Banana Bread Muffins

I’ve been on a food waste reducing mission since the beginning of the year. I’ve tried to really keep track of the food I buy so that minimal amounts of it end up in the trash.

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With that in mind, when I saw that two perfectly innocent bananas were starting to get rather tanned, I made this banana bread. It’s a simple one-bowl recipe, packed with flavour and good ingredients. Plus, it’s refined sugar-free! Well, if you don’t count the chocolate chips… that doesn’t count, right?

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds + 6 tbs water
  • 2 ripe bananas (we’re talking brown spots here)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (I pureed some raw apple with my stick blender for this, but if you’re out, an extra mushed banana will also work great)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour (I made mine in my blender using regular oats)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • to make them extra cute: extra chocolate chips + some sliced banana

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flax seeds and water together and let sit for 5 minutes or until they form a gel-like substance.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C) and oil your muffin tin.
  3. Mash up the two bananas with the flax mixture until smooth.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients one by one. Whisk until smooth between each addition.
  5. Fill up your muffin tins with two tablespoons of the batter.
  6. To decorate, add a few chocolate chips and a banana slice to the top of each muffin.
  7. Place in your oven for 25-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin and enjoy!

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Super simple, super delicious! These are not too sweet, so the chocolate chips really add in a nice touch. Also, because they are made with oat flour, they are perfect for breakfast and will keep you full for quite some time. Let me know if you try them out!

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The simplest banana pudding \\ Le pudding de banane le plus simple

A few days ago, I really craved yoghurt. However, I haven’t found a vegan yoghurt that I enjoy, so I needed to be creative. This is so simple, and the banana flavour is incredible. You might think that I have gone back to the baby-food stage, but, trust me, it’s really delicious!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings: nuts, seeds, fruits or granola to your liking

  1. Place the banana, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract in your blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

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This is so simple, but I promise, it’s a great substitute for yogurt. The texture is very similar, and the lemon juice adds a nice tanginess. Plus, this is naturally sweet, so it makes for a perfect no-guilt dessert. Let me know if you try it out!


Il y a quelques jours, une grosse envie de yaourt m’a prise. Cependant, je n’ai pas encore trouvé de substitut végane qui me plaise, alors j’ai essayé quelquechose. C’est si simple, et la saveur de banane est incroyable. Vous pensez peut-être que j’ai régréssé au stage de la bouffe pour bébé, mais, faites-moi confiance, c’est vraiment délicieux!

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1-2 bananes
  • 1 c. à thé de jus de citron
  • 1/2 c. à thé de zeste de citron
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille

Garnitures: Noix, graines, fruits ou du granola à volonté!

  1. Placez la banane, le jus, le zest de citron et la vanille dans votre robot et mélangez jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien lisse et onctueux. Garnissez et savourez!

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C’est tellement simple, c’est presque ridicule de partager cette recette, mais c’est vraiment une bonne alternative au yaourt. La texture est très proche et le jus de citron ajoute un coté acidulé très agréable. En plus, c’est naturellement sucré alors c’est un dessert sans culpabilité parfait. Dites-moi si vous essayez!

Vegan Protein Pancakes \\ Pancakes Véganes et Protéinés

I have oatmeal every day, and I love it. I find it comforting, and I love that it keeps me full for so long. Once in a while, however, I like to spice things up and have my oatmeal in pancake form. That’s right, I basically just use the same ingredients, blend them up and make pancakes. Trust me, it’s delicious!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/4 cup/ 140g of quick oats
  • 1 scoop/ 22g of protein powder (I use chocolate Iron Vegan)
  • 1 tbs / 10g of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp / 5g of baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup / 280ml of almond milk
  • 1/2 banana

Toppings: Mixed berries, 1/2 banana, maple syrup, maybe some chocolate chips? Go nuts! hum, nuts, that’s a good idea!

  1. Place the oats in your blender or food processor and blender until you have flour. Add the protein powder and baking powder. Blend everything up.
  2. Add the milk and banana and blend until everything is smooth.
  3. Let the batter sit for a few minutes until in thickens.
  4. Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat and pour on some of the batter. Let cook until the top of the pancake is nice and bubbly. Turn over and cook for a few minutes on the other side. Repeat until all your batter is gone. Enjoy!

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These are my favourite pancakes! It’s really important that you let the batter sit before you try to cook the pancakes. If not, it will be too liquidy and it will end up being a weird mess. Trust me on that too, it’s not a pretty sight. Anyways, this is delicious, so let me know if you try it out!


J’adore mon gruau quotidien. Je trouve ça réconfortant, et j’aime que cela me garde rassasiée toute la matinée. Une fois de temps en temps, j’aime bien préparer un petit déjeuner un peu plus excitant. Alors, je mets les ingrédients de mon gruan dans mon robot mélanger et j’en fait des pancakes! Yup! Mais croyez-moi, c’est vraiment délicieux.

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 1/4 tasse / 140g de flocons d’avoine rapides
  • 1 portion / 22g de poudre protéinée (j’utilise celle de Iron Vegan au chocolat)
  • 1 c. à soupe / 10g de poudre de cacao
  • 1 c. à thé / 5g de poudre à pâte
  • 1 1/4 tasse / 280ml de lait d’amande
  • 1/2 banane

Pour les garnitures: des fruits rouges, 1/2 banana, du sirop d’érable et des brisures de chocolat. Peut-être aussi de noix?

  1. Placer lesflocons d’avoine dans votre mélangeur et réduisez les flocons d’avoine en poudre. Ajouter la poudre protéinée et la poudre à pâte. Mélanger jusqu’à ce que le tout soit homogène.
  2. Ajouter le lait et la banane et mélanger jusqu’à ce que la pâte soit bien lisse.
  3. Laisser la pâte reposer pour quelques minutes pour qu’elle s’épaississe.
  4. Chauffer une poêle plate à feu moyen et y déposer un peu de la pâte. Laisser cuire jusqu’à ce que le dessus soit pris. Retourner et faire cuire quelques minutes de ce côté-là aussi. Répéter jusqu’à ce que toute la pâte soit devenue des pancakes. Savourez!

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Ce sont mes pancakes préférés! Il est vraiment important de laisser la pâte reposer avant d’essayer de la faire cuire car sinon elle ne sera pas assez épaisse et vous aurez un beau dégât. Faites moi confiance. En tout cas, c’est vraiment délicieux alors dites-moi si vous essayez!

Iron Vegan Protein Powder Review // Poudre protéinée Iron Vegan

I’ve been testing out a few vegan protein powders recently, and I have to say it’s difficult to find one that is not too chalky, that tastes great and that is not filled with weird ingredients. Just last week, I had to go out to buy a third bag of the Iron Vegan Spouted Vegan Powder, I knew I had found a winner.

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Here’s what I like about this particular powder.

  • It’s made in Canada. Most of the other popular vegan protein powders that I can find in my area are made in the States, so it is nice to find one that is made more locally.
  • The packaging is less wasteful than the regular plastic tubs (it comes in a bag).
  • What I like most is the taste. Because it contains xantham gum, it really has a smooth texture. The chocolate taste is right on point and without any weird aftertaste. In brief, this is my go-to protein powder.
  • With 18g of protein per scoop, for 3g of carbs and only 0.5g of fat, it’s the powder that I found with the greatest macro ratio.

I pay around 60$ for the 1kg bag, and that lasts me and my boyfriend for around 3 weeks. I usually have one scoop in the morning with breakfast and one after the gym.  If you want to take it to the next level, try this post-workout smoothie recipe.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 scoop of Iron vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp of raw cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 banana

Just blend everything together and enjoy! This is my favourite and something else that I’ve had almost every day for the last few months. Really satisfying and guilt-free! Let me know if you try it out or if you have tried another vegan protein powder.


Ces derniers mois, j’ai essayé différentes poudres protéinées véganes, et je dois dire qu’il est difficile d’en trouver une qui ne soit pas trop “poudreuse”, qui ait bon goût et qui ne soit pas remplie d’ingrédients inconnus ou étranges. La semaine dernière, lorsque j’ai acheté mon troisième sac de la poudre protéinée Iron Vegan Sprouted Vegan Powder, j’ai réalisé que ma quête était terminée.

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Voici pourquoi j’aime tant cette poudre protéinée particulière:

  • Elle est faite au Canada. La majorité des poudres protéinées que je peux trouver dans mon quartier sont faites aux États-Unis, alors c’est vraiment chouette d’en trouver une plus locale.
  • L’emballage est plus raisonable que les boites de platique: cette poudre est vendue dans un sac.
  • Le goût crémeux (merci poudre de xantham) et chocolaté, sans arrière goût étrange.
  • Avec 18g de protéines par portion, 3g de glucides et 0,5g de gras, cette poudre est équilibrée juste à mon goût!

Je paye environs 60$ pour le sac de 1kg qui me dûre environs 3 semaines. J’en prend habituellement une portion le matin avec mon petit déjeuner et une autre après le gym. Je vous recommande cette recette de smoothie post-workout: c’est comme un dessert!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 portion de poudre protéinée Iron Vegan
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre de cacao crue
  • 1 tasse de lait d’amande
  • 1 tasse d’eau
  • 1 banane

Mélanger le tout et savourez! C’est mon smoothie préféré et encore une autre chose que j’ai mangé presque tous les jours ces dernières semaines. Super satisfaisant et sans culpabilité! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez ou votre poudre protéinée préférée.

 

Apple Oat Muffins, Vegan! \\ Muffins aux pommes et à l’avoine véganes!

(Version française plus bas!)

Tonight, I was meal planning and prepping food with my boyfriend, and I realized that we did not have any more quick oats, my usual breakfast option. We still had rolled oats, but these take ages to cook… unless you use them to make yummy muffins! Here we go!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 1/2 apple sauce
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup quick oats (I still had some in the back of my pantry!)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup almonds
  • coconut oil for the muffin tins

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven at 350F.
  2. Quickly mash the banana in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. The mixture should be thick, but not soggy.
  3. Oil the muffin tins with some coconut oil. Fill the tins to the rim as the muffins will not rise much.
  4. Bake for 17 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the tin. Keep them in an airtight container and grab one in the morning!

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These are really great if you know that you will not have time to have breakfast at home in the next few days. They are filling, slightly sweet and deliciously chewy. Give them a try and let me know what you think!


Ce soir, alors que nous préparions nos repas pour la semaine, j’ai réalisé que je n’avais plus de flocons d’avoine pour mes petits déjeuners! Par contre, il me restait des flocons d’avoine entiers qui prennent tellement de temps à cuire… sauf si on les transforme en de délicieux muffins aux pommes! C’est parti!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 ½ tasse de compote de pommes
  • 1 banane mûre
  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine rapides (il m’en restait un peu finalement!)
  • 2 tasses de flocons d’avoine entiers
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachides
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 1 c. à table the sirop d’érable
  • ½ tasse de lait d’amandes
  • 1 tasse d’amandes
  • Huile de coco pour le moule
  1. Préchauffer votre four à 350F.
  2. Écraser la banane avec une fourchette dans un grand bol et y ajouter le reste des ingrédients. Bien mélanger. Le mélange devrait être épais et tout le liquide devrait être absorbé.
  3. Huiler le moule à muffins avec l’huile de coco. Remplir jusqu’au bord du moule car les muffins ne vont pas lever.
  4. Cuire pendant 17 minutes. Retirer du four et laisser refroidir dans le moule. Conserver dans une boîte hermétique et prenez-en un en partant!

Ces muffins sont délicieux! Ils remplacent facilement un bol de gruau lorsque le temps ne permet pas de déjeuner à la maison. Ils sont nourrissants, légèrement sucrés et tendres! Dites-moi si vous les essayez et ce que vous en pensez!

Vietnamese recipe:Che Chuoi, Banana pudding

Another dessert! Again with bananas! This is a little bit different, but definitely in the same flavour combinations. I really enjoy this because, again, it is so easy to make and so delicious too! It is also very comforting as you can eat this warm. Perfect dessert for a cold day!

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As a kid, I would take only one banana piece and fill my dessert bowl with the coconut tapioca and add a few spoonfuls of sesame seeds: this was my favourite way of eating this dessert (and sometimes, it still is).

Here is what you need:

  • 1/4 cup tapioca pearls
  • 3 cups of water
  • 500 mL coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 just-ripe bananas (we don’t want any spots)
  • dash of salt

Sesame Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds

Here is what you do:

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Pour the small tapioca pearls and give a quick stir. Let the beads expand and cook until there is only a little white dot in the middle of each pearl. Set on medium heat. Use a non-stick sauce pan because this is sticky!
  3. In a different sauce pan, pour the coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  4. Pour the tapioca pearls and their remaining cooking water into the coconut milk. Mix well and add some water until you reach the desired consistency (we added 2 cups).
  5. Taste and add the sugar accordingly (you might add less if your bananas are really sweet).
  6. Peel the bananas and cut in 3 parts diagonally. In a large bowl, add water and the pinch of salt. Dip the banana pieces in this salty water to avoid browning. Add them to the coconut milk. IMG_2426
  7. Bring back to a boil and remove from heat. IMG_2427
  8. For the sesame garnish: Rinse the sesame seeds and put them in a metal sauce pan set on medium heat. Shake the pan often to avoid burning. You want the seeds to be golden, so keep an eye on them.IMG_2436
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This is so good! The sesame seeds bring out the sweetness of the bananas and add a great flavour to the perfect banana-coconut combo. Let me know if you try this out!

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Vietnamese Recipe: Banh Chuoi, Banana Cake

I think it is about time we talk about desserts! This one is one of my mom’s favourite, and I remember her making huge batches of this. I would then bring slices of it as a snack for school: yum! It is very simple, but the lime flavour is super refreshing and light, which goes great with the slightly wet texture of this (almost) flour-free cake.

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Here is what you need:

  • Zest of one lime
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 ripe bananas
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil

To serve:

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1tbsp corn starch

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and place a 9″ square pan in it.
  2. Zest one lime and press out the juice.
  3. Mash the bananas one by one and add a little bit of lime juice to each. Place in a large mixing bowl. The lime juice will prevent the browning of the bananas.IMG_2545.JPG
  4. Add the lime peel, the sugar and salt and mix well.
  5. Combine the water and flour until smooth. Add to the banana mix. IMG_2552.JPG
  6. Remove the pan from the oven (careful, this is hot!), and oil it with a little bit of coconut oil. Pour the dough in and cook for 30 minutes or until the top of the cake is golden. IMG_2561.JPG
  7. For the coconut sauce: In a small sauce pan, pour half the can of coconut milk and put on medium heat. Mix the corn starch to the other half and add to the pan once well combined. Heat up and mix until it is thick to your taste.
  8. Serve hot with a generous dribble of coconut sauce. We cut the cake in half and superposed the two halves to make the cake thicker.

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I really love how the crust of this cake has a slight crunch while the center stays moist and chewy. The coconut sauce balances out the sweetness of the bananas and rounds off the flavours delicately.

Give this a try! It is so easy and simple, yet so flavourful: the lime juice and zest really send you to a tropical island of your choice, or maybe a Vietnamese beach. Let me know if you cook this and devour it!

Easy Plantain Dessert

Plantains are one of my favourite ingredients to cook with because they are equality great with savory and sweet recipes. Talk about versatility!

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This week, I was really craving them, and I love fried plantain. However, since my mom has raised me to be completely terrified of  deep-frying things, I tried baking them: success!

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The coconut-plantain combination in this recipe is fairly obvious, but so yummy!

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Here is what you need:

  • 4 yellow plantains (1 per person)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil/ plantain

For the coconut sauce:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp rum (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Cut the two extremities of the plantains and slice the skin open to remove it.
  2. Slice each plantain diagonally, or straight down depending on your preference. You want them to be about 7mm-10mm thick. Place your slices in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and pour over the plantains and mix until all the pieces are well coated.
  4. Place the plantains in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Slide in the oven set at 350F. Let cook for 15 minutes. Flip over and cook again for 15 minutes. If you want, you can set the oven on ‘broil’ for the last 5 minutes to have a nicely caramelized top. Yum!
  5. For the sauce, mix the coconut milk with the corn starch and put in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until it starts to thicken up. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  6. Serve the plantain slices with the warm sauce on top.

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This is so easy to make and so delicious! All the flavours complement each other nicely and make for a very yummy dessert. I really like how you can caramelize the top of the slices for maximum flavour! So simple, and way less scary then deep-frying them!

Let me know if you try this out and what your favourite plantain recipe is!