How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Queensland

I recently went to Brisbane, Queensland – for 24 hours. This was my first time in “Brissie,” as the locals call it, and I was determined to make the most of it. This is how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane. How to spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

How To Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

You’re going to want to start off your day with a solid breakfast. After researching all of my vegan options, I decided to go for an indulgent pancake breakfast. I headed to the Lost Boys in the CBD after seeing this listHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

What I received was a bit different than what I’d expected, though. The pancakes were alright, but I’d recommend checking out a more relevant list (or some instagram accounts) if you’re looking for an instagram-worthy breakfast. I’m constantly on the search for insta-worthy food for my vegan instagram account.

After you’re fueled up, take a walk down the river to Kangaroo Point. I took the Story Bridge, which was a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the city on the other side of the river. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaAfter crossing the bridge, head to CT White Park and take the walking trail along the harbor. It’s a great walk. If you aren’t a fan of long walks, you can rent bikes by the hour at stops along the path. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaIf you get a bit tired, have a sip of water at one of the many water fountains along the way and have a seat at one of the little piers. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaOnce you’re ready, walk across Goodwill Bridge and head across the river back into the city. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

I used this chance to make friends with the locals. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is a beautiful city and has lots to offer. I stopped for a chilled (and inexpensive) lunch at the Queens Plaza – there is an Indian restaurant in the food court that offers rice & one curry for $6.80 (that is insanely cheap for Australia).
How to Spend 24 Hours in BrisbaneThe day was a bit windy and I was a bit tired from the walk, so I took the bus home after lunch, which was around 4 PM. I spent the night having a good chat with my airbnb host.

Where to StayHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

This is the airbnb that I stayed at – the hosts were so great. The room was so cute and comfy and the house was only about 20 mins by bus into Brisbane. I love airbnb and use it almost exclusively when I am in a city for a short time. Use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb stay! Airbnb hosts are so helpful. I asked my hosts how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane and she helped me map out this entire walk.

I visited Brisbane after leaving Cairns – check out my first scuba diving experience in Cairns! If you’re planning a trip to Australia, make sure to check out my guide to the working holiday visa in Australia, and my favorite restaurants in Melbourne, and the best hikes in Sydney. 

 

The Great Barrier Reef: Diving and Snorkeling

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’ve finally made it to the Great Barrier Reef. Diving the Great Barrier Reef has been on my bucket list for a while, and I was so excited to finally do it right at the end of my working visa in Australia. This is all of the info on my tour. Great Barrier Reef: Diving, Snorkeling and Cruising

Great Barrier Reef: Where to Book A Dive or Cruise

I booked my tour through Backpackers World in Cairns – I figured it would be easiest to go to a place where someone can help find the right tour for me. Great Barrier Reef: Diving, Snorkeling and Cruising

I told them I was on a budget, and they recommended Down Under Cruise and Dive. They helped me find the best day to go. We chose a day where the wind wouldn’t be too crazy and we booked it in.

Great Barrier Reef: How Much You’ll Spend

I paid $195 for the full day on the boat. This includes snorkel gear, all diving gear (but does not include wetsuit rental), a full buffet lunch on board (they cater to vegans!), and wine, cheese, and crackers on the way back. This included an introductory dive – I’m not certified to dive, so this was the best option for me. I’ve never dove before. If you aren’t into diving, the cost will be lower, and you’ll get to snorkel at two reef locations. Great Barrier Reef: Diving, Snorkeling and Cruising Great Barrier Reef: Diving, Snorkeling, and Cruising

There were lots of add-ons to the cruise – you could book a second dive, you could book a helicopter tour, a submarine tour, rent a wetsuit, rent an underwater camera. They also had beer and assorted drinks available for purchase. I didn’t rent a wetsuit – that is primarily for if you’re worried about being cold or getting cut by coral.

Great Barrier Reef: What To Expect

Check in at the dock was at 7:30 AM. The boat left the dock at 8:15 AM. On the way to the reef, we had a briefing on what to expect for the day – including the time tables, our dive groups, and what reefs we would be visiting. We went to Norman Reef in the morning, and Hastings Reef in the afternoon. These reefs are both on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Great Barrier Reef Diving, Snorkelling and CruisingGreat Barrier Reef Water ReefGreat Barrier Reef: Diving, Snorkeling and Cruising

Down Under Cruise and Dive: Pros and Cons

This is a budget cruise. They offer a lower price ($200) by using a larger boat with more people. It’s nice to save about $100 by going for the budget option, and there was plenty of room on the boat for everyone to have a seat and space to put backpacks/day bags.Great Barrier Reef: Diving, Snorkeling and Cruising

The problem with having that many people on the boat is that when it’s snorkel time, you have roughly 100 people snorkeling in the same area. There were a few times that I was almost kicked by someone else’s flippers. While diving we had four divers to one instructor. Great Barrier Reef Underwater Great Barrier Reef Underwater Fish

I spent the afternoon snorkeling and laying in the sun. On the way back, I drank wine, ate crackers, and made friends with some New Zealanders. It was a magical day. Great Barrier Reef Diving

Stay tuned for detailed posts on my first diving experience (and what went wrong), and what I’d do differently about visiting the Great Barrier Reef!

 

The Best Hikes In Sydney, Australia

Upon arriving in Sydney, I found that this city is filled with breathtaking hikes – there are coastal hikes, harbor hikes, and even a whole mountain range just an hour East of the city. This is a list of the best hikes in Sydney, Australia.Best Hikes in Sydney: Blue Mountains

Best Hikes in Sydney, Australia 
1. Palm Beach / Barrenjoey Lighthouse Hike

This hike starts at the famous Palm Beach (where the aussie soap opera Home And Away is filmed) and takes you up to Barrenjoey lighthouse. From the tip of the mountain, you’ll be able to see where the bay meets the ocean, and the kilometers of beach that separate the two. This is one of the best views I’ve ever had on a hike, and high on the list of the best hikes in Sydney. See the full post on this hike for more photos.

Best Hikes In Sydney, Australia

2. Bondi to Coogee

This hike is a beautiful walk along the coast just South of Sydney’s CBD. It took me about two hours one way, mainly because I stopped for so many photos. It’s most common to walk from Bondi to Coogee, but I went from Coogee to Bondi, which I imagine to be a bit more rewarding if you’ve never seen Bondi before. It’s not hard to see how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney! See the full post on this hike for more info. 

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3. Figure 8 Pools

About 30 mins south of Sydney CBD is the Royal National Park. Head here for a medium-intensity, 1 hour hike to the beach, and even further, the figure 8 pools. The figure 8 pools have been naturally created over hundreds of years, and are incredible to see in real life. This is one of the shorter hikes of the best hikes in Sydney. See the full post on this hike for more details and lots more photos. Best Hikes in Sydney, Australia

4. Marley Beach Hike

Also located in the Royal National Park, the hike to Marley Beach takes about an hour and a half from the fire road. I took a rocky fire road path, but if you’d like to go on a smoother, newer, man-made path, I’d recommend starting at Bundeena. The path is relatively uneventful, but the reveal of Marley beach is astonishing. We brought a picnic and ate a bit inland, where the wind wasn’t as strong. The views make it obvious as to how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney!

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5. Grand Canyon Hike to Evans Lookout, Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are a perfect weekend trip for the avid hiker visiting Sydney. Located just about an hour to an hour and a half outside of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are full of long, lush hiking trails. One of my favorites was the Grand Canyon hike to Evan’s Lookout – it took us about 2 hours to get to Evans Lookout, through the canyon. The amount of hikes in the Blue Mountains makes it a clear top candidate of the best hikes in Sydney.

The Best Hikes in Sydney, Australia

6. Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

Wentworth Falls is a massive waterfall that you should NOT MISS if you’re taking a trip to the Blue Mountains. Go early, because the hike is beautiful but long. We ended up having to take a shorter trail because we ran out of time before it got dark. It paid off in the end, as we got to see a second waterfall – Empress Falls.

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See the full post for more photos. 

7. Cronulla Beach Hike

If you’re feeling a chill, lazy day sort of walk, the Cronulla beach hike is for you! This is a relatively flat, easy walk. It’s a long one as well, so bring your water and maybe some snacks. It’s not hard to see how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney!

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8. Chowder Bay to Bradley’s Head Hike

This is one of the first hikes I did in Sydney and one of the most impressive. This trail takes you from Chowder Bay (have a coffee at the old bunker turned coffee shop before heading out!) all the way to Bradley’s Head – where you will get a stunning view of the Sydney Harbor bridge and Sydney Opera House. See the full post for more photos and details.
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9. Manly to Spit Bridge

The Manly to Spit Bridge trek was one that I was most looking forward to. Starting at the stunning Manly Beach, this is a long hike at 10k each way. I just did one way, but if you’re feeling wild, try to go round trip. See the full post for more photos and details. Best Hikes in Sydney: Manly to Spit Bridge Best Hikes in Sydney: Manly to Spit Bridge

Planning a trip to Sydney? Check out my favorite restaurants in Sydney and the best beaches that Sydney has to offer. What did you think of this list of the best hikes in Sydney?

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Doughnut Time: The Most Epic Doughnuts in Australia

When I arrived in Australia on September 9, 2016, I had no idea what was in store for me. Australia is the most vegan-friendly country I’ve visited to date. Fast food places have vegan options here. I was in heaven. Enter Doughnut Time.

Doughnut Time: Australia’s Vegan Heaven Doughnut Time Red Velvet Vegan Doughnut: A Must Eat in Australia

I discovered Doughnut Time via the internet. Soon, I found the very first Doughnut Time I’d visit – the one on Degraves Street in Melbourne. Doughnut Time Melbourne Jam Filled

Doughnut Time is a magical place filled with endless trays of beautiful and richly flavored doughnuts. One of these babies will fill you up and give you a sugar high that will last all day. Doughnut Time Manly Beach Doughnuts

As with all things in Australia, these doughnuts don’t come cheap. They range in price, anywhere from $6 to $8. I can tell you, it’s worth every cent. Doughnut Time Vegan Doughnuts: Melbourne, Australia

I made it my mission to try every type of doughnut from this magical store. Once my mission was complete, they added new flavors, so I completed my mission twice. On average, I throw down one doughnut per month. I try to stay moderately healthy, but since coming to Australia, I’ve somehow managed to acquire a weakness for these sugary glazed doughnuts topped with sweet and salty confections. Doughnut Time Perez Hilton

My favorite so far would have to be a tie between the red velvet, Perez Hilton (pictured above) and the Chai Curious doughnut which is pictured above (on the bottom of the tray). I did not take a photo of that Chai one individually – I ate it pretty quickly… it had been a hard day. Doughnut Time: Vegan Doughnuts throughout Australia

Doughnut Time is located throughout Australia – I’ve eaten these beautiful creations at multiple locations in Melbourne and Sydney. They also have locations in Brisbane and the Gold Coast – see their website for more info.

If you’re planning a trip to Australia, check out my favorite vegan restaurants in Melbourne! Also make sure to see the best vegan places in Sydney.

Let me know in the comments which one you’d eat first 🙂

 

The Famous Figure 8 Pools in Sydney

One sunny day, I hopped in the car with Natalie and Michael, and we headed into the Royal National Park to visit the insta-famous Figure 8 Pools. My au pair family had highly recommended it, and after seeing the instagram photos, we knew we had to check it out.

Figure 8 Pools & Burning Palms Beach Figure 8 Pools Sydney Royal National Park

After we parked, we took the trail to Burning Palms Beach. The hike is a moderate and hilly. It’s just about 45 minutes to the beach. Make sure to bring your water!

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Once we got down to the beach, we had to do some minor rock climbing to get to the pools.

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We finally made it to the Figure 8 Pools and they were astonishing. Each little pool looked like it’s own little world, full of different types of colorful plants.

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We had such a fun day checking out the pools. Some people were swimming in them, but the water was freezing! Figure 8 Pools Burning Palms Beach Sydney

Figure 8 Pools Instagram Famous Sydney

We even saw a rainbow on our walk back – pure magic. While walking through the beach and the forest, I couldn’t help but become awestruck at the beauty that surrounds us. This is truly a magical place. Rainbow over Burning Palms Beach, SydneyThe figure 8 pools were such an incredible sight, and it was even better that Michael and Natalie were there with me. Natalie is a photographer and she is amazing at it – check her out. She took some of the photos above! Famous Figure 8 Pools Sydney

The total cost of this trip was $12 for parking. If you’re visiting Sydney, I’d highly recommend checking out these pools and a few other hikes in the Royal National Park.

When you visit the Figure 8 Pools, make sure to bring your bathers (that’s Australian for swimsuit), a picnic, and plenty of water. We also had a bit of rain, so make sure you’re prepared for all types of weather.

Soul Burger: Sydney’s Best Vegan Burger

Soul Burger in Sydney has blown my mind.

If you’re anything like me, you get a serious craving for a solid vegan burger every couple of months. I consider myself somewhat of a veggie burger connoisseur. However, it’s not often that I come across a faux-meat burger that tastes seriously like beef. Soul Burger Plant Based Burgers Sydney Randwick Interior

Soul Burger: Sydney’s Best Vegan Burger

I was told by numerous people that if I was going to Sydney, I needed to try Soul Burger. I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than an epic vegan burger. But, I was super excited to see upon arrival that not only do they serve a wide range of vegan burgers, they also had vegan milkshakes and a massive assortment of fries. Consider this American in vegan heaven!

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Soul Burger: What To Order

Soul Burger Sydney Menu

I ordered a “Straya, Mate” and my Australian friend ordered the American Badass. We thought that was pretty cute, considering that one of us was American and one of us was Aussie. Soul Burger Randwick Sydney Straya Mate BurgerSoul Burger Randwick Sydney American Burger

I was very pleasantly surprised when the burgers came out – they were massive. We had also ordered a vanilla coconut milkshake and fries to share. Soul Burger Randwick Sydney Vegan Burger Feast

The burgers tasted (and looked) so much like beef – if there weren’t signs showing that it was plant based everywhere, I’d have thought they accidentally gave me a meat burger! The burgers even had the consistency and chewiness of beef. Trippy!

We did our best, but in the end we couldn’t finish this epic feast. The burgers were so filling! I’d recommend going super hungry.Soul Burger Randwick Sydney Amanda Round the Globe

If you’re planning a trip to Sydney (or dreaming about it), check out my other favorite vegan restaurants in Sydney, the best beaches in Sydney, and my favorite hikes in Sydney!

Check out Soul Burger’s website for more info.

Best Hikes in Sydney: Manly To Spit Bridge Hike

After many months of procrastination, I’ve finally completed the Manly to Spit Bridge hike. I was looking forward to this one incredibly, but I’d been procrastinating on it because it’s a 3-4 hour hike…. EACH WAY. I originally wanted to do the full hike round trip, but ended up doing just one way. Here are the best tips I’ve picked up from this experience. Manly to Spit Walk Best Hikes Sydney

Manly to Spit Bridge Hike

Pro tip 1: Start at Spit Bridge and go toward Manly. This way, you’ll start out all fueled up, hydrated, and ready. Spit Bridge is located on the highway, not really close to any restaurants or shops. I’d recommend starting there, so that you can end the hike at Manly beach and wharf, where you’ll have endless options for food, lots of beautiful beach, and plenty of places to regain your energy. Manly to Spit Walk Best Hikes Sydney

I started at Manly, which is a beautiful beach that you may want to spend some time at. The walk is full of lookouts and wildlife at the beginning.

Pro tip 2: Bring plenty of water and definitely bring snacks. There are limited water refill stations (I spotted 2 in 4 hours) and you will definitely be hungry halfway in. We stopped a few times to catch our breath, hydrate, and make some friends. Manly to Spit Walk Best Hikes SydneyManly to Spit Walk Best Hikes Sydney Turkey

The walk is mostly forested trails, and some parts go through residential areas. Wear layers, bring a backpack, and don’t forget your camera because there are some insane views.Manly to Spit Walk View Best Hikes SydneyManly to Spit Walk View Best Hikes SydneyManly to Spit Walk View Best Hikes Sydney

Look for the famous ocean pools that are scattered around the path (and throughout the beaches of Sydney).

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If you forgot to bring snacks (like I did), and have a really low tolerance for having low blood sugar (like I do), stop off at the little cafe at Clontarf beach for some refreshments! There aren’t loads of options, so I ended up with fries and a bottle of orange juice. There is no photo of this because I had 0 patience and scarfed it down to regain energy asap. But here is a photo of the beautiful Clontarf beach:

Best Hikes in Sydney: Manly to Spit Bridge The Manly to Spit Bridge walk was one of my favorites so far – but next time I’d make sure to be a bit more prepared with snacks.

Are you going to Sydney (or dreaming about it)? Check out some of my favorite vegan places to eat in Sydney, a guide to the working holiday visa in Australia, or some of my favorite hikes in Sydney!

 

Best Hikes in Sydney: Palm Beach

After doing some research on hiking in Sydney, I quickly discovered (and lusted after) the Palm Beach hike to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. The Palm Beach hike drew me in so quickly – the view from the top of the mountain is spectacular. I would have hiked hours for that view, but luckily, it’s just a short hike to the top.

Palm Beach is famous in Australia because it is where the daytime soap opera Home and Away is filmed. This series has been on Aussie TV since the 1980’s – it’s a big deal. I wandered around Palm Beach, not recognizing anything, while Michael the Australian was losing it over being there. Palm Beach Hike Sydney Australia Palm Beach Hike Sydney Palm Beach Hike Sydney

There is a restaurant on Palm Beach, called the Boathouse. It’s super cute and very expensive. If you’re on a budget (which I always am, #travellife), I’d recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy at the top of the mountain.

The hike up took about 45 minutes. There are two trails to choose from on the way up – one of them is a challenging, steep stairs; the other is a more gradual ascent. The mountain is a pretty steep one, so whichever way you take will be relatively challenging.

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Once we got to the top, we found a spot for our picnic.

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There may or may not be wine in that cup…

Hiking Sydney: Palm Beach

Okay, we definitely had wine. We sat up at the top of the mountain for about an hour and a half, just talking, eating, drinking, and watching the boats in the bay.

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The hike down was a bit easier, but those steep descents can be hard on the knees. We watched the sun go down over the bay and headed home, tired and full.

If you’re planning a trip to Sydney, make sure to check out my favorite hikes in Sydney: the Coogee to Bondi hike, the Figure 8 Pools, and the Blue Mountains.

Palm Beach Hike: Sydney

PS. You can spot these colorful lorikeets outside of the Boathouse at Palm Beach!

How Much I Spent for A Weekend In The Blue Mountains

I recently got asked how much I spent for a weekend in the Blue Mountains. In this post, I’ll break down my entire expenses for a weekend away in the Blue Mountains. To see more on the Blue Mountains, see my itinerary and my photo diary.

How Much I Spent for a weekend in the blue mountains

All in all, I calculated that we each spent about $100 (there were just two of us – me and a friend). This includes all of our food, gas, accommodation, and parking fees. We spent most of the weekend hiking and taking photos, both of which are free, so we were able to make this trip pretty budget friendly. It’s crazy to add up how much I spent for a weekend in the Blue Mountains – it was such an easy budget-friendly trip!

Day 1: grand canyon hike and evans lookout

We had to get off to a good start – aka I NEED CAFFEINE – so our first stop was for coffees.

How Much I Spent for a Weekend Away in The Blue Mountains

Two soy cappuccinos: $10 

Next, we made a quick stop to the Coles (an Aussie grocery store) for some lunch supplies. We picked up pita bread, sweet potato and cashew spread, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and a liter of coconut water. We also got some apples and chips.

Total Spent at Coles (for lunch & car snacks): $26 

How Much I Spent on a Weekend in the Blue Mountains

After stop at the petrol station, we were fueled up and ready to go. Note: it cost $45 to fill up the tank, but we only used half the tank for this trip. Michael drives a two-door Barina, which is a small, super gas efficient car.

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Total Spent on Petrol: $20 

When we got to the Blue Mountains, we went straight to our first destination: the Grand Canyon trek. Parking was free, and we ate lunch in the car before heading out with a full bottle of water and the liter of coconut water (and lots of layers because it was SO COLD).

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Four hours of (free) hiking and photo – taking later, we were back at the car and starving. On our way to the airbnb, we scrapped our plan of stopping at the shops to pick up veggie burgers to make at the airbnb, and instead opted for a fancy Thai dinner out (#lazy).

Thai dinner out: $45 

We then headed to the airbnb, which I’d arranged the week prior. The airbnb had a great setup; we had a private room, a massive bed, and even electric blankets! We had our own bathroom to boot. (PS I LOVE AIRBNB SO MUCH and I highly recommend trying it out! Use my link to get $25 off your first trip;) ).

One Night At Airbnb: $45 

Day 2: Three sisters and wentworth falls

How Much I Spent For A Weekend in the Blue Mountains

The next day, we woke up feeling rested and *almost* alive again. To feel fully awake, alive, and aware, I needed that soy capp. We got ready and headed out to find coffee and shops on the way to the Three Sisters.

We found a cute coffee shop right next to an IGA. SCORE. We had our coffee “for here,” as that is my new favorite thing.

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Two Soy Cappuccinos: $10 

After enjoying a quiet coffee, we picked up the pace and rushed into IGA with a plan. We picked up wraps, mixed greens, tomatoes, hummus, and bananas. Michael picked up an extra bottle of water, and I grabbed a juice. We also picked up a couple personal sized sourdough loaves for breakfast.

Breakfast/Lunch Supplies from IGA: $25

We headed to the Three Sisters and parked on the road. There was a minimum parking fee of $4, so we scrounged up some change and headed to the rock formation.

How Much I Spent For A Weekend in the Blue Mountains

Parking Fee: $4 

We spent about 40 minutes here, walking around and taking some photos. It was super cold and windy, so we decided to head to the next destination – Wentworth Falls.

We got to Wentworth Falls, still freezing, and decided it was time for a second coffee. There was a food truck parked outside the falls selling coffee, so we grabbed two soy capps to go.

Two soy capps: $8

We drank those and then spent the next four hours hiking around the falls, eating bananas and filling up the water bottle under the waterfalls.

How Much I Spent for A Weekend in the Blue Mountains

Once we got back to the end of the trail, we ate our lunch and headed home. All in all, the total cost of this trip (for two people) came to $193 AUD. We split everything, so we each paid about $100. Not too shabby for a weekend away, eh?

 

 

 

Epic Vegan Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

I spent some time cooking at my place in Melbourne a bit to save up money for my next round of traveling. Though I usually keep it pretty simple, sometimes I like to create something a bit more special. This weekend, I treated myself with {healthy} vegan blueberry vanilla pancakes.

Vegan Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Vegan Blueberry Banana Pancakes

These babies were super easy to whip up! They took me less than 5 minutes and I already had all of the ingredients on hand. They are super healthy but taste amazingly decadent.

Ingredients

To make these pancakes, you’ll need: 

  • 1 cup oats (measure, then blend into a flour)
  • 1 whole, very ripe banana (brown spots preferred)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup soymilk – depending on how thick or thin you like your pancakes
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, heated in the microwave
  • maple syrup
  • optional toppings: coconut flakes, chia seeds, banana slices
Recipe

Once you’ve blended your oats into a flour, add the banana, soy milk, baking powder, and optional cinnamon and vanilla. Blend until it is batter consistency – but don’t over blend.

Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Pour your batter onto a hot pan, using coconut oil to prevent sticking. Wait until bubbles rise on top to flip your pancakes.

Once your pancakes are perfectly cooked, layer your warm blueberries in between the stacks. Top with coconut flakes and maple syrup, and enjoy your decadently healthy breakfast!

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Enjoy these vegan blueberry vanilla pancakes, and let me know in the comments if you love them as much as I do!

If you’re into vegan food, check out my list of the best vegan restaurants in Melbourne, Hong Kong, or some of my favorite places around the world. If you’re in Melbourne and feeling too lazy to cook, check out one of my favorite breakfast spots, Urban Projuice.