Texas Style Vegan BBQ

Vegan Texas BBQ by Brand New Vegan

by Chuck Underwood | Brand New Vegan

Chuck Underwood writes:

“Having lived in the Pacific Northwest for the last 15 years or so, I have missed a good BBQ Sandwich immensely.  Until yesterday that is when I opened up the fridge and spied a carton of ….


You don’t have to be from Texas to enjoy this. Hop on over to Chuck’s website to learn how to make this delectable BBQ. Here are the ingredients you will need:


  • 8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1/2 White Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 Jalapeño (minced)
  • 2 Tbs Vegetable Broth (to saute)
  • 2 cans Tomato Sauce (8oz cans)
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 2 Tbs A1 Sauce
  • 1 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

— BBQ Sauce

Underwood recommends the homemade BBQ sauce recipe by Gimme Some Oven. Her BBQ sauce recipe is not vegan, but Underwood has “veganized” it for you (about half way down the page). You will go crazy for it.

There’s more.

— Mustard Cole Slaw

Underwood tells us:

“Cole slaw on top of your pulled pork sandwich is a Carolina thing, I know that.  But it is GOOD so I am adding it to my recipe.  If you’re not into cole slaw, simply leave it off and chow down on the amazing BBQ you just made.”

How To Make It

“Shred about 1/4 of a cabbage into long strips. I also shredded a carrot too and about 1/2 of a red onion. Add about 1/8 of a teaspoon of celery seed, 2 full tablespoons of Dijon Mustard, and maybe 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Stir that around real good until all the veggies are evenly coated.”

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Is beer vegan? No, you are not going to have to learn to make your own. There are loads of delicious brews out there.

Check out Vegan.com’s “A Guide to the Best Vegan Beers“. In the meantime . . . .

Here are some of the world’s bestselling beers, all of which are vegan. Yes sir! And ma’am.

  • Budweiser and Bud Light (USA)
  • Coors and Coors Light (USA)
  • Miller Original and Genuine Draft (USA)
  • Lite beer from Miller (USA)
  • Heineken (Netherlands)
  • Beck’s (Germany)
  • Corona (Mexico)

Who loves ya? Bye y’all!

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It’s sweet to be a sweet vegan

Featured Image Trio. Sweet to Be Sweet.

Here are some delightful ways to satisfy that craving for something sweet. Let’s start with a drinks shall we to get us in the mood for baking. And not just any drink. It’s all the rage right now — veganized!

Vegan Dalgona Coffee (TikTok)

Image: CultureWhisper.com.

To make the TikTok whipped coffee (aka dalgona coffee) vegan, all you need is instant coffee, vegan friendly sugar (we use Sugar in the Raw; use your favourite), and plant-based milk! Oat milk is vegan milk of choice at the moment even though they all work wonderfully.


  • Instant coffee (both regular and decaf work) *do not use regular coffee grinds*
  • Granulated vegan friendly sugar
  • Hot water
  • Unsweetened soy or oat milk
  • Ice cubes

Making It

Add the instant coffee, sugar and water to a bowl and whisk vigorously (or use a hand blender if you have one to make it a much easier process) until the mixture becomes superthick. It it should hold a similar consistency to whipped cream with somewhat stiff peaks, and a lovely golden-brown color. 

Pour milk into a tall glass filled with ice cubes, then scoop the pillowy mixture on top of the cold milk. You can also mix the two parts together.

Instagram Treats

Ready to make some sweet treats? We have a four ingredient freezer recipe (one of the ingredients being a pinch of salt), and a delicious lemon meringue oven baked recipe. Let’s go!

Freezer Recipe

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[RECIPE👇🏻] Another super quick and easy treat that calls for 4 ingredients only! 🍫Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Fudge🍫 by @nadiashealthykitchen ——————————————————— 💥DISCOVER! My Fat Burning SECRETS And 28 Day Challenge! LINK IN BIO💥 🤩 Tag a friend who would love this recipe!⠀ 🤩 Follow @veganbossladyofficial for healthy, simple, VEGAN and RAW VEGAN recipes that will help you lose weight & feel great!⠀ 🤩 All rights & credits reserved to their respective owner.⠀ ——————————————————— . Super delicious and gooey using healthier ingredients, yet still tastes so indulgent 😋😋😋 . Recipe👇🏻 13 (250g) pitted medjool dates 1/2 cup (120ml) tahini Pinch of salt 200g dark chocolate, melted Add the dates, tahini and salt to a food processor and blend until combined. Press into a loaf tin (I used a 22×12 cm loaf tin). Freeze for 1-2 hours.  Slice into 12 even pieces and dip into the melted chocolate insuring each piece of fudge is fully covered. Allow the chocolate to set. Enjoy! . @veganbossladyofficial 👈🏻 @veganbossladyofficial 👈🏻 @veganbossladyofficial 👈🏻 . . . #veganfoodie #vegans #veganlife #veganhealth #eatvegan #plantbaseddiet #eatmoreplants #wholefoodplantbased #veganinspiration #veganfoodblogger #thevegansclub #justvegan #vegandaily #easyvegan #vegandiet #poweredbyplants #vegains #vegainz #plantbasedmuscle #plantfueled #plantbasedfitness #meatfreeathlete #veganactivist #veganvibes #plantbasedfoodie #veganfoodshares #veganinspo #veganfoodspot #healthyvegan

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Oven Baked Treat

GET THE RECIPE — We searched the recipe for you. Here’s the link to it at Little Blog of Vegan.

Several of us at the Fund for Horses have made the above, and they are truly delicious. Thank you for being part of Veganation . . . !

Updated: Picture changes 19/5/20.

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Hummus anyone?

We imagine you already know what hummus is, but just in case!

HUMMUS is a dip, spread, or savory dish made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can also be found in most grocery stores in North America and Europe.

Here is a fabulous, traditional hummus recipe video, followed by four super tasty hummus variations from Instagram (originally posted by Dr.Vegan), another variation using sesame oil (pictured above and “kid friendly”), and a couple of Q&A’s at the end. Enjoy!

Update 5/3: Don’t have a food processor or blender? See How to Make Hummus without a Blender“.

Three Ingredient Hummus from Nazareth

Hummus Four Ways

How about some Lentil hummus? The green pea hummus is out of this world by the way, great on crackers.

Hummus with Sesame Oil

This recipe is from The Spruce Eats. They write:

Traditional hummus recipes include tahini (sesame paste,) but it’s possible to substitute it with sesame oil instead. Some people find tahini to have too strong of a flavor and children, especially, sometimes dislike the subtle bitter undertones of it. But using sesame oil is a good alternative for giving hummus its creamy texture without the unwanted tahini.

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (or garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained and towel dried)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic (peeled and crushed)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 to 3 tablespoons water (warm)


In a food processor, blend the chickpeas, lemon juice, and olive oil. Add the garlic, cumin, salt and black pepper, then the sesame oil and water. Blend until you have a smooth paste. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if mixture is too dry for your liking. Serve warm or at room temperature with fresh vegetables or pita bread for dipping.

How to Make Hummus without a Blender

So if you’re off the grid, and don’t have access to a blender or food processor, the magic ingredient in your blender free hummus is… use a potato masher!

Make it in a saucepan rather than a bowl. This way you can get the masher right down into the corners. Avoid using a pan with a non stick coating though, as you could end up damaging the pan and eating that non stick coating. Not tasty. Visit source at Hedgecombers.com »

Is Hummus Healthy?

We are not nutritionists, and do not pretend to be. In case you are wondering if hummus is healthy, here is one view from Stack.com, “Is hummus actually healthy?

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A serving of hummus is only about 2 tablespoons, making it a food most people chronically overeat. But if you can limit yourself to roughly the serving size, hummus is quite healthy. Not only is it high in fiber and protein, it’s also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Moderation in all things is an idea that stands the test of time, right? Two tablespoons though?

Is Hummus Vegan?

Hummus is usually made by blending chickpeas with oil, tahini and seasoning, so it tends to be vegan-friendly. However, if you’re buying hummus from a store, it’s always best to check for unexpected non-vegan ingredients like milk powder or honey.

Love and Hummus

Check out this website for a bit of fun, and loads of information: http://loveandhummus.com/

Updated 5/30/2020 4:45 pm.

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Featured Image: Hummus Made with Sesame Oil via Spruce Eats.

Quarantine cookies

Three Ingredient Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Have you ever come across a recipe and thought, ooh I would love to make that, then reviewed the ingredients and saw all the extra shopping you would have to do. Well, that won’t happen here (we hope).

Just about everybody has oatmeal, peanut butter and a banana hanging around (there is an option to make these without the banana too). And maybe even a bag of chocolate chips lurking in the back of a cabinet. That’s why we are calling them quarantine cookies (or did we pinch that from someone else? — never mind!).

You can eat these all the day, and all of the night.

by The Big Man’s World

These healthy banana oatmeal breakfast cookies are made with peanut butter and no flour, but you’d never tell! Rolled oats, banana, and peanut butter are combined to make thick and chewy cookies. No eggs, no sugar and an option to make this without banana! 


To make these oatmeal breakfast cookies, you only need THREE (or 4!) ingredients-

  • Rolled or Old fashioned oats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Banana
  • Chocolate Chips (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix very well, until fully combined. If using chocolate chips, stir them in with a spatula.
  • Lightly wet your hands and form 8 balls with the cookies. Place each ball on the lined mat, and press each ball into a cookie shape. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly golden on the edges. Remove from the oven. 
  • Allow cooling on the mat for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 


3 Ingredient Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free) should be kept refrigerated and will keep for 5 days. They are freezer-friendly, for up to two months.

Oatmeal & alternatives

Gluten-free rolled oats (old fashioned oats) are the best type of oats to use, as it provides the best chewy texture, and helps hold the cookies together. Quick oats and oat bran will also work, but you will need to increase the amount by an extra tablespoon or two.

To make these cookies without oatmeal, you can substitute it for quinoa flakes or buckwheat flakes. I wasn’t a fan of the buckwheat flakes, as it had a really chewy, almost nutty texture. 

Peanut butter alternatives

As a die-hard peanut butter fan, I LOVED these breakfast cookies, as the peanut butter flavor was really evident. 

However, I know many readers can’t tolerate peanut butter or aren’t a fan of it. You can substitute it with almond butter or even cashew butter.

To keep it nut-free, sunflower seed butter and smooth tahini can also be used. 

How to make oatmeal cookies without banana 

Again, I’m a huge banana fan, especially at breakfast, so I was fine as it was.

However, I tested it out with unsweetened applesauce and pumpkin. Both of these work fine, but you’ll need to take note of the changes below.

The best banana substitute is using both applesauce AND pumpkin. The applesauce will provide a slight sweetness, and the pumpkin helps keep the cookies firmer. However, you will need to add some sweetener, like granulated monk fruitswerve or even liquid stevia. 

Tricks for perfect cookies

Don’t be afraid to add more oats if you find the batter to be too thin. This is often due to the amount of mashed banana used. 

Definitely add some chocolate chips, for a little fun. I prefer using mini chocolate chips, as they spread evenly, but standard sized chocolate chips work well too. 

Use a cookie mat to bake the cookies on, for easy removal. If you use a cookie sheet, ensure you lightly grease it.

When it comes to storage of the breakfast cookies, PLEASE refrigerate them. I tried leaving these cookies out at room temperature and after 2 days, it really lacked flavor and even started to spoil. These cookies can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

These breakfast cookies are definitely freezer friendly too! They can be kept frozen for up to 2 months, just be sure to thaw overnight before eating! 

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Updated 9:36 pm

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