Posts Tagged ‘vegan desserts’

With 4th of July just around the corner it’s time to start planning your menu.  We’ve put together a few of our favorite recipes that are light and summery, perfect for an outdoor event.

Watermelon Frosty ~Photo Credit: Lunchbox Bunch

Quench your thirst with the most popular summertime fruit, watermelon!  This Watermelon Frosty will cool you down and it’s so simple to make.  Throw in a little tequila or keep it virgin for the kids.  This recipe is compliments of the Lunch Box Bunch.

Ranch Burger ~ Photo Credit: VegNews

Enjoy a juicy Ranch Burger piled high with your favorite veggies & condiments on a a bun.  They freeze easy so you can make them in advance and what a perfect dish to toss on the grill.  Serve with corn on the cob or some grilled veggie kabobs.  Thanks to VegNews for this scrumptious recipe.

Fruit Rainbow ~ Photo Credit: The Positive Pear

Presentation is everything when it comes to entertaining guests and this gorgeous Fruit Rainbow will be the hit of your BBQ.  Simple, healthy and beautiful, these kabobs are easy to assemble and you can create the rainbow effect with lots of different fruit options.  This summertime treat by The Positive Pear.

Berry Cobbler ~ Photo Credit: Chef Chloe

Leave room for dessert with this 4th of July themed Berry Cobbler.  Make in single serve dishes for each guest or as a large cobbler to slice up and dish out.  Either way you’ll want to make extra Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream because it’s the best part!  It would be nice to dip any remaining fruit kabobs in when you have day-after leftovers.  This sweet & tangy delight is from Chef Chloe.

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Our good friend Denise of Twice Baked, a Los Angeles based vegan company that offers made-from-scratch sweets, was nice enough to bring along some amazing vegan donuts when she stopped by our Pasadena showroom to do a little shopping.  Our presentation isn’t as nice as the beautiful pictures on her website and Facebook page but we were more interested in eating them than photographing them!

YUM

Twice Baked creates cupcakes, cakes & cheesecakes in assorted flavors including Peppermint Chocolate, Vanilla Chai & Peanut Butter just to name a few and frosting flavors like Cookies & Cream, Strawberry & Coconut.  So the combinations are endless.  And it doesn’t stop there!  You can also indulge in Brownies, Brownie Bites and Cookies (with too many flavors to name!).  Perfect for any get-together or special occasion (or maybe just to keep all to yourself and secretly snack on!)  Here’s a few more pictures of the delectable treats available (compliments of Twice Baked’s Facebook Page & website).

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pink Vanilla Velvet Cupcake

Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Skull Cookies

Custom Made Vegan Cake: Marbled Chocolate Banana cake with Banana filling and Chocolate Frosting

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Puff pastry rules! Yep, I love this stuff. There are so many fun things you can do with it and its vegan! Well, maybe not every box of frozen puff pastry is vegan, but the one that I buy at Whole Foods is. Check it out.

Frozen Puff Pastry

Last night I made a quick dessert using puff pastry and a little olive oil, fresh raspberries and some vegan chocolate chips and viola! You have a fancy schmancy dessert.  

Fancy Schmancy Dessert

For this vegan light and fluffy dessert, I just thawed a square of frozen puff pastry for 40 minutes, cut it into 9 squares, brushed it with a thin coat of olive oil (not sure if this step is even necessary), placed about 4 raspberries and maybe 5 chocolate chips in the center.

Before Baking the Puff Pastry

I baked it in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 16 minutes till they nicely browned. I would check it after about 12 minutes and then go from there depending on the temperature of your oven.

Out of the Oven

I think the next time I make them I will fill one of the layers with a sweet cashew cream and drizzle the chocolate on top or sprinkle with sugar to give it a little extra sweetness. I have a feeling that any berries will do the trick.  So maybe even a mix of berries will be nice and add more color. Be creative. You can even make savory snacks with this stuff. The possibilities are endless!

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Vegan Salty Chocolate Peanut Bar

Vegan Salty Chocolate Peanut Bar

We know how vegans love their food porn, so we thought we would surprise you with a little dose of it here. This dessert was so delicious that the picture doesn’t even do it justice. Let me start by saying that I didn’t just have dessert, but was so hungry that I ate the appetizer and entree before I remembered to take any pictures, so there you go.

Where did I have this delectable vegan food?  I had dinner at Akasha in Culver City, CA. Akasha is a vegan-friendly restaurant that serves (as they say on their website) New American cuisine offering comfort food with big flavors and sustainable ingredients, for carnivores and herbivores alike. Chef Akasha started her career at the Golden Temple which was a vegetarian restaurant here in Los Angeles that has since shut its doors. So she knows vegan food.

My favorite vegan menu items at Akasha are the House Made Onion Rings (coated with rice flour and served with a vegan smoked paprika aioli), the Punjabi Mung Beans and Rice (get it without the raita for the vegan version which is just as delicious), and the Quinoa with Tamari Grilled Tofu. They also have great house cocktails and desserts like the Vegan Salty Chocolate Peanut Bar (pictured above) served with candied peanuts, sea salt, vegan caramel, and vegan peanut butter gelato. They have a lot of vegan options, but unfortunately, you have to ask since they don’t list the items as vegan on the menu. However, all the waiters are very aware of all the ingredients and if they are not, they are happy to find out for you.

Akasha is a nice restaurant and a great place to celebrate a special occasion, so go and enjoy some cocktails, some vegan onion rings, a fabulous vegan entree and don’t forget to save room for dessert!

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This Sunday head on over to Locali for a vegan bake sale to support ARME.  ARME has put together this event to help raise money for 2 beautiful pitbull sisters that need to be transported to a rescue in Canada.  Please read their story here.  Karma & Jezebel need our help to get them to a safe place where they will be able to find a forever home.  And all we need to do is stuff our faces with vegan desserts!  What a wonderful way to help out these adorable dogs.

There will be delicious vegan treats & sweets for sale made by Clara’s Cakes, Chef Tigre, Isabella’s, Hush Bakery and No Udder Desserts.  ARME is also looking for vegan bakers to donate food as well so get on your oven mitts and start mixing up some animal friendly goodies!

If you cannot make it, but wish to help these beauties, please DONATE. No amount is too small!  You can donate by clicking on the “Chip In” button on the right side of the page here.  ARME is trying to raise $4000 for the trip so let’s help them get there!

What: ARME Vegan Bake Sale
When: Sunday August 29th 9am – 6pm
Where: Locali
5825 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Karma & Jezebel

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This Sunday the 25th enjoy a day of shopping that will benefit ARME (Animal Rescue, Media & Education) at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood.  There will be complimentary vegan treats and beverages and you can shop with vendors such as Sun Flour Baking Company, The Vegan Collection, Smoke and Mirrors, Humanitaire and more.  For a full list of the vendors please check out ARME’s Facebook page.  Bring your friends and let’s help ARME help animals.

What: Shopping Day to Benefit ARME
Where: Beverly Garland Hotel
4222 Vineland Ave
North Hollywood, CA
When: Sunday, July 25th 12pm – 5pm

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Please stop by the ARME vegan bake sale and purchase some delicious vegan treats or bring some to donate. ARME is Shannon Keith’s non-profit that produced the great documentaries Behind the Mask & Skin Trade. Shannon is ready to travel the world with Skin Trade, but needs help with funding! Check out their facebook page to leave a comment and rsvp.

  • Date:  Saturday, May 1st 2010
  • Time: 11am – 5pm
  • Location: Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
    4300 Melrose Ave
    Los Angeles

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