Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Milkshake

Yes, you read that right. Chocolate and peppermint all in one glass. It’s amazing. Just look at it?! The deep dark flavor of chocolate combined with sweet spicy peppermint gets me every time. And the colors just go fabulously, so I was left with no choice but to make them live in harmony right inside my mason jar.

Chocolate covered candy cane milk shake

Truth be told, I was planning on posting all about my fabulous, well almost fabulous, main dish I am serving this year for Christmas dinner. But it’s just not blog ready yet. I need one more trial, Christmas, before it will be perfect and I don’t want to share the amazingness of it unless it’s just right. So lucky for all of you, this little treat that I’ve been playing around with for some time made it’s way in instead. And I definitely don’t regret it! My kids told me I was amazing when I surprised them with this as a pre dinner snack, so in the end, even if everyone else thinks this is crazy, my boys don’t and that’s my goal! They couldn’t keep their hands off!

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The Best Roundup of Vegan Holiday Recipes by Finding Vegan Bloggers!

It’s the “Season of Sharing: Virtual Vegan Party with the FindingVegan.com Bloggers” and it’s amazing! Just look at all the recipes here. I dare you to say you don’t know what to make this holiday season…This is literally my favorite time of year, not only because I love to cook and bake, but because it brings everyone together to create amazing magic like this. I feel so blessed to be where I am right now and can’t even explain how happy I am to be on this blogging path. I love what I do and I love sharing it with all of you! So head on down and check out all these awesome recipes from amazing bloggers, I’m number 19! Happy cooking!!

Vegan Link Round-up!
There are some amazing vegan recipes, books, features and more out there on the internet, but it can be challenging to track down great content sometimes! That is where FindingVegan.com comes in. FV features recipes and more from the best vegan-friendly bloggers on the web! And this year, we FV asked some of its contributors to share their best content in a MEGA-amazing vegan round-up! Check out all that is going on in the vegan community!..

1. Kathy Patalsky, of HealthyHappyLife and founder on Finding Vegan is sharing:
* 12 Days of Vegan Christmas Giveaway + YouTube Series – $2700 grand prize!
* Kathy’s cookbook to kickstart a healthy New Year: 365 Vegan Smoothies
* Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

*photo credit: Kathy Patalsky

2. Rachael Renee of RawHighLife is sharing:
* Amazing raw vegan cinnamon rolls PERFECT for holiday brunch!
* Easy fruit and veggie recipes in her ebook
* The RAW High Life Facebook page

*photo credit: RawHighLife

3. June Burns of Philosophy and Cake is sharing:
* Chocolate Macarons recipe, gluten free + vegan
* Momofuku-Inspired Carrot Layer Cake
* Salty-sweet pecan pie bars with bourbon!

3. Kelly of ThePrettyBee is sharing:
* Vegan Holiday Treats
* Gluten Free Gifts in Jars

*photo credit: Kelly, the pretty bee

4. Aimee of TheVegLife is sharing:
* Her eBook of vegan Christmas Cookies. 25 exclusive cookie recipes for 2014, and more, 50 recipes in total!
* Cranberry Orange Muffins

5. Natalie Thomas of feasting on fruit is sharing:
* Chocolate Peppermint Cookiewiches
* Gingerbread Snack Cakes
* Caramel Hot Chocolate the Fruity Way

*photo credit: Natalie, feasting on fruit

6. Carolyn Murphy of PeaceMeal is sharing:
* Mulled Wine
* Salted Toffee Peanut Butter & Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Cups
* Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball

7. Lisa from Healthy Nibbles & Bits is sharing:
* Peppermint Bark Popcorn with Toasted Coconut
* Butternut Squash, Hummus & Guacamole Dip

8. Trinity of Trinity’s Kitchen is sharing:
* Festive Seed Roast Loaf (gluten-free, vegan and super healthy)
* Christmas Fruit n’ Nut Truffles

*photo credit: Trinity’s Kitchen

9. Ginny from Vegan in the Freezer is sharing:
* Delicious Party Food – Spicy Tortilla Rollups
* Homemade Kahlua sounds like a holiday in itself
* Spiced Rum Balls – no kidding!

*photo credit: Ginny, vegan in the freezer

10. Tia from Tia’s Kitchen is sharing:
* vegan hot chocolate
* vegan eggnog

11. Danielle Levy of DanielleLevyNutrition is sharing:
* Asian inspired Yuba Roast Chestnut Stuffing
* Classic comfort food: Walnut Crusted Tofu with braised chard and butternut squash

photo credit: Danielle Levy

12. Vanessa of Becomingness is sharing:
* Caramel Macadamia Chocolate Cups
* BecomingSweet!
* 15 Best Raw Desserts

13. Aurora of TheIndieBroccoli is sharing:
* Christmas Loaf with Lentils and Quinoa
* Rutabaga Fries with vegan lemon basil mayo
* Carrot Juice with Turmeric and Ginger

*photo credit: Aurora, the indie broccoli

14. Bianca of Elephantastic Vegan is sharing:
* Festive Holiday Recipe – Pink Beet Cupcakes
* Her website and facebook page!

15. Cate from A Traveling Cook is sharing:
* Vegan Christmas Pudding

16. Clemence of The Vegan Cookie Fairy is sharing:
*Her ebook of Vegan Christmas recipes, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Christmas Recipes
* Her ebook of Vegan Chocolate recipes, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Little Book of Chocolate
* Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares with Chocolate Drizzle

photo credit: The Vegan Cookie Fairy

17. Jennifer of VeggieInspiredJourney is sharing:
* Vegan Dilled Ceviche
* Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars
* Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Pear Sauce

18. Dana of VanishingVeggie is sharing:
* Her website
* Her Facebook page
* A bright, citrus salad, perfect for any gathering

19. Sophia, aka ME!, from VeggiesDontBite is sharing:
* Layered Pumpkin Caramel Pie in a Mason Jar: one of my most favorite desserts for this season!
* Frothy Pistachio Milk Hot Chocolate: Cozy up this winter with this indulgent treat.
* The new Veggies Don’t Bite Overnight Oats Jar: Breakfast just went from easy to easier. A healthy, quick and delicious way to start your day!

*photo credit: Sophia, veggies don’t bite

20. Christina of TheBeautifulBalance is sharing:
* Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
* Maple Apple Scones
* Pear & Raspberry Frangipane Tart

21. Stacey of SouthernVeganKitchen is sharing:
* Lumberjack Date Cake
* Peanut Butter Chocolate Dream Pie

22. Shannon of The Glowing Fridge is sharing:
* Candy Cane and Marshmallow Peppermint Fudge
* The Glow Effect Guide
* A Holiday Gift Guide for Her

23. Jessica of TwoGreenPeas Website is sharing:
* Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzel Bark
* Vegan Gingerbread Houses: Recipe & How-To
* Starry Night Cinnamon Okra Masala

*photo credit: Jessica, TwoGreenPeas

24. Majda of BreadOlives is sharing:
* Walnut Date Truffles

*photo credit: Majda, BreadOlives

25. Vicky of MayIHaveThatRecipe is sharing:
* Eggnog Sticky Toffee Pudding
* Vegan Tiramisu
* Roasted Veggie Tofu Pot Pies

*photo credit: Vicky, MayIhaveThatRecipe

26. Dora of Dora’s Table is sharing:

* This is a recipe for Garabatos or scribble cookies. These cookies are very popular in Mexico city, and you will fall in love with them too. Who can resist two coconut shortbread cookies, sandwiched in a smooth chocolate filing, and drizzled with warm chocolate? The best part, they’re 100% vegan.

*photo credit: Dora’s Table

27. Kelly of Trial and Eater is sharing:
* Foodie Gift Guide
* How to make vanilla extract – Fun holiday gift idea!
* Sunflower wrap – Healthy holiday snacking!

28. Michelle of Healthier Steps is sharing:
* Vegan Broccoli and Rice Casserole
* Sweet Potato Souffle
* Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

Bonus a few recipes I personally adore from FindingVegan contributors!..

29. Cara of Fork and Beans makes Healthy Reindeer Cookies

30. VeggieAndTheBeast Ginger Cutout Cookies

31. VeguKate’s Superfood Hot Cocoa

32. Marly of NamelyMarly is sharing:
* Vegan Queso Dip
* Sage Gouda Cheese Ball

*photo credit: NamelyMarly

…and SO many more on FindingVegan.com. Sign up for the Finding Vegan Monthly Newsletter here.

Greek Holiday Rice Stuffing

When I think of the holidays, this stuffing is top of my list. I didn’t grow up eating bread based stuffing, in fact I don’t even really like traditional bread stuffing, all I knew was that my mom’s stuffing was one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. So it’s pretty fitting that I get this recipe veganized and on the blog! It didn’t take much, just a few swaps and vegan it became. The incredible taste is still there, and the health factor just went up a notch!

Greek Holiday Rice Stuffing

Traditionally this was put into a turkey. However, my mom often made it as a side dish as well since we weren’t always the ones making turkey for the holidays. I love this dish and once we went meat free, it was turkey stuffed no more! I can’t even explain how flavorful and unique the taste is. I love that we only make it during the holiday season because it keeps me wanting more all year long! It’s a fairly easy side dish to put together, and you can definitely do some prep the day before to make it even easier. If you’re looking for a unique dish for your Christmas dinner, or any holiday you may celebrate, then this is your dish! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Greek Holiday Rice Stuffing

As always, I love comments on the blog if you make it, so make sure to let me know! You can also tag me on Instagram at veggiesdontbite #veggiesdontbite so I don’t miss it! Hope you enjoy!

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Veggies Don’t Bite Just Made Overnight Oats Even Easier!

I am so excited to finally be able to share this new product of mine with all of you! I have been working on this since I started my blog. It has been a long process and one in which I have learned a lot. So what is it that I have created you ask?

The Veggies Don’t Bite Overnight Oats Jar

*patent pending*

It’s a quick, easy and convenient way to prep overnight oats without having to wash any other supplies! I have created a jar with pre-measured lines and sections, into which you add several types of ingredients. It moves away from the traditional “follow a recipe” mode of cooking and more into the “create as you go” mode. Each section can be filled with ingredients of your choice for that specific part, there is no need to measure how much of each, just continue to fill until you reach the designated line. Mix and match flavors and ingredients to get a different meal each time!

Click here to learn more about the new Overnight Oats Jars

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Pretzel Frosting

So I’m doing something super fun! I’m participating in my first virtual vegan potluck, although this is the 5th year that this particular one is happening. What is a virtual vegan potluck? I didn’t know either when I was first presented with the opportunity. This event is basically a chain of recipes, starting from appetizers and moving through each category of meals all the way to dessert. Every post links to another post so that others can gather a whole slew of amazing recipes! With the holidays coming up, this is definitely awesome to have access to! I feel super blessed to be part of it and I look forward to participating each year.

This year I opted to create a holiday dessert, I’m 6 months pregnant so no surprise there! My pregnancy seems to have taken over my creations these days, so if they are a little out there don’t hold it against me…this recipe was definitely inspired by my need for both sweet and salty these days. I decided, why not put them together?! And there is no better way than chocolate and cupcakes. After the success of my Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting, I was determined to create a chocolate cupcake with the same delicate moist texture. I trialed many versions to get it just so. I wanted a deep dark chocolate flavor that wasn’t too sweet because the salted caramel pretzel frosting I was creating, was going to take center stage in the sweet decadent department. Dark chocolate is my absolute favorite, so I really enjoyed the many versions I just had to taste to get to that perfect one!

Dark chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel pretzel frosting

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Frothy Hot Chocolate with Pistachio Milk

Hot chocolate, the worlds best indulgence on a cold cozy day. There is so much you can do with it: flavors, toppings, thickness…The combo of ingredients here came as an experiment with making some different types dairy free milk using my beloved Vitamix 750. I love pistachios, and pistachio milk does not disappoint. It’s super creamy with a slight underlying sweetness, which makes it a great base for hot chocolate!

I wanted something thick and frothy with this recipe, so I made the whole thing in my Vitamix. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you can use a regular blender but it may not come out as smooth, thick or frothy. This turned out really rich and indulgent, but without all the added processed ingredients that you usually find in these fun drinks. Everything here is whole food based, but the taste is just as good, if not better! Looking to cozy up? Give this one a try for sure!

Frothy hot chocolate with pistachio milk

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“Bite” of the Month- Miyoko’s Creamery Vegan Cheese Review!

I was so excited a few weeks back when Miyoko’s Creamery sent me a pack of their new vegan cheeses to taste and review for the blog. I had been drooling over them for quite some time! I even own her book, Artisan Vegan Cheese, and there is so much in it I want to try. But to have it delivered to me, ready to go, is even better! All the cheeses are organic and dairy free with a nut base. I love that these are based on whole foods versus the additives of many vegan cheeses out there. Please note that other than receiving these cheeses to taste test, I was not compensated in any way to write this review. These are all my original thoughts on each cheese I tried and were not influenced in any way.

I was given 5 flavors to try: Classic Double Cream Chive, Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic, High Sierra Rustic Alpine, French Style Winter Truffle, and Fresh Loire Valley in a Fig Leaf. I wanted the opinion of both vegans and non, so I had a few different tastings to get everyone’s take. I loved hearing all the results!

Miyoko's Creamery Vegan Cheese

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Korean Chickpeas, Carrots & Potatoes over Quinoa

After a few weeks of creating and eating many Thanksgiving inspired dishes, I’m happy to post about a different type of meal. Super easy, really tasty and made in a crockpot so the house smells amazing! I got inspired to recreate this one after seeing it on the amazing blog MJ and Hungryman. If you haven’t seen her blog, you need to. It’s awesome! She isn’t vegan, but has some great recipes that are and many that can be veganized. Plus, she’s just a super cool person and anyone that’s super cool is someone to follow in my book!

The original recipe that MJ made had chicken in it, but the sauce and general idea just sounded so good, that I had to find a way to recreate it for the vegan crowd. I love chickpeas, and just knew they would be great in this dish, so that’s what I went with. When looking at her recipe, I didn’t have any of the Korean spices she used (the chili flakes and paste) and also wanted others to be able to make this if their kitchen was stocked like mine, so I did some research on what each thing was and made my own versions with what I had. It turned out SO good! I literally wanted to drink it like soup. But I refrained long enough to get it into my crockpot and let it do it’s magic. I also didn’t make my version very spicy. I love spice more than anything, but I really wanted my kids to eat it since it’s packed with protein and some delicious veggies. My husband is a bit of a wuss when it comes to spice as well, so I held back. Although not spicy, the sauce is very flavorful and awesome! You can definitely double the sauce recipe and save some to pour on top of the meal as extra!

Korean Chickpeas, Carrots & Potatoes

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Thanksgiving recipes for a happy and healthy holiday!

Thanksgiving round up

For the first time in a long time, I will not be in a kitchen cooking away for a holiday celebration. We are spending one glorious Thanksgiving week with some of our favorite people in the world in beautiful Hawaii. We can’t wait! After these past months of working hard, fighting pregnancy sickness, taking care of two little boys all while growing bigger, I really need a vacation where I do nothing but relax. I look forward to the fresh tastes of Hawaii, more amazing fruit than I can shove in my mouth at once, and spending quality time with people I love. We will miss our family here back home but this break from reality is just what our little group needs. I look forward to coming back refreshed and full of energy to tackle the Christmas season, which is my absolute most favorite holiday ever! And boy do I have some delicious recipes brewing in this brain of mine! Until then, I leave you with a list of amazing food that I would have cooked for Thanksgiving had I been here, but will most definitely still be on my Christmas menu. Enjoy and have a happy and safe holiday!!

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Raw or Baked Layered Pumpkin Caramel Pie in a Mason Jar

I don’t even know where to begin with this recipe. What started as my desire to make a much better healthier version of a pumpkin dessert that was my “go-to” dish over the holidays before we changed our way of eating, turned into this layered deliciousness that I could not stop shoving into my mouth. This recipe is probably one of my top favorite desserts I’ve created. Not only because it tastes so darn good, but because it went through such a transformation to get to where it ended. Almost like a recipe makeover! The very first attempt was literally a copycat of my original unhealthy recipe, but subbing for healthier ingredients. The result was a HUGE flop. I mean, my kids who eat everything wouldn’t even eat it! Into the trash it went, and that’s something I rarely do. So I tried again, adding a few extras here and there, and version number two was good but I felt like something was missing. I was going for the wow factor, a way to end my Thanksgiving posts with a bang! Lucky for me, I had my monthly Bunco night with some of my awesome girlfriends. Our host served us apple crumble in mason jars. Well, if you know me, you know I love love mason jars and use them a lot. So it hit me! Remake my dessert in a mason jar. Super cute presentation, which to my visual self is very important, and puts a spin on it. I was so excited to get back into the kitchen. Little did I know that my brain would take over and turn this simple creation into something much more!

Raw or Baked Layered Pumpkin Caramel Pie in a Mason Jar

Click here for full recipe…

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