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Chocolate Cake to Live For

vegan chocolate cake

This is the ultimate chocolate cake. I know that’s a big statement, but after 20 years of love letters and requests from brides, birthday celebrators, bloggers, caterers, and my family and friends, I can say with certainty that this recipe is guaranteed to satisfy even the most ardent chocoholic. Be prepared for, “No way this is a vegan chocolate cake!” The Chocolate Cream spreads and pipes like a dream. A glamorous and delicious alternative to the cream is the Chocolate Ganache filled and glazed cake, and the Ganache is used to make truffles too.   From Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy Free Desserts by Fran Costigan © 2013, Running Press. Reprinted by permission.

 

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Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie

A fast breakfast for a busy morning—we have to admit, it’s the ideal smoothie!

The texture of avocado is the secret to smooth, creamy smoothies, and avocado combines perfectly with chocolate. In addition to its digestive properties, the avocado has another quality: the fatty acids it contains quickly gives the satiety signal to the brain of the person who eats it!

 

Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 mature avocados
  • ½ cup spinach
  • 2 cups vegetable milk of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons of good quality cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
Instructions
  1. Mix all these ingredients together in the blender.
  2. That's it!

 

Check Out These Vegan Spins on Tailgating Staples

A man dipping a pita bread slice in a traditional hummus plate

It doesn’t get much better than gathering with good friends on a crisp, fall morning, all bundled in your favorite team’s colors, preparing to cheer on the best players in the league. That is, unless you could somehow combine your love of football with your vegan diet.

Typical tailgate parties conjure up visions of grilling meat, dairy-laden dips and egg-based sweet treats that leave very few options for the true vegan. Vegans are accustomed to making do with the odd carrot stick or packing their own snacks at parties, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Luckily, you don’t have to throw out every tailgating guide to create a vegan tailgater’s dream. Continue Reading…

Crunchy Salty Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

Crunchy Salty Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

The combination of flavors in this salty peanut butter chocolate tart are familiar and crowd-pleasing. It’s also packed with lots of good nutrition from the oats, peanuts, and cacao. This is an impressive dessert to take to a party because unlike other tarts that may be messy to serve, this one has a thick peanut butter and oat crust that holds its shape. A dark chocolate filling and a sprinkling of flaky salt bring it over the top. We usually cut the tart into bars, but it can also be cut into triangle wedges and eaten like a New York–style slice (of pizza, that is!).

From Chocolate Every Day: 85+ Plant-Based Recipes for Cacao Treats that Support Your Health and Well-Being by Bennett Coffey and Kyleen Keenan, Copyright © 2018. Published by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC, reprinted by permission. Continue Reading…

Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites

Coconut bites from the Minimalist Baker

These bites are one of my favorite desserts yet! Consider these my lazy-girl’s take on classic Almond Joys. The base is a naturally-sweetened, and these no-bake vegan coconut cookies are dunked in dark chocolate and topped with a roasted almond and more chocolate. Serve these delectable bites as a simple dessert, or enjoy throughout the week as a relatively guilt-free snack! Recipe from Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Schultz © 2016, reprinted by permission of Avery Publishing. Continue Reading…

Brownie Nut Butter Cups

Vegan Brownie Nut Butter Cups

We’ve taken a look at the best thing ever (also known as peanut butter cups) and gone one step further, replacing the chocolate candy bottom with a mini brownie. You’ll realize what a brilliant idea it was when you get your fingers on (and sink your teeth into) the resulting chewy, super rich goodness! Recipe and photo from Vegan Finger Foods: More Than 100 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Bite-Size Eats Everyone Will Love by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes. Published by Fair Winds Press @2014. Reprinted by permission. Continue Reading…

8 Vegan Treats Featuring Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Peanut Butter Bars from Isa Moskowitz from Post Punk Kitchen

It’s hard to think of a more compatible duo of flavors for desserts than peanut butter and chocolate. This array of recipes from a number of vegan foodies and chefs is proof positive of universal agreement on this topic! Above, Isa Moskowitz’s Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Bars a perfect for a lunch box treat, a picnic, or hey, since there’s cereal and oatmeal in there, why not breakfast? They’re so easy and so much yummier than packaged granola bars that there’s no reason not to give ‘em a go. Continue Reading…

Superfood Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

Superfood Chocolate Pudding by Christina Cavanaugh from Begin Within Nutrition

Two of my favorite superfoods, sweet potatoes and raw cacao, are whipped together to make a delicious treat! This one passed by all my testers, young and old! Not only does this scrumptious dessert satisfy a sweet tooth, it will leave your skin glowing!  Both sweet potatoes and raw cacao are two of the best foods you can consume for radiant skin! Recipe and photos contributed by Cristina Cavanaugh, from Begin Within Nutrition. 

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Chocolate, Orange, and Almond Olive Oil Cake

If you have ground almonds in your freezer, as I usually do, it takes almost no time to prep. But don’t rush the baking and final steps: it is important to bake the cake until it is dark golden-brown for the best texture, and to sprinkle a layer of chopped almonds on the serving plate so that the bottom of the cake doesn’t stick to the plate. This recipe calls for two kinds of almonds, unpeeled sweet whole almonds and Marcona almonds from Spain, but you can use all sweet almonds if that’s what you have on hand. In that case, sprinkle a little more flaked salt over the top of the cake since Marcona almonds are already salted and fried in oil when you buy them.

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Chocolate Date-Nut Lollipops

Chocolate Date Lollipops

Fun, fun, fun! That’s how I describe these lovely little lollipops! The dates help to hold the pops together while also standing in for much of the processed sugar. They’re perfect for any party, whether you are entertaining kids or adults! Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* © 2013 BenBella Books, reprinted by permission.

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Buckeye Pie

Buckeye Pie Hannah Kaminsky

Cradled in a chocolate crust and blanketed by a ganache topping, the silky peanut butter mousse at the center is creamy and luscious. The hardest part of this pie is making the crust (if indeed you’re making yours from scratch), so once it’s baked and ready to go, you’re more than halfway done! Recipe adapted from Easy as Vegan Pie by Hannah Kaminsky. © 2013, Skyhorse Publishing, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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