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MCLV Mange| Apple Zucchini Bread

I’m a big fan of zucchini bread. Actually, I’m a big fan of anything were you can sneak in some extra servings of fruit or vegetables. One part of zucchini bread I’m not overly fond of? The huge amount of sugar that’s added. I wanted to play around with a traditional recipe for zucchini bread and try to make it a bit healthier and heartier. I added some fruit and nuts to bulk it up and add some sweetness, and the result was delicious. Crunchy, spicy, and filling, but not overly sweet.

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{Apple Zucchini Bread – Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of flour {I used 1/2 almond meal + 1/2 GF blend}
  • 2 teaspoons baking power
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of apple chunks or 2/3 cup of apple sauce {you could also use banana or a stone fruit like peaches, I just happened to have apples on hand}
  • 2 flax eggs {2 tablespoons of ground flax seed or flax seed meal combined with 5 tablespoons of water. Stir and set aside for ~5 minutes until it gels}
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup grated zucchini {1 large or 2 medium zucchinis – grate & squeeze out excess water using a towel or paper towels}
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts and/or seeds {I did walnuts & almonds with some shelled sunflower seeds}
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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF {this is a wet, dense loaf so you want to give it time to cook all the way through without burning on the top or bottom}
  2. Make flax eggs and set aside
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl
  4. Add the flax eggs, water, lemon juice, and coconut oil to the dry ingredients and use a hand mixer to mix on low {you can do this by hand if you don’t have a mixer, don’t worry}
  5. Lastly, add in your fruit, zucchini, and nuts/seeds, just mixing until combined
  6. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Cook for 55-60 minutes and check if it’s done by inserting a toothpick or fork into the center. If they come out clean, you’re done. Otherwise leave in the oven for 5-10 more minutes.
  7. Alternative: You could make mini loafs, just bake for 25-30 minutes
  8. Cool for 10-15 minutes after you take it out of the oven, and then remove from the pan to finish cooling on a rack

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MCLV Mange| Blueberry Banana Bread

I love zucchini and banana bread, and I’m always looking for yummy new variations to try out. So when I had some leftover blueberries in the fridge and some ripe bananas in the fruit bowl, I decided it was time for a new banana bread recipe!

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Blueberry Banana Bread {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Make flax eggs and set aside (Combine warm water + ground flax seeds in a large bowl and let them sit)
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a medium bowl
  4. Add the lemon juice, coconut oil, sugar, and mashed bananas to the flax mixture. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Finally, fold in the blueberries, just mixing until combined.
  5. Spray + line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Cook for 1 hour, and check if they’re done by inserting a toothpick or fork. If they come out clean, you’re done. Otherwise leave in the oven for 5-10 more minutes.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes after you take it out of the oven, and then remove from the pan to finish cooling on a rack.

Happy Baking!

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Thanksgiving: Vegan & Gluten-Free Recipe Round-Up

Thanksgiving, more so in my mind than any other holiday, is really food-centric. Family is the best part of any holiday, but when I think of Thanksgiving, I think of food! For my plant-based folks out there, here’s a round-up of delicious, healthy recipes to meet all of your needs – Vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free. Enjoy!

Appetizers:

  • Roasted Apple Pumpkin Soup – Nothing beats a hearty soup on a cold day. Check out this colorful and delicious recipe from As Easy As Apple Pie.
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash – These amazing little squash bites are the perfect combo of ingredients. So head over to Abbey’s Kitchen to see more!
  • 5-Minute Savory Pumpkin Hummus – Quick, delicious, and perfect for dipping. Two Healthy Kitchens knows what we need.

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{Stuffed Acorn Squash}

Sides:

  • Sweet Potato Unstuffing – Because The Real Food Dietitians know that you don’t need bread for an amazing stuffing recipe!
  • Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potatoes – I’m a big fan of including as many potato recipes as possible in any meal. 🙂 Clearly Yay for Food agrees.
  • Maple Glazed Heirloom Carrots – These carrots from Eye Candy Popper, with an amazing lemon cashew cream, are the perfect accompaniment to any Thanksgiving dinner.

Entrees:

  • Lentil Loaf with Classic Brown Onion Gravy – Lentils, veggies, and gravy. Oh my!! This dish from the Mostly Vegan looks like a winner. May need to try it out before the holiday!
  • Vegan Pot Pies – I have to confess that I’ve never had a pot pie, so I’m very, very tempted by this recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen.
  • Stuffed Roasted Butternut Squash – Butternut squash, veggies, rice… What could be better? It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken is here to save the day.

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{Maple Glazed Heirloom Carrots}

Desserts:

  • Apple Pie – Easy, gorgeous, and delicious. What more could you need in a pie? Pickles & Honey has you covered.
  • Pumpkin Pie – Jessica in the Kitchen has juuust the recipe for you this Thanksgiving!
  • Apple Crumble & Apple Spice Cake – Delicious & filling apple based desserts, with the perfect amount of spice.

What’s YOUR favorite dish at Thanksgiving?

Check out more recipes on my Thanksgiving Pinterest Board.

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MCLV Mange | Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

While trying to come up with some fun new ways to enjoy my oats, I stumbled on the idea of baked oatmeal! It’s a healthy dish that you can add any toppings you want to, plus you can make it in advance and eat all week. I do love my meal prepping. Also – It’s so delicious and decadent tasting that you could definitely make it into a dessert.

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{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free} 

Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipe {5 servings – Meal prep}

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Optional: If you want this more dessert-y, you can add 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 and spray an 8×8 baking pan
  • Mix together dry ingredients. Then add in mashed banana, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Fold in blueberries.
  • Pour into greased pan and bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes {until golden brown}
  • Serve warm or cold, its delicious either way!

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MCLV Mange | Apple Spice Cake

There are two things that say Fall to me in the kitchen – Pumpkin and APPLES!

Stemlit Farms just sent me some of their amazing SweeTango apples and I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen. Last year I did a healthy twist on a traditional Apple Crumble, so I wanted to try something different this season. Enter – The Apple Spice Cake. A yummy, spicy, Fall treat filled with sweet apple chunks. It’s gluten-free and vegan.

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{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free} 

Apple Spice Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil {you could also do 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of applesauce}
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 apples {cored & chopped}
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts {I recommend walnuts or pecans}
  • Optional: Shredded unsweetened coconut is a yummy addition as well

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 and spray & lightly flour a 9 inch bundt pan, a 9 inch round pan, or an 8×8 baking pan
  • Mix together sugar and oil, then add in the eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. I used an electric hand mixer, but you could also use a stand mixer or mix by hand.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  • Next, slowly mix the flour mixture into the bowl of wet ingredients. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the mixture.
  • Fold in the nuts and chopped apples. If needed, you can add non-daily milk to reduce thickness of the mixture, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Pour the batter into your baking dish and put in the preheated oven. Baking time is between 45-60 minutes, depending on thickness of the mixture and the size of your baking dish. Check the bake at 45 minutes and each subsequent 5 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes prior to removing from the pan.
  • Enjoy!

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