Easter Bunny Cupcakes (Vegan)

It is Wednesday. Sunny out. I just got home from a morning of errands and walking and sunglasses. Waltzed in the door and dove right into my platter of these Easter Bunny Cupcakes in the fridge. Devoured two. With a big glass of hydrating water. And I feel really good about that. But why? I mean, cupcakes for lunch?? Madness. Well my friends, these fluffy, spring-y gems are pretty healthy on the cupcake spectrum. (Pssst. Don't tell the kids, but they are almost like muffins masquarading as cupcakes..) So I'm happy about that. But basically, they just taste crazy good.

Easter Baking. These colorful vegan cupcakes are a great plant-based alternative to egg dying around Easter time. Fluffy almond-coconut cupcakes (that are dense and awesome enough to double as plain old muffins) are topped with a super simple, coconut whip frosting, dyed in a pretty array of pastel colors -- all from plants!

Get the recipe and have a rainbow platter of your very own..


Avocado Toast + Citrus Cumin Salt

This Classic Avocado Toast with an easy Citrus Cumin Salt is the perfect anytime recipe. Seriously. You can enjoy avocado toast for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner with a few sides. I love it served alongside a sweet potato soup or a colorful salad. Or maybe even topped with some chickpeas or lentils.

You Can Make This. Avocado toast is one of those recipes that pretty much anyone can make. Which is a great thing for newbie chefs and even teens or college students. And bonus, avocado toast is loaded with nourishing healthy fats, fiber and vitamins E, C, K too. Pro-tip: Use a long slice of some hearty bread like whole wheat. This will help you cram on way more avocado goodness. (I used a rye sourdough today.)

Whip up this easy recipe, and try out my bonus topping: Le Pain-inspired salt on top!....


Pizza Dough Recipe

disclosure: The post is sponsored by one of my faves, Bob's Red Mill

Your perfect pizza dough is totally within reach!

If you love pizza, but don't think you can achieve "pizza place" style results with your crust, think again! When you use the right ingredients, your dough will turn out fluffy and easy-to-handle. Your crust will bake up chewy and bubbly and totally delicious. Your perfect pizza crust is ready for topping with sauce and cheese and loads of veggies.

Plus a pizza video, giveaway and FAQs too.

Pizza week HHL continues...


Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

This dairy-free, vegan Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is beyond dreamy. Rich, creamy and gorgeous in a bold periwinkle blue color. All naturally flavored and colored using wild blueberries.

Blueberry Ice Cream. Fruit-themed ice cream skeptics might think that a berry ice cream is a bit boring compared to say chocolate or cookies 'n cream or even cookie dough ice cream. Well trust me guys, give this one a try! It really tastes like cheesecake and is actually pretty darn good for you too...


Vegan Chocolate Pudding (5-Ingredients!)

This creamy, rich, chocolate pudding may look sinfully sweet - but it is actually quite good for you. Rich in plant-based protein from tofu and antioxidants from raw cacao powder. Originally posted in 2011, I am giving this post a 2018 update with some added pics and a how-to video.

One taste and you will see why this decadent pudding or mousse has long been a HealthyHappyLife fan fave! And one of my all time fave recipes as well. You can even totally call this a healthy snack or even breakfast! No-Cook method - just blend and serve. Only 5 ingredients! I also share my current favorite way to spin this recipe...


Spinach-Stuffed Grilled Cheese

Toasty and warm, melty vegan cheese in every bite, this Spinach Stuffed "Popeye" Grilled Cheese is just what you are craving in a decadent yet veggie-accented melty-cheese sandwich.

Spinach Stuffed. Melty Cheese.
Buttery crispy edges of sourdough-rye bread, melty cheddar cheese, a hint of garlic, a slice of juicy yellow tomato and loads of cheezy spinach - this skillet sandwich is packed with flavor! Spinach is a perfect way to load up a grilled cheese with something other than just .. well... cheese.. Get the recipe...

Plus, a few of my favorite green things for St.Patricks Day...


Peanut Butter Candy Cookies

If you are in a baking sort of mood, these Peanut Butter Candy Cookies should do the trick. Peanut butter and chocolate flavor in every chewy, sweet, oh-so-pretty bite. These easy vegan cookies are fast to whip up and look lovely sitting on a plate.

And yes, we live in a world with vegan chocolate-filled, candy-shell-covered, colorful candies, and that is celebration enough for me to do some baking. Happy Monday guys, hope you can try these super delicious cookies!...

(Plus, some post-Oscars movie chatting...)


Vegan "Pizza Cheese" Reviews

As part of pizza week here on the blog, I decided to include a store-bought vegan "pizza cheese" review!

While I have already done a more general big vegan cheese review, I thought it would be pretty cool to see how a few favorite vegan cheeses perform in a side-by-side comparison, on pizza.

Literally side-by-side, as in all on one pizza!

Here are the results...


Mandarin Szechuan Sauce

This is my first Szechuan Sauce, guys. I have been wanting to post this recipe for a long time and finally found space to do so.

This spicy-sweet Mandarin Szechuan Sauce is easy to make and loaded with complex flavor. I love it over top fluffy broccoli florets and tofu. Rice or quinoa is a nice touch too. Get the recipe...


Easy Pizza Sauce

It's pizza week, here on the blog! And I am going to be rolling out a few recipes to make your DIY pizza nights the BEST they can be. Fluffy, chewy, bubbly crust. A few flavor-enhancing toppings and of course the perfect pizza sauce...

Today, I am sharing my easy recipe for a DIY Pizza Sauce! This sauce is vegan, flavorful and can be whipped up in just a few minutes using ingredients that you can keep on hand in your pantry. This thick, herb-scented, warming sauce is better than anything I have ever found in a store. And really, making your own sauce is half the fun of pizza night. Never feel the need to buy a pre-made jar again. You and your family can totally make this in a flash. Get the recipe and stay tuned for more of "pizza week!"..


Spring Pasta (Mushroom Asparagus)

This Spring Pasta is a vegan, one-skillet meal that is loaded with hearty mushrooms and perky green asparagus. Garlic, lemon and a hint of pesto. Optional buttery avocado slices on top too. So much flavor and texture and yes-ness in each bite of this sunny, seasonal recipe..

..Yes-ness isn't a word. But this pasta. It's just loaded with yes, so, yes-ness it is.

The Ingredients. Simple faves in here! Mushrooms, asparagus, red onion, garlic and a very light pesto sauce accent.

We made this skillet for dinner a few nights ago and were so in love with the one-bowl nature of the meal and all the flavors that I knew I had to make it again for the blog. My favorite thing about this dish is how simple it is to prepare, yet how fancy it feels! One skillet dinner, coming up!..


Vegan Parmesan Sprinkle

Recipes for Vegan Parmesan Sprinkle are so incredibly simple. But very worth taking a look at here on the blog. Mostly because there are a few ways you can make vegan Parm! I am excited to share with you a few recipes, plus my very favorite version. My Vegan Parmesan Sprinkle recipes ahead!..