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Healthy Banana Bread Breakfast Bars

27 Feb

So, technically the name is ‘Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars {vegan & gluten-free}’…but I didn’t wanna give it all away in the title!  (Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.)


I know, I know.  I’m usually not on the vegan OR the gluten-free bandwagon.  But, they looked so tasty, and I LOVE banana bread, so I had to try them.  And they did NOT disappoint!  Even without the butter, dairy and eggs that are typically 3 of my favorite things.


The batter (forgive the pic taken with my phone!) is surprisingly simple to make, despite making your own flour.  Yup.  That’s right.  You make your own flour.  I’m not gonna tell you how though, cause you need to check it out for yourself at Ambitious Kitchen!  But this handy trick means that they are gluten-free.  They are also vegan, depending on what kind of chocolate chips you use.


The bars have a good bread-like texture, despite being thinner than a typical banana bread.  But they have a little heartier bite, thanks to the oats.  The chocolate offers a nice balance to the sweetness of the banana.  Overall, just yummy.  And they’re lacking all oils and grease too, so they don’t leave your fingers all messy.  Bonus!


But seriously.  My favorite thing about these bars is that they’re healthy enough to call a breakfast bar (only 116 calories and 2.9g of fat per bar) but tasty enough that we also ate them for dessert.  Yeah.  They were gone within about a day and half.  And there are only 2 of us eating.

Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars (recipe from Ambitious Kitchen)


  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (gluten-free, if desired)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey (agave nectar if vegan) — I used half honey and half agave
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
  • For chocolate drizzle:
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

For directions visit Ambitious Kitchen.

Day 334 – Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes

30 Jun

It’s the last day of the month!  Wow.  I can’t believe there’s only 1 month left for My Year of Cupcakes!  That’s insane.  Don’t worry though.  The blog will continue.  Just not with a cupcake a day…

But, for today, we have a special aka different kind of cupcake.  Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes (recipe below from Feed Your Awesome Machine).  Anything that can manage to sound healthy but still have “Triple Chocolate” in the name sounds good to me!

Chocolate-Avocado-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Avocado-cupc

The cupcakes are super moist! They thick, but in a gooey, fudgy way, not a dry way. They have a somewhat bitter chocolate flavor. No avocado flavor, which I was wondering about. But not very sweet either.


The frosting is thick and creamy. It is very, very strong! It tastes so strongly of bittersweet chocolate, I’m a little surprised. I was hoping that a bit of the coconut milk flavor would come out, but not at all! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Chocolate-Avocado-Vegan     Mini-Choc-Avocado-Vegan

Together the cupcake does balance out a little bit of the frosting, but it’s still the strongest part for sure. The cupcake almost fades away completely against the frosting, which is a shame because the cupcake is quite good too. I’d say frost lightly. Both parts are pretty yummy, but not equal in strength. For a vegan cupcake, I am really impressed! This could easily stand up to other “regular” cupcakes I’ve tasted!


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 17.5



Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes (recipe from Feed Your Awesome Machine)

Chocolate-Avocado Cupcakes:

  • 190g (1.5 cups) whole grain wheat or spelt flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 60g (1/4 cup) coconut oil or butter
  • 250ml (1 cup) unsweetened oat or almond milk
  • 240g (¾ cup) pure maple syrup (not imitation syrup)
  • 60g ripe avocado flesh (equivalent to about ½ medium avocado)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider or plain white vinegar
  • 60g chopped dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum)

Whipped Chocolate Ganache:

  • 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk
  • 226g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

For directions visit Feed Your Awesome Machine.

*Tomorrow: Cotton Candy Cupcakes*

Day 92 – Healthy Halloween Cupcakes

31 Oct

Halloween is finally here!! I hope you enjoyed the candy all month long, as well as the pumpkins (check those out below the cupcake as well as the website I got the ideas from!) To finish off October, I decided on these Healthy Vegan Halloween Cupcakes (recipe below from Kiran Tarun). Let’s see if it holds up to the Trick or Treat test…but first, enjoy the Tip Thursday video!

Now, on to the cupcakes!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and moist. Almost like a devil’s food cake.  The pumpkin flavor is slightly more apparent in the full-size, but you wouldn’t know it was there if you didn’t know it was in the batter. They’re not overly chocolate or overly sweet, but not bad either.


The ganache is thick and creamy.  It has a semisweet flavor. Almost a little nutty hint to it, I’m guessing that’s the earth balance, cause it’s not the chocolate.

Halloween-Cupcake     Mini-Halloween-Cupcake

Together they really surprised me! The flavors balance each other so well, they bring out the strong-points from each other. That nutty hint in the ganache brings out the light pumpkin-spice in the cupcake and gives it a nice balanced flavor. The crunch of the non-pareils is nice too, just to break it up.

Notes: This is a tasty combination whether you’re looking for a cupcake, a healthy cupcake or a vegan cupcake. All your friends and family could enjoy these and NEVER have to know that they aren’t bad for them!!

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 2.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4.5 (no mixer required for either part)
  • TOTAL: 17.5


Healthy Vegan Halloween Cupcakes (recipe from Kiran Tarun)

Wet ingredients (at room temperature) :

  • 1 cup of almond milk or any non-dairy/dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Dry ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Chocolate ganache:
  • 4 oz bitter/semi sweet chocolate squares, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance butter

For directions visit Kiran Tarun.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes*

So, I got these ideas from Brit + Co. They are all No-Carve pumpkins. They have 18 on their site, but I only picked 3 (the face one was 100% my hubby’s idea…).

Thumbtack Cupcake     Thumbtack Cupcake outside

The Thumbtack Cupcake Pumpkin – Spray paint a pumpkin white, then press thumbtacks into the pumpkin in whatever shape you like. I painted my thumbtacks first, for extra flair, using China Glaze Hunger Games Nail Polish Collection. (Yes, I’m a geek. And I love Hunger Games!)

Candy corn      Candy-corn-outside

The Candy Corn Pumpkin – Spray paint the top of the pumpkin white and the bottom of the pumpkin yellow. It takes a little maneuvering, but it’s really easy and super cute.

Melted Crayon     Melted Crayon-outside

The Melted Crayon Pumpkin – This one is very easy, but a little time-consuming. I’d also recommend using a candle or 2, instead of having to hold a lighter the whole time.

Jack-o-lantern hippie     face-outside

Jack-o-lantern Hippie – This is just creative sharpie, a hair piece from one of my shows and a headband. Simple, quick and cute. Thanks, Ken!

All Pumpkins

Do you have favorite pumpkin ideas? Carve or no-carve? Hope you have a Happy Halloween!! And, check back later for the October Monthly Winner!!

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