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1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance (dairy-free butter), softened
2 egg replacers (2 TBL of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer whisked with 6 TBL of water)
4 heaping TBL of Tofutti Sour Cream (dairy-free)
2 mashed very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 TBL ground flaxseed
Optional add-ins: walnuts, chocolate chip morsels

Lemony Icing:
2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
juice of 1 lemon (about 4 TBL)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 1 loaf pan (or 2 mini loaf pans). In stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add in prepared egg replacer while mixer is on low. Add in Tofutti sour cream, bananas, and vanilla and mix well, stopping mixer and scraping down sides of bowl. On lowest speed, add in flour, baking soda, and flax and blend until combined. Add in optional ingredients and mix to combine.

Pour batter into load pan. Bake for 70 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes in pan. Turn out onto wire rack lined with parchment paper and continue to cool before cutting, about 30 minutes.  Ice the top of the entire loaf and decorate with walnuts, or use the icing for individual slices and drizzle on cut slice prior to serving.

In a medium bowl, blend icing ingredients together with a hand mixer. Save and use on cooled loaf.

Tip: Sprinkle one end of the loaf with a few chocolate chip morsels, the other end with walnuts, and leave the middle alone. This will satisfy all taste-buds in your household. Use a spoon to work the added pieces down into the loaf prior to baking. If you use mini loaf pans, the baking time is approximately 45 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted to test for doneness comes out clean.

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1 1/2 cups flour (I like to use both cake flour and all purpose-flour and mix together)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt (use sea salt)
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil (if using olive oil, use extra virgin light)
1 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (whisk the 1 TBL with 3 TBL of water)
1/3 cup Silk Soy Very Vanilla
1 cup fresh blueberries (rinsed), plus a handful more for topping
2 TBL ground flax seed *optional but highly recommended with this recipe to get omega-3 and plenty of fiber

For crumb topping:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 TBL flour
2 TBL Earth Balance, softened
3/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with Earth Balance.

Muffin mix: In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and ground flax, if using. Add in olive oil, egg replacer (prepared) and soy milk to dry ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in fresh blueberries.  Divide batter evenly in muffin tin.  I like to use an extra handful of blueberries and push in a few extra on the top off each muffin.

Crumb topping: In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, earth balance and cinnamon. Divide among the 12 muffin tops and gently spread to cover as much of the muffin top as you can.

Bake for 25 minutes until golden. I like to broil the tops for 1 minute to get even more golden and crispy. Just keep an eye on the muffins if you do broil.

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Cooking spray (for loaf pan)
4 very ripe bananas
2 TBL canola oil
1/4 cup Silk soy original creamer
4 egg replacers (Bob’s Red Mill 4 TBL whisked with 12 TBL water)
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBL ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chocolate chip morsels (reserve 1 TBL)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, mash bananas, then add in oil, Silk, and prepared egg replacer. Mix well and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flaxseed and mix well.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add in banana mixture to dry ingredients and mix well to combine.

Stir in 1/3 cup chocolate chips to batter. Pour into loaf pan. Sprinkle 1 TBL of chocolate chips on top of batter.

Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let sit for 5 minutes, then turn out of pan and let rest for 30 minutes before cutting.

Tip: add in nuts or replace chocolate chips with dried fruit, like cranberries.

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1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup light brown sugar
2 TBL ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chopped nuts *Optional (walnuts and pecans work well)
2 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer whisked with 6 TBL water
3 ripe bananas, mash with a fork
1/2 cup olive oil (or a vegetable oil of your choice)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

In a medium size bowl, add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, and flaxseed. Mix well to combine. Add in nuts, if using, prepared egg replacer, mashed bananas, oil, and vanilla. Mix well until all of the ingredients are combined.

Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan. Flip pan over to remove loaf and continue to cool on a piece of parchment paper or wire rack covered with parchment.

*Tip: you can add in nuts once you pour the batter into the pan. I like to make half without nuts, 1/4 with pecans and 1/4 with walnuts. I use a knife to work the nuts into the batter and lay a few of the same nuts on top of the batter.

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4 cups rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill brand)
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
pinch of salt
2 cups unsweetened coconut
3 oz agave nectar (light or amber)
1 TBL maple syrup
1 cup cashews
1 cup whole almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4-6 oz of dried cherries (I like unsweetened dark sweet cherries Trader Joe’s brand)
4-6 oz dried cranberries (I like Trader Joe’s brand)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients, except for dried fruit, in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Place on a large cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Once done, stir in dried fruit. Enjoy with Silk Soy Very Vanilla or other dairy-free milk.

Tip: Always buy raw and unsalted nuts when possible. Sub in other dried fruit, like golden raisins or dried dates, to your liking. Since the fruit is added in after baking, you can divide the granola in half and mix each half with different dried fruits. Stores for about 2 weeks in an airtight container. Makes a delicious and wholesome topping for non-dairy ice cream.

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4 oz organic baby spinach (fresh or chopped frozen)
1/2 cup soymilk
1/2 cup pomegranate cherry juice
1 banana
1 cup frozen cherries
2 TBL ground flaxseed
1 TBL cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a blender, add spinach with soymilk and juice and puree for 1 minute. Add in remaining ingredients and puree until blended and smooth. Enjoy!

Serves 2

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Omega-3 are essential fatty acids needed by the body. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 helps in brain function, growth and development of your body, including your retina and cell membranes. This fatty acid helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, inflammation, blood clotting, cholesterol, and improves artery flexibility. However, your body cannot manufacture them, so it is important to seek out food sources rich in omega-3. A few sources for omega-3 are plants and nut oils.  Consume walnuts, canola oil, hemp oil, Earth Balance with omega-3, tofu, soybeans and flaxseeds (grind up to use in smoothies and soups, or sprinkle on salads, cereal and dairy free ice cream). Flax is also rich in protein, lignans, potassium, magnesium and boron which is good for cancer prevention.

Daily recommended for vegan adults is 2.2-3.3 g, which you can easily get in 1 tsp of flaxseed oil (do not bake with this oil, use cold. OK to put on warm food. Keep refrigerated). Ifyou take a supplement, make sure it is free of animal and fish oils. Try this vegetarian and vegan brand made from marine plant sources. Order here

One of my favorite healthy dessert recipes is throwing together a scoop of Purely Decadent vanilla soy ice cream, a sprinkle of ground flax seed (omega-3, 6 & 9) and a sprinkle of salted sunflower seeds. Or, try the blueberry muffin recipe with ground flax seed.

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14 TBL Earth Balance (1 stick plus 6 TBL)
1 cup sugar
2 TBL cold water
1/2 cup slivered raw almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash of sea salt
6 oz chocolate chip morsels (Whole Foods 365 brand vegan)
ground flaxseed to sprinkle on to your liking

Line 9×12″ pan with parchment paper for easy removal.

Place Earth Balance, sugar, and water in a large pot. Turn on stove to medium-high heat (4-5 setting). Set your timer for 10 minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir occasionally for the first 3 1/2 minutes. The outer edges will start to bubble around 3 1/2 minutes, so this is when you should start to stir constantly. By 5 minutes the entire pot will be bubbling and getting frothy. Be sure to stir constantly with your wooden spoon. After the 10 minutes, remove spoon and let boil for about 3 1/2 minutes-4 minutes maximum, giving it a stir after each minute, then remove pot from heat. Mixture will continue to cook and darken into a rich carmel color as you follow the next steps.
CAUTION: Every stove is different, so watch for a light carmel color and remove from heat immediately, even if it is before the timer goes off. You want to avoid over cooking otherwise you will get a burnt flavor.

Add in nuts and stir. Add in vanilla and salt and stir well to combine. Pour into pan lined with parchment. Sprinkle on ground flaxseed. Sprinkle on chocolate chip morsels and gently spread with a spatula as it melts to cover the top layer. Cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Store in an airtight container.

Tip: Substitute almonds with pecans. Refrigerate to spead up the cooling process.