Vegan Banana Chocolate Almond Muffins

muffin2Hello my fellow foodies,

I had just finished my intro to Java programming midterm this week and felt like treating myself to a little something something :). I decided to make my famous banana chocolate almond muffins! This was recipe was planned perfectly because I haven’t had time to eat my bananas (busy studying at school) and they were just ripe enough to make this recipe.

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These muffins are perfect for an on-the-go snack/breakfast, perfect for picnics at the park, or a perfect way to express your love to your loved ones <3.  I promise you that whomever you chose to make these for will love you just a little bit more than before haha :P.

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This recipe is a must try and if you do try out this recipe be sure to tag the picture with the hashtag #winnifercooks on Instagram so everyone can see. Happy cooking everyone! ❤

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Vegan Banana Chocolate Almond Muffins

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Winnifer Huang
Recipe Type: Dessert, Vegan, Sweets

Ingredients

  • 3 over ripe bananas
  • 1/3 coconut oil (you can any neutral flavored baking oil)
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup of agave nectar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour (you can use any type of flour)
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour (you can use any type of flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (more if you like cinnamon!)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 bar of vegan chocolate (or your favorite kind of chocolate)
  • sliced almonds (any type of nut will do, walnuts/pecans/etc.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line 6-cup muffin tin with muffin liners.
  2. In large mixing bowl, mash up the ripe bananas with fork. Stir in oil, brown sugar, agave nectar, and vanilla.
  3. In separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Stir just until blended.
  4. Scoop mixture into muffin tins and top off each muffin with a piece of chocolate and sliced almonds. .
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes and they are ready to eat! 😀

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup

Hello there foodies!

This is an easy vegan cookie recipe that is perfect for one person and maybe two…depending on how much you really love the person you’re sharing it with. It’s because it is THAT good :).

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I came up with this recipe because sometimes the craving just hits. And when the craving hits we’ve all happened to buy a box and then eat 2 dozen cookies. And when that happens the feeling of guilt settles for eating more than the recommended serving (But who ever only eats just two cookies, am I right?!). If you are looking for the healthier/tastier/single serving option, this recipe is right up your ally! It tastes good by itself, with ice cream, or topped with peanut butter/any nut butter. And it satisfies that giant craving!

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I forgot to include the whole wheat flour in this picture (sorry!) just don’t forget it when you try this recipe! 🙂

I decided to keep this recipe vegan so my non-dairy/egg consuming friends could join in the fun. If you wanted to make this gluten free, you might have to play around with flour substitutes a bit (try out almond flour or other nut flours for added protein and vibrant taste!).

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This recipe is a must try and if you do try out this recipe be sure to tag the picture with the hashtag #winnifercooks on Instagram so everyone can see. Happy cooking everyone! ❤

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Winnifer Huang
Recipe Type: Dessert, Vegan, Sweets

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of coconut sugar(you can use any sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour (you can use any type of flour)
  • 1/2 tsp of cacao nibs
  • 2 pieces of dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Spray the inside of a cup or ramekin with non-stick spray or rub with oil.
  3. Combine the coconut oil, coconut sugar,  and agave nectar in a small bowl. Stir the mixture until smooth.
  4. Add in the vanilla and then all the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
  5. Add in all the chocolate and then transfer the cookie mixture into your cup. Press the dough down and then place it in the oven to bake for 10-15 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  6. Once everything is cooked through top with ice cream or any of your favorite toppings! Bon appetit!

Absence from Blogging

Hello my beautiful viewers, hope you are all doing well :). I haven’t been posting lately because I just started classes, so I am pretty busy with tests, projects, etc. I will promise that I will post whenever I have the time and if I find something that really inspires me. I want to put out quality content for you guys, which is why it takes me so long to edit and to come up with ideas. Thanks for understanding ❤ .

Love
Winnie

Wedding Bells

Hello everyone!

Long time no see (or should I say read haha 🙂 ). I have been really busy lately editing the long awaited wedding photos shot at SF City Hall. And today I have finally finished! I hope everyone will enjoy seeing my finished product as well as getting a glimpse at the love that was expressed on that day.

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Congratulations to my beautiful sister/bride/and now wife, I am so happy for you and your husband. May your lives together be filled with continuous laughter and joy <3.

Arturo’s Tailor Shop

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If you are looking for a sewing and alterations shop that has excellent tailoring services and relatively cheap prices, you definitely need to check out Arturo’s Tailor Shop. This quaint little shop is located in La Jolla, CA. So if you live around the area and you need a dress/shirt/suit fixed up, you are definitely in luck!

This little shop is located in the Fay Center, so walk on in!
This little shop is located in the Fay Center, so walk on in!

Every experience I had at this shop was a good one. All of my pieces that I had altered came out exactly like I had imagined and the quality is impeccable! You cannot tell that they were even altered in the first place (no loose threads or poorly stitched seams).

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Owner’s father hard at work 🙂

I highly recommend this little family owned business if you are in need of a tailor and if you are in the area. The only downside is the parking situation, but other than that, it is a place you definitely need to check out! 🙂 (Plus, the famous brunch place, The Cottage is just a 2 minute walk down the street! The eggs benedict and stuffed french toast are to die for ❤ ).

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Altered dress: perfect length, perfect fit, and no loose threads :)
Altered dress: perfect length, perfect fit, and no loose threads 🙂

Vegan Asian Noodle Stir Fry

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This recipe is one of my favorites and below I have 3 reasons why.

  1. It’s quick and easy to make. 30 minutes total.
  2. Gets rid of left over vegetables in the fridge and turns them into something amazing ❤
  3. Tofu. Great source of protein and is delish!

It definitely satisfies any Chinese take out cravings and is much healthier for you. Especially because I am using edamame noodles. Edamame noodles are a great source of protein, low in carbs, and is gluten free!

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However, for this recipe you can use any type of noodle you want. Udon, soba noodles, whole wheat, rice noodles, and the list goes on.  Not only are the noodles interchangeable, but the vegetables are too. You can use any mix of vegetables you like :).

The tofu I used in this recipe was actually pre-made. I bought it from a local mom and pop shop near my house. However, if you do not have Asian markets that sell pre-made vegan tofu you can always check out this recipe from Pepper Me Happy.

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Or if you are not fond of tofu you can sub in any other type of protein you want. This recipe is a must try and if you do try out this recipe be sure to tag the picture with the hashtag #winnifercooks on Instagram so everyone can see. Happy cooking everyone! 😀

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Vegan Asian Noodle Stir Fry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Winnifer Huang
Recipe Type: Savory, Vegan, Asian

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces of edamame noodles
  • 3-4 tbs of soy sauce
  • 1 tbs of sugar (you can use any sweetener)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbs of chili sauce (I like the brand 老干妈 , lao gan ma)
  • 1 tbs of coconut oil
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 small onion
  • tofu slices (pre-made)

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add in the noodles and cook until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  2. Heat up a pan and put in the oil. Once the oil is heated add in minced cloves of garlic and vegetables. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Next add in the soy sauce, sugar, and chili sauce. Stir and mix well, then add in the noodles.
  3. Once everything is cooked through transfer everything into a bowl/plate. Top of the noodles with slices of tofu and bon appetite!