There is this fancy little hippy vegan chain here in southern California called Cafe Gratitude. I'm told that if you go to the Santa Monica location you will most likely run into some celebrities...
Disney Dole Whip
It's been really hot lately (California Dreaming was NOT written about the Inland Empire)! Recently the temperature clocked 105 degrees outside and my house was a nice and cool 89 degrees inside (I'm being sarcastic about the nice and cool part, it was a literal white-middle-class kind of hell). We had friends coming over for dinner and I had planned to make roasted peaches with cinnamon and nuts but turning on the oven wasn't an option. Sorry guys! Instead we had something else for dessert. Something lovely, smooth, cold, and creamy. Have you been to Disneyland? Have you tried Disney Dole Whip? Ok, here's a better question. Have you asked Dr. Google what Dole Whip actually is (or is that just little old nerdy me)? I falsely assumed it was actually fruit. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. So instead of waiting at the longest line in Adventure Land, try out this simple Disney Dole Whip. I promise your husband and kids will approve!
Red, White, and Blueberry Maple Syrup Cake + Chocolate Frosting + Coconut Cream
Happy 4th! Celebrate with this maple syrup sweetened whole wheat cake covered in almond butter date frosting, coconut cream, and fresh juicy berries!
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (Vegan)
Banana Smoothie recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Peach Ice Cream Wendy’s Copycat Vegan Frosty Chocolate Chip Milk Shake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Recipe Adopted From: Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bars Other similar recipes: King-Sized Vegan Snicker Bars Healthy Scotcheroos
2-Ingredient Maple Syrup Chocolate Chips
Dark chocolate chips sweetened with maple syrup? Now there's a special treat!
King-Sized Vegan Snicker Bars
Do you like chocolate? Do you like peanut butter? Do you like snickers bars? Yes...
Peach Ice Cream
Another 5 minute dessert for the books! As you know I have a love/hate relationship with peaches... and sometimes peaches don't love me back. If that's the case then I freeze the subpar devils and try to figure what else to do with them! When I was about 8 or 9 years old my family spent 5 weeks traveling around Australia and New Zealand. We spent 1 whole week at a college while my dad was teaching a class (or something... it was a long time ago). We ate at the school cafeteria everyday and the one thing that sticks out the most to me about that whole trip (besides the beaches, koalas, and kangaroos) was that this cafeteria had peach soft serve ice cream. I had a delicious cone everyday and it was divine. I'd never heard of peach ice cream before! I'd tried plenty of varieties that included chocolate, but peach ice cream? What is this? Well, I don't eat normal ice cream anymore... but I still make my own version of peach ice cream. Easy and creamy the way ice cream should be!
Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Avocados are fiber powerhouses! 1 cup of guacamole gives you 15 grams of fiber! That same cup of guacamole also has 35 grams of fat so it's important to eat avocados in moderation! That fat content, however, is what makes avocados perfect for chocolate frosting...
Vegan German Chocolate Cake (sugar and oil free)
Every year when I was growing up I asked for the same birthday cake. I wanted the German Chocolate Cake Frosting (and pecan glaze) on a yellow cake instead of chocolate! My mom faithfully made a Betty Crocker yellow cake mix and layered it with rich chocolate butter cream frosting and made that infamous coconut pecan dream to coat the top. Sweetened condensed milk, gobs of sugar, and a few very hyperactive children later... you get a birthday coma of happiness (and I loved my mom MORE for it). Flash forward a few years my sister said I should make a German Chocolate Cake that she could feel good about giving to her kids (what a good mommy). One day while killing time at Costco (as my husband went up and down each aisle excitedly searching for a specific extension cord he decide we needed <3 I absolutely love my nerd) I started looking at the cooking magazines and after seeing a recipe for caramel chocolate cake I got an idea to use date paste as the binder and sweetener for the coconut pecan frosting (which means zero risk of burning the frosting because you don't have to heat it. Yes, I've done that before)!
Chocolate Chip Coconut Ice Cream
This recipe isn't going to reverse your chronic disease, but it is far better for you then purchasing a pint of vegan ice cream at the grocery store. Made with 3 ingredients from my kitchen to yours.
Gluten Free Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
Beets add moisture to baked goods and can be used as an oil replacer (like in this recipe). It also adds a lot of antioxidants and fiber. If using beets scares you, no worries, use apple sauce instead!
Chocolate (Maple Syrup) Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes... Who doesn't like a rich moist chocolate cupcake? Nobody. If you're already planning on making a dessert for your Honey-Boo-Thang this Valentines Day, or maybe this Thursday (no judgment), why not bake them a treat that won't cause their blood sugar to spiral out of control? Try it, it won't kill you, it might even make you stronger... unless you eat 6... then you might feel sick... and could possibly get the runs, so maybe just eat one? 😉 Sure, it's pretty healthy, but they are still cupcakes, so go easy on them.
Tammy’s Honey Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
Honey isn't technically vegan... I suppose it depends on how vegan you are. You can easily use maple syrup instead. Most people I know just happened to have honey in their house at all times!
Chocolate Chip Milk Shake
With dates for extra sweetness and hemp seeds for a nutty creaminess you will think about this shake for days. Blend it up in under 2 minutes, grab a straw or spoon, and be on your way!
Healthy Scotcheroos (Vegan, Plant-Based, Refined Sugar Free)
Happy Birthday to MEEE!!!
Oatmeal Coffee Cake with Streusel Crumb Topping
Some like it hot. Some like it cold. Some like it with melted earth balance buttery spread oozing all over it. You choose.
Orange Poppyseed Cake
Moist, Sweet, and Citrusy.
Whole Wheat Caramel Pecan Rolls (Vegan and Refined Sugar Free)
Vegan Caramel Pecan Rolls made from whole wheat flour and refined sugar free.
Vegan Chocolate Fudge Frosting (oil free and sweetened with dates)
Fudge frosting that is wholesome, easy to make, and addictively delicious.
Vegan Peanut Butter Date Caramel
Where heaven and earth align. This is so good i've eaten it with apples everyday for about 3 weeks now.
Grain Free Apple Crumble Crisp
For those who can't eat grains and for those who eat with those who can't eat grains.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream (no churning necessary)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream (no churning necessary), what more do you want? So rich. So creamy. So non-dairy.
Coconut Milk Ice Cream & Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Sweetened with dates and maple syrup, these babies add nutrition where most cookies lack.
Maple Syrup Doughnuts
THESE ARE SO YUMMY YOU CAN'T STOP!
3 Layer Maple Cake with Chocolate Frosting
eat. eat. eat. eat. cake. cake. cake. cake. now. now. now. now.
Chocolate Brownie Fudge Bites
it's like fudge. it's like brownies. it's like taffy.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
banana cookies. never a good idea. till i tasted this recipe.
Wendy’s Copycat Vegan Frosty
Creamy. Chocolatey. It will have you licking your bowl clean.
Pancakes With Berry Ice Cream
whole wheat pancakes that don't induce an instant coma.