Category Dessert

not so guilty pleasures /// carrot cake oatmeal bars (vegan + gluten free)

The guilty: I actually do like reggaeton. Try listening and see if you don’t wanna dance. I also not-so-secretly love Gregorian Chants. For a teen-aged Roman Catholic raised turned atheist currently exploring Buddhism, this might seem a bit strange. But listen to this and then tell me it’s not amazing. I’ve wasted spent a lot of time reading trashy […]

a new novelty /// dark chocolate cheesecake truffles (vegan + gluten free)

A little more than a month ago, shortly after I got back from Brazil, I was on the road (literally this time) once again, to visit Guayaquil and Salinas with my host parents. The thing about driving through the mountains in Ecuador is that the highways are built into the slopes of the Andes. Two […]

crossing the continent /// crunchy dark chocolate peanut butter granola bars (vegan + gluten free)

I spent three weeks of late January and early February in São Paulo, Brazil, with Ana, my exchange sister who spent the previous school year living in a room across the hall from mine. Despite flying back to Ecuador just before the start of Carnaval and missing the festivities, I had an incredible time. Visiting […]

a never-ending spring /// roasted berry parfait (vegan + gluten free)

Heeyyyyy, long time no blog. I’ve been really lazy busy lately (well, maybe a little bit of both), but I hope you had a lovely Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/New Years. Mine was different than normal, but rather nice all the same. On Monday the 15th of December I landed in Coca, Ecuador, at the tiniest airport I’ve ever seen, […]

only happy when it rains /// coconut macaroons (vegan + gluten free)

Wednesday I went to the Mercado Artesanal (artisanal markets) with Luiza and a friend of hers from school. We took the tram that runs north to south on Avenida 6 de Deciembre, and no matter what time of day it is, these are always packed and personal space doesn’t exist (which means creepy men think they […]

seven days of fiestas /// chocolate chip cookies (vegan + gluten free)

December 6th is el día de Quito, the anniversary of Quito’s founding in 1534 by Spanish conquistadors (although native tribes were here centuries before that). This whole week it’s been one constant party. Last Saturday we decorated our Christmas tree and the rest of the house. This is the first time I’ve ever had a fake tree- […]

view from the rooftops /// chick pea-nut butter mousse (vegan + gluten free)

So Saturday morning I was sitting around waiting to get ready for my afternoon plans when I got a craving for something sweet, but not necessarily something chocolate-y (not chocolate? There must be something wrong with me). Black beans worked great as a base for a sweet chocolate dessert, why wouldn’t garbanzo for another flavor? […]