Ben & Jerry's Goes Vegan

Ben & Jerry’s Goes Vegan!

Ben & Jerry's Goes Vegan

When I look back at my time in high school, there are clear, sugary memories of me walking home from school and occasionally stopping by a local liquor store to pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to treat myself to. Picking huge chunks of chocolate or nuts or spoonfuls of swirls was the best part about them, and at times I would leave half a pint of the base melted in the carton (not my prouder moments).

Ben & Jerry's Vegan PB & Cookies

Fast forward to now: Ben & Jerry’s has released their first ever vegan-certified line of flavors and the internet is going crazy over them. Their PR team reached out to me to cohost the first national tasting event here in LA and how could I refuse? I was so excited to be able to try the new flavors, and share them with fellow bloggers and ice cream lovers.

Ben & Jerry's Vegan Chunky Monkey

Admittedly, I got to try the 4 flavors out before the tasting party, and if you’re not yet familiar they are: PB & Cookies, Chunky Monkey, Coffee Caramel Fudge, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie. No, they didn’t go the plain and easy route with these flavors, y’all; they made these as only Ben & Jerry’s does, with chunks and swirls of sugary, delicious goodness.

Ben & Jerry's Vegan Fudge Brownie

If I was to pick a favorite it would be PB & Cookies; a cookies and cream base with HUGE chunks of chocolate cookie sandwiches and thick swirls of salty peanut butter. Straight up DREAMY. If you’ve ever had a tagalong/peanut butter patty Girl Scout cookie, this tastes like that and it is ambrosial.

Ben & Jerry's Vegan Coffee Caramel Fudge

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Mint Nanaimo Bars from Superfoods 24/7

Superfoods 24/7 Giveaway!

Superfoods 24/7 by Jessica Nadel

Last year, I had the pleasure of shooting another cookbook for Jessica Nadel of Cupcakes and Kale; this time it was the second in the 24/7 series: Superfoods 24/7. You may remember my recap of the first in the series, Greens 24/7 from a previous post? Both cookbooks are filled with delicious recipes, and colorful photos (by yours truly!).

Mint Nanaimo Bars

Mint Nanaimo Bars

Much like last time, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite photos/dishes from the cookbook, since I have tried every single recipe in it. At the end of the post you can enter to win a copy of the book for yourself! (Open to US residents, 18 & older)

Buckwheat Maca Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup

Buckwheat Maca Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup

I do want to add that you should not be intimidated by the superfoods title, Jess has included nature’s best superfoods that are wallet-friendly and widely available! Not superfoods that cost $50 a bag and are only found in Santa Monica juice bars. 😉 She has put her always-creative twist on traditional dishes as well as come up with some really unique and fun recipes!
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Lemon Berry Cheezecake Parfait

Lemon Berry Cheezecake Parfait

Lemon Berry Cheezecake Parfait

Where I’m at it feels like Winter is moving at warp-speed into Spring (maybe even Summer), and because of that I wanted the seasons meet in harmony; in a recipe, of course! My lemon tree is being weighed down with ripe golden fruits and using them in a parfait with berries sounded like a great idea. It most certainly was!

Lemon Berry Cheezecake Parfait

Things that are great about this cheezecake parfait: no baking involved, no added cane sugar, you get to use beautiful berries and bright citrus, the layering doesn’t have to be perfect (if it’s sloppy it means it’s “rustic”, right?), there are some probiotics in it, it is super delicious, and you can decide how many people you want to share it with.

Mixed Berry Topping

My favorite trick for getting a little tang in my cheezecake filling is to use non-dairy yogurt. The only issue with this is that they are definitely not equal! Some are more water-y, some are too starchy and gelatinous, and sometimes they’re hard to find. Insert Silk Dairy-free yogurt; they’re smooth, non-GMO, vegan, easy-to-find and are great to use in recipes or eat by themselves.

Crust Crumble

The vanilla flavor works perfectly in this parfait, though you can experiment with the others (maybe peach or black cherry would be extra tasty?). If you want to find the nearest Silk Yogurt near you, use this store locater and while you’re at it maybe get a coupon!

Lemon Cheezecake Filling

Tips for this recipe: Use tall skinny vessels or jars to make the layering even more beautiful and pronounced. You can also separate this recipe into 4 jars/cups for easier serving, or even smaller ramekins for parties!

Lemon Berry Cheezecake Parfait

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10 Great Valentine's Day Desserts

10 Great Valentine’s Day Desserts!

10 Great Valentine's Day Desserts

It may be the 13th, but you certainly have time to crank out a couple of these delectable desserts that are perfect for Valentine’s day. I’m not even suggesting that you share them; if anything treat yo’ self! <3

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Vegan Supreme Nacho Burger

Supreme Nacho Burger

Vegan Supreme Nacho Burger

You can’t avoid it, the Super Bowl is happening this Sunday and this means it’s time to share (or not) great food while yelling at the TV! Party food is a favorite of mine and I love bringing stellar vegan appetizers, dips and more to gatherings, for people of all diets to enjoy. Enter this Supreme Nacho Burger!

Vegan Supreme Nacho Burger

This recipe is great for Super Bowl parties in that it would be really easy to set up a build-your-own-burger bar with all of the accoutrements necessary. A crock pot for the queso, bowls for lettuce, guacamole, sliced veggies and peppers, and plates for toasted buns and warm burger patties.

Vegan Supreme Nacho Burger

Now, about the particulars of this divine nacho burger hybrid. The burger patty is gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free and is crusted in chips (specifically Beanfields Pico de Gallo chips); then it’s topped with an amazing queso cheese sauce, that is a recipe from the awesome Joni Marie Newman (and you can find it on her blog), then guacamole and peppers, with crunchy romaine lettuce on the bottom. And you can’t forget to toast the buns!

Simple Guacamole

There is so much flavor packed into every bite of this Supreme Nacho Burger, so you know that it’ll be a hit with all party-goers! Maybe leave off the fresh jalapeño slices for the weak-tongued. 😉 For more vegan Super Bowl recipes, find links and pictures at the end of this post!

Vegan Supreme Nacho Burger

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