Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - Rich treats filled with chunks of peppermint and drizzled with vegan white chocolate. Served on a beautiful Lenox platter with hot cocoa! #nutfree #lenoxusa #spon

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

With winter holidays come some of my favorite treats: cookies! I love spending a day baking in the kitchen; especially when it has been wet and chilly like it has here. The warm oven, terrific aromas, and the quality assurance testing for each batch… 😉 So, for this season’s cookie platter, I used a couple of my favorite recipes! Plus, a new recipe for delicious Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, just for you (and maybe me).

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - Rich treats filled with chunks of peppermint and drizzled with vegan white chocolate. Served on a beautiful Lenox platter with hot cocoa! #nutfree #lenoxusa #spon

Now, while I was thinking of what this cookie party would consist of, a few things came to mind. Firstly, there needs to be variety of tasty treats, secondly, they need to be seasonal-ish, and third, it’s great if they all look and taste pretty differently! Another important factor in this equation is what to serve these on. I don’t have many platters, and certainly only one fairly large one. It’s pretty plain looking, and right now I’m feeling quite festive!

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - Rich treats filled with chunks of peppermint and drizzled with vegan white chocolate. Served on a beautiful Lenox platter with hot cocoa! #nutfree #lenoxusa #spon

Enter: Lenox’s Holiday Oblong Platter. This gorgeous piece is 15″ long, so you can really pile on the cookies. There’s also a cute holly design that decorates the plate, and a gold rim that is oh-so-fancy — while still being dishwasher safe and currently 50% off! I found it really lightweight and perfect for serving up my Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones (minified), my Salted Triple-Chip Cookies (from my VegNews column in issue 101), and these rich Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - Rich treats filled with chunks of peppermint and drizzled with vegan white chocolate. Served on a beautiful Lenox platter with hot cocoa! #nutfree #lenoxusa #spon

No party-goer, nor Santa, could be disappointed by being served sweet treats, and especially not on this beautiful platter! It also doesn’t hurt to serve hot cocoa in some huge, matching mugs. 🙂 You can find Lenox glassware and dishware at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Macy’s.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - Rich treats filled with chunks of peppermint and drizzled with vegan white chocolate. Served on a beautiful Lenox platter with hot cocoa! #nutfree #lenoxusa #spon

Now, to the recipe! Huge chocolate chunks, chopped candy cane, cocoa cookies and a vegan white chocolate drizzle. Need I say more?

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - Rich treats filled with chunks of peppermint and drizzled with vegan white chocolate. Served on a beautiful Lenox platter with hot cocoa! #nutfree #lenoxusa

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Vegan Gift Guide + Homemade Gifts - Great ideas for giving the right (vegan) gifts this year! Cookbooks, homemade liquor, a giveaway and more!

Vegan Gift Guide + Giveaway!

Shopping for other people can be either the best thing ever, or the most confusing and frustrating thing ever. Typically, what I like to do is when I’m spending time with a close friend or family member and they mention something they like, I put it into a note in my phone to use during this time of year, or for birthdays. Now, for the others, it can be challenging; even more so if you’re not vegan and shopping for someone who is! So, here is my Vegan Gift Guide to make it a little easier on you. 😉

Vegan Gift Guide + Homemade Treats - Great ideas for giving the right (vegan) gifts this year! Cookbooks, homemade liquor, a giveaway and more!

Now, I love making super special gifts for people, which is why I’ve included a few DIY options for those looking for a slightly cheaper/more unique gift idea. It is also why I’ve included the awesome Vegan Food Gifts book, by Joni Marie Newman. Plus, I’ll be giving a copy away to one lucky winner (at the bottom of the post); talk about happy holidays!

Vegan Gift Guide + Homemade Treats - Great ideas for giving the right (vegan) gifts this year! Cookbooks, homemade liquor, a giveaway and more!

One vegan gift idea that I’ve been making for a couple of years now, is for flavored vodka! I make Chocolate Vodka using Fran Costigan’s recipe from her amazing Vegan Chocolate cookbook, and my boyfriend’s mom is pretty obsessed with it. This year, I branched out to try a Mocha variation (go light on the coffee beans as they are POTENT!), and a cinnamon vanilla version, with used up vanilla pods from other recipes. Then I go to World Market and buy some cute bottles to gift them in! (as pictured below)

Vegan Gift Guide + Homemade Treats - Great ideas for giving the right (vegan) gifts this year! Cookbooks, homemade liquor, a giveaway and more!

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This Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai is spicy, cool and perfect for the holidays! Made with delicious Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai Elixir @Veganyackattack #rebbl #sponsored #recipe

Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai

We are nearly half way through December and in the thick of holiday celebrations. This means putting some effort into holding conversations with people you may not know, as well as the folks that you maybe know too well. And while I love bringing baked goods to parties, sometimes you need to bring a cocktail to loosen people up a bit – or just yourself. 😉 That’s where this Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai comes in!

This Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai is spicy, cool and perfect for the holidays! Made with delicious Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai Elixir @Veganyackattack #rebbl #sponsored #recipe

This ain’t your average chai beverage for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, the base of this drink is made from the super tasty Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai Super Herb ElixirRebbl offers delicious beverages in the form of elixirs and protein drinks, with a variety of flavors. All except two are vegan and can be found in most natural food stores, including Whole Foods and Sprouts. (two contain honey)

This Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai is spicy, cool and perfect for the holidays! Made with delicious Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai Elixir @Veganyackattack #rebbl #sponsored #recipe

While their Vanilla Protein drink would be great in this recipe, as well, I chose the Ashwaganda Chai for its aromatic spices. The creaminess of the chai beverage comes from coconut milk, and I added a little more to cut some of the super cinnamon spice from the whiskey. Adding a little stevia or maple syrup makes for a dessert-like vibe, while still being much lighter than say, vegan nog.

This Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai is spicy, cool and perfect for the holidays! Made with delicious Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai Elixir @Veganyackattack #rebbl #sponsored #recipe

I will definitely be doing more experimenting with Rebbl’s other flavors, as I’m finding myself totally in love with the Maca Mocha and Maca Cold Brew drinks. What can I say? I’m a sucker for maca and coffee. A couple more things I love about these drinks is that they use organic ingredients, fair trade when possible, and that they’re ingredient lists are made up of whole foods.

This Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai is spicy, cool and perfect for the holidays! Made with delicious Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai Elixir @Veganyackattack #rebbl #sponsored #recipe

I mean, if you’re going to get a lil’ boozy, why not throw some nourishing ingredients in there at the same time? And a tip for you, I used Barnivore to find a vegan cinnamon whiskey, as some brands are not. Lastly, you can use this locator to find Rebbl drinks at the store nearest you!

This Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai is spicy, cool and perfect for the holidays! Made with delicious Rebbl Ashwaganda Chai Elixir @Veganyackattack #rebbl #sponsored #recipe

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Savory, filling and delicious, this Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche is easy-to-make and great for brunch or dinner! #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree @Veganyackattack

Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche

During the late fall and most of winter, I feel as though I go between eating awesome brunches and great dinners, for the holidays. Everything in between is mostly snacking and maybe a smoothie or two. While I’m in that mode, I’ll take advantage of coming up with tasty brunch dishes. Last week, I posted a recipe for awesome Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones, and to balance out the sweet, I made this savory Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche!

Savory, filling and delicious, this Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche is easy-to-make and great for brunch or dinner! #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree @Veganyackattack

My mom used to make Quiche for my family all of the time, when I was a kid (and not vegan). They were always so comforting, and she made several different flavors depending on everyone’s mood. Broccoli Cheese was always one of my favorites! So, I thought that revamping it with roasted brussels sprouts and tempeh bacon would be a good idea, and I certainly was not wrong.

Savory, filling and delicious, this Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche is easy-to-make and great for brunch or dinner! #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree @Veganyackattack

The Quiche is crustless more-so because I am lazy and didn’t feel like making my own crust, or running out to buy one. Chickpea/Garbanzo flour makes up the base of the quiche, adding lots of plant-based protein and fiber to the dish. You can be flexible with the mix-ins, but I chose roasted brussels, homemade tempeh bacon and vegan cheese shreds. I feel like a tempeh bacon, tomato and spinach quiche would be amazing!

Savory, filling and delicious, this Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche is easy-to-make and great for brunch or dinner! #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree @Veganyackattack

Black Indian Salt AKA Kala Namak adds an eggy flavor to the quiche, and can be found in almost any Indian Market or online. And, if you can’t find any vegan cheddar shreds at a store near you, leaving them out is not a big deal! Just make the recipe the same without the shreds, maybe adding a little more salt in their place.

Savory, filling and delicious, this Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche is easy-to-make and great for brunch or dinner! #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree @Veganyackattack

Before I get to the recipe, I wanted to give you a heads up on the gift guide I’ll be posting later this week! So many good ideas, from DIY treats to awesome books and cool products from small, vegan companies; plus a giveaway. Stay tuned via my newsletter!

Savory, filling and delicious, this Crustless Bacon Brussels Quiche is easy-to-make and great for brunch or dinner! #vegan #vegetarian #glutenfree @Veganyackattack

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Delicious Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones, gone #vegan! Easy-to-make and so delicious. #soyfree #dairyfree #nutfree @VeganYackAttack

Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones

Believe it or not, even food bloggers are sometimes stumped when it comes to thinking of the next recipe to create. Since I started blogging a few years ago, I usually do a few things to help me get through these times of creator’s block. First, I’ll look through my recipe ideas notepad, in my phone. If that doesn’t get my mind going, I’ll wade around the internet (if I have the patience). Lastly, I’ll check out my stack of food magazines (typically non-veg) for inspiration on things to veganize. So, after looking at the Farmer’s Almanac Eats 2017 Edition, I decided to make these Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones!

Delicious Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones, gone #vegan! Easy-to-make and so delicious. #soyfree #dairyfree #nutfree @VeganYackAttack

This recipe started out as Glazed Lemon Cream Scones, that were definitely not vegan. But, they were super easy to veganize, and I adjusted/added other ingredients to fit in with this holiday/winter season, perfectly. Three of the non-vegan ingredients were an egg yolk, heavy cream and butter; which I replaced with ground flaxseed, quick homemade cashew cream and vegan butter. They turned out AMAZING!

Delicious Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones, gone #vegan! Easy-to-make and so delicious. #soyfree #dairyfree #nutfree @VeganYackAttack

Like, so good that I will have a hard time not making these again tomorrow, and I’m not even through the first batch. I’m thinking these will make great holiday treats for friends and family, as well. Serve with tea or coffee, for brunch, and you’ll have yourself a sweet treasure! But, not too sweet. 😉

Delicious Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones, gone #vegan! Easy-to-make and so delicious. #soyfree #dairyfree #nutfree @VeganYackAttack

The great thing about making these vegan is that they are now free of cholesterol, plus no animal products were necessary! These Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones turned out a lot like my favorite scones at Mead’s Green Door Cafe, much to my delight. Now, to make some other flavored versions! Maybe pumpkin, or persimmon, or even strawberries and cream? Oh! Chocolate chip, too!

Delicious Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones, gone #vegan! Easy-to-make and so delicious. #soyfree #dairyfree #nutfree @VeganYackAttack

Before we get to the recipe, I just wanted to say that I hope everyone has a fabulous December and end of the year! (Can you believe it’s here already?) AND, I want to let you know that there will be plenty of new recipes coming your way, this month, so stay tuned! (Either via newsletter or social media <3 )

Delicious Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones, gone #vegan! Easy-to-make and so delicious. #soyfree #dairyfree #nutfree @VeganYackAttack

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