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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Cranberry Cocoa Rice Crispy Bars

A blast from your past today on Canned-Time I’ve had cravings this week for something nostalgic and tasty from childhood and so, as it goes, I grabbed a box of Health food store Cocoa Crispy cereal.  By the time I got home I just had to have a big bowl of that cocoa taste I remembered.  The almond milk turned all cocoa brown and sweet.  The crunch in the rice pieces faded more and more with each bite.  The soggier they got,  the more I wished that I’d waited and mixed up something with a little more crunch factor.  Enter – Cranberry Coco-Crispy Bars. These bars are just what I needed for my childhood craving.  I had a brand new jug of Vegan Marshmallow waiting to melt into my puffed rice.  But couldn’t I improve on these tasty treats to make them a little more healthy? I’ve been buried in Vegan cookbooks lately and thought I’d try the old “add something ‘good-for-you’ to them” trick. Cranberries, and a few walnuts for good measure ♥  The Vegan “RiceMellow” melted perfectly with a little Earthbalance and a pinch of Cayenne pepper just to make them a little more ‘grown up’ Grease a…

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July 4th Bing Cherry Bombs

 I live in Washington D.C. and one thing we celebrate in grand fashion each year is Independence Day on July 4th. Although I rarely go down to the Mall for the biggest fireworks show anymore, crowds are not my favorite thing since 9-11, I do like to celebrate with family and some good foods. This time of year that usually includes some summer fresh fruit or veggies. And Bing Cherries are absolutely in my top 10 Summer snacks.  Who knew they were also pretty healthy for you? I can remember each summer growing up, my Mom bringing home the huge bag of cherries and we’d grab a handful, go outside and start gobbling them up and spitting out the pits over the deck. The bag never lasted very long ;( My fancier version here includes two more  favorite foods:  Dark Chocolate and some shredded Coconut flakes.  I also experimented with a Vegan Marshmallow spread I found that is super easy to use and tastes great with the Coconut and the sour of the Bing Cherries.  The Vegan Marshmallow Creme from Suzanne’s that  I used here made the cherries taste a lot like a fruit filled cake.  Not overly sweet but…

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