I cheated this week. I cheated real, real bad.
Migas. One omelette. Creamy, soft, tangy goat cheese. A bowl of ice cream. And a nasty incident with nacho cheese Doritos. I think the cheese and beer pairings last weekend (followed by a vegetarian–but not vegan–brunch at Hickory St. Grill) served as a vegan gateway drug.
Two things make being a vegan college student hard: 1) not having time to cook; and 2) being forced to turn down non-vegan free food. This weekend, I was “tapped in” to Orange Jackets (!!!!!) (!!!!!!!!!), and at the tap-in ceremony, they served cheese and fruit. The next day, I went to an Austin AIDS Walk registration party at Whole Foods, where the aforementioned goat cheese lured me in. It’s hard, y’all. It’s hard to say no to goat cheese.
Nonetheless, I really want to finish this last week off dairy- and egg-free. I’ve got an Orange Jackets tap-in retreat this weekend (!!!!!!!!!!!), so I’m making roasted garlic hummus and these Larabar bites to share with everyone. So either all the other OJs will fall in love with my vegan food, or my garlic breath will scare everyone away and I’ll have it all to myself. WIN-WIN.
These samoas-like treats are simple to make but incredibly delicious. Plus, they’re free of high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, and preservatives. Much cheaper than Larabars or Girl Scout cookies, too!
Caramel Delites/Samoas Bites. Yields ~8 bites.
1/2 cup dates, packed (be sure to take out the pits!)
2 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon dark chocolate
Put all the ingredients in the food processor, and pulse until well-blended. Roll into 1-inch balls. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.