Christmas isn’t Christmas without cookies, and these Vegan Gingerbread Cookies are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. They’re full of spice and everything nice: coconut oil, molasses, and even apple cider.
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Raw Carrot Cake? This might be my new favorite dessert. It’s so moist, rich, and amazingly similar in texture and taste to the baked version of carrot cake that we all know and love. Unlike the real deal carrot cake, this one is super healthy and easy to make. The filling is made with raw walnuts, pecans, shredded coconut, dates, dried pineapple, and raw Thai coconut water from Harmless Harvest. So sublime!!
Miami was so good to me! The vegan scene there is amazing, and growing. I was invited to speak at the 2016 Seed Food & Wine festival, and I’m so glad I said yes. I stayed at the beautiful Palms Hotel & Spa in comfy room overlooking Miami Beach with views of the sunrise each day. It was such a treat to soak up the Miami sunshine, walk on the beach, and go for a swim…in November!
This year my holiday mantra will be COMPASSION. I try to practice it every single day, but that doesn’t mean that it ever becomes easier. Not at least towards other people…animals are so easy to empathize with. But it is just as important to have compassion for and be opened minded towards our human brothers and sisters.
The holidays are the time of year that test my compassion the most. Sure, in dream land this time of year is all about cheery songs, cozy sweaters, and happy families. In reality though, I’m arguing politics with my mom, stressed out because of frenzied NYC crowds, and saddened by the shorter colder days. However, this year, more than ever Ever EVER, compassion must be my guiding light. I’m constantly reminding myself to love and to be opened minded…
I’m even, sort of, looking forward to trying my best to maintain love, compassion, and an open mind this holiday season. It ain’t easy, but it is 100% worth the effort. Love is the answer.
Now let’s talk about this fabulous holiday white bean and butternut squash casserole with rosemary Wasa crumble.