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.
Friday. I’m a day late with this post, but I have a good reason! I’ve been working on a pretty sweet project for Vegan Cuts that’s due to come out next month and it is awesome. But, look what I’ve made for you! Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. Hell to the yes.
The first time I made these cupcakes was for my friend’s birthday, a couple of months ago. I think that I’ve mentioned them since then, but have not unleashed the perfection that is this addictive cream cheese frosting. I even made the cupcakes oil-free to balance out the indulgence that lies atop its chocolate-y throne.
To put it bluntly, the birthday boy said that these were some of the “best cupcakes that I’ve ever had”. Now, you can enjoy them yourself! They’re super easy to make and are a total people pleaser. Just make sure to save one for yourself if you make them for a group, I almost totally missed out on trying them because they went so fast.
So, I hope that everyone had a cool and costumed Halloween! Can you believe that it’s November already? It’s going to be 2013 before we know it, which honestly kind of scares me. But, today is World Vegan Day! I think it is pretty awesome that we have the holiday, so have a happy one. Also, back to Halloween, last night I answered the door to trick-or-treaters as a witch! *cackle* While my nephew was a little soldier who was not amused by all of the pictures that we were taking together.
I remember telling you that I was going to share what I ended up carving into my pumpkin, but I’m really bummed about it. I carved a pretty scary face with sharp teeth into a rather large pumpkin and set it outside for the night; but when we brought the pumpkins back in, we thought that they’d be fine on the floor. Turns out, dogs like pumpkin. Who knew? So while I was watching an episode of Castle, Duchess (the basset hound) decided to chew off all of the teeth. Oy. I didn’t get a picture of it before hand, so I’m kind of sad. Oh well!
Also, because it is World Vegan Day, I feel that celebrating with something sweet is absolutely appropriate. This time, I’ve taken pizza and put a little twist on it, making it into some sort of elaborate pumpkin pie type of dessert; that isn’t actually elaborate at all. I hate to say it because it’s kind of embarrassing, but I may have eaten this entire thing throughout last night (as dinner) when handing out candy. O_O Oops. BUT, that should tell you how delicious it is.
This pizza has a thin layer of pumpkin on top of a slightly sweetened crust, with swirls of peanut butter sauce and chocolate, along with some crunchy chopped pecans. If that doesn’t sound fabulous, I’m not sure if you’re in the right place.
By now, a lot of people know of Quinoa, even if they have no idea how to pronounce it. But, do we all know about the origins and benefits of it? The plant is grown for its grain-like seeds and it is actually a relative of beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. It is from the Andes region of South America and was successfully domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. The Incas held quinoa in high regard, even referring to it as the “Mother of all grains”, but when Spanish Conquistadors found the Incas, they dismissed the grain as “food for Indians” and suppressed its cultivation. But, now, quinoa is having its heyday and the UN has even declared 2013 as the year of Quinoa. Clearly, they are a little late to the party.
As far as how good it is for you, the facts speak for themselves. Quinoa is a complete protein, containing 9 essential amino acids; the grain is also rich in iron, fiber, magnesium, manganese and Riboflavin (B2). It is really no wonder this “super food” has become immensely popular! Quinoa is also naturally Gluten-free, so it is a great addition to any Celiac’s diet, or anyone else for that matter.
So, now that you know a little more about quinoa, let’s get on to the recipe! I’ve made plenty of savory recipes with it before, so I figured now would be a great time to try out a sweeter one. Especially after that review on those Keen-Wah Decadence bars, Mmmm.. And the giveaway is still going on! Enter for your chance to win one of three Multi-packs from YogaEarth. Anyway, these little quinoa bites are filled with deliciousness, it’s a main ingredient. They are perfect for curbing your sweet tooth cravings!
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
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