Black-eyed Pea Habanero Mango Salsa + Our Family Favorites Winner!

Black-eyed Pea Habanero Mango Salsa + Our Family Favorites Winner!

How much spicy Mexican food can one Welsh-Irish, D. C. girl eat in a week?  Lots. My Mom is from Arizona.  Growing up, she always made us a gigantic Mexican flavored meal a couple of times a year that was just to die for.  Literally…. Greasy tamales.  Fried tortillas that dripped with fat as you picked up a pile.  Cheese drenched enchiladas. You get the picture.  Wonderful flavors.  Not so wonderful for your body.  And as I got out on my own, I surely did learn quickly how to mix up a big pan full of taco meat, drenched in grease, fried chips and of course, lots of cheese. Ahhh, those were the carefree days of not giving  a s___ about my body, my health or my World.   I’ve changed. And this lovely bowl of spicy salsa is what I crave these days.  No guilt.  No grease.  But it still packs on the heat folks! Pile it on top of a guacamole taco.  Use it as a side or on top of salads.  Or just scoop it with your favorite chip or vegetables. I only used 1 Habanero pepper in this batch.  The heat was minimal by our standards…

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“2015 Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” Final Vote!

“2015 Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” Final Vote!

Each month in 2015,  I had the honor of sharing some super fantastically healthy recipes from some favorite blogger friends! Well now it’s time to vote for your favorite recipe(s) from the group:   Let’s Review!   Cara’s “V-Day Raw Pops from ForkandBeans.com                                 Julie’s Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from JuliesLifestyle.com                       Kristy’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge from KeepinItKind.com                                 Becky’s Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes from GlueAndGlitter.com                                 Kathy’s Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake from HealthySlowCooking.com                 Poppy’s Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake from BunnyKitchen.com                   Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding from TheVegan8.com                                 Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes from AnUnrefinedVegan.com                        …

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Mandy’s Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies – from BeSolefulLiving.com, December’s ‘Family Favorite Dessert’ entry

Mandy’s Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies – from BeSolefulLiving.com, December’s ‘Family Favorite Dessert’ entry

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized. My final entry for 2015 comes from the sweet Mandy over at BeSolfulliving.com.  Today Mandy is sharing: “Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownies” When my friend Angela, over at Canned Time, invited me to be a part of the Family Favorites Dessert series, I was over the moon and excited for my chance to try NuNaturals Stevia products. So, thank you, Angela, for the opportunity and challenge. I knew that my dessert had to be something super chocolate-y because I swear chocolate runs in my family’s blood. My mom used to have to hide the bags of chocolate chips when I was growing up because my dad would eat them straight out of the bag…I’d be lying if I didn’t say I used to do the same. When I think back to my childhood, I’m reminded of my mom’s delicious chocolate chip cookies and brownies – we’d devour them right off the baking sheet, melted chocolate all over our fingers. Since I’m fairly comfortable with creating cookies, I wanted to move outside my comfort zone and attempt brownies…but not…

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Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

Warming Apple Cider Spice Cake + A Stevia Giveaway from NuNaturals

  So here’s the ‘drama’ of this humble little cake: The delectable chopped apple pecan topping? It gets ladled on to your slice of cake, piping hot, just as you’re being served your cake. Yup. DRAMA…. Okay, so you could also pour some topping on prior to cutting the cake but why not let each person feel like their piece is just specialized for them by letting them spoon on the topping themselves? Either way, it’s the tastiest apple cake I’ve ever had in 50 some years folks. Sorry Mom. And the healthiest by way of ingredients to be sure. Some of that ‘healthy’ aspect comes from using Stevia along side of some natural sweetening like Maple Syrup and Apple.  This time I used my all time favorite NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid and some NuStevia Simple Syrup. The stevia adds sweetness without adding additional calories or carbs here. We like that. And NuNaturals Stevia never fails me in my desserts. I even tried out a newer product they have in this little cake that provides   Oat fiber without adding any additional carbohydrates or sugars. Check it out.        Then go out and get some Organic Cider and make this…

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‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

‘The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook’ Giveaway, Emily’s Almond Cookies and a fabulous bonus from Gena Hamshaw @Choosing Raw

    This recipe is part of a Family Favourites series hosted by Angela at Canned Time. The theme was to veganize a recipe that you used to love as a kid and/or that your fam would regularly enjoy together. Honestly, I had trouble thinking of sweet recipes that I hadn’t already veganized for my blog (like pumpkin pie, berries and whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate cake) and most of the savoury dishes I loved eating when I was little are just sooo not ideal to veganize (think Thai-style omelettes and baked salmon). There were a lot of savoury foods I ate growing up that I COULD made vegan now – pizza pops and chicken nuggets to name a couple – but they wouldn’t be that healthy or simple and I’m not into spending lots of time making recipes for dinner, especially if they have more refined ingredients.. I’d rather just bake eight potatoes, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and be done with it. Seriously, my dinners are pathetically easy when I’m not writing a savoury cookbook.  My point is I couldn’t think of any recipe that I wanted to make a healthy vegan version of. So I improvised. I planned…

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From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – Dianne’s “Chocolate Cream Pie” – Family Favorite Desserts entry for September

From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen – Dianne’s “Chocolate Cream Pie”  – Family Favorite Desserts entry for September

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized.    This month I’m proud to present a fellow cat lover, Dianne of Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen fame and her fabulous “Chocolate Cream Pie”   When Angela from Canned Time asked me to participate in the Family Favorites Desserts series, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Each month, Canned Time is featuring a different blogger who has veganized a favorite dessert from her childhood. NuNaturals is the unofficial sponsor of the series, so their stevia products are used in all of the recipes. It sounded like an easy enough task when Angela asked, but the more I thought about it, the more I had no idea what I was going to make. When I was growing up, desserts started out in a box – either premade by Entenmann’s or just-add-water by Betty Crocker. Neither of them seems very appealing to me now that I’m older. I briefly thought about trying to make a vegan version of slice-and-bake cookies, but that’s pretty much just a chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate chip cookies have already been perfectly veganized.  My thoughts then turned to my teen years, when I…

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From ‘AnUnrefinedVegan.com’ Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes – Family Favorite Desserts entry for August

From ‘AnUnrefinedVegan.com’ Annie’s Apricot Tartlettes – Family Favorite Desserts entry for August

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized.    This month I’m proud to present an old Canned-Time.com friend, Annie and scrumptious  “Apricot Tartlettes” Fruit pie figured greatly into my childhood. Mom’s superb flaky crust graced slices of sweet apple, creamy pumpkin, and juicy raspberries or blueberries. Pies marked off the seasons, showcasing the produce that was available as well as deliciously capping off many a “regular” family meal or holiday celebration. While pie is still a “family favorite” here in my household, over the years I’ve made modifications to suit the way we now eat – ways to get me to fruit pie nirvana without feeling too guilty about the ingredients. I do this by reducing the size of the “slice,” using nut butters in place of butter, and (simply for shortcuts sake) using 100% fruit jam instead of whole fruit. For this recipe, I start with an easy, sugar-free homemade chia jam (and really, any fruit jam you like can be used here) and then I dollop it into small circles of crust. The result is not only a bevy of adorable…

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From TheVegan8.com – Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding – ‘Family Favorite Desserts’ entry for July

From TheVegan8.com – Brandi’s Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding  –  ‘Family Favorite Desserts’ entry for July

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized My favorite ‘8 Ingredients’ friend Brandi has a fabulous healthy chocolate pudding for us for July’s entry today. The Vegan 8   Facebook   Instagram  Pinterest Twitter   Oh my goodness, when I say that this recipe was a labor of love, that would be the understatement of the year. I found like I won the lottery once I finally finished this. I have never created a dessert using stevia before. I lost count on how many different desserts and trials I did before finally deciding on creating this luscious Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding. Don’t worry, there is a sub if you don’t use stevia. I got y’alls back.    This recipe featuring stevia came about because my friend Angela over at Canned Time  asked if I would join in a special dessert event where several different bloggers each month share a new recipe in her Family Favorite Dessert series. She asked that we each choose a favorite dessert or recipe from our childhood, a nostalgic dessert, and veganize it usingNuNaturals stevia products. I…

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Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake – Raw and Oil Free from Poppy @BunnyKitchen.com – June’s Family Favorite Dessert entry!

Cherry Almond ‘Bakewell’ Cheesecake – Raw and Oil Free from Poppy @BunnyKitchen.com – June’s Family Favorite Dessert entry!

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized My sweet friend Poppy has blessed us with a wonderful treat for June’s entry today.   Poppy “from across the pond” as I refer to her around my house has to be one of the kindest, most gentle and caring people I’ve come to know through blogging.  A real asset to the Vegan cause and she’s pretty funny too ♥ After you’ve taken in her lovely story and recipe here, be sure to check out Poppy’s other places around the web: BunnyKitchen.com     Facebook    Instagram    Twitter     Today I have the pleasure of sharing a recipe on Canned Time, written by my wonderful friend Angela as part of her “Family Favorite Dessert” series for 2015 where each month a different blogger sends a recreated and veganized version of a nostalgic dessert recipe. I knew instantly that I wanted to explore the flavours of my favourite childhood treat – the Bakewell Tart. I could have made a veganized version of the tart itself – a pastry base and jam layer followed by a…

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‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized May’s entry is from one of Veganisms most prolific authors, Kathy Hester.  Her latest genius is a quick and easy Vegan recipe collection, ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ now available for preorder HERE. Kathy’s recipe follows but for all the details on why this one is one of Kathy’s family favorites, check out her full post over at HealthySlowCooking.com. Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake for Family Favorite Desserts   This is the healthy version of my most favorite childhood dessert. I’m using something called aquafaba. It’s just a fancy word for bean water. The starches mimic eggs and can be used in cookies, cakes and more. Just drain the liquid from a can or carton of cooked chickpeas or use some from homemade chickpeas.That’s the aquafaba or bean water. Easy, right? Get more info on aquafaba on the official site.     Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup vegan yogurt (unsweetened or plain) 1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk 1/4 cup applesauce 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil (make oil free by using an additional 1/4 cup applesauce instead) 3 tablespoons…

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Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes – from Becky @Glue & Glitter.com – April’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes – from Becky @Glue & Glitter.com – April’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Last year, each month, I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest  In 2015, something new………. In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized April’s entry comes from Glue and Glitter’s  very creative, Becky Striepe, author of the smoothie book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies and the newly released Bowls.   You can find Becky around the web at   Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google Plus. This recipe is a healthier spin on the marmalade-filled vegan cupcakes I made a few years ago. This recipe is also part of a cool event that NuNaturals is hosting along with Angela from the super amazing vegan food blog Canned Time. They sent me a ton of NuNaturals products to test, and the thing that intrigued me most wasn’t the stevia syrups. It was a humble bag of Oat Fiber. The directions say that you can use three tablespoons of Oat Fiber for every eight servings in a recipe. It cuts out some of the refined flour and adds fiber and nutrients. After making so much meringue, the idea of…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge from Kristy @Keepin’ItKind.com – March’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge from Kristy @Keepin’ItKind.com – March’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

So last year I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest Out with the old, in with the new………. In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized March’s entry comes from Kristy Turner who has a brand  new book out, But I Could Never Go Vegan!.  Here’s Kristy’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge: My mom is not a cook. All childhood memories of watching my parent in the kitchen, making a meal, are of my father. There were a couple dishes my mom would make, maybe once or twice a year. She could make a good egg salad sandwich and sometimes she would make some cookies using a roll of Pillsbury cookie dough or bake some cupcakes using a boxed cake mix, but other than that, the kitchen was not a place I could often find my mother. Every year, however, around the holidays, my mother would make a batch of fudge. I never knew the recipe, but I know there was marshmallow fluff, loads of powdered sugar, and some form of chocolate. And…

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Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from Julie @JuliesLifestyle.com – February’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from Julie @JuliesLifestyle.com – February’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

So last year I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest Out with the old, in with the new………. In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized February’s entry comes from a wonderfully talented Raw foods blogger across the way in Belgium.  Julie – from Julie’sLifestyle.com I’m sure this recipe would please again and again………….here’s Julie!   Hi there, Canned Time readers! I am Julie from Julie’s Lifestyle , a Belgian raw food chef trained at the Living Light Culinary Institute in California. Raw food helped me to conquer chronic fatigue and regain my energy – and now I would love to share my favorite raw vegan recipes and healthy lifestyle tips with you. Thanks again Angela for inviting me to take part in this fun contest!   When Angela asked me to participate in the NuNaturals Family Favorite Desserts Veganized Contest I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been experimenting with Stevia for several years and I’ve come to really love it, especially because it allows you to create super sweet desserts without having…

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Cara Reed’s “V-Day Raw Cake Pops” Entry #1 in the Canned-Time.com’s 2015 “Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” event

Cara Reed’s “V-Day Raw Cake Pops” Entry #1 in the Canned-Time.com’s 2015 “Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” event

So last year I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest event.  One last day to vote for your favorite in last year’s entries.  Click here if it’s still January when you’re reading this to vote for your favorite and enter to win a cool gift pack from NuNaturals brand stevia.  I’ll be announcing the top pick from your votes on Wednesday, February 4th. Out with the old, in with the new………. In 2015, Canned Time will feature a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized First up this year with the January entry is Cara Reed who you all know and love from Fork And Beans. So let’s get this thing started………..here’s Cara!   Cara Reed’s “V-Day Raw Cake Pops 2” I’m still very new to going sugar-free and it’s something that I am trying to embrace. If this is the first you have heard of me, let me give you some background info. Hi there. I’m Cara and I run the website, Fork & Beans. I am crazy for allergen-friendly baking. I live for it. But my…

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