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Farm Animal Rights Movement

February 13, 2012

Serving Size 1 slice - Recipe makes 12 servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 335

From fat 216


% Daily Value*

Total Fat 24g


Saturated Fat 8g


Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 67mg


Total Carbohydrate 26g


Dietary Fiber 3g


Sugars 11g

Protein 7 g

Vitamin A 0%

Vitamin C 0.4%

Calcium 0.6%

Iron 8%


* % Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Chocolate Ganache Tart

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without chocolate and dessert! Andrea of the Very Vegan Holiday Blog veganized this and a number of other great recipes, like pecan linzer cookies with raspberry jam, red velvet cupcakes with vegan cream cheese frosting, and homemade chocolates... YUM! In this recipe, she substituted coconut milk for heavy cream, making it not just another pretty tart.


3 Tbs. slivered blanched almonds
6 Tbs. sugar
1 ¼ cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
2 tsp. grated orange or lemon zest (optional)
¼ tsp. salt
6 Tbs. non-dairy margarine, cut into pieces (try Earth Balance)
12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 ¼ cups (13.5 oz. can) coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Make the dough first: In food processor, pulse almonds until finely ground; add sugar, flour, and salt; pulse until combined; add margarine, pulsing until coarse crumbs form with no large lumps (dough should clump together when squeezed with fingers).
  2. Immediately transfer the dough to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom; using a measuring cup, evenly press dough in bottom and up sides of pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees in center of oven until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Make the ganache: Place chocolate in a large mixing bowl; in a small saucepan, bring coconut milk to a gentle boil (don't scald); pour hot coconut milk, through a sieve, over chocolate; stir until smooth and creamy in texture; mix in vanilla.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture into center of cooled tart shell (if chocolate is lumpy, pass through a sieve). Let stand until set, about 2 hours, or chill for 1 hour.

Check out this and more decadent Valentine's Day recipes at!

Liz Lovely - Baking A Difference

Wondering what to give your sweetie for Valentine's Day? How about artisan handcrafted cookies made with 100% natural ingredients? Liz Lovely is "baking a difference," bringing you cookies with a higher purpose. As Liz puts it, "Authenticity from start to finish." That means an uncompromising commitment to perfection, and a relentless approach to social responsibility. Available by the pack, case, or as a gift box sampler, Liz Lovely cookies make great treats for Valentine's Day or any time!

Check out the many mouth-watering varieties of cookies at!

Does Chocolate Have Benefits?

Chocolate and cocoa have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease in women with type 2 diabetes, according to a study by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The 12-month trial, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that regular consumption of flavonoid-rich foods such as chocolate, berries, tea and red wine, can help in the management of diabetes.

Half the women in the study were given two small bars of flavonoid-enriched chocolate each day. The other half received placebo chocolate bars. Women receiving the extra flavonoids reduced their risk of suffering a heart attack in the next decade by 3.4%. Their insulin resistance and cholesterol levels were also significantly reduced by the flavonoids.

Dr. Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, explains that the results do not mean women with type 2 diabetes should eat more chocolate. He stressed that commercially available chocolate does not contain nearly as much flavonoid as the women in this trial consumed, and eating too much can lead to weigh gain.

To read the full article, click here.

Vegan Wedding

Together for 20+ years, Annie and Dan married in July 2009... and their wedding is a vegan inspiration! Because they both work at non-profits on behalf of animals, they had limited resources and wanted a wedding that would be under budget and completely cruelty-free. Since both are Italian, the food was a vegan take on classic Italian dishes. The flowers were organic, and they had vegan wine for each table labeled as the table number and tins of French vegan candy for favors.

Annie says, “It is easy to get caterers to try out vegan products if you meet with them and show them how to use them and let them know what products to get. Our caterer was so good that she not only caught on, but bought books and researched herself. She did an awesome job with our completely vegan and organic menu that was also very cheap! She also set everything up in this gorgeous green layout that was so classy and clean looking."

“It's important to marry the right person…When it is the right person, it isn't work or weird; it's fun.”

Read more about Annie & Dan's vegan wedding here!

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