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  1. Date Sweetened Cinnamon Rolls

    October 30, 2017 by pb&v

    The weather is starting to get a bit chilly and I am craving ALL THE COMFORT FOOD. Gimme all the soups, pastas, and baked goods! While I really love comfort foods, I also love eating healthy foods and taking proper care of my body, which results in me coming up with slightly healthier versions of my favorite indulgences. The healthier versions are definitely still a treat to be enjoyed every now and then, but at least I don’t feel so gross after eating them!

    Back in September a coworker of mine decided to give up processed sugar for a month, but that’s pretty hard to do when you work in a bakery. And are also diabetic. About halfway into the month I came up with the idea of date-sweetened cinnamon rolls and decided to whip up a batch before work to surprise my coworker. Her reaction made my entire day and I’m so glad I was able to create a treat she could enjoy while still avoiding processed sugars. The dough for the cinnamon rolls is sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, while the filling is a super sweet and creamy date paste. Top it all off with some cashew cream frosting and you’ve got yourself a delicious cinnamon roll.

    Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Rolls

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  2. Oil-Free Pumpkin Muffins

    October 12, 2017 by pb&v

    Well hello there. I’ve been absolutely awful at keeping up with posting new recipes lately, but to be fair I just haven’t had much time to test many things out. I hope you can forgive me.

    Anyway, every year in October my mom and I do October Unprocessed. It’s a pretty nifty challenge that really gets you thinking about what you buy, where it comes from, and what exactly is going into your body each day. If I’m honest, we haven’t made it to the end of the month in a while… although we made it until the night before Halloween about 3 years ago, so I think that counts. My mom and sister decided to give it another go this year while I planned to just watch from the sidelines. I gave it some more thought and figured I already eat really unprocessed, with the exception of cookies at work here and there, so why not just give up my cookies for a month. Plus, I’m really curious to see if eating less processed sugar actually helps clear up some acne (so far it hasn’t, but I’m convinced that’s stress related).

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  3. Almost Raw Fudgesicles

    August 18, 2017 by pb&v

    It’s been a while since I posted a new recipe! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’ve definitely still been playing around in the kitchen and developing some new recipes here and there. Unfortunately, I won’t be sharing most of those recipes on here as they are for my hopeful future all vegan cafe! Keyword there being ‘hopeful,’ but I’m trying to be optimistic here.

    Anyway, before I share the recipe for these fudgesicles I feed like I should say that I’m really not a huge fan of avocado, *gasp.* Don’t get me wrong, I love me some guacamole or some avocado sushi, but other than that it’s really not my thing. I’ve had other avocado-based desserts in the past that definitely tasted way too much like avocado for me, but I think the right balance is just right in this recipe.

    Raw Fudgesicles

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  4. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

    November 26, 2016 by pb&v

    It’s Fall! Ok, so I’m a bit late, but I’m giving you this fantastic pasta recipe, so please forgive me. It’s that time of year when everyone is making pumpkin everything and going nuts over what the new holiday Starbucks cup will look like, ah what a wonderful time ;P. But seriously I do love this time of year, but only until it gets so cold that I refuse to leave my warm bed in the morning, then it’s gross and I’m ready for warmer weather again.

    All the fun Fall produce is in season, and of course the biggest one is pumpkin! I love me a good pumpkin muffin or donut or what have you, but I also have been really wanting to use pumpkin in a savory way. The thing is, I don’t really like pumpkin all that much. I know, I know, I must be insane. Luckily this pasta doesn’t really taste too strongly of pumpkin, yet is still cozy and comforting for the cooler weather.

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  5. Easy Vegan Soft Pretzels

    September 3, 2016 by pb&v

    It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted a new recipe! This summer I spent my time working at a local vegan bakery and I’ve absolutely loved it. So much that I actually did tear up a little bit once the week before classes rolled around because I just didn’t want to go back to school and not get to spend everyday at the bakery! I’ve learned a lot of new things over the summer and it’s just overall been really great.

    Anyway, back to the point of the post. I discovered sometime within the past year that I really love making bread dough, there’s something so therapeutic about the whole process; it helps me relieve stress and relax a little bit. That being said, I’ve often thought, surely there are things to make other than bread, pizza, and cinnamon rolls, I just didn’t know what to make! That is, until last weekend when I woke up on Sunday morning and thought to myself, “I think I’ll try and make pretzels today!”

    Easy Vegan Pretzels

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  6. Red Velvet Smoothie

    February 1, 2016 by pb&v

    Red Velvet Smoothie

    I have a ton of smoothie recipes posted, so I was a bit hesitant to post another, but you can never really have too many smoothie recipes, am I right? Smoothies have become one of my favorite things and I don’t think I could ever go back to a smoothie-less life. They’re just such perfect meals or snacks and a great way to get in fruits and veggies!

    I’ve honestly had this recipe sitting in the “notes” on my phone for well over a year, so I figured it might be time to actually post it. I have a bad habit of doing that actually… There’s a whole list of recipes on my phone or various pieces of scratch paper floating around the house that I just haven’t gotten around to photographing and posting. Ah, but that is the life of a busy college student I suppose. After doing homework and taking notes all day on my laptop, the last thing I really want to do is sit down and stare at the screen for even more time, even though I truly enjoy writing these posts. My eyes just can’t take so much screen time! I know, what kind of 20 year old doesn’t want to spend all day everyday in front of technology?

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  7. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats

    September 13, 2015 by pb&v

    I started writing this post weeks ago and never actually got it posted…. I started classes again a few weeks ago (boy, that 2 week summer vacation flew right by!) and I am now commuting to campus, which is roughly 25-30 minutes away (without traffic). Which means I don’t have time to eat breakfast at home in the mornings, at least not if I want a decent parking spot. I have class until 1:50 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 8am – 11:50 on Tuesday. I also work from roughly 12pm-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I don’t get to go home for lunch either. Thus, I have started actually doing some meal prep for the week on Sunday. I’m pretty bad at planning out meals because I’ll usually plan something and once it comes time to eat it, I’m really not in the mood for it at all. But I’ll try to stick with it this time. (Also let me know if you’re interested in a post about my weekly meal prep??)

    The mornings have been all about overnight oats. I’m a huge fan of oatmeal for breakfast because it’s so versatile. You can change the flavor up so easily, plus it’s super quick and easy to make, especially if you grind up the oats prior to cooking them. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to actually cook oatmeal in the morning anymore, so I’ve switched it over to overnight oats, which I’ve actually been enjoying quite a bit. I thought I would hate eating cold oats, but they’re actually really refreshing on these crazy hot and humid mornings. And if you want a warm breakfast, you can just pop the whole jar in the microwave for a minute or so!

    Overnight Oats

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  8. Vegan French Toast (Using Aquafaba)

    August 1, 2015 by pb&v

    I should really be studying for my exams on Monday and Tuesday, but this is more fun. My summer classes will come to an end on Tuesday, August 4th and I will get to have almost 3 whole weeks of summer vacation! Hopefully I can get out and do everything that I had planned on this summer in the span of 3 weeks. There’s this place called Cloud 9 around here that is basically a giant trampoline playground type thing and I’ve been dying to go for over a year, but haven’t been, so that’s on my summer list. Taking Rory camping, going to the beach, traveling, all kinds of things I want to do! Get ready for the adventures.

    This week’s adventures included peach picking with a few pounds of blueberries thrown in because, why not? We ended up picking 101.5 pounds of peaches and 3 pounds of blueberries, which is the most amount of peaches we’ve ever picked at one time. We managed to pick them in about 15 minutes, which is about the time it took us to pick 63 pounds last year. This year was a little different though because we were constantly being attacked by flies and we were picking as fast as we could, running between trees. Oh, and if you’re wondering, yes we managed to fit all of this in my little tiny smart car.

    Peach Picking

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  9. My Favorite Tofu Scramble

    July 26, 2015 by pb&v

    So this week wasn’t exactly exciting or anything, other than a few trips on the boat. I spent most of my week being a giant ball of stress because I had 3 tests in 3 days, which wasn’t exactly the most fun, but I survived! We had planned on going peach picking at some point during the week, but those suckers just won’t ripen up!

    So anyway, since I didn’t really do much this week I decided to share my tofu scramble recipe. You’ll have to excuse the really crappy pictures of this recipe- tofu scramble is one of the least photogenic foods out there, plus I don’t have a fancy camera or anything.

    Oddly enough, I was never a fan of eggs before going vegan. They were pretty nasty and I would usually have whatever sides we were having with the eggs and just pass of the eggs themselves. The taste and texture really didn’t appeal to me, and now even the idea of eggs disgusts me. I would occasionally eat a few bites of scrambled eggs, but I couldn’t stomach more than a few bites, and I definitely wouldn’t eat a fried egg. Ever. Tofu scramble to the rescue! While I do use black salt in my tofu scramble to add a more eggy flavor, it still doesn’t really taste exactly like scrambled eggs, which is totally ok with me! I actually like tofu scramble way more than I ever liked any kind of egg dish.

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  10. Blueberries and Hushpuppies

    July 13, 2015 by pb&v

    I’m a bit late for this one, but eh, it’s aight. This week was extremely busy with school, but on Tuesday we went back up to Williamsburg and bought our very first boat! We went for a little sunset sail and it was a lovely evening. After a few more practice sails we will be ready to sail her down to her new home!

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    Then on Friday we got to go blueberry picking, which made the entire week better. It even happened to be National Pick Blueberries Day, what a coincidence! Last year we went picking twice and got 15 pounds each time, for a grand summer total of 30 pounds. This year we want to pick even more since we had to start rationing the ones in the freezer around February to make sure they lasted until the summer!

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    On our first picking trip we ended up with about 22 pounds, so we are definitely going to beat last year’s total!

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