Healthy Halloween Spider Truffles – Vegan
October 9, 2015
Halloween is awesome. I think we’ve talked about this before, but I’m a big fan. To get you all amped up for Halloween I figured I’d recreate my Spider Truffles. My first creation of these was so long ago! Lots has changed since then and I just figured I’d make two options for these little cuties.
Since I became vegan I’ve realized that all living things deserve to be treated with kindness and that’s what I try to give them. I’ve stopped killing bugs and feel bad whenever I see others do it so carelessly. They’re just hanging out and doing their lives without trying to harm you. So why do we harm them?! I simply catch them and release them outside if possible. Yes, even spiders. I am slightly afraid of spiders still but do my best to catch them and release them out into nature so they can carry on with their days. It’s a scary thing but I enjoy it and everyone’s happy!
Obviously these spiders are much better to have hanging around your house. Although I can bet that they won’t be hanging around for long once you make them because they are so dang good. Happy spider making, friends!
Halloween Spider Truffles
makes 8-10 spiders
1 1/2 cup dates
4 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon water
1 vegan chocolate bar (I use this)
Blend together dates, cacao powder, almond butter, and water until smooth. Roll into medium sized balls and set aside. Melt a bit of the chocolate bar and use a piping bag to create 16-20 spider legs on parchment paper. Place legs in refrigerator to set up for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and place four legs on each truffle ball. (Two legs on each side.) Use shredded coconut to make a mouth and eyes. Serve, enjoy!
Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
October 7, 2015
I used to be so into making all kinds of cashew desserts. Yum, yum, yum! But then something terrible happened and I got to the point that I consumed way too many cashews in a short period of time and that threw me off for a while. Have you ever had that happen? It’s the worst! Cashews were (and still are honestly) the bomb and I could never give them up completely. So earlier this week I experimented with them a bit to see what I could come up with and here we are!
Rich and creamy; this ice cream is basically part of the ice cream dream team. It’s right up there with this cheesecake that I made a while back. Drizzle a few scoops of this with warm almond butter and crunchy cacao nibs and you’ll have your own little party in your mouth.
Chocolate Ice Cream
3 cup cashews, soaked for 8 hours
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup cacao powder
Blend all ingredients together in high speed blender until smooth. Pour into parchment paper lined bowl and freeze for 8 hours. Remove from freeze about 30 minutes before serving and top with almond butter and cacao nibs if desired. Serve, enjoy!
Vegan Chili Nachos
October 3, 2015
Whenever I was younger I would come straight home from school and head into the kitchen. I would make a plate of nachos almost everyday and hang out snacking on them while watching tv and avoiding homework. I was nacho obsessed. Things slowly changed over time and I tried to get healthier so I started skipping the nachos. I slowly forgot about them but they’ve always had a special place in my heart. Lately I’ve rekindled the nacho fire and have become obsessed once again. Only this time I am not harming any other beings by consuming dairy and I’m eating a much healthier version of the snack that I’ve always loved.
This recipe is actually so easy and a perfect way to kick off those chilly fall days. Snacking on these while watching football, or in my case hockey, and having everyone envy your plate is my favorite way to pass the time. Mmm, my favorite comfort food!
2 cup diced onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoon water
2 cups corn
2 cups vegetable broth
14 oz. can diced tomatoes
30 oz. canned black beans (2 cans)
4 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 teaspoon basil
2 teaspoon cumin
1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic
In a large pot add onions, garlic, and water. Bring to a simmer on medium heat, cooking until onions begin to soften. Add in corn, vegetable broth, tomato, and black beans. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add remaining ingredients to pot and bring to a low simmer for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. While chili is cooking you can make the nacho chips if you choose to by following the recipe below.
Nacho Chip Recipe:
1 package of corn tortillas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove corn tortillas from package and cut into quarters. Place on a parchment paper covered pan. Drizzle lime juice on top of tortillas and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes, removing once chips are crisp.
Place chips on a plate and top with chili. You can also add any other toppings you desire such as guacamole or a vegan cheese. I mixed some jasmine rice into my chili before topping the chips which I highly recommend!
Create The Life You Want – October Goals
October 1, 2015
Octoberrrrr! I can’t believe that it’s already October and I know that I say that every single month I set these goals. But seriously! The year is almost over. Like what??? I do enjoy October though and I think that is probably because of my birthday and Halloween. Two fun things! Plus the changing of the leaves around here and those sporadic beautiful fall days that just make me smile so much and give me the opportunity to be so appreciative of them because they become less and less as the month goes on and I don’t want to take a second of them for granted. I have some good goals for this month that I’m so excited to share but first lets review my September goals!
- Check in with a friend at least once a week
Done!! I have been reaching out to more people in my life than I usually do and it’s nice to connect with people and just have easy casual conversations for a bit.
- Make plans to do something with friends at least 2 times this month
I know that I did this at least once in NYC at the beginning of the month! I met up with my friend Humberto and we spent the day eating and catching up. It was so much fun! But I only think it happened once so let’s call this 50% complete!
- Put more thought into my Instagram captions
This has been hard but I am trying. I am becoming more comfortable with being uncomfortable and sharing my thoughts with my followers/friends. Actively a work in progress!
- Smile at and/or compliment one person each day
This is tough. I’m not one to really speak up and compliment a stranger very often unless something is really really amazing. I saw this guy the other day with the coolest tattoo on his arm and I wanted to tell him how awesome I thought it was but I didn’t and when I left I wished that I would have. I need to continue to work on this too!
Overall I think that I did pretty well with things! September went by so fast that I’m actually surprised by it. I worked 2 jobs almost the whole month and didn’t have a ton of free time to look over my goals and actively work on them like usual but I am still going to call it a success! Now onto this month…
- Upload a Youtube video everyday
I find Youtube to be an amazing way to connect with people and learn more about them and their views. I am obsessed with watching Youtubers and have been trying to get more into uploading some videos of my own. I figured that I would try to upload a video everyday. I have no specific topics that I want to cover or anything. I just want to turn the camera on and talk for a few minutes. I’m doing this mainly for myself to look back on but figured that I’d share it with whoever wants to watch too!
- Follow through with an Instagram yoga challenge
I’ve never even attempted a yoga challenge on Instagram before. But this month I figured what the heck. I focus so much on my Create N Plate Instagram and never pay much attention to my yoga one so I’m giving this challenge a go! I’m really excited because I think that I can do this and I think it’ll push me to want to get outside and be creative with my photos!
- Bike 30 miles
I’ve been wanting to bike 30 miles for a few months now and haven’t done it yet. I know that I can do this but I haven’t taken the time to do so yet. I love biking on the trails with the fallen leaves and I’m determined to make this happen on one of those beautiful fall days!
- Do a pull-up!
This probably seems really strange but I have never in my life been able to do a pull-up regardless of my fitness level. So now I’ve been attempting pull-ups without success but haven’t been consistent like I should be. So by the end of October I want to be able to do at least one. It’s happening!
That’s it for this month! Simple but also allowing me the growth that I want to see happen in my life now. I’m excited to get started and make this the best October!
What are your goals for this month? How did October go?! I’d love to hear all about it!
Easy Pumpkin Pancake Recipe – Gluten Free + Vegan
September 28, 2015
I’ve been making so many pancakes lately. Darrin and I have been on a pancake kick. We’ve tried so many different pancake recipes and failed miserable at each and every one of them. I honestly don’t understand what happens but we can’t make pancakes together. Actually we can’t really make many things together for some reason. But that’s a whole other story!
I’ve really been wanting to share a pancake recipe with you guys though. A fun fall recipe actually. It’s been a while! So I’ve set out to make this dream come true on my own. It was no easy feat, but alas I have arrived at pure pancake bliss.
These pancakes require simple ingredients that I imagine you’ll already have in your kitchen. There is nothing better than finding a recipe you want to create and realizing that you already have all of the ingredients, right?! I love when that happens and I love when delicious pumpkin pancakes happen. When you’re cooking these little guys your kitchen will be filled with the most warming and comforting fall aroma. It’ll make you want to grab some tea and sit down with these pancakes and a horror movie. I actually see that happening in my near future now that I mention it. I hope it happens for you too!
2 cups oat flour
1 + 1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Preheat griddle to medium heat. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Pour batter onto greased pan. Cook for a few minutes on each side until browned. Top with fresh apples and cinnamon. Serve, enjoy!