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Our 10 Favorite Vegan and Gluten-free Holiday Baking Recipes

When you think of the holidays, you automatically think of family, laughter, love, and of course… baking! We know you are busy running around picking up presents, checking your lists twice, so we thought we would take a moment to make your baking plans this holiday season as simple as possible.

Here is a short list of some of our favorite vegan and gluten-free holiday baking recipes.

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.40.01 AMGluten-free and Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.43.24 AMVegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Chocolate Espresso Mousse

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Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.57.15 AMVegan Chai Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.05.20 PMVegan Christmas Peppermint Patties

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.46.53 AMSugar Plum Citrus-Canberry Sparkle Muffins- Vegan and GF

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.15.33 PMVegan Black Bear Brownie Pancakes

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.24.32 PMVegan Mocha Layer Cake

And there ya have it!

WIN IT!

Did we miss one of your favorites? Leave a comment on our Facebook Page with a link to your favorite Vegan or gluten-free recipe and one of you will win a month’s worth of free 8th Continent Soymilk! The winner will be announced Monday December 16th on our Facebook Fan Page.

Want some more inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest and Twitter for great holiday recipes, crafts and tips!

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Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies

We are officially FULL SWING into pumpkin season! And I don’t know about you guys, but we here at the 8th Continent Soymilk Kitchen couldn’t be happier to bake up a little sugar and pumpkin spice and everything that is oh so nice!
Last week we featured our Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, and this week we wanted to create a tasty treat that you can snack on while sipping it, or a cold glass of 8th Continent Soymilk.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter, or coconut oil 
  • 1/4 cup 8th Continent Soymilk

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F 
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir very well. You may want to melt the coconut butter/oil in a separate container prior to mixing it in. 
  3. Lightly oil a baking pan and pour the mixture inside
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes 
  5. Let cool off and cut into squares. Eat and enjoy the flavors of fall!

So, what did you think? Make sure to let us know what your favorite pumpkin recipe is on Facebook or Twitter and check out the other amazing recipes we have pinned on our Pumpkin Pinterest Board!

 

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 

There are many reasons to include pumpkin into your diet with health benefits including Vitamin A to help keep your eyesight sharp, tons of fiber, carotenoids to help keep your skin wrinkle and cancer-free, a great dose of Vitamin C, and let’s not forget the best reason to snack on pumpkin: it’s delicious! This delicious smoothie tastes like a pumpkin pie in a glass, and guess what? It’s Vegan!

 

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups 8th Continent Soymilk

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 ripe banana

1 tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon vanilla Extract

Ice cubes to preference for thickness

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Cover; blend on high speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Serve immediately.

These Smoothies are sure to please and get you in the Autumn mood! Want more recipes like this? Like us on Facebook and check out our Pinterest Page!

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Vegan Peachy Creamsicle Pops

Peach Pops

The end of the summer is coming, but it isn’t here yet! So let’s celebrate the rest of these warm days with a great recipe for these Vegan Peach Creamsicle Pops. They are a tasty way to get a good dose of fruit and perfect for an afternoon snack. They are also a cinch to make, so get the kids involved in the kitchen when making these delicious treats!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups 8th Continent® Soymilk
2 cups frozen sliced peaches, partially thawed
3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
Mini Muffin Pan
Foil
12 craft sticks (flat wooden sticks with round ends)

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Instructions:

In blender, place soymilk, peaches and maple syrup. Cover; blend on high speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Pour mixture in your mini muffin pan. Cover top of pan and insert stick through foil into each pop. Freeze 2 to 3 hours or until firm. To serve, take pan out of freezer and allow to sit for a minute or two and then twist the craft stick and pull out Peach Pop!

Like this recipe? Make sure to let us know on Facebook! Want more recipes? Check out our Pinterest Page!

 

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Vegan Pudding Buns

Vegan Pudding Roll

 

Autumn is quickly approaching and for us that means it is time to start baking! These Vegan Pudding Buns are great to pair with a warm cup of coffee and a good book. They take some time, but are not difficult.

For the Dough
1/2 cup 8th Continent Soymilk (Warm)
3 Tbsp oil
2 cups flour
1 1/2 Tsp Yeast
2 Tbsp sugar

For the Filling
1 1/4 cup 8th Continent Soymilk
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup unpacked raisins

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To make the Dough:
Whisk together 8th Continent Soymilk and oil in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add flour, yeast, and sugar and knead until the dough is smooth. This will probably take about 5 minutes. Roll the dough into a ball and place back into the mixing bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for 60-90 minutes.

To make the Filling:
Combine 8th Continent Soymilk, Corn Starch, Sugar, and Vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes or until your filing is very thick.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the dough out and spread the filling mixture on top. Sprinkle the raisins generously on top of the pudding filling. Roll your dough into a log and cut into 2 cm thick pieces and place on your baking sheet. Cover your rolls with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for another 30 minutes before baking. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool before serving or serve warm!

We hope you enjoyed this recipe! Did you make these? Let us know how they turned out for you by posting on our Facebook or Tweeting us. Want to get more recipes like this one? Make sure to check out our Pinterest Page. 

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5 Tips to Get Grilling Green Style!

Labor Day is coming up and for a lot of us that means a day of relaxing and celebrating the hard work we and other Americans have done throughout the year. What better way to celebrate than to kick back with friends and throw a nice grilling afternoon! Did you know that how you grill is just as important as what you grill? Here are 5 tips on how to get grilling green style this upcoming Labor Day!

1. Provide your guests with reusable silverware and dishes.
Take a nice afternoon and go thrifting for some dishes you can mix and match at your Grill Out. There are several great reasons to do this: you are keeping those dishes from going to a landfill, you can reuse them for future get-togethers, and if one happens to break; you won’t have to cry over it because you weren’t using your fine China.

2. Use Small Bar Towels or Kitchen Towels instead of paper napkins.
Not only does it look classy to use cloth napkins, but you can also have a craft night to make some super cute cloth napkins that will compliment the party’s theme. 10 DIY Cloth Napkin Tutorials

3. Don’t Invite guests, e-vite them!
Using electronic invitations to a gathering will help save on paper waste, postage, and time. If this just doesn’t cut it for you, how about crafting invitations out of recycled materials like this amazing paper you can make from your own junk mail.

4. Use Natural Bug Repellants. A lot of bug sprays are quite toxic and not necessarily environmentally friendly so why not make your own at-home all-natural bug repellent? Here is a great article on how! Keep in mind and make sure to reapply more often than the store bought sprays.

5. Use Natural Elements to Decorate.Labor Day is almost a sign of summer coming to an end. It won’t be long before the leaves start turning colors so why not decorate with all the vibrant green colors around you? Make centerpieces out of beautiful sticks and leaves and add a couple tea lights around them and you have a table setup that is worthy of magazines!

Do you have any other ideas on how to make your get-together even more green? Share your advice with us on Facebook or Twitter and for more great articles, ideas, and recipes check out our Pinterest page!

 

Related:

How to grill your favorite vegetables.

 

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Vegan 4th of July Recipe Roundup and Independence Day Giveaway!

With Independence Day coming up we know we have a lot to look forward to: friends, family, fireworks, and delicious food! We’ve decided to gather up our 10 favorite vegan 4th of July recipes so you can try them out at your gathering! To read about our giveaway- scroll to the bottom of this blog post!

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Lemon Blueberry Biscuits

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Gluten-Free Raspberry Corn Muffins

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Colorful Quinoa Salad

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Potato Angels

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BBQ Baked Beans

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Vegan Chili Cheese Dogs

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Messy Cheesy BBQ Portobello Burger

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Vegan Fudgsicles

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25 Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

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Love these recipes? Of course you do! Want even more of them? We thought so! Make sure to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest!

This Independence Day we want to thank YOU for being part of the 8th Continent Soymilk Family! Post a picture of your 4th of July plate on our Facebook Wall and describe to us what you’re munching on! FIVE lucky winners will receive a month’s worth of free 8th Continent Soymilk!

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How to Grill Vegetables

Grilled Veggies

Memorial Day is coming up and the grilling season is upon us! Here are some tips on how to grill your favorite veggies throughout the summer.

One of our favorite grilled meals includes eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, scallions and bell peppers.

Eggplant: Slice into thick – at least 1/2″ – rounds. Lay out on cutting board or large platter. Salt generously. Set aside and let sit for 10 or so minutes while you prep the other veggies.

Tomato: Get medium sized organic vine ripened tomatoes. Cut into quarter wedges.

Zucchini: Quarter it lengthwise.

Onion: Slice into thick rounds, at least a 1/4 inch thick.

Scallions: This is a grilling fave and comes straight from Mexico. Don’t do a thing at this point besides rinsing them.

Bell pepper: It’s pretty on the plate if you use red, green, yellow and orange, but it’s not all that important. Quarter the bell and remove the seeds.

Rinse the salt off your eggplant and have a couple of large platters or cutting boards on hand to hold all your veggies while you carry them out to the grill. Cover all your veggies in a good amount of olive oil. Sprinkle all veggies besides the scallions with salt and pepper (and some basil and oregano if you like – that’s especially good on the tomatoes). As for the scallions, give them a good sprinkle of just salt.

Lie the veggies carefully on the grill.

Eggplants: 3-4 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear and it starts to look softened.

Tomatoes: 2-3 minutes on each side of the wedge, or until grill marks appear and it starts to look softened.

Zucchini: 4 minutes per side, or until grill marks appear and it starts to look softened.

Scallions: 2-3 minutes a side, or until green ends are getting charred. These want to be crispy and crunchy at the tips and soft and chewable at the root end.

Onions: 6-8 minutes per side.

Bell peppers: 3-4 minutes per side, or until grill marks appear and it starts to look softened.

Serve and eat!
What is your favorite food to toss on the grill? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter and to check out more great recipes, follow us on Pinterest!

 

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Spring Cleaning isn’t just for the Home: 5 Spring Cleaning Tips!

 

Some see the first of the year as the beginning to everything new, but we think it really is spring-time! The flowers are blooming, the air is smelling of earth, and everything seems to be buzzing with reinvention. So when we talk about spring cleaning, we do not just mean dusting up the cobwebs in the corner of your home. Spring cleaning has to do with the mind, body and soul as well! Here are 5 tips on how to truly spring clean and get yourself ready for summer.

Spring Cleaning the Mind
Clean out your mental cobwebs. Everyone has that mean critic within- well start telling that critic to go away! Negative self-talk and self-doubt can lead to true unhappiness.  It has been estimated that the average person thinks about 50,000 thoughts per day. If even 10% are negative thoughts, which is an understatement for most people, that comes to 5000 negative thoughts a day on average! Start celebrating your successes, even the small ones and tell yourself how great you are. Also, try to take inventory of mental recordings. Is there a moment in your life that you aren’t too happy with that you keep replaying in your head over and over again? Focus on letting that go and replaying positive times in your life.

Spring Cleaning the Body
In winter it is natural to pack on a few pounds and go into hibernation mode. But spring is here folks! So start eating fresh whole foods and let the natural ingredients that the earth provides nourish you. Shopping at a local farmer’s market is a great way to get fresh produce and support your local farmers.

Spring Cleaning the Email
SALE! CLEARANCE! FREE SHIPPING! You have probably subscribed to way more email listings than you imagined and now your inbox is flooded with special offers and tempting urges. This usually leads to purchasing unnecessary things and can be overwhelming when you are logging in to your email. Take an evening and sit down and go through the auto-emails ad unsubscribe to the ones that have somehow found their way into your inbox. And while you’re at it- email a family member or a friend! Just drop them a note to say hi and you love them.

Spring Cleaning the Wallet
Often when people are trying to lose weight, they will carry with them a food journal and write down what they eat throughout the day. Take a week or so and do this with your spending. Write down every single cent you spend and on what. You will be able to see after a week what you are spending and why. You can then evaluate whether these are necessary things!

Spring Cleaning the Home
And now for the big overwhelming chore: spring cleaning the house. Don’t fret! With our awesome tips, your space will be spotless in no time! Make sure to have all of your tools ready! Nothing can slow down a cleaning sweep like trying to hunt down a duster that you thought you saw last spring. Music! You will be amazed at how much fun it can be to dance and clean simultaneously. Maybe even make up some new moves? The Swiffer Sweeper Two Step? From top to bottom. Start cleaning at the top, then move to the bottom. This rule applies to all cleaning. Form dry to wet. Get all the loose debris up and then get the leftover stuff with a mop or damp sponge. Last but not least, clean as you go! Is spring cleaning taking you a week to accomplish? Well, maybe that is a sign that you need to clean as you go so the chore won’t be so overwhelming when you want to get things clean!

There you have it folks- You are all set for Spring and Summer! Bring on the BBQs and get-togethers!

Do you spring clean more than your house? Tell us about it on Facebook or on Twitter and make sure to follow us on Pinterest for more great tips like these!

 

 

 

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Vegan Easter Recipe Roundup

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail! And are you ready? Whether it’s Easter Brunch or some ideas for what to put in the kiddos baskets, you can find some great tips on our Pinterest page! We wanted to give you a head start on some great vegan recipes though! Click on the name below and you will be taken to the recipe!

Vegan Easter Carrot Cake

Vegan Lemon Cake

Vegan Easter Chocolate Babka

Vegan Easter Nest Cupcakes

Vegan Reeses Peanut Butter Egg


Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Cookies

Vegan Butterscotch Bunny Tarts

Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more great recipes and ideas!


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