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Vegan Simplified

The Vegan lifestyle is not boring, complicated, or expensive. This blog was designed in the hopes to simplify the process of healthy eating. I welcome everyone, not just vegans.

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Desserts

Arroz con Leche

As I was enjoying this delicious arroz con leche, I decided to post the recipe for it on my blog. So, this is a Mexican-style rice pudding recipe using only vegan ingredients. I’ve been wanting to make this for a while now because it was one of my favorite dishes growing up. It turned out so good that I wanted to share it right away :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 cups vegan milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place rice, water, cinnamon, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and lower the heat.
  2. After most of the water has been absorbed, stir in milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Lower the heat and stir continuously for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Garnish with ground cinnamon and/or raisins if you’d like!

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Blueberry Banana ‘Nice’ Cream

If you haven’t tried frozen-banana ice cream, you’re missing out! So, what makes this so ‘nice’? It’s cruelty-free which means no animals were harmed in the making of this recipe and it’s the healthiest version of ice cream you’ll ever find. This recipe is easy to make and it’s super delicious. Give it a try and let me know what you think :)

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Toppings:

  • Pine nuts
  • Shredded coconut
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries

Directions:

  1. Place frozen bananas and blueberries in food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Scoop into a bowl and add your favorite toppings.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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We’re mixing things up by adding chocolate and peanut butter to the classic banana bread recipe. My fiancé was so ecstatic when he found out I was using two of his favorite ingredients. I mean, who wouldn’t be?

Experience: Although this turned out quite delicious, I felt it could’ve been better. It was dense and moist which might be satisfying to some people, but I prefer lighter, fluffier bread. Being how dense it was, I really thought it needed something else in there like walnuts. This certainly could have been the result of my weak bread-making skills. Surprisingly, both my fiancé and my mom thought it turned out super delicious and I ended up eating a few slices as well! So, I was happy about that. Overall, I thought this was a really good recipe and I would definitely make this again. Anyway, give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you!

Find the recipe here: http://neuroticmommy.com/2015/03/27/chocolate-peanut-butter-banana-bread/

 

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Snickers

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When I found this vegan version of Snickers, I didn’t expect it to turn out as delicious as it did! Snickers was my favorite candy bar growing up. Although, I wouldn’t eat this as regularly as I used to when I was a kid, it’s a healthier alternative to store-bought Snickers bars.

Experience: There are 3 layers: the nougat, the caramel filling, and the dark chocolate coating. It needs to be stored in the freezer after each layer is made. This is a very simple recipe to follow. In total, it took me a little over an hour but it was so worth it. My favorite layer to make was the caramel filling. It is mainly made up of dates and it tastes just like traditional caramel. It’s incredible! This is definitely one of my favorite recipes and I think everyone needs to give these vegan Snickers a try :)

Find the recipe here: http://detoxinista.com/2013/09/healthy-snickers-bars-vegan/


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Nana Ice Cream

Who knew making ice cream can be so effortless? I’ve been making ice cream almost every morning for the past week since we’ve been experiencing warmer weather here. It’s so good, I can’t get enough! I love this because it’s a healthier alternative to dairy-based ice cream. I’ve shared it with my family and they love it as well. It’s so easy to whip up and you can add as many toppings as you’d like!

Make sure the bananas are ripe before you put them in the freezer. Also, don’t forget to chop them up. I made the mistake of placing the whole unpeeled banana and had trouble chopping it up once it was frozen!

Ingredients:

  • 4 frozen bananas, chopped

Toppings:

  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Almonds

 

Directions:

  1. Place frozen bananas in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add your favorite fruits, nuts, etc.


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Snickerdoodles

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I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I’ve had snickerdoodles until I saw this recipe. My mom used to make these cookies for us when we were younger. Unfortunately, she lost the recipe which might’ve been a good thing anyway because it called for dairy and eggs. Luckily, these are vegan and gluten-free!

For those of you who don’t know what a snickerdoodle is. Basically, it’s a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon. The true difference between snickerdoodles and sugar cookies is the use of cream of tartar to create a soft texture in snickerdoodles as opposed to the crunchy texture in sugar cookies.

Experience: I really enjoyed making these. There are only a few ingredients to put together and they turned out delicious. I used all-purpose flour instead of the whole wheat flour because that’s what I had on hand. After creating the dough, you leave it in the fridge for an hour. I made 3 batches. On the first batch, it was very difficult to roll the dough into balls. The dough was very dry and crumbly. After the second batch, I realized that melting the butter before adding it into the mix, makes the dough easier to work with. My family couldn’t get enough of these goodies. That’s why I made 3 batches! I’ll absolutely make them again soon.

Find the recipe here: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/11/24/my-favourite-snickerdoodles/

 


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Energy-Packed Date Balls

I couldn’t wait to use my new food processor, so I created this very simple and delicious energy-packed recipe! It only takes a few minutes to prepare and they make perfect to-go snacks. I’ll probably take a few with me to school :)

I’ve been using dates as a natural sweetener in my recipes. I love it. I can make my own healthy snacks and avoid consuming artificially sweetened foods. You can customize this recipe however you’d like. Add coconut flakes, cashews, or dried fruits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor, blend dates and vanilla extract. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and blend.
  2. Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll the dates into balls. You can add more oats to layer over the balls (optional).
  3. Place them in the fridge for 1 hour to let the ingredients set in.

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