Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mom's Famous Banana Bread

This is my mom's recipe, tweaked a little to be made to be vegan. :)

  • 8 bananas
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts 
  1. Whip butter and sugar together in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, blend together all of the bananas. Add the flaxseed and blend until smooth. Add the walnuts and pulse until they are evenly distributed. 
  3. Add the banana mixture to the butter and sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and stir together. 
  4. Pour into two large bread pans, filling each 2/3 full. 
Bake at 325 for about an hour. 

I made each of my running buddies a "mini" loaf of banana bread for Christmas. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! I made a blackberry lemon cheesecake today that I will have to post about soon :)

Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake

Merry Christmas, Friends!!


  • 1-14oz package firm silken tofu
  • 8oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)---optional
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup, plus 6 fresh blackberries
  • 1 prepared pie crust

Combine all ingredients in a food process EXCEPT blackberries and blend until VERY smooth. Remove 1/2 of the cheesecake mixture and set aside. Add and blend 2/3 cup blackberries with the other half of the cheesecake filling. Pour the 2 mixtures into a pie pan however you would like. I did blackberry on the bottom and plain on the top. You could also swirl them together. Bake for 45 minutes at 350. Top the cake with blackberries. Allow 2 hours to cool. Refrigerate overnight. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Easy Peasy Lentil Cheesey Burgers

This is a recipe I have modified from the recipe book "How it all Vegan" by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer. I made sweet potato fries as a side. 
  • 3/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 cups cooked or canned lentils
  • 1 cup vegan bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 3 tbs coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 slices of vegan mozzarella cheese (optional)

Combine all ingredients, except for 2 tablespoons of the flax seeds, in a small bowl. Divide and shape into 4 burger patties. Coat each patty with the remaining flax seeds. 

Cook on a lightly oiled frying pan on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes, flipping occasionally. When burgers are almost done, top with a slice of cheese. Cover the frying pan with a lid for about 2 minutes, or until cheese has softened. Serve on a vegan burger bun with desired condiments (ketchup- duh) :)