Creamy Vegan Pasta Alfredo – Ready In 20 Minutes!

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This luxuriously creamy vegan pasta recipe is soy-free, nut-free, egg-free, & dairy-free!

Vegan Pasta Alfredo - Ingredients: 2 cups cauliflower, 2 tsp garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/2 cup... Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/07/28/vegan-pasta-alfredo-recipe @choccoveredkt

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You definitely don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy this lightened-up alfredo sauce.

It’s shockingly rich and creamy, without any heavy cream in the recipe. While most vegan pasta recipes call for either cashews or tofu to replace heavy cream, this sauce can also be made without either ingredient. Instead, it gets its creaminess from the media’s favorite vegetable of the moment: cauliflower!

If you haven’t tried thickening a sauce with the versatile cauliflower, I can’t recommend it highly enough. It lends a delicious creaminess without all the extra fat and calories, and it sneaks in a healthy vegetable serving you won’t even know you’re eating!

If you’re not a vegan and are wondering about how it might taste, I can tell you I’ve served this recipe—and my even easier  Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce recipe—to many non-vegans, always with positive reviews and requests for the recipe.

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This healthy alfredo recipe is deceptively easy to make, and the entire thing can come together in under 20 minutes, making it an excellent weeknight meal.

I wanted something a little fancier than my regular cauliflower pasta sauce recipe this time, and we turned the meal even fancier by finding a quiet park in which to eat alfresco. I served the meal with a simple strawberry salad. And thankfully I remembered to bring silverware, because forgetting things is my specialty.

I love how the sun stays out so late in the summer months. You’d never guess that this photo was taken at 7 in the evening:

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To make the vegan pasta recipe:

Start by sautéing a shallot until it begins to brown. Add all sauce ingredients to a medium pot, and bring it to a boil. Cover the pot and cook it on a low flame for 15 minutes, then pour it over pasta or spaghetti squash or even roasted vegetables if you’d prefer.

It also makes a delicious soup, and the cauliflower is so mild that anyone who doesn’t already know it’s in there will never be able to guess!

Vegan Pasta Alfredo - Ingredients: 2 cups cauliflower, 2 tsp garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/2 cup... Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/07/28/vegan-pasta-alfredo-recipe @choccoveredkt

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Creamy Vegan Pasta Alfredo

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Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 3/4 cups raw cauliflower florets (190g)
  • 2 tsp garlic, or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp buttery spread (or sub 2 tbsp olive oil and add a little extra salt if needed)
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup nutritional yeast or Parmesan (such as vegan Parma)
  • 1/2 lb uncooked fettuccine, or noodles of choice (8 oz)
Total Time: 20m
Yield: 4 servings

Instructions

Sauté the shallot and half of the buttery spread in a medium pot until shallot begins to brown. Add all remaining ingredients (except pasta), and bring to a boil. Cover and turn to low. Cook 15 minutes or until cauliflower is fall-apart soft. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions in salted water. Drain, but do not rinse. When cauliflower is soft, pulverize completely with an immersion or regular blender. Pour over pasta and stir well.

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These secretly healthy chocolate dirt pudding cups will take you straight back to childhood!

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If you grew up in the 90s, you probably recognized this kid-friendly snack right away!

A thick layer of creamy chocolate pudding is topped with chocolate crumbles in the classic dessert that resembles cups filled with dirt and mud. The idea of eating chocolate dirt might not sound like the most fantastic thing in the world, but of course there’s not really dirt in the recipe! I remember being served chocolate dirt cups often at birthday parties growing up. Sometimes the dirt crumbles were made of cookies, sometimes brownies, and sometimes Oreos…

Oh, and sometimes there were gummy worms! You can add gummy worms to this recipe too. Just make sure to look for gelatin-free brands if you want to keep the pudding cups vegan.

Healthy Dirt Pudding Cups - 2 cups milk of choice, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cup... Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/07/25/dirt-pudding-cups-healthy/ @choccoveredkt

Since I had an abundance of fresh mint, I chose to go with a more-grown-up version this time. No offense to gummy worms.

I also added a little peppermint extract, but you can skip it if you’d prefer plain chocolate pudding cups.

For the chocolate dirt, I chose a raw option here. You can also opt to use crumbles of your favorite chocolate brownie recipe, chocolate cookie recipe, or even my Healthy Oreos.

Dirt Pudding Cups - 2 cups milk of choice, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cup... Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/07/25/dirt-pudding-cups-healthy/ @choccoveredkt

Dirt Pudding Cups - 2 cups milk of choice, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cup... Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/07/25/dirt-pudding-cups-healthy/ @choccoveredkt

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Clean Eating Chocolate Dirt Pudding Cups

Adapted from Healthy Chocolate Pudding

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned coconut milk or milk of choice
  • heaping 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar OR 1/8 tsp uncut stevia
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice + 3 tbsp non-gmo cornstarch (Readers have had success with arrowroot)
  • optional 3.5 oz chocolate chips
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional pure peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional vegan gummy worms
Total Time: 20m
Yield: 3 servings

Instructions

*Nut-Free Version: Instead of the “dirt” ingredients listed, just use your favorite crumbled-up cookies.

Heat 2 cups milk of choice in a saucepan with the heaping 1/8 tsp salt, Dutch cocoa, and sugar or stevia. Meanwhile, whisk the cornstarch and remaining milk in a small bowl until no lumps remain. Once the saucepan mixture is warm, whisk in the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Then lower to simmer 1 minute. Turn off heat, and stir in chocolate chips and 3/4 tsp vanilla extract until chocolate melts. For mint pudding, you can add a little pure peppermint extract. Make sure it says pure, and start with 1/8 tsp. You can always add more. Refrigerate to thicken – it gets thicker as it sits. Feel free to experiment with arrowroot or non-Dutch cocoa; I haven’t tried either variation.

To make the dirt: Combine all remaining ingredients in a food processor until fine crumbles form. Sprinkle over the pudding. You can smush leftover crumbles into balls or bars if desired.

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