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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Empowered Noodle Bowl + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway!

Remember that giveaway I hinted at, in March? I wasn’t lying when I said that it was an awesome one! I was so excited when I found out that I’d have the chance to receive and review Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Cookbook. Oh She Glows was one of the first major vegan blogs that caught my eye when I was new to veganism. It’s filled with easy, delicious recipes and beautiful photos; plus her journey to being vegan is very inspirational.

Believe me when I say that her cookbook has all of that and more. Great for cooks of any level, beginner to expert, pleasing to all kinds of palates and lots of helpful information. Of course, I love that there are TONS of photos, all drool-worthy and taken by Angela. Because I had to drive off to Indio to start working for Coachella, I was only able to make two recipes. But, I really liked the ones that I did make!

Firstly, I made the Empowered Noodle Bowl with the Thai Peanut Sauce option, which was SUPER colorful and overflowing with veggies of all kinds. The flavors all worked well together and the sauce, oh the sauce was SO good!

The other recipe that I ended up making was the Gym Rat Smoothie; almost purely because of how easy it was to make and because I had all of the ingredients on hand. I have to say, I don’t usually add oats to my smoothies, but this drink was as tasty as it was filling. It will certainly be a regular in my kitchen!

I can’t wait to try more recipes from this book! :D

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Vegan Cuts Pizza Party!

Breaking News! I was lucky enough to help curate the Vegan Cuts Snack Box for May! Let me tell you, this thing is going to be awesome. Seriously. I even worked with Cobi at Veggietorials on a video to show off some of the new products that will be sent to those subscribing. Not to mention, the first 500 new subscribers gets a bag of CocoBacon® in their box! How can you resist that kind of temptation? In short, you can’t.

Watch the video below to see all of the goodies!

In case you were wondering what to do with all of your new snacks, I’ve put together a pizza party to go along with the video, for you. And because the pizza dough instructions make for 3 small pizzas, you can go buck-wild with toppings and what not. ;)

Honestly, now that I’m really thinking about it, I should have broken up some of those Beanfields chips and topped a pizza with those! Next time, for sure.

Seriously though, today is your LAST day to sign up for the Vegan Cuts Snack Box, so do it before your time runs out! On another note, I hope that everyone had an amazing weekend and Mother’s Day (holla to all of you incredible mothers out there) and that it continues on for the rest of the week. <3

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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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