If you’re ever craving a peanut butter cup, you may be tempted to run to the store and grab a Reese’s. And while there are some vegan brands that offer chocolate peanut butter cups, it’s possible to satisfy your craving right from the comfort of home. And the recipe only takes 3 basic ingredients!
TikTok user @bakingenvy shared this 3-ingredient microwave peanut butter cup recipe and people are obsessed. And one of the best parts is that it’s not actually *for* vegans! It’s an “accidental” vegan recipe, which makes it all the sweeter.
All you need to make it, are some chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.
Simply take 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and put it in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave it for 15 seconds. Next, add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and mix it together with the peanut butter. Finally, sprinkle on 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. Microwave it all for 90 seconds (1 and a half minutes). Once the time is up, use a spoon to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture and place the whole mug in the freezer for around 15 minutes. Once you pull it out, it’ll be a hard, rich, and creamy peanut butter cup!
Vegans don’t need to shy away from Halloween treats any longer. In fact, there are loads of delicious vegan recipes to choose from that can steal the show of any party! Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or elaborate and spooky, there’s a vegan option for you.
And even if you’re not vegan, if you want to incorporate a vegan option into your Halloween cuisine list, these recipes will be perfect for both vegans and non-vegans alike.
Of course, with COVID-19, Halloween parties may be a little different this year. But you can always make a fun meal for your household or host a social distancing party in the park!
Pizza is always a crowd favorite. It’s a safe choice for large groups and can be made perfect for Halloween. In fact, all you need are a little decorating skills and you’ll have some spooky pizzas perfect for a party. You can turn your main course into ghosts, pumpkins, mummies, or more.
Forks and Beans is the queen of Halloween treats. And she did not disappoint with these Graveyard Taco Cups. They’re the perfect blend of savory, practical, and delicious. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare 4 festive taco cups!
Kids LOVE these silly and spooky apple bites! They make the perfect treat to add some sweat without going crazy with the sugar. Plus, how fun are they?! They only take 10 minutes to prepare and serve 8.
The strawberry jam provides a sweet and bloody-looking dessert. These may be too creepy to eat, but if you can brave a bite you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the delicious center. They only take 40 minutes to make and serve 16!
Though you’d never be able to guess by tasting it, these are actually raw and vegan! The rich flavor and smooth with crunchy texture is absolutely delightful. They take just 23 minutes to prepare make 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings.
What are your favorite Halloween recipes? Let us know!
On a regular day, it can be annoying to realize you’re out of a key ingredient for the meal you’re making. But during quarantine? It’s even tougher! No one should be running to the store last minute for one item and, even if you do, chances of finding basic ingredients may be slim. But, you may be able to make it through with a few simple swaps – maybe you have these substitutions on hand!
With the help of the Food Substitutions Bible and our knowledge of veganism, we’ve created this list of simple vegan food swaps for when you’re in a pinch. The swaps won’t perfectly match the original ingredients – in some instances, they’re as close as it gets. But either way, they’re close enough to pull the meal or dish together and you may even find a swap you prefer to the original!
When cooking, any oil or margarine will do.
When baking, use margarine or coconut oil (the kind that solidifies). With recipes that require you “cut” the butter in (like biscuits or croissants), try and use hard, frozen margarine for the best results.
If you have part of the margarine or coconut oil needed for a baked recipe, sub the rest with applesauce.
Replace each egg in a baking recipe with:
1/3 cup applesauce
1/2 pureed banana (frozen works fine)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds + 3 tablespoons water (let it sit until the flax absorbs the water)
1 tabelspoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water (let it sit until the chia absorbs the water)
This easy dalgona coffee recipe creates a rich, whipped espresso with (non-dairy) milk. You’ve probably seen photos and videos of dalgona coffee circulating the internet – it recently went viral on Tik Tok and for good reason! It’s super simple and creates a beverage you might think could only be purchased from a coffee shop.
The directions are super simple. Combine equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and hot water and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Pour over cold or warm milk, take all your Insta photos, and then lightly mix the whipped coffee into the milk so the first few drinks aren’t too strong.
That’s it! It’s easy to customize too. You can add as much sugar, coffee, and water as desired, making it stronger or lighter to your preference. You can even make a giant batch and impress company (once this whole social isolation thing blows over, of course).
Dalgona Coffee Recipe
Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Instant Coffee 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar 2 Tablespoons Hot Water 1 Glass Non-dairy milk of choice
Directions: Combine all ingredients and whip/beat until stiff peaks form. If you’re doing this by hand, it takes around 400 whisks and is a bit cumbersome. If it’s not stiffening, just keep beating! It’ll get there. Using an electric mixer/beater is highly recommended. Also note: the water doesn’t have to be boiling, just hot from the tap will do.
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists. The Dirty Dozen 2020 list was released on March 25th, 2020 and has some interesting finds! The Dirty Dozen is a list of the top 12 fresh fruits and vegetables that were tested and found to have the most residual pesticides.
Before we dive into the official list, we’d like to note: this year the most pesticide-contaminated produce did not actually make it on to the list. It was found that the “dirtiest” produce commodity was not actually fresh, but dry – the most contaminated item it raisins.
The EWG Dirty Dozen 2020 list only includes fresh fruits and vegetables, which raisins don’t qualify for. But, it’s definitely worth noting the heavy pesticide presence as it’s a food many may overlook in regards to pesticides. According to the official report, “Almost every sample of non-organic raisins tested – 99 percent – had residues of at least two pesticides.”
DIRTY DOZEN 2020
Surprisingly, spinach and kale made it to the top of the list coming in right below strawberries. What’s more, the report actually states that “on average, kale and spinach samples had 1.1 to 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop tested.” Most troubling in that, however, is that kale was found to mostly be contaminated with a pesticide “sold under the brand name Dacthal. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies DCPA as a possible human carcinogen, and in 2009 the European Union banned it.”
The EU is often ahead of the US on both environmental regulations and regulations surrounding food safety. The fact that they banned DCPA and we use it regularly, and heavily, on kale should be a red flag.
Those partaking in the celery juice trend may want to rethink their morning juice. Though the “Medical Medium” who popularized the trend does suggest using organic celery only, many opt for non-organic celery for juicing due to availability and price.
While we should be mindful of the Dirty Dozen 2020 foods and purchase organic when necessary, there’s another list that focuses on a more positive note: The Clean 15s. These are the fresh fruits and vegetables that showcased the least amount of pesticides when tested.
Clean 15 2020
Sweet peas (frozen)
When trying to reduce pesticide consumption, it’s not always possible to find fresh produce that’s organic (and/or affordable). If you must opt for conventionally grown produce and the item hit the Dirty Dozen list, consider cooking the food before consuming. The EWG claims cooking the food reduces the amount of pesticides on it. And, as always, wash your produce with plenty of warm water and soap to clean the outside as best as possible.
3 ingredient beer bread, also known as 123 bread, is the quickest no-knead bread recipe available. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare and offers a moist, spongy texture that’s easy to slice and pairs well with jam or margarine.
The beer bread calls for just 3 ingredients: beer, flour, and sugar.
Beer ( 1 can/bottle)
3 ingredient beer bread requires a carbonated beverage – we use beer because *beer bread.* But the bread will set properly and work with any other carbonated beverage. You could substitute beer with regular soda, seltzer water, or any other carbonated drink. Just keep in mind that the carbonated beverage you choose WILL impact the taste.
Adding a carbonated beverage to the mix, like beer, allows the bread to be light and airy without adding yeast or kneading – a much more hands-on and time-consuming process of making bread.
Flour (2 cups)
Flour is the base of bread. In this beer bread recipe, we use self-rising flour, but don’t worry if you have none on hand! You can make self-rising flour with just baking powder and salt (and flour, of course). Simply add 3 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt to your 2 cups of flour and you’ve got self-rising flour.
Whole wheat flour is always ideal since it’s the most nutritious, but many store-bought whole wheat flours leave the finished bread with a less-than-desirable taste. If you have the option, grinding whole wheat berries at home and using them fresh makes amazing whole wheat flour, but that’s not realistic for all. White and all-purpose flour work great too.
Sugar (3 tablespoons)
Any sugary sweetener will do! Sugar, maple syrup, and agave are great options, though we always opt for granulated cane sugar when making beer bread.
Ingredients: 1 can of beer 2 cups of flour 3 tablespoons of sugar
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a bread pan generously. Mix all ingredients and pour into bread pan. Bake for ~35 minutes. Enjoy warm with your spread of choice 🙂