Healthy Happy Life

DIY Fresh Pineapple DOLE Whip


disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of my 2015 DOLE ambassadorship.

Raise your hand if you have tried Disney's iconic swirled frozen dessert, DOLE Whip?

*raises hand*

If you did raise your hand, you will know just why I am showcasing this sensually swirled, perky pineapple, sweet and silky dessert. DOLE Whip is so cravable that you basically need a DIY, copycat recipe.

If you did not raise your hand, well here is a little taste of the wonderment of DOLE Whip. And I hope one day you can find yourself in line (probably a long, long line) to try the real thing. But for now, this frosty fresh pineapple recipe is pretty fabulous!

Get my recipe, plus all the fun details for this summer's DOLE Get Up and Grow Tour - coming to a city near you!..

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Dreena's Cinnamon French Toast. Cookbook Review + Giveaway


Today I am happy to be sharing a delicious recipe from Dreena Burton's new cookbook, Plant Powered Families! Plus I chat about my fave meal of the day and family meals. And you can enter a giveaway to win a copy of PPF!..

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Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake.


Chocolate Layer Cake is a dessert recipe that I think we can all agree on, yes? This vegan version uses my fluffy vegan chocolate buttercream frosting, and a bit of my fudge frosting in the center as well. This rich and super decadent dessert is perfect for a birthday, celebration or midnight-fridge-cake-snacking cravings. If you are not afraid of a little chocolate and vegan butter, press on to get my recipe. And do not forget a big fork!..

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Bagel Pizzas, a la Lemon.


Bagel pizzas must be stopped. They must be stopped I am telling you. They are just too good. Too amazing. Too easy to make. Too tempting to devour once they are staring you in the face with their satiny marinara pizza sauce, glistening melty vegan cheese and crusty, oven-toasted bagel base. Too good. Too easy. Too much.

Bagel pizzas must be stopped.

Or not.

Sigh. OK. I give in. I give up. I will drape my arm dramatically over my forehead as you hand me a platter of bagel pizzas. Lets just call them dinner and be on with it. My Vegan Bagel Pizzas a la lemon coming up...

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Two Vegan Frostings: Chocolate Buttercream and Chocolate Fudge


Two vegan chocolate frosting recipes to share with you! One is a fudge frosting made using melted chocolate, the other is a fluffy buttercream frosting using cocoa powder and generous amounts of vegan butter..

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My Book Party! Celebrating Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen. {PHOTOS}


I am not a party planner. But I played one in real life .. for this amazing party. My Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen book party. I found myself so proud of my new cookbook, and grateful for my community of friends here in Los Angeles that I knew I wanted to throw a book party to celebrate.

Now the big question was: how does one do that?? Throw a book party?

Luckily, I had some advice, help and inspiration along the way and everything came together even more beautifully than I had imagined. So I am more than happy to share my book party photos with you guys!..

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Easy Turmeric Bean Burgers with Spicy Secret Sauce + Melty Vegan Cheese.


Is it the weekend yet? Is it summer yet? Because all I can think of is veggie burgers, warm nights, sunsets, aqua water, the smell of coconut sunscreen, flip flops, sunbeams, sand in my toes, freshly sliced watermelon, smoothies, sunglasses, blue skies, adventures, road trips, laughing faces, hot pink tank tops, ice cream parties, hiking, grilled veggies, dipping sauces and oh, did I mention veggie burgers?? Because that was actually where I was going with this little side road daydream run-on sentence. Yes, burgers.

Veggie burgers. Easy. Amazing. And oh so freaking fantastic.

Every time i make veggie burgers I wonder why I do not just eat veggie burgers all day every day.

And these Easy Turmeric Bean Burgers with Spicy Secret Sauce are just the thing to carry you into a blissful summertime!.. Let's go.

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Fluffy Amazing Raspberry-Lemon Baked Donuts with Coconut Whip.


These delightful Baked Fresh Raspberry Lemon Donuts are sweetened with just ripe banana and Medjool dates, coconut whip on top. These amazing vegan donuts are baked and gluten free. Give them a whirl for a healthy happy morning!..

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Kathy's Special BBQ Tempeh Bowl


This bowl gets a signature name because I love it so much, and make it so often: Kathy's Special BBQ Tempeh Bowl.

The Goods. Smoky-sweet, blackened tempeh triangles, sweet citrus, caramelized skillet sweet onions, buttery diced avocado, tender sweet potato cubes and a few crunchy California-style sprouts on a bed of baby greens. All that yumminess is drizzled in a super easy vegan ranch dressing. Dinner is done. And delicious!..

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Five Fave Vegan Bag Brands


"Animals are NOT meant to be a part of Fashion. We Can look and feel good without harming other living beings. We need to CONNECT our selves with what goes on behind the scenes." - GUNAS website.

OK, a bit of a departure from food today to discuss something dear to my heart. Bags.

Vegan fashion post! *overly excited look on face*

I am not a fashionista. But I will play one in this post. And seriously, with all the amazing vegan fashion brands blooming in today's world, I sometimes really want to be! You know, trade in my rolling pin for some vegan pumps. My zester for a pencil skirt and some faux leather booties. OK ok, not happening anytime soon. I think I love yoga wear a little too much. But I do try. And I love chatting vegan fashion because I love veganizing fashion essentials in my wardrobe. Like bags!

Fashion is such an important part of a vegan lifestyle and so I want to start sharing a bit more with you guys about some of my favorite vegan lifestyle brands. Vegan shoes are a whole other discussion, but handbags are right up there with shoes in terms of leather-heavy fashion gear. So today, my Five Fave Vegan Bag Brands..

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Green Apple Spice, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars. Date-Sweetened!


You know that moment when you are going way off recipe, experimenting to your heart's delight, and then suddenly you finish your creation and look at it and think to yourself,

"Wait, what is this? What in the world did I just make? Is this going to be edible."

And then (after baking, plating or something else hopeful) you have that next moment when you take a bite and you are like,

"I. Am. A genius."

Well that kind of happened to me today. With these date-sweetened, Green Apple Spice, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars. I wanted to make a date-sweetened oat flour bar, but I had no idea what would accent the base. I grabbed two green apples out of the fridge and a giant container of creamy peanut butter and the rest is history. Or, the rest is this recipe. One bite and I was in!...

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California Avocado Tour + Recipe


Last month, I was north of LA, skipping through an avocado grove. It was like guacamole heaven up there. There is no better way to feel "close" to your food than to actually step foot on the soil that it grows from. And see the trees, bushes and vines where it is plucked. Whether that be by creating your own magical fruit and veggie garden in your yard, visiting local farms in your area or touring farms and factories, just like I did on this tour. Check out my "Farm to Guac" video + photos and get my easy guacamole recipe too!..

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Black Bean Plantain Veggie Burgers with Avocado


Happy May everyone! I promise you summer is JUST around the corner and all those backyard veggie burger bashes are yours to be enjoyed. Well I think Cinco de Mayo is a perfect holiday to kick off my summertime veggie burger spirit. And this new recipe is one I am kind of swooning over.

Get my Black Bean Plantain Veggie Burgers with Avocado recipe!..

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