Are you in need of an enjoyable quick and healthy breakfast during your crazy work week?  My husband and I were so I baked up some of these bad boys!  These muffins were incredibly moist, fulfilling, and absolutely delicious!  I usually eat one of these with a banana in the morning and I'm out the door.  These are really easy to make and they keep fresh all week long!  Try out this recipe to get out of your breakfast rut!  I've got a recipe using oat bran in the works and I'm also working on a recipe that omits the oil.  I'll keep you updated!


1 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
4 tsp. Ener G Egg Replacer*
4 tbs. warm water*
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 bananas, pureed
1 cup unprocessed wheat bran*
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

How To:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin pan or use baking cups.  I like to use the unbleached baking cups.

In a small bowl combine the milk & vinegar with a whisk and set aside.  The milk will thicken a bit.  This creates a buttermilk alternative.

In a large bowl whisk together the egg replacer and water until well mixed.  Add the brown sugar and whisk until well blended.  Add the pureed bananas, wheat bran, vanilla, oil, and milk.  Whisk together until well blended.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Add this mixture to the wet ingredients and stir with a spatula until well blended.

Evenly spoon the mixture into the muffin cups and sprinkle with the walnuts.  Lightly press the walnuts in.  Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes or until the muffins spring back after lightly touching.  Let cool completely and then store in covered container.  I use my 13" X 9" baking dish because it has a cover and these fit in it perfectly!

*You can use a different egg replacer if you'd like.  Just make enough for 2 eggs.

*I found this in the bulk bins at Outpost.  Don't use wheat bran cereal!
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This recipe gets 5 stars!  These didn't last very long at all because they were so good!  These were the perfect little dessert and a great quick snack!  I found this recipe on Pinterest and it's from Angela at the Oh She Glows blog.  I knew right when I saw the picture of the almond butter cup that I just HAD to try it!  Lately, I've really been getting into raw desserts and so far I've been loving every single one of them!  I find them refreshing on hot summer days.  Raw desserts also have that interesting appeal to them and I love that they're different than other desserts that I've already tried.  Also, as an added benefit, they're usually much more healthier than a non-vegan dessert, packed with a lot of protein, they typically don't contain a lot of processed ingredients or any at all, and some of them are high in fiber (such as recipes that use dates).  Anyways, if you're looking for a great raw dessert to try out this one is great!

What I Did Differently:

I didn't have the silicone muffin pan so I used a metal muffin pan with paper liners.  I had some trouble with the chocolate sauce leaking down the sides of the nut mixture so I had to make a double batch of sauce.  I think this happened because I wasn't able to really push down the nut mixture and create a seal proof edge without disturbing the paper liner too much.  This still turned out great though!  I would just use a silicone muffin pan or make a double batch of chocolate sauce!

Overall Thoughts:

I really love this recipe and I will be making these again!  I think it would be interesting to change up what nut butters to use.  Next time I want to try a natural peanut butter.  I don't think it will be very long before my Hubby asks me to make these again!
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My only regret is not trying this recipe sooner because both my husband and I agree that these cookies ARE the best oatmeal raisin cookies that we've had!  My husband took one bite and said, "These taste too good to be vegan!"  This recipe gets 5 huge stars!  I found this recipe on Twitter and it's from the Vegan Lyfe blog.  These cookies were easy to make and it used basic ingredients.  They were perfectly soft, slightly chewy, and crispy around the edges...that's my idea of the perfect cookie!  These cookies are a MUST make if you love oatmeal raisin cookies! 

What I Did Differently:

The recipe called for 18 cookies but I made my cookies a little bit smaller and made 24.  I baked the cookies for 10 minutes and they came out perfect! 

Overall Thoughts:

I will be making these cookies again!  I don't think I'll have a choice because I have a feeling that my husband will be asking me for these often!  These cookies go on my favorite list!
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Oh my, oh my, what an awesome pie!  This gets 5 big stars!  I found this recipe on the Chocolate Covered Katie Blog.  I made this pie for my husband's birthday yesterday (please don't mind the birthday candle in the picture) and it was a huge hit that it even fooled my non-vegan parents!  This pie is just plain good and the real catch is that it's actually a healthy dessert!  Katie is my new savior for helping me to cure my sweet tooth but staying on track to eating healthy!  Thank goodness for people like her!  If you haven't heard of her blog then I advice you that you must check it out and give her recipes a try if you love your sweets but don't want extra weight in your caboose!  Anyways, the filling of this pie is made out of a surprising ingredient...cashews!  The freaky thing is that you can't even tell!  She does list other nut options in her recipe but seeing as how I had raw cashews on hand I just used what I had.  If you're looking for a crowd pleasing pie that's bound to fool even non-vegans and cure your sweet tooth then this is the pie for you!

What I did Differently:

I just embellished the top of the pie with Oreo cookie halves to jazz it up a bit.

Katie offers different options to sweeten the pie with and I chose maple syrup.

Overall Thoughts:

I will be making this pie again!  It was so easy and simple to make and it used regular ingredients that I typically have in my pantry!  Everyone LOVED this pie!  It was a great birthday treat for my husband!
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Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Hands down, these are the best chocolate chip cookies everrrr!!!!!  This recipe definitely gets 5 big stars and they are bound to fool ANY non-vegan!  I got this recipe from Amy at
The Comforting Vegan and I found the recipe through Pinterest.  I opted to add the 1 cup of walnuts for the added omega-3 benefits!  I recommend making a double batch because these cookies will not last long at all!  So, I do warn you that they are very addicting but so worth it!  If you love chocolate chip cookies then YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS RECIPE!  It will knock your socks off!

Things I Did Differently

I didn't make a change to this recipe but I do want to note that I used the Ener-G Egg Replacer for my "eggs".  I just followed the directions on the back of the box.

Overall Thoughts
I'm in love with these cookies and I will be making these again!  I'll be working on trying to win over the non-vegans with this recipe...and I won't even tell them that they're vegan until they try them  first :)

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I give this recipe 5 stars!  These turned out amazing and I was impressed!  This recipe is from Erin at
Texanarian Cooking and I found this recipe on Pinterest.  They have no grain, no eggs, no dairy, no oil, and no butter!  These really fooled my husband!  It is such a simple recipe and they were extremely easy to make.  The odd thing is that they are made out of chick peas!  Wait, did I really just say chick peas?!?!  Yep, I sure did and the funny thing is that you wouldn't even be able to tell unless I told you!  These cookies really pack a punch in the protein department and they are extremely filling.  Two of these cookies and I can almost guarantee you'll be

I'm not usually a grain-free person but this recipe was so out there that I needed to try it and I'm really glad that I
did!  My husband likes his warmed up a bit before eating but I actually like mine room temperature.  Funny thing is that Erin mentions how she really doesn't like them cold!  I guess it's all about personal preference but I still thought they were good!  
Things I did Different
Erin mentions that this isn't the type of recipe to do all sorts of variations with so I stuck with the recipe.  The only variation I did make was using agave nectar instead of honey to make it vegan.  She does mention that this is a variation that can be done with success.  The only thing
that it changed was the color of the cookies.  They turned out slightly darker than hers but they're still amazing!

Overall Thoughts
I will definitely make these again!  These would be great as a mid-day snack when an extra boost of energy is needed!  They're packed full of protein, healthier than most cookies, and sweet!

I've found that I crave the most sugary indulgences when I'm really stressed out.  Doesn't everybody?  Actually, I have a tendency to crave sweets most of the time.  I always have room for dessert; it's a bad habit of mine.  Well, my wonderful big Sister, whom I swear is a real genius when it comes to food, had turned me on to a miracle that cures my T-Rex of a sweet tooth.  I bet you'd never guess...Medjool Dates!!!!  Yep, that's right!  You know, whenever I think of dates I think of them as a food my
grandparents would probably eat to help them out in the oval office...ahem...the bathroom!  I wanted to put it in a nice way but I wasn't sure if you would understand what I meant.  These dates are ridiculously good and yes, they can offer some help in the oval office as they are high in fiber but I've never had any trouble with them.  Don't worry; they aren't like prunes where they act as a laxative.  I would think you would have to eat a lot of these dates to cause some chaos but good luck!  I can usually only eat 3-4
of these dates at a time because they are so filling!  What!?!?!  A sweet that offers its own portion control!?!?!?  My Sister is a genius!  The Medjool Dates taste like candy.  They have a wrinkled skin on the outside but the inside is gooey, chewy, and packed full of flavor!  These dates are pretty big in size too and don't let looks deceive you because these babies are divine!  I was able to find them at
Trader Joe's in the refrigerated produce section and at Whole food among the fresh fruits.  The ones at Trader Joe's were decently priced around $4.99 per carton (probably a little over a pound or so) and the dates at Whole Foods were priced at $6.99 per pound but their dates are certified organic and just a little larger in size.  Ever since I've been eating these to cure my sweet tooth, I've found that I'm actually craving fewer sweets.  It may also be because I'm not eating so many sweet therefore, my body stopped craving them.  Whatever it is, I still have my Medjool Dates in my fridge ready for when my sweet tooth hits!

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