brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp espresso powder dissolved in ½ tsp water

Mash your bananas into a large mixing bowl. Then add the remaining ingredients (except for the espresso raw rev glo bar) and mix evenly. Cut the bar into small pieces, then incorporate it into the batter.

Make the espresso caramel swirl by mixing the three ingredients. Spray a bread loaf pan with nonstick spray. Pour half of the batter in. Then pour on half of the caramel, swirling it gently with a knife. Top with the remaining loaf batter, then the remaining espresso caramel. Swirl the caramel once more.

Bake at 350 F for 45-50 minutes.

Let cool 15 minutes, then cut into 10 slices. Enjoy!


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Berry Bomb Smoothie (vegan, gluten free)

It’s definitely smoothie season! Bright sun, outdoor fun, and refreshing smoothies like this berry bomb smoothie. It doesn’t get any more simple than this recipe. This smoothie is packed with antioxidant superfoods and it is aimed towards hydration & recovery after a workout.

berry bomb smoothie

I use alpha aminos during and after every bike ride I do! Alpha aminos are BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) plus a hydration formula added to help you feel good during endurance sports. I always liked them when lifting weights, but I only used them maybe once a week. Now that I’ve been riding often, I use them always! It really helps me sustain my power without just dropping off and feeling broken the next day. Plus iz so yummieeeee.

I am giving this away!! The giveaway ends FRIDAY (5/27) so enter before it’s over!! The details are on my Instagram. For my friends that use whey protein, this is a collab giveaway with my good friend meg – she’s giving away cellucor whey protein so enter on both our posts for a chance to win two products. :)

AS ALWAYS, discount code “PBEECHIE” gives a 25% discount off every cellucor.com order no matter the product you buy! If you buy a full size product, forward me the purchase confirmation and I’ll send you some nifty samples in the mail too.

Not only are the alpha aminos helpful towards recovery, but blueberries are especially aiding because of all of the antioxidants they contain. They’re a sure feel good food.

Whether you’re feeling kinda sore from a workout, or just want a yummy and refreshing drink, try this berry bomb smoothie out! I’m sure you’ll love it.

berry bomb smoothie

Berry BOMB Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, sliced
  • 1 scoop mixed berry Cellucor alpha aminos

Just blend all of the ingredients! If you want it more liquid-y to drink, add some water, but if you want it thick like ice cream, don’t add any! You could also use the fruit punch flavor alpha aminos, but I prefer the berry! Add any fruit on top that you like.


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Teriyaki Veggie Burger Sandwich (vegan, gluten free)

I has a sammich. A teriyaki veggie burger sandwich! If you’re needing some sandwich inspiration to switch things up, you’ve come to the right place! This is soo filling, flavorful, vegan, and even gluten free!

teriyaki veggie burger sandwich

Serious question – diagonal or middle cut?? I’m deff pro diagonal but for a minute I almost cut this down the center. Luckily I stopped myself and remembered the right path in life. I guess that goes to show just how long it’s been since I’ve had a sandwich! I usually go with toast, so it’s like..sandwich? what? what is it and how do i do it? I’m just not creative enough lately for sandwiches, but man I’m glad I thought to make this with extra veggies I had! Not only did it help me use them up, but it was delicious in the process!!

teriyaki veggie burger sandwich

I made this sandwich after one of my long bike rides, and it hit the right spot! I wasn’t sure if I’d have the appetite, but I sure did. It’s weird but a lot of times I don’t really have an appetite after rides, or even during that day at all, I just eat the same as normal. But on my rest days, GOOD LORD STAND CLEAR I want to eat EVERYTHING. And I shoooo do. Funny how that works.

So are you ready for part 2 of the big bike dilemma? My answer to my relocation bike problem is…virtual biking! This was enough of an issue to me that I invested $400 into stuff for virtual biking from my apartment. First, I got a bike trainer (CycleOps Fluid2) which allows me to set up my bike to ride stationary, but still have resistance to the back wheel. REI was having a special 20% off sale so I hit that place up SO FAST to get the trainer I’ve been on the fence for for months now. “But…Kim…biking stationary is so boring, is it not?” Yes, you’re very 100% correct. If I had to ride stationary daily, just kill me. BUT, I discovered this awesome thing called Zwift. It’s a software you can get on the computer which has online maps and routes that allows you to race or just ride casually with others all over the world. You see their avatars in real time and race! How cool is that? I just had to get a speed/cadence sensor for my bike and an ANT+ dongle to plug into the computer that transmits the speed and cadence to the software. It…is amazing. I was worried that it would be a joke and not really be good training…but I was wrong. This software is kicking my butt!! I’ve ridden twice now and it’s amazing for training. Even better, it hooks up with Strava (if you run, swim, or bike you might use this – add me!!), so you can see your power, speed, segment ranks, etc. I’m in love.

Not only does it allow me to bike indoors without dealing with crazy Atlanta traffic, but I don’t have to add an hour of commute to my day. AND I get to stay home with Pesto! I hate to be away from him all day (I take him to a babysitter during work) and then leave at night to go ride :( so I’m happy to have that time with him! I will still probably do local outdoor group rides on the weekends, but weekday rushhour traffic is too much. It would be nice to meet local people, but I will also try to arrange with my old friends for some weekend rides because I wub dem. :3

teriyaki veggie burger sandwich

Give this sandwich a go next time you’re making lunch! I really love the veggie burger itself, the star of the show! Although, the beans are pretty fantastic in a sandwich too. I’m awful at choosing favorites.

Teriyaki Veggie Burger Sandwich

  • 2 slices bread of choice (make sure gluten free if needed!)
  • 1/2 cup white beans
  • 2-3 TBSP shredded carrots
  • 1 roma tomato, sliced
  • 1 teriyaki veggie patty (brand is sweet earth foods, it’s in Target!)
  • salad greens

First, toast your bread! Not necessary, but personally I think it makes the world a difference for a sandwich. Mash your white beans and spread them on one piece of bread. Add your shredded carrots, sliced tomato, teriyaki veggie patty, and salad greens! Slice and enjoy.


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