Vegan Pumpkin Puppy Chow

Vegan Pumpkin Puppy Chow
A fall inspired puppy chow with a hint of pumpkin flavor.

Fall is here! And that means it is time for pumpkin everything. I definitely am a fan of pumpkin and always look forward to seeing what new pumpkin options come out every year. I was perusing the pumpkin section at the grocery store (yes, there really is a section entirely related to pumpkin items) and found Barbara’s Puffin Pumpkin Cereal. I quickly scanned the ingredients and was happy to see they used whole grains, real pumpkin, and only had five grams of sugar.

Vegan Pumpkin Puppy Chow
Just a top view of this yummy treat.

I generally don’t eat a lot of cereal, but have been enjoying a bowl of these on occasion. One morning it dawned on me that these would be perfect for a fall inspired puppy chow! Now, adding chocolate and powdered sugar definitely defeats some of the health benefits of this cereal, but it definitely makes for a yummy treat. For those who don’t know, puppy chow aka muddy buddies aka monkey munch aka reindeer food, is made by coating cereal with a bit of chocolate (and sometimes nut butter) and then tossing it in powdered sugar. It is so simple and insanely delicious. This Vegan Pumpkin Puppy Chow has just a hint of pumpkin spice mixed with the powdered sugar along with real pumpkin in the cereal.

Vegan Pumpkin Puppy Chow
Perfect for pumpkin lovers!

Martin and I are off to Stuttgart, Germany and packed the last of this puppy chow as a fun snack for the airport, train rides, etc. We tried to pack a variety of snacks, as we aren’t sure how vegan friendly all of our destinations will be. So far we haven’t had much trouble, but are taking a couple of full day tours where I think our snacks will come in quite handy. Now, onto the best part, the recipe!

Vegan Pumpkin Puppy Chow
 
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Recipe type: Snack, dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Barbara's Pumpkin Puffins (about half a box)
  • ½ c favorite vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 tbs Earth Balance
  • ¾ c powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips with earth balance until smooth either in microwave or using a double broiler. If using the microwave, stir every 15 seconds and melt ver carefully to prevent burning the chocolate.
  2. Pour chocolate onto cereal and mix, coating the cereal completely.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Place cereal and sugar mixture in a ziploc bag and shake, coating the cereal with sugar. You can also carefully mix in a large bowl, but it is more fun to shake.
  5. Remove from bag and enjoy!
 

Easy Vegan Frozen Yogurt + Silk Yogurt Review

Easy Vegan Frozen Yogurt
Sweet and tasty, this vegan frozen yogurt couldn’t be easier to make.

Prior to becoming vegan, I was a huge yogurt lover. I ate it by itself, in smoothies, as a dip, in baking, and in regular cooking. I made a slow transition from a lifestyle filled with fruits and vegetables, but also low-fat cheeses and lean meats, to a vegetarian dairy filled diet, and finally to veganism and a plant-based diet. One of the foods I thought I would really miss was yogurt.

Easy Vegan Frozen Yogurt
My new favorite yogurt!

I tried a couple of vegan brands and they just didn’t really do it for me. Either the texture was off or there was a strange after taste. Recently, I saw one of my favorite brands, Silk, had come out with a new yogurt line and I decided to give it a try. I was surprised because I actually liked it! So far I have only tried the strawberry and cherry, but found both to be creamy and without any strange after taste. I love mixing it with fruit for a parfait and am excited to try it in baking as well.

Easy Vegan Frozen Yogurt
Loved this frozen yogurt with a raw chocolate sauce.

If you haven’t noticed, I have been complaining about the heat a lot lately in San Diego. Even with AC it is hot. So very, very hot. Which is generally a bad thing, but did inspire me to make this easy vegan frozen yogurt, so I’ll take what I can get. This is super easy to make, literally just blend frozen fruit and yogurt for a perfect soft serve. You can use any flavor combination you would like and I can’t wait to play around with it some more.

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A super easy, delicious vegan frozen yogurt. You can personalize this recipe with any fruit and yogurt combo to make different flavors.
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Recipe type: Snack; Dessert
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen fruit (I used strawberry)
  • 1 container Silk Yogurt (I used strawberry)
  • Optional: Splash of your favorite vegan milk (see note)
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients on high using a high speed blender, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides.
  2. Top with your favorite toppings, I used a raw Chocolate Sauce
Notes
I use a vitamix and if you use a regular blender, you may need to add a bit of liquid to have it blend up nicely. A splash of almond milk, or your favorite plant based milk, should make blending easier, but will result in a thinner, but still delicious consistency.
 

Super Green Apple Smoothie

Super Green Apple Smoothie
A crisp and refreshing smoothie for a hot summer day.

It is so hot in San Diego right now. I had a meeting at work the other day and one of my coworkers applauded that I made it, as there is no air conditioning in my car and it was a very miserable 30 minute drive in rush hour traffic to get there. It took some serious self talk, especially because I had to leave my air conditioned house to get there. The car ride was slightly more bearable due to this Super Green Apple Smoothie.

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Key Lime Pie Bliss Balls

Key Lime Pie Bliss Balls
These tart and delicious Key Lime Pie Bliss Balls make the perfect on the go snack.

I first made these Key Lime Pie Bliss Balls while preparing for our trip to Guatemala. One of my favorite desserts is key lime pie. I love the combination of tart lime with creamy filling. Unfortunately key lime pie isn’t particularly healthy. Balance in life is key, and I won’t say no to the occasional slice, but it is nice to have some healthier options. These Key Lime Pie Bliss Balls are full of healthy, whole food ingredients, but still have an indulgent taste, full of tart lime flavor.

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Nomad Vegan Donuts Review

 

Vegan Donuts
Strawberry Kiwi and Green Tea Black Sesame Vegan Donuts from Nomad Donuts in San Diego.

My boyfriend, Martin, recently graduated from his master’s program and one of his coworkers brought a bunch of donuts in as a celebration. Not just any donuts, but vegan donuts from Nomad Donuts, which I thought was really sweet and thoughtful of his coworker to remember. My boyfriend claimed these are the best donuts he has ever had and I was excited that he brought some home.

This might come as a shock, but I am not a huge donut fan. Sometimes I feel like I am the only person in the world who doesn’t get overjoyed at the sight of a big box of fresh donuts. However, when Martin brought two of these donuts home, I decided to give them a try. Especially when I heard they were “The best donuts. Ever.” While I wouldn’t say they converted me to a donut lover, I admit they were pretty good.

Vegan Donuts
Loved the fresh strawberry taste and the green tea was perfect with my morning matcha.

Martin brought home two flavors, strawberry kiwi and an unknown green flavor. We couldn’t quite put our finger on the other flavor, but after perusing Nomad’s website, we decided it was Green Tea Black Sesame. Our favorite aspect of these donuts was that they tasted really fresh. And not just freshly deep fried, but the strawberry tasted like actual fruit, not fake or overly sweet. The green tea reminded me of matcha, so of course I loved that and couldn’t help but enjoy it while sipping on my morning matcha. Next time Martin gets a donut craving, we will definitely be checking their donut shop out. It is located in North Park and looks really cute. If you are ever in San Diego and happen to be like 99.9% of the world and love donuts, I definitely recommend you check Nomad Donuts out.