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Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings GIVEAWAY and Hot Chocolate Muffins


Looking for a last minute holiday gift for that special herbivore in your life? (Which, admittedly, might be yourself)…. How about the Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings cookbook!

There’s more than 130 recipes organized by occasion (Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Brunch, etc), PLUS:

  • Pre-party planning tips
  • Holiday FAQs
  • Dinner party menus

Fun stuff! Those of you who are already HH fans know that her recipes are low fat and oil free. Ultra healthy! Not the way I always eat, but I do enjoy many of her dishes. In fact, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I use her vegan alfredo sauce in a number of my own recipes (Easy Vegetable Pasta Alfredo and Cajun Fettuccine with Tofu are two of my faves!)

In addition to the giveaway, the publishers also let me choose one recipe to share with you guys… and I chose the Hot Chocolate Muffins because obviously. So after you enter the giveaway, make sure to scroll down and grab that delicious recipe!

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The Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a copy of the Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings cookbook!

This contest is open until Midnight (Mountain time), Thursday December 18th. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day. To Enter: Leave a comment sharing which dish or meal you’d like to see a healthier version of, then log your entry into the Rafflecopter widget. Contest is limited to the US and Canada only. Good luck!

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Hot Chocolate Muffins
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  1. 1 ¾ cup white whole-wheat flour
  2. ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  3. 1 tbsp baking powder
  4. ¼ tsp fine salt
  5. ½ c brown sugar
  6. ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or chipotle) powder
  7. ¼ c unsweetened applesauce (see note)
  8. ½ c nondairy milk (see note)
  9. ¼ c water
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with parchment paper cups or use nonstick.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cayenne together.
  4. Add applesauce, nondairy milk, water, and vanilla.
  5. Taste, adding more cayenne or chipotle if desired (a little goes a long way! It also mellows slightly during baking.)
  6. Spoon into muffin cups and bake 15–20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Chef’s Notes
  1. For a moister muffin, add another 1⁄4 cup applesauce.
  2. For a richer muffin, use chocolate nondairy milk.
  3. Per muffin: 101 calories, 0.5g fat, 22.6g carbohydrates, 1.2g fiber, 7g sugars, 2.3g protein
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  • Michelle December 12, 2014, 6:07 am

    I’d love to see a healthier version of lasagna.

  • Jennifer December 12, 2014, 7:26 am

    I don’t “care” about healthier versions of things since I generally lean towards healthy foods to begin with. BUT I am always interested in healthier ice creams. Like banana ice creams and the like. I love ice cream, I wouldn’t stop eating them if it was socially acceptable.

  • Bianca December 12, 2014, 8:59 am

    Oh yay! This book is on my wish list. As you know, I eat plenty of fried crap. But a girl needs balance sometimes. And I, too, LOVE her alfredo recipe!

  • Stacy December 12, 2014, 9:12 am

    Sugar cookies with frosting. They all seem so unhealthy for you!

  • Aimee B. December 12, 2014, 10:57 am

    I would love to see a healthier version of fried pickles. 🙂

  • Michelle December 12, 2014, 11:50 am

    I would love to see a healthier version of a potato dish such as scalloped potatoes.

  • sarah December 12, 2014, 7:05 pm

    biscuits and gravy!

  • heather December 12, 2014, 8:42 pm

    I would like to see a healthier version of pizza.

  • Laura December 12, 2014, 9:51 pm

    I gave up being an omnivore after my heart attack and doing a bit of research. At 66 yrs old I found out that meat and dairy is definitely NOT healthy and the FDA has been lying to us all these years with their skewed food pyramid.
    Although I cheat a little by eating vegan meat substitutes, my biggest hurtle is sweets- they all had butter and eggs- I am so going to make your hot chocolate muffins this weekend! Thank you for making my weekend!

  • Antoinette December 13, 2014, 6:42 am

    ^I second the sugar cookies! They are a holiday staple but filled with horrible stuff, a healthier version is needed.

  • KathyD December 13, 2014, 9:15 am

    I’d like a healthier version of an Oreo-type cookie, a Moon Pie or a hand-held fruit pie (with a sweet crust).

  • Molly December 13, 2014, 2:00 pm

    i love love love lindsay

  • Shari December 14, 2014, 3:10 am

    I would love to see an oil-free flaky pie crust

  • Terri Cole December 14, 2014, 4:07 pm

    I was thinking that a healthy cupcake would be the Holy Grail. Those chocolate muffins would be a pretty good substitution though!

  • Melissa K. December 14, 2014, 4:12 pm

    More healthy desserts, especially chocolate!

  • Erica C December 14, 2014, 6:36 pm

    sugar cookies

  • Darrell December 15, 2014, 7:45 am

    I’d love to see more healthy/vegan recipes for traditional pastries, like croissants (is that even possible?), tarts, etc.

  • Cece December 15, 2014, 8:22 am

    I’d love a healthier version of cannelloni, it’s my favorite dish and so yummy!

  • abby December 15, 2014, 8:54 pm

    Those cupcakes look delicious!

  • abby December 15, 2014, 8:56 pm

    Those cupcakes look amazing!

  • e.b. December 16, 2014, 10:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing this hot chocolate muffin recipe – it sounds delicious! 🙂 As for healthier recipes, I would love to see an oreo cookie recipe or nice cream that didn’t have all that processed stuff that real Oreos have in them. I was such a sucker for cookies n’ cream before I went vegan!

  • Natalie December 17, 2014, 5:59 pm

    I’d like to see a healthier version of Mac and cheese.

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