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Mint Chocolate Chia Parfait

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chia Parfait

Now that all of the high-pressure holidays are over (ha!), it’s onto the Spring-y “holidays”! St. Patrick’s day will be here soon, so we can celebrate all things green, boozy, potato-y and mint chocolate! This time, I have a treat that is healthy, delicious and celebratory; so, you can serve it up as dessert or maybe a brunch-bite and not worry about crazy ingredients. Before we get into that, there are some fun things going on over here.

fresh mint

It’s the weekend! Yay, right? Today and tomorrow are especially awesome because Vegan Street Fair is happening in North Hollywood on Sunday and it is going to be freakin’ bonkers. I’m an official blogger of the event so if you want to follow all of the awesome food happenings, check out my Instagram or Facebook! Today, I’m meeting up with some local bloggers/amazing people for a potluck/prop-swap get together and I can’t wait to socialize. Another massive event that I’m looking forward to is Natural Products Expo West, March 5-8! SO many awesome vegan products and companies will be there, along with vegan bloggers from all over the country to cover it. Will any of you be there? Let me know so that we can meet up!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

I’ve been shooting photos for Jess Nadel’s second cookbook, while gearing up to start the photos for Jason Wrobel’s cookbook simultaneously! This means even more time in the kitchen, but also less time for the blog. I’m very excited about these two books and have two others that I tentatively be shooting later this year. Hopefully, I get to actually do my own? I’ll let you know when that comes to fruition!

mint chia pudding vegan

Back to the recipe, which was seriously yummy. There are no dyes, nor highly-processed sugars, plus there’s an actual vegetable (spinach) in it! As always, there are the nutritional benefits from chia seeds, being that they are high in fiber, omegas and protein. Most of my readers know that I’m a huge fan of chia puddings/parfaits, as I’ve made quite a few of them for the blog. There’s the Blueberry Peach Parfait, Peanut Butter Banana ParfaitBanana Cream Pudding, Vanilla Latte Parfait, Pumpkin Pie Pudding, Apple Pie Pudding and Mixed Berry Pudding. Holy crap, that’s a lot of chia!

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding

This recipe makes two full-sized servings, but you could also divide the parfaits between 8 small glasses for brunch hors d’oeuvres or post-colcannon dessert. Since this is St. Patty-themed and all. ;)

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Cardamom Crème Brûlée with Candied Blood Oranges

Cardamom Creme Brûlée with Candied Blood Oranges

I think 2 years is long enough to wait for another iteration of my awesome vegan Vanilla Crème Brûlée, don’t you? If you haven’t seen that post or read the story behind the recipe, I highly recommend it. It’s filled with stress, tight deadlines, high expectations and success! This was mostly due to my friend, Chef Olivia Hernandez, who at the time was the head chef at El Cid in Silverlake, CA.

Making Creme Brûlée

Now, I’ve finally made a different flavor of this tasty dessert, and yet again it’s Olivia’s fault. We had been talking about this recipe a couple of weeks ago and she had been raving about it to some vegan friends of hers in Austin, TX. (where she’s located now). Then she challenged me to do a cardamom-flavored vegan Crème Brûlée, and of course I said, Yes!

Making vegan creme brûlée

But, I couldn’t just add some cardamom and call it a day; that wouldn’t be right. I changed up the ingredients a bit, tested out a new starch, added some other flavors and decided a complimentary garnish was in order. It’s citrus season, and coming up on Valentine’s Day, so blood oranges seemed like the perfect companion to this dessert. Not only did I candy them, turning them into sticky, delectable, orange gummies; I also used their zest in the Crème for a subtle citrus undertone.

How to make Candied Blood Oranges

So, you have a couple of textures within this treat: smooth and thick custard-y Crème, the quintessential crunchy sugar brûlée, and the soft but chewy candied blood orange slice. If that doesn’t get you drooling, you may need to get your pulse checked, or go look at some chocolate desserts.

You’re probably thinking, “I don’t have the time to put in the effort for this dessert”. You couldn’t be more wrong. Aside from the setting time, you spend 5 minutes prepping and 25 minutes cooking, most of that being pretty idle. Many people have had success with the first recipe that I created, and this one is just as easy.

Brûlée-ing the creme

One thing that I really tried to showcase with the step-by-step photos that tripped a couple of people up last time, was how thick you need the crème to be when it is heated in the pan. You want it to be gravy-like, but very smooth; dip a spoon into it and it should coat it with a thick layer then slowly drip off. Hopefully that helps!

Vegan Cardamom Crème Brûlée with Candied Blood Oranges

This dessert is great for Valentine’s day, because you can make it the night before and have it in the refrigerator overnight, then take the Crème Brûlées out when you’re ready to serve them. Sprinkle fine sugar over the top and get to torchin’ with your loved one, friend or yo’ fine self.

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Greens 24/7 and a Giveaway

Giveaway of Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel

Last year, you may remember me mentioning a cookbook that I was doing the photos for. If not, that’s okay, my memory is pretty crap, too! ;) One of the cookbooks that I worked on was Jessica Nadel’s, of Cupcakes and Kale, Greens 24/7! So far, this has been one of my favorite cookbooks to have done photos for; the recipes are beautiful and filled with colors, the ingredients fresh and Jess has a cooking style not unlike my own.

So, I thought it appropriate to give you the low-down on this book as far as what some of my favorite recipes are, favorite photos and overall thoughts on it. I can’t just do a simple review for this one, I’ve made every dish in it! For those of you who’d like to see more photos from the book, I posted quite a few on my photo portfolio site.

Kale & Herb Cornbread Muffins

To take you through the book, the first section talks about all different types of greens, then green vegetables/fruits, and some of the other specialty ingredients you will encounter in the recipe. There is also a sidebar about how Jessica and her family are vegan and why they choose to be (yay!). Then, you get a suggested week-long meal plan and after that you dive into the smoothies and breakfasts! My favorite breakfast recipe (hard to choose, though) was the Kale & Herb Corn Muffins, I’ve made them for friends since then and they are so good. I even made them with gluten-free flour, one time and they still came out tasty.

Chard & Coriander Pesto

Chard & Coriander Pesto

In the Green Sides and Small Bites chapter there are plenty of easy snack recipes, from dips to appetizers to food that you can take on-the-go. Truly, I love pesto, but it kinda seems like everything has been done. But, when I made the Chard and Coriander Pesto I was surprised by the new flavors and how well it all went together! As much as I love basil, cilantro in pesto was a refreshing break from it.

Waldorf Salad & Caesar Salad with Tempeh Bacon

Waldorf Salad & Caesar Salad with Tempeh Bacon

Even though I’m not typically into salads– as a vegan it’s easy to have an aversion to them because of being forced to eat sad ones while dining out– there are some good recipes with quite a variety in the soup and salad section. The soups range from light to hearty and same with the salads. I would say that the Caesar Salad with Tempeh “Bacon” was a simple favorite of mine.

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Cinnamon Knots with Glaze Dip

Vegan Cinnamon Knots

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had garlic knots? If you have you know that they are delectable morsels of chewy dough, baked with garlic and either butter or oil and salt (non-vegan ones are topped with parmesan). Sounds awesome, right? Well, I’ve been making them at work lately and I had the idea — which I’m sure has been done a million times before — to make a sweet cinnamon version. I was drooling just thinking about it.

Sifting Flour

Honestly, these knots are pretty easy to make. I just took one of my recipes for pizza dough and altered it a bit, then rolled it out, brushed it, cut/folded it the brushed and baked. And maybe brushed again. Now, my cinnamon knots are not super sweet, so they are best served with the glaze dip that I have in the recipe. This way whoever is enjoying these incredible, little treats can adjust the sweetness to their liking.

Yeast Rising

Cinnamon Knot Dough Raising

What I love most about these is the ribbon of cinnamon and maple running through them, twisted around and baked to a golden hue. You can just tell by looking at them that they are going to taste awesome. Plus, you can enjoy these for breakfast, a snack, as an appetizer, or dessert! They’re pretty versatile and go great with a hot cup of coffee. 

And look! I made a handy-dandy, step-by-step image that you can pin for later!

How to make vegan cinnamon knots

I’d love to try some different flavors for these, like a herbed savory one, maybe apple raisin, or cranberries? There are so many possibilities! What is your idea for a new twist (pun-intended) on these knots?

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