Vegan Creamsicle Smoothie

A creamy and cold smoothie featuring So Delicious’s coconut milk and yogurt, bananas and orange juice. Great for hot days but also perfect for a run-down day! Finding the coconut yogurt can be the difficult part, it is worth sourcing it.

Vegan Creamsicle Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 medium ripe banana

6 ounce tub plain coconut yogurt

1 cup orange juice

¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 Tbsp liquid sweetener (agave, golden syrup, etc or honey for non-vegan)

½ tsp pure vanilla extract

8 large ice cubes

Directions:

In a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) add everything but the ice, process until the banana is mixed in. Add the ice and run on high until smooth.

Serve immediately.

Serves 2 or 1 jumbo.

~Sarah

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Nut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal

This oatmeal is now my favorite baked oatmeal I have made – and we eat a lot of it….it is creamy, rich and satisfying. It was so good I ate it cold for breakfast, I didn’t need it to be warm. Heck, I’d eat it for dessert! I used my homemade nut butter that I had prepped last week. To give an even richer texture I use So Delicious’s unsweetened coconut milk – yum!

I could have done it vegan but didn’t crave doing flaxseed meal, maybe next time!

Nut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or favorite milk)
  • ¼ cup liquid egg substitute or 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ cup homemade nut butter (or ¼ to ½ cup commercial)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°, spray an 8×8″ glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk the wet until smooth, add to the dry. Stir until mixed. Scrape into the prepared dish, smooth out. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool a bit and cut into 4 squares. Or serve cold –

yum! (and reheats well!).

Serves 4.

~Sarah

Sneak Peek – So Delicious’s New Almond Milk Line

In March Turtle Mountain, the company behind the So Delicious brand, is bringing out a new line of products all made with almond milk. The line will have 3 flavors of almond milk, frozen almond milk ice cream and frozen novelties – all of which are soy free and vegan friendly.

We recently had the awesome job of trying out the new products (it was a hard job I tell you!) and have plenty to say in positive feedback. To put it simply? The products are winners. So Delicious has done well.

So Delicious Almond Milk:

The new milk comes in Unsweetened, Original and Vanilla. We drink almond milk daily in our home, having turned to it from soy milk about 2 years ago. We go through a lot of it, Ford especially loves it (he doesn’t drink dairy milk). So Delicious’s has added protein to their milk, something lacking on other brands and as well they have less sugar and sodium. (How do they do it? It is a fortified milk made with pea and rice protein.) How does it taste? Great! None of us can tell the difference between it and the other 2 brands we normally buy. More so, Ford mentioned many times how much he enjoyed the Vanilla and didn’t notice the drop in sugar. Mission accomplished if teens don’t notice! And at 70 calories a cup it is 20 calories and 7 grams sugar lighter than the competition.

So Delicious Almond Ice Cream:

Coming in 7 flavors we were lucky to get to sample 5 of them: Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocha Almond Fudge, Butter Pecan and Cherry Amaretto (also Cookies N’ Cream and Mint Chip). The Cherry Amaretto is amazing, although Kirk would say the Butter Pecan was his. If served without telling anyone they would never guess it is non-dairy and that 6 of the flavors are gluten-free (all but the cookies n’ cream). It is thick, creamy and has a great mouth feel. It isn’t as sweet as the coconut So Delicious ice cream, which for me was a bonus. But what really works is the texture and flavor. No weird after tastes, it doesn’t taste like “alternative” ice cream nor like hippy fare. It tastes just as you would hope ice cream should! And on the side it isn’t high in fat (2 to 8 grams per serving) and has fiber (5 grams) and is low in sugar. A less guilty guilty-pleasure. From the toddler to Dad to even the cat, everyone enjoyed the ice cream and I loved knowing it was cholesterol free as well.

Mini Frozen Novelties:

But of everything we sampled the Mocha Almond Fudge bars were the item I hid in the freezer hoping to not have to share much. 150 calories a bar and 3 grams fiber, it tastes like a decadent treat but fits into a diet. The chocolate shell cracks when you bite into it, the ice cream is creamy inside. And while they are called Minis, they are plenty big. They are not tiny 2 bite treats but rather a hefty bar.

~Sarah

FTC Disclaimer: We received products for potential review.

Sunny Morning Oatmeal

This oatmeal was amazing. I went to bed last night dreaming about making it. I had picked up a quart of Turtle Mountain’s So Delicious Coconut Nog drink the other night and had a feeling it would taste awesome with oats.

You haven’t heard of Coconut Nog you say? It is a vegan friendly, nut free holiday nog. If you love the taste of the new coconut milks (similar to soy and almond) you will love this nog. It is very rich tasting and comes in at 180 calories per cup, with 6 grams of fat (which while heavy is still a nutritional bargain compared to dairy based nogs!).

Sunny Morning Oatmeal (even if it is gloomy it will make your day bright!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Coconut Nog
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, well-drained
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raw pecans, finely ground

Directions:

Add the nog, oats, pineapple and cranberries to a heavy medium saucepan, bring to a boil. Turn to medium-low and let simmer for five minutes, stirring periodically.

Take off the heat and stir in the pecans.

Serves 2.

~Sarah

VegFest In Seattle

The past few years I have attended the annual VegFest held in Seattle, although last year I missed it due to Walker being born days before it happened. Even if one is an omnivore it is still well worth going to! The entry fee gets you inside ($8 for 13 and older, under 12 is free!) where you can nosh away – and trust me there is NO lack of food. You will peeter out of appetite before you run out of options. This year I roped Ford to come with me, Kirk and Walker ran some errands up on Capitol Hill while we checked it out this morning. Even though we got there early enough it was already packed and by the time we left….wow! This was a good year for attendance (not a bad thing!)

Now though….the deal to do every year is the membership sign up. This year it was $22 to sign up. The $22 gets you a massive re-usable goodie bag full of well, goodies! For example this year it had 2 brands of bread (full sized loaves) and you got to choose 5 cold items that included an Odwalla drink, almond milk yogurt, a container of almond or soy milk and also a container of Melt Buttery Spread. Add in tons of other items and coupons for more items (one was for my favorite Silk milk, a free container!) and you also get a one year subscription to Vegetarian Times. While it might seem pricey to spend $30 you take home way more than that in groceries and more so you get to see new brands you might not have known about – and as well get to sample them like crazy.

Speaking of new items? The Melt Buttery Spread I mentioned:

Amazing! I saw their table and wandered up. They were serving the spread on Dr. Kracker crackers (yum as always). Some of the companies will have representatives on hand to talk about their products (the majority of the serving is done by an all volunteer army of people), anyhow Meg from the company was there upfront – and she handed me a coupon and a full sized tub “a sample to take home”. Wow. Thank you! The spread is vegetarian friendly and did I say delicious?

Also being sampled were two brands of coconut based ice creams:

Made by Turtle Mountain, I tried the coconut flavor. Creamy! Oh wow! This could give rel ice cream the shivers – it gets the mouth feel and everything down right – which seems to be due to the chemistry of using chicory root. Hmmmm….high fiber ice cream? Heh!

The second one we sampled was Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss which I sampled the Naked Almond Fudge. Very delicious!

Lots more tasted and more to talk about later. But if you live in Western Washington do consider going tomorrow on its last day! It is well worth it.

~Sarah

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