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Egg Nog French Toast

Vegan Eggnog French Toast

Happy December everyone! I can’t believe Christmas will be here before we know it. To get in the holiday spirit a few weekends ago I made the best french toast ever with eggnog…well rice nog. I was a little skeptical at first but the Rice Dream Rice Nog is delicious (as is WestSoy Chocolate Peppermint Stick). I made it again this past weekend with Silk Pumpkin Spice soy milk and it was even better. It’s a pretty simple recipe. I used apple sauce and arrowroot as a thickener, and nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla for a little extra spice. That’s it!

You’ll need: 

Bread

1/3 cup of nog of your choice

2 teaspoons arrowroot

3 teaspoons apple sauce

dash of cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

dash of vanilla

Directions:

Mix everything together, add more arrowroot or apple sauce if it’s too liquid-y.

 Dip the slices of bread quickly into the mixture. If you soak it too long it will be soggy.

Melt margarine or non-dairy spread of your choice on hot pan.

Cook bread for 3-4 minutes on each side over medium heat.

You should have enough liquid for 4+ slices of french toast.

Enjoy with agave nectar and a glass of nog!

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Vegan Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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Last weekend I was craving a grilled cheese sandwich. I don’t seem to have the best of luck when trying vegan cheese (past brands have been gross), so I did a search on the best vegan cheeses and decided on Follow Your Heart brand. I opted for cheddar over the mozzarella for my grilled cheese. It smelled a little funny, and had a weird texture, but I had an open mind. The grilled cheese sandwich wasn’t as good as I was hoping, but it definitely wasn’t bad. A few days later I wanted to try it on a veggie burger, one slice melted on a black bean patty was pretty darn good.

Today I was trying to come up with other ideas to try the rest of the cheese, and cheddar bay biscuits came to mind. I looked up vegan recipes online and was surprised by how complicated some of them were. So I decided to stick to this original recipe and just substitute a few ingredients. The recipe calls for Bisquick mix, but I made my own. I’ve also seen that Bisquick has a gluten-free mix, I’ll have to try that next time. Makes about a dozen (I got 11).

Disclaimer: These came out amazing. They would be great to bring to a picnic or a potluck, but be warned about making them while you’re home alone for the weekend. At the time of writing this (approx. 2 hours after making them) I’ve already eaten four.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups Bisquick baking mix**
  • 3/4 cup cold almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons cold non-dairy margarine (1/2 stick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese substitute (I used Follow Your Heart brand)

**Homemade Bisquick Mix:

  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1/8 cup baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy margarine

Brush on Top:

  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy margarine, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes (I didn’t have parsley so I used basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine Bisquick mix with margarine. Mix until the margarine is clumpy.
  • Stir in cheese, milk, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic.
  • Drop 1/4 cup portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes til firm.
  • After the biscuits are out of the oven, melt 2 tbsps margarine, and then mix in 1/2 tsp garlic, parsley/basil, and a pinch of salt. Brush this on top of the biscuits.

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Raw Review: Lulu’s Chocolate Bars

Lulu’s Chocolate:

Initial thoughts: Sexy packaging. So far I’ve eaten all except for the Raw Love and the Maca Green bars. I tried the Aztec Crunch bar first because crunch bars are one of my favorite candy bars, and I enjoy cacao nibs. I have to say I didn’t care for it. The chocolate had a slightly weird aftertaste and the clusters of cacao nibs tasted off too.

Next, I had the Coco Cin bar. This was my favorite out of the bunch, and it was awesome. The cinnamon was strong and the coconut was subtle. They complimented each other really well.

The Chocolate Maca Chunk and Maca Love were next, and I didn’t like them.  I’m guessing it’s the maca. They both had a green aftertaste that did not fit well with the chocolate.

I’ve been holding out on the last two because I’m a little afraid I won’t like them. I don’t want to have negative expectations, but if the first two maca bars were anything like the Maca Green bar that I have left I don’t think I’m going to like it at all. Hopefully, if the Raw Love is just plain chocolate (which it appears to be) I’ll like that one.

I got 6 raw chocolate bars for $13. I feel like it was a good deal, or would’ve been if I actually liked them. I love raw chocolate, and I make it all the time, but these flavors just didn’t jive together.

Aztec Crunch:

Coconut Cin: