Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins are delicious, easy, and vegan! Looking for a healthy and easy way to start your day? Take a quick muffin to go! Now, at the end of mixing together all of these ingredients, I opted to make them vegetarian instead because I discovered some left over chocolate chips from Easter. However, typically, I would keep them vegan just to make them extra healthy! Of course, something this delicious can easily be scarfed down as a dessert. They are specifically stated as breakfast muffins because they are not light and fluffy, but rather dense and filling like a good breakfast should be.
I have no idea what’s happened to me with age, well, that’s not entirely true at all. A big.fat.sigh. to that on many accounts, however, regarding breakfast, what used to be my most favorite meal of the day, I no longer have an appetite in the early hours of the day and I struggle to get down anything too large. Being that I fully understand and support the importance of a dope bfast I force myself to eat something. These Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins are perfect for me right now because they’re quick to eat, healthy, dense enough, but doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve just eaten a mountain of food. Not to mention, getting both the wee dude and myself ready in the morn leaves little time to chow down on gigantic homemade delicatessens. I make a tray of these bad boys and I’m good for the week! If not, freeze them and enjoy their deliciousness at a later date. On that note, happy easy, healthy, vegan, and delicious morning to you! Love, Foodgalleygab.
- 2 C oats
- 2 bananas
- 1 C shredded carrot
- 2/3 C shredded coconut
- 1/2 C whole wheat flour
- 3 Tbl flax seeds
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 heaping Tbl cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/2 C water
- 1 C unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Tbl agave (substitute honey if you'd like)
- 2 Tbl vegetable oil
- Optional: chocolate chips
- muffin pan (12 muffins)
- Preheat the oven to 375F
- Place all ingredients in a blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until smooth (if using chocolate chips, don't blend them in. Put them in after blending and stir them into the mix well)
- Spray your muffin pan and fill each muffin to the top rim
- Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes
- Let cool and then enjoy!
The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Ever! is the creamiest, tastiest, and easiest vegan cheese sauce I have created to date. It is also the best tasting vegan nacho cheese I have ever consumed! After years of messin’ around and trying to create the best vegan nacho cheese sauce one can possibly make, I dare say, I have finally done it. The texture is absolutely incredible and the flavor is outta this world. Okay, so I’m not gonna be humble in this post ’cause this kicks some serious vegan nacho cheese ass! My husband greatly dislikes and will not eat almost every single ingredient in this sauce, but absolutely LOVED this cheese sauce. If you knew my husband, you’d know that this is sayin’ something. I have a million and five ways you could alter this for different styles as well. Typically, I say, “use whatever is in your fridge and use my recipe as a guide,” however, in this case, to achieve flavor and texture I would state that you should follow this recipe as closely as possible. If you’d like to have a different style of vegan nacho cheese sauce I’d recommend the following:
Add vegan chorizo! Trader Joes makes a bomb one!
Add even more jalapenos!
Add cilantro (had I had this in my fridge I absolutely would’ve done this)
Add taco seasoning for a flare
Jazz it up with a smoky (or any) hot sauce
Vegan or not, this is a much healthier version of a cheese sauce and it literally takes a mere 5 minutes to make. If I sold my, “The BEST Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce Ever!” I would promise you a money back guarantee if you were not 100% satisfied. Get down with some corn tortillas chips, sweet peppers, and margaritas on your next beautiful weekend!
- 1 C raw cashews
- 1/4 C nutritional yeast
- 1 1/4 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos OR soy sauce
- 1 Tbl vegan cream cheese
- 1 Tbl dijon mustard
- Approximately 10 pickled jalapenos
- 2 Tbl Ortega Taco Sauce (or another thick taco sauce)
- 2 small cloves of garlic
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- Place all of the ingredients in a mini food processor or anything that will chop/grind well and puree until completely smooth and creamy
- Serve with your choice of chips or veggies
- I served this at room temperature. If you refrigerate and serve again you can quickly heat it up.
- Feel free to add: vegan chorizo, more jalapenos, cilantro, and/or taco seasoning
- Negra Modelo or another light and crisp beer
- A margarita of your choice
Xanax & Xylophones/Husbands & Headaches is a post from my up and coming book, “One More Sip of Whine.” It is a humorous tale of my experience in motherhood thus far. Crude, raw, honest, crass, foul mouthed in nature sums up this book. It will be released this summer on Amazon Kindle. Enjoy the chapter and keep a look out for the release! I will post on my blog when that date has arrived. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!
Xanax & Xylophones/Husbands & Headaches
NOISE. HEADACHE. CHILD. HUSBAND. Noise. Headache. Child. Husband… and the cycle continues. It’s Groundhog’s day here at the Rugile/Burns household but I’m not getting paid Murray style moola for this gig. Through my long and winding road that I’ve travelled, where did I fail to turn towards the path of enlightenment? Maybe I should consider embracing Buddhism. I do love those bald and fat bellied statues, especially in my garden. Also, I think I could really get down with meditation, or at least the music, especially when coupled with a sweet massage. Lastly, I freakin’ love Thailand and any excuse to go back there is a good one.
I am sure I’ll mention this many times; I am a music teacher. Colleagues come into my classroom regularly and ask me how I cope with all of the incredible noise. To which I retort, “what noise? Oh, that? I’ve stopped hearing those sounds years ago.” I say this coupled with a ‘pish-posh-like’ flick of the hair and slight ‘tude. I don’t hear the children, their instruments, their exuberant yelps, dog like whines, cat clawing arguments etc. It’s not that I don’t give a crap, I have simply learned to block them out. I could never do this job if I heard every last itty bitty freakin’ bang, crash, or curse. I’d go “bleepin’” mental. However, when I am home, I hear everything. I hear lil’ G’s adorable laughter and Thomas’ (my husband) silly toddler voices and then… screech! The sound of a record going tits up and my ears and brain begin to bleed. Once the bleeding starts, it’s almost impossible to stop. In fact, I sometimes begin hemorrhaging. And then, once again, all of the mother shamers swim up, thirsty, ready to chew me to shreds. They can smell me from a million miles away. “There she goes again, ruining her child… again…” However, I should really say, “There she goes again, ruining her children… again…” Remember, I, too, am a wife, which means, I have a ‘huschild’. It goes a lil’ somethin’ like this: The banging of the metal xylophone (the loudest instrument on earth- thanks Gymboree), throw in the tambourine (Thomas’ go-to and most favorite musical toy- ‘bleep’ me), screaming, add some ‘singing’; “Danny Boy,” with some interesting lyrics and about 5 different key changes in one phrase, kill my musical ears now, Sky news (Thomas is Scottish) blaring from the television in the background, the sound of my somewhat broken drier banging harder than a whore and her pimp on a headboard, and then, right when my brain is about to spontaneously combust, someone decides now is a really great time to throw in the lovely timbre of the recorder, but not before shot-putting a couple of drum sticks in my general direction. I love my life, I love my life, I love my life, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… Mommy needs a Xanax, ‘children’.
Now, every time, okay, almost every time I see/hear my munchkin doing/saying something that is fairly questionable I ask myself this, “What would Xanax Heather do?” and, voila! I have my answer!
Heather: “Sh**, should he be standing on the countertop that close to the edge?”
Xanax Heather: “‘Bleep’ it! He’s allllll gooood.!”
So, I go with the latter.
Heather: “Two pancakes. Greyson, mommy said only two pancakes!”
Xanax Heather: “‘Bleep’ it! Have three. No, ‘bleep’ that, have ten!” … “Let them eat cake! Let them alllll eat cake! Mwahahahahahahahaaaaaa!”
So, again, I go with the latter. Once adopting this new and glorious frame of mind, this adorable and insane new philosophy, I find myself breathing easier and needing “one less sip of whine.” Catch my drift? Good.
*A cleaned up version of a chapter in my upcoming book, “One More Sip of Whine,” which will be published on Amazon Kindle this summer. Tales of motherhood told through a raw, crude, foul mouthed, and humorous lens.
*Image from Dreamstime
Best Style Trends of 2017 – Hot Damn! is a compilation of my ultimate favorite summer styles this year. There are a few that I’m just not totally down with (high platform shoes, boho oversized mix and match patterns – which sounds totally “Heather” but wasn’t executed in a “Heather” enough fashion), but these pictures depict what I’ll be going for as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer. Rockin’ some nice abs this summer? Totally go for the bra-let look! Trying to cover up a winter’s worth of carbs in your belly? Rock the Boy Scout sash! There is something for everyone. Now, I, of course, in my infinite wisdom decided to pack on my winter weight over the past two months. So much for becoming svelte and fabulous! I was down to an amazing weight and feeling pretty good about myself. In a mere 2-3 months, I managed to pack on more lbs than I had in 5 years! I blame everything on pregnancy hormones (ummm… my kid is 2 and a 1/2), and the fact that I just purchased a house for the first time and had a major life shift and move. Obviously, I won’t be taking any of the blame myself. 😉 Anyway, I am back on the mend and am shedding those lbs but not in time for the random heat waves we’ve already had. I’ve been rockin’ my baby doll dresses to hide the weight, and because, well, nothing else fits nicely! The moral here is that these amazing styles, especially the bra shirts, have been a huge motivating factor in me getting fit and ready for some seriously badass summer ’17 style trends… and abs! Like it says in the title: Best Style Trends of 2017 – Hot Damn! Go at it, ladies!