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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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Lemon Raspberry Pizookie

Another year, another Coachella in the books! Although, I am a little sad that I’ll be missing out on Stagecoach, as it’s the most fun and easiest (work-wise) of the festivals. I’m really glad to be home, but it is short-lived, as I’m leaving tomorrow for a wedding in Miami! I’ve never been to Florida before so I’m a little excited; plus, I get to hang out with some awesome people and celebrate love!

I must mention that I put together some fantastic recipes for you guys before I left for Indio, but I didn’t end up having any spare time (seriously, none) to post them, so I’m finally getting around to it! But, before we get to the pizookie, I wanted to share some photos from my 3 weeks in the desert. :)

Back of the Merch Tent

Vegan Eats at Coachella

Queens of the Stone Age

Disclosure feat. Sam Smith

La Quinta

Grilled Veggies over Quinoa with Cajun Tahini Sauce

The Last Indio Sunset

It was an interesting time to say the least. Dust storms, tackling a thief (that was weird!), dealing with many set-backs, spending time with some great friends and of course, karaoke! I’ve missed my kitchen, bed, shower, dogs and family/friends, maybe the blogging bit, too. ;)

Without further ado, I bring you a Spring-inspired, Lemon Raspberry Pizookie! I took a shortcut and topped it with an Almond-based Vanilla Ice Cream, but you can definitely make your own. As much as I love the traditional chocolate chip pizookies, this version is insanely good, and not TOO sweet. I can’t wait to try out some different variations of this in the future.

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Berry Pineapple Belgian Waffles

Phew! It seems as though I’m done with the photography for the latest Happy Herbivore book, and now I’m just waiting on the shot list for the next book that I’ll be working on! Exciting stuff, and in the meantime I’m happy to get a blog post in. Since I haven’t done a ton of my own recipes in the last month or so, it’s almost feeling a little foreign. Almost.

I was glad to be in the kitchen, playing around with a waffle recipe from my past (AKA last year), and wanted to simplify it and change the flavors around. As much as I love making a production of breakfast dishes, occasionally, I tried to make this a quick waffle recipe that is a crowd pleaser. Whenever I want to make sure the general public would like something, I feed it to my S.O., mostly because he’s not vegan and has no filter when it comes to his opinion.

The end result was delicious! Corey ended up having 3 waffles for the first test-batch and he really liked them. The pineapple flavor is really subtle and the cool, fresh berries pair wonderfully with the warm, crunchy waffles. Top it off with a small drizzle of maple syrup or agave nectar and you have a winning breakfast.

Of course, you can add some pineapple chunks to the berries on top, to really pump up the tropical flavor of these, I just didn’t have any on hand. ;) Feeling fancy? Add some orange or lemon zest to the waffle batter!

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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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