Posts tagged recipe desserts
Sweet Potato Blueberry Chocolate Cake (New and Improved Recipe!)

I know I've probably said this before, but there are just some recipes in which I feel some strange muse got into my body while I was sleeping and decided to take me over to the kitchen and pre-heat the oven. I start writing and choosing ingredients, I measure, whisk and bake, and what comes out is something completely unexpected. This cake is a total example of that because you would never guess from the ingredients that it could be delicious. It's practically entirely made out of fruits and vegetables, it's gluten free, vegan and it uses gluten free oats or gluten free oat flour for the base.

It also happens to be one of our most viewed videos and recipes to date! It became so popular that I decided to go back to the drawing board and make the recipe even better and easier. I’m so glad I get to share it with you today.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Bars

Oh the fall. Is there ever a season as wonderful as this one? If you’re a pluviohpile like me, a Hygge addict like me, if you love the colors, the vegetables, the warming comforting meals, and that chill in the air, chance are, you’re in your very favorite season right about now.

I love the autumn and I partly blame The Gilmore Girls for my particular fall obsession. To me it felt like that show always took place in the fall, except of course for Lorelai’s classic smelling of that very first snowfall of the year, and who could forget the best spring break episode ever, in which The Shins make an appearance.

I love everything about the fall season. I mean, just think about it for a second: scarves, warm cute knitted hats, boots, Halloween, Thanksgiving, the rain, the beautiful golden warm colors in the leaves, cinnamon, ground clove, and yes… pumpkins!

The recipe I have for you today made Carlos raid the fridge so often that I think I only managed to eat a couple of these bars in total after we filmed them. They are so yummy to make, and a quick and easy vegan fall dessert.

This recipe is perfect to serve for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anytime you’re craving something absolutely yummy and that tastes like pumpkin pie and chocolate chips or Sausalito cookies had a baby.

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Banana Nut Bread

Whenever I want to make something really simple, that is sweet but not overly sweet, which means it would be perfect for both dessert and breakfast or brunch, I think of banana bread.

I grew up on this stuff because at my house, my mom always overestimated the number of bananas we could actually eat, which meant many were overly brown by the end of the week. This meant two things, over the weekend we would have our fair share of my mom's famous bananas foster, and the smell of homemade banana bread (which in my house was served with salted butter and jam on the side... go figure!) would fill every corner of the house. It's the perfect use for bananas that have gone over to the dark side.

What's not to love about banana bread? It's moist, dense, sweet, and with that perfect pairing of banana, walnuts and cinnamon that go together so well.

Today we're teaching you how to make this baby thanks to our partnership with our lovely friends at Vegan Outreach who we made this video for. Make sure to follow them through their blog and youtube channel, they produce so much great content for new vegans and seasoned vegans alike, and we just love the work they're doing to help animals!

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Vegan Nutella for Hopeless Romantics

When we were thinking about what recipe to post for Valentine's Day this year, I was lying in bed really late at night, and suddenly it came to me. The recipe Carlos has been begging me to make for ages and I never got around to. I mean what's more romantic than finally listening to your very patient husband?

The next day, at midnight, I got in my little bunker (aka. the kitchen), put on an episode of Friends (more like 4!) and started testing.

The kitchen looked like The Hulk had been cooking there because I think I went kind of nutty (no pun intended although there were plenty of nuts around!). I was trying a recipe with the hazelnuts toasted, another with them un-toasted, one with just cocoa and two more with cocoa and chocolate, one with melted chocolate alone, one with a little maple syrup, another with a lot of maple syrup. You name it, I had a station filled with little samples and varieties. Yes, I said this happened at midnight so by the time I was done I was "drunk" with the smell of toasted nuts, and experiencing a very fun sugar-y high. I used up all the dark chocolate I had in the house, had Carlos testing spoonfuls every 5 minutes (there were no complaints!), and finally I got to this recipe. 

As if it weren't enough, and I blame batches 3 and 4 for this idea, Carlos came out and said "I bet this would be great in a crepe!".

Oh boy... bet you can guess what happened...

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Coco-Choco Halloween Truffles!: Spiders, Mini Bats and Monster Eyeballs

Halloween was a BIG deal at my house growing up. My mom would throw the most famous Halloween parties in our building, and all the kids from my class and the neighbours would attend. We would cover the house in cobwebs, have spooky treats, and my mom would sneak off at just the right moment, change into a very scary witch (to the point of being unrecognizable), and would then read the kids' fortunes. All of which were eerily accurate since she had called all their parents a week before, to ask about what was going on in their lives.

Needless to say, I love Halloween! The best part being the candy overdose of course, and the costumes. 

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Baked Apples

One of the reasons I love to bake, especially pies, is that I get to make it a date with myself, my music and my kitchen. I take my time, measure out ingredients, think of a creative new combination for fillings, get my hands in the dough, do a little dance when a Beck song comes through the speakers. It's like a meditation in motion, only I get to have a piece of pie or cake afterwards. Win-win!

As much as I love these baking dates with myself, sometimes I want to make a sweet treat that requires almost no active cooking time. Something that I can just pop in the oven and have it do all the work for me. That's the recipe I'm teaching you how to make today.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a Vanilla and Walnut Topping

My mother in law makes the best carrot cake on the planet. Yes... on the entire planet. She is the carrot cake master and coming from someone who always loves to order carrot cake whenever it's on the menu (me!), this says a lot. I've seriously never tried one as good as hers. 

She's constantly making it for friends' parties, family barbecues, birthdays. The cake became so popular that she even started a mini business selling it to people in her gym, friends of friends, her husband's running buddies. She couldn't keep up with the orders. 

There was only one little issue with her cake. It wasn't vegan! So the second I went vegan I made it my mission to use what I had learned from watching her make her famous carrot cake, and make it into the perfect vegan recipe for carrot cake cupcakes I'm about to teach you today. Why cupcakes? Because when it comes to desserts I always feel that I'm still four years old, and I want a special little treat that is just for me. Although I have to admit I can never eat just one.

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Oat Coconut Cranberry Bars with The Nomadic Vegan!

I can't tell you how excited I am about today's video and recipe since we had a very special guest in the Brownble kitchen to film it! It was none other than the top expert in vegan travel out there, Wendy Werneth from The Nomadic VeganThe go to place for anything related to vegan travel tips and how to enjoy the local traditions of any place you go to, try their local specialties while being vegan. I call it the cliffs notes of vegan travel because she quite literally does ALL the homework for you! She tells you what local foods are vegan or can be easily made vegan, she guides you through the spots you just don't want to miss, and she even teaches you the words you need to learn to explain your dietary needs in the local language! I mean... right?!

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