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Sunny Blues Breakfast Cookies

If you made my DIY sunflower butter, which I hope you did because it is super yummy, you might have a bit leftover in a tub in your fridge right now. Like I did. Well I decided to test out my sun butter for cookies. Because that was one of my main reasons for making nut-free butter - to make sure sun butter could easily take the place of peanut or almond butter in cookies for kids who might be allergic.

Well, I was thrilled when these vegan Sunny Blues Breakfast Cookies turned out to be dee-li-she-oh-so. Like really good guys. Rich from all the sun butter, creamy and textured from the banana and oats and super nutty and fluffy. Like a muffin top. Gluten-free too! Plus they have plump and juicy blueberries for added nutrition and maximum yum factor. Give these a try and have cookies for brekky!..


The Best Sunflower Butter! (for People Who May Not Like Sunflower Butter...)

I recently chatted with a friend about how her five year-old daughter who is deathly allergic to peanuts, is now also allergic to almonds. My mind quickly went to "What will she have on her sandwiches and in her nut butter cookies??"

I felt awful for this sweet, wide-eyed, feisty little girl especially because I have always, always hated the go-to nut butter alternative: Sunflower Seed Butter. Well, until now that is. This stuff in insanely yummy, and I share both a silky, light, oil-free version -- and a thicker, chunky, richer version. Blend up some yummy Sun Butter today and fall back in love. Fun in the sun..


THAT Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Chef: Vegan Version! + giveaway!

This is not your everyday, kinda-cheezy-but-still-mostly-healthy, vegan grilled cheese sandwich. This vegan grilled cheese with toasty, buttery layers of bread hugging melty, swirling American and provolone cheeses is a grilled-cheese-sandwich-lover's kind of sandwich. Your nutritional conscience might be wagging its finger at you, but I promise that after your first bite of this toasty bliss, you will not care. Get my recipe and WATCH me make it in a how-to video! Plus, see what movie inspired this post! ... AND enter a giveaway to win a HUGE sampler pack of the vegan cheese I used..


Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

Break into a warm, steamy, fluffy, homemade, melty-chocolate-chip-filled, vegan Chocolate Chip Muffin and I promise your day will be a little bit cozier. Fresh from the oven, these classic muffins are delicious as a snack or sweet treat. I love one paired with a steamy mug of chai tea or a frothy soy latte. Let the aroma of vanilla, nutty oats, chocolate chips and a hint of peanut butter says hello to your senses. Plus get my parchment paper jumbo muffin trick..


My First Time at SXSW in Austin!

Last week I had an amazing experience traveling to Austin Texas to attend South by Southwest 2015, aka SXSW. I submitted my "vegan meetup" session to the panel picker and I was thrilled when it was chosen to be an official SXSW event. So having never been to Austin or SXSW before I packed up a bag and flew out to Texas for an adventure...