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Love it!!! BTW: Do you ever cook using the ethnic inspiration from your many travels?
Chocolate-Covered Katie says
Definitely! I adore ethnic food and often eat things I was turned on to rom living in Japan and China, or even vacations. I think my favorite is Thai food :). But Ethiopian is another favorite… and oddly enough, I discovered Ethiopian food in Italy! I really love going to the Asian market and just looking around at all the unusual (to me) ingredients.
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
I had two hamsters! One was great, the other was the devil. seriously. couldn’t pick him up without him biting me and always chewed his way out of his cage! And your about me page isn’t self-centered at all! It’s just covering all the questions people send you. Thanks for blogging, I recently discovered your blog and I love all the great recipes!
Haha that was my sister’s hamster, too! And one time he got out and she was afraid he would bite her in the night! (But then we found him behind the tv!)
One thing I meant to ask you, just curious really, I used to only eat when watching TV, and always ate through a film. Recently I tried eating without distractions, at first I thought it a dumb idea but I find now that I enjoy my food much better when I give it all my attention. What do you (normally) do? Do you eat to the TV or reading magazines, or are you a full attention kinda girl?
I pretty much never eat in front of the tv (unless I’m with a bunch of friends and we’re having movie night or something… but even then, we usually eat before or after). I like it quiet and calm. I feel the same as you, that it’s better ambiance this way ;).
Oops just realised I called you Kate!
You’re right. Not everyone reading is vegan. I’ve thought of doing a blog, but I eat so strangely that no one in the world would follow it. LOL I do lots of raw foods, green smoothies, organic when I can..not so much sometimes. I agree with the bug issue!! I also eat grass fed beef, wild salmon and more tuna than I should. I’ve tried giving up mayo and coffee, but I just don’t want to. LOL I have food allergies…soy, almonds, hazelnuts and crab. (So I like your alternative ingredient suggestions. I tend to use coconut milk instead of almond) OH..and anything white flour or sugar makes me fall asleep and wheat does odd things to my innards..makes me rumbly and bloated..not sure why. I think I’ll stick with reading your blog to supplement my sweet tooth instead of venturing on my own. 🙂
It’s so funny that people think they have the right to call someone else’s eating style “strange.” Really, who decides what’s strange and what’s normal? I’d probably think a lot of your smoothies and raw foods would sound delicious… but then again, many people think I have a strange diet too ;).
First of all I want you to know that you NEVER come off as narcissistic on your blog. And I love hearing about everything (creepy as this may sound).
Thank you, Val, for you (not creepy at all!) comment. I really appreciate it, because I feel so awkward with some parts of blogging, like when we ask people to follow us or even sending out tweets on twitter.
I love you FAQ! I also love how your so cute about not wanting to talk about yourself — it’s your blog and we come back because we like you! Your recipes are amazing too, but I don’t know if I would keep coming back if the recipes were posted by a cold hearted meanie!
You say you have big plans for your recipes… does this mean a cookbook perhaps? I know I’d like that. I’d like that a lot 🙂
Leslie Paquette says
I love your FAQ page!!! I think it explains your blog perfectly.
Isnt it weird I actually love strength training over cardio? I guess were all different. Haha running on treadmills really do makes us look hamsters!! I love how honest you are with your answers, definately NOT vain 🙂 I love all the tips on healthy hair too!!
Thank you for updating this! I think all of your readers appreciate how open, honest and sincere you are 🙂 Um, did you know you listed peanut butter twice in your grocery list? I’m not complaining, and let’s face it, it’s worth mentioning twice 😀 It’s just that you’re always so on the ball with your use of language, grammar, punctuation etc that I thought I’d ask 😉
Also, I know what you mean about lifting weights – I don’t mind kettlebell workouts as much (although I couldn’t do them more than once a week), but I find sets and reps of lifting weights dull and boring. So I wondered if you would ever consider functional strength bodyweight exercises, such as those on BodyRock.com for example? They are excellent for building lean muscle, take very little time and are highly varied and therefore never boring. Given your competitive nature (based on your running games, I mean!) I think you would enjoy the element of setting personal bests, trying to beat the host’s score and that of other BodyRockers!
Just a suggestion about something that’s worked for me 🙂 Thanks again!
Wow, that’s so funny! See, I told you I had pb on the brain! And one can never have too much peanut butter.
So… of course I meant to list it twice ;). (No, not really. I’m going to change it now. Thanks for finding my slip-up!)
I’ve never tried BodyRock. I’ll have to look into it!
Hey Katie! Semi-newish reader has a quick question: can you use coconut OIL instead of coconut BUTTER in any of your recipes (I’m thinking fudge)? What’s the difference? Do either of them actually TASTE like coconut? I read the post where you made your own coconut butter, but saw somewhere else that you are only supposed to use unsweetened– all my grocery store sells is sweetened flaked and while they (surprisingly) carried coconut OIL, there was no butter to be found.
Thank you! Like you, I don’t really have much of a sweet tooth but I’m not a huge fan of chocolate either– I know, shun the nonbeliever!– but I love your baked and voluminous oatmeals, and baby recipes!
A few readers have tried the fudge with oil and liked it… but I honestly think the fudge would be MUCH better with coconut butter than oil! Coconut butter has more of a peanut butter-consistency and tastes like shortbread!
And lol you go right ahead and dislike chocolate. It means more for me 😉 ;).
Kristin @ STUFT Mama says
This page is the perfect addition to your website! Love it Katie! And LOVE your healthy approach to working out, etc. 🙂 Yay! Now if I could only get my hair to look like yours……. I wish just eating chocolate everyday would do the trick. ha ha ha!
Haha I always wished for my sister’s hair… if I ever find a way to magically get someone else’s hair, I will definitely pass the info on to you, too! But you might want to try eating chocolate every day, just in case. If it doesn’t work, well… you’ll still be happy from all the chocolate, right? 😉
heyyyy! I tried to go vegan for several months but I found myself hungry ALL the time and I just felt unbalanced. My diet was composed of mostly vegetables fruits and some grains. I ended up giving it up and going back to vegetarian. Any tips on making meals that stick to the ribs? thanks!
I’d look into some really yummy cookbooks (anything by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is good!) and also look into a book that has a good nutrition section. My favorite book for this is called “The Vegetarian Way” by Ms. Messina (I forget her first name!). It literally has a chapter on every nutrient! And it has sample meal plans too :).
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
This is awesome. I have thought about doing something like this for awhile but haven’t. Yet. I love how you answered the most frequent questions you probably receive and did it matter of factly and without mincing words and while being totally honest and straight to the point. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Hi Katie! It’s been so great watching your blog grow over the last couple years. I’ve been reading on and off, but your writing always makes me glow with happiness! I’m so glad you’ve decided to do this full time because the joy you bring your readers is absolutely priceless.
Much love and chocolate xx
Aww you just made ME glow with happiness :).
I think it is your great foodie pictures that keep me coming back to your site to drool and your cute sense of humor. You write just the right amount about the food or inspiration for it. Keep up the good work. Glad you can make it your career!
Yolie @ Practising Wellness says
This is such a great FAQ page, and as an avid reader i just have to reassure you that you have never once seemed narcissitic to me, in any way – that is something I struggle with in terms of blogging too, because that is not what I want or what I am at all! You only seem genuine and warm 🙂 xyx
Thanky uo SO much, Yolie! It’s hard, right? We want people to read our blogs… but at the same time we don’t want to sound like a neverending sales-pitch! I would make a very bad salesperson lol!
Danni (Healthy Kitschy Vegan) says
*poke* I have one question (and I am not sure if you answered it on another page or not) but where did you attend college/what did you go to college for? Just curious, being a girl in her early 20s as well 🙂
Here ya go! 🙂
Hi Katie 🙂
I love the site and I’ve been going down a list of recipes almost nightly !!! I have one question right now… you said no dairy in any of your recipes but I see chocolate chips in a few of them. I made the ultimate chocolate pie tonight w/ real chocolate chips – OH MY GOD GOOD !!! Doesn’t chocolate chips have milk or are you using carob chips instead of real chocolate chips. The pie I made tonight with crust has 15 grams of fat per 1/8 pie slice at about 350 cal – way off your Chocolate Fudge Pie Nutrition Facts. My guess is that you omitted the crust in the Chocolate Fudge Pie Nutrition Facts on your page and you used carob chips instead of real chocolate chips to bring the fat way down… ? Am I right that you only use carob chips instead of real chocolate chips… ? Please do tell… Thanks so much !!!
I am so so glad you liked the pie! I most certainly use REAL chocolate chips in my recipe (and in all my recipes calling for chocolate chips). Many brands of chocolate chips are vegan, including: Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet (the ones in the gold package), Enjoy Life, Whole Foods brand, Sunspire, some generic brands, Divvies, etc. 🙂
And yes, I didn’t calculate the crust, since I didn’t give a recipe for one and therefore different people will use crusts that have different calorie amounts. Plus, I like it crustless anyways.
I’ve had carob chips only once or twice before… I like chocolate better ;).
Thanks Katie for the reply !!! I miss calculated my recipe… silly me 🙂 I used 50% more tofu. GREAT PIE !!!!!
Oh no worries!! 🙂
Jessy (squeezetheday) says
Hey Katie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I love it! I like that they seem simple and you don’t seem to use very rare ingredients. I haven’t actually tried any of your recipes yet, but I definitely will once I get back into baking … I think I’ll start with the deep-dish cookie pie and the chocolate fudge pie. 🙂
I was wondering if you take into consideration requests for recipes? I have been trying to find a recipe for a healthy croissant, but with no luck … perhaps that’s a mission impossible, hah. Do you like Speculaas cookies? I hope someday you decide to make a recipe for them! 😉
I love getting recipe requests! Haha and I will try… right now my “want to make” list is scary-long, but I’m putting croissants on there! And I’ve never had a Speculaas cookie!
Oh, you need to try Speculaas! They’re spicy cookies, usually baked around December (on St Nicholas’ Eve). Seriously, the taste is very different from most cookies, because they contain many spices. I love them! 😀
I LOVE your blog, your honesty, your outlook on food and life! I am making your “Not Guilty” Chocolate Chip Cookies for my kids today (and myself too of course!) Just wanted to chime in on the lifting weights thing — I also love running and used to hate lifting weights. But once I tried Jillian Michaels workouts and got over the difficulty (I literally was in tears at the end of the first one because I pushed myself and it was so doggone hard!), I absolutely LOVE it now. I started with the exercises in her book Making the Cut, then went on to her videos (not as intense as what’s in the book) but now I have the exercises memorized, so I can do them anywhere (outside, yes!) Any program that combines cardio + strength is a lot more fun, you get quick results (you can see your muscles!) and there is just something about being a woman and realizing your strength potential. It’s empowering!! Hope you can find something that makes it fun for you! Just going to the gym and lifting is quite a bore. 🙂
Okay, I am seriously going to the store and checking out her book (or the dvds)! I really need something, ANYthing to make me like weight-lifting… I am always so jealous when everyone says how much they love it! For me, it’s a struggle to make myself do even twenty (ok, ten!) minutes. Thanks a ton for the recommendation :).
You are absolutely welcome! Her book has a bunch of nutrition info, but I already had that down (sounds like you do too!) so just skip to the workout stuff. 🙂
Hey Katie!!!! I just stumbled upon your blog today for the first time and I cannot even begin to tell you how thrilled I am that I did. I have recently lost 50 pounds over the last 8 months and I am doing everything I can to keep it off while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dessert is my obsession and for the past few months I’ve lived by the motto that I can be healthy, eat right and still have a dessert everyday. However, lately I’ve been second guessing that theory while trying to convince myself that I don’t need dessert everyday. I try to justify that having dessert while maintaining a healthy diet is okay but sometimes I do feel guilty. After reading so many of your posts today and looking through your amazing recipes, I’m feeling a lot better about splurging on dessert, in a moderate and balanced way of course. Thank you for your great stories and amazing recipes, which I cannot wait to try. I could not have found your blog at a better time and it’s always great to find that someone else out there can relate to being a complete chocoholic! Also, I wanted to recommend to you another blogger whose blog I came across randomly while goggling healthy recipes a few months ago. Her stories and recipes have also been a big help to me on my journey to a healthy lifestyle by reminding me that eating right can still be delicious and fun. You may have already checked her stuff out, I don’t know how things work in the blogging world but anyway her name is Anne and her blog is FannetasticFoods. Seems like you two have a lot in common and I figured there may be some stuff on her blog you would enjoy. Anyway, I am really glad I came across your blog. I’ve already considered cancelling any weekend plans to stay home and try out your incredible recipes 😉 Thanks again and take care!!
Thanks for such a sweet comment, Kathleen! I am so glad you found me too! I don’t know Anne very well, but she seems like a sweetheart :).
Sarah Maietta says
LOVE LOVE LOVE your site and can not wait to make some of your recipes….especially the chick-pea chocolate dip. One little request…please! Can you add the carbs to all nutritional facts? I am doing Weight Watchers and need it to figure out my points value before going overboard.
I’ll try to remember for some future recipes! But there are also some free sites you can go to and plug in the individual ingredients for ANY recipe, and it’ll tell you. 🙂
I’ve noticed you have no recipe for waffles. Are you planning on making some? 😀 I bought a waffle maker a few months ago (besides the fact that I’ve never tried waffles, hah) and it can also be used to make ice cream cones, but I haven’t found any healthified recipe yet.
They are on my to-do list! I don’t know why I’m so intimidated by the waffle iron! I need to get over my laziness!
You may have already answered this somewhere in your blog but I don’t have hours to search for it lol! Anywho can you substitute skim milk in where you use coconut milk and other milk varieties? Also can splenda/sugar replace the natural sweeteners you use? I know it isn’t “good for you” but I have it on hand. Thanks so much! Your recipes are great! BTW I am sitting here typing this while munching on your Cookie Dough Dip! Nom nom nom!
Yes, you can definitely substitute sugar in most of my recipes. (I think I usually give that as an option anyway. If I say “sweetener of choice,” sugar is definitely one of your options.) As for skim milk, I think it’d be ok to sub when I call for nondairy milk. But if I call specifically for coconut milk in a recipe (such as with my 4-minute macaroons), it needs to be the canned coconut milk because that has a completely different taste/fat content from other milks.
Do you take any nutritional supplements?
I do take an Omega-3/dha pill (Minami brand). That’s the only pill I take, but I also make sure to get enough b12 in my diet every day, through things like nutritional yeast, Silk almondmilk, etc.
Hi Katie!! I discovered your blog yesterday through a facebook post of a friend. Since then, I’ve made the choc chip cookie dough, snicker doodle dip and fresh out of the oven right now is the choc chip pie. I seriously can’t get over the fact that I’m eating beans in my dessert. I never heard of using them in baking before!! Love it! You are just the cutest thing with a spunky personality and I’ve enjoyed going through your blog. One question I have for you is this.. Do you ever get tired of chocolate???
Thanks so much for the inspiration to make healthy desserts!!
Awww thanks, Kara!! Haha there are definitely times when I want savory foods as opposed to sweet ones… but I can’t ever think of a time when I’ve gone a whole day without craving chocolate at some point! I gave it up for Lent once; that was hard! 🙂
Hey Katie! I just found your blog yesterday and have the snickerdoodle blondies in the oven. Up next, chocolate chip deep dish pie:) And the dough to the blondies is out of the world…I can’t believe it is chickpeas for the base!! But, I do have a question…do you have a “print” option for your recipes? I find myself copying and pasting the recipes onto a blank Word document…kind of tedious…just wondering! And, I apologize if you’ve already answered this somewhere else. Thanks..you truly are a creative soul, and I am amazed at all the drool-worthy recipes you have come up with!
I don’t :(. It sounds like a really good idea, and it’s on my to-do list. But I am embarrassed to admit I don’t know how to do it! I am so un-technologically savvy! It’s terrible. I’m trying to learn, and hopefully someday soon I will figure out how to get a print button up!
I totally understand…thank you for your quick reply! So…I have now eaten a third of the pan of snickerdoodle blondies, which are now out of the oven, and like your previous commenter, I simply cannot get over the fact that I am eating beans for dessert. Unbelievable. I am forwarding your site to some friends of mine who have gone gluten free, and with your recipes, I think I might be tempted to join them. Dessert has always been my “downfall”, and I love the fact that I can now indulge my sweet tooth in a more nutritious, healthy way. Blessings, Katie…thank you so much!
Aww wow, thank YOU so much!! It really means a lot to me that you’re sharing the site. And I’m so happy you like the blondies!
hey katie!!! I love your blog!!
Can you give me an idea for a healthy pumpkin rcipe? My friends birthday is coming up and she is obsessed with pumpkin
Thanks, Grace! 🙂
Here’s a link to all my recipes tagged with “pumpkin” https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/tag/pumpkin/
I don’t know if you’ve already posted about this, but where do you typically shop for some of your more “exotic” ingredients that aren’t found in typical grocery stores? Also, I haven’t had the chance to make any of your yummy-looking recipes (darn dorm rooms…I miss my kitchen!), but I was wondering…what do non-vegans think of them? I’m used to non-vegan desserts, and while these all look amazing, some of them just seem too good to be true!
Usually I’ll get the harder-to-find things either in the natural food section of a regular grocery store or at Whole Foods.
And when I first started making desserts for my friends, I’d serve the dessert first and ask their opinion. Then, after they gave me an opinion that was unbiased by the fact that the dessert was healthy (because they didn’t know it was), I’d tell them it was healthy and vegan. They have figured out by now that healthy/vegan desserts can taste delicious, so they’re not suspicious or wary of my desserts anymore :).
thanks so much for the info! i can’t wait to try out some recipes 🙂
i’m a new reader–found your blog through pinterest. it’s been fun to read your FAQ pages. i’m also a runner and a vegetarian, quietly easing my way into full vegan. [i have to be sneaky since my husband had a hard enough time getting used to no more meat in the house. ha.] ALSO i lived in japan in high school, in fukuoka. where did you live?
Oh wow, so happy to hear from another person who lived in Japan! 🙂
I was in Tokyo. I miss it!
watashi mo! i’m curious if you have any ideas for vegan onigiri. my favorite was tuna, but obviously that wouldn’t be my pick now.
I actually hate sushi… probably because I don’t like nori! (Oh, except inari sushi is awesomeness in a wrapper!) I bet if you google it, stuff will come up. I can google anything these days and get a vegan recipe… even for weird things like lemon meringue!
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