Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats

This is a really old recipe of mine that I have been making for years now! One time Steve-O even recommended it on Facebook, which was extra cool! I have made a couple slight changes to the old recipe on my blog, so here is the new and improved!

Dog Treats

Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats

2 1/4 cups Flour

3/4 cups Peanut Butter (chunky of smooth)

3/4 cups Non-Dairy Milk

1/2 cup Oatmeal

1/4 cup Broth (I use Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Broth)-(you could do water if you were out)

1 Tbsp. Agave or Maple Syrup (optional)

1 tsp. Baking Powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix milk, peanut butter, sweetener (if using), and broth in a bowl. Once combined add all the dry ingredients and mix with your hands.

Roll out to 1/4″ thick on a clean flowered surface. Use your favorite cookie cutters to make shapes.

Lay on a baking sheet. I like to use silicon baking mats, but it works either way. They don’t really expand so you can put them close together.

Cook for 25 minutes.

Let cool before serving to your pup!

Food52 Vegan Cookbook Review!

I recently had the opportunity to review Food52’s Vegan Cookbook by Gena Hamshaw. When it first arrived in the mail I was so impressed by just the outside of the book. It’s hardcover (the best!), and the spine of the book is really unique too. It reminded me of of a vintage book with textured tape. The word “VEGAN” is set back further than the rest of the text. It’s really nice! I quickly went through the book to check out if any recipes popped out at me, and in all honesty Food52 Coveralmost all of them were recipes I wanted to make right away! Each recipe also has a beautiful picture that made it easy to want to make everything. I quickly flagged most of the book! Take a look inside the book here!

The book has 6 sections: Breakfast, Appetizers & Snacks, Soups, Salads, Main Dishes, and Desserts. I was able to find at least 2 in every category that I needed to make ASAP, and more than that in most of the categories. Some of the recipes that popped out at me right away were the Green Smoothie with Avocado, Five-Minute No-Bake Granola Bars, Parsnip Fries with Spicy Harissa Mayonnaise, and the Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Pesto Vinaigrette. I went to the store the day the book arrived and stocked up on all the ingredients I needed!

One thing that is really nice about this book (at least for me), is that it uses many common ingredients that an everyday cook would keep on hand. Things like oats, quinoa, nut milks, and more. Some maybe less common, but ingredients I always stock up on are nutritional yeast, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, kale, etc. I barely had to buy anything because most of the ingredients were really common for me.

The other thing I loved about this book is that the cooking methods are all fairly simple, especially if you are familiar with easy things like roasting veggies, or cooking quinoa. It’s all pretty easy cooking techniques.

Now for the recipes!


Green Smoothie with Avocado

The first one I made was the Green Smoothie with Avocado. I would definitely consider myself a smoothie expert! I make one every single morning, and am also blending my way through the “365 Vegan Smoothies” book one smoothie at a time. So I have made a ton of smoothies, and a ton of green smoothies at that. This smoothie was delicious! I was really impressed with the texture and the lack of flavors from the “unique” ingredients in the smoothie. I couldn’t taste the greens or avocado at all, which is good right?? It was crazy creamy! My only critique is that I think it is big enough for 2 people, and the serving size says 1. But if you like a giant smoothie (more than in the picture), then it would be perfect! I put the rest of my leftover smoothie into popsicle molds and stuck them in the freezer. They were perfect for this too because they were so creamy!

The next recipe I made was the Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Pesto Vinaigrette. This recipe was AMAZING! This was the most complicated recipe I made and it wasn’t really that difficult at all. Roasting sweet potatoes, cooking quinoa, chopping up some kale and basil, and then blending the dressing. Super easy! The flavor was sooooo good! I would use this dressing on so many different salads, but it paired perfectly with this one. If you are not getting your greens, or looking for a beginner kale salad, this is the one! Kale usually is a little more bitter and chewy, but because this one is chopped really fine and mixed with quinoa you barely notice the greens. I however am a big kale fan, so this hit the spot! I prefer this one at room temperature, but it was great cold too. This would be perfect to put in jars and take to work for a fews days. I am definitely add thing this to my regular rotation of meal! (my husband, toddler, mom, and friend all thought it was amazing too!)

Granola Bars

Five-Minute No-Bake Granola Bars

Next were the Five-Minute No-Bake Granola Bars. These were so good! I’m not even a fan of granola bars, but these looked so tasty and easy, I had to try! They are made with oats, pumpkin seeds, raisins (I used dried cherries), almond butter, agave, and salt. These are packed with healthy ingredients and taste delicious! These kind of reminded me of a no-bake cookie, they were that good! They didn’t stay together as well as the picture seemed to, but I didn’t really care. I liked the smaller bite size crumbles! Oh and does there have to be granola in granola bars? This one didn’t have any… but oh well!

Tofu Scramle

Tofu Scramble

Then I made the tofu scramble! This was a little different than the ones I’m used to, for the good and bad. She mentions that she is not keen on creating “faux” versions of nonvegan dishes in the description, but if I’m going to try to make it I want it to taste like the real thing! That being said, this was really good, it just didn’t really taste like eggs. I loved going out of my comfort zone a bit and adding tons of veggies and greens. I usually just add onion and garlic to mine. The veggies were really good in it! I added some organic ketchup and put it on some whole grain toast, it was soooo good! In order to achieve a more “eggy” taste I just added a bit of black salt to the dish. If you have never tried black salt on tofu, it’s perfect for egg like dishes! It has a really weird sulfur flavor that mimics eggs exactly!



Last night I prepped the Muesli so I could have it for breakfast this morning. I was really surprised how good it was! I thought having cold oats would be kind of weird, but it was really great! I wasn’t planning on making this recipe at first but when I noticed that it shared a lot of ingredients with the Five-Minute No-Bake Granola Bars, I thought I may as well! Again I used dried fruit (cranberries) because I don’t like raisins. I topped it with more pumpkin seeds and cranberries when I served it. I cut the recipe in 1/2 and it was still a lot. Definietly serves 4 (like the recipe says). But I’ll finish the rest tomorrow! My toddler loved it too.

Parsnip Fries

Parsnip Fries with Harissa Mayonnaise

The last recipe I made were the Parsnip Fries with Spicy Harissa Mayonnaise. The picture of these looked so good, and I happened to see parsnips at the store the other day, so I thought I’d give it a try. I definitely went out on a limb with this one. I had never tried parsnips before and I had no idea what harissa was. I got the parsnips but my store didn’t carry harissa. I did a quick search for a recipe and decided to just make it from scratch. That was interesting! I learned a lot! Anyway, I thought it was going to turn out terribly every step of the way because I was so unsure about the ingredients, but it was really really good!

The only recipe I tried that I didn’t love were the Crispy Roasted Chickpeas. I’m not sure this is the author’s fault because I’ve tried packaged ones in the past and hated them, I just wanted to give fresh ones a try. I really hated them, and most of them burned, but my toddler ate all of the ones that didn’t. I guess I’m just not a roasted chickpea person. But it wasn’t a total loss! I had never soaked and cooked my own dry beans before, and it was so easy! I’m super grateful I tried this recipe because this is how I am going to have beans from now on!

I still have so many recipes flagged that I am going to try, some I already have ingredients for! The Polenta Square with Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Tapenade is up next! Then I’m planning on making the Butternut Mac and Cheese tomorrow night and the Double-Chocolate Brownies for dessert!

This book is all around amazing! I own 100+ vegan cookbooks, and I have to honestly say that this is in my top 5! I have never had a cookbook with so many recipes I needed to try right away!

The only improvement I would suggest for this book, and it really is personal preference would be the page numbering placement. It’s in the middle and a little towards the spine so it’s not as easy to navigate. I would also like more recipes since there are only 60, but 60 great recipes is better than 200 recipes with a bunch of failures.

Overall I give this book 2 thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone! I couldn’t be happier!

  • I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for this review.

Vegan Banana Bread

My mom has always made the perfect banana bread. This was before I was vegan though. Since then I have been trying recipe after recipe trying to come up with one that is as good as I remember. After my mom went vegan a few years ago she decided to try and veganize her mom’s banana bread recipe she had always used. It worked perfectly! I’ve made it several times since. It’s the perfect way to use up those bananas that are turning dark. (that and nice cream right?!) Anyway this is my Grandma’s banana bread recipe VEGANIZED!

Vegan Banana Bread
Vegan Banan Bread with Walnuts

5 Large Bananas (preferably organic)

4 Ener-g Egg Replacer Eggs

1 Cup Shortening

2 Cups Sugar (I like to use raw sugar)

4 Cups Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Salt

1 Cup Walnuts (broken into small pieces)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mash bananas with a fork until there are no lumps. Add to a mixing bowl, then beat in egg replacer eggs.

Cream the sugar and shortening, then add to the rest of the ingredients and mix.

While mixing, slowly add in dry ingredients.

Stir in nuts, then pour into 2 well greased bread pans.

Bake for an 1 hour 10 minutes.


Kale and Sweet Potato Pizza with Smokey Cashew Cheeze Sauce

This is my go-to meal lately! I have been eating it twice a week! I got the idea from Julie Hassan’s cookbook Vegan Pizza, but ended up changing it quite a bit to make it even work at all. So here is my version, adapted from her version.

Kale Pizza


(Approximately One 14″ pizza)

1 3/4 C Flour of Choice

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Instant Yeast Powder

1 Tbsp. Agave Syrup

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil (melted, but not hot)

1 C + 2 Tbsp. Warm (not hot!) Water

Add flour and salt to a bowl and stir together. Sprinkle the yeast evenly on the top. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together with a fork until you can’t anymore. Use you hands if needed to form it into a ball. Cover the dough and let sit for at least 3-4 hours. You can refrigerate or freeze dough to use later.

Smokey Cashew Cheeze Sauce

1 C. Raw Cashews (Soaked for at least 2 hours, drained, and rinsed)

1/2 C. Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Juice From 1 Lemon

1 Tbsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

1-1.5 tsp. Liquid Smoke

1 tsp. Spicy Brown Mustard

1 tsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. Water

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender until smooth.


1 Sweet Potato

1/2 Bunch of Kale

Wash the sweet potato and kale. Tear small pieces of kale away from the stems and pat dry with a clean towel. Peel the potato, and then peel off long slices of the potato for the pizza.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Once your dough has risen, add some flour so it isn’t as sticky, as necessary. Roll out on pizza pan. I use a roller and my fingers. Cover with a thick layer of smokey cashew cheeze sauce (you may not use all of it, use your judgement). Place the kale on the pizza so it is as flat as possible, and really close together. Then add a layer of sweet potatoes so that the entire bed of kale is covered. Add some fresh cracked black pepper to the top. Sometimes I add some of Minimalist Baker’s Parmesan Cheese to the top (seen in pic).

Place in the oven for 10-14 minutes. I usually do about 12-13 minutes, but all ovens are different. Watch it closely towards the end until the crust is a golden brown.

Wait 5 minutes before cutting through the pizza to serve.


Cheezy Kale Chips

Cheezy Kale Chips

My favorite snack as of late. Since I’ve started rock climbing, running, and working out on a regular basis, I have kicked the chip and soda habit and become addicted to these cheezy kale chips and water. I still fulfill my need to constantly crunch on something, but I feel so much better! Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Cheezy Kale Chips - Vegan Machine

1 Large Bundle of Kale (Organic tastes better)

¾ C. Raw Cashews (soaked for 2+ hours, rinsed and drained)

½ Red Large Pepper (remove stem and seeds, chop small)

¼ C Nutritional Yeast Flakes

1 Tbsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil (+ extra for sautéing pepper)

1 Clove of Garlic

Juice from 1 Lemon

Dash of Black Pepper

kale chips 2

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Sauté red pepper in a little oil of your choice until tender.

Once the pepper is tender, mix all of the ingredients together in a blender or food processor (besides kale). I like to use my Blendtec side jar, but it will work in any blender. Blend until very smooth.

Tear bite size pieces of kale away from the stems. Wash really well, then dry with a clean towel or spin in a salad spinner (preferred).

In a big bowl, mix together the pieces of kale and the sauce mixture. Massage it together with your hands until all of the pieces are evenly covered.

Spread out on 2 baking sheets. They can touch, but try to keep them as spaced apart as possible. The more they touch, they longer they take to cook. You can do 1 sheet at a time and store the rest in the fridge, or do them both at the same time.

If baking 1 sheet only, then they will need to bake for about 2.5-3 hours, flipping at the halfway point. If doing 2 sheets they will need to cook for 3-4 hours, flipping at the halfway point. Every oven is different, so keep cooking and flipping at the end until they are not soft at all, and crisp all of the way through. Since they shrink quite a bit, I usually combine them to one pan in the last hour so they cook faster. Just feel it out and do what feels right.

Once you take them out of the oven, let them sit out for an hour or two so they can cool in open air. Put in an airtight container, and they will stay good for a week or so.


Vegan Queso

Vegan Queso

1 1/2 C Daiya Cheddar Shreds
1 C No-Chicken Broth
1/2 C White Onion (chopped small)
1/2 Red Bell Pepper (chopped small)
1/3 C Veg Sour Cream (Tofutti is my fav)
2 Tbsp. Green Onion (green part, sliced thin)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 tsp. Hot Sauce (I love Sriracha)
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

In a small sauce pan add your olive oil, red pepper and white onion.  Saute for about 10 minutes or until onions are transparent.
In a small pot heat your no-chicken broth.  Add your sour cream and whisk until completely melted.  Add your cheese and whisk until cheese is completely melted.  Melting your cheese will take a few minutes.  Add your hot sauce, black pepper, cayenne pepper, green onions, white onions and red pepper.
Let simmer on the stove for 15 minutes to cook in the flavor while continually stirring.
Serve warm.

Zucchini & Squash Casserole & A Cookbook

I have been wanting to write a cookbook for years. I don’t care if I have a publisher, I will publish it myself if I have to. I just want to share my recipes in a fun and organized way.

After my Mom went vegan a couple of years ago, we talked about writing a cookbook together. This has mostly just been talk, because we are both so busy – but not for much longer.

I will be staying at home with my soon to be 2 year old within the next few months or so. So we are really starting to kick it in to gear and get this done.

This will be our first cookbook, so we won’t be popping recipes out left and right like Isa and Joni. But they will be well thought out and tested. Our main goal is to create recipes that anyone will like, vegan or not. Also we want to create recipes that make people feel like it is possible to be vegan and feel like they are not missing out on their old favorite omni foods.

We have several recipes ready for the book, and this is just one of my favs lately. Now that both of our gardens are producing delicious fruits and veggies, we are using up whatever we can for new recipes. This one is so good!

Sorry there won’t be a recipe, but I will occasionally be posting pics of our recipes so you can see what is to come in the new book!


zuccini and squash casserole… and yes, I know zucchini is technically a squash…

Vegan Alfredo




Serves 2

2 Cups Uncooked Pasta (if using long noodles, use enough for 2 servings)

1/2 Cup No-Chicken Broth (Better Than Bouillon brand is preferred)

1/2 Cup Tofutti Sour Cream (other brands will work, but Tofutti is preferred)

1-2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)

1 Tbsp. Vegan Butter (Earth Balance is preferred, I use the Soy Free kind)

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

A tiny TINY pinch less than 1/4 tsp. White Pepper

Dash of Black Pepper

3/4 C Daiya Mozzarella Shreds


Bring water to a boil, add your pasta and cook for 10-11 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot, add your butter, oil, garlic, broth, sour cream, white and black peppers.  Whisk together thoroughly and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.

Add your mozzarella and whisk until completely melted. Daiya melts best at high heat.

Once your cheese is completely melted, add your noodles back into the pot and mix together until thoroughly heated.



Approximately $2.15 per serving.

Easy Vegan Pesto

I tend to only make pesto in the summertime – otherwise there is no way I would be willing to spend the money on 2 cups of basil, know what I mean? This year I have 3 huge basil plants thriving in my garden. Each week I pick off a couple of cups of basil. Because I don’t want it to go bad I have to come up with something to use all of it. I’ve made vegan pesto lasagna and stuffed shells from The Accidental Vegan cookbook a few times, and they were both great, but I thought I’d try just a regular pesto. This is what I came up with, and it’s really good!




2 Cups Basil

2-3 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)

1/2 Cup Olive Oil (the best you can afford, it makes a big difference)

1/4 Cup Walnuts or Pine Nuts (I use Walnuts because they are cheaper, both are good though.)

3 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast

Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste.


Combine everything but the oil, sea salt, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until it is fairly smooth. I don’t like mine completely puréed, but it’s up to you. Stir in your oil and add your spices.

Serve over cooked pasta, use as a spread for bread, use as a condiment for sandwiches. Get creative, it’s delicious!