Banana Bread Donuts w/ Coconut Peanut Butter Frosting (Vegan, GF, Grain Free)

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I can officially say I have exceeded mine and everyone to try's expectations with these doughnuts. I'm not going to lie, sometimes with my baked goods since I always strive to create the most healthy, nutritious, "clean" treat, they aren't always everyones favorite taste-wise. A lot of vegan, gluten free baking can taste quite dry so it was my mission to pull something off that WOW'd everyone. Since so many were asking for my banana bread recipe, I wanted to do something like it. However, I felt guilty since each time I was using a SimpleMills box to make my banana bread. Honestly though it is the healthiest ingredients, and so simple and no banana bread I've made from scratch has turned out as tasty as it does when I bake with this mix. I found a recipe online (https://acleanbake.com/chocolate-chip-banana-bread-doughnuts-with-peanut-butter-frosting/) that used the simple mills banana bread mix but adding other ingredients to create DOUGHNUTS. Best idea ever. So I took this recipe and spiced it up a bit to what I thought sounded best... and then these little circles of heaven came into my life. VERY VERY happy about it. Would obviously recommend. 

PS: Yes these are Gluten free, Grain Free, Egg free, Vegan (almost all the free's).... You're welcome. 

Ingredients for the doughnuts

  • 1 bag Simple Mills banana muffin mix 
  • 1 tbsp flax meal, 2.5 tbsp water (set aside and leave for 10 minutes to create "flax egg" ) 
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 mashed very ripe banana
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • A very generous amount of dark chocolate (I crushed up eating evolved's midnight dark chocolate bar but you can use whatever chocolate chips or bar of choice) 

Ingredients for the frosting and garnish

(Warning: I majorly eye-balled this. I feel like thats the best way when making frosting: just continuously adding ingredients until it taste good.) (Another Warning: You WILL consume a lot of frosting in the making.) 

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter 
  • 2-3 tbsp of coconut butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil

* For some extra aesthetic points (and taste), mix up coconut sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle it on top of the donuts for a delicious cinnamon sugar. 

* I also did a few donuts with dark chocolate peanut butter frosting (added dark chocolate into the peanut butter frosting... but to be honest I preferred them with just the coconut & peanut butter). 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F, and lightly grease 2 half-dozen doughnut pans. (Mine made 10 donuts.)
     
  • In a large bowl, mix together the muffin mix, the flax egg, the water, the coconut oil and the banana until very well combined. Stir in coconut flour and allow to sit for a minute to absorb. 

  • Fold in chocolate chunks

  • Scoop batter into donut pan and fill the donut compartments leaving a little extra room for them to rise.

  • Bake for 18-20 minutes until the doughnuts are risen and slightly golden around the edges. Let them cool, and then take them out and add frosting. ENJOY!

CAFES IN LA (West Hollywood/Hollywood)

Oh how I love cafes. One day, I will own a cafe with perfect aesthetic and damn good lattes. And you bet I won't forget the cliche avocado toast and matcha (duh). I am so lucky to have so many good food spots and cafes in Los Angeles.. However I do love exploring new places while in different parts of the world too. 

Listed below are a few of my favorite cafes and food spots in the Hollywood area. I will continue every week to add new favorite spots in different areas of Los Angeles. 

PS: recommendations are ALWAYS appreciated... let me know of any places you love, and I will try my best to drop by them! 

1. Alfreds (its overly talked about for reason...it's good!) 

My absolute favorite is an iced chai tea latte with almond milk. I also am obsessed with the Johnny cash quote wrote on the wall inside the cafe. Melrose place is a great little block to walk around too. 

2. Bardonna LA (Larchmont location) 

I'm obsessed with Larchmont Village. Almost all my favorite cafes live there. Bardonna has some of my favorite lattes (cashew milk latte, turmeric latte with cashew milk, oat milk latte), and they also have extremely delicious food. Nothing makes me happier than taking someone for coffee, and the place has options for you, and for them. When I see that a cafe makes their own nut milks, has vegan treats, and vegan food options... I scream like a little girl. Bardonna offers all of these, plus options for people who aren't vegan, as well as a cute backyard to sit in with pretty fairy lights.. because aesthetic is just as important. 

My order: Cashew milk latte, avocado toast, and dark chocolate chia scone. 

Pictured: The paleo bowl, no chicken, sub tofu scramble, add tempeh bacon. SO GOOD. 

 

Cafe Gratitude

Yes I love cafe gratitude. I know it is the ultimate cliche vegan spot, but I have my reasons for it being one of my top spots. 

1. I met Jordan here.

2. They only use real, healthy, whole food ingredients and you know your body will be happy after indulging in anything here. 

3. There lattes and baked goods are so tasty. 

Brew/Well 

Not many people know about this little window from heaven. This is hands down my favorite latte I've ever had in my entire life. I'm trying to convince the owners to re open an actual sit down cafe, because right now it is just a walk up window.. Great for grab and go though! But definitely going to keep putting it out there that they should have a sit down area, with more food options, and VEGAN treats!!! 

My order: Lavender Latte with hazelnut mylk. OR cinnamon latte with cashew mylk (SERIOUSLY TO DIE FOR) 

 

GroundWorks 

There are multiple locations, yet they still offer top quality coffee, baked goods, and delicious food. They make their own cashew mylk in house... So theres a point right there for them. And they are the home to one of my favorite vegan cookies in Los Angeles... Their famous banana cookie. It is perfection. They also have a really great breakfast menu thats offered until 4 pm everyday (including vegan or non vegan breakfast burrito, breakfast tacos, avocado toast, chia pudding etc). Its a great spot to meet someone for a coffee date, or even just grab something quickly to go. The staff is also really nice! 

My order: cashew mylk latte & vegan banana cookie

 

Let me know if you have any other favorites! Next I will be listing my favorite cafes on the west side of Los Angeles... So stay tuned! :)

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Banana Bread (aka a slice of heaven)

 

also pictured: vegan dark chocolate cookie balls (recipe coming soon)

A lot of people have been asking me to post the recipe for my vegan banana bread....

I have to admit..When I'm short on time (almost always... aka lazy) and have access to Cherryvales 'Everything But the Bananas' Banana Bread Mix... I will 100% use that! It is so easy, you just mash up the bananas, and any add ins you wish (nuts, berries, etc), put it in the oven... and you're left with the most delicious loaf of banana bread. It is honestly some of the best banana bread (vegan or not) that I have ever have. The mix itself has minimal, high quality ingredients and all you have to do is add mashed banana. It also calls for oil... However I try to avoid oil as much as possible when cooking and baking at home, so instead I add applesauce. Adding applesauce adds the moist (I know terrible word) texture that oil would give the banana bread. if you don't oil, then coconut oil works great too! This company also has other amazing loaf and cookie mixes. I am not sponsored at all, just a huge fan of this. Here's the link if you want to check it out https://www.cherryvalefarms.com/shop/bananabreadmix 

If you want the whole experience of making baking from scratch though, I totally get it, and that is why I will be posting my perfected banana bread recipe this week! So stay tuned. I don't want to post anything I'm not 100% with, and I have to make sure that it tops the banana bread mix I usually use. 

Not yo average avo toast

Yes I am super cliche and love avocado toast just as much as the girls who love taking pictures in front of the pink wall in Los Angeles. 

And no, if you do not like avocado toast.. We can't be friends. 

I do love to spice up any average recipe though. So I've included some ways to give your avocado toast a kick. 

#1. Rye bread, smashed avo, peas, olive oil, sliced almonds.

Inspired by this amazing meal @ turf living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Also pictured: coconut yogurt strawberry toast, and @erinireland vegan banana bread.... (game changer) 

Inspired by this amazing meal @ turf living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Also pictured: coconut yogurt strawberry toast, and @erinireland vegan banana bread.... (game changer) 

#2. Sourdough bread, smashed avo, pickled beats, sprouts. 

Also pictured: chia pudding topped with granola and berries in a coconut bowl (so cute)    

Also pictured: chia pudding topped with granola and berries in a coconut bowl (so cute) 

 

#3. Spelt bread (or any bread of choice) with smashed avo, olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, cashew ricotta (optional) and drizzled with balsamic glaze. 

(still perfecting a photo.... coming soon) 

#4. Cinnamon Raisin Bread or Bagel with smashed avo, and drizzled maple syrup and topped with trail mix or granola (I know it sounds weird but oh baby, its good) 

(photo coming soon) 

#5. Classic Avo Toast. 

Tips:

- Make sure you have a good bread. Freshly baked sourdough is my favorite. 

- On savory recipes or classic avocado toast...Try topping with nutritional yeast (taste like a parmesan cheese alternative but very high in Vitamin B12) 

- Take risks. Mix it up. Get fancy. Have fun. 

Your welcome.