There are some things that you just can't get enough of despite knowing one shouldn't indulge too much...giant sundaes, a whole bag of Kettle Chips Chipotle Death Valley chips, a whole pie pan of coconut custard pie, back to back Bravo's Housewives episodes- can't stop watching that trainwreck of bickering & sheer pettiness...ok, am not cutting back on Housewives but I have found two "better for me" things to indulge in that I just can't get enough of:
1) Cheesy chipotle raw kale chips:
They may not look so addictive in the pics, but trust- one bite and I almost cleaned off the whole tray from the oven. I don't have a dehydrator, but my oven actually goes down to 105 degrees. So with a whole lot of patience & wait time, these raw "cheesy" chipotle kale chips were born! The person that discovered cashews, red pepper, nutritional yeast & lemon= cheese-like flavor is genius. And I bow to them, I give myself a little pat on the back for having the foresight of adding chipotle powder to the "cheese" which made the kale chips pure genius. Here's the cheesy crack sauce in the vitamix:
Yep, getting crunchy spicy cheesy goodness on as well as getting my kale on? Brilliant. Just remember to drink lots of water when eating dehydrated raw foods, so that you can rehydrate properly!
Cheesy Chipotle Raw Kale Chip Recipe adapted from here. I just added 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder to the mixture before blending. I had some of the "cheese" leftover & have been dipping veggies into it, would also make an amazing nacho queso dip.
2) Homemade vegan nutella aka "hazelnut chocolate crack"
Back in the day, I loved Nutella. Then I went vegan & discovered that it contained dairy & partially hydrogenated oils- bad bad & more bad. It's been many years since I've tasted that nutty chocolate-y yum until now...am disappointed that I didn't purchase a larger bag of hazelnuts or else I would have had a full jar & I poured more oil in than need be, so it's more like a fondue consistency but I got no problem with that, that just means more dipping fun.
The Not Nutella inspired me to make crepes- mainly crepes with strawberries because the bananas weren't ripe enough yet, but that is certainly on the list!
And since we are onto crepes, back in the day my favorite crepe would be a citron-sucre, which is simply a crepe with lemon, butter & sugar- easily recreated with earth balance for butter. So good. Made whole wheat crepes because Fcat likes it healthy, but I made the mistake of subbing 1/2cup of whole wheat pastry flour, which gave it a smoother texture than I had wanted.
There are plenty of vegan nutella recipes online and even in Veganomicon. The one that I used was actually on a non-vegan blog, Su Good Sweets. It had the simplest number of ingredients & super easy to whip up in a vitamix or food processor, now with all that sugar, am not claiming that it's healthy, just not as bad for you as the original spread. But am planning on making Ani Phyo's raw nutella soon and I imagine that will be even better, will share when I do!