Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups

Happy Sunday, almost Monday morning!  Well, hey, at least you had fun this weekend, right?  What did you do?  I did yoga on Saturday, and it was awesome to find out that I am nearly finished with my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, as I mentioned yesterday!   Sunday morning, I did some yoga at home, had Scott get lost with Skylar for 3 hours, and I ran around like a freak mommy on a mission! I was in 3rd Birthday Party Decorating, Shopping, and Organizing Mode!  I managed to hit CVS Pharmacy for a card and cute wrapping bag, the grocery store for some last minute eats and candy Sprinkles which are a party necessity, and Target for everything from Sesame Street books to a pink tutu.  Here’s a couple sneak peak pictures and I promise lots more birthday party pics tomorrow!

I flew home, got everything wrapped, house decked out in pink streamers, cupcakes with sprinkles ready, just in time for the Birthday Girl to walk in!  

And she loved every second of her party!!!  

I am really glad you enjoyed my Highlights of the Week Post, where I recapped everything from Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

to Greenery with Homemade Salad Dressing

Creamy Tahini Cesar-Inspired Dressing
Vegan Slaw Dressing

 to Mailbox Finds

 

To my Homemade high Raw Vegan Desserts:
Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

and No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

 But, it’s a new week and time for a new recipe!!! 

Remember when I made my Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?

And Please, make the Peanut Butter Cups if you haven’t because they are sooo easy, seriously it will take you 10 minutes, and you’ll never buy a Reese’s again!
 

And while you’re at it, my high Raw Vegan Chocolate Turtles are a snap, too!

Anyway, I thought it was time to re-make and tweak my high Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Recipe using Vegan, Gluten-Free White Chocolate!

“White Chocolate” Bar by Organica

Don’t like store-bought?  Make your own!  Use Hannah Kaminsky’s Recipe.

Hannah also happens to be the Author of This Book: My Sweet Vegan which I previously reviewed and completely adore!  Stay Tuned for my spin on Vegan Fudge inspired from this book coming up soon…

Back to today’s recipe, If you’re not a vegan and don’t care about the vegan status of your white chocolate, just use Baker’s White Chocolate or something that catches your eye at the grocery.  $3 bucks or so for a large slab ‘o white.

Recipe & Directions for: Averie’s Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups

The White Chocolate Outer Coating
1 c of white chocolate chips, chunks, or hunks (if using Baker’s Chocolate, about 10 squares)
Optional: 1/4 c dark chocolate (about 4 squares), see below

Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Filling
1/3 c Peanut Butter (could also use Almond, Sunflower Seed, or Cashew Butter)
1 Tbsp Raw Cocoa Powder (if you don’t want to chocolate-ize your Nut Butter, then omit this)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Agave (Or use maple syrup or yacon syrup.  This is optional but you may find that after adding the cocoa powder to the PB that the PB becomes quite thick.   If you’re using Almond Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter for the filling which are naturally thinner and runnier than PB you may omit the additional liquid.  If you want it sweeter, add sugar or stevia.)
The Filling Recipe Yields 8 discs.  
Note:  This filling alone makes awesome snacks (more on this below)!  The cocoa powder turns the Peanut Butter into a dough-like consistency, without sticky PB-fingers!

First, I melted the White Chocolate

In the Microwave, 45 seconds, remove & stir.  

Then, 30 more seconds & Stir.  Watch chocolate in the micro like a hawk, checking every 10-15 seconds so you don’t scorch it!

Pour the White Chocolate into paper muffin liners

Let it Harden for 5 Minutes in the Fridge and get busy Creating the Filling.

The Filling-See Above for Amounts
Peanut Butter, Cocoa Powder

Agave, Vanilla Extract

Stir.  Tastes really divine as you now have chocolate peanut butter sweetened with a little agave and flavored lightly with vanilla.

Make disc shapes with the Filling

Mentioned Above but Bears Repeating!  This filling alone makes awesome snacks!  The cocoa powder turns the Peanut Butter into a dough-like consistency, without getting sticky PB-fingers! 

Fetch your Muffin Liners from the Fridge & Place the Discs into the Liners

Cover with more White Chocolate

And for those of you who Can’t Decide Between White or Dark Chocolate…
….melt some Dark Chocolate (Baker’s Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, vegan chocolate chips, other chocolate chips, whatever you enjoy)

And Cover the other half with Chocolate!

Refrigerate for 10 minutes to fully harden

After Refrigeration

Then, Unwrap an All White

The Center

Unwrap a Half White/Half Dark

The Center

Posing Together

I love the Ruffled Edges!

Showing their Middles

And Skylar wants In On The Act!

Devilish Grin that I Love!
Sticky Fingers, Mischievous Eyes!

Then I wrapped them up.  Guess who’s Getting these?

My Secret Valentine Is!!!
I signed up for Janetha’s Secret Valentine ExchangeI hope the recipient likes them!  And no, you can’t sign up now; the deadline has already passed, sorry!

Recent Greenery Included Raw Brock, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatoes, Carrots, and Brussels’s that I steamed for 1 minute in 1 inch of water in a microwave-safe bowl.  I am asked this frequently, so I am just repeating it for all my awesome newer readers! 

And dressed my Greenery with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

And Dessert
….well, yes, a White

…And a Half-White/Half-Dark.

And The Birthday Girl (February 2 to be exact) had fun eye’ing them, too.

But she loved her birthday cupcakes.  Her first cupcake ever in life was eaten today.  Age 3.  She’s looking at it like it’s the holy grail of sugar and honestly, I was glad to give it to her to make her day exactly what she wanted as she’s been requesting cupcakes for the last few months!  My little vegetarian gobbles raw veggies better than most adults and you only live once, right!  And you’re only 3 once, live it up sweetie, I love you soooo much!!!!!!!!!!!  One day I hope you read this.  Love, Mom! xoxoxo

Yoga Today is Kukkutasana
Full lotus first, but be sure to warm up your Hips and pay attention to your hip opening, rather than just thinking this pose is about the knees, when entering full lotusThen, insert your arms through the holesThen lift off.   Lean Forward if you’re lifting off.  Lean Forward far more than you think you need to.  You need to bring your center of gravity forward or else your bootay is going to weigh you back and downward and you won’t achieve liftoff.  As I’ve mentioned before, these are poses to work towards; not feel bummed if you’re not there today.  And really just have fun with yoga!

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Questions:
Which PB Cup would you Grab: A White? or a White-n-Dark Combo? Or Both?! haha!
I loved both! 

I normally love my Chocolate Dark, but in the Spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something White!  And that inner Filling!  Mmmm….PB, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Extract, and Agave….what’s not to Love?

Next:
If you could receive something in the mail, up to $25 bucks, what would you like to receive?  And yes, I am sorta fishing for my Secret Valentine’s present in addition to the homemade goodies I’m sending.  Or would a big stash of homemade goodies from me be ok?

Next:
Valentine’s Day Plans!  Have any?  What are they?  Anyone just trying to get a date think that you’re getting engaged, getting married?  Or maybe you’re going out for dinner and hoping your date at least popped for some Godiva!  We will be doing precisely nothing.  Especially on a Sunday night with a 3 year old.  Romance would be someone other than me unloading the dishwasher.  Please all you young hot things, tell me what you have in store for the big V-Day!  I need to live vicariously…haha!


This Week Stay Tuned For Birthday Party Pics, a Mega Oats Post, and other good stuff…

   

65 Responses to “Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups”

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    ohonemorething — February 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Hey!! I've done the butterfingers crushed on oats before too :D Scott rules!!

    A lot of my friends are vegetarians/vegans and my family is very open to trying new things. They are like me and eat mostly whole foods. Most people just rave about how delicious things taste and I love it because sometimes people are ignorant about what delicious things you can make that come from our good earth. And I'm with you on not caring. If they enjoy it then that makes me happy, and if they think I'm weird.. well then oh well!

    No superbowl plans for me!

    XOXO

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel — February 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    My parents eat like me when I cook for them. When I don't, my mom loves subway, the local pizza house, anything cheap and fast. I figure at least I've made half an impression. And my dad is fully hooked on flavored peanut butters, so that's also a win.
    OK I really love those bars, now I need to contemplate stocking up

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    Serena — February 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Are the Amazing Grass bars yummy? I love their chocolate shake mix but am wary to try new bars *nudges my Larabar lovers*
    As to your question, my family eats similarly to me (my dad eats what is in the house but eats meat when he's with friends etc and probably would survive solely on cereal w/o us) and my mom is unprocessed vegan (occasional fish eater…like once a month or once every few months) and I am a full vegan from vegetarian my whole life of seventeen years :)
    I went through a short 'questioning' *cough* bingeing on sweets and crap *cough* phase when I lived by myself for the first time (boarding school in 11th grade) but now I feel more grounded and at ease and have started a food/life blog :) I also want to get more into yoga, and you're truly an inspiration in that department

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    My family pretty much all eats the same – I grew up eating hearty, but healthy meals, and never too much. There was 5 us and my mom only ever made 5 chicken breasts, 5 pork chops, enough servings for just 5 – so we never overate. :)

    I also got me some Sun Warrior chocolate yesterday! I really do like the taste. Only con is that I tried to mix it in my shaker alone, and it didn't go so well, so I think it needs a blender. :)

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    tam — February 3, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    No one I know eats like me, they think I'm an exercising freaky eating weirdo! They except it and me but they do think I'm nuts! I don't care though as I know I'm eating in the right way and they're so eating inthe wrong way with all their maccy d's and KFC"s yuk! x x

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    Gabriela — February 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I'll definitely be trying that stretch- thanks for the tip!

    My family has eaten much less meat since I became a vegetarian, but they're not as interested in healthy eating as I am. My brother in particular tends to give me a hard time about the way I eat, which bothers me a lot. I am really lucky that my boyfriend's mom is very into macrobiotic eating, so he grew up eating a lot of the foods I enjoy and has an open mind about trying new things!

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    eaternotarunner — February 3, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Butterfingers on oats?!?!?! Sounds AMAZING!

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    moretolifethanlettuce — February 3, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    love your question: Any Recipes that are healthy, crowd pleasers and don't involve a slab of bbq ribs and a case of Bud?

    so funny! congrats to the giveaway winner, lucky girl! skylar is SO lucky to have you as her mama, you make the best food ever! seriously, check out all those pics, i'm drooling. i esp love the tuxedo looking pb cups!

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) — February 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    My hamstrings are SO tight from years of running. It has taken a lot to be able to touch my toes again! Love that pose!

    And I am trying AT LEAST one of your recipes this weekend, I will let you know when I do!

    xo
    K

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    Shannon — February 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    ooh, i'm just catching up from the week and i loved the pics of skylar, she looks so happy!!! i'd be glowing if i were her mom ;) love the oatmeal creations, too, in fact i'm wish i was not still at work so i could make something fun…

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    oatsandchocolate — February 3, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    hey averie! in my family we always eat the same diinnenr. my mom always has cooked with organic ingredients and shes a vegetarian, so most of our meals are packed with veggies! and ive showed her many of your recipes and she loves them! :) love that first picture of skylar shes sooo cute! have a great day xoxo soph

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — February 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I grew up in a healthy eating household. We did most of our shopping at a local co-op and grew a lot of the veggies we ate. I got a lot of funny stares in the cafeteria growing up. I guess not many 9 year olds bring hummus to lunch…

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 3, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    We don't have any big super bowl plans… just watching the game at home :)

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    Katie — February 4, 2010 at 12:19 am

    My family thinks I am crazy for what I eat. My friends joke that I go outside and eat the grass off of the ground. I am a walking carrot stick to them all. But, you know what? I love the way I eat and I feel so vibrant and healthy because of it! They should be jealous of my cholesterol and blood pressure test results! ;)

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    Morgan — February 4, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I hope it's me that's your secret Valentine b/c everything looks so fantastic :)
    My husband began to eat like me a lot, and says he feels so much better now that he cut out processed food! My parents do for the most part I think, but they live 7 hours away, so I can't be sure! My in laws also took on a lot of my habits. They both swear oats for breakfast changed their lives, and it's because of me!

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    Tricia — February 4, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I love the amazing grass bars, thanks for sharing the code!

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    Cindy — February 4, 2010 at 12:53 am

    oh I love care packages! Someone is gonna have a fun time with that!

    not sure how my family (external) views the changes in my lifestyle and eating habits. My brother once said my "food looks gross" and that makes me laugh (cuz HE's NUTS) but they are all pretty much beer and chicken wings kinda crowd.

    I have changed the way my family views food and that's enough for me…and they tummies are happy so I am happy. Good healthy food should TASTE GREAT too!

    We enjoy our food. We eat great 90 percent of the time and okay the last 10.

    I do have a few family members that are totally amazed at the stuff I am doing and making so when we see them and they want to know what I've been cooking…it makes me super happy.

    oh, that's right Sunday is Superbowl Sunday…Well the Teen and the Toddler are hanging with our friends while Hubs and I are getting our massages. No parties here. I haven't had a superbowl party in ages. Whenever we host parties I always offer raw appetizers, veggies galore and salads…I alwasy make a dessert too that is (normally one of your) raw/vegan things. Just to get some attention to the fact that you can eat so healthy and it can taste soooo good!

    Happy Wednesday!!!

    Love lil Skylar's HUGE SMILE! She's a beaut that one!

    xo

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    Abbys Vegan Eats — February 4, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I wanna hang out with Skylar.. she is always glowing.. love it!!

    Im lucky.. as you know, my hub is also vegan (for completely different reasons than myself) BUT it works out. My mom reads my blog and is getting some ideas .. she just sent me a pic of a cheese free pizza she made..lol.

    UH superbowl?? Yeah, Ill more than likely be on the couch with a book (tv off). I hate sports :)

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    Jess — February 4, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Skylar always looks SO happy. Very cute!!

    I have a few vegetarian friends, but for the most part, my friends/family do not eat like me. I'm kind of known as the "health nut."

    Love power yoga!!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

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    Mom on the Run — February 4, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Averie- I made your peanut butter cups tonight (finally)and they are heavenly. Thank you for posting such great, healthy recipes.

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    eggplantexecutrix — February 4, 2010 at 2:06 am

    I'm the only vegan in my family, but it is what works for me. :) As far as this Sunday, er, I'll be watching the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet with my puppy.

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    Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) — February 4, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Sadly no one eats like me in my family/circle of friends. They eat for taste. period. I eat for taste while attempting to shave off as many cals as possible. My mom especially used to hate my HJs, as coincidentally did my nutritionist who said I should not try to feed myself with huge volumes of nothingness, but rather have smaller portions of more substantial foods. Sigh. A whole post unto itself.

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    findinghappinessandhealth — February 4, 2010 at 2:12 am

    i think i eat healthier than a lOT of my friends. whoever has you for the secret valentine blogger thing is one lucky girl :)

    xoxo
    shelley

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    Danielle (Coffee Run) — February 4, 2010 at 2:44 am

    At first my family/friends thought it was strange. But I never pushed my beliefs/food choices/opinions on anyone and with time they started becoming interested in my lifestyle and now they're asking me for suggestions!

    Thanks for the pose :) Is hanging in rag doll a good substitution? I love that one

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    theemptynutjar — February 4, 2010 at 3:03 am

    your daughter is gorgeous…honestly…
    butterfinger oats? …scott has good taste :)
    no superbowl plans…might watch it acutally for the fun of it….The Who are playing half-time….the halftime show might be decent…the commercials are always supposed to be the "big fun"…have lovely evening lovely lady.

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    La — February 4, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Most of my friends do NOT eat like me. My roomate, thankfully, is mostly vegetarian and we have similar tastes and styles of preparing food but other than that most of my friends are carnivorous and as far as I can tell are a lot less conscous of the food they put into their bodies than I am. I've been a vegetarian for so long I don't even notice if people think I'm weird for the things I choose to eat anymore. Honestly, I'm a lot less in-yo-face about it now than I have been in the past, but if anyone comments on my diet lately, it's either complementary ("You eat so healthy!") or inquisitory ("What made you decide to become vegetarian?")

    That said, I'm pretty sure I'm starting to rub off on my boyfriend. When we first started dating two years ago, he really didn't "get" it. He would always ask me, "So what do you eat that's REAL food?" and would try to get me to eat meat. Over the course of our relationship though, he's come around to accept my dietary habits and isn't afraid to ask me questions about it because apparently I've influenced him into healthier eating. The other day we actually had a long talk about how food affects your body and what kinds of food help boost your energy and what tires you out! I was so thrilled. ANd it's been a really long time since he seriously asked, "Where's the food?" and when we go out to eat now he always finds places with vegetarian options to keep me satisfied.

    Ooooooh the Superbowl! Some of my family is from N'Awlins so I'm THRILLED the Saints made it!! I'm going to a friend's apartment to watch the game … ack I better find out what they're serving and bring something healthy of my own!

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    Tess — February 4, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Wow, Butterfinger oats! Yeah, that would be my favorite too!

    My mom is a vegetarian and has been for years. She was also super conscious of what we ate, NO packaged/processed foods, refined sugar, food coloring, etc. was out. I didn't know what an oreo was until I was 12 years old. My dad was allergic to gluten so my mom always made gluten free meals when I was a kid. My boyfriend's family is really into natural whole foods.

    But, I think they still all think I'm a little nuts! Which I was surprised about at first, and still kind of am. They've all warmed up to it and have really enjoyed most of the foods I've shared with them. I finally got my boyfriend to try your vegan chocolate chip protein bars… and he finished the last five I had in the freezer.

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    Katie — February 4, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I just ate dinner and all those photos just made me hungry again!

    My family…well, let's just say that when I go home I hear a lot of "what is THAT?" and "is that your dinner?" and isn't there supposed to be meat in a sandwich? But, they didn't know about my digestion issues until recently, so I decided to cut them some slack. I also found out that they were feeling badly about their own eating as a reflection of the way I eat. It was interesting, and I never thought about how my actions could affect people in that way. Negative, instead of positive, you know?

    I have a lot of intolerances too, and I refuse to let anyone guilt me into eating differently. I know what works for me, and that is what I do!

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    ktbwood — February 4, 2010 at 4:46 am

    LOVE those butterfinger oats girl!! i bet REESES would be even better!!

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    glidingcalm — February 4, 2010 at 6:55 am

    i am dyinggggggggggggggg over the white choc PB cups
    oh emm geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl — February 4, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Honestly, a lot of people do think I'm weird – especially during the times I've been 100% raw. I don't always eat "vegan" but I do most of the time.

    Some people make fun or give weird looks or make rude remarks. For the most part, I'm used to it now but sometimes it bothers me – and sometimes it bothers me a lot. It just depends on what is said and who says it, I suppose.

    Thanks for another fantabulous post, Averie! You're RAWKin' over here!

    Big hugs,
    Michele

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    The Voracious Vegan — February 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Oh my….those oats look intensely beautiful! I'm drooling!

    Well, my husband went vegan at the exact same time as me, and he is even more committed to it than I am. For example, if a pair of tongs have been used on hamburgers, and then they were used to pick our portabello mushrooms off the grill, I will eat the mushroom. Cody says no thanks! We are both animal rights vegans.

    My father came to veganism through his yoga practice and through my cooking, especially after we did the Great Vegan Challenge of 2010 and he had such great results with his weight loss and blood pressure. He follows about a 90% vegan now, but he will have chicken or fish once or twice a week. But no dairy at all! Yay! For him it is purely about health.

    My mom knows that it is the healthiest way to eat, and loves animals, and she has made some small changes. But she is unfortunately too much of a workaholic to spend much time on her health, and since I live here and she lives in America, she doesn't get to eat vegan too often. But when I stayed with her for a month before we left she ate vegan exclusively. She loves it, knows it is for the best, but doesn't really do it when I'm not around.

    And…my sister….show claims to have studied nutrition….well, she won't even eat bananas because she thinks they have too much sugar and she tries to follow a low-carb diet. Ridiculous.

    My in-laws are old-fashioned and will never make the vegan leap, but they do make a lot of my dishes for health reasons, which is great.

    And my friends range from full on raw vegans to meat eaters! But they are all very supportive of me and love vegan food when they eat it. If they weren't supportive they wouldn't be my friends for very long!

    Great question!

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    Emma — February 4, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Mmmmm I think I might have all the ingredients necessary for the raw oatmeal cookies…

    I am a vegetarian, my boyfriend is too (turned vegetarian when I explained to him why I was changing my diet to vegetarian), we have a couple of friends who are vegetarians too, as well as co-workers at my office.
    My parents are definitely not, but they totally respect my choice, and won't force me to eat meat or fish when I stay at their place. I told my mum not to buy and cook anything special for me when I come, but sometimes she just doesn't listen to me and will end up buying veggie burgers or cook some vegetarian dish, so in a way when I am at home they have a healthier diet (or that's me trying to believe this, oh well…)

    What some of my co-workers don't understand is what I include in my diet, as I have the feeling that we in Europe are less educated or informed on healthy fats, and how you can find your protein in vegetable. My vegetarian coworkers will tend to rely on dairy, but personally I strive on hummus :-)
    They see me eat (a lot of) nuts, hummus, these kind of things, and all they tell me is "oooooh but there's plenty of fat in those things", that's all they see…

    Anyway, I don't care what people think, I know what is best for me and how to fuel my body properly, to each his own :-)

    Oh dear I'm writing a novel here, I'd better get some work done!

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    Gina — February 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

    You know, for the longest time, no one in my family ate like me. But in the past year, my brother became a vegetarian, my mom became a vegetarian who tries to eat as much vegan as she can, and my best friend became a vegetarian. Whew. Oh yeah, and my husband went vegan too.

    It makes things convenient, but it also kind of kicks me in the face even more when I meet someone who is dumbfounded by my diet choices.

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    Paige@ RunningaroundNormal — February 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Whoever your secret Valentine is is one lucky blogger!
    My family does not eat like I do. I'd say my mom is the closest since she eats very health-consciously and doesn't eat meat. But as far as I know, I'm the only vegetarian.

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    kaysnuttyoasis — February 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    oh. my. gosh.
    those butterfinger oats look so good!! total drool worthy :) you know how to make the most delicious food!!

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    kilax — February 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    At first, I was the only vegetarian in the family, then my husband became one, and my sis for awhile. That was cool, because the family was forced to make food we could all eat. Now, my husband is a vegetarian, I am vegan, and my sister is a quitter. I don't know why she became vegetarian in the first place – to be trendy? But now she scarfs down meat like there is no tomorrow. It is strange to me.

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    Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie — February 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I love Skyler Pics… She seems like a very happy girl… always a big beautiful smile :) Hope my kiddos are as happy and smily when I have then and when they are her aga.. lol

    Raymond and I eat completely differently. Sometime we cook together he cooks his dinner and I cook mine or I cook them both.. and there are times that he cooks vegetarian for both of us so we can eat together :).

    We are going to our next door neighbors for Superbowl. My healthy offerings is good quality beer… dark and belgium… its super food lol

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    melissa @ the delicate place — February 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    unfortunately, my family thinks i must have a disordered view of eating because i avoid grains or processed foods. i avoid all dairy except for goat cheese and greek yogurt. my diet is mainly meat, veggies, nuts/seeds & a little fruit which blows their minds and i get stares and glares when i don't eat pasta, cookies, sandwiches etc. it kinda sucks i won't lie but i'm not going to cave in and go into a carb stupor or be in GI distress to please other people!

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    Julie — February 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    eeek! butterscotch oats! i've been so mia and missed this oats post! gotta go back and check it out :)

    my family has definitely started to eat better because of me but they don't necessarily eat all of the things i eat. which of course i don't mind because more for meee haha

    <3 you girl! that secret bloggie is gonna be one lucky lady!

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    Sophie @ yumventures — February 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Such a sweet idea to send a secret Valentine =) Some of my friends and family often forget that I don't eat gluten, because I went so long with eating a normal diet. Then I have friends who will yell at me if I go to "cheat" a little. I don't normally bring it up around people (unless they are making me food) as they usually fall into one of the two extremes. That's why I love blogging, because you can find people who live and understand your lifestyle =)I'm definitely going to try your vegan protein bars…mine came out terribly last night!

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    traynharder23 — February 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    OMG now THAT IS NASTY! re: gym people. OMG. OMG. we have guys there that have the shortest shorts on….and it's like WHOA THERE when they bend over. =D GLAD YOU LIKED THE POST!

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    chrystad72 — February 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Hey love! Im still so diggin those dark and white chocolate PB cups. Id eat those up in a heart beat! Sounds you two were busy! I so have to send my vday box out too. Its sitting on my dining room table beggin to be mailed!

    As far as eating its funny, cause its easiest when I go home! My mom is a strict vegan and I was raised that way. So I feel the most comfortable when Im visiting my parents cause my mom always makes tons of food I will eat. My husband on the other hand…not so much. Hes a junkatarian. haha! Thats what I call him. If it comes from a box he'll eat it. Otherwise forget about it. We've been together about 3 years and I haven't seen him eat one veggie or fruit! lol. Scary right? But I do believe to each his own. I try to help him along a bit but I don't push it. Im just hoping he'll be tempted to eat some better for you foods soon.

    Id like to get back to being vegan soon. I still eat seafood, greek yogurt and egg whites. I think thats about it. But most of my meals are mainly just loads of veggies. For me its just more a health issue. The more plant based foods I eat the "cleaner" my body feels.

    Super bowl plans? hhmm not yet. I think im working this weekend. Total bummer, right? But my hubs might head out to a friends house. If Im off I'll tag along. Otherwise I'll be watching the Superbowl streaming on my computer. I was planning though on making tons of different salsas, guac, home made tortillas that kind of thing. So we shall see!

    By the way your comments on my blog always make me smile. Thank you so much!!

    Have a fantastic day love!

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    ashtangamami — February 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Everyone in my family thinks I'm super strange and they make jokes all the time about my parsley, kale, seaweed, etc. diet. It was torture growing up fighting with my mom over food, being forced to eat things that gross me out. To this day my parents and brothers love their diet coke and roast beef. I've had a little success with my husband who would never eat anything green if not for me. :) Maybe that's why I love all the vegan blogger girls, Averie! I read your blog, Heather, and FartyGirl and you remind me I'm not the crazy one!

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    The Healthy Apple — February 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Yummmy; your cookies and bars look delish…I love eating whole foods, although I am not vegan or vegetarian…I am dairy and gluten intolerant but I love your posts and delicious recipes…have a great day…..Skylar is so adorable!!!

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    ashtangamami — February 4, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Averie! Thanks for your comment…I just had to look up HG. I've never even heard of it–it sounds unbearable. I'm so glad Skylar turned out perfect, you must have been really scared. It's crazy how pregnancy can be so different for each person. You only gained 17 pounds on your modelesque frame and then me, the size of your average 10-year-old, I gained over 40! Oh my aching back!! My plan for my daughter Talia was to have a homebirth…that SO did not work out! Two C-sections later, I have no regrets. Are you going to have another baby?

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    Fayinagirl (means Free One) — February 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Those cookies looks SO yummy!

    You probably already know all about our family eating habits. I"m gonna check out those amazing grass bars. The hubs liked having those at work to snack on. Thanks for the heads-up =)

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    beadmobile — February 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I finally got a powerful blender (Blendtec) & made your Raw Vegan Peanut Butter (except I used Almond butter) Vanilla Balls & WOW what a difference really blending those dates makes! I love that recipe! I made a big batch & for half I added some cocoa. Good stuff. Your blog is awesome & inspiring. I can't wait to make the dark & white chocolate pb cups!! So beautiful! Here is what I am doing this weekend: running a marathon! Didn't want to spend $$ or waste vacation time, so I'm running it from home!

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    Katie ♥ — February 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    hey love!!!!

    Thanks for the sweet comment as always!!!!!!

    I hope Im your secret bloggie Valentine!! U got some amazing stuff you sent!!! Whoever gets that is hitting the jackpot!!!

    My son and Mike dont eat as healthy as me, I actually eat my own seperate dinner every night, lol, and I make them what they want, Mike is really great about me eating so healthy though, so it's nice he doesnt mind, being healthy is a lifestyle!

    Love ya girl, and as for superbowl plans, we are supposed to get a blizzard here tomorrow, so Im thinking we will be snowed in!! Just watching the game at home!!

    xoxo

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    *Naomi* — February 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    ohh I hope you are my secret valentine so I can get your goodies :) I am so jealous of the person whoever it is!! butterfinger in oats?? amazeee

    as for the jay robb protein powder, I tried the brown rice one and honestly it tasted almost exactly the same as the sun warrior. I could barely tell the difference, btu i didn make them with some different fruits. I think the real test would just ot be to mix it with some soy milk and take sip for sip to see the difference, I did like it alot though and for free?? ILL TAKE THAT!
    my fam eats very healthy and we all love tok cook my brother is an AMAZING cook I am so jealous of his girfriend because he cooks everything for them! I wish my BF could cook like that! growing up we generally ate the same thing, but sometimes I craved something else so I made it!!

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