Pumpkin Seed Banana Bread (vegan, gluten free)

Sweet, delectable pumpkin seed banana bread. This recipe is completely vegan, gluten free, and sugar free! Whether you’re looking for a new twist on a classic recipe, or just wanting a healthy dessert or snack, this recipe is sure to please!

pumpkin seed banana bread

Banana bread is easily my favorite baked food to make. I always seem to eat the loaf in 2 or 3 days because it’s just so moist and delicioussss. I added pumpkin seed protein for the first time and I’m obsessed with how it made the texture. Kind of chewy, more sturdy? I don’t know how to explain it, but I like it a lot!!

The flavor is sweet, naturally sweet from the bananas, but wholesome from the pumpkin seeds. S’goooood. I topped this slice with vegan cream cheese and sprinkles of Blend Co, which has pumpkin seeds in it! This is my favorite topping for this recipe; it truly completes it.

I rode my bike 42 MILES this weekend!! That’s the biggest ride I’ve ever done. AND it was my highest power and speed on the road! It was….amazing and more than I could have anticipated. I wish I could’ve rigged my phone up on my bike to have my pokemon eggs hatch faster XD but I didn’t think there was a way hahah. Oh well. The ride was amazing. It was going to just be me, a cycling friend, and her friend, but it ended up being 9 of us! I invited a coworker and it was great. We rode on Silver Comet Trail. It’s a great ride, but unfortunately the first 10 miles or so are conjested with pedestrians and runners. But after the big crowd it’s so pleasant and shaded.

I get a lot of crap for using a bike trainer and using Zwift virtual rides. Because my power and speed has been logging in higher than it was on the road. But my speed and power was THE SAME on the road this weekend as it has been on Zwift lately, and double the distance that I average on Zwift. It came in at 16 mph with 165 Watts power. So clearly, the trainer is no joke! I’m still putting in time and work. I’m still sweating just the same. And I’m improving. :) Bike trainer love.

I really recommend Zwift virtual courses if you’re in a situation like I am where, for some reason, you can’t always bike on the road. Although – it is good to get out while you can and experience sunshine! But for me, the traffic is just too unsafe around here. All the groups here have VERY frequent crashes because of aggressive Atlanta drivers and dangerous courses. Plus with traffic, it just makes it too time consuming to even make it to a group ride during the week. So I use the trainer during the week, and go outside on weekends. It also allows me to watch Pesto and not leave him alone a lot. It’s been perfect. Can’t wait to see how things progress in the future!!

pumpkin seed banana bread

If you had to choose one thing to spend time cooking or baking this week, make this!! It will yield 8 servings to enjoy all week. Hopefully. If you’re not like me and eat it in 2 or 3 days.. Ha. But seriously. This vegan pumpkin seed banana bread is a to die for healthy treat!!

Pumpkin Seed Banana Bread

Serves: 8

  • 3 medium bananas (ripe and mashed)
  • 1 scoop vanilla pumpkin seed protein (My Pure Goodness brand)
  • 1.5 cups raw oats (ground into a flour)
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 TBSP baking powder
  • 1/4 cup baking stevia (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

First, make sure your oats are ground into a flour. Mash the bananas, then add the remaining ingredients and mix evenly. Pour in a sprayed bread loaf pan. Bake at 350 F for 40 mins. Let cool for 15 minutes, then cut into 8 slices and enjoy!

140 cals a slice; 2 g fat, 27 g carb (4 g fiber), 6 g protein


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Vegan Cheezy Pesto Wrap

The simplest, creamiest, cheezy pesto wrap you’ll ever experience. And believe it or not, this recipe is fully vegan and dairy free! In under 3 minutes, you can experience a deliciously healthy lunch, dinner, or snack!

Most of my meals lately have been quickkkk food or just bars, etc. Lots of oatmeal, bananas, and wraps haha. Wanna know the culprit for that? Pokemon Go. Yep…it’s taken over my life. Who hasn’t fallen victim to it?! I visited my mom this weekend and convinced her to get it. Not sure that she’ll get completely consumed by it like I have…but she’s trying it!

But seriously…90% of my actions are driven by the thought of…”but can I catch pokemon in the process?” I went home to see my mom partially because I wanted to travel and see if the types of pokemon I could find would be different ._. yep. I also heard there’s a really cool park here that is crazy packed with lures at night. I checked it out, and the rumors are true. I wish I could go here every day!! But I’ve spent a lot of time there this weekend and it was so worth it. Just spending 2 hours there, I was able to level up from 16 to 17. I went the next day, spent 2 hours there, and leveled again. Purely by the mass amount of pokestops with lures. You don’t even have to walk anywhere since they intersect.

Anywhooo.. That’s my life. I really see nothing wrong with it. I’ve met so many cool people! And Pesto is getting a LOT of walking. I’m usually really bad about walking him :( so I’m glad now that he’s been consistently tired. That means he’s a happy pup. :) I’ve also gotten a lot of walking in, and you can’t argue with getting people active! There’s been a bad rep on news sources, but basically – don’t be stupid. Don’t go down alleys. Don’t walk alone at night. Be smart. It’s not that hard. Have fun and socialize.

When you get sucked in like me, find quick meals to eat! Like this vegan cheezy pesto wrap. I promise you won’t be let down! I totally understand that some of these ingredients are very brand-specific. For the tortilla wrap, use whatever you prefer! If gluten free, find a gluten free wrap. And if you can’t find this hummus, use a vegan pesto. A lot of pesto in stores has dairy in it, so be careful! For the provolone cheese, though, I only recommend Daiya for vegan cheese. All other brands are subpar. I think Go Veggie would be second best…? But still not the same. I hope you can find the Daiya and make this!!

I wasn’t even a cheese fan. As a little kid, sure, yeah. I ate boxes on boxes on boxes of mac and cheese. But as I got older into high school and college, cheese always just made me feel “meh, no opinion.” So going vegan, I never miss it. But after trying this…wow. So creamy; I think I was converted to be a “cheese person” haaaa.

vegan cheezy pesto wrap

Try out this vegan cheezy pesto wrap, and let me know what you think! It’s made in under 3 minutes and will leave you feeling absolutely delightful.

Vegan Cheezy Pesto Wrap

Serves: 1

  • 1 flatout tortilla wrap (or preferred wrap)
  • 2 slices vegan provolone cheese (Daiya brand)
  • 3-4 TBSP kale pesto hummus (Hope Foods brand)
  1. Warm the wrap in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Use discretion here because every different type of wrap will heat differently – you don’t want to overheat it and make it mushy! Just get a light warmth.
  2. Place the cheese slices on the warm wrap; it may help to break up the slices into 2 or 3 pieces to evenly lay it down on the wrap. The cheese should melt from the warm wrap, but if not, microwave an extra 5-15 seconds and watch closely until it lightly melts but doesn’t bubble.
  3. Once melted, spread on the pesto hummus. If you can’t find this hummus (I got it from Whole Foods), use any other vegan pesto you can find!
  4. Wrap up, and enjoy!!!

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Vegan Blueberry Cashew Breakfast Cookies – 7 SWEET SUMMER BLUEBERRY RECIPES

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Sweet, soft baked blueberry cashew breakfast cookies that will definitely make you eager for the day to begin! These mouth-watering cookies are vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free. They don’t need to be eaten at breakfast; they make a perfect dessert or sweet snack, too!

This recipe is part of a collection of 7 summer blueberry recipes by some really great bloggers, so if you’re looking for some vegan blueberry treats, check out the other 6 recipes at the end of this post!

blueberry cashew breakfast cookies

It’s blueberry season! I’ve been really taking advantage of the fresh blueberries lately. The sweet, refreshing flavor is so prominent in these summer months, and I’m totally hooked! I’ve made blueberry muffins, smoothies, oatmeal, and now, cookies! I discovered the amazing combination of fresh blueberries with smooth cashews, and I knew I had to make cookies with the two together.

I’m so glad I did! These cookies make my mouth water. The flavor is lightly sweet, not too overpowering for a breakfast meal, but still makes your sweet craving happy. Perfectly paired with a cup of tea or coffee. I feel like these blueberry cashew breakfast cookies are something that would be served at a Starbucks; a girl could dream, at least? :p The cookies are crisp on the outside with a soft-baked center. Exactly how I prefer them.

blueberry cashew breakfast cookies

As a sweetener, I used coconut sugar for these cookies, but feel free to use stevia instead if you want them to be sugar free! Both variations are absolutely delicious. As long as you’ve got the blueberries and the cashew butter, you’re good to go! They’re the co-stars here.

Ever think about how there’s a good argument for cookies being the superior baked good, over things like cakes and cupcakes? I mean seriously, you can’t beat a dessert that’s baked in 10 minutes or less. I always forget that cookies are done so fast, and it makes me happy every single time I remember, haha. I have terrible memory, I swear. It’s pretty embarrassing. If you know me in real life, you’ve seen how bad it is compared to everyone else. You could tell me I did something or said something I never actually did, and I’d believe you. Anywhoooo.. What was I saying?

blueberry cashew breakfast cookies

Ah, yes! Cookies! Get yourself some fresh blueberries and try this recipe out! Still completely amazes me that these gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free Blueberry Cashew Breakfast Cookies are so perfect in every aspect.

Don’t forget; if you’re looking for some fantastic blueberry recipes, check out the other 6 vegan recipes at the end of this post. All of the recipes by these lovely bloggers will leave you drooling in awe.

blueberry cashew breakfast cookies

Blueberry Cashew Breakfast Cookies

Makes: 7 cookies

  • 2/3 cups oat flour (ground up raw oats, use gluten free oats if needed)
  • 1/3 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/2 cup all natural cashew butter (I use Crazy Richard’s)
  • 1 flax egg (1 TBSP ground flax seed mixed with 3 TBSP water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or stevia)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. If your oats are not ground into a flour yet, use a small blender to grind it down. In a medium bowl, mix the oat flour with the remaining ingredients except for the blueberries.
  3. Once everying is evenly mixed, fold in the blueberries. Roll the dough into 7 cookie balls, lightly pressing each down on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool 5-10 minutes, then enjoy!

Nutritional Information for 1 cookie: 200 calories; 13 g fat, 14 g carbs (2 g fiber), and 6 g protein

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6 More Sweet Summer Blueberry Recipes

  1. Matcha Frosted Blueberry Coconut Cupcakes from Love Me, Feed Me

  2. Blueberry Cobbler Cookie Dough Bites from Healthy Helper

  3. Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake Mugcake from Athletic Avocado

  4. Blueberry Zucchini Bread from Emilie Eats

  5. Blueberry Granola Tarts from Choosing Chia

  6. Chocolate Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Feasting on Fruit


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I got new eyeglasses!

I got new glasses! Woowoowooooo! Now wait, I know you must be thinking…ok so? People get new glasses all the time. Well, NOT THIS GIRL! I’ve been wearing the same eyeglasses since I was 18 years old… I’m nearly 25 now. That’s 7 years… And it’s not that I don’t realize I need new glasses. D; They’re extremely lose, dirty, and honestly slightly green/moldy on the inside where the metal frame is. Gross, I know. I just am too terrified of getting new ones!

The new glasses of discussion :D

The new glasses of discussion :D

When I was younger, I was always picky when getting new glasses. I’d basically go through the entire store and hate almost all of them. I loved the ones when I was 18, so I figured, why change them? I’ve also just been lazy and not wanting to go to a store and spend $100 or more on glasses I may just sorta maybe like. I’ve heard about buying eyeglasses online, but since I was so picky IN STORE, I was super hesitant to try any from a website I can’t even try on!!! BUT. I saw GlassesShop.com has a feature where you can try their glasses frames on a picture of you.

It helped, but not really honestly. Since you can change the proportions of the glasses on your face, I couldn’t tell if they were the right size that they’d be in real life?? Or if they were too large or too big? Super hesitant. But I figured I’d give it a go anyways because the gist of the image, I really liked! The frame I went with is called “Kimberley” and I chose this purely because it’s my name too ahahaha. So vain. I had it narrowed down to 3 similar style frames, but “Kimberley” just felt so right. They had purple or black but I’ve always loved purple on me, so purple it was!

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I love the purple to clear fade!

It took a while to ship (about 3 weeks), but it came! I like that I didn’t get to make any doctor appointment or anything (just needed to know my prescription from them), and the frames were only $29.95!!! Much better than the $100+ frames when I went to the store.

Didn't realize it had inside design until I got them! So cute.

Didn’t realize it had inside design until I got them! So cute.

Sooo…do I love them? I LOVE THEM!! They’re so different from how I look with my old glasses or when I have on contacts. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I think my new bangs go perfect with them! I’m a little obsessed and happy I can wear these instead of contacts all the time haha. I honestly maybe also get some non-prescription eyeglasses to wear with my big circle prescription contact lenses to have the best of both worlds haha. I think the big eyes with the big glasses would be neat. I also like these frames in particular since they kind of hide my under-eye circles. Winnnnn. I can kind of tell that they’re not as sturdy or heavy as my past, more expensive glasses, but they’re durable!

I’ve been telling everyone about where I got these glasses and how affordable they are. Someone asked if they were from Warby Parker (pricey brand), but nope! Just as great though. :) They also have prescription sunglasses if normal eyeglasses aren’t your thing. No harm in checking it out! Glassesshop.com has a 50% discount code: GSHOT50 for 50% off ANYTHING (as long as it isn’t on sale discount already). The discount makes it kinda unbelievable.

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Do you like these on me?? Some people have said I look SO different, but some people haven’t said a word so I assume they either haven’t noticed or just don’t care?? Hah. I don’t know, but I’m super glad to find new glasses that I love finally. I feel like a whooole new person and it’s awesome. :)


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Vegan Blueberry Muffin Smoothie (gluten free)

Vegan blueberry muffin smoothie because I can’t get enough blueberries lately! This striking, flavorful smoothie is naturally vegan, gluten free, and sugar free as well! This recipe is also packed with protein, perfect for a refreshing summertime drink.

I got to ride my bike outdoors all weekend for the first time in a month and YEAPP IT’S SUMMERTIME. Jeeeeez it was hot but soo fun. I’m like. I FEEL the sunburn seeping in but like also vitamin D so like…It’s okay then right?? Hah. Don’t get me wrong, I really love the trainer I got and Zwift virtual course software, but. There’s nothing like riding and stopping to see miniature horses, hearing the cicadas in the heat, and socializing with friends during a ride.

On my Sundays, I often go to a small town that’s very “countryside Georgia.” It’s a nice area for a relaxed recovery ride with beautiful scenery. There’s horses, mini horses, cows, you name it! This week, I think we saw a Walking Dead set!! They do film in this particular area in the past, so it wouldn’t be too out of place at all. It was pretty neat to see! I took pictures for reference when the new season comes out. If this house isn’t in the new season, then I’m not sure what they were filming! But it’s something very spooky with gravestones. Either way, pretty cool.

After the long rides this weekend, it was perfect to come home to a cold vegan blueberry muffin smoothie. So extremely refreshing. And FILLING! I don’t usually get full from smoothies, but this was just perfect. I was pleasantly surprised.

Try out this vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and protein packed smoothie for yourself. It’s really easy to make; it takes just 5 minutes to blend it all and dig in. Let me know what you think!

vegan blueberry muffin smoothie

 

Vegan Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Serves: 1

Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup raw oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (I used plnt brand from vitaminshoppe)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6-7 vanilla Sweetleafstevia drops
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Toppings

  • ¼ cup vanilla soy yogurt
  • 2 TBSP raw oats

Blend together all of the ingredients, except for the toppings. Layer in a large cup with the toppings. Enjoy!


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Cherry Amaretto Flourless Brownies (vegan, gluten free)

Cherry Amaretto Flourless Brownies. Vegan cherry almond brownies. Cherry almond black bean brownies. Cherry Amaretto Black Bean Brownies. No matter how you put it, these fudgy, flavorful brownies are completely vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and completely flourless. With a spot on flavor and easy preparation, these brownies make for a perfect healthy dessert.

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The key to this unbelievable recipe is…black beans! In the past, I’ve been hesitant with black bean brownies. The first time I ever tried a recipe out, it turned out horrible. It was when I first ventured into healthy eating, so it was one of the first recipes I experienced. It was so bad I felt scarred from it XD and now I feel like all black bean brownies will be horrible. But they’re not! I’ve definitely had great black bean brownies since then, but I still have that initial memory.

The key is making them 1) not dry and 2) sweet. What better to sweetened than bananas?! Those are the two most important ingredients here. I also use stevia to sweeten, but coconut sugar could be used in place of stevia, or vice versa. It’s up to you!

I didn’t know if the flavor would come out how I wanted, but it did perfectly! I used frozen cherries, and the flavor perfectly saturated the brownies while they baked; even in placed where you don’t get full cherry pieces, you taste it. And be careful with the almond extract. Don’t use any more than listed, because it will overpower the recipe and ruin it. The measurement given is spot on, promise.

cherry amaretto flourless brownies

Today was the first day I went to the chiropractor not absolutely in pain when I walked through the door. I don’t know if this is true but… I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I have my car and dog again. I mean…I knew it was stressing me out, but I think it was stressing me out more than I realized it was. Now that everything is getting back into place in my life, I think my body is feeling less stress and it’s helping my pain be relieved a lot. I’m hopeful that it will go away pretty quickly in the next couple of weeks :) I feel like I can slowly see the light at the end of the chiropractor tunnel, ha. Almost there!

This weekend, I don’t know exactly how I’ll be celebrating July 4th. I usually spend it with my mom since she has a pool and grill. But she may be going to see other family members. So I will go down to her place regardless and stay there even if she leaves. Then I can watch her dog and my dog at the same time. I just can’t bear to be in my apartment another weekend!! Especially since it’s a 3-day weekend. I need a change of scenery. I also have my riding friends in that town, so I’ll be riding with them Saturday and hopefully find another ride or two to join in on :D I just love riding down there where there’s less traffic and people I’m most comfortable around. I’m so excited!! So even if I’m alone at my mom’s house, I’m going to have so much fun haha. Independency, woo! Feels good, man.

Maybe I’ll have a small grill party by myself. Are you celebrating Independence Day this weekend? If so, what’re you going to be doing? I love hearing how everyone celebrates differently. :)

cherry almond black bean brownies

Bring these cherry amaretto flourless brownies to your event! I know everyone would appreciate it if you did, plus they’re super easy to make. What’s not to love? They’re fudgy, flavorful, and completely healthy! These brownies are vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and sure to please anyone.

cherry amaretto flourless brownies

Cherry Amaretto Flourless Brownies

Makes: 9 servings

  • 1 can of no salt added black beans (15 oz can), drained and rinsed
  • 2 ripe bananas, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup baking stevia (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 TBSP Crazy Richards almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3/4 cup frozen cherries
  • 2 TBSP slivered almonds

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender, except for the cherries and slivered almonds. Blend! Continue to blend until everything is evenly smooth with no lumps or whole beans. Microwave the cherries for 45 seconds, drain off any excess water, roughly chop, and fold into the batter. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with nonstick spray and spread your brownie batter in. Sprinkle the slivered almonds on top, then bake at 350 F for 45-50 minutes.

Let cool for 10 minutes, cut into 9 servings, and enjoy! As always, I love these best once cooled in the fridge for a few hours.

Nutritional info for 1: 127 calories; 4 g fat, 20 g carbs (6 g fiber), 5 g protein


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