Archive for ‘Dessert’

June 20, 2014

A Cosmo In Your Freezer (and other delicious combinations), Pop Lab Brings It!

by jem614

 

On Thursdays, at Whole Foods, there is a great little Farmer’s Market happening in Pembroke Pines.  We found homemade nut butters, soaps, vegan Jamaican food, pie in a jar (amazing), gluten free nut free sugar free desserts and much much more.

I also found this great “Pop Lab” ice pop bar.  Delicious, all natural and they do parties!  This pop was literally coconut milk and a chai latte- kind of spicy and creamy at the same time.  It was refreshing and the Chai latte was an interesting twist to your regular, boring ice pop flavors.  They do have milk and non-dairy options available and you can have them shipped.  They also have some pretty delicious combinations like banana milkshake and dulce de leche for those of you that just have to have some dairy.

But these guys don’t stop there, no!  They are the THE people to go to when you want to throw a party, if you know what I mean.  They have Sangria, Cosmos, Watermelon Mojito, even a Bloody Mary popsicle.   So, sit back, relax by the pool and let them bring the party to you in the form of a delicious, ice-cold popsicle.

For more information, go to www.poplabusa.com.

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September 27, 2011

Brazilian Brigadeiros (Chocolate Bonbons) Veganized

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

There is seldom a party in Brazil without these tiny rounds of chocolately goodness, but as they are traditionally made almost entirely of condensed milk, they certainly weren’t something vegans could indulge in. This recipe attempts to capture the rich taste and texture without the dairy. It took a few tries before I came out with a version good enough to serve alongside the original, however the results were definitely worth the work.

You will need to either start a day in advance or set aside a few hours to make these, as I wasn’t able to find vegan condensed milk in my local Whole Foods. If you are able to find (or have some made ahead) vegan condensed milk, then skip the first part of the recipe and start right with heating the condensed milk and adding cocoa.

Ingredients for vegan condensed milk:

3 cups dairy-free milk (I’ve used almond milk here)

¼ cup water

1 tblsp vegetable-based margarine

1 tblsp sugar

Ingredients for Brigadeiros:

2 tblsp cocoa drink mix

1 tblsp dark cocoa

1 tblsp vegetable-based margarine

Sugar sprinkles, powdered sugar, coconut flakes and/or anything else you’d like to use for decoration

Directions for Vegan Condensed Milk

In a large pot, add all ingredients (milk, water, margarine, sugar) and stir constantly over medium heat until boiling. Lower to a simmer and allow to reduce until thick. This will take several hours.

Directions for Brigadeiros

In a large pot (if using your own vegan condensed milk, otherwise use the same pot) heat the condensed milk over medium heat, adding the cocoa drink mix, dark cocoa powder and margarine. Stir constantly, heating until the mixture starts to come away from the sides of the pot, about 5 minutes. Transfer to another dish and cool completely.

Once completely cool, the mixture should look a lot like a very thick, sticky chocolate pudding. Setup your decorations in small bowls for rolling onto your brigadeiros. Using the palms of your hand, roll the chocolate mixture into small balls, about an inch in diameter. Roll in decoration of choice and place in aside for presentation or for storing in the refrigerator.

This recipe makes approximately 24 brigadeiros.

September 16, 2011

Vegan Friday’s Raspberry Sorbet

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I’ve been wanting to try making Ice Cream in my Healthmaster Blender for a while but haven’t made the time to do it.  In preparation for “Vegan Friday”, I was looking at the Healthmaster website and found a super easy Raspberry Sorbet and thought I would try it for myself.  I made a little tweak to it but it was a perfect Sorbet.  Check it out:

 

I am so proud of my sorbet!  I’m sure you can make this in a regular blender, it may not be as “creamy” but it’s such a simple recipe that I can’t imagine it being that difficult.

Here are the ingredients:

1 Tin of Raspberries
2 Cups of Ice (I would recommend you get crushed ice or at least crush the ice first)
2 Tbsp Agave Syrup
1 Banana (this was my addition because I wanted something smoother)

Blend on 5 for 1 or 2 minutes; with the Healthmaster blender you need to use the pusher plunger to make sure everything gets pushed into the blades.  You may need to use a wooden spoon or something similar in your regular blender.

Enjoy your end of summer treat!

If you’d like more recipes for the blender, please go to:

http://www.myhealthmaster.com/recipes/

July 15, 2011

The Importance of Being Earnest (Whole Food Bar)

by jem614

By Jessica Michael


My lunch on Thursday was desperately lacking in calories, so by 2:30 I was ravenous.  I literally left work so I could get something to eat.  You know the kind of hungry: desperately searching for anything with chocolate, butter and sugar.

Thankfully, I ended up at Nutrition S’Mart and found this amazing little whole food bar.  It had all the ingredients I was searching for, but better for me.  It looked like a cookie but don’t let it fool you.  That bar was dense and packed with nutrition:
230 Calories (it’s a little high but because my lunch consisted of 140 calories, I was fine with this), Oats, nuts, nut butters, seeds, organic dark chocolate, and most importantly, vegan.

What a great little find, I didn’t feel guilty eating it and it carried me from 3:00 in the afternoon all the way till I left class at 9pm.    Thanks Earnest Eats!

For more information on Earnest Eats (formerly Honest Foods), go to http://www.earnesteats.com/.

April 21, 2011

Vegan Marshmallow Peeps

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I recently discovered that marshmallows are not vegetarian, much less vegan. I knew that gelatin was an animal-based product, but being the oblivious omnivore that I once was, I never put much thought into it. So today, while munching on a purple Peep and telling Jessica about the exploding-Peep-in-a-microwave trick, I started pondering marshmallows.

I did a quick Google search and found various vegan marshmallow recipes (which we are hoping to test out for you in the very near future). But what I didn’t expect to see is an actual vegan Peep pre-made. A company called Sweet & Sara, based in New York, makes 100% vegan marshmallow products. From simple marshmallows to s’mores to our beloved Easter treat, the sugar-coated Peep.

I’m sad to say that it appears I’m too late to purchase any vegan Peeps this year, as they seem to have disappeared from Sweet & Sara’s website, but I’m looking forward to trying some of their other products. I will definitely be coming back to their site (or trying to find a retailer here in South Florida) to do a proper review of their products later on.

For now, my traditional Peep will have to do, but soon I’ll be digging into some cruelty-free marshmallows.

 Sweet & Sara

http://sweetandsara.com/

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