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Caramel Banana Split Shooters

These are serious.

Seriously delicious.

Imagine a banana split made mini – and healthy! These little babies aren’t just healthy because they’re mini, they’re made with healthier ingredients. And get this- they can be made totally vegan. Banana gets layered with vanilla ice cream, nuts, caramel and whipped cream. Top with a cherry and you’ve got the cutest, most delicious little dessert to impress all of your friends.

If you’re making this for a party, you can totally serve these in a banana split bar fashion- a bowl of diced bananas, ice cream, chopped nuts, etc. Then, your guests can create their own little shooters. Easy. Healthy (ier). Delicious.

Caramel Banana Split Shooters

Diced Banana

Vanilla Ice Cream (I used Soy Delicious)

Caramel Sauce*

Chopped cashews

Whipped Cream


Layer all of your ingredients in a 2-2.5 ounce shooter glass and serve immediately.

* You can use any caramel sauce you want, but the one I used was the following. Just know, I haven’t perfected this yet, but this is basically what I did: Bring 1 1/2 cups agave, 1 cup light coconut milk and 2 tablespoons coconut butter and a couple pinches salt to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes and simmer for another 15-20. Refrigerate overnight.  If you want this to come out more like a real caramel sauce, you’ll want to use regular coconut milk or heavy cream if dairy isn’t an issue (reduce to 1/2 cup). However, even though this isn’t a typical caramel, it’s delicious with ice cream!



in Food

Easy Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise

Chipotle Mayonnaise is the bees knees.

Smoky, spicy chipotle and creamy mayonnaise is the best combination ever invented. I’m partial to slathering this stuff on veggie burgers, fresh veggies and my favorite, sweet potato fries. Oh my god, can we talk about baked sweet potato fries for a second?

They are so easy to make, and so delicious. I like to boil peeled sweet potatoes for just a couple of minutes before I bake them. Once I’m ready to bake, I basically just top them with olive oil and various spices that I’m feeling that day and throw them in the oven till crispy. Easy. I love easy. I love complicated too, but some days you just want to eat some fries, even when they’re partially burnt because you became engrossed in The Big Bang Theory, oops. Plus, baked sweet potatoes are so much better for you than regular fries. Win-win. And, they make a super cute finger food at parties if you put the dip at the bottom of a shooter glass and stick a some fries on top. So cute and so delicious!

I like to use non-dairy mayonnaise here because it has a milder taste and thinner consistency than regular mayonnaise, resulting in a creamier sauce that really showcases the chipotle flavor. Plus, it’s perfect for anyone with a dairy allergy/sensitivity or vegans/vegetarians.

Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise
makes about 1/2 cup 

3 tablespoons Mayonnaise of Choice (I used Vegenaise)
1 teaspoon Lime Juice
1/8 teaspoon Lime Zest
1 – 3 Chipotle Chiles in Adobo, to taste
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Add the first three ingredients to a food processor, and start blending the chilies in, one at a time. You’ll want to taste after each chili and stop at your desired heat level. If you want your sauce a little chunkier, just pulse a few times instead of blending. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and serve!

in Entertaining, Food

Hot & Dirty Tomato Martini

I don’t really like dirty martinis. I know, we’ve already established that in this post, but don’t get me wrong, I like the idea and the initial taste. It’s just that the bit of olive juice that makes a martini dirty doesn’t mask the vodka very well for me and after I get to the halfway point, I start gagging. My dirty martini shots totally fix this problem, but still, they’re shots. What about a sipping martini?

That’s where tomato juice comes in. We’ve also already know that I’m obsessed with Bloody Mary cocktails. So, mixing tomato juice with a dirty martini should be genius right? I can’t take all the credit, I saw an instagrammed photo my friend D put up a couple months ago of a Bloody Mary martini and it looked a-mazing. So mixing that idea with a Dirty Martini, and a Hot & Dirty, you get my Hot & Dirty Tomato Martini.

The olive juice in this delicious cocktail is Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice. (Full disclosure, I received the olive juice courtesy of Dirty Sue. But, I would never put anything up here if I didn’t totally love it. If I receive something and I don’t like it, I’m not putting it up period.) Dirty Sue is totally awesome! As a former Coney Island carney, I love the pin-up girl on the bottle and the whole sailor motif. Plus, the olive juice is the perfect amount of olive and briny without all the salt and comes in a cute bottle for your bar to boot. I’m a sucka for anything cute and glam for my bar. Give me shiny and pretty and..The point is,it’s happy hour time (somewhere at least). Enjoy!

Hot & Dirty Tomato Martini
Makes One Martini

2 oz Vodka

1 1/2 oz Tomato Juice

1 oz Dirty Sue Olive Juice

1/2 oz Vermouth

Hot Sauce to taste

Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice and get shakin’. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a couple skewered olives. If you want to get super fancy, you can first rim your glass very lightly with sea salt (just go around the rim with a lemon or lime and lightly dip into salt with a twisting motion.)