Happy almost Halloween!! I’m totally in the spirit. Halloween is my all-time favourite holiday. Growing up, I have the best memories of helping my dad decorate our house. We would walk around town scoping out potential competition and then brainstorm ideas. We would fill hazmat suits from his work with leaves and hang them from our tree. We would take red spray paint and leave “blood spatters” everywhere. We had black lights and creepy music. The whole 9 yards! I loved very minute of it. So it’s not surprise as an adult, I still like to go all out.
One of the things I enjoy most aside from decorating, is making fun holiday-themed food. I’ve made similar recipes the past few years, so I wanted to make some different things this year. On the menu were the amazing Gut-sy Spider Cupcakes from Lazy Vegan Baker (complete with green pudding in the middle for brains!). I also made these Witches Fingers:
And my some Chocolate Graveyard Cups (I put crushed Newman O’s for dirt & vegan gummy worms):
Not pictured is the Nacho Dip from the OhSheGlows cookbook (because it’s orange and INSANELY delicious) and a veggie tray with purple carrots and orange pepper slices with black bean hummus. Guests brought some cute things too:
Cute pumpkin cookies with vegan nutella in the middle.
And Robin made these adorable little BATs (Bacon Avocado Tomato bites). She even made them gluten-free for me. Sorry for the bad picture quality… I was too excited to eat some!
There were some great costumes too! Can anyone guess who I was????
Would you believe this is the ONE PICTURE that turned out(ish) out of the 12+ pictures my husband took? Darn.
Sunny even dressed up.
And now that I’ve spammed you with pictures… on to the recipe! How cute are these little eyeballs???
I was at a party store, checking out all of the fun things they had and came across some edible eyeballs. I was SO EXCITED as I normally just use skittles or vegan m & m’s. They were actually vegan too. But they had some scary sounding ingredients. Things I couldn’t pronounce, things I have never heard of and a bunch of number and colour combinations. Talk about scary food! That’s not the kind of scary I want for Halloween. So I thought I’d try my hand at making my own.
Vegan Eyeballs (adapted from Fork and Beans Googly Eyes)
1/2 cup of icing sugar
1 tsp of arrowroot
1 tsp of agave (or liquid sweetener of choice)
1 tsp of almond milk
20 chocolate chips
Combine all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a ziploc bag, cut a tiny opening in a corner and carefully pour a bit of the mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet in little circles. Add your chocolate chips. Freeze until ready to use. I found they broke when I tried to remove them, but if you use a butter knife and carefully use it to separate the eyeball from the parchment paper, it will remain intact. Voila!
Perfect for Spider Cupcakes!
What fun recipes are you trying out right now?
Happy Friday folks! Baby – it’s the freakin’ weekend! I’m super psyched as I’m having a few girls from my veg girls meet up group over for a Halloween Party. Woot woot! I LOVE Halloween – it’s my favourite holiday. Do you have any exciting weekend plans?
October Theme: Halloween Inspired Recipes
We are collecting your Halloween themed recipes TODAY and will share our favorites next Friday, October 28th. I’m so excited to see what spooky treats you share with us today. Let’s get this party started!
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Apple Cinnamon and Toasted Coconut Protein Oatmeal from And a Dash of Cinnamon:
This warm, apple cinnamon-y oatmeal is the perfect breakfast food as the mornings cool off. The extra boost of protein will help with a good energy burst to get through the day.
Baked Butternut Squash with Smoky Mushrooms from Beautifully Bohemian:
Ok, I like baked squash as much as the next girl, but the smoky mushrooms? That totally adds a new level to this dish. I think this could actually be a main… my hubby and I would totally just polish this entire dish off in one sitting haha 😉
Thai BBQ Cauliflower from Zsu’s Vegan Pantry:
I’m always surprised at what people can do with cauliflower when I usually just cook it in curry or roast it with plain, boring olive oil. Zsu really kicks it up a notch with this crispy, flavourful dish. I really need to get myself an air fryer!
Banana Pumpkin Pancakes from Strength & Sunshine:
I still haven’t mastered gluten-free pancakes. Maybe these will be the ones that I finally make well. These would be the perfect way to start the day.
Mary Ellen is sharing her Vampire Bite Cupcakes:
How awesome are these?? This is a fantastic nod to all of our beloved vampire movies and books (especially Twilight of course!). They are cute AND scary =)
I’m sharing my Chocolate Apple Pops:
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I was having trouble coming up with my Halloween inspired recipe this year. I felt like I had used up all of my creativity with my Dismembered Spookies, Spider Cupcakes, and my Pumpkin Cartwheels. But then I came across this cute video on Facebook and made these!
So I have to admit that I got all of the inspiration for these bad boys from the video, but made them a tad healthier and veganized them.
Chocoalte Apple Pops (makes 10 pops)
10 popsicle sticks
2 large apples
1 cup of chocolate chips + 1 tbsp of coconut oil
caramel sauce (I used this recipe)
toppings (I used crushed Newman O’s, shredded coconut & almond pieces)
Place the chocolate chips in a small pot and melt on low heat with the coconut oil. As the chocolate chips melt, slice your apples into pieces and gently skewer them with the popsicle sticks.
Once the chocolate is done melting, remove them from heat and dip the apple slices in turn them around until the chocolate is evenly distributed.
Place the chocolate apple slices onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and place in the fridge for 15 minutes. Remove the chocolate apples and drizzle on the caramel sauce and sprinkle on your toppings and gently press them in.
Refrigerate until ready to serve… if you can wait ;p
I’m looking forward to seeing other people’s Halloween creations!
Did you have a fun and spooktacular weekend? We sure did! This was probably one of the funnest Halloweens I’ve had in awhile. We had a small party on Friday night, headed to Santa Cruz on Saturday to take some fun pics and scared some trick or treaters at a friend’s house that night ;p And I have picture evidence of all of it!
Friday night frights food (made by me and my awesome party guests):
Spider cupcakes!!! Chocolate lemon bombs and candy
Refried bean dip & nacho cheeze dip (orange & black!)
Witches hair and eyeballs
Pumpkin krispy treats
Poor unfortunate souls (from the Little Mermaid)
And the cast:
Saturday we headed out to have fun with makeup and pictures!
Did you have a fun weekend?
Happy Friday! And Happy Halloween!
What better way to celebrate than sharing some fun recipes?
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I’m excited to see what you guys share today! But, first check out some of your awesome holiday-themed recipes from last week.
True Blood Vegetable Juice from Vie de la Vegan:Any True Blood fans out there? I loved this show and watched loyally when it first came out, but halfway through the airing of the show, we moved and decided not to get cable. But I have fond memories and love all things vampire. This spooky drink would be a great party drink. Kyra really got a great colour going with the beets. Pretty and nutritious =)
8 Non-GMO Candies for Trick or Treaters from Urban Naturale:
I am having a little get together and I was torn as to whether I would serve candy or not. I didn’t want to serve too much junk as I’m already making some treats, but was excited to see this guide. I picked up some Surf Sweet candies and I’m going to try and find some choco chews. I love that these are all vegan and non-gmo and a lot of them are organic. Awesome choices =)
And my Pumpkin Cartwheels:
A fun treat for the holiday (or any time!). Soy-free, gluten-free and refined-sugar free.
Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I have some exciting things to look forward to (I’ll take pictures and share with you next week). I hope you have a super fun weekend! Enjoy some delicious treats!
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Good morning! I hope you had a fantastic weekend =) I did. There was chocolate involved. I had recently taken a chocolate break after realising I was eating it a little too much. I was hoping to make it until Halloween with no chocolate, but I realised if I waited until then, the day may end up with waaaay too much chocolate ;p So I had a bit over the weekend and feel pretty good. I don’t feel compelled to eat more. My experiment was a success! I look forward to gradually adding it back into my diet, mostly by making chocolate myself or adding cocao powder to oats & smoothies instead of getting back in the habit of buying store-bought chocolate bars. I just need to be mindful that taking breaks doesn’t lead to restricting and find a happy balance with food. Who would have thought it could be so tough?
So, I have had The Better Bean Company beans before, but not this flavour yet. I like their beans because they are a quick & easy thing to pick up for quick lunches. They are healthy and full of protein. All of their flavours are gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, nut-free and non-GMO. With the particular flavour I picked up, you get 9 whole grams of protein for 3/4 cup, it’s low in fat and high in fiber. It is a little high in salt though, but if you’re like me and don’t eat a ton of packaged foods – it’s not so bad.
I normally buy So Delicious Coconut Yogurt, but this Coconut Grove brand was on sale. I don’t eat a lot of yogurt, so this tub will last quite awhile. So far, I have just tried adding it to a smoothie, so I didn’t really get to taste it yet, but I think I’ll like it. Have you tried this kind of yogurt?
And lastly, jackfruit! I’ve had it a few times from food trucks and quite like it, but haven’t tried buying it and preparing it myself. Well, I guess I don’t have much preparing as this already is bbq-flavoured. I bought this just for a bit of variety. I’m not sure how often I’ll buy it, I do like that it is gluten-free and soy-free, but it’s very low in protein and doesn’t have a whole lot of nutritional punch to it.
Are you gearing up for Halloween??? I’m so excited! I will have a halloween-ish recipe to share Wednesday (it’s a bit of a stretch… but it works haha ;p) and I’ll have a roundup too so you can get ready for the weekend. Yay Halloween!
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I’m excited to see some Halloween themed recipes this week =) It’s the second last Friday before the big day. I’ve been busy in the kitchen trying to come up with some fun treats and I have a great one to share with you today. But first, let’s check out your favourite recipes from last week!
Spider Pizzas from Vie de la Vegan:
These are awesome! They are great for kiddos and adults =) Perfect Halloween supper. I like that Kyra made her own crust (which I should start doing!) and delicious homemade cashew cheeze.
Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Doughnuts from Strength & Sunshine:
These would make an excellent Halloween breakfast =) Filled with fall flavours, these gluten-free beauties will feel you feeling less guilty about having treats later in the day =)
Banana Ghosts with Chocolate Sweet Potato Dip from Veggie Quest:
This is so cute!!! I love the ghosties with the graveyard dip. And the coloured coconut “grass” is a nice touch. A nice, sweet treat without overindulging. And what a great Halloween Party snack =)
This week, I’m sharing my Pumpkin Cartwheels:
I hope to see more spooky food this week! Link on up, don’t forget to link back to this post and be sure to tell your friends =) Have a great weekend!
Yay Halloween treats! I have been thinking the past couple of weeks of what to make for this wonderful occasion (my favourite holiday). Then I came across these bad boys in the store and knew they had to be involved somehow:
So fun and cute! So I set out to make something with them. I wasn’t keen on making rice crispy treats as that’s been done. I wanted to make something unique. Something creative. And something utterly delicious.
Enter Pumpkin Cartwheels.
I made a batch the other day. Since I’m on a chocolate break (35 days strong!), I had to wait for Terry to come home to try them. I fully expected him to try one, say they were good and be on his merry way. That’s normally how he is when I ask his opinion. He tried one and said it was pretty good. Then suggested I add a caramel layer. Huh.
So I set out and made them again with his suggestion in mind. I happened to have Robin over for supper and got her to try them. I made her do a taste comparison. She thought the first version was pretty good. But the second one was apparently AMAZING!
She said they reminded her of a milky way knock off. But we didn’t want to call them milky ways. She asked me to look up names of other galaxies and we found the Cartwheel Galaxy:
She says my treat would taste like this galaxy =)
Pumpkin Cartwheels (makes 12 mini cartwheels)
1 cup dark chocolate chips + 1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup of Dandy’s pumpkin marshmallows + 1 tsp Earth Balance margarine
1 batch of caramel sauce (there will be leftovers for nice cream!)
Heat a small saucepan on your stove on low heat and melt the coconut oil and chocolate chips. Spoon a tsp of the melted chocolate into mini cupcake liners, ensuring the bottom is covered. You’ll use not quite half of the melted chocolate. Place them in the freezer to harden up. While they set, make your caramel sauce. Once the sauce is done, heat another small saucepan on the stove on low heat and melt the Earth Balance and marshmallows until they soft and liquidy (be patient, this takes awhile, but is worth the effort).
Take your chocolate lined cupcake molds out of the freezer. Gently place a tsp of caramel sauce and try to spread it out a bit on top of the set chocolate. Then the melted marshmallow mix. This part is tricky as the melted marshmallows are hard to work with, I found slightly damp hands made it easier to work with. Then top with the remaining melted chocolate and put in the freezer to set (at least 1 hour, the longer the better).
Terry also tried the new & improved version and thought they were pretty awesome. I’m planning on reintroducing chocolate next week and will be making another batch of these =)
I am sharing this spooky creation with Vegan Yofo Halloween Edition!
Are you excited for Halloween?
I missed my chance at hosting a totally stellar Halloween Party back in October as I was sick with a cold. Fortunately, I have friends like Robin who suggest a combo of Christmas & Halloween celebration!
And I made some spooky-themed food (more my forté than Christmas-themed):
Witches Hair & Blood Sauce (black bean noodles and marinara haha)
Robin made these awesome-sauce cupcakes (how cute are they?)
Per usual, I forgot to take pictures of the humans and just the food. But Terry snagged a pic of me after the party in a cute home-made Robin creation:
Countin’ down the days this week – more ways to celebrate coming tomorrow ;p