Gluten-Free Vegan Walnut-Pecan Thumbprints

Gluten-Free Vegan Walnut-Pecan Thumbprints

If you guys are anything like me then you might have gone a wee bit overboard on the sweets and drinking over the holiday season. And if you’re like me, that holiday season dragged on and lasted til way past the New Year (aka up until a few days ago). Now this isn’t something I say often, but my body needs a serious break from all that sugar. So while I’m all about trying to eat a little healthier this week, I still need some kind of treat. Cause let’s face it……this girl needs her cookies and going completely cold turkey from desserts is just not realistic.

When it comes to food, I’m a firm believer in moderation and not labeling things as “good” or “bad.” A healthy relationship with food is far more important than sticking to some crazy strict diet. So instead of feeling guilty about all the delicious, amazing desserts I ate over the past few weeks, I’m going to look at the holiday season for what it was. A fun time to indulge in baked goods and share them with loved ones. But now it’s time to get that balance back…..and still get my cookie fix.

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Vegan Banana Bread

Maybe it’s because I ate an insane amount of Sticky Buns last week, but for some reason, today I’m craving something a little healthy.  One of my favorite healthy snacks is a recipe for Vegan Banana Bread I came up with last year.  Banana Bread is a pretty great thing in general.  It’s super quick to make, infinitely adaptable, uses up old bananas that would otherwise go to waste, and tastes delicious – it really doesn’t get much better than that.

When I was in high-school, my Dad made a really great healthy Banana Bread.  It was one of my favorite treats and for a long time, I always used his recipe.  One day last year when I was on a rare health kick, I got a little bored and decided to overhaul my Dad’s recipe.  My goal was to create something with no dairy and no refined sugars and something that would provide some nutritional benefits.  I wasn’t kidding when I said I was on a health kick.  What I ended up creating was a super awesome, super delicious, and super healthy Banana Bread.

The bread is vegan (which I hope doesn’t scare you off this recipe!), has very little oil in it, and has a good amount of flax in it to provide some fiber and a nice dose of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  There are a couple ingredients in the recipe that you might not have stocked in your kitchen, like spelt flour and coconut palm sugar.  Both of these can usually be found at your local grocery store, but just in case you can’t find them, I’ll also note the substitutions.

I hope you’ll give this Banana Bread a try and if you do end up making it – let me know how it turns out.  I always love getting your feedback!

(Pictures coming soon…..)

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