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Sometimes, I’m certain that my body is boycotting the fact that I removed it from New England. According to all of my friends’ facebook statuses, it’s been snowing in Massachusetts since I left in October. Practically non-stop. In fact, by some weird coincidence, every time it snows in Mass, the temperature spikes here in Toowoomba.

Despite this, I occasionally forget I am not in a cold climate. Last week when I purchased quinoa and vegetable soup from the health store? Yeah, it’s been in the 90s and it’s still sitting in my fridge. The other morning when I rolled out of bed and put on my comfy yoga pants, tshirt and hoody and went in the kitchen and made this apple Quinoa Flake Bake? Yeah, I ate half because it was too heavy and then changed into shorts and a tanktop. I don’t know what I was thinking.

It does benefit those stuck in cold climates, though! This is a fast, single-serving, hearty stick-to-your-ribs breakfast that is perfect for a snow day.

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Apple Quinoa Flake Bake
from Healthful Pursuit

  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 tbsp sugar (I used coconut sugar but regular white sugar will work fine)
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • handful of chopped walnuts
  • handful of coconut

optional toppings: natural peanut butter (I used Teddy’s), maple syrup, raisins, apple, etc.

Directions

Prepare a 16oz. microwave/oven safe dish by oiling with a dab of coconut oil. Set aside. Drop all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until fully incorporated. Press mixture into prepare dish and even out with fork.

Microwave option: Place in the microwave and cook for 3 1/2 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done when it rises slightly, is harder to the touch, and pulls away from the sides of the dish. Don’t bake it too long, or you’ll have a chocolate Frisbee!

Oven option (WV note: I have not tried this in the oven): Place in a preheated oven at 350F and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow to rest for 1 minute before tipping over onto a plate and smothering with your favorite toppings.

Though tasty and filling, this has the texture of baked oatmeal when it is complete, which is a little dry for me. I would suggest topping with peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter of your choice) and/or maple syrup. That’s a personal preference, though. Taste it first and see what you think.

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This also pairs well with a hot beverage, sweats, warm slippers and lots of blankets.

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Oh Valentine’s Day. You are here again. For all those couples out there, you put pressure on them to buy awesome things. For all those single people, you just make them feel like crap for being single! It’s a lose, lose situation.

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Fortunately, these pancakes are here for you. If you are looking to gain a few extra points with your significant other, you can double this recipe and serve breakfast in bed. If you are single, then these are perfect to whip up quickly and then eat while snuggled in bed with your favorite book/movie and their leading man. Mr. Darcy? Edward? Noah Calhoun? Aint nothing wrong with that!

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Chocolate Pancakes for One
slightly modified from Chocolate Covered Katie
m
akes 3 largish pancakes

  • 4T all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2T cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plus 1T nondairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1-2 T sugar
  • Optional- Red food coloring or beet juice for a red velvet pancake

* I also made this with whole wheat flour and Stevia for a healthier option and though it was edible, I would recommend the above version instead. The whole wheat/stevia version came out kind of rubbery.

Mix dry ingredients. Add wet and mix. Then make your pancakes!

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Speaking of Noah Calhoun, I accidentally discovered that the local cinema near here is playing the Notebook on Valentine’s Night. I quickly recruited a friend and bought those tickets ASAP! So, I’m a mere few hours away from seeing Mr. Ryan Gosling on the large screen. Happy Valentine’s Day to me!!

 

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I don’t know where you are but here in Boston, the weather is not pleasant! We went for warm, sunny spring days to gray and dreary. Sometimes, it’s gray,dreary, cool and rainy. Other times, it’s gray, dreary, warm and humid… with the promise of rain. But always gray and dreary.

I’m sick of gray and dreary.

And guess what this weekend’s forecast is suppose to be?

Yeap. You guessed it.  Gray and Dreary! and rainy. Which is going to be super fun during my outdoor concert! Oooor not.

Now, I’m not meaning to bitch here. I’m just setting the stage. I was planning on doing a spring friday favorites, complete with favorite spring shoes and drink and what not. Then, I was going to top it off with a nice very vanilla cupcake recipe with a nice spring twist- sorta.

But, the gray and the dreary are leaving me in a funk. So, I’m going to save the spring post until the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Instead, I’m going to do what any flood blogger would do in a funk. Post some yummy food to eat your emotions away with. Because it’s curl-up-in-bed-and-watch-a-good-movie-while-eating weather, not frolick in flip flops weather.

1. Favorite Store-bought snack: Hail Merry Strawberry Macaroons. Sorta tastes like a strawberry shortcake ice cream pops, minus the gross dairy and chemicals. Propylene Glycol Monoesters, anyone? I think I’ll nab one of these awesome macaroons, instead.

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2. Favorite liquid: Metromint Water in Chocolatemint. Ingredients: water, mint, cocoa essence. That’s it. And it’s amazing. Have I talked about this before? I’m having deja vu…

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3. Favorite Delivery discovery: Angora Cafe in Allston. They have soy fro-yo with pick-your-own toppings. But don’t bother. Just get Late Knight (soy fro-yo, coffee, oreo and cookie dough) and thank me later. “But Erin,”, your saying to yourself “there’s a $15 minimum delivery free and fro yo only costs $5”. Don’t sweat it, son. Order yourself a build-your-own salad for lunch tomorrow and then you have ice cream to eat during your movie AND you can sleep in late cause your lunch is already done. Your welcome.

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4. And what goes really good with Fro-yo and snuggling in bed? Mug Cakes. Yeapers. This is my favorite:

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Chocolate Mug Cake
from Chocolate Covered Katie

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons spelt flour (or white, or Arrowhead Mills gf)(I used regular all-purpose)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar or evaporated cane juice (I used 2 tsp of vegan cane sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stevia packet (or 1 tablespoon more sugar) (I used 1 TBSP palm sugar)
  • 2-3 tsp of vegetable oil or coconut oil (I’ve tried it with oil and also with apple sauce, which CCK said may work. The cake comes out much gummier with apple sauce, though it’s still delicious)
  • 3 tablespoons milk of choice (I used  unsweetned vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients and mix very, very well. Add liquid, stir, then transfer to a little dish, ramekin, or even a coffee mug. Microwave 30-40 seconds. If you don’t want to eat it straight out of the dish, be sure to spray your dish first (and then wait for it to cool before trying to remove it). Otherwise, you can just mix everything in a mug, microwave it and eat it straight from there. I opted to use my favorite mug 🙂

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I’m definitely snacking on this while snuggling up and watching Les Mis. Is there anything better on a gray crappy day?

 5. and of course I can’t leave you without some tunes!

Of Monsters and Men- Little Talk. I’m seeing them on Sunday at the Boston Calling Concert. Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain!!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone!

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Guess what I discovered this week? Spotify’s radio station “The Best Emo Songs of All Time”. I’m absolutely dying right now! I was all about the emo music in high school. I used to listen to Dashboard Confession and Brand New ad nauseam. This was pre-Ipod days, though. I remember sitting on the bus (ugh, if I never have to ride another bus, I’ll die happy) with my CD player and I’d listen to whichever CD I had over and over again. I saw Get Up Kids, Ataris and MXPX live in concert and I’m pretty sure my life was complete when MXPX played GSF live. Ok…maybe I still have a rather large soft spot in my heart for emo music (and Chris Carrabba…) I clearly need to get an Iphone just so I can carry this radio station with me everywhere!

Know what else I discovered this week that has nothing to do with my questionable taste in music (I actually made a Spotify playlist with Drake, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift…who am I?)? That this is Wicked Vegan’s 100th post!! YEAH! I was going to post a quesadilla for this post but I realized, um…a quesadilla isn’t celebratory at all. I need some sprinkles up in this joint!

Enter, the single-serving funfetti cupcake.

Single-Serving Funfetti Cupcake
from Chocolate Covered Katie
yields one cupcake

  • 3 tbsp flour (I used regular all purpose but you could use almost anything: whole wheat, pastry, spelt, etc.)
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • 1tbsp applesauce, oil, pre-melted vegan butter, or a combo (I used coconut because it’s all I had. You could definitely taste the coconut, which was delicious, just warning you)*
  • 1tbsp plus 1 tsp liquid (milk of choice, or water)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp sprinkles (or more or less, as desired)
  • Sweetener (Try 1 tbsp sugar or 1 packet stevia. If you use liquid sweetener, cut back on the other liquid.)

*Note: CCK says “subbing all the oil in a recipe for applesauce will give you a gummier result. Still yummy, but much denser than your traditional cupcake with oil.”

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ingredients and pour into an oiled (or sprayed) muffin pan. Smooth top of batter. Cook for 12-15ish minutes.

For the “frosting”, I was out of Earth Balance so a traditional butter cream was out. Plus, I wanted something fast to go with the recipe. So I just melted about an 1/8th cup of chocolate chips with a tsp of peanut butter in the microwave then swirled my cupcake in it. YUM!

 This came together so fast! I had all the ingredients and it was in the oven in within 5-10 minutes. It totally hit the spot for a fast sweet treat and the best part? You aren’t stuck with a dozen cupcakes! It’s perfect for a cheat day if you’re dieting cause you don’t have to worry about the left overs

For me? I found it perfect for when I was blasting emo music and  eating my emotions regarding my relationship limbo and uncertain future. Cupcakes make everything better. =)

You should be warned that Wicked Vegan’s 1 year birthday is coming up. As is, my birthday and the first day of fall. Expect a few more celebratory cupcakes!

Best part of this post? As I was writing this, Spotify let me know I can post a playlist on a blog. It’s like they know me! So, here’s your playlist for your single cupcake adventures!

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