10 Best Vegan BBQ Recipes

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Summer’s here, and that means that you’ve got to make the most of the sunny weather. Have all your friends and family over, and show them just how delicious vegan cookin’ can be. You’ll be sure to please any crowd with the following tasty recipes:

1. Creamy Dill Potato Salad

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2. Summer Pasta Salad

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3. Grilled Vegan Chicken With ‘Honey’ Lime and Chipotle Sauce

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4. Ultimate Sriracha Veggie Burger

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5. Black Bean Veggie Burger

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6. ‘Bacon’-Wrapped Vegan Pigs in a Blanket

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7. Grilled Garlic-Herb Corn

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8. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’

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9. Raspberry-Orange Popsicles

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10. Mint Watermelonade

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Now get grillin’!

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Feel Good Hot Chocolate

Feel Good Hot Chocolate

Who’s ready for ultra-cozy vibes? (Hand raised!)

This easy hot chocolate recipe requires just 7 ingredients and 15 minutes to make.

While I have a more basic Vegan Hot Cocoa, I wanted to elevate it to include maca powder (where the feel-good vibes come in) and ensure it was naturally sweetened.

FEEL GOOD Vegan Hot Chocolate! 7 ingredients, naturally sweetened, SO creamy and rich! #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #hotchocolate #dessert #chocolate #minimalistbaker #recipe

It starts with making our own chocolate base with cocoa butter, cacao powder, and a little carob powder, which intensifies the chocolate flavor and adds a little natural sweetness.

Next comes coconut milk, maple syrup for a little added sweetness, cinnamon for warmth, sea salt to bring out the sweetness, and vanilla to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Then comes maca powder, which is an adaptogen rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc. It also helps boost mood, balance hormones, and support the thyroid. It tastes like something between caramel and honeycomb. In other words, I’m obsessed.

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Once everything is mixed and hot, it’s time to serve! Enjoy as is or elevate it even more with homemade coconut whipped cream and more cacao powder.

I hope you all LOVE this hot chocolate! It’s:

Rich
Creamy
Chocolaty
Warming
Naturally sweetened
Surprisingly healthy
& So tasty

This is the perfect hot cocoa for chilly evenings spent inside. You can even make it in advance and heat it up on the stovetop as needed.

If you’re into warming, cozy drinks, also be sure to check out our 5-Minute Vegan Golden Milk, Easy Vegan Chai Latte, Best Vegan Matcha Latte, Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic, and Apple Cider Rooibos Hot Toddy.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers!

Feel Good Hot Chocolate

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Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
15 mins

Insanely rich, delicious, refined-sugar-free vegan hot chocolate infused with real cocoa butter, cacao powder, and maca powder for serious feel-good vibes. Just 7 ingredients required!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Beverage, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: 2
Ingredients

HOT CHOCOLATE

3 Tbsp (40 g) chopped (food-grade) cocoa butter*
1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cacao (or cocoa) powder, sifted
optional: 1 Tbsp (6 g) carob powder, sifted (adds richer chocolate flavor)
2 1/2 cups (600 ml) canned light or homemade coconut milk, divided (or sub other milk // sub full-fat coconut milk will yield for creamier hot cocoa)
Dash ground cinnamon
1 tsp maca powder (adds honeycomb flavor, promotes hormone balance + energy)
Pinch sea salt
2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup (or sub stevia or coconut sugar, or blend the mixture with dates then strain)

FOR SERVING optional

Coconut Whipped Cream
Chopped dark chocolate / cacao powder

Instructions

Add 1 inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place a glass or ceramic bowl on top that rests inside the saucepan but doesn’t touch the water, and add cocoa butter, sifted cacao powder, sifted carob powder (optional), and 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk. Whisk occasionally to melt until well combined.
Carefully remove bowl from heat with a towel, and discard any remaining water in the saucepan.
Transfer melted chocolate mixture to the saucepan, add cinnamon, maca powder, sea salt, maple syrup, and remaining 2 cups (480 ml) coconut milk, and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat until just beginning to bubble.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, cinnamon for warmth/spice, maca for caramel flavor, or cacao powder (sifted) for more intense chocolate flavor. Additional cocoa butter will add more creaminess.
Serve between two mugs and enjoy as is or top with coconut whipped cream and chocolate or cacao powder.
Best when fresh, though hot chocolate keeps covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Reheat on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.

Notes
*In place of cocoa butter you could also sub naturally-sweetened vegan dark chocolate, such as Eating Evolved brand. Just scale back on sweetener elsewhere in the recipe to compensate. I used cocoa butter to keep this recipe naturally sweetened.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings without optional ingredients or toppings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 315 Fat: 26.1 g Saturated fat: 15.9 g Carbohydrates: 26.1 g Sugar: 15.1 g Sodium: 150 mg Fiber: 4.1 g Protein: 2.9 g

 

 

Dark Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

I don’t tolerate dairy well and started buying the dairy free ice cream.  It started to get expensive and they still put questionable ingredients in the ice cream so I decided to make my own.  I purchased an ice cream maker which is a Cuisinart ICE-21 and I made my first batch.  It comes with a booklet but of course I don’t follow instructions and adapted it to my own recipe.

I won’t bore you with a bunch of words and just get right down to it.

  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder sifted (a good place to get this too is at Marshall’s or Homegoods
  • 1/2 cup  coconut crystals(if it’s not sweet enough add another 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups coconut cream (you can also find it at Trader Joe’s
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional handful chopped walnuts (it would also taste good with mini marshmallows but I didn’t have any)

Mix up all the ingredients and put them in the frozen bowl that comes with the ice cream maker and 20 minutes later, you have a finished product.  You can also put it in the freezer for 2 hours but then take it out 15 minutes before you want to eat it because it will be rock solid.  (I tried to eat it anyway and I couldn’t.  It’s literally thawing right now as I type this.

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PS:Remember this is a dark chocolate recipe and the raw cacao has all of the wonderful anti-oxidants so it will help with slowing down the aging process and it’s allegedly an aphrodisiac. I’ll eat to that.  But remember the cacao does contain caffeine so you might want to eat this in the afternoon if you are sensitive to that.  I hope you like it.  I did finally get to eat it and it was rich and yummy and I love it.

 

Reasons why Smoothies Are Awesome

blue-1326154__480One of the main reasons I love smoothies is that they are so easy to make.  You just put all of the awesome ingredients in the blender, turn it on and then you have an awesome drink within seconds.


In order to make a good smoothie, it’s important to make sure you have the proper equipment.  Personally, I feel the “>Vitamix is the best blender.  It is a little pricey but it has an awesome warranty and it just really blends things superbly.  I’ve had many other blenders and it’s frustrating when you end up with a watery drink and lots of unblended ingredients at the bottom (yuck) of the blender that didn’t get blended.  The Vitamix does not have that issue.  Plus you can make soup and so many other amazing things with them.

With smoothies you can put all of these highly nutritious ingredients that maybe you wouldn’t normally eat such as beets or kale and whip them up with almond milk and drink it and you get healthy food into you fast with minimal effort on your part.

The other thing I recently discovered is that I used to make a smoothie everyday.  Then one day I said to myself, “Self why don’t you make a double batch and then tomorrow you won’t have to make a smoothie?”  A huge light bulb went off and it literally saved a ton of time.  The next day all I had to do was go to the refrigerator and grab my smoothie, shake it up and drink.  It was like someone gave me some extra free time.  I now regularly make a double batch.  I’m all about making things easy.

Also with smoothies, you can eat them on the go.  On your way to work or after you get there, you can drink it at your desk and nobody is going to say, “Eat your breakfast on your own time?” or anything about why you’re eating at work because it looks like you are just drinking water.  So it’s really portable and highly digestible.

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The recipe for the attached smoothie for a double batch is the following:

  • 2 cups Almond Milk, coconut milk, flax milk (Or whatever kind of milk you want although I do not recommend cows milk but obviously use whatever kind you like)
  • 2 Cups Frozen Organic Blue Berries or Cherries
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 4 Scoops “>Orgain Organic Protein chocolate (you can also mix up your own powders which I do in the video.)
  • Water (after you add all the ingredients, fill up until you get to 6 cups
  • (If you are feeling adventurous you can throw in a couple of handfuls of kale or spinach

It’s really easy now, turn the blender on and blend it until mixed up and pour into your favorite glass and enjoy

Now if you want to know what those powders are that I put in my smoothie in the video, here they are.  Note that this may not be palatable to everyone but the powders are highly nutritious.

It may take you a minute to get used to the taste but I guarantee it won’t take you long to get used to feeling alert and energized and clear-headed with good digestion.  Enjoy and let me know your thoughts on smoothies.

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and  Health and Wellness Coach.  She recently retired from a 26 year career in law enforcement.  It’s her hope that people follow their dreams and passions and live a healthy lifestyle.  You can reach here at :estrella.valerie@yahoo.com.

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