Vegan Root Beer Float

Horses with Hats On. Richard Mayfield.

Hey there. Summer’s definitely arrived where we are. So we started thinking ice cream. Then we started thinking ice cream floats. In my case, a root beer float. But can you make a root beer float that’s vegan? Yes! With this.

LIVE Kombucha Root Beer (vegan). Click image to visit website.

ROOT BEER

My daughter searched the world wide web for vegan root beer, and she found one. Fortunately you can get it in Texas. It’s called LIVE’s Kombucha Root Beer.

I checked out the ingredients (naturally):

Organic Raw Kombucha (Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Tea, Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Evaporated Cane Juice, and Organic Kombucha Culture Fermented in Purified Water), Natural Flavors, Organic Stevia Extract (Natural Sweetener).

When you see “organic sugar” fret not. See end of post.

But LIVE products are so terribly expensive. Walmart sells it but you’ll have to go in, and they are frequently out of stock. The stuff goes fast. We got the last they had! Amazon will deliver it free but it’s right at $60 for 8 12-oz bottles.

We can’t afford this all the time. So we looked again. Gotcha! Coca Cola saves the day. Barq’s is vegan. They explain how:

If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, you should know that a few of our drinks do contain small traces of fish gelatine (which is used as a stabiliser for the beta-carotene colour). These drinks are Lilt, Lilt Zero, Kia-Ora Orange Squash No Added Sugar and Schweppes Orange Squash.

ICE CREAM

We love SoDelicious. Use your fave vegan brand.

RECIPE

Ha, ha! No recipe. You already know how to make a root beer float. Use your preferred ratio of ice cream to root beer in a tall glass. We say ice cream first though so the root beer when poured in goes all foamy and stuff.

RELATED DRINKING

Check this out. The Minimalist Baker’s Vodka Root Beer Float! She uses coconut ice cream. Yes! Recommended for 21 and over. Wink!

That does it. Have a super superb weekend. See y’all again next week.


REFINED CANE SUGAR VS ORGANIC SUGAR

While bone char is used to bleach and filter cane sugar, not all cane sugar is refined with bone char. Some companies rely on alternatives like granular carbon, which does not contain animal products, during the filtering process. Organic sugar does not use bone char. So we’re safe.

See more at https://ordinaryvegan.net/vegansugar/

Sweet things

Hey there, I have some really sweet things for you sweet things this week. I pulled them off Instagram, which you can easily view on your phone, and your laptop too!

My daughter eats this endlessly. It is yummy for sure.

Carrot cake baked oatmeal

Vegan Richa

Wait till you get a load of how quick and fun this is.

This is one of those hurry up I gotta have chocolate right now things and I don’t want it to take forever or make a big mess doing it.

Vegan Chocolate "Mug" Cake by The Vegan 8.
Vegan Chocolate “Mug” Cake by The Vegan 8.

Sometimes my daughter and I are watching T.V. together, and we both suddenly turn and look at each, burst out in one of those huge, ear to ear smiles, stare and go Mmmmmmmmm. That’s the cue. Then we jump up and run to the kitchen to make this.

Insta recipe coming up . . . ! Right here.

Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

The Vegan 8

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE with all 5🌟 blog reviews. If you check out my stories, you’ll see my baby girl making this mug cake all by herself. She literally measured it all using the scale by herself, I just watched and guided her. Starting her on those Baker skills early 😉 Mug cakes get a bad rap for either being dry and tasteless (I’ve tasted some bad ones 🤣) or soooo moist that they taste goopy and underbaked 🤮, but this one is fluffy, moist and perfect. It is hard to believe it is gluten-free, oil-free and the texture of a real cake! Truly, it is the most delicious chocolate mug cake recipe. Only 8 ingredients and ready in 5 minutes! Link to recipe in profile! https://thevegan8.com/vegan-chocolate-mug-cake-gluten-free/ #veganchocolate #chocolatecakes #vegancake #veganchef #plantprotein #veganprotein

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Up next! Some much needed decadence.

This is so sinful I am sure it will be in Hell behind thick glass where the residents can see it but not get at it ha, ha ha. They can only long for it.

Oreo Cupcake

Didn’t I tell ya?

Wacky Vegan Mixed Marriage and Child

Remember I told you I was going to talk about what it’s like to be in a mixed marriage where everybody has all sorts of ways they think is right to eat and cook, and what it’s like to try to live and let live with that. It is doable because we did it . . . um, are doing it.

I did start writing it up, but I was called at the last minute to do a course for work when someone suddenly dropped out and a space opened up for me.

But I have started it. It’s got some fun moments, to me anyway, but is serious too. Diet is everything. You gotta eat but what are you going to eat, and what difference does it makes? Depends on whose perspective you are looking out from, right?

I think you’ll like it.

Hugs P@tsy

Happy National Donut Day tomorrow

I know. I know. I KNOW! It’s Thursday and not Wednesday. 

And I so wanted to post yesterday because tomorrow June 7th is National Donut Day and I wanted you to be armed and ready. You may still have time to bake your own.

Vegan Donut Recipes

There are so many recipes for great vegan donuts you can make yourself.

All the recipes I have are for baked donuts so a donut baking pan is needed.

I have been gifted and re-gifted with donut baking pans over the years, so I have oodles even though I keep giving the darn things away.

Perhaps right now you have one or two lurking in the back of a cupboard you have forgotten about. Yank that baby out and give one of the recipes in the link below a try.

Sticky Orange Olive Oil Baked Donuts by Virtual Vegan.
Sticky Orange Olive Oil Baked Donuts by Virtual Vegan.

My fave is the one featured above. It is sweet and citrus-y and marvelous. How fun to bake in the early hours of the morning when all are asleep.

See Sticky Orange Olive Oil Baked Donuts at A Virtual Vegan »

My Darling Vegan

My Darling Vegan is where the fantastic Maple Bacon Donuts comes from that are my husband’s very, very favourite. He can eat six or seven in one day.

Lucky for him, my daughter bakes them for him whenever he wants. But he’s been on a diet lately, kinda sorta. If he were vegan (I generously nag him) he wouldn’t need to lose weight and he knows it. Ha ha ha. Good try, right?

Look out below. Yesssssssssss!

Vegan maple donut with coconut bacon by My Darling Vegan.
Vegan maple donut with coconut bacon by My Darling Vegan.

These  are lightly baked and finished with a sweet maple glaze and crispy coconut bacon for a delicious morning pastry.

See Vegan Maple Donut with Coconut Bacon recipe by My Darling Vegan »

Oh, by the way, that reminds me. I am working on a post for y’all. It’s about our mixed marriage and how we work it out. I am vegan. My daughter is vegan. My husband is not vegan. He’s not even vegetarian. None of his buddies are vegan or vegetarian. Neither are my daughter’s.  But it works, and I am going to tell you why. You may be surprised! But that’s for later.

Donut Crafting

Donut crafting? For real? Oh yes. Check it out. There’s decorating ideas, donut games and all sorts of other donut fun for National Donut Day. Kids love it.

See https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/ »

See You Soon

Thank you for stopping by. See you here again soon I hope. In the meantime, Happy National Donut Day for tomorrow, and my sincerest wishes for a delightful weekend.

HUGS ♥ P@SY

P.S. Sorry for the page mess and the photos overlapping in odd places. I think I’ve got it fixed now. Stuff was embedding all over the place and I couldn’t stop it. Ha ha ha. Bye!

Vegan diet too expensive for your taste?

Hey, it’s Patsy. Okay, it’s time to talk dollars and cents, or dollars and sense, when it comes to the vegan diet. It’s so doable on any budget. But you may not have thought so reading my posts.

I’ve been guilty as heck when it comes to posting recipes. Some of the ingredients are hard to find, and when you can find them they are hard on the pocketbook. My bad! But cooking is my hobby, and I lavish money on it like most people do with their favorite pastime. So I promise to do better, starting right now.

Too Darn Expensive? Nah!

Many people considering a vegan diet think that it would be too darn expensive to do all the time. Like everything, it is a matter of taste, how important eating is to you — do you live to eat or eat to live? How much can you and willing to spend? I think those questions apply to any kind of diet, don’t you?

Whichever, you can just eat loads of vegetables, grains and fruits which are very satisfying and make you feel great. Omitting only animal products. No meat. A no brainer statement right? You can find meat replacements in the freezer section — everything from vegan hot dogs to bacon to . . . well, you get the picture. Browse it sometime to see what if anything appeals. The costs are nothing like they used to be when I started out 12 years or so ago. I was a vegetarian before that.

What about other animal products such as dairy? Nut based “milks” were expensive but with increase in demand the prices there have come down. I make my own. Not sure it saves a lot of money for me it’s fun.

Cookbook

I have picked out some starter cookbooks with tasty, easy on the budget recipes. I will pass them along over the next few weeks, one at a time. Don’t want to overwhelm y’all.

So here’s today’s pick coming up. After that, I’ll show you a most awesome pasta recipe from it. We can’t get enough of it at my house. So easy to make; so easy to find the ingredients (smile). But first the cookbook!

The Frugal Vegan

Frugal Vegan Cookbook Cover.
Frugal Vegan Cookbook Cover. Click image to shop at Amazon.

As of this writing, you can get it at Amazon in paperback, a spiral-bound (love it) version, and it’s also available on kindle.

Richa Endorsement

“The love of easy and comforting food shines in Frugal Vegan. With smart ingredient swaps to help you work with your pantry and preferences, and beautiful photography throughout, this book has recipes that are accessible, exciting and delicious.”

— Richa Hingle, bestselling author of Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen

Whole Wheat Penne with Avocado Pesto and Peas

Wow. So, how about that recipe? Look. Yummmmmmm!

Well Vegan’s Whole Wheat Penne with Avocado Pesto and Peas by Kate Kasbee. Click to visit recipe.

I fix this for my family all the time who happen to love, love, love pasta. And avocado. My little girl adores peas. My husband is always, always happy to see me putting this on the table. Got you hooked?

Kate Kasbee who wrote the recipe for Well Vegan says :—

Ever since I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I’ve been a lot more conscious of creating meals with a healthy balance of carbs, protein, and fat. These are called macronutrients, or macros for short, and they all play important roles in our health. I’ve been paying special attention to protein and fat lately. Can I just say that it’s a shame how fat has gotten such a bad rap over the last 20 years? I recently learned that the brain is made up of 60 percent fat, which goes to show how important it is to include in our diets — as long as its not in the form of french fries and processed foods, of course.

Did you know that about the brain?

This 15-minute pasta dish is brimming with brain food and plenty of plant-based protein to curb cravings and build lean muscle. Finish it off with a sprinkle of hemp seeds for an extra boost of protein, healthy fat, and fiber, adds Kate.

I don’t know about you, but I can use all the brain food I can get. Hahahaha. Yes!

Ingredients

Main
2 cups whole wheat penne
1/2 cup avocado pesto (recipe follows)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed and warmed
2 Tbsp. hemp seeds, for garnish (optional)

Avocado Pesto
2 avocados
1 .75-oz. package fresh basil leaves
2/3 cup salted sunflower seed kernels
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 tsp. sea salt
A few twists of black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil

Go here for the recipe and more.

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I did it. Hooray! See you again soon. Hugs, Patsy

P.S. Go to the Well Vegan website for their Vegan Meal Planner »