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Guest Blogger: Bunny Kitchen – Gluten Free, Vegan, Quick and Easy Christmas Pudding

15 Dec

The last time Poppy was featured on VBU!, her blog was called Poppy’s Patisserie. Her smoked tofu carbonara pasta was rather delectable!

Let’s revisit Poppy in her own words, “I have always had a deep connection with animals as far back as I can remember. It probably comes as no surprise, therefore, that I became a strict vegetarian at the age of 6 and became vegan in my late teens. I work as a wildlife hospital supervisor, treating and rehabilitating all kinds of wild animals and I will graduate in 2015 with a degree in Animal Management. I am currently carrying out research into a natural treatment of a disease affecting many wild birds which causes great suffering, yet is much unstudied. I spent much of my teenage years in West Africa working for and with street children and am now a charity trustee for the cause. I write Bunny Kitchen to share vegan recipes, DIY tips, inspirational animal stories and general health resources with a hope of inspiring vegans and non-vegans everywhere and perhaps provoking some curiosity in some to give veganism or even vegetarianism a chance. I love getting creative in the kitchen and giving a home to animals in need. Most of all, I love spending time with my 24 wonderful pets!”

I’m sure you’ll want to dive into Poppy’s amazing recipe! Check out Poppy on all her channels:  www.bunnykitchen.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Welcome back Poppy!

 

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Christmas pudding is one of those classic’s that people either love or hate, I love it. I also love keeping tradition going and for me my Christmas table is incomplete without the rich fruit pudding, even if I am the only one to eat it! Continue reading

Guest Blogger: As Raw As You Wanna Be – Chewy Chocolate Orange Cookies

8 Dec

Who doesn’t love a good cookie? I know I certainly do. Please meet our newest contributor is Chef Chris Jolly, the author of his blog As Raw As You Wanna Be. Today he’s sharing his first recipe with us and hopefully many more.

Chef Chris Jolly is a vegan chef specializing in raw foods. Chef Chris serves oversees the raw food production at North American Vegetarian Society’s Summerfest, one of the largest vegetarian conferences in the world. He has written for Natural Awakening Magazine, written for and been featured in the Asbury Park Press, and his recipes and products have appeared on Glamour.com and OneGreenPlanet.Org among others. Chef Chris lives in San Diego where you can catch him relaxing on the beach, hiking a mountain and generally keeping it classy in America’s finest city.

Check out Chris on his social media channels: Facebook, Instagram. Welcome Chris!

I love cookies! Come on…who doesn’t like cookies? They are sweet, delicious, chewy, crumbly and handheld. This is another super duper easy to make raw food recipe that requires little time and can be recreated in moments with no advanced technique required–and it is delicious. I do use agave in this recipe, but if there another liquid sweetener that you prefer such as coconut nectar, yacon or maple syrup, feel free to substitute instead. Another great swap is to use a 1/2 cup of pitted and soaked dates in place of a liquid sweetener. There is a little coconut sugar in these cookies additionally. Feel free to omit if you like, but these are cookies, so a little decadence is essential.

Chewy Chocolate Orange Cookies

Makes 1 dozen large or 2 dozen medium cookies
2 cups cashews
3/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut
 1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup coconut sugar crystals
2 T orange juice
1/2 T vanilla (powder, bean, extract)
2 t pink Himalayan salt
2 pinches orange zest

Add all ingredients to a food processor and process for about a minute until you have a uniform mixture. Use a cookie scoop or your hands to form into cookies and place on a lined dehydrator tray. Dehydrate for 2 hours at 115 degrees. For a different twist on this treat form into small balls, transfer to freezer to set and then dunk in your favorite ganache/chocolate sauce.

And remember–if you’re supposed to be taking photos to share with people, make sure you remember before eating half the cookies…I told you they were delicious!