Banana Granola Pops

A part of me wants to promote these bad boys as a kid friendly snack, but hell, I'm 23 and I'm in love! Banana granola pops are like the superhero of dessert. Super simple, super tasty, and super healthy! These guilt free frozen treats have the power to impress dinner guests, fill an afternoon with fun, and if you're feeling like a night in - they'll keep you company while you binge watch Netflix! Needless to say I'm a fan. 

Prep Time: 10 min  Cooling Time: 30 min  Total Time:  40 min Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bananas 
  • 6 Popsicle Sticks/Fondue Sticks
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Dark Chocolate
  • 1/8 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Granola (I use Central Roast)
  • 1/8 Cup Crushed Pistachios
  • 1/8 Cup Shredded Coconut

Directions: 

Step 1: Peel bananas, and cut into halves. Insert sticks halfway.

Step 2: Melt chocolate (approximately 3 minutes in a pot over medium heat). Dip bananas in chocolate, and set on a tray lined with parchment/wax paper. 

Step 3: Drizzle peanut butter over chocolate on as many pops as desired. Top with granola, pistachios, and coconut - in whichever combinations you prefer! 

Step 4: Place pops in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spiced Cups

To say these peanut butter pumpkin spiced cups are addicting would be an UNDERSTATEMENT! Guys, I cannot stop... I'll admit, as a kid, those sneaky little Reese's PB cups were my weakness, but with becoming vegan, comes great responsibility. In other words, no hoarding candy bars off the shelves in the checkout line at grocery stores. It was only a matter of time before I brought this chocolate peanut buttery goodness back to life. This seriously simple recipe is definitely one for the win. Perfect for gifting, snacking, entertaining - you name it!

Prep Time: 10 min  Cooling Time: 20 min  Total Time:  30 min Servings: 12 Cups

Ingredients: 

  • 4 Cups Chopped Dark Chocolate
  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil 
  • 1/2 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Spice 
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt 
  • 1 Cup Puffed Quinoa 

Directions:

Step 1: In a small mixing bowl, melt 2 cups of chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds for 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons coconut oil and heat for another 20 seconds. Fill each muffin cup with 2 tablespoons of chocolate mix and set in fridge for 5 minutes. 

Step 2: In a small mixing bowl, add peanut butter, pumpkin spice, and salt, and stir until blended together. Add puffed quinoa and mix evenly, to create cup filling.

Step 3: Remove muffin tray from fridge, scooping a teaspoon of filling onto each puddle of chocolate, pressing down slightly. 

Step 4: Melt the remaining 2 cups of chocolate and 2 tablespoons coconut oil as done in step 1. Top each muffin cup with chocolate mixture, fully covering filling. Place in fridge for 20 minutes or until hardened.

Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies recipe

          Prep Time: ~ 5 min             Cook Time: ~35 min             Total Time: ~ 40 min

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Grape seed Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Dark Chocolate

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425°F. Rinse and drain black beans and empty into food processor. Combine with oats and oil and blend.

Step 2: Combine 3 tablespoons of ground up flax seed, and stir in 7.5 tablespoons of water. Let sit for 5 minutes until a thick egg-like consistency forms. Flax eggs act as a great vegan binding ingredient!

Step 3: Add flax eggs, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla, baking powder, salt, and almond milk to food processor and blend until smooth.

Step 4: Finely chop dark chocolate (or chocolate of your choice), and combine with brownie mix.

Step 5: Grease baking pan and pour in brownie mix. Bake for 35 minutes, and let stand for ~1 hour, then store in fridge (this allows the chocolate chunks to harden, adding a bit of a crunch).

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Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies recipe