Fudgy Chocolate PB Zucchini Brownies

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.


Baked Cookie Dough Oatmeal

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.

Chocolate chip cookie dough baked oatmeal - vegan and gluten-free! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #cookiedough #oatmeal


Chocolate Chip PB Quinoa Flour Cookie Bars

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).

Scrumptious chocolate chip peanut butter quinoa flour cookie bars made with natural sweeteners and no oil! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #chocolate #cookies #chocolatechip #dessert


Two-Ingredient Chocolate Frosting

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!

2-ingredient chocolate frosting so rich and creamy you won't even notice it's sweetened by fruit! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #frosting #chocolate


Baked Chocolate Zucchini Oatmeal

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.

Chocolate baked oatmeal with zucchini? Oh yes! It's delicious, fudgy, and sweet, made with fruit and gluten-free oats! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #oatmeal #chocolate #zucchini


Chocolate/Peanut Butter Pecan Baked Oatmeal

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 fudgy chocolate and peanut butter pecan baked oatmeal! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #peanutbutter #chocolate #oatmeal


Fluffy Chocolate Cupcakes

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 aquafabahere. 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!

Moist, delicious chocolate cupcakes made from white rice flour and aquafaba! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #chocolate #cupcakes


Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

I’m back to having too many bananas and making new foods. Haha! But it’s all good because this one is delicious. I made them two different ways and I loved them both. So you’ll have to decide for yourself or try your own way! There are lots of options here. Anything can happen with the base recipe for these banana muffins. So here’s what I tried today (and super loved)!

Delicious and moist pumpkin pecan muffins made from fruit and oats! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #muffins #pumpkinspice


Baked Chocolate Donuts

For the first time in a long time, I made something without bananas!! But there is still fruit in these. Dates to the rescue! They’re amazing at sweetening food without using processed and refined sugars. Basically, they’re nature’s candy. Ooey and gooey, they’re like caramel. And I love them. So much. Especially when they’re baked with other things to make donuts! This is a great base to work with, and they can be customized so easily. I can’t wait to try more stuff with them. But, for now, I shall eat.

Delicious baked chocolate donuts naturally sweetened with dates and made with oat flour! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #chocolate #donuts


Chocolate Sweet Potato Mousse

Surprise, surprise–this recipe didn’t start with an abundance of ripe bananas! It’s a first. This time, it was a plethora of sweet potatoes. I’ve made chocolate cake and frosting with sweet potatoes before, but I had some left over and wanted to use it up to make something else with cacao. Because I’m obsessed with chocolate stuff right now (baked brownie oats, fudgy cookies, and ice cream bites). So I figured why not make some kind of pudding with sweet potatoes. But it turned out more like mousse when I tried Naturally Nutrious‘s recipe. Um, YUM! I hope you enjoy!

Smooth, creamy, and rich chocolate sweet potato mousse! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #chocolate #dessert #mousse