No Bake PB&J Bites

It’s swelteringly (totally a word) hot here the last couple of days. I don’t even want to look at my oven. What’s a girl to do when she needs a sweet treat? Make some no bake PB&J bites! These are hands down my favorite treat. The rest of the family enjoys them too.

What You’ll Need

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10 medjool dates, pitted

1/2 C raisins- or 1/4 C raisins and 1/4 C dried cherries

1/3 C peanuts

1/4 C cashews

3 TBSP creamy peanut butter

pinch of salt

Throw everything in a food processor and blend about one minute. You don’t want it to be smooth. Roll the mixture into small balls or flatten into bars and chill for about an hour. How many bites you end up with depends on who is helping make them.

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I usually end up with 18-20. These are the perfect snack packed with protein and yum. Enjoy!

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Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream

theveganfarmer.com coconutwhippedcreamThis no added sugar thing isn’t getting any easier. To make life a little sweeter, I’ve whipped up some vegan coconut cream whipped cream. I certainly didn’t come up with the idea of coconut whipped cream, but I’m super grateful for whomever did. I’m using this in and on everything.  Why yes, I would love a dollop in my coffee.  On strawberries? Yes. Smoothies? Yes. Straight from the bowl? YES. And you only need two ingredients. Or three if you’re still eating added sugar.

What You’ll Need

full fat coconut milk

vanilla extract

maple syrup or agave – optional

Refrigerate the coconut milk overnight.  You want it semi-solid. Drain the liquid. Scoop into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract and whip until light and fluffy. Literally put it on everything. Enjoy!

No Sugar Added Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

theveganfarmer.combananachocchipNo one loves bananas paired with chocolate chips more than this girl.  Except maybe this girl’s daughter.  I’m on a quest to reduce the amount of sugar we consume, which isn’t all that much.  But why consume any added sugar at all? This recipe seriously reminds me of the Fannie Farmer cookbook one I used religiously as a kid.  It’s all the things a muffin should be- moist, sweet, delicious, and filling.

What You’ll Need

2 mashed bananas

2 C flour

1 TSP baking powder

1/2 TSP salt

4 soaked, pitted dates

2 TBSP vinegar + 2 TSP baking soda

1 TSP vanilla extract

1/2 C unsweetened almond milk

vegan chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350.  Add the dates and a couple tablespoons of the soaking water to your food processor and puree.  It should look like a caramel dip.  Mash the bananas and mix in the sugar. Add the dates, vanilla extract, and vinegar & baking soda mixture.  Mix the dry ingredients together and alternate adding it and the almond milk to the banana mixture.  Stir in as many chocolate chips as possible.  Or show some restraint and only use about half a cup.  Fill your muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Enjoy!