Vegan treats for your sweetheart and you this Valentine’s Day

What are you up to this weekend? Busy, right? Just wondering if like us, Valentine’s Day has crept up on you. It’s in a few days!

No worries. It’s not too late to do something truly special. Making something for that special loved one is truly special indeed.

We will share recipes, ideas and provide links to our favorite vegan sweets and dessert sites. We have a recipe for horse treats too. So get ready to rock and scroll!

SIMPLE VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES by Minimalist Baker

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Two Ingredient Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles. By Minimalist Baker. Quick. Easy. Perfect for Gift Giving.


Dana writes
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“These truffles truly are simple, requiring simple methods, 2 ingredients, and no fancy equipment!”

Chop the dark chocolate. Heat coconut milk. Pour over chocolate to melt it. Stir until creamy smooth. That’s the only thing that takes a bit of elbow grease. Or maybe I am simply out of shape. Chill. Scoop into balls. “It’s as easy as that”, adds Dana. And it is.

You can roll them in all sorts of fun and tasty delights like coconut, finely chopped nuts, cacao powder (pictured)  or icing sugar. Then chill.

I found some gold sprinkles. I checked and was delighted to see they are Vegan.

I was also excited because I picked up some small brown gifts bags for $1 each at Target that have glittery hearts on them. Perfect.

And I have some glittery tissue paper in white and red left over from Christmas. How sweet. Sigh. It’s all so romantic.

Here’s the formal list of ingredients.

  • 9 ounces (255 g | 1 1/4 cup) vegan dark chocolate*, very finely chopped (72% cacao or higher)
  • 7 Tbsp (90 ml) light (or full fat) coconut milk, well shaken
  • optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder, or finely ground hazelnuts (for coating)

Full instructions here if you need them »

Next up. Wait until you taste this.

ONE BOWL VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE  by Minimalist Baker

Vegan Chocolate Cake. Minimalist Baker.
One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake. Minimalist Baker.

If you love baking and have a well-stocked vegan pantry you can make this right now — One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake by Minimalist Baker.

Dana has a great tip about working with coconut oil in the comments section. Gently warm it in a microwave. I warm it 20 seconds at a time on medium until I get it at the consistency I want without getting it too hot.

I have never tasted chocolate cake as good as this one.

SWEET LINKS

Here’s the links we promised for more sweet treat Vegan recipes for Valentine’s Day and more.

• Visit Minimalist Baker’s 12 Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts »

• See also Oh She Glows 15 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes »

This chocolate pudding is beyond terrific by Oh She Glows.

Raw Chocolate Pudding. Oh She Glows.
Raw Chocolate Pudding. Image by Oh She Glows via My Vegan Delight. Click image to visit Oh She Glows for the recipe.

Go here for Raw Chocolate Pudding (Vegan + No Added Sugar) »

Raw of course means just what it sounds like it does. It doesn’t require any cooking!

How about breakfast in bed, Vegan style? Check out the link below from One Green Planet.

25 Romantic Breakfast in Bed Ideas for Valentine’s Day »

I have perhaps saved the best for last — and that’s a bold statement.

This recipe comes from my favorite Vegan cook — Richa Hingle. She doesn’t have 800,000 followers for nothing.

You can find it among Richa’s 25 Valentine’s Day Breakfast and Dessert Recipes.

Here it is.

VEGAN CINNAMON ROLLS WITH MAPLE COFFEE ICING by Vegan Richa

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Coffee Icing by Vegan Richa.
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Coffee Icing by Vegan Richa.

So there we have it.

These are our favorite picks for Valentine’s Day this year.

Wait. What about the horses?

HORSE TREATS

Horses love treats. My oh my do they love them. Here’s something for them. Have any peppermint sticks or candy canes left over from Christmas? Crunch them up and put them in this easy and fun recipe. Talk about love!

TRAFALGAR SQUARE BOOKS’ I HEART MY HORSES HORSE TREATS

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 2 tbs corn oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • a ground up peppermint or candy cane can be a nice addition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet (or heart-shaped cupcake tin) well.
  3. In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, corn oil, and molasses together.
  4. Fold in salt, oats, and flour until well mixed.
  5. Scrape the mixture onto the cookie sheet. It will be sticky.Use a sheet of wax paper between the “dough” and a rolling pin and roll out the mixture until it’s between a 1/8 and ¼ thick.Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart into squares after baking.
    Or, roll dough out in the same manner on the cookie sheet and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create Valentine’s-Day-appropriate shapes.
    Keep the bits between the cutouts of the shapes.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  7. Let cool and then using a spatula and table knife break apart square or shapes. The extra “bits” make good treats, too!

Thank you TSB. Oh. They have great horse books too.

Vegan Smoothie Bowls

Green smoothie bowl. Recipe and photograph by Dana at the Minimalist Baker. Scrumptious! Click image to visit her website.
Green smoothie bowl. Recipe and photograph by Dana at the Minimalist Baker. Scrumptious! Click image to visit her website.

We at Advocate From Your Plate are using this recipe to introduce you to a wonderful concept. Smoothie bowls. It’s also a wonderful vegan answer to — what do I eat for breakfast?

Most of us love smoothies and have them as part of our regular diet, or for a fresh and tasty change to our daily eating routine.

We were inspired once again by that fab website by Dana at the Minimalist Baker.

SMOOTHIE BOWLS

Dana writes:

    Have you heard the new thing about smoothies? You can put them in BOWLS. Yes, bowls. Why you ask?

    Because you can make them into even more of a complete meal with the simple addition of a few blend-in ingredients and toppings. Count me in!

    The basic idea, in my opinion, is to make a slightly thicker, more nutritionally-dense smoothie (with things like avocado and nut butter) and then top it with some game-changing ingredients, like coconut, hemp seeds, granola, nut butters, etc. You get the drift.

    Basically, anything in your pantry that will take your smoothie from tide-me-over snack to seriously-substantial meal.

So take your favorite vegan smoothie recipe, pour it into a bowl and add some goodies and away you go.

GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE

Ingredients

Smoothie

1/4 ripe avocado
2 medium ripe bananas, previously sliced and frozen
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries (organic when possible) – use strawberries/raspberries for a greener smoothie, darker berries for a purple smoothie
2 large handfuls spinach (organic when possible)
1 small handful kale (organic when possible), large stems removed
1 1/2 – 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (will depend on if your berries are frozen)
1 Tbsp flax seed meal
Optional: 2 Tbsp salted creamy almond or peanut butter

Toppings
Roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
Granola
Raw or roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
Shredded unsweetened coconut
Fresh berries
Hemp seeds

Hop on over to Dana’s website for Instructions.

Easy Peach Crisp (vegan and GF) by Dana at Minimalist Baker. Click on the image to visit her blog and the recipe. Source photo.
Easy Peach Crisp (vegan and GF) by Dana at Minimalist Baker. Click on the image to visit her blog and get the recipe. Source photo.

And while you are there, check out her mind boggling Easy Peach Crisp. It’s vegan and gluten free.