Posts from the ‘Sweets’ Category

Drop Sweets Not Bombs

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 28 at MooShoes in Lower Manahattan there will be a vegan bake sale to benefit Food Not Bombs NYC.

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Chocolate That’ll Make The Heart Melt

Lovers of chocolate single and coupled, likely take advantage of Valentine’s Day as an excuse to indulge. Why go for the same old sampler? Variety is the spice of life. Fire up your taste buds with some sweet treats. There’s something for everyone!


For the animal lover: Rescue Chocolate: 100% of the net profits go to benefit animal rescue organizations.

Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: Today! (Feb 5th)
For those in NYC, you can purchase at the Vegan Shop Up on Saturday, Feb 9th at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Pick: A gift box lets you try them all

LagustasLuscious_LovebirdsFor art lovers: Lagusta’s Luscious: Organic and handmade, Lagusta pays attention to the details. Each piece is like a little work of art.

Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: Today! (Feb 5th)

For those in New York, you can visit the shop in New Paltz, NY

Pick: Hand-painted chocolate love birds…maybe too pretty to eat



Gone Pie

Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: This Friday! (Feb 8th)

For those in NYC, you can purchase at the Vegan Shop Up on Saturday, Feb 9th at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Pick: Chocolate covered PB crispy hearts









Obsessive Confection Disorder

Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: This Friday! (Feb 8th)

Pick: Naught Bites







Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: By Noon This Friday! (Feb 8th)

Pick: Passion Truffles







Allison’s Gourmet

Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: request delivery by Feb 13th and they’ll try to accommodate.

Pick: Cherry Chocolate Brownies







Vegan Treats

Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: ASAP! They’re selling out fast.

Pick: Large candy box so you get the vegan Twix









NYC Special Pick!
Chickpea and Olive

For those in NYC, you can purchase at the Vegan Shop Up on Saturday, Feb 9th at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Pick: All their truffles are delicious, but definitely try the Sesame.

Waving Bye to New Paltz

Following Hurricane Sandy, I got the chance to spend three weeks in New Paltz, New York. It’s a quaint little town. Highlights included runs up Main Street, a stop at the beautiful Mohonk Mountain House, visiting their campus of SUNY, eats at Karma Road, and sweets at Lagusta’s Luscious…of course.

Today, my father made the trip up for my last day in town and we couldn’t resist stopping at my favorite place. In addition to warming up with some spicy hot chocolate, we both enjoyed Chai and Chocolate cupcakes by Sweet Maresa’s…I could do shots of the icing. As well, I grabbed some treats for the road.

Along the counter were preludes of the treats to come this holiday season. Chocolate Christmas trees and reindeer.

While I am extremely excited to be settling back into my life, focusing on work, I’ll miss the solitude of my runs–just me and the road– and the stars in the sky…yep, that far out you can actually see those babies.

Lagusta’s Luscious
25 North Front St
New Paltz, NY. 12561
(845) 255-8834

Sweet Maresa’s
25 North Front St
New Paltz, NY. 12561
(845) 706-3626

There’s no shortage of PB cups

Growing up, I looked forward to Halloween. As a child, I loved dressing up and heading out with my pillowcase. Our mom and dad would take my sister and I around our little neighborhood. As we got older, we were allowed to roam with our older brother.

We were ambivalent to the filling of our bags. We loved getting the candy but knew the weight of our bounty would eventually put an end to the night…even before the late fall, northeastern chill.

When we returned home, we’d plop ourselves down in the family room, and assess the .

They were stingy.

Jeez, this is lame.


Aw, yeah, forget Fun Size; I remember one family on my block that gave out full size candy bars. Boo-yah!

I think my sister and I both looked most forward to Reese’s cups. Seriously, chocolate and peanut butter, who can resist?

Going vegan doesn’t mean going without, though. Reese’s may be a thing of my past, but the alternatives are nothing to slouch at.

The price points are not as low as their major competitor, but participating in the dairy industry is a hidden cost we pay beyond the register.

Indulge smart!

Mission today: keep the memories, but leave the (non-vegan) past behind!

CLEO’s by Go Max Go (Available nationally. Click for locations.)

VEGAN TREATS of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

LAGUSTA’S LUSCIOUS of New Paltz, New York

JUSTIN’S (Available nationally. Click for locations.) {Please note: Only the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are vegan.}

Get Down with Some Slutty Brownies

Earlier this year, A Tablespoon of Liz tackled Slutty Brownies from The Londoner. I hadn’t seen these previously, so I probably should have heeded Liz’s advice and made them asap. Finally, though, I decided to make these as a pre-Halloween treat for my friends and coworkers.

Slutty Brownies consist of three layers: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate creme cookies, and brownies. The Londoner’s original recipe uses prepackaged cookie and cake mixes. Not many pre-made mixes are available for vegans. No matter! The recipes are nearly as easy to make from scratch.

Since I was pretty confident that Liz’s recipes would turn out well, I decided to road test some others I had found searching the web.

Right off the bat, one tip I would take from The Londoner might be using “grease proof paper” or wax paper. I used cake pans for my brownies. While it wasn’t hard to get them out; it might could have been easier.

The two recipes I used specify different oven temperatures and bake times. Air on the side of caution and follow the brownie recipe; preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake between 25 and 35 minutes. (Bake time can vary depending on the pans, trays, or dishes you use; start checking at 25 mins by inserting a knife.)

For the cookie dough, I turned to Mercy for Animals. I’m a huge fan of organizations like MFA, but I’ve never tried the recipes from their starter kits. Since I leaflet for them, I figured this would be my golden opportunity.

The recipe on MFA’s is actually courtesy of Compassionate Cooks. Woot! Woot! Colleen Patrick-Goudreau! Definitely go to the site and watch the video of Colleen with Alka Chandna of PETA. They give some really great tips!


2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Earth Balance*, softened (although Earth Balance is the best, you may use any other non-dairy butter/margarine)
3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
ENER-G Egg Replacer for 2 eggs
2 cups (12-ounce package) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl.
  3. Add egg replacer one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips.
  4. Pat dough into the bottom of the pan or dish.

For the center layer, you can use Oreos if you agree with PETA’s accidentally vegan list. You could also try Newman O’s as I did to mix it up or even Trader Joe’s Joe Joe’s.

Sister approved!

For the brownie mix, I found what I was looking for on All Recipes. I love to find recipes that don’t require special ingredients like Ener-G or Earth Balance. Trust me, I love my E.B. but it’s nice to know in a pinch, I can rely on the bare necessities already in my kitchen. (You’ll need the Ener-G and Earth Balance for the cookie recipe, but if you know of a really good recipe without, please let me know. Thanks!)

Below is the original recipe that makes 16 brownies worth of mix. If you want more or less, go to All Recipes to adjust the recipe to your needs.


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  2. Pour in water, vegetable oil and vanilla; mix until well blended.
  3. Pour over the cookie layers.
  4. Bake until the top is no longer shiny and a knife inserted comes out clean.

If you end up skipping these recipes and making The Londoner’s version, please do not heed her reminder to lick the bowl. Eggs are already unhealthy enough without lapping up some salmonella.

Great thing about making vegan baked goods is that you cut out that risk. Go forth and get dirty!

The Sweetest Warmth Money Can Buy

This weekend, the clouds were kept at bay for the Chile Pepper Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The event brought together vendors to showcase the many variances of the Chile pepper.

Sarah Gross of Rescue Chocolate once said to me, ‘if you’re gonna splurge on anything, make it chocolate.’ While I’m a cupcake gal, I can’t deny the indulgence of letting a piece of chocolate melt slowly on your tongue.

At the Fiesta, chocolatiers married their sweets with heat. Some, like Raaka, even went for broke; crafting a bar with the infamous Ghost Pepper.

My favorites:Pink pepper and Citrus from Madécasse: This bar wasn’t at the Fiesta. I tore into one in the last few weeks. Delicious sweet citrus chased by the subtle warming of the pepper. (Note: Madécasse is not a vegan company but offers a variety of vegan bars.)

Ghost Pepper from Raaka: This bar was made exclusively for the Chile Pepper Fiesta. Ghost pepper is one of the hottest (if not the hottest) in the world. This bar though, smoothed the heat from an intense burn to a strong warmth.

Mission: Warm up as the temperature starts to drop with some heat infused sweets.

Pictures from this event coming soon. Be sure to Like A Life Vegan on FACEBOOK!

Rock Philly

Today I ran the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia. It being my first half, I was a little nervous. However, as I got dressed and to the start line, I tried to keep in mind the advice Steve Jones gave the day before: ‘Don’t waste your energy on worry.’

I spent the whole time cranking Jason Aldean and thinking to myself:

  1. Smile (If you’ve ever read Born To Run, you’ll get this.)
  2. When others start walking, just keep running.

When I registered, I estimated it would take me 2:45:00. My chip time was 2:24:15.

I don’t know how you celebrate achieving a goal, but I high-tailed it over to Blackbird Pizzeria for a slice and a delicious VeganTreats cupcake.

Thanks to Molly, Evan, and my Dad. You’ve left a mark.


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