Recipe: Vegan Banana Bread

Yesterday, being my “Suzy Homemaker Day”, I made this delicious banana bread with some brown bananas in the house. It’s a vegan recipe inspired from my favourite cookbook, How it all Vegan by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer, and it was very tasty, so I thought I’d share it with you. (I tweaked it out a bit and changed the name.)

Banana Rama Date Bread

  • 3 riped bananas (mashed)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used sesame, but coconut would also be awesome)
  • 1/2 sweetener (evaporated cane juice)
  • 1/2 dates (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 4-5 tbsp ground chia or flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp backing powder

(Preheat the oven to 375F.) In a small bowl mash up the bananas either with a fork or with clean hands. (I prefer my hands.) Next, add the lemon juice, oil, sweetener and dates. Then in a separate larger bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Then add in the banana mixture and stir together until ‘just mix.’ Pour batter into a lightly grease loaf pan, and bake for 50 – 60 minutes. Test with a fork to see if it’s cooked. Let it set for 10 minutes before cutting.

Serve with tea or jam or butter or something else you might enjoy with your Banana Rama Date Bread!

Recipe for Lavender Coconut Kamut Cookies (vegan)

These cookies were a big hit at three events this weekend, and a bunch of people asked me for the recipe, so I figured I’d post it for all over you. (I reinvented this recipe from one that inspired me from my favorite cookbook: “How it all Vegan,” by Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer.)

  • 2 super ripe, soft bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sweetener (dehydrated cane juice is best, stevia also works)
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
  • 3 tsp coconut, soy, almond or rice milk
  • 1 cup kamut flour (whole wheat flour or spelt also works well)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oat flakes
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (or more!)
  • 3 – 4 tbsp of dried lavender flowers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a medium sized bowl, blend together the mashed bananas, vanilla, sweetener, oil and milk until smoothe. (Hand blender or food processor works best.) In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir in the oat flakes, coconut and lavender flowers. Next, slowly fold in the banana mixture and mix well. Scoop small macaroon sized portions onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes. Let them cool a little before tasting. Makes about 20 small cookies.

Please tell me what you think!

Recipe for Kat’s Coconut Curry Sprout Soup

Kat’s Awesome Coconut Curry-Veggie Sprout Soup
(Serves 6-8 people)

  • 1/4 coconut oil
  • 2 onions cubed
  • 4 cloves of fresh minced garlic
  • 1 ‘thumb-size’ piece of fresh minced ginger
  • 1 ‘thumb-size’ piece of fresh minced turmeric
  • 2 tbsp+ curry powder
  • 3-4 celery stalks (finely chopped)
  • 3 carrots (finely chopped)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (finely chopped)
  • 1 can (500ml) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can of water (rinse and use tomato can)
  • 500 ml coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped cabbage
  • 1 medium zucchini (finely chopped)
  • 4 cups of sprouted lentils
In a big pot, sauté the onions in coconut oil until golden brown. Next, add four cloves worth of minced garlic, ginger and turmeric. (Kat’s says you can also use the garlic press to mince the ginger and turmeric.) Stir in the curry powder. Then add the celery, carrots, sweet potato and stewed tomatoes. Sauté the veggies until they are a little soft, then pour in the water and coconut milk. Bring the soup to a simmer and add in cabbage and zucchini. Let simmer for until veggies are soft and 5 minutes before serving add 4 cups of sprouted lentils.

Serve as is or you can blend the soup to make it creamy.

It’s really delicious!! 🙂

Recipe for Throat Chakra Smoothie

Berry Blue
¾ cup soy milk
¾ cup pineapple juice
½ cup blueberries
6-8 purple grapes
1 tsp E3Live™

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that reduce free radical damage to the body helping prevent aliments like cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and even cancer. As well, the blue-red pigment found in blueberries supports and helps regenerate the capillaries and vascular system. E3Live™is another great ingredient in this smoothie. A dietary supplement composed of aqua-botanical blue-green algae; E3Live™ is abundant in nutrient dense chlorophyll and minerals that support the thyroid gland and speeds up cell rejuvenation. Use the powder or frozen variety.

Throat Chakra – Visuddha
The throat chakra is blue and is located at the throat. It is associated with communication, truth, trust and the thyroid gland.

Recipes for two Chakra Smoothies

Chakra of Creation- Swadisthana
The chakra of creation (also known as the spleen or sex chakra) is our second energy centre and resides below the navel in the lower abdomen. Linked to our reproductive organs, it is related to emotions, sex and creativity. Its color is orange.

Perfectly Balanced

  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 Mango
  • 1 peach
  • 1 tsp camu camu berry powder
  • 1 tsp maca extract or 2 tsp maca powder
  • Agave nectar to sweeten (optional)

To stimulate this chakra, I use the brilliant orange and vitamin rich juice of carrots and other sunshine toned foods like oranges and mangos. Papaya is also nice in this smoothie. The power ingredients are camu camu berry powder and maca. The camu camu berry is full of bio-available vitamin C and other essential nutrients. Maca is a miracle root vegetable from Peru. It energizes, boosts libido, and balances the hormonal system better then any other product or food I know.

Solar Pelxus Chakra – Manipura
The solar plexus chakra is yellow and is located above the navel. Often described as the “centre of personal power,” it is associated with digestion, courage and self-esteem.

Mellow Yellow for Digestive Ease

  • ¾ cup almond or hemp milk
  • ¾ cup orange juice Pineapple (fresh is best)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tbsp grated fresh Ginger
  • 1 tbsp White Chia seeds
This delicious smoothie has tummy taming fresh ginger. As well, lemons and pineapples are beneficial in decreasing acidity in the body. Aside from being full of minerals and vitamins, pineapple also has pain relieving properties. It contains particular enzymes called bromelain, which digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain is also helpful in reducing inflammation and relieves intestinal disorders. Another great ingredient in this smoothie is white chia. White chia seeds are easily assimilated and are high in iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. They are also a good source of fiber and are rich in essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6.

Day 27 – Crudessence Yum Yum (Chakra #3)

One-quarter done!!

Wahoo! To celebrate, we had an amazing practice and dinner at Loft Crudessence, which is a gorgeous space overlooking the city skyline. Nice people + nice sunset.

Check out the View!

Be creative + Invite your own surya namaskar

I’m off to a party for more celebrating. This one is in honor of my dear friend Maya’s 30th Birthday.

Ta ta for now ; )

Recipe for Root Chakra Smoothie

(This recipe is one I designed to balance the first chakra.)

The Root Chakra – Muladhara is red in color and rests at the base of the spine or coccyx. It is connected to earthly pleasures and is in harmony when we feel grounded and safe.


  • ¾ cup cranberry juice or grape juice
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • Seeds of ½ a pomegranate
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 scoop chocolate Vega®

The pomegranate is the special ingredient in this recipe. It is a symbol of righteousness, abundance, fortune and fertility in the many traditions. It is a beautiful fruit with vibrant red juice and generally, only the seeds are eaten. Aside from being a good source of fiber, pomegranates contain plenty of antioxidant phytonutrients, which reduce the aging process of the body. As well, studies have shown that pomegranate juice can prevent heart disease and certain cancers. Corresponding with the tone of the root chakra, the brilliant red color of this smoothie comes from the cranberry juice, pomegranate seeds and strawberries, but turns a terra cotta shade with the addition of the chocolate Vega®. Vega is delicious a whole food powder full of vegan protein, hormone balancing maca, digestive enzymes and a variety of food based vitamins and minerals. Although Vega comes in several different flavors, I recommend the chocolate variety for this particular smoothie. After all, who doesn’t like strawberries and chocolate?

Papaya Lime Avocado Smoothie Recipe

(good for the tummy & digestion)

1/2 a ripe papaya (it should be soft, but not squishy)
1 tsp papaya seeds
1/2 an avocado
Juice of 1/2 a lime

2/3 cup of water

1 tsp of grated ginger (optional)

1 tbsp of agave nectar or honey to sweeten (optional)
* You can also add a scoop of Vega Health Optimizer for protein and fiber– natural or vanilla flavour works best.

Directions: Put everything in the blender, and blend it until smooth and creamy. Drink slowly and enjoy.