Vegan Puppy Chow | Muddy Buddies (kid-friendly)

A kid carrying a baggie of puppy chow becomes the king of the playground. I was probably in the 4th or 5th grade when I tried puppy chow for the first time and this powdery snack will always be a source of nostalgia for me. Messy fingers and simpler times….

Apparently, this recipe was birthed out of the Midwest (what great snacks aren’t?) but they’ve proven themselves to be a nationwide phenomenon as proven by my melting pot of co-workers geeking out over them when I brought them in.

I never took a crack at this recipe until today but I am so glad I did because now I can get my hands on a super easy, super tasty snack in less than 10 minutes.

Recipe for Vegan Puppy Chow below!

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Vegan Rice Krispie Treats

This recipe would not exist without the selfless sacrifice that vegan marshmallow manufacturers have made 🙏🏽. Without their perseverance and ingenuity, vegans would’ve had to kiss the sweet, nostalgic, gooey goodness of marshmallows goodbye forever. 

Now that that’s out of the way…this recipe is a 10/10. Easy to prepare, little to no mess afterward, and keeps on the counter extremely well, barring an absence of self control, I’m pretty sure that checks all the boxes 😉

(Recipe after the jump!)

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Deep-Fried Cinnamon Bananas

Something about cinnamon and fried bananas conjures up images of breakfast on the beach in an breezy Air BnB with the softest touch of sun on my skin. While not the simplest, quickest breakfast recipe to have in your arsenal, it definitely is hard to make these without love. You can tweak this recipe any way you like it. Love cinnamon? Pile it on. Want a crispier banana? Add some panko crumbs and go heavy-handed with the arrowroot powder. More of a savory breakfast person? Ditch the coconut milk for regular milk, skip the condensed milk, and add a pinch of salt.

Whatever your heart desire, check out the recipe below the jump for the basics. Deep fried cinnamon bananas, your way 😉.  

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Omega VSJ 843 Review + Recipes

Omega VSJ 843 Review + Recipes

Omega VSJ 843 Review + Recipes

Is the Omega VSJ 843 really worth the money? There are a few kitchen appliances that we lust over for months before pulling the trigger. I pined over the Vitamix for about a year before I took advantage of one of their end of the year sales. We became fast friends.

Smoothies, açai bowls, almond butter, almond milk, pasta sauces, we did it all. Clean up? Just throw some soap and hot water into the pitcher, fire it up, rinse, and you’re done. The Vitamix could do no wrong in my eyes and I seriously thought I’d found my forever.

However, there was one arena where trouble arose:

Juicing.

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Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Fried Sage

Vegan Butternut Squash w/ Fried Sage

You don’t have to wait until the fall to enjoy squash recipes. You may even find that they are cheaper this time of the year so you can experiment with them to your heart’s content. After tasting this, i think that a good addition to the sauce would be almond milk and some nutritional yeast to make it creamier. If I ever try this again with more ingredients, I will update the steps here 🙂

Creamy, rich, and fully of body, this butternut squash sauce can impress even the staunchest of foodies.

Check out my recipe for Butternut Squash w/ Fried Sage after the jump!

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Easy Vegan Falafel Recipe

easy vegan falafel recipe

Back in high school, one of my first jobs was as a hostess at a small Greek chain restaurant. Ever since then, mediterranean cuisine has been one of my favorites. Mediterranean cuisines balance of proteins, herbs, rich dips and cool, crisp salads will always have a special place in my heart. Falafel is a very versatile protein that can be used in salads, wraps, power bowls, or by themselves with homemade hummus 😋 .

This was my first time making homemade falafel and it was by far the best falafel I’ve ever had. Being able to control the texture and spiciness of the falafel made it so much more enjoyable.

The hardest part? Trying to keep the falafel ball together. Initially, I rolled the falafel into balls but when I would transfer them to the skillet, they would crumble a bit. Adding more flour might help to keep the balls together, but I noticed that flattening the balls a little bit helped to keep them intact.

Another difficulty was avoiding burning yourself with the hot oil. You need to move verrryyyyy carefully when placing the falafel onto the skillet and when turning them to brown the other side. You should use tongs and a pot skimmer to place the falafel into the skillet and make sure to only heat your oil on low heat, otherwise, you run the risk of oil popping onto your skin.

Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, check out my recipe for easy vegan falafel after the jump!

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Vegan Turtle Brownies

vegan turtle brownies

Have you ever made something that tasted so good, you almost didn’t believe that you made it yourself? That’s how I felt about these vegan turtle brownies that I made. DE-LI-CIOUS. It’s hard to say which tasted better, the batter, the date caramel sauce, or the final product. If I absolutely had to make a decision, I would have to say the final product. Ooey, gooey brownies without mucus-inducing dairy or high fructose corn syrup? What more could you ask for in a dessert? I also lined my baking pan with parchment paper which made for a two-second cleanup.

A gift from the gods, indeed.

Check out my recipe for Vegan Turtle Brownies with Date Caramel Sauce after the jump!

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Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries

Why patron fast food places that serve us garbage in a paper bag when you can make it your self?

Taco Bell is known for making ‘Mexican’ food concoctions that the world did not ask for. Now I’m inspired to start a series on veganizing recipes from chain restaurants and fast-food places like Olive Garden, Chili’s etc. so stay tuned for that. My first crack at this are a Vegan Taco Bell Nacho Fries brought to us by the same people who gave us the crunchwrap supreme.

This recipe pings a whopping 2 on the difficulty scale and is a great last minute snack idea or lazy lunch. If you use frozen french fries in place of homemade fries, you’ll be sitting down to enjoy your meal in no time.

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Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Melt (soy-free)

vegan tuna melt

Before I went vegan, and even when I was pescatarian many years ago, I’d probably eaten a tuna melt mayyybe once in my life. In elementary school, tuna sandwiches were always the last to be picked and I’m sure most were thrown away. What a waste of precious life 😔. [Check out my post on importance of making the switch to vegan seafood here]

When I think of a tuna sandwich, I think of spongy bread filled with yellowish-grayish mush wrapped in 10 layers of saran wrap.

Honestly, they just never appealed to me.

Fast forward many years later, and after the kindling of my love affair with jackfruit, I decided to turn this once repulsive sandwich into something that’s not only yummy, but cruelty free, cholesterol free, mercury free, and soy free. 

Vegan Jackfruit Tuna Melt Recipe

vegan jackfruit tuna melt recipe

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