Tropical Banana-Orange Granola Recipe – Sweetened with Whole Foods, with Oil-Free and Gluten-Free Options

Healthy vegan granola recipe

Even though health-minded, “all-natural” people are sometimes called “crunchy” or “granola”, I’ll admit that I’ve never made my own granola at home before until recently. I just thought that it was too much of a hassle, or I’d always miss an important ingredient in my pantry if I came across an interesting-looking recipe. Then the other day I decided to give it a try with this tropical granola recipe – and I was pleasantly surprised with how great it came out! I’m calling this “tropical granola” because of its bright (but not overbearing) orange flavor that comes from fresh orange juice and orange zest. Add in dried pineapple, apricot chunks and optional shredded coconut, and you just might feel the rays of warm tropical sunshine on your face – who … Read the rest of the post

Easy Vegan Chocolate Chip & Blueberry Pancakes Recipe – Plus, Baby Juliana is Here!

Hi all! Sorry for keeping silent here on the blog for the past few weeks: our baby daughter Juliana Mary was born on October 1st, and as you may suspect, our lives have changed forever! I’m still going through a major adjustment period, getting used to accomplishing  way less of my usual tasks during the day and sleeping in 2 or 3-hour increments at night. But everything fades when I look at her sweet little face! One of these days I’ll try to get my courage to write Juliana’s birth story, but in the meantime, I’ve got a fun breakfast recipe for you today – easy vegan chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes. These pancakes have been my go-to recipe for our leisurely weekend breakfasts in the weeks before Juliana’s arrival. … Read the rest of the post

Berry-Chocolate Green Smoothie Recipe, a.k.a. My Favorite Vegan Pregnancy Smoothie

Vegan pregnancy breakfast smoothie

Today I’d like to share with you the recipe for a vegan breakfast smoothie that’s been a lifesaver for me during the past few weeks of my pregnancy. You certainly don’t have to be pregnant to drink it, but it makes a lot of sense to have it every now and then if/when you’re pregnant because of all the nutrition packed in it. Okay, I’ll admit that it may look like the most appetizing thing ever, but hey, some great things in life sometimes come in less than perfectly looking packages 🙂 For almost all of my pregnancy, my go-to breakfast during the week has been oatmeal of some sort – overnight oats, steel-cut oatmeal, or these microwaveable packets of oats in maple-brown sugar flavor that I had a craving … Read the rest of the post

New Breakfast Recipe: Pumpkin-Carrot Pancakes

Hi all! Phew, the past couple days have been quite hectic over here: I’ve planned on publishing today’s post earlier in the week, but on Tuesday our landlady found out that the wiring in the house we’re renting from her has gotten pretty bad, so she turned the power off in the house and asked us to spend the night in a hotel. As it turned out, finding an available room at a hotel on Whidbey Island is not an easy feat on a Tuesday night during the off season (hotel attendants go home early). By the time we finally found a room, it was already too late, and blogging was the last thing on my mind. The situation repeated on Wednesday because the electrician wasn’t done by the end … Read the rest of the post

Tried and True Vegan Recipes Series, Episode #2: Five Recipes From All Over The Blogosphere, Tested And Reviewed!

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got another episode of the Tried and True Vegan Recipes series for you. In this series, I’m sharing with you a few recipes from various blogs and cookbooks that I’ve recently tried and liked (or didn’t?). This way, you get to experience lots of vegan deliciousness from sources you may have not heard of before, and try out these recipes yourself! In case you’ve missed part 1 of this series, you can find it here. 5 Recipes by Other Bloggers/Food Writers I’ve Recently Tried: Recipe #1: Dark Chocolate Pancakes! I usually don’t go very complicated with breakfast during the week, but on weekends all bets are off! Pancakes are quite a regular staple as a weekend breakfast in our house, often served with fruit, peanut butter and whatever … Read the rest of the post

New Breakfast Recipe: Japanese Sweet Potato and Chia Pancakes

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hi all! Another week flew by, so it’s time for an update on what’s happening in the Vegan Runner Eats headquarters. Before I proceed to tell you about the delicious vegan Japanese Sweet Potato and Chia Seed Pancakes, let me share with you the amazingly freeing running experience I had yesterday. You may remember from this post that I decided to stop running for a while in an attempt to give my left foot a chance to recover from plantar fasciitis. After not running for a couple months, I slowly started using a treadmill once or twice a week to run shorter distances – the treadmill belt is softer than asphalt, which provides less impact. My treadmill experiments lasted for over a month until finally I decided … Read the rest of the post

10 Quick and Easy Plant-Based Meal Ideas for When You’re Short on Time

Ask just about anyone what keeps them from switching to a plant-based/vegan/healthier diet, and one of the most common answers (besides ‘I love my cheese/bacon too much’) is likely going to be, ‘I just don’t have the time to make those elaborate meals’. Okay, I understand that making a fresh, wholesome plant-based dinner every night sounds like too much work, especially if your schedule runs crazy, you work long hours, you’ve got kids, etc. So today I’ve made a list of 10 meal ideas that will show you how to have a quick and healthy homemade meal even when you’re pressed for time. Nothing fancy or complicated, just 10 meals that’ll keep you from making a bad decision even when all else fails. Staying on track with your plant-based diet … Read the rest of the post

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: … Read the rest of the post

Warm Potato Salad with Spinach and Chickpeas

I make it no secret that potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables: I cook them in different ways a few times a week, and I’ve featured a number of recipes with potatoes on my blog in the past. Today’s recipe for a warm potato salad is very easy to make, requires only one pan (less cleanup!), and is almost impossible to mess up! As you see, this is not your typical potato salad with mayo and not much else that’s usually served at barbecues and picnics. In this recipe, potatoes are cooked with the rest of the ingredients on a hot skillet, and there’s no need to add any dressing at the end because the combination of fresh rosemary, basil and other spices brings all of the flavors together … 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 … Read the rest of the post