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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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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Kathy Hester’s ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ + a Giveaway!

Kathy Hester’s ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ + a Giveaway!

How easy can it be to become ‘Cruelty Free’ and still love every bite of what you eat?  Pretty darn easy once you get the basics down.  The basics are especially easy now with help from Kathy Hester and her newest book: The Easy Vegan Cookbook  The first basic I absolutely fell in love with….I’ve made this one so many times this fall that I’ve actually memorized Kathy’s recipe for it…was her super simple, super moist and delicious Applesauce Spice Cake.  Oh my.  This one is so easy and so versatile, you’ll love having this basic, easy recipe in your head too.  Add in’s are perfect so adjust away to your own fruits and nut likes.  But keep this classic recipe base just as Kathy has created it for maximum spice tastes. I LOVE the trick Kathy shares in this cake for using apple vinegar with baking soda as a quick and easy leavening.  It works perfectly every time.  After 5 cakes, I’ve got this one down and it’s a absolutely perfect quick gift to bring a friend on a cold fall day.  Just the smell alone of those baked apples and warm spices are enough to make me smile.…

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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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Isa’s ‘Vegan with a Vengeance- 10th Anniversary Edition’ – The Queen of Post Punk Kitchen strikes again!

Isa’s ‘Vegan with a Vengeance- 10th Anniversary Edition’ – The Queen of Post Punk Kitchen strikes again!

   Have you ever just wanted to curl up next to a dessert and just snuggle?  That’s what Isa’s Macadamia Blondies did to me when I made a batch.  My first of what will be many batches, I’m certain.  These decadent Maple Syrup drenched Blondies are just one of so many recipes that I’ve tried in the past few months from her newest book ‘Vegan with a Vengeance’   from Da Capo Lifelong Books  Born and raised in Brooklyn, Isa Chandra Moskowitz began her vegan cooking journey over two decades ago. In 2003, she created the Post Punk Kitchen community access TV show to give vegans something to watch. In conjunction with the show, she also started the PPK website to support an online vegan cooking and baking community.  And having been quite the punk rocker in my day and now being a Vegan for the last 3 years myself – let’s just say I fell in love this summer with Isa and her newest, coolest recipe collection. ♥ This book is edgy, like Isa.  It’s delicious and looks at food with a cruelty free mindset while still being  ‘in your face’.  She loves food and she loves animals.  Her two…

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Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

I just love having the opportunity to help someone try out these products for free this month! Sunwarrior made me very happy this summer! Here’s why.. If you’re new to Canned Time, you may have missed a scrumptious posting I brought you this spring which featured a few recipe ideas using a fabulous new ‘Classic Plus’ line from Sunwarrior products.  If so, please check it out after you’ve enter to win some Sunwarrior for yourself at the end of this posting.   Here’s the link to that earlier article. It has a complete listing of all the fabulously healthy ingredients that Sunwarrior uses in this new ‘Classic Plus’ line and shows you just how important the way they process their products can be to how beneficial they are to your body. Some protein powders leave you wondering why you didn’t spend a little more and get something truly beneficial and tasty?  I’ve been using Sunwarrior’s full line now for years and I really think the Classic Plus is their best product in the full line of options they offer.  The video here will get you some of the reasons I love this product so much and why you MUST enter…

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Pie In The Sky from “The Good Karma Diet” by Victoria Moran – A Review and Giveaway on Canned-Time.com

Pie In The Sky from “The Good Karma Diet” by Victoria Moran – A Review and Giveaway on Canned-Time.com

  I know that I’ve published an extraordinarily high number of Vegan cookbook reviews in the past year.  21 if you’ve been counting…. The Vegan lifestyle is growing by leaps and bounds and thus:  People love recipes and information on ‘How To’  And I’m honored to be selected by authors and publishers alike to take a preview of an upcoming publication. But this book stands out in the crowd.  First thing I thought…..No pictures!!  And to me that just ment boring!!  – I was WRONG. I got started reading Victoria’s book and just kept on going.  Couldn’t put it down.  I love the flow, the information.  Love the way she writes so plainly and realistically.  She’s writing this one to those less experienced in Veganism.  Those out there who just might try out the health benefits and kindness that come from being Vegan.  I really love ‘The Good Karma Diet’  Victoria gives you all a sneak peek at her book here with an excerpt, recipe and a giveaway to one lucky reader. Excerpt from “Liven Things Up” The Good Karma Diet By Victoria Moran When my daughter, Adair, was a tween and teen, we devoted two weeks every summer to…

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Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More  – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

      Boy, I kinda went a little crazy this month when the folks at Oriya Organics asked me to work up a recipe using their products.  Crazy good though.  Their ingredients are just superbly nutritious. The first time I tried their Super Green Medley, which contains live enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, and sprulina,  I sliced lemon, fresh pineapple, cucumber and a tsp. of Super Green Medley powder into a jar of filtered water and let it chill in the fridge over night.  What a wonderful way to start my morning drinking this delicious powerhouse of nutrition the next day.  I’ve been enjoying the same drink, different fruits each morning now and I can feel the energy boost it’s been giving me already. The SuperFood Protein Medley has no processed sweeteners of any kind. It contains a full serving of spirulina and chlorella. On top of a protein, it is a multi-functional cleanser and detoxifier. You can be very creative with recipes including using the protein powder as a flour substitute as opposed to only in smoothies. The SuperGreen Medley is a blend of the most nutrient dense greens on the planet. There are no fillers,…

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Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder Review & Giveaway + Brandi’s New York Style Cheesecake

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder Review & Giveaway + Brandi’s New York Style Cheesecake

    In the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a new product line from Sunwarrior. They’d like to offer you each a 1 in 20 chance to win some of their best stuff along with a swanky Sunwarrior blender bottle.  Cool!! Just click here to enter to win now through May 31st. “Organic Certified Classic Plus builds on Sunwarrior’s original rice protein by adding in the amino acid balancing effects of peas, chia seeds, quinoa, and amaranth. This superfood combination still relies heavily on the gentle nature of whole-grain brown rice, but with a hefty dose of the strength that has made Warrior Blend so popular. Raw, plant-based, and powerful, Classic Plus gives you that little extra you want and need. You’ll love the way it tastes, but how it makes you feel is really why we call it Plus. “   I’ve used both the Vanilla and Chocolate flavors now in 10 – 12 different flavors of smoothies and I really love the taste.  It blends smoothly, has great sweetness without a lot of sugar and really makes a great start to my day, my workout and even my desserts as you’ll see here.…

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Crave Eat Heal by Annie Oliverio plus Butternut Squash Queso Mac & Cheeze

Crave Eat Heal by Annie Oliverio plus Butternut Squash Queso Mac & Cheeze

Food cravings usually come in categories, for me anyway.  I want salt or I want sweet, or both, spicy or warm. This new book, written and photographed by my old friend Annie, has something for everyone.  It manages magically and deliciously to keep two feet on the ‘healthy’ mat while using the freshest, most organic of ingredients.  Just don’t think about why it’s healthy, just make these recipes out of a uncontrollable desire to satisfy your own cravings.  Annie has done all the work to keep these cravings healthy, cruelty free and fun all in one book.  Pretty cool, huh? Whether it’s Carbs you’re craving, chocolate (duh!), icy cool stuff, creamy, crunchy, salty or just plain ole junk – this book has it all.  Big beautiful pictures with clean, easy to follow instructions.  It has recipes that everyone, everyone will love and enjoy while at the same time, help to keep their bodies strong and healthy.   My first reading of Crave Eat Heal I thought… ‘I could just make the things in this book alone for about a year and never get bored‘  Love it ♥  I had a chance to ask Annie about her book, life and the…

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Ricki Heller’s ‘Living Candida-Free’ and Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble

Ricki Heller’s ‘Living Candida-Free’ and Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble

 I didn’t know a whole lot about Candida until I read Ricki Heller’s book ‘Living Candida-Free’ but what little I did know, I think I learned from Ricki’s blog or recipes.  She’s an expert on helping your body keep candida free with the most delicious of foods, health habits and cooking techniques to prevent and / or rid you body of unhealthy yeast.  Her new book is available on Amazon and gives a full plan for dealing with and controlling candida.  Ricki was generous enough to share one of the delicious desserts from her book today, ‘Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble’       She is also offering one of my readers a chance to win a copy of her book for themselves.   Ricki has a wonderful journey to tell about her long road down the Vegetarian, Vegan and Anti-Candida diet trails.  She give us an extensive diet plan for identifying Candida, eliminating it from your body by ‘rebalancing’ your body sour cream and onion kale chips, spreads – chocolate bean butter, sweets of course and then how to maintain ‘candida-free’ “Candida yeast is a normal part of a healthy digestive tract.  But once the body’s internal balance of ‘good’ bacteria and…

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Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

   When I first received a copy of Karen Page’s ‘The Vegetarian Flavor Bible’ last year, I was truly amazed at how much information she packed into this gigantic 7 lbs. book.   New to cooking?  New to Veganism? This book is the perfect companion for you.  It is  page after page of foods, by category – cheese, greens, legumes, citrus etc.,  all organized to get you the most information about those foods in the most complete package. A few recipes, but fabulous details on which foods go with what, the best ways to prepare, where to find them in restaurants and so much more.  After delving into the ‘Cheese’ section of Karen’s book, I had to try out the Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast sprinkles she suggests.  Cheeses are my most missed dairy food, far more so than any meats I used to eat.   I know this ‘Cheezey’ treat is a tried and true snack in the Vegan world but somehow, I’d never tried it out.  I’m hooked!  Cheese never tasted so good.  If you’ve never tried this tasty treat be sure not to wait too long cause it’s simply a rare gift to non-dairy eaters. Karen has kindly…

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“The Vegiterranean Diet” by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD – a review, recipe & book giveaway

“The Vegiterranean Diet” by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD – a review,  recipe & book giveaway

I recently received a copy of Julieanna Hever’s book “The Vegiterranean Diet“ for review.   It’s a very special book indeed. “The Mediterranean diet has been the gold standard dietary regimen for decades, and with good reason: it has been linked to lowered risks of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Julieanna Hever , MS, RD takes the Mediterranean diet concept to a whole new level! By focusing on whole-plant foods that promote long-term wellness and ideal weight management, we can reap the benefits of the most researched and beloved diet, made even healthier.  This is the best of the best for plant based diets in my view.  It’s a healthy, easy way to maximize your physical abilities, be kind to our animal friends and don’t forget, eat fabulous foods.  Julieanna has it all in this book.”  The Vegiterranean Diet, which includes a foreword by Dr. Neal D. Barnard  and blurbs by John Robbins, Kathy Freston, and T. Colin Campbell offers: ·         Comprehensive nutrition info ·         Shopping lists with everyday ingredients ·         More than 60 delicious, budget-friendly recipes ·         Flexible meal plans (great for families, too!) ·         Strategies for overall health Julieanna presents the facts and figures in…

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Its time, it’s time!! Let the ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ voting begin…..

Its time, it’s time!!  Let the ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ voting begin…..

But wait…There’s more!  At the end of this posting, you can find details on a new event for 2015 that kicks off with a fantastic giveaway  for the whole month of January from NuNaturals products.  Don’t vote and then leave without entering to win some fabulous free Stevia products.   It’s a WORLD WIDE contest open to all for just a few clicks of the mouse. All of the entries are in and it’s time now to decide the best of the best in the  Canned Time Breakfast In Bed-Fest 2014 recipe competition.  The winner gets a huge YEA!  and some cool stuff for their fine workmanship as well.  In 2015, I’ll be creating an e-book with all the recipes from the event and the recipe with the most votes this month will have the honor of being featured on the cover page of that book.  In addition, the winning blogger will choose which Animal Welfare Charity all the proceeds from the book will go to.   Sound fun?  Let’s get to the votes then……. I’ve created pictures from all the entries,  listing in order of their posting,   showing all 12 recipes and the blogger who created them.  Scroll…

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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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Emily Von Euw’s “Blueberrylicious” Smoothie from ‘100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks’

Emily Von Euw’s “Blueberrylicious” Smoothie from ‘100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks’

 Why talk about ice-cold, frosty smoothies in November?  Well, cause they’re just Berrylicious!   Emily Von Euw’s newest book, “100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks” is just what you need this winter to keep your taste buds and your waistline happy through the cold days ahead.  She’s sharing her recipe for a delicious, creamy blueberry filled smoothie with us today plus a chance to win a copy of her new book for yourself.   First the smoothie:   Fortunately for all of us,  perfect little blueberries in smoothies are great frozen or fresh.  No reason at all why you can’t keep up the nutritional benefits of these deep blue antioxidant gems all year round.  Wintertime stresses on our bodies just cry out for the goodness of berries where ever and when ever.   Emily’s got you covered on that one with her ‘Blueberrylicious’ smoothie from the book. This delectable smoothie is quick and easy, yes.  Full of fabulous nutrition, yes.  But why not make it the hit of your Holiday party as well?  Smoothie bowls are all the rage these days and I say, instead of serving that big bowl of processed sugar filled punch at your event, make it…

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Mango Salsa from Jason Wyrick – ‘Vegan Tacos’ & a Giveaway!

Mango Salsa from Jason Wyrick – ‘Vegan Tacos’ & a Giveaway!

  So who’s Jason Wyrick?  Chef Jason Wyrick is the executive chef of The Vegan Taste, a cooking instructor, caterer, a former diabetic, and founder of the world’s first vegan food magazine, The Vegan Culinary Experience.  Jason was the first vegan culinary instructor in the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu program through Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and has catered for many corporations.  Jason has taught hundreds of vegan cooking classes around the world.  His work as been featured in the New York Times, Vegetarian News, and on both local and national television.  Not to mention, he’s a darn good photographer, providing all the pictures in the book including those shown in this posting.   Check out Jason’s website too:  thevegantaste.com .   I really love all the fresh ingredients that Jason’s recipes use.  Mexican food can be made a thousand different ways.  Some good, some not so good.  But Jason takes it to a new level of healthy deliciousness with such a wide range of ideas for meals.  He gives us the basics like salsas, tortillas and tacos of course.  Then you can venture into toppings, sides or drinks even, all with a vegan twist to keep them healthier than most traditional Mexican…

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Ka’ Chava Tribal Superfood Meal Shake – Review & A Giveaway!

Ka’ Chava Tribal Superfood Meal Shake – Review & A Giveaway!

     All summer long, I’ve been enjoying the creamy goodness of Ka’ Chava Protein Powder mix in my smoothies.  First I got into the Chocolate (of course)  but the vanilla proved to be my favorite just for its versatility with my drinks.  I’ve combined the chocolate with avocado, cacao, a little non-dairy milk and Pow! A delicious way to skip a meal while on the go or give yourself the boost you need on a busy day.  The chocolate is so full of ‘good-for-you’ ingredients that you just wont believe that you’re tasting such a rich chocolate flavor with all that healthy goodness for you.  It’s just great with the avocado but it’s pretty awesome too on it’s on.  Stash a little of the chocolate powder away for your lunch and you can shake it up in a bottled water for an on the go meal.     For Health and Wellness Daily Breakfast – Kickstart your day with all the nutrients your body needs to perform at your best! Ka’Chava will carry you through until lunch. Just add water and mix well, then be out the door in minutes, ready to take on the day! Healthy Meal On The…

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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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Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway! Closed

Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway!  Closed

 Giveaway is now CLOSED.  I recently had a chance to talk with Cara Reed, author, blogger and Gluten-Free goddess.  She has a new book out that takes Gluten-Free baking to a new level.  She’s already made headlines on her blog, Forks & Beans, with her famous gluten-free flour blend and mock ups of the world’s favorite candy bars and baked goods.  If you’re not familiar with her site you’ll love it.  I try not to read Cara’s posts on an empty stomach though….too frustating looking at all my childhood sweets so beautifully re-created into healthier treats.  Cara is a real sweetheart herself.  I had a chance to ask her about the book, life and her health changes recently. ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’   Me:  Cara, congratulations on the book.  Is it your life’s ambition?  Or a total surprise to be a published author now? Cara: The moment I began blogging I could have never dreamt that I would be where I am today. Every step has been some of the most delightful surprises I have experienced, with this cookbook being not an exception. Me:  Can we all look forward to your writing another soon? Cara: I already have an entire list…

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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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Kathy Hester’s “OATrageous Oatmeals” – Review and a Crazy Cool Giveaway!!

Kathy Hester’s “OATrageous Oatmeals” – Review and a Crazy Cool Giveaway!!

    Kathy Hester’s new book, OATrageous Oatmeals, and OXO make a very tasty partnership! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to enter to win your own set of OXO goodies.     Pre-order Kathy Hester’s new book, OATrageous Oatmeals, for $15.06 and have the chance to get over $25’s worth of goodies. Just be one of the first 100 people to email your OATrageous purchase receipt to oatrageousoatmeals@gmail.com it should include your full name and mailing address (for delivery purposes only). Kathy has some other surprises for everyone who pre-orders including an OATragous newsletter with not-in-the-book oat recipes and special coupons.     Yes, I’ve been having lots of fun testing out some of Kathy’s recipe ideas from the book too!    Kathy’s Steel-Cut Oat Sausage Crumbles will take you to a new world of meat substitutes.  She’s been kind enough to share the recipe below for them with you as a sneak preview for you as well:  Steel Cut Sausage Crumbles Photo credit –  Kate Lewis ‘OATrageous Oatmeals’  OATrageous Oatmeals is just what you’d expect from Kathy Hester.  Fun. Useful. Delicious. You’ll just be amazed at how many ways she’s figured out to…

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Guest Post – Jonny Fresh + Pecan Hazelnut Danish + A Giveaway!!

Guest Post – Jonny Fresh + Pecan Hazelnut Danish + A Giveaway!!

I found Jonny on Pinterest this spring and have admired his quest for raw, fresh food recipes ever since.  His creativity and talent for combining wonderfully fresh flavors is magical.  You can see some of his work in this Guest post he did for me along with the recipe for his beautifully delicious Pecan Hazelnut Danishes.  Enter to win one of Jonny’s new E-Book, “Raw Food Made Fun, Easy and Beautiful” as well.   A World Wide Giveaway!  Yeah!!      So Here’s Jonny!     Raw Vegan Pecan Hazelnut Danishes with Strawberry Banana Filling and Lemon Glaze    Before creating a dish for the great honor that this guest post is, I asked my facebook fans what kind of recipes they were looking for. One woman said she wanted something she could serve her kids for breakfast. It immediately caught my eye out of all the answers, and so I started scheming. I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before. I only found one Raw Danish throughout the whole interweb, and they looked more like crackers. These Danishes are thick, chewy, and most importantly, perfect for kids. Especially ones that are accustomed to traditional grain heavy western breakfasts.…

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Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Red Quinoa Beet Salad with Cucumber Blossoms and ‘Bacon’ – plus a giveaway!

Any time that you can sneak flowers into your food – go for it. Cucumber Blossoms from my pot on my rooftop.  I have a new best friend, Terry Hope Romero’s new book – “Salad Samurai”.  I’ve literally been carrying this book around the house with me for days.  Looking at all the fantastic ideas for salads, salad toppings, salad stuff!  Terry knows what a great salad needs.  Her new book is now available at Amazon  and she’s allowed me to sneak a peak at her fabulous book and share a bit of it with you.  Plus two lucky readers will be able to grab a copy of  “Salad Samurai” for free!!   Yikes, I love this book  ♥  The first thing that I noticed when looking through all the gorgeous pics and recipes in Terry’s book was that she and I share a love of salads that make a meal.  Salads that have a whole lot going on to satisfy your taste buds as well as your appetite.  I’ve been enjoying a salad for most of my dinner meals since the beginning of March.  I appreciate all the topping ideas and dressing recipes that I can get my hands…

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Forever Young – a Giveaway!

Forever Young – a Giveaway!

  As I get ready to sneak past another birthday next week, I wanted to share a product with you all that I’ve been using for about 2 months now and really enjoy.  It has helped reduce my under eye dark circles firstly, and leaves your face firm but not dried out.  I think it’s the best smelling beauty product that I’ve ever used.  Really fresh, without a strong flower smell.  It smells like green.  Like fresh green fields.  It’s called Forever Young Hyaluronic Acid Serum  I’d like to offer you all a chance to try some of this luxurious facial serum for yourselves.   5 of you, to be exact. Forever Young is cruelty free.  No animal testing. Here’s a little more about it from Celeste Le Beau, the manufacturer: Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum With The Highest Concentration (1.5%). Not Sticky & With a Slight Fragrance. Abundant In Vitamins & Nutrient-Rich Organic Herbs – Aloe Vera, MSM, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Lavender Oil. All Natural – Paraben Free, SLS Free & Alcohol Free. It Doesn’t Cause Any Skin Irritation Or Pores Clogging. Made in the USA in our advanced FDA certified facility. Hassle-Free Airless Pump…

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“Deli Dirt Mustard” Flax Crackers with Guacamole – Vegan & Gluten-free – plus a giveaway!

“Deli Dirt Mustard” Flax Crackers with Guacamole – Vegan & Gluten-free – plus a giveaway!

Green Mountain Mustard makes mustard differently.     They’re not your run of the mill yellow mustard in a squeeze bottle. In fact, they’re not even gourmet mustard. They make different mustard. Mustard that isn’t bright yellow. Mustard that isn’t boring. And mustard that belongs on way more than just your everyday office sandwich. Green Mountain Mustard started out as a “let’s just see if this stuff sells” mustard back in 2007. Several years later, it’s evolved into a brand known for wacky flavors that take you on a flavor journey far beyond national, squeeze-bottle counterparts. With flavors like Deli Dirt (the blend of toppings on an everything bagel), Atomic Rooster (made with homemade Sriracha sauce), and Clove Encounter (made with a whopping 10 cloves of garlic in every jar), we like to help you push the flavor boundaries of condiment creation.   ‘Deli Dirt’ deliciously healthy ingredients:    Did you know that there are 3 different types of mustard seeds?    Mustard plants produce three types of mustard seeds (arguably two): Yellow and brown. There are other varieties, like black mustard seeds and even white mustard seeds, but they are variations of yellow and brown.   You can enter to win 3 Green Mountain Mustard flavors for yourself:  …

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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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Vegan MoFo 2013 Recap

Well, all good things must come to an end.  This month has been such fun.  Such RED fun.  I’ve really enjoyed sharing some wonderfully nutritious and delicious ideas with everyone.  Red foods are packed with so many vitamins and minerals…best yet, they’re yummy!! Here’s a quick review of everything Canned Time for this year’s Vegan MoFo: Key Lime Red Raspberry Cheesecake – Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Fresh & Fruity Watermelon Granita Spicy Red Cabbage Slaw Wraps Cranberry Cocoa Rice Crispy Bars Fresh Basil Beet Pasta Royal Red Adzuki Bean Soup repost Strawberry Sunflower Sprout Salad Homemade Natural Face Bronzer Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Okra Chili Cinnamon Red Pear Butter ‘You Don’t Know Jack Hash’ – Natalie Slater “Bake and Destroy” book review Red Beet And Beet Green Soup Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce Vegan Shoo-Fly Cake with Pomegranates Kathy Hester’s Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two and a Giveaway It’s been grand!  Many, many thanks for all the new ‘likes’ and all the kind comments.  Can’t wait for next year ♥

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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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NuNaturals Lo Han Product Giveaway Winners

NuNaturals Lo Han Product Giveaway Winners

And the winners are……… Mr. Floydy is so excited about this giveaway he got all dressed up just to help announce all 16 winners in the NuNaturals Giveaway contest so here we go………… The winners of 2 NuNaturals Lo Han Sweetener Products are: Cassie Hoffsommer Lolly Busey Kimberly Terri Jones Cole Emma Potts Rika Huang Sylvia W. Kiersten P. Annemiek D. Mandy Brown Marquesa Aguilar veganosaurus  Anne Banan Leanna Reece Lynn Paquin Sarah Koznek   and  finally, Drum roll please Floyde………the Grand Prize winner of the $125 NuNaturals Super Product Package is: Annemiek D. Congratulations to all the winners.  Your contest prizes should be arriving soon and you can start using some fantastic healthy sweeteners in your own kitchen.  Thanks to everyone who participated and a special thanks to the ladies at Keepin’ It Kind, An Unrefined Vegan and Gazing In Have a great weekend folks ♥

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