If all vegan food tastes like this, I am sold.

I have made this sacrifice for us all.  I have made some vegan brownies.  Vegan peanut butter marshmallow brownies, to be precise.

I did not create this recipe.  I initially found it on the Chicago Vegan Foods blog when I was looking for vegan marshmallows; but I understand that the original recipe came from the Suburban Vegan blog.

Although I received several tweets and a recipe from my mama telling me how to make my own vegan marshmallows, I decided that I needed to take this one slowly.  So I bought some Dandies Vegan Marshmallows.  And then I think I died a little bit inside.  Remember that thing I said about sharing vegan recipes and things with each other?  Seriously, these vegan marshmallows taste more delicious, more light, more heavenly than any non-vegan marshmallows I have ever eaten.  In fact, even if I never become vegan, I will still use these marshmallows exclusively.  Divine.  Ok, now for the recipe:

The Recipe:


– 1 stick Earth Balance vegan butter/margerine

– 2/3 + 1/4 cup sugar

– 2 tsp. vanilla

– 1 Tbsp. egg replacer

– 3 Tbsp. water

– 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

– 1 cup flour

– 1/4 cup cocoa powder

– 2 tsp. baking powder

– 1 tsp. baking soda

– 1/4 tsp. salt

– 1 cup Dandies marshmallows

– 1/3 cup peanut butter

– 4-6 Tbsp. almond milk

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a medium saucepan, melt butter.  Remove from heat, stir in 2/3 cup of sugar and vanilla.  Whisk egg replacer in measuring cup with water, then add to butter mixture.  Mix in applesauce.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Stir in 1 cup of Dandies and pour into a parchment-covered 8×8 baking pan.  In the same saucepan, melt peanut butter and 1/4 cup of sugar, adding 1 Tbsp. of almond milk at a time until smooth.  Scoop the peanut butter mixture on top of the brownies and swirl it around.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  (Just don’t poke a marshmallow because you won’t get an accurate read on “clean.”)  Remove from oven and place on rack to cool.

The Assessment:  The flavor is amazing.  These brownies are moist, and gooey, and make me feel like I am doing something extremely naughty.  These are all qualities I search for in a brownie.  However, I wonder if I could have done without the peanut butter.  It didn’t disturb me flavor-wise, but I think they made the brownies fall and flatten more than I would like.  So when I cut the first piece out, it didn’t come out in a cute little brownie square; just several cute little brownie fork-fulls.  I think that means I need to cut a second piece out.  Standby…

Yes the second piece.  Also delicious.  I’ve decided that yes, I will remake these brownies another day without the peanut butter.  I also think that this version of the brownie would be amazing crumbled up on top of a bowl of ice cream.  Mmmmmm mmmm!

All in all, a victory for the vegans.  One point, guys.


Loving Pigs more than Pork

I don’t think I want to eat pigs anymore.

It sounds pretty terrible when you say it that way, right?  Nobody eats pigs; people eat pork.  Whatever you choose to call it, though, I don’t think I want anymore.  That really isn’t fair–I don’t eat pork very often.  A little bacon for breakfast from time to time, and if pepperoni is pork, then definitely there.

Can this be done?  Yes, and I’ll tell you how:

Image It really does not get any cuter than this.  I used to have 5 guinea pigs.  And yes, I do realize that’s not the same thing, but once you picture their little faces it’s pretty hard to imagine eating them.

I’m clearly not a vegetarian or a vegan [yet], and I don’t have the latest statistics from PETA or anywhere else, but this month, I’d like to start my life of not eating little Wilbur.  If you are a vegetarian, or vegan, or statistic-possessor, please please please do contact me and educate me.  What is happening with pigs in the world?  Is there anyway to eat pigs [and other animals] in a humane way?  I’m looking forward to hearing from you all.

Wait, there’s no way I just liked that…

I’m really confused, friends.  (Wait, don’t let my vegan and vegetarian pals hear this one…)

I love meat.  Love it.  There is nothing more heavenly than a sizzling piece of filet mignon, seasoned to perfection, oozing its juices all over my plate.

But…..I just ate the green burger at Green and it was AMAZING.  Like…I might have to go back tomorrow.  I saw vegan chili fries on the menu.  But I fear that if I return to this place I may have to move in permanently.  (And I can’t even begin to describe how divine the cookies ‘n’ cream tSoynami was.  I’m going to try to go back there for breakfast and leave with just coffee.  Try.)

But here’s the thing: I don’t know how to cook any of this!!  Recently, I have been trying to cook more than I eat out, and that’s been working out pretty well.  But beef, chicken, fish, lamb even….that’s easy.  What am I supposed to do with oats and barley?!  

I need your help, vegan friends.  Please, flood me with your recipes and your tips.  I can’t promise that I’ll give up my filet, but I can promise that I’ll try to incorporate more vegan meals into my routine.  That really was an amazing burger!