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Guest Bloggers: Elisabeth & Her Pup Shelly

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

Today's guest blogger is my pal Czech Vegan! We met on Twitter and became insta-friends. One of the things we bonded over was our love for dogs so when Elisabeth told me she was making HH cupcakes for her pup Shelly, well, I smelled a guest post! 

Let's Have a Dog Party! 

Elisabeth: My English Cocker Spaniel Shelly was celebrating her 9th birthday recently, and what would a birthday be without a cake, or in this case a vegan cupcake? 

I made Shelly's cupcake using the strawberry cupcake recipe from The Happy Herbivore's cookbook (page 216). I followed the original cupcake recipe for me and my husband, but for Shelly I left out the lemon zest. (I scooped out one cupcake for her before I added the lemon zest to the rest of the batch.) 

To make Shelly's cupcake more interesting and doggie friendly, I frosted the cupcake with her favorite peanut butter instead of vanilla frosting and strawberries. She went for the frosting first, of course :-) 

I had to unwrap the cupcake for her because she was getting ready to eat the cupcake with the paper on, it was that good! My husband and I enjoyed our strawberry cupcakes and ate the entire batch within two days......... I love Happy Herbivore's strawberry cupcakes, they are so easy to make and taste amazing!

Cupcake Baking Tip from Elisabeth: When I made these cupcakes for the first time, I made a mistake and over-stirred the batter resulting in doughy and dense cupcakes. I learned from that mistake this time and only stirred the batter until just combined (as the recipe directions suggest). The cupcakes came out much better this time! 

A little bit about Shelly: I got Shelly in Prague (Czech Republic) when she was only 2 month old. I moved with her to the USA six years ago. She is a very special dog. She is a very sweet girl, very affectionate and well behaved. She loves people and our three kitties. A fun thing about her is the fact that she is bilingual :-) She understands commands and words in Czech and English. Like Lindsay's pugs, Shelly loves fruits and veggies. Some of her favorite veggies and fruits are apples, carrots, zucchini, blueberries, peas, green beans, bananas, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes. 

While most people have to force their dogs to eat veggies, I have to hide veggies and fruits from mine! One time when Shelly was about a year old, I was cleaning my fridge and she stole a giant cucumber and ran on the balcony with it. I did not notice it at first but when I realized that something was missing in my fridge I looked up and saw Shelly chewing on a cucumber as if it was a bone. She loves peanut butter and when I say the words Peanut Butter she starts licking her lips and walks over to the kitchen. 

HH: My pugs are definitely envious of Shelly right now---even though they get HH's Carrot Cake Cupcakes on their birthdays (they're c-c-c-crazy for carrots!). Thanks for sharing your birthday with us Shelly! 

Fat-Free Whole-Wheat Easy Homemade Biscuits (Banana Biscuits)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: RecipeVideo

A great secret to cutting the fat in biscuits is using a banana in place of butter or shortening. In my original recipe (p. 38 of HHC) I call for using a food processor, but you can do it by hand, too! 

Here’s how:

I added the full banana in the video because I wanted a banana-flavored biscuit. (For a less banana taste, use half and a light greenish banana). 

If you don't have the book, here is the recipe: Whisk 1 cup white whole wheat flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 baking soda (you can leave this out), pinch salt. 1/2 to 1 banana (more banana, more banana flavor), 1/3 c soy milk, perhaps a splash more, until its wet and thick. Drop spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet (or line with parchment paper) and bake about 10-12 mins 400F, or until firm and golden at the edges.

Banana biscuits with raisins and cinnamon? So unbelievably good and really easy! For a treat, add a little bit of a glaze or icing (p. 225 of HHC) -- vanilla or almond extract with powdered sugar and a little non-dairy milk. 

What a great morning treat full of fruit and whole grain goodness!

If you’re looking for something with a little less banana taste, try these easy 3-ingredients Applesauce Biscuits.

Quick & Easy Black Bean Burgers (6 ingredients! 15 minutes!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: RecipeVideo

Need dinner fast? Don't have much in the house? Here is my lazy Friday dinner meal--quickie black bean burgers. I sometimes call these "hotel room burgers" because I originally developed them in a hotel room while on vacation! 

Recipe:Black Bean Burgers

Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 4 servings


I developed these burgers in a hotel room: they’re quick, easy and require very few ingredients. (In fact, except for the beans and a seasoning packet, I sourced all the ingredients from the complimentary “breakfast bar”). I make these burgers any time I need a super fast meal or I’m really low on ingredients.



Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl, mash black beans with a fork until mostly pureed but still some half beans and bean parts are left. Stir in condiments and spices until well combined. Then mix in oats. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into thin patties. Bake for 7 minutes, carefully flip over and bake for another 7 minutes, or until crusty on the outside. Slap into a bun with extra condiments and eat!