I had SO MUCH fun this weekend!! I really have the greatest friends ever! The only thing that made me sad was that my boyfriend wasn’t here to celebrate with us But he’s returning to the states soon, so I’ll have to whip him up some vegan foods especially for him (not that I don’t do that already…hehe).
My friend Michael helped me prepare food for my birthday party this weekend. Everything was vegan and gluten-free!
Michael made crispy rice treats from The Gluten Free Vegan cookbook by Susan O’Brien. Making gluten-free vegan rice crispy treats can be difficult because regular rice crispy cereal contains barley malt (which I am also allergic to, and I believe it’s related to gluten), and traditional marshmallows contain gelatin (powdered horse hooves and animal bones). Susan O’Brien’s recipe calls for puffed rice (we found gluten-free rice crispy cereal and used this instead) and brown rice syrup as a marshmallow replacement. Brown rice syrup is very sugary and sticky!! You won’t miss the marshmallows.
Cassie really, really wanted to help taste test these treats…unfortunately these are human treats only because they contain raisins, and LOTS of sugary goodness.
Michael modified the recipe a bit by adding dried goji berries (loaded with vitamin A and available at Earthfare), vegan carob chips, and some other random nuts and seeds that I had lying around.
Leela couldn’t resist licking the peanut butter jar clean!
I made some gluten-free vegan mac and cheese since it’s always a crowd pleaser. And yes, I portion out all the ingredients before I start cooking…it helps me feel like I’m food network or something…haha Click here to see my blog post which includes the recipe for the mac and cheese.
I also made some cornbread using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free cornbread mix. This is available at Kroger, Earthfare, and maybe at Publix. So far I’ve tried the gluten-free pizza crust mix in addition to the cornbread mix, and both are fantastic. Both were light and doughy, just like “real” bread!
Here’s the collection:
Here’s Michael cutting up the rice crispy treats. He made two batches (one had a bit of honey since we ran out of the brown rice syrup).
AND we made homemade vegan and gluten-free pizza! Click here to read my blog post about pizza, including which vegan cheese you should use! Fresh zucchini is one of my favorite ingredients to throw on top. Even the non-vegans were raving about the cheese. YUM!
And we had homemade lattes with Silk creamer to keep us motivated during all the cooking
The party (and prepping the food with Michael) was so much fun! We only spent around $30 for all the ingredients for the food, so it wasn’t expensive at all, and I still have a few leftovers. What a deal!
Thanks to everyone who came out (or who wanted to but couldn’t make it). Love you all.