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New and Improved Gluten-free Vegan Banana Nut Bread

This is a new take on my banana nut bread, it’s much simpler and a great hit with the whole family. I love using coconut palm sugar because it’s low glycemic and very yummy. Ingredients: 1 1/3 cups of organic brown rice flour 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder 5 tbsp Earth Balance Butter 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar 2 “eggs” – if you’re a vegetarian use eggs, for vegan combine in a high speed blender 2 tbsp flax seeds with 6 tbs water, this is a great substitute for eggs 🙂 4 ripe bananas 1 cup of walnuts *I try to use all organic ingredients and with this recipe they’re usually pretty easy to find. Preheat oven to 350℉ In a mixing bowl combine: butter, sugar, eggs, and bananas. In a separate bowl combine: flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Combine the two mixtures together and when fully incorporated, add walnuts. Pour the mixture into a bread pan and bake for about 50-60 min. Enjoy!

Gluten-free Maple Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are a family favorite and are a great little treat for when you need it most 😉 They’re gluten-free and you have the option to make them vegan if you like. As always, I encourage you to play around with the recipe and make it your own, get the kids involved with the process and, more importantly … Have Fun! Ingredients: 1 generous cup of brown rice flour 1/2 tsp of baking soda 1/2 cup of Earth Balance baking butter, soft but not melted (I love EB because it’s vegan and great for baking, but feel free to use regular if you like) 1/2 cup of maple sugar 1 egg (for vegan use egg replacement, or combine 1 tbs of flax seeds with 3 tbs of water in a high speed blender) 1/4 tsp salt 1 vanilla bean 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1 cup of gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill best, it’s organic and super yummy) Pre-heat oven to 350℉ In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking …

Let go of “body image” and start having fun!

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to take an aerial yoga class. After much deliberation on whether I should or shouldn’t take it, I eventually convinced myself that I was too heavy, felt embarrassed, and ultimately decided not to do it. Well, the opportunity came around again and I though what the hell, just sign up and have fun! I went, and no, I wasn’t too heavy, had the time of my life, and it was an overall amazing experience. This got me thinking …. What else have I been missing out on because of my warped body image issues? I used to surf, a lot. I would drop my son off at school, surf all morning and then pick him up. For some reason or another the amount of time I spent out on the water became less, and less, and then it stopped completely. When I realized how much I missed it, I knew I had to get back out in the water, but by that time, I had gained a lot of weight. …

Thank You Haute Yogi!

My previous experiences with Bikram yoga, many years ago, were not pleasant. I would always feel nauseous like I was going to pass out and die – I even had to excuse myself once so I could go and be sick in the bathroom. I gave it a few tries and then decided it just wasn’t my sort of thing, convincing myself that I’m a Vinyasa flow type of gal, nothing more to it. But a few months ago, there was a challenge at a local studio and I decided to give it a try. It’s been quite a ride and I’m now hooked, but not for the reasons you’d expect. I’m very much in my head at all times and a strong, fast, flow allows me to forget all distractions – I’ve always considered it my moving meditation. However, in hot yoga, the poses are held longer, there’s the unnatural heat one must deal with, and no music … what’s going to motivate me?! Towards the end of my first slow, methodical, focused, unbearably …

The When, Where, and Why of a Yoga Selfie

A few weeks ago I was at a reggae festival with my son. We were backstage, and I thought how cool it would be to do a headstand on the grass with the stage in the background: “What yogis do when backstage.” I asked my son if he could take a picture of me, which he thought was pretty cool, and then I started looking around for the perfect place. All of a sudden, I was taking way too long to figure this out and I heard a “come on mom, this is perfect!” At that moment it hit me: why am I having a picture taken here? What’s the point? Is there any educational value in it? Any growth? The answer was NO. Yes, it would have been a cool picture to post on Instagram, and everyone who knows me, knows I place a very high priority on having fun, but this just wasn’t me, it’s not who I am. In the Bhagavad Gita, we are told to question the motivation behind actions. Are …

Delicious Quinoa Pancakes: Gluten-free and Vegan ;)

This a great take on traditional pancakes; they’re gluten-free, vegan, and super healthy. My daughter and husband like them with cacao nibs, my son likes them plain, and I add chia seeds, blueberries, and bananas to mine 😉 Have fun and make then your own! In a large bowl combine: 1 1/2 cups of quinoa or brown rice flower 3 Tablespoons of coconut palm sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons of gluten free baking powder 1/2 teaspoon of salt In a separate bowl combine: 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk (or almond) 3 tablespoons of Earth Balance butter 2 “eggs” (in a mini food processor blend 2 tablespoons of flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water) 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract Mix/whisk wet ingredients into dry, and voila! *I usually make one large batch and then take about a 1/2 cup of batter out, put it into a small bowl and mix it with individual ingredients. For my pancakes I usually add about a handful of blueberries, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, and 1/2 large banana – adding …

Yummy Banana Bread that’s Gluten-Free AND Vegan!

I’ve been a vegetarian for some time, but I now find myself – for personal, and health reasons – moving towards a more plant based, gluten-free diet. I love to bake, so I’ve been modifying recipes that adhere to my new way of eating, but I also want my family to LOVE eating them. Today I made my traditional banana bread completely vegan and gluten-free … it was delicious! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have and remember, ingredients can always be modified 😉 Have fun! Ingredients: 6-8 ripe bananas (mashed, and best if extra ripe) 6 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar 2 “eggs” – in a blender or food processor combine 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds with 6 tablespoons of water 1 cup of coconut milk or any nut milk 1/2 cup of coconut oil 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 4 cups of quinoa flour 1 teaspoons of gluten-free baking powder 1 teaspoons of gluten-free baking soda 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 cup of macadamia nuts * if …