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Chocolate Covered Fruit – Vegan!

So there’s no trick to making the easiest thing in the world. I thought I’d post my pics of my chocolate covered fruit because they were delicious and made me feel better about giving my kid sweets. I have this thing about sugar. Especially about giving sugar to my almost 3 year old. Outside of soda, I think it’s the worst thing in the world for your body. Anything in moderation? Sure! I’m not that crazy, but I don’t get down with loads of sugar for the soul. Have some soup. I am a savory girl, not a sweet girl. If you offered me a gigantic Belgian chocolate bar or an everything bagel, I’d choose the bagel every time. Nothing gets in the way of me and a good carb! Just ask my wardrobe that hangs so beautifully in my closet wondering when their owner will get her growing rear to the gym so that they may make an appearance in the outside world again. Sigh… winter is coming, I have loads of amazing pants but let’s just say they’re not lookin’ so fly. Of course, I write this as I am promoting a delicious dessert. 😉

My kiddo has been asking for donuts like crazy. Obviously, I’m not going to satisfy that hunger every time he begs, so I wanted to make him something different to get his mind out of the donut gutter. As you all know, I hate to waste food! I looked in my fridge and fruit bowl, and noticed I had a ton of good fruit about to go south. This is when the chocolate covered fruit lightbulb went on. The rest is delicious history. Start melting your sugars away…

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Chocolate Covered Fruit - Vegan!
A delicious variety of chocolate covered fruits scattered with honey roasted peanuts and shredded coconut. A quick and easy vegan dessert!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 vegan chocolate bar
  2. 1 handful of honey roasted peanuts - crushed
  3. 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  4. A variety of fruits - I used bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and 1 peach
Instructions
  1. Melt your chocolate
  2. Dip fruits in chocolate and scatter coconut and peanuts on top
  3. Let cool for a few minutes
  4. Done!
Pair with
  1. Sparkling Rose
  2. Red Zinfandel
  3. Port
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Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins

Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins are delicious, easy, and vegan! Looking for a healthy and easy way to start your day? Take a quick muffin to go!  Now, at the end of mixing together all of these ingredients, I opted to make them vegetarian instead because I discovered some left over chocolate chips from Easter.  However, typically, I would keep them vegan just to make them extra healthy!  Of course, something this delicious can easily be scarfed down as a dessert.  They are specifically stated as breakfast muffins because they are not light and fluffy, but rather dense and filling like a good breakfast should be.  

I have no idea what’s happened to me with age, well, that’s not entirely true at all.  A big.fat.sigh. to that on many accounts, however, regarding breakfast, what used to be my most favorite meal of the day, I no longer have an appetite in the early hours of the day and I struggle to get down anything too large.  Being that I fully understand and support the importance of a dope bfast I force myself to eat something.  These Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins are perfect for me right now because they’re quick to eat, healthy, dense enough, but doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve just eaten a mountain of food.  Not to mention, getting both the wee dude and myself ready in the morn leaves little time to chow down on gigantic homemade delicatessens.  I make a tray of these bad boys and I’m good for the week!  If not, freeze them and enjoy their deliciousness at a later date.  On that note, happy easy, healthy, vegan, and delicious morning to you! Love, Foodgalleygab.

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Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins
Yields 12
Banana Carrot Coconut Breakfast Muffins are delicious, easy, and vegan! Looking for a healthy and easy way to start your day? Take a quick muffin to go!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 C oats
  2. 2 bananas
  3. 1 C shredded carrot
  4. 2/3 C shredded coconut
  5. 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  6. 3 Tbl flax seeds
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 heaping Tbl cinnamon
  9. 1/4 tsp ginger
  10. 1/2 C water
  11. 1 C unsweetened almond milk
  12. 2 Tbl agave (substitute honey if you'd like)
  13. 2 Tbl vegetable oil
  14. Optional: chocolate chips
  15. muffin pan (12 muffins)
  16. blender
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until smooth (if using chocolate chips, don't blend them in. Put them in after blending and stir them into the mix well)
  3. Spray your muffin pan and fill each muffin to the top rim
  4. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes
  5. Let cool and then enjoy!
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Easter Bunny Cake

This Easter Bunny Cake is a long standing tradition in my mother’s household. We had this cake every single year throughout my entire childhood, and now it’s time for a resurrection! Perfect word of course for such a holiday if you get down with that. Either way, this Easter Bunny Cake is uber adorable, edible, and fantastic, especially when you consider serving it after arranging the cake in the midst of the absolute cutest of Easter decorations (see pics below). Your guests will be more than impressed and may follow up with a few of these: “Awe!!” “Adorable, absolutely brilliant!” “How cute!” “Can your wife make a cake like this?” I kid, I kid, but one can only hope. 😉

I specifically remember my mother making, yes making me wear an Easter bunny costume on several Easters.  That’s not the embarrassing part.  I had to stand on the front lawn with an Easter basket and greet my neighbors, after getting my face painted and losing all sense of self dignity. I was fifteen years old. Amen. This happened.   

My family killed it in the holiday department… every year, every holiday.  We went holiday decor bananas and ate like professional food champs. If you didn’t feel like your clothing was about to hurt your soul because you were so full, you’d not eaten enough. It only got better as we neared adulthood because we could at least sneak in some spiked libations when the real adults weren’t looking.  On that note, as I made this Easter Bunny Cake I sipped on a sparkling rose, okay, I totally drank half the bottle. I suppose I should’ve included a picture of that as well.  

I wish you all an absolutely fabulous Easter Sunday and only hope you can recreate the love that came along with this Easter Bunny Cake, and for that matter, every fabulous holiday this year.  Cheers to Springtime and Summer en route! Sip with champagne, sparkling wine, or any delightful drink for that matter.  Happy Easter!!!

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Easter Bunny Cake
An easy and adorable Easter Bunny Cake to impress your guests. Delicious and incredibly cute!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of cake mix (I used carrot cake but you could easily use vanilla)
  2. Jelly beans
  3. Licorice strands
  4. Shredded coconut
  5. Vanilla frosting
  6. Chocolate chips
  7. Food coloring
  8. Two 8-inch pans
Instructions
  1. Mix the cake ingredients and put the 8 inch pans in the oven
  2. While the cake is cooking, dye some of your coconut green and pink
  3. When the cake is done cooking, let it cool completely
  4. Once the cake has completely cooled, cut one of the cakes into the two ears and bowtie as shown in the picture
  5. Arrange your bunny on a tray and frost it, cover it with coconut, add the colored coconut to the ears and bowtie as shown in the pictures
  6. Add the chocolate chips, jelly beans, and licorice strands as shown in pictures
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3 Minute, 4 Ingredient Hot Chocolate Mini-Mug Cake!

Mug Cakes.  These seem to be the new fad, similar to the one pot pasta fad. Just like my recent one pot pasta post (super delicious by the way!), I decided to try my hand at a mug cake.  Curiosity struck, creativity was abound, and kitchen craziness soon ensued! After a few go arounds, I landed on this amazingly easy and delicious “3 Minute, 4 Ingredient Hot Chocolate Mini-Mug Cake!” recipe.  I was inspired by my “Warm & Delicious Spiked Choco-Coffee” recipe (which also made it onto Food Gawker last week!) that uses hot cocoa.  I guess I am going through a hot chocolate phase at the moment. Typically, I’d choose a bagel, a potato chip, a slice of pizza, anything that is uber carb-o-licious over any sort of sweet, as I’m a carb lover to the extreme.  I am just going to assume this is a new phase for me.  Hopefully, for my hips, a fleeting phase!  This cake is a perfectly adorable and beautiful little individual cake (presents itself in the shape of a mini molten lava cake!) that would make a quick & easy dessert for an impromptu or preplanned gathering of your friends.  I shredded some coconut flakes, and sprinkled some chocolate chips & powdered sugar over the cake for a beautiful and tasty garnish.  I did this all in a mere 4 minutes!  So my friends, pick a mug, any standard favorite mug, and get mixin’!  Your tastebuds await!

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3 Minute, 4 Ingredient Hot Chocolate Mini-Mug Cake!
Serves 1
3 Minute, 4 Ingredient Hot Chocolate Mini-Mug Cake! is the easiest and most delicious dessert of the week. Pick your favorite mug and you're almost done!
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Prep Time
1 min
Prep Time
1 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 individual sized packet of hot chocolate
  2. 1 egg
  3. Dash of vanilla extract
  4. 1 tsp of sugar
  5. 1 mug
Instructions
  1. In your mug, mix all the ingredients together - stir well
  2. Put the mug in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes
  3. Remove from mug and put in small bowl
  4. Serve warm
Notes
  1. I garnished this with coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar for my guests. Beautiful & delicious!
  2. Optional: If your texture is not as desired, simply add some water to the mix!
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