Annie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Oat & Seed Squares from An Unrefined Vegan – April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry

Annie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Oat & Seed Squares from An Unrefined Vegan – April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry

April’s ‘Nut Butter Bash’ entry comes from my long time Virtual buddy Annie; Creator of An Unrefined Vegan. She never fails to disappoint after 3 years of my monthly blogger entries.  These squares are no exception.   Check ’em out: When Angela invited me to participate in her annual blogger/foodie event (this year’s is called Nut Butter Bash), I hesitated. For about 30 seconds. This gave me an opportunity to just go (with my sincere apologies) a little nuts with ingredients that were verboten in our household. The recipe below is just about everything we no longer eat. And it is one decadent, devilishly delicious dessert. Coconut oil, chocolate chips, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and of course – the star of the show: almond butter. Creamy, luscious, rich, chocolatey. I ate one purely for testing purposes, you understand, and then quickly wrapped them up and gave them to a neighbor. I couldn’t be trusted with the whole batch. The (bitter) irony is not lost on me. The woman who devoted a whole month to peanut butter-themed recipesis no longer eating nut butters of any kind. It is not an allergy that stopped me in my nutty tracks, but the health and well-being of my…

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“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

“Protein Ninja” by Terry Hope Romero + Dark Chocolate Almond Chewies

Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing Terry Hope Romero’s “Salad Samurai” which was simply,  deliciously, outstanding! No one’s ever done so much with salads, slaws and sides in one book to strike at my personal veggie cravings as Terry did.  So when they sent out a copy of her newest vegan book, “Protein Ninja”, I was confident I’d be more than happy with the her ‘protein packed’ recipes and tips.  I made my first recipe from the book the very first day the book arrived and I’ve been experimenting and delighting in the results from her book for weeks now. Thanks to Da Capo Lifelong Publishing, you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Terry’s new book at the end of my review here.   First a quick look at some of the many recipes I’ve whipped up from Terry’s new book already: “Protein Ninja” starts out aptly, guiding readers to easy, economical sources of protein in a plant based diet.  What to keep in your panty.  Best techniques for storing protein packed foods.  On the go foods.   After the Ninja basics, she gets into some hard core creative ways to boost your protein intake without…

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Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

Devilishly Healthy Cocoa Blueberry Cake + Some Fun Free Stuff

I can tell you without hesitation that this cake is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten…so there’s that…. It’s safe to say that after nearly a half decade of using products made by NuNaturals brand that I not only trust their quality, but I rely on them for my kitchen.  I am truly addicted to their Vanilla Liquid Stevia.  I have been since I won a few bottles way back when in a Giveaway.  I remember being blown away at the difference in NuNaturals and other brands of stevia I’d tried.  A good difference.  And if you’ve spent any time here at Canned Time, you’ll recognize not only the brand name in so many of my recipes but you know the wonderful variety of new products that they keep developing to help out with a low sugar, low-calorie diet plan.  If you’re new to NuNaturals products, here’s a quick list of what they offer to help keep us healthier and dessert driven: Alcohol Free Stevia, Vanilla Stevia, Clear Stevia CalmMind, Daily Energy, Daily Soy, Extra Energy, JointWell, LevelRight, Mental Energy Formula, NuStevia NoCarbs Blend, Sweet Health, Sweet-X, Throat Control Spray, NuStevia White Stevia, MoreFiber Stevia Baking Blend, PreSweet, NuGrain…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

If you’ve been with me for a while now, you’ll now all too well that I have a problem getting a good, healthy, inexpensive breakfast in me most mornings.  I’ve commissioned my favorite bloggers for help even in my quest for easy, delicious ideas to make up.  I thought I’d share some sucessess I’ve had lately with some of my favorite healthy ingredients and ‘take with’ options to carry with me while I drive mornings.  Some Chia Seeds, some Hemp seeds, maple syrup, pepitas, peanut butter…………you get the idea.  Follow along here for more details.  At the end I’d appreciate if you take a second and vote for your favorite ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry from last year’s event on Canned Time.  I know you’ll love your 12 options but pick one so I can feature that recipe as the cover to my new E-book for the gang.  Details below and thanks in advance.   I know lots of time and caring went into their recipes so choose wisely 😉  I’ve gone Chia and Hemp Seed crazy since last fall.  Not such a ‘bad’ habit.  I’ve had worse over the years.    This version I went all out with, “Chocolate Chunk…

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No Bake Maca Chia Chews with Pistachio Maple Glaze – Kristy’s 2014 Vegan Cookie Swap! Plus a Vitamix Giveaway Contest

No Bake Maca Chia Chews with Pistachio Maple Glaze – Kristy’s 2014 Vegan Cookie Swap!  Plus a Vitamix Giveaway Contest

I’m so happy to be joining Kristy’s Keepin’ It Kind Vegan Cookie Swap again this year.   Last year, my 5 Layer Lime Brulee Bar Cookies were slightly more complicated than my recipe for this year’s event.  This year, Kristy’s month long event has a special addition.  Vitamix will award one lucky reader with a fabulous Vitamix mixer!    Awesome.   To enter to win, and the see the full post and recipe for my Maca Chia Chews, you’ll need to hop on over to Keepin’ It Kind. Be sure to check out all the Cookie Swap entries while your there as well.   No bake and raw, these Maca Chia Chews will be the hit of any holiday party and likely, the most healthy treat on the tray! Topped with a naturally sweetened glaze and a pinch of my favorite Pistachios, this cookie is a perfect choice for any diet, any taste,  any cookie lover~!     Chocolate Chips?  Cacao?  Maple Syrup?  How can you go wrong with these babies? I love raw cookies for the same reason that people so love cookie dough.  You cut out a step, baking that is, and in the process, allow for more of…

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Richa’s Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from ‘Vegan Richa’ Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #12

Richa’s Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from ‘Vegan Richa’ Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #12

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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Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ – A Review + A Giveaway

  I had the excruciating task of trying out a few recipes last month from Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’  It was tough.  I managed to get through the book, several times in fact.  And now I can share some of my experience with you.  Fran will share a free copy of her book with one lucky reader as well.  Details on that at the end of the post.  Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, recipe developer, and innovative vegan pastry chef, and author of 3 cookbooks.  A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan restaurant kitchens.  Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®) in her hometown of New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education.   This woman knows her chocolate! You can almost taste the pages……..   Fran is generously sharing one of her recipes from the book with my readers as well. ‘Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies’  Once you’ve tried this brownie version, it will be hard to go back to any other.  The fudgy brownie contrasts with chewy nuts and the deep, rich…

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Zsu Dever’s “Everyday Vegan Eats” – Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

Zsu Dever’s “Everyday Vegan Eats” – Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for all the entries! I recently received a copy of a wonderful new Vegan resource cookbook for review.  Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours”  by Zsu Dever. I call it a resource book because it is like an encyclopedia for Vegan cooking and baking.  Zsu really takes us through all the aspects of Vegan food prep and beyond with everything from sweet to savory, menu planning to getting your pantry ready to eat a plant based diet.  She’s broken down the basics like recipes for broths, sauces, cheese, dressings, tomato sauces.  Everything is organized in the book for a great kitchen to cook in. Soft Pretzels, Mushroom Stroganoff, a Deli Reuben, step by step instructions for Bacon Tofu,  Soups, Everyday Main dishes, Casseroles and  of course, desserts….  this book has  it all.    Zsu even has a reference section for the Vegan kitchen with menu planning, basic ingredients to keep on hand, nutrition and cooking techniques. Before you get your hands on her new book, Zsu’s website, Zsu’s Vegan Pantry will give you a good idea of just how talented she is in creating beautifully well written recipes and vegan living ideas.  She has…

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cocoa Cupcakes – for “The Lunchbox Fund: Feeding South Africa”

Vegan Peanut Butter Cocoa Cupcakes – for “The Lunchbox Fund: Feeding South Africa”

FEED A CHILD, NOURISH A MIND.      ON FEBRUARY 10, 2014,  FOOD BLOGGERS ARE DONATING THEIR POSTS TO SUPPORT THE LUNCHBOX FUND. WE ARE RAISING MONEY TO PROVIDE A DAILY MEAL TO 100 SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLCHILDREN FOR ONE YEAR.  Last year in The Giving Tables  event,  I shared a wonderfully delicious meal idea, “The Vegan Value Meal”,  that emphasized the need for us to concentrate on healthy diets as well as inexpensive.  This subject is dear to my heart.  I am more and more concerned about the way advertisers and the food industry promote low nutritional food items for reduced income families.  Fast food doesn’t have to be full of sugars and empty carbs if we educate what foods are really best for our health.   This year, The Giving Table  has partnered with The Lunchbox Fund in a new campaign to feed 100 needy children in South Africa.  Their goal is to provide 1 meal, each day to 100 children while feeding their minds about nutrition as well.  To support this effort, I’m sharing a lunchbox idea of my own which features these lovely, easy, inexpensive and nutritious peanut butter cupcakes.  They are actually so packed with good flavor…

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Kathy Hester’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two’ – plus a giveaway!

Kathy Hester’s ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two’ – plus a giveaway!

Closing out the end of Vegan MoFo with a bang folks: Have you had that evening yearning for just a touch of sweet but would never dream of dragging out everything you would need to make a couple dozen cookies up hot and fresh? Kathy Hester has a solution that will rock your dessert world…as well as your meal plans. Seriously.  Is this cookie big enough or what? The recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies in  ‘Vegan Slow Cooking For Two – or – Just For You’ has directions for one big beautiful (shareable) cookie.   I mixed up a quadruple batch of batter then separated  half into a long tube, wrapped it and stuck it in the freezer for another night’s cravings.  All I have to do is heat up the slow cooker and slice off a couple of  inches of batter from the freezer some night and I’m set in about an hour.  Okay, maybe I over did it a too much  little with the ‘extras’  for these cookies but they are chocked full of goodness.  Big dark chocolate chips, pecans, cranberries…… I also sprinkled each one with some coarse sea salt that cuts through the dark rich chocolate chips perfectly.…

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

  I’ve always wondered what the difference between ‘brownies’ and ‘blondies’ is.  Now I know, it’s just a little molasses.  Or Brown Sugar.     Creating a Vegan Blondie wasn’t too tricky, but this version is also Gluten Free so I was very pleased that it turned out moist and cakey.  Gluten free and I are not friends yet in the kitchen………..but we’re talking at least The flax ‘eggs’ worked well, I added both yeast and baking powder to make sure the batter had some lift.  And homemade brown sugar makes them as fresh as possible. I mixed up my first batch of brown sugar last year and am truly addicted to the difference from store bought.   If  you’ve never tried your own, here’s some details on how easy it really is to mix up and have fresh on hand anytime:         Homemade brown sugar makes up in about 5 minutes and only has two ingredients. You can make it dark or light, store it just like store bought and more importantly you’ll know what’s in it……….you can use the molasses of choice and sugar of choice for that matter.  Check here for more details.  It’s…

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Chocolate Chip Scones with Vanilla Cream Glaze

 This past weekend, my husband and I  stopped by a wonderful little Vegan cafe / bakery, Sticky Fingers Bakery, in Washington D.C.   Along with buying up 4 different fabulous Vegan cupcakes,  we gobbled down a large ‘Sweet n Salty’ chocolate chip cookie.  The cookie was full of wonderful chunks of who knows what and the top was liberally sprinkled with coarse Himalayan sea salt.  Sooooo yummy that we sat on the bench outside and ate the cookie up in about 30 seconds.  I had to recreate this one!  As happens so many times when I start experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen, things often evolve into something that is not what I intended ending up with.  Yet, still a delicious result. Voila.  Chocolate Chip Scones with a mildly sweet Vanilla Cream Glaze.  So these were supposed to be cookies, but….whatever.  I’m sure with a little experimenting of your own, they could become a wonderful cookie as well.  But here we go with my scones for now….  I’ve never been very fond of scones that I can remember.  I  remember them as being dry and fairly tasteless.  These scones surprised me.  They have all the moisture of a dense, rich…

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Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix Review w/ Pumpkin Puree / Vegan Options

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix Review w/ Pumpkin Puree / Vegan Options

I’ve seen so many pins for brownies made with just a can of pumpkin puree, no eggs, milk, oil….just a can of pumpkin.  I wanted to see how it would work.  So I picked up a box of brownie mix the other day at Trader Joe’s. I’ve heard you can substitute the egg and water in a cake for canned beans but I’ve never tried Pumpkin puree so this was a fun experiment for me.  It worked out great. Just replace  the Eggs, Oil and Water with 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling, just puree.  Stir the pumpkin into the batter until all the dry ingredients are mixed.  Pour into an 8 X 8 pan and bake per the boxed brownie directions. This change in recipe also makes the dessert into a Vegan option. Never leaving good enough alone, I added Sugar Free Chocolate Chips onto the top of the brownies when they were still warm.  Then I sprinkled the melting chocolate chips with flaked coconut.  It turned out to be just too much sweet for me.  But, the pumpkin brownies worked out great.  Very moist, very spongy and fully cooked. If I made these…

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Vegan Coconut Beet Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Vegan Coconut Beet Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Coconut Beet Cookies have big Chocolate Chips to sweeten up the veggie-ness of the cookie. I came up with these because I really love the nutrition in beets………..but can’t stand the flavor.  I’ve tried, but it aint happening for me I also wanted a soft cookie that I could do in the dehydrator.  These are chewy but not ‘mushy’ so they hold up well for packing, don’t crumble and keep well in the fridge. I went heavy on the spices to cover the beet taste and also used a couple new products from NuNaturals to sweeten the batter. I used the NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend as a substitute for flour and it worked perfectly to hold the pureed beets together The other NuNaturals sweetening product I tried is new and turned out perfectly with these cookies. It’s actually a probiotic and a sweetener called’ PreSweet’ Tagatose, One of the health benefits of PreSweet is that it is a prebiotic ingredient. PreSweet can actually be browned like sugar…..definately on my list from now on for sugar substitutions.  I sprinkled a little on top of each cookie for this recipe and there is no aftertaste. Check out the NuNatural’s website…

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Featured On: My Mr. Floydy has been cooking up a storm today………….. This pie is creamy like chocolate pudding with a hint of peanut butter.  The raspberry topping adds a perfect sour bite that cuts through the sweet and balances each bite.  Sugar, Dairy and Gluten Free.  It freezes well and is a great breakfast or dessert idea. Mr. Floydy was oh so helpful getting the shots for this one today.  He doesn’t like when something else, even Pie, gets more attention than he does……….. Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Crust: 10 Medjool Dates, pitted and soaked for 15 minutes 1 cup Filtered Water (you can use this to soak the dates in) 2 Tbs. Ground Flax Seed 1/4 Cup Powdered Stevia Baking Blend 1 Cup Gluten Free Cereal 1 Tbs. Cinnamon   Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender, pulsing until a rough dough is formed.  Press dough with fingers into a pie pan or iron skillet just onto the bottom. Chill crust while making the pie filling.       Pie Filling: 1 Cup Smooth Natural Peanut Butter, microwave for about 30 seconds to soften 1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/3 Cup Raisins 1/3 Cup Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips…

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