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Banana, Pumpkin, Apple + Cranberry Fall Loaf

 
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Hello, FALL!!!

In honor of the beginning of cozy sweaters, pumpkin farms and chilly nights- I bring to you the most delicious fall loaf!

This version is completely vegan, made with quality ingredients and has a crunchy/sweet top with a moist center. I included all my favorite aspects of the season including: Honeycrisp apples, pumpkin, cranberry, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg.

 

Whip up this yummy bread and your entire home will smell delightful!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup flour, white
  • 1 cup flour, whole wheat unbleached
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 medium apple, diced (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

*Topping- 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, add dry ingredients and whisk together very well.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine bananas, pumpkin, maple, almond milk and oil.
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients into large bowl and mix.
  5. Stir in diced apple and cranberries.
  6. Pour mixture into loaf pan. 
  7. In a small dish use a fork to combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of batter. 
  8. Bake in oven approx. 55mins-1hr. (I pulled the loaf out once it was risen, the top was browned and a toothpick came out almost clean as a little underbaked results in a really moist bread!)
 

Warm Apple-Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal

 

Warm and filling bowls of oatmeal are not reserved for chilly months.

In fact, I enjoy steel cut oats year-round for breakfast, or even a late night snack! 

 

This recipe was what got me through my challenge of 10 days without refined sugar. The sweetness comes from the cinnamon, apples and swirl of agave nectar. (aka nectar of the gods). 

 

Avoiding added refined sugars can be a breeze if you prepare your own meals and a steaming serving of these steel cut oats will keep you satisfied for hours too!! Be sure to serve in an elephant bowl. (Not required, but can be found at World Market). 

 

In addition, making steel cut oats ahead of time is a great meal prep routine for breakfast all week!

Let me know what you think. <3

 

 

INGREDIENTS (serves four) :

  • 1 cup dry steel cut oats
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 medium apples, diced (prefer Honeycrisp or any variety with tartness)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup milk (prefer cashew, but feel free to use another nut milk or cow's)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare oats as instructed on container, and 5 mins before they are done, add apples.
  2. Once oatmeal is cooked. Stir in milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt.
  3. Transfer to bowl.
  4. Sprinkle with pecans, swirl agave on top and garnish with apple slice if desired. 
  5. If prepping for the week, put oatmeal in container prior to adding pecans and agave.
  6. Once re-heated, then top with nuts and agave nectar!