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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Cumin Scented Quinoa with Black Rice

Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian non-chicken base
  • ½ cup short-grain black rice
  • 1 cup red quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt plus more
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons 1″ pieces chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

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Mexican Corn Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 -8 ears of fresh corn (or 4 cups frozen, thawed)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1½ teaspoons Mexican chili powder
  • Juice of 1-2 limes (about 2 tablespoons of juice or more to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese, plus more for garnishing
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

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Harvest Granola

Ingredients:

  • 8½ cups Rolled oats ~2 lbs
  • ¾ cup Sesame seeds
  • ½ cup Sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups Almonds (sliced)
  • 1 cup Coconut (shredded, unsweetened)
  • 1½ tbsp. Cinnamon (ground)
  • ¾ cup Canola oil
  • 1 cup Maple syrup – adjust to liking
  • 1½ tbsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp. Almond extract
  • 1 cup Pecans (pieces)
  • 1½ tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1½ tsp ginger (optional)
  • 1 tsp allspice (optional)
  • ¾ tsp ground clove (optional)

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Salad Building Made Simple

Many of us strive to eat healthy but struggle with the lack of appeal of some healthier foods. While there are perfectly delicious veggies and other things out there, let’s face it, salads can be extremely boring. I personally really enjoy fresh foods, but I have had a hard time constructing salads that keep me coming back for another bite. In the past, I’ve usually ended up losing enthusiasm and stopped making salads all together. Continue reading