A cheery way to start the morning, no?

Especially when the mug is filled with coffee and combined with…

  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ banana, added during the last 5 minutes of cooking
  • 1 spoonful crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 spoonful pumpkin butter

I also added a handful of crack Caramel Pirate’s Booty after I had mixed everything together.

I can’t tell you how addicting this stuff is. It tastes like the cereal “Pops” – but 10x better.

Oh! I almost forgot! It’s Blogger Vegan for a Day today! I’m a total sucker for challenges, so when I heard about this – there was no question I was going to participate. Partially because my diet is about 85% vegan anyway. Secondly, because my BEST meals often come when I’m challenged to get creative. Today was no exception…

You already saw my delicious breakfast, that was all vegan friendly.

Lunch was so quick – I almost can’t remember eating it!

Kale with avocado, evoo, and garbanzo beans. I was surprisingly stuffed afterwards – but was worried that I would get hungry later, so I packed a substantial snack.

A few banana slices with pumpkin butter – sandwiched inside a pita.

I ended up eating this about 2 o’clock (about 2.5 hours after my kale lunch) – it was as yummy as it looks. Maybe more so.

I stopped by the store to pick up ingredients for a special dessert (I won’t blame you if you scroll to the bottom of this post to see what it was) – but let me mention my delectable dinner first.

This is half a butternut squash (roasted), filled with a medely of sautéed vegetables: onion, zucchini, carrot, celery, and green pepper, and broiled again. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I was Mmming and Ooohing with every bite. As delicious as it was – it was totally outshined by my unbelievable dessert.

Fudge Babies!!

I kid you not when I say that this is one of the best things I have ever eaten. Ridiculously, insanely, unbelievably good. Just four simple ingredients…

  • 1 ¼ cup Medjool dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tbs. cocoa powder

…all in the food processor for about 3 minutes. Roll into balls. Finished. (Look out familia, these are coming to thanksgiving)

Katie, you are a genius (Not a bad name, either). As of this minute (7 o’clock), I have only eaten one. But that’s all about to change the minute I hit publish. I hear them calling my name…


So, vegan day wrap-up? It was great! I didn’t feel like it was really a stretch for me, but it did inspire some creativity – all with good results. Will I now become a full fledged vegan? No, probably not. As I already said, the majority of my diet is vegan. I like the occasional chicken salad and yogurt mess – but other than that – it seems entirely possible. However, I feel no need to label myself, or my eating habits. I just eat what tastes great and makes me feel fantastic.

I’m off to eat some raw, chocolaty deliciousness. Head over to Katie’s site to check out all of her ah-maaazing raw/vegan creations.

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