Did you know that this DESSERT PIZZA is vegan?
My ex was vegan, so for a period of 3 months I challenged myself to eat vegan. He cooked a lot, and I was living in Montreal at the time near Aux Vivres and ChuChai so it wasn’t too difficult. One of the things I noticed, however, was that there is a real abundance of products out there like “vegan pepperoni” that are just… weird. Not only are they weird, they’re full of really crappy ingredients. When I decided to try eating vegan it was to eat clean, whole food, not over-processed faux meat. There are so many amazing dishes out there that happen to be vegan, so why bother eating something ungodly like “vegan bacon?”
So, right. This dessert pizza.
This fabulous recipe comes from my new favourite cook book: Oh She Glows, an amazing vegan food blog by Angela Liddon who, as it turns out, is from Oakville, Ontario!
Though I only ate vegan for those three months, this cookbook is a fabulous way to cook up some extremely fresh, light meals that you can file under “detox” after that long weekend away at a friend’s cottage. The blog is great, but the cookbook has some fabulous recipes that aren’t available on the blog. Plus I can’t tell you how nice it was to not have to dry off my fingers each time I wanted to check the recipe on my phone. What happened to the days of recipe books? SO much more convenient.
This recipe I made last weekend at a friend’s farm and it was devoured in minutes after I took this photo. This is one of those recipes that doesn’t need to be hailed as vegan because it’s just damn good. The base is made of Rice Krispies, cocoa powder, brown rice syrup and coconut oil. The “sauce” base is a genius idea of Angela’s: banana soft-serve. It’s essentially a bunch of frozen bananas thrown in the food processor. She suggested throwing in some peanut butter or nut butter of your choice which I obviously did. On the banana soft serve (frozen for 5-10 minutes after application) you add some melted dark chocolate, nut butter sauce and toppings of your choice. I added chopped roasted almonds and coconut. It was delicious.
Currently, you can buy the cookbook from Indigo/Chapters for $20. I wholeheartedly recommend it. I promise you won’t be disappointed, even as a meat eater. For a similar recipe to the one I mention here, check out Angela’s Double Chocolate Crispy Frozen Dessert Bars.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Here’s to the summer! (And to these amazing Cucumber Ginger Gin Popsicles from Shutterbean that I will certainly be making soon.)
Note: This was not a sponsored post. I bought this cookbook myself, and it’s just that damn good.