Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Vegan Chocolate Sauce

At last – the long awaited post about vegan chocolate sauce; and the delectable fruit I decided to dip it in – strawberries. One of the most common desserts that people love, and I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. The idea kind of just sprang about when I was experimenting in the kitchen. So you can enjoy this dessert guilt free.

IMG_1055Ever since I began eating a vegan plant based diet, I realized that the regular desserts and foods that everyone loves are actually SO easy to create vegan versions of.

This chocolate sauce is sweet, gluten free and delicious. I do this thing where I serve my desserts to my family, especially my brother who loves chocolate, and if he approves, I can say my treat is “brother approved”. That’s a big deal. So when I tell you my mom, dad, and brother all loved these, you can be assured they are good.

IMG_0466What you’ll need: Vegan chocolate chips or a vegan chocolate bar, coconut oil. (I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips; dairy, nut and soy free)

1. Put a small saucepan on your stove and turn it to low.

2. Add in 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate, and 2 tsp. of coconut oil

3. Stir in the chocolate as it melts. You have to be careful to keep an eye on them and continuously stir them so that they don’t burn.

4. Pour your melted chocolate into a small deep container or cup so that it will be easy to dip your strawberries into.

IMG_09485. Wash your strawberries and dry them well.

6. Get a small wooden or medal stick and stick it into your strawberry.

strawbs7.  Dip it in, let it drip for a moment, then place it on wax paper to let them dry.

IMG_09188. You can leave them at room temperature for an hour or so, and once they are dry, stick them in the fridge to cool and harden.

Serves the whole family, and is guaranteed to be finger licking good.

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Healthy Banana Split

My dad always complains that I never make him any food. Since I eat a plant based vegan diet, I often am making tons of food for myself, and none for my family because they don’t always eat the same foods as me.

But lately I’ve been getting my family, especially my dad, to eat more of the foods I do. I love baking and cooking and making different foods for everyone! So since my dad had been complaining, I decided to whip him up something so he would no longer have anything to complain about.

IMG_0251What you’re looking at is a completely healthy, 100% vegan and gluten free banana split. I know right? Hard to believe such a gorgeous piece of food can be so nutritious. My dad sure didn’t think so when I presented this to him. “How can this be healthy?” he asked. Haha, well let me tell you.

IMG_0254All that is on this plate is simply banana, peanut butter, some fruit, nuts, and vegan chocolate. It’s seriously not as complicated as it looks. But oh boy was it delicious.

IMG_0272Here’s what you’ll need: 4 frozen bananas, 1 regular banana, all natural peanut butter, cacao powder, raspberries, strawberries, vegan chocolate chips, vegan brownies, almonds, cashews, muesli or granola.

Let’s begin with the ice cream.

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1. In a blender or food processor, add 2 frozen bananas. *remember to cut up and freeze your ripe bananas 4-5 hours prior to blending them. You get a better taste, temperature and texture.*

2. Add in a few raspberries, more or less depending on how pink you want it

3. Add in a bit of almond milk. I didn’t really measure, just poured a bit, blended it, poured a little bit more.

4. Once everything is blended and you have a smoothie/nana ice cream texture, put it into a tupperware container and stick it in the freezer. You will do this with both flavours for at least 4-5 hours to make ICE CREAM!

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4. In a blender, add 2 bananas, 1 tsp. of all natural peanut butter, and 1-2 tsp. of cacao powder.

5. Add a bit of almond milk, and blend everything together so you have a thick creamy smoothie texture.

6. Pour it into a container and freeze it with the other one.

IMG_0269*fast forwards 4-5 hours*

7. Remove your frozen ice cream from the freezer. It may not be frozen all the way. If not, freeze it for longer. Or if you’re impatient like me, you can remove them anyways (what I did) and just work with what you got!

8. Cut open one ripe banana through the center, put it on a plate and spread all natural peanut butter on both sides.

9. Scoop on some chocolate and strawberry ice cream.

10. Throw everything single healthy thing in your pantry on there. I’m talkin strawberries, almonds, cashews, vegan brownies, muesli or granola, and vegan chocolate chips!

11. Drizzle on some homemade vegan chocolate sauce.

VCSServes 1 person (or 2 if you’re cute like me and try to split it). Eat right away before your plate of deliciousnes melts.

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Brownie Batter Blizzard

I’m sure everyone has heard of a Brownie Batter Blizzard. It was my favourite blizzard back when Dairy Queen had it. And since it was my favourite, I was heart broken when they took it off the menu. But last night I was thinking of what kind of smoothie I wanted to make, while also thinking of the fresh batch of brownies I had just made, and all of a sudden an idea was formed.

bbThis right here is a Vegan Brownie Batter Blizzard. And it is so simple to make, it only takes 3 ingredients. Well, 4 if you include the brownie. I literally took SO many photos of this because well, look at it; it’s gorgeous. Oozing with thick creamy chocolate, and topped with decadent vegan brownie chunks. It’s just marvelous. I don’t know how I didn’t think of this sooner.

IMG_9886What you’ll need: frozen bananas, peanut butter, cacao powder, brownies.

1. I guess the first thing you need to do is bake or buy vegan brownies. I used a secret recipe that will be coming soon in the near future.

2. Next you need to make your blizzard; easy peasy. Cut up and freeze four bananas 4-5 hours prior to making your blizzard.

3. When your bananas are frozen and you are ready to make the blizzard, add 4 bananas into a food processor, as well as 1 tbsp. of all natural peanut butter, and 1 tsp. of cacao powder.

4. Blend for a few minutes until it’s really thick, and then add 1/2 cups of almond milk. You may need more or less depending on how thick you want it.

5. Blend again until you get a thick creamy texture and add in chunks of your vegan brownies of choice throughout the mix.

6. Pour into a glass and top with your beautiful vegan brownies and chocolate sauce. (I melted vegan chocolate chips with a bit of almond milk and just stirred it together to make a sauce)

IMG_9899I just can’t over how delicious this looks – and even how delicious it tasted! It was so cold and sweet, but not too sweet that you’d feel sick after as you would when you have dairy. It was a perfect combination of bananas and brownies. And it’s not even unhealthy! You’re talkin a fruit(banana), a great antioxidant(cacao), protein(peanut butter) and calcium (almond milk). I just don’t know how a dessert can get any better than this.

This could serve 1-2 people depending on how much you want. Eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Enjoy!

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Sneak Peek into my E-book

As you know, I always post photos of my food on my Instagram and have the recipe for it here on my blog. But in the case of my E-book, i don’t post those recipes because that sort of defeats the purpose of having it.

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Banana Chocolate Loaf

The reason i created this my E-book was so that anybody could use it as a guide for healthy living. I spent hours working on different recipes to add into it. Not only does it have recipes, but it also has a 10 page description of my personal workout, ideas for vegetarian and vegan meals, healthy foods that i buy, meal plans, and behind the scene photos; and the best part is, it’s only $4.00.

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Mini Apple Pies

I understand that some people may not want to pay money for recipes, but if you think about it, people buy cookbooks from stores for way higher prices. I tried to make it cheap and affordable for everyone so that they could buy it and enjoy it. I want to help you guys on your journey to a good life. I want you to know that i understand that there is a struggle, but if you work hard, you can achieve your goals. Eating clean is easy, and working out can be fun! I want you guys to know all of this,  but i also worked really hard on this, so that is why it has it’s (little) price.

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Anyways, i post most of my simple recipes here on my blog, but what you don’t see are the fun baked goods i make! In my E-book, you not only get all the things i listed above, but 25 healthy recipes that you can use every single day to help you on your journey. Some of these things include pancakes, french toast, granola bites, overnight oats, brownies, muffins, chocolate loafs, healthy peanut butter cups, chocolate smoothies, strawberry ice cream, and many more!

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Mini Apple Pies

I’m not saying you have to buy my E-book, but if you are on a journey to a healthy life, or you just want to try some new desserts to bake, i highly recommend putting that $4.00 to a good use. The link is below!

https://payhip.com/b/Bz0e

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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Banana Oatmeal Muffins

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Quinoa Stir-fry

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Chocolate Banana Loaf
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Vegan French Toast

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A Veggie Delight

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

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Granola Bites

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