Weekend in Pennsylvania + Whole Foods Salad Bar Hack

Another weekend in the books! I found out late last week I still couldn’t move into my apartment (that was supposed to be ready 9/1…WTF) so I went to PA to visit a friend because I figured might as well!


Friday:

Friday I had class pretty much all day. Made better by free coffee and a bagel. 


After class, I was hungry and needed a good meal. I didn’t know what I wanted but knew I wanted all of the things. Not having access to a kitchen has been stressful AF these past few weeks. 

Anyways, I hacked the salad bar and posted about it on my Insta stories and a lot of people seemed to like the idea so I’m sharing it again here:

I ate this at Whole Foods and was stuffing my face across the table from a super cute guy drinking kombucha and reading like a civilized human. Lol. What can I say I’m a savage.

After that, I visited my friend Joanna in BK for a few hours, then headed to my friend’s apt where I’ve been staying for a few hours of sleep. 

Saturday:

Saturday I was up bright and early to visit my friend Amanda in Pennsylvania. We took a lot of the same classes at NYU and she’s basically the best. I was so grateful she let me come visit this weekend.


I nommed on a banana while waiting for the bus. I also redeemed a free drink from some online promo thing from DD. 


Naturally, since it said I could select any size, I was super gross and picked the biggest size. #somuchcoffee


I got into Philly around 10:30 and popped my head into Reading Terminal Market. Yum!




My friend graciously picked me up and drove me to her house. 

Once we got there, we headed out to her epic garden to gather some goodies. She’s quite the gardener. #goals


Using some fresh tomatoes and cucs, I made a hummus lunch (with some pb for dessert) and we enjoyed the noms while watched Bravo. #perfection


After that we took her doggos on a quick nearby. It was beautiful! PA reminds me a lot of Wisco.


Back at her place, I showered and fell asleep for a few hours. Holy cow a real bed felt so nice.


Post shower/nap, Amanda picked a butternut squash from her garden and started roasting it to make butternut squash black bean burgers. 


She also made a farro salad with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, artichoke heart, oil, vinegar, and salt & pepper. Yum!



A movie was next on the agenda. I fell asleep during it on the couch, then went up to bed around 12 and went straight back to sleep.

Sunday:

Sunday I slept til 8 which is super late from me but I think my body really needed the sleep. Breakfast with cinnamon apple oatmeal with almond butter. 


We decided to go apple picking at a nearby orchard next, which was fun. 


Applesss!!!


Lunch was delicious leftovers with a side of more Bravo.


Now I’m on the mega bus back into the city. Womp womp. Wondering if I can ever move into my apt…at this point I’m so frustrated I can hardly stand it. 


Bleh. New York is kinda the worst tbh. I was really apprehensive to move back here and after a lovely weekend in PA  am kinda like…what am I doing?

Anyways, I’m going to finish some readings for tm but thanks for stopping by! What’d you do this weekend? Comment below I love to hear from you!

Quick and Easy Vegan Fruit Crisp

Yummy yummy yummy I have Fruit Crisp in my tummy!


….apparently I’m 5 years old. Anyways I thought I’d share the recipe for this easy vegan Fruit Crisp that I made on Vegan Bites this week, because it’s so incredibly simple. I usually eyeball these crisps because I’m lazy and because they are quite forgiving, but below you’ll find a general guideline for making your very own Fruit Crisp.

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This recipe serves 2. You can easily double, triple, or quadrupole it, depending on how many people you’re feeding or how hungry you are.

I used peaches, but you can use whatever tickles your pickle or whatever fruit happens to be spoiling around your house. Frozen fruit works well, too.

I suggest using almond or oat flour. This makes it gluten-free if you care and delicious regardless of if you care. If you don’t have these flours, you can use all purpose.

This tastes amaze with non-dairy or ice cream or whipped cream. DO IT.

Enjoy!

Easy Vegan Fruit Crisp

Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes, but need at least 1 hour to freeze
Servings: 2, easily doubled

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fruit (I used peaches today, frozen berries are also fab)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar -1/2 tablespoon lemon juice -3/4 cup oats -1/4 cup flour (I recommend almond or oat, AP is fine too)
  • 1/4 cup brown or coconut sugar (regular will also be okay)
  • 1/4 cup softened non-dairy butter
  • cinnamon
  • dash salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Chop fruit into even pieces, add lemon juice, sugar, and toss. Place in well-greased baking pan.
  3. Combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Mix. Cube softened butter and mix in.
  4. Cover fruit with oat mixture and bake for 30-45 minutes until fruit is tender and top is crispy.
  5. Serve with non-dairy ice cream or coconut whipped cream!

Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting (For Dogs)

I’m between jobs that require me to be places and wear pants at the moment, and am starting school in just a few weeks so finding a job outside of my various freelance gigs feels kinda pointless at the moment.

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So what’s a girl to do? Bake. Bake all day. Duh.

Millie Loves her Banana Bread!

But what about when you’ve baked so hard you have too many baked goods to handle? Well, you bake for your dog, of course.

Dog Banana Bread Peanut Butter

I made this banana bread with some random stuff I had around my kitchen. You can customize it to your liking or based on what you have in your pantry (there are several variations offered in the recipe; see below).

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The awesome thing about baking for dogs is that if there’s peanut butter involved, they probably won’t be very fussy. I’m pretty sure I could have baked a piece of rotting bread and spread peanut butter on top and Millie would still be a happy gal. Bless her.

Dog Banana Bread

In case you were wondering, she really liked it. Shocking, I know. I even caught her jumping on the kitchen counter to get more (yes, she’s small, but the girl can HOP).

Banana Bread for Dogs with Peanut Butter Frosing

Feel free to think baking your dog banana bread is over the top. Because that might be partially true. But I’ve always believed that if you’re going to have a pet, you may as well spoil the crap out of them.

I’m working on another pet-related post to explain why this week has been tough for me, so stay tuned.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread for Dogs

Also, I’ve promised to myself I’m going to be more consistent and candid with my blogging. I’m investing my time and energy into this instead of pursuits that do not grow or benefit me in any way.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread for Doggies!

So buckle up and get ready to join me next year as I go back to school yet again for my third degree (lol school forever) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. #schooltilim50 #noregrets

BananaBreadMillie!

Without further adieu…

Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Frosting (For Dogs)

Prep Time:  20 minutes, plus time to chill dough
Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
Servings: 1 medium-sized loaf of doggie banana bread (enough for 8-14 treats)

Ingredients – Bread:

  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup oat flour (you can make your own by pulsing rolled oats in a food processor or blender until a powder/flour forms)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2 eggs OR 4 tablespoons chia seeds + 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup water or milk or unsweetened almond milk or apple sauce

Ingredients – Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt, non-diary yogurt, milk, or nondairy milk to thin (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F . Oil a loaf pan.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add peanut butter and mix well. If necessary, microwave peanut butter for 30-60 seconds until it becomes melty and pliable enough to stir.
  3. Add oat flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and flax. Mix well.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-45 minutes, until a crust forms on the top and a toothpick/fork poked in the center of the loaf is clean upon insertion and removal.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  7. To prepare frosting, thin out peanut butter with milk/yogurt (if using) until desired consistency is reached. You can also just spread peanut butter on top. Your dog probably won’t mind.

For human banana bread, check out this recipe.

Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Vanilla Yogurt Icing & Walnuts

CINNAMON. ROLLS.

Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls via Kbaked

Is there anything like ’em? No. There is not. When you’re craving a cinnamon roll, absolutely nothing else will do.Vegan Cinnamon ROlls - Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon

Which is why after craving them like cray for several days in a row, I decided to make some. Now I’m simultaneously #satisfied, and eager to make some more cinnamon roll variations (my friend suggested carrot cake…genius?! yes).

Yummy Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls - Kbaked

Me being me, I decided to tweak classic cinnamon rolls and put my own lil twist on ’em. I used oat flour because I wanted something not junky tasting (tho I do love a junky cinnamon roll sometimes…just was more in the mood for hearty/substantial/I really love the texture/flavor of oat flour in baking).

Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls - Kbaked

Then, for the filling, I used apple sauce + cinnamon + a wee bit of non-dairy butter (tho you could even skip the non-dairy butter).

Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls - Kbaked

For icing, I used vanilla coconut yogurt. This was actually because I was out of powdered sugar and too lazy and cheap to buy more at the moment so I opted for yogurt. And you know what? IT WAS AMAZING. Happy accident AF. Tangy, sweet, vanilla-…it was like a shortcut, less intense cream cheese icing. 10/10 would reccomend.

kbaked Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls

You should make these cinnamon rolls if you are looking for something satisfying, not junky, and different fr breakfast. If you are looking for a classic, more junky, Cinnabon-esque cinnamon roll, this recipe probably isn’t what you want right now.  If you want to make cream cheese icing or other icing, be my guest. Either way, get rockin’ and rollin’.

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Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Vanilla Yogurt Icing & Walnuts

Prep Time:  30 minutes, plus 6-8 for proofing
Cook Time: 20-40 minutes
Servings: about 4 small cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted non-dairy butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oat flour (can sub AP or whole-wheat flour if desired)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar

For Filling:

  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon non-dairy butter (I like Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For Icing:

  • 1 container coconut or soy milk vanilla yogurt (I like So Delicious, Soyo, Silk, and Stony Field’s Brands)

For garnish:

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Method:

  1. Warm almond milk in a bowl to about 110 F. The milk should be warm, but not boiling.
  2. Add yeast and allow to bloom, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix
  4. Add flours, 1/2 cup at a time, folding gently into the butter mixture.
  5. Allow dough to rise until doubled in size, roughly 6-8 hours.
  6. When dough has risen, roll out into a rectangle, about 1/4th inch thick.
  7. Coat dough rectangle with apple sauce, and then add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, cubed.
  8. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apple sauce.
  9. Roll dough into one log. Use a knife to cut into fourths.
  10. Place fourths/rolls into well-oiled pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and fragrant.
  11. Remove from oven and drizzle with yogurt. Top with chopped nuts, if desired.

Homemade Oatmeal Flax Flakes Cereal

I don’t know why the idea of homemade cereal intrigues me so much. it has for a while. Remember when I made Homemade Healthified Reese’s Puffs Cereal? Yeah that was weird too. I just love cereal. But never for breakfast. Breakfast is meant for nut butter toast with fruits and oatmeal. But that’s another story.

Homemade Oatmeal Flax Flakes Cereal. Vegan & Gluten-free

Cereal my nightly bedtime snack. Anyone else this way? Only cereal at-night-type-person? Anyways, as I’ve gotten older and more progressively boring, my cereal choices have as well. Besides random sugar cravings I rarely eat or even desire sweet cereal. The sweetest I’ll go is like, Honey-Nut Trader Joe’s O’s or certain Kashi cereals. Dats it.

Homemade Oatmeal Flax Flakes Cereal. Vegan && Gluten-free!

We have these Oatmeal Flake things at Trader Joe’s. People like them. Sometimes we’re out of them and people get sad. I’m sorry friends. It happens. I get sad when we run out of organic bananas before I can buy a bunch, especially on a day with lots of good bunches. Food anticipation followed by let down is the worst.

Homemade Oatmeal Flax Flakes Cereal. Vegan && Gluten-free

Anyways, I randomly wanted to make cereal this morning and wanted something not-too-sweet that had some substance too it. I love oatmeal and decided making Oatmeal Flakes would be a good way to go. I added flax because I enjoy the nutty flavor it adds to things and it makes an excellent binding agent in baking. The result was a crunchy, oat-y, delightful flake cereal that is excellent with almond milk and/or as a snack.

Homemade Oatmeal Flax Flakes Cereal. Vegan & Gluten-free

I gotta be honest I was kind of shocked at how well this stuff came out. I was panicking that it was going to be a fail-boat while it was in the oven so then I ended up also making a batch of Cherry Vanilla Almond Granola so then I had Cherry Vanilla Almond Granola and Homemade Oatmeal Flax Flake Cereal and I concluded I really need a life.

Homemade Oatmeal Flax Flakes Cereal.  Vegan & Gluten-free

But then again I don’t. I’m happy as a clam just hanging with my dog and baking most days so if that makes me lame, so be it. I’m lame and happy. So ha!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 30-40 minutes
Level: Easy

makes about 2 cups cereal, easily doubled

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour (can make by grinding oats in a food processor or blender for two hours)
  • 1/2 cup flax
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional, and can add up to 3 tablespoons. i just prefer not-too-sweet-cereal)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup almond milk

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats flour, flax, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.  Add almond milk and mix again until a wet, putty mixture forms.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into a thin layer with a spatula. Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the mixture has totally dried out and the edges begin to lift.

4. Remove sheet from oven and allow to cool. Cut with a kitchen shears into strips, and then bite-sized pieces, and/or break with your hands for a rustic, flakey look. Enjoy with your favorite nondairy milk or as a snack 🙂

Almond Plum Thumbprint Cookies

Cookies equal thumbs up, at least in my book. And thumbs-up make me want thumbprints, which is a wildy appropriate cookie equivalent to match the motion I instinctively make when someone mentions cookies. So why not make Thumb Print cookies and give those the thumbs up. Am I getting too meta over here?

Almond Plum Thumbprint Cookies made with California Dried Plums. Vegan and Gluten-free

Moving on. I should stop playing puns and starting playing some seriously perfect cookies. I would categorize these cookies as breakfast or tea cookies. Not too sweet, filling and substantial, and satisfying without a crazy sugar buzz or gross feeling post-consumption.

Almond Plum Thumbprint Cookies. Vegan and Gluten Free. made with CA Dried Plums

These are super easy to make and come together quite quickly. The almond flour give them a hearty texture and lots of nutty flavor to pair nicely with the California Dried Plum filling.

California Dried Plums Almond Thumbprint Cookies. Vegan & Gluten-free

I used California Dried plums as a healthier substitute for overly-sugary jelly or jam. I honestly really love plums, and not only do they provide a wonderful plum flavor, they also bring a lovely natural sweetness to dishes as well as a nutritional boost. One serving (about 4-5 plums) provides 3 grams of fiber, a healthy dose of potassium, magnesium and more vitamin K than any other fresh or dried fruit. Got that? K great. Lol that was a terrible pun.

Almond Plum Thumbprint Cookies made with California Dried Plums. Vegan and Gluten-free

Fun fact, California Dried plums have also recently been shown to support healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis. I actually care about this sort of stuff because as you may or may not know, I have osteoarthritis like that of an old woman. Shout out to good shoes and physical therapy for making my daily life tolerable, but I must say I’m doing all I can to strive for good bone health, making CA Dried Plums the perfect addition to my diet.

Almond Plum Thumbprint Cookies made with California Dried Plums. Vegan and Gluten-free

These are super easy to make and come together quite quickly. The almond flour give them a hearty texture and lots of nutty flavor to pair nicely with the naturally sweet filling.

Almond Plum Thumbprint Cookies made with California Dried Plums. Vegan and Gluten-free

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
Level: easy

makes 12 small thumbprint cookies, easily doubled

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter (can sub other nut butter)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oat flour (can make by processing rolled oats in a food processor or blender)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed or chia seeds + 2 tablespoons almond or soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried California Dried plums
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small dish combine ground chia or flax seed with soy or almond milk and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine nut butter and brown sugar and mix until well combine. Add oat flour, almond meal, salt, and flax and soy milk mixture. Mix well. If mixture is still dry, add an additional tablespoon of nondairy milk.

3. For best results, allow dough to chill int he refrigerator or freezer until cold.

4. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, combine dried California plums, dried cherries, and water. Puree until well combine until a smooth jelly-like consistency is achieved.

5. Removed chilled dough from refrigerators and roll into 1″ inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, at least 1 inch apart. Press a small, round indentation with your thumb in the center of each cookie. Fill each indentation with a small scoop of California plum mixture (about 1 teaspoon). Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool and enjoy. 🙂 Thumbs up, and cookies to the face!

Almond Plum Thumbprint Cookies made with California Dried Plums. Vegan and Gluten-free

For more scrumptious recipes made with California Dried Plums, click around below:

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal for One

This title of this recipe should come as no surprise to those who know me. I love bananas. I love oatmeal. Boom: it’s a Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake for One. YUM.

BananaBread Baked   Oatmeal for One Vega

What’s more surprising than the title of this recipe, and the fact that it was nearly 70 degrees today and I actually started sweating while outdoors (which hasn’t happened in approximately 6 months) is the fact that I’ve never put this recipe on my blog. This is strange because I eat it all.the.time.
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal    for One Vega
It’s a longtime favorite. A best friend in the breakfast department. A midnight post-all-day-study-marathon-at-Bobst meal. A lunch-time go-to when I feel like breakfast for lunch. A second breakfast when my typical 5:30am breakfast doesn’t hold me over til noon. In essence, I eat this baby several times a week, yet I’ve never shared it. Today, that changes.
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
Allow me to describe my BFF breakfast to you: It’s hot, fluffy, satisfying, creamy, filling, and tummy-friendly, and the whole thing tastes like you’re own personal hearty loaf of banana bread goodness.
Vegan Easy Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal for One
Bonus: it makes your kitchen smell amazing and takes less than 2 minutes to throw together. Then you let it bake up nice and quick in the oven, and the smell of sweet, sweet banana bread will waft all throughout your house, tickling your nostrils and getting your tummy oh-so-ready to eat it all up. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, making it highly allergen-friendly to you and your kin. I don’t know why I just referenced a Christmas song. Anyways…
Easy Vegan Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal for One
I really hope anyone looking to mix up their breakfast or late-night-snack routine gives this baby a whirl. It’s never let me down, and I believe it won’t let you down either. You can add syrup, sugar, or honey to the top if you desire, but I find the sweetness of baked bananas to be plenty. I like it best fresh out of the oven, covered with a splash of almond milk to cool it down, and drizzled with ooey gooey almond butter that gets all melty when it hits the hot oatmeal bake. But that’s just me. You do you. And you eat dem oats, homie.
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal for One Vegan
 …because as my BFF Jake Tully’s senior quote reminds us all, “It’s a whollllleee lotta oats.” 😉

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Bake Time: 18-25 minutes
Level: easy

serves one, easily doubled

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons oat flour or other flour (can sub additional oats if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons nut butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, or maple syrup to top (optional, I think it’s perfect without it)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. In a small bowl, combine oats, oat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Mix.

2. Cut banana in half. Mash half of the banana and add to the bowl. Add nut butter or coconut oil and non-dairy liquid. Mix well.

3. Transfer to an oven-safe ramekin or dish. Slice remaining half of banana on top of oatmeal mixture. Place in the oven for 18-25 minutes, until fluffy, browned, and liquid has all absorbed. Serve with almond or other non-diary milk, non-dairy yogurt, and syrup or honey as desired.

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal for One Vegan