Vegan Carrot Cupcakes

Hoppy Easter EveryBunny!

Carrot cake is one of the most yummy cakes, in my opinion. So I wanted to share this lovely little recipe. Enjoy!

(Please note that I’ve omitted the raisins. I’m a simple girl, with simple tastes and I personally like my carrot cake sans raisins.)

xoxo

Becky

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Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup soy yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 cup finely grated carrots
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

For icing:
1/4 cup Earth Balance margarine, softened
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or lightly coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, vegetable oil, yogurt, and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together, then add to the wet ingredients, mixing until smooth. Fold in carrots, walnuts, and raisins.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 26 to 28 minutes.
  4. While the cupcakes are baking, beat margarine and cream cheese together with an electric mixer until just combined.
  5. Continue to beat while adding the confectioners sugar in small batches. Mix until smooth and creamy, then beat in the vanilla.
  6. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, pipe or spread on cream cheese frosting, and garnish with chopped walnuts or coconut.

(Makes 12 cupcakes.)

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Hippie What?

Hippie Snacks! That’s what.

I recently bought a bag of these delish coconut chips at a local organic shop near me and oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe something so simple could be so darn addictive! Ok, that’s not totally true. The yummiest things usually are the most simple. But still, I didn’t know what to expect with these Hippie Snacks, but wow was I impressed! They’re made from a nutrient dense superfood and naturally full of flavor. They take fresh slices of young coconut and roast them to the perfection.

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With just three little ingredients (coconut, cane sugar, salt) these tasty bits of heaven are both sweet and satisfying all at once.

If you love coconut as much as I do, I highly suggest picking up a bag.

xoxo

Becky

 

Chamomile Quinoa?

Need a little variety to your morning oatmeal? I’ve got a fantastic little tip for you then! First of all, skip the oatmeal. Try Quinoa flakes instead. Next, tea! Brew up your favorite flavor of tea tomorrow morning (may I suggest chamomile or lavender) and steep it in 1 cup of soy or almond milk. Then, just make the flakes as you normally would and voila! You have a tasty, unique and soothing breakfast (or snack) that is sure to satisfy 😉

xoxo

Becky

Me-Oh-My Vegan Coconut Fudge

Fudge. Need I say more?

Fudge is such an indulgent treat and just so happens to be one of my favorites. Granted, it’s not the most healthy treat in the world, but sometimes you just need to live a little 😉

I’ve been to Banff, Alberta many times. When you live in Alberta, you tend to go there for a weekend mountain getaway. It’s a beautiful, majestic little town full of fun and unique places. One of the best places to get fudge, just so happens to be in Banff at a little place called “The Fudgery”. It has all kinds of fudge. Every flavor you can think of. I’m a simple girl, with simple tastes. I always got the plain old chocolate. And me-oh-my, it was worth every bite.

Now being vegan, I sadly can’t have that fudge anymore. But, I have a killer recipe that is sure to please any of you fellow vegans and fudge enthusiasts.

Please note that this recipe can be adjusted! This is the coconut recipe. If you wanted, say, a more minty taste you just need to omit the coconut and add peppermint extract and crushed candy canes. So after you try this flavor, give some others a-go and post in the comments what fudge is your favorite and I can help you adjust accordingly 🙂

xoxo

Becky

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  • 1 Cup Dairy-Free, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3-1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Dairy-Free Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Regular Canned Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Flaked Coconut, Toasted

Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch square baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine the chocolate chips, sugar, and cocoa. Separately, place the margarine and coconut milk in a small saucepan, and stir together over medium heat. Cook the mixture until the margarine has melted. Remove it from the stove, and immediately pour over the chocolate mixture. Let everything sit for a couple of minutes, and then stir vigorously to melt the chocolate and add the dry ingredients. Continue stirring until a completely smooth mixture forms. Mix in the vanilla, and quickly pour everything into your prepared pan. Smooth out the top and sprinkle the flaked coconut evenly over the entire surface. Press the coconut gently into the fudge with the palm of your hand. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Makes 32 Small Squares

Enjoy!

Ooohhh, Sugar!

“You are my candy giirrrll! And you’ve got me wanting youuu!”

Sorry, the title of the blog got me singing that so I figured it would only be fair if I torment you with it also. You’re welcome.

Today’s post is about… surprise, surprise… sugar! That evil yet sexy little addiction that almost all of us have or have had at some point. And let’s face it, sugar IS an addiction.

ad·dic·tion:

compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance, characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all comparing a sugar addiction to a drug or alcohol addiction. I’m simply saying that if we’re going by the literal definition of the word, it can be considered a harmful substance when used compulsively. And that goes for anyone. Even the withdrawal part is the same for sugar. I know alot of people who get pretty darn hot and bothered (and NOT in the sexy way) when they don’t have their daily dose of the stuff.

Recently, I discovered organic coconut palm sugar. The research on it shows that coconut sugar is considered to be one of the best natural sweeteners. It is totally natural, coming straight from the flower buds of coconut trees and there is no added chemicals nor any additives whatsoever needed in making it. Also, coconut Sugar has high mineral content. It is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. In addition to this it contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6. When compared to brown sugar, Coconut Sugar has twice the iron, four times the magnesium and over 10 times the amount of zinc. And, in my opinion, it tastes the best!

I don’t consume alot of sugar in my diet. The only thing I use it for is my teas. And if you know me at all, you know I loves my tea! Especially with black teas (blackcurrant being my fave right now), I need a little sweetness added to it. And the coconut sugar adds a rich and yummy flavor to MY personal daily addiction, tea.

Here is a nutrition chart, comparing coconut sugar to other popular sweeteners:

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Compared to all other sweeteners, I believe coconut sugar to be the tastiest and best choice. That being said, any sugar in high doses is going to be bad news bears for you so please be aware of the quality and quantity of what you’re putting in your little ol’ self.

Stay sweet, my lovely blog readers! Wink.

xoxo

Becky

 

Vegan Crock Pot Chili

This recipe is probably what I’m most “famous” for in my family. I’ve made it on numerous occasions and each time I do, I get very high praises. I’m the only vegan in my family, so when I made it they were at first skeptical on whether or not it would live up to their, oh so high, chili expectations. Infact, I even hid the fact that it was totally vegan from my older brother. I know, right? It shouldn’t have to be done, but people tend to judge vegan dishes before tasting them simply because of the lack of “real” meat.

To make a long story, less long, everyone loved it and it’s been a hit ever since!

xoxo

Becky

Vegan Crock Pot Chili chili

Ingredients:

10 Carrots (diced)

10 Celery Stalks (diced)

1 Onion (diced)

1 Avocado (chopped)

1 Can of organic chickpeas

1 Can of organic white kidney beans

1 Can of organic red kidney beans

1 Can of Aylmer Accents diced tomatoes (garlic & olive oil)

1 Package of Yves vegan ground turkey

2 Cups of vegan vegetable broth

2 Cups of water

2 Tablespoons of organic chili powder (any will do)

Seasoning to taste

Tufutti “better than sour cream” sour cream

Gluten Free rice chips

Directions:

Chop everything (except the avocado) that needs to be chopped. Fry up the vegan ground turkey on the stove. Throw your broth and water into the crock pot. Add the chopped veggies, beans, chickpeas and tomatoes into the crock pot. Then add your ground turkey, chili powder and any other seasoning you wish. Turn the crock pot to low heat and let sit all day long. (About 8 hours). Then serve with GF rice chips, avocado and “sour cream” and you’ve got yourself a yummy and healthy meal! Mmm-Mmm delish.

 

 

 

 

Dreamy Coconut Bars

Mmmm, coconut. Creamy, dreamy, delicious coconut. I don’t know about you, but I adore the stuff. Lattes, desserts, piña coladas. All of it. And these bars are no exception. Also, they are crazy easy to make! So next time you have a few minutes and are craving a yummy little treat, whip up a batch of these bad boys.coconut122095612

xoxo

Becky

Dreamy Coconut Bars 

Makes 6-8 bars

  • 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or by hand. Squish into any small container (about 7 x 5) and refrigerate for an hour before cutting. (Or freeze for 15 minutes.) Enjoy!

Creamy Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

This vegan & gluten free mac ‘n’ cheese dish is a creamy, dreamy delight! The pepperjack shreds give it an extra kick too 😉

xoxo

Becky

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Ingredients: 
1 lb Tinkyada Gluten Free Spiral Pasta
1/2 Cup Daiya Pepperjack Style Shreds
1/2 Cup Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Soy or Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Earth Balance Vegan Butter
1 Tablespoon Tofutti Herbs & Chives Vegan Cream Cheese
Instructions: 

Boil the pasta until it reaches desired tenderness. Add your milk, cheese shreds, butter & cream cheese. Stir until Daiya melts, add some salt & pepper to taste and parsley for show & enjoy your creamy vegan/gluten free mac ‘n’ cheese!

Servings:  4
 
Preparation Time: 20 Mins

Raspberry Cobbler Bars

This little number is for my wonderful boyfriend. He loves raspberries. And he loves desserts. Win-Win 😉

xoxo

Becky

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(makes 8-14 bars)

  • 1.5 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups (8oz) fresh or frozen berries
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Stir together the first six ingredients. Scoop half of the dough into a small, oiled glass dish (or any small pan). In a separate bowl, stir together the other ingredients. Layer them into the pan, then top with the rest of the dough from the first pan. Bake for 35 minutes at 350F, cool before cutting and enjoy your tasty little treats!

Nutritional info per bar:

  • Calories: 85
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram

Strike A Pose

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If you’re like me, then you were slightly confused by all of the different flavors of yoga’s out there too! There’s alot of them, so don’t feel bad. Or dumb. That’s not how a yogi should feel.

I’m going to dumb down the list to the top 14 types of yoga styles out there. Hopefully this makes it easier for you on your road to yoga bliss.

(One that didn’t make the list but is another yoga flavor is Tantra Yoga. To those of you sexy people that know what that is, then good for you! Also, wink. To those that don’t, (or those that just want to hear me explain it…) Tantra yoga is a practice that can be used to expand the connection and awareness between a couple, creating a deeper bond spiritually with each other. Think of, tantric sex. That’s basically what it is but with yoga. Meow.)

xoxo

Becky

Yoga Flavors

Anusara

Anusara is often described as Iyengar (a purist form of yoga) with a sense of humor. Created by the aptly named John Friend, Anusara is meant to be heartfelt, and accepting. Instead of trying to fit everyone into standard cookie-cutter positions, students are guided to express themselves through the poses to their fullest ability.

Ashtanga

Six established and strenuous pose sequences—i.e., the primary series, second series, third series, and so on—practiced sequentially as progress is made. Ashtangis move rapidly, flowing from one pose to the next with each inhale and exhale. (Each series of poses linked by the breath this way is called a vinyasa.)

Bikram

This is probably my favorite. I’m a hot yoga kinda girl 😉 Yoga poses in a sauna-like room. The heat is cranked up to nearly 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity in official Bikram classes. If it’s called “Bikram” (for inventor Bikram Choudhury), it will be a series of 26 basic yoga postures, each performed twice.

Hatha

By definition: a physical yoga practice, which is pretty much all yoga you’ll find in this hemisphere. One of the six original branches of yoga, “hatha” encompasses nearly all types of modern yoga. In other words, hatha is the ice cream if styles like ashtanga and Bikram are vanilla and chocolate chip. Today, classes described as “hatha” on studio schedules, alongside vinyasa and prenatal, for example, are typically a basic and classical approach to yogic breathing exercises and postures.

Iyengar

Purist yoga named after founder B.K.S. Iyengar. Props like blocks, straps, harnesses, and incline boards are used to get you more perfectly into positions and have earned the style its nickname, “furniture yoga.” Appropriate for all ages and abilities, Iyengar yoga is all about precise alignment and deliberate sequencing. (Don’t take that to mean easy.)

Jivamukti

A physical, edge-pushing practice that reintegrates yoga’s traditional spiritual elements in an educational way for Western practitioners. Expect a theme for each class, Sanskrit chanting, and references to ancient scripture. Created by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 in New York City, jivamukti translates as “liberation while living.”

Kripalu

A three-part practice that teaches you to get to know, accept, and learn from your body. It starts with figuring out how your body works in different poses, then moves toward longer held postures and meditation, before tapping deep into your being to find spontaneous flow in asanas, letting your body be the teacher.

Kundalini

Constantly moving, invigorating poses. The fluidity of the practice is intended to release the kundalini (serpent) energy in your body. Weren’t aware you had any? Well, just think of it as an energy supply, coiled like a sleeping snake at the base of the spine, waiting to be tapped; the practice aims to do just that – awaken and pulse the stuff upward through the body.

Power

An active and athletic style of yoga adapted from the traditional ashtanga system in the late ’80s to appeal to aerobic-crazed Westerners. After having studied with Pattabhi Jois, Beryl Bender Birch and Bryan Kest simultaneously pioneered this westernized ashtanga on the East and West coasts, respectively. Power yoga doesn’t stick to the same sequence of poses each time like ashtanga does, so the style varies depending on the teacher. Classes called “vinyasa” or “flow” in your gym or studio can be vastly different but, in general, stem from this movement and from ashtanga as well.

Prenatal

Yoga postures carefully adapted for expectant mothers. Prenatal yoga is tailored to help women in all stages of pregnancy—even getting back in shape post-baby. When you keep your muscles strong through your term, they will still have the strength and energy to return to normal.

Restorative

Less work, more relaxation. You’ll spend as many as 20 minutes each in just four or five simple poses (often they’re modifications of standard asanas) using strategically placed props like blankets, bolsters, and soothing lavender eye pillows to help you sink into deep relaxation. There’s also psychic cleansing: The mind goes to mush then you feel like new. It’s something like group nap time for grownups. Better not to fall asleep, though.

Sivananda

An unhurried yoga practice typically of the same 12 basic asanas or variations therof every time, bookended by sun salutations and savasana (corpse pose). The system is based on a five-point philosophy that proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking work together to form a healthy yogic lifestyle

Viniyoga

A highly individualized practice where yogis learn to adapt poses and goals to their own needs and abilities. Vini actually means differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. Instead of focusing on stretching to get strong and flexible, viniyoga uses the principles of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). PNF simply means warming up and contracting a muscle before stretching it. This decreases your chance of injury.

Yin

A quiet, meditative yoga practice, also called taoist yoga. Yin focuses on lengthening connective tissues and is meant to complement yang yoga—your muscle-forming Anusara, ashtanga, Iyengar, or what have you. Yin poses are passive, meaning you’re supposed to relax muscles and let gravity do the work. And they’re long—you’ll practice patience here too.