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Fat-Free Vegan Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

I know what you're thinking, "Is she ever going to make real food again for us?" Yes, I am ;)

I just happen to be on a smoothie kick (thanks to HH30) and really loving starting my day with a nutrient packed tastes-like-dessert breakfast. This one is my favorite yet!

It has all the right flavors to make it taste exactly like an oatmeal cookie plus with the added oats it packs a fiber and protein punch. It's so freakin' delicious!!!

Recipe:Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie


If you've ever wanted cookies for breakfast, this smoothie is for you. Rich, spicy and oh-so oatmealy.



Combine all ingredients together in a blender and whiz until smooth and creamy, adding extra non-dairy milk as necessary to achieve desired consistency. If using unsweetened non-dairy milk, add another 1 tbsp raisins. Garnish with a dash of cardamon or cinnamon if desired.

An Apology

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Advice

Well this certainly has turned into a week of out-of-character posts!

Fans, Friends & Readers,

I'd like to formally apologize for the offensive ads on Happy Herbivore lately. For as long as I've been with Blogher, I've selected preferences and settings that signify to them that I do NOT want ads that publicize meat, dairy, fur, etc.

Despite my clear "vegan-only" preferences, Blogher chooses not to adhere to them. First it was the god-awful KFC "Buckets For a Cure" ad (Susan G Komen, be ashamed of yourself). As soon as I saw that ad appear on HH, I contacted Blogher immediately to have it removed.

However now I'm seeing CoffeeMate ads and worse -- "How to Grill Chicken or Fish" by Blogher themselves (!) This is simply not acceptable. 

Unfortunately, it is very costly to run happyherbivore.com and I cannot afford to run the site without advertisements or sponsorship. Even with Blogher Ads, I still operate Happy Herbivore at a loss to me. However, I'm not about to condone non-vegan ads so at the end of this month, I will be disbanning their ads unless they can guarantee this situation will not happen again in the future. 

In the meantime, you can help support happyherbivore.com buy buying one of my past e-cookbooks (only $5 each). All proceeds go directly to the support and maintence of happyherbivore.com.

Previously, I said I was going to discontinue the e-cookbooks at the end of this month (May) but I'm now going to extend sales through June to help cover costs while I look for new sponsorship. In accordance with my cookbook contract I cannot sell the e-cookbooks past July 1, so they will be discontinued.

Thank you for your continued support, it means so much to me. Again I am so sorry to anyone who was offended or mortified, please know that I'm extremely upset about this situation and am doing my best to correct it. 

<3 HH

Fat-Free Honey Roasted Nuts (Chickpeas)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Anyone who has ever visited New York City has experienced the wonderfully intoxicating aroma that wafts from the Nuts-4-Nuts carts all over the city. Heck, even if you haven't been to New York City surely you've had the delicious taste experience that is a honey roasted nut!

Before I was a health-conscious vegan I could easily sit down and put away an entire can of Planters honey-roasted peanuts or several bags of these street-cart nuts native to my hometown. I'd love to say I lost my taste for them but I haven't. Every time I find myself in a quickie mart I'm tempted to indulge... and bitter, cold days in New York make me ache for these nuts, too.

Luckily I share this honey-nut-obsession with Nick, HH's intern, who suggested we try to recreate the taste with chickpeas. That boy is a genius! When he visited me a few weeks ago we got busy working on this recipe. It took a few trials to get it right but when we did... what a pay day!

You're going to go nuts for these "nuts," I promise. 

And after my melancholy post yesterday, allow me to divert you to a very raw (and hilarious) interview of me done by a close friend from college, Bandina. (It's up)

Recipe:Honey Roasted "Nuts" (Chickpeas)

Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 8 servings


All the taste of New York City's famous honey roasted peanuts without the nuts! Crunchy and full of protein, you'll be hooked on these sweet chickpeas!



Place chickpeas on a clean kitchen towel and allow to air dry, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat toaster oven to 350 F (or conventional oven to 325 F). Grease your cookie sheet or toaster oven tray, or line with parchment paper (preferred method). Transfer dry chickpeas on the sheet, making sure to line them up in single layer with no overlap. Lightly spray with cooking spray and bake 30 to 35 minutes, until crunchy. Meanwhile, whisk all remaining ingredients together, except for raw sugar, in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. Transfer raw sugar to a small food processor or grinder and process until smooth, fine and powdery -- a cross between the consistency of white refined sugar and confectioners (powdered) sugar. Dump the roasted chickpeas into the syrup mixture and stir to coat. Once evenly coated, sprinkle sugar over chickpeas, stirring gently, until all chickpeas have a nice sugar coating. Return to baking tray and bake for another 5 to 15 minutes, until there is a crystallized glaze and the chickpeas are completely crunchy, being careful not to burn.