Chocolate Cherry Almond Bark

I have been experimenting with vegan sweets, looking for something quick, easy, and tasty.  I have played with  variety of almond butter cups (recipe coming soon), but they can be somewhat time-consuming to build.

So I’ve been playing with making my own bark…and this recipe only uses 3 ingredients: vegan chocolate chips, dried cherries, and almond slivers. Continue reading “Chocolate Cherry Almond Bark”

Seed & Spice Blend

Want to spice up entrees and salads, but without using croutons?  Give this seed and spice blend a try.

We sprinkle it on our salads, on bean & rice, on chili… any time  I want a crunch…and a little extra protein from the seeds. Of course, additional B12 from the nutritional yeast is never a bad idea.

Experiment with this….try other seeds, other spices…and  try it on lots of different foods!

If you like a little more heat, increase the amount of chili powder.


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast


  1. Heat a frying pan to medium-high heat, then add the sunflower and sesame seeds.
  2. Toss gently until the seeds begin to pop.  They will smell heavenly and should turn golden in color.
  3. Once the seeds are toasted, aromatic, and golden, turn off the heat. While the pan is still hot, add the spices and nutritional yeast and toss thoroughly to combine.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled, store in a sealed container.



Chocolate-covered almond butter-stuffed dates

I am always playing with recipes, looking for those that are quick, taste great, and are healthy (well, mostly).

I also look for those recipes that use ingredients I keep on hand.

These chocolate-covered stuffed dates use ingredients I always have: medjool dates, vegan chocolate chips, coconut oil, and almond butter.

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3 Bean QUICK Chili

There are times when I truly enjoy spending an hour or more crafting a dish.  I love to see the various layers of the creation come to fruition.

At other times, I need speed.

Those are times when I just want to throw something together with minimal fuss and sit down to the table in about 30 minutes. While this chili cooks, I make a salad, thaw out some gluten-free rolls, and we are good to go.

I use black beans, red kidney beans, and white kidney beans and keep canned varieties on hand just for “quick” meals. I also tend to cook up a pot of beans ahead of time and freeze them in 1-cup measures, but unless I have them already thawing, I simply use thoroughly rinsed canned beans for this meal.

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Vegan Christmas Candy

I’ve been on a sweet kick, lately, and have been experimenting with flavors. I love cinnamon in my hot chocolate, and I love almonds….so….. why not combine them into a candy?

And since we are midway through December, Christmas Candy it is!

Vegan chocolate chips…cinnamon…coconut oil…unsalted almonds… loaf pan….parchment paper…that’s all you need.

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Black bean Brownies – Yummy!

OMG.  Brownies.   I have really missed brownies…the chocolate…the moisture…the decadence…

Meet the black bean, savior of vegan brownies…

I have tried a variety of vegan brownie recipes, trying to avoid black beans. I mean, come on – back beans in brownies?  Then I caved in, and I’m glad I did!

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Slow-cooker apple butter

As a young girl, I remember spending hours with my mother learning how to can and freeze from the garden.   One of these memories revolves around apple butter. Father would bring home bushels of apples – yes, bushels – which we would then turn into applesauce, apple pie filling…..and apple butter.

Eating apple butter was one of my favorite pastimes. Making apple butter conjures memories of standing and stirring – continuously – a huge pot of apples for what seemed like hours.  This, of course, came after peeling, coring, and slicing apples into a huge bucket filled with salt water. I still have my mother’s apple slicer/peeler/corer.  She would attach that machine to a counter top, and we spent the next few hours with our hands immersed in salt water and apples. The concept was great: this machine peeled (mostly) and cored (mostly) and sliced (mostly), saving us time 🙂 Continue reading “Slow-cooker apple butter”