4th of July Stuffed Strawberries

Vegan cheesecake

These red, white, and blue cheesecake stuffed strawberries are festive, simple, and the perfect addition to any 4th of July BBQ, dinner party, picnic, or potluck.  Watch the how-to video below to see how it’s done!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of your favorite vegan cheesecake filling (If you don’t already have a favorite vegan cheesecake recipe, try this one made with vegan cream cheese, which is now easy to find!)
  • 15 strawberries (large and uniformly shaped)
  • 15 blueberries

You’ll need a sharp knife for detailed strawberry carving and a plastic bag to use for piping (simply cut a small hole in the corner and squeeze the cheesecake filling out of it). Don’t worry, it really is as easy as it looks in the video!

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 1 container of vegan cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Blend all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Chill for at least one hour before piping into the strawberries.

Note: You can also use vegan frosting or coconut whipped cream in place of the cheesecake filling.

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Vegan Shop in Berkeley | Republic of V

If you love vegan candy, jewelry, belts, cosmetics, frozen desserts, stickers and food, you will love this 100 percent vegan store that recently opened shop in Berkeley, California.

Meet: Republic of V, and watch this video to take a peek inside the shop!

Next time you visit the Bay Area, be sure to plan a trip to this vegan hotspot. You can also check out our Berkeley Vegan Restaurant Guide, but be careful, it may leave you drooling and buying a plane ticket.

Tahini Dressing

Unbeatable on salads and an essential accompaniment to falafels or hummus, this recipe can be made in under five minutes. Plus, once you try this tahini dressing, you’ll never again be tempted to reach for dairy. It’s that good.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup tahini (we recommend Al Wadi)
  • ¼ cup water
  • Juice of half a medium-sized lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir vigorously until creamy. This can take two solid minutes of mixing and you’ll see it combine to form a thick and creamy dressing. This recipe yields enough dressing for two large salads.

For more salad tips and tricks, visit Vegan.com/Salad

Garlic Toast

Vegan Garlic Toast

Vegan garlic bread can be hard to find, but why bother when you can make this easy and delicious garlic toast? Watch the video below to see how.

Ingredients:

  • Two-or-three slices of sourdough bread
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of Earth Balance vegan butter

Instructions

  1. Finely mince garlic cloves.
  2. Lightly toast slices of bread.
  3. Add Earth Balance to the pan and heat on medium. As soon as the butter is melted, add the garlic.
  4. Make sure garlic and butter is evenly distributed in the pan, and place the toasted bread on top.
  5. Push each slice of bread around on the plate to make sure it soaks up the butter and garlic.
  6. As soon as the garlic begins to turn golden, remove the toast and distribute any remaining garlic and butter on top of the toast.
  7. Devour immediately!

Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Ice Cream

Mr. Dewie's Vegan Ice Cream

Have you ever wondered how vegan ice cream is made? Well, today we are bringing you behind the scenes at Mr. Dewie’s Frozen Desserts to show you how they make their delicious, creamy, cashew-based ice cream.

It is very exciting to see new vegan ice cream companies like Mr. Dewie’s sprouting up. If you live on the West Coast of the United States, keep your eyes peeled for these delicious tubs of vegan heaven. If not, be on the lookout for other new vegan ice cream companies near you—they are surely coming!

Vegan Ice Cream Books

There are few things as rewarding as making your own ice cream. You get to choose your nut base, flavor, ad-ins, and can totally customize the creamy dessert to your liking. If this seems like your cup-of-cream, you’re in luck. There are upwards of 10 vegan ice cream cookbooks available on Amazon.com! And you can pick up an ice cream maker for under $50.

    

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you have kids or simply like to feel like a kid every once in a while, you’ve got to try these delicious vegan ice cream sandwiches. Tofutti Cuties are widely distributed and perfect for parties, kids birthdays and summertime treats.

Tip # 5: Vegan Ice Cream 101

Vegan Double Rainbow Ice Cream

Summer is near, and we’re here to crush the myth that vegan ice cream is hard to find! In this video we break down the difference between ice cream, sherbet (not vegan) and sorbet (almost always vegan), and share some of the most easy-to-find vegan frozen dessert brands.

Banana Ice Cream

vegan banana ice cream

Did you know that you can make your own ice cream in minutes using just one simple ingredient? This ice cream is not only vegan but it’s also healthy.  The secret ingredient: Bananas. Here’s how its done.

Step 1: Peel, slice and freeze bananas overnight. The bananas should be slightly overripe—spotted but not completely brown.

Step 2: Add two-to-three frozen bananas to a blender or a food processor.

Step 3: Blend! If you are able to blend the banana on it’s own, that’s ideal. If you don’t have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, you may need to add one or two tablespoons to get things moving. Just remember, the less liquid you add, the more ice-cream-like it will be.

Step 4: Blend it up! As soon as it hits a creamy frozen yogurt consistency, you’re done. People will go bananas for this stuff.

This can make a delicious treat on its own, but can be a really fun family event by adding all sorts of toppings. As soon as I discovered this—natures ice cream—it became a staple in my kitchen. I encourage you to try this at your home!

Tip: You can also make peanut butter or chocolate nana ice cream by adding peanut butter or chocolate sauce to the blender.

First Vegan School in the U.S.

This past week NPR published an article about film director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron creating an all-vegan school. Tired of the conventional school system, Suzy went to work creating her own environmentally-conscious school called Muse. The Camerons recently decided that within the next year-and-a-half, the school will transition to serving only plant-based foods. Unless another school somehow beats them to it, this will become the first 100% vegan school in the United States!

Watch our video below discussing this news, why it is so important, and what you can do to help get children access to healthy vegan food in school.