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Chocolate, Caramel and PB Squares (GF)

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comDo you know what happens when I have samples from Madecasse, Cocomels and Chicago Vegan Foods on hand? I bake with them of course! I recently discovered the Veganic Brown Rice Crisps Cereal which have been a great breakfast when I’m wanting something more than a smoothie (and don’t even get me started on their Cacao Crisps). With vegan marshmallows, peanut butter, caramels, rice crisps and baking chocolate on band…I went a little crazy. I came up with these 3-layer vegan and gluten-free treats that are vegan and omnivore-approved. Seriously, my mom took most of these with her to work and they were gone in no time. Make these for your next potluck, get-together, or Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale which is happening on May 2nd this year. Read on for this incredibly delicious recipe! Continue reading

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comGrowing up, I used to love Rice Krispy treats. I found out through blogs like Fettle Vegan that it’s actually really easy to make a vegan version of them! I had some Dandies (aka vegan marshmallows) given to me from Expo West that were just begging to be used for this recipe. For the marshmallow portion the only other ingredients you need are some vegan butter, such as Earth Balance, and vegan crispy rice cereal.

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comJJ’s Sweets Cocomels was super generous to send me A TON of their vegan caramels! I don’t even know where to begin with these. I’ve had my dad try them, and normally he can’t stand coconut, but he kept asking me for more pieces! They come in four different flavors: Original, Sea Salt, Vanilla, and Espresso, and honestly I don’t have a favorite because they’re all so good! For the middle layer of these bars, I mixed some melted Cocomels with PB for a sweet and salty addition. The caramels melt like any non-vegan variety, and the flavors are super versatile.

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comNow, what kind of dessert is complete without chocolate? That’s where Madecasse comes in! I’ll be doing a review of their chocolates on this blog soon, but Madecasse was super sweet to send me a few of their best selling bars and some baking discs. Like the Cocomels, the baking discs melt down super quickly when you use a double broiler on the stove (the tricky part is just making sure to not let anything burn). They add a lovely rich, dark chocolate taste to tone down the sweetness of the other flavors in the bars. I can’t wait to experiment with more of these baking discs in the future!

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares - Vegan and Gluten-free! @anotherhungryvegan.comThank you to JJ’s Sweets Cocomels, Chicago Vegan Foods, Madecasse and One Degree Organics for making these sweet treats possible. Let me know in the comments below if you get a chance to make this recipe! Or, what are your favorite ways to enjoy caramel, marshmallows, peanut butter and/or dark chocolate!

Chocolate, Caramel and PB Rice Krispy Squares
A decadent sweet and salty treat that has all the best flavors in one bar!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbs Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  2. 1/2 bag Dandies Vegan Marshmallows
  3. 3 cups Brown Rice Cereal
  4. Splash non-dairy milk
  5. 1 Tbs water
  6. 1 package Vanilla Cocomels (or 11 Vegan Caramels)
  7. 1/2 cup salted, smooth peanut butter
  8. 6 oz dark chocolate (I used Madecasse's 70% baking discs)
Instructions
  1. Heat a saucepan on medium and add the vegan butter until it melts. Add in the vegan marshmallows, and continue stirring until they liquify being careful not to burn. Add in a splash of non-dairy milk if needed. Once the mixture is smooth, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the brown rice cereal until well-mixed. Place in a square, 8x8 pan and flatten to form a bottom layer. Put in the fridge to let the marshmallow and rice cereal layer cool.
  2. Meanwhile begin making the caramel and peanut butter sauce. Placing the water in a saucepan over medium low heat, slowly add the unwrapped Cocomels and continue mixing until the caramels melt. Once melted, add in the peanut butter and stir rapidly. Add a little non-dairy milk if necessary. After the mixture has combined, pour over the rice/marshmallow layer in the chilled pan and smooth across the top. Place the dish back in the fridge to allow the second layer to cool.
  3. For the chocolate, simply boil a pot of water over the stove. Using a double broiler pan, place the chocolate in the top and stir constantly until the chocolate melts. Be very careful not to let the chocolate scorch or burn. Once melted, pour the mixture over the PB caramel layer.
  4. Place the square baking dish back in the fridge for a few hours before cutting into it and serving the bars. Cut into 9 squares, or make 18 smaller rectangles since these bars are rather rich, and enjoy!
Adapted from KeyIngredient.com
Adapted from KeyIngredient.com
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Salted Caramel Mocha Protein Shake

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I recently won a giveaway prize from Eat. Drink. Shrink that was a specialty product made by Coracao Confections. If you’re not familiar with them, they make some of the most decadent-sounding and looking treats made with raw and natural ingredients. I couldn’t wait to experiment with their Salted Almond Caramel Spread, especially in an ultra-rich holiday shake. If you’re curious about the ingredients in this spread, they are Organic Raw Cashew Butter, Organic Raw Almonds, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Raw Agave, Organic Yacon Syrup, Organic Raw Cacao Butter & Himalayan Crystal Salt. If you’re interested in trying some for yourself (trust me, it’s worth it), order from their online store. Continue reading

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This protein shake also features Chameleon Cold Brew, one of my favorite fair trade and organic cold brew coffee concentrates. I love putting some of this into a smoothie because it doesn’t take much, and you can get a nice coffee-flavor and caffeine boost. Coffee smoothies and shakes are one of my favorite ways to enjoy coffee because I don’t get as jittery and it’s a nice way to combine breakfast with your morning cup.

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Are you ready for a break from all the Pumpkin Spice treats of the season? Why not try a Salted Caramel Mocha shake? This is different than your standard milkshake or frozen coffee drink though. You won’t find any dairy or any weird chemical-ingredients in here, and thanks to Sprout Living’s Chocolate Maca powder, you get a protein boost too! Put down the frappuccino and make one of these for a rich, post-workout treat (Or for breakfast, no judging here)!

Salted Caramel Mocha Protein Shake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup vanilla non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
  2. 2 scoops Sprout Living Chocolate Maca protein powder
  3. 2 medjool dates, pitted and soaked beforehand
  4. 1 frozen banana
  5. 1 heaping TBS Coracao Confections Salted Caramel Almond Spread (or other nut butter)
  6. pinch of salt
  7. handful of ice
  8. Vegan caramel sauce and sea salt (such as Sweet Ritual's) for optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients until well combined. Add extra sweetener if needed. Top with vegan caramel sauce and sea salt.
Notes
  1. If you are using an alternative chocolate plant-based protein powder, just add once scoop if that is the serving size along with 1/2-1 tsp maca powder.
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Divvies – Kettle & Caramel Corn

tumblr_mx00z5kKqE1s3uefeo1_1280I’ve always been a big fan of popcorn, and especially the sweeter flavors of kettle and caramel corn. Unfortunately it seems like a lot of popcorn you can buy either isn’t vegan or it’s really bad for you, filled with a ton of bad ingredients including trans fats. I still enjoy making popcorn at home, but it’s nice to be able to find some delicious options at the store. That’s where Divvies comes in, and they also make other foods. I can’t wait to try the rest! Continue reading

tumblr_mx00z5kKqE1s3uefeo2_1280This is some of the best vegan caramel corn I’ve ever tried! As you can see it is also allergen-friendly, and free of nuts, eggs, and dairy. My mom loved it also so I shared it with her.

IMG_9925 IMG_9928The kettle corn has a sweet and subtle flavor, but it is still delicious nonetheless. My only complaint about these is that the bags are so small! Guess I’ll just have to buy more!