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Pumpkin Banana Nut Muffins with Chocolate Chips


One of the downsides of living in Southern California is that it may be Autumn on the calendar but it’s only now getting into the mid-70s. What are seasons? I’m usually in Michigan this time of the year, visiting family, but I don’t foresee that happening anytime soon, so I don’t think I’ll actually get a dose of cool weather until January. (Wah, right?) But, I am super thankful that it’s under 80F right now, so I’ve decided that turning on the oven doesn’t seem like a cruel punishment!

If I was to tell you that I didn’t care about pumpkin, I’d be lying. Although, I can definitely say that I love ALL squash and that I think Pumpkin (spice) hogs the spotlight a little too much. Alas, sometimes I just need to satiate that pumpkin craving, and these muffins were perfect for that. I modified the Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread recipe from my Great Vegan Pumpkin eBook, added some ingredients and made them into single-servings for a tasty breakfast idea.

Another thing that I’ve been doing lately is directing more of my attention to my freelance photography work and keeping my portfolio up to date, so if you want to see a little of what I do outside of Vegan Yack Attack, give it a look! The latest post is of the wedding that I shot in early September and I love how the photos turned out!

I’ve also been trying to have more fun with my camera and equipment, so Corey and I have done a couple of random shoots here and there; one of them being a pumpkin shoot (as depicted below)! Did you know that you can buy levitating pumpkins? ;)

Back to the recipe! These muffins are ULTRA-moist, filled with spices, crunchy pecans and rich chocolate chips. Are you drooling yet? Well, there’s also pumpkin, super-ripe bananas and some whole wheat flour for some healthiness. Make these on a Saturday morning for a perfect breakfast snack paired with a warm cup of coffee.

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Cauliflower Scramble

I’m so pleased to introduce everyone to Christine Oppenheim of Veggie Fixation, today! Christine is an uber-creative, allergy-friendly, vegan chef that comes up with some amazing dishes. She puts on informative cooking classes in the Southern California Area, while also being a personal chef to many lucky people. Firstly, I have to thank her for her kind words, below; and secondly, the AWESOME recipe!  (Don’t forget to check out her site for more food magic!)

Vegan Cauliflower Scramble

I love scrolling through Vegan Yack Attack and drooling over all Jackie’s amazing photos. I mean, seriously, the girl’s got talent. Her food is super creative and her photography is gorgeous, to boot. I’m honored to be guest posting for her.

When I first met Jackie over dinner at Native Foods, I remember being almost a little awe-struck to meet a blogger I really admire.

We immediately hit it off, chatting about our vegan journeys, and, of course, our shared love for food. After all, we were at a meeting to discuss the vegan food tours we were giving throughout Los Angeles with the now defunct Urban Food Crawl.

Chopped Cauliflower

One of the topics that came up was my dietary restrictions, and specifically, my avoidance of soy. (I can have small amounts, like tamari or miso, but my digestion doesn’t tolerate anything more than that.) A number of my clients can’t have soy, as well, so it’s always a fun challenge coming up with alternatives.

Since going soy free, one thing I’ve missed most is a good breakfast scramble. Sure, I make chickpea quiche like they are going out of style, but it’s just not the same. I tried Living Harvest tempt hemp tofu once, thinking I had found the Holy Grail. However, as delicious as it was, that product really is ever so elusive. It’s only been sighted at one Whole Foods near me and more often than not, it is sold out.

Cooking Cauliflower

I was about to resign myself to never having a proper scramble again when I dreamed up the missing link…

Cauliflower!

It’s been a great substitute or alternative for so many other delicious things – Buffalo wings, Alfredo sauce, pizza crust – why couldn’t it stand in for tofu as well.

Turns out, it’s a perfect partner to a morning sweet potato hash. I’ll be making cauliflower scramble over and over and over. That vegan quiche may just have a run for its money.

I’m so excited to share this recipe with all you Vegan Yack Attack readers!

Vegan Cauliflower Scramble

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Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfait with Blood Oranges

Kristy from Keepin’ it Kind is an amazing blogger with heartfelt writings to pair with her delicious dishes and her husband’s gorgeous photography. So, of course I had to have her be a part of my healthy guest-blogging series! Don’t these parfaits look incredible?! (Yes, is the obvious answer) Without further ado, one of my favorite vegan power-couples!

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

Happy Monday Vegan Yack Attackers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I am pretty thrilled to be here today because Jackie is just one of my absolute most favorite bloggers. Period. Jackie was kind enough to participate in my Vegan Cookie Swap Party last year and she brought the most beautiful cookies! I had to repay the favor with something almost as pretty.

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

I used to make granola all the time. Like, every week. A big bowl of granola and almond milk is one of my husband’s favorite breakfasts and since granola is so expensive, I would make our own. Plus, it’s a super easy and somewhat relaxing task that makes your house smell like heaven.

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

Why did I stop, you ask? Well, life. You know. It just happens and the little things you enjoy doing kind of get pushed to the wayside. You stop doing things like folding laundry, looking at cute animal videos on YouTube, and making your house smell lovely with homemade granola in order to make time for things like recipe testing, writing grocery lists, and a little more exercise (to balance out all of the recipe-testing).

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

When my husband recently asked if I could pick up some granola at the store (rather than the shredded wheat he’s been so keen on lately), I realized I needed to get some priorities in place. Rather than buying him a bag of granola, I got working and came up with this very vanilla-y granola studded with sliced almonds and chunks of dried figs. I did not mess around in the vanilla department, either. One whole tablespoon of vanilla extract and the seeds from 2 vanilla beans give this a powerful vanilla flavor while the tiny bit of almond butter with the agave syrup help create those lovely little clusters we all love. And then there’s the figs…

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

While it was in the oven, making my house smell like a vanilla-scented wonderland, I treated myself to some cute animal video time. I suggest you do the same. Once the granola was out of the oven and cooling on the counter, I had the impulse to treat myself to something else I hadn’t had in ages: Granola Parfaits. Some plain coconut milk yogurt and some blood oranges I had on the counter did the trick.

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

I know you’re all expecting me to tell you how delicious this parfait was and I wish I could do something different to surprise you but I can’t. This parfait was one of the best little afternoon snacks I’ve had in a long time. It was so light and refreshing, yet bursting with flavor. Figs and blood oranges were born to be eaten together. In order to keep these parfaits in my life, I have a new motivation to bring back the weekly granola-making.

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Banana Cacao Recovery Smoothie

Originally, I thought that January would be a month of leveling out from the holidays, but for some reason I’ve found that this month has been filled with all kinds of events, birthdays, dinners and the like. Not to mention, I’m working on the photos for Lindsay’s (Happy Herbivore) next cookbook and have been very busy with that. I’m really excited for this one and think that it will be even better than the last!

Some other things that inevitably come with January are people trying to eat better and be more physically active. This means that you may find yourself needing to recuperate after an awesome workout sooner than later. I have just the smoothie for you! Naturally sweetened with dates, combined with bananas and rich cacao nibs, plus a little vanilla to perfect it. It’s creamy, but not too thick and has a rich flavor.

Loaded with potassium for hydration and carbohydrates for regeneration, it’ll help you out, big time. This is probably where I should mention that this smoothie is also great for hangovers ;). Plus, recovery drinks are important for drinking right after work outs because they reduce fatigue and prolonged muscle soreness. Just make sure to enjoy it right after your workout!

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