Vegan Desserts Your Fam will LOVE for Thanksgiving

Happy Thursday!!

Okay, so Thanksgiving is around the corner, which is so exciting because that means my finals are around the corner too, and then I only have one more semester left of college! I am SO PROUD of myself.

As I start to get older, I feel like I need to bring a “dish” to holiday events. You know what I’m saying? Like growing up, you watched your mom bring her famous stuffing, or in my case, her famous pinapple dish to every holiday event. You, of course, didn’t have to bring anything because you relied on your mom to bring it since you’re going with her. Can anyone else relate?

Now I feel like I definitely need to step my game up, but here’s the thing, I’m really not the best cook, like at all. I am actually a really good baker! I think I’m better at baking because I love desserts and sweets, like LOVE them. Some would call that a pastry chef but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I am no “chef”.

This year I did luck out, I don’t have to bring anything for Thanksgiving because I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my apartment, and it’s only going to be with my mom and Zach. That also means that I really won’t have to cook at all, even though I’m hosting, because my mom will do the cooking!

BUT I will still do some baking that all three of us can enjoy! Are you ready to get the recipes for these two desserts I’m about to share with you? And yes, I have already made both of these desserts and they were so incredibly good. So feel free to whip these up yourself and bring them to your holiday gatherings.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf:

» 1  1/2 cup brown sugar

» 1/2 cup organic apple sauce

» 1 banana

» 1/2 of a 16 oz can of pumpkin

» 1  1/2 cup whole wheat flour

» 1/2 tsp ground cloves, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking soda

» 1/4 tsp salt

» 1/4 tsp baking powder

» 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

» Bake at 350 degree for 50 minutes «

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies:

» 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

» 1/2 cup rolled oats

» 1/4 cup sugar

» 1/2 tsp baking powder

» 1/4 tsp salt

» 1 tsp ground cinnamon

» 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

» 1/4 tsp ground ginger

» 1/4 cup maple syrup

» 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

» 1 tsp vanilla extract

» 1  1/2 tbsp canola oil

» 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

» Bake at 350 degree for 10-12 minutes «

» Find this recipe here «

Both of these desserts will go so fast at your family gathering, friends-giving, if you’re celebrating with only a significant other, or if you’re going to kick it alone this year!

Let me know what kind of holiday desserts you love!

xx, Aubrianna

Delightful Moments – YA YA Farm & Orchard

I am totally 100% that girl that loves going to haunted houses, pumpkin patches, & apple orchards during the Fall season. It puts me in the Fall spirit. They get me out of the house & out of my comfort zone. Those things are all so “basic” to some, but I guess I thrive off of being basic. HA!

Every Fall season, I make a bucket-list of things I want to accomplish during the season. This season, I’ve almost accomplished everything, except for making pumpkin bread and pumpkin desserts. And I actually plan on doing that on Saturday! I can’t wait, you guys. I have the day off from work, which literally never happens. So I plan to spend the day baking treats and binge watching Stranger Things. Zach and I finished the first season last year within like one or two days, we were so obsessed. I’m guessing we’ll finish the entire season in one day this time around!

What do you guys love to do during the Fall season?!

A few weeks ago, we went to this adorable little apple orchard that had the most gorgeous views!

Where are some great apple orchards you have been to? Let me know in the comment section!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween weekend! I can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes. Some people are so creative, I love it.

xx, Aubrianna

Make This Smoothie Your Best Friend

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good smoothie that’s packed with a lot of nutrients.

Smoothies are great because they’re easy to make, they’re super healthy if you’re using the right foods in them, and they allow you to get your necessary nutrients you need for your day. Also, you can add basically any sort of powder into them.

You’re probably wondering what I mean when I’m referring to powder. Well, what I’m referring to is vegan protein powder, maca powder, hemp powder, ginger powder, turmeric powder, spirit dust, pearl powder, just to name a few.

I know, it seems like a lot, and you’re probably wondering what each of these powders do.

& this is why we are here today- I am going to share my go-to smoothie as of lately!

 Fruits » 1-2 bananas, handful of berries

Veggies » Spinach (if I have it)

It’s always a great idea to incorporate greens into your smoothie because a lot of people don’t eat them enough throughout their day, especially me. 

Powders » Vegan protein powder, maca powder, pearl powder, spirit dust, & ginger powder

Liquids » Water

Water is the best to use because it doesn’t have any of the unnecessary sugars, carbs, or calories. I used to use unsweetened almond milk, but switched to water and loved it. I really stay away from apple juice, orange juice, and yogurt in my smoothies, because again, of the unnecessary sugar that’s in those. 

If I’m being completely transparent with you, it’s not the best tasting thing, like it’s not an Orange Julius or a Maui Wowi. But I can promise you that it’s incredibly healthy for you! & if I can get Zach to drink one of these, then it can’t be that bad because he has a diet of a 13 year old boy.

Now onto those mysterious powders:

» The vegan protein powder is obvious, it’s how I get a portion of my protein in for the day. I just always make sure the ingredients in the protein powder are good, because companies like to sneak some nasty crap in protein powers that are not needed!

» Maca powder is high in protein, fiber, vitamin b & c, calcium, potassium, iron, copper, & manganese.

» Pearl powder helps heal acne and scars, is a good source of calcium, stimulates collagen production, & has anti-aging properties.

» Spirit dust is from Moon Juice. Moon Juice carries all sorts of different types of dusts. They have beauty dust, sex dust, power, dust, spirit dust, dream dust, & brain dust. Each dust has specific ingredients in them to provide the best outcome. For example, “Power Dust® is an adaptogenic blend of elite superherbs and supermushrooms that help combat the effects of stress to fuel your physical and entrepreneurial feats.*

Contains ingredients with proven benefits:

Boosts energy and reduces fatigue*

Helps restore and sustain energy levels*

Supports healthy cardiovascular function*” – Moon Juice website

» Ginger powder contains anti-inflammatory compounds, boosts your immune system, has germ-fighting abilities, and can alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, exhaustion, & fatigue.

If you have any questions regarding any of these powders, just let me know!

xx, Aubrianna