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Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies (GF)

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganBrownies are amazing…am I right? Whether you’re a cake brownie or fudgy brownie lover, there’s a sweet treat for everyone! I’ve made my fair share of brownies in the past, but I’ve hardly ever ventured into the gluten-free territory. Using some products from Madecasse and TigerNuts gave me the chance to experiment with a vegan and gluten-free fudgy brownie recipe! Even further, I was able to make these completely nut-free as well. Now, regardless of if you’re vegan, or if you can’t consume gluten, dairy, eggs and/or nuts you can still enjoy these fabulous and ultra-fudgy brownies! Continue reading

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganOne of the things that makes a big difference when it comes to chocolate desserts is quality. I am so thankful to Madecasse for sending some samples of their chocolate bars (full review coming soon!) and dark chocolate baking discs. These 70% cocoa discs are excellent for melting, because they have a super smooth consistency and the shape helps prevent burning in my experience. I even had some of their pure vanilla extract to keep the quality as high as possible.

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganAnother product I was recently sent to try out in some baked goods was this Gluten-Free TigerNut flour from Organic Gemini. I also got the chance to try out and review their horchata beverages and more right here recently on my blog! Unlike almond or peanut flour, this happens to be completely nut-free as well which makes this recipe friendly for virtually anyone. I loved the fact that the flour kept these brownies soft, without making them crumbly. The flavor of the TigerNut flour was fairly neutral, which is why I can’t wait to try it in some more baked goods!

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganAnother awesome part of being vegan is that your recipes are already free of dairy, eggs, and meat, which are some of the common allergens. Something else that people often associate with veganism is cutting out gluten. Though I am not sensitive to gluten, I know a lot of people who are. Being the type of person who likes to share my food with friends and family, it’s important to me to be flexible and have some allergen-friendly recipes at the ready. I found that these were super easy to make, and my dad (who isn’t vegan or allergic to gluten) didn’t even know the difference. In fact, I still don’t think he knows that these were made with TigerNut flour.

Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies - Gluten-Free & VeganNow, I’d love to hear from you…have you experimented with vegan and gluten-free baking? What are some of your go-to recipes? If you get a chance to make these, I’d love to know how they turned out or if you used any modifications. Get back into baking this weekend!

Ultra-Rich Gluten-Free, Fudgy Brownies
Serves 9
An incredibly rich, fudgy brownie that also happens to be nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!
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  1. 1 cup Madecasse 70% Baking Discs (or dark chocolate chips)
  2. 3 Tbs applesauce
  3. 3 Tbs coconut oil
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 3/4 cup vegan sugar
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 2 egg replacers (I use Ener-G)
  8. 3/4 cup + 2 Tbs TigerNut/Gluten-Free Flour
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF, and prepare an 8x8 baking dish with foil or by lightly greasing. Using a double-boiler pan over water at medium/low heat, begin melting the chocolate. Once it starts melting, add in the coconut oil and salt, stirring quickly. Once the mixture becomes incorporated, add in the applesauce quickly and remove from the heat.
  2. 2. Stir in the vanilla, and sugar. Prepare vegan eggs according to instructions and add to the mixture, half at a time. Add the gluten-free flour in parts, until a brownie batter forms.
  3. 3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, making sure that the brownies are cooked all the way through. Allow the brownies to cool before removing from the pan, cutting and serving.
Adapted from Allrecipes
Adapted from Allrecipes
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TigerNut Horchata, Granola and More

IMG_5085Ever heard of TigerNuts? First off, despite the name they’re actually completely nut-free. Organic Gemini has a line of products made with TigerNuts that are also gluten-free, non-gmo, organic, paleo and vegan. What’s great about these little root vegetables is that they have a ton of fiber, fiber and potassium along with some other vitamins and nutrients. Organic Gemini sells their Original Raw TigerNut snack, that unlike products from other TigerNut brands on the market are not treated with chemicals in the peeling process. Read on to see how many products Organic Gemini offers using these remarkable little superfoods! Continue reading

IMG_5061One of the products I was really excited to try since I was at Expo West was the TigerNut Horchata. I’m amazed at how many flavors they offer, from Strawberry and Banana to Coffee and Chai. These drinks as well as the Unsweetened and Original are great on their own, or they make a delicious addition to smoothies! My favorites, personally are the Banana, Coffee and Strawberry (either on their own or otherwise). There are literally endless ways that you can enjoy these to replace nut-based or dairy milks, you can even use them in your morning coffee or have them with a bowl of cereal or baked goods.

IMG_5107The Raw Snack is lightly sweet with a taste that reminds me of nuts. I like the fact that per serving these actually have a lot less fat but they have a good amount of fiber and vitamins that most nuts don’t have. Because these are starch-based, I find that they also keep me feeling full a lot longer. Plus I love the fact that you can feed these to anyone, without worrying that they might have a nut allergy. I can’t wait to post a gluten-free recipe using the TigerNut flour!

IMG_5150The TigerNut Granola is incredible! I can’t believe that it’s raw and made by dehydrating in order to preserve the nutrients. It comes in two flavors: Banana Cacao and Apple Cinnamon. Both have an excellent sweet, flavor but they are a lot more filling and crunchy than standard granola. In terms of texture, they remind me of a sweet cracker that becomes softened if you pour some of the Horchata over it, which happens to be a delicious breakfast!

IMG_7819My favorite of the granolas personally is the Apple Cinnamon, which honestly tastes like a sweet graham cracker with its crunchy texture. I love to use the granola to top my smoothies, or as a quick snack when I’m taking a break from working. For the photo above, I was all out of my TigerNut Horchata so I used coconut milk as a non-dairy and nut-free alternative. I had the granola with the non-dairy milk and some freshly cut apples cold, but you could probably also warm up the milk and apples and have it that way as well…I bet it would taste even more like apple pie if you did that and added some cinnamon!

Anyway, a big thank you to Organic Gemini for providing me with these samples of so many of their different products. Stay tuned for a gluten-free recipe coming to this blog soon featuring their TigerNut flour! If you happen to be on the East side of the country, check out their online store locator for places nearby that you can purchase their products. Otherwise, you can purchase them online and join the TigerNut Club for free shipping. Which products of these are you just dying to try first? Let me know in the comments below! 

Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake

A high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comRemember when I promised another Sprout Living recipe in my previous post? Well, you’re looking at it! After trying the Original, Chocolate Maca, and Green Kingdom EPIC Protein flavors I was just dying to use the Vanilla Lucuma in a recipe. This shake/smoothie is nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free and low in fat but still high in protein and fiber. I only recently started using buckwheat in smoothies, and I was amazed at how it makes them so creamy and filling. The frozen pear, vanilla, and spices all compliment the Vanilla Lucuma protein quite nicely. Keep reading on for the recipe! Continue reading

A high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comA high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comAs I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a big fan of Sprout Living, and their newly reformulated EPIC Protein is pretty impressive! Not too long ago they sent me some samples including a cool shaker bottle and a full-size of their Green Kingdom (which I’m a big fan of as well). I think my favorite will always be the Chocolate Maca with the Vanilla Lucuma as a close second. In case you’re not familiar with lucuma or maca, both are considered “superfoods” for their nutritional benefits. However, what I really love about them is the unique flavor that they add to any smoothie. Throwing them into your favorite recipe really kicks things up a notch. These protein powders from Sprout Living are perfectly balanced with ingredients so that you get the superfoods with delicious flavors that are ready to be used. 

A high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
Don’t forget, if you’re wanting to try Sprout Living for yourself…they have Epic Protein Venture Packs available for sale on their website so you can figure out what flavor(s) you love before buying full-sized tubs of each. Now, let me know in the comments below…what kind of recipe would YOU use the Vanilla Lucuma protein in?

Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Shake
Serves 1
A high-protein, gluten-free, lower-in-fat shake made with Sprout Living's Vanilla Lucuma from their EPIC Protein Line.
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  1. 1 1/4 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 1/4 cup buckwheat, pre-soaked and drained
  3. 1 pitted date, soaked and drained
  4. splash of vanilla and/or almond extract
  5. 1 frozen, sliced pear
  6. 1/2 tsp maca powder
  7. 1 pack/serving EPIC Protein: Vanilla Lucuma
  8. pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Add additional sweetener or ice if needed.
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Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
I really like tahini, and I mean REALLY. There’s just something about the rich, slightly bitter taste that I love combining with sweet flavors like fruit and Bee Free Honee. As promised, this is another review/recipe post using stone-ground raw and organic nut butters from Dastony. Expect of course, this one is nut-free since it’s made with raw sesame seeds. I basically took one of my favorite smoothie combos of all time (pears and almond butter) and turned it into an allergen-friendly, mostly-organic protein shake. Continue reading

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
First, I had to give you a preview of the Sesame Tahini itself. Wow, is this stuff good! Unlike most tahini you’ll find in the store this is actually made with raw sesame seeds. It’s also lower in sodium than your standard tahini yet it has a richness and a flavor that makes it really versatile. There’s something about this tahini that makes it so you can eat even the tiniest amount and be satisfied. Plus, the jars are portioned in a way that you don’t end up having all this extra stuff lying around to just eat with a spoon. I’ve been wanting to use some of this particular tahini from Dastony in hummus, but I decided that a smoothie would be more fun! 

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
The best part of this smoothie? The Bee Free Honee and tahini create an amazing balance of savory and sweet. It’s a great one to serve to kids and adults alike, plus you don’t have to worry about any nut allergies! I also added some Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast protein for an extra boost. In total, this smoothie has about 30G of protein. Can you believe it? As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the Growing Naturals Giveaway is still going on, so be sure to enter if you haven’t already!

Dastony Review & a Pear, Sesame & Vanilla Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
As always I recommend everyone to try this with the ingredients that they have on hand. However, using this high-quality Sesame Tahini and organic brown rice protein will have a slightly different taste. The only thing you might not have on hand is the honee, but no worries! You can easily sub in agave, coconut sugar or dates to help sweeten things up. If you’re interested in purchasing Dastony, you can do so on the Dastony website. Which nut or seed butter are you wanting to try first?

Pear, Sesame and Vanilla Shake
Serves 1
A shake that's sure to satisfy your salty and sweet cravings all at once. Plus with extra protein to keep you full for longer!
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  1. 1 cup cold, filtered water
  2. 1 heaping Tbs Dastony Sesame Butter
  3. 1 frozen, pre-sliced pear
  4. 1/2 tsp maca powder
  5. 1/2 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein
  6. 1 Tbs Bee-Free Honee (or agave, maple syrup, etc)
  7. ice
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a super smooth and creamy consistency. Add extra sweetener or ice if needed. Top with sesame seeds and enjoy!
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Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comI’m a little bit of a nut butter addict. Minus the “little bit”. However, for me quality is still super important. In my house, we make it a rule to not buy any nut butters with hydrogenated oils or added sugars (no JIF or Skippy allowed in our cupboards). So, you can imagine my excitement when Windy City Organics sent me a variety of organic and raw, stone-ground nut and seed butters made by Dastony. I could tell right away that these were made with high-quality ingredients, and they come in the cutest glass jars that you can reuse later on! I was inspired by these particular seed butters to make a few recipes that I’ll be sharing throughout the week. You’ll definitely want to make these recipes and give Dastony a try for yourself! Continue reading

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.com
First off, I started with my favorite kind of nut-free butter. Sunflower seed butter is a great alternative to peanut/almond butter because you get that creamy, nutty flavor without the risk of allergens. Guess what’s in here? Organic Raw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds. That’s it! No salt, sugar, or preservatives added. Plus it’s no-stir seed butter that you don’t have to store in the fridge after opening. I find that this sunflower seed butter is great on toast with a banana or other fruit, or let’s face it…right out of the jar. Because there’s no salt or sugar added, it only takes a little bit to satisfy you. I decided to throw some into a smoothie to make my own nut-free milk and I almost couldn’t believe how delicious it turned out!

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comThis smoothie also features some of my favorite, organic Mocha coffee made by Chameleon Cold Brew. In fact, almost all the ingredients in here are organic, which is always a plus in my book. In addition to the seed butter and coffee, I also added a frozen fig from Trader Joe’s, and some protein powder from Growing Naturals. The vanilla-flavored protein really adds a sweetness and a thickness that makes this drink taste more like a milkshake than a smoothie. Plus it’s still healthy. Who doesn’t want that?? Don’t forget, you still have a little time to enter my latest Growing Naturals Giveaway so you can make this shake with some of their fabulous plant-based protein!

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comWith the protein and sunflower seed butter, this shake boosts almost 30g of plant protein! It’s a great treat to have after your morning workout or if you’re looking for a protein-rich yet energizing shake to have upon waking. As usual, feel free to sub in the ingredients you have on hand. However, this shake is truly incredible when you go for the good stuff!

Dastony Review + an Espresso Fig Shake @anotherhungryvegan.comNow, I want to know from you…what is your favorite nut-free butter? How do you like to enjoy it? In smoothies, with fruit, in your oatmeal? I want to know! Don’t forget to check out all the nut and seed butters that you can buy straight from the Dastony Website. When it comes to nut and seed butters, don’t settle for anything less than the best! Stay tuned for the next few days, where I’ll be posting more recipes featuring Dastony’s fantastic products!

Espresso Fig Shake
Serves 1
A protein-rich, nut-free coffee shake that you'll want to have every morning!
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  1. 1/2 cup Chameleon Cold Brew Mocha (or alternative coffee concentrate)
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 heaping Tbs Dastony Sunflower Seed Butter
  4. 1 frozen fig
  5. 1 frozen banana
  6. 1 1/2 Tbs Coconut Sugar (or dates, maple syrup, etc)
  7. 1/2 tsp Maca Powder
  8. 1 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Protein
  9. Ice
  1. Blend all ingredients until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Add additional ice if you are wanting a frostier shake. Serve topped with espresso powder and coconut sugar if you'd like.
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Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Vegan Butterscotch Chip CookiesWhen was the last time you had butterscotch cookies? What about vegan ones? Regardless of your answer, these vegan butterscotch chip cookies are so delightful that you’ll want to make them just in time for Christmas! These would make a fantastic dessert to bring to your holiday cookie swap, but you can always leave them out for Santa with a glass of almond milk. Or, if Christmas flies by and you still haven’t made these, they are a great treat for any New Years celebration as well. Continue reading

Vegan Butterscotch Chip Cookies
I have been searching for vegan butterscotch chips for ages (ok, not really that long but hopefully you catch my drift)! I stumbled upon these King David ones completely by chance at Nooch Vegan Market in Denver. Unfortunately, any others I found in typical supermarkets contained dairy. You can look for these particular chips online on places like this. However, there are plenty of other vegan varieties online here or here. Don’t have time to get butterscotch chips? No worries! You can also sub in some vegan peanut butter chips. I have never actually found vegan PB chips in stores, but I happened to find a super simple recipe over on Minimalist Baker if you’re pressed for time.

Vegan Butterscotch Chip Cookies
Would you look at that plate? Don’t you just want to grab a cookie right out of the screen? I’ll admit that I snagged a cookie before they were fully cooled, because I was too anxious to try one. As for the majority of these, they are going to a cookie exchange at my mom’s work. My fingers are crossed that everyone enjoys them! Even if the other people at the cookie exchange are not exactly vegan, these are great for those with nut, dairy, and egg allergies or for people who are watching their cholesterol or looking to eat a little healthier. Yes, they are still cookies so try not to eat them all at once or you might get a stomach ache. Just a disclaimer!

Vegan Butterscotch Chip Cookies
If the taste of these cookies isn’t spectacular all on its own, the appearance is extremely appetizing. I really love the light-colored butterscotch chips in contrast with soft exterior of each cookie. I recommend baking these just for the sweet, freshly baked aroma that they add to your home. It reminds me of an oatmeal-cinnamon type of cookie smell, and the taste is very similar as well. I make a joke with my family that cookies baking in the oven are a natural room deodorizer. Why gift someone a candle when you can bring them these cookies, the baking mix in a cute DIY present, or simply pass on the recipe?

Did you get to do some baking this holiday season? Let me know in the comments what you got to bake. You get bonus points if it happens to include these Butterscotch Chip Cookies!

Butterscotch Chip Cookies
Yields 24
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  1. 1 tablespoon ground flax
  2. 3 tablespoons water
  3. 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  4. 1 cup rolled oats
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  9. 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  10. 1/2 cup vegan butter
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  12. 1/2-3/4 cups vegan butterscotch chips
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF, and lightly grease or line one cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, stir together flax and water. Set aside for 5 minutes or until thickened. While it sits, grind your oats in a food processor or blender until you get a flour consistency. Add it to a separate medium bowl and whisk it with the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until combined. Beat in flax mixture and vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and stir until combined. Stir in butterscotch chips
  4. 4. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet, spacing dough about 2 inches apart.
  5. 5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to continue to cool.
Adapted from SheKnows
Adapted from SheKnows
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Go Raw Super Cookies

Raw vegan food is something I’ve dabbled in a few times before, beginning back to my visit to 42º RAW in Copenhagen, Denmark (which I’ve actually reviewed here if you’re interested). Something that specifically catches my eye about raw food is the ability to use simple ingredients and sometimes-unusual combinations of flavors. One of my favorite raw dishes is and has always been the desserts. I love dessert in general, but raw desserts have a wonderful, natural taste to them and they don’t give you a sugar high after enjoying them. Sometimes you want a flavorful, healthier dessert with a nice crunch/chewiness to it. That’s where Go Raw’s line of Super Cookies come in. They make these raw treats in 6 different flavors, using simple components such as sesame seeds, coconut, dates, and spices. I really enjoyed this company’s energy bars so I couldn’t wait to see how their other raw products compared. Go Raw sent me their raw cookies to try each flavor and here are my thoughts on them. Continue reading

I figured it was a good idea to begin with trying the Original Super Cookies. These are literally made with only 3 ingredients, but they have the perfect balance of each. I found that these Original cookies had a sweet, coconutty taste and I really loved the crunchiness of the sesame seeds. Go Raw recommends that you eat their cookies with a glass of water on the side to better digest the seeds and keep you fuller longer. Their energy bars also make the same recommendation due to the flax seeds, so I made sure to drink water alongside these too.

Next, I tried the Lemon Super Cookies, which have the same ingredients as the Original, but with added organic lemon oil. I felt that these reminded me of a crispy lemon cookie with a less sweet, but not sour, natural lemon essence. I love the fact that these use not only all-organic ingredients, but also a smart pairing of them. These would’ve probably been bitter if they had lemon zest or juice instead of the oil.

These Ginger Snaps ended up being one of my favorites of all the Super Cookies. They had a crispy texture and ginger powder that reminded me immediately of gingerbread cookies around the holidays. These are also gluten, soy, and nut-free in addition to being raw. Who needs a super processed store-bought cookie when you have this healthy, raw, clean version that tastes just as good if not better?

The Chocolate Super Cookies were a little different than I anticipated. They are not quite reminiscent of chocolate chip cookies, but they have a rich cacao flavor that goes perfectly with the coconut and dates. In fact, one of my favorite smoothies is made with coconut water, dates, bananas and cacao powder so these crispy morsels reminded me of that in a cookie form.

Carrot Cake doesn’t happen to be my first dessert of choice, but these cookies were exceptionally delicious. They feature all the flavors I like in carrot cake such as coconut, carrot, dates, and spices such as nutmeg. These would be good for literally any time of the year, and any time of the day too!

Speaking of spices, the Masala Chai Super Cookies with a surprising addition of orange peel to really bring the spices out. Though I liked these less than the ginger snaps or carrot cake cookies, I found that they were still a delightful treat. These remind me of a spicy and sweet chai which would also make them an excellent treat during the holidays. Overall, I was actually very impressed with Go Raw’s line of Super Cookies and I can’t wait to try their other products in the future! Have you tried these cookies before? Leave a comment and tell me what you thought!