Easy-Peasy Vegan Waffles from Scratch – Get Your Breakfast on in No Time!

When it comes to breakfast in my house, we usually go pretty low-key during the week – overnight oats, a slice of toast or a bagel usually do the job. Once the weekends roll around, it’s a different story – bring on the fancy breakfast! Does this mean I want spend a lot of time making it? Nope: Most Saturday mornings Rob and I do a 7 am boot camp with a group of friends, so we are starving by the time we get home. The quicker I can throw something together that still feels like a nice weekend-y breakfast, the better! Enter my Easy-Peasy Vegan Waffles – no eggs/milk/oil, etc., but a whole lotta flavor! You may think that waffles from scratch are quite an elaborate undertaking, but trust me: these waffles can be put together in no time! Only 10-12 minutes pass between the moment when I start putting … Read the rest of the post

Overnight Oats – a Quick Vegan Breakfast for Busy Days, Plus Four Tasty and Nutritious Ways to Serve Them

Overnight oats for breakfast have been all the rage in the blogosphere lately, and it’s no wonder: they make for a delicious, filling vegan breakfast that takes very little effort to make. Just soak the oats overnight in your favorite non-dairy milk, add a few ingredients in the morning, and voilà! I’ll tell you a secret, however: I’ve been eating this stuff for literally half of my life, since middle school, long before overnight oats became trendy. To this day this is my default breakfast for the mornings I don’t feel like making anything complicated. Today I’ll share with you four delicious ways I love making  overnight oats, and a few tips on getting them just right. Clockwise from to left: Pumpkin Oats, Plain Oats, Chocolate Oats, Swamp Monster Oats When I first started making overnight oats for breakfast before school, I used the same combination of ingredients: rolled oats soaked in water, walnuts, raisins, … Read the rest of the post

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies (Vegan, Oil-Free)

Who could resist the delicious fall flavor of pumpkin combined with the rich decadence of peanut butter, all whipped up into a warm, soft cookie? Not me! I love pumpkin, especially in desserts, but for some reason I tend to forget about it after the holidays. Now that I have the recipe for these yummy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies, I’ll have a reason to enjoy the delicious pumpkin flavor any time of the year. Gotta love that canned pumpkin puree! Here’s how the recipe for these cookies was created. Some time ago, I stumbled upon this recipe for Exotic Spice Cookies from Figgy and Sprout blog. I made them a couple times with some substitutions, mainly skipping the added oil and replacing it with unsweetened applesauce, and using brown sugar instead of coconut sugar. They came out very tasty, at least for my Indian spice-loving palate. Last week, when I was putting … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Baking in November: Homemade Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

As much as I love baking, I’ll admit that I’m not very good at coming up with my own recipes for baked goods. Following other people’s baking recipes? – No problem, I do that at least once a week. Coming up with my own stuff? That’s trickier, since baking is kind of an exact science. Imagine my joy when this pumpkin-walnut bread actually came out good! This pumpkin bread is moist, dense, and not overly sweet. As with most of my recipes, I didn’t add any oil. It’s not a low-fat recipe because there’s plenty of fat in the walnuts, but at least nuts ate a natural, unrefined source of fat. Want to make it extra-indulgent? Smear it with some of my homemade peanut butter! This loaf makes a lovely dessert, a healthy anytime snack, or a good breakfast. I think sprinkling the top with walnut pieces makes it look very pretty, but … Read the rest of the post

Strawberry-Banana Pancakes – Gluten-Free Vegan Breakfast

…Aaaand I’m back from Seattle! The trip went great, as you can probably tell from all of my previous posts, but the one thing I missed the most from home was my own, fully stocked kitchen! Needless to say that as soon as we returned, I started cooking up a storm, and my first creation was this breakfast – Strawberry-Banana Pancakes that can be made gluten-free: These pancakes go well with a glass of almond milk! What makes these pancakes gluten-free? The flour! The recipe calls for a combination of brown rice and oat flours. Brown rice flour doesn’t contain gluten naturally, and oat flour can be made gluten-free if you grind up some certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats in a food processor or a coffee grinder (I use the second one). Make sure the labels on the package of oats say ‘Certified Gluten-Free’ if you’re cooking these for someone with … Read the rest of the post

Week 8 of Marathon Training. Classic Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries – the Most Comforting Breakfast!

Uh oh – time is going by so fast! Can’t believe I’m writing a report about week 8 of my marathon preparation. Another eight weeks, and my race will be here! I know, I know – I might sound kind of stressed saying this, but actually I’m kind of excited! Yes, setting any big goal (including running a decent marathon on a vegan diet) will bring plenty of stress and excitement, but it’s important to stay focused and celebrate every milestone while on the way to that bigger goal. And whenever we go through a confidence-building experience, let’s celebrate it even more! Steel-cut oatmeal with blueberries, cinnamon, and ground flax seed – healthy carbs coming your way! On Sunday, I got another boost of confidence after completing my 18-mile long run. Yaaay! This has been the longest run I’ve done during this marathon preparation. My second longest run so far … Read the rest of the post

Oatmeal-Banana Pancakes with Quick Blueberry-Peach Compote

Let’s agree: pancakes are the ultimate breakfast comfort food. Not many other breakfast dishes can compare with pancakes in versatility: they can be big, they can be small, they can be topped with maple syrup or honey or bananas or chocolate syrup, they can have chunks of fruit or chocolate/butterscotch/peanut butter chips baked into them – and that’s even before we dig into all the varieties of pancake batter! For a lot of us, homemade pancakes have always been made from some kind of boxed pancake mix with eggs+butter+milk, etc. – unless you felt adventurous on a Saturday morning and decided to experiment with making them from scratch. I’ve always preferred to make everything from scratch, but honestly, pancakes were never on the list of things that I routinely made for breakfast. However, Rob had always loved them (and waffles) as a weekend breakfast option, so every now and then … Read the rest of the post

My (Almost) First Track Workout, and a Swamp Monster Breakfast Smoothie!

Today on the agenda: a track workout I did this morning, and my favorite vegan breakfast smoothie recipe! You know that feeling when you complete something you didn’t know you were strong enough to do? And the feeling of accomplishment that immediately follows? Well, that’s just what I feel today! Here are my immediate reasons: – got up early: at 4:50 am to be exact, long before the sunrise! – left the house when the sun still wasn’t up, and ran towards my gym (1.2 mi) to – meet up with a couple local runners; – ran with them towards our high school track (1.1 mi) to do a quite grueling but very satisfying running workout of 8 by 400 m ( 400 meters of hard running followed by 400 meters recovery jog; repeat eight times – 4 miles total); – ran back to the gym (1.1 mi) and got … Read the rest of the post

Guilt-Free Baking: Banana Nut Bread

Ahhh, who doesn’t love baked goods? Especially those that are rich in flavor, comforting, and don’t require a degree in culinary arts to make? Lo and behold today’s leading character – my Banana Nut Bread! Baking, baking, baking… When I was growing up, my mom was the Queen on Baked Goods not just in our family, but for all of our friends and relatives. I myself didn’t discover the joys of baking until a couple years ago, and – that’s right – I never looked back… There were a  few times in the past months when I had to bake a new item/batch/recipe as soon as the previous one was gone, and I could operate in that mode for weeks… And then I switched to a vegan diet. Ta da! Before I did any research, I was worried that I’d never get to bake anything again… But I decided to be stoic, especially since … Read the rest of the post