Vegan Chocolate Chips

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Chocolate chips. Do they need an introduction? An explanation? A direction on how to use them? Nah…But I do have to share them with all of you because they’re so yummy and good and easy to make – I know I say that about allΒ of my recipes πŸ˜€ I showed you guys how to make chocolate beforeΒ and I stand by my “make it your own” rule. Adjust the sweetener levels to your liking and you can even adjust the cacao butter level if you’d like less of it. I used to do half and half ratio for coconut oil and cacao butter, but I found out that I (and my stomach) like a bit less of cacao butter, usually about half the amount of coconut oil.

These can also be made with just coconut oil, cacao powder and sweetener of choice, but I think adding cacao butter benefits them greatlyΒ – mostly, it helps keep their shape longer as it doesn’t melt as fast as coconut oil.

If you want to see a short video of me making them, go here.

Make them and add them to anything you’d like. I love them in my purple sweet potato pudding!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1/2 cup cacao butter
  3. about 1 cup of cacao powder
  4. about 1/3 cup of sweetener of choice (adjust based on preference)
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil, sweetener and cacao butter on low heat.
  2. Be careful not to bring to boil.
  3. Once everything is melted, add cacao powder little by little until creamy consistency is achieved.
  4. Let the mixture cool down a bit, but not so as is hardens.
  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Pour into decorating cupcake bag or a ziploc, cut off small triangle on the bottom and make chocolate chips.
  7. Once all mixture is used up place baking sheet into freezer.
  8. Store in the freezer or fridge.
  9. Enjoy with loved ones!

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Super Moist Vegan Banana Bread

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Hmmm, banana bread. Super comforting ANY time of the day. Or night. That’s right. I can eat this anytime. And you know what? It’s ok because it’s got only good things. I’m talking bananas, pecans, chia, oats, almond meal, etc. Can’t beat that! This bread is the breakfast you dream of every morning. It’s also that snack you’ve been craving every afternoon. Dinner? Sure, why not. Go for it and let me know how you liked it πŸ˜‰

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I first started making banana bread when I saw it on Dana’sΒ Site. I made this amazing bread so many times I can’t count. And it’s amazing! Then last weekend I didn’t have peanut butter on hand so I decided to play a bit and see what I came up with. I decided to use less flour and more oats/almond flour and less sugar and more bananas to make it super moist and it worked out! I was able to omit sugar altogether, except a bit of maple syrup and I was able to get flour amount down to half a cup. In this amount of bread I think that’s great.

So I baked it and let it cool, but half of it was gone before it even had a chance to cool down. My husband literally attacked it πŸ˜€ I came to it to take a slice and noticed that all of the crunchy pieces on the sides were broken off and enjoyed by him before I even had a chance. I got into Stepford mode and gave him an earful. Poor thing πŸ˜€ He survived though. And then I calmed down and we enjoyed it together.IMG_0153-1

Ingredients
  1. 4 bananas
  2. 1 flax egg
  3. 3.5 tsp baking powder
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  6. 2.5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  7. 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (I made fresh one)
  8. 1/4 cup almond meal wet (leftover from when I made almond milk), or dry
  9. 1/2 cup oat flour
  10. 1 cup oats
  11. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  12. 1/4 cup chia
  13. 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  14. chocolate chips and pecan pieces for top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Make flax egg and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Once it set, mash bananas with it in a bowl. I didn’t mash all the way because I wanted chunks of bananas once it was baked.
  4. Add all ingredients through almond milk and mix until combined.
  5. Add the oats, oat flour, whole wheat flour, chia and pecans and stir.
  6. Pour into a loaf pan greased with oil or covered with parchment paper and sprinkle chocolate chips and pecan pieces on top.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Let cool before slicing.
  9. Enjoy with loved ones! πŸ™‚
Adapted from Minimalist Baker

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