These donuts, you guys!! I love me some donuts, but I love when I can make them AND they’re delicious AND they’re sneakily healthy for me! These have fruit and oats, so they’re practically oatmeal. Which makes them the perfect breakfast! You can make these in advance, or you can eat them fresh and warm right out of the oven. Either way, you can’t go wrong. They stay soft and moist in an airtight container, but when the chocolate chips are still melty from the oven? STAHP. IT. Soooo good!
Zucchini is my favorite thing to put in recipes these days. And I knew it was only a matter of time before I made zucchini muffins. Because of my long-term love affair with chocolate, I knew they needed to be chocolate too. So here we are! With a delicious chocolate zucchini muffins recipe on our hands. Imagine that.
I freaking love brownies. I make them in baked oatmeal form. I make them in breakfast cookie form. I even put zucchini in them. But these are real cookies, and they taste like little brownies with crispy edges and soft centers. They’re so rich and chocolaty, and they’re even better the next day (if they make it that long). So, if you like those kinds of things (and who doesn’t?!), I think you’ll love these too. Plus, it’s a great use of the aquafaba we usually end up throwing down the drain! So don’t let that go to waste. Make brownie cookies instead. 😉
Brownies. They’re a glorious thing, aren’t they? I love them so freaking much. Mostly because I love chocolate. I have a huge sweet tooth, and that’s okay! I usually eat chocolate in the form of baked oatmeal or cookies made with oats (basically more oatmeal). But, right now, I’m really into adding zucchini in places where people don’t think it belongs. Like these brownies, for instance.
So this one is a two-step process, but man oh man is it worth it! I made cookie dough the day before because I’d made my gluten-free cornbread. Since I needed aquafaba for the cornbread muffins, so I drained a can of chickpeas and saved the beans for later. Too many days had passed, so I figured I should do something with the chickpeas. You know…so I didn’t just waste them. I’m not down with food waste.
Husband made quinoa flour for pancakes a while back. We don’t use it all that often, but he made way more than he needed, so I figured I’d scour the internet search Pinterest for quinoa flour recipes. Vegan ones, of course. And I found a gem I wanted to try. It’s usually a gem if it includes chocolate and I have every single ingredient on hand (or know how to substitute the ones I don’t have).
If you aren’t eating dates, you’re missing out. Seriously, dates are nature’s candy. They’re sweet, rich, caramel in fruit form. They never feel like they’re healthy or even remotely good for me when I eat them because of how sugary sweet they are. But they’re SO good! Nutritious too! They’re an excellent part of a plant-based diet. So let’s use them to our advantage and make a delicious chocolaty two-ingredient frosting sweetened only with dates!
Zucchini. In baked oats? YES! Don’t discount this based on your first reaction. I promise it’s not as weird or gross as you might think. And that’s because I thought it was weird and gross, but I took Lauren’s (from The Oatmeal Artist) word for it and I’m SO glad I did. Honestly, I didn’t even know it was in there. It adds volume and veggies to a dish that normally wouldn’t have that. Veggies. For breakfast. YES. DO IT. Seriously, you won’t regret it. Especially when they taste like chocolate.
This one comes from procrasti-baking. I really wanted second breakfast more than I wanted to start writing my next book (which, deep down, wasn’t even true, but I thought food couldn’t hurt anyway). So I gave this one a whirl. First, I scrolled through The Oatmeal Artist‘s blog to find some inspiration. Thought this one sounded delicious, but I didn’t have any zucchini on hand, though her blog always makes me wish I did. So I gave something similar a go with what I did have on hand, and YUM! Pure yum.
A few days ago, my husband decided to make some of Minimalist Baker’s chickpea salad sandwiches. That was an excellent idea, but it left us with two cans’ worth of aquafaba. here. Which meant I needed to do some impromptu baking! That’s always okay with me, so I tried to find some recipes that sounded amazing. I already planned to make this GF cornbread for chili over the weekend, but I still had more aquafaba left. So I found first this incredible brownie cookie recipe. My tweak to that one will probably be posted soon when I make them again. But this cupcake recipe came out pretty dang great the first time, so I decided to post it now!