Nutty For “Nutella” Vegan Milkshake

Nutty For Nutella Milkshake by Vegan À La Mode (Vegan, Gluten-Free and Refined Sugar-Free)

Wondering where I’ve been? Well, I have been living on planet “nutella” since last Sunday. My obsession with vegan “nutella” started when my friend Claire, blogger of Healthy Fare With Claire, posted her recipe for a vegan and refined sugar-free Nutella-inspired chocolate hazelnut spread. Once I saw how decadent it looked, even just drizzled over strawberries, I knew I had to make it. It did not fail to impress me to say the least! From there, I was brainstorming up all sorts of desserts (and even breakfasts!) to use it in. The first on my list was a vegan milkshake that would rival those from KindKreme in Culver City!

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SDSummer Challenge

SDSummer Challenge

I’m excited because today the SDSummer Challenge, hosted by The Seasonal Diet, kicked off! The goal of the SDSummer Challenge is to help participants to stay on track with a healthy diet this summer. The Challenge is 21 days long and all challenges are vegan and gluten-free friendly! Of course I was immediately on board after reading through the challenge packet so I signed up right away! You can join (for free!!) by visiting The Seasonal Diet website.

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Tropical Layered Smoothie

Tropical Layered Smoothie by Vegan À La Mode (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

I’m finally back to posting new content! I had to take a brief hiatus from blogging to focus on finals but I am happy to say I am done with the semester and have received my degree in Fashion Merchandising. It feels so good to be able to get back to blogging and I can’t wait to start sharing more recipes and cruelty-free fashion posts!

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Mother’s Day Brunch

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Usually Monday mornings are rather dreary but today I am full of gratitude and happiness after a wonderful weekend. Friday night, I got to see Ingrid Michaelson, my absolute favorite singer, perform at Humphrey’s By The Bay in Point Loma thanks to my amazing boyfriend who surprised me with the tickets as an early graduation gift. Then, we had a nice lazy Saturday together which was the perfect way to relax before I headed to Newport Beach on Mother’s Day. I celebrated the day with my mom, aunt and grandmother and enjoyed a lovely Sunday brunch True Food Kitchen. I can’t believe I had never eaten at True Food Kitchen given it’s menu is so health conscious in addition to being vegan/gluten-free friendly. We were all very excited to eat there since their menu seriously has something for everyone!

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Easy Gluten-Free Tortilla Pizza

Easy Tortilla Pizza (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

I have never had much success with homemade gluten-free/vegan pizza crusts. Nearly every pizza crust I have attempted has ended up tasting a bit like cardboard to me. I had totally given up on finding the perfect pizza crust recipe until I was recently scrolling through my Instagram feed when I saw an amazing looking pizza posted by Ashley, blogger of Blissful Basil. Ashley used a tortilla as the crust for her pizza and said it only took 15 minutes to cook. I was sold on the idea and headed to the store right away to pick up brown rice tortillas!

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My Favorite Vegan Spots in LA

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This past weekend, I spent another weekend in Los Angeles dining on the best vegan and gluten-free food LA has to offer. I am from the South Bay area of LA which is only about 2 1/2 hours from San Diego (where I currently live) so I frequently take weekend trips to visit my family and friends. I always feel so fortunate to not only to be so close to home but to also get to have a huge variety of dining options for when I’m in town. I’ve rounded up my favorite spots for plant-based eating in LA. Be sure to let me know what your favorite vegan-friendly restaurants are in the comments!

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Gluten-Free Brownie Sundae

Gluten-Free Brownie Sundaes

If you read my previous post on The OSGCookathon I did with Emily Vaughn of Puppies and Peanut Butter, you already know that I discovered the most amazing brownie recipe. Although I have been vegan and gluten-free baking for about a year now, I had never been successful veganizing brownies. With every attempt, I would always end up with brownies that tasted good but would crumble apart. Finally I was finally rewarded with perfectly firm and fudgy brownies once I tried the Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Brownie recipe from The Oh She Glows Cookbook! My only complaint… they are completely addicting! My boyfriend and I ate the whole batch within 3 days. But before devouring them, we put them to great use in a classic brownie sundae.

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The OSGCookathon

Glo BarsAbout a week ago, Emily of Puppies and Peanut Butter, approached me about doing a cooking collaboration revolving around The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon. We both have a love for Angela Liddon’s recipes and had just received her cookbook. I soon learned that Emily was also a big believer in following a balanced vegan diet that moderates healthful recipes with occasional indulgences. Given that The Oh She Glows Cookbook is chalk full of whole foods plant-based recipes, we were both eager to dive into it. Her idea was that we could both make the same recipes then share with each other how the process went, what substitutions we made and how the end result of each recipe was. I was already having so much fun cooking my way through The Oh She Glows Cookbook but knew it would be so much more enjoyable if I had someone to share the experience with. Thus the OSGCookathon was born! I could not wait to begin the process.

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Rainbow Noodles with Lemon Tahini Sauce

Rainbow Noodles

Lately, my favorite meals are loaded with greens and veggies and topped with a lemon tahini drizzle. This meal was created on a night when the refrigerator was full of fresh veggies that hadn’t been put to use yet. I pulled out all of the vegetables and a pack of brown rice noodles and set out to create a deliciously nutritious and easy meal. There really is no need to measure out your greens or vegetables so just add whatever amount you desire! Feel free to substitute or add any other vegetables you have on hand such as carrots, zucchini, kale, etc.

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Vegan Cookie Dough Balls

Cookie Dough Balls from The Oh She Glows Cookbook (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

These cookie dough balls have been my latest obsession… I love them so much that I’ve already made a second batch even though I made the first batch on Tuesday! The recipe comes from The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon which is my absolute favorite cookbook. If you don’t own it, you can order it online. I promise you won’t regret it! Since receiving my copy, I’ve been making at least 3-4 recipes from the book per week and I have loved every single one.

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