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smoothie

I’ve been gone a long time. But I’ve missed having an outlet for non-work creativity, so I’m back. I’m now working for a university and loving my job. Newton and I have been keeping busy, but there’s still been time for some great food.

In the past 6 months, I had the pleasure of eating at some delicious restaurants I’d recommend:

  • The Chicago Diner (in Chicago, where else?). An all vegetarian cafe. Highly recommend the seitan Reuben!
  • The Electric Cheetah (Grand Rapids, MI). I’ve been multiple times and always get The Jimmy Wah Salad with spicy tofu. They also have amazing freshmade vinegar chips and hand cut fries. Best part: If you order a cookie – they’ll bake it fresh while you eat your meal!
  • BruBurger (Indianapolis, Indiana). House made ketchup. I would eat it on anything.

I’m sure there were other amazing places – but those were my top three!

Anyway, I hope you are all keeping cool this summer. Here’s a favorite smoothie of mine… for those days when I feel like indulging, without indulging my muffin top!

Vegan Chocolate Smoothie

Blend until smooth:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 fresh banana
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • Almond milk

Tips:

  • I add enough almond milk to cover all the solid bits… but less will make it creamier and more like a milkshake.
  • I keep bags of peeled and cut banana pieces in my freezer at all times. I use them for smoothies almost daily. I try to wait til they start to brown to chop and freeze them, that way they are sweeter.
  • Be liberal with the cocoa powder! Mmmm… chocolate.
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Cookie Butter Puppy Chow (Vegan!)

If you haven’t heard of cookie butter you are seriously missing out. Think airplane cookies crushed up until they have the texture of creamy peanut butter. Yum. Slightly ginger-y.

I usually get my cookie butter from Trader Joes, Speculoos Brand, but lately I’ve seen it called “Biscoff Spread” in other brands at bigger grocery chains as well.

I like to eat it on fruit, on a spoon, on crackers, and even sometimes on cookies. I mean, what could be better than a cookie butter cookie sandwich? Bonus – it’s vegan!

Cookie Butter Puppy Chow
Ingredients:

  • 9 Cups Chex Mix Cereal (Or 1 Box)
  • 1/2 Cup Cookie Butter
  • 1 Cup EnjoyLife Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 Cups Powdered Sugar, As Needed

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, melt chocolate chips, vanilla, and cookie butter over medium-low heat being careful not to burn the chocolate.
  2. Once completely melted, remove from heat and add cereal.
  3. Stir until cereal is coated.
  4. Pour mixture into a large ziplock bag and add powdered sugar.
  5. Shake until coated.

**Of course, this isn’t really an original recipe. Sub the peanut butter back in for cookie butter and you’ve got the classic puppy chow. Still, it was so delicious I had to share.

**I haven’t tried the other Enjoy Life products, but the mini chocolate chips are great and completely allergen free and vegan!