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Chocolate-Covered Meal Of The Day

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But first, a recipe update:

I added 1/8 tsp of vanilla to the Raw Cashew-Vanilla Bars, which took the flavor to a new level.


Plus,  I wanted to show off the cute owl candle. When I was at Bryn Mawr (their mascot is the owl), we kinda went owl-overboard and bought everything owl-y we could find :).

Chocolate-Covered Meal of the Day

Kabocha was once again the star: Rich and creamy Pumpkin Pie Soup (used the Vita-Mix for this!!), toast with vegan butter,  steamed green beans, side salad, and sautéed mushrooms and peppers

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I made a double batch of the sautéed peppers and mushrooms.

The leftovers became Red Pepper Magic Soup.


Then later, I joined some friends for dessert.

And by friends, I mean: Raw Gingerbread Men.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. OHMIGOSH I want a VitaMix so BAD!!! I’d love to make that chocolate strawberry ice cream. You have the best recipes girl! Can’t wait for January. :)

  2. Danielle says:

    I asked santa for a vita-mix and his eyes popped out of his head when he saw the price. I keep trying to explain that it’s a good investment! I’ve still been meaning to make the raw gingerbread men

  3. Jocelyn says:

    ahhh that is so exciting. I will be looking forward to that giveaway :D:D

  4. Michal says:

    OMG cant wait! Guess what im about to go snack on? A delicious banana hammock :)

  5. lora says:

    why are all your titles so damn creative? makes me look bad! haha anywoo, yay i won the food scale! baking is going to be breezy now. Hmmm now all I need is a vitamix to go with it tho hahha


    p.s. adore the header title.

  6. You know I am a huge Vita worshiper and there was a time I think I mentioned it every day (til people wrote to me all the time and said but I dont have one therefore I can’t make this xyz recipe. Sure they can, in a food proc. Vita is my hero no doubt though :)) I wish I would have entered the contest but I didnt and now am videocameraless. Oh well :)

    love ya honey!

  7. What a great contest! I NEED a vitamix! Can’t wait till January!!

  8. Vanilla says:

    Yeah! My chance to win a Vitamix and try those fudge babies recipes!!!

    Maybe this giveaway will be one, lol.

  9. candice says:

    Ah, the legendary Vita-Mix. They sound super cool and all, but no matter how I look at it, it’s still just a blender (albeit a superman blender). I’m too cheap to dish out $400+ for a blender… wouldn’t mind getting it for free though 😉

    That’s an adorable owl you have there :]

  10. Cindy says:

    Oh, I can’t wait! I cannot afford one these days and would love to quit torturing my poor blender. It TRIES to rise to the occasion but, not so much!

    Pumpkin soup sounds perfect right about now!
    have a great day!

  11. Tanya says:

    Wow! I’ve read and seen ads about the VitaMix for years now…….and I’ve wanted one ever since. This is exciting….can’t wait for your giveaway!! How do you guys get these companies to do that? I’d love to be able to do giveaways too.


  12. YESSSS! A vita-mix giveaway!!!

    Your chocolate covered meal looks delicious!

  13. merittothecarrot says:

    Best. Giveaway. Ever.

    Also, the addition of vanilla to the cashew bars sounds PHENOM.
    I love all the soup action going on…

    Happy Monday!

  14. Melinda says:

    Sorry I didn;t get to tell you sooner that i like the new look of your blog. I just redid mine too if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.

  15. Jenny says:

    oh honeyyyyy I have been prayin to the Vita Mix gods every night! I want one so badly — between you , HEAB, and Averie, there are so many things I want to make that my little lame magic bullet just can’t do. Can’t wait for le giveawaaaay.

    love you muffin!

  16. Ooh, a Vitamix giveaway! How exciting! I want one sooooo bad.

  17. Lori says:

    I hope you enter that contest – you have so many amazing creations!!! As for me, I just keep dreaming about the VitaMix. It sounds incredible!!

  18. Mama Pea says:

    How ’bout we just cut out the middleman and you just give me a Vita Mix :)

    Yes, you SHOULD enter that contest!

  19. Emily says:

    So exciting that you’ll be having a Vita-Mix giveaway. I’ll probably be trying to win for the 127497320947 time. :-)

  20. Tiffany S. says:

    I can’t wait to win one for one of two people (I’ll have to draw straws or see who doesn’t get one from Santa). Can’t wait!

  21. Ashlei says:

    Santa brought my one as a Christmas gift! Love it!! (Thank you, Santa Baby) 😛

    Do you blend the kabocha’s skin into the soup too? I may need to give that a try! I’ve been loving on the kabocha lately.

  22. ohh I saw that contest and thought poo i don’t yet have one…fingers crossed for next month… friends you can eat…ha

  23. Naomi says:

    AHHH I cannot believe what an awesome giveaway this is! I cannot wait! I guess I will have to drool at all your gooodies to hold me over :) which I don’t mind one bit!!

    that soup looks great! :)

  24. I <3 my vitamix. Can you believe that I made so many nut butters in the last few days that my tamper MELTED?!?!?!? GAH!

  25. Katie says:

    We just bought a Vitamix over the weekend! LOVE it. Such a fun new toy still exploring everything we can make in it but it does make a wicked black bean soup and salsa!

  26. Cute gingerbread men.
    I have no vita – mix, way too pricey, and not sure if its my “thing”.
    Have a sweet day.

  27. Katie says:

    That owl is a CANDLE?!?! Adorable (says the girl who studies birds)!!

    The Vita-mix will be mine, oh yes it will be mine.

  28. Lindsay says:

    I’ve asked Santa (aka my bf) for a vita but I think it’s a little out of budget lol. I’d love to win one! I will for sure check back for your contest :-)

  29. Scott in Ohio says:

    Very excited about the giveaway in January!

    Man do those mushrooms and peppers look good!

  30. Christina says:

    Omg, so excited about that giveaway!

  31. Gena says:

    Great giveaway! I’m an owner already, so will stand aside, but I cross my fingers for the lucky winner.

  32. omg so excited bout the vitamix giveaway…i think id positively die if i won it :D…those gingerbread men look delish by the way MmmMmm

  33. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. ohhmay says:

    Ahhhh! My tummy dropped when I saw this… I was really counting on winning Miss Heather’s Vita-giveaway so I could make smoothies with a non-cracked blender. hahaha
    Aww, I hope you win their contest though! Post your video if you enter!

  35. Oh yes we have ourselves a Vitamix!! Love it : ) We make all sort of things in it!!

  36. Justine says:

    gosh, i so need a vita-mix on so many levels and i think the only way i will ever get one any time soon is if i win that sucker :( :(……they are extremely generous!cant wait for the contest to start :)

    hope you are having a great holiday so far katie :)


  37. Oooh. I am so going to make that recipe tomorrow! Thank you! I can eat cashews, they are not on my food sensitivity list like almonds :( I will let you know how they turn out 😉

  38. Sarah A says:

    This is hilariously ironic. Two days ago I told my sister that I wanted a VitaMix for Christmas, but we agree it just wasn’t in either of our budgets. She said, “don’t they ever end up as giveaways on the vegan blogs you read every day?” and I said, “Pigs will fly before something THAT awesome ends up in a giveaway”. Somewhere, pigs are flying. Thanks for another amazing upcoming giveaway!

  39. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce says:

    Raw gingerbread men! Vitamix! This is such an exciting post. That’s awesome that the company is going to have you host a giveaway!!

  40. Best giveaway EVER! Katie you are SO awesome, thank you for doing this. I can’t wait to enter….along with the thousands of others who are sure to throw their name in the hat too. Merry Christmas sweetie!

  41. Miss Rachel says:

    Are you entering the Pitch Me contest? I think you would make a great spokesperson. Don’t know if you’d actually want to do that though. 😉

  42. veganhomemade says:

    Woah Vitamix! I would definitely like to enter when you post the contest!

  43. chrysta says:

    Im so excited for the give away!!! awesome!

  44. Ashlei says:

    Katie, I made that kabocha soup and omg was it amazing!! Thank you for such a great idea :) I think this soup was the first actual “wow-factor” when I used my VM (it’s still pretty new). Soooo smooth and delish :)

  45. Luv2CUSmile says:

    So wish I could enter the Pitch Me Contest! I have so many wonderful things I could demonstrate! But, I had to ask Santa instead, and… he had to put meon next years list… maybe- LOL So this would be a great opportunity to win! Thx for updating us!

  46. Theresa P. says:

    yes, i would make that chocolate,strawberry ice cream with that new VITAMIX!!!!! among mannnyyyy other delicious ice creams etc. what a generous gift!!!!!!! you are an inspiration! Never stop! Thanks