WAIW: Easter/Spring Break Edition

And so begins the busiest month of my life. Ill get back to you on that one!

But first, WIAW!! Easter style…

As I mentioned earlier, the night before Easter was stormy! We were up many hours consoling our doggies through the lightning and thunder in the middle of the night! But we still somehow managed to get early for an eight o clock Easter Service (early for us, we usually go the the 11:30 church service 🙂

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Easter Morning began with a delicious carrot-cake overnight oat parfait, topped with crumblies from a carrot cake muffin (which I will share with you soon I promise!!). It was put together relatively quickly too, since nothing had to be cooked!

After a glorious service, (Easter Sunday is my favorite!) my family and I walked over to the coffee shop by my church for some rainy day cappuccinos

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Someday I will learn how to do this…

Since we had celebrated Easter with our family the day before, we went home for a relatively low-key Sunday afternoon. We walked the doggies under the now-sunny sky, had a quick and random lunch that I didn’t picture, and then I set about making these babies…

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Vegan Super Peanut Butter Cups

My craving for Easter candy was now satisfied:)

Even though we hadn’t planned anything special for dinner, my brother was over and since we hadn’t had a real “Easter Brunch” either, I decided that Brunch for Dinner it was!!

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Pretty Easter table 🙂

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Tofu scramble with fresh, local asparagus (Gosh I love living in the central valley!!), Yukon Gold potatoes roasted with garlic, salt and pepper, and an accidentally pink fruit salad with pineapple, mandarins, banana, raspberries, shredded coconut, and a bit of soy yogurt flavored with lemon and coconut extracts and stevia. It was soo good:)

And for dessert, the last of my Sunny Lemon Cheesecake!

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Other eats this week have included:

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The best OIAJ ever (wow that jar was gone fast! Oops 😉 ). Oats with vanilla, stevia, flax, instant espresso and maca powder plus an apple in a vanilla espresso almond butter jar…Heaven:)

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Lots of cookie dough dip:)

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A gigantic bowl of cookie dough dip topped with yogurt and cereal, of which my whole family followed suit and we called it dinner haha! Plus veggies later 😉

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Salad with lentils and sweet potato

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Kabocha!!!!! They are finally good again!!!
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Veggie sushi snack 🙂 A “go green” roll with long beans, green apple, rice and avocado in a sweet mustardy sauce

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And a snack of yogurt and frozen blueberries and a pear-agar agar experiment hehe:) Topped with cereal, but then you couldn’t see the fun part!!

How was your Easter?

PS! If you are in the Sacramento area, or want to come check out some fun and delicious cupcakes, come join us for 1000 Vegan Cupcakes for Charity on Saturday! It is the second year that my mom’s organization, Sacramento Vegan Challenge, is putting this event on and it is going to be amazing!!! Here is a link to details 🙂

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

I was never really a chocolate candy kid. Or marshmallows (Peeps are nasty, sorry). Or Jelly beans (except jelly bellys, sometimes). I liked the fruity stuff -skittles, starbursts, ya know. Only liked chocolate if it had nuts, but even then, a little went a long way. Heck, there was one Easter when I confidently started a Snickers chocolate egg, only to save 3/4 of it for later…Lets just say that almost a year later I still hadn’t touched it and now needed industrial cleaning equipment to get the melted chocolate/sticky caramel/bright foil mess off of my dresser 😉

So it surprised me when, the night before Easter, I was hit with a MASSIVE craving for chocolate easter candy. Especially a Reese Egg (The only chocolate candy I really liked). But alas, we had none in the house. I ate a few chocolate almonds, but nope. I searched for something to quell that craving, finally resorting to the second half of an old, refrigerated Vega 1 candy bar. It got the chewy candy craving quieted for the meantime, but my brain had already been turning motors…

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Easter afternoon, I set out to make some. But not just any normal vegan PB cup, I wanted these to be PB to the max. So I used peanut butter, peanut butter extract, peanut flour, and peanut butter cereal to create the ultimate filling. And I didn’t mess around with any ‘equal chocolate to PB’ ratios.

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Nope. A nice thin chocolate coating surrounding a thick Peanut buyer filling. Just the way it should be.

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FYI, Its a very messy process. I left much evidence 😉

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Super Peanut Butter Cups

  • 3/4 C. dark chocolate chips, melted 
  • scant 3/4 C Better n PB or regular PB (I used BTPB because it has an already carmelly sweet and salty thing join on, and we only had bland regular PB 🙂 )
  • 2 T. almond butter
  • 1/8 tsp butter extract
  • 1/8 tsp Peanut butter extract
  • 1 T. PB2 or Peanut flour
  • 1/4 C. xylitol
  • 3/4 C. crushed peanut butter cereal (PB Toast Crunch)

I used 3 mini cupcake trays with foil liners. Melt your chocolate in the microwave (Safe bowl, microwave for 2 minutes at 50%, stir, then at 50% in 20 second increments until all melty). Put a little chocolate in each liner and use your finger (its messy, but works best) to spread it all around the inside of the liners. Put the trays in the freezer to re-harden while you prepare PB mixture.

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In a small pot on the stove over medium heat, melt the PB and AB together. Add your flavors, sweetener, and PB2. Mix and taste, in case you need to make any changes. stir in the crushed cereal and turn off the heat. Put a small spoonful of PB mixture in each chocolate cup until full and put back in freezer for a few minutes.

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Re melt your chocolate, if needed, and then use your finger again to swirl a coating of chocolate onto of each PB cup. Garnish with a bit of cereal or nuts. keep in refrigerator

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Note, these are really sweet when you first make them, but they totally mellow out and meld together the second day after being kept in the fridge. And no, it doesn’t taste like an unsweetened, nasty, ‘peanut butter cup’ candy thing. It tastes like it should. Got it? Good.

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Craving = Satisfied 🙂

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What was your favorite candy growing up?

Chocolate or fruity? Nuts or no nuts?