vegan recipe

Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Banana Bread and French Toast

I'm pretty sure it must be a written rule somewhere that if it's a rainy day and you have ripe bananas, you need to make banana bread. Well, at least it should be a rule. Baking and rainy days are pretty much a must, and ripe bananas obviously mean banana bread. So banana bread it was!

I recently started using the Neat Egg (as I mentioned previously) as an egg replacement in some of my recipes. It has actually been wonderful! I'm not personally vegan, but my mom is. So it's nice to be able to bake something that I can actually offer her a piece of. Plus, you really can't even tell that there isn't an egg in the recipe, so the non-vegans will never know. 

I was fortunate enough to be able to team up with Neat over on my Instagram to give one lucky winner a full Neat prize pack which includes the Neat Egg and two Neat meat replacement mixes (original and Mexican). You still have a little time to enter (about 2 hours), so go check it out! In the meantime, let's get to the recipe!

Here's What You'll Need:

-3 ripe bananas
-1 Neat Egg
-1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
-3 tbsp Gone Nuts Date Me almond butter
-1 cup coconut flour
-1 tbsp baking powder
-Pinch of sea salt
-1/2 of a 3 oz dark chocolate bar (I used an 88% cocoa bar, but that may be a bit bitter for some. Use whatever you like), broken into small chunks


1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2) Using a small hand mixer (or a KitchenAid style mixer works just as well),  mix together all of the ingredients except the chocolate chunks.
3) Fold the chocolate chunks into the mixture using a wooden spoon.
4) Pour the mix into a loaf pan that is either lined with parchment or sprayed with nonstick spray.
5) Bake for about 1 hour. Ovens may vary, so keep an eye on the bread. When it's ready the top should be golden brown.
6) Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool completely before removing it from the pan.
7) Once cool, you can remove the bread and slice it.
8) Top with some additional Gone Nuts or the toppings of your choice, and enjoy!

A few things about the bread, there aren't a lot of added sweeteners like sugar or maple syrup because the Gone Nuts almond butter contains dates, vanilla, and coconut oil. If you're swapping out for a different brand, especially an unsweetened almond butter, definitely take this into consideration. I also didn't want an overly sweet bread because you can always add more almond butter or sweet toppings, but you can't take it out. If you prefer really sweet, feel free to add in some maple syrup or the sweetener of your choosing!

I also ended up using the bread to make some delicious gluten free and vegan French toast which I highly recommend! All you need is about 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp quinoa flour, 2 tsp nutritional yeast, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Mix it all together in a bowl, and dip the banana bread slices into the mixture. Cook the slices in a pan on the stove top over medium to medium high heat, flipping half way through until each side is a golden brown. I topped mine with some maple syrup and more Gone Nuts, and it was SO GOOD.

Let me know if you give it a try and what you think in the comments below!

Grilled Portobello and Asparagus Tacos

I had some pretty delicious portobello and asparagus tacos from a place by me recently. So when taco Tuesday came around, I thought why not use the idea but give it my own twist? 

I decided to with grilling, because duh, it's me. Add in some SUPER simple, homemade guac, fresh radishes, and Bushwick Kitchen's delicious sriracha, and I had myself a taco upgrade. But seriously, this was better than the restaurant and kind of made me rethink the need for takeout on the taco front because they were also really easy peasy.

Here's What You'll Need:

-6 organic corn tortillas
-1 small bundle of asparagus (with the bottoms chopped off)
-1 portobello top, sliced
-1 avocado
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-8 cherry tomatoes, chopped
-Sea salt and pepper to taste
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 radish, sliced
-Bushwick Kitchen's Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha to taste

(Serves 2)


1) Get your grill going. In the mean time, toss the portobello and asparagus in a little olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. 
2) Toss the veggies on the grill, and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side for the mushrooms and 3-5 minutes per side for the asparagus. Remove from heat.
3) Throw together your quick guacamole. This isn't generally how I make guac, but keeping it relatively simple really lets the other flavors come through. Mash the avocado. Add in the garlic, tomato, sea salt, and pepper, and mix it all together.
4) Start assembling your tacos. Spread some guac in each (warmed) tortilla, top each with equal shares of the aspargus and portobello. Add on some radish slices and a drizzle of sriracha to each.
5) Enjoy!

This recipe is so simple but still packs such a delicious, fresh flavor. I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Spicy Vegan Collard Green Wrap with Sriracha Chickpeas

If you haven't already gotten the picture, I am a HUGE fan of heat. I love spicy anything, and hot sauce is my jam, especially sriracha. So one day when I was making one of my veggie bowls, I decided why not sriracha chickpeas? They'd be perfect in a veggie, wrap, salad, basically anything and everything. So I made them, and they exceeded my wildest dreams. They add a kick to anything while keeping that delicious chickpea flavor. 

So yesterday comes, and I decided that I wanted to throw them in a collard green wrap. I knew from multiple veggies bowls that they are perfect with basically all roasted veggies, so roasted broccoli was a go. But I wanted something else to pull it all together, and naturally because I'm a spicy freak, the Hope Foods jalapeno cilantro hummus in the fridge jumped out at me. My mouth was a little nervous, but my mind was super excited!

So I did it, and my mouth was screaming for mercy at times, but it was FANTASTIC. It's really a spicy lover's dream. And if you don't think you can handle the heat, feel free to switch it out with any other flavor of hummus.

Here's what you'll need:

-4 large collard green leaves
-1 15 oz can of chickpeas, strained and rinsed
-4 tbsp sriracha
-1 large head of broccoli florets
-2 tbsp olive oil
-salt and pepper to taste
-8 tbsp Hope Foods jalapeno cilantro hummus 


1) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss the broccoli florets in the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
2) Once preheated, throw the broccoli into the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
3) On the stove top mix together the chickpeas and sriracha over high heat. Let the chickpeas heat for about 3-5 minutes, mixing every so often. The high heat will cause the sriracha to become a coating on the chickpeas versus just a sauce that comes right off. Remove from heat once the chickpeas are coated.
4) In the center of each collard green leaf, spread 2 tbsp of the hummus. Split up the chickpeas and broccoli between each. You want all ingredients to stay about an inch or two from the edges so that the leaf can be easily wrapped.
5) Roll each leaf long ways tucking the ends in right before the final roll. 
6) Cut each wrap in half, and enjoy!

Let me know if you can handle the heat in the comments below! I'd love to hear from ya.