Salted Mexican Dark Chocolate Power Balls

Salted Mexican Dark Chocolate Power Balls

    The secret to keeping lost weight off?  Having plenty of delicious snacks around to get you through the mid-morning / afternoon cravings. I made up a big batch of these flavorful balls and keep them handy in the freezer now. The spice is nice.  The salt makes the sweet chocolate pop in your mouth. So many versions of this kind of snack out there. This is just my latest. Make some up and make them your own favorites. Your mouth will never know how good they are for your heart as well as your soul….          Hoping you have a wonderful weekend folks. I’m off to chilly Atlantic City, NJ with fingers crossed we don’t get too much of  Hurricane Matthew at the beach 🙁  I’ll have a bag (or two) of these yummy balls with me to snack on.  If you do whip up a batch of these little beauties, be sure to let me know how you liked them, changed them, put them to good use.      Time for me to make another bag full for work!  ♥  

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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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Sarah’s ‘Chocolate Crunch Granola’ from FriedDandelions.com – March’s 2016 Nut Butter Blast entry!

Sarah’s ‘Chocolate Crunch Granola’ from FriedDandelions.com – March’s 2016 Nut Butter Blast entry!

  So many of you already know Sarah from Fried Dandelions.com but today she’s posting here on Canned Time as the March entry for my 2016 Nut Butter Bash.   This Chocolate Granola makes my heart sing. Check it out: Chocolate Crunch Granola I’m so excited to be participating in Angela’s Nut and Seed Butter Bash! Each year she hosts a series of guest posts over on her blog Canned Time about a given topic/ingredient/subject, and this year the theme is recipes that use nut or seed butters. I chose to use tahini—one of my regular go to “butters” now that we are nut free. To see more of this year’s Nut and Seed Butter Bash click HERE (this list will be updated all year long!) I love cereal.  I just really love it.  Especially sweet cereal.  As a kid I lived for the weekends when my parents would surprise us with a pack of the mini boxes of cereals, and always fought (successfully—oldest kid here) for the Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Frosted Flakes, or Apple Jacks.  I’m pretty sure we always left the Raisin Bran for my mom and dad. Then for a year in my early 20s I…

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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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Spiral Spring’s Spirulina Maxima Powder & Delectable Choco-Spring Cranberry Bites

Spiral Spring’s Spirulina Maxima Powder & Delectable Choco-Spring Cranberry Bites

Why all the hype about Spirulina? Here’s a refresher for you: A cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) consumed for thousands of years for its nutritional properties One of the most potent nutrient sources available Benefits include: Strengthens immune system, improves eye health, improves digestive system, lowers cholesterol, and helps detox the body Spiral Spring’s Maxima Powders and Tablets are Gluten-Free, Certified Kosher, USDA Organic, non-GMO. As far as green powders go, and I’m getting to be an expert at their quality and values these days, Spiral Springs is the best I’ve had the opportunity to try yet.  I wish I could send each of you a sample to try this stuff out.   It’s powerful stuff, maybe the healthiest thing you could do for your health. SPIRULINA HAS NO CHOLESTEROL CALCIUM 1.26 times more calcium than cheese.4.15 times more calcium than soy. 8.4 times more calcium than fresh milk. IRON 22 times more iron than beef liver. 32 times more iron than black beans. 34 times more iron than spinach. 83 times more iron than beef. BETA-CAROTENE 1.6 times more beta-carotene than beef liver. 15.2 times more beta-carotene than peaches. 21 times more beta-carotene than carrots. 76 times more beta-carotene than cheese.…

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A Dandy Little Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine’s Day Pie

A Dandy Little Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine’s Day Pie

The sweetie-pie folks over at Dandies All Natural Marshmallows asked me to take a crack at a vegan Valentine’s Day dessert using their tasty little marshmallow gems in the mix.  Glad to right? Of course I’d like to share that recipe with you all but even more so….I got to enjoy this creamy, chocolate cloud of a pie for myself…hard work folks!      Dandies Marshmallows are made with all natural ingredients, contain no high fructose corn syrup or gelatin (they’re 100% vegan!), and are the first ever marshmallow to be Non-GMO Project Verified. Oh, and kosher too!  The first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows.  Made by long-time vegans and longtime friends Ryan Howard and Dan Ziegler, Dandies are air puffed, which gives them a traditional texture and flavor that melts and tastes just like the marshmallows we grew up with. Produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts, these vegan marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, and certified kosher by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.            For my Valentine’s Day pie, I melted dark Vegan Chocolate Chips, Almond Milk, a bit of Coconut Oil and 1 bag of Dandies Mini…

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Adding Powdered Greens to your diet, deliciously + a Giveaway!

Adding Powdered Greens to your diet, deliciously + a Giveaway!

I want to share some thoughts today on Vegan “Dieting” and healthy weight loss.   I’m absolutely NOT a ‘green smoothie’ gal – can’t stand the taste so I stopped trying to like them years ago.  But green powders, full of tons of nutrients like ‘Organic Spirulina’ Chlorella, Wheat Grass, Barley’ – that I can do everyday to add healthy, non-fat greens to my diet.  I’ve been hiding Oriya Organics green powders in my foods for over a year now and can really attest to the increased energy they can give an already healthy, plant based diet. The wonderful folks at Oriya want to share some goodies with one lucky reader now this week.  Don’t forget to enter to win a full size of their ‘Supergreen Medley’ a full size ‘Superfood Protein Medley‘ and a cool mixing cup – all up for grabs at the end of the post here. First a little background on me: I’m one of those Vegans who didn’t exactly lose weight when I stopped eating meat and animal products 3 years ago. When I stopped eating dairy products 5 years ago, I basically lived on meat and veggies for two years.  That brought me a…

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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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Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse from Laura Theodore’s ‘vegan-ease’

I’ll admit that I wasn’t familiar with Laura’s work until my friend @AnUnrefinedVegan was asked to do some of the photos for her newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘  Better late than never I guess.  With the volume of Vegan cookbooks out these days, sometimes it’s hard to stay up with all the good news.  Annie has a wonderful posting as well about her own history with this book if you’d like to catch up with her experiences with Laura. Some of you may also know Laura as ‘The Jazzy Vegetarian’  And you may have seen Laura on her show of the same name which airs on Public Television, now in it’s 5th season.  Whoohoooo!!  Check it out: The Jazzy Vegetarian Laura’s newest book, ‘vegan-ease‘ is a compilation of her life’s experiences with yummy, cruelty-free creations and now she shares them with us all in an easy to read, colorful book full of every type of healthy creation imaginable. Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you all Laura’s recipe for a delicious Peanut Butter-Chocolate Mousse and… Laura’s Top Five Tips for Vegan-Ease Cuisine: If you are new to vegan eating, start by serving one non-meat, plant-based meal each week for dinner. Try…

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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 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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July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

ALOHA! Today, just in time for the July 4th celebrations I have some Cool Summer fresh healthy treats for you! Having grown up in the Washington D. C. Metro area, I’ve seen my fair share of July 4th festivities.  My family would drive down to The Mall, early in the afternoon so we could get a spot on the grass near the Washington Monument with a good view of the fireworks and music most years.  Some years, were better than others as I remember.  Some years, the weather would be unbearably hot and humid.  In the late 60’s, there were Hippies, Police scuffles and things were a little less family friendly….  But they all had that swelling of patriotism,  family groups from all Nationalities, hot summer sun and plenty of food and drinks.   Now that I’m still in D. C. but have a little less tolerance for heat and crowds, I prefer to enjoy just as much food and fun but most likely it’s from right in our own back yard.  The music is traditional, the food… a lot more healthy, and the drinks are now less sugary and fresh from the farmer’s market.    “July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails” …

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Summer Fresh Fruit Hibiscus Tarts

Summer Fresh Fruit Hibiscus Tarts

  Welcoming Summer time and Summer fruits and vegetables today on Canned Time. In June, I’ll be taking part in a Raw foods challenge to get my system back on track after those heavier comfort foods of a long Winter. For details on participating or just getting some well-informed nutritional motivation, be sure and check out the event for yourself. This simple fruit tart dish evolved from an abundance of fresh, ripe fruits on the table and my attempt to ease into my RAW challenge coming up. The ingredients are almost all raw. The exception being the Maple Syrup which doesn’t bother me in the least when it comes to limiting food groups or processing. Maple Syrup is a delicious addition to desserts and can even add nutrition when used in moderation. The variety of fruits here are obviously exchangeable . Use which ever you like. The creamy Hibiscus base for the tart is optional of course. But this is the way I made it up so do what you’d like with it to make it your own folks. It’s all good with this one. Fresh fruit, a touch of coconut in the base and the tiniest touch of chocolate…

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Chunky, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread and Ice Cream

Chunky, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread and Ice Cream

 Chocolate Cake.  Evil right?  Only for those special occasions when you don’t give a hoot about your waistline, nutrition or any number of other vices we constantly attempt to control.  Well, maybe not.  My quest continues today, attempting to add iron rich ingredients in any way that I can to my diet.   Re-enter my good friend from last week:   Burdock Root Flour.    I swear if you’ve ever seen this plant in the wild you’d never in your wildest dreams put it with my new friend, Chewy, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread.   Read on:   If you do know a bit about the benefits of adding a little (or a lot) of Burdock into your life, you’re probably thinking Hot Tea, Dandelion & Burdock soda, potassium or folic acid even.  If you’re really up on your Burdock, it’s about blood purification, diuretics, skin conditions or throat and chest ailments.  Furthermore, it also contains a decent amount of good minerals like Iron, as I mentioned, manganese, magnesium; and small amounts of zinc, calcium, selenium and phosphorus.   All hidden in a chewy chocolatey slice of delicious sweet bread.   You say you can’t do chocolate without a scoop of…

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5 Ingredient: Dairy Free Avocado Chocolate Easter Eggs

5 Ingredient:  Dairy Free Avocado Chocolate Easter Eggs

   This dessert is so fun.  If you don’t make it as an Easter treat, be sure to just try out the chocolate pudding recipe.  It is fabulous.  We have it at least once a month and don’t feel one bit guilty about it either.   Avocado, cacao powder, maple syrup, almond milk and a pinch of salt. It’s perfect in every way. I first discovered the idea of avocado chocolate pudding from Gena @Choosing Raw.  I couldn’t believe just how creamy, luscious and similar it was to my memories of dairy filled, stove top back aching cooked puddings.  If you don’t tell anyone that the base is made from avocados, I think its safe to say…they’ll never know.      In this version, I’ve used the avocado shells themselves to make a dessert presentation for Easter.  The shells fit together after filling them with the prepared pudding and then freezing each half until it’s solid.  Then simply fit the two shells back together and secure them with ribbon for an Easter-Egg-Like presentation for your family.  The shells will thaw in about an hour for serving.  The ones shown here were frozen for over 2 weeks prior to the pics and…

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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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German Chocolate Truffles

German Chocolate Truffles

    I’m so, so glad that I was lucky enough to have had a Mom who taught me from such a young age about food.   I was in the kitchen as just a little girl, 4 or 5 even, helping, learning.  One thing I always knew each year was that my brother was going to want a German Chocolate Cake for his birthday.  Mom made a two layer, extra thick icing cake for him each year without fail.  Great thing was, the rest of us all benefited from his yearly request.  Me?  I always requested Devil’s food for my birthday (which has since always been related to my nature.)  But big brother Greg always got German Chocolate. If you’ve never tried it or don’t know what this Coconut, Pecan & Chocolate dream come true cake, you can get the same rich flavors in my German Chocolate truffles.  These little babies have all the chewy caramelie flavors of the traditional cake without the eggs, dairy or calories of a big slice of cake.  Kept chilled, they make a wonderful afternoon treat that wont stick to your hips or cost an arm and a leg.  For this reason, and their…

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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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Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ Pre-Giveaway-Giveaway, HUH?

Fran Costigan’s ‘Vegan Chocolate’ Pre-Giveaway-Giveaway, HUH?

I wanted to treat my Instagram followers – current and future – to a head start at getting in on entering to win a copy of Fran Costigan’s masterpiece, ‘Vegan Chocolate’ .  I’ll be posting a full review and recipe from the book on August 25th here on Canned-Time.com but for now, you can get bonus entries for the book giveaway.   Just click the link below to get to my Instagram posting for the Pre-Giveaway-Giveaway details. Pre-Giveaway-Giveaway Link! Each Instagram follower and commenter on that posting will get 2 entries for each 1 they post.  It’s a way to thank my Instagram folks and give them a head start on the book review contest later this month. Why are you still reading?  Click the link already and get entered!!

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Denise’s “Double Mint Chocolate Muffins, Eggs & Bacon” – from Pink Vegan – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #7

Denise’s  “Double Mint Chocolate Muffins, Eggs & Bacon” – from Pink Vegan – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #7

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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Spiced Orange Carrot Cooler & 10 Summer Drink Options

Spiced Orange Carrot Cooler & 10 Summer Drink Options

     I’ve come to the conclusion lately, or accepted the realization that I don’t really enjoy smoothies as much as the rest of the world.  I’m thinking that I really should be more of a juice person.  And just accept myself as I am.  No guilt. No trying and trying to get a feel for that thick, veggie/fruit packed drink and deal with it.  No, I’m going to be a juice girl.  I’ll save the pulp.  I’ll use up the fresh fruits I buy.  But I’m going to go much more for just pure juices when I make up morning meals in a glass.  That’s just me of course.  Ya’ll keep blendin’ away the way you like it an d we’ll all get a little healthier. So you’re just not a carrot kinda Girl?  Here are some other fresh Summer drink ideas that may suit your fancy: Simple Limeade Maybe it’s just a ‘Lemonade’ kinda day?  This one has a touch of Coffee substitute for added flavor without the caffeine.    Watermelon Slushie A healthy, sugar and caffeine free Iced Coffee Creamer may be what you want. These three are a few I’ve enjoyed from the health food store…

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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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Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Cacao Nibs & Wild Blueberries (V, GF)

Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Cacao Nibs & Wild Blueberries (V, GF)

    I love lemon cake.  I love chocolate cake.  I love blueberry pie. I love this cake too now.   Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email. Happy Easter everyone ♥  

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Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

Straight from the Vegan Easter Bunny – Raw Cacao Nib Truffles

   From Julie’s Lifestyle.com Easter treats can be fun and healthy with these quick, kid-friendly balls of chocolate flavors.  You’ll want to make them year round too but they sure can make a perfect substitute for popular Easter, sugar laden candies and eggs.  These Cacao Nib coated treats will give kids and adults the healthiest option for a sweet and chocolate treat this Easter.  Plus, once you’ve got this recipe down, the sky’s the limit for new versions, flavors and shapes.   Raw Cacao Nibs are just so yummy on their own.  But when you add them to these healthy truffles, they’re just heavenly. If you can’t find cacao nibs in your area, these are certainly delicious treats with cocoa powder coating instead.  But I urge you to give the nibs a try when you can.  I used NuNaturals Orange and Peppermint Liquid Stevia to make up two different flavor backgrounds for these little balls of fun.  The Cacao nibs rolled on top at the end just add to their chocolate background and make them positively super good for you. Have you ever eaten a whole plate full of candy and not been sinking with guilt and a stomach ache? Okay,…

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Coconut Butter Biscoff Fudge = “little bites of Heaven”

Coconut Butter Biscoff Fudge = “little bites of Heaven”

    If I could only bring 5 food items to a deserted island, 2 of them would be jars of Biscoff Spread.   How we got lucky enough to have this stuff turn out to be Vegan as well as fantabulous?  Only God knows!  Combine it with coconut butter and chocolate?  HEAVENLY stuff ♥        The pan wont last to the end of the day……just warning you!             1 year ago I was pouring Stawberry Syrup over Buckwheat Pancakes

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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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Salted Mocha Caramel Lava Cookies – plus a giveaway

Salted Mocha Caramel Lava Cookies – plus a giveaway

I know we’re all up to our eyebrows in Holiday dressings and pumpkin bars right now…but this cookie recipe is worth stashing in your ‘must try’ folder for 2014.  It’s Awesome. Originally perfected by a young wonderfully talented British baker named Izy, creator of ‘Topped With Cinnamon‘, they are chewy and gooey and overall like a few bites of heaven.  Have a napkin ready to wipe the drool when you check out her video recipe for Izy’s ‘Salted Caramel + Nutella Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookie’ recipe.  It’s Awesome too! Of course, Izy’s version is just perfection.  But then it wouldn’t be natural if I didn’t tinker with the ingredients a bit.  Izy’s recipe is not Vegan.  And I wanted to try something without the Nutella that had more of a Mocha/ Caramel background.  So, like thousands of non-dairy eaters out there, I dropped the eggs and added 2 Tbs. of flax mixed with water.  I used molasses, Vegan butter and ground coffee  instead of the cocoa and used a  caramel sunflower seed butter cup from SunCups.com  for the filling in place of Nutella and the  Cadbury candy.  I also topped mine with some whole pecans that I pressed into the…

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