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Chilled Dark Chocolate Pie and Cranberry-Raspberry Compote

So, it has been a really long time since I have posted.  During my pregnancy, I just overwhelmingly didn’t feel like posting anything.  Now, of course, with a 4 month old, I have very little time to write anything.  In the beginning, I was sleeping while she slept, like everyone suggests, but these days I try to get stuff done or get ready for work while she’s sleeping.  While she’s awake, though, I want nothing more than to stare at her little beautiful face and blow raspberries on her little baby belly.  She’s such a doll and I’m so happy to have her in my life.  She’s got such a personality and is generally a very, very happy and very perceptive baby.  We are really very lucky.

Charlotte | A Vegan in Progress

I happen to have this week off (my office is closed), so I thought I would try to get my momentum back.

I made this Oh She Glows Chilled Dark Chocolate Pie for this past Thanksgiving and it was so popular with my family that it was requested I make it again for Christmas.  Luckily for me, it’s pretty simple, especially with a tweak for the lazy.  I simply got store-bought pie crust from the frozen section (they came two to a package – more pie!) rather than making my own.  This pie is very likely the best vegan dessert I have ever had, let alone made myself!  Don’t let the coconut cream scare you away if you aren’t a huge coconut fan.  It’s not the overwhelming flavor of the dessert – that would be yummy, yummy chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Pie | A Vegan in Progress

Rather than make the strawberry vanilla compote from the Oh She Glows website that I’m sure is delicious, I felt that a cranberry-raspberry compote would be more fitting for the season.  I did a quick google search, then chose a recipe that looked the easiest (that’s usually how I work) and ended up with this one originally from Bon Appetit.  I would make this 100 times over – it was that good.

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Sweet Thymes Bakery

This weekend, Eric and I were in Santa Monica, so we stopped by Viva La Vegan to pick up a few new products to try.  I have heard that they often have Ronald’s Donuts (from Las Vegas) and was thrilled to see a stack of pink donut boxes near the register.  I ended up buying donuts from boxes that said “Sweet Thymes,” a bakery of which I had never heard, so I asked where it was located.  I was told that it was based in Studio City, which is incredibly close to home, so I was really excited.  After a little research, I am disappointed to say that it doesn’t look like they have a store front, but they can be ordered (minimum 12 donuts) for pickup or delivery.

Two Chocolate Donuts, Sweet Thymes | A Vegan in Progress

I got two donuts to try and, of course, they were both chocolate.  I don’t think there’s any donut worth having that doesn’t have chocolate.  First I tried the typical puffy donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.  The frosting was tasty, but the donut was a tad chewier than I remember typical donuts being.

Sprinkled cupcake, Sweet Thymes | A Vegan in Progress

Next, I bit into the very messy looking chocolate donut filled with chocolate tofu creme.  The center was not as chocolatey as the toppings, but it was very, very creamy.  The filling tasted like rich pudding.  Long after I finished it, I was still thinking about it.  This was the best donut I can remember having.  Ever.  Amazing.  Now, if only they would open a store!

Chocolate Tofu Creme, Sweet Thymes | A Vegan in Progress

Vegan Recipe – Vegan Chocolate Shake

This is not a real recipe post.  I’m just sharing a delicious treat that I made recently.  It has been super hot in Southern California recently… it’s one of the things that I hate about living here.  Our summers are seemingly endless days of 90-112 degree weather.  So anyway, I bought some Almond Dream chocolate ice cream and by the time I got home, a chocolate shake sounded even better.  I got out the blender and plopped the whole tub of ice cream in at once.  I added about a cup of Almond Breeze original almond milk and blended it, taking care not to over mix it.

It was enough for two good-sized shakes or one giant one (which was my choice on this hot day).  I sprinkled some chopped nuts on top and added a cute reusable straw.

Vegan Chocolate Shake | A Vegan in Progress

Hail Merry Macaroons

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My friend Randi and I have been close since we were three – we met in preschool.  Even though we live pretty far apart (she lives in the Bay Area and we live in LA), we try to remember birthdays and get together as often as possible.  For my birthday this year, Randi got me a three month Birchbox gift.  Birchbox is a monthly sampler package of beauty and lifestyle products delivered to your door.

Birchbox | A Vegan in Progress

You can log in and fill out a profile so that you get boxes based on your interests.  I added “vegan” to my profile and, in my second monthly package, I got a packet of Chocolate Hail Merry Macaroons.

Hail Merry Macaroons | A Vegan in Progress

They were very rich and coconutty.  Kind of like a coconut truffle.  I would definitely buy them again.  Additionally, the package says that they use raw oils and are certified gluten-free, kosher, and non-gmo verified.

Hail Merry Macaroons | A Vegan in Progress

Vegan Recipe – Easy Vegan Brownies

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I promised a brownie recipe and I am here to deliver!  This recipe (originally found here) is relatively simple and is made mostly with regularly stocked pantry ingredients.  I added a melted chocolate topping to the brownies because that is how my mom has made them since I was a child and her brownies are loved by everyone who is lucky enough to try them.  They were yummy and gooey and certainly curbed my chocolate cravings.  My only complaint is that they were pretty crumbly and definitely needed something to get them to stick together.  I have added an egg replacer to the recipe below.  You could easily use different types of sugar and flour to make this sinful recipe a bit healthier.

Easy Vegan Brownies | A Vegan in Progress

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer + 2 tbsp warm water
  • Handful of vegan dark chocolate chips or a few pieces of vegan dark chocolate bar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together egg replacer and warm water. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Pour in water, vegetable oil, vanilla, and egg replacer; mix until well blended. Spread evenly in a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is no longer shiny.
  4. (Optional) Sprinkle chocolate chips /place chocolate bar pieces evenly on top of warm brownies.  Let them melt on the hot brownies, then smooth with a butter knife.
  5. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

No Udder Desserts, Woodland Hills

Located directly behind The Vegan Joint in Woodland Hills is No Udder Desserts.  It’s a small place where, if you want a lot of cupcakes or a whole cake, you’ll have to order ahead.  It’s no problem for me because Eric and I usually stop by on a whim once a month or so to pick up a cupcake each.  They are always yummy and moist.  Eric’s preferred desserts are cakes and cupcakes and he likes No Udder’s cupcakes regardless of him not being vegan.

Take a look at the website for a sampling of their selection.  I’m a chocolate devotee, so I haven’t tried anything else.

I snapped this photo of the display case last time we were there.  Stop by if you’re ever in the area and support a vegan small business!

No Udder Dessers, Woodland Hills | A Vegan in Progress