Chocolate Covered Vegan (yes, you read that right…)

I sought out Chocolate-Covered Vegan to do a post for us after reading her blog for only a short while.

She is funny, smart, FILLED with food knowledge that even this woman who doesnt HEART the kitchen can use and, in a word, CUPCAKETASTIC.

Bookmark her, People. You wont be disappointed.

My name is Chocolate-Covered Vegan. Yes, that means I am a vegan… but just because I’m a vegan doesn’t mean I don’t love tasty food (especially chocolate!). I also love being a Mad Scientist in my kitchen and coming up with new recipes.

Recipe #1: Oatmeal Raisin Pudding

One day last week, this chocolate-covered vegan woke up with a sudden urge to make rice pudding. So she rose groggily from her bed, put on her bunny slippers, and ambled down to the kitchen. Soon the counter was piled high with pudding ingredients-cinnamon, raisins, soymilk, vanilla… now where was the rice? The chocolate-covered vegan searched the shelves, pushed aside boxes, lifted bags, stomped her feet, and pulled her hair, but all to no avail (especially the last two actions).

“How can we not have rice?!” the chocolate-covered vegan asked her two dogs (who liked to hang around the kitchen in case crumbs were ever dropped). Unfortunately, the doggies could not provide an answer about the rice.

The chocolate-covered vegan sighed and was turning to leave the cabinet when, out of the corner of her eye, she spotted that kindly, white-haired Quaker man in the big blue hat staring back at her.

Hmmm. I wonder…

Katie’s Oatmeal Raisin Pudding

2 cups soymilk (such as Vitasoy Light Original, my favorite)
2 cups cooked oatmeal
2 tsps cinnamon
2 Tbs vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
scant 1/4 cup sweetener of choice (or less)

This is so easy: Combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Then turn down to low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pudding is the desired consistency.

The recipe makes 2-4 servings, depending on how big the eater’s appetite is and whether the pudding is being consumed as a meal or a snack.

Recipe #2: Banana Bread in a Bowl

When I’m not in a rush, one of my favorite breakfasts is Banana Bread Blender Cereal. It has all the flavor and nutrition of banana bread, just in a different form. This also makes a great snack.

Banana Bread Blender Cereal

You will need:
1 banana (I use a frozen one, but you don’t have to)
2 tablespoons walnuts
1 cup soymilk (I use Vitasoy Light Enriched)
1 cup flake cereal (such as Arrowhead Mills’ spelt, kamut, or oat bran flakes, etc.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend. Now eat! On a cold morning, try warming this up a bit; the banana gets all caramelized and gooey. Yumlicious!

I know. Love, right?

I’d totally fear Ren Man would run off with CCV (have you seen her?!) and all her fabulous bakingcookingsplendor—-but he doesnt read this blog.

So Im safe.

For a while anyway…


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  1. s says

    the pudding sounds like it would make a sweet breakfast.
    pun intended i guess.

    i also thoroughly appreciated ccv’s life in cupcakes. awesome.

  2. says

    Shhh…don’t tell my wife…I’m heading over to check out CCV (I mean the site!!) (I do!)

    The banana bread blender cereal sound delish!

    And I happen to have an unhealthy relationship with chocolate (well, the dark kind – for all it’s benefits only!!)…CCV sounds like my kind of place!

  3. MizFit says

    I know, huh? her life in cupcakes is pretty amazing.
    which reminds me that I AM HAVING A BIRTHDAY SOON, CCV.
    Ill take 40 cupcakes please. one per year.


  4. says

    How did you KNOW that my vegan boyfriend is currently in danger of eating himself into a cookie coma due to giving up smoking??? I have never been in more need of healthy vegan eats….*races off to site*


    TA x

  5. says

    Oh y’all and your sweet breakfasts. My hubby is taking me out for brekkie today. I’ll probably get some greek skillet type thing with olives and feta. And I’m doing so well on the low crap-carb that I’ll probably skip the toast (why don’t restaurants ever use good bread?).

  6. says

    Awwwww Mizfit! I don’t even know what to say… except that you have not only made my chocolate-covered day, but my chocolate-covered YEAR! You are so sweet and wonderful and… well, there aren’t enough words to express how amazing you are! And if I could find a way to ship cupcakes to you without them getting all ugly and messy, I so would, because you deserve a MILLION!

  7. says

    Can definitely do the oatmeal raisin pudding. Rice in pudding form…not so much. I enjoy rice (really like the brown stuff now) and on occasion can sneak some pudding. Put them both together and I freak out. I think it’s a traumatic childhood thing.

  8. MizFit says

    for some reason I, too, always thought rice pudding would make me gag (sorry pudding lovers….but I did) and yet was pleasantly surprised I loved it.

    because we all know I really needed another sweet thing I love (gazes adoringly at her highly processed oreo doublestuffcookies).

  9. says

    I’m a rice pudding gagger too, but I need to get used to it if I’m going to Cambodia. This might be just the recipe to act as a segue into eating it… also ADORE banana bread, this sound like a tasty variation.

    Anyone who enjoys being a mad scientist in the kitchen is a kindred spirit in my books!

  10. says

    I LOOOOVVVEEEE CCV!! She’s the sweetest girl!

    Now, if you’d like a “what I made for dinner post”, you know who to ask πŸ˜‰

  11. MizFit says

    Id love it, Mara.

    Here’s the guest post deal:

    If you wanna do a post for a thursday the topics may pretty much be WHAT YOU CHOOSE.
    Sure I prefer the food focus since recipes arent my forte (shocker. I know) but also love any sort of THIS IS MY STORY post as well.

    eh, anything as I like to keep things fresh up in herre.

    write post. add a bio/where you would want linked. edit. send to me in a WORD DOC and Ill slot you in as they arrive.

  12. says

    Mmmm… one of the things I missed most when I was a Vegan was chocolate! Wish I’d found her then! I love the banana bread bowl recipe. Will def. have to try it!

  13. says

    oh, yum! Must try the recipes. Thanks for the link. Although I did eat some ground bison last night (my new favorite meat), I do like to try plenty of vegan recipes too. And anyone who calls herself chocolate-covered anything is okay in my book!

  14. says

    I’ll be bookmarking her site for recipe ideas, although it might be tough to convince BK to try any (he’s picky when it comes to healthy stuff).

    And rice pudding is one of my comfort foods.

  15. says

    I adore rice pudding…absolutely adore. I’m not generally a pudding fan, but for whatever reason this is the exception.

    Both these recipes sound pretty yumalicious to me…they sound like a fantastic way to incorporate some soymilk into my diet, which I need to do but am having trouble with because I can’t stand the stuff straight. I’m trying these super-soon. Like, I’m heading to the Healthy Life Market in two hours to pick up the soymilk, which is the only ingredient I don’t already have. :-)

    Thanks, CCV and MizFit!


  16. says

    Love rice pudding, so I will definately have to give this a try!
    Banana bread cereal in the blender? I am skeptical, but will give it a try!

  17. says

    Yum! I have not tried the Vitasoy Light but if CCV endorses it, maybe that is the only thing standing in between me and the Perfect Vegan Recipe. (Hmm…)

    and: the next best thing to cupcakes in the mail is being able to gaze at pictures of them online. Guess where I’m going?

  18. says

    YOU are the very nice one! Seriously, if you’re ever in Dallas, Mizfit, knock on my door and I will make you the cupcakes you deserve. Well, maybe call first so I can have a head start baking them ;o)

  19. Megan says

    Oh wow, thanks for letting me know about this great blog!
    I love her cute santa cookies, on her main page, right under a gorgeous picture of her with her family. You weren’t kidding when you said she was GORGEOUS! Wow!

  20. says

    hmm, not so big on oatmeal raisin anything, but the banana bread smoothie thingy sounds good. i may have to add that one to the recipe file!

  21. says

    Gotta agree that she’s gorgeous. And a good cook. And has a fun personality. Is there anything she can’t do?
    Good call, Mizfit! I’d love to see more guest posts from CCV!

  22. says

    Both recipes look like something(s) I would try. Very similar to something else I make with oats, tofu and some other strange ingredients. Not too fattening and very tasty.
    If you’re in the mood for taste.

  23. says

    Oh I am all over her site. Thanks for pointing her out!

    I went vegan for awhile. It was HARD. I ended up veggie. Still try to eat little meat, but, man, it’s hard to live without.

    This #2 looks extra yummy.

  24. gina (fitnessista) says

    whoo hoo! i absolutely ADORE ccv! how sweet of you to give her some mad mizfit props πŸ˜€
    TO ALL READING THIS: try the banana bread blender cereal. it will change your life.
    haave a wonderful night miz!

  25. says

    ooo how those meals sound devine, I have tottaly given up on being a…but I appreciate all the vegan and vegitarians out there!

  26. says

    There are vegans out there who eat the same boring foods over and over again (but even meat-eaters do that), but it’s also totally true that there are tons of vegans out there that can cook. You just have to put some effort into it!

  27. says

    Those recipes actually sound pretty tasty. I could never go vegan (or vegetarian for that matter), because I love the taste of meat, but props to those of you who are dedicated to the cause. I dated a guy in college who was a vegan, and it was an interesting experience grocery shopping with him. My eyes were totally opened.

    And it’s definitely a good thing the Hubs doesn’t read blogs (that I know of), because he loves the gorgeous, super-skinny chicks (how he ended up with me, I’ll never know). I’m totally jealous of someone who can eat so many cupcakes and not gain tons of weight. = )

  28. says

    MMM looks good! I admire the creativity of vegans…I can’t imagine being so limited in what I could use to cook with. Thanks for the post!

  29. says

    I can vouch for the deliciousness of CCVs recipes–I love the Banana Bread blended cereal–one of my all-time favorite breakfasts!

  30. says

    I am also a vegetarian and my body has never been in a very good shape. Being a vegan can really make you much heathier..,-