Two-Layer Vegan Chocolate Cake

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I want to begin by saying that, if you haven’t checked out all of the delicious recipes available at minimalistbaker.com, you’re missing out! Dana’s recipes are always flavorful and easy. This vegan chocolate cake was no exception!

I was baking for a non-vegan crowd, so it was highly important to me to find a recipe that could win everyone over. Learning to bake vegan has been a learning process, but I’m so happy to report that this recipe made it incredibly simple, with delicious results!

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Holiday Gifts for Vegans – A Curated Collection of Vegan Gift Ideas

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Show your support and love for your vegan friends with the perfect gift! Some of the gift ideas in this list are light-hearted and fun, while others are more practical. Herbivores are sure to adore any of these unique and thoughtful gifts!

While some people enjoy munching on caramel popcorn, toffee, and other holiday goodies, many vegans can be left out of the fun. The vegans on your holiday shopping list will definitely appreciate a homemade vegan treat! Try something like vegan pumpkin granola or granola nut clusters. ( Just be a bit cautious about any possible nut allergies).

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – A Revised & Improved Recipe

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It’s Halloween time again! Time for the kind of fun that returns us to childhood joys! Even if Halloween isn’t your deal, roasted pumpkin seeds are a absolutely delicious autumn treat, and you should make them. We previously shared a recipe for seed roasting, however, it has been revised and improved this year. Here’s our new recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds:

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

1 Cup Pumpkin seeds

4 Cups Water for boiling, plus more for rinsing

1 tsp Olive oil

Salt to taste

Other seasonings as desired

Instructions:

  1. Separate seeds from pumpkin flesh as much as you can.
  2. Rinse seeds in cool water and place in a medium sized pot. Cover with water, add several shakes of salt, and bring to boil. Boil for about 10 minutes.
  3. Drain seeds and spread out on a baking sheet. Leave seeds out to dry most of the way, or leave out overnight before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Heat oven to 375°. For every cup of seeds, toss with 1 tsp olive oil, salt as desired, and any other seasonings that you prefer.
  5. Spread out in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  6. Allow to cool completely before eating.

Seasoning options are unlimited! Try things like chili powder, seasoned salt, or a blend like sea salt, lemon, and rosemary.

Improvements from previous recipe:

When using butter, even vegan, the seeds brown far too quickly. The texture of the seeds doesn’t come out quite right, because they turn dark before they’re really fully roasted. Butter also leaves seeds with a greasy coating, even after cooking and cooling. This is probably because you can’t roast them for long enough to cook all of the butter off without them burning. This new recipe provides a better texture and flavor with perfectly roasted seeds!pepit

Holiday Gifts for Beer Lovers – A Curated Collection of Handmade Craft Beer Gifts

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Finding just the right gifts for the right people can be so much fun! Since craft beer is such a popular thing at the moment, I decided to curate a list of handmade gifts that would be fabulous for beer lovers.

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Our collection of beer gifts starts off with one of my personal favorites – a handmade wooden beer tote with an attached bottle opener! Great for taking a mixed collection of brews to a party or picnic! I have personally purchased from this Etsy shop before, and was extremely happy with my beer tote. Sold by Rocky Mountain Wood.

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The Grady Twins – A DIY Halloween Costume Experiment

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The shining twins DIY halloween costume Grady twins handmade costume

Halloween is a perfect holiday for exploring creativity and for putting fun ideas to use! It’s because of this that I still enjoy Halloween just as much as I did as a kid. As a horror movie fanatic, I especially enjoy costumes that pay tribute to the films that were terrifyingly entertaining when I was younger. In previous years, I’ve gone as Tippi Hedren from The Birds, and Linda Blair from The Exorcist. These costumes were made from pieces accumulated from various second hand shops and online stores.

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The one Halloween costume that I always desperately wanted was not an option, because it required a second person that was equally excited about one of the classics – The Shining.

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Vegan Strawberry Layer Cake – A Birthday Experiment

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Vegan birthday cake strawberry cake recipe easy vegan baking_1

I decided that my birthday was the perfect excuse to try making a vegan cake! I really wanted something delicious and different than the typical vanilla or chocolate cake. I found several different recipes online, and settled on this one from Baker Bettie. The ingredient list was reasonable, the directions seemed easy, and the pictures looked great! So, I set out to tackle my first real vegan baking adventure since the vegan Earl Grey cupcakes. Here’s how it went:

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Menu Planning, Grocery List Organizing, & Healthy Habits

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The Weekly Menu & Grocery List – My Method for Getting Organized

Menu planning can be a bit overwhelming at times. In an effort to remain motivated and organized, I have developed a system for menu planning and organizing my grocery list.

I’ve created two digital documents that I use for this process – a weekly menu sheet and a grocery list.

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Vegan Whole Wheat Waffles with Apple & Coconut Cream Topping

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This latest recipes comes from Thrive Energy Cookbook by Brendan Brazier. This coobook is full of flavorful plant-based dishes, making it just a little bit easier to cook healthy meals at home. These waffles are filling and delicious, however, the waffles themselves are not very sweet. This is a plus in my book, because I feel that sweet breakfast dishes can be a bit heavy handed with the sugar. Add as much maple syrup and toppings as you wish to increase sweetness, or consider adding a sweetener to the batter if you prefer a sweeter waffle.

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