Atheist Easter & Vegan Deviled Eggs

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Even though I’ve been an atheist for over a decade now, I still love, love, LOVE “Christian” holidays. (They are actually kinda Pagan holidays, but I digress.) I view them as an excellent time to enjoy delicious fattening foods without guilt and spread lots of love to my friends and family. In addition to the unorthodox way I already celebrate, my past six years of veganism have made my holidays even more controversial and strange. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

This year my grandmother that usually makes deviled eggs for my family’s Easter dinner was no longer with us. She passed away a few weeks after the new year began. In loving memory of her and her delicious addition, I decided to make my own version of these delights. I used to absolutely adore deviled eggs and eggs in general. Until now, I was under the assumption that a lot of egg dishes were simply impossible to recreate realistically in a vegan way. However, I recently went to a vegan restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA called The Onion Maiden where they serve vegan deviled eggs! I was overjoyed when I ordered them and discovered they were almost identical to the real deal.

After a quick Google search, I found that the secret ingredients to make a firm egg-like substance were Agar Powder and Black Salt. I was easily able to order both of these on Amazon for less than $10. Once I received these ingredients I was eager to taste the black salt because I had never heard of it before and I was very skeptical that these few ingredients that were called for would be able to produce something as egg-y as what I had sampled at The Onion Maiden. To my surprise, black salt is basically egg as a seasoning. Even by itself, it tastes exactly like a salted boiled egg!!! I am so blown away by this and the fact that I hadn’t known this as a vegan for all these years that I may make a separate post just about this incredible find. All vegans need to be aware of this!

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I used the recipe from BakedIn.com that was simple and took less than an hour. I have included the link to the recipe and a photo of everything I used above. (I didn’t want to buy more almond milk, so I just used what I had even though it was vanilla instead of plain. It didn’t seem to make a huge difference, but I’ll definitely use plain in my next batch.) I was quite pleased with the result. Even my non-vegan family members and friends were surprised at how similar my vegan version was to actual deviled eggs. These are definitely going to be a staple holiday food for me from now on. Let me know if you try them yourselves and what you think. Also THANK THE VEGAN GODS FOR BLACK SALT.

Hope you all had a lovely, cruelty-free holiday. ♥

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15 Cheap Vegan Treats

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One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when transitioning into a vegan diet (especially in an remote area like where I am from) is giving up practically every type of chocolate or pastry. There are plenty of recipes available online to create vegan deserts and even sweet vegan morsels for sale in stores nearby if you are lucky. However, being a poor college student (and, might I add, unskilled chef), living in an area that is not quite vegan friendly, it can be hard to find the time, money, or opportunity to prepare of buy a vegan treat. After being a vegetarian/vegan for the past three years and checking practically every label in existence, I have discovered many wonderful vegan-friendly alternatives in the most unexpected treats. Unlike most things you can find online, these options are cheap and require no cooking or baking! I wanted to formally share my findings with my fellow vegans. In can be hard to resist temptation when craving something sweet and sugary to munch on. I hope these vegan delights can help you out!

The following sweet treats are all 100% vegan friendly:

  1. Star Kiss Pops at DairyQueen
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  2. Fruit Pop Tarts without icing (Not entirely sure about all flavors, but all are worth a check) 51SikHaodFL._SY300_
  3. Great Value (Walmart) brand knock-off Tagalongs Girl Scout Cookies  0007874208616_500X500
  4. Great Value knock-off Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies 0007874208636_500X500
  5. Homemade Peanut Butter Rice Krispie treats (The store bought ones contain animal products.) Recipe.del-fleur-cinema-cafe-rice-krispie-treat-lg
  6. Kroger Private Selection Fruit sorbets (This can be a good alternative to ice cream that is cheaper than the vegan versions. However, I am not sure if all brands are vegan.) private-selection-sorbetto-pomegranate-163471
  7. Stauffers Iced Animal Cookies (Beware: Frosted Animal Cookies contain milk products.) PI72320041S
  8. Certain brands of semi-sweet chocolate chips Enjoy-Life-Semi-sweet-Chocolate-Mini-Chips-853522000306
  9. Pilsbury Icing (Not positive on all flavors, but I have yet to find one that isn’t vegan.) Eats_15_PillsburySupremeChocolateFudgeIcing
  10. Gushers 6176F5KKVPL
  11. Oreos SONY DSC
  12. Orange and Stawberry Wafer Cookies 467_StrawberrySugarWafers_IMG6949_770x520
  13. Certain off-brand fudge striped shortbread cookies 0007874237254_500X500
  14. Sour Patch Kids 08-sour-patch-kids-lgn
  15. Nerds Nerds-SurfnTurf-im-131158

I hope that these vegan friendly treats will help you to satisfy those sugar cravings. They have done wonders to keep me on the wagon in the past. However, I wouldn’t recommend you make any of these items a staple part of your diet. One of the best benefits of a vegan lifestyle is not having to feel shitty after you eat. Even though these foods are technically vegan they are still not healthy in any way, shape, or form. That being said, happy munching! ^_^