EV Bakes: Vegan Gingerbread Men

vegan gingerbread menGuess what? It’s gingerbread season. That’s right – we’re already well into December, and at the D-D household, that means the Christmas tree is already up (and lit! double bonus points!), the stockings are hung (by the chimney, and with somewhat care), and I’m going bananas trying to bake every single holiday pastry I can think of. And, when Sebastian came home with the sweetest cookie cutter of all time, I wasted exactly no time in researching and throwing together some vegan gingerbread men that were so delicious that my eyes rolled back in my head a little bit.

These little guys require very little prep and, if you’re already into vegan baking, you probably already have all of the ingredients sitting in your pantry right now. Plus, they only bake for 8 minutes, which means the potential for instant gratification is high.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – I just love this time of year, and I particularly love the sweet treats that accompany a peppermint mocha and your favorite Christmas music. So, go forth and enjoy these deliciously vegan gingerbread men in front of the nearest fireplace, and let’s get this season going! Recipe’s after the jump :)

Happy baking!

vegan gingerbread men

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EV Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Mother

what to get your mom for christmasIs it just me, or are parents the most difficult people on the planet to shop for? Every year, I ask my mom what she’d like for Christmas, and every year, without fail, she’ll reply something to the effect of “world peace” or “to be surrounded by my children” or some other infuriatingly vague thing that does exactly nothing for my shopping list. I have never been able to easily find a gift for my mother, which is 100% my own fault because for me, the stakes are implicitly set very high. This is the person who gave me life, and it feels just a little bit stale to say “hey mom, thanks for bringing me into the world, here’s a new set of steak knives.” You know?

My mom is all over the place, and not in the bad way. My mom is always on the move, juggling me, her mother, my sister, my sister’s upcoming wedding, her commitments, and the endless list of tasks that she has to complete before she moves onto the next place and the next problem. My mom is a well-oiled machine, but her way of life often means that she has little or no time to actually take some time and just relax. So, fittingly, this gift guide is geared toward relaxation and actually taking a moment for yourself, for once. A nice candle, some fancy pink bath salts, and, of course, some wine – doesn’t that just sound like the trappings of the best rainy day ever? And this doesn’t just apply to my mom – I’ve become increasingly convinced that all moms, everywhere, have too much to do and not enough time in which to do it, no exceptions. 

What are you getting your mom this Christmas?! Let me know in the comments — I’m ALWAYS up for suggestions/genius ideas!

candle / rodin olio lusso / planner / bath salts / vase / cookbook / carafe / blanket

Drink Up, Buttercup: Vegan Eggnog

vegan eggnogGet ready, because I’m about to change your life. If you’re vegan (or just fat intolerant, like me), the holidays can be a pretty trying time for you. Holiday cookies, gingerbread houses, and, yes, eggnog, are almost categorically out of the question due to the high respective butter/cream content. But! Sign no more, my friends — there is a light at the end of the tunnel. For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite vegan versions of some classic holiday treats, starting with: Eggnog!

vegan eggnogCome on, who doesn’t love eggnog. It’s warm, creamy, and definitely alcoholic. Basically, eggnog is a perfect holiday drink that’s actually pretty easy to make vegan-friendly. All you need is some soy yogurt, almond milk, and a bevy of spices that you probably already have sitting in your pantry as we speak. This is the type of drink that makes you want to curl up in front of a fireplace with some wool socks and watch a Christmas movie. Seriously, it’s that good.

vegan egg nogThis recipe comes straight from the LUSH blog (who’d’ve known?), and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to throw together on short notice. Try it out for yourself — I promise, you won’t miss the eggs. Recipe, as always, is after the jump.

Happy Weekend!