April’s “Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce” from The Balanced Vegan – May’s Nut Butter Blast entry

April’s “Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce” from The Balanced Vegan – May’s Nut Butter Blast entry

April is the creator of the fabulously healthy blog – The Balanced Vegan!  She lives life to its fullest and eats the best of healthy foods that England has to offer.  Be sure to hop over and check out her full site after you devour her delicious Smoky Cashew Butter Sauce:   When Angela asked me to join her ‘Nut Butter Bash’, I immediately thought of doing a dessert, nut butters lend themselves so well to sweet treats. But they’re also really excellent to use in savoury recipes that require a creamy smooth texture. I am so pleased with the result, a versatile recipe you can use in so many ways. I have served this with Baked Sweet Potato and a simple tofu scramble, but I also intend to use it for salads like I do with a tahini based sauce, or simply with baked potato fries but with a thicker consistency.    This sauce can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator, you’ll need to add more milk to it just before use as it turns quite solid and firm after refrigeration.     Quantity of sauce using this recipe varies depending on liquid added, which again depends on desired consistency and proposed use,…

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Starr’s “Cashew Butter Ice Cream with Raspberry Ginger Coulis” from The Misfit Baker – Nut Butter Blast entry #2

Starr’s “Cashew Butter Ice Cream with Raspberry Ginger Coulis” from The Misfit Baker – Nut Butter Blast entry #2

This year, I’ll be featuring a different blogger each month with their favorite nut butter or seed butter recipe and could be sweet or savory.  From the lovely Starr over at The Misfit Baker today, I’m happy to share her creamy, rich vegan ice cream.  Just perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert folks!  Check it out: ♥ Reading through the contributions to last year’s Canned Time event, “Favorite Family Desserts – Veganized“, I was blown away by the amazing array of treats featured, from cookies to cakes to pies, all crafted by some very talented food bloggers. So obviously I jumped at the chance, when Angela invited me to participate this year! For 2016, she chose the theme “Nut Butter Bash”… Doesn’t that sound fun?!… So all the recipes have to use some kind of nut or seed butter. Seemed easy enough at first, but since my recipe was going to be a February post, I decided that it should also have a Valentine’s Day sub theme. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that nut butters just aren’t very romantic or sexy. Sometimes inspiration can come from an unexpected source. In this case, it was an ice cream machine. You see, I got one…

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Becky’s Loaded Vegan Mac n Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce – Entry #1 in the 2016 Nut Butter Bash

Becky’s Loaded Vegan Mac n Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce – Entry #1 in the 2016 Nut Butter Bash

Happy New Year and hello again after a much needed break from blogging and social media….. My husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip through the Caribean and I’ll share more about that soon but today I’m welcoming Becky Striepe of ‘Glue & Glitter’  fame back for her third year participating in another monthly themed guest blogger event on Canned-Time.com. This year the recipes from featured bloggers will include either nut butter or seed butter and could be sweet or savory.  I can’t wait to share each month again some of the best recipe talents out there and here’s the first: Loaded Vegan Mac in Cheesy Cashew Butter Carrot Sauce I’m super thrilled that my cashew carrot mac recipe is kicking off the Canned Time Nut Butter Bash! Each month this year, Angela is going to feature awesome nut- and seed-butter recipes. It’s an honor to be the first blog on this adventure. I know: the pasta in the picture isn’t mac, but let’s be real, you guys. The shape of the pasta is not the important thing when you’re making this dish. What’s important is that it’s covered in a creamy, cheesy sauce and loaded with bacon, broccoli,…

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‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #2 from Julie @Julieslifestyle.com “Berry Breakfast Parfait with Vanilla Cashew ‘Yoghurt’

‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #2 from Julie @Julieslifestyle.com “Berry Breakfast Parfait with Vanilla Cashew ‘Yoghurt’

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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‘Vegan MoFo’ Key Lime Red Raspberry Cheesecake – Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

‘Vegan MoFo’ Key Lime Red Raspberry Cheesecake – Gluten and Refined Sugar Free

And so it begins.  My full month of Vegan food and fun for ‘Vegan MoFo – 2013″  This should be fun! Well, if I had a maid and won the lottery it would be more fun but still…. And my theme this year will be…wait for it….RED FOOD.  Why? don’t know, but it is.  Well, red foods can be actually very healthy so we’ll say that’s why its my theme but it is really just a way to keep myself on course through all the recipes this month.  So many other Vegans have pledge to go crazy with me so be sure to check out the Vegan MoFo site for all the details.   Now on to my first Red Wonder Food. My Key Lime Red Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake is one of the first non-dairy desserts that I developed a few years back when I swore off milk and cheese.  It’s a cashew basic but I tried to spice it up some for the event this month with loads of fresh raspberries and a fist full of coconut flakes to top it off.  Believe me, the Key Lime plain is worth its weight in gold.  Well maybe not at today’s…

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No Bake Cocoa – Clementine Cheesecake

  I have a little voice inside me, maybe you do too most days, that tells me if I put fruit with my chocolate, it’s much better for my body?   These beautiful Clementine Oranges screamed out at my imagination to be paired up with a luscious dark chocolate….the cheesecake is just an excuse to hold the two together in a dessert.  After all, I can’t just plop a bunch of oranges down next to a chocolate bar and say – Enjoy Mom and Dad! I made up this cheesecake as an Anniversary present for Mom & Dad, their 60th.  Neither of them are Vegan, or dairy free for that matter so I really had to step up the flavors so no one would care if it was healthy or not once they took a bite.  Clementine Oranges are really lovely.  Sweet, juicy and 99% seed free!  So they are just perfect for juicing.  The skins are relatively thin but still easy to peel.  If you’ve never had them and don’t like cheesecake, give them a try just for their burst of orange and sweet.  Dark Chocolate speaks for itself.  No tricky adjectives needed…. No Bake Cocoa – Clementine Cheesecake…

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Roasted Pepitas Crusted Raw – Vegan Cheeze w/ Baccio Ciliegia (“Satan’s Kiss”) Peppers

Roasted Pepitas Crusted Raw – Vegan Cheeze w/  Baccio Ciliegia (“Satan’s Kiss”) Peppers

 This is my first attempt at a homemade non-dairy cheeze recipe.  I think it turned out well and is fancy enough for party fair and easy enough to serve friends and family 😉 My inspiration for this Spicy Cheeze was from Carmella at The Sunny Raw Kitchen. If you’d like a step by step recipe for this cheeze recipe, be sure to check out Carmella’s wonderful Raw Vegan Tarragon & Mustard Cheeze video.   I followed Carmella’s recipe except I used Cashews instead of Almonds and then added in 1 Tbs. of fresh cracked Black Pepper and some finely chopped spicy red peppers before pouring the cheeze mixture into set. After the cheeze set up.  I un-molded the cheeze and pressed chopped Pepita Seeds onto the outside for an added flavor. The basics recipe ingredients are here.  Be sure to check out Carmella’s video for instructions.   I was really impressed with this easy recipe.  If you watch Carmella’s step by step video, have all your ingredients ready, and then firm up your cheeze in the fridge for about an hour……….you’ll have your cheeze ready to serve! The cost was around $5 and it made 16 oz. of cheese.  I…

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Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

 With just two of us eating at my house, I’m always looking for quick treats that will freeze and store well so I can pop up a fancy dessert any evening without struggling to use up a whole cake, pie, pudding within the next few days.  These mini pies are a perfect lite ending to a meal or can fill in for breakfast on the go if packaged correctly.  I baked mine in a Mini Pie maker but my recipe adjusts for oven cooking as well.  The filling here is just what I like and had on hand.  It can easily be changed to other fruits as long as they are prepared in small pieces to fit into the smaller pie crusts.  Frozen Blueberries worked well.  I’d like to try it out with Mango, Peaches, Strawberry.  Even Pecan will be good although the filling preparation listed in this recipe would have to be adjusted for Pecans. I’m a big fan of Plums and I usually let them almost over ripen to ensure that they don’t upset my stomach and also maximize their sweetness.  It’s hard to find ready ripe plums in the grocery here so I almost always wash them…

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