Thursday, November 26, 2015

Vegan & Gluten free Thanksgiving Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Being a vegan that's gluten free I get lots of questions daily: "what do you eat", "how do you live", "why".  I'm Vegan for the animals, the environment,  and my health, (yes I do get more than enough protein).  Also I've been gluten free since I was 8 because of a severe intolerance.  Eating this way makes me happy and I FEEL GOOD when eating this yummy food!  Today I thought I would share all the recipes I'm bringing to thanksgiving dinner to share with my nonvegan family.  Three desserts and two sides plus an overview of other foods I enjoy at thanksgiving!  Better grab your apron because we're about to get cooking!

Low fat Vegan Gluten free Pumpkin Pie

So I thought we should start with dessert (because it's obvi the best).  This pumpkin pie recipe is my favorite in this whole blogpost, so if your going to make something make this!  


2 cups of gluten free flour
1/2 cup pure maple syrup 

2 cups pumpkin puree 
1 cup of dairy free milk (I used rice milk)
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup gluten free flour
cinnamon & other spices to taste


~Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

~Mix crust ingredients together 

~Spray pan with a LITTLE coconut oil 

~Form crust into the pan and bake for 7 minutes 

~Mix ingredients for the filling together in a bowl 

~Pour mixture into the crust once the crust has baked for 7 minutes 

~Put back into the oven and bake for about 15 min (watch it) if not done bake for longer

~Let sit in the fridge for around an hour 


This pumpkin pure is HEAVENLY, the filling is so sweet and the crust has a gram cracker texture!  I will probably be making this for christmas too. 

Raw Vegan no fat nut free Apple Tart

 Most of the time raw desserts contains loads of fat and nuts that some have allergies to.  I created this raw apple tart and it came out wonderful!  It's so sweet and defiantly a recipe you will love if you are fruit obsessed like me.


1/2 cup DRIED blue berries
1/2 cup DRIED apricots 
7 pitted dates 
water as needed 

10 pitted dates
1tbs cinnamon
water as needed

3-4 chopped apples 


~Blend together crust ingredients in a food processor add water LITTLE  needed, should be dry and sticky consistency 

~Press crust into a pan

~Let set in the freezer for 3o min

~Chop the apples into small chunks 

~Make the sauce by blending ingredients in the food processor add LITTLE water as needed should be thick but creamy consistency 

~Mix the apple chunks with the sauce

~Add mixture on top of the crust

~Once the crust has thawed a bit enjoy

The apple tart came out so delicious, all the autumn fruit flavors went together so nicely!  This dessert can be eaten for breakfast too because its only fruit ;) 

Rich Chocolate Vegan cake with carmel icing 

AHHH this cake is a chocolate lovers heaven!  It's not the healthiest dessert due to the about of fat, but it is SO MUCH cleaner than any non vegan cake you will find, and the taste is out of this world.


3oz dairy free chocolate chips
2tbs of pure cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot water
1 cup gluten free flour
2/3 cup pure cane sugar
1 tsp baking soda
6 tbs sesame oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
1tbs pure vanilla extract 

10 medjool dates 
1/2 cup dairy free milk
1/2 cup veagn butter
1 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar 


~Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 

~In a small bowl put the cocoa powder & chocolate chips

~Pour hot water into the bowl to melt the mixture 

~Add oil vanilla and applesauce to the mixture and stir 

~In a big bowl mix the dry ingredients 

~Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth

~Spray pan LIGHTLY with coconut oil 

~Add the mixture into the pan and bake for 18 min or until fork comes out clean 

~Let cake set in the freezer for 40 min 

~To make the frosting blend the dates and dairy free milk in the food processor until smooth

~Add in the rest of the ingredients and beat, should be a creamy constancy 

~Let the icing set in the fridge for 10 min 

~Once the cake is cool spread the icing on and add fruit for decoration 


This is such a rich and decadent chocolate cake.  The carmel icing paired with the raspberries and chocolate gives this dessert such a unique flavor! 

Sweet Sweet Sweet potatoes 

Why the three sweets? Because these mashed sweet potatoes are sooo sweet.  Very simple to make and a perfect addition to your meal.


As many sweet potatoes as you want
Vegan Marshmallows
Cinnamon  & Coconut sugar to taste


~Cook sweet potatoes however you like, just make sure they are soft

~Add the cooked potatoes to the food processor and blend with skin until they are as smooth as you like

~Put potatoes into a pan with vegan marshmallows on top

~Bake for 7 min  at 350 degrees F or until marshmallows are lightly browned 

~Sprinkle coconut sugar and cinnamon on top to taste

~Enjoy your side that is basically a dessert 

These sweet sweet sweet potatoes are soooo sweet and the good part is they are healthy for you too!  The potato skin is full of nutrients, and although the vegan marshmallows aren't a super food they contain no fat! 

Fall veggie medley

You can't have dinner without veggies! I put together this mix of  fall veggies all with vibrant flavors for my thanksgiving meal.


Sweet Squash
Stream beans


~Wash veggies and add them into a pan

~Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees F or until soft

~Take veggies out of the oven and enjoy

This is such a flavorful mix of vegetables, I personally don't add any seasons or oils to my vegetables because I love them so much!  Perfect side to share at  your thanksgiving dinner.

Other foods I will be enjoying this Thanksgiving are Pureed white potatoes, steamed corn and peas, raw veggies, and homemade cranberry sauce that my aunt makes! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with family and food, tell me below if you make any of these recipes.  See you soon!   




Saturday, November 14, 2015

Styling Plum for Autumn

Recently I have been gravitating towards plum / lilac / burgundy shades while picking my accessories and beauty products.  These shades remind me of royalty and mystery adding a dark element to my fall wardrobe and beauty routine.  Today I'm going to talk about my favorite products / pieces in these beautiful purple shades as well as how I incorporate them into my style for this autumn season!


I have been loving incorporating plum shades in to my eyeshadow looks these season.  There's something so beautiful and majestic about a purple toned smokey eye.

I have been using mainly shadows from the Too Faced Chocolate bar palette and Tarte's naturalEYEs volume IV palette for my eyeshadow looks.

The shade I reach for in the purple range for the Too Faced chocolate bar palette is Candied Violet.  This shadow's base is a dark violet, almost black, color with chunks of light purple / pink glitter throughout.  The shadow blends out beautifully leaving you with a dark violet shimmer effect that is perfect for the outer corner of your eye to smoke out a glittering eye look.  

Candied Violet pairs nicely with the shade above it; Black forest truffle.  Black forest truffle is an almost black shadow with a dark maroon tint due to its chunks of red toned glitter.  It looks beautiful smoking out a purple toned shadow.

Tarte naturalEYES IV palette has three different purple shades that I reach for while creating a purple/ plum toned eyeshadow look.  The first shadow is called Lilac (2nd from left bottom row), a lilac  shimmer shade that is perfect for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes.  Using this lilac shimmer shade on the inner corners of my eyes opposed to a white shimmer is a nice change of pace, even if I'm not creating a purple eye look it ads a beautiful pop of lilac shimmer that gives interest to my eye look. 

 The shade from this palette I use as a base for my purple shadow looks is Orchid (2nd from right top row).  A matt violet / pink toned shadow.  It's light, warm toned, violet / pink pigment is perfect for layering with auburn, violet, and plum shadows.

Plum (all the way to the right bottom row), is my favorite purple toned shade from both pallets.  It's a plum toned shimmer  shadow with an auburn undertone.  Such a rich beautiful color that I love to blend into the crease of my eyes to darken up a look.  Or this shadow is perfect to use all over the lids if I'm feeling a smokey look that day.  To me it's the perfect plum eyeshadow for autumn.

Lastly, a shade I often pair with my purple shadows is Steel (2nd from right bottom row).  This is a copper / grey toned shadow with a slight glimmer of gold.  It adds a deep shimmer tone to my plum eyeshadow looks and is the perfect shade to smudge under the lash line for a smokey effect. 

A nail shade that I have been wearing often is 505 Clean Slate by Sally Hansen from their complete salon manicure line.  This is a  dark plum / purple polish with a grey undertone.  Such a unique shade that creates a focus when worn with black clothing or blends an outfit together nicely when worn with deep colored clothing for autumn.


Lately I have been wearing this stunning plum necklace by Swarovski called the "stardust necklace".  It's a nylon fishnet "tube" filled with sparkling plum crystals.  The perfect piece to glam up any outfit, it reminds me of the glimmering night sky.

A scarf is always needed for those brisk autumn days.  My pick is, of course, a plum scarf from Target.  I paired it with a cream dress and knee high black boots to make it the centerpiece of my outfit.

All the items  mentioned will be linked HERE so you can check them out online if you like!  I hope post this gave you some inspiration to find a favorite color of yours and incorporate it into your style more often.  I'll see you soon for the last bit of autumn posts before the holiday season!
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