Vegan Chocolate Chip – Peanut Butter – Banana Bread

A couple weeks ago, I came home from work craving something sweet, warm, and filling.  I also was in the mood to do some baking, therefore I decided to make one of my favorite things from my childhood: BANANA BREAD!!!

I grew up loving the banana bread my grandmother would make and coming home to a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread my mom would pick up from the Fresh Market.  This time, I wanted to make a banana bread loaf that had a healthy twist and made with ingredients I knew and trusted.  Although I did not have to make the banana bread vegan, that is how it ended up working the best! MB and I try to eat a predominately plant based as much as possible, but we also do eat dairy and eggs sometimes!

With that being said, here is the recipe! It is made completely with a blender therefore clean-up is simple! Tag us on Instagram @gvillefittwins if you make it!

What You Need (Makes One Loaf)

  • 2 really ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of organic creamy peanut butter (I like Justin’s or MaraNatha)
  • 2 teaspoons of organic vanilla
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of rolled oats
    • Then another 1/2 cup of rolled oats is added into the batter later
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of melted organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of vegan dark chocolate chips
    • These will be added in the batter later with the 1/2 cup of oats

How You Make It

  • Grease pan (I used olive oil spray) and set oven to 350 degrees
  • Starting with the bananas, put all of the ingredients into the blender (except for the 1/2 cup of oats and the chocolate chips)
  • Blend everything on high for around 10 seconds, do not over-blend! You want a smooth batter, it can have little clumps but you do not want it to be runny
  • After you blender the ingredients, add in the oats and the chocolate chips.  Fold them into the batter with a spoon
  • Pour the batter into the pan
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown!  Make sure the middle is cooked through
  • Remove from the oven and let the bread cool before storing
  • Should be stored in the fridge and is good for up to 4 days!


Happiness Not Perfection: Week One

Hi Friends! I hope each of you have had a week full of productivity and positive thoughts, as those are always two of goals going into a new week.

MB and I just moved up to Washington, D.C. for the summer, therefore I have found myself trying to establish a routine.  I like to have a schedule, specifically one that includes healthy eating, working out (ideally in the morning), and getting a significant amount of work done at my internship. Quickly, I realized that there are only 24 hours in a day and 8 of those I am most likely sleeping.  So I began to realize that I was letting myself down when I wasn’t reaching my goals, especially getting my workout done in the morning and maintaining a “perfect” diet everyday.

Breaking the Cycle

Therefore one of my newest goals is to strive for happiness rather than perfection. How does this look? If I bounce out of bed in the morning to get to a Cyclebar class or go on a run, that’s great and I will be happy about that. But, if I wake up and feel exhausted I will let myself sleep in, and I will be happy about to. Why? Because listening to your body and its ques should make you HAPPY (this is my theme song for happiness)!

This was a delicious cupcake I had from Baked and Wired. It was worth every single bite!!

I believe our society today encourages people to set unrealistic goals, therefore when they are not achieved people are left with the feeling of failure.  Then these thoughts turn into a cycle where you are constantly feeling like everything you do is simply not good enough. Although it is easier said than done, how can we do our part to break the cycle? I challenge you guys to take a step back and listen to what your body is craving, do you need the extra sleep? Do you want a cookie? Or do you need a rest day? Each of these questions are valid and you should never be ashamed of them. Life is made to be fun!

With this being said, pursuing happiness over perfection will be a challenge and there will be ups and downs.  I will share with you guys my ups and downs and hopefully together we can change the way people think about wellness.  Follow along on my journey every week and we can do this thing together!

XO,

Susannah

 


The Journey Begins…

Here we go! MB and I finally decided to start a blog! The main purpose of this blog is to connect with you guys and express our love of health and wellness.  We want to share ideas, thoughts, and advice to help you guys with wherever you are on the path of wellness.

So… for us to get started, we wanted to share some fun facts about ourselves!

Sue

This picture was taking in Page, Arizona at the Horse Shoe Bend. We were on our way to Monument Valley which is where my half marathon was!

  1. I am a professional photographer with a love of wildlife and landscape photography
  2. I ran an ultra-half marathon last March in Monument Valley – absolutely one of my favorite races and places I have ever been!
  3. We have two family dogs both of which are the cutest and make for a good excuse to come home! Their names are Cooper and Finn and we love to take them on long walks. Be on the look out for more stories to come about them!
  4. My family has Country Music Saturday’s.  These happen every Saturday MB and I are home and we only listen to country music – gotta love living in the South 🙂
  5. Not so fun – but I have had two knee surgeries to repair a torn ACL, a torn Meniscus, and a torn MCL.  I tore all of these in high school playing both soccer and field hockey.  After my surgeries, I recovered with physical therapy and have gradually began getting stronger. Today – I believe I am the strongest  I have ever been and am so thankful to have healthy joints!

MB

Here is a picture of Parker and I from formal last year!

  1. My favorite color is pink! You can catch me wearing pink or other bright colors (especially Lilly Pulitzer from my favorite store @pinkbeewestend) about 100% of the time.
  2. My best swimming stroke is butterfly! My favorite event is also the 100 meter fly. I got to swim it again for the first time at a college club swim meet in November where I qualified for Nationals!
  3. I have the sweetest boyfriend named is Parker, who is also a junior at Furman. We started dating after we got to know each other through being co-captains of the Furman Club Swim Team and have been dating for almost a year and a half!
  4. One of my favorite ways to see the world is through running! I have been to twenty countries and my favorite one is probably Greece because of the amazing runs I had there. I can not wait to continue to see more of the world through the feet that take me there.
  5. I am a huge fan of dessert with my favorite being ice cream! My favorite flavor is strawberry (because it is pink!) with dark chocolate chips!