Category Archives: Sweet Recipes

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake and Giveaway!

If for some reason you have never been to the blog Fork & Beans, you may be living under a rock. The blog’s creator, Cara, is incredible and super talented when it comes to transforming your favorite indulgences into gluten-free, vegan delights. So, when I heard that she was putting together her own cookbook, I just knew that it would turn out amazingly.

Lo and behold, I received a copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking to check out and it looks incredible! Her recipes paired with Celine Steen‘s photography equal some gorgeous recipes. Below, I’ve been given permission to share the delectable recipe for her Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust!

Fortunately for me, my dad’s birthday was earlier this week, right when I was making this cheesecake. I expedited the setting process by putting it in the freezer so that it would be ready in time for presents, which worked wonderfully. After my mom and I sang “happy birthday” to my dad, he blew out the candle and we dug in.

As expected, we loved it. :) Now, you have a chance to win your own copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by entering the Rafflecopter widget beneath the recipe!

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Strawberries & Cream Coffee Cake

What a weekend! It all started when I got out of work late Friday night and got to baking some vegan and vegan/gf cupcakes for a friend’s wedding. Stayed up late, afraid that I would fall asleep and lay my head into the mixing bowl at any moment. On Saturday it was rush-rush-rush all morning, icing cupcakes, getting last-minute shoes for the wedding while also getting ready for LA Vegan Beer Fest afterward. The ceremony was gorgeous and I am so happy for my two good friends and their special day.

Talk about a “fashionably late” entrance, I got to the LAVBF at 4pm after an hour-long drive from Orange County! But, I was still able to squeeze some tasty foods and chats with great people in the 2 remaining hours. Going to the fest has been a tradition for me, and this was my 4th one! I can’t wait for next years. :)

Sunday was more visiting with friends that were in from out-of-town, tasty vegan eats (like a vegan churro in swirled soft serve, SO GOOD) and a dinner at Shojin on Monday night (another fantastic meal). Now, it’s back to work shooting cookbooks, making food over at Whole Foods and blogging for y’all, of course!

I made this incredible coffee cake on Mother’s day for my family/boyfriend’s family and everyone loved it! I have a mixed berry version on the blog and a pumpkin pie version in my Great Vegan Pumpkin eBook, as well. I’d have to say, this one is a new favorite for me! My next version will be with Apple Pie Filling, me thinks.

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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chia Parfait

Hey, everyone! I’m back from Miami (actually I’m in a plane so I am not home just yet), and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this post with you for weeks! You probably didn’t know this, but right before Expo West the dudes from The Vegan Zombie and I collaborated on a cooking video and it’s finally ready for you eyes.

When first speaking with Chris and John about what recipe to make, we talked about something that was easy to make, would keep you feeling full for a while and obviously it had to be way delicious. That’s when chia pudding came to mind, but with a fancy, parfait twist. Plus, you cannot go wrong with the combination of peanut butter, chocolate and banana!

Like the Zombie guys have Indy, the German Shepherd, I have my own zombie-fighting dog, Bandit. Look at him, just rearing to go! ;) Okay, so maybe he just needs a nap to get ready for the apocalypse.

Make sure to watch the (hilarious) video for directions on how to make the parfait!

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Lemon Raspberry Pizookie

Another year, another Coachella in the books! Although, I am a little sad that I’ll be missing out on Stagecoach, as it’s the most fun and easiest (work-wise) of the festivals. I’m really glad to be home, but it is short-lived, as I’m leaving tomorrow for a wedding in Miami! I’ve never been to Florida before so I’m a little excited; plus, I get to hang out with some awesome people and celebrate love!

I must mention that I put together some fantastic recipes for you guys before I left for Indio, but I didn’t end up having any spare time (seriously, none) to post them, so I’m finally getting around to it! But, before we get to the pizookie, I wanted to share some photos from my 3 weeks in the desert. :)

Back of the Merch Tent

Vegan Eats at Coachella

Queens of the Stone Age

Disclosure feat. Sam Smith

La Quinta

Grilled Veggies over Quinoa with Cajun Tahini Sauce

The Last Indio Sunset

It was an interesting time to say the least. Dust storms, tackling a thief (that was weird!), dealing with many set-backs, spending time with some great friends and of course, karaoke! I’ve missed my kitchen, bed, shower, dogs and family/friends, maybe the blogging bit, too. ;)

Without further ado, I bring you a Spring-inspired, Lemon Raspberry Pizookie! I took a shortcut and topped it with an Almond-based Vanilla Ice Cream, but you can definitely make your own. As much as I love the traditional chocolate chip pizookies, this version is insanely good, and not TOO sweet. I can’t wait to try out some different variations of this in the future.

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