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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles

22 Jun

Hey Everyone !  I have been loving this weather lately.  After my quiet beach date the other day, I sat outside the next day and finished my book.  Those few hours I now have a nice looking tan line going on.  I wore a strapless dress yesterday and seriously, it’s like nobody has ever seen tan lines before, my chest has never gotten so much attention.

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okay they are pretty bad, I admit.

Last night, me and my cousin went to a Kip Moore concert.  I love outdoor concerts in the summer, and totally wish there was some more around here.  We just set up chairs, drank some beer, and people watched.  I couldn’t help to laugh at some of the drunks there, more because I was THAT girl last concert haha #YOLO.

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Half way through the concert we ended up sneaking down and ended up in the 11th row seating.  I was dieing on the inside, I wasn’t drunk enough to be doing stuff like that lol.

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oh hay kip!

Today, after a beast leg workout, I had a few clients then came home to sit outside.  Wanted to work on my tan lines.  I also was so in the mood for banana soft serve.  Then again, when am I not?  So I threw a bunch of my favorite stuff in the blender, poured in into popsicle molds, and magic happened.  I mean really, eating anything in the form of a popsicle is probably good.  Though I was never a popsicle eating kid, I was the one who got that expensive cookies and creme cup from the ice cream man each time lol.  But peanut butter, banana, chocolate, how could you go wrong with these.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles
3 large banana
1/2 cup peanut butter; creamy
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder (or chocolate protein powder)
1 tbs pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Fill popsicle molds (depends on size, mine filled 8) and place popsicle stick in middle and freeze overnight.  Once frozen, place molds under water for about 30 seconds to loosen it up (and with a knife I went around edges then they quickly popped out).  Then place in a container in the freezer until ready to serve. Enjoy!

*I got my molds at the dollar store, they are sold pretty much everywhere in the summer!

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kid approved, score!

I have a date with my DVR tonight because I have a wedding to do before work tomorrow.  Seriously future brides, don’t make your weddings too early.  This means your hair and makeup has to be done at 4am, meaning your hairdresser will hate you.  Just saying.  Then going on my friends boat tomorrow night, trying to keep it low key.  Sunday I am going out east with my groupon to a winery.  Damn you groupon, your making me poor! Haha

What are you up to this weekend?

Were you more of a popsicle or cup/cone kid?

Are you a groupon hoarder like me? haha

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Vegan Poptarts for being MIA

8 Mar

Hey Everyone, sorry for the week off, I been so busy with school. 20 page paper then having to read it outloud, no bueno! Especially I am a tad incoherent when it comes to pronouncing stuff, seriously I have my own language it’s sad.

   

Thank you all for the awesome emails and comments about the last post, you guys really are the best!

I always got a few emails about A. Well, I did get a few drinks in him and he opened up.  Not much though, even though I was willing to even go bowling for this guy.  Comon you know that awkward walk to throw the bowling ball, or when you are doing the walk so is the person in the lane next to you so you stand there dumb. Yeah don’t like that, but I was willing to if he came to the bar with me too haha.  But that awkward “soooooo” was still there after 2 minutes of silence and i was just not feeling it. Oh well off to the next one 😉

Onto food, I woke up with a slight hangover last weekend and I usually just want a egg sandwich.  But no, all I could think of was poptarts! I made it a mission to make them! I failed 2x but then this batch came out strong and I may have made them 3x since this batch.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

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Vegan Poptarts (adapted from these)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour (can use ww again but just different texture)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil (butter will work)
5 tbs maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbs water
1/4 cup jam (i used raspberry and strawberry)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbs melted coconut oil
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Combine in a food processor or blender the flours, baking powder, and coconut oil.  Once mixed add in the syrup, vanilla, and start with 1 tbs of water until it is starting to stick together enough like a dough.  Divide dough into two and transfer onto 2 sheets of plastic wrap and smush them into rectangles and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.  After it’s done, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Removed dough from the plastic on a lightly floured surface, roll it out and cut it into eight sections. Do again with the other rectangle of dough. Place 1.5 tsp of jam on 8 of the rectangles then top with the other piece of dough.  Pinch down the sides (i went around with a fork too).  Transfer to cookie sheet and bake for 17-19 minutes until golden. Cool completely.  Once cooled if you want icing, melt the coconut oil and mix well with the powdered sugar.  I added some strawberry juice to get it a pink shade then frost over the poptarts.  Eat ! yummm. Makes 8 poptarts

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 kid and friend approved, thats a plus/surprise!

I am off to the gym in this gross snow, final day of livefit week 2! love it. Tomorrow I am playing hookey from work and going to the St.Patty’s Day parade in Bayshore (anyone in area come !) with my brothers and sister.  Get this I am just talking to 3 guys at the same time, TALKING, and invited them all thinking they wouldn’t come and right now all 3 are. hahaha this should be interesting.

What was your favorite kind of poptart growing up?

What are you doing this weekend? Any parades?

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

22 Feb

Yayy for it being Friday. I don’t know about you but this week has dragged for me.  I didn’t sleep at all Wednesday night either. Maybe because I had a gallon of coffee during the day, or just had my test the next day, but I was just sitting in bed all night til I finally decided to get up and study at 4 am.  I had my date with A last night.  I don’t know what to think of it to tell you the truth.  He’s such a sweetheart and everything but since he’s so shy and then I was just straight up awkward I don’t know how to really judge it.  I think I am the type who has to say and do some weird stuff right off the bat so he knows my personality but I was to chicken to do any of that last night.  Maybe next time if I decide to go out again I need to go to a better place, love the movies but can’t really talk much.. Or I need a few glasses of wine in me so I can let loose 😉

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Onto food, I made these delicious cookies when I was on my little baking spree and they instantly became a new favorite.  They really taste like a cinnamon roll in cookie form.  Cookie form, they are not these so don’t expect that lol.

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies
1/4 cup ground flax (with 1/4 cup water)*
1/4 cup almonds
1.5 cups of date
1 tbs cinnamon
¼ cup butter**
2 tbs raw sugar (i used stevia and i liked it better)
2 cups oats

Icing
2 tbs vanilla protein powder
1 tbs almond milk
stevia to taste***
Preheat oven to 400. Mix the ground flax with the water and set aside to thicken up.  Place the almonds in a food processor or high speed blender until a flour consistency.  Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.  Place in little balls on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until bottom is golden. Remove and let cool completely.  Mix the ingredients together for the frosting and swirl it around on the cookies. (I put the icing in a ziploc and cut of the zip and swirled it on.) Makes 20 cookies.

*instead of the flax egg you can use 1/2 cup eggs as a substitute.
**i have tried coconut oil in place of the butter and it’s good but doesn’t give it as a cinnamon bun taste. Def good though!
***i used a few drops of stevia but you can use powdered sugar just add more milk.

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Enjoy!

I am off to the gym.  Okay I lied I want to go to the gym but I am still in my pajamas and my bed couch is looking comfy.  Yesterday I went to the gym after class and knew I shouldn’t have because I was just tired I ran for 10 minutes and maybe did 5 bicep curls and gave up.  lol

What makes me happy: mexican night tonight, yumyum so excited!

What are you up to this weekend?

Who else pulled all nighters and took days to get back to feeling normal? Hate it!

What I Ate On the Weekend

13 Feb

Since my wednesdays have been pretty boring, celery hummus oatmeal. I figured I’d show you what I ate while

being trapped in my house all weekend.  Be prepared to barely see any vegetables and get a sugar high just looking 🙂

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attempt at single serving brownie with banana soft serve and “magic shell”

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cinnamon bun cookies

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quinoa cups aka best thing eva

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single serving crumb cakes

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chocolate chip pancakes. butterflies! Id show you the flowers to but my nieces already devoured them. Def a keeper

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chocolate chip skillet cookie cake!

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Shrimp with mixed vegg, looks pathetic but was good, had to get some veggies in there!

canday

Snickers and Coconut Mounds

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salmon with grilled veggies, first time having cooked salmon. loved it!

That about sums up the weekend. I did have some chips and green smoothies thrown into the mix but who wants pics of that 😉

what are you eating this wednesday?

Random, I’m making up a weight lifting program because my body is starting to need a break from the treadmill.  I kind of just go with it but really need a plan when it comes to lifting.  Anyone have any good suggestions?!

Healthified Snickers

12 Feb

You win Nemo, you win.

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DD has opened, after my 5th call of the day they answered and I put on my layers and trekked up snowy hills in 30+inches snow #ineedalife

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Yeah 2 coffees, was needed.  On my walk it was going good trekking through a parking lot that has been plowed til I realized I had to climb these mounds of snow.  I was doing well all excited til I suck to my stomach.  Walking through it was a good ab workout though, knees to chest people.

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I did have some beers with my neighbors and the power authority guys whose trucks were stuck down the street. sup boyz

I ate my body weight in anything and everything with sugar this weekend. Mad pennies in the bashing jar.

I have to go back to school tomorrow yet still can’t drive out of my street. Anxiety at it’s finest. Instead of getting to school 2 hours early tomorrow now i’ll prob get there 3 hours early. UGH. #ineedfriends

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Valentines Day is Thursday I am sooo excited. Not really. But I love candy, sappy chick flicks and wine. Sounds like my Friday night but we’ll keep this to just VDay talk.

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I am suppose to hang out with a newly single girlfriend and I asked her what kind of candy she wanted.  She said peanut butter cups and snickers.  Snickers?! I haven’t had one in years and totally forgot about them.  I made it my goal to make them. As you can see I had a failure.

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This was just a okay looking failure the rest were just completely apart.  I would’ve just used a candy mold BUT nemo got in the way of me getting one so I had to improvise.

Ice cube trays. HOLLA

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Snickers Candy- Vegenized
1c coconut oil, melted
1/2c cocoa powder
1/4c maple syrup
1c dates
3Tbs maple syrup/agave nectar
2Tbs peanut butter
2Tbs coconut oil melted
1.5 tsp Vanilla
1c peanuts

Mix the coconut oil, cocoa powder and maple syrup in a bowl til well combined and set aside.  In a high speed blender or food processor combine the dates, pb, maple syrup/agave, coconut oil and vanilla til well blended.  Add in a tbs of water if it’s needed to get things moving! Chop up your peanuts in a blender of with a chopper just enough to get them all broken up.  Spray an icetray very well.  Put atleast a tsp of the chocolate in each hole then go back and with a brush (or your finger yum) spread some more chocolate on the sides of each of the molds til covered well.  Drop in 1-1.5 tsps of the peanuts into the mold.  Top with the date mixture then covered each mold completely with the rest of the chocolate.  Freeze for an hour.  Shuffle twist and turn the icetray then they will pop out (some you might have to go over with a knife). Keep in a sealed container in the freezer for best keeping! Makes 24 icecube tray sized candies.Image

I also made some coconut mounds and plain caramel.. Caramels were my FAV one growing up, i’d push each candy to see the inside just to find the caramels.

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btw dont bother trying to cut these in half, they make for horrible pics.

What makes me happy: getting out of the same pajamas i been wearing all weekend, dont judge. Even if it is to just go to school I just NEED OUT!

What are you doing for Valentines Day?

Favorite Candy? Least Fav? yuck i hate cinnamon hearts.

Vegan Mini Chocolate Filled Chocolate Donuts

8 Feb

Damn you Nemo and Dunkin Donuts.

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For those of you who haven’t heard, Nemo is the storm hitting here soon, 30 inches of snow? Yeah why couldn’t you come during the week so I can have a snow day?! But really, since when did we start naming snow storms?  For those of you just starting to read when we got hit with Sandy and most of LI was out of gas, yeah that’s what’s going on now.  Two hours to get gas? No thanks, I rather eat donuts. People are crayy.

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my thoughts exactly

So why Dunkin Donuts? Because every morning I go there I have to stare at these brownie batter filled chocolate donuts. Then think all throughout the day on how I could make them at home.  I don’t have a regular donut pan just a mini and they worked out perfectly.  I am going to get a regular pan though just for these.

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Chocolate Donuts

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1 flax egg (or energ-egg/real egg)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (canola/butter will work!)

Chocolate Filling
1 ripe avocado
1/2 very ripe banana
2 tbs cocoa powder
2 tbs maple syrup (or stevia)

Preheat oven to 400.  Combine flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl. Add egg, oil, milk and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.  Spoon the mixture into a donut pan filling only half way.  Blend the ingredients for the chocolate filling very well then put it onto then top of the donuts.  Top the donuts with the rest of the donut batter.  Bake 10 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes before taking them out of the pan.  Top with icing if you want! [Recipe Below]

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2 tbs melted coconut oil (only this oil will work, butter will to!)
2 tbs cocoa powder
2 tbs maple syrup (or agave)

Mix in a small bowl, Dip donuts in and then dip in sprinkles if desired.

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Perfect for a snow storm!  I am going out tonight with a friend but I am so excited to plant my butt on the couch and catch up on DVR until Monday.  Who am I kidding my school work will be right next to me and I probably won’t watch tv lol.

What makes me happy: Dressing up! Which I am tonight.  Being in school I think it would be frowned upon me wearing over the knee stilettos.  Then at work, I dress nice but I am not bringing my A game in that department because I have ruined enough of my nice clothes spilling color/bleach on them. But really how cute is this dress? I could wear this stuff everyday!

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Do you like dressing up?

Whats your go to snacks/foods during storms?

Roasted Almond Flaxseed Butter

4 Feb

Hey hey how was everyones weekend?! anyone’s team win?  I don’t care who won but I won the final box of $200 holla! 😉

My brother and dad also won the other quarters, it was just a pool from my moms job, but I’d be so annoyed if a whole family won everything haha

I’ll get into the day and the food another day but long story short it all went over so well and everyone loved the chili, sweet potato fries, taco dip and ofcoarse the brownies! I loved watching big tough guys eat these little football shaped brownies haha

I been addicted to making peanutbutter since I got my vitamix. It takes 30 seconds to make a full jar of it, can’t get any better!  My favorite kind of butter is trader joe’s almond flaxseed!  But my store hasn’t sold it since it was recalled months ago.  I had to take matter into my own hands.  I have a weak food processor so everytime I tried to make this it just turned into a warm almond flour lol

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But with the vitamix it says to add oil to make almond butter because almonds take longer to release oils and I just don’t really like it to oily yet didn’t want to break my vitamix either.  So i added some cashews just enough because they release oils quick like peanutbutter.  Oh was this amazing.

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 Flaxseed has a ton of healthy components but the popular ones are:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types. [source]

Roasted Almond Flaxseed Butter

1 cup cashews
2 cups almonds
1/4 cup flaxseed

Preheat oven to 300 and spread the almonds and flaxseed on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes then flip and bake for another 10 minutes.  Once done add the cashews and almonds to the vitamix. Turn it on and move it to 10 then high, and using the tamper keep pushing it down. This will take about 45 seconds. Once desired consistency lower and add the flaxseed til just mixed. Makes close to 2 cups.
**If don’t have a vitamix follow the same directions just in a powerful food processor and process for 10-15 minutes and continue to scrape the sides down!

**Instead of using cashews you can use peanutbutter or just 2-3 tablespoons of any oil you like (canola, peanut, flaxseed, etc)

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then only downside of the vitamix?! it doesn’t come apart so I can lick every crevice to get the almond butter.  I think I did a pretty good job though

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Beware this stuff is addicting and just because it’s home made it’s still not good to eat half of the jar, just saying.

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What’s your favorite kind of nut/seed butter?

Any of your favorite foods ever get recalled or discontinued?