Ahhh, Saturday morning. (Or if you’re still on your computer on Friday night, you’re ahead of the game.) How are things going so far today? We are off for a 4 mile run as a family. Well, Scott and I are running and Skylar is getting pushed in her stroller and then later today we’re going to the neighborhood block party that I mentioned before. What are you up to today?
Thanks for the props on the little Vegan Banana Nut Muffins I made…so easy and good. I hope you can put that recipe to good use! Sounds like some of you were going to find homes for your overripe bananas pronto using this little diddy so that’s always awesome when I hear that in the comments!
And I also appreciated all the comments about what format of blogs you enjoy reading. I was not as articulate as I had hoped when I posed the question because judging from the myriad of people telling me I don’t need to make changes to my blog, well lucky for both of us, I wasn’t planning on making any changes. I have my groove and it works for me and I am soooo glad it’s working for you, too! haha
Instead, I just wanted to know what you enjoy in other people’s blogs. I know we all have our favorites and I was just trying to pick your brain about what makes something a favorite vs. just another blog. For me, it’s the person’s personality, great food pics, original recipes, and no word verification on the comment form which will make me comment more when I go back to that blog. And if you’re hot, you get extra vegan brownie points and I’ll come back more, too. Kidding!
But moving right along to the Banana Recipe du Jour! You may also remember me saying we had 8 Really Ripe Bananas that needed immediate use? Well, hope you’re not sick of banana creations this week (i.e. the banana bread loaf and the banana muffins) because today I made a Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread Cake.
You may recall that when I made the Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread Loaf (Gluten/Soy-Free) that although it tasted and looked (I am not humble my friends) absolutely awesome, I felt that maybe it would be even better as a cake?
So, what did I do? I turned Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread Loaf into Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Cake. Of course, it’s still Gluten and Soy Free with no added oil.
Averie’s Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Bread Cake (Gluten & Soy Free)
3/4 c Oats (that I ground into oat flour)
1 c Almond Flour (or 1 c almonds that you grind)
3 Large Ripe Bananas (Optional: reserve approx 12 little slices for garnishing your cake)
1 Peeled & Cored Apple (Large)
1/2 c White Sugar
1/2 c Brown Sugar
Dash Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Blackstrap Molasses
In the VitaCakeMaker there’s the 3/4 C of oats that I just ground. And the Almond Flour.
And then just dump everything else on top. Bananas, sugar, vanilla, molasses, baking soda and blend. I have been asked why I do this recipe in the Vita?
Because I don’t own a stand mixer or food processor. Vita or nothing kids, so clearly, this is my beast for the job.
Blend til Smooth
Dollop in 1 c (or more!) of Peanut Butter
Blend again, pour into 9 x 13 pan (or you can use a 9 x 5 loaf pan like I did before). Garnish with cute banana slices that you reserved.
Get ready to bake at 325F Convection for 27 minutes. Clearly, this is not an exact science. Depending on what you’re working with in terms of batter moisture, oven temp, size of pan, you name it, I’d be prepared to roll with anything from 22 minutes to 38 minutes, just guessing though.
Take it out and marvel at your Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan, No Additional Oil Used, Tastes Awesome, Cake.
Let it cool a bit and dig in! Even though I hate this word as does Erica, it’s a really Moist cake! Understatement. It’s dripping wet. (So much TWSS potential that I will just move on now…)
I know you probably think I’m gonna turn into one big banana from all the banana action ’round here, but I have been eating my veggies. Greens, cauli, tomatoes, B.S., all dressed with OJ, agave, and cracky blacky.
And I also dehydrated a tomato to see if I could duplicate store bought sundrieds. The result? Better than store boughts, by a long shot. If you do have a Magic Box and you’re reading this, I sliced the tomatoes about 1/8th of an inch thick, so thin but not paper thin. And I also applied a touch of my kale chip coating in all it’s noochey glory. These were my results after 7 long hours in the Box.
Dessert? I’m still rocking out with the Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball action.
VeganMofo in the house today.
….And Moving Right Along, Yoga Today is Navasana (Boat Pose)
Tip of the Day: Glo Bars Anyone? Check out this Give Away!
Sarah’s Campbell’s Give Away Action!
Are there any kind of food (or beverage) treats or splurges that you allow yourself on the weekend that you don’t during the week? Mine would definitely be an extra cup of coffee while leisurely reading blogs while my husband watches Skylar and so I can just veg out with my java and my GoogleReader. That’s my little treat. What’s yours?
Or here’s a better question, is there any drama, gossip, or dirt that went down this week you wanna vent about? I’d love to hear all about it….fill me in!
Stay Tuned For a Huge Highlights of the Week Post plus a new Kale Chip Recipe…
Looks like I’m 6 years late but anyways… I would love to try this one! Can I eliminate the sugar and add more bananas. And is peanut butter a must?
I haven’t made this any other way than I wrote so can’t speak to results, but feel free to experiment and see what happens. Enjoy!
Averie, I stumbled onto your website from FB and the purefit bar give away. I think it was meant to be as I am GF and my daughters name is Avery (spelled differently) and I am in your home town Minnesota! I wanted to tell you I just made this delicious cake! I am so excited to try many more of your recipes. I made the microwave banana blueberry oat cake – yummy!
What a small world, indeed! The name Averie/Avery, Minnesota, and being GF. I am glad you liked this and the microwave banana blueberry oat cake. Keep in touch and LMK if you try other things, too!
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I found your site recently while doing some research on the raw food diet. I just wanted to tell you I love your site and cannot wait to try some of these recipes. I came on today looking for pumpkin recipes and was not dissapointed. Thank you so much.
you can puree raw pumpkin into puree yourself. most/all canned pumpkin is not raw that you'd buy in a store. however, if you want something, i would have it, "truly raw" or not, but to each their own and one's motives, desires, etc.
Just a quick question – is canned pumpkin raw? I'm British so not familiar with it at all (though living in NYC so it's easily available!). Anyway, I'm being strictly raw for21 days and would LOVE to make these but a bit hesitant as google searches come up with comments like "all canned goods are cooked" etc and I'm confused! Thanks
Yummm these pumpkin donut holes look so delicious. Especially with all the "feelings of fall" in the air — these are on my list to make!
You make that pose look so easy! Gosh. I can only dream that one day I'll be able to pull that off.
Loving your Balls recipe (you crack me up: "You don't want Sloppy Balls or worse, Greasy Ball Syndrome!")
Halloweens only really starting to become popular over here. We have a few decorations up at our place, but I'll be avoiding the candy since our apartment block isn't really set up for trick or treating and there aren't many kids around. We will however be eating a squash feast!
Read you loud and clear on the trick or treating tendencies. I was a total hoarder, despite the fact that I took home tons of candy each year and could have made myself ill on it. My favorite part of the night was overturning the bag and sorting everything out into little individual baggies. I don't think I ever made it through all that candy before xmas…or staleness.
Wow, I like that yoga pose. I'm about to go give it a try right now!
Hi! I have found myself coming back to your site all week…I can't stay away from your awesome raw goodies and recipes…Ahhh they all look SO GOOD!
Adding you to my bloglist asap! :D
Ok…. pumpkin donut holes look sooooo goood!!! No big halloween plans or memories… have never really been into the whole costume thing or eating lots of candy. :(
For about 8 months out of the year, there is nothing more I love than chocolate, but when pumpkin is around, there's NO CONTEST! Yummmmy pumpkin balls! I think I'll go the pancake route. Thanks for another awesome recipe!
Wow! Everything looks delicious, but when does it not? ;)
Favorite Halloween memory?? Hm.. going around dressed up as a Spice Girl thinking I was all that and a bag of chips. I also remember my old dog digging through my candy and getting to it before I did.
p.s. that is one of the yoga poses I really aspire to get down. I don't have much upper body strength but I will get there one day!
those look awesome! thanks for posting the recipe :D it's hard for me to come up with raw pumpkin recipes since the canned pumpkin is cooked
have a great day!
HOLY YOGA POSE AT THE END! how does one even begin to get in a pose like that? for reals.
love love love the donut holes. those look even better than the real thang!
What a crazy yoga pose! I wish I had your upper body strength.
My favourite Halloween memory actually doesn't involve candy at all! One year my Dad took me to my Aunt's to trick-or-treat and one of her neighbours was giving out small stuffed animals. I got a lamb that I still have today. So much more meaningful than candy!!
Happy Wednesday ^_^
YUM averie, you never cease to amaze me with the donut holes! my reader is not properly updating but I am!! so come check me out lol
is your little girl dressing up for halloween?/ are you giving out candy! heres an idea…give out your donut holes LOL I am sure the parents of some of the kids would not be too thrilled but what a great idea!!
Yum yum yum! Everything looks great. First time reader here, looks like I have a lot of wonderful stuff to catch up on.
Yum! Looks greats. I'm enjoying your blog because I love veggies and I love yoga!
I neeed to make these doughnut holes but I KNOW myself and I will consume them in ridiculously large amounts and end up eating the whole batch! The pumpkin ones most definitely have my name written all over them!
You are so cute!! That yoga pose is AWESOME!!
All of your food looks sooo good! Love the broccoli salad, and that vegan chex mix sounds so fabulous!!! I also think your cookie dough donut holes look amazing!!
Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog!! You are so sweet and have such a beautiful way with words!!
I feel like I say this every time but I really DO need to try some of your recipes out. They look fantastic!!
That Chex Mix stuff I used to DOWN by the bag full! Way too good to be true!
I did the same thing you did when I was a kid. I'd run through all the neighborhoods I could, come home and take inventory, give away some of the icky ones and then feast!
That is so neat! Thanks for inspiring me.
please tell me you are handing out those donut holes for trick o' treaters.. If so I may have to take a detour to your house :)
happy hump day angel!
Those are perfect Averie! I have all of the ingredients : )
No plans for the weekend. No Halloween here but I don't mind. I never did get into it. I have big plans to go to the co-op though! Yippee!!! Chocolate here I come!!!
All I can say, Averie, is that you're RAWsome!!!!!
I guess it's time to put down the macaroons and give donut holes a try.
you're Killing me!
so once a long time ago my mom had me dress up as a scare crow and spook our trick or treaters and a neighborhood kid didn't believe it was me and so he punched me in the stomach to prove it.
oops…14 yo kids can HIT HARD!
Oh man, I loved organizing my candy too (and stickers, and beads, and dolls, and you get the idea…. type A right here) and then getting to trade w/ my brother/friends, that was the best part for sure. It was like sort sort sort and then let's make a deal
I would head out for halloween with a pillow case…it holds more candy! And I was an organizer too. Funny, my hubs is as well so when we gt home with the kids, he and I are organizing their candy, they are just eating it! :)
And referring to your comment on my post. I am glad that I may have helped with your decision re homeschooling. I think it is great if you can do that (I am not sure I have the patience) and whatever you choose will be awesome. I do have to say, all of my other encounters with the school so far has been great so I am hoping that my one negative experience is limited to this substitute teacher.
Kids really should come with an instruction booklet so I can make sure I am not screwing them up too much! :)
Opening a can orf organic pumpkin in your honor today…thanks AGAIN for the inspiration, Ms Averie.
I love your dessert recipes — you offer so many yummy varieties of balls! (ahem)
You had me at donut holes!! YUMMM!!!
Mmmm. Love the pumpkin spice donut holes. I want to rawify that pumpkin cheesecake cupcake featured on the Mofo Roundup.
Im stoked for the silly and roasty post!!
Pumpkin spice donut holes=amazing, as usual. Where do you get your ideas btw? Do you have a cookbook that you tweak? Or is everything Ms. Averie copyrighted??? Im so impressed.. you really need to open a bakery.
The rest of my week should be fun.. Halloween festivities at school THEN I have a personal day on Friday soo Im super stoked.
Have a lovely hump day :)
Greasy ball syndrome is the worst ;)
I didn't think it was possible that you would come up with yet another amazing donut hole variation, but you did, and now I want it badly. Now.
I'm so excited you posted these. I didn't go back through and look for a recipe but have wanted to try since seeing them on Gina's blog! Thanks.
OK! I've officially found my dish to pass recipe! I mean seriously, what is a halloween party without donuts?
"Ooooo who brought these amazing raw pumpkin donut holes? And these chocolate ones are good too!"
"It was that Alison chick – she's so creative and such a fabulous cook. I just love her."
Thanks in advance for all the amazing compliments I'm gonna get on Friday. ;)
Oh my gosh! I have all the ingredients!!! I know what I will be making today :)
That is probably my favorite yoga pose!! I don't think I ever knew its name though, haha. I really need to find a good yoga studio down here, I'm getting rusty, I can feel it.
Will you move to Saudi Arabia and become my very awesome and inspirational raw chef? And yoga teacher? PLEASE!?!?! Those pumpkin spice balls sound AMAZING! I have to leave the country to get flaxseeds because they do not exist here and the man at the grocery store kept bringing me pieces of paper instead, so anyway, once I make a daytrip over to Bahrain and restock on the little beauties I will be making these FOR SURE!
Everything looks so great! :)
We don't celebrate halloween over here so there's nothing like that.
Tomorrow I am definitely opening a can of pumpkin! You have inspired me.
Speaking of inspirational, that is one insane yoga pose!
i want to crawl in your mind and see how you think of all these fabulous recipes.
what about raw pumpkin spice cookies? hmmm.